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We've seen plenty of one-off art cars from BMW, but now we have a model that combines artistic expression and clean, emissions-free driving: the Tesla Roadster art car, a one-off that the company released for the recent Art Basel Miami Beach festival, which wrapped up over the weekend.
Rounding out our week of Auto Show coverage, we have provided you with cars we missed in previous posts, as well as cars that needed more room. The Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus simply can't be properly reported on without a test drive. With only visual inspection of these cars we can safely say that they are as good or better than their Japanese, German, and Korean rivals. I would honestly choose either car over a new Jetta. Especially the 1.4 liter Cruze or Focus ST. Neither was on hand at this particular show, but we have already lamented the auto industry's blase attitude toward the Central Florida market. Too many Rednecks and Mexicans who will only consider gently used pick-ups, I suppose.
Enjoy this gallery, and stay tuned next week for one more "Everything Else" post; we just cannot fit everything into 30 images.
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The Volkswagen family sure has a lot of siblings. And like any big family that tends to mean a little sibling rivalry. Both Audi and Porsche desired to take a lead role within the VW group in designing future platforms for sports cars and large luxury sedans, but only one will take that role: Porsche. That's good news for the future sportiness of VW brands.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Porsche, VW, Volkswagen, Audi, sports cars, business, platforms
A tentative ruling by a California federal judge has ordered that the plaintiffs suing the Toyota Motor Corporation may proceed in their case. The lawsuits were brought against the Japanese-owned automaker as a result of reported injuries and deaths sustained by drivers who experienced sudden acceleration. This is the first in a series of legal hurdles needed to be overcome by the plaintiffs.
According to a recent automotive news article: “U.S. District Judge James V. Selna wrote in his ruling that there was sufficient evidence provided in the preliminary hearings to proceed.”
Posted In: Car News, Recalls
Tags: Toyota Motor Corporation, Unintended Acceleration, Judge Selna, judgeselna, unintendedacceleration, Celeste Migliore, celestemigliore, Toyota Recalls, toyotarecalls, Toyota Lawsuit, toyotalawsuit
Usually we look to supercars for huge engines, unbelievable top speeds, and sheer, tire-scorching performance. Not safety innovations or interior options. But buyers of the $375,000 Lexus LFA will find those latter qualities with their purchase. The Japanese luxury arm of Toyota will offer inflatable seat belts in its supercar beginning with the 2012 model year.
Posted In: Safety, Technology, Exotics
Tags: Lexus, LFA, safety, inflatable seat belts, supercars,
Ever since Pagani stopped building regular Zonda models and started offering the car to private customers only, it seems like it's building more Zondas than ever. In the past few months we've seen the blue Zonda HH, the purple Zonda 750 and the bright yellow Zonda RAK. And now we have yet another Zonda private commission: the Zonda Absolute.
Posted In: Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: Pagani, supercars, Zonda, Zonda Absolute, Hong Kong, limited edition, supercars, hypercars
Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler Group are anticipating next year’s impending labor contract negotiation process, and Detroit's Big Three Automakers are all contemplating increasing profit sharing for their employees. To some this may be a bit surprising, since profits haven’t returned to pre-recession levels.
The issue of profit sharing is a significant component in the early stages of the labor negotiation process, and while formal negotiations have not yet started, union leaders and executives have broached profit-sharing increases in early negotiations, according to two unidentifiable sources familiar with the efforts.
According to Automotive News: "All of the companies have been hinting at profit- sharing changes." General Holiefield of the United Autoworkers Union said yesterday in an interview; "it was not just within Chrysler but the Big Three.” Holiefield also said, “Bob King has got to get his arms around it.”
Before GM and Chrysler filed bankruptcy last year, the union made concessions in the middle of the contract period. One such concession was to discontinue pay for workers who had been laid off. The UAW’s current 4-year labor agreements expire Sept. 14, 2011.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Auto Workers, autoworkers, Detroit Big Three, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, generalmotors, General Holiefield, generalholiefield, United Auto Workers, UAW, Bob King, bobking
About this time last year, Mercedes/McLaren announced that it was working on the last of the the SLR Stirling Moss models. Introduced in January of last year, the Stirling Moss edition was a 75-example, sans-windshield roadster with a supercharged V8 engine worth 650 horses. As hot of a car as it was, the Stirling Moss was bittersweet: it marked the split of one of the most intriguing team-ups of the decade. Mercedes-Benz was working on its own SLS AMG gullwing and McLaren was reviving its badge with the MP4-12C (and some yet unseen family members). After five years and numerous terrible tunes, the ultra-premium supercar created by the two companies was to be no more.
Until this month. Last week, McLaren brought the SLR screaming back into the spotlight with a special edition that it calls the McLaren SLR Edition. The new tuned SLR will be produced in a limited batch of 25. McLaren showed it off at the Essen Motor Show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: McLaren, SLR, supercar, Mercedes, limited edition, special edition, 2010 Essen
I love days like today. Not only did I get to write about the incredible, if not entirely convincing, TranStar Dagger GT, I got to watch video of another incredible supercar: the Hennessey Venom GT. And I get paid all the while.
Jay Leno recently welcomed Hennessey's new power-monger to his garage. As Jay is accustomed to, he gives us a closer look at the car and hops inside to get a feel for that 1,200-hp grumble. If Jay Leno keeps giving us these great looks at exotic concepts and supercars (and I'm sure he will), I may grow to like that gravy-boat-chinned mug yet.
Call me a cynic, but I'm not quite sold on the idea of a 2,000-hp supercar from a small company that I've never heard of. Especially seeing as how it exists only in renderings at the moment. But the TranStar Dagger GT is an American-developed supercar that could one day capture the world speed record. We'll believe that when [if] we see it, but at the moment, the company has offered up some new renderings of what a 2,000-hp American roadster will look like. And so far, the company's claiming that it will be available next year.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: TranStar, supercars, hypercars, 2000-hp, 300 mph, world records, Dagger Gt, renderings
The topic of fully electric automobiles is becoming more and more popular today, as various manufacturing companies have started marketing new electric vehicle products. While hybrids and EVs are becoming more prevalent in the marketplace, the use of natural gas to propel vehicles is relatively unheard of. This is something Fiat is determined to change.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: Fiat, Methane Powered Cars, Electric Vehicles, electricvehicles, EV's, Constantinos Vafidis, constantinosvafidis