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Donkervoort Spreads Christmas Cheer With Teaser Card

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you're going to get a Christmas card that doesn't include bills or a check, it may as well be from a maker of rare, retro cars. And depending upon the total amounts of the checks and bills in other holiday cards, the Donkervoort Christmas card may very well have been the best card of the entire season. Donkervoort didn't send out money or gift cards to those on its card list, but it did send out the next best thing: a teaser picture of its upcoming D8 GTO planted right on front.


Chevy Releases New Video Explaining The EPA's Volt Rating

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:54PM | By: Chris Weiss


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For well over a year, the world waited to see how the EPA would classify mileage ratings for new plug-in vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. In one ear, we had company officials showing off overblown numbers like 230 mpg and 367 mpg. And in the other ear, we had those folks that know a little better reminding us that electric vehicles don't really get any miles to the gallon per se. Because there are no gallons in an EV. Meanwhile, the EPA basically told us to wait until it could formulate a proper measurement for plug-in vehicles with electric-only capabilities.

Last month the EPA answered the toll with a rating that it calls "MPG equivalent (MPGe)," a measurement that takes both all-electric and gasoline driving into account. Seeing as how this figure is a little different than the standard "mpg" rating you've come to know and love, GM has taken the opportunity to detail the EPA's new rating system in a video about the Volt.


Porsche Confirms New-Car Debut For Detroit

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Earlier this month, reports indicated that Porsche would be debuting an all-new model for the 2011 North American International Auto Show. This week, Porsche has provided our hungover, post-holiday minds with an official confirmation that it will indeed be using Detroit for a world debut.


2012 Porsche 911 To Get More Alterations Than Expected

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


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New reports indicate that the 2012 Porsche 911, which we're expecting to see for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show next fall, will get more significant updating than originally believed. The car is rumored to have a completely new set of dimensions in addition to smaller, more efficient engines. However, since it's a 911, it should look exactly the same.


 

Paris To Give SUVs Le Boot

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever imagine a city highway/byway system free of large, overconfident, CO2-puking hunks of steel and fiberglass known as SUVs? Of course, we all have; it's only natural. Sure SUVs have their place on certain types of drives, but for too many years they've become the default vehicle of choice for soccer moms and Stepford wives.

Well, if you happen to be living in or visiting Paris, you may not have to fantasize any longer. The city plans to test restrictions on gas guzzling vehicles in the heart of downtown. Pretty soon, the Parisian architecture and skyline will no longer be obstructed by boxy, annoying refrigerators on wheels.


GM Stock Catching Up With Ford

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:43PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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 On Wall Street, there’s an ongoing grudge match that has to do with stock prices. This is the GM versus Ford battle royale. Lately, Ford has had the playing field all to itself as it has rebounded with impressive sales figures over the last several quarters. Meanwhile, GM was benched on the sidelines while it was sorting out its bankruptcy mess. Now with their public offering up and running, GM stock is rising in value. Some analysts are now saying GM stock is a better bet than Ford stock. Go figure.


UAW Plans To Ramp Up Transplant Membership Drive

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In the world of auto manufacturing there are two types of people: pro-union or non-union. There are pluses and minuses on both sides of the union issue, but the fact remains that the United Auto Workers union is a dominant force in the car industry.

The survival of any union depends on a robust membership. Right now, the UAW rosters stand at around 400,000 active members and nearly 900,000 retired members. Most of these folks are based in the Midwest around Detroit or living the good life in sunnier climates. A little upside down, yes? Much like Social Security? As anyone in the auto industry will tell you, most of the auto manufacturing is now concentrated in southern right-to-work bastions where Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen have set up operation. Those plants will be the focus of a new organizing drive spearheaded by current UAW President Bob King.


Ferrari To Bring Hybrid 612 HY-KERS To Geneva

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ferrari boss Luca de Montezemolo  told the media last week that Maranello is readying a new car for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway in March. The ever-speculative auto media suggests that this new model is likely the 2012 612 Scaglietti. Further, the Montezemolo's statement suggests that instead of a traditional gas powertrain, the newest member of the Ferrari family may very well be updated with a HY-KERS system similar if not identical to the one shown on the 599 GTB at last year's Geneva show.


BMW Vision EffecientDynamics To Be Called the i8 in Production

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, we're very happy to report that soon we may never have to write "Vision EfficientDynamics" again. That too-big-to-effectively-fit-on-the-rear-of-a-car collection of consonants, vowels and randomly combined words may eventually be replaced by the much more type-friendly "i8," if recent Internet rumor-mongoring is to be believed.


Chrysler Dealer Arbitration Returns to Court

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In the auto dealership world, there are strict regulations when it comes to having like-branded dealerships competing with each other in the same geographic zone. This issue is causing a lot of headaches for former Chrysler dealerships as they try to get back into business with the automaker.


Ford Hybrids to Get the Start-Stop Treatment

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:42AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Many companies are notorious for trying out new products in limited release. American auto companies use this practice when it comes to releasing new innovations for their cars. Often, these test runs will occur in places overseas, keeping the newest technological and engineering advances clandestine before they reach North America. Such is the case with the Ford Motor Company’s fuel-saving start-stop system. This type of hybrid engine is already being used on several Ford models sold all over Europe. Now Ford is ready to incorporate start-stop in a line of 2012 cars and light trucks utilizing four-cylinder engines.