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Say Goodbye To The Porsche Cajun, And Hello To The Macan (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you thought Porsche was going to maintain a naming scheme of hot spices for its SUV line, you'd be wrong. The company said this week that its small crossover will be called the Macan in production. Prior to this new admission, the model was referred to under its project name of "Cajun."

Porsche released a teaser on YouTube this week that's labeled "The Porsche Macan is coming." The word Macan was derived from the Indonesian term for tiger, and Porsche is using it to sum up the suppleness, power, and dynamics that it feels define its small crossover. The model drops the Cajun nameplate and along with it, the 'spicy' theme shared with the Cayenne.


Prepare To Buy A Veloster Turbo

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Back in early January, Hyundai announced plans to produce a Veloster Turbo during the North American International Auto Show. In large part, auto enthusiasts responded positively – encouraged by one significant advertisement. Hyundai claimed the Veloster Turbo would boast a better power-to-weight ratio than other industry competitors like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic SI, and Mini Cooper S.

Tantalized by a tentative market contender, followers of Hyundai’s announcement were left excited by the vehicle’s stats and matte gray paint scheme but unsure just how much a street cred-themed Veloster might cost. Fortunately, Hyundai has a habit of not hiding the ball.

When Hyundai begins selling the Veloster Turbo this upcoming summer we can expect an MSRP of $21,500, plus $760 destination charge.


GM Gets Factual (Not Convincing) In New Volt Commercial (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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GM is in crisis mode in regards to the Chevy Volt, but you'd never know it based on its ad campaign. First, we got a pretty sappy, 'heart strings'-type ad that seemed to be more about the Detroit auto manufacturing industry than the car itself. Then we got some creepy aliens. And now we have a new commercial that sets out to lay down some facts - only it totally misses the important ones.

The new commercial titled "Just the Facts" rests largely on the Volt's past achievements, which were accomplished before all the battery fire talk and government investigations. The first set of facts relates to the entirely subjective: Chevy lists all the awards that the Volt won... long before the battery fires ever became public. Old news, and not really impressive anymore.


Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Edition (Video)

On: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Ed test 2

Last week, a video of a Bugatti Veyron doing over 200 mph on public roads hit the Interwebz. Many of the auto blogs did a write-up on the video and it went viral, racking up over a million views in about a week. The video shows the Veyron hitting speeds of up to 200 mph. No dash-mounted Go Pro footage, the video is the result of a well done and elaborate set-up of in-vehicle footage cut with roadside footage from a network of cameraman.

When I first came across headlines, I thought: 'Why would anyone shoot themselves blowing the speed limit apart and post it to YouTube?' That's about as dumb as all the wannabe criminals that show up on the endless iterations of "World's Dumbest Criminals." You're basically begging for trouble from the authorities.

Well, not surprisingly, the video has garnered the ire of Arizona law enforcement. While it doesn't look like there's much the state can do, you can expect them to be on the lookout for this particular Veyron. The owner had better make sure his paperwork, driving habits and vehicle equipment are all on the level.


 

Carrozzeria Touring Teases New Concept

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like the Geneva Motor Show will be stocked to the rafters with new concepts from the big Italian firms. We've already heard about the Cambiano from Pininfarina and the Nuccio from Bertone. Now we have a teaser for the Disco Volante 2012 from Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.

That isn't a boat you're looking out. Just underneath that foggy blur is a set of four wheels (at least we assume so). The curvy concept is designed to offer a futuristic and aerodynamic styling. Word is, its drag coefficient has been kept down to .25 thanks to its rounded edges. It also features aluminum and carbon fiber body work.


Jaguar Moving Toward Development Of C-X75 Microturbines

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's hard to put a finger on what exactly we like best about the Jaguar C-X75 concept that Jaguar debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It has exquisite styling, a high-tech performance-hybrid powertrain and is the first Jaguar supercar since the XJ220. If we were forced into revealing a single favorite element, we'd probably have to go with the sci-fi-like microturbines that were used as generators for the concept's electric motors.

Because those microturbines were highly experimental, word was that Jaguar would use a more conventional engine in the production C-X75. Somewhere along the line, Jaguar decided to build two versions of the supercar - one with a small turbo engine and one with the microturbines. The company is officially ready to get to work on the turbines.


Viper Gets Fiercer With New Badge

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2013 SRT (Dodge) Viper will be getting a new brand, a new look, and a new set of equipment with a focus on driveability. It will also be getting a new logo, which SRT revealed earlier this week.

The original Viper logo was a bit timid - it almost looked like a friendly backyard snake. The next Viper got angrier eyes and a fiercer set of fangs. And the newest Viper looks downright intimidating - its angry, defined eyes, coiled body language and razor fangs appear ready to pounce on the nearest piece of flesh. Overall, it looks like a solid evolution for the Viper logo.


The Jeep Pick-Up Takes A Cruise With Jay Leno

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


The Jeep Pick-Up Takes A Cruise With Jay Leno test 2

Ahhhh....Jay Leno. We may not love your late-night comedy, but we love your garage and videos thereof. Not only do you bring us up close and personal with the most awesome supercars and concept cars, but you switch gears and give us a look at what's probably the coolest Jeep of the year. Hat tip to you. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, we get a look at a shiny red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited all decked out in Mopar's JK-8 pickup kit.

The JK-8 featured in the video is a model that was assembled by VWerks, a third-party company that assembles JK-8 kits for Chrysler/Mopar, for Red Jacket Firearms, the Louisiana gun company featured on Discovery's Sons of Guns. More extensive than the average JK-8, the Red Jacket model features a lift kit, rock rails, fenders, a winch and other upgrades over the base kit.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In this day and age, car styles seem to come and go as quickly as iPhone models.  As soon as you get the new one, there's a commercial out saying that your new one is now the old one, and the real new one is on its way. Carmakers have been frustrating consumers for years with that same tactic. You spend thousands of dollars on a very carefully thought out decision, and before the down payment check clears, there's already a newer model on its way to make your hard earned car obsolete.  

But every now and then, a carmaker creates something that is so special, it stands the test of time. Not surprisingly, BMW accomplished this task, either willingly or not, with the third generation of its venerable M3. The code-named E46 was created from 2001 until 2006 and put the M3 on the map as a world-class performer, and all-around all-star. Not only did the new for 2000 M3 look the part, with a lowered stance, aggressive front fascia, bigger, wider wheels and tires, and trademark M-style quad exhaust, but it also had plenty of bark to back up its bite.


Alfa Romeo's US Return Delayed Again: Early 2014

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Alfa Romeo's US Return Delayed Again: Early 2014 test 2

Well, it looks like Alfa Romeo's return to the US market may be delayed again. Good news is, though, it won't be delayed by much. Instead of late 2013, the company will return to the US market in (very) early 2014, according to the latest reports.

Originally, Alfa Romeo was scheduled for a US return this year. Then it got pushed back until 2013, slid back to the end of the 2013 calendar, and now squeezed into 2014. Autocar reports that Alfa will kick off its US return with the production version of the 4C coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit show takes place in early January each year, so the launch will still be close to the "late 2013" time frame.


Kia Introduces Track'ster Concept

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss


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After a short teaser campaign, Kia unveiled its new Track'ster concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show last week. The concept is a sporty version of the Soul.

The Chicago Auto Show typically isn't quite as big for new debuts and concepts as Detroit or New York, but it sounds like the Track'ster added some excitement. Kia describes the scene, "Amid the driving rhythm of heavy-metal music, smoke and blinding lights, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off a performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept that hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia's wildly successful Soul."