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The New Volt MPV5 Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 5:46PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motors has unveiled a new and exciting concept car at the Beijing auto show this year that is a version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Volt MPV5, a five door front wheel drive crossover electric plug-in hybrid. The Volt MPV5 has a strong resemblance to the Volt in physical appearance and it has similar environmental concepts as the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, particularly in its aerodynamics.


Troostwijk Auctions Offers 11 New 1975 Norton Commandos

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:26PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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11 brand new 1975 electric-start Norton Interstate motorcycles, still in the crate and awaiting final assembly Found in Belgium. The bikes are part of the stock of a defunct classic motorcycle dealer, all of which is being put up for auction, and you have only until Monday to grab a piece of motorcycle history.

From what I read the owner had a reputation for being difficult to work with. Locals claim he was reluctant to sell any bikes or parts, so he amassed a large collection. The hoard of Nortons came to light recently following the death of the owner of Motoshop Podevyn in Aalst, Belgium. Incredibly, the bikes are just a small part of an even larger collection. The heirs of the shop have decided to sell the entire stock. The bikes and items are to being auctioned by Trooswijk Belgie and the sale ends on Monday, April 26th.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:13PM | By: John Welch


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BMW hasn't been actively involved in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series since the early Nineties. They're considering making a come-back. I'd love to see a Rahal M3 with its doors and fenders all chopped up, and crazy aero-thingees hanging off its muscular flanks.

Toyota has hit the proverbial "Crack-smokin', alternative-lifestyle hookin', eating-Ramen-at-every-meal" rock bottom this week; their credit rating has been reduced to that of a college student. Oh, how the mighty have fallen on their smug, insultingly boring car-producing faces.

Ken Block is planning another viral video sensation:; Gymkhana 3. The first two Gymkhanas were films involving Subarus with horribly ugly paint-jobs. This new edition will feature a Ford with a horribly ugly paint-job. *Yawn* . . . boy, do I have a hankerin' for a sugary can of nearly carbonated hyper-juice right about now . . .


The 2011 Volkswagon Golf and GTI

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 1:50PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The all new 6th generation Volkswagen Golf and GTI are here, and according to the chief executive of Volkswagen of America, the twin hatchbacks are all about giving consumers “affordable German fun.”

Auto reviews after the debut of the Golf, at the recent New York International Auto show, were quoted as stating that the seats in the new VWs “manage to look and feel better than seats in a $100,000 Corvette ZR1.”


 

Misguided Agenda

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 8:35AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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Brace for impact; car companies must continue their pursuit to make cars run more efficiently. Wouldn’t you think they would do this on their own without big brother meddling in their internal affairs? It is amazing anyone would want to invest in this business. The latest gimmick is that consumers, like us, will have to pay more for cars initially but supposedly save money in the long term. Now, cars and light trucks will have to abide by greenhouse gas emissions regulations.


American-Made Automobiles Score High in the Polls

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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According to MSNBC, recent car news reports that an Associated Press Poll indicated Americans now believe that U.S. made cars are better in quality than Asian-manufactured vehicles.

In fact, 38% of Americans who were polled said they preferred U.S.-made cars compared to 33% who still feel Asian-made vehicles are superior. Business analysts suggest a strong link between the tarnished reputation of Toyota due to recent safety issues and the results of the poll.


Hyundai Sales Through The Roof

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 2:53PM | By: John Welch


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The new Hyundai Sonata is an interesting-looking automobile. Part eel, part cheese grater, the front end of the Sonata stimulates discussion, if not disgust. We 'Murrikens don't care. The car is different, and "different" means everything in the American market. The sales figures prove it.

Hyundai has seen a 26% increase in sales during the first quarter of 2010, on the backs of redesigned Sonatas and Tuscons. On top of that, the average price of cars exported from South Korea climbed 13 percent. They have been able to really put the screws to Japan; a strengthening yen has made it difficult for Japanese companies to make money in export markets such as ours. Should Honda be worried about its market share?  . . . possibly . . .

 


The Opel Flextreme Diesel

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The European version of GM's electric plug-in hybrid (the Volt) recently premiered at the Frankfort Auto Show. The Flextreme is a divergent model, adapted to the European market where the gasoline combustion engine was replaced by a 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine. The new E-Flex design uses electric drive to propel the vehicle, with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into an electric grid. Rather than combining an internal combustion powertrain and electric drive to power the vehicle as traditional hybrid engines do, E-Flex is driven exclusively on electricity and the diesel fueled engine is utilized to provide energy that will power a generator in order to produce electricity for the electric drive. Subsequently, the engine is smaller and can operate more efficiently.


Switch Grass: The Future is Closing

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:11PM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The debate pertaining to alternative fuel sources for our automobiles has caused a rift in this nation. One side claims electrical, the other side charges back with natural gas, for instance. Both sides have merits but neither of them have the attributes of switch grass. Switch grass? Yes, switch grass. Researchers at Oklahoma State University have discovered 4 types of grasses could be used to power a vehicle – bermudagrass, flaccidgrass, weeping lovegrass, and switchgrass – switchgrass has had the best results, based on efficiency in regards to dry biomass per dollar cost. In other words, switch grass is the most economical and plausible. Thus, science has centered its intention on switch grass.


Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent car news, it seems that Toyota may be under the microscope again.  After many months of scrutiny, and several recalls for issues such as defective accelerator pedals, Toyota Corporation recently announced that they will recall the Lexus GX 460.  The SUV will be recalled after Consumer Reports rated the Lexus SUV a safety risk, issuing a “don’t buy” recommendation on April 13th.


GM To Payoff Bailout Loans Early

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motor’s Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. will announce this week that GM is repaying its remaining $5.8 billion in bailout loans to U.S. and Canadian taxpayers two months ahead of schedule. Whitacre will announce the details of the loan repayment at this week’s visit to GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. After the announcement Whitacre plans to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Michigan congressional delegation.