Tuesday, 31 July 2012

First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class - Automobile Magazine
Completing the SUV refreshers.

The launch of an all-new M-Class last year seems to have sparked a wave of renovation within the Mercedes-Benz SUV portfolio. The automaker has hinted at a revised G-Class, shown off an updated GLK-Class model, and now, at the 2012 New York auto show, has officially launched the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_mercedes_benz_gl_class/index.html

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Feature Flick: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Gets a Workout

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago takes a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series to the track to see if its performance matches the impression left by its body add-ons. After laying down an impressive 0-60 mph run in 3.7 seconds and finishing the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds at 117.6 mph, the C63 AMG [...]

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Button Steps Up Pre Season Training With Lance Armstrong

Jenson Button teamed up with record breaking cyclist Lance Armstrong, as he continues to prepare for another Formula One season. The McLaren driver excitedly tweeted that he would be riding with Armstrong, the 7 time Tour de France winner, in Hawaii. Armstrong responded via Twitter “I hope he doesn’t ride as srong as he drives [...]

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2006 Volkswagen Concept A

2006 Volkswagen Concept A
2006 Volkswagen Concept A - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine
This Golf-based crossover concept car gives an idea of where Volkswagen is taking their car design in the next couple of years. Expect a production model derived from the 2006 Volkswagen Concept A sometime in early 2008.

In January, visitors to Iceland might expect snow from wall to wall and extreme temperatures that threaten to turn skin into parchment. But instead, the island where we had an exclusive first go in Volkswagen's Golf-sized Concept A crossover welcomed us with partly cloudy skies and a relatively balmy 46 degrees.


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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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Monday, 30 July 2012

The Concorde Agreement

The Formula 1 world is basically”on hold” at the moment with regard to any political decisions because of the recent legal activity in Germany, relating to the Gribkowsky Affair. There has been little real progress on the Concorde Agreement, the F1 entries have been put in by the teams and rejected by the FIA, which [...]

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BMW M3 E92 tuned by Alpha-N Performance

The tuners from Alpha-N Performance have developed an upgrade program for the BMW M3 (E92) that brings not only a healthy power boost, but also a few styling changes.

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Five Predictions For Today’s Race

The final race before the mid season break has finally arrived, and everybody will be keen to enter the period on the back of a good result. The Hungaroring is legendary for being a tough track, with its mix of tight, technical bends and high speed sweeping corners, making today’s race one that will be [...]

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Fernando Alonso: “I think it will be an unpredictable race”

Fernando Alonso says he’s relieved to have qualified as high as sixth in Hungary after worrying that he’d end up further down the order, given Ferrari’s struggle for pace this weekend. Alonso starts immediately ahead of his team mate Felipe … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/07/28/fernando-alonso-i-think-it-will-be-an-unpredictable-race/

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Massa threatened with jail over team orders


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Brazil’s F1 fever may have overstepped the mark after a local prosecutor threatened Felipe Massa with a six-year jail term if he “defrauds” the sporting public by letting Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso past at Sunday’s grand prix. The story, reported by a local paper and picked up by the Daily Telegraph, is the latest of several anti-Massa reports to emerge from his home country since the team orders controversy at the German Grand Prix earlier this year. The Daily Telegraph's Tom Cary reckons that Massa simply isn't living up to his home crowd's high expectations.
“A public raised on a diet of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna were simply appalled and saddened in equal measure by Massa’s apparent lack of ambition.”

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

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

2000-2005 Toyota Tundra

2000-2005 Toyota Tundra
2000-2005 Toyota Tundra - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine
Ann Arbor - Our founder and editor emeritus, David E. Davis, Jr., had a new idea for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck we added to our Four Seasons test fleet in late 1999. He would send it to northern Michigan for use as a real live workhorse at Red's Bog, his idyllic retreat on the west side of the state. His ranch foreman, Jerry Keie, would have charge of Toyota's big new truck and keep notes from a real working man's perspective.

Ann Arbor - Our founder and editor emeritus, David E. Davis, Jr., had a new idea for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck we added to our Four Seasons test fleet in late 1999. He would send it to northern Michigan for use as a real live workhorse at Red's Bog, his idyllic retreat on the west side of the state. His ranch foreman, Jerry Keie, would have charge of Toyota's big new truck and keep notes from a real working man's perspective.


Photo Gallery: 2000-2005 Toyota Tundra - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0103_toyota_tundra/index.html

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Sebastian Vettel: “It looks to be quite tight”

Sebastian Vettel was only 15th and eighth in the two sessions in Hungary today, and like many other drivers he didn’t to sample soft tyres because of the rain. While the true picture isn’t clear Vettel did concede that the … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/07/27/sebastian-vettel-it-looks-to-be-quite-tight/

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Ode to Portland: Can it already be 5-Years GONE? (Part III)

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2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory

2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory
2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Get a peek at this super-limited edition Maserati here.

Maserati has reason to celebrate, since the automaker just wrapped up a victorious 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup season. The trident brand's victory cigar? This beautiful, blue, limited edition GranSport. A total of 180 MC Victory coupes will be made this year, featuring carbon front and rear spoilers, unique carbon-colored wheels, and Italian flags behind the front wheel, just like the winning MC12 race car. While the car doesn't officially go on sale until May, we're pretty sure the order list will be filled soon after the car's Geneva debut.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_gransport_victory/index.html

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Statistics heading into the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

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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Sauber F1 Team's car sliced into half - Pictures

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Live: 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying | F1 Fanatic Live

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Follow the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session on F1 Fanatic Live.

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Let's celebrate a great British Grand Prix

I must confess, at the start of the year I wasn't sure what to expect from Formula 1 in 2012. The question for me was: how could a sport that has enthralled us so much in recent seasons deliver again - while at the same time hold its own in a year so packed with stunning sporting spectacles?

We've had the European Football Championship, now followed swiftly by Wimbledon and then almost immediately the London Olympics will be upon us. It's a veritable feast for those sports lovers keen to sit down on the sofa in June and not get up again until late August (if I wasn't working I'd be one of them!).

Among such sporting riches I wondered just how F1 would make its voice heard. Well, here we are, almost at the midway point of the season and it seems I needn't have worried.

Due to the fact that my brain has probably only a hundredth of the power of Adrian Newey's and works at roughly a tenth of the speed of Sebastian Vettel's, there are many things I still can't work out about this sport. One of them: just how does it manage to keep on delivering storylines that even Brookside in its heyday would have been proud of?!

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Jake and the team arrive in Silverstone last year.

Since the BBC team and I got involved it's been one drama after another. In 2009 alone we had the Brawn GP 'phoenix-from-the-flames' act, Felipe Massa's nasty accident in Hungary and then Jenson keeping us all guessing until we got to Brazil.

2010 then delivered arguably the most competitive season the sport has ever seen with five drivers in with a shout of the title, and the least fancied of the lot eventually winning it.

Meanwhile, last year was all about the record-breaking domination of our back-to-back champion, as Seb found his feet in the sport - and his place in the history books - with the most amazing performances week after week that all of us, bar Mark Webber, just watched in awe.

And then 2012 arrived. The year of the Union Flag. The year we all celebrate being British, and the Queen being on the throne almost as long as this sport has existed. The year that Wayne Rooney and England would chase glory in the east of Europe, while the likes of Chris Hoy and Usain Bolt would do the same in the east of London.

And among the flotillas, the flypast and the flag waving, Formula 1's job was to remind the British public that if you want to celebrate Britain, then celebrate this sport!

In an age of low profits and high anxiety, it's only natural that we lean on the things we know and trust, and we should include Formula 1 in that bracket. To most of us, it's always been here.

We should not only celebrate it because it employs thousands and contributes millions to the British economy each year. We shouldn't just feel pride because eight of the current teams are based on these shores, or that this was the country where Formula 1 actually began - but because in times like this, what we need is a bit of escapism, something to entertain us. And this sport is currently doing both.

And best of all, this weekend it's the British Grand Prix!

I have incredibly fond memories of this race, and we always try to find a way on the show to tell the story of you, the F1 fans, who attend in your thousands. And whether it's chants of 'BBC' from the grandstand or 'Eddie, Eddie, Eddie' as the crowds gather round us in our pre-show build-up, we appreciate the support you've shown us over the years.

Having arrived on a three-man tandem bike and hovered overhead in a helicopter in the past, we've decided on a quintessentially British, extrovert way of arriving for this year's grand prix. If you're there on the Thursday you won't miss us! I suggest that sometime late-morning you look to the skies and give us a wave... that's all I'm saying.

However, it's the drivers who will again provide the real entertainment this year. And after the British fans braved the rain of 2011 and despite there being no British winner since 2008, I truly hope that this year is a race to remember. As well as a grand prix that lives up to the high standards this season has set.

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Will 2012 match up to Mansell's classic win in 1986?

If Valencia is anything to go by then it looks like Silverstone will be a cracker. We won't have the sweltering conditions that some races have given us, but with another mixed-up grid full of mixed-up strategies, once again I hope it will have us guessing until the very end.

And we're also at a crucial stage of the season as far as the title is concerned. Can Fernando Alonso now string some success together and build a championship lead? Meanwhile Mark Webber can really show what consistency can do. If Lotus really harbour title aspirations then now is the time to start turning pace into wins, and what kind of form will Michael be in now he's bagged his first podium since 2006?

And that leaves the three lions. Paul Di Resta continues to show flashes of brilliance and stunning raw speed - surely it's just a matter of time until he makes a move to a big team. But he's also got the likes of Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean battling for the crown of top rookie.

Is Jenson going to be cut adrift after struggling on Saturdays and having to fight for scraps in recent races? And as for Lewis, he may well arrive at Silverstone like a bear with a sore head after the way his Valencia race ended, but I predict he will make it British Grand Prix win number two on Sunday.

So, if you can't make it to the race then don't take down your Jubilee bunting and put the fizz back under the stairs just yet. Chill a bottle, settle down in front of the TV and watch a British love affair unfold that is every bit as special as we've seen so far this summer.

And if you are coming to the race, then make sure you bring that Union Flag. This feels like a year that we've fallen in love with being British again, so as the world tunes in to see what Northamptonshire has to offer on Sunday, let's help make it a race to remember.

And after the race, head to Luffield for the grand prix party, as we're hosting the F1 Forum live on stage and we want you to be part of the show.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jakehumphrey/2012/07/lets_celebrate_a_great_british.html

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Red Bull under the spotlight


Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel celebrate with Red Bull boss Christian Horner on the podium © Getty Images
Sections of the international media have questioned Red Bull's strategic approach to the world championship. After Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix from the team's points leader Mark Webber at Interlagos, Der Spiegel noted: "Red Bull gives (Fernando) Alonso wings". Not switching the places means that Spaniard Alonso can take his Ferrari to just second place this weekend in Abu Dhabi and be champion, whereas the alternative strategy would have set up Webber for a straight fight. "It is not easy for Webber to drive in a team that considers him a burden to be up against Vettel," said La Gazzetta dello Sport. Tuttosport noted that it seems "the Austrian team would be happier to lose than to see Webber beat Vettel". "No team orders at Red Bull. Another own goal," headlined La Repubblica. Joan Villadelprat wrote in his El Pais column: "Had Red Bull opted for Webber a few races ago, the Australian would probably now be champion." Red Bull, however, is unrepentant. Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that "second under proper conditions can often be more valuable than a first". But there is a feeling that the team is not simply giving up the fight for the drivers' title. One columnist in Brazil's Globo wondered if Vettel's radio message in Abu Dhabi might sound something like 'So ... Mark is faster than you'. "I'm always in favour of leaving the fight on the track with equal chances for both sides," said Rubens Barrichello. "But I wonder if they would do that if the situation was in reverse. “Mark has done a great job this year and he has been told by his team what position he is in," said Lewis Hamilton. "Against adversity he has kept at it. I want to see Mark win." Webber believes that, if a strategy is deployed, it will only be on the "last lap" of the season this weekend. "Sebastian is part of a team," said Niki Lauda, who believes Webber should be backed fully by Red Bull. "If he does anything it should be helping Webber and not just on the last lap." Webber is quoted by Bild newspaper: "It makes sense. Otherwise it would mean that Ferrari's team orders would have paid off for Fernando." Red Bull team boss Christian Horner hints that sense will ultimately prevail. "We have already given too many presents to Fernando this year," he is quoted by Autosprint.

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

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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 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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Lexus Expanding Canadian RX Production, Adding 400 Jobs

Toyota is investing $100 million to expand its Cambridge, Ontario assembly plant to increase production numbers for the 2013 Lexus RX crossover. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) expects the new investment to add some 400 jobs by the time the expansion is complete in early 2014. The $100 million investment is part of a larger, [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/lexus-expanding-canadian-rx-production-adding-400-jobs-158443.html

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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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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Modern Day Villans?

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2008 Cadillac STS

2008 Cadillac STS
2008 Cadillac STS - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
The STS gets a healthy mid-cycle update, complete with more bling (in the form of a new grille) and more bite, courtesy of a 302 hp V-6 for the base car.

Cadillac's current-generation STS was the first to use a rear-wheel-drive chassis, which at last put it on equal footing with big-name players such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the Lexus GS, and the BMW 5-series. That's very tough competition and, at the midpoint in its season, the STS is getting some fortification.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Cadillac STS - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0707_2008_cadillac_sts/index.html

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First Look: 2013 Lincoln MKZ

First Look: 2013 Lincoln MKZ
First Look: 2013 Lincoln MKZ - Automobile Magazine
Reinventing the American luxury sedan.

Lincoln is striving hard to reinvent itself and once again gain credence as an American luxury brand. Having refreshed the MKS sedan MKT crossover last fall, Lincoln is now rolling out the all-new 2013 MKZ sedan at the 2012 New York auto show. Although the car is essentially based on the 2013 Ford Fusion, there are few obvious similarities between the cars. The new MKZ has a striking, elegant design, as well as a laundry list of upmarket features, that demonstrate Lincoln's commitment to revamping its image.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Lincoln MKZ - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Lincoln MKZ - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1204_2013_lincoln_mkz/index.html

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Why Michael Schumacher Could Win The 2011 World Championship

Michael Schumacher’s 2010 comeback was somewhat abortive.  The results, the driving standard and the overtakes were well below par for the former champion.  He even let his team mate beat him for the first time in his career.  So why can Schumacher, the fallen Ferrari hero, win the world championship for an 8th time? It’s [...]

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NASCAR suspends Allmendinger indefinitely

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

2007 Suzuki SX4

2007 Suzuki SX4
2007 Suzuki SX4 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
In an attempt to move away from its also-ran role in the Asian car industry, Suzuki has been pushing hard over the past year with ew models, including the Grand Vitara mid-size SUV, the bigger XL7, and the SX4 shown above. The SX4 offers the type of boxy, spacious design that is becoming de rigueur for the small-car segment, but adds all-wheel drive, filling a void left by the many smaller 4X4s that have bulked up. The SX4 is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC in-line four mated to either a five-spe

In an attempt to move away from its also-ran role in the Asian car industry, Suzuki has been pushing hard over the past year with ew models, including the Grand Vitara mid-size SUV, the bigger XL7, and the SX4 shown above. The SX4 offers the type of boxy, spacious design that is becoming de rigueur for the small-car segment, but adds all-wheel drive, filling a void left by the many smaller 4X4s that have bulked up. The SX4 is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC in-line four mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. We haven't driven the SX4 yet, but check back closer to the on-sale date this fall to see if the small Suzuki has what it takes to beat the big guys.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Suzuki SX4 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_suzuki_sx4/index.html

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Feature Flick: Latest Epic Drives Episode Captures 2012 Ferrari California in California

In the latest episode of Epic Drives, watch as Motor Trend editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie explores hundreds of miles of American roads in an exotic and expensive Italian sports car. The pairing couldn’t be better matched – traversing the state of California in a 2012 Ferrari California. Southern California may be notorious for its expansive and [...]

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Another line of thinking…

Following up from yesterday’s ruminations about business models, there is a very clear case for the Formula One group to do something rather than just rake in money, in order to protect its future. The bad news is that the investors currently involved are classic short-termers, who are in it to take the cash and [...]

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Raikkonen Targets Hungarian Victory

Kimi Raikkonen is targeting maximum points in next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Finn believes that hot conditions at the Hungaroring will play into the hands of Lotus, who have demonstrated great pace when track temperatures rise so far this season. Raikkonen secured his fourth podium of the campaign in Germany, but is still searching [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/xKcklTZ1lUs/raikkonen-targets-hungarian-victory

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WorldCarFans seeks writers

WorldCarFans.com seeks writer(s) to help cover the daily news. The prime candidate must be a skillful English language writer and serious car enthusiast who can report on almost any automotive topic.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/FdPPdVjlLnc/worldcarfans-seeks-writers

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

2007 Nissan Altima

2007 Nissan Altima
2007 Nissan Altima - Automobile Magazine
More sophisticated lines and better materials underscore the Altima's relentless march upscale.

New and exciting products were a big part of the solution when Carlos Ghosn first blew in to right Nissan's wagon in 1999, and one of the first eye-openers to come out during his watch was the new, larger Altima of 2002. It quickly became a bestseller in America, surpassing all targets to sell a record (and almost Accord- and Camry-like) 255,000 units last year. But products grow stale in hypertime nowadays, and as Nissan's overall sales cool off in a most un-Honda- and un-Toyota-like fashion, a new Altima has arrived to lead another charge.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Altima - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_nissan_altima/index.html

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LoveFab Acura NSX with 850HP announced for Pikes Peak [videos]

In its 90th year running, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb will see newcomer Cody Loveland and his team LoveFab Inc taking on the Unlimited Class with this specially prepared Acura NSX.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/MPWZAbn1qiQ/lovefab-acura-nsx-with-850hp-announced-for-pikes-peak-videos

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Vitaly Petrov's take, on Moscow Raceway (+Pictures)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/_meJKvvkJfA/vitaly-petrovs-take-on-moscow-raceway.html

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2012 German Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stop times

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/pUZJR7EeeTk/2012-german-grand-prix-tyre-strategies.html

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Hamann Cyrano spec'd - based on Porsche Panamera

German tuner Hamann has released full specs for their revamped Porsche Panamera called the Hamann Cyrano.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/VGqaoMqIylo/hamann-cyrano-specd---based-on-porsche-panamera

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Peugeot RCZ Onyx announced

Peugeot has announced plans to offer a limited edition RCZ Onyx. It features a black grille, body stripes and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/dJw_F7RohPQ/peugeot-rcz-onyx-announced

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First Look: 2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C

First Look: 2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C
2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C- First Look - Automobile Magazine
And you thought the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 had too much power...

If you thought the 2013 Shelby GT500 had too much power, wait until you hear what Shelby American has cooked up for the 50th anniversary of the original Cobra: the 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, and the track-only 1100-horsepower Shelby 1000 S/C.


Photo Gallery: 2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C- First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C- First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2012/1203_2012_shelby_1000_and_1000_sc_first_look/index.html

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Life in the pit lane


The Mercedes pit crew prepare for Michael Schumacher in Singapore © Getty Images
Away from the world of multi-million-pound car development laboratories and drivers whose small change takes care of the Monte Carlo harbour fees, another drama will play out in Singapore this week. The Independent's David Tremayne joins F1's unsung heroes.
These are not select millionaires but up to 16 ordinary, yet gifted, guys; team mechanics who have worked their way up the system and often migrate from team to team, are paid real-world wages of between £30,000 and £50,000 a year, are drilled to perfection – and whose split-second synchronisation brings their teams huge rewards.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/life_in_the_pit_lane.php

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe spied up close ahead of 2013 debut

A prototype for the upcoming BMW M6 Gran Coupe has once again flaunted its posterior for the enjoyment of our paparazzi and here are the photos to prove it.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/JhwucIdJkDk/bmw-m6-gran-coupe-spied-up-close-ahead-of-2013-debut

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