ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 30, 2010

Chevrolet Volt - North American Car of the Year

chevrolet volt

Variety of major publications has been pouring the Car and Truck of the year awards. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt won the best car of 2011 award. Both the Motor Trend and Automobile have announced Volt as the Car of the Year. General Motor's EV is a finalist for the North American Car of the Year award. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is expected to be one among the finalist for the Car of the Year award but there was no surprise when the Volt was named as the car of the year because everyone expected it.

The Detroit Free Press announced the second and third choices for Car of the Year award and these places were occupied by the Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Leaf. These two vehicles are also the finalists for the North American Car of the Year award.

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ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 29, 2010

Top 10 Concept Cars of 2010

10. Jeep Nukizer Concept

Jeep Nukizer Concept

9. Lotus Esprit Concept

Lotus Esprit Concept

8. Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta by Pininfarina

Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta by Pininfarina

7. Renault Dezir Concept

Renault Dezir Concept

6. Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Break Concept

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Break Concept

5. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

4. Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept

3. Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

2. Audi Quattro Concept

Audi Quattro Concept

1. Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

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ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 28, 2010

Update on 2012 Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is ready to be updated and if the rumors are to be believed then 2012 would bring one of the most significant changes to sports cars. Auto Bild, the German automotive magazine believes that the next 911 will undergo changes in the vehicle's proportions and would be different from the current generation. The rear-engine coupe would be over 2.2 inches longer and wear a roof line that's nearly half an inch lower than the outgoing design.

Auto Bild also suggests that the engineers at Porsche have made a new 3.4-liter boxer good for 345 horsepower. As usual, Carrera S models will wear wider flanks, this time with the flares adding some 2.4 inches. The meaner of the two cars will also pack a 3.8-liter boxer six that puts out 395 ponies.

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Tesla Stock Price

Are investors cashing out before the end of the year for tax reasons, or is this a vote of no confidence for Tesla? In the last month, Tesla's stock price has dropped by ~20%.

Grandma The Fighter

I am sitting at the hospital bedside of my 93 year old grandmother. Rebecca was born in Russia, and survived Stalin and the Wehrmacht siege of Leningrad. Now she is fighting with her heart and her lungs, gasping and coughing to get a breath. She's a tough old lady, but I think she is getting tired.

Don't give up yet Grandma!

Fiat's Nero

This morning on Autoline Detroit, John McElroy's auto talk show, a Fiat lady stated that part of the Fiat 500's ordering experience will be calling colors by their Italian names. So red will be rose, and black will be nero. Cue the Rome burns jokes. But what I don't get is, why not call it Cinquecento then? For mist people, if you say "five hundred", they will think of a very bland large sedan from Ford.

If you're going to go Italian, go all in, that's what I say.

ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 26, 2010

GM launches Sail EV Concept in China

chevrolet sail ev concept

General Motors entered the Guangzhou Motor Show with 23 production and concept vehicles. Out of these the most interesting was the Chevrolet Sail Electric Concept Vehicle. This EV was worked with a partnership between Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center. While the new EV uses the recently-introduced Sail for most of its bones, it ditches the internal-combustion engine in favor of an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries.

This tiny EV can cruise up to 93 miles before recharging. You need to recharge it everyday since the charge can only be available for 93 miles. As of now, there's no indication whether GM will produce the Sail EV concept, but the General really wants to expand its electric vehicle lineup here in the United States.

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Volkswagen's New Beetle Limousine

volkswagen beetle limousine

The Volkswagen's New Beetle limousine is a fine piece of machinery up for bid from New Jersey's Route 22 Limousines. This stretcher has everything including a grey leather interior, television, minibar and trippy mood lighting.

This machine gets its power from the Beetle's stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine bolted to the same four-speed automatic gearbox that it used from the factory. Loaded with screaming teens, we have to imagine that this thing gets to 60 mph in about the same time frame as our grandmother.

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ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 22, 2010

Aptera Dead?

Aptera has been very quiet since participating (but not finishing) in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize competition.  After a very promising early start, and lots of great media coverage, Aptera went through a management shake-up, and now appears to be starving slowly.  Without government loans to develop their product, or a large angel investor to come in and rescue them, they seem to be adrift.

You know it is bad when the fans, some of whom have put down actual deposits, are losing faith.  Look at this poll on the unofficial Aptera forums.  As of now the 68% of the responses say that they don't think they will ever get their car.

ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 21, 2010

Honda's new Li Nian S1

Honda Li Nian S1

Honda has introduced a sedan on the Chinese market called the Li Nian S1 or Everus. This little car gets its bones from the likes of the Honda City which Honda says that the vehicle is based on existing architecture. The Everus will be available with either a 1.3-liter or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine when this sedan goes on sale in spring 2011.

Honda says that Everus is the company's oldest nameplate in China, and that the new model will help the Japanese automaker expand its line up in one of the quickest-growing automotive markets in the world.

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Mercedes B55 using big V8 and little B-Class

Mercedes b55

A handful of trainees at the Mercedes plant found that the big engine, small car combo would be the easiest way to mint cheap speed. Peter Wesp, the plant manager squeezed a 5.5-liter 385 horsepower V8 from the likes of the big E550 into the Silver Arrow's trim B-Class.

Wesp and his team set about the mechanical contortions necessary to pull off the swap. Surprisingly enough, the workers were able to use the original engine mounts, and with a little parts-bin raiding, everything was sitting pretty under the hood. The team snugged in a rear axle from a W 2010 E-Class, front brakes lifted from a C32 AMG and bolted on snazzy 18-inch wheels from AMG as well.

Source: autoblog.com

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The Redesigned 300C

Allpar.com has some nice side-by-side photos of the refreshed 300C along with the previous design.  

I like the increased windshield rake, and how they lowered the door shoulders to allow for a less slab-sided look, with a little more glass.  There is a nice, slightly upward sweeping character line.  From the side, it looks a little more like a Cadillac (not a bad thing), while the front is distinctly Chrysler.

The interior is much nicer looking as well.

In my opinion, this is a good redesign of Chrysler's flagship.

Where Chrysler will be challenged for a while yet is in the powertrain department.  The new Phoenix V6 will bring much needed refinement and better fuel economy, but the rumor at Allpar is that the 300C will probably launch with a Mercedes sourced 5-speed automatic transmission, when the fuel economy leaders are getting into 6 speed transmissions.  Will Chrysler have the money to outsource a 6 or 7 speed auto?  Consider that the closest competitor to the 300C at Ford, the Taurus, gets EPA combined 22mpg with a 6spd auto, while the Cadillac STS gets 21mpg combined, also with a 6 speed auto.  Toyota's Avalon gets 23mpg from a 6 speed. 

Automakers Sue EPA over E15

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group that represents most of the OEMs operating in the U.S., has joined the lawsuit originally filed by other organisations to try to block the E15 waiver that the EPA is granting for newer vehicles.  Detroit News story here.


The E15 waiver is a half-baked idea.  It should only be issued when it is determined that the vast majority (say, 95%) of cars on the road today can safely operate with E15.  Otherwise, consumer confusion will ensue, and the result will be that no gas station will want to carry the stuff.  If the data isn't there yet then the EPA should wait until the data is in.

ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 19, 2010

Review: Pep Boys Definity Dakota H/T Tires

In my previous post, I reviewed the experience of buying tires at Pep Boys.*

The tires that were chosen were Definity Dakota H/T, which are a highway tread light truck/SUV tire. The Definity line is a store-brand of Pep Boys, manufactured by Cooper Tire. Cooper also makes Avon, Mastercraft, and Starfire branded tires. The Dakotas are also available in offroad (M/T) and all terrain (A/T) tread patterns.

These tires have a 520 treadwear rating (very good), A traction (good) and B (decent) temperature rating. They come with a 60,000mi tread life warranty.

And they're even Made In The U.S.A., not Chinese rubber here.

Consumer Reports did not review Definity Dakotas, but they did review Cooper's Discovery SUV tires, and gave them a good rating, particularly for dry handling, hydroplaning, and noise.

The new Dakotas were a marked improvement over the worn Kelly tires that were previously mounted on Anne's Escape. We noticed the difference right away, the Escape rode much quieter and a bit softer than it had on the old tires. "Wow, this is like a new car!", said a very happy Anne.

Wet braking and handling on snow seemed good, definitely better than the old tires. The highway tread still seemed to have plenty of bite to get going in the snowy and icy road conditions that prevail in Michigan now.

Overall, I would say that the Definity Dakota tires are a good tire, and are quite good for the money. Pep Boys is currently charging $120/tire for them, with the 4th tire free, though this does not include balancing and tire stems. If I was in the market for inexpensive all season SUV tires, I would definitely consider Dakota H/T.


  • Quiet
  • Good wet/snow grip
  • Soft ride
  • Made in USA

  • Balancing, stems cost extra
  • 4th tire free deal is a prepaid Visa rebate, not cash back at sale

*Disclosure: Pep Boys provided a free set of Definity tires to my friend in exchange for this review. The blogger was not compensated.

Review: Pep Boys Tire Service

I was recently contacted by a Pep Boys representative who wanted me to review their eServe service reservation system, and their Definity tires. I didn't need tires at the time, but I knew young mother of 2, Anne L,, who could use some new tires. In this post I'll review the service experience, and in my next one I'll talk about the tires.*

Pep Boys has locations all over the Midwest, East coast, and a few on the Southern West coast. They are a discount auto parts store, similar to other large chains such as Autozone and the Midwest's O'Reilly's. They also offer repair services.

Unlike other local chains, Pep Boys has a nice online
apppointment scheduling system they call eServe. By
going to Pepboys.com and filling out a relatively short form, you can set up an appointment in a 1 hour slot in the coming days or weeks.

Anne set up an appointment for tire service online. It was fairly easy. First, you identify the vehicle being serviced, in this case a Ford Escape with worn out tires. Then you pick a service slot, in one hour blocks. On the next screen you select what general type of service you need, in this case, tire service.

A neat feature in the eServe system is that you can have it text message you a reminder of your appointment time, as well as email.

After setting the appointment information, you get a reservation number, which you can print out and take with you on the day of your appointment.

On the day of Anne's appointment, your blogger tagged along to observe the process.

The service area was buzzing with customers, as a big snow storm had just hammered the Northern Midwest, and people were rushing to get their vehicles set for winter, or repaired after slogging through the nasty weather.

The Pep Boys employee who check Anne in was friendly and efficient. He logged her information, and said that while they are quite busy, we should be able to get out in about an hour. Since she was there for tires, he took her to the tire display and took several minutes to explain the difference between the different types of tires. I listened in, and I think he did a accurate job.

He explained that the Dakota SUV tires, the appropriate product for a Ford Escape, came in 3 tread styles: M/T (mud), A/T (all terrain), and H/T (highway). He correctly
explained that the more aggressive treads are better for offroad and better in deep snow, but come with a penalty of more noise and worse fuel economy on smooth roads. Since Anne didn't do much offroading, she opted for the quietest rolling tread, the Dakota

Anne was offered road hazard insurance, at $15/tire, and after having torn up tires on Michigan's infamous winter potholes, she agreed.

Anne gave Pep Boys points for correctly following her instructions to mount the tires with the white letters facing in, something that her last tire provide had not done.

She was also offered a $75 four wheel alignment, which I recommended that she accept, because an occasinoal alignment is imortant to keep your tires wearing evenly.

We went to wait in the small waiting room, which had about 8 seats arranged around TV and a pile of dog-eared magazines. I wasn't impressed much with the waiting area, it had no real isolation from the noise of the store. In the modern era, free wi-fi is a must, but it was not offered. Many dealerships and other service shops also offer complimentary coffee, or some basic kids activities such as coloring books; neither was available here.

The service manager stopped by and offered to adjust the TV, if anyone wanted a different channel, which was nice.

After some time, the service manager came buy with a yellow service sheet, which had comments from the mechanic. Now began the age old game, the up-sell. "So we found a few things we thought you might want to know about...", he began. Anne's battery terminals were corroded, would she like the $5.99 battery recondition service, which would clean up an seal her battery terminals? Anne said sure, it was inexpensive. He offered to load test the battery, also, and Anne agreed.

A few minutes later, the service manager returned with more problems. "Your
battery isn't doing great on the load test, we only
got 260 cranking amps out of rated 600, do you want us to replace the battery?". Since Anne did not have any problems starting her car, even in frigid winter temperatures, I told her it was not critical to do it right then (and I hinted that changing a battery was a very easy DIY project). She declined the battery.

In addition to the battery, the service manager offered her transmission fluid flush, coolant service, an oil change, and new shocks. All were offered based on the mileage of the vehicle, but he admitted that all of these components "looked OK". Anne declined the extra service.

The tire replacement itself took a little longer than expected because of some corrosion on the
aluminum wheel bead areas. The service manager carried a dismounted wheel into the waiting area to show Anne, and said that it should
be OK, but that he was going to have to clean up the corrosion by grinding it off, and that he may need to put some bead sealer on the wheels.

Anne appreciated the service bay window, which allows curious customers to peek into the service area and watch what is going on with their vehicle.

When it looked like Anne was going to be late for an evening appointment, the service manager pitched in to help change tires and get Anne out the door on time.

After 1 1/2 hours, the service was completed, and we rolled out with nice new Dakota H/T's on Anne's old Escape, and clean battery terminals.

Pep Boys also passed another test of mine: they inflated the tires to the proper pressure. Some shops hire boneheads who think you are supposed to inflate the tires to their max sidewall rating, rather than what it says on the vehicle's door sticker. This has happened to me more than once.

The Dakota H/T's were a decent deal, with "buy 3 4th tire free", coming in at $119 x 3 or $357. However, Pep Boys charges extra for wheel balancing and "tire handling", so the actual charges were as follows:

Tire Mounting $0.0/ea
Tire Handling $2.50/ea $10.00 total
Wheel Balance $12.99/ea $51.96
Road Hazard $14.57/ea $58.28
Valve Stem $3.49/ea $13.96
These charges increased the cost of the tires to a pre-tax out-the-door price of $491/4, or about $123/ea., not including alignment. In general, I think it is better to have "out-the-door" pricing on tires, where the price includes everything needed to mount and balance the tires. Also, you should know that the 4th tire free is actually a rebate in the form of a prepaid Visa card, not cash back at time of service. Adding shop and other fees on separately feels tricky, because it allows stores to advertise apparently very low tire prices, but you are in fact only shopping the tire itself, not the whole service.

I think that Pep Boys is a decent place to get tires and other basic service done, though I can't judge on more serious repairs. They were courteous, efficient, and happy to explain their service to customers. They were thorough with their up-sell, offering many other services in addition to the originally requested items, but they were not push and took "no thanks" without drama. Most places you go for service will try to sell you additional service if they see an opportunity, and Pep Boys did not attempt the dreaded fluid-color ploy ("Look how dirty your coolant is compared to this shiny new coolant!"). I would prefer a single "out-the-door" price advertised on the tires.


  • eServe reservation system easy to use
  • Efficient, courteous service
  • Followed customer tire mounting instructions
  • Tires choices well explained
  • Tires were reasonably priced
  • 4th tire free promotion is a good deal
  • Service up-sell was not obnoxious, some of it was justified
  • Very basic waiting area; no free wi-fi or coffee
  • Several attempts to up-sell service
  • Advertised tire pricing leaves out required fees and parts
  • 4th tire free promotion uses a prepaid Visa card, not cash at time of service

*Disclosure: Pep Boys did not compensate me for this review, however, they did give a friend of mine a free set of new tires plus installation.

ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 16, 2010

Lamborghini's tricolore edition Gallardo

lamborghini gallardo tricolore

Reports said that Lamborghini would be launching a new two-tone Bicolore edition of the Gallardo at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. But this week's reports indicate that a Tricolore edition would also be in the works.

The second special-edition Gallardo would not be a three-tone model, but a Tricolore in the sense of the Italian flag. The country is preparing to celebrate a national milestone, its 150 years of unification which Lamborghini might celebrate with a patriotic edition featuring the red, white and green.

Source: http://www.eurocarblog.com/

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ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 15, 2010

Hyundai Sonata Vs Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata Vs Kia Optima

The Koreans have captured the auto market. Both the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Kia Optima, rank very highly on the midsize sedan pecking order chart. Members from Inside Line decided to pit the two sedans, which share major components and assemblies, against each other in a no-holds-barred fight for supremacy.

Both use 2.4-liter four cylinder engines and six-speed automatic transmissions, and both weight nearly the same – picking a winner means delving into the details. The details more favored Kia than Sonata because IL found that the Optima is tuned more for the enthusiast as opposed to the competent and comfortable nature of the Sonata.

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SOLVED! Geocache Challenge Prize #1


SOLVED! Geocache Challege Prize #2


SOLVED! Autoprophet Geocache Challege 2010!!!

Congratulations to Charles and his brother, who found both prizes this afternoon, Dec. 20th.
My family has been big into geocaching for years, so after seeing your blog entry, my brother and I swung by birmingham this afternoon. Perfect timing, as my car needs a new battery, pads and rotors, and a few other regular maintenance type odds and ends. Thanks Auto Prophet and Pep Boys!

-Charles (Auto aficionado and NRA Life Member)


Thanks to Pep Boys, who donated some gift cards, I am very happy to kick off this year's Autoprophet Geocache Challenge!

I have hidden two groups of Pep Boys gift cards in a much-loved part of Birmingham. Prize
#1 is 3 $50 gift cards, for a total of $150. Prize #2 is 2 $50 gift cards, for $100. The gift cards are hidden in gaily spray painted clear plastic soup containers. If you find both prizes, you win yourself a total of $250 to spend at Pep Boys, right before Christmas. What can you get at Pep Boys for $250? Besides tires, parts, oil, etc.?

*Disclosure: Pep Boys donated gift cards for this contest, the blogger did not receive any compensation.

ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 14, 2010

2011 Lexus CT 200h starts at $29,120

2011 Lexus CT

The little hybrid hatchback needs an attractive price if Lexus has any hope of selling 1,000 CTs each month in U.S. The rumoured base price of $29,120 would be enough to get a very good traffic in Lexus dealerships. This pricing data was leaked a day ahead of its planned arrival.

Lets assume that these prices are accurate, the 2011 CT 200h will be the least expensive new Lexus sold in America. The base price for the IS series and HS 250h hybrid sedan is several thousand dollars higher.

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Smug Vee Dub

I saw this guy, "GAS H8R" on the road the other day. I suppose he removed the TDI badges from his Golf.

ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 13, 2010

Honda's new 2012 civic model

2012 Honda Civic

Take a look at the next generation 2012 Honda Civic model. This picture is intended to give the world an idea of what we can expect from the Civic show car Honda will display at the Detroit Auto Show. The compact coupe will take the look of the current Civic and throw in some additional attitude. Along with some aggressively swept headlamps reminiscent of the European Civic Type R. Honda has a long history of rolling out concepts that are nearly identical to the real deal, so keep your eyes on Detroit for what could be the first look at the next Civic.

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Hyundai i40/Sonata wagon gets ready

Hyundai i40 Wagon

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, Hyundai is preparing to launch a new European D-segment model Hyundai i40 Sonata that will compete against vehicles like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. Hyundai i40 has been designed and developed in Germany by the company's European R&D center in Rüsselsheim.

The i40 will be available on sale shortly after its debut in Geneva in wagon form, with a sedan version expected to follow. The engine range will include a 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel with outputs ranging from 115 horsepower to 136.

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Nissan's Naughty Nav

Nissan's new Nav system will help you find "Adult Entertainment" locations, according to a review by Family Car Review.  It's debuting in the new 2011 Nissan Quest minivan

Good job Nissan.  Way to know your market.

ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 12, 2010

Audi R18 - A diesel racer

audi r18

Audi has released its latest LMP1 racer, the R18. After winning nine times in the Le Mans 24 Hours since 1999, the Ingolstadt-based automaker aims for the top spot with a closed coupe again. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich says that aerodynamic efficiency will be more important at Le Mans in the future.

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Fiat 500 Bicolore at Bologna Motor Show

fiat 500 bicolore

Fiat rolled out one of the several upcoming special edition 500 models. The new 500 Bicolore made its debut at the Bologna Motor Show. As its name implies, the Bicolore model features a two-tone paint scheme in candy-apple red and white. Fiat finishes off the changes to the Bicolore by fitting it with unique alloy wheels and trimming the interior with some chrome accents.

Fiat describes this model as an unprecedented combination that recalls the retro world of '50s American cars and pop art'. The Bicolore is powered by one of Fiat's most fuel efficient engines available: the turbocharged two-cylinder 0.9-liter TwinAir, which cranks out 85 horsepower.

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ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 10, 2010

Hybrid and diesel tax credits ends on December31

2011 Civic GX

If you’re still in the market for a hybrid or clean diesel car, you should definitely try to get one this holiday season since most tax credits will be expiring on December 31. Among the diesel models, the Mercedes ML350 BlueTec is one of the victims, while the natural gas-powered 2011 Honda Civic GX will also lose its $4,000 tax credit. The same goes for the recently introduced 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid.

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Ford B-Max minivan coming to Geneva

Ford B Max Minivan

Ford is getting ready to compete against the Opel Meriva small minivan in Europe. Ford will be bringing an all-new B-segment van to next year's Geneva Motor Show. The new minivan should begin its production towards the end of 2012. The company has already made it clear that its Craiova, Romania facility will be tasked with constructing a new B-segment fighter sometime soon, and news has it that the vehicle will be more people mover than hatchback.

If true, that means that the new van is likely to carry the B-Max moniker to keep in line with creations like the C-Max and S-Max. In Europe, Ford has relied on its aging Fusion people mover to carry the company in the small-car segment, and the aging platform has begun to slip over the past few years. While it once held the number two slot, the Fusion has fallen to be the fifth most popular vehicle among the B-segment vans.

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ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 9, 2010

Volkswagen Golf R20 headed to U.S

volkswagen golf r20

It's just been a couple of years since Volkswagen's R32 graced America's shores but now it has a successor, the Volkswagen Golf R20 model which was tuned by the in-house R team at Volkswagen. This car should be more exciting than its already entertaining forebear.

Unlike the R32, the new model will be powered by a turbo charged turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The European version currently on sale conjures up 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Along with the power increase, VW is promising bigger brakes, an uprated suspension, 18-inch wheels, center-exit dual exhaust and a more liberally tuned ESP.

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Chevrolet's small car to be called Sonic

2012 chevrolet sonic

GM has announced that its new B-segment car will be called Sonic. The 2012 Aveo was first launched at the Paris Motor Show and the vehicle will officially start production in 2011 at GM's Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.

The Sonic nameplate will only be available in United States, Canada and Mexico and for other markets the name will be Aveo. The reason for the name change here in North America is that Sonic represents a new beginning for Chevrolet and hence it was given a new name. The new car is roomy, stylish and fun to drive, and Sonic is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about.

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ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 8, 2010

2012 Hyundai Azera

hyundai azera

We recently got our first official information about 2012 Hyundai Azera but the South Korean car maker keeps updating information about its sedan that will find a place between the Sonata and Genesis.

In South Korea, Azera will be offered with a choice of two naturally aspirated engines, both featuring direct-injection technology. The base model will be powered by a four-cylinder gasoline unit found on Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima while the flag ship version has a 3.0-liter GDi V6 delivering 270HP and 31.6 kg/m of peak torque.

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Lotus Renault - the new kid on 2011 Formula 1

lotus renault gp

Lotus takes the “Renault F1 Team” and the new team is named “Lotus Renault GP” that will compete in the 2011 Formula 1 season. This is not the first time that the two companies have worked together in Formula 1, as in the 1980s, Lotus used turbocharged engines sourced from the French carmaker.

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ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 6, 2010

Top 10 Recalls of 2010

Car And Driver, my favorite car enthusiast magazine, has an nice one-page article in this month's issue summarizing graphically the top 10 recalls of 2010. Leading the pack was Toyota, with 5 of the top 10 recalls. Second was GM, with 2, and Honda with 2. Nissan had 1 recall in the top 10.

Congratulations to Ford, Chrysler, VW, and Hyundai for not making this top 10 list.