Thursday, December 30, 2010

Taio Cruz - Dynamite Official Music Video

What if the auto mechanics are like this sexy and hot ladies? What will you do? Also the BMW bike drove by the singer is cool.

Flo Rida - Club Can't Handle Me ft. David Guetta - Step Up 3D

Can you guess what's the name/brand of 2 cars at the beginning of video? Is it lotus? I love cars like that and this Music Video of course.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Cars Amazing Decoration

Since it's Christmas. Many Car Fanatics are having fun decorating their cars:

The classic idea to garland the vehicle with lamps. While running it looks like colorful lights moving especially in the night.

Car that fakes everybody about Santa asking for Help. :D

A colorful car beetle?

Firemen are still decorating their firetruck even they are busy with their jobs.

The advance technology for Reindeer carrying Santa Clause. Car instead of reindeer.

Stuff toys addict car owner.

Car with cover.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Picture: McLaren MP4-12C Go Racing

McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren officially set its plans to bring back the McLaren name to GT sports cars racing. On 2012, McLaren and CRS Racing will provide and support a partial number of GT3 racing cars based on the McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car for European-based privateers.

It was 15 years from the time when the McLaren F1 GTR distinctively won the world-famous 24 Heures du Mans (Le Mans) on its debut, and 12 years since six ‘Longtails’ last raced at Le Mans, McLaren and CRS Racing, a victorious and skilled UK-based racing team, have begun improvement work aimed at turning the 12C road car into a race-winning GT3 sports car. As part of the development program, McLaren and CRS Racing will compete at a limited number of European GT races in 2011.

With the 12C’s revolutionary lightweight one-piece molded carbon chassis (the ‘MonoCell’), its high levels of down force and aerodynamic performance, and its focus on form and function, the 12C should prove to be a great platform on which to develop a racing car, as well as visually setting pulses racing at European race tracks.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

John Cena Driving a Mustang?

John Cena

Above:Video clip during the grand entrance of John Cena in Wrestlemania Fight where he drove a Mustang car. I think it is his car or a borrowed car.

Wrestlers and Cars

What if the cars of your famous wrestlers where named after them? What do you think will happen?

Watch the video above for more and give us your comments/reaction.

Monday, December 6, 2010

How The Gas Tax Is Under Threat From Green Vehicles

by Paul Eisenstein

Live in the right part of California and work for the right company and you might be able to buy the new Nissan Leaf for as little as $12,500, as Autoblog has reported, due to the raft of incentives that are available for buyers of the little battery car and other high-mileage, low-emission products.

In recent years, lawmakers have been racing to come up with incentives designed to encourage motorists to migrate to clean, efficient vehicles. It's a clearly noble effort, but one that deserves a closer look in an era of fiscal restraint.

Several states are looking at a more direct form of taxation: a per-mile usage fee on battery-based vehicles.
The feds, and most states offering such incentives, have put caps on their zero-emission incentive programs, and most will vanish by mid-decade. But, ironically, if these programs do what they're intended to, the fiscal impact could be felt for years to come. It turns out that going green could plunge state and federal balance sheets into the red.

The short-term costs are already potentially significant. At the federal level, a $7,500 tax credit could drain billions of dollars a year out of the Treasury if major automakers come even close to their battery car sales targets by mid-decade.

Such cash incentives – along with other perks, such as access to California's HOV lanes – are designed to motivate the move to vehicles like the Leaf and the new Chevrolet Volt. Once momentum starts building, these givebacks can be phased out, proponents contend. But they're missing a big part of the picture.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Charlie Sheen acquire a 2011 Maybach Car

2011 Maybach
Charlie Sheen recently spends half-a-million-dollars on a new car. A 2011 Maybach 62s this week, a car that worth with a $509,250 price. The reason for buying the half million car price is to relieve stress since he have his recent assault allegations stemming from a turbulent night with Capri Anderson in New York City.

More stories at Charlie Sheen Treats Himself to a $500K New Ride

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The 2010 Lotus Elite Prototype

2010 Lotus Elite Prototype

The revolutionary new Lotus Elite is precisely that. Its compact yet stylish body is sophistication embodied. It’s not only neatly elegant, in keeping with Lotus core values; it’s a car of substance incorporate some of the very latest technological innovations Lotus has to offer. The smooth retractable hard top version and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are typical examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver perfect performance.

While the vehicle revealed in this release is a Production Intent Prototype, it represents a concept vehicle being planned and developed by Lotus Cars. Lotus Cars reserves the right to change the external and internal design of the Production Intent Prototypes, the specification, performance, size, weight, fuel consumption, power train details and any other product information at anytime and without notice for any reason at all.

Details of performance, weight, fuel consumption and other production information relating to the Production Intent Prototypes are not official or proven figures and stand for the intended performance, weight, fuel consumption and other product information of the Production Intent Prototypes. The design, specification and performance figures for all Production Intent Prototypes will be confirmed following official testing and will be available from Lotus Cars.

Lotus Elite Specification:
Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Length: 4.60m
Width: 1.90m
Height: 1.32m

Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 to 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO₂ approx (CO₂/km): 215 g/km**
Weight: 1,650 kg
Seats: 2+2
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014
Price indication: Circa £115,000

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Renault unveils Sandero Stepway concept in Brazil

by Noah Joseph

If you've ever heard of the Dacia Sandero, it's probably from Clarkson teasing James May about it on Top Gear. The no-nonsense, bare-bones hatchback – sold alternatively as a Renault in markets where its budget subsidiary Dacia doesn't exist – is a favorite of Captain Slow.

In South America, the Sandero also comes as a crossover version called the Stepway, and taller though it is, it's just as decidedly spartan. That didn't stop Renault from drumming up some excitement over the budget range, however, with the show car you see here.

Envisioned as a successor to the current model and closer to a junior Duster, the Sandero Stepway Concept dials up the glitz factor just a touch with a sporty body kit, three-tone paint scheme and enough blue LEDs to light up the trendiest of night clubs. Also, some flower decals... for some reason. The result is something akin to a futuristic cup of cappuccino...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Kevin Durant's GMC Van Video

Kevin Durant, one of the best NBA player most people not at all are getting to see, drives his extra long conversion van 10 minutes from his house in the bounds of Oklahoma City to the Thunder's practice facility, which if not precisely in the middle of nowhere is at least on its border.

He passes wilting power lines and inoperative oil derricks and enormous fields of delicate yellow grass pocked with snow before turning onto a two-lane road and, just past the John Deere factory, pulling into the parking lot of the practice center, a converted roller rink. Unfolding his 6'9" frame from the van, Durant ambles past the strange rabbit lounge in the bushes and enters the gym for another day of work.

More stories at Kevin Durant: Kicking It Up A Notch

Michael Jordan's $430,000 Mercedes McLaren For Sale?

Michael Jordan has bought a 2007 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722. It is said that it is one of the best cars that was made. But as of now, he's selling it after only driving it 962 miles? The McLaren can be yours for $430,000, which is a little precious for that brand even if the wheels were spun for fewer than a thousand miles (considering it cost around $475,000 new). The sellers are clearly factoring in the whole "Michael Jordan owned this car" addition.

Front Picture of the Mclaren:

Rear Picture of the McLaren:

Detailed informations at For Sale: Michael Jordan's $430,000 Mercedes McLaren

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Picture : Most Beautiful Cars in the World

Aston Martin Rapide

MSRP: $197,850

The front mid-mounted 6-liter V12 engine produces 470 bhp, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. The engine is hand-built in Köln, Germany, and features a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

MSRP: $301,600. This 4.7-liter, V8 engine gets 444 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Each angle on the front and sides of the car was calibrated to ensure the most efficient airflow around the car, Alfa says, and it shows: It will do speed of 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in 9.7 seconds.

Bentley Mulsanne

MSRP: $285,000

Mulsanne is inspired by the company founder W.O. Bentley's crowning achievement, the 8-liter auto first shown at the 1930 London Motor Show. A 6 3/4-liter, V8 engine gets 505bhp; inside, exotic woods, leather hides and solid stainless-steel brightware are hand-crafted for maximum luxury.

Dodge Challenger SRT8

MSRP: $43,680

The vintage throwback has a 6.1-liter V8 HEMI engine, with a five-speed automatic transmission and 425-horsepower. Inside, heated leather bucket seats with an accent stripe and illuminated cup-holders help make the car viable as a daily driver.

Ferrari 458 Italia

MSRP: $240,000

The 8-cylinder two-seater "berlinetta" has a mid-rear mounted engine and a max speed of 202 miles per hour. Its three rear tailpipes, single-opening front grille, side air intakes and swooping Pininfarina design underscore the "performance-oriented efficiency" that inspired the project, Ferrari says.

Jaguar XJL

MSRP: $113,000 (XJL Supersport)

The highest end of the XJ line, the XJL Supersport, does 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph (thanks to a 510-hp engine). It has softgrain leather throughout the cabin, manual side window blinds and a panoramic sunroof.

Maserati Quattroporte

MSRP: $120,250

The 4.2-liter V8 has 400 bhp and a top speed of 164 mph. Zero to 60 mph time is 5.5 seconds. Hand-stitched Poltrona Frau leather and wood veneers in dozens of colors can be combined for a personalized feel inside the car.

Mercedes SLS AMG

MSRP: $183,000

This car is the modern interpretation of the classic Mercedes 300SL. It's a V8 and with 571 horsepower, which gets it to 60 mph in 3.8-seconds and a top speed of 197 miles per hour.

Porsche Boxster Spyder

MSRP: $61,200

The 320-horsepower engine (more powerful than the Boxster S) gets to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 166 miles per hour. Its two trunks and manageable ragtop (switch time: three minutes) make it viable as a daily driver in warm climates.

Rolls Royce Ghost

MSRP: $245,000

The 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 has 563 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph is 4.8 seconds; top speed is 155 mph. It's the most drivable and aesthetically distinctive modern Rolls but still shares the same uber-luxe leather, paint and wood detailing as the larger Phantom.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Umbrella Auto Design tricks out the Nissan GT-R's cockpit

by Noah Joseph

If the Nissan GT-R is going to seriously take on the Porsche 911, it's going to need to do a bit better on the interior fit and finish. Nissan's own people realized that much when they launched the Egoist edition of the new GT-R, but what if you've already got your Godzilla in the driveway? What are you to do then?

Turn to Umbrella Auto Design, that's what. The Seattle-based tuners have announced an aftermarket retrofit for the GT-R's interior that swathes the entire cabin – seats, dashboard, console, instrument binnacle, steering wheel, door panels, shift levers, etc. in luxe and racy black ultra-suede with silver diamond quilting and top-stitch. They've even repainted the plastics in black to match. Looks pretty slick, and they can reportedly carry it out on any GT-R in about three weeks. Check it out in the gallery below.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The 2011 Honda Odyssey Car Concept

2011 honda odyssey concept

2011 Honda Odyssey Concept Basic Dimensions:

Length (inches) 202.8
Width (inches) 78.5
Height (inches) 68.3
Wheelbase (inches) 118.1

The Honda Odyssey Concept that was on display at the Chicago Auto Show introduces a smooth and unique exterior styling direction for the next generation of the industry's best-selling minivan, set to debut this fall, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., as it was announced.

The Odyssey Concept significantly departs from usual minivan styling with its low and wide stance, highlighted by a "lightning-bolt" beltline that further distinguishes the vehicle's profile. Compared to the current Odyssey, the Concept's slightly lower roofline (-1.0 inch) and wider stance (+1.4 inch) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy. Forthcoming improvements to the production Odyssey's interior are designed to further enhance the current model's accommodating space for people and cargo.

The steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, unique side-glass profile, chamfered roof line, and tapered rear cabin shape combine to create a dynamic and distinctive appearance from any perspective. The lightning-bolt beltline dives toward the rear of the vehicle emphasizing the new Odyssey's sporty appearance while enhancing outward visibility for third-row passengers. Aggressive body-to-wheel proportions reduce the perception of vertical height common to most minivan designs. Fender flares further accent the vehicle's securely planted and stylish persona. The concept vehicle's projector beam headlights, LED taillights and form-fit fog lights further heighten the sophisticated quality of the design.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Usher Buys Justin Bieber A Car?

Is this for real? Justin Bieber might be a teen heartthrob, the popular singer of the song "Baby" (see the above music video) and be the man of the moment on the pop scene, but things got even better for the teen after Usher bought him a brand new Range Rover car!?? Bieber turned 16 earlier this month and marked the occasion by having a huge party with all his friends in Los Angeles, but his Sweet Sixteenth was marked by his mentor Usher when the Yeah! hitmaker unveiled a brand new Range Rover for the teen.

"I haven't really bought anything; I haven't really went out and bought a bunch of stuff," Bieber told JSYK. "I bought myself a laptop, but that's pretty much it. My biggest thing I'm probably going to get is my car next year. Probably a Maserati or the new Range Rover." When the Canadian pop singer recently dropped by the British TV show Live From Studio Five, he revealed that Usher hooked him up with a brand-new Range Rover for his sweet 16. "I was in L.A (for my birthday)," he said. "I went to L.A. first and I had a party out there for all my friends and stuff and then we went to Toronto and had a family party up there. (Usher) helped buy me a car. He bought me a Range Rover. I can drive."

More information at Justin Bieber Scores New Wheels, Thanks to Usher

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What really is Bushwacker Fender Flare?

bushwacker fender flaresBushwacker had built an excellent reputation as the leading manufacturer of fender flares and truck accessories on almost 40 years of design and innovation. Their dedication to style and innovation is a part of every product they create. All designs are carefully scrutinized for every detail, using the latest standards in design and manufacturing. It's their dedication to the automotive aftermarket that drives their style and their commitment to a high quality product. Apart from this, bushwacker fenders are also very popular because of their exclusive design and style. These are strong and have been designed sophistically to support and stay for long time usage. Most of the expert mechanics invent them to ensure their strength and reliability. This is the reason that a bushwacker truck is well-liked among the import export community, as these will carry even heavy materials with ease without disturbing the speed of vehicle. To ease the community bushwacker fender flares are held at different times to sell the goods of in cheap prices, to gain more business and popularity.

Video on how to install fender flares on your truck/car here --> How to Install Fender Flares on Truck or Car

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Escort Passport iQ marries GPS with radar detector

by Jeff Glucker

Escort IQ radar screensEscort has released its brand-new Passport iQ automotive accessory. We would call this a radar detector, but it appears to be much more than that. The Passport iQ, in addition to detecting radar and laser, has a built-in GPS unit, Bluetooth connectivity, red light and speed camera notifications, speed limit information and live traffic updates. All of this information is displayed on a five-inch, full-color touchscreen.

The price of the Passport iQ is $649.95, which, assuming it works as advertised, is peanuts compared to a few speeding tickets and a bump in car insurance rates. Escort offers the unit on a trial basis for free, for 30 days. It also comes with a 90-day free trial subscription to Escort's Defender Database, which comes loaded with thousands of speed trap locations.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The MKZ is built on the same platform as the Ford Fusion and late Mercury Milan, and the Hybrid can be seen as a further upscale replacement for the Mercury Milan Hybrid. The regular MKZ's 3.5-liter V6 is replaced with a 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 40-hp electric traction motor running power to the front wheels via a CVT transmission. It's a full hybrid, the second generation of Ford's system, and capable of operating seamlessly in gasoline, electric, or combined modes. EPA mileage is 41 city, 36 highway, and with a 0-60 time around 8.5 seconds, acceleration for merging won't be a problem. Lincoln offers a new alternative for the luxury hybrid buyer in its MKZ Hybrid.


2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Base Price $ 34,330 Price As Tested $ 41,370 Engine Type full gasoline-electric hybrid Engine Size 2.5 liters / 152 cu. in. Horsepower 156 @ 6000 rpm Torque (lb-ft) 136 @ 2250 rpm Transmission CVT Electric Motor 40 hp permanent magnet AC synchronous (torque n/a) Maximum combined horsepower 191 Wheelbase / Length 107.4 in. / 189.8 in. Curb Weight est 3800 lbs. Pounds Per Horsepower 19.9 Fuel Capacity 17.5 gal. Fuel Requirement 87 octane unleaded regular gasoline Tires P225/50R17 93V Michelin XSE Energy Brakes, front/rear vented disc / solid disc, ABS, AdvanceTrac®, and regenerative braking standard Suspension, front/rear independent short-and-long arm / independent multilink Drivetrain transverse front engine and motor, front-wheel drive.RFORMANCE EPA Fuel Economy - miles per gallon city / highway / observed 41 / 36 / 35 0 to 60 mph 8.5 sec.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Latest Craze In Auto Accessories – The Train Horn

If you keep up with the auto industry at all you’ve probably noticed that the mighty train horn is becoming a popular accessory to put on your car or truck. These aftermarket devices are a sure way to get your ride to stand out in a crowd.

This all started by people actually taking horns off of locomotives and putting it on their trucks. These horns were extremely loud but in most cases were also fairly large, cumbersome, and not that nice to look at. So naturally some extremely smart person saw an opportunity and started building them specifically for cars and trucks. These new train horn kits are smaller, typically chrome, and much easier to install.

They are quickly becoming a craze. If you search youtube you’ll find video after video of people showing off their air horns. Often times the video will be of someone driving down a crowded street and just letting a long loud blast that startles everyone within 100 feet. While this is certainly not the most responsible use of a train horn it still kind of funny.

You have a couple options if you’re interested in buying a train horn kit. First you have to decide how much you want to spend. Typically they range anywhere from $299 to $499 but can go all the way up to almost $1500. Next you want to think about just how loud you want your train horn to be. The less expensive kits usually put out around 150dB and can give a 5 second blast while the large kits not only put out more decibels but can sometimes blast for up to 15 seconds. The louder kits are also larger so take that into consideration. You probably won’t be putting the big kit in your Honda civic.

So if you’re interested in learning more about train horn kits get over to where Marc has a great selection you can choose from.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The 2011 Toyota Compact FR Sports Information

7Tune revealed new details regarding the future sports car developed in cooperation by Toyota and Subaru. And we will start with a bad new regarding the sports car set to be released in 2011, where will be no WRX or STi versions. A good news though: there might be a convertible version.

The sports car will be based on a 100mm shorter Subaru Legacy platform and will be powered by a 2.0L four cylinder boxer engine from the Impreza with a power output of 190 hp. A 6-speed gearbox will be offered initially with an automatic transmission being offered later. Weight is expected to be around 1200kg.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bentley's traveling roadshow shows off heritage piece by piece

by Jonathon Ramsey

A cross-country road trip with enough spare parts to practically build another car? Sounds like something from Paris-to-Peking, but in this case it's actually the Bentley Heritage Roadshow -- and it's here in the U.S. Bentley's putting 1,000 rare items from its Heritage Parts and Accessories division on display, traveling across 8,000 miles of American countryside to do so.

Most of the Bentleys that have ever been built are still running today, and the marque's customers are fascinated with the range of available vintage, hard-to-find parts. Crewe is playing on this and laying it all out for enthusiasts via the traveling show – from owner's manuals to engine blocks. Follow the jump for the press release and have a look at the mobile chop shop in the photo gallery below.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

General Motors mid-size sedans going all four-cylinder

by Damon Lavrinc

Straight from the "No Surprise" department comes word from GMInsideNews that all of General Motors mid-size offerings will come equipped with four-cylinder engines as the only available powerplant.

GM has made it clear for the last few years that a large part of its future product strategy is to downsize its engine line-up in preparation for the new 2015 CAFE standards. The shift has already begun with the introduction of the 2011 Buick Regal, available with either a 182-horsepower direct injected 2.4-liter or a turbocharged 2.0-liter putting out 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The next model to go all-four-banger will be the next generation Chevrolet Malibu, slated to arrive late next year and likely packing – to begin with – the same 2.4-liter four. A range of direct injected engines, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged, are in the works, so the General won't be hurting for options, but expect the V6 to stick around for GM's larger offerings, including the next Impala.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Suzuki Kizashi topples 200 mph at Bonneville for new Land Speed Record

by Zach Bowman

The crew from Suzuki and Road & Track officially hold the new Land Speed Record for the Blown Gas Coupe Category. The team wheeled out their modified 2010 Suzuki Kizashi to the Bonneville Salt Flats and managed to average an impressive 203.720 mph across two high-speed runs, besting the previous record by a little less than a second and a half. R&T commissioned legendary engine builder Richard Holdener to rework the engine in the Kizashi before it hit the salt, and as a result, the car wore forged internals and a beefier turbo that shoved a full 16 pounds of boost into the four-cylinder as the Sam Mitani-helmed Suzuki headed down the dry lake bed.

Now that the Kizashi has one record under its belt, Road & Track is planning to try for a second, naturally-aspirated record by unbolting the turbo and going hog wild. Now all we have to wonder is how much it's going to take to convince Suzuki to offer those slick seam-welded steel wheels as an option on the Kizashi Sport. Hit the jump to take a look at a video of the car during its record-setting run, as well as a press release detailing the occasion.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dacia Logan 2012 Version Future Car

Dacia LOGAN is the newest version of a traditional romanian car. Great designed by Miroslav Dimitrov imagined the 2012 year version of this car.

Compare the above 2012 version with this 2008 version...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Volkswagen releases initial pics, details on all-new Caddy

by Zach Bowman

It's been nearly six years since Volkswagen took the knife to its workhorse Caddy, but starting next year, buyers can expect a host of changes. The company has just dished the details on its next-generation van before the vehicle gets its official unveiling at the IAA Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show this November. Don't expect anything too wild to crop up design-wise. The Caddy will swipe a few cues from the rest of the VW family up front, and new taillights will pop up as well. VW says that it will also offer roof rails for the first time on the new generation.

Take a peek under the hood, and you're likely to see one of four turbo-diesel engines, all of which are 13 percent more efficient than their predecessors. The range starts with two 1.6-liter mills producing either 75 or 102 horsepower depending on which model you choose, both of which come with start/stop technology. If you click off a little higher up the option sheet, you'll wind up with one of two 2.0-liter engines. Those produce either 110 or 140 horsepower depending on your needs and your budget. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chrysler to set up separate Fiat dealers

by Chris Shunk

When Fiat and Chrysler merged, it was assumed that Fiat and Chrysler-branded products would be sharing a common showroom floor. Well, you know what happens when you assume. The Detroit Bureau reports that when Fiat-badged vehicles arrive Stateside at the end of the year they will be sold in an all-new showroom bereft of any manner of Chrysler product. The news reportedly comes from none other than Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who adds that a total of 200 Fiat stores will come online in an undetermined time.

While Chrysler dealers are likely a bit upset that they won't have Fiat products to sell in their dealerships, they will reportedly get first dibs to claim one of the 200 stand-alone stores. And those dealerships must be equipped with both sales and service departments as well. The first Fiat to enter the Fiat-exclusive showroom will be the diminutive 500, which has been very well-received overseas. And more product is undoubtedly also on the way, as the 500 alone is not a big enough carrot to warrant buying a new dealership.

Opening 200 new dealerships will not be cheap, as a new full-service dealer can cost $1 million or more. There are also the costs associated with marketing a new brand in the U.S., which will likely cost well over $100 million. Since Fiat vehicles haven't been available here in States in a couple decades, the folks in Turin, Italy will likely have a lot of work to do to spread the word. Those who actually remember the Fiat brand in the U.S. market will likely need the most convincing, as horrible quality woes were a main factor in the brands failure.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Video and Information

Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds. The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing the other models in the current Aston Martin line-up....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HKS Racing Controller for PS3 just makes sense

by Jonathon Ramsey

A steering-wheel-and-pedal setup for your PS3 starts at around $50, but you'll spend at least double that to get into the good stuff. HKS has teamed with InterWorks on a game controller solution that stays at the $50 mark but could work just as well as a wheel while being a little less intrusive.

The hot-coal red Hipermax III replaces the analog joysticks with a thumb wheel on the left side and throttle and brake buttons on the right side. The wheel has center stripe to aid steering, and the precise inputs of the throttle and brake controls are registered in the digital readout in the center of the controller. For the moment this is PS3-only, and while HKS hasn't released a price, it's pegged to come under $55.

Monday, May 31, 2010

U.S. safety bill could triple cost of automotive black boxes to $5,000

by Zach Bowman

When word first came down that Congress was looking to mandate that all new vehicles to be sold with Event Data Recorders, we knew that the added tech was going to be pricey. According to Automotive News, if legislators have their way, the new automotive black boxes will need to be both fire resistant and waterproof. Add in a significant amount of recording time before and after an accident, and suddenly the price tag per unit could soar up to a lofty $4,000 to $5,000. Currently, the EDRs track about five seconds worth of information just before an accident, though some legislators are pushing for up to 75 seconds of recording pre-crash. Between the fire insulation and added recording time, analysts believe the devices will swell to shoebox size, also creating a new packaging issue for automakers.

And who's going to be shelling out the cash for the indestructible, mammoth recorders? The short answer is the automakers, though you can bet they won't just be soaking up the cost out of the goodness of their hearts. Odds are that $4,000-per-box price tag will be passed right along to consumers if such devices become law, so don't be surprised to see sticker prices climb if the boxes become mandatory in 2015.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS Sport

2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS Sport

2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS Sport

MSRP $27,999


* 2.4L I4, 16 valves, 162 hp @ 6000 rpm
* 4 speed automatic transmission
* 19 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, convertible version of the Eclipse coupe. The Spyder provides a similar driving and ownership experience to the coupe that means sleek styling, four-passenger seating, a powerful available V6 and a reasonable amount of comfort. With the Spyder in the reasonably priced convertible segment, Mitsubishi has taken a unbiased approach. With quick and sporty two-seat roadsters on one end of the range and four-seat family-sedan-based convertibles on the other, the Eclipse sits comfortably in the middle. During the previous years, the Spyder's closest competitors have been changeable cars such as the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. The Spyder has been available for all Eclipse generations except the first, and has occasionally dropped out of existence as new generations of the Eclipse debuted.

More info at 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS Sport at Yahoo Auto News

Saturday, May 15, 2010

McLaren gives Button and Hamilton extra bling for good luck

by Noah Joseph

We've seen F1 teams pulling all kinds of shtick in an effort to edge out the competition. But embedding diamonds into the helmets and steering wheels? Well, it seemed to work in 2008 for Lewis Hamilton, and he, for one, is hoping it'll work again this year at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.

McLaren has partnered with Steinmetz Diamonds to carry off the bedazzling, creating commemorative wreath emblems for both its world champions. The results were unveiled on Wednesday at Steinmetz's villa in Monte Carlo, and both Hamilton and Button will be using them during this weekend's race. Only in Monaco, kids. Details in the press release after the jump.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Saab 9-5 Estate leaks out

by Jonny Lieberman

For many moons now, your humble Autoblog crew has been following the new Saab 9-5 around the globe. Not intentionally mind you, but it seems that Saab has been dragging their 9-5 show car out to every show we've covered since before Obama was elected. Which is many, many shows (turns out it's been since Frankfurt). And while we're big boosters of the new 9-5, something's always been... lacking.

That's right, a fifth door. And this totally suspect, but nonetheless quite intriguing, photo seems to indicate exactly that – a Saab 9-5 Estate (also called the 9-5 SportCombi, maybe) – is nigh. That's yet another victory in the eventual, inevitable and ultimately exciting comeback of the once totally dismissed station wagon.

Now it's true, we've covered this territory before. More than once. And back then we felt the same way about the upcoming 9-5 Estate as we do now – it's very, very sexy. Or at least, as sexy as a wagon can be. Which, to us auto journo types, is quite sexy. Regardless, too many a Saab'o'phile, the very essence of the brand is a hatch. Without that fifth (or third) door, a Saab just isn't very Saab like. Therefore this here blurry image, which looks like it was hastily photographed from a presentation or sales brochure, fills Saab boosters with great hope. Go, go Griffin.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chrysler wraps Auburn Hills HQ in honor of Truck of the Year award

by Zach Bowman

Chrysler has decided to celebrate the Dodge Ram winning the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award by barring employees at its Auburn Hills headquarters from seeing the sun for 120 days. The company has turned its HQ into one big billboard with a 14-story building wrap. The 140-foot tall, 120-foot wide graphic features a massive 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty atop a pile of rocks.

The company says the wrap is part of a nationwide campaign to get the word out about the Ram's win, and that around 200,000 people will see the display every day as they travel along I-75. The install took a total of three days, and Chrysler says that the truck featured in the wrap is a 100 feet long and 41 feet tall. No word on whether or not those specs will line up with what we can expect from the 2015 pickup. Hit the jump for a look at the press release.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2011 Ford Racing Mustang BOSS 320R in Detail

Forty years after its namesake became a road racing legend, the BOSS is back on track for 2010 with a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship in a Mustang BOSS 302 prepared by Bud Moore Engineering, Ford Racing is introducing the BOSS 302R, a factory-built race car ready for track days and road racing in a number of Grand-Am, SCCA and NASA classes. “To keep pace with consumer demand, the Ford team has built modern versions of the most iconic performance Mustangs over the years,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. “From Shelbys to Bullitt, Mach and Cobra Jet, it is now time for BOSS to join the list of America’s most coveted Mustangs. The original BOSS 302 was a championship-winning legend and the new Mustang BOSS 302R will carry on the tradition. The Mustang was born to race from the start, and this new Mustang is bred to win.” The Mustang BOSS 302R is a serialized off-road-only vehicle ready to race. Each base model will come with a 5.0-liter four-valve engine and a six-speed manual transmission with a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition and race dampers/springs, and a Brembo brake and tire package, starting at an MSRP of $79,000.