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German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante test 1-1

Problem: German supercar-maker Gumpert makes a powerful, visceral, two-seat hypercar known as the Apollo. While exhilarating in terms of capabilities, its raw, unrefined interior and exterior haven't been all that appealing to the type of pampered clientele that could actually afford one.

Solution: The Tornante, a more attractive two-seater designed with the help of Italian design firm Touring Superleggera. The new Gumpert brings a higher level of aesthetics, comfort, and sophistication without losing too much of the sheer, unapologizing performance of the Apollo.


Infiniti Shows Off The Etherea Concept

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, that was fast. About a week after it teased an unnamed Geneva concept, Infiniti released full picture details of the car. And as was rumored, it's called the Etherea and takes off on the stylish Essence concept that Infiniti presented in 2009.


Renault Previews Outlandish Crossover Concept

On: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There are those concepts that are basically just slightly rough versions of actual production cars. And then there are concepts that are so odd-looking, you know that nothing even closely resembling them will ever actually roll on highways. Renault's new, Geneva-bound Captur concept is definitely in the latter category. It's not as wild-looking as some concepts, but certain cartoonish features let you know that Renault won't be pumping out a high-volume production model based on this one.


Chevy Tops List of Record-Breaking Commercials

On: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Though the Volkswagen "The Force" ad and Chrysler "Imported from Detroit" ad gained the most buzz and love during and after the Super Bowl, a dark horse slipped in to take the spot for "most watched ad of all time", according to numbers from the Nielsen Company. The television ratings firm calculated the most watched commercial ever to be Chevy's "Ms. Evelyn".


 

Obama Administration Remains [Too] Optimistic On 1-Million Green Vehicle Goal

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 6:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Wow, it must be fun to be a math expert. Because then you just get to ignore real numbers altogether and put out your own "expert" opinions based on nothing.

Just look at the math guys in the Obama adminstration. Back in 2008, President Obama made a campaign pledge to put a million electric vehicles and hybrids on the road by 2015. And like many a campaign pledge, it was catchy, sounded like a worthy goal, but as of a few years later, it isn't actually happening here in the real world. But, that's where the numbers guys come in! Now that we're halfway there, and anyone who's not in the administration is casting big doubts on the goal, the Energy Department has released some numbers that seem to defy reality. Not only is the auto industry on track to put a million green cars on the road by 2015, they're going to beat the original goal with 1.2 million or more!


Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition To Debut In Geneva

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 5:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've been following the Lexus LFA, you might think that Lexus' special-edition, 50-run Nurburgring package made its public debut sometime last year. But if you've really been following the LFA closely, then you know that while Lexus announced the package and released a few photos nearly a year ago, it never actually brought the Nurburgring-spec LFA to an auto show for an official debut. Well, the company is finally making up for that, in announcing that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will mark the official public debut of the suped-up special edition. Prepare to see some live pictures of the LFA under the intense lights of the showroom floor.


Adventure Awaits At The Overland Expo

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Prepare to be covered in dust and mud whilst shaking with sheer anticipation. The 2011 Overland Expo is set to go down April 1-3 in Amado, Arizona. For the vast majority of us, who have no clue where that is, Amado is a small desert town 30 minutes south of Tucson along Interstate 19. For those of us who believe in true navigation, Amado is at latitude/longitude: 31.70 N/111.07 W, elevation 3090 feet. The Expo is an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by bike or other vehicles. OX, as attendees affectionately call it, includes an adventure vehicle exhibition, workshops, classes, roundtable programs, and an exciting travel film festival. If you’re into exploring the unknown, cutting-edge auto technology, artsy films, camping, or even happy hour you will enjoy this event.


Volkswagen Releases Blooper Reel For Superbowl Commercial

On: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Volkswagen's "The Force" Super Bowl advertisement's was one of the biggest hits of the game. In fact, by several sources' counts, it was the best commercial of the entire day.

Not missing the opportunity to capitalize on the buzz stemming from its hit commercial, Volkswagen has released a short, one-minute clip of the bloopers from the video. If you were enamored with the pint-sized Darth Vader, played by six-year-old actor Max Page, you won't want to miss this clip.


De Tomaso Is Back, Teases Geneva Launch

On: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like things remain on track for the De Tomaso Geneva comeback. In December, we heard word that De Tomaso was on track to bring an all new four-door to the Geneva Motor Show. While we were enthused to hear this news, we took it like you have to take any news concerning the comeback of a once-great, bankrupted, on-the-way-back car company. "We'll believe it when we see it" was the cliched stance that we had no choice but to take.

Fortunately, it looks likely that we will indeed be seeing it. De Tomaso will be presenting its first car in Geneva and has provided teaser images of the car.


Another Stunning BMW Concept Launching Under Name "Vision"

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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BMW will debut a new roadster concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month. And the pictures tell us that it's going to be as stylish as its Vision EfficientDynamics concept that originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is now on the way to production. More than just a way to build buzz around Bimmer, the Vision ConnectedDrive concept will preview new, in-vehicle technology systems that will make it to production models like the Vision Ed and MegaCity EV. The concept also introduces new design language, which will also make it to the production line.


2011 Best US Cities for Autonuts

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


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For too long, bloggers and would-be "lifestyle" magazines have disseminated articles about the virtues of certain cities throughout the United States which have the best climate, outdoor activities, cost of living to average salary ratio, or worse…the highest population of singles over 65. Auto enthusiasts have waited too long for a list which actually gives them cities with useful amenities like ample gas stations, colorful car shows, or perhaps even a rich automotive historical heritage. This list is dedicated to seek out and explain the best, most exciting, cities for autonuts to visit or live. Viewer discretion is advised; not all content is suitable for every pocketbook.