Sunday, 30 June 2013

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid
2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Nissan tiptoes into the hybrid segment with a bargain price and technology borrowed from Toyota.

Ann Arbor If the Accord Hybrid--Honda's quickest Accord--is the athlete of mid-size hybrid sedans and the Toyota Camry, with its technology-laden cabin and fuel-sipping efficiency, is the brainiac, then the new Altima Hybrid strives to be the multitalented golden child who pleases everyone. Everyone, that is, in the low-emissions states in which it will be sold: California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0702_2007_nissan_altima_hybrid/index.html

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Action packed British Grand Prix ends in close finish

Nico Rosberg triumphed in today's hectic 2013 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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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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First Look: 2014 McLaren P1

First Look: 2014 McLaren P1
First Look: 2014 McLaren P1 - Automobile Magazine
A 903-HP, $1.15 Million Plug-In Hybrid.

Ask any enthusiast what the best hypercar of the past two decades is, and chances are that they'll tell you it’s the McLaren F1, which was the world's fastest car when it came out in 1994. Now, the British automaker is back in the hypercar game with the all-new P1.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 McLaren P1 - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 McLaren P1 - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2013/1303_2014_mclaren_p1/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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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Kyle Petty: Jimmie Johnson is 'arguably the greatest driver ever'

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/27/2992220/kyle-petty-jimmie-johnson-is-arguably.html

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Never forget how great Michael Schumacher was

Michael Schumacher was given a round of applause by the assembled media after he finished the prepared statement with which he announced his second retirement from Formula 1 at the Japanese Grand Prix on Thursday.

It was a mark of the respect still held for Schumacher and a reflection of the appreciation for what was clearly an emotional moment for the man whose seven world titles re-wrote the sport's history books.

Schumacher stumbled a couple of times as he read off the paper in front of him and once, as he mentioned the support of his wife Corinna, his voice almost cracked.

Once through the statement and on to a question-and-answer session with the journalists, he was more comfortable, relaxed in a way he has so often been since his comeback, and so rarely was in the first stint of his career.

Michael Schumacher after the crash with Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore

Schumacher's retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix had a familiar look to it. Photo: Getty

The Schumacher who returned to Formula 1 in 2010 with Mercedes was quite different from the one who finished his first career with Ferrari in 2006.

The new Schumacher was more human, more open and more likeable.

As he put it himself on Thursday: "In the past six years I have learned a lot about myself, for example that you can open yourself without losing focus, that losing can be both more difficult and more instructive than winning. Sometimes I lost this out of sight in the earlier years."

Most importantly, though, the new Schumacher was nowhere near as good.

In every way possible, there is no other way to view his return to F1 than as a failure.

When he announced his comeback back in December 2009, he talked about winning the world title. Instead, he has scored one podium in three years, and in that period as a whole he has been trounced by team-mate Nico Rosberg in terms of raw pace. In their 52 races together, Schumacher has out-qualified his younger compatriot only 15 times.

It is ironic, then, that there have been marked signs of improvement from Schumacher this season. In 14 races so far, he has actually out-qualified Rosberg eight-six.

And although Rosberg has taken the team's only win - in China earlier this year, when he was demonstrably superior all weekend - arguably Schumacher has been the better Mercedes driver this year.

Schumacher has suffered by far the worst of the team's frankly unacceptable reliability record and would almost certainly have been ahead of Rosberg in the championship had that not been the case. And he might even have won in Monaco had not a five-place grid penalty demoted him from pole position.

That penalty, though, was given to Schumacher for an accident he caused at the previous race in Spain, when he rammed into the back of Williams driver Bruno Senna having misjudged his rival's actions.

That was only one of four similar incidents in the last 18 months that have crystallised the impression that the time was approaching where Schumacher should call it a day.

It is unfortunate timing, to say the least, that the last of those incidents happened less than two weeks ago in Singapore, almost as if it was the straw that broke the camel's back.

That was not the case, of course. Schumacher has been vacillating on his future for months and in the end his hand was forced. Mercedes signed Lewis Hamilton and Schumacher was left with the decision of trying to get a drive with a lesser team or quitting. He made the right call.

His struggles since his return have had an unfortunate effect on Schumacher's legacy. People within F1 - people with the highest regard for his achievements - have begun to question what went before.

There have always been question marks over his first title with Benetton in 1994, given the highly controversial nature of that year. Illegal driver aids were found in the car, but Benetton were not punished because governing body the FIA said they could find no proof they had been used.

But since 2010 people have begun to look back at the dominant Ferrari era of the early 2000s, when Schumacher won five titles in a row, and begun to wonder aloud just how much of an advantage he had.

It was the richest team, they had unlimited testing and bespoke tyres. Did this, people have said, mean Schumacher was not as good as he had looked?

If you watched him during his first career, though, you know how ridiculous an assertion this is. Schumacher in his pomp was undoubtedly one of the very greatest racing drivers there has ever been, a man who was routinely, on every lap, able to dance on a limit accessible to almost no-one else.

Sure, the competition in his heyday was not as deep as it is now, but Schumacher performed miracles with a racing car that stands comparison with the greatest drives of any era.

Victories such as his wet-weather domination of Spain in 1996, his incredible fightback in Hungary in 1998, his on-the-limit battle with Mika Hakkinen at Suzuka that clinched his first title in 2000 were tours de force. And there were many more among that astonishing total of 91 victories.

So too, as has been well documented, was there a dark side to Schumacher, and it was never far away through his first career.

Most notoriously, he won his first world title after driving Damon Hill off the road. He failed to pull off a similar stunt in 1997 with Jacques Villeneuve. And perhaps most pernicious of all, he deliberately parked his car in Monaco qualifying in 2006 to stop Fernando Alonso taking pole position from him.

Those were just the most extreme examples of a modus operandi in which Schumacher seemed often to act without morals, a man who was prepared to do literally anything to win, the sporting personification of Machiavelli's prince, for whom the ends justified the means.

Those acts continue to haunt Schumacher today, and even now he still refuses to discuss them, won't entertain the prospect of saying sorry.

"We are all humans and we all make mistakes," he said at Suzuka on Thursday. "And with hindsight you would probably do it differently if you had a second opportunity, but that's life."

He was given a second opportunity at F1, and he took it because in three years he had found nothing to replace it in his life.

His self-belief persuaded him that he could come back as good as he had been when he went away, but he learnt that time stands still for no man.

He has finally been washed aside by the tide of youth that with the arrival of Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen towards the end of his first career already seemed to be replacing one generation with the next.

It seems appropriate in many ways that the agent for that was Hamilton, the man who many regard as the fastest driver of his generation.

That, after all, is what Schumacher was, as well as one of the very greatest there has ever been. And nothing that has happened in the last three years can take that away.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/10/never_forget_how_great_schumac.html

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Pirelli unveil 2013 F1 tyre range which promise more uncertainty during race (+Video)

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Kimi Raikkonen: “The decision will not be an easy one…”

Kimi Raikkonen insists that he has still not decided what he wants to do next year, despite the confirmation that Mark Webber’s seat is available. Raikkonen is widely regarded as Webber’s most likely replacement, although Lotus is still trying to … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2013/06/27/kimi-raikkonen-the-decision-will-not-be-an-easy-one/

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Hamilton: Title Dream Alive

Lewis Hamilton believes that he is still in the fight for the 2013 Drivers’ Championship. The Brit switched to Mercedes over the winter, and has made a relatively successful start to life with the Silver Arrows. Hamilton is currently 55 points adrift of leader Sebastian Vettel, but he is confident that he can reel in [...]

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Friday, 28 June 2013

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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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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Horner says Red Bull “support Webber’s decision” | 2013 F1 season

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the team support Mark Webber's decision to retire from F1 at the end of the year.

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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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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Audi S8


There’s a distinct thematic change when moving up Audi’s performance ranks from A to S to RS models. This four-door super-limo sticks to the script by offering the controlled but comfortable ride of the A8 paired with extreme power and sprint performance.

How quick is the S8? What do you have to drag race it against? It’s beaten everything from the R8 to the BMW Alpina B7. Only a select few cars on earth can beat this beast for sheer effortless pace. Just floor it and hang on tight.

The S8 is then a luxury barge with the performance potential to pass an R8 without really trying. It is one of those cars you can imagine Audi executives designing for themselves first and offering for sale second.

The S8 comes in atop the other A8 variants, including a TDI for 2014, but below the range-topping A8 L W12. After the BMW’s shaming at the drag strip, only the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur and the brand-new 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic can keep up with this level of AWD pace. Oh, and don’t forget the crushing prowess of the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

The A8/S8 pair is unique within the Volkswagen Group because the costly aluminum space frame and panels are not sharable assets for Bentley or Porsche at the moment. The addition of a world-beating 520 horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic mean the S8 is one of the most desirable super sedans available at any price.

The major downsides for the A8 – old man styling, slowness – virtually disappear when the car is packing the S8 engine and body kit. Is it enough to earn sales from the extremely capable competition?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi S8 with highlights on cool performance features and equipment.

Audi S8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/audi/2014-audi-s8-ar158499.html

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Hamilton decision-making under the microscope


Lewis Hamilton has come in for criticism © Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton’s decision-making ability has come into question after he crashed into the side of Felipe Massa on lap one, causing his early retirement from the Italian Grand Prix. This incident has raised questions about his temperament and ability to bounce back. Kevin Garside of the Daily Telegraph questions how much we should really be expecting from Hamilton. “Perhaps this is how it must be with Hamilton, an instinctive racer compelled to chase the impossible through gaps that don’t exist. He took the best part of an hour to compose himself before walking out into the sun to face the cameras. This was Hamilton’s third DNF of the season but the first of his own making. Occasions like this are perhaps reminders to us not to expect too much. “On the days when Hamilton’s insane alliance of guts, skill and derring-do appear capable of delivering the world it is easy to forget he is only 25, an age when it is all too common for boys to believe themselves men.” Byron Young of the Mirror also pulls no punches about Hamilton’s performance and was heavily critical of the manoeuvre which meant he left the weekend pointless. “To say that his dive down the outside at Della Roggia chicane was optimistic would be generous. Mystifying, definitely, with so much at stake. So often Hamilton has made them stick but yesterday the outcome was all too predictable.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/hamilton_decisionmaking_under_1.php

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

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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Glock signs BMW deal, Kubica happy after DTM debut

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Jason Leffler

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots

2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots
2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots - Spy Shots and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
Call it what you want -- Corvette SS, ZR1, or Blue Devil -- but we're finally getting a close look at Chevy's forthcoming supercharged Corvette.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the best pictures yet of the forthcoming Corvette SS. What, you've never heard of the Corvette SS? That's because it's also been called the Corvette Blue Devil. And, more recently, the Corvette ZR-1.


Photo Gallery: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots - Spy Shots and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2009/2009_corvette_ss_zr1_blue_devil_spy_shots/index.html

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Simulation of the New Jersey track

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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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Cocktail Chatter: June 21, 2013

Racing, quick Corvettes, and good advice.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/cocktail-chatter-june-21-2013-231483.html

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Caught: Baby Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Testing

After rumor, after rumor, after rumor the baby Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, possibly dubbed the SLR has made its first public debut, and looks to be headed for our shores in the coming year. Before we take a look at the SLR AMG, a quick recap of what we’ve speculated on the new baby SLS. For [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/caught-baby-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-testing-231529.html

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First Look: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Previews CLA45

First Look: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Previews CLA45
First Look: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Previews CLA45 - Automobile Magazine
Highest specific output of any production engine.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its A45 AMG hot hatch Monday night, offering a sneak peek of what we can expect from the CLA45 AMG that premieres later in March at the New York show. AMG says the engine is substantially different from the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four powering the CLA250 that arrives in the U.S. this fall. The A45 AMG 2.0-liter four uses a twin-scroll turbocharger producing 26 psi of boost, almost twice the level of the base engine’s turbo.


Photo Gallery: First Look: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Previews CLA45 - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Previews CLA45 - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2013/1303_mercedes_benz_a45_amg_previews_cla45/index.html

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Dan Wheldon 1978-2011

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Happy Portland Day!

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First Look: Kia Provo Concept

First Look: Kia Provo Concept
First Look: Kia Provo Concept - Automobile Magazine
Kia Goes Mini.

Once the butt of automotive jokes, Kia has in the past decade demonstrated that it can build high-quality, competent everyday cars, as well as entry-luxury models. Not content to rest on its laurels, though, Kia plans to expand into even more automotive segments. With the Provo concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show, Kia is announcing its intentions to eventually build a small, fun, premium hatchback.


Photo Gallery: First Look: Kia Provo Concept - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: Kia Provo Concept - Automobile Magazine


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

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Bugatti Super Veyron arriving next year with 1,500 bhp and 280 mph top speed - report

Latest report says Bugatti will be launching a final and extreme version of the Veyron next year which is being described as "a fantasy in terms of its performance"

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/-rdRxClI2G4/bugatti-super-veyron-arriving-next-year-with-1500-bhp

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Ricciardo Or Vergne? Red Bull’s Big Question

Retirement has been an ever-present question hanging over the head of Mark Webber, like an axe waiting to drop and cull the career of one of the most determined racers Formula One has ever seen. Yet, while this question has mostly been self-imposed by the media, ever since the now infamous Malaysian Grand Prix when [...]

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT

2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT
2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The Sport GT receives an updated transmission and several other improvements over the standard Quattroporte. See it here.

Los Angeles, which is Maserati's largest market in California, which is in turn Maserati's largest market in the U.S., which happens to be--you guessed it--Maserati's largest market in the world, was the site of the U.S. launch of Maserati's sexy Quattroporte Sport GT. First shown in Frankfurt last September, the Quattroporte Sport GT was conceived as sportier version of the brand's big sedan--if not a more powerful one. With enhancements on the decidedly subtle side, the Sport GT nonetheless should help remedy the car's major malady--the clunky six-speed manu-matic transmission--as the car boasts a reworked gearbox that allegedly shifts 35 percent faster than the frustratingly slow-witted previous tranny. The Sport GT model also gets twenty-inch wheels, suspension tweaks, and special interior accoutrements such as carbon-fiber trim and blue and red stitching for the steering wheel and parking brake. A mean-looking, blackened crosshatch grille also adorns the Quattroporte Sport GT.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_quattroporte_sport_gt/index.html

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2007 Lexus LS600hL

2007 Lexus LS600hL
2007 Lexus LS600hL - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
Slightly green but seriously luxurious.

It would be easy to dismiss the Lexus LS600hL as the ultimate feel-good device, a literal limousine for limousine liberals, a $100,000 self-indulgence-mobile whose hybrid powertrain provides a veneer of environmentalism that allows its well-to-do owners to feel like they're doing something for the environment when they're really doing something for themselves.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LS600hL - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0706_2007_lexus_ls600hl/index.html

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2007 Lincoln MKX

2007 Lincoln MKX
2007 Lincoln MKX - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
No longer known as the Aviator, this Mazda 6 based Lincoln is now called the MKX. Read about it here.

Lincoln is hoping that, together with the new Zephyr sedan, the MKX will entice younger and hipper buyers into its showrooms, which have been lacking anything youthful or stylish for quite some time. Based on Mazda 6 architecture, the MKX uses the same 3.5 V-6 and front- or all-wheel drive components as the similar Ford Edge, but offers swiveling headlights and other luxuries not available on the Ford. When it goes on sale in the fall of 2006, this handsome crossover will be the first production model to follow Lincoln's new naming convention, which ditches familiar names like Aviator and Continental in favor of generic letter combinations. Hey, didn't every other luxury brand start doing that last decade?


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lincoln MKX - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lincoln_mkx/index.html

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2014 Toyota Yaris priced at $15,225

Prices increase by $60 across the board.

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Track Marshall Dies due to Injury at Montreal

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Friday, 21 June 2013

More Indy Hoopla: Buddy’s the Man!

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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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F1 Drivers and Teams - 2013 Season

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2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder

2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder
2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The GranSport Spyder is the convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. Check it out here.

Maserati's L.A. and Detroit auto show stands featured, for the first time in the U.S., the new GranSport Spyder. Not surprisingly, the sporty two-seater is nothing more than a convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. The GranSport designation indicates the fitment of pronounced aerodynamic add-ons, chrome mesh front and rear grille inserts, sexy tailpipes, and multi-spoke nineteen-inch wheels. A 0.4-inch ride height reduction combines with standard Skyhook active suspension to further sharpen the handling of the Spyder. The glorious, Ferrari-sourced 400-hp V-8 is unchanged for GranSport duty, but the Cambiocorsa sequential manual--the only transmission available--has been reprogrammed for 35% faster gear changes.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_gransport_spyder/index.html

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