Not if Fiat has anything to say about it.
That appears to be what VW has in mind for Alfa Romeo. That is, if Fiat is willing to hand over the keys -- and it seems that it is not. On word that VW was licking its chops, Fiat executives quickly made it clear that the company would never sell to the German Goliath.
Bugatti and Shelby supercars slug it out for title of world's fastest.
By Mark Rechtin, Automotive News
Hyundai is introducing seven new or redesigned models in a 24-month stretch that ends in the fall of 2011. So naturally the Hyundai guys refer to their product onslaught as “24/7.”
And the pace won't slow much after those seven models hit the streets.
Significant new entries also are planned for 2012 and 2013, including Hyundai's first fuel cell electric vehicle, a redesigned Veracruz full-sized crossover and a replacement for the Azera full-sized sedan.
Edinburgh researchers create new energy-rich biofuel from whisky byproducts.
Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University's Biofuel Research Center used a modified version of a 100-year-old process known as acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation to turn the waste products from Glenkinchie whisky into a usable fuel. The waste products are pot ale, the liquid run-off from copper stills, and the spent grains known as "draff." Plenty of the stuff is lying around -- about 1,600 liters of pot ale and 187,000 tons of draff -- thanks to the massive production of the $6.2 billion scotch industry.
By Neil Roland, Automotive News
Federal regulators have upgraded an investigation of as many as 1.2 million Toyota Corollas for possible engine stalling.
Consumers have filed 1,101 complaints about Corollas and Corolla Matrixes for 2005-07 models, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a filing on its Website.
“The engine can stall at any speed without warning and not restart,” NHTSA said in describing the problem.
The New York Times and Consumer Reports said the agency has received similar complaints with the Pontiac Vibe--a near mechanical twin of the Matrix.
Beijing traffic jam going on a week and a half.
Yep, you read that right: nine days. The logjam, which began Aug. 14 due in part to an influx of cargo trucks heading into the city combined with construction work to repair the damage from said trucks, tracks back 62 miles. If you started at the back and it took you nine days to reach the front, you'd be traveling at a whopping 0.29 mph, or about twice the top speed of a three-toed sloth.
By Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News
The crossover, which already has a polarizing bulky rear-end design, will be offered as a two-door with a droptop, company officials confirm.
Nissan showed the convertible to dealers at a meeting in Las Vegas this month. It is not clear when retailers will receive it, but it is likely to arrive in 2011.
One Nissan retailer, who asked not to be identified, commented that the design is "kind of unusual." He added: "It actually looks better with the top down than up."
No room on the island for a $50,000 'Stang.
A 305-horsepower Mustang V6 for $22,995. A killer 412-horsepower Mustang GT V8 that starts for barely 30 grand. And coming soon, a 440-horse Mustang Boss 302 that will spark '60s flashbacks and almost surely start below $40,000. Hurry, remind me again: What exactly is the point of a $50,000-plus Mustang called the Shelby GT500?
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