Monday, 31 December 2012

2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
As self-proclaimed big wigs on the food chain, humans have little fear observing dangerous, wild animals, so long as they're kept in captivity. Mercedes-Benz has taken that philosophy and applied it to its S-Class sedan. AMG's 518-hp, 6.2-liter lion resides under the hood of the new S63 AMG, but it's been tamed by Mercedes' finest zookeepers.

As self-proclaimed big wigs on the food chain, humans have little fear observing dangerous, wild animals, so long as they're kept in captivity. Mercedes-Benz has taken that philosophy and applied it to its S-class sedan. AMG's 518-hp, 6.2-liter lion resides under the hood of the new S63 AMG, but it's been tamed by Mercedes' finest zookeepers. Enthusiasts can look at it, salivate all over it, and even drive it, all without fear of being eaten alive.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2007_mercedes_benz_s63_amg/index.html

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RETRO: Celebrating ’Il Lione’s triumph - Twenty years later

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Marussia confirms Chilton

The Marussia F1 Team has announced that Max Chilton will make his Formula 1 racing debut with the team in 2013. The 21 year old Briton is the team’s reserve driver, a role he was appointed to with effect from the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix, following an impressive season with the Marussia Carlin GP2 team. [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/marussia-confirms-chilton/

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F1 2012 Championship Standings after Indian GP

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BMW Concept C


Due to their practicality and efficiency the single track vehicles have a bright future. The fundamental benefits offered by the two-wheelers are obvious. They do not take up much space, they have low emission levels and are fuel-efficient and very flexible as well.

BMW knows these facts very well and its engineers are continuously working to develop new models and technologies for the future. One of the latest two wheel projects presented by the German manufacturer is the Concept C. The new concept shows what mobility of the future could look like.

The Concept C features a highly complex monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft connected to a suspension strut visible from the outside. There is also a twin disc brake at the front which features two radial brake callipers and a single disc brake at the rear. Not to mention about the BMW Motorrad ABS which further enhances safety. Hit the jump for more information on the BMW Concept C.

BMW Concept C originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 30 December 2012 22:14 EST.

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG
2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
In addition to the optional urine-dependent Bluetec diesel, the 2007 E-class, which goes on sale with a mild face-lift in July '06, got two new meaty gasoline engines. The normally aspirated, AMG-tuned, 514-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 is the top choice for the horsepower hungry, while the new S-class donated its 388-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 for those who like ample power without that diesel aftertaste. For '07, Mercedes-Benz also endows the mid-sizer with standard crash-anticipating safety features and an op

In addition to the optional urine-dependent Bluetec diesel, the 2007 E-class, which goes on sale with a mild face-lift in July '06, got two new meaty gasoline engines. The normally aspirated, AMG-tuned, 514-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 is the top choice for the horsepower hungry, while the new S-class donated its 388-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 for those who like ample power without that diesel aftertaste. For '07, Mercedes-Benz also endows the mid-sizer with standard crash-anticipating safety features and an optional lighting system that will make many other cars' headlights seem like gas lanterns. Mercedes also claims to have retuned the car's chassis and improved its steering.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_mercedes_benz_e_class/index.html

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The drivers and cars of 2012 | 2012 F1 season review

The drivers and cars of 2012 is an original article from F1 Fanatic. If this article has been published anywhere other than F1 Fanatic it is an infringement of copyright.

Updated biographies for all 25 drivers who raced in F1 this year, plus pictures galleries of the 12 cars that contested the season.

The drivers and cars of 2012 is an original article from F1 Fanatic. If this article has been published anywhere other than F1 Fanatic it is an infringement of copyright.

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Vettel set for titles aplenty


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Tom Cary says in his column in the Daily Telegraph that the man dubbed ‘Baby Schumi’ has plenty of time to match or even surpass his compatriot’s record haul of seven world titles after he cinched his first in the Abu Dhabi night.
“Here, after all, is a young man, already dubbed ‘Baby Schumi’ by Germany’s tabloid press, winning the first of what will presumably be multiple world championships, and all at the tender age of 23. Plenty of time yet to match Schumacher's incredible haul of seven world titles. And yet, their phenomenal ability to drive racing cars apart, there is little similarity between the two men. “There are still lingering doubts over his racing ability but with such blistering qualifying pace he is nearly always leading from the front anyway. Vettel is set for multiple world championships. Just don’t call him Baby Schumi.”
The Guardian’s Paul Weaver says it was difficult to begrudge Vettel his moment of glory after he won the first of what will be many world titles. He also looks back at some of the season’s highlights.
“An amazing Formula One season produced its final twist here on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel, who had never led the title race, won his first world championship. It is difficult to begrudge him his glory, for he had more poles (10) than any other driver and shared the most wins (five) with Fernando Alonso. There will be red faces as well as red cars and overalls at Ferrari, though, for deciding to bring their man in when they did, only to see him re-emerge into heavy traffic. “Among the highlights, and every race felt like a highlight after the bore-start in Bahrain, there was that wonderful beginning to his McLaren career by Jenson Button, who won two of his first four races, even though he couldn't keep up the pace, especially in qualifying. “Hamilton once again drove his heart out, and outperformed a car that looked a little too ordinary at times. He was superb in Montreal. Then there was Webber, the Anglophile Aussie who was the favourite among most neutrals to win the title. There was that spectacular crash when he ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen and the most famous of his four wins, at Silverstone, when he said to his team at the end of the race: 'Not bad for a No2 driver.' “But in the end there was only one German who mattered. It was the remarkable Vettel. This will be the first of a clutch of championships for him.”
The Independent’s David Tremayne focuses on the plight of the other title contenders, writing it is easier to feel more sorry for one than the other.
“It was impossible not to feel for both Webber and Alonso. Yet while a frustrated Alonso gestured at Petrov after the race, the Australian, predictably, refused to complain about his pitstop timing. “A world championship seemed an inevitable part of Sebastian Vettel's future, but it came a little sooner than most expected, after his recent tribulations. You wouldn't bet against several more, and if that record-breaking streak continues, perhaps even Schumacher's achievements will be overshadowed.”
And the Mirror’s Byron Young elaborates further on the petulant behaviour of Fernando Alonso on his slowing down lap after his title dreams ended behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
“Fernando Alonso was hurled into more controversy last night for a wild gesture at the former Lada racer who cost him the title. But the Spaniard brushed off accusations he gave Russian Vitaly Petrov the finger for ruining his title hopes by blocking him for 40 laps as they duelled over sixth place. "The Ferrari ace was caught on television cruising alongside the Renault driver on the slowing down lap and gesticulating from the cockpit. Petrov was unrepentant: "What was I supposed to do? Just get out of his way, pull to the side? I don't think that is how we race. It was important for the team for me to get points."

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/vettel_set_for_titles_aplenty_1.php

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2012: Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends winless streak

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/30/2573122/2012-in-review-dale-earnhardt.html

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Raikkonen in rude health

Kimi Raikkonen already had a bottle of beer in his hand by the time he joined his Lotus team for the now-traditional group photo following a grand prix victory.

Knowing Raikkonen's reputation, it will almost certainly not have been the last drink that passed his lips in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night as he celebrated his first win since returning to Formula 1 this year after two years in rallying.

"For sure we're going to have a good party today," the sport's most famous hedonist said on he podium, "and hopefully tomorrow, when we are feeling bad after a long night, we will remember how we feel."

How long will you celebrate for, he was asked.

"I have almost two weeks," he said. "As long as I manage to get myself to the next race I think the team is happy. I try to get home at some point."

The party is well deserved. Raikkonen's comeback year has had its ups and downs, but a win has looked a probability since the start of the season, and in many ways the big surprise has been that it has taken so long.

Raikkonen has been remarkably strong and consistent in races this season, but until Abu Dhabi his best chances of victory had been squandered by starting too far down the grid.

Raikkonen has now taken 37% of his career victories after starting from outside the top three on the grid. Photo: Getty

He is the first to admit that he has made too many mistakes in qualifying. Indeed, for the first half of the season he was generally being out-paced over one lap on Saturdays by his novice team-mate Romain Grosjean.

But in the second half of the season his qualifying pace has edged forward, the mistakes have dried up, and this weekend everything came together to produce the result the team and he undoubtedly deserve.

Out of the car, Raikkonen is about as uncommunicative as they come. He simply refuses to engage in the media game. That can be frustrating for journalists who are searching for insight from an undoubtedly great driver, but still there is no mystery about his true character.

The radio messages that caused such amusement during the race sum him up.

His poor race engineer was only doing his job when he informed him of the gap to Fernando Alonso's Ferrari behind him, and some may find it rude that Raikkonen would respond by asking him to "leave me alone, I know what I'm doing".

But that is Raikkonen all over. He's a no-nonsense character, and he just wants things the way he wants them. And if he is not comfortable in the spotlight, he was born to be in a Formula 1 car at the front of a grand prix.

"Kimi is a man of few words but he's all about racing," McLaren driver Jenson Button said, summing up the Finn's unique appeal.

"It's good to see him have a good race here and collect the victory. He does deserve it. He is back for the racing. That's what he loves and it's good to see that."

For all his impressive performance, Raikkonen owed his win to Lewis Hamilton's wretched fortune at McLaren.

Yet another failure - this one in a fuel pump on the McLaren's Mercedes engine - cost Hamilton another victory. It's the second time it has happened in five races and it is the story of his season.

Hamilton said on Sunday that he had "been at my best this year" and so it has looked, but he also made a pointed reference to McLaren's myriad problems throughout the season: "We have not done a good enough job to win this championship."

For the men who can win it, it was a weekend of wildly fluctuating fortunes.

Following Sebastian Vettel's exclusion from qualifying because not enough fuel had been put in his Red Bull to provide the requisite one-litre sample, it appeared that Alonso had a golden opportunity to close down some of the advantage the German had eked out with his four consecutive wins through Singapore, Japan, Korea and India.

But after a wildly topsy-turvy race and an impressive drive by Vettel, the German joined his Spanish rival on the podium.

All three podium finishers gave an object lesson in racing to the many drivers who crash-banged into each other behind them, including each of their team-mates, and while Vettel's drive quite rightly stood out, so too was a little luck involved.

Vettel damaged his front wing against Bruno Senna's Williams on the first lap, but was able to continue and overtake the rabbits at the back of the field.

Then, not for the first time in his career, he made a mistake behind the safety car, misjudging the pace of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso as the Australian warmed his brakes, veering to avoid him, and finishing off the front wing against a marker board.

The mistake forced Red Bull to pit Vettel when they were not going to and the fresh tyres he fitted at the stop meant he had a grip advantage over the drivers he now had to pass.

Again, he sliced rapidly through the backmarkers - this time without incident - so that he was up to seventh by the time the pit-stop period started for those in front of him.

By the time the leaders had all stopped, Vettel was in second place, and suddenly it looked like he might have a chance of pulling off a sensational victory.

Raikkonen's Lotus team, for one, thought Vettel would not be stopping again, but Red Bull were concerned enough about tyre wear to want to play safe, and the 20 seconds he lost in his second pit stop were then wiped out by another safety car.

Fourth at the re-start, the fastest car in the field and on fresher tyres than Raikkonen, Alonso and Button ahead of him, it again looked like he might win.

In the end, though, Button's clever defence kept him behind long enough to ensure that although he could pass the McLaren, third was as far as he was going to go.

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan said Vettel's ability to salvage a podium finish from a pit-lane start must feel like a "dagger in the heart for Ferrari" but if Alonso was disappointed you would not want to play poker with him.

He talked about his pride at finishing second in a race Ferrari had expected to deliver a fifth or sixth place - and as Red Bull team boss Christian Horner pointed out, Alonso celebrated on the podium as if he had won the race.

For a while now, Alonso has been saying Red Bull's winning run would end, that eventually they would have some bad luck.

Well, in Abu Dhabi they had it, and still Alonso could gain only three points on Vettel, and it was noticeable that the tone of his remarks after the race shifted slightly.

In India two weeks ago, he said he was still "100% confident" of winning the title. After Abu Dhabi, though, he did not repeat that remark.

"Without the problem for Sebastian we were thinking we would exit Abu Dhabi with 20 points deficit or something and we are 10 (behind)," Alonso said. "In the end it was a good weekend for us.

"They will have the fastest car in the last two races. There is no magic part that will come for Austin or Brazil. But as I said a couple of races ago, they have the fastest car, we have the best team. So we see who wins."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/11/post_abu_dhabi.html

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Local UW ‘DAWG Students Shining in ecoCAR2 challenge...

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Christmas Abbott makes her racing debut in pits

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/15/2547483/christmas-joye-abbott-makes-racing.html

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Sauber signs Nico Hulkenberg for 2013, no word on Kobayashi

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First Look: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

First Look: 2014 Jaguar F-Type
2014 Jaguar F-Type First Look - Automobile Magazine
Jaguar, much like the rest of Great Britain, has spent the last half century adjusting to, and sometimes denying, a new reality.

Jaguar, much like the rest of Great Britain, has spent the last half century adjusting to, and sometimes denying, a new reality. A leader and innovator in the days of the iconic E-type, Jaguar is now a tiny challenger to the luxury car establishment. “Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are the dominant global premium brands,” admits Jaguar brand director Adrian Hallmark. “Whatever we do, we’re going to be neutralized by the competition.”


Photo Gallery: 2014 Jaguar F-Type First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2014 Jaguar F-Type First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/paris/2012/1209_2014_jaguar_f_type_first_look/index.html

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Campaign launched to save Team Lotus


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One side of the Lotus naming dispute has been put forward on a new and in-depth webpage called www.saveteamlotus.com. The basic background is that the Lotus Racing F1 team had its naming rights revoked for next season by Group Lotus and, in order to keep racing under the Lotus name, bought the Team Lotus brand off David Hunt, who had owned it since the original team’s last race in 1994. Group Lotus has now taken Lotus Racing to court to try and stop it using the historic name in Formula One next year. The issue has been a source of constant confusion for many fans and the new webpage offers a breakdown of David Hunt’s and Team Lotus’ side of the argument.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/campaign_launched_to_save_team_1.php

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Friday, 28 December 2012

First Look: 2014 Kia Sorento

First Look: 2014 Kia Sorento
First Look: 2014 Kia Sorento - Automobile Magazine
Much more than your typical refresh.

Kia is quick to mention the current Sorento family hauler is only three years old, and for good reason: while the trucklet was only due for a modest mid-cycle refresh, it received, instead, a comprehensive reworking that goes much deeper than bumper covers and infotainment systems.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Kia Sorento - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Kia Sorento - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/los_angeles/2012/1211_2014_kia_sorento/index.html

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Joe DeMatio: 2012 Year In Review

Favorite trip: Audi at Le Mans As you know, Audi has had great success with its gasoline- and diesel-powered race cars at Le Mans over the past 13 years, and this year its R18 e-tron Quattro, its first hybrid race car, competed alongside the TDI R18 Ultra. With success comes stature, and, boy, does Audi [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/joe-dematio-2012-year-in-review-192519.html

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2014 Buick Verano to be turbo-only - report

According to GM's 2014 VIN cards, the 2014 Buick Verano could get a new 1.6-liter turbo engine for the base model.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/B3kBGlaMYn4/2014-buick-verano-to-be-turbo-only---report

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Indy Cars running final 2012 test

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

2013 calendar down to 19 as New York Race postponed to 2014

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint.

Ann Arbor - Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint, which is replaced by a more sedate white or gray. A power moonroof, new leather seats, and additional undercarpet soundproofing--all at no charge--make the STI Limited's cabin a bit more hospitable, but you're reminded of the WRX's econocar roots when road noise infiltrates.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0703_2008_subaru_impreza_wrx_sti_limited/index.html

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Some of 2012's best and biggest

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/20/2557111/some-of-2012s-best-and-biggest.html

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Jake Holmes: 2012 Year In Review

Most Memorable Drive: In June, Porsche took me to Austria to drive the Cayenne GTS. We started at a hotel on Lake Wörther and wound our way northwest along twisty two-lane roads, up a dramatic mountain pass, and through countless quaint rural villages. The drive was an exercise in contrasts. We alternated between bright sunshine [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/jake-holmes-2012-year-in-review-192871.html

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Brazilian Thriller: Vettel wins record third title...

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First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe - Automobile Magazine
Splitting the difference between the M6 coupe and M5 sedan.

The engineers at BMW's M GmbH obviously paid attention when their pre-school teachers taught the importance of sharing. After building the M5 sedan, the two-door M6 coupe, and the open-top M6 convertible, BMW extended the twin-turbo love to the M6 Gran Coupe. The regular 6-Series Gran Coupe is already a halfway point between the four-door 5 Series and two-door 6 Series, so it only makes sense for BMW to bridge the gap between the M5 and M6 with a slinky M6 Gran Coupe.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/detroit/2013/1212_bmw_m6_gran_coupe/index.html

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Christmas Abbott makes her racing debut in the pits

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/16/2547216/christmas-abbott-makes-nascar.html

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Cool Small Cars: 2006 Kia Rio 5, 2006 Nissan Versa, 2006 Dodge Caliber, and 2006 Honda Fit

Cool Small Cars: 2006 Kia Rio 5, 2006 Nissan Versa, 2006 Dodge Caliber, and 2006 Honda Fit
Cool Small Cars: 2006 Kia Rio 5, 2006 Nissan Versa, 2006 Dodge Caliber, & 2006 Honda Fit - Automobile Magazine
Automakers are finally paying due respect to the small car segment. We size up the 2006 Dodge Caliber, 2006 Honda Fit, 2006 Kia Rio5, and 2006 Nissan Versa and decide which is the hippest little hatch for your money.

If you've been busy memorizing the stratospheric horsepower and torque numbers from Mercedes-Benz's latest AMG engine or reliving the muscle-car glory days with the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger concepts, you may not have noticed that small cars are getting cool. Perhaps it's the pendulum finally starting to swing back from outsized SUVs and ever-more-gargantuan pickups. There also could be some rub-off from the digital world, where smallness is prized. And that three-dollars-per-gallon gasoline scare last fall likely spurred things along. Whatever the factors, small cars have begun to acquire a cachet of coolness they haven't had in decades.


Photo Gallery: Cool Small Cars: 2006 Kia Rio 5, 2006 Nissan Versa, 2006 Dodge Caliber, & 2006 Honda Fit - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0605_cool_small_cars/index.html

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Martinsville Speedway president getting on-track taste of Daytona

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/15/2547221/martinsville-speedway-president.html

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV - Automobile Magazine
Roller skate with a kick.

Chevrolet's top designer John Cafaro likes to say the Spark minicar has larger headlamps than wheels. When it comes to the cute but startling Spark EV, visual drama is supplemented by an engineering feat for the sake of efficiency.


Photo Gallery: First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/los_angeles/2012/1211_2014_chevrolet_spark_ev/index.html

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2007 Ford Shelby GT

2007 Ford Shelby GT
2007 Ford Shelby GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The 2007 Ford Shelby GT is a version of the Shelby GT-H that you can actually buy.

They say you should never buy a used rental car, and now fans of the Ford Shelby GT-H won't have to. While the GT-H is exclusive to Hertz, Ford is adding a retail version, the Shelby GT. The Shelby GT reaches dealers early next year as an '07 model. Ford has yet to finalize specs, but expect all the major GT-H goodies, including the Ford Racing intake and exhaust (and its resultant 25 extra hp), the horizontal-bar grille, the hood pins, and the side scoops. Don't expect the black-and-gold Hertz color scheme; instead, the Shelby GT will have silver stripes over a black or white body. Best of all, though, is that whereas the Hertz cars are all equipped with automatic gearboxes, the civilian version can be had with either an automatic or a manual. Of course, the other good part is that buyers of the Shelby GT won't have to wonder how many knuckleheads performed neutral drops or smoky burnouts in their baby; they'll be secure in the knowledge that all the abuse their cars endure will be owner-inflicted.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Ford Shelby GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2007 Ford Shelby GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0610_ford_shelby_gt/index.html

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Suzuki demand surges in U.S. despite bankruptcy

In a surprising twist, Suzuki's U.S. sales have surged following American Suzuki Motors' bankruptcy.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/dvPgZrVjL4s/suzuki-demand-surges-in-us-despite-bankruptcy

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG
2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
In addition to the optional urine-dependent Bluetec diesel, the 2007 E-class, which goes on sale with a mild face-lift in July '06, got two new meaty gasoline engines. The normally aspirated, AMG-tuned, 514-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 is the top choice for the horsepower hungry, while the new S-class donated its 388-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 for those who like ample power without that diesel aftertaste. For '07, Mercedes-Benz also endows the mid-sizer with standard crash-anticipating safety features and an op

In addition to the optional urine-dependent Bluetec diesel, the 2007 E-class, which goes on sale with a mild face-lift in July '06, got two new meaty gasoline engines. The normally aspirated, AMG-tuned, 514-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 is the top choice for the horsepower hungry, while the new S-class donated its 388-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 for those who like ample power without that diesel aftertaste. For '07, Mercedes-Benz also endows the mid-sizer with standard crash-anticipating safety features and an optional lighting system that will make many other cars' headlights seem like gas lanterns. Mercedes also claims to have retuned the car's chassis and improved its steering.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E63 AMG - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_mercedes_benz_e_class/index.html

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Vettel becomes Sports yyoungest ever Dreibettzimmer Weldmeister!

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/_N7RKsuAccc/vettel-becomes-sports-yyoungest-ever.html

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Nielsen leaving Caterham

It is not a good news for Caterham that its sporting director Steve Nielsen is leaving after just one year in the job. Nielsen joined the team from Renault but it seems that there has been an offer from another team. The fact that he has decided to accept it suggests that things were not [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/nielsen-leaving-caterham/

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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor overtakes Hummer to become the most popular toy truck

Hummer was put out to pasture years ago, but the brand has continued to be very popular with kids. That's starting to change as Ford has announced the F-150 SVT Raptor has overtaken the ill-fated brand to become the most licensed truck.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/Ml9TqGiRO04/ford-f-150-svt-raptor-overtakes-hummer-to-become-the-most

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2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan

2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan
2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine
Honda Civic Si: The four-door bores no more.

Honda's roller-skate-sized Civic put the company on the map in America during the first gasoline shock back in 1973, and since then, Honda has been cranking out successive--and usually excellent--iterations of its small car, regardless of where a gallon of unleaded was charting at the moment.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0611_2007_honda_civic_si_sedan/index.html

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Ferrari Launch Their 2011 Car The F150

Ferrari have become the first team to launch their 2011 Formula One car – named the F150. Thw F150 name comes from the fact it is 150 years since Italian unification, the flag bearer for the nation decided it was important to increase exposure of the major event in the country’s long history.  The cars [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/ferrari-launch-their-2011-car-the-f150/

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2007 Porsche Cayman

2007 Porsche Cayman
2007 Porsche Cayman - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The new Porsche Cayman (sans the "S") may be the perfect sports car for budget shoppers.

The new Cayman (minus the S) is not the lightest, cheapest, or cutest Porsche, but it may be the smartest one to buy. What the 245-hp, 2.7-liter flat six lacks in low-end vim it more than makes up in 7300-rpm vigor; lighter engine internals and electric throttle response hurl a heavy-footed operator to 60 mph in less than six seconds on the way to 160 mph. The stout coupe body and mid-engine layout are the ideal serving tray for the chassis engineers' most inspired work. And a base price that's barely over $50,000 means that "value" and "Porsche" can share a sentence. Upgrades--such as a six-speed manual, sport seats, eighteen- or nineteen-inch wheels, a navigation system, active dampers, and the Sport Chrono Package--are dear, so don't linger too long over the options list.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Porsche Cayman - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0610_2007_porsche_cayman/index.html

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Feature Flick: Toyota Teases Detroit-Bound Furia Concept

Think Toyota only makes dull cars? Then explain these teasers for the Toyota Furia concept, which will debut next month at the Detroit auto show. Based on what we can see, the Furia may preview some sort of Toyota sports sedan. The teasers show what appears to be a sedan with a big carbon-fiber rear [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flick-toyota-teases-detroit-bound-furia-concept-193053.html

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The Last Crusade

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/the-last-crusade.html

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2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan

2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan
2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine
Honda Civic Si: The four-door bores no more.

Honda's roller-skate-sized Civic put the company on the map in America during the first gasoline shock back in 1973, and since then, Honda has been cranking out successive--and usually excellent--iterations of its small car, regardless of where a gallon of unleaded was charting at the moment.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan_New Car, Truck, and SUV Roadtests and Drivens_Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0611_2007_honda_civic_si_sedan/index.html

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Out now, the GP+ Review of the Year

GP+ was the first e-magazine in Formula 1 and five years later it is still going strong. It is produced within hours of the chequered flag at every Grand Prix. It is put together in the Media Centres, written by professional F1 journalists and featuring the work of highly experienced F1 photographers. We have access [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/out-now-the-gp-review-of-the-year/

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Toyota advanced active safety research vehicle teased, will debut at CES

Toyota has announced plans to introduce an advanced active safety research vehicle at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/BH4pOJ6z_Fk/toyota-advanced-active-safety-research-vehicle-teased

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport

2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
We tour ten European countries in just two days: An epic test for the new, and possibly best-ever, Mercedes-Benz C-class.

Welcome to the German autobahn, the first leg of our cross-Europe trek behind the wheel of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-class. Two-lane sections can be tricky, since every driver seems to be talking on a cell phone, but the increasingly common three-lane stretches are perfect playgrounds for mile-eaters like our C-class. Although officially limited to 155 mph, the speedometer reads 163 mph when the limiter finally calls time. At this speed, the C350 is totally unperturbed. Expansion joints? No effect, even when you're really flying. Test-of-courage corners? Easy. Turn the wheel, keep your foot down, and marvel. Clueless slower drivers swerving left without so much as a flash of the turn signal? Don't worry, this car has good brakes. Make that very good brakes.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0705_2008_mercedes_benz_c350_sport/index.html

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