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More Euro Fords: The 2011 C-Max

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 11:16AM | By: John Welch

More Euro Fords: The 2011 C-Max test 1-1

Several weird segments have popped up in the American auto industry lately. Four door hatch-backs, itty bitty city cars, narrow work vans, and seven passenger car/van double mini-people carrier thingees like the Mazda 5 and the Kia Rondo. All of these concepts are direct descendants of, or inspired by, European products. BMW, VW, and Porsche have the 'shooting-brake', foor door hatch-back thing covered, while Ford, Mercedes and others have produced 'city cars' for decades. Ford recently had the bright idea to begin importing its European product to the U.S. market . . . something about Euro-Fords being dynamically superior to the American-produced crap-wagons currently sold in Ford dealerships. The first European Ford product to actually go on sale was the Ford Transit Connect, a urban sized cargo van, similar to the Daimler Sprinter. Next we will get the new Fiesta, followed by the new Focus and the Ford C-Max.

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:03PM | By: John Welch

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy test 1-1

Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir

Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly test 1-1

Fritz Henderson allows us a taste of GM's Australian bounty, the word 'bad' is redefined ala Michael Jackson, and Flavio Briatore shows there is hope for disco fanatics everywhere, as long as we are referring to fashion and not poorly planned crash-to-win fiascos . . .

Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 3:15PM | By: John Welch

Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut test 1-1

As previously reported, the LMP-1 field at this years Petit Le Mans will be one of the best since the days of Group C. Today, Drayson Racing continued the influx of European hardware, showing off their spanking new Lola Coupe at Silverstone, in the UK.


GM Continues To Push Forward

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 3:14PM | By: Nick Truden

GM Continues To Push Forward test 1-1

As winter approaches and as America gently heaves itself out of economic implosion, the mainstay of our country's ingenuity, the automobile, has finally reached the breaking point of "do or do not". With oil and gas prices still at an all-time high, Americans DO want those vehicles of the future the car companies have been promising us for the last few decades. We DO NOT want the same old song and dance previously touted by the big three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) rendering us dumbfounded as to when an oil-free salvation will come. General Motors appears to be at the forefront of this retooling, thanks to their help from Uncle Sam.

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 2:59PM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1 test 1-1

While all the other blogs are jet-setting to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show, we're sitting here in Florida begging for a reprieve from the oppressive heat. Not being there, or having any sort of operating budget, makes it impossible to compete, high-res image for high-res image. If you'd like to know more about the latest-greatest garbage-fueled nine passenger land-yacht, I direct you to a more qualified source, AOL's Autoblog.

If a steamy tale of woe and redemption involving the finest road-going machinery on the planet is what you're looking for, well, I've got that covered. The time: October 2008. The place: Braselton, Georgia. The man: Scottish-born Allan McNish . . . the circumstances: un-effing-believable.


Web Review; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 1:09PM | By: John Welch

Web Review; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG test 1-1

Being extremely enamored with the new Mc-Merc replacement (SLR), the SLS AMG, we decided to take a look at the purpose-built website Mercedes is using to hock the SLS. A big German luxury-car maker should be able to put together a fairly impressive e-brochure, right? Yes, and no. But mostly yes . . .

F1 Soap Opera Heats Up Pt.1

On: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:31AM | By: John Welch

F1 Soap Opera Heats Up Pt.1 test 1-1

I haven't even sucked down the morning's first Coke and already more has happened in the world of F1 than seems possible in 24 hours. Grogginess aside, I think I can lay out the basics of the recent lunacy. First, who exactly will be racing next year?

Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch

Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway test 1-1

OmigawdOmigawdOmigawd! Forza three is almost here! You can take your Gran Turismos and your NFS Shifts and you can pound them squarely into your under-stimulated colon. Forza Motorsport has claimed the title of "Most Well Rounded Simulator" (my own award; I'm sure somebody disagrees) since its inception, 'Forza Motorsport' on the original Xbox. No other game has offered the level of customizationa and realism that Forza displays. Period.


Monza Does Not Disappoint

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 12:14PM | By: John Welch

Monza Does Not Disappoint test 1-1

The Italian Grand Prix lived up to its historic billing as the fastest and one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar. Force India continued to show their increased competency, even after losing their number one driver to Ferrari. McLaren showed inpressive pace, unfortunately Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race on the third to last lap. The story of the weekend however, Brawn GP return to dominance with a one-two finish!

Sick Of Your Geo Already?

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 2:13PM | By: John Welch

Sick Of Your Geo Already? test 1-1

GM is rolling out an ambitious 'rebate' plan next week. Try full rebate. If you find you don't like your new GM vehicle, for any reason, in the first sixty days of ownership, you can return it for a full refund. The marketing blitzkrieg features a folksy Texan and fresh product. Actually, most of it is 'fresh' only if you were smart enough to avoid that Transformers 2 turdcicle. We dummies have all laid eyes on the Chevy Beat already.