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Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 3:45PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

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.


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000 test 1-1

The Nissan GT-R has proven one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck supercars of all time. Sure, it's not as exotic or sexy as a Lamborghini, Ferrari or even Porsche, but with a 3.5-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed of 193 mph, the car lets you perform with the big boys while spending well under $100K.

While it's still a great deal pound for pound, the GT-R has been slipping ever closer to the $100K mark. When it was introduced in 2008, the model cost just under $70,000 and it's slowly creeped up to over $85K for the 2011 model year. Nissan announced 2012 GT-R pricing and the model is now officially over $90K. But given that the car is in a class by itself, the GT-R remains one of the best deals in the sports car market. And when Nissan releases performance specs, it may get even better.


Judge Says Toyota Unintended Acceleration Cases Won't be Dropped

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:16AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Judge Says Toyota Unintended Acceleration Cases Won't be Dropped test 1-1

According to a Santa Ana federal judge’s tentative ruling, the class action lawsuit pertaining to unintended acceleration cases against Toyota Motor Corporation will not be dropped, as requested by the Japanese Auto Company. Attorneys for Toyota presented a motion to dismiss the class action suit regarding Toyota owners’ claims of economic loss related to unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

Judge James V. Slena, a U.S. district court judge, wrote in his 63-page ruling: “It is true that plaintiffs do not generally allege the precise dollar value of their losses, but that level of specificity is not required at this pleading stage,” Selna also commented; “It is enough that they allege a tangible loss that can be proved or disproved upon discovery.”  A final ruling is expected to be released by Selna by November 25th.


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge test 1-1

Capping off what must be one of the best weeks in GM history, Cadillac's design team took home the Design Challenge prize at the LA Auto Show. The team entered a polymer-skinned, mono-formed alloy frame concept known as the Aera.

The goal of the 7th annual Design Challenge was to create a vehicle that weighed no more than 1000 pounds and was able to transport four passengers comfortably and efficiently. GM joined more than half a dozen competitors that included Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo. Cadillac actually tied with the Smart 454 for first place. Both vehicles met the requirements of the competition while truly exemplifying their brands.


 

Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA test 1-1

In what is surely being welcomed as a rousing endorsement just weeks before its market launch, the Chevy Volt was named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. In being so named, the Volt became the first ever electric vehicle to win the title--if you're willing to call the Chevy Volt an electric vehicle, that is.

 

 
 

Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders test 1-1

The goal of this year's Design LA competition was to create a 1,000 lb. vehicle that could seat four comfortably and safely. For the first time, the competition extended beyond U.S. borders into Germany and Japan. Mercedes-Benz took the challenge seriously, offering three of the most distinctive concepts of the competition, including its radical Biome concept.


A Peek at Custom Focus Models at the L.A. Auto Show

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


A Peek at Custom Focus Models at the L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

If you are thinking that Ford has been featuring the Focus at every major automotive show this year, you are right. The reason? Compact cars sales account for 20% of the U.S. market. In fact, half of all buyers under 30 select compact cars.

Ford’s presence at the recent L. A. Auto Show was no exception; Ford showcased a couple of aftermarket-enhanced Ford Focus models, as well as the 2011 Ford Focus Personalization Vehicle, and an all-new Focus race car concept. Three custom incarnations of the Focus were showcased in order to demonstrate how the automaker's accessories are able to transform the small car, giving it a whole new character.


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury test 1-1

Surprisingly, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet isn't the biggest fugster in LA. We've come to realize that spot belongs to the Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac. Taking nearly every intersting angle and curve out of the modern automobile, Cadillac presents a truly shapeless take on (luxurious?) urban commuting.


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R test 1-1

Porsche told us a new mid-engined sports car was coming and now it's here: the 2012 Cayman R. Porsche's new mid-engine is a lighter, more powerful, more performance oriented version of the Cayman coupe. Unfortunately for LA showgoers and those watching from a distance, Porsche decided to debut the car in what we can only describe as sickly-turd green.


Fiat 500 Pricing Revealed, Cheaper Than MINI

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: John Welch


Fiat 500 Pricing Revealed, Cheaper Than  MINI test 1-1

Finally making its way to our shores, the Fiat 500 is available for order as we speak. The little car has a lot of buzz in America already, so we decided to go price our own Cinquecento.

Not surprisingly, the Fiat 500 is very wallet friendly. Starting at $15,500, it's priced to move. That is an awfully low number for a car that is sure to be popular with the daughters of wealthy folks everywhere. That $15 grand gets you a 1.4 liter "Multi-Air" engine, touted by Fiat to be the "most eco-friendly petrol engine in the world". Real specific. Your money buys an impressive list of standard features, making the 500 a stellar value as well. Power everything, an MP3-ready sound system, micron-filtered a/c, cruise, tilt steering, seven airbags, traction and stability control; the list goes on and on. A fifteen thousand dollar Toyota might not have sunvisors, but Fiat makes it clear that the 500 does, in fact, have visors. Mirrors in them too. The outside mirrors are heated. Floor mats are included! This is a seriously decked-out sub-20 grand car.

Your $15,500 does not buy you Abarth-anything. Sorry. No rip-snorting turbo motor, no sweet body kit, no stickers, no badges, nothing Abarth. If an Abarth 500 is what you want, please, buy one of these and just trade it in when Fiat decides to bring the Abarth here. The more lesser 500s Fiat sells, the better the chances we get the nasty little scorpion-branded Abarth hatches.


Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder test 1-1

If there's one place you'd expect to see a full-performance Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, it'd be in the sunny city and suburbs of Los Angeles. And that's exactly where Lamborghini chose to introduce its new high-performance Gallardo Spyder, which is essentially the Gallardo Spyder Superleggera.