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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.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: AAA, EV, range, range anxiety, charging, electric vehicle
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.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, sales, business, Beetle, redesign, car news
A century ago, Louis Chevrolet and William “Billy” Durant founded their company in Detroit, MI, and today, Chevrolet is the fourth-largest automotive brand in the world. To celebrate I thought it'd be fitting to discuss our favorite Chevy(s). I’ll get the ball rolling with a few of my own.
It really shouldn't come as any surprise at this point. Everyone else is doing it, so why not Bentley? Plus, Bentley SUV rumors are nothing new; they've been around since SUVs were actually topical.
According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Bentley is planning to build an SUV to compete with other luxury SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover. And the magazine received the word from Bentley chief (and former Porsche exec) Wolfgang Durheimer.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: Bentley, SUV, rumors, crossover, car news, Range Rover, Porsche, Cayenne
What do you do after amassing a tremendous fortune from the ‘refuse’ business (pronounced: bi-ze-néss)? Simple, you turn all those liquid assets into something a bit more solid—aka automobilia. After decades of prosperity, Harold LeMay did just that and in 1997 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized his automobile collection as the largest in the world. At its zenith, the Lemay Collection included over 3,000 vehicles and continues to be recognized as the most robust, all-inclusive car collection on the planet. This fall (drum roll, please), the LeMay Collection will be housed and displayed to the general public at the newly minted LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
Posted In: Car News, Videos
Tags: LeMay, museum, collection, record, largest, auto, car, automotive, automobile, history, display, fall, unlock, unlocks
We've known about the official existence of a Porsche crossover for several months now, but have yet to see the beast in person. While it's not hard to imagine what it will look like—just look at the Cayenne and do your best to think small—it's always nice to put a face to the name. Thanks to the leak of a few in-house renderings, we now have a fuller picture of what Porsche's upcoming crossover will look like.
Posted In: Reports
Tags: Porche, Cajun, crossover, SUV, leaks, pictures, Audi, Q5, car news
The Mercedes SLR McLaren has been the
subject victim of some of the worst tunes of all time. I actually did a list of terrible tunes a few years ago, and the SLR showed up for three of the 10. And if I updated that list today, a new Brabus SLR creation would bump one of those other choices right off the top 10 to make it four of 10.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Special / Limited Edition, Videos, Exotics
Tags: Mclaren, SLR, tunes, Mercedes, tuners, Brabus, videos, chrome
If Speed TV isn't enough for you, and Top Gear only wets your whistle, well, Discovery has a new automotive channel on the way.
The channel, which will be aimed at well-heeled male audiences, will be called Velocity and it will launch with a combination of old and new programming.
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Classics
Tags: tv, discovery, car news, speed, television, West Coast Customs, Mecum Auto Auctions, Cafe Racer, Chasing Classic Cars, Top Gear
First impressions are everything. Climb inside the newest Lotus on the market, and instantly you know it is something special. The two-tone cockpit surrounds you like a glove. Two big gauges sit front and center to give you the most important data, while an Alpine stereo and navigation unit sit off to the side and take care of everything else in terms of entertainment and navigation. Depress the traditional heavy-duty clutch pedal (thank God), and you'll notice the light effort thanks to an upgraded master cylinder. Fire up the Toyota(!)-sourced 3.5-liter V6—yes, mostly the same V6 you would find in a Camry, except this motor has been massaged by Lotus a bit to bring out a little more Mr. Hyde from the humble Dr. Jeckyl engine. Better flowing intake and exhaust manifolds combined with Lotus-designed engine management and, oh yeah, a supercharger bolted on for good measure will make your ears second guess exactly how many cylinders your eyes have sworn they saw under the hood.
Tags: Lotus, Evora, Evora S, Cayman, Cayman R, Porsche
Russian tuning/armored vehicle firm Dartz has a way of messing around with endangered species. First, it had to publicly retract the "whale penis" leather option from one of its armored SUVs. And now it's ruined the Bugatti Veyron, a car that is in itself an endangered species thanks to the fact that the production run of the Veyron 16.4 is about over.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Dartz, Bugatti, tunes, tuners, Russian, Veyron, Red chrome
For those of you old enough to remember the XJ220, you will recall that it is very hard to forget. It was literally the fastest car in the world for quite some time. Sleek, ungodly powerful, and a vision to behold (if you were so lucky to catch one standing still). However, as with all things, time marches on and progress is, of course, inevitable. It has taken nearly two decades, but the British feline company has finally built a better all-around performer than their legendary poster-child and that car is the 2012 XKR-S.