Saline Bird Concept
carbodydesign.com - March 22, 2011
The Saline Bird Concept is a speed record motorbike concept powered by a compressed air engine. It was created by five design students at the ISD of Valenciennes (France).
GM Unveils Chevy Colorado Concept
autoobserver.com - March 21, 2011
General Motors unveiled a concept version of its Chevrolet Colorado truck at the Bangkok International Auto Show today. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Honda Ridgeline minus the rear doors, the midsize pickup goes on sale in Thailand later this year; something similar could be sold in North America eventually.
BMW's roofless concept car has an 'emotional browser'
usatoday.com - March 3, 2011
BMW rolled out an array of user technologies in its Vision ConnectedDrive concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Many involve the automaker's ConnectedDrive initiative, a suite of telematics and online services that provide in-vehicle access to the world outside.
Sexy, affordable Alfa Romeo sports car headed for U.S.
usatoday.com - March 01, 2011
Alfa Romeo officially unveiled its sexy 4C concept sports car at the Geneva motor show today, and the struggling Fiat-owned brand said it plans to sell the scaled-down stablemate of its 8C supercar globally when production begins in 2012.
Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Concept is a blast from the past re-hashed
autoblog.com - March 01, 2011
Aside from the Beetle, Volkswagen's Microbus may be one of the most iconic vehicles ever to come out of the German automaker's stable. VW brought it back in concept form ten years ago, but despite a warm reception, plans to create a modern-day Microbus were scrapped. Now, though, Volkswagen is offering a second conceptual redux of its oh-so-popular van at the Geneva Motor Show with this, the Bulli concept.
Volkswagen XL1 Concept
carbodydesign.com - February 01, 2011
Presented at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, the Volkswagen XL1 Concept it the third stage of the company’s 1-liter car strategy. It has a carbon fiber body, a weight of 795 kg and reaches a fuel economy of 0.9l/100 km.
BMW Z5 Concept
carbodydesign.com - January 31, 2011
The BMW Z5 is a design study of a futuristic sportscar concept based on the BMW Z4. It was created by Turkish designers İsmet Çevik and Fatih Tezel.
Is Toyota Working On A Prius Pickup?
automotiveaddicts.com - January 11, 2011
It’s no secret that Toyota will be expanding their Prius model line to include a five door minivan (the Prius V) and, eventually, a compact hatchback based on the Prius C shown at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. In the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, Pickup Trucks.com is reporting that Toyota could revive their A-BAT concept and stuff a hybrid drivetrain under the hood. The A-BAT (for Advanced Breakthrough Aero Truck) was shown at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, and featured a lightweight unibody construction and hybrid power train. It was quite a bit smaller than the current Toyota Tacoma, so the A-BAT would revive a long dormant segment of the truck world: the subcompact pickup truck.
Peugeot EX1 Concept: design gallery
carbodydesign.com - December 22, 2010
An extensive gallery of images of the Peugeot EX1 Concept, including photos from the development process and some exclusive, previously unreleased design sketches and renderings.
New GM? GMC's off-road monster truck concept arrives
usatoday.com - December 17, 2010
If you think the new General Motors doesn't look like the old General Motors, take a gander at the new GMC Sierra All Terrain HD off-road truck concept. It will be rolled out at the Detroit auto show next month.
Honda will unveil Civic concept at Detroit show
autonews.com - December 14, 2010
LOS ANGELES – Honda will unveil a concept version of the redesigned 2012 Civic at the Detroit auto show in January
Rinspeed BamBoo Concept
carbodydesign.com - December 03, 2010
Rinspeed has released the first images of its new BamBoo concept car, a minimalistic open four-seater that mixes a rétro-inspired design with eco-friendly features. It will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen thinking of making a new microbus?
usatoday.com - December 02, 2010
Even today, a decade later, the 2001 Volkswagen microbus concept still stuns. It's hard to imagine why VW didn't make it a production vehicle. Now VW is cracking the door open again -- but has time passed them on?
IED Thesis: 2020 McLaren Off-Roader
carbodydesign.com - November 25, 2010
The final projects created by the 3rd year students at Turin-based IED in partnership with McLaren. The brief was to imagine a futuristic two-seater hybrid off-roader for the year 2020.
Peugeot HR1 Concept
netcarshow.com - November 22, 2010
The Peugeot HR1 Concept is an exclusive and innovative urban concept car that blends together a number of genres (city run-around, coupé and SUV). It is targeted at active young city dwellers smitten with design and innovation who are in search of a vehicle that matches their profile.
Subaru Impreza Design Concept
carbodydesign.com - November 22, 2010
Subaru has unveiled the Impreza Design Concept, a sporty four-seater sedan with a coupé-like design. It previews the carmaker’s new “Confidence in Motion” design and brand strategy.
L.A. Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept Wears Biofiber Body
autos.msn.com - November 16, 2010
Mercedes-Benz will make waves at this year's Los Angeles auto show. But it won't all because of the pending world debut of the new CLS63 AMG. No, the talk of the show is set to center around a spectacular-looking Mercedes-Benz concept called the Biome.
LA AUTO SHOW: Cadillac Unveils The Ultra Cool Urban Luxury Concept
autospies.com - November 17, 2010
The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept complements its compact dimensions with the design, features and technology for which Cadillac is known.
BMW May Reconsider Previous Decision To Build BMW X7 – Large SUV
automotiveaddicts.com - November 10, 2010
BMW previously axed the idea of building a bigger SUV which would have been the BMW X7. Recent reports to come out of the Wall Street Journal are suggestive that BMW would reconsider plans to build a large SUV sparked from the company’s outlook of the U.S. economy rebounding more quickly than some think.
Audi Q5 Hybrid revealed
worldcarfans.com - November 10, 2010
Whether intentional or not Audi has released the first details of the 2011 Q5 Hybrid ahead of its unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Husqvarna Mille3 explained
hellforleathermagazine.com - November 4, 2010
On tuesday we showed you the Husqvarna Mille3 and, well, didn’t really understand the point. Don’t worry, Husqvarna has issued a statement explaining what the Mille3 is. Apparently, the V3, cruiser/tracker concept is supposed to demonstrate that the company is “ahead of the game.”
Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept
carbodydesign.com - November 2, 2010
The Mercedes-Benz Biome is a futuristic ultralight concept that uses advanced bio-technologies to increase eco-efficiency. It was created by Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center California for the 2010 LA Design Challenge.
‘The Scooter of the Future’ Is a Mean BMW
wired.com - November 3, 2010
BMW Motorrad has built everything from conquer-everything touring machines to corner-carving superbikes, but it’s never had luck with scooters. It’s one effort flopped like a fish on a pier, but that isn’t stopping BMW from trying again.
Audi's electric e-tron to get artificial sound
autoblog.com - November 3, 2010
When cruising at 15.53 miles per hour or slower, an electric car runs virtually silent. Once over that speed, road noise and air moving over the car begin to become prevalent and the car can be "heard" as it travels down the road. That silent running is an intriguing part of the electric car world, but it's problematic, mostly because those speeds are generally reserved for traffic-clogged cities, parking lots and other areas where pedestrian foot traffic meets automotive. If you are hard of hearing, you might not know that an electric car is heading your way as you step out into the street. Audi is working to prevent this, by incorporating an exterior sound system into its e-tron.
Sao Paulo Auto Show 2010 - Highlights
cardesignnews.com - October 26, 2010
Fiat Mio concept Fiat has been developing an open source design through the company'swww.fiatmio.cc website since August 2009. More than two million people from 160 countries – but mostly from Brazil – have visited the website, collaborating with roughly 10,000 ideas for the new Fiat Mio concept. The public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs from earlier sketches, helping to define typologies and decide details, such as what kind of doors to adopt.
Lotus Unveils Its New Sedan Concept
wheels.blogs.nytimes.com - September 30, 2010
If Porsche can make S.U.V.s, what’s next, a Lotus sedan? Well, yes, that’s apparently so. Lotus did, in fact, unveil a new sedan concept Thursday at the Paris Motor Show. The niche automaker also took the wraps off four other new vehicles at the show, leading to speculation that it intends to become a real car company.
Jaguar's C-X75 Concept: A 205MPH Electric Supercar
popsci.com - September 29, 2010
Happy 75th birthday to British automaker Jaguar! As a birthday present, they've actually given ussomething new to drool over: A 780 hp mostly-electric supercar capable of hitting 250 mph with a whopping 500-mile range, all wrapped in a body inspired by the 1966 XJ13, the car the chief designer calls "possibly the most beautiful Jaguar ever made."
Peugeot EX1 Electric Concept Roadster
greencarcongress.com - September 21, 2010
Peugeot has developed an electric two-seater roadster concept car, the EX1. Ultra-light, the EX1 is and equipped with two electric motors—one on each axle—with peak output of 125 kW (250 kW / 340 bhp in total), and an immediately available constant maximum torque of 240 N·m (177 lb-ft) at the front and rear.
Lamborghini teaser for Paris motor show: part three
eurocarblog.com - September 21, 2010
Here’s the third Lamborghini teaser shot for the 2010 Paris Motor Show and it’s clear that at least this mini teaser campaign is all abut carbon fibre. The third installment offers no further information on the Paris show ’surprise’ and there will be a fourth episode before whatever is revealed at the show is….revealed.
BMW 6 Series Coupé Concept Is Not A Concept
jalopnik.com - September 20, 2010
BMW may call this the "Concept" 6 Series Coupé, but we'll call it what it is: a near-perfect first look at the 2012 BMW 6 Series. What's it show? How about a simplified, de-Bangled exterior and updated interior.
Close up Audi R4 concept photos! Certainly not another e-tron concept
r4um.com - September 16, 2010
We are now able to see via these photos the design, shape, and size of the mysterious Audi car from the Austrian ski jump. In a turn of events however, it does not appear to be another e-tron concept car. The high performance looking large alloy wheels and big brakes, as well as the traditional exhaust is not consistent with the e-tron concepts shown by Audi so far.
MINI to Reveal Electric Scooter Concept
motorcycle.com - September 9, 2010
The BMW subsidiary announced the MINI E Scooter Concept on its Facebook page along with some design sketches. “Ever seen a MINI on two wheels?” reads the description of the Facebook album. “Be the first to see an electric vision of the future as urban mobility by MINI takes a new direction. Keep your eyes open for the world premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2010.”
Nissan to Unveil Townpod EV Concept at Paris Show
carscoop.blogspot.com - September 9, 2010
At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which opens on 30 September, Nissan will lift the wraps off a new electric car concept called the Townpod. The Japanese automaker will release full details at the show but for now, all we have about the concept model is this cropped photo of the front headlamp and Nissan's claims that "it combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior," and that " it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses."
Vauxhall GTC Paris Concept: The next Astra?
skiddmark.com - September 8, 2010
These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall’s GTC Paris Concept, which gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch’s successor and is set to cause a stir when it receives its debut on September 30 at the Paris Motor Show.
Video: Jeep accidently shows off Fiat-based CUV *UPDATE
autoblog.com - September 1, 2010
There have been plenty of murmurings about how Fiat's partnership with Chrysler will impact the Jeep brand. Exactly how much platform sharing will occur between the Italian automaker and the Pentastar's globe-roaming purveyor of SUVs has been a hot topic amongst the Jeep faithful for some time. Now it appears that a video posted on YouTube by user thejeepchannel has given the world its first glance at a new Fiat-based crossover set to wear the famous seven-slot grille. In the video, a Jeep intern learns a bit about the company's design process, all while hovering around a clay model of one very CUV-looking creation.
Secret Jag concept for Paris
autocar.co.uk - August 30, 2010
Jaguar will reveal a dramatic new sports car concept at the Paris motor show this month. It will preview a fresh styling direction and makes a fitting celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. See Autocar’s exclusive rendering of the new Jag concept
Bentley R Type Concept
thecoolist.com - September, 2010
If you’ve had your ear to the ground, you’ve likely heard the name Alexander Kotlyarevsky when it comes to luxury car design concepts. The Italian designer has worked on the Alfa Romeo Pandion concept, the Bertone Mantide and others in his young career in automotive concept design.
Mazda's Shinari sedan concept has European flair
USA Today Drive On Blog - September 1, 2010
Mazda describes its new Shinari concept car as a "pure design concept model of a four-door, four-seater sports coupe which perfectly expresses the 'kodo – soul of motion' design." We describe it as looking like a Jaguar.
Crazy Rumor of the Day: Lamborghini Estoque to be built in China
autoblog.com - August 20, 2010
Hold on to your lugnuts, kids, because here's a rumor that's so far out it practically qualifies as science fiction. Taken straight from Gasgoo.com, which has provided plenty of worthy news in the past, is this nugget: Lamborghini "will import its super luxury four-door sedan, Lamborghini Estoque to China for local production in 2012 with a price tag of around 4 million yuan ($589,000)."
New Isetta to Solve Our Transportation Woes
wired.com/autopia - August 20, 2010
A Dutch designer says resurrecting the microcar is the key to reducing congestion and maximizing efficiency. Ralph Panhuysen, whose Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) seats three in a sideways V formation and parks two abreast like shoes in a shoebox, dreams of a world in which small, lightweight cars sip fuel and travel two-abreast in a single lane.
Monterey 2010: Jaguar XJ75 Platinum concept marks 75 years of The Cat [w/Video]
autoblog.com - August 15, 2010
The Jaguar XKR175 isn't the only special kitty making its debut out in Monterey. Jag's new limited-production coupe is joined by the one-off XJ75 Platinum concept created to honor of the brand's 75th anniversary. Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance attendees will find it parked on the Concept Car Lawn.
Opel GTC Paris Concept preview
carbodydesign.com - August 10, 2010
Opel has released the first information on the GTC Paris Concept, a sporty compact hatch with a dynamic and sculptural design inspired by the concepts of speed and beauty. It will debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
A Concept Car’s Long Road Back Into the Limelight
NY Times Wheels Blog - August 2, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mich. — In the fabulous ’50s, General Motors toured the United States with its Motorama auto show, a glitzy extravaganza that featured a number of futuristic concept cars. Today, such cars are collectibles. Back then, the concepts were frequently discarded or their parts were recycled as the basis of next year’s dream machines.
2003 Mercury Messenger Concept offered at RM Auctions Monterey
hooniverse.com - August 1, 2010
As Mercury rolls to a halt this summer, could this concept have saved Mercury from its fate joining Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, Oldsmobile, AMC,… and so many other automotive marques? Automotive Traveler’s Rich Truesdell ponders this question while RM Auctions offers this and many other Ford Concepts at their auction set to take place in Monterey August 12th through the 14th.
BMW reportedly green-lights 6 Series Gran Coupé concept for production
Autoblog.com - July 26, 2010
As a testament to its success in starting the four-door coupe movement, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is nigh on its second version, yet competitors have only recently begun to crowd the room. With the Audi A7 about to gain membership in the club, BMW couldn't hang back, so it has reportedly slapped a sales date on the 6 Series Gran Coupe concept: it'll be here in 2012.
Concept cars highlight Ford-only day of RM's Monterey auction
Autoblog - July 17, 2010
The RM auction is always one of our favorite events during the Monterey classic car week, and this year's looks to be one of the best yet. In fact, there are so many vehicles up for grabs that RM has scheduled an additional auction day featuring just Fords. Some historically-important vehicles will cross the block, including a 1903 Ford Model A and a 1962 Lincoln Continental used by John F. Kennedy.
Buick considers making the Riviera Concept a showroom reality
Autoblog - July 23, 2010
Buick conducted another in its series of webchats and this time product marketing director Roger McCormack attended the party. One of the first real signs of the brand's rebirth came three years ago with the debut of the Riviera concept. Since then, Buick has focused on launching its mainstream, higher volume products like the LaCrosse and Regal, and the Riviera coupe has languished on the sidelines.
Mercedes debuts an armored truck concept in Paris
WorldCarFans.com - July 5, 2010
Mercedes introduced a new armoured truck concept to the defence industry. The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X was shown off for the first time last month during Eurosatory 2010 in Paris.
New Product News
Porsche 918 Spyder Production Confirmed – Priced at $845,000
automotiveaddicts.com - March 21, 2011
The new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Sportscar now has an official price tag set at $845,000 and will go into production September 2013.
Fiat’s 500 Coupe Zagato: Good Things Come In A Small Package
automotiveaddicts.com - March 1, 2011
Unlike most of my fellow Americans, I don’t equate the size of a vehicle with how safe or appealing it is. In fact, I much prefer driving a small and nimble sports car over driving a pickup truck large enough to have it’s own gravitational pull. As much as I enjoy the rush of acceleration, cars are just as much about balance to me; if it only goes fast in a straight line, chances are good it’s not going to hold my attention for long. That’s why I find cars like the Mini Cooper S, the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 500 appealing. They’re not about raw power, but they are about preserving momentum and making the most out of your car’s strengths.
2012 Ferrari FF full specs unveiled in Geneva Posted: Mar 02, 2011
egmcartech.com - March 2, 2011
The Ferrari FF is making its first world auto show debut today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Giving the Grand Tourer a completely new look, the Ferrari FF is the first time the Italian automaker is offeringfour-wheel-drive.
Ferrari Four: A Ferrari For Families
wired.com/autopia - March 01, 2011
Ferrari has pulled the sheet off the all-new FF, an all-wheel-drive beast with 660 horsepower and room for four. The FF — for Ferrari Four — unveiled today at the Geneva auto show isn’t just a replacement for the aging 612 Scaglietti flagship. It is Maranello’s attempt to build a “versatile” supercar to compete with the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide, Bentley Continental GT and Porsche Panamera.
BMW Brings Back The Four Banger
automotiveaddicts.com - January 31, 2011
The last time a four cylinder engine powered a BMW in the United States was in 1999; back then, it was a somewhat anemic 138 horsepower. You could find it in the entry level Z3 roadster, and in the quirky BMW 318i Compact, but customer perception was that real BMWs had six cylinder engines. By 1999, the 318i had been dropped from BMW’s U.S. lineup, and the base motor in the Z3 was upgraded to a 2.5 liter straight six. BMW would continue the use of four cylinder engines in the EU, where fuel economy and price were primary concerns, and would focus on premium cars with six or more cylinders for the U.S. market.
Mercedes-Benz finds way to stand out: Day-Glo yellow
usatoday.com - January 11, 2011
It's pretty normal for an automaker to want to stand out at an auto show with a hot red sports car or by adding bright orange stripes on a silver body. But Mercedes-Benz found a way to become unavoidable at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit here: Day-Glo yellow.
Report: Marchionne confirms 7-seat Jeep Grand Wagoneer in 2013
autoblog.com - January 11, 2011
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler, has reportedly just announced his plans to bring an old American nameplate back to life. According to Automotive News, in two years time, Jeep will roll out a seven-seat SUV and its badge will read: Grand Wagoneer. According to Marchionne, it will be an upscale, seven-seat sport utility vehicle built on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
In Memoriam: Ten Cars We Lost in 2010
wired.com/autopia - January 3, 2011
Each year, auto manufacturers phase out models without fanfare, more concerned with the next new model launch than with recalling the memory of a bygone brand. Nobody remembers the day that the Ford Five Hundred was relaunched as a Taurus, and (we hope) no commemorative plaques exist to mark the final Nissan Pulsar that rolled off an assembly line.
2011 Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost Volante
dupontregistry.com - December 24, 2010
Following the release of the V-12 Vantage Carbon Black and DBS Carbon Black, Aston Martin is unleashing the DB9 Carbon Black alongside two other special edition DB9 vehicles at the end of 2010 for the revised 2011 model. The other DB9 editions include the Morning Frost package, which is coated in a pearlescent white exterior finish with a bronze leather interior, and the Quantum Silver package, which offers a sportier look thanks to its exterior color and black highlights. The Quantum Silver exterior color was made famous by the DBS featured in the last James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The Quantum Silver finish is enhanced further by the Obsidian Black interior along with Piano Black trim.
Chrysler releases photos of 300 sedan makeover
usatoday.com - December 20, 2010
Chrysler released photos today officially showing how it has tweaked the looks of its flagship sedan, the 300.
Playboy Selects “The Hottest Rides Of 2011″, We Offer Our Rebuttal
automotiveaddicts.com - December 20, 2010
Let’s keep this simple: if you want to look at gorgeous, semi-naked women or read insightful reporting, go to Playboy. If you want accurate information on cars and trucks, come to Automotive Addicts. We don’t do the whole pictures of naked women thing (although we have been known to look at them admiringly), because it’s just not what we do best. Likewise, when Playboy publishes a list of the “Hottest Rides” of the year, you need to read it with some skepticism.
MW's To Broaden 1-Series Lineup With FWD, GT-Like Small Car
autospies.com - December 13, 2010
If BMW hasn't become enough niche for your taste, just wait! There's more! New reports are saying that in addition to the second-generation rear wheel drive 1-series, there sill be a pair of front-wheel drive cars set to go head-to-head with the Audi A3.
Volkswagen U.S. Boss Promises Experience Americans Want, Including Hot Golf R
autoobserver.com - December 9, 2010
Jonathan Browning, the new president and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America told a media group today the company is going to bend over backwards to do a better job of connecting with U.S. buyers between now and 2018, when the VW Group intends to become the world's largest automaker. And that includes offering more models with the emotion Americans aren't accustomed to from competitors, he said.
New Photos Of Countryman Dakar Racer
motoringfile.com - December 10, 2010
More angles on what has to be the beefiest looking MINI to date.
First Look: 2011 Chrysler 300
motortrend.com - December 01, 2010
The golden crest is gone, but the Chrysler name is still spelled out and surrounded by a pair of wings atop the front-grille frame. The eggcrate grille has been swapped for one composed of sculpted horizontal slats, as seen on the Chrysler 200 and Town & Country (and, unfortunately, the Hyundai Sonata). Projector-beam headlights have evolved to incorporate must-mean-it's-luxury LEDs .
Lambo Estoque Four Door Back On-Again
thetruthaboutcars.com - December 03, 2010
When Lamborghini told press that it would not be building a production version of the Estoque "four door coupe" the reason that Sant"Agata firm gave was that "the timing and market conditions are just not right for an additional model line."
Chrysler to resurrect Viper
detnews.com - December 01. 2010
Chrysler Group LLC plans to bring the iconic Dodge Viper back to its lineup in the summer of 2012.
First Production Chevrolet Volts Roll Off Line Today
autoobserver.com - November 30, 2010
It was Job One today for General Motors Co.'s heralded Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, with the first production units rolling off the assembly line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant just outside the city of Detroit.
VW Aims For Dakar Threepeat With Sweet ‘Regs
wired.com - November 29, 2010
Volkswagen hopes to score a hat trick at the Dakar Rally with race-ready rigs that are all kinds of bad-ass.
2011 Ferrari California Limited Edition
dupontregistry.com - November 22, 2010
Cornes & Company, the leading importer of Ferraris in Japan for the past 30 years, is announcing a limited-edition Ferrari California for the Japanese market only. Restricted to just ten units—four in Bianco (white) over Nero (black), three in Rosso (red) over Nero, and three in Nero over Creme (cream)—the most noticeable changes include carbon fiber side skirts, door pulls, and fuel cap. The car also wears diamond-polished forged rims with red center caps and titanium nuts. The Ferrari California Limited Edition will cost ¥26,500,000 or approximately $317,600. For comparison, a base California costs ¥23,600,000, or approximately $283,000, from Cornes Motor.
2012 BMW 6-Series (650i) Convertible Breaks Cover
automotiveaddicts.com - November 18, 2010
BMW has revealed the newest addition to the Bavarian lineup in the form of a drop-top 6-Series. The new 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible has been revealed with new sheetmetal and curves that works quite well in my opinion. During this year’s LA Auto Show this week many journalists and spectators expected an appearance of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible (650i) but unfortunately it is a no-show.
Officially Official: 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback unveiled
autoblog.com - November 22, 2010
After months of spy shots and speculation, Audi has released its official information on the RS 3 Sportback. The mean little bruiser will come to the fight with 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a turbo 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission. With over 17 psi of boost breathing on the five-pot, Audi says that the RS 3 Sportback is good for a 0-60 mph run of just 4.6 seconds. As you might expect, the company's fantastic Quattro all-wheel drive system helps put all that power to the road.
Nissan To Introduce 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: World’s First AWD Crossover Convertible
automotiveaddicts.com - November 15, 2010
Nissan has confirmed, via their Facebook page, that it will offer the world’s first AWD crossover convertible called the Murano CrossCabriolet. You may have seen renderings of a two-door Nissan Murano SUV with the top chopped off thinking that Nissan would never do such a thing. But that is exactly what they have done only the vehicle we may have seen in concept form will not change much between now and its arrival to Nissan dealerships next year.
Aston Martin displays production-ready Cygnet at Harrods in London
autoblog.com - November 17, 2010
Aston Martin is dead serious about marketing the new Cygnet to luxury buyers in crowded metropoli (yes, we made that up...) like London. And to that end, the upscale British automaker is unveiling its new city car at no less prestigious a location than Harrods.
E-Tracer is for those who like a challenge
latimes.com - November 13, 2010
Some vehicles defy easy classification. Take the plug-in electric Peraves E-Tracer, headed for California roads next year. Balanced on two wheels and operated with a throttle, it's similar to a motorcycle. But it's also fully enclosed in a Kevlar fiberglass shell.
Ford, Nissan finalists for next New York taxicab
usatoday.com - November 15, 2010
Ford, Nissan and a company called Karsan USA have come out on top in the competition to manufacture New York City's next taxicab, the Associated Press reports.
Fiat Americanizes its 500, Complete With Cupholders
autoweek.com - November 15, 2010
The Fiat 500 subcompact may be Italian through and through, but the U.S. version that arrives in dealerships late this year will cater to American tastes.
Lamborghini Aventador Is The New Jota
jalopnik.com - November 14, 2010
Lamborghini's filed a claim with the U.S. trademark office on the name "Aventador."Some believe it's the new name for the Italian automaker's Murcielago-replacing supercar. Below, what the name means and specifications we expect for this new raging bull.
New Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG with 518HP or 550HP to Premiere in LA
carscoop.blogspot.com - November 10, 2010
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the world debut of its next-generation CLS63 AMG sports sedan at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 19-28. The German maker also revealed that it will make an announcement on the U.S. rollout of its fuel cell-powered F-CELL car.
2011 Automobile of the Year Finalists
automobilemag.com - November 9, 2010
The Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year is a car that is groundbreaking, that establishes new standards in design, or performance, or engineering, or technology, or some combination thereof. It is an enthusiast's car. It is not necessarily exotic, or expensive, or high-powered; but any car that can provide some of the same pleasure to the enthusiast driver as exotic, expensive, and high-powered cars do, but at an accessible price, is of particular interest to us as we choose our Automobile of the Year. Our least expensive AOY was the 1994 Chrysler Neon ($9500). Our most expensive was the 2008 Audi R8 ($109,700).
2011 Bentley Continental GT First Drive
insideline.com - November 10, 2010
Our 2011 Bentley Continental GT is gliding along at 2 miles a minute on a road that doesn't exist according to the coupe's new satellite navigation. The table-smooth ribbon of tarmac beneath our wheels, slashing through the craggy desert with a combination of mile-long straights and huge constant-radius bends, hasn't yet attracted the attention of digital cartographers. We are on our own.
What’s Wrong With This Picture: Porsche’s Slow Burn Edition
thetruthaboutcars.com - November 9, 2010
According to Auto Motor und Sport, the next-generation Porsche 911 (991) will have its wheelbase extended by ten centimeters compared to the current model, a concession to US emissions standards which are categorized by footprint. The new elfer will also lose about 88 pounds and gain stop-start technology, in yet another nod to tightening global emissions standards. Oh yes, and the handbrake will become an electrically-controlled switch similar to the unit in the Panamera. Otherwise… has anything changed? These Erlkönig spy shots reveal the biggest non-story in all of automotive-dom: the 911?s styling really won’t change all that much for its newest iteration. Yes, the most consistently-styled car of the modern era will get slightly steeper front headlights, a more tapered rear end, and fewer vestigal cooling vents that survived the switch from air-cooled to water-cooled engines, thanks to the Porsche’s legendarily stubborn styling department. Otherwise, the updates are incredibly subtle (those side vents are taped-on camo, according to AM und S).
Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake receives green light for production
autospies.com - November 8, 2010
Another dream is becoming reality, as Mercedes-Benz officially announced today that the CLS Shooting Brake Concept, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show, will go into serial production
Next-generation Bmw M3 coming with a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 440 hp
autospies.com - November 4, 2010
It’s not a secret anymore that the next-generation Bmw M3, which will hit the market in 2012, will lose its V8 engine in favor of a smaller and more powerful V6.
2010 SEMA: Top 5 Tuner Cars
editorial.autos.msn.com - November 3, 2010
SEMA show cars are about form, function and flash. Few are practical -- in fact, a number of them don’t even roll under their own power -- and that’s OK. This show isn’t about practicality. It’s about the ultimate expression of passion, performance and style.
autoextremist.com - November 3, 2010
Ford has announced a new Fiesta R2 rally package that will be available for the first time in the U.S. Currently only available throughout Europe, Ford Racing Performance Group is bringing the competition-ready package here to let enthusiasts turn their five-door Fiesta into a Fiesta R2 that’s ready to compete on the roads of RallyCar’s Rally America National Championship. The package is now available for order through Team O’Neil Motorsports, a division of Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire (firstname.lastname@example.org) “The spirit of One Ford is making it possible for us to bring the best of European rally racing to competitors in the U.S.,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsport. “The Fiesta R2 has already proven itself in Europe as a great platform for aspiring rally drivers.”
2011 Dodge CHALLENGER SRT8 392
dupontregistry.com - October 30, 2010
Dodge's current premium sports car and one of two muscle cars in its lineup, the Challenger, receives a mild refreshening for 2011. The biggest change is a boost in horsepower and torque with the introduction of a 392-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 powerplant.
Report: Toyota plans budget sports car line
autoblog.com - September 5, 2010
Akio Toyoda may want to bring driving excitement back to Toyota, but he and his team have two major hurdles to overcome: The brands's limited enthusiast base and the fact that Japan's youth have very little interest in cars. To combat both fronts, Toyota plans to launch a new line of budget-oriented vehicles that offer a modicum of sport. But so far, things don't look too promising.
First Look: 2011 Bentley Continental GT
motortrend.com - September 7, 2010The Continental GT is one of Bentley's sexiest machines ever, and the brand's best-selling model. In a diamond-encrusted nutshell, the luxurious yet athletic Conti GT is very important to Crewe. It has remained largely unchanged for seven years, and by now, the once undeniably eye-catching shape is showing its age. It's understandable, then, that Bentley's engineering and design teams have invested countless development hours and hundreds of millions of dollars to craft what you see here: a cleaner, more powerful and oh-so-much-sexier Continental GT coupe.
Review: 2011 Nissan Juke
thetruthaboutcars.com - August 25, 2010
Because car enthusiasts tend to be more interested in cars themselves than the industry that creates them, critics and commentators tend to praise engineers while vilifying accountants, marketers and the countless other professions required to bring a new car to production. The assumption seems to be that engineers develop great cars which are then cheapened, blandified and otherwise screwed up by everyone else. Obviously this is a somewhat oversimplified perspective, but in certain cases it’s downright undeniable. Rarely has it been more true than with the Nissan Juke.
New Lancia Stratos: High-Res Photo Gallery
carscoop.com - August 23, 2010
By now, you've probably heard or read about the modern-day interpretation of the Lancia Stratos that is being built as a one-off (for the time being) by Pininfarina for Michael Stoschek, a wealthy German businessman. While there is nothing new in the way of details, the people behind the project have finally released some high resolution photos of the reborn Stratos that you can enjoy right after the jump. We'll remind you that the Stratos is based on a shortened platform of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia making use of the same V8 powerhouse.
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, Laguna Seca Edition
jaylenosgarage.com - August 25, 2010
The Boss is back! Join Jay for an exclusive look at Mustang’s highest performing model yet, inspired by the car Larry Shinoda designed to beat Camaro in the 1969 Trans-Am series. Forty years in the making, this Laguna Seca edition may be street legal, it’s built for the track.
2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: less usable performance, better bench-racing bragging rights
hellforleather.com - August 25, 2010
Great news liter bike fans! Buy a 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and you'll be able to brag about "the highest power of any Ninja to date" without being burdened by "excess mid-range torque." That's right, Kawasaki's priority for the next Ninja "was to make it easy to open the throttle." Something Tom Sykes clearly appreciates in this video of him testing the new bike at Autopolis.
Spy Photos: 2012 Chevy Malibu
blogs.insideline.com - August 20, 2010
Spy photographers have once again run into the forthcoming 2012 Chevy Malibu. This new Malibu, which should begin production late 2011 in GM's recently updated Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant, looks to be a thorough revisioning of the Malibu platform with new sheetmetal...
Four-Cylinder Engines Are Smaller, Quieter and Gaining New Respect
nytimes.com - August 13, 2010
AS automotive earth saviors go, electric cars and hybrids are widely presumed to be the chosen ones. But as carmakers and consumers seek real, affordable gains in miles per gallon, it will be the once-humble 4-cylinder combustion engine that takes them there — far more than electrics or hybrids, which are years away from selling in numbers that would rein in the nation’s greenhouse emissions and appetite for oil.
Video: Jay Leno Gets A Walk-Around of the Porsche 918 Spyder
automotiveaddicts.com - August 18, 2010
Jay Leno recently took a close look at the new Porsche 918 Spyder at Pebble Beach. Jay describes the 918 as one of the most exciting cars of the decade. Jay meets up with Michael Mauer, head of design for Porsche AG.
Cadillac Aims CTS Coupe At BMW, Mercedes
mediapost.com - August 19, 2010
Two-door luxury cars may not constitute a big slice of the sales pie, but Cadillac's new CTS Coupe is more than a coupe. Rather like the first CTS back in 2003, the car is the new leading edge of the luxury brand, a testament both to where the "Art and Science" design program is heading and the kind of buyer Cadillac is hoping to bring into the fold.
Morgan Steps Into the 21st Century With the 170 mph EvaGT
motortrend.com - August 16, 2010
Morgan has been trying to prove for some time now that it knows a thing or two about building a modern automobile. How much success it's had is debatable, with most enthusiasts incapable of talking about the brand without donning a tweed driving cap and corduroy sport coat (with elbow patches, of course). For those enthusiasts, Morgan presents the EvaGT.
Lotus ‘accidentally’ leaks email containing info on Paris-bound cars: Evora S and Auto in the list!
icars.sg - August 16, 2010
We have an interesting news for our readers! Just minutes ago we have received a surprising email from Group Lotus and interestingly, the email was actually a reply directed to a Lotus personnel. The first email came from a US-based PR executive asking about some PR-related questions regarding Lotus’ upcoming involvement with the Paris Motor Show. The first email was also cc’ed to Lotus’ media team but from what looked like an accidental move, a PR boss replied the email and cc’ed it to Lotus’s media list, instead of the media team!
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: First live photos!
autoblog.com - August 13. 2010
The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 was unveiled this morning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and we were at the track bright and early to see it take a lap around the famous race course. Due to some early morning rain, the lap actually never happened (we weren't told and were up at the corkscrew for about an hour waiting in the rain), but we managed to make it down to the pits to catch our first glimpse at the car.
Honda recalls 384,220
freep.com - August 10, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Honda is recalling the popular Accord and Civic cars to address problems with an ignition switch that could allow the key to be removed without the transmission being shifted into park, its third recall over the problem since 2003.
Future GM Models Could Include Smaller Minivan, Pickup, Bloomberg Reports; New Corvette Confirmed
autoobserver.com - August 5, 2010
General Motors Co. is studying several possible additions to its vehicle lineup, including a new midsize pickup, a stretched version of its European minivan, a Cadillac flagship and a diesel engine for cars, Bloomberg News reports. A new Chevrolet Corvette is already in the works.
First Drive: 2011 Scion tC is a bolder swipe at Generation Y
autoblog.com - August 6, 2010
There's no demographic that's targeted more often than young, affluent males. Though these buyers may not have quite as much expendable income to throw at new car purchases than say older, affluent males, automakers are still very keen to cater to the needs of Generation Y with the hope of earning a customer for life.
BMW details K 1600 GT and GTL, introduces headlight that peeks around corners
autoblog.com - July 2, 2010
Late last year at the EICMA Show in Milan, BMW showed off a unique concept motorcycle powered by a six cylinder engine. At the time, the German company indicated that we could expect to see a production machine using a similar straight-six powerplant. Today, BMW has finally released a bunch of information on two upcoming production machines, which will be known as the K 1600 GT and GTL.
Lotus Exos T125 revealed
Golden Gate Lotus Club - August 7, 2010
The GGLC was proud to attend the world premier of the new Lotus Exos Type 125 at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion today. The Lotus T125 is an F1 inspired track only car that uses Formula technology and a Cosworth V8 to provide stunning performance for the ultimate track day toy.
Sights and Sounds: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500
Motor Trend via Youtube - July 30, 2010
We take Ford's extra potent 2011 GT500 Mustang for a blast in the hills of Malibu, California.
Last first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS rolls off the assembly line
egmcartech.com - August 4, 2010
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, the vehicle that revolutionized the four-door-coupe segment, has officially ended production. The model originally made its debut in 2004 and went onto sell more than 170,000 units. The last unit of the Mercedes-Benz CLS was a CLS 550 with an AMG styling package built for an American customer.
Harley-Davidson Rolls Out New Models For 2011
motorcyclecruiser.com - July 28, 2010
MILWAUKEE - A few days ago, at a spanking new LEED-certified resort hotel nestled in a vineyard under an uncharacteristically clear blue Oregon sky, Harley-Davidson unveiled its 2011 motorcycle lineup to the media. Going for a repeat of last year's ambitious nine-model rollout (that's including the CVO bikes) would not be an option this year, and Harley has understandably decided to play its hand closer to the vest. For 2011, the MoCo has opted to debut a more reasonable 3 models (7 if you include the CVOs, but there are three returning models this year, which usually means no major upgrades).
BREAKING: Porsche approves 918 Spyder for production
autoblog.com - July 28, 2010
As expected, the Porsche supervisory board has approved the development of the 918 Spyder concept into a series production model. The 918 debuted as a concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show with a plug-in hybrid powertrain claimed to provide 78 miles per gallon.
Audi Breaks Cover on New A7
Auto Week - July 27, 2010
This is Audi's new A7--the sleek, upmarket liftback previewed by the Sportback concept at the 2009 Detroit auto show. The A7 aims to provide the company with a stylish but practical rival to contemporary four-door luxury cars such as the Jaguar XF and the second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS.
The Chevy Volt Extended Range Hybrid will Start at $41,000
La Times - July 23, 2010
The Chevrolet Volt, the first mass-market electric vehicle from General Motors Co., will have a sticker price starting at $41,000 when it hits showrooms later this year.
2011 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Priced From $33,995, WRX From $25,495
The Car Connection - July 23, 2010
The wing is back, and it's $1,000 cheaper than the hatch. Starting from $33,995, the STI four-door will be the least expensive entry into the hairy end of Subaru's range, though those with a taste for more luxury will have the option of upgrading to the Limited package for a starting price of $37,345.
Dodge Reveals Mopar '10 Challenger
Motor Authority - July 23, 2010
Earlier this month Dodge announced a new, special-edition 2010 Challenger from Mopar dubbed the Mopar '10 Challenger. Today, we get the full photos of the car along with the details.
Porsche’s upcoming 918 Spyder might set you back $630,000
Bloomberg - July 12, 2010
Porsche AG may price the 918 Spyder, which soars to 100 kilometers an hour in 3.2 seconds, at 500,000 euros ($630,000), topping the Carrera GT as its costliest model, according to two people with direct knowledge of the plan.
Ralph Lauren to Exhibit Car Collection Classics for the First Time
luxist.com - February 25, 2011
Some of the most precious gems in famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren's incredible car collectionwill be exhibited for the the first time ever in Paris this spring. Lauren's collection, in our opinion the finest one in private hands on the planet, features impeccable examples of the rarest and most valuable vehicles in the world. We can reveal exclusively that four of his exquisite automotive works of art, which have never before been seen in public, will be on view at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from April 28 – August 28: a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM; a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti; a 1956/1958 Jaguar XKSS; and a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300.
Robb Report Ferrari Collector & Investor Live Webcast
robbreport.com - February 01, 2011
Amidst a backdrop of collectible vintage Ferraris, Robb Report automotive consultant Robert Ross will host a live webcast that will provide an insider’s look at the latest developments within the international collector car investing world. Offering their perspectives on collecting trends and valuations will be acclaimed enthusiast and collector Bruce Meyer, world-renowned restorer and concours judge, Gary Bobileff of Bobileff Motorcar Company, and David Gooding, President and founder of leading collector car auction house Gooding & Company.
Leading the Charger: '64 Dodge Hemi concept up for auction
autoblog.com - January 12, 2011
Nameplates like Charger and Hemi might be commonly associated with the Dodge brand, but like any household name, it had to start somewhere. And that somewhere was with the concept you see here.
Bevy of rare Ferraris going on block in Scottsdale
A big Ferrari collector is going to unload some of his very best models at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale on Jan. 21.
Beautiful BMW Art Car Headed To NYC Museum
wired.com - November 16, 2010
A 1991 BMW 525i painted by South African artist Esther Mahlangu is headed to New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, news that provides us a great excuse for us to run a pic of a BMW art car.
Sisley Art Project - Leather Motorcycle Jackets
gq.com - November 10, 2010
Art World heavyweights gathered for the exhibition of 18 leather motorcycle jackets that were customized by 17 famous pop artists including Lee Quinones, Stefano Castranova, and Ronnie Cutrone. The jackets on auction will benefit the Andy Warhol Museum. The auction continues at Charity Buzz.
DEUS "The House of Simple Pleasures" Book Launch
aconversationoncool.com - November 6, 2010
Lee Friedlander: America By Car
whitney.org - September 4–November 28, 2010
Driving across most of the country’s fifty states in an ordinary rental car, master photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield, and the side windows as picture frames within which to record reflections of this country’s eccentricities and obsessions at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Art Center Car Classic ’10: Freedom of Motion (Sunday, October 17, 10 am-4 pm)
artcenter.edu - October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 10 am-4 pm - Hillside Campus: The world’s top transportation designers, collectors and enthusiasts will gather Sunday, October 17, for the ninth annual Art Center Car Classic at Art Center’s Hillside Campus. This year’s theme, Freedom of Motion, will celebrate the powerful combination of technology and passion that allows us to move well beyond their physical abilities. Whether it’s hurtling down the road in a vintage Bugatti, pulling 5G around a corner in a Formula One racecar, hitting 50 mph on a 15-pound Tour de France bike, or winning the 100 meter dash on a pair of prosthetic legs, we continually seek the freedom of moving beyond our physical limitations. This year’s event will focus on the design and technology being used to break free from these limitations.
BlackTop Nationals - Witchita, Kan.
blacktopnationals.com - August 26 - 29
The expected numbers for this high summer are impressive: 1500 cars, 1500 bikes, 100,000 spectators, and 35 events over four days. Check out the concours, auction, drifting exhibition, cruise nights, and more.
Woodward Dream Cruise 2010
woodwarddreamcruise.com - August 21, 2010
The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer. Saturday, August 21, 2010. It runs between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Show: 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster, A Lighter Shade of Money
blogs.wsj.com - August 16, 2010
The Best of Show winning 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster crosses the stage at the end of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. on August 15.
RARE GRAND SPORT CORVETTE COMES HOME TO PHILADELPHIA
simeonefoundation.org - August 7, 2010
An exceedingly rare Grand Sport Corvette - one of only five ever built by General Motors - was unveiled as the latest addition to the renowned Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. The Grand Sport joins the collection of over 60 of the most significant sports racing cars ever built. For more information call 215-365- 7233, or visit the Web site at: www.simeonemuseum.org. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 for students. Children under 8 are admitted free.
2010 Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance
Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance Website - September 11-12, 2010
Riding on the success of our 2004-9 shows, the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance returns with more than 200 of the world's most extraordinary classic automobiles and rare motorcycles at our venue, The Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, with specific events scheduled for Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, 2010.
2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Official Website - August 15, 2010
The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style. And the best garner reward and recognition. The 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, slated for Sunday, August 15, will feature Alfa Romeo, Pierce-Arrow and Jaguar and will celebrate the designs of Ghia. The event will also welcome Hot Rods, particularly lakesters and Bonneville racers, back to the show field, as well as Indy Cars, and our second annual class of motorcycles will focus on classic American bikes built prior to 1960. Additional features and special classes are also planned.
Corvettes at Carlisle
Carlisle Events - Carlisle PA - August 27-29, 2010
The Corvettes at Carlisle show is the world’s largest Corvette extravaganza and provides Corvette enthusiasts from all generations with a weekend of entertainment, education and the ability to drive in the famous parade. Online registration is now open. Pre-register and save $10!
Google Installs Wireless EV Charging Station
wired.com/autopia - March 21, 2011
Google has become the first customer for a new wireless EV charging station. The charging station, installed at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, was developed by Virginia-based Plugless Power. It replaces an electrical outlet with a charging pad that a specially equipped demonstrator vehicle can simply park over to charge up.
Spyker Sells Luxury Car Business
automotiveaddicts.com - February 24, 2011
The Spyker C8 Aileron was something of a mystery to buyers. On the one hand, its 600 horsepower, curb weight of just 2,750 pounds and top speed in excess of 200 miles per hour certainly qualified it for supercar status. On the other hand, Spyker never pitched the C8 against the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini; instead, they billed the $220,000 ride as a “luxury sports car”, aimed at a more refined clientele. I’m not sure this strategy ever paid off, because outside of concours d’elegance events where Spykers were available for test drives, I’ve never seen one on the road.
Chrysler Sets The Stage for Stronger 2011
The skeptics will yawn at Chrysler's fourth quarter financial results. Yes, they were not spectacular (net loss of $199 million with and operating profit of $198 million) compared with the rest of the auto industry. But the Skeptics are missing The bigger picture of where Chrysler has been and where it's headed.
Porsche 918 RSR wins EyesOn Design Best Concept at 2011 NAIAS
torquenews.com - January 12, 2011
The 2011 Detroit Auto Show and the NAIAS organization missed the presence of Porsche last year. For its return appearance, the company showed its creativity with the 918 RSR, and the panel of judges all agreed it deserved Best Concept.
2010 Trends: Higher Sales, Lower Incentives, More Recalls, Lofty Used-Car Prices, Additional Technology
autoobserver.com - December 29, 2010
The year 2010 may well be remembered as the year-after -- the year after the worst year for the economy, the worst year of auto sales in the U.S. in recent memory and the year after two of the three U.S. automakers filed -- and emerged from -- bankruptcy.
TD Bank Group to Purchase and Rename Chrysler Financial
autoremarketing.com - December 21, 2010
TD Bank Group announced this morning that it is acquiring Chrysler Financial for cash consideration of about $6.3 billion. This purchase includes net assets of $5.9 billion and about $400 million in goodwill
Tesla: 3,000 buyers lined up for electric Model S sedan
usatoday.com - December 16, 2010
Tesla says more than 3,000 would-be buyers have plunked down $5,000 reservation fees to get in line for its next model, the all-electric Model S. The first versions will be built next year, crash tested and deliveries will start in 2012, Tesla says in a corporate filing.
Cadillac Returns to Racing
fastlane.gmblogs.com - December 13, 2010
Following a three-year hiatus, Cadillac is heading back to the racetrack. Cadillac announced today that it will field two teams in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge.
Indian Maker Tata Turns To Detroit For Engineering Know-How
thedetroitbureau.com - December 06, 2010
Tata Technologies, a subsidiary of India’s Tata Group, plans to hire 400 engineers by the end of the year at its technical center near Detroit to help with engineering projects for car makers in North America.
Ford snags Cadillac designer for Lincoln
businessweek.com - December 01, 2010
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it has hired a new director of design for its luxury Lincoln brand.
Marchionne's dilemma: To sell or not to sell Alfa to Volkswagen?
autoweek.com - December 01, 2010
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's self-confidence has helped him tackle problems that lesser executives would duck, but he may have met his match.
BMW Wants More
cnbc.com - November 29, 2010
The comment from BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer is an intriguing one. Speaking at a conference in Europe, Reithofer said that Germany's auto makers, "Have to come up with something new."
Fiat to produce Jeeps in Italy
detnews.com - November 27, 2010
Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, outlined plans Friday to build cars and SUVs for the Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands at a plant in Turin, Italy.
Historic Day: GM Returns to Public Stock Trading
autoobserver.com - November 18, 2010
And they're off! General Motors shares are once again being publicly sold after a 17-month hiatus that included the filing and emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Fiat May Sell Ferrari Stake, Magneti, Marchionne Tells Analysts
bloomberg.com - November 15, 2010
Fiat SpA may sell its auto-parts division Magneti Marelli SpA and a stake in sports-car maker Ferrari SpA before consolidating Chrysler Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne told analysts.
Chinese Plan to Buy Stake in GM
online.wsj.com - November 11, 2010
NEW YORK—In a sign of the changing fortunes of the world's top two economies, China's biggest auto maker, SAIC Motor Corp., is negotiating to acquire a stake of about 1% in General Motors Co. worth about $500 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Sportscars Continue as Recession-Recovery's Biggest Casualties
autoobserver.com - November 9, 2010
From top to bottom, the sportscar segments have been hammered by the last two years' economic upheaval - and while most analysts consider the broad auto market to be gaining a slow but consistent strength, sportscar sales are not recovering.
Ahead of Stock Offering, G.M. Posts $2 Billion Profit
nytimes.com/atuos - November 10, 2010
DETROIT — A week before its initial public offering, General Motorson Wednesday reported its largest quarterly profit in 11 years, showing that the slimmed-down automaker no longer needs huge sales to generate significant earnings.
Panasonic pumps $30 million into Tesla
latimesblogs.com - November 4, 2010
Tesla Motors Inc. shares are doing well Thursday after Panasonic Corp., which makes rechargeable batteries among its many products, bought a $30-million stake in the electric car company
Ford's Magic Man of Marketing Finds Less is More
cnbc.com - November 3, 2010
Whenever neighbors, friends, and those outside the auto industry ask me about the turnaround at Ford, I'm struck by how many say something along the lines of, "I know what Ford is all about." That may sound like a trite comment, but to me it says a lot about Ford's marketing. At a time when its tougher than ever to cut through the noise and make a brand stand out, Ford's marketing chief Jim Farley has been wildly successful. And with Farley, you might say it's a case of less being more.
GM Posts 4% October U.S. Sales Gain
autonews.com - November 3, 2010
General Motors Co. increased U.S. sales 4 percent last month, beating analysts' expectations of a decline from last October.
Honda makes short film on robots
usatoday.com - October 26, 2010
Instead of cranking out a few more commercials, Honda is taking a different approach. It's making short films about some pretty interesting, and varied, topics.
Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges now star in car ads
content.usatoday.com - September 5, 2010
Actors Tim Allen and Robert Downey Jr. are the latest top Hollywood actors to pick up one of the best gigs in the business -- voiceover artist for a top car company. Allen will be the voice of Chevrolet and Downey is now being heard voicing Nissan commercials. They join a long list of famous voiceover spokesmen, all instantly recognizable Hollywood names. Jeff Bridges is the current spokesman for Hyundai. TV viewers recognize the voices of Patrick Stewart and Donald Sutherland from when they did BMW ads. The jobs are coveted because they pay well, are relatively easy because there are no lines to memorize and they help build a fan base.
Automakers post sales declines as 'clunkers' distorts comparisons
autonews.com - September 1, 2010
Why Carmichael Lynch Resigned Harley After 31 Years
adage.com - August 30, 2010
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- When it comes to client-agency relationships, agencies aren't typically the ones doing the dumping. But that's just what Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, appears to have done to iconic motorcycle company Harley-Davidson after a 31-year-long ride.
Nissan Taunts Toyota Over Sudden Acceleration In New Ad
jalopnik.com - August 25, 2010
Nissan's new ad campaign has the standard cute couples and Hollywood voice (Robert Downey Jr., slumming). It also takes a hard swipe at Toyota's sudden acceleration problems with the world's first commercial touting brake override.
200 Chrysler dealerships to sell Alfa Romeo by late 2012
autoblog.com - August 25, 2010
Fiat is a few months away from awarding 200 Fiat-branded retail outlets to select Chrysler dealers. The first vehicle those new stores will sell will be the Fiat 500, and there won't be any Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep-branded models in sight. But that doesn't mean Fiat will have those dealerships to themselves for very long.
What's Really Holding Back the Auto Recovery?
autoobserver.com - August 25, 2010
Three years after the recession that started in December, 2007, and according to various economic indicators, one year into an economic rebound that began around July of last year, the strength of the recovery remains open to debate.
Bill Ford unfazed by GM stock offering
freep.com - August 20, 2010
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said today that he is not concerned about the impact that General Motors’ stock offering will have on Ford even though it might divert some investors to the Dearborn automaker’s domestic rival.
The GM IPO Valuation? How About $110 to $130 a Share
blogs.wsj.com - August 20, 2010
Alessandro Pasetti and Jacob Plieth, our colleagues at Dow Jones Investment Banker, did some number-crunching on the coming General Motors initial public offering. Here is what they found:
General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre stepping down, to be replaced by Dan Akerson
washingtonpost.com - August 13, 2010
General Motors took an unexpected detour Thursday, as its chief executive said he is stepping down just days before the company plans to file what may be the biggest initial public offering of stock in U.S. history.
atimetoget.com - August 10, 2010
And you thought your pleather buckets were cuttin' it. A little "class" and "style" goes a long way, no? It's like wearing red socks with a black suit... right? Just a hint of attitude? Alright, it might be loud and obnoxious, but don't hate the "Porsche Plaids."
autoextremist.com - August 4, 2010
(Posted 8/4, 8:00AM) Detroit. You know that when such automotive “experts” as Rush Limbaugh start weighing-in on the Chevrolet Volt – complete with his misinformed and wildly off-base knee-jerk-isms in full bloom - the electric car hysteria in this country has reached critical mass.
U.S. Car and Light-Truck Sales, July
Automotive News - August 3, 2010
GM and Ford posted their smallest U.S. sales gains of the year, while America Honda Co. and Toyota Motor declined as July results fell short of forecasts. Total industry sales advanced 5 percent from a year earlier for the smallest monthly increase since January. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate was 11.55 million, the year's third highest.
America's most stolen cars
CNNMoney.com - August 3, 2010
Here are the new cars that thieves target the most, according to an analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute.
What Toyota Sees in Tesla
BusinessWeek.com - July 15, 2010
Here’s a matchup I thought I’d never see: Toyota and Tesla Motors. Toyota is a conservative money maker that likes to develop technology in-house. It has quite a nice hybrid program that the company developed while making billions selling cars and trucks. The Japanese giant shuns controversy. Yet the company is teaming up with tiny Tesla, a company that has lost $246 million on $148 million in revenue since 2007.
Before There Was Fast There Was Furious
atimetoget.com - July 29, 2010
I stumbled across a flickr set the other day that caught my eye for more than a few reasons. There were the faded pictures of drag cars from the early 80s, but there were also a few grainy shots of a 6'6" Vietnam vet named Big Willie. I did some digging and turns out this guy is basically the Godfather of Southern California inner city youth street racing culture and the man responsible for creating the Brotherhood Of Street Racers car club.
Volvo sale could close next week
Detroit Free Press - July 29, 2010
Ford plans to complete its sale of Volvo Cars to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding next week, finishing the U.S. automaker's exit from European luxury brands, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Saab Woos Its Formerly Loyal Customers
mediapost.com - July 27, 2010
Now that Saab is Swedish again -- or at least Scandinavian, having been wrested from General Motors by Danish company Spyker earlier this year -- the automaker is hoping to bring back consumers who have departed over the years.
Lambo to bring back a high-powered SUV?
Car and Driver - July 16, 2010
Lamborghini could launch—it is strongly hinted—is an SUV in the spirit of the monstrous LM002. It could share the platform with the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg, but would not be recognizable as either.
Nissan to make an electric sports car?
InsideLine.com - July 19, 2010
Nissan has already confirmed that it will have an upmarket version of the Nissan Leaf wearing Infiniti badges, but now a source at Nissan has confirmed to Inside Line that the company will use technology from the Leaf to create an electric sports car.
Thinking Your Way Through Traffic in a Brain-Control Car
John Prine wasn’t far off when he sang in “Living In the Future” that “we’re all driving rocket ships and talking with our minds.” We’re still waiting for our rocket ships, but German researchers have developed a car you can drive with your mind.
Lambo’s Latest Bull Caught In The Wild
thetruthaboutcars.com - February 01, 2011
Germany’s auto motor und sport magazine caught Lamborghini’s Murcielago-successor Aventador in the wild, only covered by some artsy pasties on the paintjob. It should be available for viewing without the camouflage at the Geneva Auto Salon.
Inside Ralph’s Garage
vanityfair.com - December 26, 2010
You can talk all you want about perfect country houses, but it was classic automobiles that Ralph Lauren pined for when he was growing up. Todd Eberle photographs the inner sanctum of his museum-like garage.
RelayRides Lets You Share Your Car for Cash
wired.com/autopia - December 20, 2010
A Boston startup that lets car owners enlist their own rides in an ad hoc car-sharing fleet has expanded to San Francisco. Backers of the venture are hoping that the chance to make some cash will get people saying, “Dude, share my car!”
Ferrari opens its first Pit Stop store in a volcano
Another day, another Ferrari Store opening somewhere in the world. Right? Maybe so – the company has proven particularly adept at capitalizing on its brand identity with a staggering array of merchandise and the retail locations at which to peddle them. But this one is a little different, and we'll tell you why.
A 2011 Volkswagen Jetta for $5,995 through Gilt Groupe
autoobserver.com - December 13, 2010
Volkswagen of America will sell three 2011 Volkswagen Jetta cars for $5,995 -- about $10,000 less than its starting list price -- through a partnership with the Gilt Groupe, an e-commerce company that offers its members insider prices on goods.
Video: Mini goes retail with interactive vending machine billboard
autoblog.com - December 12, 2010
Whether they're challenging Porsche to a duel, littering the streets with packaging or jiggling some chubby dude's man boobs, Mini has a certain flair for creativity when it comes to its advertising. The latest chapter unfolds in Canada, where an interactive "vending machine" billboard was projected onto the side of a building near Toronto's Air Canada Centre (after a Leafs game, from the look of things).
Tesla Commissions an Art Car
wired.com/autopia - December 03, 2010
Tesla Motors is taking a page from BMW’s playbook and rolling out its very own art car.
Get Your Very Own Street-Legal Tron Light Cycle
- November 30, 2010
Just in time for Tron: Legacy, a Florida bike shop put together 10 custom-built, street-legal Tron Light Cycle lookalikes. For a cool $55,000, you could be riding one to the Dec. 17 premier.
BMW 5 Series GT “F07 Safari” in matte green by Studie AG
bmwblog.com - November 26, 2010
Japanese tuner Studie AG reveals their latest project: “F07 Safari”. Based on the BMW 5 Series GT, the “F07 Safari” sports an interesting paint, matte green, specific to a vehicle seen in safari expeditions.
Motorcycle maker puts brand name on coffee
corsacaffe.com - November 23, 2010
A luxury labor of love: premium coffee line joins fine wine and Italian motorcycles in Arun Sharma's ever-growing vision
Microsoft Mines Brains Of Chinese Taxi Drivers
- November 22, 2010
It’s a well-kept secret, which will give the willies to people who are (at least publicly) worried about intellectual property: Microsoft has one of their best R&D centers in China. Located in the silicone gulch in the north of Beijing, MSRA (Microsoft Research Asia) is working on advanced technologies, mostly in the visual area. I worked with them once, and they are NFSWing good. They just had another great idea: Why not mine the knowledge of cab drivers when it comes to proposing the best route on your in-car navigation system?
Holden Commodore SS Camaro ute
caradvice.com - November 19, 2010
ver wanted a new Camaro but still needed a ute to carry things? An LS1 forum member spotted this sitting outside Nashville, looking like it came straight from a paint shop. It’s a VE SS ute with a Camaro front end converted onto it.
Try on a motorcycle before you buy it
hellforleather.com - November 15, 2010
Sort of the two wheeled equivalent of those paper dolls you…err, your sister, could mix and match outfits on, a new website offers a simple tool for calculating and comparing motorcycle fit. For example, the silhouette in this photo represents my 6’ 2” frame and 34” inseam on a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. Looks like I should have no problem reaching the ground and my torso will be just forward of completely upright.
It Gives You Wings
editorial.autos.msn.com - November 10, 2010
Behold the Red Bull X1 -- developed for the new "Gran Turismo 5" video game (put out by Microsoft, which owns this blog) -- which has made the leap into the real world.
Despite Bumps, Homebuilt BMW Headed to Baja
wired.com/autopia - November 8, 2010
First things first: Bill Caswell didn’t make it, and his car isn’t finished. But he’s still going to the Baja 1000. Last week, we introduced you to Caswell and his epic, if mildly insane, goal of building a SCORE Baja 1000 race car in four days. Caswell, an unemployed banker and novice welder, arrived at the big SEMA auto show in Vegas with a 22-year-old BMW, a bunch of tools and a pile of steel tubing. Over the course of the show, he and a handful of friends turned the car into, well, a sticker-slathered monstrosity wearing two of the largest tires ever stuck onto a 1988 325i.
GM to Phase Out GM Goodwrench
blogs.cars.com - November 9, 2010
focus on the individual brands at General Motors, the automaker will phase out the GM Goodwrench brand on Feb. 1, 2011.
Hostage-taking Ends At BMW France Office
cbsnews.com - November 8, 2010
(AP) PARIS (AP) - Police say authorities have subdued and taken into custody an armed employee of BMW France who allegedly took hostages at the German automaker's offices in southwest Paris.
Are You Telling Me You Made a DeLorean...Out of Cake?
gizmodo.com - November 5, 2010
Great Scott! It's an 8-foot (2.4m) long DeLorean cake! It was baked to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Back To The Future and the Blu-ray releases, where cast and crewmembers tucked in—despite it leaving flaming tyre tracks.
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Virtual Test Drive.
ridelust.com - November 4, 2010
Mitsubishi is a brand that has been selling cars in the United States since the mid-1970?s. They’ve managed to establish a great reputation for reliability and comfort, however in recent years the company has lost a little of its import glow. Their biggest seller, the Mitsubishi Lancer, is a favorite amongst the import tuner crowd and has a deep an loyal following. Now it seems that the company wants to get creative with the release of their new crossover vehicle the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, or in some markets, the ASX. Beginning on November 1st, 2010 Mitsubishi will be offering the public the worlds first virtual test drive from the comfort of their own home.
FOR ALL YOUR WOODEN FERRARI PERFORMANCE NEEDS
thechicaneblog.com - October 26, 2010
This Australian ebay seller has a 1:1 scale wood Ferrari 365 V12 up on the auction block. Twin Barrel Webers included! Tifosi syndrome causes people to do some unusual things. “Buy it now” at AUD $6,000.
Michael Jordan’s 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Up For Sale on eBay
There is always some type of mystical thing about a car that was owned by a celebrity such as in the case of former NBA superstar Michael Jordan’s Benz SLR McLaren 722 which has recently gone up for sale on eBay.
The Strangest Car Features
autos.yahoo.com - September 30, 2010
To stand out in a crowded field, automakers have to push the envelope when it comes to adding unique attributes to a vehicle. Sure, your neighbor just parked a brand-new car in his driveway—but does his new ride have glowing speakers, or a built-in perfume dispenser?
Nissan reaches 20,000 Leaf pre-orders; will stop taking reservations today *UPDATE
green.autoblog.com - September 23, 2010
We're waiting for Nissan to confirm or deny this, but it looks like anyone still sitting on the fence about ordering a Leaf or not will soon notice that they've been sitting on barbed wire and had better jump down to one side or the other, pronto. According to a post on My Nissan Leaf, Nissan is going to shut down Leaf reservations today. But it's for a good reason. Here's the text, supposedly taken from a Nissan email that's going to go out later today:
Chrysler Auto Workers Busted
myfoxdetroit.com - September 23, 2010
myFOXDetroit.com Staff - We're all rooting for the auto industry to come back stronger than ever. It affects every one of us here in metro Detroit and across the country because it's so important to our economy. Fox 2's Rob Wolchek got a tip about what some guys are doing at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. This is the same plant that President Barack Obama visited back in July and talked about the significance of manufacturing in America.
SSC Ultimate Aero II Aims For 275 MPH
jalopnik.com - September 6, 2010
The SSC Ultimate Aero II, which you saw exclusively first on Jalopnik, is aiming for a Bugatti-besting top speed of 275 mph with the help of a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 according to Top Gear. Thanks to a friendly young Bulgarian woman we were able to show you the first pics of the car Shelby SuperCars hopes will earn the world's fastest production car record back from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which hit a 268 mph top speed earlier this year.
Ferrari recalls $230,000 458 Italia supercar
money.cnn.com - September 2, 2010
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ferrari is recalling its new 458 Italia model after several vehicles were reported to have burst into flames. A Ferrari spokesperson told CNNMoney.com the luxury supercar is being recalled in order to make modifications to the wheelhouse assembly.
The Stig's ID is 'Top Gear' secret no more
news.yahoo.com - September 1, 2010
LONDON – The opaque visor of one of Britain's most famous helmets has been lifted. The identity of The Stig, the always-anonymous test driver on the popular television show "Top Gear," has long been a closely guarded secret. On Wednesday, lawyers said the BBC had been refused an injunction blocking publication of a book revealing the identity of the character.
Ferrari reportedly investigating 458 Italia fire risk [w/video]
autoblog.com - August 25, 2010
That Ferrari 458 Italia... it's so hot right now. Nobody but the sickest of pyromaniacs wants to see Ferrari's exquisite new 458 Italia go down in flames (if that's you, you'll want to click on past the break...). Sadly, though, the case of Ferraris on flambé is spreading like.. ahem, wildfire. So problematic is the issue that the Italian automaker itself is now investigating the cause of the conflagrations.
'Cash for clunkers' car dealers investigated
usatoday.com - August 24, 2010
WASHINGTON — The government is investigating at least 20 car dealerships it claims violated the rules of last year's cash-for-clunkers program. Government auditors say up to $94 million in rebates may be ineligible because they lack the proper documentation.
As if a Four-Wheeled F1 Car Wasn't Already Difficult To Drive
insideline.com - August 20, 2010
Our helmet visor snaps shut and now there is no choice. We are being waved out of the safety of the racing garage into the pit lane at the Silverstone circuit, where the Formula 1 cars race when they come to Britain every year. Yes, we are very, very frightened, but it is important to understand why.
Eberhard: We’ll See 500-Mile Batteries By 2020
wired.com/autopia - August 20, 2010
Martin Eberhard, who knows a thing or two about electric vehicles, says we’ll see batteries with 500 miles of range within 10 years. Whether anyone will need that kind of range is beside the point, because of course most people won’t. But Eberhard’s broader point in his brief interview with Britain’s Autocar is we won’t be worrying about range anxiety much longer.
Around The World In 80 Days With Zero Emissions
wired.com - August 16, 2010
Four electric vehicles powered solely by renewable energy offsets departed from Geneva today on an 80-day race around the world. Though they’re sure to encounter adventure, this trip is less about Jules Verne and more about joules and volts.
Killer App for E.V.’s: 30-Minute Recharges
nytimes.com - August 6, 2010
FOR electric car naysayers and doubting consumers, range anxiety is the showstopper. This notion — that buyers may shun the electric cars set to start arriving in showrooms late this year because they can drive only 75 or 100 miles before needing a recharge — is a powerful argument. Of course, range would not be an issue at all if the car’s batteries could be conveniently recharged in about the same time it takes to top off a gas tank. An ability to replenish batteries in minutes, rather than spending several hours (or overnight) within reach of an electrical outlet, could silence the debate over whether electric cars will ever become practical.
The school bus that goes 367 mph
cnet.com - August 7, 2010
Sometimes when people do crazy things, you just look at them and think: "You're crazy. You should be locked up, the key thrown away, and the meals to consist of only tofu." However, there are times when people do crazy things and have such beautiful, persuasive explanations that you can't help but be disarmed to the point of wanting to be that crazy yourself. Such is the case with Paul Stender, an Indianapolis man who, together with his friends at Indy Boys, Inc., decided to equip a nice yellow school bus with an engine from a Phantom jet fighter so that it can get kids to school at more than 300mph over most speed limits.
Gas-and-Brake Pedal Gets New Look After Recalls
nytimes.com - August 3, 2010
TAMANA, Japan — Two pedals, inches apart, one for gas and the other for brakes. For years, a Japanese inventor has argued that this most basic of car designs is dangerously flawed. The side-by-side pedal arrangement, the inventor says, can cause drivers mistakenly to floor the accelerator instead of the brakes, especially under stress. The solution? A single pedal that accelerates the car when pressed with the side of the foot. More to the point, when the pedal is pushed down, it always activates the brakes.
Clueless Casino Think MINI Test Car Is A Bomb
Jalopnik.com - August 2, 2010
Security gaurds at the Luxor Las Vegas casino mistook a lightly camouflaged Mini Countryman prototype for a car bomb Saturday night, shutting down the garage and disrupting a Playboy model's swan song. Exclusive photos of the sad, booted Mini below.
Propelled by the Hand of God
WIRED.com - July 27, 2010
SONOMA, California – There is nothing subtle about drag racing. It is a sport of extremes, from the unconscionable amounts of fuel consumed to the unfathomable amounts of power produced to the ungodly sums of money spent in the singular pursuit of maximum acceleration. Nowhere is this more obvious than on the starting line, when two top-fuel dragsters unleash 8,000 horsepower apiece. Standing behind them is like opening the gates of hell.
Car, driver tumble into giant sinkhole amid rainstorm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 22, 2010
This is the account of the man who rescued the driver of a Cadillac Escalade from a sinkhole shortly before 8 p.m. at N. Oakland and E. North Aves.
Bloodhound SSC is Gunning for 1,000 MPH Speed Record
Wired.com - July 21, 2010
This is the Bloodhound SSC. When finished, it will be powered by a jet engine bolted to a rocket. Together they will produce 47,500 pounds of thrust. And the retired Royal Air Force pilot who plans to strap himself into it hopes to hit 1,000 mph.
Chevy puts incentives on their Ferrari-crushing Corvette ZR-1 halo car
CorvetteBlogger.com - July 18, 2010
One of the concerns we’ve had over the past few months is the growing inventory surplus of Corvette ZR1s. Since January this year, the amount of available Corvette ZR1s has grown from 175 units to over 500 at the beginning of July.
Tron Motorcycle For Sale
ebay - July 8, 2010
So you’ve always wanted the motorcycle from Tron but could never find one for sale? Today is your lucky day.