Ford adds 'Send to Sync' feature for Google Maps.
Using Send to Sync, Ford drivers can take directions from Google Maps, found on their Bluetooth-enabled phone, and send them directly to the in-car system via the cloud-based Sync Traffic, Directions & Information app. On the way, the directions are processed into audible turn-by-turn directions, eliminating the need to print maps and keeping the driver's eyes on the road.
More Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler brand recalls.
"Chrysler told [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] on June 1 that 'an improperly routed wiring harness' can be rubbed by a sliding door. That would wear through the insulation and possibly cause a fire inside the door. Chrysler said it has 57 reports of vehicles having 'thermal damage' but knows of no accidents or injuries."
Dodge customizes Vipers for select stores and enthusiasts
We’ve seen many special-edition Dodge Vipers for the car's final year--the ACR-X, the Vooodoo Viper, the 1:33. It's almost as if every Viper is a special edition.
With that in mind, Chrysler is now letting dealerships get into the act. Just 50 total Vipers will be made under a program that allows dealers to make the dreams of their best customers reality. The dealer and the customer essentially come up with their own limited-edition-model Viper.
The first three are a black and race yellow Viper heading to a Nebraska dealer, a snakeskin green and black model going to Texas and a black and plum crazy purple Viper going to Illinois.
Whatever color scheme they choose, enthusiasts will get a 600-hp V10 underhood.
America to get an extra 21 supercars.
The spirit of Le Mans--along with the spirit of the out-of-production Panoz Esperante--lives on in Panoz Auto Development's latest creation.
Named for the people from the south-central Abruzzo region of Italy, the Abruzzi draws its inspiration from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the car is making its world debut on Tuesday, and its styling from the 1935 Delahaye Type 135 tear-drop coupe.
"It is about the true spirit of Le Mans, a car you can drive from home to the racetrack, race it, and then drive home again," Panoz chairman and American Le Mans Series owner Don Panoz said.
A three-year production run for the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" road car begins late this summer, and Panoz said his company will build just 81--equal to the number of 24-hour races run at Le Mans since 1923. Each will carry cues from an individual Le Mans race year.
Panoz will homologate the car for Europe, and it will be sold in European countries only, priced at 400,000 euros ($480,000). Panoz refused to comment about whether he plans a U.S. version.
'Exhaust Notes' to follow a slightly different schedule for the next week.
It is, however, a working vacation, or rather a vacation during which I'll be working. There are plans for some Shanghai-specific content (more on that later), but for the most part the blog will go on, business as usual, with the caveat that content may be showing up at odd times thanks to the 12-hour time difference between Shanghai and the East Coast of the U.S.
The Zagato-built Volvo 3000 GTZ.
So, to throw some fuel on that fire, as it were, here's a picture of the 2-door Volvo 3000 GTZ from, I believe, 1970 or thereabouts. It was built by Zagato, the design firm responsible for countless Alfas, Maseratis, Astons and the like -- and it would seem they built the seemingly oxymoronic: a Volvo sports car. Jalopnik is certainly calling it such.
Consumer Reports looks at the next-generation, car-based Ford Explorer.
But, as we've reported in the past, Ford is forging ahead with a crossover Explorer that's based on the platform that serves both the Taurus and Flex. No low gear ratios, although by offering Land Rover's Terrain Response Management, the smaller, lower-riding CUV won't necessarily be left to exploring the mall parking lot or the back way to Whole Foods. Power, it seems, will be ample, with a standard multivalve V6 engine and, for some extra cash, a turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost.
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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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