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There's no roller coaster quite like the high-end supercar market. And we're not talking the Formula Rossa at the newly opened Ferrari World. We're talking supercar rumors, speculation, and executive sound bites. It seems that as soon as one report on a speculated model is gaining steam, a new one comes out that totally negates it.
In this case, the latest report that Lamborghini would still like to build a four-door sports car ala the Estoque concept negates a report that such a car was stomped by the flared-nostriled Bull. It seems that CEO Stephan Winkelmann (kind of an important voice over there in Sant'Agata Bolognese) would like Lamborghini to pursue the model.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Estoque, sedan, Lambo, supercar, four-door
Ford Motor Company began production of the Focus yesterday for its European market. Ford Focus will roll off the assembly line at its Saarlouis Assembly plant located in Germany.
The Ford Focus, a compact car offered as a sedan or stylish 5-door hatchback, is now a true 'world car', one chassis designed for every major world market. We will eventually get the new Focus, but Europe gets the first crack at it. Fun to drive, the engine puts out 151 bhp, but still provides the excellent fuel economy that Europeans demand at EPA 22 mpg city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Ford Motor Company, Ford Focus, fordfocus, Saarlouis Germany Plant, Alan Mulally One Plan, 2012 Performance ST Focus, Chongqing, China, Thailand
Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Porsche, 918, 918 Spyder, hybrids, green, supercars, eco-supercars
At the Bologna Motor Show, Ferrari has grown its track car family with the new 2011 458 Challenge. Maranello teased the car two months ago, and now we have a look from every angle. The track-spec 458 keeps the output of the 458 Italia, but adds a variety of interior, exterior, and mechanical upgrades.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Racing, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: Ferrari, supercars, race car, track car, 458 Challenge, 458, 2010 Bologna Motor Show
According to a recent press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a new regulation that would mandate automakers to install backup camera safety equipment in all passenger vehicles, including trucks, minivans, and buses weighing 10,000 lbs or less. The proposed law would force automakers to install backup cameras in 10% of their products by 2012, 40% by 2013, and all new vehicles built by 2014.
Posted In: Car News, Safety
Tags: National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, NHSTA, Back Up Camera, Ford Motor Company, Secretary Ray Lahood, Jim Buczkowski
Well, here's a name I all but forgot. De Tomaso, an Italian automaker that I best recognize from my exotic car picture books from my childhood in the 1980s, has a new model to show and it should be launching at the Geneva Motor Show. A few leaked pictures from Italian auto rag Quattroruote provide a teaser of a car with Tomaso's new logo on the grille and badge on the back.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Reports
Tags: De Tomaso, exotics, comebacks, classics, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
For the first time in years, Ford outsold GM in the number of automobiles purchased by the U.S. government in 2010. Interestingly, even though the U.S. government has a major interest in General Motors, the automotive company that some call “Government Motors”, it selected more Ford cars and trucks to provide for its fleet car use than from GM,
Ford wasn’t all that far behind GM in previous years, but this year the marketplace has shifted in Ford’s favor. While a number of reasons are responsible for Ford's success, it seems that customer confidence in the Blue Oval may be one of the biggest factors.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, generalmotors, Government Motors, governmentmotors, The Blue Oval, theblueoval, Chrysler Group LLC, The Government Services Administration
We may still have Detroit to go through, but that's not stopping some companies from previewing their Geneva-bound wares. The Swiss design firm Rinspeed pulled the covers off its BamBoo concept planned for the show. In a medley of green design, Rinspeed strips the automobile of everything but the basics and equips the concept with a no-emissions, electric powertrain in a concept that looks perfectly suited to long summer days on the beach.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: concepts, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed, Bamboo, electric, EV, green
We're still waiting for the official performance numbers for the Nissan GT-R, but what we do know is that it's more powerful than its predecessor. The next Godzilla earns an extra 38 horses. But in the timeless mix of testosterone, power, and speed, more horses is always better. Hennessey offers a number of ways to boost your GT-R's performance, and its latest is the GTR650. This beast is sure to leave all those sissies in the stock, 523-hp 2011 GT-R bright green.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: Hennessey, Nissan, GT-R, tunes, tuners, upgrades, supercar
General Motors has, no doubt, had some hurdles to overcome in the past couple of years. The biggest recession in 70 years hit every part of the auto industry. It may have affected GM the most, as evidenced by the company's momentous layoffs, loss of brands such as Pontiac and Saturn, not to mention a government bailout and bankruptcy just to keep its doors open.
Although GM has not made a full recovery to its pre-recession status in the auto industry, the company's future plans are laid out and ready to take off. On November 30th, 2010, the 2011 Chevy Volt was introduced, a line of cars that would make way to showrooms floors, starting in December. This exciting news comes three years, ten months and eighteen days since an initial thought appeared in the minds of GM.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Chevrolet Volt, chevroletvolt, Electric Vehicle, electricvehicle, EV, Nissan Leaf, nissanleaf, Ford Focus, fordfocus, Motor Trend Magazine, LA Autoshow, laautoshow, EPA, Green Car Of The Year
The Lamborghini Jota is getting palpably close. It seems like every day or two there's another rumor or report about it. Lamborghini already gave us a close look at the V12 powertrain behind its seats; we've seen countless spy photos; the Murcielago was officially put to bed with much fanfare and there's even been an 11th hour name change. Just show the damn car already!
Well, Lamborghini is already doing that. At least if you're a wealthy, pre-existing Lamborghini customer. The Raging Bull is deploying its top staff around the world, showing off the Jota/Aventador to an exclusive group of handpicked customers. Of course, these little gatherings are no-photo affairs, so they're not doing the rest of us any good.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Jota, Aventador, Lambo, supercars, business, sneak previews