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Toyota Announces Recalls To Replace Faulty Nuts And Drive Shaft

On: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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This is getting BEYOND ridiculous. Even I'm getting sick of these stories, and I'm being PAID to write them. But when you can turn Toyota's tragedy into dirty-sounding comedic gold, well, here we are.

This episode in Toyota’s ongoing series of product recalls deals with U.S. and Canadian 2001-2003 Priuses and 2011 model Venzas and Siennas with all-wheel drive.    Though I’m not old enough to be officially nostalgic about anything, I still fondly remember the days when people bought Toyotas because they DIDN’T want a car with problems. But that was then and this isn’t. Onto the dirty innuendos!

A Car-As-Art, Not An Art Car: Stella/Gregg M1 Goes To Auction In August

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Stella-painted Gregg '79 BMW M1 Pro Car racer test 2

For reasons not clearly explained, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will end its 12-year stewardship over what is easily among the top 10 most expensive BMWs on Earth—the 1979 BMW M1Pro Car painted by artist Frank Stella for late racer Peter Gregg—when it is offered for sale by Bonhams during its Quail Lodge auction event Aug. 18-19 in Carmel, Calif.

[If you thought that sentence was convoluted, just wait for the car’s historical run-down I’m about to get into…]

Despite Slump In May, 2011 Sales Still On Strong Track

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:52AM | By: Tim Healey

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Sales stalled in May, but that doesn't mean that 2011's sales forecast will be in the dumper. Quite the contrary, according to Automotive News, 2011 is on track to be the best sales year since 2008.

Credit falling gas prices or improved production from Japanese factories affected by the earthquake and tsunami, but either way, this summer is expected to help 2011 show sales growth.

Mercedes' "Secret" SLS AMG Roadster Goes "Official"

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting until Mercedes-Benz got off the pot and finally showed “official” images of its gullwing-less neo/wannabe gullwing, your wait is over.

Seems they really don’t want to actually sell the things, however, as evidenced by what’s actually in the official pics: a white-on-white-with-just-a-few-tiny-non-white-bits car on a similarly-shaded stage.

Unless they all went color blind after working on the eye-searing E-Cell and couldn’t help it, can you think of a reason for using a color even Maytag stays away from these days?


What's All The Ruckus?

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Salamone

Honda Ruckus Scooter test 2

So, you know that crazy scooter you’ve seen a few times over the last decade and with each passing generation you come closer to buying one in hopes of becoming ‘scooterist’? That’s the Honda Ruckus, formerly known as the Zoomer. Back in 2003, Honda released the Zoomer into the urban jungles of Japan and America and scootering hasn’t been the same since. Partly because of a global economic crash leading to frustration over fuel prices and partly because of the Ruckus’ bare-bones, rugged practicality, and aesthetics, this little scooter has captured the gaze of motorists all over. Now, all of a sudden, scootering isn’t just limited to sunny vacations taken on the island of Capri.

The Aussie Supercar: Joss JP1

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Supercars just seem to be coming from every corner and crevice of the globe lately. An Australian supercar isn't nearly as surprising a development as a Polish supercar, but it does add one more nationality to the supercar ranks.

Melbourne-based Joss announced plans to introduce the latest prototype of its 500-hp JP1 supercar, along with a computer generation of the production model, at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in July.

Maserati To Spin Off Alfa 4 C

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

Maserati To Spin Off Alfa 4 C test 2

The small, sexy Alfa Romeo 4C that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show was apparently so striking that it made siblings over at Fiat jealous. Because Maserati reportedly wants a 4C of its own. Rumors are pointing to a possible Maserati spin-off based on the delicious, cherry-red, two-seat roadster platform of the 4C. A more powerful, tridented 4C? Sounds like a win-win.

There's A New Sheriff('s Report) In Town: 2011 Cruisers Compared

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 1:02PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department just revealed its "Law Enforcement Vehicle Test and Evaluation Program [for] Vehicle Model Year 2011," and it is riveting.

Buried amid its 174 very dry-reading pages—in PDF format, thank God—are many fascinating facts, including that this test program is as old as I am. Yessiree, since 1974 the LACSD has been evaluating whatever vehicles were thrown at it to separate real "Special Service/Police" vehicles from pieces of something else.

More Details: Jag's Crossover

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nearly every sports and luxury automaker either offers a crossover or is in the process of developing one, no matter how loudly purists doth protest. It's just a fact of the modern automotive market; an unfortunate fact, but a fact just the same.

You might have thought that Jaguar would be one of the few luxury automakers that lay off the crossover craze, because of its affiliation with Land Rover. You know, because crossovers and SUVs are kind of Land Rover's thing. It's only thing. But, that hasn't deterred Jaguar from developing a crossover all its own.

BMW M1 On The Way?

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 8:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, here's one of the juiciest rumors that we've heard in... well, since the last M1 rumor: BMW is reportedly considering a possible M1 revival (again). Far from a done deal, the rumors indicate that BMW is at the very initial stages of such a possibility, working on a few sketches of the design. So, even if you take the Internet-based rumor at face value, there's still a long way to go before we ever see an M1. And still a lot of time for BMW to can the project.

The original M1, which was produced by BMW from 1978 to 1981, is, to this day, the ultimate (and pretty much only) BMW supercar. Developed with the help of Lamborghini, the two-seater used a mid-mounted 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels. It is a true Bimmer icon.

Classic Car Cultist: Volvo 240

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 12:16PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Many cars are popular because of their brawn, and some cars are popular because of their looks. The Volvo 240 has neither. And yet, since the 240’s inception and ultimate release into the North American market in 1975, the Volvo 240 has received an unusual following in the dark and mysterious underground of car enthusiasm. For example, while you might find a classic Sting Ray on the cover of every motoring magazine worldwide, you will also find articles, blogs, fan websites, videos, and accessories for Volvo 240s—all without the glitz and glamour of front-page notoriety.