By Izzi Bendall
Prices for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon will begin at $62,990, including destination charges.
Available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, the CTS-V is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 delivering 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque.
Commercial drivers banned from texting while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently made big waves about the dangers of distracted driving. The government agency released data saying that 5,500 people died and around 500,000 were injured in 2009 in accidents in which distracted driving was a factor. Likewise, research has surfaced saying that teens still don’t think texting while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, even though both have been shown to be just as detrimental to a driver’s ability to operate a car or truck.
Toyota examined 4,200 vehicles after electronic device was implicated.
During the peak of the unintended-acceleration hysteria, many media outlets speculated that the electronic throttle control might be to blame.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau on why Lincoln can succeed.
Of course, skeptics -- actually, everyone -- will point out that Lincoln has quite an uphill battle ahead of it. Success is hardly a sure thing in the crowded luxury market, but over at CNBC, Phil Lebeau has three reasons why Lincoln may be able to pull it off.
First, LeBeau points out that Ford's commitment is long-term. Lincoln is elemental to the overall Ford company, and the manufacturer will treat it accordingly.
By Dale Jewett
Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. CEO Craig Jackson has the distinction of being the highest bidder at his firm's recent sale in Las Vegas--paying $770,000, including the buyer's premium, for a 2008 Bugatti Veyron when the original winning bidder refused to pay.
Overall, the three-day auction, held Sept. 23-25, recorded sales of nearly $23 million, Barrett-Jackson said on Monday.
After the Bugatti Veyron, the highest bid at the auction was $412,500 for a 2009 Mercedes McLaren SLR roadster.
The rest of the top 10 sellers were:
Chevy challenges Ford to real-world towing competition.
Of course, on paper Ford already wins: Its 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V8 engine puts out 400 horsepower and a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque, compared with GM's 6.6-liter Duramax with 397 horsepower and 35 fewer lb-ft, at 765. Then again, Chevrolet's point is that numbers on paper don't necessarily translate to the best performance on the road -- hence the real-world challenge. Or, as Chevy Silverado marketing manager Tony Truelove says, "Let's go work these trucks in the mountains, and may the best truck win."
By Mark Vaughn
It seems just about every carmaker at the Paris motor show had an electric car on the stand, and some had nothing but electric cars. The show floor was buzzing with them.
Big manufacturers showed models with production possibilities while whacky little companies you've never heard of promised to revolutionize transportation with EVs as eclectic and diverse as human imagination.
The one that got the de facto Best EV of Show was the Renault DeZir. With scissor doors and a low, swoopy shape, as Renault said, "DeZir stands out as an illustration of the brand's commitment to more emotional styling."
That might be an understatement.
Rain can't dampen the excitement for new wheels.
Just back from the International Motor Press Association’s annual Test Days at Pocono Raceway -- this year better known as Noah’s Ark, the sequel. Every year, manufacturers bring their latest 4-wheeled wares to the Pennsylvania hills for two days of testing, one on public roads (with SUVs muddying it up at a local ski area) and another on the Pocono road course, which also incorporates a stretch of the steep-banked NASCAR oval.
Veterans of the event said that for the first time in the history of Test Days -- which began in about 1972 at the now-defunct Bridgehampton circuit on Long Island, N.Y., then moved to Lime Rock in Connecticut before switching to Pocono -- the track part of the day was totally washed out by torrential rain. But the curse could have been worse. Actually, it could have been much worse: On Friday, just after journalists and automakers departed, the Split Rock Resort’s Sports Complex was heavily damaged by a gas explosion that amazingly resulted in only a single injury.
The preceding, explosion-free day was a vision of fall loveliness, especially because we were surrounded by dozens of spanking-new machines. A sample of what was on tap: the Chevy Cruze, GM’s new compact car, which is just arriving at dealerships; the latest Volkswagen GTI, still one of the hottest-driving cars you’ll find for less than 30 grand; the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, both preparing to duke it out for electric-car supremacy in December; the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as good in person as it’s been on paper; and, for a cherry on top, the mind-blowing Corvette ZR-1.
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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