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Large Trucks Must Reduce Emissions by 2018

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Large Trucks Must Reduce Emissions by 2018 test 1-1

The first ever fuel efficiency and emissions standards have been announced today by the Obama administration governing big tractor trailers and commercial trucks.

The joint Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative will encompass a wide range of vehicles such as; fleet vans and long haul trucks.  The bill governing the new emissions restrictions is projected to reduce green-house emissions by 250 million tons and 500 million barrels of oil in the first 5 years after the program is initiated.

GM Dealer Cuts Should Be Suspended by Obama

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM Dealer Cuts Should Be Suspended by Obama test 1-1

Rep. Steven LaTourette, congressman has suggested that the Obama administration suspend the 500 GM dealerships scheduled to be terminated October 31st, while waiting for a federal investigation of dealer cuts to be completed.

Porsche Planning New Model Between 911 and 918 Spyder?

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Planning New Model Between 911 and 918 Spyder? test 1-1

Porsche is in the process of trying to boost yearly sales to nearly double the level of last year. With such an ambitious goal, it's clear that they're going to need some fresh blood--there's only some many different types of 911s that the market is willing to take. According to a new rumor out of Europe, one car Porsche is considering is a high-end coupe that would slot between the 911 line and the upcoming 918 Spyder Hybrid.

Investigation of Possible Illegal Activity in Dealer Terminations

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:44PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Investigation of Possible Illegal Activity in Dealer Terminations  test 1-1

The federal inspectors who criticized the Obama administration, General Motors, and Chrysler for their handling of about 2,300 U.S. dealership terminations have opened a follow-up investigation of possibly illegal activity in the effort.


Details On The Next Pagani

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Details On The Next Pagani test 1-1

As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.

Increase in Farming Income Boosts Sales for Pickup Trucks in the U.S.

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:05AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Increase in Farming Income Boosts Sales for Pickup Trucks in the U.S. test 1-1

According to a New Jersey-based auto researcher named Autodata Corporation, U.S. pickup truck sales have risen by 14% to 1.2 million in the first 9 months of the year. The growth in truck sales has been attributed to a recent boost from the farming industry. “Agriculture is helping out,” says Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.'s president of North America. “When farmers have a good harvest, they invest in their businesses and a pickup is a tool,” said fields.

Flooding around the world, in places such as Russia and Canada, has destroyed many crops, which resulted in a rise in U.S. agriculture exports from $61 billion to $68.8 billion in the first 8 months (equating to a 24% increase in farm income) of 2010; this according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It makes intuitive sense that if the agricultural industry is rebounding that pickups would come along for the ride,” said Joe Barker, an industry analyst with IHS Automotive.

Last year, automakers posted the lowest numbers for light vehicle sales since 1982.

Top Gear To Debut On November 21

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There really aren't enough hot cars on American television. Especially not when compared to Great Britain where several shows dedicated to the fascinating world of automobiles tantalize viewers. Here, we have to settle for the occassional sneak peek into Jay Leno's garage—just one more reason to hate that smarmy, big-chinned bastard.

Well, the History Channel is fixin' to fill the void of compelling car television with the importation of Great Britain's most famed auto show: Top Gear. This was announced back in the spring, but last week, History made it official with the debut date: Sunday, November 21 at 10 / 9 central.

2009 Hurst Series 5 Challenger: Gentleman's Hot Rod Enters 21st Century

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:03PM | By: John Welch

2009 Hurst Series 5 Challenger: Gentleman's Hot Rod Enters 21st Century test 1-1

Let's say you woke up one morning and realized that you finally had the means to own any car your heart desires. Would you go for the requisite Ferrari or Porsche? Would you buy an older car and restore it? Would you get a hoopty, a muscle car, a European exotic, a Concourse winner?

Most people, in the real world, dive head first into some endless basket-case of a project and never realize their final goal. Phillip Anderson is not that guy. Knowing full well that his time is his most important commodity, and that he didn't have room for a half-finished project that he could never devote time to, and that he did not lust after Euro machinery in quite that same way as American Iron, Mr. Anderson went about his dream car search in a more logical way than most men would. And, being totally honest, it wasn't even a man who worked through all of this mental puffery—it was Phillip's wife.

Ruthelise Anderson knew her husband desired a car that would turn heads, haul ass, and not get him arrested while doing it. She knew that he had enjoyed Hurst automobiles his entire life and she knew that buying a Hurst meant exclusivity that could not be gained through any but the most rare European car. Okay, things are going well if your wife knows who or what Hurst is in the first place, but Ruthelise did one better. She bought Mr. Anderson the last Hurst Series Five Dodge Challenger made in 2009. That would number 15 of 15. Slathered in gorgeous bright white paint, broken up by gold stripes, this Challenger meets all of the requirements laid out by Phillip when originally considering a high performance car, and ticks a few extra boxes along the way.

Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Remain Unrepaired

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning test 2

Ford has announced that approximately 8.4 million vehicles that could possibly catch on fire remain on the road, which federal regulators attribute to lack of owner education regarding one of the largest U.S. safety recalls in automotive history. In 1999 and then again in 2009, Ford recalled 14 million vehicles for leaky cruise-control switches that have a potential of leaking into the antilock brake system, according to Ford.

“If not repaired, the vehicles can catch fire, even if they are turned off, parked, and unattended,” according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) statement today. According to a spokeswoman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only about 60% of the 14 million recalled automobiles (approximately 8.4 million) have been serviced. Normally only about 30% of recalled vehicles are returned for repairs.

From Video Game To Streets And Trails: Jeep Wrangler Black Ops Edition

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

From Video Game To Streets And Trails: Jeep Wrangler Black Ops Edition test 1-1

It's not that rare for cars, trucks, and vehicles of all types to be recreated in the virtual world for use in all forms of racing, war, and grand theft video games. In fact, some game franchises are based on virtual automobiles. What is rare is for vehicles to originate in a video game and make their way out to the real world thereafter. That's the case with the new Jeep Wrangler Black Ops Edition.

Sebring Historic Fall Classic 2010

On: Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 6:23AM | By: John Welch

Sebring Historic Fall Classic 2010 test 1-1

We have covered a lot of "Classic" events lately, the Sebring Historic Classic being one of the most exciting. Vintage racing machines from all eras converge on Sebring International Raceway this weekend for some "friendly" racing. This event is labled as an exhibition, but you wouldn't know it watching the action on track. Yesterday's action included Trans-Am Mustangs from every decade, 60s, 70s, 80's, and 90s. Porsches of all varieties were in attendance, as well as the big surprise, two Champion Audi R8s. Their presense not advertised prior to the race, I never imagined I would be given a chance to photograph these cars on track.

Here we have a brief teaser gallery; many more pictures, video and information from the 2010 Sebring Historic Fall Classic throughout the week.