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Ford is taking complaints about its MyFord Touch system pretty seriously. We don't blame them since the advanced infotainment system was a great headline when it first debuted, but has proven less attractive in actual everyday use.
Ford announced last month that it will soon release MyFord Touch updates that it believes addresses the main consumer complaints and makes the system more user friendly. Before releasing those updates to consumers, Ford is sending a group of 1,000 employees out to test them.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Technology
Tags: Ford, MyFord Touch, technology, infotainment systems,
Well, there have been years of rumors about two separate cars, but it's finally official: an Acura NSX successor is here. Or at least close to here--Acura confirmed rumors that it will debut an NSX successor at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.
From what Acura has said, the rumors have been pretty spot on. In addition to confirming the Detroit debut, Acura told Inside Line that the NSX successor will use a mid-engined, V-6-based hybrid powertrain. Given that other information from previous reports has been quite accurate, we're pretty comfortable with the idea that the NSX will have a V-6 engine in the range of 3.5 liters along with two electric motors.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Honda, Acura, NSX, supercars, sports coupes, concepts, ILX, 2012 Detroit Motor Show
There's hauling, and then there's haulin'. When Ford resurrected the Lightning nameplate for its supercharged super-truck in 1999, it proved that it could build a pickup that could do both. The Ford Lightning was a two-wheel drive Flareside pickup that was fitted with a 5.4-liter Eaton supercharged and intercooled Triton V8 that made a ridiculous 360-horsepower and massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque.
One look at the Lightning and anyone could see this truck was something a little different than your average F-150. Lower, wider, and more dramatically styled thanks to a sporty front facia and side skirts (replete with a passenger side-exit exhaust, the SVT truck made its presence known at every stop light.
While reviews of MINI’s most controversial model have rated the Countryman from great to confusing, the company has seen fit to bring their performance-oriented badge to the Countryman’s offbeat exterior. And so, a back roads-friendly John Cooper Works was born.
MINI has just released the first official teaser images associated with the Countryman JCW, to be sold as a 2012 model. Perhaps channeling the pseudo-utility of Ford’s F-150 Raptor, the Countryman JCW should comfortably dominate modest soft road terrains with all the quick handling and pizzazz you’d expect from a proper MINI JCW.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports
Tags: Mini, reveal, reveals, countryman, JCW, john, cooper, works, 2012, Geneva
It's pretty clear that Nissan really wants to build a hot hatch version of the Juke crossover. First, it stimulated wild dreams with the radical but for-show-only Juke R concept in Frankfurt. Then it showed the more realistic Juke Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and announced that Nismo will have a greater role in building performance road models.
So, we'd have to assume that unless the reaction to the Juke Nismo was horrible or a business case proves elusive, Nissan will be building some type of high-performance, Nismo-engineered Juke. According to reports, the model hasn't been given the go-ahead yet, but should get a green or red light within a few months.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Nissan, Juke, Nismo, concepts,
Forget Times Square this New Year's Eve; London is the place to ring in the new year. We can think of few better ways to get 2012 off to the right start than by getting behind the wheel of an exotic supercar that you ogle pictures of all year round. A staple in the car rental industry is delivering just that opportunity, but unfortunately for US citizens and other foreigners, it's only happening in the UK at the moment.
Hertz has launched Hertz Supercars, a division that rents such cars as the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C. It partnered with Premiere Collection, a boutique supercar rental company, to gain access to a very impressive collection of premium rentals. So you can now rent out a slew of legitimate supercars and premium luxury cars from one of the biggest names in car rental.
The GT 86 is nice and all, but what you really want if you're a fan of Toyota sports cars is a Supra revival. Actually, a 2000GT revival would be even better, but a Supra revival seems like the more likely thing to wish for. Recent reports have pointed to a possible Supra revival in the very early stages, and some new quotes by a Toyota engineer add a little volume to those rumors.
Current Toyota chief Akio Toyoda is a big fan of sports cars and wants to revamp Toyota's line in the name of sporty, fun-driving vehicles. This is clear both in his quotes and in Toyota's new taglines of "Fun to Drive, Again" and "Reborn." In launching those slogans, Toyoda said that a car that isn't fun isn't really a car at all.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors
Tags: Toyota, Supra, rumors, GT 86, 86, Subaru, sports car, 2000GT
When you look over the pictures and spec sheet of the Nissan Juke R concept, you're left with the feeling that the extreme crossover must have been built by a tuning shop. Because what major automotive brand commissions something like a 530-hp small crossover? What automaker in their right, sane mind mashes a GT-R supercar and an entry level crossover?
Not Nissan, apparently. According to new reports, the British team that built the Juke R never actually got permission from Nissan's corporate headquarters. And, honestly, the Juke R makes a lot more sense now.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: Nissan, Juke, Juke R, crossovers, concepts, GT-R,
Looking for a unique gift for that special car lover in your life? You probably can't afford to buy him a car that hits 60 mph in under three seconds, but maybe you can get him a toy car that boasts those credentials. While the Traxxas XO-1 is still an expensive gift, it's gotta be the cheapest way to get to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.
We'd have to call the X0-1 the first 'RC supercar' that we've ever seen. It beats nearly every actual car on the planet to 60 mph, getting there in just 2.3 seconds. For comparison, the Bugatti Veyron hits 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds. So you get a radio controlled car that's quicker than the quickest production car on the planet. Not a bad start.
Posted In: Exotics, Special / Limited Edition, Technology, Videos
Tags: toys, holiday, gifts, remote control cars, supercars
We're guessing that VH1 wasn't the first thing to "pop up" in relation to the well-done viral ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth. Given that the ad has racked up over 2 million hits on YouTube, we're guessing there were a whole lot more pop-ups before VH1 ever got its hands on the video. But VH1 has the official, non-NSFW kind of Pop Up version.
Like any good Pop Up Video, the 'Seduction' ad version is full of all kinds of trivia, including things like the model's name and marital status, things we were way too mesmerized to bog ourselves down with the first time watching the video. VH1 also gives some spicy details about the shoot, like how the slap scene took 50 takes to get right and some lucky background hand got to apply the cappuccino foam to the model's chest with a turkey baster-- being the film set 'coffee guy' was never such a score.
Posted In: Videos
Tags: Fiat, Seduction, advertisements, 500 abarth, business, sexy
Croatian and Australian supercars may make bolder headlines, but what really gets our blood pumping is Italian supercars--even if they happen to come from lesser known coachbuilders as opposed to the established icon-makers. The all-new F&M Mugello reminds us just why the term 'Italian supercar' makes every hair on our arms and necks stand on end.
Italians just have a knack for style. We're not sure why no one else can touch them, but we've come to accept it. Ferraris and Lamborghinis may no longer be the elite of the elite in performance, but they definitely look better than the 1,000-hp supercars that have passed them by.
Posted In: Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: F&M, supercars, sports cars, Italian, coachbuilders, Faralli and Mazzanti