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Nissan Starts Taking Orders For The LEAF

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:16AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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Nissan dealers will start taking orders for the LEAF all-electric car today. According to Nissan over 100,000 people have already expressed interest in the zero-emissions Nissan Leaf. Getting these people to take the next step to buy one may be an easy task with substantial incentives. Usually when a new model is launched you do not expect rebates or incentives to show up unless sales are down, but consumers in many states will discover the car will cost them much less than its $32,780 sticker price.

The Transition

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:30AM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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The concept of a flying car has been around for decades and popularized by cartoons, such as The Jetsons, and movies, such as The 5th Element. The competition to achieve this milestone first has been covertly competitive. Perhaps you saw the 60 Minutes episode on June 14th, 2006 where the inventor Paul Moller from Davis, CA. showed off his red flying car that could elevate itself with four powerful rotating blades. Perhaps it has not been a commercial success because the car aspect of this machine is and was lacking. Well, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT may have a cool alternative and it may be a little less expensive, as well. Unlike Moller’s invention, this car or airplane has wings and it is called The Transition. Huge differences are that it does not have the speed or power of Moller’s machine, and Moller’s flying aircraft can take off and land vertically.

Four Door Fiat Slated To Come to U.S

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 4:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Great news in the auto industry! The Italian Fiat is bringing a four-door version of the 500 model to North America as a result of a recent merger between Chrysler and Fiat. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that recent plans for a new Chrysler plant to build Fiat engines in southeastern Michigan denotes "a huge step forward" for the incorporation of Chrysler into Fiat.

Toyota AgreesTo Pay $16.4 Million U.S. Fine

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay the largest fine in history, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for allegations of not reporting safety problems in vehicles with defective accelerator pedals for 4 months. According to the NHTSA, the law states that any safety issue must be reported within 5 business days. Since Toyota failed to do so, a monetary fine was assessed for $16.4 million, the maximum penalty that NHTSA can assign.


The Long Beach Weekend

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 12:11PM | By: John Welch

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This past weekend, April 17th and 18th, we had the most televised racing available to us so far this season. To say that I was "sedentary" this weekend would be like saying "gators eat Cocker Spaniels only if they really have to." A gator will devour a Cocker Spaniel at given any opportunity, and I have La-Z-Boy-sores. Similar to bed sores, made worse by constantly dusting the wounds with Dorito flavoring and spilled beer for a solid 36 hours. The odor was pungent when I finally separated myself from the soggy lounge-chair; I had become one with the dyed, seemingly donkey-derived leather.

These are the hardships that I suffer for you, brave readers, in an attempt to explain and describe the wonders of high-dollar racing to you and your contemporaries. It's hard work, but somebody has to do it. I suppose I can be that "somebody". Never have festering, gooey sores been so much fun to cultivate; never. Inside the post we cover the Long Beach Weekend (ALMS, Formula D, and the IRL*bleech*), and the F1 Chinese Grand Prix will get its own post. If you care, the NASCAR race in Texas was rained out . . . good thing I don't really care . . .

Electric Car History And Some Arguments Challenged

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:37AM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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There has been a lot of debate between the electric, gas and hybrid operating vehicle insiders and outsiders. This debate will probably not subside any time soon. Some environmentalists support the electric car movement and are forever angry that the largest auto companies squashed the development of electric cars in the early part of the 20th century.

Lake Mirror Classic Featured On SPEED

On: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: John Welch

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Back in October 2009, the Lake Mirror Classic enticed a startlingly diverse group of classic autos to converge on the mean streets of downtown Lakeland, Florida. Okay, not really "mean streets"; "yuppster boulevards" is probably a better way to put it.

Considered a premier event for many years, the Lake Mirror Classic has attracted many special guests, from Brock Yates (my personal "hero du jour") to Hurley Haywood. In 2009, our little concours by the lake saw Dennis Gage in attendance. Not only did Dennis bring his famous handle-bar 'stache, he was accompanied by his Speedvision camera crew. ("SPEED" camera crew, not "Speedvision" . . .sry.)

The Best Seat In The House

On: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:29PM | By: John Welch

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Going through the Flip it dawned on me that there were some hidden gems we hadn't yet shown you, the faithful 'Shopper Blog reader.

First up, we have "The Best Seat In The House". This video was taken from the driver's seat of my Subie, pointing directly at the exit of NASCAR Turn Two. I could have died happy.

More interesting videos inside the post . . .


Roll Over, Little Samurai, The Lexus GX 460 Is Here!

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 7:35PM | By: John Welch

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I was reading this article in Consumer Reports this one time; I had been in the market for a new blender for several months. Being of small mental stature, I just couldn't make up my mind. CR instructed me to specifically avoid the blender named "The Furnace Blast-O-Matic" but the packaging was just sooo damn intriquing . . . I bought the most expensive Blast-O-Matic I could find.


Wouldn't you know it; CR alleged that the Blasto-O-Matic had a faulty wiring system and would throw sparks from its blades at any speed higher than "frappe". Lo, they were correct, and now I am rebuilding my kitchen and having work done to the houses' foundation. Sum . . . bitch.


Ever since that fateful blender incident I have taken Consumer Reports at their word. They say a new Lexus model, the GX 460, might be a bit tippy in the turns. Might bob and weave a little too much for the average Soccer Mom's driving skill set. Might just go "turtle", and kill all the little munchkins inside. Important news, assuming this isnt a Toyota Witch-Hunt . . .

The Best Used Cars Make The Best New Cars

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 3:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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So your tired old clunker has finally clunked for the last time. But it did manage to keep going long enough to miss cashing in on Obama’s offer, and now you think you’re stuck. Or perhaps you actually are stuck on the side of the road, in which case may I suggest calling for some immediate assistance and then getting back to AutoShopper.com?

There is good news and bad news about your current predicament. The bad news is that we can’t help you fix your car at this very moment. But, the good news is that you might be passing one of those silly new car buyers in the very near future. Even more good news is that you might just be driving something with a lot more cachet, class, and horsepower. 

American Mini, Not Muscle

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:19PM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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The New York International Auto Show seemed to be less of an auto show than it was an extravaganza for environmentally friendly automobiles. To be more accurate, it seemed to be a display for mini-mobiles. The self-propelled cars in the Flintstone’s cartoon had more power than some of these cars. This timing could not have come at a worse time for these auto companies. This winter tossed a monkey wrench into the spokes of the Al Gore global warming crusade and an increasing number of people are questioning the global warming rational.