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And the Most-Frequently Stolen Car in the US is…

2011-08-29T01:34:18.726-07:00

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Honda may now be caught in war of words with Consumer Reports over the results of its test drive of the 2012 Civic sedan, but the Japanese firm's models continue to be preferred by a…certain type of drivers.

According to the latest findings of The National Insurance Crime Bureau [NCIB], the 1994 MY Accord was the most frequently stolen car in the US in 2010 for the third year in a row. The not-for-profit organization stated that the reasons can be found in the car’s weak security systems and the demand for used parts.

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2012 Ford Edge with 240HP 2.0-Liter Ecoboost Returns up to 30MPG

2011-08-29T01:34:18.727-07:00

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Ford is slowly releasing the fuel economy numbers on its latest batch of vehicles to receive the firm's new EcoBoost engines.

Following last week's announcement on the 2012 Explorer with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, Ford today revealed that the 2012 Edge with the same powerplant will deliver an EPA certified 21mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway.

In the Edge, the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. Power is transferred to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Top Tennis: Hingis Reject Duet with Federer at the Olympics

2011-08-26T20:20:49.477-07:00

(image) Hingis had tripped cocaine problem before retiring in 2007.

Former tennis queen Swiss Martina Hingis, declined the offer to play mixed doubles with Roger Federer at the 2012 Olympics, London. Hingis admitted comfortable with her ​​life after tennis.

Hingis got an offer from his friend at the Swiss Fed Cup team for a duet with Federer in the 2012 Olympics. Despite still having a good ability in playing tennis, Hingis refused the offer. The main reason Hingis refused the offer is a 30-year tennis player wants to enjoy life outside of tennis.

"I do not think about the offer. The invitation was a bit out of bounds. I may have retired, but my instinct is still a competitive game. My life is quite comfortable, and I enjoy it," Hingis said as reported by SuperSport.



Video: MT Drives the New 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2011-08-29T01:34:18.727-07:00

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We won't be seeing the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in U.S. showrooms until after next year's Super Bowl XLVI, but GM is already handing out early prototypes to journalists for a first encounter with the mid-size sedan.

This time, it's Motor Trend magazine editor Todd Lassa who was handed the keys to Chevrolet's newcomer. However, being that the example he drove and which you can see in the video after the hump, isn't a final production model but a showcar, there wasn't much to say about the Malibu's handling or other characteristics.

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Top Soccer: Ronaldo Rejects Adebayor

2011-08-26T20:20:49.477-07:00

(image) Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Real Madrid no longer need new striker. CR7 is quite sure if the squad of Los Blancos are qualified enough to compete next season.

In other words, Ronaldo did not seem to regard it as necessary Madrid bring back Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. In fact, very much hope Adebayor pulled back entrenador Jose Mourinho.

Adebayor has indeed been steadily leave Manchester City after being sidelined by manager Roberto Mancini. But the 27-year attacker hopes to join the Madrid seems to be getting thinner.

Especially with the last appearing apiknya striker Jose Maria Callejon and improving the performance of Karim Benzema. "I do not think we need to bring in another striker. We are very happy with the existing players," Ronaldo said on the sidelines of Madrid's Asian tour in China.



SCOOP: 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible Snagged with its Top Down

2011-08-29T01:34:18.727-07:00

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Our spy photographers continue to capture test mules of the upcoming, next generation Porsche 911, which is internally referred to as the 991, ahead of the sports car world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

We have already shown you the regular 911 Carrera models in both coupe and convertible format as well as the 911 Turbo and what we believe is the 911 Turbo S coupe, but now we have some fresh spy shots of the 911 Turbo Convertible with its top down, caught during hot weather testing.

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Half-Naked Man Crashes New Chevy Camaro in Brazil, gets Locked inside… [Video]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.727-07:00

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In one of the weirdest car accidents of the year so far, a young man wearing only a t-shirt crashed his new Chevrolet Camaro in a park located at Sao Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo, Brazil.

According to the local media, the unnamed man who happens to be the son of an influential businessman, was found locked inside the Camaro coupe intoxicated with a bottle of whiskey on his side but luckily, unhurt.

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European Premiere for Updated 2012 Mazda3 at Frankfurt Motor Show

2011-08-29T01:34:18.728-07:00

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Mazda's all-new CX-5 compact crossover (which we told you about earlier today) will be joined by the refreshed 2012 Mazda3 at the Japanese firm's Frankfurt Motor Show stand.

Revealed for the first time at the Toronto Show in Canada in February, which was followed by an appearance at the New York Auto Show in the U.S. earlier this year, the 2012 Mazda3 gains new and more fuel-efficient engines that deliver lower CO2 emissions.

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Lamborghini Frankfurt Motor Show Invitation Hints at New Supercar Model?

2011-08-29T01:34:18.728-07:00

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What is claimed to be an official press invitation from Lamborghini for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of an image that was allegedly sent through email is making the internet rounds today.

(image) The invitation reads: "Discover a new Lamborghini super sports car at the next Frankfurt Motor Show. Press conference 13/09/11, 12:45, Lamborghini stand at IAA."

We can't be 100 percent sure about its authenticity, but if real, it raises the question what will this new "Lamborghini super sports car" be? The answer could be anything from the production version of the evil-looking Sesto Elemento and either a roadster or a more extreme version of the new Aventador, or perhaps a different concept model altogether. Follow the jump to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Toyota Reveals Next-Gen Safety Systems [Video]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.728-07:00

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Toyota has revealed a host of both active and passive safety systems that it is developing for use in its future models. The Japanese company said that it concentrates on protecting both older drivers as well as pedestrians.

If you're wondering why, this is because of the statistics which show that in Japan, more than half of road traffic fatalities are of people aged 65 and above, while pedestrian now account for more fatalities than vehicle occupants.

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Imperium to Craft One-Off Bentley Continental GT Special

2011-08-29T01:34:18.729-07:00

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Given the price of a Bentley Continental GT, it should not come to a surprise that some tuners prefer to offer their clients a more personal service when it comes to customizing their cars.

UK-based design house Imperium is one such example developing a one-off Continental GT at the request of an unnamed entrepreneur from Britain. Previewed here in a pair of renderings, we see that the tailored made coupe will feature bespoke bodywork with uniquely designed front and rear aprons, carbon exposed side skirts, a subtle boot lip spoiler and rear carbon fibre diffuser.

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Fiat 500 by Gucci Goes Topless, Priced from €20k

2011-08-29T01:34:18.729-07:00

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With the "500 by Gucci" hatchback having already logged some 3,000 pre-orders online, Fiat wasn't about to let a good run go to waste. Today, the Italians announced the release of topless version that goes by the name "500C by Gucci". Read more »



Mcgrady Knicks and Magics

2011-08-26T20:20:49.477-07:00

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Mcgrady Knicks and Magics

2011-08-26T20:20:49.478-07:00

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Mcgrady Base Ball Player

2011-08-26T20:20:49.478-07:00

“McGrady is one of those guys that are a real tragedy. He had talent, not Jordan talent, but talent nonetheless and he worked hard to explore that talent but the fates just didn’t seem to be on his side. It’s always sad when you see a talented guy lose because he didn’t try, but it’s even worse when you see a guy try and still lose,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “That’s even true in the case of McGrady. I mean I know he alienated people in Toronto, Orlando, Houston, and even in New York even though he was only there for one season but it’s still kind of sad from a human perspective. Even if you don’t like or respect him he’s still a human being.”McgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgrady[...]



Mcgrady Base Ball Player

2011-08-26T20:20:49.478-07:00

“McGrady is one of those guys that are a real tragedy. He had talent, not Jordan talent, but talent nonetheless and he worked hard to explore that talent but the fates just didn’t seem to be on his side. It’s always sad when you see a talented guy lose because he didn’t try, but it’s even worse when you see a guy try and still lose,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “That’s even true in the case of McGrady. I mean I know he alienated people in Toronto, Orlando, Houston, and even in New York even though he was only there for one season but it’s still kind of sad from a human perspective. Even if you don’t like or respect him he’s still a human being.”McgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgradyMcgrady[...]



Official: Mazda Unveils New CX-5 Compact SUV

2011-08-29T01:34:18.729-07:00

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A little over a year after Mazda previewed the Minagi Concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese company lifted the curtains off the production version of its compact SUV that we will come to know as the CX-5.

The world premiere of the CX-5 will take place at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show that opens on September 13 and will go on sale in early 2012.

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Kane

2011-08-26T20:20:49.478-07:00

Glen Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967) is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is working for WWE, signed to its SmackDown brand but is currently inactive due to an injury.Jacobs began his wrestling career in 1992 working on independent circuits. He wrestled in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as Unabomb where he won the SMW Tag Team Championship as a member of The Dynamic Duo, and in the United States Wrestling Association where he won the USWA Heavyweight Championship as Doomsday. He later joined his current promotion, the World Wrestling Federation (which later became World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002) in 1995, where he wrestled under various gimmicks before debuting as his current character, Kane, in 1997. The character's half-brother is The Undertaker, with whom Kane has teamed up as the Brothers of Destruction.Jacobs has accumulated 17 championship accolades during his WWE career. He is a three-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship once, the ECW Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship once (tied for third longest reign in history) making him the first of two people ever to hold all three WWE world titles. He is also a two-time WWF/E Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWF Hardcore Champion, and an eleven-time Tag Team Champion; winning the WWE Tag Team Championship (once with The Big Show), the WCW World Tag Team Championship once (with The Undertaker), and the World Tag Team Champion nine times (twice with Mankind, X-Pac, and The Undertaker; and once with The Hurricane, Rob Van Dam, and The Big Show). Jacobs is the third Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. In addition to championships, he is a one-time Money in the Bank winner, also he has become the quickest man to cash in the briefcase. Kane currently holds several records in the Royal Rumble match. Most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble with 11, most Royal Rumble match appearances with 15, most consecutive appearances in the match with 13 from 1999 to 2011, and the quickest elimination of another competitor at 1.8 seconds.Following a disqualification loss to Big Show by using a steel chair in early 2011, Kane began an apparent alliance with The Corre (a group consisting of Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel) when they offered to assist Kane in another match against Big Show on March 4. However, after Gabriel stumbled into him during the assault, Kane attacked him with a steel chair, and The Corre retaliated against him in defense of their teammate. This turned Kane face once again. As a result, Kane faced off against Barrett the following week. The match ended with interference from the other members of The Corre, who in turn were chased away when Big Show came to the ring and threatened the group with a steel chair. After the group left, he hit Kane with the chair for payback from the week before.On the May 28 episode of SmackDown!, he lost to CM Punk in a qualifying match for the World Heavyweight Championship for the WWE Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view event. The following week on SmackDown!, Kane claimed that he found his brother The Undertaker in a "vegetative state" over Memorial Day weekend and vowed revenge on whoever was responsible. Because of The Undertaker's injury, it was announced that there would be a Battle Royal between the whole SmackDown! roster to replace him for the WWE Fatal 4 Way event, which Rey Mysterio won by lastly eliminating Kane.In Kane's quest, he participated in his fourth Money in the Bank Ladder match at WWE's Money in the Bank. Kane would then win the Mone[...]



2013 Mercedes-Benz CLC: A-Class-Based 'Baby' CLS Scooped

2011-08-29T01:34:18.729-07:00

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If you are still wondering how Mercedes-Benz plans to beat its German competition and take the reins from the likes of BMW and Audi in the premium car segment, the new CLC sports saloon is just one example of how the Stuttgart-based company intends to proceed in the future and lure more customers to its brand.

M(image) ercedes-Benz insiders rightfully describe the CLC (note that the company may use a different name for the production car) as a "baby CLS".

The latter was the German firm's first sporty looking sedan and it essentially established a category that many automakers and the press alike are akin to calling "four-door coupes" (feel free to agree or disagree with the term).

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New 2012 Civic Hits Rock Bottom in Consumer Reports Test, Honda Says it Disagrees

2011-08-29T01:34:18.730-07:00

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Usually new or redesigned models fare better in car reviews than their predecessors. Technology moves on during the lifespan of a model, automakers learn from their mistakes and improve their production methods, while the competition gets better forcing everyone else to improve etc.

However, that’s not the case with the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic LX, or at least that's what Consumer Reports states in its latest test of the Japanese model.

According to Consumer Reports (CR), the highest ranking small sedan for many years and a Top Pick in five of the last 10 years has in its latest iteration dropped too low to even earn a “Recommended” tag!

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New BMW Family Activity Sports Tourer Scooped, gets Front-Wheel Drive

2011-08-29T01:34:18.730-07:00

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Once upon a time, not too long ago, you could count BMW's model series on one hand. For example, in the 1980s you had the 3-Series, the 5-Series, the 6-Series and the 7-Series.

(image) Nowadays, you need both hands and very soon, that is after the launch of the two i-Series models and the rumored introduction of more nameplates into the range, you'll probably lose track even if you asked a friend to lend a helping hand…

One of the newest and perhaps most controversial projects BMW is working on now is the development of a new front-wheel drive hatchback currently known by the acronym F.A.S.T. which stands for Family Activity Sports Tourer.

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It Came from eBay Hell: Porsche 959 Replica Based on a…Porsche 356 Replica

2011-08-29T01:34:18.730-07:00

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Two of the most egregious of Porsche replicas to be found on eBay are those of the 356 of the 1950s and ‘60s and the 959 of the late 1980s. Both these cars were legends of their times and are rightly regarded as classics today.

So it’s no surprise that replicas are especially widespread and varying in quality from the very good to the very bad. On the latter end of this very broad spectrum is this 959 replica, which is evidently based on a –hold on- a…Porsche 356 replica.

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MTM Drops Some Power Upgrades to Audi A7 Sportback TDI

2011-08-29T01:34:18.730-07:00

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After Senner Tuning's recent take on the Audi A7 Sportback TDI, MTM is next in line to offer its services to the diesel-powered model.

In regular factory trim, the A7's 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine churns out 245-horses and 500Nm (369 lb-ft) of peak torque. The German tuning firm offers buyers two different options, the first pushing output to 285HP and peak torque to 580Nm (427.8 lb-ft), and the second to 300-horsepower and 600Nm (442.5 lb-ft) respectively.

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Video: Lithuanian Mayor Crushes a Mercedes S-Class with an Armored Troop Carrier

2011-08-29T01:34:18.731-07:00

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The BTR is the standard Soviet (now Russian) armored troop carrier used by the military of the former Eastern Block. Communism has fallen and Lithuania is now independent, yet Arturas Zuokas, the Mayor of the city of Vilnius used the BTR to destroy one of the symbols of the decadent capitalist West [sic].

But seriously, Zuokas climbed on to a BTR and drove over a W140 Mercedes-Benz S-Class as part of a publicity stunt to show his frustration over the fact that rich citizens with expensive cars cannot disregard the law and park wherever they want, even in bicycle lanes.

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Ford UK Announces Base 2012 Focus Studio with 85HP Priced Under £14k

2011-08-29T01:34:18.731-07:00

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Ford is widening the options for UK buyers of the all-new 2012 Focus by confirming the availability of a new entry-level model called Studio which will be priced at £13,995 when it arrives in September.

The company said the new Studio will replace the Focus Sport, a final special edition of the previous model that has been on sale since October 2010 reacting sales of 15,000 units.

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Top Soccer: MU Extend Valencia Contract

2011-08-26T20:20:49.479-07:00

(image) Winger Antonio Valencia has signed a new contract with Manchester United. Players from Ecuador had agreed to extend his tenure with United until the next four years.

Valencia has joined the MU since 2009. Together with the Red Devils, 25-year-old player has featured as many as 69 games and scored 10 goals. Last season, Valencia won its first Premier League title with United.

"Antonuo contribute outstanding since he arrived here," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as reported by CNN on Monday, August 1, 2011.

"The speed, cross, and the ability to divide the ball is a huge asset for us," continued Ferguson.



Carlos Ghosn Hints at a GT-R Based Infiniti…Sort Of

2011-08-29T01:34:18.731-07:00

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Nissan’s luxury offspring, Infiniti, already has a sports car, the G37 coupe. But lately there has been a lot of talk about cooperating with Red Bull now that the latter is considering entering the car-making business.

In addition, Nissan’s boss, Carlos Ghosn, is teasing us with a rather exciting prospect: an Infiniti version of the amazing Nissan GT-R. At least that’s what he hinted at during an interview in CAR magazine.

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Man Attempts to Carjack Undercover Cop in Pittsburgh, Blames Batman Movie!

2011-08-29T01:34:18.732-07:00

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Apparently, Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as the Bane filming scenes for the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" (see the videos here) weren't the only protagonists at downtown Pittsburgh this past weekend.

According to news reports from the local media, a young man tried to hijack an unmarked police vehicle near filming for the latest Batman movie, and when the officer arrested him, he claimed that it was part of the movie script for "The Dark Knight Rises"!

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Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012MY FJ, Highlander and Land Cruiser

2011-08-29T01:34:18.732-07:00

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It's time for Toyota to release pricing on its 2012 FJ, Highlander and Land Cruiser SUVs which continue virtually unchanged for the new model year.

Starting with the FJ, there are noteworthy upgrades for the 2012 (according to Toyota's own words) but pricing has increased by $200 or about 0.7 percent and now ranges from $25,990 for the 4x2 equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission to $27,580 for the 4x4 V6 automatic.

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ford mustang GT

2011-12-07T09:37:33.592-08:00

ford mustang GT ford mustang GT red ford mustang GT picture ford mustang GT 1968 ford mustang GT yellow ford mustang GT lamp ford mustang GT back view ford mustang GT interior ford mustang GT engine ford mustang GT in auto show ford mustang GT image ford mustang GT black ford mustang GT 2011 picture ford mustang GT front view ford mustang GT snapshot ford mustang GT illustration ford mustang GT wallpaper ford mustang GT in action ford mustang GT new and old ford mustang GT ford mustang GT racing ford mustang GT view ford mustang GT dashboard ford mustang GT white color ford mustang GT red color back view ford mustang GT 2010 image ford mustang GT shelby GT 500 ford mustang GT full modified ford mustang GT on the road ford mustang GT 1982 ford mustang GT 2008 picture ford mustang GT on the parkingford mustang GT yellow editionFord Mustang GTFord mustang gt is back.The 5.0 is back! The 2011 Ford Mustang GT comes with an advanced new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed by a group of engineers passionate enthusiasts who gathered around the common goal of delivering over 400 horsepower.The modern 5.0-liter four-valve double overhead camshaft variable timing independent (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine in the new Ford Mustang GT will offer 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. At the same time, fuel economy is designed to be better than the previous model and unmatched in the segment."This new 5.0-liter is the next chapter in the development of world-class portfolio Mustang powertrain," said Derrick KuCoyote in the lobbyMany of the engineers of the development team has worked in the motor and the Electrical Engineering building at Dearborn, Mich., campus center of product development. For years I passed in front of the original 5.0-liter V-8 engine Coyote Indy races on display in the lobby, constantly inspired by its mix of legacy, high technology and power.The development community transmission had long wanted to develop a new 5.0-liter powertrain with strategic discussions since 2000. By 2007, the competitive landscape Mustang was beginning to change, a sign that the time was right to advance the Ford Mustang GT powertrain global levels.The team began developing the 5.0-liter engine, with the aim of delivering over 400 horsepower, an accelerated timetable for 12 months without compromising reliability, durability, fuel economy, or noise, vibration and harshness ( NVH) control."Almost all team members have worked on other programs broadcast high-profile", said V-8 Program Manager Mike Harrison. "Everyone had a clear vision of the work required for their particular component or subsystem. Their passion for cars, racing and delivering the last drop of performance throughout the speed range of the engine actually shows that they put the head and heart in this transmission. "Development and testing of engines including 5.0-liter benchmark blocks, using different bore and stroke measurements, GT500 four valves per cylinder heads and intake cam rider many different configurations, different compression ratios and a deep sump oil pan. The team also evaluated Ford Racing 5.0-lit[...]



Scooped: New Batmobile Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises Filmed During Shoot in Pittsburgh

2011-08-29T01:34:18.732-07:00

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In about a year's time (that would be summer of 2012), Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise will continue with the third movie in the series called "The Dark Knight Rises". Actor Christian Bale will return as the Caped Crusader and will go against Bane (played by Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle, aka the Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

(image) Also making its return to the movie is the Caped Crusader's Batmobile, also known as the Tumbler from the previous films.

Shooting of the movie commenced in May this year in India and now continues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a couple of individuals managed to capture an array of videos of the latest Tumbler while on the move as well as during filming of some scenes.

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One-Off “Blue Angels” Ford Mustang Auctioned at Air Show

2011-08-29T01:34:18.733-07:00

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Ford has created a one-off special edition of the Mustang inspired by the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team. Based on the 2012 Mustang GT, the car was auctioned on July 29 at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) 2011 Air Venture Oshkosh aviation event.

It sold for $400,000 and the proceeds will go to the EAA Young Eagles organization that has provided free introductory lessons in flying to more than 1.2 million young people since its foundation in 1992.

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Honda Mugen CR-Z RR Study: New Photos

2011-08-29T01:34:18.733-07:00

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Here's a new set of photos of the Honda CR-Z Mugen RR competition study that made its debut alongside the more production ready CR-Z Mugen Concept at the beginning of July in the Moving Motor Show area at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

While the CR-Z Mugen was designed and built by "MUGEN EURO" based in the UK, the more hardcore RR model is the work of the firm's Japanese division.

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BMW 1-Series M Coupe Crash No3: South Africa Edition

2011-08-29T01:34:18.733-07:00

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In what is quickly becoming a rather alarming trend, we have the third reported crash involving the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe.

After the heavy fender bender in South Korea that we told you about on July 22 and the Polish mishap on July 29, today we bring you a more serious incident that occurred in South Africa, courtesy of 1Addict forum member Dossantr on behalf of his unnamed friend that owns the white 1 M Coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz Wants to Take Top Spot from BMW in the Premium Segment

2011-08-29T01:34:18.733-07:00

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If Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's dream comes true, Mercedes-Benz is on course to become the world’s leading premium car maker both in sales as well as in profits. As Automotive News reports, Zetsche sent a letter to the firm's employees admitting that chief competitors Audi and BMW are growing faster than Mercedes.

"Some of our competitors are now growing faster and more profitably than we are. Granted, those are just snapshots in time and should not be overestimated. After all, many of our best new products are yet to come" Zetsche wrote in the letter.

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Audi's New A6 Hybrid Reportedly Confirmed for the U.S. Market

2011-08-29T01:34:18.734-07:00

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When Audi pulled the wraps off the newest iteration of the A6 in November, 2010, the Ingolstadt-based automaker made no word about the availability of the hybrid variant in the North American market. And officially, the Germans are still refusing to confirm the A6 Hybrid.

(image) However, Car&Driver magazine is now reporting that it has received confirmation from "several reliable sources within Audi" that the new A6 Hybrid will be sold in the USA starting from next year with a price "somewhere north of $55,000".

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Chrysler Group to Deliver 14 Plug-in Hybrid Rams to San Francisco

2011-08-29T01:34:18.734-07:00

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The Chrysler Group is taking its first baby steps in the plug-in hybrid arena with the launch of an evaluation program that will see around 140 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) being supplied to selected cities and states across the USA.

On Tuesday, August 2, Chrysler will deliver 14 Ram 1500 PHEV prototypes to the City of San Francisco as part of a three-year assessment program.

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Kia's US Sales Increase by 36% in the Second Quarter of 2011

2011-08-29T01:34:18.734-07:00

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Kia Motors’ global sales increased by 21% during the last quarter - that is from April to June- compared to the same period in 2010. South Korea’s second-largest carmaker sold 621,000 units in that period, largely due to the increase in US sales.

Kia’s progress in the American market was impressive as it recorded a 67% increase in profits and 36% in sales, largely due to the surge in sales of its new Optima sedan and Sportage SUV.

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MINI UK Launches New Soho Editions for Hatch and Convertible

2011-08-29T01:34:18.734-07:00

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Following the release of the MINI Clubman Soho edition last year, the British automaker decided to name all of its special edition models after London boroughs, districts, streets and landmarks.

As a result, the Soho nameplate has now been applied to the three-door hatchback and soft-top convertible model, both of which will be available in the United Kingdom in Cooper and Cooper D models from now until March 2012.

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Antonio Valencia

2011-08-26T20:20:49.479-07:00

Antonio Valencia was born on 4 August 1985 in Nueva Loja, also known as Lago Agrio, Ecuador, which is located in the Amazon Rainforest.Valencia helped his mother sell drinks outside the stadium of his local club at Lago Agrio and would then search for empty bottles for his father to sell to a bottle-deposit in the capital, Quito.Valencia used to play barefoot on the pitch next to the bungalow he shared with his parents, five brothers and sister.When Valencia was aged 11, scout Pedro "Papi" Perlaza spotted him playing on a dusty field near his home, and signed him to the local FA-run sports academy in Sucumbíos.At the age of 16, Valencia didn't tell his father he left home to take up an offer to play for El Nacional, the military-backed club in Quito.Nobody knew about Valencia’s decision, except his mother and his elder brother, Carlos Alfredo, who paid the fare for his eight-hour bus journey.Valencia began in central midfield and on a salary of 50 dollars a month.Valencia started his career at El Nacional and within a year, he was fast-tracked into the Under 20s, where he played alongside striker Christian "Chucho"’ Benítez and scored 20 goals in 84 matches.Valencia made his debut for El Nacional alonsgside his idol Édison Méndez. Valencia moved to the Spanish league team Villarreal CF in 2005.After failing to break into the first-team, however, he was loaned to Recreativo de Huelva to gain experience.Valencia helped Recreativo gain promotion to La Liga as they finished the season top of the table.On 3 August 2006, Valencia joined English Premier League club Wigan Athletic, initially on a year long loan deal.He made his debut for Wigan on 19 August, in a 2–1 loss away to Newcastle United. His first goal for Wigan came in a 4–0 home win over Manchester City on 21 October.Valencia returned after a three-month absence as he played 78 minutes of a 2–0 home loss to Everton on 21 January 2007. Valencia was sent off for the first time for Wigan on 9 April, receiving a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Wilfred Bouma during a 1–1 away draw against Aston Villa.Valencia ended his first season with one goal, one assist and one red card in his 22 appearances.The loan was extended into the following season, and on 18 January 2008 he transferred for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.The deal was said to be around £5m.Valencia scored his first goal of the 2007–08 season in a 2–0 win over Derby County on 23 February,before netting his first Wigan brace in a 2–0 away victory over Aston Villa on 3 May. Valencia ended the season with three goals and three assists in 32 appearances in all competitions.Valencia's first goal of the following season came in Wigan's 5–0 away victory over Hull City on 30 August.He then grabbed a goal in the 2–1 home win over Manchester City on 28 September, but followed it up by receiving a red card in the 3–2 loss at Liverpool on 18 October. Valencia scored his final goal for Wigan on 13 December, a[...]



Mahindra Wants to Become “India’s First Global Cult Brand”

2011-08-29T01:34:18.735-07:00

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M&M is not just a well-known candy but also the name of a part of the Mumbai-based Mahindra Group - an Indian conglomerate with a market value of $17.6 billion that has 119,900 employees in more than 100 countries and is involved in almost everything from banking and agribusiness, to aerospace technology and real estate.

M&M, which stands for Mahindra & Mahindra, is the flagship company of the Mahindra Group and has a presence in both the automotive and tractor businesses. Anand Mahindra, son of one of India’s richest families, leads the company.

Mahindra certainly has great ambitions for his company and SsangYong, the bankrupt Korean manufacturer which he bought in November 2010. Automotive News reports that Anand recently stated “We want to be India’s first global cult brand”.

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Top Sport: Serena Williams End Title Famine

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(image) Serena Williams ends title drought by winning the Stanford Classic by defeating Marion Bartoli 7-5 and 6-1, Monday, August 1, 2011 morning GMT. This is Serena's first title since Wimbledon 2010.

Serena more sidelined since early 2011 due to a toe injury and has always experienced difficulties since returning to play. Finally the former world number one fell in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2011 Marion Bartoli.

Victory at the Stanford Classic tennis player feel more special for those 29 years. Because, in addition to subdue beat Bartoli at Wimbledon, Serena also won her first title since winning Wimbledon 2010.



Top Soccer: Manchester United Beat Barcelona in Trial Match

2011-08-26T20:20:49.479-07:00

(image) Both teams started the match with aggressive playing.

Although just a test match, Manchester United finally able to finish a grudge against Barcelona in their pre-season game in Washington, USA, Sunday, July 31, 2011 this morning.

The Red Devils beat Barca with a score of 2-1. Last season, in the final of the Champions League, Manchester United defeat at the hands of Barcelona with a score of 3-1.

Both teams started the game by playing aggressive. Both Manchester United and Barcelona are both push each other.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson's troops first able to break down the goal guarded by Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. MU scored the first goal by Nani at minute 22. Results 1-0 of this lasted until halftime.

Entering the second half, Barcelona behind 1-0 kept increasing attack. The result, in the 70th minute equalizer to be able to Barcelona 1-1. Goals scored by Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara through his hard shot from outside the penalty box. Thiago curved kick the ball could not be reached by keeper De Gea.

Before the fight was over, through the scheme behind the attacks, Manchester United back ahead goal by veteran striker, Michael Owen on 76 minutes. Owen's last season with injuries is always able to trick the goalkeeper Valdes.




Battle of the Beasts: Tuned Dodge Viper ACR vs Koenigsegg CCXR

2011-08-29T01:34:18.735-07:00

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The Dodge Viper ACR is one of the fastest production cars around packing an 8.4-liter V10 with 600HP and 560 lb/ft (760 Nm) of torque that allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph (96km/h) in less than 4.0 seconds. It has also proved its mettle by breaking lap records in famous and difficult tracks such as Laguna Seca and the Nürburgring.

But it's one thing going against a Corvette and totally different story when you're challenged by the likes of Koenigsegg and its CCXR that boasts a twin-supercharged V8 delivering close to 1,100-horsepower.

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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Results

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It seems like someone was bound to get a present this Sunday at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. But it wasn’t meant to be Fernando Alonso, who yesterday turned 30 and also raced for the 30th time with Ferrari. Read more »



Speed, the Real Life Russian Edition: Crazy Bus Driver Simply Won't Stop

2011-08-29T01:34:18.736-07:00

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In the Academy Award-winning film "Speed" from 1994 starring Keanu Reeves as Police Officer Jack Traven and Sandra Bullock as accident-prone ditz Annie Porter, the bus had to go more than 50mph or else it would explode.

But that was only a Hollywood blockbuster whereas the incident you're about to see in the video after the break happened in real life, reportedly somewhere in Russia.

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Audi R8 Tries Out Gulf Oil Livery

2011-08-29T01:34:18.736-07:00

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Joining our long list of cars of all sizes and sorts wearing the classic racing colors of Gulf Oil is this Audi R8 coupe, which was spotted at the Mediterranean town of Marbella in Spain.

While it's still no Porsche 917, the famed baby-blue and orange scheme looks much better on the Audi R8 than on some of the more recent Gulf Oil editions we've seen lately including the Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG DTM Edition.

For more photos of the Audi R8, follow the break to check out the gallery.

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VW Demonstrates its Handsfree Auto Pilot in Action [Video]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.736-07:00

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Back in June, Volkswagen revealed its Temporary Automated Pilot (TAP) system at the HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicle for Intelligent Transport) event in the city of Boras in Sweden.

TAP can assume control of the car using all its active safety systems without any intervention of the driver, who simply monitors the situation.

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George Weah

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George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (born 1 October 1966)is a Liberian politician and former football forward. He spent 14 years of his professional football career playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England, and won trophies in each of these three countries. In 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, and African Footballer of the Year.Weah has since become a humanitarian and politician in Liberia, and ran unsuccessfully in the 2005 Liberian presidential election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting. Weah is the only FIFA World Player of the Year who failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup with his national team.George Tawlon Oppong Ousman Weah was born on October 1, 1966 in the Clara Town slum of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Little did his parents know at the time that their baby boy would one day rise to become their country’s most famous son.Raised largely by his grandmother, Weah studied hard at school although it was apparent from a young age that he was destined for football stardom. Little George Weah was prodigiously talented with a football at his feet but this aptitude wouldn’t truly become evident until he made the move overseas.Weah moved to Europe in 1988 when he was signed by Arsène Wenger,the manager of Monaco, who Weah credits as an important influence on his career. At Monaco, Weah was a member of the team that won the French Cup in 1991. In the 1990s Weah subsequently played for Paris Saint Germain (1992–95), with whom he won the French league in 1994 and became the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League 1994–95; and AC Milan (1995–1999), with whom he won the Italian league in 1996 and 1999.Weah was named World Fifa Player of the Year in 1995, becoming the only African player to win the award. He was the fifth recipient of the award. The Silver trophy was won by Paolo Maldini, and the Bronze by Jürgen Klinsmann. The other four recipients were: Lothar Matthaus '91, Marco Van Basten '92, Roberto Baggio '93, and Romario in '94. Weah also won the silver trophy the following year which was won by Brazilian striker Ronaldo.Weah won the European Player of the Year in 1995, becoming the only African to win the award. Sports writers from all over Europe voted and awarded Weah as the best player in Europe for the year.[...]



Scoopsters Film 2012 Honda CR-V Prototype on the Road

2011-08-29T01:34:18.737-07:00

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Last time we wrote about the 2012 Honda CR-V, it concerned a prototype, a blogger and four-vehicle accident – not the best of news for the Japanese company. Now, thanks to the Honda-loving crew over at Temple of Vtec and scoopster Brenda Priddy, we have video footage of the next-generation CR-V crossover testing on the road.

The spied 2012 CR-Vs are wearing less camouflage than usual with only the front and parts of the rear end wrapped up in black plastic.

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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Report

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It's probably getting kind of old, but a Red Bull has once again claimed pole position this year. This time Sebastian Vettel is the one who managed to break teammate Mark Webber's two previous pole positions, while also beating the two McLarens piloted by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to start from the first row of the Hungaroring circuit on Sunday. Read more »



Quebec Bus Driver Caught on Film while Filing Paperwork on the Wheel!

2011-08-29T01:34:18.737-07:00

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"Sorry to interrupt your paperwork, but shouldn't you be doing something like, I don't know, perhaps keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel?"

Try telling that to this bus driver from Gatineau, Quebec in Canada, who was taped by a passenger balancing a folder on his knees and filing out all sorts of paperwork while driving on the road.

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Toyota to Launch New Small Cars for China, Brazil and Indonesia

2011-08-29T01:34:18.738-07:00

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Toyota is planning to launch a new small car designed specifically for China in 2013, according to a report from Reuters citing the Nikkei business daily newspaper.

The new small car will be a little larger than the low-cost Etios that is sold in India. A 1.5-liter gasoline engine will power it and prices are expected to begin from under 1 million yen (approximately US$12,853).

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Ferrari World Design Contest Finalist Samir Sadikhov’s Xezri Supercar Concept in Detail

2011-08-29T01:34:18.738-07:00

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IED Turin graduate Samir Sadikhov took second place in the Ferrari World Design Contest with his Xezri concept, and now we have a full gallery of images as well as a video of the study.

(image) Sadikhov explains that Xezri was named after, “a local wind which is in the western part of Caspian sea,” and that it exemplifies an innovative, high-technology solution to the needs of a lightweight car for both the road and track.

It is, he says, “a synthesis of its technological knowledge and its sporting experience,” that embodies, “the quintessence of Ferrari past and present and looks to the Ferrari of the future”.

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New JDM Honda CR-Z "α Black Label" with Limited Edition…Yellow Hue

2011-08-29T01:34:18.738-07:00

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For some automakers such as Porsche and BMW, a black edition version of one of their cars means everything is finished in black, for others including Mazda and Holden, it's more like a secondary trim color.

Honda's CR-Z "α Black Label" ("Alpha Black Label") can be classed in the second category as the Japanese market only edition of the hybrid sports coupe justifies its name only through the color choices inside and to a lesser extent, the darker shade of the alloy wheels.

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Top Soccer: Neymar, Candidate of World Football Star

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Neymar, soccer player from Brazil who has a unique hair style is getting the highest paid inh the last two years. Thanks to its ability to process the skin round (ball), five elite European clubs lining up to get it. But Real Madrid got him.[...]



Top Soccer: Mourinho Asked Neymar Join Madrid Soon

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Mourinho is involved in a conference call with the President of the Madrid and Neymar.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has asked directly to Neymar to immediately join. Mourinho asked for Neymar more quickly come to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos are very confident of being able to get Neymar pay € 45 million release clause. Unfortunately, this 19-year striker wanted to stay at his club, Santos until the winter transfer window, January 2012. Neymar still want to Santos in the Club World Cup 2011, December.

Neymar and teammate Ganso curious to beat Barcelona and Lionel Messi. He also wants to help Santos became world club champions.




Amauri carvalho

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Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira (born 3 June 1980), better known as Amauri, is a Brazilian-born Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Juventus.Amauri was trialed at Palmeiras,the club of his place of birth, São Paulo state, but failed to impress. At the age of 19, he went to Santa Catarina state to work and played for a local club at Santa Catarina State League 2nd Division. Santa Catarina Clube was invited to Torneo di Viareggio in Italy,at which he showed his talent to scouts; he was signed by a club from the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, AC Bellinzona.He scored once in 5 appearances.Amauri made his Italian Serie A debut on 14 April 2001 in a league match against Bari. He played as one of the starting XI and was replaced by Francesco Moriero in the 69th minutes.In mid-2003, Amauri joined Chievo in co-ownership deal, with Simone Barone loan became permanent. With Sergio Pellissier and Federico Cossato, he first played as a backup then a second-striker. In June 2005, Chievo bough the remain 50% registration rights from Parma.Immediately from his debut with Palermo, Amauri became a fan favourite and a key player for the Rosanero, scoring eight goals in 18 league matches until December 2006. A serious knee injury in a league match against Siena prevented him from playing for seven months;however Amauri recovered in time for the start of the 2007–08 season, being immediately featured in the regular lineup for Palermo's first match against Roma. He scored his first goal in the new season in the next match, a 4–2 away win to Livorno.On May 30, 2008 Amauri completed a €22.8 million move to the Italian giants, Juve.in which part of the fee was paid via player transfer (Antonio Nocerino, tagged for €7.5Mand the half of registration rights of Davide Lanzafame, tagged for €2.5M).Additionally, Juve had sold Fabrizio Miccoli to Palermo for €4.3M in 3 installments in the last year.Amauri's third season at Juventus started with a double at Irish UEFA Europa League opponents Shamrock Rovers F.C., but went on to be very disappointing, as he found very little first team chances due to a number of injuries coupled with growing dissatisfaction regarding his striking abilities, and playing only five games, with no goals, in the first half of the 2010–11 Serie A.[...]



Bobby Charlton

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Bobby Charlton Has AccidentSir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is an English former professional football player who was a member of the England team who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot. His former team-mate at United, Johnny Giles, in his new autobiography, titled 'A Football Man', describes Charlton as "the greatest player I ever played with or against". His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, is an ex-defender for Leeds United and coach.He began to play for Manchester United's first team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another Football League title with United the following year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition. He has scored more goals for England and United than any other player. Charlton held the record for most appearances for Manchester United (758),but this was surpassed by Ryan Giggs on 21 May 2008 (the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final). Charlton also held the club record for most league appearances (606) until this too was overtaken by Ryan Giggs on 6 March 2011.n January 2011 Charlton was voted the 4th greatest Manchester United player of all time by the readers of Inside United and ManUtd.com, behind Ryan Giggs (who topped the poll), Eric Cantona and George Best.Charlton became one of the famed Busby Babes, the collection of precociously talented footballers who emerged through the system at Old Trafford in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as Matt Busby set about a long-term plan of rebuilding the club after the Second World War. He worked his way through the pecking order of teams, scoring regularly for the youth and reserve sides before he was handed his first team debut against Charlton Athletic in October 1956. At the same time, he was doing his National Service with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Shrewsbury, where Busby had advised him to apply as it meant he could still play for United at the weekend. Also doing his army serv[...]



Carlos Tevez

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Carlos Alberto Tévez (born Carlos Alberto Martínez on 5 February 1984)is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Manchester City and is currently the team's captain.He has previously played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United and Manchester United.He transferred to Manchester City in the 2009 summer transfer window, becoming the first player to move between the two rival clubs since Terry Cooke in 1999.His energy and goal scoring rate has since made him an indispensable player for the club in the eyes of fellow players and media alike.His importance was marked by promotion to captain at the beginning of the 2010–11 season by manager Roberto Mancini.His career has been dogged by a long-standing affair with Media Sports Investments, the company which owned the rights of Tévez ,and several other players and coaches.This eventually resulted in West Ham United being fined over issues regarding third-party ownership.He has made 59 appearances for the Argentina national team, scoring 13 goals.Tévez has a distinctive burn scar that runs down his neck from his right ear to his chest. He was accidentally scalded with boiling water as a child, which caused third-degree burns and kept him hospitalised in intensive care for nearly two months.After joining Boca Juniors, Tévez refused an offer from the club to have them cosmetically improved, saying that the scars were a part of who he was in the past and who he is today.Tévez joined Boca Juniors at the age of sixteen, and made his senior debut on 21 October 2001 against Talleres de Córdoba. He opted not to take part in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with Argentina, and committed to playing in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup instead. After winning the Copa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2003, he departed the club after the 2005 season.In January 2005, Tévez transferred to Corinthians for £13.7 million (15 million euro), and signed a five-year, £6.85 million contract following the Brazilian club's deal with Media Sports Investments. The deal was the biggest transfer ever in South American football.Tévez captained the squad to the 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro, and he was named the league's best player by the Brazilian Football Confederation, becoming the first non-Brazilian player to win the award since 1976.Tévez first came into prominence with Argentina while playing in the FIFA U-17 World Championship. At the 2[...]



BMW Shows Off i3 EV and i8 Hybrid Concepts on Film

2011-08-29T01:34:18.738-07:00

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The headline story on the automotive front today (that would be Friday, July 29) is no doubt the presentation of the first concept models of BMW's new division for alternative fuel vehicles that we will come to know as the "i" series.

(image) We've already given you a first look at the i3 pure-electric hatchback as well as the sporty i8 gasoline-electric hybrid coupe concepts, but BMW has also released a series of films on both vehicles.

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Arrinera: Poland's Lamborghini Wannabe Hits the Road [with Video]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.739-07:00

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Joining a long list of unknown companies with no prior experience that wish to enter the supercar building industry is firm called Arrinera Automotive. from Poland.

(image) Last month, Arrinera showed the first prototype of its newly created sports car during a local presentation. Now the Polish firm has released some fresh photos as well as video footage of the prototype model on the road, which you can check out in detail after the jump.

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How to Trick Out a Scion tC in 6 Hours

2011-08-29T01:34:18.739-07:00

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In its never ending to reach out to a hipper, younger audience, Scion joined forces with tuning shop Auto Werks of Northbrook and Chicago-based radio station B96, to trick out one of their listeners car during the B96 Pepsi Summerbash concert.

The winner of the Scion sweepstake was young lady named Becky who owns a tC coupe. Her two-door model was upgraded with lowering springs, blacked-out wheels, LED light kits, body kit, graphics, a high-end audio system, and more, with the entire process taking around 6 hours.

You can watch the Auto Werks team in action in the time lapse video after the break.

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Video: Australian “Shell” Ad for the 2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011-08-29T01:34:18.739-07:00

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From Sydney ad firm Innocean Worldwide comes this neat little TV commercial for the 2011 Hyundai Elantra four-door sedan.

The ad features Hyundai’s C-segment offering sitting inside a non-descript brick building. Then, in a way that reminds the machine that Tony Stark uses to suit in and out of his Iron Man costume, a multitude of robot appendages unfold from the ceiling and begin removing pieces of the Elantra’s body to reveal a smaller car inside.

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Anderson Germany Brings Maserati GranTurismo S over to the Dark Side

2011-08-29T01:34:18.740-07:00

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Tuning outfit Anderson Germany has a new proposal for current owners of the Maserati GranTurismo S. The German workshop has developed a line of performance and styling upgrades under the name Superior Black Edition.

Under the bonnet, the 4.7-liter V8 engine is boosted from 440-horses to 492HP via a software optimization program and a new custom exhaust system.

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Eminem is the Real Slim Shady in Legal Battle with Audi over “Lose Yourself” Ad

2011-08-29T01:34:18.740-07:00

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In February, during the Super Bowl, Chrysler aired its new advertising campaign for the 200 featuring the slogan “Imported from Detroit”. The commercial, which showed famous rapper Eminem driving around the Motor City under the sounds of his hit song “Lose Yourself”, won 5 awards at Cannes.

Three months later, Audi aired a TV ad in Germany about the 2012 A6 Avant. It featured a man driving around a German city -much like Eminem did- with a background music that sounded far too similar to the “Lose Yourself” hit.

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Video: Marinette Mayor Crashes into Light Post After Having One Too Many Drinks

2011-08-29T01:34:18.740-07:00

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A mayor from a small city located close to Green Bay, Wisconsin, made headlines earlier this month after he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Footage from a state patrol dash cam shows Marinette Mayor Robert M. Harbick clearly intoxicated and almost unable to stand up alone while also joking around with the police officers.

According to local media reports, police responded to a call concerning one-car accident after Harbick crashed his SUV into a light pole. The Marinette Mayor is said to have had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

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BMW Prices All-New 1-Series Hatch from £19,375 in the UK [New Photo Gallery]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.740-07:00

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The bosses over at BMW's British division have released pricing on the second-generation 1-series hatchback before it goes on sale in the UK on September 17, 2011.

The redesigned five-door hatchback will launch with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines, with on-the-road prices starting from £19,375 for a 116i ES rising to £24,720 for a 120d Urban or a 120d Sport.

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European Market 2012 Civic and CR-V to be built at Honda’s UK Plant

2011-08-29T01:34:18.741-07:00

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Honda announced today that it will manufacture the new Civic hatchback and the next generation of the CR-V SUV at its Swindon plant in the UK

The five-door hatchback version of the new Honda Civic, which we previewed earlier today (see here), is designed exclusively for Europe and will only be built in Swindon. The Civic was first introduced in 1972, and is now in its ninth generation. It will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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BMW 1-Series M Coupe Crash No2

2011-08-29T01:34:18.741-07:00

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Less than a week after we told you about the first recorded BMW 1 Series M Coupe accident, we now have the second mishap regarding the Bavarian firm's turbocharged sports model.

This accident took place in Poland when the driver reportedly lost control of the 340HP rear-wheel drive BMW sending the small coupe to the side of the road and into the grass. Fortunately for the owner, no other car was involved in the incident and the exterior damages appear to be fairly limited.

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Robert Kubica

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src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuzcmFM2aHI" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="274" width="430">Renault’s Robert Kubica was fastest in opening practice on Friday ahead of the weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.The Polish driver clocked a fastest lap of one minute 26.927 seconds out of the 22 laps he completed on the Albert Park street circuit in fine, dry conditions.Kubica was 0.199secs quicker than German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (1:27.126) with reigning world champion Jenson Button third fastest in 1:27.482 in his McLaren Mercedes.Ferrari’s Brazilian racer Felipe Massa came in fourth best in 1:27.511 ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (1:27.686) in a Red Bull-Renault.Spanish two-time world champion Fernando Alonso clocked the sixth best lap time of 1:27.747 in his Ferrari ahead of the 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes in 1:27.793.Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, making a comeback this season with Mercedes GP Petronas, came in 12th fastest in 1:28.550 in his first tilt around Albert Park this week.Australian Mark Webber, bidding to win his home GP in his Red Bull-Renault, was 14th quickest in 1:28.683.The red flag came out twice in the session with Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi striking trouble with his BMW-SauberKobayashi lost his front wing after hitting a kerb and then the wing appeared to come loose and break away in his second stint in practice.The drivers will have a second practice session later on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Australian GP.[...]



Robert Kubica

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src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuzcmFM2aHI" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="274" width="430">Renault’s Robert Kubica was fastest in opening practice on Friday ahead of the weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.The Polish driver clocked a fastest lap of one minute 26.927 seconds out of the 22 laps he completed on the Albert Park street circuit in fine, dry conditions.Kubica was 0.199secs quicker than German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (1:27.126) with reigning world champion Jenson Button third fastest in 1:27.482 in his McLaren Mercedes.Ferrari’s Brazilian racer Felipe Massa came in fourth best in 1:27.511 ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (1:27.686) in a Red Bull-Renault.Spanish two-time world champion Fernando Alonso clocked the sixth best lap time of 1:27.747 in his Ferrari ahead of the 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes in 1:27.793.Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, making a comeback this season with Mercedes GP Petronas, came in 12th fastest in 1:28.550 in his first tilt around Albert Park this week.Australian Mark Webber, bidding to win his home GP in his Red Bull-Renault, was 14th quickest in 1:28.683.The red flag came out twice in the session with Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi striking trouble with his BMW-SauberKobayashi lost his front wing after hitting a kerb and then the wing appeared to come loose and break away in his second stint in practice.The drivers will have a second practice session later on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Australian GP.[...]



Marchionne Merges Fiat and Chrysler Group Management Teams

2011-08-29T01:34:18.741-07:00

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Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, has announced the unification of the two automakers’ management teams in one, smaller unit. As Fiat said in a statement, from September 1, the group will have four regional managers for both companies’ operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

These regional chiefs, along with Marchionne himself, and other 17 managers will form a “group executive council". Not surprisingly, Fiat execs dominate the new consolidated management team, with 14 people sourced from the Italian-based carmaker and only five from Chrysler.

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John Smoltz Base Ball Player

2011-08-26T20:20:49.482-07:00

John Smoltz is progressing along just fine from June 2008 right shoulder surgery. Smoltz has a 1.59 ERA in 3 rehab starts so far. Smoltz has pitched 11 1/3 innings in those 3 starts and has not walked a batter while striking out 10. On Sunday, Smoltz pitched 5 innings at Class A Greenville – 73 pitches, 52 strikes, 1 run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts.Assuming continued pain-free sessions for Smoltz, he will make 2 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket and then join the Red Sox at the major league level. Should be interesting to see how GM Theo Epstein and Manager Terry Francona juggle the pitching staff with the addition of Smoltz. Smolt is very positive and optimistic about his ability to pitch well at the highest level for the rest of the season: “I felt really good. And for the most part, I tried to establish my fastball. I had a cranky beginning, but it worked itself out and I got into a nice little groove. I think I’m going to get a little more complete each time. For the most part, I’m really pleased with today’s effort. I felt really fresh in the 5th inning, even though it’s the longest stint I’ve had.Good news Red Sox fans. Especially with the Yankees clicking on all cylinders right now, it will be great to have Smoltz make his Red Sox debut sooner rather than later – it’s almost like making a pre-trade deadline trade for a top-notch pitcher in June. Let’s hope it all works out OK.Contact John Smoltz and his beard may be done forever. Published on June 4, 2008 by The Sloth · No CommentsAtlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who in addition to being one third of the 3 sure-fire Hall of Fame inductees to come up with the team during the 80′s (Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux being the other two) also rocks one the longest running beards in all of sports, and he may be done pitching forever as of today.The 21 year vet who has spent his entire career with the same team said his shoulder has been troubling him all year and he just can’t take it anymore. He is going to have immediate surgery by Dr. James Andrews, who has operated on p[...]



John Smoltz Base Ball Player

2011-08-26T20:20:49.482-07:00

John Smoltz is progressing along just fine from June 2008 right shoulder surgery. Smoltz has a 1.59 ERA in 3 rehab starts so far. Smoltz has pitched 11 1/3 innings in those 3 starts and has not walked a batter while striking out 10. On Sunday, Smoltz pitched 5 innings at Class A Greenville – 73 pitches, 52 strikes, 1 run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts.Assuming continued pain-free sessions for Smoltz, he will make 2 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket and then join the Red Sox at the major league level. Should be interesting to see how GM Theo Epstein and Manager Terry Francona juggle the pitching staff with the addition of Smoltz. Smolt is very positive and optimistic about his ability to pitch well at the highest level for the rest of the season: “I felt really good. And for the most part, I tried to establish my fastball. I had a cranky beginning, but it worked itself out and I got into a nice little groove. I think I’m going to get a little more complete each time. For the most part, I’m really pleased with today’s effort. I felt really fresh in the 5th inning, even though it’s the longest stint I’ve had.Good news Red Sox fans. Especially with the Yankees clicking on all cylinders right now, it will be great to have Smoltz make his Red Sox debut sooner rather than later – it’s almost like making a pre-trade deadline trade for a top-notch pitcher in June. Let’s hope it all works out OK.Contact John Smoltz and his beard may be done forever. Published on June 4, 2008 by The Sloth · No CommentsAtlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who in addition to being one third of the 3 sure-fire Hall of Fame inductees to come up with the team during the 80′s (Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux being the other two) also rocks one the longest running beards in all of sports, and he may be done pitching forever as of today.The 21 year vet who has spent his entire career with the same team said his shoulder has been troubling him all year and he just can’t take it anymore. He is going to have immediate surgery by Dr. James Andr[...]



Mercedes Previews 2012 B-Class Mini MPV's Refined Interior

2011-08-29T01:34:18.741-07:00

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Earlier in July, Mercedes-Benz outline the shape and detailed the powertrain lineup for the new 2012 B-Class MPV. Now, the Stuttgart-based automaker is providing us with our first look at the tall compact model's inner works.

Looking at these photos, if there's one thing that stands out it’s that, unlike the exterior, which is an evolution of the current B-Class, the interior has been completely redesigned and features a more modern styling and premium feel than the sober cabin of today's model.

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Video: Two Girls, a Red Ferrari F430, a Mediocre Parking Job

2011-08-29T01:34:18.742-07:00

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It's become something of spectator sport over in Europe and chiefly in London: people equipped with a handy cam waiting for a hot car to pass by to record it and upload the video on Youtube.

As with anything else in life, sometimes it pays off, sometimes it does not and our amateur producers are left with a bitter taste in the mouth.

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Aston Martin to Race Two Cygnets at Bridgestone Eco-Rally

2011-08-29T01:34:18.742-07:00

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A pair of Cygnet minis will be representing Aston Martin at the fifth annual Bridgestone Eco-Rally that takes place in London this weekend. This is the first time that the British marque participates at the event, which will pass from the heart of Oxford to central London. Read more »



BMW i8 Concept: Plug-in Hybrid Coupe with 1.5-liter Petrol Engine Delivers 349HP and 87MPG [63 Photos]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.742-07:00

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BMW's showdown continues with the presentation of its i8 Concept, a plug-in hybrid sports coupe that joins the i3 pure-electric hatchback to form the first models of the Bavarian firm's i sub-brand.

(image) The i8 Concept is a further development of the 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics study and it opens the way for a production model, which is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013.

The sportiest member of the i series models combines the modified electric drive system from the i3 Concept, but this time fitted over its front axle instead of the rear, with a high-performance, 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine (in place of the Vision ED's diesel unit) developing 220HP (164kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb.ft) at the rear.

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Honda Teases European 2012 Civic Hatchback with Photos and Video

2011-08-29T01:34:18.743-07:00

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The ninth generation Civic hatchback for the European market will soon make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September but Honda has provided us with a sneak peak of the five-door model with photos of a camouflaged prototype and a video explaining the changes under the body.

The Civic hatchback has been designed exclusively for Europe and will continue to be a separate model from the North American four-door sedan and two-door coupe variants with which it shares the same name.

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BMW i3 Concept: Pure Electric Hatchback with Optional Range Extender to go on Sale in 2013 [79 Photos]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.743-07:00

The car we originally came to know as the Megacity Vehicle was officially revealed today as the BMW i3 Concept ahead of its 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut and less than two years before it goes on sale in 2013. The new i3 along with the i8 sports coupe concept (we'll have more on that in a bit) that was also shown today, are the first vehicles of BMW's new i sub-brand with which the Bavarian company plans to sell a range of environmental-friendly hybrids, pure-electric and range-extended cars. The upcoming i3 will be BMW's first ever mass produced all-electric model. The five-door hatchback rides on a new dedicated architecture named "LifeDrive". Read more »[...]



Top Sport News: Tickets Pacman vs. Marquez Almost Sold Out

2011-08-26T20:20:49.482-07:00

(image) Only 2000 tickets left on the first day of sale.

For the third time, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao will meet with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez. Although the new game will be held on 12 November 2011, tickets are almost sold out.

ABCNews reported by the CBN, Friday, July 29, 2011, only 2000 tickets left on the first day of sales. Ticket prices are priced at $ 200-1200 no intention to discourage lovers to watch the boxing match will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

"I am impatient and was preparing a third match against Marquez. So I can prove if I was the winner of two previous matches," said Pacman - nicknamed Pacquiao.



Made in China: Scion / Toyota iQ Copy Wants to Conquer Europe […]

2011-08-29T01:34:18.743-07:00

It may have been a while since we last showed you a "Made in China" doppelganger, but rest assured, the economic giant from Asia, never sleeps. As if it weren't troublesome enough that China reaps all the benefits of free trade to sell its products everywhere while enforcing all kind of rules when it comes to imports (did you know, for example, that only 20 foreign films are allowed for release in China each year?) or opening a local business, the country has also established notoriously lax patent and copyright laws. While not in significantly large numbers, many Chinese companies have targeted the automotive industry creating various knock offs of European and Japanese vehicles. Longtime Carscoop reader John F.T. from Norway* discovered yet another copy while browsing on a local online marketplace. Read more »[...]



Fail: Tow Truck Driver Hits a Snag

2011-08-29T01:34:18.743-07:00

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Over the years we've shown you plenty of tow truck-related fails but we think this one takes the cake.

The tow truck driver pulling the brown passenger car passes a security gate but obviously doesn't take into consideration the fact that there is a considerable distance between the two. As a result, the automated system sends a signal to extend the safety barriers right after the van goes through hoisting the car into the air.

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SCOOP: 2012 Audi S8 Brings New V8 Turbo Power

2011-08-29T01:34:18.744-07:00

We knew that Audi was working on a more spirited version of its "new luxury" A8 flagship sedan and now we have some fresh spy photos as the Germans put the final touches on the S8 before its official premiere later this year, possibly as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The big news is that VW Group is hushing in a new generation of engines for its performance orientated models and the 2012 Audi S8 is no exception. The new sporty limousine will drop the previous model's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, which was shared with Lamborghini, in favor of a newly developed 4.0-liter turbocharged V8. Read more »[...]



Ad Watch: Not All Toyota Prius Drivers Are Goody Two Shoes, So Sayeth Steve Nash

2011-08-29T01:34:18.744-07:00

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NBA basketball player and point guard for the Phoenix Suns Steve Nash doesn’t take himself very seriously. He has starred in a handful of TV ads - including a few for Vitamin Water - where he generally takes the piss out of himself and the typical over-the-top sporting personalities we see so very often.

Now he’s staring in a couple of TV commercials for the third generation Toyota Prius where he proves that you don’t have to be a planet-conscious all-around-good-guy to drive the Japanese brand’s popular hybrid hatch.

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CoverEFX Revisits MINI Cooper S R53

2011-08-29T01:34:18.744-07:00

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The second generation of the new MINI from the BMW Group has been with us since 2007 but the tuning industry has yet to let go of the Mk1 hatch and especially the Cooper S model with the R53 designation.

German tuning house CoverEFX has just launched a new package for the MINI Cooper S Mk1 that includes both cosmetic and performance modifications.

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Blogger Crashes into 2012 Honda CR-V

2011-08-29T01:34:18.744-07:00

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Car accidents, be they fender benders or more serious crashes can happen to anyone and anywhere, but what's special about this incident is that it involves a prototype of the upcoming 2012 Honda CR-V, which was recently previewed with a thinly disguised concept study.

We're not quite sure how it happened, but the collision that took place in California involved four vehicles amongst which the 2012 CR-V test mule, a Lexus RX and a Toyota Highlander.

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Mopar Launches More than 150 Accessories for U.S. Market Fiat 500

2011-08-29T01:34:18.745-07:00

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Fiat says there's already more than 500,000 ways to modify the 500 city car between paint finishes, graphics, and seat colors, but for those that would like a few more customization options, the Chrysler Group's Mopar brand is adding more than 150 different accessories to the range.

The available parts range in price and style from a simple $21 locking gas cap to a spicy $1,400 body kit. In between options include custom key covers priced at $48, a $399 roof rack and $409 body-stripe graphics.

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Video: Reckless BMW Driver Causes Scary Accident

2011-08-29T01:34:18.745-07:00

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We're sure many of you have encountered the type of drivers that have no respect for their fellow motorists and who believe they own the road and can do as they please.

Only this time, the careless attitude of the person behind the steering wheel of what looks like an E46 BMW 3-Series caused a freaky accident when he or she decided to pass in between the car on which this video camera was mounted and what appears to be an older generation Opel Corsa.

The reckless driver of the BMW clipped the Corsa which then bumped onto the vehicle with the camera sending it tumbling away on the road. Watch the incident unfold in the video after the break.

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And the Most Appealing Brands and Vehicle Models for U.S. Consumers in 2011 Are…

2011-08-29T01:34:18.745-07:00

Aside from the annual vehicle reliability study that determines which are statistically the most and least dependable cars on the market, J.D. Power & Associates’ also conducts an annual survey of the most appealing brands and vehicles in the States. The APEAL study examines what consumers like and dislike about their vehicles and how gratifying they are to own and drive based on their evaluations of more than 80 different attributes. Some findings are expected but some may come as a surprise to you. Beginning with the brand appeal, Porsche finished first followed by Jaguar, BMW, Land Rover (despite ranking close to last in J.D. Powers' reliability study), Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Read more »[...]



It Came From eBay Hell: Maserati Quattroporte Limo

2011-08-29T01:34:18.745-07:00

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The current generation Maserati Quattroporte measures 200 inches (5,080 mm) bumper to bumper. Why anyone would think such a car needed any more length, let alone 140 inches (3,556 mm) of it, is beyond me but here we are.

This Maserati Quattroporte Limo was found for sale on eBay and comes complete with Silver Pearl paint, seating for 10, three TV’s and...wait for it...illuminated champagne holders!

I haven’t been this excited about a limousine since that airport limo funeral car a few weeks back.

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Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 featured on Top Gear Back in the 1990s up for Sale

2011-08-29T01:34:18.746-07:00

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Even though we’re always on the lookout for rally-bred production cars from the 1980s and 1990s like the Lancia Delta Integrale, we must admit that this 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 grabbed our attention mainly because it is the same car that was featured on an older episode of Top Gear. A young Jeremy Clarkson had then compared it against Ford's Escort RS Cosworth.

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2013 Infiniti JX Crossover: Teaser Photo No4

2011-08-29T01:34:18.746-07:00

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There's a new piece to the puzzle that is the 2013 Infiniti JX as today, the Japanese automaker published the most revealing -up until now, that is- teaser photo showing the front end of its new 7-seater luxury crossover.

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GM Wants You to Vote for the Best Chevrolet Model of All Time

2011-08-29T01:34:18.746-07:00

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Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th birthday on November 3, and parent company General Motors is planning several happenings to honor the occasion. To kick off the 100-day countdown to Chevy's centennial, GM launched a dedicated website at "Chevy100".

Visitors are encouraged to share stories and photos about the roles that Chevrolets played in their lives through social media channels like Facebook, as well as to cast their vote on their most favorite model using a list of 16 celebrated vehicles, starting with the 1912 Six and concluding with the 2011 Volt.

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Video: Female Driver of a Hummer H3 Goes on a Rampage in Russia

2011-08-29T01:34:18.747-07:00

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From time to time, we all have face some problems, but most of us (or at least that's what we'd like to believe) don't take it out on our fellow citizens.

We're not sure what kind of issues this middle-age woman from Russia was facing at the time this video was shot, but she sure went berserk and in a very dangerous manner.

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Mercedes-Benz to Build BMW X6 Rival at US Plant

2011-08-29T01:34:18.747-07:00

Things at Mercedes-Benz seem to be moving fast. Just this past weekend, the German automaker launched its C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, while a few days ago we reported on the firm's plans to invest $2 billion in its US factory to build the next generation of the C-Class. However, Mercedes has even bigger plans for the Tuscaloosa plant. According to Autonews Europe, sources within the company revealed that it aims to add a fifth model (after the M-, R-, GL- and C-Class) to its Alabama factory production line in 2015. Read more »[...]



ABT Sportsline has 2012 VW Tiguan SUV on its Sights

2011-08-29T01:34:18.747-07:00

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The recently refreshed for the 2012 model year Volkswagen Tiguan is next up on ABT Sportline's tuning menu.

While still on the works, the German tuning house released the first renderings and information on the upgrades that will be available for VW's compact model. Beginning with the performance modifications, ABT Sportline will offer a variety of power kits for the entire range of the European model's engines.

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Ferrari Reports its Best Ever Six Months in Terms of Profits and Sales in History

2011-08-29T01:34:18.747-07:00

Ferrari’s board of directors met yesterday to discuss the financial outcome of the first half of the year. And they came out with a broad smile on their faces: in the first half of 2011, Ferrari achieved its best ever profit and sales in a six-month period in its 82-year long history. The numbers speak for themselves: net profits for the first half of the year reached €91.8 million, a 23.5% increase over the same period last year. Its revenue rose by 19.6%, to €1,080 million, and sales by 11.8% with 3,577 units delivered, including track racers like the 458 Challenge and limited editions such as the SA Aperta, but without any contribution from the brand-new FF. Read more »[...]



2012 Ford Explorer with 240HP 2.0-Liter EcoBoost 4-Cylinder Returns up to 28mpg

2011-08-29T01:34:18.748-07:00

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The new 2012 Explorer SUV will be the first Ford model in North America to be offered with the company's new 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. But you already knew that.

What's new today is the release of the EPA fuel-economy numbers for the 4-cylinder Explorer which is rated at 20 mpg (11.8 lt/100km) in the city and 28 mpg (8.4lt/100km) on the highway. The cheaper -by around a grand- Explorer V6 with its naturally-aspirated 292HP, 3.5-liter engine returns 17mpg/city and 25mpg/highway.

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