Internal debate over which revamped model hits showrooms first: Dodge Charger, or Chrysler 300?
That's why, according to the Detroit Free Press, the revamped 2011 version of the 300 may hit the market early -- earlier even than the manufacturer's new Dodge Charger -- before the end of 2010.
Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been pushing for new models -- and for good reason. The lack of new sheet metal on dealer lots has been killing the brand as other domestic badges like Ford and GM rolled out new, acclaimed models... and reaped a bump in sales as a result. Chrysler, on the other hand, has been in free fall.
The CTS Sport Wagon now has the perfomance to match its looks
Geely inks deal for Volvo, promises to 'liberate the tiger'
Not only that, they spoke of the Volvo brand as a tiger that should live in the jungle, but doesn't, and needs to be liberated.
A little tough to tell, based on that analogy, whether Geely employees have the ability to grasp the straightforward subtlety of Swedish design.
That being said, Li Shufu, founder of Geely, had a cogent point behind his metaphor. That is, Volvo is currently reliant on Europe for its manufacturing, and Europe and the U.S. for sales. But the global marketplace -- something of which Chinese companies are particularly aware -- can provide far more opportunities.
Zoomsafer adds VoiceMate application for incoming and outgoing texts
The technology combined GPS and cell phone tower signals to automatically engage the application when the phone is in a car that is in motion. Now, ZoomSafer has added the VoiceMate app. The program mimics applications in, say, Ford's Sync system, that allow drivers to receive and respond to both e-mail and incoming text messages via voice recognition software.
CNN puts hybrid Lexus head-to-head with diesel Audi
For now, the answer depends mainly on which market you're talking about. In Europe, for example, clean diesels aren't only mainstream, they're a dominant force; in the States, on the other hand (and thanks to lingering memories of the belching, noxious diesels sold here in the 1970's), green drivers favor hybrid powertrains, be they gas-electric models such as the Toyota Prius or upcoming plug-in iterations.
CNN has picked the luxury segment to be the battleground for an example of each type of technology: The clean diesel Audi A3 TDI, overwhelmingly popular in Europe and critically acclaimed everywhere else, versus Lexus' dedicated hybrid model, the HS 250h. Let's see the results of the face-off:
518-horsepower E63 AMG combines speed and stealth -- for a price
The E63 sedan is the latest. It’s also one of the best, a 518-horsepower sports sedan that easily matches -- and may top -- the BMW M5 or Cadillac CTS-V. On the surface, a casual observer might assume that this Mercedes is just another sleepy, four-door luxury saloon, perhaps on its way to the dentist’s office. Then you mash the gas, and suddenly onlookers realize there’s a Deutsche hooligan in their midst: First, the E63 fires off an ear-smacking cannon shot that’s more NASCAR than Mercedes luxury sedan. Next thing you know, you’ve eclipsed 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and clipped the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds. Add the optional performance package, and Mercedes will generously dial up the electronically-limited top speed from 155 to a blistering 186 mph.
Unlike AMGs of yore, this Mercedes is about more than warp-speed autobahn cruising in a cushy package. Compared to the previous-generation E63, this version is barely more powerful -- only 11 additional horses from the previous version's 507. But with its unique front axle, with a 2.2-inch wider track; a quicker steering rack and a suspension that's twice as stiff as the standard E-Class; and the greased-lightning AMG Speedshift 7-speed automated manual transmission, the E63 has added the handling reflexes and sensitive steering needed to let you attack curves like a Hun on wheels.
Hyundai shows a teaser of its first-ever hybrid
The car will be revealed in the flesh at the New York auto show on Wednesday (so far, only this teaser shot has been released). A turbocharged Sonata will also be in New York.
So, it looks like the hybrid market is reaching the tipping point. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago there was really only one hybrid option: the Prius (well, Honda's Insight was there, too, but, really -- did you know anyone who had one of those?).
You've probably never seen a blown clutch like this one
Of course, the circumstances were a little more, er, stressful than your average commute. The car in question is the "Baby Burrito" Honda CRX -- a drag strip regular.
As Jalopnik points out, this is exactly what transmission shields are for.
The 0:13 mark is the "oh s4!t" part, after the jump.
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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