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Video: Bentley To Reveal Its Fastest, Most Powerful Car In Geneva
Video: Bentley To Reveal Its Fastest, Most Powerful Car In Geneva

Bentley is set to reveal the "extreme Bentley" on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is to be the marque's fastest and most powerful production automobile ever. The title of the press photo you see here leads us to believe the new supercar could be named the Bentley Victoria. Click here to view...Read More»

2008 Fiat 500
Chrysler/Fiat Union Could Result In Seven New Vehicles For U.S.

Yesterday the Free Press confirmed that that Chrysler/Fiat marriage might result in seven new vehicles for North America. A Free Press source close to the negotiations said that four vehicles would be sold under Pentastar brands and the remaining three would be sold as Fiats or Alfa Romeos. Four...Read More»

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Fiat, Italian Labor Unions Ask Italy For Help

Fiat and Italian labor unions report the loss of up to 60,000 jobs unless the government steps in to provide relief. The cause - of course - is the dismal global economy, causing what Nissan's Carlos Ghosn termed a "slump" for the entire auto industry. The Italian government in Rome claims that it...Read More»

2009 Bentley Flying Spur Speed
Bentley, Elizabeth Arden Ignore Recession, Have Luxury One-Nighter

Gathering Depression be damned (right along with sinking Bentley sales): last Thursday, Bentley Motors teamed up with Elizabeth Arden to present the Luxury Limited Edition Night against "the suggestive backdrop of the Bentley Motors showroom in Rome." If you're going to have an over-the-top...Read More»

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Volvo Bans Chromium From Leather, Car Interiors

Erin Brockovich would be pleased to hear that going forward, all Volvo interior materials will be chromium-free. Chromium is commonly used in the leather tanning process, and hexavalent chromium (the cancerous stuff that caused class-action lawsuits and gave Julia Roberts a juicy movie role) is...Read More»

2005 MINI Cooper Convertible 2-door Convertible Steering Wheel
MINI Financial Services 'Liquid Assets' Game For iPhone: LOLZ!

In typical MINI fashion, the brand's Financial Services arm is mixing a little business with pleasure, arcade style. Today they announce a new iPhone App called "MINI Liquid Assets," which is a free download from iTunes that will run on the iPhone and iPod Touch with version 2.0 software. Remember...Read More»

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
2009 Porsche 911 Carrera To Sport Variable Volume Exhaust System

Want to hear the guttural growl of Porsche's flat-six with even greater intensity? Starting in February, for $2,500 you can outfit your 2009 911 with a new factory sports exhaust system that is driver-selectable for either more or less of the singular snarl. I'd probably have it on full blast just...Read More»

2009 BMW Alpina B7
BMW Alpina B7 To Sport Twin-Turbo V-8 With 507 hp

Seven's the magic number for the range-topping Alpina version of BMW's 2009 7-series, the Alpina B7. Seven horsepower, that is. Eschewing the last Alpina B7's 5oo hp, supercharged 4.4-liter V-8, the new version will use twin-turbos to huff out a rumored 7 hp more. Above is a teaser sketch of the...Read More»

P1-E Electric
U.K.'s P1-E Electric Sportster To Compete With Fisker, Tesla

Penned by Jim Dowle of McLaren design fame, the British P1-E is a blazingly quick all-electric two-seater said to reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Two electric motors mounted at either end of the Lancia/Lotus-inspired roadster combine for an expected 389 hp and 590 lb-ft of instantaneous twist. Top...Read More»

Chrysler TC by Maserati
Chrysler's Italian Affair, Round 2

The last union of Chrysler and an Italian marque, back in the go-go 80s, produced nothing less than...the Chrysler TC by Maserati. For those too young too remember, the TC looked like a barely restyled Chrysler LeBaron convertible with leather seats so overstuffed that Top Gear screenwriter Richard...Read More»

2008 Bentley Brooklands
Bentley Celebrates 50 Years Of The 6.75-litre V-8

Silent and dutiful like the butler who's been serving the family tea and scones for decades, yet as alarming as Ms. Doubtfire's right hook when you prod the accelerator, the balanced-and-blueprinted 6-and-3/4-litre V-8 has been wafting Bentleys forth in near-silence for 50 years. Dr. Ulrich...Read More»

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo
Chrysler/Fiat: Will Italian Steel Immigrate to U.S. Dealers?

With Fiat set to take 35 percent of Chrysler for no money down, gain access to Chrysler's dealer network in the U.S., and Chrysler to gain access to the Italian automaker's competitive small car platforms and machinery, what kind of exotic Italian steel can we expect to wrap our driving gloves...Read More»

2009 Chrysler 200C Concept
Chrysler Dealers Respond To Fiat Deal: 'Best Idea In A Long Time'

Though the details are still being scrutinized by both auto giants (and causing plenty of concern and consternation among industry analysts and Chrysler executives alike), the merger of Chrysler LLC and the Fiat Group has disgruntled Chrysler dealers in a very hopeful mood. According to The Detroit...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-3 Aero
Saab To Introduce AWD 9-3X, New 9-5

Saab's 9-3, which we rated a rather middling 7.6 out of 10 overall in our Car Reviews section, is slated for an AWD option in its base model, to be named the 9-3X. Currently, AWD can only be had on the range-topping Turbo X model with the turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, helping to quell its torque...Read More»

MINI Bulldog
Mini Bulldog Warms Hearts With No Carbon Footprint

Causing a grin on the face, some warmth in the heart, but nary a trace of CO2 in the air, the plush MINI Bulldog makes its way to select MINI dealers as well as motoringgear.com just in time for a February 14 gift for the owner (or aspiring owner) of a MINI Cooper, Clubman, or even one of the 500...Read More»

2003 Chrysler Concorde 4-door Sedan LX Rear Exterior View
UAW's Gettelfinger Blesses Chrysler/Fiat Alliance

Earlier today we reported that yesterday's rumored Chrysler LLC/Fiat S.p.A. alliance is a go, enabling Chrysler desperately needed access to competitive small-car platforms and granting Fiat access to Chrysler's U.S. dealer network. Outspoken UAW President Ron Gettelfinger this morning lent his...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Audi And Prada Announce Joint Projects In Sport And Culture

Audi, "THE luxury brand for these times," stated Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen in an address from the Detroit Auto Show, has taken the fashion-forward step of announcing joint projects with famed Italian design house Prada. Will such a move add further sparkle and shine to the...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD
Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car

With the introduction of its S400 BlueHYBRID occurring this summer, Mercedes is set to become the first automaker to offer extremely efficient lithium-ion battery technology in a mass production passenger automobile. Significantly, Mercedes bathes the notoriously hot-running lithium-ion cells in...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
BMW Inline Sixes Earn Spots On Wards' 10 Best Engines List

Last Wednesday, BMW accepted two Ward's Automotive Group awards for its engines: both are twin-turbo inline sixes, one powered by gasoline and the other by ultra-low sulfur diesel. Direct injection, low-mass twin turbochargers, and high-strength aluminum construction enable both powerplants to...Read More»

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