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The 2011 BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Vehicle

BMW Concept VehiclesThe future has already begun. At the 2011 International Motor Show in Geneva the concept vehicle BMW Vision ConnectedDrive will make its world debut from 3rd to 13th of March 2011.

The leading position in the automobile world occupied by BMW in the development of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services will be further strengthened by this extraordinary concept vehicle.

The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive study demonstrates current and future methods of mobile networking in a particularly focused way. The design and technology of this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle an integral part of a networked world.

Comfort, safety and the infotainment experience in the vehicle can be precisely optimised by the innovative functionality, individually tailored to suit the requirements of both the driver and passenger. New technologies and design concepts are employed to add even more facets to the unmistakable BMW driving pleasure.

Captivating innovation – BMW Vision ConnectedDrive.
Pioneering technology heightens driving pleasure. BMW Vision ConnectedDrive makes its case in a most persuasive way, presenting immediately-mesmerising, intelligent solutions. The character of this concept study, presented as a two-seater roadster, is one of a mobile component in a networked world, both in design as well as by virtue of extensive technological innovations.

BMW demonstrates with this vehicle the unique potential that can be realised by both the current and future developments in BMW ConnectedDrive, optimising comfort, safety and the enjoyment of infotainment in the vehicle.

The boundless opportunities to attain even more driving pleasure by means of intelligent networks is demonstrated most impressively at the Geneva Motor Show by the world premiere of BMW Vision ConnectedDrive, by the design of the bodywork and interior of the concept vehicle, an inspiring light installation, a new display and operating concept and a multimedia presentation at the show.

The design embodies the bond between the driver and the vehicle and the dialogue between the driver and the passenger as well as the interaction of the occupants of the car with the environment. The functional areas of BMW ConnectedDrive are symbolised on three levels – comfort, safety and infotainment. The elementary exchange of data and information for all three functional areas is visualised by an intricately complex light installation and presentation at the exhibition?

GM plans to build a more affordable Chevy Volt

The Volt has won nearly every major award offered and stirred up tons of interest, but one criticism persists: The price is way too high.

Chevy cars — including the Volt — have always been intended for a mainstream market, but at $41,000, it seems GM is asking buyers to pay as they might for a Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

The next-generation Volt will almost certainly cost less, GM spokesman Rob Peterson said. And the same changes that make it cheaper should make it better, too.

So what’s the sweet spot for the Volt, price wise? A $7,500 federal tax credit takes the cost down to around $30,000. That seems like a more viable price, but tax credits wont last forever.

“The ideal price point for un-subsidized large-volume sales would probably be no more than $30,000,” said John O’Dell, editor of the Web site

Fortunately, even when subsidies disappear, today’s high prices for electric cars will ease as the technology improves and gains wider appeal.
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Battery: The Volt’s battery pack is estimated to cost about $10,000. Besides making it more cheaply, GM might simply want to shrink it.

The battery is probably more powerful than it really needs to be, said Oliver Hazimeh, head of the electric vehicle practice at consulting firm PRTM.

“Offering customers a little of different capacity may be an option, so you can provide customers with a choice,” Hazimeh said.

For a significant cost savings, some customers may be willing to give-up some battery power.

Bulk up production: Another way to reduce battery costs is to sell more Volts, or more vehicles based on Volt technology, Hazimeh said.

“It’s hard to look at this technology and make a business case out of it with one vehicle,” Hazimeh said.

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Porsche to return to 2011 Detroit Auto Show!

German luxury automaker Porsche will return to the North American International Auto Show in January after a four-year hiatus. The company’s vehicles also will be among the 30 to 40 new cars and trucks that will be revealed during the media days of the show on Jan. 10 and 11.

“We feel the Detroit auto show is very important, especially from a media standpoint,” said Porsche spokesman Tony Fouladpour.

Fouladpour said Porsche plans to show a new car, but declined to reveal details.

Porsche pulled out of the Detroit auto show in 2007 when the company cut back on its total auto show appearances and decided it wanted to concentrate on events in New York and Los Angeles.

The North American International Auto Show has lost several luxury automakers in recent years as competition with other auto shows has increased and the economy collapsed.

Show organizers were shocked when Nissan pulled out of the 2009 show and last year, the number of media days was reduced from three to two days. Nissan still has no plans to return to the show. However, auto show spokesman Sam Locricchio said it will be the fullest schedule of news conferences in four years.

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US Auto Sales Seen to be Holding Above 12 Million Unit

U.S. November auto sales held above 12 million vehicles on an annual basis, a gain of about 10 percent from a year earlier, driven by month-end discounts and a slow return in consumer demand, according to analysts.

Auto sales for November, one of the first snapshots of consumer behavior at the holiday shopping season, are due to be released Wednesday.

“The pace of light vehicle sales appears to have remained above the important psychological level of 12 million units in November,” Barclays analyst Brian Johnson said in a note to clients last week.

Barclays expects sales to reach about a 12.1 million vehicle annualized rate, down slightly from October’s 12.2 million sales rate, but strong enough to show that “the consumer is crawling back, particularly in the more affluent and higher quality credit segments.”

Hyundai Motor [HYMZY 0.0 — UNCH (0) ] and Ford Motor [F 15.945 -0.115 (-0.72%) ], are expected to have the biggest sales gains, continuing a trend that has seen the two automakers take share from rivals in 2010.

The final weekend of November sales were lifted by Thanksgiving holiday deals sponsored by individual dealers and manufacturers, including Toyota Motor [TM 77.88 -0.37 (-0.47%) ] and Nissan Motor [NSANY 18.78 -0.12 (-0.63%) ], analysts said.

“We’re starting to feel better about how the market is going,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at auto sales tracking and shopping service Edmunds. “It looks like we’re in that slow recovery pattern.”

Economists surveyed by Reuters forecast November auto sales of about 12 million vehicles on the annualized and seasonally adjusted basis tracked by the industry.

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Land Rover Recalls 2010 and 2011 LR2 SUVs for Faulty Airbags

Models built between November 12, 2009 and August 23, 2010 are being recalled.

The 2011 Land Rover LR2, which will face competition from the new Porsche Cajun in the next few years, has been recalled for a faulty air bag.

Land Rover LR2 SUVs from the 2010 and 2011 model years are being recalled for a problem with the driver’s frontal airbag. The Land Rover LR2 recall affects SUVs built from Nov. 12, 2009 to Aug. 23, 2010. A fault in the car’s airbag system may cause the driver’s side front airbag to malfunction and not deploy as intended. The NHTSA says that 2,956 Land Rover LR2 models are being recalled to fix the potentially dangerous defect.

The NHTSA says that the shorting bar clock spring may have become disconnected when the airbag module connector was installed at the factory, which could cause the airbag of the Land Rover LR2 to either deploy wrong or not at all, increasing the chances of an injury during a crash, according to Autoblog.

Land Rover will begin the recall of the LR2 on or before Dec. 13. Land Rover will install a spacer in the clock spring harness connector, which will ensure that the airbag functions properly. Land Rover dealers will perform the recall free of charge.

Owners of Land Rover LR2 models affected by the recall will be contacted by Land Rover, but owners who have any questions can reach the company at 1-800-637-6837 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

J.B. Automotive’s owner designed an built really cool race cars!

Bonsey, MR. Bonsey!

ST. PETERSBURG — If most people drove past J.B.’s Automotive on Central Avenue across from Haslam’s Book Store without knowing about the shop or its owner, there’s probably a good reason for that.

Most people don’t drive cars made by Lamborghini, Ferrari or Rolls-Royce.

Nor do many people try their luck at amateur auto racing, a sport that poses physical and economic hardships without making anyone rich.

Yet between high-end car owners and racing aficionados, owner Jim Bonsey prospered. He designed and built open-wheel race cars of his own invention, 18 of which he sold.

At the time of his death last week, Mr. Bonsey was nearly finished with a new design — a poor man’s race car he planned to build himself at a fraction of the cost.

Now that future is uncertain. Mr. Bonsey, a quiet man who thirsted for speed, died Nov. 16, six days after he collapsed inside a Walgreens store. He was 57. The cause of death is unknown.

He opened J.B. Automotive in 1979 and quickly established himself as the high-end mechanic of choice. Clients included well-known race car driver Augie Pabst; ex-jewel thief and security expert George Feder; and musician Roger McGuinn, who co-founded the Byrds.

But Mr. Bonsey didn’t go into business to fix other people’s cars. He wanted to build cars, then push them to run faster than anyone else’s. If he wasn’t driving at Florida tracks from Key West to Daytona Beach, he was running full speed up Chimney Rock Mountain in North Carolina, needing just two minutes to get from the bottom of the mountain to the summit.

Or racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, or Road America in Wisconsin.

After nearly every test run and nearly every race, he challenged his teammates with the same question: “Do we need to make it faster?”

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Hertz Global EV Partners With CODA Automotive(TM)

PARK RIDGE, NJ, Nov 22, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — In the news release, “Hertz Global EV Partners With CODA Automotive(TM) to Bring 100% Electric CODA Sedan to Fleet in 2011,” issued earlier today by The Hertz Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!htz/quotes/nls/htz (HTZ 12.37, +0.43, +3.60%) , we are advised by the company that the quote in the fourth paragraph should be attributed to “Mark Jamieson, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, CODA Automotive,” rather than “Kevin Czinger, Chief Executive Officer of CODA Automotive,” as originally issued. Complete corrected text follows.

Hertz Global EV Partners With CODA Automotive(TM) to Bring 100% Electric CODA Sedan to Fleet in 2011

Hertz Meets Another Benchmark in Creation of Global Eco-Mobility System

PARK RIDGE, NJ — November 22, 2010 — The Hertz Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!htz/quotes/nls/htz (HTZ 12.37, +0.43, +3.60%) , the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, today announced a joint partnership with CODA Automotive, a car manufacturer that specializes on all-electric vehicle, to bring, in 2011, its new four-door, five-passenger all-electric CODA Sedans(TM) to Hertz’s California locations as part of the Hertz Global EV program.

“Hertz’s partnership with CODA Automotive is another element of our long term strategy to provide consumers with electric vehicle access on a global scale,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As we continue to build out our EV and PHEV infrastructure, we get closer to making electric vehicle travel an everyday reality.”

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Mexico’s $80M booming industry: Bulletproof Vehicles

'Looking for protection'

By David Agren, Special for USA TODAY

MEXICO CITY — Carlos Nader drives the congested streets in a bulletproof Mercedes-Benz equipped with pepper spray and a 120-decibel alarm.

He has had bullets bounce off the car and once scared off an assailant by blasting his alarm, which is as loud as a jet engine.

Nader knows his car makes him a target of kidnappers and thieves in a country that has an “alarming” rate of carjackings and ransom abductions, according to the U.S. State Department. In Mexico these days, “everyone’s a target,” said Nader, owner of Protecto Glass International, a vehicle armor company.

A growing number of Mexicans — including many from the middle class — see bulletproofing their vehicles as a necessity and not a luxury.

Nader says the typical customer these days “is a regular guy that works, maybe he has a small business and he’s been approached by criminals to steal his car.”

“You’ll see Hondas, small SUVs … pickups,” Nader said of some of the vehicles arriving at his business.

Extortion is now commonplace in some regions of Mexico. Kidnapping has soared by more than 300% over the past five years and since December 2006, more than 28,000 Mexicans have died in killings blamed on drug-cartel violence.

The violence has sparked a jump in bulletproofing.

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The 2015 Lotus Elise: First Promotional Video!

Lotus just released the first 2015 Lotus Elise promo, after the concepts unveiling in Paris two weeks ago. Together with the new 2015 Lotus Elise promotional clip, the company has also released a few new images of the future generation model. Some of the Pictures are in our sidebar check them out!

The future 2015 Lotus Elise will be priced roughly the same as the current generation model, at around 35,000 GBP. To power the 2015 Lotus Elise, they will use a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine developing 320 PS and 330 Nm of torque. With a low weight of just 1,095 kg, the 2015 Lotus Elise will most probably keep the levels of performance of the current version, or even improve them.

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The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392: New Levels of Performance!

The 2011 Challenger 392 Inaugural Edition


Launching Off the Line: Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Delivers New Levels of Performance With Loads More Torque, Horsepower and Maximum Handling

October 25, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge’s ultimate modern American muscle coupe, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, receives a big boost in horsepower and torque with the introduction of the legendary 392-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 powertrain for the street. And the product story goes beyond the power rumbling under the hood.

Dodge performance loyalists asked for more power off the line, and the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 answers the call with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

That’s 90 lb.-ft. more torque at 2,900 rpm compared with the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

Building on its original mantra of a rear-drive coupe that delivers balance between form and function, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 also brings world-class ride and handling along with high-performance braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency.

New, highly damped shocks offer a firm ride that maintains the feel for everyday commuting while being fully capable for the more challenging situations. SRT engineers recalibrated the suspension geometry to improve Challenger’s balance, corning ability and steering responsiveness. Quicker steering ratios and new negative camber settings all around dramatically improve Challengers appetite for cornering.

The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system also has been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

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Affected BMW Recall for 2010: 348,000 Cars Worldwide


BMW of North America has submitted a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcing the voluntary recall of V8 and V12-powered BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and BMW Alpina B7 models produced between the 2002 and 2010 model years.

In affected vehicles, a small leak may develop in the power braking system, causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking will still be available to slow and stop the vehicle.

Drivers who experience reduced power braking assistance should immediately schedule a service appointment with an Authorized BMW Center. Mechanical braking will continue to operate on affected vehicles.

Once BMW distributes the necessary replacement parts to Authorized BMW centers, customers with affected vehicles will receive a letter via First Class Mail asking them to schedule a service appointment an Authorized BMW Center. Customers with further questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email

Affected BMW models include: 2002-08 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li, and 760i/Li 2007-08 BMW Alpina B7 2004-10 BMW 645i and 650i 2004-10 BMW 545i and 550i