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The insurance industry is a chicken-and-egg-type conundrum. Those that believe human beings are inherently evil could argue that fraud and dishonesty amongst their customers force insurance companies to find ruthless, penny-pinching ways of making profits. Those that believe corporations are naturally more evil and self-serving than any disorganized group of humans could ever be could just as easily argue that customers have to use fraud and corner-cutting in order to squeeze their money out of ruthless, more experienced insurance companies.
Whichever side or combination of sides you choose, the insurance market is a contentious system that can often play like a battle of legal (and not so legal) and technical wits. Insurance companies find any small-print excuse to dismiss your claim and raise your rates, and consumers dismiss law and truth in order to get what they believe is rightfully theirs. It's not uncommon to hear even the most honest and law-abiding folks discussing—without inhibition or remorse—ways of sticking it to the insurance man.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: insurance, reports, news, funny, sports cars, Porsche, farm, tractor
When BMW officially introduced its "i" sub-brand, it announced two initial vehicles under the brand: the i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) and the i3 (aka Megacity Vehicle). Given that disparity, it was quite easy to read between the lines: BMW will build a whole model line-up between the 3 and the 8. A recent rumor originating on BMW Blog provides a look at the next i models on tap.
According toBMW Blog's source, BMW is already planning an i4 and i5. The i4 will essentially be a sporty two-seater based on the i3 city car. While it will be based on the i3 and may share that model's all-electric drivetrain, it will be positioned as a more affordable i8, so expect to see some fluid lines and styling.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Rumors
Tags: BMW, i brand, i3, i4, i5, i8, green, electric, life, drive
Most every town that has young people with cars and roads for them to operate on will have a semi-official stretch of street upon which “ordinary driving” magically becomes “cruising.” Part one-upmanship, part mating ritual; it’s a crucible in which men test each other’s mettle—and metal—in fire-belching, tire-shredding quarter-mile door-to-door gladiatorial combat as a way to shame their rivals and impress the fairer sex in the hopes of future hand-holding—or worse.
And no strip on this earth is more famous—or notorious—than Detroit’s Woodward Avenue, a 16-mile stretch of blacktop upon which engineers from The Big Three waged war against each other or anyone else foolish enough to line up beside them to go for it when the light turned green.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Classics
Tags: Woodward Dream Cruise, Woodward, cruise, muscle, classic, car show, Detroit, Michigan
Redesigned last year, the Buick LaCrosse has brought in a new trend for Buick, one which emphasizes modernity and performance. As opposed to the detached, floaty performance and disappointing cabin that Buicks once were known for. The 2011 Buick LaCrosse stands out among affordable midsize cars because of its sharp styling, assured performance and a cabin that's just about the most luxurious offered at this selling price. This midsize sedan's attractive styling perfectly balances classic Buick nods like the vertical lines of the grille and the sweeping line of the body with thoroughly contemporary detailing. And the car's elegant appearance is combined with surprisingly adept driving dynamics. It's enough to make you forget all about the ship-size cars in that coffee table book of Buick history.
Tags: car reviews, buick, lacrosse, midsize, sedan, CX, CXL, CXS, car news, auto, sales.
According to Safercar.gov, Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) has issued a recall that affects specific models and years of the Accord, CR-V, and Element produced in the last six years due to faulty PCM and TCM modules that could cause injuries or even death.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Recalls, Safety, Honda, Accord, CR-V, Element, PCM, TCM
It's been about two years since Bugatti first revealed its completely over-the-top 16C Galibier, essentially a sedan version of the Veyron. Since that time, the company has toyed with us, hinting that it would send the four-seater to production, but never quite coming out and saying it. With Veyron production all but over, and no other successor in sight, we read between the lines and figured that official 16C Galibier confirmation was on the way. And Bugatti isn't disappointing.
Reports based on a conversation between Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport indicate that Bugatti's next car will indeed be a four-seater. The report is open-ended enough to believe that the new car could be based, either strictly or loosely, on the 16C concept. In addition to having four seats, the car will offer plenty of trunk space.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: Bugatti, supercars, Galibier, 16C, sedan, Veyron, luxury, hybrid, concept
About two months ago, we reported with much shock that Poland has its very own supercar—okay, perhaps "very own" is too strong, since the styling is inspired by [ripped off] Lamborghini, and its engine is all- American. Still, though the eastern European nation that finds itself at more than its share of bad jokes has a supercar that it can call its own.
Since that unveil, we've been itching (or not really thinking about) how this car performs. Question [or lack thereof] answered.
Posted In: Special / Limited Edition, Videos, Exotics
Tags: supercars, videos, Arrinera, Polish, Poland, Lamborghini, Corvette
When Mazda announced the RX-8 would soon disappear from their vehicle lineup, rotary fans took a collective gasp of concern. The rotary engine, currently found in the RX-8, has become something of a defining characteristic of Mazda sports cars and an engine many people will be reluctant to lose permanently. In the face of public outcry, a senior company engineer told TheDetroitBureau.com that Mazda intends to reinstate an updated rotary engine later in this decade.
Patented in 1929 by German inventor Felix Wankel, the rotary still bears his moniker and is perhaps better known as the ‘Wankel’. Rotary engines operate differently from typical gas and diesel powertrains because they rely on a spinning triangular rotor instead of traditional pistons. The downside to rotary engines is also what makes them potent racetrack competitors—low gas mileage caused by high RPM.
Posted In: Car News, Rumors, Technology
Tags: Mazda, rotary, Wankel, return, RX-8, 2017, engine, mpg, power, fuel, car news, Mazda3, Skyactiv
Though most in-person auto auctions are realizing a rebound in vehicle sales prices, this “recovery” apparently has yet to hit eBay, as it’s still red-number—that’s the color the site uses on its “completed listings” to denote cars that didn’t sell—city.
Compared to my July 6th feature you can see elsewhere on this site, the prices this go-round are farther apart—both in terms of dollar amount and “page” numbers—and only one of them was for a Lamborghini.
Posted In: Auctions, Miscellaneous, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Feebay, Top Five, sales, eBay, auction, Ford, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari
On the heels of GM’s official announcement of the upcoming Chevy Spark, Cadillac has announced that another GM compact will enter the ring—this one primed to compete in a segment long controlled by foreign automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Code-named the Cadillac ‘ATS’, this compact sports sedan may debut this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or possibly at the Detroit car show in January. The ATS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2012, just in time for gas prices to rise along with summer heat.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Videos
Tags: Cadillac, small, compact, luxury, sedan, compete, competition, ATS, 2012, 2013, summer, price, BMW, 3 series, Audi, A4, A5
It seems General Motors has been making the most of all that bail-out money it got some time ago because, as you can see from the following press release, they are making some pretty good money. Net income is up 89% over last quarter. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson even gives the new Chevrolet Sonic a shoutout, but we know what he was thinking—the same thing we were: "C7, here we come!"
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: GM, General Motors, Stock, Holdings, Quarterly Profit, Stock Price, Chevrolet, Corvette, car news