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Bertone, the Italian design house that has brought us such cars as the $2-million Corvette ZR1-based Mantide, has been in court-supervised liquidation since 2008. The most recent turn in this process is that six classic concepts developed for Lamborghini, Chevy, and Lancia will be auctioned off by U.K.-based RM Auctions. The auction will give wealthy car enthusiasts the rare chance at owning a classic Bertone concept.
Tags: Bertone, concepts, auctions, rare cars, design, RM Auction
Holy Roman Empire, Batman, the Batmobile is almost as valuable as a priceless collection of Etruscan snoods! That sums up my surprise when a modified 1977 Lincoln Continental sold this weekend for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Palm Beach. But that’s not all. Apparently, the Batmobile has sold for drastically larger sums… even breaking the $200,000 mark. Wow, who would have thought a customized replica could attract so much consumer demand? Even more shocking are the companies which produce parts and complete replica Batmobiles for the collector market.
Posted In: Auctions, Car News
Tags: Batman, Batmobile, Lincoln, Continental, 1977, Robin, replica, Barret-Jackson, Barret Jackson, Palm Beach
Rumors of a pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler have been surfacing for years. Chrysler is still thought to be considering the model and only stoked the flames when it introduced a Mopar special edition called the NuKizer 715 at last year's Easter Jeep Safari. Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne was later quoted as strongly supporting that model for production, and the jeep/off-road world has waited for official word ever since.
Well, we now have an official Jeep pickup. Only it's not a production Wrangler pickup, but an aftermarket conversion kit offered by Mopar. Still, it's a step in the right direction.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Jeep, Jeep pickup, Mopar, accessories, Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler JK-8 Independence, 2011 Easter Jeep Safari
Automakers just love birthdays, especially when they're nice round numbers. So when you have an icon like the Chevy Corvette and you have a 100th birthday, you just know there's a special edition coming.
Okay, as you've probably figured out, the Corvette hasn't been around for 100 years. But Chevy has. And what better way to celebrate than by making its heralded flagship just a little more special? It's the Corvette Centennial Edition and it's coming to dealerships this summer.
Posted In: Car News, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Corvette, Chevy, GM, limited edition, special edition, Corvette Centennial Edition
Chrysler expects to have its debt refinanced by June, which would pave the way for Fiat to take a majority stake in the company.
Currently, Chrysler owes $7 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments. Chrysler is hoping to have the debt refinanced by June, so that Fiat can become the majority owner. The Italian automaker cannot take ownership until the governments are paid back.
After eleven years of ‘official’ civil war and twenty years of physical and economic devastation, residents of Sierra Leone hope to build a brighter future. Land Rover is working to make that happen by supporting the Red Cross in its mission to aid people and communities in Sierra Leone to recover and create a better environment for all.
The eleven-year conflict claimed over 50,000 lives, destroyed communities, and left individuals and families physically and emotionally traumatized. Of particular interest are the children. The Red Cross estimates that nearly 17,000 kids have fought as child soldiers, even from the ripe age of six. These kids have witnessed and experienced unspeakable atrocities, but through the Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR) program they have a second chance to change their lives forever.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Videos
Tags: Land Rover, Red Cross, Sierra Leone, Defender, Defenders, civil war, children, kids, CAR, program
If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Saturday, emissions checks and safety probes will be delayed. The EPA will stop certifying that 2012 vehicles and fuels meet federal emission standards, and the Department of Transportation will stop making rules and performing safety inspections.
If the government shuts down, that means up to 800,000 non-essential workers could be furloughed.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Safety, Technology
Tags: EPA, government, federal government, NHTSA, safety
Ford may not yet have a production plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle on the market, but it's using the all-new Focus Econetic to boost its green credentials considerably. The car will offer class-leading efficiency when it hits the market a year from now. With an estimated 55 mpg U.S. rating, it inches past even the Toyota Prius.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green
Tags: Ford, Focus, green, Focus Econetic, Amsterdam Motor Show, 2011 New York Motor Show
While the biggest story of the Pagani Huayra is the car itself (and maybe that weird name), a pretty large subplot is that the 700-hp supercar will be the first Pagani available in the United States. As such, Pagani will obviously need to set up a dealership network where the uber-rich can go to browse and order the $1.4 million coupe. Earlier this week, Pagani announced its first two U.S. dealerships.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Pagani, Huayra, dealers, business, supercars
Trying to spike some interest and sales, Chrysler has announced a new test-drive campaign. The company is moving out of the dealer lots and showrooms and into the last great bastion of American consumerism: the shopping mall. Chrysler will be bringing several vehicle models to malls around the country. Not only will drivers get to test the new cars from the comfort of their own mall, they'll get a $15 gift certificate good at said mall. Sounds like a solid reason to test drive some new wheels.
A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity: A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end.
Tags: Porsche, Cajun, Cayenne, Cayenne Turbo S, Cajun Turbo S, Cayenne Hybrid, BMW X6, X3, Volvo XC60, Acura RDX