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The Toyota Avensis NGTC will meet the track for the first time in a race in the final round of this year’s BTCC season.
A sneak peek at the Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) has recently been released, unveiling for the first time photos of the racing concept vehicle that will make its entrance in the this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars
Tags: Toyota Avensis, GPR Motorsport, gprmotorsport, Next Generation Touring Car, nextgenerationtouringcar, British Touring Car Championship, britishtouringcarchampionship, Donington Park Race Circuit
According to anonymous sources, Ford Motor Company has decided against its initial decision to build a small Ford Escape-like SUV, called the “Kuga,” in Louisville, Kentucky for export.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Ford Motor Company, Ford Kuga, Louisville Kentucky, Chicago, Ford Escape, Dearborn Michigan, UAW, United Auto Workers, unitedautoworkers, Barclays Capital, Saarlouis Germany
Since its reintroduction to the muscle car market last year, the Chevy Camaro has been putting up a strong fight against the Ford Mustang, beating the latter in sales for many of the months it's been on the market. In fact, as of August, the Camaro leads in 2010 sales 60,000 to the Mustang's 53,000. Despite its popularity with consumers, the leading consumer testing authority--Consumer Reports--is more impressed by the new Mustang V6. In a head-to-head showdown between the models, CR chose the Mustang hands down.
Consumer Reports took a 305-hp 2011 Mustang Premium with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 304-hp 2011 Camaro 2LT with 3.6-liter V6 to the asphalt for some thorough testing. As equipped, the 'Stang carries a price of $28,600 and the Camaro ducks in at $28,195. And despite how closely those two American muscle-mobiles stack up on paper, the end result wasn't even close.
CR drivers preferred the Mustang's more agile drive over the Camaro's clunkier, less responsive drive. Test driver and senior engineer Jake Fisher summed it up in no uncertain terms: "The Mustang was better than the Camaro at nearly every level. It was quicker, more fuel efficient, and when you're in the Camaro, it's like you're in a cave."
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Ford, Mustang, Chevy, Camaro, tests, comparisons, muscle cars
Due to some security issues, Shelby Supercars did not reveal the next-generation Ultimate Aero at a scheduled event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle last month. Instead, the company has indicated an official reveal for this month. Though no hard date has been given, SSC created a teaser site last month that showed a little bit of a carbon-fiber nose with the simple words: "The next generation is coming soon..." The site also stated "September 2010."
Now that it's actually September, we're getting more than a little anxious to see what the new Aero is all about. Luckily for us, some industrious industry folks have gotten their hands on a couple of pre-release pictures and aren't shy about sharing them. Over the holiday weekend, Jalopnik published the first photos of the car, which showed it head on and from the side. Top Gear, the source from which the photos had originated, followed up with a shot of the rear end. What the pictures show is a dramatically new car that capitalizes on the prowess of lead designer Jason Castriota.
Posted In: Car News, Racing, Exotics
Tags: SSC, Shelby supercars, supercars, world speed record, fastest cars, Ultimate Aero, Ultimate Aero II,
It seems as though General Motors may be following Ford Motor Co.’s philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give away something. In this case it's the free service that Ford offers its customer for the “Ford Sync” product. GM is planning to offer some free music and information in its OnStar communications system in order to keep up with its number one competitor.
Currently OnStar is a free service for the first year and then a yearly membership of between $199 to $299 is due. Marketing gurus at GM thought they had an ingenious plan for setting up a system to raise revenues for the company in the form of residual income, but unfortunately Ford Motor Company one upped GM offering Ford customers a FREE subscription to its information service, Ford Sync.
Although OnStar offered the first service providing accident alert communication, directions, and vehicle diagnostics, the OnStar was set up to be a paid subscription service. This month GM will introduce a new system that is free, offering technology that provides links to the social media site, Facebook, as the system translates voice messages into text. This is a brand new system that has not yet gone public, according to anonymous sources.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Ford Sync, fordsync, GM OnStar, gmonstar, Google, eNav, Smartphone, smartphone, Ford Motor Company, Facebook, Social Media Sites, socialmediasites, Automotive Technology, automotivetechnology
Think about Nevada (not Las Vegas, but the state of Nevada) and you'll likely think of a large desert featuring scattered population centers and tons of remote, open space in between. While this might be a simplification, Nevada has a greater percentage of public land than any other state in the country outside of Alaska. Such a flat, open canvas is all but begging for some painting by high-performance tires powered by bulky, grunting engines. And under a new plan proposed by independent gubernatorial candidate Eugene DiSimone, Nevadans would be able to push their tires on up to 90 mph by applying for a state-issued permit being called the Go Fast Pass.
DiSimone calls his idea the Free Limit Plan, and it is designed to raise money for the state while opening higher speeds up to drivers. Drivers wishing to take advantage of the speeding privilege would need to pay a fee of $25 per day and get an annual vehicle inspection. They would then get an electronic beacon that would automatically convey their pass status to highway patrol officers. Under DiSimone's proposal, out-of-state drivers (say those looking to make the trip from LA to Vegas in a hurry) would be able to pull over at a state line inspection station, get inspected and purchase a pass.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: speeding, 90 mph, politics, government, Eugene DiSimone, speed limits, highways, Nevada
Tags: Lou Ruggieri, 1957 Chevy, Lead East, 50's Party, Cobra, Chevy, Mustang, Corvette, T-Bucket, Ford, Bel Air, T-Bird, Thunderbird, Mercury, Hot Rod
In August U.S. auto sales posted their lowest profits in 28 years domestically while in China, passenger car sales declined to the lowest numbers since March of 2009. According to a recent Bloomberg news report auto sales are wavering because ”governments withdrew stimulus measures that propped up sales in the U.S., China, Europe and Japan.”
Bloomberg also reports: “The bleaker prognosis for sales may also hurt profitability for automakers including Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG.” Automakers have had their backs against the wall and have had to offer more incentives in order to boost sales.
“The U.S. economy is looking downward, with high unemployment, mounting bankruptcies and other indicators that don’t paint a pretty picture,” said Yuuki Sakurai, chief executive officer of Fukoku Capital Management Inc. in Tokyo. “In China, the government is putting on the brakes so that the overall economy won’t overheat.”
Posted In: Car News
Tags: U.S. Auto Market, usautomarket, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen AG, General Motors, BMW, Ford Motor Company, China, India, Russia, Toyota Pruis, Govermnent Incentives, govermentincentives, Fukoku Capital Management
Chevrolet is on a roll, of sorts, lately. Ok, ok, it's "rolling out" several new models . . . sorely needed new models, as the Camaro fount is sure to dry up anytime now . . . The Chevy Cruze hits the ground, ahem, rolling with a snazzy ad campaign and a sweetheart of a turbo engine. The car is sleek and the interior well-appointed, but compared with the soon to be released Ford Focus or Hyundai Elantra, the Cruze still looks dated. Notice I didn't mention the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, both cars who received updates around the same time the Cruze was introduced to foreign markets. The little Chevy might just be a better car than its Japanese competition.
How about an even smaller Chevy? Also a Korean Chevy, but still . . . the production-spec Aveo has broken cover, and the exterior has retained as much of the flair promised by the "Aveo RS" concept as is possible. Quad headlamps set into black surrounds, interesting if not completely wild rear dimensions. Hidden door pulls for the rear doors. The only question is, will it be saddled with a total dog of a motor? Also, what does any of this have to do with British television? The second of three "Reasonably Priced Cars'" used on the BBC's Top Gear program was a Chevrolet Lacetti . . . familiar to us as a Suzuki Verona, and made by Deawoo—you guessed it, a Korean Chevy. A white-clad fellah named "The Stig" did at one time test this car and many others for Top Gear. Now he is a pariah of the highest order, shunned by the BBC and his fellow Top Gear presenters (I don't know if we really can call The Stig a 'presenter'), all in the name of making a few bucks he felt the Beeb owed him. We all have families to feed; which side are you on?
Posted In: Car News, Good, Bad & Ugly, Reports
Tags: Chevrolet, Chevy, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevy Cruze, chevroletcruze, chevycruze, Deawoo, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevy Aveo, chevroletaveo, chevyaveo, Aveo, Top Gear, topgear, Jeremy Clarkson, jeremyclarkson, The Stig, thestig
One of my favorite types of auto or tech leaks is the unavoidable job posting leak. The company in question clearly needs some new blood to help it step into a new direction and it can't help but advertise. And while company execs are busy trying to bulk up their team toward future production, the media world is scouring the ads and making educated guesses as to what the company is up to.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: McLaren, supercar, hybrids, green, hybrid sports cars,
For the most part, all of our attention on the upcoming Paris Motor Show has focused on supercar releases from the likes of Lamborghini and Lotus, as well as some dynamic concepts and hybrid vehicles. However, there promises to be something for those that feel all cars--no matter how green--are dangerous to the environment. Smart and Mini have detailed plans for electric scooter concept debuts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Smart's scooter concept is said to be concept only for now, but could foreshadow a possible production model. Given its basic, traditional looks, it definitely appears to be more of a serious concept than a wild, conceptual fantasy. While Smart has yet to provide the official details, rumors indicate that the scooter will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and will be capable of distances up to 60 miles--which should be more than enough for the average scooter driver. The concept is a plug-in electric and is said to feature a purpose-built air bag as a added protection to the driver.
The concept comes at a time when Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand Smart beyond a one-trick pony offering only the polarizing ForTwo commuter to a manufacturer that offers a more diverse lines of small, eco-friendly vehicles. We expect that a production model based on this concept will be in Smart's near future.
Tags: Smart, Smart Four Two, smartfourtwo, Smart Car, smartcar, Mercedes Benz, mercedesbenz, MINI, mini, Electric Scooter, electricscooter, Scooter