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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Gets Slight Upgrade With 'S' Model

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 6:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The lil' Aston Martin Vantage has just gotten a little bigger. Aston Martin introduced the V8 Vantage S today, a model that is a little more powerful, agile, and quick, thanks to a few key upgrades. If you demand the utmost performance, the V8 Vantage S may be the Aston for you.

The S variant gets 10 extra horses over the standard V8 Vantage, pulling out of the garage with a 430-hp 4.7-liter V8 engine. That engine also benefits from a new Sportshift II seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission that Aston claims cuts shift times by 20 percent. While Aston didn't specify, the new transmission is expected to improve upon the V8 Vantage's 14/20 mpg EPA rating. It also cuts about 52 lbs. off the total weight of the car, contributing to the S model's 66-lb. loss.


Feds Tell California To Put On The Brakes Regarding Fuel Economy Standards

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 3:48PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Californians love to say, “So goes California, so goes the rest of the country.” This means that if something happens on the west coast then pretty soon everyone will be following suit. In reality, that attitude doesn’t actually travel well beyond the west coast! Such is the case with California’s race to lower fuel economy standards.

As the government has rushed to tell automakers how to improve fuel economy in new vehicles, automakers registered “displeasure.” Okay, they pitched a fit at the Obama administration for moving too fast. Something had to be done, said the automakers. California, being in a mellow mood, agreed.


New Bill Would Increase Number Of Rebates For Electric Vehicles

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 3:11PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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One of the many traditions that follow the President’s annual State of the Union Address is for administration officials to hit the road in an attempt to bolster some of the plans and promises made in that speech. While the heavy hitters are doing the speechifying, members of Congress are left to sort it all out and “make it so.”

First out of the gate are a pair of Michigan brothers who just happen to work on the same side of the aisle, but in different houses. U.S. Representative Sander Levin and his bro Senator Carl Levin both put forth new legislation that would expand the per-manufacturer cap on a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. Right now the number of eligible cars is 200,000. The Levin boys want to kick that up to 500,000. This will certainly help deliver on President Obama’s pledge to put a million EVs on the road by 2015.


Chevy Coming Out Strong For Superbowl XLV

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The stage is set. It'll be the Green Bay Packers taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, February 6. And GM plans to be an integral part of the festivities with an-all new award for the game's most valuable player, and an advertising campaign focused squarely on Chevy. Last year, GM discontinued its tradition of awarding the Super Bowl MVP a Cadillac, leaving Drew Brees without a free Caddy to drive around the bayou. In 2009, Santonio Holmes chose a 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum 2WD worth over $85,000 as his MVP prize.


 

Toyota Remains World's Largest Automaker Despite Recalls

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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When American news reports on the Detroit “Big 3” they are referring to Ford, GM, and Chrysler, the major automakers that for many years made Detroit their home and were the dominant forces in American auto manufacturing. The emphasis is on “American.” When you look at top global sales figures for autos, the Detroit “Big 3” is joined by other automakers, such as Toyota and VW.

For the third year in a row, Toyota Motor Corporation can claim the title of “world’s largest automaker.” That’s pretty impressive given the hit that Toyota took from its recent massive recall and bad press. Regardless of those negatives, Toyota was happy to proclaim that deliveries from its Daihatsu Motor, Hino Motors, and Lexus Marque affiliates actually grew by 8% to a total 8.42 million cars sold in 2010.


2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Fetches $2.1 Million

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione made good on its promise to rein in over 2 million dollars at auction. It didn't quite make it to the estimated $2.5 million, but it came close, fetching a $2.09 million dollar price at auction last weekend. The FXX was the flagship of a private collection from the late Benny Caiola. The Ferrari led a pack of eight cars that topped million-dollar bids at the auction, and its $2.09 million selling price was the highest at the 2011 Scottsdale Auction Week.

David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Co., predicted that this would be but one example of strong auction sales this year, explaining: "Strong 2011 auction sales will result from an increasing demand for preservation-class quality cars." He was using last week's sale of a 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic and a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster as examples.


Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Lexus Vehicles For Fuel System Problems

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:51PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota is recalling 1.7 million cars from around the world (mostly in Japan), including 245,000 Lexus sedans that were sold in the U.S. The problem this time has to do with fuel pressure sensors. Apparently, these were improperly installed. The result is that a loose sensor can leak fuel between the sensor gasket and fuel delivery pipe.

For American owners, the recall is narrowed to certain models of domestic Lexus sedans. The list includes 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350. Owners of any one of those cars can take them back to their local Lexus dealership for a complete inspection. If a leak is found, they’ll get either a tightened sensor or a new gasket.


Toyota Teases FT-86 II Prior To Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Subaru won't be the only automaker showing off a sports coupe derived from its team-up with Toyota. Toyota teased its next FT-86 concept and said that it will unveil the second version of its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Subaru will also show its own version of the sports coupe for the first time at the show.

The FT-86 II may still be a concept, but Toyota hinted that it will be close, if not identical, to the ultimate production version, stating that it will be "the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car."


Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra test 1-1

Geneva may be more than a month away, but thanks in part to a leak, Pagani has revealed the Huayra. Instead of having to sit through a dull, unrevealing fifth teaser video, we now have full details and crisp, clean pictures of the supercar. And it looks like a million bucks—as well it should, because it will cost even more.

Pagani was in the middle of a rather slow, uncompelling teaser campaign when a few leaked images from Car magazine and CarsUK hit the Web and completely overshadowed the release of the fourth (of five) teaser video last Friday. We knew it was only a matter of time before Pagani salvaged what was left of its climactic reveal and came clean.


Ford Fusion Could Be Part Of New NHTSA Probe

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:52PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Complaints are part of our everyday lives, but they don’t often get in the way, that is, unless those complaints are about the cars we drive. When consumer complaints find their way to the inboxes of the staff at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) then a recall could be right around the corner. Nobody wants to go through that hassle. Ford is bracing for a possible NHTSA complaint review of the Ford Fusion. This is not the kind of news any automaker wants to hear.


New Split-Cycle Engine Design Too Good; Too Late?

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


New Split-Cycle Engine Design Too Good; Too Late? test 1-1

Most folks know at least one person who is a motor tinkerer. You know the type: they like to take apart a car engine and put it back together again just for the fun. Sometimes, they might actually stumble upon a way of improving the performance of the car. Obviously, it’s handy to have a mechanic on standby who can swap out a carburetor or replace an air filter. On the other hand, these homebound tinkerers often have a leftover part or two that they have no idea where it came from.