Tuesday, 30 April 2013

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.


Photo Gallery: 2006 Volkswagen Concept A - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0605_2006_volkswagen_concept_a/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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Williams Grand Prix Holdings posts £5m loss for 2012

Williams Grand Prix Holdings has announced a loss of £5m for the year ended December 31 2012 – despite a substantial increase in turnover for its core business, the F1 team. The company puts the loss down to the “impact … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2013/04/29/williams-grand-prix-holdings-posts-5m-loss-for-2012/

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New Hot Rod Unlimited Shows Cars Getting Ripped Apart

Get the down low on crushed cars.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/new-hot-rod-unlimited-shows-cars-getting-ripped-apart-220653.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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Monday, 29 April 2013

Ford Fiesta eWheelDrive prototype revealed [video]

Ford and Schaeffler have teamed up to produce a Fiesta eWheelDrive prototype. It features two in-wheel electric motors that produce a combined output of 110 HP (81 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/bCNfbJ03VBU/ford-fiesta-ewheeldrive-prototype-revealed-video

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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.


Photo Gallery: 2006 Volkswagen Concept A - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0605_2006_volkswagen_concept_a/index.html

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Kevin Harvick flips the script at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/28/2856987/kevin-harvick-flips-the-script.html

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Some final thoughts on the Bahrain Grand Prix 2013

For the last couple of years the Bahrain Grand Prix has been something of a hot potato because the political divisions within the country. Both sides have tried to exploit the race for propaganda purposes. In this respect one had to say that the opposition has done a better job than the government because the [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/some-final-thoughts-on-the-bahrain-grand-prix-2013/

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BMW 2-Series Cabrio spied with the top down

The BMW 2-Series Convertible has been spied for the first time with the roof down.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/0VROItspTLY/bmw-2-series-cabrio-spied-with-the-top-down

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

First Look: Ferrari LaFerrari

First Look: Ferrari LaFerrari
First Look: Ferrari LaFerrari - Automobile Magazine
Strange name, incredible performance.

The newest Ferrari supercar is called simply the LaFerrari, an unusual name perhaps, but not one that would deter well-heeled customers from purchasing one of the 499 units offered. (All are rumored to have been spoken for already, despite an expected price tag of $1 million.) Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari is not only Ferrari's first-ever hybrid, but also its fastest-ever road car.


Photo Gallery: First Look: Ferrari LaFerrari - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: Ferrari LaFerrari - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2013/1303_ferrari_laferrari_first_look/index.html

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Michael Schumacher to lap Nürburgring in 2011 Mercedes W02 F1 car

On May 19 seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher will drive a 2011 Mercedes W02 F1 car around the Nürburgring.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/UjSY0sfSvV4/michael-schumacher-to-lap-nurburgring-in-2011-mercedes

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Video: The Price is Right Offers up a Ferrari 458 Italia as a Prize

Okay, if you grew up through the 1980s and 1990s – yes I am dating myself here – with The Price is Right, then you likely remember that most of the cars they gave away are essentially junk by today’s standards. We can all hear the late Rod Roddy saying “A brand new car; this 1985 Chevrolet Citation…” etcetera, etcetera. When we see these reruns today, we all laugh our tails off, but the contestants were more than happy to get their 1980s econo-crapboxes.

Fast-forward 20-plus years and now we have the once-famous-now-reduced-to-riding-Bob-Barker’s-coattail Drew Carey hosting the show and prizes are equally as modern as that 1985 Citation once was. Still, we never saw a super-cool car offered up by the Price is Right folks – until now. The car offered up as the grand prize for winning “Three Strikes” in the above video was a Ferrari 458 Italia – yeah, the $285k supercar.

Unfortunately for the lady that was playing for the prize, she was given the hook in short order, thanks to three quick strikes. Then again, maybe it was a blessing, considering the taxes alone on this supercar would be nearly $25,000.

Check out the video above to see the action. If you don’t want to wait through the entire video, you can skip to the good part at about the 3-minute mark.

Click past the jump to see some of the crappy cars The Price is Right has given away

Video: The Price is Right Offers up a Ferrari 458 Italia as a Prize originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 28 April 2013 12:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/video-the-price-is-right-offers-up-a-ferrari-458-italia-as-a-prize-ar154012.html

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Top 10 Formula 1 Crapwagons?

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Kenseth wins pole at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/26/2853121/kenseth-wins-pole-at-richmond.html

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

2014 Buick Regal First Look

2014 Buick Regal First Look
2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine
A fresh face.

The Buick Regal may bring plenty of European sophistication to Buick's line-up, but buyers have collectively shrugged their shoulders of late; the Regal is now outsold by its American sibling, the Verano. To stay fresh, the Regal needed an infusion of technology and a bit more style and technology, which would explain why the 2014 Regal offers all three.


Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_buick_regal/index.html

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Martin Whitmarsh: “I had a lot of noise in my ear…”

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he was happy to see Sergio Perez in fighting form in Bahrain – but concedes that the Mexican overstepped the mark when he made contact with team mate Jenson Button. Perez, who was recently encouraged … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2013/04/23/martin-whitmarsh-i-had-a-lot-of-noise-in-my-ear/

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Geely EC7-EV revealed, co-developed with Detroit Electric

Geely and Detroit Electric have entered into a strategic partnership to co-develop electric vehicles and powertrains for the Chinese market.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/Af3umMzawhQ/geely-ec7-ev-revealed-co-developed-with-detroit-electric

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2010 Lexus HS250h

2010 Lexus HS250h
2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine
The 2010 Lexus HS250h is the brand's first distinct hybrid model, it slots between the IS and the ES.

Lexus hybrids have traditionally been more about no-compromise performance than pure fuel economy. That looks like it's about to change with the 2010 HS250h, the brand's first distinct hybrid model.


Photo Gallery: 2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/green/news/0901_2010_lexus_hs250h/index.html

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2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C

2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C
2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C
The Nissan Frontier S/C is supercharged. Lest you forget, the front fenders are adorned with "SuperCharged" badges. If you missed those, fat decals on the rear flanks repeat the message. Inside, the leather sport seats wear stitching that reiterates the truck's superchargedness.

The Nissan Frontier S/C is supercharged. Lest you forget, the front fenders are adorned with "SuperCharged" badges. If you missed those, fat decals on the rear flanks repeat the message. Inside, the leather sport seats wear stitching that reiterates the truck's superchargedness.


Photo Gallery: 2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0304_nissan_frontier/index.html

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Friday, 26 April 2013

Matters of the moment

There has been a whole lot of nothing going on in F1 in recent days, with the only reports worth looking at being with regard to a change of compound for the Pirelli hard tyres and the fact that the people planning for a Grand Prix in Thailand have decided upon a route. All they [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/matters-of-the-moment-2/

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Can They Turn It Around In Europe?

After a difficult start to the season, Williams will be looking for signs of improvement as Formula One prepares for the move back to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in May. The British team have struggled to find their form in the opening four rounds of the championship, with drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/o2l04kgc5mM/can-they-turn-it-around-in-europe

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Jaguar's entry-level sedan to have "off-center" styling compared to segment standards

Jaguar’s design chief Ian Callum says the styling of their entry-level sedan will be "off-center" in comparison to other models in this segment.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/u_lVUW41Kug/jaguars-entry-level-sedan-to-have-off-center-styling

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Vettel & Coulthard Experience Sochi Circuit (Video)

F1 is an ever-expanding sport, reaching out to all corners of the globe to provide thrills and spills for the fans. One of the next nations that could be experiencing the thrill ride is Russia, who are stepping up preparations for a Grand Prix. The Sochi International Street Circuit is not yet complete, but that [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/3rCC7PzjPBM/vettel-coulthard-experience-sochi-circuit-video

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

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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2007 BMW M5 6-speed

2007 BMW M5 6-speed
2007 BMW M5 6-speed - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
We love technology, but sometimes the old-fashioned ways are best.

Los Angeles Gerhard Richter, the development chief of BMW's M division, practically gnashed his teeth in frustration when he told us last spring that the BMW M5 would be made available with a six-speed manual transmission in 2007. He knew that rabid BMW purists in America had forced the M division to make the six-speed available as a no-cost option for the U.S. version, even though this transmission makes the M5 slower than the car with the standard, seven-speed, electrohydraulic-activated, sequential-manual gearbox (SMG).


Photo Gallery: 2007 BMW M5 6-speed - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0702_2007_bmw_m5/index.html

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2014 Buick LaCrosse First Look

2014 Buick LaCrosse First Look
First Look: 2014 Buick LaCrosse - Automobile Magazine
New face for a big sedan.

The Buick brand has evolved significantly since the current LaCrosse bowed at the 2009 Detroit auto show, so it's time for the full-size sedan to receive a facelift. The updates to the 2014 Buick LaCrosse bring the model in line with the rest of the brand's styling trends, and add a raft of new technologies.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Buick LaCrosse - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Buick LaCrosse - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_buick_lacrosse/index.html

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Fisker Automotive yanks website as Henrik Fisker testifies before U.S. Congress

Fisker Automotive has apparently shut down their press and consumer websites ahead of a U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform committee meeting to examine the $529 (€407) million loan that was given to them by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/u7ba4KdnWoc/fisker-automotive-yanks-website-as-henrik-fisker-testifies

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'The point of no confidence is quite near'


The wreckage of Jochen Rindt's car at Barcelona © Getty Images
An excellent insight into the world of F1 as it used to be can be found on the regularly-interesting Letters of Note website. It publishes a hitherto unseen letter from Jochen Rindt to Lotus boss Colin Chapman written shortly after Rindt’s crash at Barcelona which was a result of the wing system on Lotus 49 collapsing at speed.
“Colin. I have been racing F1 for 5 years and I have made one mistake (I rammed Chris Amon in Clermont Ferrand) and I had one accident in Zandvoort due to gear selection failure otherwise I managed to stay out of trouble. This situation changed rapidly since I joined your team. “Honestly your cars are so quick that we would still be competitive with a few extra pounds used to make the weakest parts stronger, on top of that I think you ought to spend some time checking what your different employes are doing, I sure the wishbones on the F2 car would have looked different. Please give my suggestions some thought, I can only drive a car in which I have some confidence, and I feel the point of no confidence is quite near.”
A little more than a year later Rindt's Lotus suffered mechanical breakdown just before braking into one of the corners. He swerved violently to the left and crashed into a poorly-installed barrier, killing him instantly.

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

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

McLaren drivers out of title race


Is it now a three-way battle for the title? © Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is still the driver in the best position to win the drivers’ title according to the Daily Telegraph’s Tom Cary.
“Focus and concentration will be of paramount importance and there is none stronger in this regard than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.”
The Guardian’s Oliver Owen thinks that it is Mark Webber’s title to lose now, and that this may be the Australian’s last realistic chance of winning the title.
“He has driven beautifully. Monaco and Silverstone spring to mind. He has been an uncompromising racer, not giving Vettel or Lewis Hamilton an inch in Turkey and Singapore respectively. Most importantly, he has largely avoided the bouts of brain fade that can wreck a season – his on-track hooning in Melbourne when racing Hamilton being the only exception. But there is a feeling that for Webber it is now or never, that a chance of a tilt at the title may never come again. He is certainly driving as if that is the case and that has been his strength.”
According to The Mirror’s Byron Young, both McLaren drivers are now out of the title hunt after their fourth and fifth place finishes in Suzuka.
“McLaren's title hopes died yesterday in a weekend from Hell at Suzuka. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth in a Japanese Grand Prix they had to win to have the remotest chance of keeping their title bid alive."
The Sun’s Michael Spearman was of the same opinion, saying “Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's title hopes were in tatters after a shocker in Japan.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/mclaren_drivers_out_of_title_r_1.php

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Alonso’s DRS failure the first of its kind – Ferrari | 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso's DRS failure during the Bahrain Grand Prix was caused by a mechanical breakage, according to Ferrari.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/f1fanatic/~3/6erEk-WaWHA/

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