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Porsche Details Plans For New U.S. Plant and Test Track

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 5:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's the latest news from Porsche, and for once it's not a Black Edition or some other special edition; it's plans for a new North American headquarters. Porsche will remain in Atlanta, where it’s been for the past 13 years, but will build an all-new, state-of-the-art production center near the International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Plans call for office space, production facilities and a Customer Experience Center that employ more than 400.

After a one-year search for alternate locations, Porsche decided that it was quite at home in Atlanta. Its new headquarters will be built on a plot known as the Aerotropolis Atlanta development site.

Video: Lamborghini Disassembles Entire Aventador To Bring It Indoors

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 4:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, Lamborghini was working to display its all-new Aventador LP700-4 for an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. For its part, Lamborghini planned to show its latest flagship in Rome's Chiostro del Bramante museum. But they ran into a problem: the historic building wasn't exactly built with the idea of accommodating supercars through its doors. The Aventador wouldn't fit.

You don't get to be a world-class automotive icon by quitting, so the Lamborghini team tore the Aventador apart piece by piece, brought those pieces inside, and then reassembled it into the grand supercar that it is. Problem solved.

New Ford Focus ST Gets Fine-Tuned

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Prototypes of the new Ford Focus ST are dotting the globe in an international effort to release Ford’s first global performance car, which brings the same ST performance to both North America and Asia for the first time. But before final production, Ford must put the new Focus through a painstaking tuning process including some of the most demanding roads found from California to Nurburgring, and from German autobahns to backcountry lanes across Great Britain. Fans of the new Focus may even catch a glimpse out on the road. If a brand-spanking-new Focus crosses your path with a snazzy paint job, lowered suspension, larger wheels and tires, and the enduring symbol of sportiness—a central rear double exhaust—then you’ve just experienced a taste of the latest performance vehicle from Ford.

Bertone To Sell A Sextet Of Show-Stopping Sirens

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I’ve already covered many of the classic confections due to be sold May 21 when RM Auctions has their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy.

And as rare as they all might be, none can claim to be “one-of-one,” nor can they boast having been a show-stopping show car created from one of the finest automotive design houses on the planet, Bertone S.P.A.

Yup, it’s that Bertone, and each of the six vehicles being sold there comes directly from the design house’s own collection. Some, like the Lamborghini Marzal and Lancia Stratos HF Zero, are world-famous and rightly so, while the others are less well-known and, in turn, less expensive.

So if you’re looking to add some crown jewels to your collection and have a thing for Italian design straight from the source, here’s your one and only chance.

Get to it!


Subaru Tribeca, Mazda 6 To Be Discontinued: Report

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Tim Healey

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A report in Automotive News suggests that the Mazda6 and Subaru Tribeca, two American-built vehicles from Japanese manufacturers, may not be long for this world.

Of the two, the Tribeca seems to be in more trouble. A Japanese newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo, is reporting that Subaru has halted research and development on the Tribeca, which is built in Indiana, and that production will end when the current version is ready to be retired. Slow sales and a desire to build more of the popular Outback and Legacy models seem to be spurring the move.

Zagato and Aston To Reveal New Concept

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Zagato is really making headlines lately. And it's doing so with the biggest, most relevant "As" of sexy, high performance European cars. Following last month's TZ3 Stradale, a celebration of Aston Martin heritage, Zagato will introduce a new concept in conjunction with Aston Martin. Aston released a teaser rendering of the car this week.

Like recent Zagato masterpieces the TZ3 Stradale and TZ3 Corsa, the new concept is meant to celebrate an anniversary. This time it's the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, the first collaboration between Gaydon and the Italian coach builder. The new model will make its debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este later this month.

Google Wants To Test Self-Driven Cars In Nevada

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you're the state with the second highest percentage of public land in the union, you make a natural testing bed for any initiative that could wreak havoc on the general public. Take a look at a map of Nevada and you'll see how public land and dangerous testing come together in the numerous mysterious military installations that occupy its barren lands. Area 51 is just the tip of the iceberg.

Indeed, some 80 percent of Nevada is owned and operated by the federal government, giving it the highest percentage of federally owned land in the United States. The state is all casino resorts on its borders, but lots of open, desolate lands filling up its interior.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: Hybrid Theory?

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Once every decade or so, one of these vehicles comes around; they aren't quite tough enough to be considered trucks or even SUVs, but somehow they don't display enough sedan DNA to be considered cars either. In the past, the most recent example was the 1999-2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS convertible that you can see in the 2000 film Mission to Mars (Gary Sinise rolls up several years in the future). Ten years before that, the Geo Tracker and Suzuki Sidekick showed up with the looks of a dwarfed SUV, but the driving characteristics of a tall compact car.  

It's been exactly a decade since the end of Isuzu's run in America with its VehiCross-over, and sure enough we have the newest addition to this group of misfit toys:  The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. It's an interesting vehicle to say the least, but to be honest; we are not entirely sure what purpose it serves, especially in this day and economic age. Sure, small SUV sales are up a bit in recent years, and everyone loves a convertible, but those two things don't necessarily go well together, kind of like honey mustard and Rice Krispies Treats. 

Chevy Details C7 Corvette's Global Ambitions

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's no secret that the next-generation Corvette, the C7 Corvette, is imminent. It's also not a secret that Chevy may just do something a little different with the C7. For years, media reports and rumors have suggested that Chevy might employ some drastic changes like a mid-engine layout and split rear windshield. GM executives recently fleshed out their motivation in making one of the most well-known, traditional icons of American automotives "completely different".

Closer To Lamborghini Sesto Production

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Just a few days ago, we heard that Sesto Elemento production is already a given inside the walls of Lamborghini headquarters. It appears only a matter of time before Lamborghini makes the announcement. While it hasn't quite done that, anonymous insiders have been doing some gumming about what the Sesto Elemento will look like, and despite being about as conceptual a car as we've ever seen from Lamborghini, it should look quite similar in production as it did in concept.

According to Autocar, company insiders have indicated that Lamborghini is actually in the advanced stages of Sesto development. That report gels with last week's report out of Germany that Lamborghini will look to launch the car this fall.

Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.