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2012 Chrysler Town & Country

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Chrysler Town & Country test 2

Few remember that Chrysler was on the brink of bankruptcy in 1979 which continued until 1981. At that time, Chrysler dealers had over 80,000 unsold vehicles in stock, and the economy was in the skids. With the government guaranteeing loans and Chrysler with Lee Iacocca at the helm, it was soon on the mend. It seems that every car that Chrysler made was a variation of the “K” car platform - whether it was the small Omni to the large minivan. One size fits all.

The minivan, which was in the works while Chrysler had its financial problems, finally came into being in 1983. It was an instant hit! It fit with the American “bigger is better” theme. The market slowly shrunk in size from those early days and from Chrysler’s point of view too, as more and more competitors entered the fray. The Town & Country name, which debuted in 1989, is where the Chrysler interpretation of what a luxury minivan should be and the 2012 model is no exception. Even the Town & Country Touring model is loaded to the gills, but that is the way luxury models are made.

Chrysler Recalls 5,000 New Jeep Wranglers!

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chrysler Recalls 5,000 New Jeep Wranglers! test 2

Chrysler has just announced that it will be bringing back 5,334 Jeep Wranglers made between February 7, 2007 - October 11, 2011 due to a broken electrical circuit in the airbag wiring. This defect can lead to non-deployment of the airbag during a crash, which would obviously not bode well for its driver. Chrysler says it will notify all of the Jeep owners during the month of November (and what will undoubtedly become December despite their best efforts), but owners can be proactive and contact the company at 1-800-853-1403 to schedule their free fix at their local dealership.  

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

GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models!

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models! test 2

Although Pontiac may be gone, it is not forgotten. Unfortunately, in this case, GM would probably opt for forgotten. It seems that one of the last models to debut as a Pontiac had a slight defect. The airbag sensor for all of the G8 models produced from November 2, 2007 - January 22, 2009 can delay the deployment of the airbag up to 30 milliseconds based on a miscalculation based on the passenger seat position. GM has not yet set up an owner-notification schedule, but owners can contact the General to set up an appointment for a free fix. 

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

Videos That Rock: Freestyle Motorcycling The French Alps

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Videos That Rock: Freestyle Motorcycling The French Alps test 2

Freestyle motorcycling too often gets a rep of contrived stunts in front of drunken fans in a big arena on 'Sunday, Sunday, Sunday'. Not that any of that is necessarily bad, but it's not all you can do with a bike. After all, "freestyle" indicates a lack of boundaries and a bit of imagination.

Ride the World Productions take us worlds away from the dirt and mud of the arena, bringing motorcycling to one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world: the French Alps. What ensues is a captivating film that redefines "freestyle motorcyling" for casual fans like myself.


BMW Opens Apps To Developers

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Opens Apps To Developers test 2

 In 2010, BMW became the first automaker to throughly integrate the iPhone into a vehicle with an app-based interface. It launched the interface in the Mini line, with the Mini Connected system. The BMW version followed a year later, and BMW was officially part of the app world.

BMW has been developing apps at two different facilities: one in Mountain View, California and one in Munich. It will add a third facility in China and will open up apps to developers all over the globe, moves that should steadily increase the number and scope of apps available to BMW owners.

Elon Musk: Model S Is Sold Out For First Year

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Elon Musk: Model S Is Sold Out For First Year test 2

Tesla may just make a profit yet. After losing money since its inception, the company is hoping to actually jump into the black with its next model: the Model S sedan. And things are off to as good a start as they can be, with CEO Elon Musk claiming that the Model S has already sold out months before it's even hit dealerships.

Musk told Bloomberg that Tesla has 6,500 orders for the Model S, meaning it's sold out of the entire 2012 production run. The Model S will go into production next year and is expected to hit the market by summer. Not surprisingly, since the market for an electric sedan is much different than the market for a $100,000 electric sports car, Tesla says that outside of about 600 Roadster owners, those orders have been placed by new customers.

Honda Debuts Ridgeline Sport

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda Debuts Ridgeline Sport test 2

In the market for a psuedo-pickup truck with a little more style than your average gear-hauler? Honda has a new Ridgeline model that might be right up your alley. The Japanese automaker introduced the 2012 Ridgeline Sport this week.

MIA: 2012 Impreza Postponed Until December

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Subaru Impreza test 2

What was once promised for Fall 2011 will now arrive in December. Subaru has recently decided to delay our much anticipated purchases of the all-new 2012 Impreza in favor of an extra few months of anxiety-inducing drama. Although the company has not released any particular cause(s), we can rule out a change in the product line. The most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America should still have all the same tantalizing stats released back during Summer 2011.

As a refresher, the 2012 Subaru Impreza looks to manage 36 miles per gallon on the highway while offering a top-notch AWD system and an MSRP starting at a wallet-friendly $17,495. While full specs of the Impreza have remained in the dark since the vehicle’s formal announcement of production, Subaru has decided to grace us with the following spec chart and a future assurance that a full scale ‘Build My Own’ section—allowing features, trim, and pricing analysis—will be available shortly.

WARNING: Future Genesis Coupe Photoshop Leak!

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Salamone

Photoshopped Image from TheCarBlogger.net test 2

Don’t believe everything you hear… or see, for that matter. Websites all across the blogosphere are announcing an ‘official’ Hyundai Genesis Coupe reveal, which after some due diligence has turned out to be no more than an elegant sham. The sly dogs over at thecarblogger.net managed to captivate the entire auto journalism sphere this morning by releasing the above image.

What threw so many upstanding and credibility-seeking bloggers off? This photoshopped image depicts a vehicle which looks a lot like images we’ve seen of the upcoming 2013 Genesis with a face mask. So really, thecarblogger.net sort of did us all a favor—producing an image we could assemble only in our minds. The only real problem is that Hyundai has already distributed notes rejecting this as an official image.

23-Year-Old Re-Skins 2011 Mustang With Classic Parts

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 5:32PM | By: David Walter

23-Year-Old Re-Skins 2011 Mustang With Classic Parts test 2

Remember when Ford first released the newest generation of Mustangs? Its retro, late-1960s pony car styling had every muscle car fan double-taking and savouring each rare glimpse of one on the highway. However, years later and with the return of the also 1960s-inspired Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the Mustang's throwback look has lost most of its luster.

Until now... (read in Jeremy Clarkson's voice)

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA test 2

Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.

One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.