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For the past 40 years or so there has been an escalating electronics war between the police on one side and motorists on the other who prefer to travel at speeds that are higher than those posted. The reason police use radar and other methods to detect speeding vehicles is primarily a safety issue—the faster you go, the more likelihood there is of having an accident. That may or may not be true, but like everything else, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Besides the safety issue, issuing speeding tickets has become a lucrative source of income for certain localities across the country. You’ll find that small community police forces will prey on unsuspecting out-of-town traffic (mostly) by posting speed limits that are unrealistically low.
Anyway, my personal feeling is that speed limits, especially on the interstates, are routinely ignored by the vast majority of drivers. All you have to do is drive on some of the local Interstates. People drive at whatever speed they feel comfortable—legal or not.
Do you like the solid, affordable package presented by the 2012 Ford Focus, but yearn for something smaller and sportier? Well, Ford may just have what you're looking for. According to rumors, Dearborn has an all-new coupe concept ready for next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. And indications are it's a two-door based on the Focus.
The Focus already comes in four-door and five-door varieties, and if rumors prove correct, will soon be available in a two-door model. Carscoop reports that a source has tipped a new sports coupe for the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's not 100 percent certain that the car will be in the Focus family, but that's what it's looking like.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Rumors
Tags: Focus, Ford, Focus Coupe, 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, rumors, debuts
For an unfortunate few who just got done at the dealer buying a brand new Buick may have to turn right around and get back there before they end up in the middle of a very nasty road scene. It seems that the factory didn't calibrate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system of some of their new LaCrosses. This may cause the system to run improperly and go into action to slow down the car at high speeds, which could end up in an abrupt loss of control and could ultimately cause a fatal crash.
Read more for the full report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safercar.gov.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Recalls, Safety, Buick, LaCrosse, Electronic Stability Control, ESC, Crash
After its Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este debut and Nurburgring toilings, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is making its way toward production. Aston took one big step last week in providing a few extra details on the upcoming limited edition coupe.
The V12 Zagato will enter production next year as a 2013 model with the first deliveries scheduled for the summer. Only 150 lucky buyers will get the chance to cough up a big chunk of coin for the hand-crafted sports coupe. The car is priced at 330,000 pounds (around $540K) and, according to Inside Line, prices may run as high as $650,000 in the U.K., thanks to local taxes.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Aston Martin, V12 Zagato, supercars, limited edition, 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
Porsche has come to be regarded as the ultimate in the sports car market. The brand has consistently dominated with a combination of engineering excellence and quality for the last forty years. The M1 was BMW’s attempt to compete with Porsche in 1980. Since then, BMW has never again taken Porsche on in the sports car field. The partnership with Porsche’s sports car reputation should lift Audi’s image above BMW’s.
Audi’s vision to produce a mid-engined sports car began in 1991 with the concept car called the "Quattro Spyder." Ferdinand Piech, the CEO of Audi, was actually a member of the Porsche family, and felt that a mid-engined sports car could damage Porsche’s reputation. Consequently, the project was put aside until he retired in 2003. Martin Winterkorn, Piech’s successor, unveiled a new mid-engined concept car called "Le Mans" to fill this role. Winterkorn was fascinated with the idea of an “Audi 911,” thus, the Audi R8 was born in 2007.
The ultimate variation of the R8 is the 2012 R8 GT sports car. The GT is the lightest, fastest, and most powerful car in the Audi supercar lineup, and production is currently limited to 333 units, with the US market allowed only 90 units. Prices will start from $196,800.
Tags: Audi, R8, R8 GT, Porsche, 911, Lamborghini, Gallardo, LP560-4, supercars
Few cars have reached the ‘mythic’ stage of popularity, only to be whispered about in hushed tones of excitement and wonder. The Land Rover Defender squarely falls into that category—defying people’s expectations with Spartan utility and capability since the vehicles inception in 1983. Primarily known for conquering the terrains of Africa, the Defender also has an enormous following in Australia, South America, Europe, and the United States. But for years, the Defender has become increasingly outdated and overpriced in a field of off-roaders which are constantly updating their product lines.
Not anymore. For 2015, Land Rover has confirmed that there will be an all-new Defender. The first concept will rear its ugly head at the Frankfurt show on September 13th.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Rumors, Concept Cars
Tags: Land Rover, Defender, 2015, returns, return, concept, Frankfurt, show, SUV, sport utility
For those who don’t know, the venerable Bentley brand and manufacturing was sold to Volkswagen 1998. This wasn’t a bad move, as it allowed Bentley to modernize its aging factory and, hopefully, make money. Then, 2003 saw the introduction of the Continental GT Coupe, while the striking Continental GT Convertible came along in 2006.
The new Continental GT Convertible is being referred to as a “new generation Bentley.” Is this accurate or is it just the result of a “facelift?” The 2012 does look like past Continental models, yet even a brand new Bentley design has to somehow connect to previous ones. This new 2012 model certainly does.
Tags: Bentley, Continental, Continental GT Convertible, exotic, luxury, supercars
Launched at Pebble Beach, Lexus announced the company’s plans to produce an all-new GS 350 in 2013. Like the vehicle’s predecessors, this most recent GS appears to be another road-raging monster synched with the refinements of proper luxury breeding. The new GS mixes uniquely aggressive styling with enhanced handling, the latest technology, and a more spacious interior. Most enticingly, in addition to the GS 350, Lexus plans to launch other GS models in early 2012—hinting at a hybrid and F Sport version.
“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package,” declared Mark Templin, the Lexus group VP and General Manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they asked for, and more.”
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Car Reviews
Tags: Lexus, GS, 350, hybrid, F, sedan, luxury, 2013, new, revealed, GS350
A concept version of Maserati's Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production model will be built at Chrysler plant in Detroit beginning in 2013.
As you may or may not be aware, Maserati is in the process of building a luxury SUV to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne. Previous rumors had indicated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Maserati SUV would debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That is shaping up to be correct.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, a source confirms that Maserati will be giving the world its first look at how Detroit ruggedness combines with Italian flair at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil the initial concept version of the SUV at next month's show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Maserati, SUV, new cars, debuts, 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Fiat, Jeep, Grand Cherokee, Hemi, Ferrari
There are certain drivers out there who have an annoying way of driving. Probably, the best way to summarize their behavior is to say they are somewhat more self-absorbed than most of us, and so they fail to notice the effects of their driving on others. I think I could tolerate them if they drove just on Sundays, but, unfortunately, they are out there every day.
The stereotypical Sunday Driver is one who drives a bit (quite a bit, at times) more slowly than everyone else. "Look Martha, at all the nice trees and leaves." Meanwhile, of course, you’re trying to make it to the bank before the drive-up window closes.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have noticed that the small SUV segment of the marketplace has become a bit, saturated. It seems that Americans still love the idea of an SUV, but somewhere between the invention of the Suburban and V10 Expedition, those same Americans decided they didn't quite like their high-riding 'Utes when it came time to refill their very big, very empty gas tanks.
So, the car makers gave to the world smaller, more refined versions of those big boys and their popularity sky rocketed, and in fact did so well that just about every car company has at least one hat in the ring. But with so many choices, obviously there have to be some sales winners and some sales losers. One of those losers in the last few years has been the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Tags: Volkswagen, Tiguan, VW, Rav4, CRV, SUV, sport utility, Suburban, Expedition