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?
The whole awards ceremony in 2 minutes.
And you know what? It also marks the one-year anniversary of the "Exhaust Notes" blog, and the time-lapse video from last year's ceremony was the very first post we ever published here.
Enjoy the weekend.
James B. Treece wonders where's the anger over Mazda recall.
Recalls happen all the time and affect all automakers, so that's not the sticking point. Treece's point is that this particular issue for the Mazda3 and Mazda5 is not new, and in fact comes a full year after Mazda remedied the problem for models sold in Japan. If Toyota had dragged out the process in the same way, Treece argues (correctly, I think), it would have been pilloried. Why not Mazda?
Martin Eberhard says we'll see 500 miles worth of EV range within 10 years.
Eberhard has good news for those eager to see the widespread adoption of EV technology: Range anxiety, widely agreed to be a major hurdle for most everyday consumers, may be virtually nonexistent in just 10 years. Eberhard says that at the current rate of progress, an EV's range could be up to 500 miles on a single charge within 10 years.
Karma gets a commercial.
And while the manufacturer says its factory in Finland will go online in February, with a sales goal of 15,000 units in 2011, given the company's history, this may be all you'll see of the Karma for some time to come. Check out the commercial after the jump.
By Greg Migliore
Coda's self-titled debut sedan is small in statue but carries ambitious goals for the upstart California electric-car maker.
The five-passenger ride is expected to launch this December in California, and Coda Automotive wants to sell the cars across the nation by the end of 2013. It's the first product for a company that is banking on the battery: the 33.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit powers a small motor for a range of 90 to 120 miles.
Coda brass are candid: It won't be the only car for most people, but it can meet the daily needs of most people. And in plain English, it's a “real car.” There's a trunk. It has fairly bland, universal styling and is roughly the size of a Chevrolet Cobalt. The ambitious goal is to sell 14,000 Codas next year with a sticker in the mid-$30,000 range after the $7,500 federal tax credit and other potential incentives.
He is ... the Stig.
The issue, according to the BBC, is that the Stig is under contract to keep his identity a secret.
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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