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That might not *actually* be what they’re calling it, but can you blame me?
OK, I’ll play this one straight from now on. Not because I'm afraid of the retribution—or lack thereof—that can come my way from needling the nerds that buy this ridiculous car as they’re an apparently ever-diminishing pool (sales down 66 percent since Aug. 2009!), but because my electronic breath is wasted as ForTwo buyers must be able to shrug off constant insults or they wouldn’t drive the kind of vehicle that even circus-clown-car-buyers avoid else someone might think their ride is ridiculous.
So, instead, I’ll forget what Forbes said about the Little Coupe that Can’t—see my other article!—and try to find something positive to say in recognition of the Magical Misery Tour smart (the company) is bringing to burgs like yours so that smart (again, not the term for intelligence) owners can all come out of the weirdwork together and collectively fine-tune their reasons for not being ashamed at driving something so clearly not meant for American roads in everyone’s way on American roads.
Oh. That didn’t end up being “positive,” did it? Let’s take another run at it…
Posted In: Auto Shows, Miscellaneous
Tags: smart car, forbes, Consumer Reports, U.S. Tour, ForTwo
Well, what the hell did the cat drag in here? Italian customizer Fuoriserie Torino thought it prudent to take one of the most masuline, testosterone-fueled vehicles out there and cover it in a vineyard motiff. Not even a somewhat respectable-looking vine-and-leaf motif, which probably could have been done in a way that would almost complement the Defender's muscular, no-nonsense body, but a completely effiminate, flowery-purple camo job. Why?!
Don't get me wrong, I like wine as much as the next guy. And there are probably a few cars that would look good in a wine wrap (maybe after a glass or two, anyway). But the Land Rover Defender? That's not exactly the canvas for a purple-and-light-green vineyard painting. There are so many other ways you could have made this somewhat acceptable—deep merlot color, some sort of powerful winery mascot/logo, etc. How exactly do you defend this decision?
Posted In: Special / Limited Edition
Tags: tunes, special editions, wine, Land Rover, Defender, Fuoriserie Torino
Every once in a while a car company gets it right. They mix the right blend of power, beauty, and mystique into the pot and come out with something that elicits an image of several engineers in lab coats smoking cigars and patting each other on the back as they stand at the end of the production line when the first model rolls off. In 1996 those crafty Chevy engineers had every right to celebrate when they made the very limited Corvette Grand Sport.
Even though there were only 1000 models made (810 coupes and 190 convertibles), the Grand Sport was a car that got worldwide attention. The C4 Corvette (fourth generation) was in its final model year, but after being around for 12 years (1984-1996), it seems Chevy wanted it to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.
Tags: 1996, Chevrolet, Corvette, Grand Sport, LT4, ZR-1, ZR1, C4, C5, LT1,
Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer decided to push the limits of the fuel tank during a test drive? It seems more and more drivers are doing the exact same thing, only not in the name of comedy—in the name of dollar bills.
All commuters experience it on a daily basis: the stomach-dropping sensation of watching way too much of your weekly paycheck get sucked into an automated gas pump. The dollars just tick way faster than the gallons these days and the trip to the gas station—once a rather neutral task—has become the equivalent of a root canal or proctological exam (another great, car-related Seinfeld episode—"The Ass Man").
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: driving, news, gas, gas prices, studies, AAA, Motor Club, fuel tank, Running Out of Gas
Saab is struggling to come up with enough cash to survive, and the company is looking to several Chinese companies for help. Saab is in talks with three Chinese automakers in regards to an investment and production deal. A deal could be reached within days.
Saab is talking to Great Wall Motor Company, China Youngman Automobile Group Company, and Jiangsu Yueda Group Company. Talks with all three are moving forward, and a deal with one of the three may be reached soon.
Posted In: Car News, Rumors
Tags: saab, chinese, Great Wall Motor Company, China Youngman Automobile Group, Jiangsu Yueda Group Company, Spyker, 9-4X crossover SUV
As rumors predicted it would, Zagato has released a special edition model designed to celebrate 100 years of Alfa Romeo. It decided to celebrate that by building a car based on the Dodge Viper(?). I know Fiat/Alfa and Chrysler/Dodge are all BFF business buddies at this point, but that's been the case for only about 2 of those 100 years. But, I guess Alfa doesn't really have an 8C to build the special edition on, so Zagato did the next best thing.
Since the car is a highly limited special edition that Zagato calls a "design exercise" and "avant-garde car," its underpinnings shouldn't matter that much. More important is its sexy, cherry exterior.
Although on paper, the C-Class Mercedes should have been competition for the benchmarked 3-Series BMW, anyone that has driven the two cars can attest that other than size, there wasn't much to compare between the two. The BMW simply walked away from the C-Class in every competitive category; that is... Until now. Although it's technically not a new model, there are enough improvements to the 2012 C-Class to garner a second (or third) look.
Little upgrades are noticeable and appreciated all around the new C-Class, beginning out front with a bigger grille and three-pointed star for the Sport version of the car. The hood is crafted out of aluminum to save 20 pounds off the nose, while the more dramatically slanted front end, combined with new bumpers and headlights all help the car achieve a very sleek 0.26 coefficient of drag. To put that number in perspective, a C6 Corvette sports a 0.28 Cd.
As you probably know, if you're a GM fanatic (do those exist?) or just a guy that happens to read a lot of auto news, Chevy will turn 100 next year. Chevy clearly wouldn't let such a prestigious birthday go by without some recognition, and we've already seen one little present: the Corvette Centennial Edition. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Chevy also has a few more special edition performance packages, along with a few modifications, in store for the Corvette. A Chevy dealer recently got onto the Interwebs and spilled the beans.
Car dealers are a little like kids when it comes to secrets. They get early access to some pretty juicy car information and just can't wait to tell all their closest friends, and, by extension, the entire world. Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner got some advance product information on the special edition 2012 Corvettes and immediately hopped on his router to share the good news on Corvette Forum. And once something of interest hits the Web, it's as good as global.
Posted In: Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Corvette, Chevy, GM, limited edition, 100th anniversary, special edition, performance packages
The Lamborghini Aventador really doesn't need a promotional campaign to make the masses covet it. All they really need to do is say it: New. Lamborghini. That's about all I'd need to hear in order to know that I wanted it. For those that are a little more cynical or jaded, additional information like 700 horsepower and 2.9 seconds to 62 mph should be enough to get them drooling.
But, apparently Sant A'gata Bolognese wanted to see the drool gushing out of mouths everywhere. Because they've given us a promo video that makes us want the Aventador LP700-4 more than ever.
You know, when I think things like "ice" and "world speed record", the last thing that comes to mind is "convertible." Then again, I suppose ""Bentley would be among the last things to come to mind, too.
However, Bentley did indeed break the world ice speed record (yes, there is such a thing) earlier this year. And it did it in a Continental Supersports convertible. So it's not that illogical to see the all-new Continental Supersports Convertible ISR Mulliner. Bentley will use the limited edition model to celebrate its achievement.
Posted In: Car News, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: Bentley, convertible, roadster, special edition, Ice Speed Record Edition, world records
Flashback: two years ago. Top Gear ran a show claiming to discredit the real world applicability of the Tesla Roadster. Two Roadsters were shown suffering ‘breakdowns’ on the track and the show’s script, completed before the vehicles were tested, concluded with the host saying, “in the real world, it doesn’t seem to work.” Although Tesla ignored the original airing of Top Gear’s anti-Roadster show, the company recently decided to serve BBC with a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood. If add up the ten million real-world miles which Tesla Roadsters have successfully hummed by 1,500 owners around the globe, they may have a case.
Tesla claims to have waited so long because the show continues to “repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers on BBC channels, on other TV channels via syndication, the internet, and by DVD.” A lawsuit is the only recourse the company has. In a recent blog post, Tesla tries to field some of the misconceptions aired on Top Gear.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: BBC, Top Gear, Tesla, lawsuit, discredited, Roadster, Roadsters, EV, EVs, 10 Million, reliable, reliability, real world, real-world, Electric Cars