Monday, 30 April 2012

First Look: 2013 Acura RLX Concept

First Look: 2013 Acura RLX Concept
First Look: 2013 Acura RLX Concept - Automobile Magazine
Finally, a new flagship.

The current Acura RL may technically be Acura's largest, most expensive offering, but as the midsize TL range has grown in terms of size and sophistication, the supposed flagship of the Acura brand hardly offers anything its more mainstream sibling doesn't.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Acura RLX Concept - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Acura RLX Concept - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_acura_rlx_concept/index.html

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2008 Ford Escape Review - Driven

2008 Ford Escape Review - Driven
2008 Ford Escape Review - Automobile Magazine
A facelift for the 2008 Ford Escape

A Face-Lift To Make Joan Rivers Proud.
Ann Arbor Youth triumphs in all things automotive, just as it does in the wider world. So, after a new model debuts, we've come to expect a freshening in year three, a special edition in year four, and an all-new model after five years.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Ford Escape Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/autp_0704_2008_ford_escape_review/index.html

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First Look: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport

First Look: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport - First Look - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Two Santa Fes for two CUV classes.

Rumors about the return of the seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe have been floating around for quite a while. While we expected the 2013 Santa Fe midsize crossover to grow in just about every dimension to better fit a third row, Hyundai is also debuting the 2013 Santa Fe Sport, a smaller five-passenger model with an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport - First Look - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport - First Look - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1203_2012_new_york_2013_hyundai_santa_fe/index.html

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2007 Infiniti G35

2007 Infiniti G35
2007 Infiniti G35 - Road Test & Review - Automobile Magazine
With the new G35, we're relieved that there's been no loss of focus. Indeed, the car is an even more convincing competitor to the standard-bearer from Munich.

After some floundering with the second-generation Q45 and the Nissan Maxima-clone I35, Infiniti came out with the G35, and that sport sedan--very much in the vein of the BMW 3-series-- reestablished the brand's enthusiast credentials. Now comes a new G35, and we're relieved that there's been no loss of focus. Indeed, the car is an even more convincing competitor to the standard-bearer from Munich.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Infiniti G35 - Road Test & Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0610_2007_infiniti_g35/index.html

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Team Lotus Launch Their 2011 Machine The T128

Team Lotus (the one who raced last year) have become the second team to officially pull the covers off their new 2011 car. The green and yellow liveried machine will start be raced by Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen this season under the name of Team Lotus as the management’s row with Group Lotus, now [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/team-lotus-launch-their-2011-machine-the-t128/

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Many Priuses Among 293 Fleet Vehicles Left Unused in Miami Garage

There’s thinking ahead, and then there’s this: 293 vehicles bought by the south Florida metro county have sat unused for years in a Miami parking garage, according to a report from AutoMinded. Many of the vehicles are 2006 or 2007 model-year Toyota Prius models, still in the wrapping from when they were bought new roughly [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/many-priuses-among-293-fleet-vehicles-left-unused-in-miami-garage-129271.html

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Will Power wins 3rd straight Sao Paulo 300

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/29/2032698/will-power-wins-3rd-straight-sao.html

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Future Peugeot 2008 crossover previewed in Beijing

When Peugeot took the covers off their Urban Crossover Concept this week in Beijing, they neglected (or not) to mention it is a preview of a new crossover variant of the Peugeot 208 compact hatchback.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/_7IHpRNJxwY/future-peugeot-2008-crossover-previewed-in-beijing

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First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport
2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
New York 2012: Sporty 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport with 8A Debuts

According to Lexus, customers have been asking for an edgier and sportier version of the popular RX crossover. With the 2013 Lexus RX F Sport, their wish, so says the automaker, has been granted.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_lexus_rx_350_f_sport_first_look/index.html

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BMW celebrates their return to DTM racing [video]

After an absence of almost 20 years, BMW will to return to the DTM series at this weekend's Hockenheimring race.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/uGb2lx-adzE/bmw-celebrates-their-return-to-dtm-racing-video

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Formula 1 rewind?

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/O_Z1ZqGZQ3c/formula-1-rewind.html

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Fujimi GT40 Mk II 1966

Just got done with this kit. Was a gem of a kit and everything went together perfectly. Kit decals were even pretty good.

 

Completely oob.

 

Kris

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/1006790.aspx

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No need for a flux capacitor - just go to Goodwood

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/09/no-need-for-a-flux-capacitor---just-go-to-goodwood.html

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Report: Scion Aims to Sell 20,000 FR-S Coupes a Year

“We’re confident we can sell every one we get our hands on.” Those are the very confident words of Scion VP Jack Hollis, who is aiming to move between 10 and 20,000 2013 Scion FR-S sports cars each year once it launches later in 2012. According to Wards Auto, Hollis is expecting around 10,000 sales [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/report-scion-aims-to-sell-20000-fr-s-coupes-a-year-129191.html

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Campaign launched to save Team Lotus


© Save Team Lotus
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, 27 April 2012

F1: Red Bull Not Ready To Resume Dominance?

Red Bull isn't overly confident after winning in Bahrain...

Source: http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/f1-red-bull-not-ready-to-resume-dominance/

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2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is hot and fresh for 2007. Read about it in our new cars section.

Toned down from the wild Concept S show car that was seen earlier this year at Geneva, the Gallardo Spyder makes use of a powered top that stows under the engine cover and behind the passenger compartment. In case you invert the car, there is a pop-up roll bar and strengthened A-pillars. While the car was in the body shop, the Lamborghini engineers increased the 5.0-liter V-10's power from 492 to 512 hp. (All 2006 Gallardos receive the power hike.) The six-speed transmission has been recalibrated, along with the suspension and steering. Lamborghini says that the car will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph with the roof up. Topless, the car is 4 mph slower. The Gallardo Spyder goes on sale in Europe early next year, priced at about $200,000.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lamborghini_gallardo_spyder/index.html

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Porsche Panamera Revealed

Porsche Panamera Revealed
Porsche Panamera Revealed
Porsche has released the first official pictures of its upcoming Panamera four-door GT, ahead of its debut next spring. Mechanical details are scant, but the company did reveal a few basics.

Porsche has released the first official pictures of its upcoming Panamera four-door GT, ahead of its debut next spring (likely at the Geneva motor show). Mechanical details are scant, but the company did reveal a few basics.


Photo Gallery: Porsche Panamera Revealed

Photo Gallery: Porsche Panamera Revealed


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/0811_2009_porsche_panamera_revealed/index.html

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2007 BMW X3

2007 BMW X3
2007 BMW X3 - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
When the BMW X3 debuted back in early 2004, it seemed to be an anachronism: an upscale, premium-branded, premium-priced, small sport-utility. After all, the Land Rover Freelander had landed like a thud in our market and was on its way to hiatus status. It turns out that BMW was ahead of the curve, though, because for 2007 the X3 has plenty of competition.

When the BMW X3 debuted back in early 2004, it seemed to be an anachronism: an upscale, premium-branded, premium-priced, small sport-utility. After all, the Land Rover Freelander had landed like a thud in our market and was on its way to hiatus status. It turns out that BMW was ahead of the curve, though, because for 2007 the X3 has plenty of competition, including the Freelander's successor, the LR2, plus the all-new Acura RDX. Time for a mid-cycle face-lift, then, for BMW's small SAV, or sports activity vehicle. The freshened 2007 model made its public debut at the Paris salon.


Photo Gallery: 2007 BMW X3 - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2007_bmw_x3/index.html

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

First Look: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

First Look: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
First Look: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander - Automobile Magazine
A badly needed update.

With less than a month until this year's Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi has announced that it will use the show to introduce the next-generation Outlander. The new midsize crossover is designed to be more fuel-efficient and offer more technology than the current Mitsubishi Outlander.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2012/1202_mitsubishi_outlander_first_look/index.html

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WALTRIP: I’ve Got Some Good News, Some Bad News

Boy, has it been a busy week since last Sunday at Kansas Speedway...

Source: http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/waltrip-ive-got-some-good-news-some-bad-news-dw-darrell/

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Feature Flick: Ford Gives Worst Parallel Parking Driver in Paris New Focus

It can be difficult to find a big enough parking space in Paris, something Ford used to its advantage in today’s Feature Flick that features a life-size pinball game using real cars. The bumpers of the cars parked in front of and behind the small parking space were fitted with sensors to measure how hard [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flick-ford-gives-worst-parallel-parking-driver-in-paris-new-focus-129247.html

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2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Alfa could be bringing the 159 Sportwagon to the US. Check it out here.

The attractive Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon is derived from the recently introduced 159 sedan, and the overall length remains the same at 183.5 inches. To give a sense of size, that's roughly the same length as a Saab 9-3 SportCombi or an Acura TSX. The Sportwagon will ride on a control-arm front suspension and a multilink setup at the rear, and its power will come from one of six powerplants, including three gasoline engines that range in output from 160 hp to 260 hp and three turbo-diesels that will produce anywhere from 120 hp to 200 hp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed manu-matic, and 260-hp versions can be had with all-wheel drive.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_alfa_romeo_159_sportwagon/index.html

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2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited adds two doors to the iconic rock crawler which adds to its everyday usability and on-road handling characteristics. The new Wrangler, both in two and four-door form, adds a bevy of interior upgrades and top options which adds up to hundreds of ordering possibilities.

The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited adds two doors to the iconic rock crawler which adds to its everyday usability and on-road handling characteristics. The new Wrangler, both in two and four-door form, adds a bevy of interior upgrades and top options which adds up to hundreds of ordering possibilities.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_jeep_wrangler_unlimited/index.html

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Lewis wants to see US night race

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/lewis-wants-to-see-us-night-race.html

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First Look: Volkswagen Alltrack Concept

First Look: Volkswagen Alltrack Concept
First Look: Volkswagen Alltrack Concept - Automobile Magazine
Volkswagen imagines a rugged, all-wheel-drive, diesel wagon.

The Volkswagen Alltrack concept is a raised, all-wheel-drive station wagon, and you're correct in thinking we've seen this recipe before. The Subaru Outback is also an all-wheel-drive wagon that tries to bridge the gap between sedan and SUV. Volkswagen's take on that idea, the Alltrack concept, makes its debut at the New York auto show.


Photo Gallery: First Look: Volkswagen Alltrack Concept - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: Volkswagen Alltrack Concept - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_volkswagen_alltrack_concept/index.html

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
America's best selling convertible, the Chrysler Sebring, has been redesigned for 2008. Among its new features is a retractable steel hard top.

Significance: No, it isn't the cutest convertible on the market, but at least it's got some cool features. But the heated cup holders and a music-holding hard drive pale in comparison to the top options: vinyl, cloth, and steel are all available.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2008/0612_2008_chrysler_sebring_convertible/index.html

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2011 season review:

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/2011-season-review.html

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
America's best selling convertible, the Chrysler Sebring, has been redesigned for 2008. Among its new features is a retractable steel hard top.

Significance: No, it isn't the cutest convertible on the market, but at least it's got some cool features. But the heated cup holders and a music-holding hard drive pale in comparison to the top options: vinyl, cloth, and steel are all available.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2008/0612_2008_chrysler_sebring_convertible/index.html

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sports Sedans Supreme: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT vs 2007 Audi S8 vs 2007 Mercedes-Benz S63

Sports Sedans Supreme: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT vs 2007 Audi S8 vs 2007 Mercedes-Benz S63
Sports Sedans Supreme: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT vs 2007 Audi S8 vs 2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 - Latest News, Features, and Road Tests - Automobile Magazine
With an all-new gearbox, can the Maserati Quattroporte knock the Audi S8 and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG from the top of the high-performance luxury sedan pedestal?

One after the other, the three tenors pull up. The Lamborghini-sourced V-10 of the Audi S8 chants with the fiery intensity of Luciano Pavarotti. The Ferrari-engineered V-8 of the Maserati Quattroporte Automatica intones aural nuances with the spine-tingling depth of Jos Carreras. The big-bore, 6.2-liter eight-cylinder of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG bellows with the vibrant timbre of Plcido Domingo. Their viciously threatening idles only hint at what the next 7000 or so rpm will unleash: sports car performance and turbinelike torque, plenty of brio, and engineering that turns any favorite rural road into your own private Nrburgring.


Photo Gallery: Sports Sedans Supreme: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT vs 2007 Audi S8 vs 2007 Mercedes-Benz S63 - Latest News, Features, and Road Tests - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/roadtests/sedans/0703_sports_sedans_supreme_maserati_quattroporte_audi_s8_mercedes_benz_s63/index.html

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Feature Flicks: Swedes Set Land Speed Record on Ice in Morgan 3 Wheeler

What’s the fastest three-wheeler on ice? If you guessed a Morgan 3 Wheeler, you’re correct. The first of the new Morgan 3 Wheelers was delivered to Swedish dealer Classics & Sportscarcentre and taken to its limits at Orsa Lake last month. The new Morgan 3 Wheeler posted a top speed 149 kmh (92.6 mph) and [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flicks-swedes-set-land-speed-record-on-ice-in-morgan-3-wheeler-128291.html

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
America's best selling convertible, the Chrysler Sebring, has been redesigned for 2008. Among its new features is a retractable steel hard top.

Significance: No, it isn't the cutest convertible on the market, but at least it's got some cool features. But the heated cup holders and a music-holding hard drive pale in comparison to the top options: vinyl, cloth, and steel are all available.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2008/0612_2008_chrysler_sebring_convertible/index.html

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The SLR 722 takes only 3.6 seconds to reach the big six-oh, or two-tenths quicker than the standard SLR. Stiffer suspension, new 19-inch wheels, and brake rotors twenty millimeters larger are also part of the package. Top speed rises by one mile per hour to 209; a modified front spoiler and rear diffuser help keep things on the ground.

Yes, that's right, the SLR hasn't exactly been selling well. What's that, you say? You mean, if you had $452,750, you wouldn't go buy an automatic-transmission-equipped Mercedes---no matter how cool and pimpy and McLaren-built it was---either? Us too.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_mercedes_benz_slr_mclaren_722_edition/index.html

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2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
The Ralliart's eighteen-inch wheels give the Galant more dignity than a typical mid-size rental, but don't expect the neighborhood kids to follow you home on their bicycles.

Ann Arbor - In the mid-size sedan market, where the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are the 800-pound gorillas in the room, many smaller nameplates try to position themselves as sportier, more flavorful alternatives. With its new Ralliart model, the Mitsubishi Galant tries to do the same, but it's just another example of how minor that degree of sportiness often is.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0703_2008_mitsubishi_galant_ralliart/index.html

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Nissan Sylphy revealed in Beijing - previews new Sentra for US [video]

Previewing an all-new global sedan that will appear as the Nissan Sentra in North America, the compact four-door shows an almost premium styling with sweeping character lines and LED-bordered headlamps and taillights.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/G_yPQseZYQQ/nissan-sylphy-revealed-in-beijing---previews-new-sentra

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Renault Talisman luxury sedan unveiled at Beijing Motor Show

Positioned as Renault's new flagship sedan for the Chinese market, the Talisman represents "casual luxury" targeted to young businessmen where value for money is a priorit

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/wJROeutPswc/renault-talisman-luxury-sedan-unveiled-at-beijing-motor

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2007 Lexus LS460

2007 Lexus LS460
2007 Lexus LS460 - Car Reviews & Road Tests - Automobile Magazine
Until now, there have been only three big dogs in the practical, daily driver, luxury four-door world.

Until now, there have been only three big dogs in the practical, daily driver, luxury four-door world: the V-8 versions of the BMW 7-series, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and the Audi A8. Sure, the latest Jaguar XJ8, the Maserati Quattroporte, and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur are all superb sedans in their own manners, but the German troika define the genre. The previous Lexus LS430 is an astonishingly good car, superior in many ways, but it is just not quite in the class of the Germans when you talk about driving dynamics.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LS460 - Car Reviews & Road Tests - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0610_2007_lexus_ls460/index.html

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First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport
2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
New York 2012: Sporty 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport with 8A Debuts

According to Lexus, customers have been asking for an edgier and sportier version of the popular RX crossover. With the 2013 Lexus RX F Sport, their wish, so says the automaker, has been granted.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_lexus_rx_350_f_sport_first_look/index.html

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Dallara DW12: Curb-feelers Optional!

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/0TxZQ3shlk4/dallara-dw12-curb-feelers-optional.html

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Rear wheel drive Civic

Here's a couple quick pics of my rear wheel drive converted Civic. I used a trans from a Datsun 280Z kit and mated it to the stock VTech motor and added a supercharger from a Ford Lightning. The rear suspension is from a Revell Chevy s10. The wheels are aftermarket ( Wheel XS ). Pics

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/1012524.aspx

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The right race in the wrong place?

Sebastian Vettel gave this already fascinating Formula 1 world championship another huge twist at the Bahrain Grand Prix with his first victory of the season.

What looked for a while like it might turn into a carbon-copy of so many of the Red Bull driver's wins on his way to the title last year - pole, blitz the start, consolidate lead - turned into a fascinating battle with the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn showed all his old skill and consistency as he climbed from 11th place on the grid to take second place. In so doing, Raikkonen finally delivered on the potential of a car that has looked capable of this sort of result since the start of the season and proved he has lost nothing in his two years away in rallying.

The result, and a nightmare race for McLaren, leaves the championship finally poised going into a three-week break before the Spanish Grand Prix, with Vettel leapfrogging from fifth overall to first and only a handful of points covering all the top five.

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All of this, though, has been completely overshadowed by the situation outside the track, and the controversy over F1's decision to return to Bahrain despite ongoing civil unrest in the Gulf state.

The race has dominated the news agenda over the weekend and, for those involved in the sport, it has not been pretty.

Most people could see the situation F1 has found itself in this weekend coming from miles away, but if the sport's bosses did, they are doing a good job of hiding it.

Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled following the violent suppression of protests which were part of the Arab Spring that swept across much of the Middle East.

Troubles have continued, despite promises by the ruling royal family to instigate reform following a critical independent report last November, which detailed human rights abuses, including wrongful arrests and torture. Amnesty International says the situation in Bahrain is "not much different" from a year ago.

Yet F1 chose to return, FIA president Jean Todt and commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone believing the claims of the authorities that the situation was much improved and that they could guarantee security.

It did not take long for that last claim to be exposed. Returning from the track on Wednesday evening, down the main highway into the capital Manama, four Force India mechanics were caught between protestors on one side of the road and riot police on the other.

The protestors were throwing petrol bombs at the police, who were responding with tear gas. Petrol bombs flew over the car, and one landed worryingly close.

The whole incident lasted no more than two or three minutes, but it clearly spooked those involved - and the rest of their team, who subsequently chose to skip second practice on Friday so they could return to their hotels before dark. A decision made despite an intervention by Ecclestone.

Most F1 personnel encountered no trouble. But the unrest continued throughout the weekend, and on Friday night a protestor was killed.

Vettel, who had described the controversy over the race as "hype" when he arrived on Thursday, was forced to think again. "It's always dreadful when someone dies," he said after qualifying on pole position.

For all the protestations from Todt and Ecclestone about sport staying apart from politics, the grand prix has become part of the argument in Bahrain.

The protests are not specifically directed at the race, but it is seen as a legitimate target because it is so closely identified with the ruling Sunni royal family, who set it up as a global promotional tool for the country and by extension their regime.

The race organisers - effectively the royal family themselves - have overtly politicised the event by promoting it with posters using the F1 logo in the middle of the slogan "UniF1ed", in a country that is clearly anything but.

Protesters in Bahrain

Protests have targeted Formula 1 both inside Bahrain and across the world. Photo: Getty

Ecclestone's and Todt's responses to this - that they cannot control how people promote their races (Ecclestone) or that the slogan can be interpreted in lots of ways (Todt) - are debatable at best. Some have called it sophistry.

If F1's bosses thought they could go to Bahrain, pick up the huge pay cheque for the race, and get out without any damage to their or the sport's reputation, they have been disabused of that notion in the starkest terms.

On Saturday, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn - who, behind the scenes, has been one of the senior figures most opposed to holding the Bahrain race - said F1 "with proper judgement of what happened and what we saw needed to come to a conclusion".

I am told by senior insiders that the many of the sport's bosses have been staggered by the extent to which the sport's name has been dragged through the mud this weekend, as well as the focus on it by major global news organisations.

Quite apart from the obvious moral and personal safety issues involved, this is clearly a commercial concern. F1 is selling a dream and an aspiration. But the dream has this weekend become a nightmare - and there has been nothing aspirational about the image the sport has presented to the world.

F1 being what it is, if anything will make them wake up to the potential consequences of racing in Bahrain, that will be it.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/04/the_right_race_in_the_wrong_pl.html

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No Fenders on Formula 1 TV Strike...

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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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Saturday, 21 April 2012

First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

First Look: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport
2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
New York 2012: Sporty 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport with 8A Debuts

According to Lexus, customers have been asking for an edgier and sportier version of the popular RX crossover. With the 2013 Lexus RX F Sport, their wish, so says the automaker, has been granted.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport - 2012 New York Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_lexus_rx_350_f_sport_first_look/index.html

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2007 Jeep Patriot

2007 Jeep Patriot
2007 Jeep Patriot - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
After being seen in concept form last fall, the Jeep Patriot is ready for production. This entry-level soft-roader will be front- or all-wheel-drive and should be in showrooms later this year.

The Patriot is the second of a pair of compact crossovers that will be the new entry-level Jeeps. The Patriot is less than an inch shorter than the Liberty, but it is 2.5 inches narrower and nearly seven inches lower. The Patriot and its sister model, the Compass, are both mechanically related to the Dodge Caliber hatchback, and are built alongside the Caliber in Illinois. All three use transverse-mounted four-cylinder engines driving either the front wheels or all four wheels. The Patriot, however, is the only one to offer the option of a four-wheel-drive system with low range, part of an off-road package which also includes hill-descent control and a one-inch-higher ride height (for a 9-inch ground clearance). So equipped, the Patriot earns Jeep's Trail Rated badge. The Patriot's powerplant is a 172-hp 2.4-liter, which can be combined with either a five-speed manual or a continuous variable automatic. The Patriot's rectangular styling is supposed to recall the warmly remembered Jeep Cherokee. Jeep marketers say the Patriot's look resonates with current Jeep owners and with male buyers in general, whereas the more unusual styling of the Compass, they claim, appeals to women and to people who've never previously owned a Jeep. Both the Patriot and the Compass arrive in dealerships late this fall. Pricing for the Patriot has not yet been announced, but it should be close to that of the Compass, which starts at $15,985.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Jeep Patriot - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_jeep_patriot/index.html

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