Consumer Reports lifts its 'don't buy' designation on the Lexus GX 460.
On a retest, and after taking their vehicle to the dealer for said software upgrade, Consumer Reports testers found the problem was indeed fixed: no more skidding out, thanks to solid response from the ESC. Subsequently, Consumer Reports lifted its "don't buy" designation for the vehicle.
We can argue all we want about the relative merits of ESC -- whether it really increases safety or is simply a nanny program that creates bad, reckless drivers -- but it is interesting to see the side-by-side test results when the ESC isn't working properly and when it is. Check out that video after the jump.
By Izzi Bendall
General Motors is making good on its word to convert half of its global manufacturing plants into landfill-free operations by the end of 2010. To date, 43 percent of GM facilities, or 62 sites, have stopped sending production waste to landfills.
Instead, 97 percent of the plants’ waste material is recycled and reused. Three percent of the waste is converted to energy, replacing fossil fuels.
Buick expects major sales boost
According to the Detroit Free Press, Buick has announced that it expects to move double its current volume over the next few years, thanks in large part to new models like its redesigned Regal midsize sedan and the bold new LaCrosse.
I particularly enjoyed this comment from Exhaust Notes reader xquzit98, from the article on China's influence on car design (most notably on Buick and other GM models):
"Im 30 and never thought [I'd] say it, but I'd buy a Buick! Move over Grandpa, I'm drivin!"
Telekom Austria finds a new use for outdated telephone booths.
And yet that infrastructure remains, while the infrastructure for emerging technologies -- such as charging stations for electric vehicles -- languishes. Telekom Austria (which, as the name suggests, is a telecommunications company based in, yes, Austria) is in the middle of rolling out what essentially transitions the emerging technology into the fading one by placing EV charging stations in their telephone booths.
Watch it here.
What's it like to drive the most potent road-going Ferrari ever, the 599 GTO? Only a few will ever know. But today, we're getting video of one of the most powerful cars in history from Maranello.
In this footage, legendary test driver Dario Benuzzi takes us for a spin in the 599 GTO. This new rocket from the Prancing Horse makes 670 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Watch it all on display in this video.
Are Buick show rooms going to get a little more crowded?
A new report from MLive.com credits an unnamed source as saying that the company’s Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant is gearing up to produce the new small Buick, and that it will be based on the upcoming Chevrolet Aveo successor. On the surface, that makes plenty of sense, especially considering that GM is currently shipping all of the hardware it will need to produce the Aveo to the Orion plant. At the same time, we’re left with a few questions as to why General Motors would be interested in pursuing a new CUV or crossover with the Buick brand, especially after announcing that Chevrolet would not be selling the Orlando here in the United States as initially announced.
Foreign automakers join to oppose stricter auto safety standards.
As it turns out, Nissan, Honda, Subaru and a good number of Republican lawmakers.
The foreign manufacturers are opposed to increased fines for cars with safety defects -- specifically any increase to the $16.4 million penalty cap currently in place -- and want more time before brake-override systems and vehicle black boxes are mandatory.
A shot of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS
A few weeks back, we revealed spy shots of the next-gen Porsche 911 GT2.
But now the Web is awash in reports from a Porsche dealer meeting in Germany where the company revealed the even-hotter GT2 RS.
Reportedly pushing 620 hp from its turbocharged boxer-six engine, the track- and street-legal GT2 RS is said to be 200 pounds lighter than the GT2. The combination of extra power and shaved weight means the GT2 RS reportedly will run from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and has set a record time of 7 minutes, 22 seconds at the Nürburgring. These numbers may not be entirely accurate, but we expect they are fairly close to the mark.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5