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Porsche Debuts 2010 911 GT3 At Geneva Motor Show
Porsche Debuts 2010 911 GT3 At Geneva Motor Show

Among all of the other high-performance goodies being unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will release its new 2010 911 GT3, a model that the U.K.'s AutoCar calls "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW Tries Hand @ SUV Psychology: 'You're Getting Very Sleepy...'

"Something new, full of character, 100 percent BMW..." That we can believe. "Not a sedan, not an SUV, not a wagon." Come on, BMW, you've tried the SAV (Sports-Activity Vehicle) thing already, and we ain't buying it. Last time we checked, 5,000+ lbs, a high roll center, four doors, and a hatch (not...Read More»

2009 Audi A6 4-door Avant Wagon 3.0L quattro Prestige Instrument Panel
Video: The Making Of Audi's 'Chase' Super Bowl Commercial

Oh to be Jason Statham, the bad-boy British star featured in Audi's upcoming Super Bowl '09 commercial. Not since Yul Brenner has bald been so sexy. Statham is the star in Audi's 60-second Super Bowl advertising extravaganza, "Chase" (60 seconds long! Someone has some cash reserves laying around)...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Italian Government Granting Fiat, Unions Assistance in 10 Days

We previously reported Fiat and Italian labor unions' warnings that without aid from the Italian government, up to 60,000 jobs are in jeopardy. Today the Italian government announces it will unveil a collection of measures in ten days to assist Italy's largest automaker as well as auto parts makers...Read More»

Bentley Supercar/Victoria
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»

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