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Three days from the premiere American road racing event, The Petit Le Mans Powered by MAZDA 6, and my excitement is palatable. There is another new GT2 team, and the time charts for several days of practice are giving us some interesting insight as to how the actual race may shape up.
We have reviewed Audi's heroics at last year's race, and given you a brief history of the first two Petit Le Mans. Now we are moving on to this year’s race. While we mere mortals sleepily went about our daily, piss-ant lives over the last week, the teams in Braselton have been playing high-stakes chicken with each other.
Saturn has always been an eclectic brand. Offering nothing more then two different versions of the same car for nine long years (the 'S' which came in SOHC and DOHC versions between 1990 and 1998), Saturn always found another way to connect with customers. Their dealership policies concentrated on a personal relationship with the customer, simple to understand pricing, and friendly rapport keeping the showrooms packed. Competing for the GM design teet with GM's other brands was often a losing battle for Saturn, leaving them with sub-standard products at a time when the Japanese and Koreans were pumping out higher quality vehicles for the same price.
No amount of customer loyalty can make up for a bevy of off-putting products, leading to a serious decline in sales. Saturn is looking at moving less then 100,000 units this year, way down from Saturn's sales peak, 286,000 units in 1994.This year alone overall sales for the division have dropped 58 percent. Instead of killing Saturn, ala Pontiac, the General is adding this beleaguered brand to the auction block, along with Saab, Opel, and Hummer.
It looks like Roger Penske is interested. Recently, certain details of his purchase have come to light, clearing up exactly what the (real) 'most interesting man in the world' plans to do with his new baby . . .
I decided it was time to review a website from a more pedestrian, 'every-man' car company. Over the last several weeks we have reviewed the Porsche 911 GT3 website, the Mercedes SLS AMG website, and other high-end digital brochures. Though fun to play around with, these sites are not incredibly realistic, considering all of these cars topped six figures once I had optioned them to the gills. Options I found to be completely necessary, thankyouverymuch.
So, name a car us poor folk might actually be able to afford, some day in the distant future? Scrolling around our blog, there has been a lot of news about GM, some good, some not so good. Most of it, honestly, is not so good. What better example of a Red-State, Go- Fearing Man-Car than the Chevy Camaro? Uhm, the Ford Mustang, if for no other reason than its advanced age and lack of prolonged gaps in its production cycle. While the Camaro was axed in 2002, Mustang production has soldiered on continuously, uninterrupted since 1964.
So whose website is shiny and tempting enough to make me take out that second mortgage? Read on . . .
Tags: GM, Ford, Camaro, Mustang, camaross, Camaro SS, camarors, Camaro RS, 2010camaro, 2010mustang, shelbygt500, bullit, Bullit Mustang, generalmotors
Has anyone heard about this proposed new tax? Instead of taxing the gas that we use, we will be taxed on mileage. Drivers will be tracked through GPS chips installed in their cars and charged a quarter-cent per mile.
The concept for a mileage tax was created in response to declining gas tax revenues due to improved fuel-efficiency in cars. All this time we are encouraged to buy fuel efficient vehicles and offered “Cash For Clunkers” rebates, and now, they are going to change the system to make sure that they get their chunk of change? I believe I pay enough tax on my vehicle via sales tax and vehicle registration fees, that, by the way, just doubled here in Florida.
One of the most high profile and controversial cars in modern history, GM's electric EV1, evolved from the GM Impact concept car. Through the years, the limited production EV1 has been held high by electric vehicle enthusiasts as a poster child for the electric vehicle's "success", and ultimate demise.
The GM concept car that debuted at the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show was created by the automotive and energy efficiency wizards at AeroVironment, under the direction of Paul MacCready, renowned for his work in energy efficient vehicles of all types. Shortly after that, General Motors announced that the automaker would build the electric car. This generated tremendous media attention, but was a surprise to many within his own company since much of the technology did not yet exist to transform the concept car into reality.
Tags: EV1, electric, hybrid, General Motors, fuel cell vehicles
Dr. Don Panoz (say 'PAY-nose') is the savior of sports car racing in America. NASCAR began dominating national media towards the end of the twentieth century, leaving little room for other forms of motorsport. Trans-Am was a shell of its former self and several accidents were beginning to erode support for big time GT1 racing. After the rise and decline of Group C in the late eighties, the fate of road racing on American shores was becoming darker and grimmer by the day. Dr. Panoz decided to stop the hemorrhaging and created an endurance race to rival any run in Europe or the rest of the world.
The Petit Le Mans.
Tags: Audi, bmw, Corvette, Road Atlanta, Petit Le Mans, BMW, Rahal, ALMS, Porsche, GT2, Panoz Esperante, Advan, Risi Competizione, risi, f430, prattandmiller, Katech, Rahal Letterman, theamericanlemansseries, Le Mans, gt1, gttwo, bimmer, corvetteracing, bmw, yates, Ford, YatesRacing,
The World Rally Championship left American televisions without much fanfare way back in 2004. Personally I have missed it, a lot. Rivaling F1 for heart-stopping, made-for-TV drama, the WRC has continued on without its US audience just fine. Discovery HD knows we want our dirt/ice/tarmac/snow/cliff racing back, and they plan on obliging us with close-up HD-maximized rally coverage, starting on October 4th with a six-hour 'Dummies Guide to WRC', featuring shows dedicated to the drivers, cars, and specific stages of the WRC . . .
Tags: Discovery HD, WRC, RallyIreland, wrc, Fiat, Subaru, Rally Finland, WRC, Ford, E. Novikov, Finland, Kimi Raikkonen, kimiraikkonen, fiat, ford, rallyfinland, Mads Östberg, f1, Fiat, ferrari, iceman, Citroen, xsara, citroenc4, sebastianloeb, fiaworldrally
GM is such a tease. They're always telling me what I want to hear, and I always eat it up even though I know 'what I want to hear' is usually too good to be true. GM dangles tasty morsels of automotive erotica in front of my face and then sweeps the cars I lust after back under the rug at the first sign of political or economic turmoil. The examples are endless: Pontiac G8/Chevy Caprice/G8 ST/Buick Grand National, The CTS-V Wagon/Coupe, and the Camaro Z28 all spring to mind.
Not much can be said for the poor G8 and its possible offspring, and the CTS-V Wagon is very much in doubt, but the Camaro goodness is still in the pipeline. Following is news on the Z28 and a few people who couldn't wait until GM got around to making it . ..
Tags: Gm, Camaro, Chevrolet, Formula D, Z28, chevyz28, Chevrolet Camaro, 2010Camaro, camaroz28, Camaroz28, general motors, generalmotors, chevycaprice, Caprice, G8, zetaplatform, Zeta
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall (campaign ID #09V358000) for 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima models to correct a problem with faulty suspension components that may contribute to an accident. This recall involves up to 26,398 vehicles. The problem component has been identified as the upper front strut insulators. The poorly designed insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position which could cause vehicle instability and potentially lead to a crash.
Nissan will replace both the left and right side front strut insulators at no charge to the customer. The recall is expected to officially begin on October 5; consumers may contact Nissan at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261), or the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (1-800-424-9153) for more information.
Tags: 2009 Altima, 2009 Maxima, 2009 Nissan Altima, 2009 Nissan Maxima, 2010 Altima, 2010 Maxima, 2010 Nissan Altima, 2010 Nissan Maxima, NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Recall, Recalls, Strut, Struts, Suspension, Suspension Recall, Front Suspension Recall
Grand-Am tears up Miller Motorsports Park, NASCAR gets the 'Chase' underway, NHRA counts down their own 'Chase To Marketing Glory', and the IRL visits the Motegi Circuit in Japan.
Tags: Motegi, IRL, NASCAR, Grand-Am, NHRA, johnforce, Danica Patrick, motegicircuit, twinringmotegi, chaseforthecup, Spint Cup, Versus, versustv, Gainsco Pontiac, Telmex Lexus, Sun Trust Ford
Remember the lectures from grandparents you used to receive, or perhaps still do? They would begin by uttering the clichéd “back in my day!” introduction leading to a story that made whatever it was that you were going through seem like a walk in the park. Well, the following video of a 1959 Bel Air colliding with a 2009 Malibu is proof enough that if your parents, or your parent’s parents, were to get into a collision, chances were slim for anyone to make it out alive or with minimal injury.