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The Fast and the Furious has attained cult status amongst car guys for its horrific dialogue, cheese-ball action scenes and technical inaccuracy. The subsequent follow-ups were never met with the same fanfare, but the fifth installment, titled Fast Five might be able to bring back some of the magic, with the return of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.
While the first trailer aired in December, 2010, this one features more action-packed hijinks, boiled-over testosterone and big explosions. Hit the jump to take a look.
Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” episode, where the billionaire talk show personality gives audience members a series of lavish gifts, saw the unveiling of the silhouette of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, a first for the new car.
Oprah, who owns a current generation Beetle, contacted the automaker regarding a giveaway, and she was given a sneak peek of the unreleased car. The 2012 Beetle won’t be shown until next year after the Detroit Auto Show and winners will have to wait until late in 2011 to collect their cars.
The new Beetle’s design echoes the original Beetle much more closely, with a more aggressive, slanted roofline, rather than the 3 semi-circles look the current car trades on. Volkswagen CEO Jonathan Browning mentioned that the car would be given a sportier edge, with optional features like a sport suspension, sport seats and dual exhausts, while powerplants will include the cracking 2.0 Turbo 4-cylinder and torquey TDI diesel. Volkswagen is hoping to move away from the Beetle’s feminine image – and will ostensibly doing away with Barbie themed Beetles, like the one seen above.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
Chevrolet debuted three new compact cars, as part of its new Z-Spec factory upgrades lineup, with the new Cruze and Volt, as well as the upcoming Spark subcompact rounding out the lineup.
While the concepts modifications are cosmetic in nature, the upgrades really elevate the conservative lines of the Cruze, with an orange paint job, Recaro seats and big wheels featuring prominently. The Spark could be considered a throwback to the days of “The Fast and the Furious”, with its creamsicle orange paintjob, white BBS wheels and Altezza taillights. Of the three, our favorite was the Volt, whose sharp angles, white paintwork and big wheels complimented the car in a way that the stock styling just doesn’t do.
Hit the jump to see all three galleries of the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Spark Z-Spec