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All New 2011 VW Touareg Revealed - Hybrid Version [Video]

Described as the most technically innovative Volkswagen ever created, the Touareg features numerous modifications to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.



Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid to Debut in Geneva

We have details and images of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, set for introduction next month.



Opel Vauxhall Flexitreme GTE Concept Teased for Geneva Debut

We have a new teaser image of the Vauxhall Flexitreme GTE Concept, a potential new EV design. Details inside.



Green GT Twenty-4 All-Electric Le Mans Racer Set for Geneva Premiere

GreenGT will unveil the electric Twenty-4 Le Mans racer at the Geneva Motor Show.



Spyker Transfers Aileron Production to UK - Opens New Plant

The plant, which encompasses 20,000 square feet, will enable Spyker to build up to five Ailerons a week.



Modern Day VW Corrado Conceptualized

If you remember the brilliant but unsuccessful Volkswagen Corrado, you'll probably want to check out these renderings by Patrick Moczarsky.



2011 Toyota Avalon Facelift Unveiled in Chicago

Toyota has unveiled the facelifted 2011 Avalon at the Chicago Auto Show. It features a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.



2011 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty Facelift Debuts in Chicago

We have full information about the redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD. Photos and details inside.



2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Debut in Chicago

Chevrolet has unveiled the Suburban Diamond Edition at the Chicago Auto Show. Full coverage inside



2012 IndyCar Race Car Design Proposals by Swift Engineering

We have photos and details of Swift's proposals for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series' next race car. The story inside.



BMW 6-Series Cabrio Rear Lights Spied

We have some new photos of the BMW 6-Series Cabrio, showing rounder taillights and more. The story inside.



Citroen DS4 First Photo Released [UPDATE]

We shed light on the new teaser image for the Citroen DS4. Details inside.



Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 based on Ford F150 Raptor [Video]

We have video and photos of the Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 which uses over 500 hp and 520 lb-ft to reach 60mph in 5.6 seconds. Details inside.



Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Features KERS System Developed by Williams F1 [Video]

The flywheel-based KERS system developed by Williams for formula one will instead be fitted to Porsche's new 911 GT3 R Hybrid road car.



Mazda MX-5 race

To celebrate the MX-5s 20th birthday Mazda is holding an Endurance race. Evo is taking part



911 GT3 hybrid

Porsche to unveil hybrid 911 GT3 racing supercar at the Geneva motor show



Subaru Impreza Cosworth

Winning combination: Cosworth tunes the Subaru Impreza STI. Reborn Escort RS?



10 Million Served: Renault celebrates Clios 20th with special editions

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Renault Clio 20th Anniversary Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault has certainly been keeping busy. In addition to restructuring its F1 team to come back with a fresh design for 2010, the French automaker has recently unveiled an innovative new Megane coupe-convertible, the equally interesting Wind roadster and a slew of new panel vans. All the while, Renault is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its bread-and-butter model, the Clio.

Over the years, Renault has sold a staggering 10 million units of the Clio, putting it on par with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Camry as the 20th top-selling car of all time, but in a shorter timeframe. To kick off the festivities, Renault has released special edition versions of the Clio hatchback (both three- and five-door configurations), Clio wagon and Clio RS hot hatch.

All the 20th anniversary Clios get a mouthful of black trim and, of course, the requisite special badging. The hatch and wagon can be ordered in a variety of color combinations, while the RS special comes exclusively in two-tone white and black, complimented by 17-inch BeBop wheels. Equipment levels depend on the market, with orders already taken in France ahead of other European markets starting next month. Pricing starts at €14,350 (just shy of twenty grand in Benjamins), with the Clio RS 20th commanding €24,700 (about $34k USD). Full details can be found in the press release after the jump, with high-resolution images in the gallery below.



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10 Million Served: Renault celebrates Clios 20th with special editions originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline coming for 2011 model year

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2009 Honda Ridgeline - Click above for high-res image gallery

The last few years have been unkind to the Honda Ridgeline. Higher fuel prices have made trucks less appealing in general, but at five years old, the Ridgeline is also nearing the end of its lifecycle. Hondas sales of its first-ever truck dipped more than 50 percent compared to 2008, and a revision will be necessary to boost sales over the next few years.

According to PickupTrucks.com, that new model could be coming soon - very soon. The second generation Ridgeline is scheduled to debut for the 2011 model year and will have a host of improvements, including better fuel economy, a more aerodynamic design and less weight. Theres no official word on when the 2011 Ridgeline will make its debut, but we shouldnt have too long to wait.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

Report: Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline coming for 2011 model year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chrysler offering 60-day return policy with "Minivan Pledge"

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Dodge Caravan - Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler invented the minivan, and Team Pentastar is so confident that youll like its newest people mover that the automaker is giving you 60 days to try a Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country for yourself. Chryslers new 60-day "Minivan Pledge" is open until March 31 to owners of competitive makes. Fred Diaz, President and CEO of the Ram brand and lead executive for sales, said in the companys press release that Chrysler and Dodge minivan owners love their boxy rides and he wants the rest of the world to know why.
"Roughly 67 percent of our minivan buyers are previous owners, and the Chrysler Town & Country has won the R.L. Polk Owner Loyalty award in the minivan category nine years in a row. Thats a testimonial that is earned by building the best minivan year in and year out,"
Chryslers 60 day pledge is very similar to a program offered by General Motors in late 2009. The General claims its program was a success in part because relatively few customers brought their vehicles back because they were dissatisfied. Chryslers program is unique in that only minivans are covered by the pledge. Hit the jump to read over the Chrysler press release.



[Source: Chrysler]

Chrysler offering 60-day return policy with "Minivan Pledge" originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chicago 2010: Volo shines the light on some famous movie cars

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Volo Auto Museum collection at Chicago Auto Show - Click above for high-res image gallery

One of the most fun parts of the Chicago Auto Show every year is that Illinois is also host to the Volo Auto Museum. Volo is one of those museum/used car dealerships that always has some of the most entertaining and outrageous cars in its inventory. One of the things they are best known for is their collection of rolling Hollywood memorabilia, and at this years show, they have rolled out about a dozen vehicles that show off their range of Tinseltown metal.

First up is the Mellow Yellow NASCAR racer that Tom Cruise piloted in Days of Thunder. They even have a monitor running movie clips featuring Cole Trickle beside the very seat he sat in for the filming - and no, it wasnt a booster seat. Next to that is Speed Racers Mach 5, signed by Kustom Kar King George Barris. That sits alongside one of the General Lee Dodge Chargers from the Dukes of Hazzard movie and a really odd Buick Grand National. The GN is one of the cars that Vin Diesel drove in Fast and Furious 4. It is totally gutted inside and has a wild rear steering system that made us do a double-take.

Across from that is the villain car from The Great Race and the awesomely wacky Turtle Mobile from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Our favorite star car, though - and the one that looks most at home here in Chicago - is the Blues Mobile, driven by one Joliet Jake and one Elwood Blues, a.k.a. "The Blues Brothers." It even has the comically oversized loudspeaker still strapped to the roof. All-in, the Volo display is fun attraction here in Chicago and an example of why this show is always so popular with the public.



Live photos copyright (C)2010 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.

Chicago 2010: Volo shines the light on some famous movie cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gilles: Fiat 500 on sale in U.S. by the end of 2010

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Fiat 500 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Ralph Gilles, Dodge CEO and Chrysler Group design head, has just wrapped up an address to the Chicago Economic Club that was peppered with several choice quotes and quips. You can read the Chryslers PR-filtered version on its Twitter feed, but here are our favorites:
From the true: "Brands and companies dont die. They are victims of homicide."

To the sublime: "Viper important to image of "my brand" [Dodge]"

To the ridiculous: "The further away you are from Detroit the less you know the facts about the auto industry."

To the more ridiculous: "I liken management to X-Men... all have special abilities."

To the funny/creepy: Ad agency interviewed him before creating Super Bowl spot. "I had to smoke a cigarette," afterwards, he joked.

To the important: "Fiat 500 on sale in U.S. at end of the year"
That last bit coincides with earlier reports that the Fiat 500 could reach the States as early as this year as a 2011 model. Although the 500s importation into the U.S. has been fast-tracked, theres still some question about whether it will meet U.S. crash and safety standards. We expect to have an exact on sale date soon, and Gilles also said that the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is due to go on sale within the next three months.


Gallery: Fiat 500


[Source: Chrysler via Twitter]

Gilles: Fiat 500 on sale in U.S. by the end of 2010 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Hastily made homebrewed Toyota recall commercial parody

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You know youve hit a certain level of notoriety (for better or worse) when hacks with video editing software and a sense of humor post a video on YouTube that pokes fun at you or your situation and people actually watch. Toyotas recall of over 8 million vehicles for throttle, floor mat and brake issues has spent so much time in the headlines that the Japanese automaker appears to be at that dubious juncture.

Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show have taken their cracks at Toyota, but theyre professionals and they make fun of everybody. Beyond the jump is something different. Its definitely not professional and the quality of production just isnt up to par, but it does have one thing that helps it stand out: Its funny. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.

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Video: Hastily made homebrewed Toyota recall commercial parody originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS - Click above for high-res image gallery

Underneath that sparse camouflage is the all-new 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, but youd be forgiven for thinking that the update is only skin deep.

As the current CLS is based off the older E-Class platform (W211), the 2011 model is set to swap to the updated architecture (W212) and gain a few new stylistic updates inspired by its siblings. Although the coupe-like roofline will remain, the rear fenders will gain the blisters originally seen on the new E, along with the upright grille pulled from the SLS and more angular head- and taillamps.

Power is likely to be provided by Mercedes new range of direct injected and turbocharged engines, available in both six- and eight-cylinder configurations and topping out in the mid-400 horsepower range. Theres talk of a CLS 400 BlueHybrid variant and within a year of its debut - likely at the Paris Motor Show this fall - we can expect a 5.5-liter twin-turbod AMG version.


Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chicago 2010: Hybrid chassis shows differences between old and new Silverado HD

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Old and new Chevrolet Silverado HD chassis combined - Click above for high-res image gallery

No, Chevrolets new Silverado HD will not be available as a hybrid. The hybrid were talking about is this chassis on display at the Chicago Auto Show that is constructed of both the previous generation and the new 2011 Silverado HD. The combined chassis is split right down the middle and shows just how much the 2011 model has been improved from the previous model.

Starting with the front suspension, the 2011 Silverado HD receives beefier upper and lower control arms along with larger torsion bars and steering gear. The front axle can now handle up to 6,000 pounds of gross weight, which means that every HD model can bear the weight of a snow plow. Moving through the rest of the display, you can see the all new frame that utilizes 11 fully boxed assemblies that make sure of higher strength steel. The result is that the new chassis has five times more torsional strength than it did before and 92 percent better bending resistance.

At the rear, the Silverado HD benefits from a new, larger asymmetrical leaf spring design that offers improved handling and load capabilities. General Motors is quick to point out that the trucks maximum 6,335-pound payload and 20,000-pound towing capacity (using a fifth-wheel hitch) are both better than the Dodge Ram 3500 HD and the Ford F350 Super Duty.

Finally, the Silverado HD has been upgraded with 14-inch brake rotors both front and rear, a heavy-duty trailer hitch and a 36-gallon fuel tank that, when combined with the improved fuel economy, allows for 680 highway miles on a single tank. You can see the differences in detail in the high-res gallery below, or click here for even more details and photos of the 2011 Silverado HD.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright (C)2010 Weblogs, Inc.

Chicago 2010: Hybrid chassis shows differences between old and new Silverado HD originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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