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Aston Martin Cars

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:43:00 +0000

Aston Martin is one of those cars that many, if not most, people dream of driving someday. Relatively few of these people actually get to drive one, let alone have one, but is certainly a fun dream. Driving is a very fun activity for many people, although the long commutes that increasing people have to drive on a daily basis have detracted from that somewhat. This has led to an increase in people separating out fun driving and necessary driving, and so cars have also been sorted into fun cars and practical cars. You won't drive a fun car for practical activities not just because of the lack of practicality, but also because you don't want your fun car to become associated with boring, dull, and disliked activities.Well, if you're going to separate out fun cars and practical cars, I think it would be cool to have a fun activity superstore for adults where you got to do fun things that you cannot afford to make a part of your daily life. Things like driving an Aston Martin around the activity superstore parking lot, or having a section of the activity superstore that is dedicated to spa and salon style activities (whirlpools, saunas, massages, meditation, yoga, hair and nail stylists, etc.). Perhaps the activity superstore could have a section with the latest in technology that you could play with, like the latest gaming, tv and movies, computer technology, cameras, etc.The activity superstore could also have things for sale or for rent as well (an interesting concept, renting technology or cool stuff like a motorcycle or Aston Martin, but just for a week or weekend). It could be nearly like a grown-ups theme park, but instead of pretending you are a child, in the activity superstore you can pretend that you are in an Aston Martin, pretend that you are a professional photographer using the latest 3D camera technology from Japan.While some might say that this is pandering to the materialistic culture of today, allowing people to pretend that they are rich without actually having to work for their own wealth, and while they do have some point, there could be a place for an activity superstore like this. Perhaps this would help keep some people from feeling like they have to spend their whole life working to get this things. Perhaps some people would be encouraged by it. But really, it doesn't matter what you do, activity superstore or not, people will still be as they are.http://carbuildoff.blogspot.com/[...]



BMW Begins Regular Production of new 2012 3-Series Sedan

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:06:00 +0000

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With the official presentation out of the way, the BMW Group began series production of its new premium sedan, the 2012 3-Series, at is Munich plant in Germany as it prepares for its worldwide market launch in February next year.
“The BMW 3 Series is the most important volume-produced model from the BMW Group as well as the biggest-selling model in the entire premium segment," said Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for production.
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All-New 2012 Honda CR-V: First Official Photos of Production Model

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:05:00 +0000

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Over the past few months we've brought you pictures of camouflaged prototypes, the loosely disguised concept and even the patent designs of the next 2012 Honda CR-V, but today, thanks to our tipster Andy Ye, we bring you the first official images of the final production model.
(image) Not surprisingly, the styling changes over the concept CR-V we saw this summer are restricted to the matte finish of the plastic cladding on the body, the smaller wheels and the clear graphics on the headlamps and tail lamps.
Honda has previously said that its new SUV will be "more sophisticated and dynamic" than its predecessor while also offering improved interior space and versatility as well as a suit of new technologies.
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2012 Toyota FT-86: New Photos Surface Online

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 02:09:00 +0000

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When we brought you the first brochure images of the production version of the JDM Toyota FT-86 coupe on Thursday, we rightfully assumed that we should see more pictures of the rear-wheel drive model in the coming weeks before the official presentation at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show on November 30.

(image) Better make that a little over 24 hours as we just discovered yet another collection of scanned images on a Japanese forum, providing us with an even better look at the exterior design of Toyota's mainstream sports car.

While the previous photos showed us a Modellista-prepped version, this time we have the standard FT-86 with or without some optional accessories such as the front panel air vent trims and rear diffuser accents.

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Giggidy Giggidy Goo or What the Deuce? Miss Tuning Calendar 2012 [NSFW]

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:36:00 +0000

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For better or for worse, tuning shows are as much about modified cars as they are about booth babes - and that's regardless of where they take place. Just wait and see at next week's SEMA Show.

But just to get your engines running – or so to speak, we have a special treat for you, and no, we're not referring to the Nissan 180SX/200SX ...

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Toyota Reduces U.S. Production Due to Thailand Floods

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:04:00 +0000

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It seems that nature's forces do not like Toyota. The March natural disaster in Japan affected Toyota the most and now, just as it is gearing up production to make up for the lost time, a massive flood in Thailand has plagued the automaker's three local factories forcing the company to change its plans once again.

Toyota issued the following statement: “Parts availability from Thailand is not predictable at this time and is changing with the continued severity of the flooding.”

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Report: Ferrari California to Receive Mild Life Facelift with a Power Upgrade for 2012

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:12:00 +0000

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[2011 Ferrari California pictured above]

When Ferrari launched the California in 2008, the hardtop roadster model was a novelty for Maranello. Despite objections from purists, Ferrari proved to be right and the California was a major sales success.

Not only did it boost the brand’s sales but it also succeeded in its original goal to bring in buyers who would only consider Aston Martins, Porsches and Bentleys as they found Ferraris to be impractical.

Now, according to CAR magazine, Ferrari’s front-engined V8 model is about to get a major overhaul for 2012, with production of the refreshed version beginning as early as January.

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Warning: Meet the Worst Accident Scam Artist in the World [Video]

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:11:00 +0000

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Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are all too common but once in a while, you get your archetypal "please hit me" scam artist that will try anything to get something from you or better yet, your insurance company.

And truth is, unless there's a witness or two around, you'll either waste or have a pretty hard time proving your innocence. On the other hand, if you've installed a dashboard mounted camera on your car, an accident con can turn a nightmare scenario into a rather enjoyable 30 second clip.

Enter the world of the one of the worst fraudsters we've ever seen in action. Period. According to the person that uploaded the video, the incident took place somewhere in Korea. You can watch it right after the break.

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Il Monstro: 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ with 22,400 miles goes Under the Hammer

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:28:00 +0000

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The Alfa Romeo 75 is remembered as the last rear-wheel drive sedan to be produced by the Milanese brand. Yet, its claim to glory is much bigger than that as the 75 underpinned one the most bizarre Alfa Romeos to date: the SZ.

Initially presented as a Zagato concept at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show, the ES30 (Experimental Sports 3.0-liter), as was its internal designation, debuted in production form at the same show two years later as the SZ, which stands for Sports Zagato.

(image) And it caused quite a commotion, thanks to its angular styling and angry looks. Some 25 years later, the SZ's exterior styling is still divisive, but nevertheless, it does stand out from the crowd…

It was available in one trim level in a red color with a dark-grey roof and tan leather interior – save for one example finished in black that was built exclusively for Andrea Zagato himself.

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SEMA Preview: New Toyota Yaris Suits Up for Club Racing

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:38:00 +0000

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The annual aftermarket extravaganza that is known as the SEMA Show will host the debut of Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer that will compete in the SCCA B-spec class race category next year with Action Sports Star and BMX legend Jamie Bestwick behind the wheel. Read more »



Chrysler Group's New SRT8 Video Works Visually but not Aurally

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:44:00 +0000

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We all like watching powerful cars drifting slideways and burning rubber and fortunately, we get plenty of that in the Chrysler Group's new SRT video starring the 2012MY SRT8 versions of the Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger and Charger.

But (there's always a but, isn't there?) while there's no doubt that the clip is visually stimulating, it completely misses the point when it comes to making our ears happy. Watch the video after the break and you'll see/hear what we mean.

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Tesla CEO Confirms Plans to Launch All-New Roadster in 2014

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:48:00 +0000

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The Model S saloon that was previewed earlier this month in Beta form, the upcoming performance version of the same model as well as the RAV-4 EV that it will be produced in cooperation with Toyota, are not the only plans Tesla CEO Elon Musk has in mind for the Silicon Valley-based brand.

The company is also working on an EV crossover based on the Model S while Musk recently told Autocar magazine that Telsa is also planning to launch a BMW 3-Series rival and an all-new Roadster in 2014.

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Chevy Teases Two Corvette Concepts Ahead of 2011 SEMA Show

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:17:00 +0000

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If anything, General Motors' Chevrolet brand will have one of the most comprehensive displays at this year's edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

We've already given you a sample of the tuned Sonic hatchbacks, Cruze sedans and Camaro Coupe and Convertible concepts that are heading down to the strip, and now it's time to show you a pair of Corvette concept cars.

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Mazda to Woo SEMA Show Crowd with MX-5 Spyder and Mazda2 Turbo Hot Hatch

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:46:00 +0000

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The countdown to the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas is heating up with only a few days left before the big event kicks off on Tuesday, November 1.

Mazda will be there with at least two concept models including the MX-5 Spyder and the Mazda2 Turbo.

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Raw Video: Driver, Beware of the Spicy Newscaster…

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:14:00 +0000

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We can't see what reporter Alison Ariotti from Australia's Nine Network was wearing during this live TV broadcast, but the…package must have been interesting enough to distract the driver of the black Mazda CX-7 SUV who zoom-zoomed his attention from the road and on to the young lady and as a result, collided with a Mazda parked behind her.

So the lesson here folks is that if you happen to stumble upon a TV crew filming in the side of the road, please keep your eyes where they should be…

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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Le Monstre to Terrorize Las Vegas with 1,001HP Supercharged V8

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:40:00 +0000

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The SEMA Show is all about excess - be that for the appearance and performance of the tuned cars or the…upgraded booth models.

And there seems to be plenty of that going on with the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe created by "The D3 Group", which will be displayed at Toyo Tire U.S.A.'s booth at the Las Vegas aftermarket show.

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Peugeot Expands Range of Accessories for RCZ Sports Coupe

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:09:00 +0000

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The funky-looking Peugeot RCZ sports coupe has been in the market for a little over a year and now, the French carmaker has decided to introduce a new line of accessories for both new and current owners.

First up is a new sports muffler with dual tailpipes on either side of the bumper that is available in a choice of two designs, with the oval shaped pipes priced at €733 in Germany and the round shape units at €788.

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Audi Launches A1 e-tron Trial Program in Munich

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:37:00 +0000

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The first examples of Audi's A1 e-tron gasoline-electric hybrid project car hit the streets of Munich today as the German company in cooperation with E.ON and the public utility Stadtwerke Munchen and Technise Universitat Muncher initiated the trial program.

Audi has provided a fleet of 20 extended-range A1 e-tron electric vehicles, while E.ON and SWM have installed charging infrastructure both within the city limits and in surrounding areas.

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Chevrolet Camaro and Camaro ZL1 Dress Up for Vegas

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:58:00 +0000

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Automakers are getting ready for some aftermarket fun at the annual SEMA Show that takes place in Las Vegas from November 1 through 4.

General Motors is heading down to the strip with a variety of concept and project cars including a number of prototypes based on the 2012MY Camaro coupe, convertible and of course, the upcoming ZL1.

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Ford–Approved Body Shell Allows You to Build a '64-'66 Mustang Convertible from the Ground Up

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:28:00 +0000

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Sure, a fully restored first generation Ford Mustang Convertible with matching chassis and engine numbers is something that many car nuts dream of, but what if you could build a brand new example from the wheels up using officially licensed parts?

Ford now offers this opportunity with the release of an officially licensed 1965 Mustang Convertible body shell that can be turned into a ’64½, ’65 or ’66 model, depending on the trim and powertrain that is installed during the rebuild.

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China's Pang Da and Youngman Agree to Buy Saab for €100 million and Save it from Bankruptcy

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:00:00 +0000

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Saab's parent company Swedish Automobile N.V. [Swan] said on Friday that it has agreed to sell the company to China's Pang Da and Youngman.

If the deal goes through, the Chinese will own Sweden’s car industry bar Koenigsegg as Volvo was sold to Geely in 2009 – admittedly at the much higher price of US$2 billion dollars than the €100 million (US$141.7 million) Pang Da and Youngman are willing to pay for acquiring 100% of Saab Automobile and Saab GB shares.

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Refreshed 2012 Mitsubishi Shogun Hits UK Shores

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:37:00 +0000

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The 2012 model year brings a subtle makeover for the Mitsubishi Shogun that is set to arrive in UK showrooms next week.

The revised Shogun, which is also known as the Pajero and Montero in other markets around the world, comes with an updated Euro V compliant turbo diesel engine and a choice of either three door short-wheel base or five door long-wheel base body styles.

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