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Porsche has long been known to be developing a baby Cayenne, thought to be named the Cajun. Reports last month indicated that the CUV might be on the chopping block. While we crossed our fingers and hoped those reports came true, Porsche has done us all wrong, instead giving the Cajun the go. The road will soon have one more oversized, fugly 911.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Porsche, Cajun, SUV, CUV, crossover, news, reports, Cayenne
Volkswagen just rounded out its best November ever in North America, boasting a 24.2% sales increase over previous years. The new, Americanized Jetta has helped, but sales are up across the board. Here are some interesting numbers: Volkswagen sold 4,304 TDi-equipped vehicles in November, and the Chrysler Town&Country rehash known as the Routan saw sales rise by a whooping 98.5%. This statistic only translates to 1,072 units, but it's a wonder they're able to move the flabby, overpriced Routan at all.
The Jetta, historically VW's strongest seller in our market, sold nearly nine thousand units. Though it is a lower quality car when compared with its predecessor, the New Jetta is larger, more butch than the MkV Jetta, and is a stellar deal at five dollars short of 16 grand. Jetta sales were up 40% compared with last year. Toureg sales have literally doubled, VW moving 837 examples of their near-luxury SUV. This has been the best month for the Toureg since 2007. Heck, they even sold 61 Passat Wagons, though I doubt any found a home in the Southeast.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, Toureg, Routan, Jetta, Golf, Passat, Passat Wagon, passatwagon, VW Jetta, vwjetta
Toyota has announced that it will pay to repair approximately 650,000 Priuses for problems with overheating and losing power. A notice to Toyota dealers explains in detail how to repair the defective Prius models from the 2004 to 2007 model years. Most of the Prius models with defective coolant pumps are in the United States—370,000 vehicles.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Dealers, toyotadealers, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Prius, Toyota Recalls, toyotarecalls, Electric Vehicles, electricvehicles
The new Pagani supercar, codenamed the C9, hasn't exactly been a stranger to the camera lens during its testing over the past year or so. It's been spotted in various locations around Europe and Africa. Some recent spy photos of the C9 show some of the best looks at Pagani's next V12-powered flagship that we've seen yet. What we see is a curvaceous, powerful sports car that is sure to thrill.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Pagani, C9, supercar, hypercar, spy photos, spy shots,
Ford has long been known as the maker of the most popular police vehicle in America—the famous Crown Victoria. Ford’s new police car is a 3.5 V6 EcoBoost-powered sedan that actually outperforms the old V8 Crown Victoria with 20% better fuel economy.
Ford’s Police Interceptor AWD sedan has a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine which delivers an impressive 0-60 mph test of 5.8 seconds, as well as a faster lap time than the Dodge and Chevy V8 engines. Ford’s EcoBoost V6 is a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
Tags: Ford Police Inceptor Sedan, Ford EcoBoost Engine, Crown Victoria, Kevin Koswik, LAPD, ecoboostengine, crownvictoria, fordpoliceinterceptorsedan
Not a full week ago, we were enjoying a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade awaiting a delicious meal like no other. Now, it's early in the work week, the post-holiday paperwork is piled high and we'll be lucky to shovel down some microwaved leftovers between meetings. In other words, life has plumetted drastically in less than a week. Oh yeah, and it's holiday shopping season. Joy.
Bringing a little bit of the festive fun back to this end-of-November morning, we have some video of an even cooler parade. Early this month, Lamborghini held a retirement party for the outgoing Murcielago at its headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Part of the celebration was a grand parade of V12-powered Lambos from generations gone by. There's a Miura, a 350 GT, a Countach and Diablo, in addition to a few Murcielagos. All driving around looking pretty. It's basically a moving Lambo museum.
We didn't have a clip at the time, but there's now one floating around on YouTube. If this doesn't bring back a little of that lighthearted holiday cheer, I think you're a lost cause.
Posted In: Classics, Videos, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghinis, videos, V12, Murcielago, Italy, Santa'Agata Bolognese, Lambo
Well, it's official. Bloated 230 mpg ratings are a thing of the past, and the Chevy Volt gets a much more down-to-earth 60 miles to the gallon. The EPA gave the car a 93 mpg-e rating, which is a measure of its "electric-only" capabilities, and a 37 mpg gasoline rating. Together, these ratings made for the 60 mpg "combined composite" rating.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Chevy, Volt, hybrids, EV, green, EPA, ratings, GM
Ford Motor Company plans to open 66 new dealerships in China by the end of 2010, raising the total number of new overseas dealerships this year to 100 and total outlets to 340. The newer dealerships are located primarily in the fast growing cities located in western and northern China, including Liyang, Shijiazhung, Harbin, Wanzhou, and Anyang.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: GM, Ford Motor Company, Northern China, northernchina, Liyang, Shijiazhung, Harbin, Wanzhou, Anyang, Ford Edge SUV, Changan Ford Mazda Automotive, CFMA, SAIC Motor Corporation, Baojun
Porsche lovers all remember the day. It was a JFK-like event: you don't want to remember it, yet you know exactly where you were when you found out. Porsche had built an SUV. And it was the Cayenne--a classic Porsche face with a big, awkward body. Whatever particular day you realized it, it was a nightmarish affair that branded its way into your long-term mermory. And the Porsche shield was never quite the same because of it.
Well, misery loves company and it looks like those Porsche lovers (and general car fanatics) that hated the Cayenne may have some company. Because Maserati is planning a little Porsche Cayenne of its own, which means that hardcore Maserati fanatics may be in for a nightmare similar to that that Porsche fans suffered years ago. Unless, of course, Maserati manages to make an SUV that is both aesthetic and technologically superior enough to not dilute the brand.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Maserati, Fiat, SUVs, Jeep, Cherokee, Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne, porschecayenne
In recent automotive news, consumer hybrid sales are declining for the third consecutive year, which has prompted the U.S. government to step up to the plate. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, purchased over 14,000 fleet hybrids over the past two years. That number translates to around 10% of the total 145,000 hybrid vehicles sold in 2 years.
President Barack Obama's administration hopes that purchasing close to a quarter of the hybrid vehicles sold by GM and Ford will help to balance out the lack of consumer demand. GSA purchased 64% of Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29% of Ford Fusion hybrids in 2009. GSA also bought about 14% of Ford Escape hybrids. The range of prices paid by the government for the hybrids was from $23,072 to $47,079.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Hybrid Sales, hybridsales, Electric Plug In Vehicles, electricpluginvehicles, U.S. General Services Administration, usgeneralservicesadministration, Allan Mulally, allanmullaly, Obama Administration, Ford Escape Hybrid, escapehybrid, Fusion Hybrid, fusionhybrids, Chevy Volt, chevyvolt, General Motors, generalmotors, J.D. Power and Associates
It looks like all is harmonious in the Volkswagen family. Last month, reports indicated that Audi and Bentley are sharing a V8 powertrain that will appear in the Continental GT and future Audi models. New reports indicate that VW's newest member, Porsche, is also planning on sharing a little know-how and hardware with its British cousin. The two companies are likely to share platforms and strategy.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Bentley, Porsche, business, VW, Volkswagen,