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New Product: Pioneer Brings Pandora to the Car

July 30th, 2010 by Stu

The marketing dudes from Pioneer were good enough to drop by for a curbside demo of their new flagship in-dash navigation system. It’s called the AVIC-Z120BT…very consumer friendly and damn easy to remember if I do say so myself. But, as far as I’m concerned, the only name that really matters when it comes to this new piece of tech is Pandora. Yes, that’s right, the king of Internet radio has officially reached your dashboard. Well, if you have an iPhone that is.

When drivers launch the PandoraLink for Pioneer App, Pandora will be displayed as a dedicated source on the luscious 7-inch WVGA touch screen display and provides desktop functionality such as detailed track information and album art. In addition to the capability of rating a song with “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” the dedicated interface provides easy navigation and allows users to bookmark a song or artist, skip the currently playing track, change stations and select Quickmix playback.  The only thing it won’t do is allow you to create a new station as the engineers have deemed that one too distracting.

The AVIC-Z120BT is available now for a suggested retail price of $1,599.  If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s a lower end offering called the AVIC-X920BT ($1,099). Less expensive still, Alpine offers a no frills head unit, also named with a bunch of awkward numbers and letters, that is equipped to stream Pandora minus the Navigation system and 7-inch fancy touch screen.

Images: Pioneer

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible – West 23rd Street, NYC

July 29th, 2010 by Aaron

I found this 540 HP snake charmer tucked away in front of a Chelsea office building one sunny afternoon. The black and red hot rod almost looked guilty, as if it had been out speeding and doing smokey burnouts all afternoon. Or maybe the owner simply needed a parking space so he could run inside to grab something. Either way, I think we can all agree, this drop top ain’t a half bad way to get around town.

Shot with my Leica M6

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Fine Lines: Range Rover Classic – Timberland Classic

July 28th, 2010 by Ian

Clas-sic [klas-ik] – adjective (dictionary.com)
1.  of the first or highest quality, class, or rank.
2.  of enduring interest, quality, or style.
– noun
1.  a work that is honored as definitive in it’s field.
2.  something noteworthy of it’s kind, and worth remembering.

Land Rover started referring to these first gen Range Rovers as “Classic” in ’96. And like all things branded as such, the British SUV had to earn its stripes. It debuted in 1970 with vinyl seats and a plastic dash designed for easy hose downs after muddy hunting days in the woods. The original two-door models (4 door was added in ’72) were not intended to be the luxurious vessels you seeing lining the streets of East Hampton today.  They were very basic and utilitarian in their design and construction. Spencer King, Range Rover’s creator, was an engineer before he was a designer, and his first prototype was created to be the best off road 4×4 on the market. I can’t deny the beauty and comfort found in modern Range Rovers, but lately it’s been these rugged Classics that keep me coming back for more.

At the same time that the United Kingdom was introducing the Range Rover, a little family-owned company in New Hampshire, USA was working on a big idea of their own.  The Abington Shoe Company had one goal, waterproof work boots. By utilizing injection molding technology they fused rubber lug outsoles to leather waterproof uppers. They would call this boot Timberland, and a classic was born. The 6 inch Premium Timberland work boot, with its wheat coloring, is one of the most iconic boots in existence and is the heart and soul of the Timberland company. It is a classic design that will never get old.  The actual boots will get old, but that’s when they get even better looking.

In my dream garage sits one of these 2-door Range Rover classics and the only boots that dare touch those pedals are my old beat up Timberland 10061’s. Beautiful utilitarian design paired with the enduring quality, and outdoor heritage is what makes these classics…well, classic.

Pictures: Timberland and Land Rover archives

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Mystery Car – 10 FRWY Eastbound, Mid-City LA

July 28th, 2010 by Mike

What’s black, slilver and comes in 3 sizes? The awesome Man on the Move T-shirt you will win if you name the make and model of the fleeing classic pictured here. Throw down after the jump.

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Chevy Styleline Deluxe Sport Coupe – Forest Grove, Oregon

July 27th, 2010 by Emir

I spotted this great looking 51 Chevy parked outside the Forest Grove Concour d’Elegeance last weekend. Its brilliant blue paint, elegant use of chrome, and smooth curves had me stopped like a dear caught in the headlights. And what an interior. I hope to look this sporty when I’m 60 years old. In case any of my rant now has you lusting for one of these, this baby happens to be for sale and can be in your driveway for the low low price of $15K. Any interested parties can email haywood53@gmail.com.

*note: price does not include Man on the Move broker fee of 6%

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New Product: 2011 Ford Explorer – Herald Square, NYC

July 26th, 2010 by Stu

Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Tough Jobs Host/Ford Spokesman Mike Rowe pulled the wraps off the 2011 Explorer earlier today in our very own Herald Square. The Blue Oval, which showed stronger than expected quarterly profits of $2.6 billion last week, skipped the traditional auto show reveal, instead relying on Facebook and public appearances like this one to get the word out.

The all-new Explorer, said to be the brand’s second most well-known nameplate behind Mustang, used to sell in ginormous annual volumes approaching half a million units just 10 years ago. Compare that to the roughly 50,000 Explorers sold last year and it’s plain to see that the new model has a lot riding on it’s well-sculpted shoulders.

Probably the biggest departure from previous generations is that the Explorer is now based on a car platform (also known as a unitized platform) and offers 4 and 6 cylinder engines in place of a V8. The move away from big engines and truck-based platforms (also known as body on frame construction) typical of SUVs like 4Runner, Grand Cherokee and Yukon is one that assures not only better fuel economy for stringent CAFÉ standards but also increased ride quality and noise insulation for American families who wont likely be taking their vehicles off road anytime soon.

Look for cool innovations like a Land Rover-esq terrain management system and inflatable seat belts in the back seat that help protect occupants’ heads and chests in a crash. The 2011 Explorer, which will cost a cool $1,000 less than the outgoing 2010 model, will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant with start of sales slated for next Winter.

While we would not have selected white as a debut color, the new ute is handsome and we dig the rearward sloping roofline and wrap around rear windows. Weigh in with your thoughts on whether it’s a dud or stud after the jump.

Pictures courtesy of Dave Pinter

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Waterfest 2010: Raceway Park – Englishtown, New Jersey

July 26th, 2010 by Austin

Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ was brimming with love for Deutschland during Waterfest 16 last weekend. The annual VW/Audi car show and motorsport event is the largest of its kind in North America and saw damn near 20,000 in attendance this year. Attractions like a tire burn-out contest, drag racing and various judged car shows kept people pretty entertained throughout the 2-day event. And if that didn’t quite keep your attention, there were enough aftermarket part sponsors and vendors to occupy almost a mile of display space. Seriously, they took up a mile of display space at the 2009 event.

Be sure to check out our Engines of Waterfest featured gallery. It’s choc full of glorious headers, carbon fiber accent kits and other engine bay goodies these German car freaks stuffed under the hood.

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Porsche Panamera [hideous edition] – Las Vegas, NV

July 23rd, 2010 by Stu

One of our readers spotted this utterly obnoxious Porsche Panamera on a recent trip to Sin City and all I can say is what a waste. Each to their own and everything but I’m not sure this is what the boys from Porsche had in mind when they dropped the brand’s first dour door saloon on us. I mean the car has been on the market for 10 minutes and people are already coming up with countless ways to ruin it. Yes, we get it, carbon fiber is very in right now. But that doesn’t mean you have to coat half the body in it. Even the damn headlights have a carbon trim. With all the boy racer wings, air damns and diffusers installed to cut the wind, I wonder if this thing will ever even participate in a track day. Feel free to speculate as to the owner’s intentions after the jump.

Thanks AJ

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La Belle Macchinne D’Italia: The Skytop Lodge – Skytop, PA

July 22nd, 2010 by Stu

Each year, hundreds of prancing horses, raging bulls and red tridents convene in the picturesque Pocono mountains to reminisce on the good old days and chat excitedly toward the future. The 24th annual car show and track days represent the largest 3 day Italian motoring event in North America and have come to be widely regarded as the premier Italian car show venue in the Northeast (trust me, there are a lot of them).

In addition to the luscious pictures after the jump, please be sure to check out our featured gallery of vintage Italian dashboards. All of the eye candy is courtesy of our good pal and frequent Man on the Move contributor Dave Pinter. Thanks Dave!

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VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge: Inaugural Ceremony – Milan, Italy

July 21st, 2010 by Stu

One morning in the not too distant future, you will climb aboard an autonomously operated pod suspended alongside your apartment and glide to work. As you turn through the crisp pages of a new Wall Street Journal (if they still have newspapers at the point) and sip on a macchiato, the car will follow a pre-determined path to your office or wherever else your program it to go. And because human error has been removed from the equation, say good bye to traffic jams and unfortunate accidents. Sound far fetched? Well, you should know that the orange electric vehicles pictured here departed Milan earlier today for a 3 month journey to Shanghai without any drivers to speak of. That’s 8,000 driverless miles between two continents. If engineers can accomplish this amazing feet, think what they can do in a densely packed urban area with an electric grid at their disposal.

The vehicles are equipped with sensors that allow them to perceive the environment, determine the best reaction, and ultimately drive autonomously. Vislab tells us it will be the first time in history that goods travel between two continents without using traditional fuel and with no driver. You can follow the expedition live on www.IntercontinentalChallenge.eu ; a blog is also available to interact with the engineers testing and following the vehicles. Live video streaming from the vehicles will be available during the whole expedition.

Pictures: Vislab

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