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Chevy 130R

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  • On 09, Jan 2012

“General Motors would like to lure in younger buyers with a new small car that boasts more evocative styling. To that end, the company unveiled two new concepts at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show that may hint at things to come from Chevrolet. This is the first called the Chevrolet Code 130R Concept, which boasts a traditional coupe profile and seating for four. Subtle fender flares and an upright fascia help give the vehicle an aggressive, masculine presence, though GM says a production version could boast up to 5.8 kilometres per hundred.

Under the hood of the Code 130R, a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine delivers 150 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and an eAssist system lends an electric hand when needed. The Code 130R also boasts either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. With a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the Code 130R would offer buyers an engaging drive and design in an economical and affordable package, if it were ever built.

While purely a concept at this stage, GM says a production version would likely carry a price tag of around $25,000. That would put the sports car in perfect fighting range with the likes of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S should the Code 130R Concept ever make it to the factory floor.”

Source: Autoblog

Auid’s New Marketing

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“Audi has started a new roadside billboard advertising campaign in the U.S. to promote the fact that people are buying the R8 GT supercar. The billboards, like this one erected in Lake Forest, Illinois, alert the good townsfolk that an R8 GT has been purchased within their city limits. In red is the warning, “Slow traffic keep right,” which could also just as easily say, “Rob him while he’s out driving.””

Source: Autoblog

Fox Marketing Make 400 hp Juke

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“The Nissan Juke R concept may have sought to define the high-performance compact crossover, but what happens when you don’t have a million-dollar budget, Nissan UK’s engineering talent and a spare GT-R lying around? You build your own. And that’s what Fox Marketing is doing. Well, almost…

The crew behind some of our favorite builds has apparently taken inspiration from the Juke R and decided to make something slightly less powerful, much more affordable and on the high side of attainable. It’s called the Juke S and it’s set to debut later this year.

According to Fox, they’ll be retaining the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder and torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system used in the standard Juke, but they plan to push the wee engine passed the 400 horsepower mark with a host of breathing mods and a massive turbo.

Other kit will include 14-inch, six piston calipers, 20×9-inch wheels, a reworked suspension, Yonaka Ronin racing seats and an exterior fitted with a custom body kit and Foxy Orange paint from BASF. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be seeing it before the summer, and hopefully it will inspire Nissan to develop its own hotted-up Juke for production.”

Source: Autoblog

EV Vehicle’s Not There Yet

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“A new survey by audit powerhouse KPMG suggests auto executives don’t see electrified car sales passing 15 per cent of global sales until at least 2025. Yet despite the slowly developing market, these same execs foresee substantial increased investment in electric and hybrid car production along with research and development. Given very limited consumer acceptance of hybrid cars since their U.S. introduction back in late 1999 (gas-electric new car sales are still around two per cent), cautious sales estimates seem like par for the course.

Among the many highlights of the survey that polled 200 executives is word that 83 per cent expect an increase in electric motor production, 81 per cent think automakers will increase investment in battery technology, 76 per cent see more power electronics investment, and 65 per cent see increased investment in fuel cells. The survey results didn’t show any conclusive winner as to which sort of alternative fuel technology might win out, with 20 per cent choosing fuel cell vehicles, 16 per cent picking battery-powered electrics, 22 per cent choosing hybrids, 21 per cent weighing in on plug-in hybrids, and 18 per cent opting for battery-powered electrics with range extenders.

Perhaps the most interesting nugget we see is that 61 per cent of the executives surveyed agreed that “the optimization (so-called downsizing) of internal combustion engines (ICE) still offers greater efficiency and CO2 reduction potential than any electric vehicle technology based on the current energy mix.””

Source: Autoblog

Porsche GT3 RS Sets New Brake Record

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“The Koenigsegg Agera is one stupendously quick supercar. It can travel from a dead stop to 300 kilometres per hour and back down to zero in a scant 21.19 seconds. That’s not even enough time to sit through a car insurance commercial.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 isn’t quite as quick, but it can boast some serious performance chops all its own. The race-ready 911 can hit 100 kilometres per hour in just 3.6 seconds, and a trip to 193 kilometres per hour takes only 11.5 seconds.

But while the GT3 RS 4.0 can’t quite keep up with the Agera once the rubber starts rolling, this athletic Porsche can stop a bit more quickly. The GT3 RS 4.0 has reportedly beaten the Agera’s braking record of 300 km/h to zero in 6.66 seconds, and we have the video that proves it.”

Source: Autoblog

70% of JDM Vehicles Not Built in Japan

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“A new study by the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association has found 70 per cent of Japanese vehicles sold in the U.S. were built on a North American assembly line.

According to TheDetroitBureau, the study found that more than 400,000 jobs have been created by Japanese automakers since Honda opened its first facility in the U.S. in 1982. Honda, Toyota and Nissan had a combined 29 plants operating in the U.S. in 2010 with a combined investment of $34 billion. Those numbers are likely to increase in the coming years.

The Japanese three have made no secret that the companies are looking to guard their operations against an ever stronger yen. Odds are we’ll see even more Japanese facilities open their doors in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Toyota is slated to open a new line in Tupelo, Mississippi, and Honda is expected to begin assembling the Fit in Mexico soon.

But Toyota, Honda and Nissan aren’t just building vehicles in the U.S. for American consumers. Japanese plants here are also producing vehicles for consumption abroad. Last year, over 145,000 vehicles were built in North America. for foreign markets by Japanese automakers, up from 95,000 units in 2010.”

Source: Autoblog

Mini Enters 2012 WRC

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  • On 06, Jan 2012

“Mini has reportedly confirmed its 2012 World Rally Championship entry after initially missing the December 19 entry deadline. According to Autosport, the delay may have had something to do with concerns Mini parent company BMW had over television coverage of the sport in Germany. Now it would seem the FIA is working to address those issues and Mini is once again slated to join both Ford and Citroën as full manufacturers in the series. The delay may have been a tactical move by BMW and Mini to convince series promoters to come up with more amicable coverage terms.

As it sits, Mini will campaign a John Cooper Works WRC in all 13 rounds, though it remains unclear whether driver Dani Sordo will be behind the wheel at every stage. Mini may look to save some cash by turning to a private driver in some of the more expensive rounds like New Zealand. Either way, Mini is slated to return to the WRC at the Monte Carlo Rally starting on January 17.”

Source: Autoblog

Toyota Tops Recall List in 2011

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  • On 02, Jan 2012

“Toyota launched a total of 13 recall campaigns in 2011 covering over 3.5 million vehicles. Those figures put the Japanese automaker at the top of the most-recalled list for the third year in a row, according to Ward’s Auto. Between 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled nearly 11.5 million vehicles in North America for a variety of reasons, including troublesome floor mats and sticky accelerators tied to the company’s unintended acceleration woes. The company says that around 85 per cent of vehicles involved in the pedal recall have been fixed, with lower volume models continuing to trickle into dealers.

But Toyota wasn’t the only automaker with recall woes in 2011. Ford found itself in second place for the number of vehicles recalled this year with 10 campaigns covering 3.2 million vehicles. For its part, General Motors issued a total of 21 recalls, but the fixes involved far fewer vehicles: 455,901.”

Source: Autoblog

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