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Classic Car Cultist: Volvo 240

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

Volvo 240 test 2

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.

GM Cancels Plans For Luxury Plug-In Hybrid

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 10:25AM | By: Tim Healey

GM Cancels Plans For Luxury Plug-In Hybrid test 1-1

Sources are telling Automotive News that General Motors will drop plans to build a luxury plug-in hybrid using the Cadillac SRX crossover's platform. Apparently, the reason for the decision is that the company felt that the project was not financially viable.

The plan could be restarted using another platform, but sources told Automotive News that the engineers have been reassigned to other projects.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer  test 2

As it detailed last week, Aston Martin is racing its all-new V12 Zagato in the VLN race at Nurburgring this weekend. Of course, it's not racing the street version shown at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este last weekend; it's racing a modified, track version of the car. In other words, we have a whole new Zagato-Aston sports car to ogle.

C7 Chevy Corvette To Use Small Turbo V8

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

C7 Chevy Corvette To Use Small Turbo V8  test 2

I think that even people that don't give a lick about Corvettes must be eagerly awaiting the debut of the C7 Chevy Corvette, if only to verify which rumors are true and which are false. So far we've heard of radical departures that include a mid-engined layout, V-6 engines and split-window rear windshield ala the 1963 Stingray. The latest rumor might make the most sense of all: a smaller V-8 powerplant that uses turbo charging.

According to the Detroit Bureau, GM is eager to attract a new breed of customer, the type of buyers that currently can't run fast enough to the nearest Porsche dealer. Younger buyers just aren't impressed with a brutish, unrefined muscle car; they want a smarter, more sophisticated ride. So Chevy will give it to them, by moving away from its history of big, burly but simple engines and employing something a little more in line with European competitors.


More Evidence Of Lamborghini Sedan Straight From Winkelmann

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sedan test 2

Lamborghini should really just end the charade already. It's becoming pretty obvious that the Bull is building a sedan. Reports of the likelihood of a Lambo four-door have been getting stronger and stronger since last year. And those reports aren't originating from "insiders" or "those familiar with the matter," they're coming straight from Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. Just admit it already: you're building a sedan.

The latest inkling: Winkelmann recently said at the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit that Lamborghini will launch a third car and that it will be an "every day" model.

The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 3:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar test 1-1

Danish design firm HBH has a history of helping the development of limited edition supercars. Our personal favorite is the in-your-face, 1,100-hp Zenvo ST1. And even though $1.2 million will be extremely rare, HBH has decided that it's just not rare enough. The design firm is moving toward becoming a sort of bespoke supercar-maker, a place where billionaires can stop in to commission completely unique, multi-million-dollar supercar-singles.

The company is already hard at work on the first of such supercars, a car that is essentially a mid-engined Aston Martin V-12 Vantage. A single teaser picture gives us a look at what to expect.

Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Uber-CLS test 2

Mercedes is considering a move up the high-performance luxury sedan market in the form of a Bentley Continental GT/Flying Spur rival. Interestingly, it looks like the sporty four-door, if it comes to fruition, will be branded a Mercedes-Benz rather than a Maybach, Daimler's traditional ultra-premium Bentley rival.

A Polish Supercar? No really, A Polish Supercar.

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

A Polish Supercar? No really, A Polish Supercar. test 1-1

Despite all of the jokes that are certain to fly when the greater world gets a hold of the idea of a Polish supercar (and its Lamborghini-mirroring design), Arrinera Automotive is preparing to launch just such a vehicle. The company has released a series of renderings showing the car.

Arrinera plans to officially unveil the car in June, but until then, it's given us a pretty complete look via a series of renderings. And the look we get indicates that the car is going to essentially be a V8-powered faux-Lambo. It looks uncannily similar to the Murcielago, so much so that we swear that all they did was swap out the V12 engine for something new.

An Awkward, Corvette-Based Concept: Endora SC1

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 9:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

Corvette-based Endora SC-1 test 2

Say what you will about the Corvette-ZR1-based Bertone Mantide, at least there was some semblance of cohesive design. Yes, it may have been way too sharp-angled, extreme, and just downright weird for many car enthusiasts. Especially for $2 million. But there was a clear direction, a method to the madness, if you will.

I don't think that we can say the same for the Corvette-based Endora SC-1. This car kind of makes the Mantide look like an ostensible thing of beauty.

Protospar Lampo3: 560-HP, Three-Motored Electric Concept

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 9:35AM | By: Chris Weiss

Protospar Lampo3 test 2

Ever notice that the Swiss have pretty much zero automotive presence. Despite dominating industries like timepieces and pocket knives, and despite that "Swiss engineered" is about the equivalent of "utmost quality," the Swiss don't really get involved in cars, outside of a couple of tuning firms and a handful of small, specialty automakers.

And maybe that's because the process behind making a car that's good enough to wear a "Swiss engineered" label is just so damn intricate and time-consuming, it's not worth it. At least that's the impression we're getting from Swiss EV-maker Protoscar. Because we're on the third iteration of the company's "Lampo" EV prototype and it still don't appear to be anywhere near actual production.

Money Meet Mouth: Obama Orders Government To Buy Green Cars

On: Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A well-publicized and long-standing goal of President Obama and his administration is to put a million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 in an effort to cut dependence on foreign oil and improve emissions. Recently, though, it's become increasingly obvious that that goal may just be a little too ambitious, with media reports showing that the administration's numbers are overly optimistic, to put it politely.

So, Obama is taking a little motivation from the age-old maxim "If you want it done right, do it yourself." He recently ordered the government to purchase more than 100 EVs for the government fleet.