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Nearly a year ago, Porsche was given the reins of Volkswagen AG sports car and large luxury sedan development. A report earlier this month brought up some questions about how that was going to actually play out in reality. The Autocar report stated that instead of developing its own platform for a mid-level 458-fighter slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder, Porsche was destined to borrow the carbon-aluminum platform from the next-generation Audi R8.
As you might expect, Porsche brass wasn't happy with the way reports were going and are now on record stating that Porsche will actually be the one designing the platform, and the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo the ones borrowing it.
With gas prices in constant fluctuation, we'd all love to own an all electric vehicle or high-mpg hybrid. In theory. In reality, electric cars don't travel all that far. And only a limited number of models, mostly small and mid-sized, have hybrid options. Plus, you probably already have a traditional gas powered car and may not have the money to replace it.
While buying the latest, most efficient car isn't always an option, there are many small things you can do to increase the efficiency of the car that you have. A new video from Yokohama Tires takes us through a few.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Safety
Tags: fuel economy, videos, Yokohama, tires, maintenance
At the upcoming North American International Auto Show, spectators will be treated to an array of sights and sounds from automakers around the world. The Mercedes-Benz exhibit, however, won’t have flashy color schemes, techno musaque, or gimmicky advertising signs. Instead, this particular automaker will showcase a sophisticated fleet of new vehicles – beyond the need for marketing puffery. A centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz lineup will almost certainly be the company’s newly-redesigned 2012 SL.
For 2012, consumers will be delighted to hear about three main improvements (in addition to scores of already magnificent features). Other than aesthetic changes, the most significant change will be a 20% more rigid chassis and reduction in nearly 310 pounds of weight over the outgoing model. Weight and rigidity improvements stem from the vehicle’s use of aluminum-focused construction and hydro formed, chilled cast longitudinal members.
The company claims these changes will amount to a 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Technology
Tags: Mercedes, Benz, Mercedes-Benz, MB, SL, 2012, image, images, leak, leaks
The 2012 Ford Expedition remains the do-it-all full-size SUV. The 2012 Ford Expedition features a best-in-class trailer tow rating of up to 9,200 pounds complemented by an array of clever control technologies to tow confidently in just about any condition, on or off road.
The standard 5.4-liter V-8 delivers 310hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.4-liter V-8 is flex-fuel capable, meaning the engine can run on unleaded gasoline, E85 (up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) or any mix of the two.
Posted In: Car Reviews
Tags: 2012 Ford Expedition, ford, SUV, full-size, car news, reviews
‘Tis a dark day in the world of off-roading Jeepdom. Car and Driver reports that a Jeep company executive has spoken the words no true Jeep fan wants to hear: the 2014 Liberty will be vastly more carlike, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and possibly mated to smaller Fiat-supplied engines.
The current and previous Liberty models (including the 2012 Liberty Arctic shown above) employ a car-type unibody reinforced by a rugged-duty frame underneath, a building technique Jeep calls uniframe construction. However, the next generation 2014 Liberty will likely drop Jeep’s current uniframe and pick up one of the company’s other car-based platforms. Hopefully Jeep Liberty enthusiasts also like the current Patriot and Compass models.
But it’s not all bad news. New Liberty buyers will have a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy will almost certainly increase and Jeep will have a broader set of vehicles – maybe with the ability to finally compete with brands like Toyota or Honda. In theory, ardent supports of Jeep’s off-road heritage can still raise the mantle of rock-crawling with Jeep’s four-door Wrangler Unlimited.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Rumors
Tags: 2014, Jeep, Liberty, Chrysler, Fiat, engine, engines, carlike, MPG, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Fiesta enters the 2012 model year in North America with two new interior style packages, an expanded sport appearance package and the across-the-board addition of an integrated blind spot side view mirror and driver’s seat armrest.
Fiesta adds fashionable interior style packages that include two-tone leather-trimmed seats with harmonizing door trim inserts, color-coordinated steering wheel and instrument panel trim, premium carpet floor mats with the Fiesta logo embroidered in front and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob.
Posted In: Car Reviews
Tags: Ford fiesta, car news, new cars, review, SEL, SES hatchback
The world's fastest combustion engine-powered vehicle recently took to the hard salt in Bonneville, Utah. It brought a few cameras along to show viewers what it's like to screech along at nearly 500 mph.
Many drivers know what it feels like to drive a car to around 100 mph. A considerably smaller pool has had the opportunity to step inside a supercar or race car on a track, maybe even push 200 mph.
Tags: videos, Bonneville, land speed record, racing, streamliners, Speed Demon
Cadillac unveiled the 2013 XTS on November 16 in Los Angeles, the newest addition to the Cadillac luxury sedan lineup. It arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2012 as the most technologically advanced production car in the Cadillac’s history.
Larger than the Cadillac CTS, it also marks the debut of CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that combines intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and media data.
Posted In: Car Reviews
Tags: Cadillac, XTS, sedan, luxury cars, car news, full-size sedans
Just look at the performance numbers for the 2012 Chrysler SRT8, 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet. That sure is good.
The 300 SRT8 is targeted to those who seek power and at the same time, don’t want to sacrifice luxury either.
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Tags: Chrysler 300, SRT8, HEMI V-8, car news, new cars
When you think of Nissan, you probably think of the unapologetic performance of the GT-R or maybe the green credentials of the Nissan Leaf. The automaker seems to be trying its hardest to ensure that you also automatically think of its NV series people movers.
Within the month of November, we've seen an NV taxi, NV full-size van and now a pair of NV-based food truck concepts. Nissan generated some positive buzz by slinging ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches at the LA Auto Show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Reports
Tags: Nissan, trucks, minivans, Food Trucks, LA Auto Show, car shows, news
Europe: It's a place that has a whole lot of sexy cars and a whole lot of sexy women. So why not flaunt both? After all, models and cars go together quite well. Sexy women are often seen draped across car hoods on magazine covers, prancing around supercars and concepts at auto shows and even selling the merits of everyday sedans and coupes on TV.
Fiat is not afraid to use the power of a strong, sexy woman in its US advertising, as witnessed by its Jennifer Lopez-500 campaign. The Fiat 500 Abarth takes a step up from the 500 in sportiness and performance -- and also in sexy advertising. The first commercial for the all-new Fiat may just leave you drooling and uncomfortable.