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Ford to EcoBoost Its Entire Line

On: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In an effort to revamp its image and sales, Ford has been expanding EcoBoost options across its line over the past year, most recently with the addition of the 2.0-liter V4 Ecoboost in the all-new 2011 Explorer. According to a Detroit News report, this will be a part of Ford's greater strategy to offer EcoBoost options in all of its vehicles over the coming years.


Production-Ready Fisker Karma to Debut in Paris

On: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Long teetering between promising luxury plug-in hybrid and vaporware, the Fisker Karma finally appears to be ready for production. Fisker announced today that it will debut a full-fledged, production version of the Karma at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which begins in about two weeks. The car combines flowing, sporty looks with an economic hybrid powertrain delivering up to 100 mpg.


Gymkhana 3 Part 2 Unleashes Mayhem On The Interwebs

On: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 9:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Part 1 of Gymkhana 3 was a disappointment by all accounts when it was debuted a few weeks ago. It watched more like a music video with a little bit of teasing of the actual drifting action that everyone was expecting to see from the latest Gymkhana release. As driver Ken Block had promised, it was different. But different in a bad way.

Now that Part 2 is out, we have a new respect for Part 1. It basically got the mandatory advertising and BS out of the way, so that Part 2 could focus on all-out, balls-to-the-wall asphalt assault-and-battery. And Part 2 should leave no one disappointed.


Ford Takes to the Desert to Test The 2011 Explorer

On: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 9:40AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Takes to the Desert to Test The 2011 Explorer test 1-1

There has been a lot of press regarding the 2011 Ford Explorer, as the model that has been completely redesigned from its unibody platform, derived from the automaker's D3 platform, to the new EcoBoost turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder engine; and it will offer a more powerful V6.


 

Chrysler Teases The New Sebring

On: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 5:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Previously expected to be called the Nassau, the successor to the Chrysler Sebring is officially the Chrysler 200. Chrysler released some teaser photos of its new midsize sedan, showing the headlights taillights and grille. The car will make its official entrance later this year before production begins in the fourth quarter.


Ford To Reveal High Performance Focus at Paris Auto Show

On: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 3:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Ford is introducing a new concept in compact cars—the Ford Focus high performance version. The redesigned Focus will be sold only in the United States, according to Ford Motor Co. All in all, three 2010 model production-ready vehicles will be launched at the Paris motor show later in September. The three body styles Ford plans to unveil in Paris are a Focus five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon.


Obama Praises Opening of New Michigan-Based Lithium Ion Battery Plant

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 3:18PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A company named “A123 Systems Inc.” opened a brand new plant in Michigan with the intent of manufacturing the lithium-ion batteries planned for distribution to supply the impending wave of new electric vehicles.

President Barack Obama said the plant is “central to the next generation of cars.”  The Obama administration has been pushing for new battery technology to charge electric vehicles through its stimulus plan that was developed in 2009.


Chevrolet Plans to Begin Taking Orders For The Caprice Police Cruiser

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:37PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Chevrolet dealers are preparing to take orders next month for the first rear-wheel drive police car that has been sold since the mid 90s. Chevy is promoting the Caprice for its rear-wheel drive and interior space (reportedly roomier than its predecessor—the Ford Crown Victoria).


Infiniti's Newest IPO - The IPL

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:24PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Infiniti's Newest IPO - The IPL test 1-1

BMW has M, Mercedes has AMG, Cadillac has V, Audi has S, while Acura has Type S and Lexus has taken F.  In the alphabet soup of performance divisions, it feels like there are only a few more combinations to go around before companies start resorting to fraternity and sorority-like Greek lettering to distinguish their higher horsepower hot rods. And just as companies are running out of letters, it seems letters are running out of car companies to be adopted by. One of the last is now come and gone, as Infiniti has chosen IPL as their intra-name plate to add to models that are tweaked a bit more than the stockers.  

The Infiniti Performance Line has chosen the G Coupe to be its first model. The IPL G Coupe will follow more of an Acura Type-S structure than BMW's M stylings. The car itself will essentially be a stock G37 with mild upgrades. The same VQ engine will be employed, albeit a slightly breathed-on version, sporting 348 horsepower compared to the stock 330. If a bump of 18 horsepower on a VQ engine sounds familiar, that's because the G Coupe to IPL G Coupe is exactly the same as the change its 370Z corporate stable mate makes when it transforms into the NISMO 370Z, going from 332 @ 7000 rpm to 350 horsepower at 7400 rpm. Torque makes the same jump exactly from 270 for the G Coupe and 350Z to 276 lb-ft at  in the IPL G Coupe and NISMO 350Z.  

The transmission choices for the IPL G Coupe are either a traditional six-speed manual with a short throw shifter, or a seven-speed auto complete with steering column mounted paddle shifters. Aside from drivetrain upgrades, the IPL G Coupe is also replete with suspension upgrades to make it clear from the driver's seat that this car is different than your run of the mill G. Standard brakes are the same as those on the G37 Sport:  Four-piston front calipers, and two-piston rears. New shocks adorn the IPL suspension and improve handling, as well as an upgraded steering rack and stiffer springs (20-percent higher in the front and 10-percent higher in the rear). The list of mods ends with a mechanical-type limited slip differential to help put the power to the road.  


Sports Cars Like The GT-R Are Integral to Nissan's Future

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As long as I can remember, Nissan has been an automaker that is congruous with sexy sports cars, moreso than any other of the Japanese big 3. All the way back to the Datsun 240Z, on through the 240 SX and 300ZX models of my youth and up to the highly impressive GT-R, Nissan has always had a  few head-turning sports coupes on the road at any given time.

According to sources within the company, it has no plans of changing that. While some have questioned whether Nissan is committed to sports models like the GT-R, a new report in Autocar citing a conversation with COO Toshiyuki Shiga indicates that Nissan is as serious about sports cars as it ever has been. Good news for the auto world, bad news for European competitors left in the GT-R's wake.


Toyota Software Glitch Causes Faulty Speed Ratings

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:41AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Breaking news in the Toyota unintended acceleration saga shows that the crash boxes used to record information such as the history of a vehicle’s speed, braking pressure, and throttle position may have had a "bug" in the mechanism that reads the speed of the vehicle. The crash box feeds information to the event data recorder, commonly referred to as the EDR which is the mechanism that records the history of occurrences leading up to accidents.