Customers Improve Ford Dash Displays With Virtual Simulator

Customers Improve Ford Dash Displays With Virtual Simulator
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For the next generation of Ford’s in-dash displays, the company is actually putting some thought into them—and focus groups are using a high-tech virtual simulator to determine what works in relaying information to drivers and passengers alike. The driving simulator is carefully designed to match the interior of a Ford Focus Electric, with two 4.2-inch… Continue Reading...

2013 Infiniti JX Crossover Debuts At Pebble Beach [Video]

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2013 Infiniti JX Crossover Debuts At Pebble Beach [Video]
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Infiniti has been teasing us with the JX for some time now, but today the pieces finally fit: the luxury crossover was unveiled in its entirety at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The JX is Infiniti’s second vehicle that seats 7 people across three rows of leather-clad seats. The first was the QX56, the Nissan… Continue Reading...

2013 Lexus GS350 Unveiled At Pebble Beach [Video]

2013 Lexus GS350 Unveiled At Pebble Beach [Video]
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And now, drumroll, please…at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus has unveiled the all-new GS350,with sharper styling and sportier handling. The new GS is wider than the outgoing four-eyed model, as befitting an entirely new platform that is even more rigid but stays within the same size. Lexus engineers focused on making the car more… Continue Reading...

Babysitter Caught Driving With Infant In Truck Bed [Video]

Babysitter Caught Driving With Infant In Truck Bed [Video]
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For parents, babysitter nightmares don’t come any worse than this: a 23-year old woman was arrested after leaving an 8-month old baby in the back of a Dodge Ram and driving around in the back. Keyona Davis, from—where else?—Florida, was stopped by police after witnesses spotted her sitting in the back of the truck, with… Continue Reading...

Berlin Protestors Setting Luxury Cars On Fire

Berlin Protestors Setting Luxury Cars On Fire
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Spurred by the recent riots in London, the Germans have taken to the streets—and their target are the Mercedes, BMW, and Audi cars owned by “fat cats” that are ruining their country. About 138 cars have been torched across Berlin, with 26 just in the past two days. 130 of those have been Benzes; 91… Continue Reading...

Former Chrysler Marketing Executive Moves To Honda

Former Chrysler Marketing Executive Moves To Honda
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Michael Accavitti once worked for Chrysler as its chief marketing officer, even becoming president of the Dodge brand. But now he’s taken his talents to Honda, where he will be doing much the same thing. Accavitti worked at Cisco Systems shortly after his stint in Auburn Heights, spending the past two years there. It will be… Continue Reading...

Kia Rear-Drive Genesis Twin Confirmed, But No Pickup or Miata Rival

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Kia Rear-Drive Genesis Twin Confirmed, But No Pickup or Miata Rival
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Kia, spurred by the success of sibling Hyundai’s Genesis (and possibly Equus), wants a piece of the rear-drive pie. The company is planning a flagship luxury sedan and possibly a coupe, both in the vein of the Genesis duo. Kia’s rear-drive adventures end there, however: there are no plans to introduce a pickup truck. There… Continue Reading...

Cadillac ELR Revealed as ConverJ Concept’s Production Name

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Cadillac ELR Revealed as ConverJ Concept’s Production Name
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A few days ago, Cadillac announced that the Volt-based Converj concept would enter production. Well, it’s gotten a name change to suit its newfound status: look for the Cadillac ELR to hit dealers in a few months. After all, a sensible, less-ambiguous name like “Converj” couldn’t be used: it had too many letters! ELR brings… Continue Reading...

BMW M5 Diesel Confirmed: the 550dM

BMW M5 Diesel Confirmed: the 550dM
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In case BMW‘s notoriously fickle enthusiasts can’t find the motivation to summon their pitchforks, here’s some news to light a fire under their posteriors: the legendary M division will put a diesel engine under the hood of their next car, a 5-Series. Say it ain’t so, again! What’s next, a front-wheel drive M? But the… Continue Reading...

Michelle Bachmann Promises $2.00/Gallon Gas If Elected

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Michelle Bachmann Promises $2.00/Gallon Gas If Elected
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Just like how elementary school kids promised free lollipops and candy in the vending machines, America’s politicians make the same affirmations. Case in point: Michelle Bachmann will, if elected, give all God-fearing Americans the divine right of cheap gas. Drill baby, drill! Bachmann told supporters at an event in South Carolina: “The day that the… Continue Reading...

Man Tries To Escape DUI By Moving Crashed Car With Stolen Forklift

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Man Tries To Escape DUI By Moving Crashed Car With Stolen Forklift
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An enterprising drunkard in Germany found himself in a car accident, of his own doing. So with cops coming, what did he do to escape? He jacked a nearby forklift and attempted to move the car himself. In the sort of drunk idea that only makes sense when you’re 7 Nordhäusers in, the 27-year old… Continue Reading...

2012 Toyota Yaris Revealed With 38-MPG Highway Rating

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2012 Toyota Yaris Revealed With 38-MPG Highway Rating
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The Toyota Yaris gets a remake for 2012, and a sports version that will tide us over until the Scion FR-S comes. The entire Yaris range gets a longer wheelbase by two inches, and an overall increase in length by three inches. Even though it’s only taller by 0.6 inches, somehow Toyota engineers found an… Continue Reading...

72-Year Old Russian Pilot Builds Flying Car [Video]

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The zany ZAZ takes to the skies! Ex-pilot Valery Bulgakov turned this 1987 ZAZ Tavria into an airworthy flying machine, through hard work, acres of sheetmetal, and lofty Russian ingenuity. ZAZ cranked out thousands of Tavrias in the 1980s and 1990s, and aside from a few examples that must have been thrown off a cliff under various… Continue Reading...

New Mazda MX-5 Miata Patent Drawings Leaked

New Mazda MX-5 Miata Patent Drawings Leaked
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One of the most famous sports cars in the world (as voted on by the people’s wallets) is the Mazda Miata. The next one will no doubt continue with this sales success, and with this leaked patent drawing, we can get a glimpse of what we’ll be seeing on the twisties. Any change from its… Continue Reading...

President Obama Hates America: Travels The Country On A Canadian Bus

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President Obama Hates America: Travels The Country On A Canadian Bus
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Stop the presses! President Obama, champion of American jobs and lower taxes, is touring this great nation in a $1.1-million luxury tour bus—built in CANADA! Obama’s Prevost VIP H3-45, nicknamed “Greyhound One,” is the same model used by touring artists such as Rush, Nickelback, and Loverboy. It comes with all of the armor and accoutrements as… Continue Reading...

Swizz Beatz, The Perfect Man For Lotus [Video]

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In a fit of corporate community outreach, Lotus hired Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Daoud Dean) to head Lotus’s Creative Design department, which may sound like the plot to a screwball 80’s comedy (Gung Ho meets Trading Places?) but actually came with a press release. The rapper and hip-hop producer wasn’t just chosen to become Lotus’s spokesman—no,… Continue Reading...

Smart Electric Bike Goes Into Production

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Smart Electric Bike Goes Into Production
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With the e-bike set for production in 2012, Smart takes to two wheels—just in time to tap into the growing two-wheeled market. According to Smart’s figures, bicycle sales soared in Germany from 70,000 bikes sold in 2007 to 200,000 last year. And power-assisted bicycles will make up 15% of all two-wheeled sales by 2018. The… Continue Reading...

BMW 1-Series Performance Concept Leaked Ahead Of Frankfurt

BMW 1-Series Performance Concept Leaked Ahead Of Frankfurt
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BMW may have just introduced their revised 1-Series, but it is wasting no time in making it hotter. For their Frankfurt stand, BMW is readying a Performance Concept version—and through these leaked camera phone shots, we now know what it looks like. BMW unveiled the car ahead of time at a dealer meeting, and some… Continue Reading...

Mercedes F1 Gives Teenage Boy A Bionic Hand

Mercedes F1 Gives Teenage Boy A Bionic Hand
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14-year old Matthew James was born without a left hand. He dreamed of having a sophisticated bionic hand, but his family couldn’t afford the £30,000. But a chance meeting with Ross Brawn gave Matthew a life-changing experience: a new hand, for free. And Matthew didn’t have to find out any uncomfortable truths about his father,… Continue Reading...

Saab Secures Some More Funding, Re-Evalutates Its Goals

Saab Secures Some More Funding, Re-Evalutates Its Goals
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Somehow, Saab is still alive, clinging to financial solvency with a tenacious refusal to go gentle into that good night. Some good news in its struggle has emerged, however: the troubled company has raised $5.8 million in a deal with GEM Global Yield Fund Limited, securing its funding for the time being. Saab’s Trollhättan plant… Continue Reading...
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Lotus To Unveil Evora GTE Road Car Concept At Pebble Beach

Lotus To Unveil Evora GTE Road Car Concept At Pebble Beach
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Don’t let the Swizz Beatz involvement fool you: Lotus still wants you to know that they build sports cars. Case in point: at the swanky Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance this year, Lotus will unveil a GTE-class race car based on their Evora. The Evora GTE Road Car Concept is designed to race in the GTE… Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz Offers The Chance To Race Against David Coulthard

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Mercedes-Benz Offers The Chance To Race Against David Coulthard
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If you fancy yourself quite the sporting gentleman, Mercedes-Benz is keen to offer you a proposition: race against David Coulthard in an SLS AMG. What say you, good sir? It won’t be what you expect, however: rather than two cars competing head-to-head, 24 competition winners will race on Gran Turismo 5, while Coulthard sets laps… Continue Reading...

Jaguar XJ Gets Decapitated By Newport Convertible Engineering

Jaguar XJ Gets Decapitated By Newport Convertible Engineering
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Newport Convertible Engineering, famous decapitators of everything from the Subaru Impreza to the GMC Yukon to the Toyota Prius, have no shame and no hesitation in taking their Sawzall to a bevy of four-doored vehicles. In case its customers pine for JFK’s convertible, NCE has offered them the chance to enjoy wind-in-hair motoring, once again—behind… Continue Reading...

VW Bulli To Join Beetle In “Heritage Range”

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VW Bulli To Join Beetle In “Heritage Range”
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Volkswagen executives are reportedly “very serious” to add the Bulli to their production lineup, as part of a “Heritage Range.” So far, this range consists of the Beetle, and…well, nothing else. But given the cult status of the old Microbus, and the overwhelmingly positive response of the Bulli at various auto shows, and VW is… Continue Reading...
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