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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.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Car Reviews
Tags: Cities, Living, Museum, Monterey, Detroit, Palm Beach, Scottsdale, Club, Condo, Show, List
When it comes to exciting cars of yesteryear, few cars are as underappreciated as the legendary Acura NSX. Whether it was being mistaken for a Ferrari or taking knocks for not having enough power as other cars in its price class, the NSX does not get nearly the credit it deserved. But with a little more insight, we might just be able to get the NSX the credit it absolutely deserves.
In the mid-1980s, after years of research, Honda decided to throw its hat into the performance car ring. Using the Ferrari 348 as a benchmark to beat, Honda set out on its journey and quickly decided that instead of trying to find a designer better than those talented Italians, they would just go out and pay the very best Italian on the market to create the shape of their halo car. And so, in 1984, Honda employed the services of none other than the legendary Pininfarina to pen a prototype deemed the HP-X or Honda Pininfarina Xperimental which evolved six years later onto show room floors as the NSX, or New Sportscar Xperimental. Honda took note of some exotic cars' penchant for breaking down and being temperamental when it came to driving their very wealthy owners around for any length of time or any lengthy distance. The goal of the NSX was to be every bit an exotic that its Italian competitors were, but to excel where they were weak, and at a price point much lower than even the cheapest prancing horse or raging bull. And from its first appearance in 1991 to its final bow in 2005, the NSX achieved all of its goals in spades.
Tags: acura nsx, hp-x, integra, s2000, viper, corvette, ferrari, lamborghini, Zanardi Edition, NSX-T
It looks like Chevy won't be the only manufacturer upping its green vehicle production. Nissan representatives said this week that the company plans on increasing Leaf production at its Japanese plant to get pre-ordered deliveries out as quickly as possible. Nissan intends to get all pre-ordered Leafs delivered to all customers by September.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Nissan, Leaf, electric, EV, business, production, green vehicle
For the last few years Ursa Minor Vehicles, a small company in Southern California, has built the ECAMPER. This niche after-market modification was designed to create a luxury camping environment, similar to the VW vans of yesterday. Unlike the old VWs, which required constant maintenance and MacGyver-like abilities to keep running, Ursa Minor banked on the reliability of Japanese engineering by using the Honda Element as a base vehicle. Yet, despite long term technical foresight, Honda quietly announced to discontinue the retro camping box in 2011.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Miscellaneous, Technology
Tags: Honda, Element, Ursa Minor, ECAMPER, discontinue, camping, camper, camper top, price, quality
The Honda NSX successor rumor rollercoaster continues on at full speed. Last rumor had it that Honda was already working on an NSX successor with a full-hybrid powertrain. A new rumor out of Edmunds indicates that Honda isn't really that far along. The report says that Honda president Takanobu Ito said that Honda is currently doing a feasibility study on a "new sports car."
Ito nixed the idea that Honda was planning on building a street-legal version of its V8-powered HSV-10 GT race car, but said, "There is clearly a demand for that type of car that we must answer."
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Honda, supercars, NSX, Acura, HSV-010 GT, hybrid powertrain, Honda Motorcars
Infiniti has teased a new concept it will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Though Infiniti has not supplied an official name for the car, indications are it may be called "Etheria," and will take some styling cues from the curvy Essence concept that Infiniti showed at the 2009 Geneva show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Concept Cars
Tags: Infiniti, concepts, Mercedes-Benz, Etheria, Essence, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
For Corvettes, there's the ZR1. And for Camaros, there's the ZL1. At least, there is now. Chevy introduced the 550-hp, performance-optimized Camaro at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show this week, calling it the "fastest, most technologically advanced Camaro ever." Needless to say, we're excited.
Ferrari introduced the 612-replacing FF concept last month. At the time, it released a few rather boring, unflattering studio shots of the car: one head-on front-end shot, one head-on rear shot, and one directly from the side. They definitely weren't the most intriguing shots, especially not if you prefer to see cars getting down and dirty on the track or street.
Well, this week Ferrari took the opportunity to right that wrong. It released a series of action shots that highlight the FF's four-wheel-drive capabilities. A few are of a rough prototype version of the car and a few are of the polished, Ferrari-red model.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Ferrari, FF, concepts, supercars, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, pictures
Watching Super Bowl XLV, you probably noticed a few things. A: It was a pretty damn good game—something that you can't say about every Super Bowl. B: Commercials weren't really that great. Maybe it's just that they get so hyped (more hyped than the game itself in a lot of ways) that they have trouble living up to it, but I rarely found myself really impressed. C: Not only did it seem like there was a car ad or two every break, but car ads were some of the best ads of the night.
Posted In: Miscellaneous
Tags: ads, commercials, automakers, business, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLV
No company wants to be forced into bankruptcy. Too often a financial downturn can lead to the complete collapse of a business. Luckily, for many employees, their families, and the U.S. economy, that hasn’t been the case for Chrysler Corporation. The company's bankruptcy filing gave it some much needed breathing room to regroup and reenergize. Part of that “way forward” was a coordinated sales push dubbed the “Big Finish for 2010.” Now it appears that Big Finish was so successful that it didn’t actually finish last year, as sales figures from January are still showing signs of growth.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Chrysler Corporation, chryslercorporation, Chrysler Group, chryslergroup, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town And Country, Reid Bigland, reidbigland, Chrysler Canada, chryslercanada
In this day and age of obsessive paparazzi and real-time internet updates, it seems like carmakers are a step behind. First, we had to humor Pagani with its not-so-gripping teaser videos, while spy shots—including scanned magazine pages of the full Huayra—were hitting the Web, and now we have to do the same for the other big Geneva supercar debut: the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Lamborghini has released its own "spy" teaser photo that really doesn't show us any more than the dozens of other spy shots we've already seen.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Exotics
Tags: teasers, Lamborghini, supercars, Aventador, Aventador LP700-4, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, spy photos