Thursday, 31 October 2013

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec
2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
With its new V-6 turbo-diesel, the E320 drops the CDI suffix in favor of Bluetec.

Mercedes-Benz has been building diesel automobiles since the 260D of the 1930s, so it's no surprise that Mercedes is the first and only manufacturer to make a diesel passenger car that meets newly tightened U.S. emissions regulations for 2007. With its new V-6 turbo-diesel, the E320 drops the CDI suffix in favor of Bluetec. Bluetec refers to AdBlue, the nice name Mercedes gives to the urea-based liquid additive that helps the Bluetec diesel achieve ultralow emissions. For the '07 model year, however, the new Bluetec diesel V-6 doesn't yet use urea injection; it therefore cannot meet emissions standards in California (and the other states that use the same, stricter standards). Mercedes hopes to debut the urea-injected Bluetec diesel next year, in the GL-class, the R-class, and the ML-class, which would all be fifty-state compliant.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0612_2007_mercedes_benz_e320_bluetec_diesel/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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2008 Dodge Avenger

2008 Dodge Avenger
2008 Dodge Avenger - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
As concept cars go, the Dodge Avenger may not be the most exciting thing on four wheels, but it at least looks promising. And although Chrysler's famously ordinary mid-size Sebring sedan fails to make us wet ourselves with glee, the Avenger concept--which was reported to have been built on the 2007 Sebring's platform--at least exudes some excitement.

As concept cars go, the Dodge Avenger may not be the most exciting thing on four wheels, but it at least looks promising. And although Chrysler's famously ordinary mid-size Sebring sedan fails to make us wet ourselves with glee, the Avenger concept--which was reportedly been built on the 2007 Sebring's platform--at least exudes some excitement. Dodge claims that the Avenger "hints at the next-generation global D-segment vehicle from Dodge," but we're fairly sure it does more than "hint." Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four; that engine will likely be offered outside North America shortly after the production car's launch.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Dodge Avenger - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2008_dodge_avenger/index.html

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Report: U.S. Treasury Loses $9.7 Billion on GM Bailout

Treasury losing money on GM.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/report-u-s-treasury-loses-9-7-billion-on-gm-bailout-253073.html

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

'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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Bentley Flying Spur Joins Ice-Driving School In Finland

Drive Bentleys on a frozen lake.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/bentley-flying-spur-joins-ice-driving-school-in-finland-253135.html

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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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2007 Hyundai Elantra

2007 Hyundai Elantra
2007 Hyundai Elantra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Driven - Automobile Magazine
In a single stroke, the new Hyundai Elantra has leapt ahead, and now it's right in the mix with small sedans such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.

Generation by generation, a car usually evolves slowly as the technology under the nameplate gradually improves. But in a single stroke, the new Hyundai Elantra has leapt ahead, and now it's right in the mix with small sedans such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Hyundai Elantra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Driven - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0701_2007_hyundai_elantra/index.html

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2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid

2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid
2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Lexus has added another weapon to their green-leaning arsenal as they unveilthe GS450h sedan, in dealerships since the spring of 2006. Itjoins Lexus's own RX400h SUV as the only luxury vehicles to offer theimproved fuel economy and eco-friendliness of a hybrid powertrain. Lexusalso touts the GS450h as the first rear-wheel-drive car to receive thehybrid treatment.

Lexus has added another weapon to their green-leaning arsenal as they unveilthe GS450h sedan, in dealerships since the spring of 2006. Itjoins Lexus's own RX400h SUV as the only luxury vehicles to offer theimproved fuel economy and eco-friendliness of a hybrid powertrain. Lexusalso touts the GS450h as the first rear-wheel-drive car to receive thehybrid treatment.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lexus_gs450h/index.html

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2013 Car Launches: Lotus launch the new E21 (+Pictures)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/wY9dQf6IVwk/2013-car-launches-lotus-launch-new-e21.html

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2007 Lexus LS600h Hybrid

2007 Lexus LS600h Hybrid
2007 Lexus LS600h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
How do you get V-12 performance with V-8 efficiency? Hybrids, of course. Check out the big and classy Lexus LS600h in our New York Auto Show coverage.

Following up the debut of the new, 2007 Lexus LS460 and LS460 L, which were unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, Lexus has now rolled out the range-topping hybrid version, the LS600h L. The fourth Lexus hybrid model, the LS600h L is the only one to pair the company's electric drive system with a V-8 engine. Lexus puts the combined output of the 5.0-liter V-8 and the electric motor at more than 430 hp (versus 380 hp for the LS460's 4.6-liter V-8). The company claims that the hybrid delivers acceleration on a par with twelve-cylinder luxury sedans while providing fuel economy that beats competitors' V-8s. The LS600h L continues Lexus's philosophy of positioning its hybrids not as fuel-sipping green machines but as the highest-performing, top-spec models in the range. As such, the LS600h L will be the most expensive version of the LS, and will be offered in the United States with the long-wheelbase body only. Whereas the LS460 comes with rear-wheel drive, the hybrid will have standard all-wheel drive. Seating is for only four, with a console between the individual rear seats and power sunshades in the doors. A Maybach-style articulating footrest and a massage function are built into the rear seat, but--strangely--only for the right-side seat. It also features a navigation system that stores its data on a hard drive instead of on DVDs; LED headlights; XM satellite radio with real-time traffic info; and, perhaps most incredibly, an automatic parallel-parking function--push a button, and the car backs itself into the space. As an option, the LS has a pre-collision system that not only uses camera to scan the road ahead for obstacles but also trains a camera on the driver, to assess whether he or she is responding adequately; the system flashes a light and sounds an alarm to warn the driver of a possible impending crash, helps the car respond by quickening the steering ratio and beginning to apply the brakes on its own, and prepares the car by tightening the seatbelts and closing the windows. The LS600h L will hit the road next April, six months after its non-hybrid sister model.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LS600h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_lexus_ls600h/index.html

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2007 Bentley Arnage T

2007 Bentley Arnage T
2007 Bentley Arnage T - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
The manor house on wheels gets a minor systems upgrade.

Half Moon Bay, California - For discerning customers who take comfort in the classics, the Arnage is still ensconced atop the Bentley sedan lineup, costing almost half again as much as the arriviste, $176,285 Continental Flying Spur. Whereas the newer sedan's unusual (and Volkswagen-developed) W-12 engine hangs ahead of the front axle and drives all four wheels, the Arnage retains its conventionally located V-8--which traces its lineage back to 1959--and rear-wheel drive.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Bentley Arnage T - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_bentley_arnage_t/index.html

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McLaren 12C Spider and Ferrari F12berlinetta Added to Hertz European Fleets

Hertz adds two supercars to its Euro fleet.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/mclaren-12c-spider-and-ferrari-f12berlinetta-added-to-hertz-european-fleets-252553.html

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63 year old woman driving Lincoln Navigator smashes into 16 cars before hitting a pole

A 63 year old woman behind the wheel of a Lincoln Navigator caused a huge accident in downtown Mississauga, Ontario.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/kRpZzpCCgvs/63-year-old-woman-driving-lincoln-navigator-smashes-into

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Jeff Gordon’s track record lap earns pole

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170341/jeff-gordons-track-record-lap.html

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Suzuki Boulevard M50


The 2014 Suzuki Boulevard M50 is a comfortable cruiser packed with all the latest technologies in the business.

The motorcycle is built around an 805cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V-Twin engine which was especially developed to deliver a strong low end torque. The unit sends its power to the ground through a 5-speed constant mesh transmission and is fueled by a 4.1 gallons fuel tank. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is paired with a 32-bit-prosessor Engine Control Module (ECM) that helps ensure precise control.

The rear wheel is kept in check by a link-type rear suspension that comes with a single shock absorber with 7-way spring preload adjustment while the front one features an inverted 41mm fork.

Other features offered by the 2014 Suzuki Boulevard M50 include Cast-aluminum 16-inch front and 15-inch rear wheels, low-rise handlebars, a handlebar-mounted speedometer and bright bullet-style turn signals.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Suzuki Boulevard M50.

Suzuki Boulevard M50 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 28 October 2013 11:21 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/suzuki/2014-suzuki-boulevard-m50-ar160959.html

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Raikkonen favourite to taste victory in Belgium

At Spa-Francorchamps

In this remarkable season of unpredictability and uncertainty, of seven winners in 11 races, of the most open title battle in years, Formula 1 is still waiting for one big result.

A victory for the revived Lotus team has looked inevitable since the start of the year. And as the world championship re-starts in Belgium this weekend following a month-long summer break, the expectation is that this could be their race.

The car, from the team formerly known as Renault that won two world championships with Fernando Alonso in 2005-6, has been fast all season. Its best result has been four second places. But the momentum seems to be with them.

Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus pushed Lewis Hamilton's winning McLaren all the way in Hungary five weeks ago. The Finn has a stunning record at the stunning Spa-Francorchamps track that hosts this race and Lotus have been working on a technical trick that could give them a key advantage on the demanding track that swoops and twists around the contours of the Ardennes mountains.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has won the Belgian Grand Prix four times. Photo: Getty

The 32-year-old Finn seems to have a special affinity with the circuit regarded as arguably the biggest test for a racing driver anywhere in the world. He has taken four victories here - and either won or retired from every single race he has competed at Spa since 2004.

Raikkonen's all-action style, based on fast corner entry in a car with good front-end bite, seems perfectly suited to Spa's cascade of long, fast corners.

Two of his wins - for McLaren in 2004 and Ferrari in 2009 - came in years when his machinery was otherwise uncompetitive. The other two were dominant victories from the front in 2005 and 2007.

But Raikkonen's position as arguably the favourite for victory this weekend is not founded just on his renowned Spa specialism. He is widely expected to have the car to do the job.

Lotus have come agonisingly close to victory twice already this year - in Bahrain in April and at the last race, in Hungary at the end of July.

Both times it was Raikkonen who challenged only to just fall short, behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain and Hamilton in Hungary. But the Finn, who returned to F1 this season after two unproductive years in world rallying, has actually been Lotus's weaker driver for most of the year.

His team-mate, the Franco-Swiss Romain Grosjean, who is in his first full season, has generally had a marginal advantage - to the point that around the European Grand Prix in Valencia at the end of June there were murmurings of dissatisfaction with the Finn, who won the world championship for Ferrari in 2007.

Raikkonen ultimately finished second to Alonso in Valencia, but had been off the pace of Grosjean all weekend - indeed the younger man was pushing the Ferrari hard when his alternator failed late in the race.

When, following the race, Raikkonen expressed his frustration at it taking so long for Lotus to win, one team member privately expressed the view that he would be better focused on beating Grosjean before moaning about not winning yet.

Since then, though, Raikkonen has upped his game and in the race in Hungary he was fantastic, the middle stint there that lifted him from fifth place to potential victor one of the most impressive pieces of driving all season.

Had Raikkonen not made a mess of qualifying, and taken the front row slot he should have earned rather than the fifth place he did, he might well have won. The same can be said of Bahrain, where a decision to save tyres for the race left him down in 11th place on the grid and with too much to do.

Grosjean, too, must be considered a potential Spa winner. Despite making too many errors, he has been all confidence and commitment this year.

He has looked a different driver on his return to F1 in 2012 from the haunted figure who was demoralised by Alonso during his first half-season at Renault in 2009, after which he was dropped.

The high expectations for Lotus at Spa are partly based on the car's inherent qualifies - a factor in its general competitiveness this year has been strong performance in fast corners, and Spa is full of them.

As well as that, though, is that innovation mentioned earlier. In Hungary, and in Germany the week before, Lotus trialled a clever system aimed at boosting the team's straight-line speed without compromising its performance in other areas.

Like the DRS overtaking aid featured on all the cars, the Lotus system affects the rear wing to reduce drag.

It works by channelling air from scoops behind the driver's head to the rear wing, which this extra air then 'stalls', reducing the downforce the wing creates and therefore its drag, boosting straight-line speed.

What is not clear is when exactly the Lotus system comes into play.

Is it independent of the DRS, as some believe, and therefore active above a pre-set car velocity and usable at all times, including in the race when DRS use is restricted to a specific zone?

Or is it, as BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes, linked to the DRS and simply an extra boost to the car's speed when that system is employed, like the system Mercedes have been using but without the inherent compromises that team have discovered?

Either way, it could be a significant boost to Lotus's chances in Spa. Lotus have yet to use the system outside free practice, and this weekend they will again try it out on Friday before making a decision whether to race it.

For all the talk of Lotus, though, a win for them is a very long way from a foregone conclusion. Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren will be as strong as ever on a track that should suit all their cars.

In fact, it will be a particularly interesting weekend all round.

Which teams have made best use of the mid-season break to develop their cars?

Have Ferrari made the step forward in performance they seemed in Hungary to need if Alonso - unquestionably the stand-out driver of the season so far - is to hang on to his championship lead?

Can McLaren maintain the upward momentum they showed in Germany and Hungary after a brief slump?

Will Red Bull finally unlock the potential of what has looked, on balance, overall the fastest car?

The climax of one of the sport's greatest seasons, a hyper-intense period of nine races in three months, starts here.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/08/raikkonen_favourite_to_taste_v.html

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque_e First Look

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque_e First Look
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque_e First Look - Automobile Magazine
Hybrid and electric versions of the Evoque coming soon.

Land Rover already revealed production-ready plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, but it appears the company hasn't finished tinkering with battery-powered off-roaders. Land Rover plans to experiment with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-electric powertrains using the Range Rover Evoque platform, a research project it calls Evoque_e.


Photo Gallery: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque_e First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/frankfurt/2013/1309_land_range_rover_evoque_e/index.html

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The Last Crusade

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

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Coming soon to a VW dealer near you: the quick, clean answer to all of your fuel economy woes.

I'm just clearing customs on my way home from Europe when my cell phone rings. It's Keith Price, our favorite Volkswagen product rep, calling. He's on his way to Ann Arbor in a 2004 Jetta, and he wants me to drive it. A 2004 Jetta? Keith is obviously up to no good, so I immediately agree to meet him.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0708_volkswagen_jetta_clean_diesel/index.html

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Video: 2014 BMW M5 vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Which German supersedan will come out on top?

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/video-2014-bmw-m5-vs-2014-mercedes-benz-e63-amg-252273.html

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2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid

2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid
2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Lexus has added another weapon to their green-leaning arsenal as they unveilthe GS450h sedan, in dealerships since the spring of 2006. Itjoins Lexus's own RX400h SUV as the only luxury vehicles to offer theimproved fuel economy and eco-friendliness of a hybrid powertrain. Lexusalso touts the GS450h as the first rear-wheel-drive car to receive thehybrid treatment.

Lexus has added another weapon to their green-leaning arsenal as they unveilthe GS450h sedan, in dealerships since the spring of 2006. Itjoins Lexus's own RX400h SUV as the only luxury vehicles to offer theimproved fuel economy and eco-friendliness of a hybrid powertrain. Lexusalso touts the GS450h as the first rear-wheel-drive car to receive thehybrid treatment.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus GS450h Hybrid - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lexus_gs450h/index.html

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2015 Audi A3 Sedan Priced at $30,795

The new entry-level Audi just undercuts the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class in price.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2015-audi-a3-sedan-priced-at-30795-252569.html

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Kia Niro Concept First Look

Kia Niro Concept First Look
Kia Niro Concept First Look - Automobile Magazine
A Frankfurt car by Frankfurters.

After watching a number of competitors launch successful, style-driven subcompacts in Europe, Kia appears determined to join the party. Both its Provo and Cub concepts hinted at small, stylish B-segment models, and the new Niro concept, which debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in early September, is formally described as a “possible future B-segment contender ready to take on the urban environment.”


Photo Gallery: Kia Niro Concept First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: Kia Niro Concept First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/frankfurt/2013/1308_kia_niro_concept/index.html

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Jaguar F-Type Coupe caught making a pit stop [video]

YouTube's swsthebest1994 has managed to catch the Jaguar F-Type Coupe refueling at the Nürburgring.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/JJQx4s4lKGE/jaguar-f-type-coupe-caught-making-a-pit-stop-video

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Enter smog

The third practice session for the Indian GP has been delayed because of visibility problems that mean that the medical helicopter cannot operate. The primary discussion here in the Media Centre is whether one terms the problem: fog, smog or mist. It is not really fog and mists generally burn off during the day and […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/enter-smog/

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FIA Ethics Committee dismisses Ward’s complaint

The FIA Ethics Committee, which met on Friday in Paris, has dismissed David Ward’s complaint. The committee said that “nothing in what the Committee saw or heard gives any hint that any ethical regulation of the FIA has been breached by Mr Todt or any of the parties implicated”. It also rejected the claim that […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/fia-ethics-committee-dismisses-wards-complaint/

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IndyCar driver Dixon fined, placed on probation

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3169831/indycar-driver-dixon-fined-placed.html

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Make your 2013 Indian Grand Prix predictions | F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship

Enter your Indian Grand Prix predictions to win loads of F1 prizes this weekend including Codemasters' latest game F1 2013.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/f1fanatic/~3/eBEvgr1Aj3s/

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2015 McLaren P13 to have P1-inspired styling - report

Our spies have already snapped pictures of the McLaren P13 but new details are starting to emerge about the Porsche 911 Turbo competitor.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/T9LJAWGk30I/2015-mclaren-p13-to-have-p1-inspired-styling---report

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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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What could be happening…

Motorsport (and its constituent parts) has always suffered from Not Invented Here Syndrome, the unwillingness to embrace ideas because they originate from outside the motorsport environment. It is not entirely clear why this would be case, except that a number of the people who have led the sport have suffered from Smartest Guy in the […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/what-could-be-happening/

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ABT Sportsline coming to the United States, will showcase an AS6 at SEMA

ABT Sportsline has announced plans to launch a U.S. subsidiary in Cerritos, California early next year. To celebrate the occasion, ABT Sportsline will showcase an AS6 at the SEMA Motor Show.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/crlumpvZv9U/abt-sportsline-coming-to-the-united-states-will-showcase

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Vettel will get faster and faster... but will he be able to overtake?

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/vettel-will-get-faster-and-faster-but-will-he-be-able-to-overtake.html

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2013 Mazda 3 is 10 Millionth Mazda Sold In USA

How does it compare to the very first Mazda sold stateside?

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/10-millionth-mazda-sold-in-united-states-251957.html

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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
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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.


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

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Hamilton looks for long-term success at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes is the biggest development in the Formula 1 driver market for three years.

Ahead of the 2010 season, Fernando Alonso moved to Ferrari, world champion Jenson Button switched from world champions Brawn (soon to become Mercedes) to McLaren and Michael Schumacher came out of retirement to replace Button.

Now, the man who most consider to be the fastest driver in the world has taken a huge gamble by switching from McLaren, who have the best car this year and have won five races this season alone, to Mercedes, who have won one race in three years.

To make way for Hamilton, Mercedes have ditched the most successful racing driver of all time.

Schumacher's return at the wheel of a Mercedes 'Silver Arrow' was billed as a dream for all concerned, but with one podium finish in three years the German marque have abandoned the project.


Hamilton leaves a team that has won more races in the last 30 years than anyone else. Photo: Getty

That the announcement was made just five days after the latest in a series of collisions in which Schumacher rammed into the back of another driver after misjudging his closing speed simply rubs salt into the wound.

Hamilton will be replaced at McLaren by one of F1's most promising rising stars - Sauber's Mexican driver Sergio Perez, who has taken three excellent podium finishes this year.

That's quite a shake-up, and it raises any number of fascinating questions, the first and most obvious of which is why Hamilton would leave a team that has won more races in the last 30 years than anyone else - even Ferrari - for one that has won one in the last three.

The explanation for that lies both at his new and current teams.

Mercedes sold the drive to Hamilton on the basis that they were in the best position to deliver him long-term success. In this, there are echoes of Schumacher's move to Ferrari in 1996.

Back then, the Italian team were in the doldrums, having won just one race the previous year. But Schumacher fancied a project, and saw potential. It took time, but by 1997 he was competing for the title, and from 2000 he won five in a row.

The architect of that success was Ross Brawn, then Ferrari's technical director and now Mercedes' team boss. Brawn is one of the most respected figures in F1, and Hamilton is banking on him being able to transform Mercedes in the same way as he did Ferrari.

Undoubtedly, Brawn will have made a convincing case to Hamilton; he is a very persuasive and credible man. It is also worth pointing out that Mercedes - in their former guise of Brawn - have won the world title more recently than McLaren. Button succeeded Hamilton as world champion in 2009.

Mercedes believe that the new regulations for 2014, when both the cars and engines will be significantly changed, will play into their hands.

They are devoting a lot of resources towards that year, and are optimistic they will be in good shape - just as Brawn were, in fact, when the last big rule change happened for 2009.

And Mercedes have a technical team that, on paper, is immensely strong. In Bob Bell, Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis, they have three men who have been technical directors in their own right at other top teams all working under Brawn.

Part of this argument is predicated on the fact that new engine regulations always favour teams run or directly supported by engine manufacturers, on the basis that they are best placed to benefit from developments, and to integrate the car with the engine.

But this is where that argument falls down a little - McLaren may be a mere 'customer' of Mercedes for the first time next year, but they are still going to be using Mercedes engines in 2014, and on the basis of parity of performance.

The love affair with McLaren, who took him on as a 13-year-old karting prodigy, ended some time ago.

Since 2010, Hamilton has been complaining from time to time about the McLaren's lack of aerodynamic downforce compared to the best car of the time.

Through 2009-11, he grew increasingly frustrated at his team's apparent inability to challenge Red Bull. Hamilton is well aware of how good he is, and it hurt to watch Sebastian Vettel win two titles on the trot and not be able to challenge him.

That explains his ill-advised - and dangerously public - approach to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.

This year, McLaren started the season with the fastest car for the first time since, arguably, 2005. But again they could not get out of their own way.

Pit-stop blunders affected Hamilton's races in Malaysia and China early in the season, and then a terrible mistake in not putting enough fuel in Hamilton's car in qualifying in Spain turned an almost certain win into a battle for minor points.

These errors badly affected his title charge and in early summer his management started approaching other teams.

His favoured choice was almost certainly Red Bull, but they weren't interested. They also approached Ferrari, where Alonso vetoed Hamilton. That left Mercedes.

It is ironic that his decision to move teams has been announced on the back of four races that McLaren have dominated.

Meanwhile, Hamilton's relationship with McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis, the man who signed him up and who promoted him to the F1 team in 2007, has collapsed.

It was noticeable that after Hamilton's win in Italy earlier this month Dennis stood, arms-folded and stoney-faced, beneath the podium, not applauding once. Nor did Dennis don one of McLaren's 'rocket-red' victory T-shirts, or join in the champagne celebrations with the team once Hamilton had completed his media duties.

In Singapore last weekend, it seemed that McLaren still believed they had a chance of keeping Hamilton; at least that was the impression from talking to the team.

But did Dennis already know in Monza of Hamilton's decision to defect? Was Hamilton's sombre mood after that win a reflection of his wondering whether he had made the right decision?

Was Hamilton's ill-advised decision to post a picture of confidential McLaren telemetry on the social networking site Twitter on the morning of the Belgian Grand Prix, the weekend before Italy, the action of a man who had had enough and didn't care any more because he knew he was leaving?

When was the Mercedes deal actually finally signed?

Was it done before BBC Sport broke the story of it being imminent in the week leading up to the Italian race?

Or was it not inked, finally, until this week, on the basis that only now has the Mercedes board committed to new commercial terms with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone?

In which case, was the gearbox failure that cost Hamilton a certain victory in Singapore, and effectively extinguished his title hopes for good, the straw that broke the camel's back?

In short, was Hamilton's decision based on cold, hard logic, rooted primarily in performance, in making more money, or founded on emotion as much as calculation. Or was it a combination of all those factors?

All these questions will be answered in time. Whatever led to Hamilton's decision, it is fair to say that it is an enormous gamble, one on which the next phase of his career hangs.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/09/hamilton_looks_for_long-term_s.html

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2015 Porsche Macan Shown Testing In Public

Macan shown ahead of official debut.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2015-porsche-macan-shown-testing-in-public-252087.html

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Scott tops Kenseth for Nationwide pole at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170167/scott-tops-kenseth-for-nationwide.html

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition Hits U.S. Shores in November

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition will officially arrive for North America in November.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2014-jeep-wrangler-polar-edition-hits-u-s-shores-in-november-252089.html

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Video: McLaren P1 "Unofficially" Laps Nurburgring in 6:47

Back in September, rumors were abound that the 2014 McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring track in only 7:04, but new rumors now suggest that the P1 lapped the ring yesterday in just 6:47 seconds. The above video was taken during this alleged record-breaking lap.

McLaren has said nothing about this time just yet, so we don’t know just how official this time is. The company did confirm a while back that its newest supercar could lap the `Ring in less than seven minutes.

If this time turns out to be the real deal, then the P1 will become the fastest production vehicle to ever lap the circuit, beating the Radical SR8 LM by just a single second. This would also put the P1 well ahead of the new Porsche 918 Spyder, which lapped the ring in a time of 6:57.

Stay tuned to find out if this lap time is for real or not!

Video: McLaren P1 "Unofficially" Laps Nurburgring in 6:47 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 17:00 EST.

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