Chrysler teases images of upcoming 200 mid-size sedan.
The 200 will have the option of two powertrains: the 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder or, for higher trim levels, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 putting out 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 4- or 6-speed automatic transmission is also on the table.
By Greg Kable
Set to underpin the German sports-car maker's stand at the Paris motor show, the newest addition to the 911 lineup receives a revised version of the 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer engine found in the Carrera S. It boasts a sports exhaust system and a long list of standard features--all aimed at ramping up the appeal of today's 911 in the face of stiff supercar competition from the Audi R8 and the Aston Martin Vantage.
Traffic deaths fall to record low
Good news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Highway fatalities fell to their lowest number in 60 years in 2009. Even more telling, the fatality rate fell to its lowest level in history, at 1.13 deaths for every 100 million miles of travel.
Now brace yourself: The same safety agencies that correctly cite improvements in safety technology or seatbelt use will start haranguing Washington about how much safer roads would be if only we stopped more speeders. As ever, take their apocalyptic warnings and crush them beneath your high-speed radials -- preferably at 75 or 80 mph, which is the highway speed that’s eminently safe and sane for any reasonable driver when traffic and weather conditions allow.
The single-year drop in highway fatalities was perhaps most remarkable: 33,808 last year, a nearly 10 percent drop from the year before. Injuries fell to 2.2 million from 2.35 million. Those drops came even as Americans drove 0.2 percent more miles than in 2008. As Dave McCurdy, CEO of the American Association of Automobile Manufacturers, noted, that statistic -- more miles driven, but vastly fewer deaths and injuries -- defied skeptics who suggested that the recession was somehow responsible for declining deaths. And of course, I'll argue that the same goes for speeding; it's a distraction, of course, and dangerous when done by a drunk or an idiot, but it's not the crisis we should be focused on.
Nissan's new Leaf ad goes for the heart without passing 'go'
Here's the gist: A polar bear makes the trek from his natural habitat all the way down to Suburban Somewhere, USA, all in order to give a big ol' bear hug (pun intended) to a Nissan Leaf driver. Because he's saving the environment, you see.
Check it out after the jump.
By Mark Vaughn
After thousands of enthusiasts signed an online petition demanding it, and after solid reviews from the media, including AW, Audi has announced the TT RS will come to the United States. Look for it in showrooms about a year from now.
The RS is the performance version of the TT coupe, with a 360-hp, 2.5-liter TSFI turbo five-cylinder engine powering all four wheels through Audi's quattro drive system. Torque is rated at 332 lb-ft. The engine was developed exclusively for the RS coupe. It will be mated to a six-speed manual.
'Top Gear U.S.' to get its own Stig
Of all the contenders, we know who it won't be: un-masked BBC Stig (and Formula 3 and NASCAR racer) Ben Collins.
Actually, if he got back behind the mask on the other side of the pond, that would be pretty funny.
Defect found in Toyota electronic data recorders.
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's executive vice president for research and development, told interviewers in Detroit on Monday that a bug in the manufacturer's event data recorders caused some of the devices to record vehicle speed incorrectly. The glitch was first noticed when a data recorder from a Toyota Tundra involved in a crash in 2007 reported that the truck was traveling faster than 170 mph.
Walking away from stable luxury puts the brand in deep waters.
Or at least that’s what we thought at the time. This year saw Lexus unveil the LFA, a limited-edition V10 midengine racer. Talk about uncharted waters. What’s more, the company plans to spread its performance momentum to the rest of its fleet, starting with the upcoming hybrid CT 200h. From what we’ve heard, Lexus is aiming to position the little hatchback against the likes of both the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 -- two models that prize driving dynamics above all else.
Explore New Cars
More on MSN Autos
About Exhaust Notes
Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.
Have a story idea? Tip us off at email@example.com.
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