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North American Car And Truck Of The Year Nominees

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 4:59PM | By: David Walter


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The nominees for the North American Car and Truck of the Year were announced today. The list this year consists of 24 total vehicles—17 cars and seven trucks. Both winners will undoubtedly flaunt their prestigious award with millions of dollars’ worth of advertising, and why not? It certainly sounds good—“the North American Car (or Truck) of the Year”—but what does it mean?

That the winning vehicles were the absolute greatest and best car and truck of the entire year? Possibly.

About 50 U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists serve as judges for the “NACTOY.” Qualified people, for sure. “So why are you second guessing?” you may be wondering. Well, check out the list of nominees and we’ll meet back up afterwards.


The Chevrolet Mako Shark II

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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In the 1960s, the neatest car around was the Mako Shark II. The Mako Shark II, which debuted in April 1965, was a Chevrolet Concept car which was destined to become the latest model Corvette—which it finally did, in 1968.


Alfa Romeo Planning Sedan Based On Chrysler 300

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 2:39PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In an attempt to boost its sales and earn some profitability, Alfa Romeo will be offering a raft of new models over the next few years. While the company was originally rumored to have an SUV in the works, the latest word is that that model is scratched. Instead, Alfa will add a flagship sedan.


Tesla To Build Quicker Model S Sport

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Tesla was the first real automaker to show the world that vehicles can be electric, sexy, and fast all at the same time. Unfortunately, the car that proved that is close to retirement. The Model S, which will replace the Roadster as Tesla's only car, has two of those qualities—sexiness and electric powertrain—but lacks the speed and performance of the outgoing Roadster. But Tesla will fix that problem by offering a higher performance sport version of the sedan.


 

Naming Agreement Means The New Orleans Saints'll Come Benz-in' In ('Til 2022, Anyway)

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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The folks that bring you custom helicopters, branded credit cards, the ridiculous smart transport module, a line of "manly" perfumed products, and the occasional car, now bring you the Superdome.

I am not kidding.

When you think “Louisiana”, “NFL”, and “New Orleans Saints”, naturally your mind turns to fine German automobiles, right? Well, for the next decade it will, as Mercedes-Benz has paid an “undisclosed amount” for “official naming rights among other sponsorship benefits” for the aforementioned NFL team’s home stadium.

I'm still not kidding.


Jeep To Launch Grand Wagoneer In Two Years

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well this isn't exactly the Jeep that we've been waiting for, but it's not bad news either. Jeep is reportedly working toward bringing back the Grand Wagoneer, a large, seven-seat flagship. The Wagoneer will headline a revamped Jeep line positioned to double Jeep's annual global sales.

The report originates from a leaked document that Chrysler/Fiat showed to a group of investors in Germany. The presentation detailed the next few years at Jeep, and the document shows four new vehicles.

The most interesting vehicle is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which will serve as the automaker's flagship. The Wagoneer will be built atop the Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango platform.


Hyundai Working On 10-Speed Transmission

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Hyundai just does not want to leave the pages of auto publications lately. The Korean automaker is reportedly working on improving its high-end offerings with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox, which adds an extra two gears over the eight-speed equipped to the 2012 Genesis and 2012 Equus, is being developed for future high-end models.


Cars & TV

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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If you're into cars and actually even like them, then you already have an idea how TV and the movies usually portray cars—incorrectly and stupidly.  Generally, you'll find that the typical TV writer has little or no knowledge of cars but has probably heard of some automotive terms. So they think if they throw them around, they'll sound credible enough. That might be enough for someone who thinks of cars as merely appliances, but for anyone who knows a little more than that, the overall effect is to lose respect for the writer and the show's credibility ends up suffering.


General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions #4

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 1:54PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Q: I have a '95 GMC that has what looks like water coming from the exhaust pipe when it is idling. I also took a look at the muffler and noticed two small holes - which I plugged. Is this water a problem?

A: The end result of the combustion process is water and carbon dioxide—plus a few other noxious chemicals. So when you see ‘water” coming from your tailpipe, it’s nothing to worry about. On the other hand, plugging up the holes in your muffler is a pretty bad idea. Those holes are there for the water to drain otherwise the muffler will end up rusting fairly quickly - especially if your truck is driven only on short trips.


Subaru Marks Outback Sport Replacement For 2013

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Salamone


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When Subaru scrapped the 2012 model of the company’s Impreza Outback Sport, some Subaru lovers feared the Outback Sport version might disappear altogether. However, company representatives at the recent Frankfurt show have dispelled our greatest fears – showcasing the potential Outback Sport replacement, aka the XV. As of yesterday, Edmunds reports that Subaru has officially confirmed the XV will be headed our way sometime during 2012, as a 2013 model.

The XV looks to be a direct replacement for the outgoing Impreza Outback Sport, which met a recent demise in 2012. Yet, Subaru has not finalized the new vehicle’s name, using XV as a concept moniker.


More Tickets In The Mail? U.K. Looking At Tire Cameras

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


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A couple weeks ago, I opened up my mailbox to find a nice, little ticket from the NJ Turnpike Authority. You see, I had been driving with an EZ-Pass automatic pay scanner, but apparently the scanner didn't work on this particular toll both. Unfortunately, the license plate camera did, and I was stuck opening a stupid traffic ticket.

Frankly, I could live without the surprise tickets created by Big Brother-like technology spying on our vehicles. But it's a growing reality. In the U.K., such sensors may not apply just to missed tolls and red lights; they may be able to check your tires for illegally low tread patterns.