Fisker's plug-in hybrid tips the scales.
"Wheels" reports that the Karma plug-in hybrid sports car will weight upwards of 5,000 pounds. That's two Mazda Miatas. Yes, its dual traction motors put out the equivalent of 403 horsepower, and the gasoline engine harnesses 260 horses, and it's expected to deliver a sub-six-second zero to 60 mph sprint, but still -- could it be that under those aggressive curves, the Karma is fat? (In the "Mad Men" era, this is known as the Christina Hendricks/Joan Holloway argument.)
Check out the "Wheels" piece here.
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Rechtin points out the Sebring's many faults -- cheap, poorly engineered and nondescript among them -- before going on to suggest that design chief Ralph Gilles and the rest of the 200 team both knew and addressed those limitations. For me the most telling piece from Gilles was the assertion that they did “every bit, if not more than, what Ford did to the Fusion.”
By Bradford Wernle, Automotive News
The Fiat 500 subcompact may be Italian through and through, but the U.S. version that arrives in dealerships late this year will cater to American tastes.
The American car will have a more powerful engine than the European version, a slightly softer ride and--most important--more substantial, American-style cupholders.
Nearly 27 years after leaving the United States, Fiat returns at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week with the 500. The U.S. car will have the same 1.4-liter engine as Europe but will add MultiAir, a Fiat engine-breathing system that the company says improves power 10 percent and cuts emissions 10 percent.
751,000 vehicles recalled for steering and battery problems.
"Nissan said a corrosion problem with the lower steering-column joint and shaft can limit steering movement, making the vehicles difficult to steer. In some cases the corrosion can cause the joint to crack."
Consumer advocate says the U.S. would lose money, leverage over automaker.
Nader says that GM should not be allowed to lobby Congress while the government owns the company, and that the lobbying the manufacturer is engaged in is directly opposed to President Barack Obama's own policies on auto safety and fuel efficiency.
Cadillac, Buick, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz and BMW all announce recalls.
Brand now offers can't-be-beat maintenance deal on new vehicles.
Incredibly, that offer, which starts with 2011 model-year vehicles, is set to continue "on a permanent basis," according to the manufacturer. Up to eight visits for routine maintenance, such as oil changes, inspections and tire rotations would be completely covered. This is in addition to the badge's current four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
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No, it's not the “top cars least likely to be bought by enthusiasts” list, although it would fit. It's the least expensive cars to insure.
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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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