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1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti sells for $35M, most expensive ever [video]
I wonder how long you can keep ownership of a car such as this a secret. Not the sort of thing you can take down to the local 7-11 to pick up some Skittles and Dr Pepper without someone noticing...
Feb 6th, 2016 8:47am
Audi's Super Bowl commercial is a moonshot [video]
Damn, on first thought it was a bit cheesy...then the better part of me thinks "This is what it should be all about". Absolutely genius ad.
Feb 4th, 2016 1:58am
Ford GT goes up for order next month, company will vet potential buyers
This goes to the concept of brand prestige vs model prestige/integrity. Sure, Ford mainly makes mainstream cars...but the Ford GT40 of Le Mans fame can stand with any Ferrari or Porsche or Mercedes in terms of prestige and sheer credibility. Many people bag Lexus cars...but when the LFA is mentioned, the sentiment turns to utmost respect for one of the purest drivers cars made in the last decade.
Feb 2nd, 2016 6:28am
BMW 7 Series gets Mini's 2.0 turbo in Turkey, China
It's actually about 100 kgs difference over the front axle: that would be a huge difference in tight stuff.
Jan 28th, 2016 12:22pm
Mercedes celebrates the 40th anniversary of the W123
A testament to these cars is that you still see quite a few of them on the really low end dealer lots around Sydney: usually they have a genuine 350K+ km on them, and that's low mileage. Many have rebuilt engines, but the basic body is there, and still looks amazing for a car that is generally around double the age of its buyers. MB today still makes technically amazing cars, but the era of ridiculously over-engineered vehicles that will outlast the sun is now over...
Jan 28th, 2016 5:28am
BMW 7 Series gets Mini's 2.0 turbo in Turkey, China
China and Turkey both have insane taxes on large capacity engines, as do a few other places, so this is actually quite common: and besides, a small engine means light weight. it may not get into corners that fast, but through them, this car would sing!
Jan 27th, 2016 6:26am
2016 Bentley Mulsanne and long wheelbase caught in motion [video]
This is a car for the superhighways of Dubai, Hollywood Boulevard. But good luck in the small cities of Eastern Europe!
Jan 24th, 2016 12:52pm
2016 Bentley Mulsanne and long wheelbase caught in motion [video]
Somehow, don't think I am going to be able to park this in 97.5% of parking spaces in Prague...
Jan 23rd, 2016 12:08pm
VW reiterates Euro owners won’t get Dieselgate compensations
Not sure what laws are like in Europe, but surely there is something to be said for greater depreciation of the vehicles?
Jan 22nd, 2016 12:44pm
2017 Audi R8 pricing starts at $162,900
Well, the price you pay will depend on demand: if this model ends up being way more desirable than the production rate, look forward to paying at least the recommended price (likely a steep premium), a wait list of a few months and great resale prices. The Ferrari 488 GTB has a ridiculous wait list right now, and if you are lucky enough to have one on order, it's a better investment than 95% of what you can get on the stock market now. But if the demand is not that crash hot...you're going to either get solid discounting of about $15K+, or they'll throw in heaps of extras for no extra cash. Just be careful with resales...
Jan 21st, 2016 6:43am
Buick Avista convertible looks too good not to build
I understand the cynicism, but a lot of people were saying the Lexus LF LC concept would never go into production. When Lexus said they would do it, many thought "They are going to take the sexiness out and replace it with BORING easy-to-make styling changes. Instead, they have given us virtually the exact concept. Hopefully Buick has taken note and will do the same.
Jan 20th, 2016 11:26am
2018 Lexus LC 500 Prototype First Drive
I really have come to appreciate how hard chassis fine tuning is: the stuff like engines and aero, that is really the realm of hard science and engineering: with enough time, money, effort and discipline - and bit of inspiration here and there - you will get there. But chassis engineering is as much art and a poker game as a science. That last 10%...good luck with what will be the most important time. One thing I am a bit worried about is the weight: this is still maybe 350-400 lbs heavier than it should be. It will be a superb GT cruiser, but cutting that extra weight would give it more capability in the true sports car space.
Jan 19th, 2016 1:06am
New Mercedes E Class to start from $49,436 with 9G auto
An E class AMG with only 402 hp? I can imagine that should be 502hp, at least...and probably a bit more on top...
Jan 18th, 2016 3:50am
VW Dieselgate fix rejected by regulators
I think you may be right in this case with a US company, but we are just guessing here. And I still would argue that if there is a chance for the US government to get money out of a company when the public mood is for corporate blood, that's the way they'll roll, regardless of lobbying dollars. But yes, the degree to which they'd do it, there could be a difference.
Jan 15th, 2016 6:45am
Mercedes still pushing for Russian factory despite local downturn
Russia is unlikely to collapse completely, but it will enter a prolonged period of painful stagnation as long as the oil price hovers below $40 a barrel and it will completely derail it's military program - not a bad outcome. But in the unlikely event oil does stay below $30 a barrel for 18-24 months, and there were some greater sanctions on Russia: say hitting its ability to sell oil, taxing certain transactions and Russian assets in EU/US and some more SWIFT limits, then yes, Russia's economy would implode.
Jan 15th, 2016 1:01am
VW Dieselgate fix rejected by regulators
Maybe indeed they need to change the laws, but VW knew what the rules were, they elected to try and cheat, got caught...now they will pay a price. It's not as if the US government is trying to change the rules AFTER the event.
Jan 14th, 2016 6:43am
Dodge Viper reportedly axed over side curtain airbags
They probably will in the future, but remember this design is actually largely based on the 2nd generation model released in 2002 (and that was itself an upgrade of the first generation dating back to the early 1990s). They saved a lot on costs with what is still a very capable performance car, but the basic design they used is still from an era where side curtain airbags were barely an expensive option with high end European cars.
Jan 14th, 2016 6:27am
Industry will reach 'peak auto' in 2016, but trouble ahead
I don't buy the peak auto line, at least not yet for a few years yet. I would argue we are on the verge of a renaissance of the automobile. This will be due to more breakthroughs in electric cars/ fuel cells, which will coincide nicely over the next 10-15 years with greater rules and restrictions on C02, nitride pollution...whatever. That will be enough to generate huge demand. But perhaps more so, truly autonomous vehicles that will be safer than any driver in just about any situation. The government can mandate these vehicles will eventually be the rule, but even if they don't, insurance companies might. These are the two things which will ensure that there will be a massive upgrade cycle in the next decade or so.
Jan 13th, 2016 8:43am
Aston Martin DB11 teaser reveals biturbo 5.2-liter V12 [video]
Four seconds 0-100 km/h? In isolation that is a great time...but in this day and age for the price Aston would be asking, it's way too lazy. I would imagine something in the 3.5 second range.
Jan 12th, 2016 1:34pm
2017 Genesis G90 arrives in Detroit to take on premium segment
This is where the MBA comes in: how do you price this? Naturally, it's going to be lower than the competition...but how much lower? Only a bit lower and you will hardly generate any sales, and you may have to cut prices eventually more steeply, which will anger early adopters, who lose out on resale and feel cheated. But price too low, you won't make any real money no matter how many you sell. But you may establish the brand... Tough choices coming up.
Jan 12th, 2016 7:48am
2017 Lexus LC 500 provokes Detroit with 467 hp [video]
Winner! I was worried Lexus would have really toned down the design from the concept, but they kept it pretty much the same. This is going to be a wait list heart breaker!
Jan 11th, 2016 9:35pm
2016 Mercedes E Class teased yet again, seems overly familiar
It's a low risk, low cost design strategy for MB: keeping a familiar design may annoy some people, but many more will like the familiar resemblance, plus the excellence packaging and super aerodynamics. MB has done well.
Jan 11th, 2016 3:00pm
Latest BMW 5 Series spy photos show unusual exhaust tips
What will be important is the weight saving: whilst the new 7 series is no flyweight, the weight of this car for this in this premium large sedan class is incredible: BMW has done an amazing job with the 7 series and hopefully it will be even bettered with the 5 series.
Jan 10th, 2016 6:21am
Lexus fires up engine of Detroit-bound premiere, likely V8 [video]
I really hope that they keep it looking EXACTLY like the concept: they were onto a global sensation with this... http://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2013/03/Lexus-LF-LC-front-right-side.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&fit=around%7C660%3A%2A It ticks every box...not derivative of another brand, very modern...and absolutely, jaw droppingly stunning. Don't screw this up guys!!!
Jan 9th, 2016 2:12pm
VW Dieselgate cooperation is reportedly half-hearted
This was a silly move by VW and I hope that it emerges from this eventually. But fact is, the US government has set laws that need to be obeyed. If they are not, there are fines: every car company knows the rules. It may just be a few "rogue" elements in the company, but that is VW's problem. The US government now has a chance to - let's be honest - be seen to be doing something about corporate accountability, protecting the environment...and get perhaps well over $50 billion from a foreign car company - what's not to love? Think about it: it makes perfect sense for the US government to go after VW for everything they can. It may be silly in some ways, but damn, how can they resist?
Jan 9th, 2016 1:17pm
2017 BMW 5 Series spied, will battle the new Mercedes E Class
I'm wondering if this will be the last generation of the 5 and E which primarily relies on an IC engine?: the ~2024 models may well have a layout closer to that of the Tesla, with a sandwich floor for the battery arrays.
Jan 6th, 2016 11:31am
Mercedes developing a unique platform for electric vehicles
It's a bit out of date, but here's a rough guide... http://www.gomog.com/allmorgan/engineweights.html That 9G tronic slushbox is around 100kgs. Then the fuel tank. But just realised that for the EV, in addition to the battery, there is the weight of electric motors themselves...
Jan 1st, 2016 8:07am
Mercedes developing a unique platform for electric vehicles
That's a lot of weight for a battery, but can anyone tell me what does a typical combined V6 turbo diesel engine, full fuel tank and transmission/gearbox weigh?
Dec 31st, 2015 1:12am
Bond fans rejoice as barely used BMW Z8 is being auctioned
If I recall correctly, sales off to a strong start, then absolutely fell by the wayside. I think the reason was it arrived just when there were a slew of competitors arriving, many of them far cheaper. Pity. Production cut early, less than 6,000 sold, a fraction of what was needed to break even on the project. And now, people are realizing just how brilliant and gorgeous this car was...and is.
Dec 30th, 2015 1:04pm
Who will and won't attempt a Nurburgring lap time in 2016
Wow! That is an amazing time from Lamborghini. I was about to say the Aventador SV is a 'normal' car before I realized how stupid that is! Still, it is a relatively normal production car, compared to the LaFerrari, P1 and 918, who all had limited production runs and prices that made the Aventador seem affordable.
Dec 30th, 2015 9:22am
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