By next week, it will be possible to buy a new 9-3 -- if you're brave enough and live in the right place.
That's the word from National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), a Japanese-Chinese group that bought the Swedish automaker's remnants from Dutch-based Spyker Cars in August 2012.
In September, the factory's 600 workers in Trollhättan built two 9-3 sedans to demonstrate that the assembly line still worked. Now, NEVS says it's planning to build 10 cars per week and "gradually increase the production volume" when it releases an electric version by next spring, spokesman Mikael Östlund told MSN Autos.
Performance sedan, wagon slated for U.S. sale.
It's not every day that we can tell you about a performance-tuned station wagon that is actually coming to the U.S., but today is one of those rare days. Volvo racing and aftermarket tuning specialist Polestar has revealed details of their production versions of the V60 wagon and the S60 sedan, which are bound for the U.S.
The S60 and V60's 3.0-liter T6 engine has been tuned to produce 350 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is said to give it a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.9 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
We have a Borg Warner turbocharger along with a custom intercooler to thank for the increase in power, along with a stainless-steel, full-flow exhaust system. Polestar's S60 and V60 will feature a a six-speed automatic gearbox controlled via paddle shifters mounted on the steering column, along with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system that Polestar says has been tweaked for greater responsiveness and control.
As with every other car award this year, the 2014 Corvette made Car and Driver's pick. Except they've got nine more winners that aren't all sports cars.
Alright, it's a bit more than that. Car and Driver, obsessed as it is with testing and the nitty-gritty details of every new model on the market, gathers dozens of cars in one place to find out which are the most satisfying to drive for the money (Disclosure: I write for Car and Driver, so I like them a lot, but I have no say in what goes on here).
They've done this since 1983, and there are a few simple rules. The eligible cars must cost no more than $80,000, they have to be on sale by Jan. 31 of the following year, and they must be significantly updated or brand new. Previous winners can also come back even if there are no changes.
For 2012, the latest data available, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki were popular with thieves -- and very few returned to their owners.
Their bikes, particularly from the 2005 to 2009 model year, racked up the most reported thefts in 2012, the latest data available from the FBI's National Crime Information Center.
According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit insurance group, motorcycle thefts in the U.S. continued to decline last year to 46,061, down 1 percent from 2011 and 7.5 percent from 2010. That was despite motorcycle sales increasing 3 percent between 2011 and 2012 to a total of 452,386.
Los Angeles, New York and Miami-Dade lead all counties with the most stolen motorcycles, following the same pattern when looking at the most stolen sports cars. By city alone, New York had the most thefts (909), followed by Las Vegas (757), San Diego (633), Indianapolis (584), Miami (535) and Los Angeles (514).
After more than 14,000 made, the entry-level Lambo is bowing out to an even faster successor.
The Gallardo was originally meant to be the "baby" Diablo when it was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995. But like most projects Lamborghini tried before Audi took over in 1998, the Italian automaker ran out of money and it wasn't introduced until 2003. At that point, the Gallardo was restyled to look like a baby Murcielago, which had replaced the Diablo just two years earlier. With a base price under $200,000, the Gallardo quickly became Lamborghini's best-selling car ever.
More than 10,000 sold in the first seven years, and the final red spider you see above is number 14,022. That's nearly half of the 30,000 cars Lamborghini has sold in its entire 50-year existence as a company.
This is the seventh recall for the new Escape, and the fifth involving serious engine problems.
This is the seventh recall for the 2013 Escape since it debuted in spring 2012, and the fifth recall involving serious problems with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine.
This time, part of the engine cylinder head can overheat and crack due to stress, which can cause oil to leak onto exposed, hot engine parts and cause fires. At least 13 engine fires have been reported to Ford -- 12 in the U.S. and one in Canada -- due to cracked cylinder heads.
Certain 2013-2014 Chevrolet Malibu, 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2013 Jetta Hybrid models are afflicted by various electrical problems.
The 2013 Malibu, when equipped with power front driver or passenger seats without memory functions, has a wiring harness underneath that can short circuit if it brushes against the seat frame and exposes the insulation. The seat controls could stop working and a fire can result. A total of 14,909 Malibu sedans are affected by this recall.
GM said it received two reports of fires under the seat between February and May and another report of a melted circuit breaker due to an electrical short underneath the seat. Dealers will apply electrical tape and a sleeve to the wiring harness if necessary. GM did not specify a time when owners would be notified.
Feature detects signs of driver drowsiness, issues alerts and suggests pulling over for a rest.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue causes approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes each year, resulting in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in losses. The National Sleep Foundation says that these figures “may be the tip of the iceberg” because it’s difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness.
The NHTSA also estimates that 60 percent of adult drivers -- around 168 million people -- have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. More than one-third (103 million people) have nodded off at the wheel. Of those who dozed, 13 percent say they have done so at least once a month, while 1 percent -- approximately 11 million drivers -- acknowledge that they have had an accident or near accident because they fell asleep or were too tired to drive.
Yet with all the driver-assist systems -- such as lane-departure and forward-collision warnings and their attendant sensors and cameras -- that exist today, only a handful of automakers offer drowsy-driving alert systems: Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Volkswagen.
Ford is joining that group with the 2014 Fusion, including the Fusion Hybrid that I recently tested. But whereas the other systems analyze steering and throttle inputs to tell when a driver is getting fatigued, Ford’s Driver Alert System uses a forward-looking camera to look for signs of driver drowsiness.
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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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