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Fiat 500c Makes Everyday A Trip To Capri

On: Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Fiat 500c test 2

With Fiat’s recent majority acquisition of Chrysler and Fiat dealerships popping up all over, I found myself wondering just how Fiat’s purchase would impact the Chrysler brand. In pursuit of that question, I dove head-first into periodicals and blogdom, but finally settled on one source which might settle my natural apprehension of foreign takeovers—the latest Fiat model to be released Stateside.

The Fiat 500c, named such because of the mere fact that it is a cabriolet, is an incredibly interesting-ooking vehicle. From the classic design to its functional interior, the Fiat 500c will undoubtedly remind consumers of the Fiats of yesterday. Although founded in 1899, Fiat really became a legendary brand after World War II for producing vehicles that war-ravaged Europe could afford. And because of Fiat’s incredible success in the last 60 years, their quirky and practical vehicles have left a uniquely Italian mark on fans throughout the globe.

Festivals of Speed Returns To Orlando

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:33PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Festivals of Speed Returns to Orlando test 2

October 7 - 9, the Festivals of Speed returns to the Four-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for its sixth year with world's most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and watercraft benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The festivals include the annual Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception, Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Motorsports Collection Display, as well as some new automotive activities. Expect “the very best in automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation with the finest culinary, wine, spirits and fashion for the ultimate luxury experience.”

First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?  test 2

When Pagani announced that its all new, 700-hp Huayra was coming to the United States, it was sort of a big deal. The last Pagani model—the ever-powerful Zonda—was never sold in the States because it wasn't up to U.S. regulations. As the Zonda was the first Pagani ever made, that means that the Huayra is the first Pagani model to be offered in the U.S. You can almost hear the sounds of multi-millionaires with something to prove peeing their pants all over the country.

Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On Its Way!

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On It's Way! test 2

If you have been paying any attention at all to the sports coupe market in the last couple years, you no doubt know that it is a segment teeming with options that are all very quick and very exciting. With cars like the Civic Si, MazdaSpeed 3, V6 Camaro, and Mustang (not to mention all the hype surrounding the upcoming Toyota/Suburu FT-S concept), it's no wonder that the Hyundai Genesis coupe is upping its ante in this high-stakes pool.


Surprise, Surprise! Groupon + Autos = FAIL

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Surprise, Surprise! Groupon + Autos = FAIL  test 2

So, it turns out that the locally-slanted, social-networking coupon behemoth known as Groupon is good at hawking small things like dinners and protein shakes, but not so good at hawking big purchases like $50,000 Cadillacs. One of the first experiments in Groupon-ing by an auto dealer has officially failed miserably.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly) test 2

Some things never change. Throughout history, whenever a new Corvette hits the market, it always creates a splash. And when the C5 Corvette burst onto the performance car scene in 1997, it was no different. The fifth generation Corvette was an instant hit. It brought about a renaissance to the Crossed Flags emblem that made the Corvette a world power in the performance car market once again.

A Lesson In Distaste: Miami GT Kit Car From DDR Motorsport

On: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 9:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

Miami GT Kit Car From DDR Motorsport test 2

Ever want to transform your otherwise legitimate but perhaps somewhat plebeian sports coupe into a generic, McLaren F1/Saleen S7 supercar knockoff? You're in luck, but only if your sports coupe is a circa 2002 to 2006 Acura RSX, 1997 to 2002 Chevrolet Corvette or 1989 to 1996 Toyota MR-2. The Miami GT kit car from DDR Motorsports transforms your car into a super-machine (at least in terms of looks).

2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase test 2

With Nissan increasing the price of next year's Leaf model by more than $2,000, the 2012 Nissan Leaf edges ever closer to the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt.

The 2012 Leaf SV base model will start at $36,050, a $2,420 increase over the 2011 Leaf's $33,630 base price. The 2012 Leaf SL starts at $38,100, representing a $3,530 increase over the 2011 Leaf SL. Nissan says the increased pricing is due to added equipment including quick-charging hardware and cold-weather upgrades.

WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron test 2

I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.

AAA Announces EV-Charging Truck Program

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

AAA Announces EV-Charging Truck Program test 1-1

Last month, the Nissan Leaf officially reached 3,894 U.S. sales. And yet, Nissan hasn't seen fit to send out a mobile charging station the way it did in Japan. So the staple of American motoring, traveling, and on-highway repairs is officially stepping in. AAA debuted the first mobile charging station in North America at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition last week.

VW Wants More Masculinity In Its Beetles

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Wants More Masculinity In Its Beetles test 2

Ever since its resurrection (perhaps back in its original form, too), the Volkswagen Beetle has been a bit of a (for lack of a better term) "chick car". It's the four-wheeled equivalent of those little, foofy purse dogs. Admit it. If you happen to see a guy—especially a big, burly sort of guy—behind the wheel of a Beetle at a traffic light, don't you snicker just a little?

Well, this fact hasn't been lost on VW itself, and the automaker is making a renewed effort to get more men behind the wheel of the all-new Beetle.