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One M Worth Waiting For

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:37PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

One M Worth Waiting For test 1-1

Since its inaugural debut in 2008, the 1-Series BMW has developed a healthy following of its own, and become a bit more than what some critics touted as merely a "poor man's BMW". Whether it is the happy-to-be-in-the-sun 128i convertible, or the exhilarating turbo-charged 135i, or anything variation therein, the 1-Series has done well for itself. But as any true BMW enthusiast will tell you, no model lineup is truly worthy of the being called the Ultimate Driving Machine until it has an M car designation. It seems that the 1-Series has passed the consumer rite of passage, and now will enter the upper echelon of Bimmer-dom.  

Just as the 1-Series is essentially a 4/5ths version of the 3-Series, so the 1-Series M will be to the M3. In short, the M could stand for Mighty Mouse or just simply Marvelous. Sporting flared fenders, a quad tailpipe exhaust, and a bad attitude, this car is made to fly. It looks the part, thanks to being widened by those massive fenders by what appears to be about a foot, but in actuality amounts to only about 3.1 inches. As with most M cars, the 1-Series M will sport a new front fascia to differentiate it from lesser ones, but more importantly to help support the turbo's need for air, and lots of it.    

Although purists will argue that a "true" M car does not employ forced induction, and that naturally aspirated high revs are the defining characteristic of an M car... They are wrong. That may sound harsh, but in a world where fuel cost is perpetually on the rise, and engineers have to get more and more out of less and less, forced induction is the way to go for gas engines. Unless, those purists want to stay pure and get smoked around every track, at every stoplight, and on every road course they come across just to hold dearly to their outmoded idea of what performance needs to be, then sure, go for it.  

Ferrari World Coming To A City Near You?

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, Ferrari World, the new Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi, opened its doors for the very first time, welcoming an inaugural period that will run through this month. An official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for November 30, and the world will officially have the Disney World of fast cars with prancing horse hood ornaments. It's about damn time.

Now I'm not sure about our average reader, but I know that I don't have a trip to Abu Dhabi planned anytime soon. And as much of a draw as Ferrari World is, I just don't see myself heading in that direction in the near future. But, if there happened to be a Ferrari World a little closer to home, it would definitely make my vacation short list. And according to news reports, Ferrari is already in the process of building a theme park empire.

The Nissan Ellure To Be Unveiled At The L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Nissan Ellure To Be Unveiled At The L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

The last major auto show of the year comes to Los Angeles this week, considered one of the most green car shows in the world. The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is the last stop for automakers to introduce their latest production cars.

Nissan has announced its participation at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show where it will unveil the new Nissan Ellure concept, one of three vehicles that the Japanese automaker plans to launch at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.

Toyota Is In The Spotlight Again, Fatal Camry Crash In Utah

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Is In The Spotlight Again, Fatal Camry Crash In Utah test 1-1

In automotive news this week, a deadly crash occurred in Utah that is being blamed on unintended acceleration of a Toyota Camry; the same problem that precipitated one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history.

The 2008 Camry crashed into a rock wall in western Utah, near the Nevada border on November 5th, killing the driver and a passenger. The vehicle was the subject of three recalls, the most recent recall was related to unintended acceleration in many Toyota models, including the 2008 Camry.

The incident has raised many questions about Toyota's repair of millions of recalled vehicles. According to federal safety regulators, the government has received many complaints from Toyota owners regarding recalled vehicles that continue to have problems, even after repairs were complete.


Chevrolet Makes a Comeback to Indy Car Racing

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Chevrolet is preparing to make a come-back to Indy Car Racing in 2012, interrupting Honda‘s monopoly on producing engine supplies for the American racing series.

Chevrolet is expected to partner with Ilmor Engineering, one of the most successful race-engine design and manufacturing firms in the world, to develop a high performance twin-turbo V6 engine. The Izod Indy Car Series plans to discontinue using V8s and move toward utilizing smaller four and six cylinder engines, beginning in 2012.

Nissan Shows Its Highly Anticipated Murano Convertible

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Shows Its Highly Anticipated Murano Convertible test 1-1

We knew it was coming this week, but it came a little early. Nissan released a picture of its Murano CrossCabriolet, a model which will debut at the LA Auto Show later this week. Soon to be the market's only AWD crossover convertible, the Murano CrossCabriolet doesn't look nearly as crazy or horrible as it could have and is much better than the renderings that we've seen over the years.

Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The 2010 L.A. International Auto Show is coming up this week; the glitz and glamour of Hollywood demands that the cars exhibited each year are the most ostentatious of each automaker’s line-up. Which models will automakers display this year? 2010 has been an exciting year, many new models have broken cover at different International Auto Shows. For details on some of the new cars and innovative features the automakers plan to unveil in the City of Angels, read on . . .

Step Aside Jota: Lamborghini Aventador To Be The Next Flagship

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Step Aside Jota: Lamborghini Aventador To Be The Next Flagship test 1-1

Well,cf file this under big, swooping curve ball: after months of seeing spy shots and rumors of the upcoming Lamborghini Jota, the car that will replace the Murcielago at the top of Lamborghini's line, a new spate of rumors indicates we may never see the Jota at all. What we've come to know as Jota may go by the name Aventador.

Investors Underestimate Growth of Auto Industry

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:03PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor Co., reported that he feels investors are not cognizant of the facts surrounding the financial potential of today's auto industry for both domestic and export sales, including China and India. "When people think growth, they think of the Brazil, India, China, Turkey, places like that—which is all true, and we're participating a lot there," according to Ford in an interview  with Reuters. "But we actually think the U.S. is a growth market for us."

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million test 1-1

When we finally laid eyes on the Sesto Elemento after weeks of teasing from Lamborghini, it was a moment of duality. On the one hand, we were excited and awed by Lamborghini's striking concept and by the fact of simply getting to see it after such an intense teaser compaign. On the other hand, it was one of those concepts that made our hearts drop for the fact that it was just that: a concept with no foreseeable likelihood of production. A very dynamic, intriguing concept to be sure, but just a concept.

Today that initial duality has merged into one clear feeling of jubilation. At least for the moment. A report out of French automotive site AutoMotos last week brings news that Lamborghini has approved the Sesto for production. Don't get too excited just yet, though; there will be a maximum of 10 units and each will cost more than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Banana-Yellow Pagani Zonda RAK Built For German Dealership

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Banana-Yellow Pagani Zonda RAK Built For German Dealership test 1-1

The Pagani Zonda may be in the process of being replaced by a newer Pagani hypercar, but it's not moving out of the spotlight quietly. It seems that we've seen more flamboyantly painted Zondas in the past couple of months than ever before. Both the blue HH and the purple 750 were private commissions, and now we have yet another privately commissioned Zonda that's even louder than those two: the Zonda RAK.