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Porsche Chief Gives More Details On Line Expansion

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's a well known fact in the automotive world that Porsche isn't content with its sales at the moment. The automaker has ambitious plans to double its annual sales by 2018. And the way it plans on meeting this goal is by expanding into new segments and offering more affordable, practical versions of existing cars. CEO Matthias Mueller recently spoke with Automotive News and gave some more detailed information on what types of things we'll be seeing at Porsche in the next few years.

2010 Most Profitable Year In A Decade For Ford

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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If you happen to be a Ford Motor Company shareholder, you’ll be happy to hear that Ford has announced a hefty $6.56 billion in profits for 2010. This is Ford’s highest posting in ten years. The company points out three major contributors for those profits: bigger sales, better products, and great prices.

All good news, right? Technically, no. Even though over six billion in profit is nothing to sneeze at, it could have been more. Ford’s fourth-quarter numbers took a nose dive when Ford paid down previous debt and ran up some bills for launching new cars. There was also a dip in sales in Europe. Still, it’s 6 billion in profits!

“We're in transition mode now,” claims Ford CFO Lewis Booth at a media briefing recently. He went on to predict that 2011 will be an even better year. “We've fixed the fundamentals of the business. I think the thing that pleases us immensely is the improvement in the balance sheet

Volvo V60 Diesel-Electric To Debut In Geneva, Hit Market In 2012

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you want to limit your carbon footprint as much as possible, without any regard to traveling distances, you get an electric vehicle. If you want to combine a greener drive with a car that's versatile enough for the real world, you get a plug-in hybrid. And if you want the market's best combination of clean driving and range, you look for a diesel-electric hybrid.

Volvo will soon offer its own diesel-electric, a car that it's calling a market first. The V60 Plug-In Hybrid is scheduled for sale next year and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Next Up From Ford: Inflatable Seat Belts

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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First came the seat belt. Then came the driver’s airbag. Then the front seat passenger’s airbag, and next side-curtain airbags followed by rear seat airbags. Just when you think there could be no more airbags, comes the next level of crash safety protection from Ford: the inflatable seat belt. The safety engineers at Ford have introduced these new seat belts for rear seat passengers. The goal is to provide even more protection to help decrease the incidents of head, neck, and chest injuries, particularly for children. The first Ford to feature the new system will be the 2011 Explorer.


Mercedes Benz Pulls the Covers Off Its Skeletal Anniversary Sculpture

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Mercedes-Benz threw itself a little birthday party over the weekend. The automobile was patented by Carl Benz 125 years ago as of Saturday, and Mercedes used the occassion to unveil a new, conceptual sculpture that hints at future design language. The piece is called Aesthetics 125.

In a ceremony in Stuttgart attended by such notables as German Chancellor  Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Stefan Mappus, Mercedes presented its Aesthetics 125. Far from an actual car model, the sculpture appears like the skeleton of a car and works to demonstrate that "Mercedes-Benz design is art." It does, however, showcase a few key components including a big, smiley grille, voluptuous curves in front, and back and a sloped, hatch-style roofline. Expect to see these elements worked into future Mercedes concepts and production models.

Mach 7 Falcon; The Latest American-Made Supercar

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The U S of A is really set to take a bigger role in the supercar market. Once relegated to small, European automakers, companies like Shelby Supercars and TranStar Racing have given  Americans supercars all their own. The latest company to debut a car of super proporsions is Holly, Michigan-based Mach7 Motorsports. In a rather small, un-buzzy appearance, the company debuted the 640-hp, 15-model Falcon at the Detroit Motor Show last month.

Obama Proposes 1 Million EVs By 2015

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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A president’s state of the union speech is meant to not only report on how we’re doing as a nation, but also what we might have to look forward to. There are plenty of bold goals set forth in those speeches. Back in 2003, President Bush put a $1.2 billion program on the table to help spur the development of fuel-cell cars. Eight years later and guess what? There are just a handful of fuel-cell hybrid cars in commercial production here in the U.S. That doesn’t mean a nation can’t dream big, does it? In his recent state of the union speech, President Obama put his marker on the table. He’d like to see 1 million advanced-technology cars on the highways by 2015. Bold visionary or wishful thinking?

Video: Close Up With The Pagani Huayra

On: Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you want to get close to the Pagani Huayra, you can either buy yourself a ticket to Geneva and see it at its world debut in March, wait for Pagani to bring it here to the States, or jump the break and watch a short but sweet video clip that takes you around the exterior and inside the cabin. The choice seems clear.

Shortly after Pagani showed the Huayra last week, Evo released this video clip of the hands-on tour. The lucky guy gets to brush up against the curvy body, sit inside the plush, leathery interior; get hands-on with the touchscreen display; play with the adjustable air flaps, and start the 700-hp V12. Unfortunately, he's indoors, so there's no actual driving footage, but the minute-and-a-half-long clip is worth it just for the close look at the Huayra.

Is There Clean Fuel In The Future?

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 7:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Today it seems that everyone is clamoring for a cheaper fuel to power everything. Can a cleaner, less expensive form of gas actually be created from something other than oil? The diligent scientists at Cella Energy, a U.K.-based research company, think they have discovered the formula. According to their research data recently released, they’ve created a hydrogen-base synthetic fuel that could mean the end of gasoline, as we know it; at least that’s what they’re claiming.

Noble Launches M600 Supercar

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Noble M600 supercar has been in development for a few years now, and last week the hard work came to fruition. Noble introduced the 650-hp supercar and indicated that it will go on sale later this year. With a powerful engine and lightweight components all over, the M600 promises to be one of the most exhilarating cars of 2011.

The M600 packs a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 Yamaha engine that puts out 650 horses and 604 lb-ft. If you don't think you can handle all that power (Nancy), then you can adjust the power output to 450 or 550—after all, it's not like you need 650 ponies on a trip to the convenience store. Then, again, you don't really need a Noble M600 for that, either. The engine is mated to a Graziano six-speed manual transmission.

Volkswagen To Offer 100-Model Production On Its Intriguing XL1 Concept

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last week, Volkswagen made a big splash with the plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept that it calls the XL1. It introduced the concept, which looks straight out of a futuristic thriller, at the Qatar Motor Show. The XL1 is an updated version of the L1 concept that VW first showed in 2002. It promises incredible efficiency, thanks to its tiny diesel- and electric motor-based powertrain. And good news for green lovers: Volkswagen plans to put it in production by 2013. For now, however, production will be limited to just 100 units.

Automotive News quotes VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech from Qatar: "We want to go into series production with this car starting in 2013." Piech went on to indicate that production will be very limited, with no more than 100 units planned, but that the car will be sold to actual consumers as opposed to fleet customers. Sales will begin in Germany and will move to the U.S. and China.