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Dodge Expects Next Viper To Compete For Corvette And Porsche Sales

On: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:58AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Dodge Expects Next Viper To Compete For Corvette And Porsche Sales test 1-1

“Drop-dead beautiful” is a phrase being used by Chrysler to describe their upcoming 2013 Dodge Viper. If Chrysler has their way, this new Viper is going to cause some serious headaches for GM’s Corvette and Porsche SE’s cars. Unfortunately, interested buyers are going to have to wait until 2012 for the next incarnation of the Viper to hit showroom floors. Until then it’s all about creating the sizzle for the steak.


Jury Close To Verdict In Civil Case Regarding Battenberg

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Jury Close To Verdict In Civil Case Regarding Battenberg  test 1-1

In the recent trial of Delphi CEO J.T. Battenberg III, the 10-person jury sat through 11 weeks of a court proceedings based on 1 million pages of court documents that were filed and entered into evidence. On the average, a person can read around 100 pages per hour, depending on the content. This would mean that in order for the jury to read through all of those documents, they would have had to be reading around the clock, with no breaks, for up to 416 days straight. Despite that, they were still able to reach a verdict on some of the more serious charges.

The big news: Battenberg was found to have not committed fraud as it pertained to the $237 million payment that Delphi made to its former parent company—GM—back in 2000.


High Gas Prices Are Great For The Auto Industry

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:17PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


High Gas Prices Are Great For The Auto Industry test 1-1

When gasoline prices blew past $3 a gallon recently, the highest level in 26 months, it was tough news for consumers, but a marketing boost for automakers trying to sell pricey new technology needed to meet tougher fuel economy rules that took effect January .

The new era will raise fleet fuel economy standards, in annual steps, to 35.5 mpg for 2016 models, a 30 percent rise from the 27.3 mpg of the 2011 model year.

The first step is a total fleet average of 30.1 mpg for 2012 models, which officially can go on sale this week. Automakers already are accelerating their use of costly lightweight materials and advanced powertrains on the way to 2016.


Volt Gets Cordless Charger

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Volt Gets Cordless Charger test 1-1

If there is one thing that American consumers love it's gadgets and gizmos, exhibited by just how many of us carry a cell phone or iPod. An average check-list for leaving the home usually breaks down to: keys, wallet, cell. The mere fact that we can take these devices on the road with us is what makes them even more attractive. But there is a potential drawback. The more we use them, the more we use up their battery power.


 

Hyundai Gives Ford MyTouch Some Competition With Blue Link

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


Hyundai Gives Ford MyTouch Some Competition With Blue Link test 1-1

January is a busy month in the car industry and it's only gotten busier since cars and trucks started becoming rolling computer systems. Some people barely shed their New Year's hangover when the North American International Auto Show rolls around, but now that tech and auto are so closely related, they have to shake it off even sooner. Big automakers have been using the Consumer Electronics Show to show off new interior hardware—and even new vehicles. This year, players like Ford, GM, and Hyundai all used the show to introduce new wares.

When Hyundai teased the Veloster several weeks ago, it mentioned that the car would have Blue Link Connectivity. Only problem was, we didn't really know what Blue Connectivity was. Hyundai relieved our curiosity at CES earlier this month.


The Sebring Weekend: Porsche And BMW In The SIR Paddock

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 1:40PM | By: John Welch


The Sebring Weekend: Porsche And BMW In The SIR Paddock test 1-1

Some people spend their weekends camping, playing video games, going to the beach, seeing a movie, etcetera, etcetera. I spend my weekends schleping around Sebring International Raceway annoying racers with my camera and my ceaseless questions. I'm serious; Sebring is a track that tends to chew up race cars and spit them out, leaving little time for anything other than suspension repairs for earnest participants.

So they weren't real chatty. No problem, their cars can do all the talking for them. Here we have a gallery of some of the nicest/fastest street and race cars in Florida. True to my shameless predjudices, these cars are all Porsche and BMW models, in various states of tune. I have a whole mess of Viper and Corvette images; look for that post tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best of Bavaria, Sunshine State-style . . .


Lincoln Is Ready For Max Wolff, Luxury Brand's New Design Chief

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Lincoln Is Ready For Max Wolff, Luxury Brand's New Design Chief  test 1-1

Imagine that your brand new job is to come up with the designs for 7 new models of Lincoln cars within the next four years. That’s the task for new design chief, Max Wolff, as he moves over from the Cadillac division to the Lincoln brand. First step: hit the ground running.

“We have cars to design and a cycle plan, so we are going to have to get off our duffs and get it going,” said J Mays, Ford Motor Co.’s global design chief.


Kia Will Unveil New Rio In March

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Kia Will Unveil New Rio In March test 1-1

The Kia Rio has sold well since its introduction in 2003. Through two model cycles it has captured the dollars, if not the hearts, of many North American buyers. It's time for a revamp, and if the Korean-market Picanto is any indication, the new Rio should be a sweet little subcompact. Changes will take place before it makes it to our shores, but the basic styling will remain the same.


BMW May Add Artificial Sounds For EV Safety

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


BMW May Add Artificial Sounds For EV Safety test 1-1

German automakers Mercedes-Benz and Audi have both started implementing the procedure to add brand-specific artificial sound to electric vehicles for safety purposes when traveling at low speeds. BMW, however, have not yet decided for sure what its course of action will be regarding EV sound.

According to Tobias Hahn, neither the Mini nor the BMW prototype electric cars are equipped with an active sound system with artificial noise.   


NAIAS 2010: The Europeans

On: Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 1:35PM | By: John Welch


2011 MINI Paceman Concept test 2

Our ability to judge whether the global economic scourge is still affecting the auto industry is strained at best. Car makers, such as Porsche, returned to the North American International Auto Show this year, and brought pretty fantastic product with them. Well, Porsche did anyway; the rest of Europe sort of threw up a mulligan, introducing little and exciting few. Volkswagen insulted us with another beancounter design, the Passat; BMW rolled out its new 6 Series convertible, as well as the highly publicized 1M Coupe; and Mercedes brought along their new S Class BluTec. Audi, of course, introduced its newest schnozmobile, the A6. Seen that A7? Yeah, I don't care about the A6 anymore either.

We break the new cars down by brand inside the post; let us know if you agree or disagree with our assesments, in the comments.


Porsche 918 Gets A Healthier Engine And Harder Top

On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 Gets A Healthier Engine And Harder Top test 1-1

It's not quite the all new, high-end supercar that we had hoped for, but leading up to the Detroit Auto Show, we expected Porsche to deliver a hard top version of the 918 Spyder Hybrid. And deliver Porsche did. Stuttgart debuted an all-new, race-ready 918 hard-top that packs even more power than the original concept from last year. And the 918 RSR looks pretty hot too.