Limited initial release means prices for the extended-range electric could skyrocket.
According to The New York Times "Wheels" blog, dealers in the early Volt markets of California, Texas, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C., are adding a premium -- sometimes several thousand dollars -- to the Volt's already significant $41,000 price tag (which drops to $33,500 after the $7,500 federal tax credit).
By Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News
Old X3: Bad cupholders. New X3: Good, Starbucks-friendly, American-style cupholders right below the center instrument panel.
The rise in BMW's U.S. sales over the past two years, even eclipsing BMW sales in the German home market, made designers and engineers back in Munich more open to incorporating quirky American preferences, said Joe Wierda, the X3 product manager at BMW.
By Marisa Miller
Just in time for this weekend's big rally in Sturgis, the only Victoria's Secret Angel with a Harley explains the mystique behind riding a bike -- with or without a man -- for those of us not exactly contemplating the flag tattoo or bandana look. She is, as usual, very convincing.
A man on a motorcycle turns me on because a man on a motorcycle is automatically bad -- a little bit tough, a little bit rugged -- and, for pretty much any woman, automatically hot.
By Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News
BMW AG hopes to get out from under the gas-guzzler taxes that are tacked on to the sticker prices of some of its high-performance models in the United States.
Jim O'Donnell, president of BMW of North America, says the company is studying fuel-efficiency improvements that could eliminate the gas-guzzler taxes on its vehicles as early as the launch of their redesigns in the next few years.
Money can't buy everything, but it sure can buy absurdity.
Why? Because so very many of the vehicles on the road right now force drivers to live with compromises that any self-respecting human just shouldn’t have to make. More common carmakers will tell you that a car can be fast but not comfortable, or comfortable but not fast. Buyers are shoehorned into cars with basement-rate interiors that are justified only by their price tags. In short, we’ve forgotten entirely what it means to enjoy the art of getting from one location to the next. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed is more than happy to refute all of those stuffy conventions of the auto industry with the first brazen thrust of your right foot.
Fuel-efficiency leader aims for 50 mpg fleet average by 2025.
Now, Hyundai has announced plans to deliver a fleetwide average of 50 mpg by 2025, far ahead of the government-mandated fuel-economy standard of 35.5 mpg by 2016. (Hyundai had announced a similar 35 mpg goal by 2015 even before the government mandate was announced.) The company is looking to its Blue Drive strategy -- sort of a group-think approach to research and development that encompasses all of the company's engineering centers across the globe -- to deliver the goods, along with "improvements and innovation in powertrains, including gasoline direct injection, turbocharging, electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, lightweight materials and design."
By Dale Jewett
The new, all-aluminum 5.0-liter V8 that is the heart of the 2011 Ford Mustang GT--and is destined for future duty in Ford's F-Series pickups--has popped up as a new entry in the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.
With a suggested retail price of just a buck less than $7,000, you can get the same 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque sits under the hood of new Mustangs. And since the engine mount bosses and bellhousing mount pattern are common with Ford's 4.6-liter V8, the 5.0-liter is an easy swap for older Mustangs.
Auto sales up one year after incentive program.
As reported on the Consumer Reports blog, in terms of year-over-year sales, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru have all reported increases this July compared with July 2009. And while Honda's and Toyota's July sales were down slightly from the heady days of the government-funded sales push during the same month last year -- a July-to-July drop of 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively -- their 2010 sales thus far are still up over the same time period in 2009.
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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
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