By David Arnouts
The next Pagani will be called the Huayra, according to trademark applications, and it will be shown in March at the Geneva motor show.
Huayra, a word said to be derived from a South American language and meaning “wind,” follows suit with the Zonda, which means a “wind that blows on the Andes.”
In a 50-second teaser, the camera catches bits of the interior of the Pagani. And in another video, the outside is shown near the Pagani factory testing with minimal camouflage.
Despite audio present in the paparazzi-style ambush, the sound of the purpose-built Mercedes AMG powerplant is lost amidst traffic.
The latest pictures of the Huayra show a revamped front end with larger air intakes and a curvaceous grille.
While the profile lacks any significant changes, the redesigned rear end with the quad-tip exhausts and much larger rear diffuser is imposing.
Automaker looks to challenge youth market with new concept.
The funky small crossover, the profile of which looks like a mash-up of the Nissan Murano and the Range Rover Evoque, bows Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is the first concept car designed by Phil Zak, formerly of General Motors Europe, who joined the Hyundai Design Center as chief designer in 2009.
[Source: Automotive News.]
By Greg Migliore
Car companies are going full bore into the world of mobile apps, perhaps none more aggressively than Ford. And the Blue Oval is revealing an innovative one for the 2012 Focus electric at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Called MyFord Mobile, the app works for smartphones and some other phones, as well as via a secure Web site. It allows users to show the state of charge, locate electric stations, start charging and select routes with MapQuest.
The app also offers remote-start capability and a car-locater feature. Additionally, owners can use the app to record achievements for eco-driving prowess--and then brag about them on Facebook and Twitter. It also breaks down driving characteristics on a scale of “Zen to Zippy.”
The online Camaro convertible configurator.
Like Autoblog, we noticed how quickly the price jumped. Base 1LT models start at $29,150, but of course we opted to begin things with the 2SS model, which boasts the 6.2-liver V8 engine with manual transmission, starting at $39,650. Add a Hurst short-throw shifter, $380; 21-inch machined aluminum wheels, $4,680; LPO and quarter flares, $370; and a racing-stripe package, $470 for gray stripes on a Cyber Gray Metallic body job, and you're quickly looking at a ride that costs almost $50,000.
Ah, but what a ride:
Anyone who's inclined to play around and find the best value-for-the-money combination, let us know what you come up with in the comments.
Images of the Sebring-ready coupe.
A couple more shots after the jump.
By Michelle Koueiter
The fast and the luxurious models from a wide range of carmakers sold briskly in 2010, offering heart to enthusiasts that their favorite drives have bright outlooks and that the auto business is on the rebound.
Let's start with the muscle cars: As predicted in December, Chevrolet's Camaro sales topped the Ford Mustang's numbers for the first time in 25 years. In the Camaro's first full year since production ended after the 2002 model year, Chevy rung up 81,299 Camaro sales, beating Mustang by 7,583 cars. Experts attribute this to pent-up demand for the Chevy.
The third horse in the Detroit Three pony-car race, the Dodge Challenger, posted 36,791 sales for the year. That's a 42 percent increase from 2009.
German luxury brands also had a solid year. BMW Group saw a 10 percent sales increase from 2009, with 266,069 sales. Mercedes-Benz sales jumped 18 percent, reaching 224,944. Audi came in at 101,629 sales, a 23 percent gain from the previous year. Porsche made 25,320 sales, reflecting a 29 percent increase.
Buick goes even smaller -- and we like it.
Those numbers are up substantially over the figures that the same engine produces in the Chevrolet Malibu, where it musters up 169 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. That means, given its relatively small size, that this should be one quick Buick. This strategy seems to follow GM’s master plan for Buick, its middle child: The company has already delivered a much smaller, sportier Regal, in a step toward building what could be loosely defined as a sport sedan. While the 2011 Regal isn’t going to be busting the BMW 3-Series’ chops any time soon, it is a vast improvement over what the company had been producing.
Norwegian EV maker brings on another exec with a major manufacturer on his resume.
"Within the last 13 months, Think has started European production in Finland with contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive; refurbished a U.S. plant in Elkhart, Ind., and started output there for the North American market; and announced plans to open new product-development and engineering facilities at company headquarters in Oslo."Think also recently brought on former Ford and Fiat Group executive Barry Engle as the company's third CEO, and Brit Michael Lock, former CEO of Ducati's North American operations, as chief marketing officer.
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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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