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Throughout The Car Industry
At this year's L.A. Auto Show, new cars with exceptional fuel economy were hard to miss. Most major automakers are starting to focus on improving fuel economy due to the impending government guidelines mandating that cars have an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Not only are there many new fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles being launched, but also there is an abundance of new combustion engines that are seeing better gas mileage than ever before. In fact many new models for 2011 and 2012 will get 40 mpg or better.
Posted In: Car News, Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Reports
Tags: L.A. Auto Show, Government Fuel Economy Standards, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chevrolet Volt, Green Car Of The Year, Hyundai Elantra, Buick eAssist, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta
Last week we reported that Lamborghini was considering a limited run production of its Sesto Elemento concept that it showed in Paris. That report originated out of rumors and whispers reported on by a French automotive blog, so it was far from confirmed. While Lamborghini hasn't completely confirmed the concept for production, indications from CEO Stephan Winkelmann are that the company is heading in that direction. Due to safety restrictions, the car would be offered as a track-only model.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Lambo, Sesto Elemento, concepts, track cars, production
In the last decade Audi has absolutely dominated open-formula sports car racing. Recently, Peugeot has stolen some of Audi's thunder, but overall Audi will be remembered as the brand that dominated Le Mans at the beginning of the Twenty First Century. Before tackling the sports car world, Audi dominated a different form of balls-out open rules racing. It was called Group B, and like all racing that starts with the infinitely cool moniker "Group", it was to good to have a future. The cars of Group B were nutso turbocharged demons, and they did their best to kill every driver crazy enough to strap in and go for a relaxing drive in the woods. Many drivers lost their lives in the few short years Group B was around; because of this the insane lack of safety regulation simply could not continue. Though Group B didn't make it out of the Eighties, the legends created by the monstrous Group B cars will continue to grow on the Internet and elsewhere.
Audi's contribution to Group B would spawn a road car, necessary for homologation, that is instantly recognizable by boxy shape and name: Quattro. Every all wheel drive Audi since has carried a "Quattro" badge, but none have captured the mystique of the original. The blat of the turbo five cylinder engine is unmistakable, the fender flares highly outrageous, the awd grip tenacious to a fault. The looks of the Quattro tick all of my Mad Max Apocalypse Car boxes; square headlamps, angular proportions, two doors. The original Audi Quattro has long deserved a second coming.
And so it shall be, Audi announcing this week that its drop dead gorgeous Audi Quattro Concept will in fact make it to production. The fenders may have been toned down, but the essential ingredients remain. A blown, 408 bhp five-pot, mounted lengthwise and connected to that ever present AWD system. The car should weigh in under 3,000 lbs., like the original, and should be able to eclipse 60 mph in under four seconds. And it will look astounding when it does.
Tags: Audi, Audi Quattro, Audi Quattro Concept, audiquattro, audiquattroconcept, Group B, groupb, Rally
Subaru teased its new Impreza Concept a few weeks ago, indicating at the time that the concept would debut its new "Confidence in Motion" philosophy. The automaker introduced the concept last week at the LA Auto Show and, in addition to adding some confidence to your motion, the model introduces Subaru's new 2.0-liter boxer powertrain, as well as points to the direction that Subaru will take with future models.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Subaru, concepts, 2010 LA Auto Show, Impreza, confidence in motion, Boxer engine
Pagani confirmed that its next hypercar--the C9--will be powered by a V12 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unlike previous rumors had indicated, the engine will be unique to the C9 and will not be shared with the AMG SL65 Black Series. The big V12 will pump around 700 horses and 740 lb-ft of torque onto the C9's high-performance tires.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Pagani, C9, supercar, hypercar, engines, V12, Mercedes, AMG
The Volkswagen Transporter Type 2--also commonly called the minibus or microbus-- is a remnant of a bygone era, an era when free love, anti-war and timeless music were all the rage. In fact, it's hard to think of the classic VW and not think of long-haired hippies, psychadelic drugs, tie dye and Woodstock.
According to reports, the VW Microbus will soon be part of a new era. Volkswagen Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff has confirmed that VW is working on a new version of its classic minibus. The news is far short of a full production confirmation, but it makes clear that VW is at least giving some careful thought to bringing back the legend.
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Videos
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, bus, microbus, hippie, Volkswagen Micro Bus, volkswagenmicrobus, VW
Chrysler has been really diligent about teasing its new cars of late. Within the past couple months, we saw it with the 2011 Dodge Durango, the 2011 Chrysler 200 (Sebring replacement) and now we have another teaser: the 2011 300. Chrysler recently released several tightly cropped photos of its next-generation flagship sedan, showing everything from the instrument panel and seat leather to the headlamps and wheels.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Chrysler, 300, teasers, photos, updates, Chrysler 300, chrysler300
According to many insiders from General Motors, things are really beginning to look up for the Detroit automaker. Last week's successful Initial Public Offering enabled the company to pay off a quarter of the amount owed to the federal government. An Ohio dealer, Chris Haydocy, reported to Automotive News that he was all too familiar with the new name that many consumers had labeled General Motors with“Government Motors.” The federal government becoming 61% majority stakeholder of GM translated to a boycott of Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC automobiles by Conservatives in the Buckeye State and around the country.
After General Motors was able to raise $23.1 billion at its recent IPO, Haydocy and many other dealers feel things will change, and dealers are beginning to feel more hopeful about a rise in sales for all GM brands. According to Steve Girsky, GM Vice President of Corporate Strategy: “Government ownership hurt sales; our studies showed that consumers knew it going into the showroom.”
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: General Motors, GM IPO, New York Stock Exchange, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC, Steve Girsky
Even though the Nissan Leaf is a completely Electric Vehicle, using no gasoline or oil to motivate itself, the Environmental Protection Agency still had to come up with a fuel economy rating. They don't trust that we are smart enough to understand "One hundred miles per charge" so the EPA got out their slide-rules and came up with an equation that would turn "miles per charge" into "miles per gallon". During the course of their research, the EPA made a few determinations about that Leaf that are contradictory to Nissan's description of their electric darling.
Nissan has stated that the Leaf is good for 100 miles on a full charge, but, like most electric cars, (I'm lookin' at you Tesla,) it appears the advertised range is a little optimistic. The EPA figures the Leaf will travel an average of 73 miles on a single charge, not the original figure, but impressive none the less.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: Nissan, Nissan LEAF, nissanleaf, LEAF, Electric Vehicle, electricvehicle, EV, Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalprotectionagency, EPA
President Obama gave his approval regarding GM’s IPO last week, reitorating that the automotive industry is on the rise, which will lead to the American taxpayers getting their money back from last year’s government bailout.
Obama stated: “Today, one of the toughest tales of the recession took another big step towards becoming a success story,” referring to the $20 billion that GM raised from its initial public offering last week.
The Detroit automaker was given $49.5 billion in government bailouts in 2009, and will be able to pay back $13.6 billion from its IPO.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: President Obama, General Motors, IPO, Initial Public Offering, Ed Whitacre, John Boehner, Government Bailout
In May of 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor Co. announced a $60 million project to partner up and revive Toyota’s electric vehicle project using Tesla’s battery and power electronics technology. Last week the two companies unveiled the new RAV-4 EV concept vehicle, touting its 100 mile driving range.
You may remember the original RAV-4 EV from 1997, which failed to move into the mainstream market. According to the Japanese automaker, there was not enough demand for electric vehicles back then. Now Toyota is hoping that with Tesla providing its renowned battery technology, and with the EV market growing, there will be more interest.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Concept Cars
Tags: Toyota Motor Corporation, Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, RAV-4 EV, L.A. Auto Show, Jim Lentz, Lithium Ion Battery, Daimler