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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.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Gallardo, Spyder, convertibles, supercar, 2010 LA Auto Show, Lambo
A world premiere sedan from Nissan at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Nissan Ellure Concept uses a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (one motor/two clutch design with lithium-ion battery), a 25 kW electric motor, matched with an Xtronic CVT and front-wheel drive. The Nissan Ellure Concept, being described in a recent press release as “engagingly seductive,” and “simple yet provocative,” uses an independent suspension, regenerative braking, and advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering. So far, its performance statistics have not been released.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Nissan Ellure, L.A. Auto Show, Intelligent Dual Clutch Control, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Regenerative Braking System, Siro Nakamura, Green Car Technology
Nissan revealed the Murano CrossCabriolet on the first media day of the 2010 LA Auto Show and released an array of pictures of the exterior and interior. The model opens up an interesting new segment in the auto market: the all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Decide for yourself if that's a segment that needed opening.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News
Tags: Nissan, convertibles, crossovers, CUV, Murano, Murano CrossCabriolet, 2010 LA Auto Show
A couple of months ago, G-Power unleashed its BMW M5 Hurricane RR, a suped-up version of the M5 that was capable of speeds over 231 mph, making it the fastest production sedan on the streets, according to the tuner. Now G-Power has another virtual trophy to put on its shelf: a tuned BMW M6 that it says is the world's fastest two-door four-seater.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: tuners, tunes, G-Power, BMW, M6, Hurricane RR,
The "Toilet of Bad Ideas" has been overflowing for some time now, clogged with the foul remains of things like "Pops-a-Dent" and the Flo-Bee. Also swirling 'round in this brain turd stew, you guessed it, the center-mounted gauge cluster. What a stinker of an idea! Sure it works in a MINI, whose massive speedo really couldn't go anywhere else, lest it knock the tach off of its rightful throne, the steering column. Every other car laden with this terrible mistake, this distracting, poorly conceived pretentious waste of good dash space, was left with at least one glaring fault—the stupid center-mounted gauges.
College kids who buy and operate Toyota Echos need to watch the effing road! They're already so helpless and ineffective behind the wheel; I don't think making them look down and to the right while in motion, so they can check the speed of their ugly 4-wheeled snot box, is a very good idea. No, I think its a terrible idea. That's why it flounders away in the aforementioned "Toilet of Bad Ideas". A Saturn Ion Redline could be considered a fairly peppy vehicle. Some might even say "quick". So let's stick the gauge cluster in the middle of the dash and watch the insurance cash roll in! The Prius . . . oh gawd, why waste the effort typing. The Prius is just stupid, for so many reasons; the center-mounted slowometer isn't even in the top ten. The world has a finite supply of nickel, idiots; let's start there . . .
The third generation Nissan Quest was one such dash-zit sporting vehicle. The overall package was decent, different, attractive in some circles. Nissan and Renault were hooking up in a janitor's closet while this van was being designed, and its French influence can be seen both inside and out. The avant garde headlamps, bulging fenders, and strange 3/4 view all screamed "Renault". Look in the cabin and we have seats from the Moon Raker, an instrument panel stolen from the ISS . . . and . . those . . . freaking center-mounted gauges. Ahhhk.
Tags: Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Nissan Quest, nissanquest, Honda Odyssey, hondaodyssey, Toyota Sienna, toyotasienna, Dodge Caravan, dodgecaravan, Mini Van, minivan
General Motors is going through a historical turning point as the Detroit automaker’s stock rises sharply, and the automaker returns to its status as a publicly traded company. GM’s Chief Executive, Dan Akerson, revved the engine of a Camaro at the opening of trading today on the New York Stock Exchange to “mark the occasion,” according to Bloomberg News. The stock jumped from its initial IPO price of $33 to $35.80 shortly after Akerson rang the opening bell, or to be more literal, the opening “growl.”
Today’s trading marks an incredible milestone for GM after filing for bankruptcy 16 months ago, when GM accepted a $50 billion government bailout. The U.S. government will reduce its stake in GM from 61% to 26% as part of today’s public offering.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: General Motors Corporation, IPO, Initial Public Offering, New York Stock Exchange, SAIC Motor Corp., Agricultural Bank of China, Harris Private Bank, Jack Ablin
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have recently joined forces with Google to build a fleet of robotic vehicles that can literally drive themselves. The vehicles have already negotiated traffic for 140,000 miles with absoluelty no human intervention.
Google is exploring the possibilities of cars that can make complex decisions using artificial intelligence software to navigate themselves. Seven vehicles have traveled over 1,000 miles each in just a weekend without any intervention from a driver. Of course, there are drivers behind the wheel prepared to take over if necessary. There is also a technician passenger present to ensure that the navigation system is working properly, but so far the vehicles have done all the driving, even on steep hills with sharp switchbacks.
Posted In: Car News, Technology, Reports
Tags: Google, Carnegie Mellon University, Audi TT, Toyota Prius, DARPA Grand Challenge, Automated Vehicles, automatedvehicles, Robot Cars, robotcars
Fiat is currently considering selling off Ferrari, according to an Automotive News report. As the report goes, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne indicated such a move in an analysts meeting in Turin, Italy last week. Fiat would sell Ferrari and then use the money to purchase a further stake in Chrysler. One possible candidate for purchase will have quite the stake in the supercar market should it complete the Ferrari buy. Game of Monopoly, anyone?
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Fiat, Ferrari, brands, business, sales, Volkswagen, rumors
We may not know all there is to know about the upcoming Jota quite yet. In fact, we don't even know if it will be called the Jota any more. But we now have the full details on what will power Lamborghini's next halo. The company has revealed its new V12 powertrain.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Technology, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, V12, Jota, Aventador, engines, powertrains, supercar
Right now, the auto market is quickly preparing for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. This time next year, it will be preparing for the launch of another competitor: the Ford Focus Electric. Unlike the Volt and Leaf, the Focus EV will launch in more than a handful of markets when it debuts in late 2011. Ford announced 19 specific markets this week.
Tags: electrics, EVs, green, plug-ins, Ford, Focus, Focus Electric
Toyota Motor Corp. is predicting its light vehicle sales to rise as much as 13% in 2011, according to a Toyota U.S. executive. Several factors, including the increase in pickup truck sales, have influenced analysts’ forecast. Sales Chief of Toyota in the U.S., Bob Carter, reports that the company expects its sales to be between 12.5 and 12.9 million units next year; up from this year’s expected number of only 11.4 to 11.5 million.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: Toyota Motor Corporation, Bob Carter, Toyota Recalls, toyotarecalls, Fleet Sales, fleetsales, Retail Sales, retailsales, Consumer Confidence, consumerconfidence