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Look What the Cat Dragged in: Panzani Design-Tuned Jaguar S-Type

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Panzani Design-Tuned Jaguar S-Type- test 2

If you're going to resurrect an old car model, at least make it worth everyone's time. This madeover Jaguar S-Type called the Vintage GT is decidedly not worth the effort that made it. It's hideous, and Panzani Design should have let the S-Type rest peacefully. The tuner takes what was once a luxury sedan and turns it into a pudgy, wannabe muscle car. As you can see, the end result is awkwardness epitomized.

Godzilla Rattled: 2012 GT-R Shipments Delayed By Earthquake

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

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What's more powerful than a massive, fire-breathing lizard? Mother Nature herself. Nissan has told the media that it will be forced to delay shipments of the new GT-R, the bang-for-the-buck supercar nicknamed after Japan's most famous reptile, due to the massive earthquake that has left the island nation in tatters. The Tochigi Plant where the GT-R is manufactured is one of six Nissan plants that were shut down by the quake. Production has been suspended until this Friday.

Family Haulin' With The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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To all of the single men out there, if you haven't had to make the choice yet, your time is coming.  It has long been one of the key indicators that your youth and "fun" are officially over for good, and a new, more mature (read:  devoid of road going excitement) you will now have to trade in fast, sweeping, adrenaline-laced on-ramps for slow, lazy, commutes to and from the grocery store. Sure, you may have the flashy two-seat Corvette or Porsche now, but when the wife has decided it's time for kids, suddenly that once indispensable car of yours will suddenly become a lot more expendable than you could have ever imagined, whether by your choice or otherwise.

That is the way it has been. Men making sacrifices for their children before they are even born and trying to bury the pain of cars gone by year after year, but those memories never really go away, do they? Well, with the invention of the new Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, those days of ritualized martyrdom could just be over for good. Forget your old Nomads, forget your Woodies, and forget even your modern day Magnum SRT8s or BMW Grand Turismos. This is the baddest wagon you're ever going to lay your eyes on, or put your kids in.

Lamborghini Aventador Filmed in Berlin

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador Filmed in Berlin test 1-1

While Ferrari has gotten out of the gate with all kinds of video of its FF concept, country mate Lamborghini has yet to really show its Aventador LP700-4 in action. Well, that officially changed this week. Kind of.

The eight-minute clip below delivers some beautiful footage of the Aventador, and it's moving—but unfortunately, it's moving along at a parade pace rather than a full-on, 217-mph pace. But we do get all kinds of close-ups of the car set to some ultra-dramatic choir music. And that grumble oh, that wonderful V12 grumble.


Hyundai R&D Chief Resigns

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Tim Healey

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Hyundai's research and development chief, Lee Hyun-soon, has resigned for personal reasons. The resignation is effective March 15. As vice chairman of research and development, Hyun-soon was responsible for Hyundai's first in-house engine during his time with the company. The 60-year-old led the development of the Alpha engine in 1991, which replaced Mitsubishi-sourced power-plants in Hyundai vehicles.

To The Bottom Of The Problem: NHTSA To Investigate Seat Warmer Hazards

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Seat heaters are one of those luxurious, little options that you invest in if your average year includes numerous mornings of scraping frost off your windshield and warming your car via remote start. You could live without them, but they're a nice little comfort that takes the chill out of those icy, leather seats.

But, there may be a problem with your backside pampering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) is investigating whether seat heaters pose a significant threat of burning your cheeks. If so, expect to see a rash of seat-warmer recalls over the next few years.

Alfa Romeo 4C To Get Porsche Power?

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Despite a strong denouncement of an Alfa Romeo sale by Sergio Marchionne himself, media reports indicate that Volkswagen is still interested in the brand. And one of the more interesting aspects of the rumors is that Volkswagen would share Porsche engines with its newest brand, should an Alfa deal between Fiat and VW ever come to pass. According to an Autocar report, Porsche would share its new flat-four with Alfa, an engine that is still being developed.

At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Fiat Chairman John Elkann made the automaker's disinterest in selling Alfa Romeo pretty black-and-white: "We would not sell Alfa even if we were offered tons of money."

Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator test 1-1

Though the FF that Ferrari debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this month was officially a concept, we know that Ferrari plans to use it to replace the 612 Scaglietti. And the Prancing Horse is moving forward with the model, giving customers the opportunity to create their own virtual versions. The Italian icon launched a configurator of the car earlier this week, letting you pick out the perfect colors, materials, and options for the hottest AWD hatchback of the year.

Chrysler Still Milking Imported From Detroit Message

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I was just starting to forget about Chrysler's heralded "Imported From Detroit" ad. In fact, I bet there are many people who have not only forgotten the ad, but who have forgotten who won the Super Bowl during which the ad debuted. And right on cue, Chrysler has offered a little reminder of its stark, compelling ad campaign with a new line of "Imported From Detroit" clothing.

The clothing gets a brand new logo, which features a [presumably blue collar worker's fist wrapped around the Chrysler wings with the "Imported From Detroit" tagline surrounding it. The logo adorns a line of clothing that includes hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, and beanies.

Tesla Model S Pricing And Availability Announced

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Tesla Model S four-door will base at a price of $49,900 when it hits the North American market in mid-2012, the California-based automaker announced last week. That price is after the $7,500 federal tax credit and will buy drivers the sporty, 160-mile Model S variant.

Unlike the horsepower and speed that you expect pay more for in gas vehicles, buyers will have to pony up for increased range, and it won't come cheap. For an extra 70 miles worth of range, you'll be paying an extra 10 grand: the 230-mile-rated Model S will cost $59,900. No bulk discounts here.

Buick Continuing To Market To Youth With NCAA Deal

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:31AM | By: Tim Healey

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This is not your father's Buick marketing deal. As part of a continuing effort to appeal to younger buyers, Buick has signed a three-year deal with the NCAA to advertise during NCAA events, such as the men's basketball tournament, which begins tonight.

Buick's sponsorship will include commercials for its LaCrosse and Regal sedans.

Buick is aiming for the NCAA audience because the company's research indicates that the tournament audience is made up of educated folks with money; but there's another potential benefit for the brand: The younger audience might help shift Buick's average buyer age lower.