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Japanese Smart Seats Could Prevent Theft

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Researchers in Japan have designed an interesting new type of anti-theft device for vehicles. The specially designed driver seat is capable of recognizing its owner and cutting off the ignition if a foreign...um..backside is present.

Developed at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo, the seats, which we'll call smart seats, incorporate a series of 360 pressure sensors that are capable of recognizing the size and shape of the owner. Data from the sensors is sent to the cloud where an external computer analyzes it. If the profile matches the rightful owner, the car starts. If the profile doesn't match, the car doesn't start.


Utah Man Wins Lamborghini Murcielago, Crashes It The Same Day

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Stephanie Lunsford


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David Dopp won a Lamborghini Murcielago during a halftime show of a BYU football game in November. He was one of ten finalists in the Mavericks gas station “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest at Lavelle Edwards Stadium.

Dopp wasn’t able to take the car home immediately; he had to put insurance on the car before they would deliver it to his house. After a ceremony at a Maverick gas station in Dopp’s hometown of Santaquin, he was finally handed over the keys to his new Lamborghini by a nonprofit organization.


33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled test 2

Although it doesn't sound like much, something as simple as a faulty coating on a battery terminal can in turn cause some damage. In fact, it could potentially cause so many problems for Nissan, they have decided to recall all 33,803 Sentras built between May 11 - May 22 of 2010, as well as cars built from July 8 - October 25 of 2010.

It seems the zinc coating may in fact have been thicker than called for, causing some problems for electric to pass through as intentioned. This may cause a sudden drop in voltage or even a stall while the car is in motion -- which obviously can cause some significant damage.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...


Volkswagen To Advertise 2012 Beetle During The Super Bowl

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I don't necessarily think the average Beetle driver is a rabid football fan, but both the Beetle and the Super Bowl do have one big thing in common: They both enjoy hugely iconic status in the US. These two icons will soon be joined together when Volkswagen uses the biggest day in American television advertising to showcase the all-new Beetle.

Volkswagen announced that it will have a 60-second spot at the start of the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI. The automaker hasn't revealed any specifics about its ad, but did say that "a fully integrated digital, social media, and grassroots campaign" will accompany the ad.


 

F&M Evantra Supercar Unveiled

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Italian coachbuilder F&M has revealed its latest car. The Evantra aims--successfully, we might add--to take classic design elements into the 21st century. It is a rare, unique car from the capital of sexy supercars.

F&M delved into the ancient Etruscan language to name its model. 'Evantra' alludes to a unique, exclusive object and is also the name of the Goddess of Immortality in the language of the ancient civilization that occupied what is now Tuscany.


Euro-Spec Up! Headed For Production

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Back in 2007, VW unveiled the Up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Americans giggled condescendingly in delight, unable to appreciate the benefits of minicar ownership. Well, now we’re waste deep in a global recession and stuck paying gasoline bills on cars which rarely summit 25 miles per gallon.

Who’s laughing now? Although currently slotted for a European production run, VW’s Up! will officially go on sale in February of 2012. The company has yet to specify whether not the Up! will drive under the good ole’ red, white, and blue, but microcar fans can at least wait with some level of enthusiasm in knowing this production vehicle looks good…really good.


Production Alfa Romeo 4C To Lose Its Carbon Fiber Body

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 2:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Production Alfa Romeo 4C To Lose Its Carbon Fiber Body test 2

We knew it was too good to be true: a $60,000 sports coupe weighing only 1,800 lbs.? Even with a modest 1.8-liter engine, the Alfa Romeo 4C concept boasted a sub-5-second 0-to-62 mph time and a plenty ample 155 mph top speed.

We're a little disappointed but not all that surprised to report that the 4C will lose its carbon fiber body and gain some weight in production. The price and full carbon fiber body just didn't compute, so we knew this day was coming. On the bright side, the car will only gain about 200 lbs., keeping things under 2,000 lbs. total.


Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When Lamborghini launched the Aventador LP700-4, it listed the top speed of its new flagship at 217 mph. That's a solid top speed on its own, but some media testing reveals that the car is actually significantly faster. A German magazine recently pushed it to 230 mph.

Sport Auto tested the Arancia Argos-colored Aventador that we've become quite familiar with on the Hockenheimring track. As you can see clearly from the shot of the car's speedometer in the video below, the testers got the Aventador up well beyond 217 mph, all the way up to around 230 (370 km/h). The testers hit the mark very briefly but surely.

To be fair, they also said that a GPS-based speed check revealed top speed to be 354 km/h (just under 220 mph). That's still above the list speed, though.


Lexus Reveals LF-LC Concept Ahead of Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like Toyota's new focus on sporty cars will extend right up to its luxury brand. At least that's what we gather if the LF-LC concept is any indication of the future plans at Lexus. Shortly after the car leaked earlier this week, Lexus provided an official preview.

Lexus hasn't provided much hard information on the car, but did give us a pretty thorough look with a variety of pictures. The car is very sporty and aggressive, featuring a heavily raked, slung back cabin that flows into a rear lip spoiler. The LF-LC also features a panoramic glass roof. If produced, this car would easily rank among Lexus' sexiest, sportiest offerings.


Chevy Sonic Gets Sporty

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Sporty isn't a word that naturally comes to mind when related to subcompact hatchbacks, but Chevy will soon launch what amounts to a sporty version of its Sonic subcompact. Chevy announced earlier this week that it will introduce the Sonic RS at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


GM Recalls 2010 And 2011 Cadillac SRX Models

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 2:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


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GM issued a recall of 2010 and '11 model year SRX crossovers on Thursday. The recall is related to a potentially serious issue in which failing transmissions can allow the SRX to roll out of park.

The recall affects more than 15,000 SRX models worldwide, with about 8,789 located in the United States. The affected models are model year 2010 and 2011 built between October 26, 2008 and June 23, 2011. According to GM, no injuries or deaths have resulted from the transmission issue, but one run-away vehicle has been reported.