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Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

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

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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.

Blake Griffin Edition Kia Optima At SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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This week is typically when the sports world welcomes back the NBA season. But this year, thanks to greed and complete negotiation failure, the world doesn't have an NBA season. And it might not anytime soon.

It wasn't that long ago that things were normal in the NBA. In fact, it was just a couple of months ago. In addition to watching an overstacked, over-hyped Miami team lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals, one of the biggest highlights of the 2010-11 season was dunk machine Blake Griffin. From winning the slam dunk contest to being a regular on highlight clips, the young Griffin added some serious energy and excitement to the NBA.

Kia is recognizing Griffin's contributions via a special edition Optima.

Subaru BRZ STI Concept Unveiled

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, here's a slight surprise. After pictures purporting to be the production Toyota FT-86 leaked last week, I was expecting Toyota to introduce the car rather quickly before any more damage could be done. Instead, more damage was done in terms of leaked specs, and Subaru actually beat Toyota to the punch in unveiling its version of the same car.

Actually, Subaru is just now catching up with Toyota because this BRZ STI is actually the concept version, which it will show in the metal at the LA Auto Show. But with mere weeks separating the LA Auto Show from the Tokyo Motor Show, where both Subaru and Toyota will officially debut their respective production coupes, the BRZ concept should be a spitting image of the production model.

Nissan's Taxi Of Tomorrow

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Cars evolve every year and get more and more user-friendly. Safety and comfort features that were once offered only on premium cars slide slowly down-market until entry and mid-level cars become every bit as functional and comfortable as luxury cars just a generation or two ago.

If Nissan's "taxi of tomorrow" is any indication, this trend will be as true in public transportation as it is in privately owned vehicles—because this thing has the type of comfort and features well above what I'd expect to find in a taxi. The NV200 isn't just a fun concept, but a look at the model that will become the exclusive taxi of New York City in just two years.


Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it's been at least two days since we covered a new, vaporous supercar from an unknown brand, so you know what that means: there's another vaporous supercar from an unknown brand to report on. This time, it's an all-electric supercar from Australia—only slightly more believable than an all-electric supercar from Croatia.

The evR450 is an electric sports car prototype from Australia's Varley Electric Vehicles. Varley is calling it Australia's first electric supercar, a title that we're confident it earns, since we're aware of only one other Australian supercar, and that's gas powered. While Varley has plenty of electrical design and engineering experience, this is its first sports car.

BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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BMW will host a special sneak-preview event to unveil for the first time in North America what it considers to be the cars of the future: the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept vehicles. These concepts represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The unveiling will take place in New York City on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 AM (EST) at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues).

Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Land Rover debuted the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts, providing a first look at the direction it was taking with its next Defender. While the concept will eventually replace the Defender in 2015, Land Rover admitted that the Frankfurt DC100 was just the first step in a long development process.

The next step will come at the LA Auto Show, which begins in about two weeks. Land Rover will show an updated DC100 concept at the show.

'Bond In Motion' Exhibit Planned For England's National Motor Museum

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Bond fanatics will now have a sudden change in holiday plans this year. EON Productions (the new movie house propagating Bond films) and the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England have announced a joint-effort to open a ‘Bond In Motion’ exhibit set to debut January 18, 2012.

While the National Motor Museum is already an impressive collection, with over 250 historically and mechanically significant vehicles, this latest announcement of a Bond-themed exhibit will add an additional 50 iconic Bond transports from 50 years of silver screen glory. And, by the way, we aren’t just talking about super lux sports cars—the exhibit will also feature boats, bikes, sleds, jets, and a few surprises, too.

2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS63

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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When you do the latest review on a Benz, you are dealing with a comfortable four-door luxury sedan that is stacked with all the luxury items you can think of—and it’s also a ground-breaking hot car that will eat 99% of cars out there. It has incredible power, yet at the same time, it will just purr along—until you are ready to roll once again!

You may say, why should I buy such a car? Do I need it? The thing with power is that you get used to it awfully quickly, and I know this sounds silly with a car that does 0-60 in 4.4 secs, but after a short time, you’re almost ready for another dose. There isn’t a limit when you can have more.

Most Awesome Traffic Back-Up Ever! (Video)

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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You're driving along the freeway or a country road when you suddenly catch a glimpse of red, black, yellow... whatever. That's no ordinary Chevy or Honda. Hell, it doesn't even look like a Mustang, Corvette, or other everyday sports car. No, that's something special. It's lower than any other car on the road, has some major curves, and doesn't look like any type of car you've ever seen. You slow down to a crawl and try not to gawk too obviously when the car in question passes. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or something else, seeing a supercar like that can make your entire day—because it's not every day that you see one.

Given that logic, it's not every lifetime that you see more than a hundred supercars in one massive traffic jam. But today's that day.

Mercedes Building Ultralight Carbon Fiber E-Class

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Carbon fiber and other composites are clearly the way of the future. Currently they're primarily seen in race cars and high-end supercars, but assuming that costs eventually drop to a somewhat manageable level, we'd expect to see these type of NASA-esque materials slowly work their way into luxury cars and other more everyday models. After all, carbon fiber is one of the surest ways to save weight and weight savings = more efficient cars, something that every automaker is looking to build.

In a sign that carbon fiber is coming, an Auto Bild report states that Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on an ultralight version of the E-Class. The German automaker plans to cut serious pounds with carbon fiber construction.