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Want to top the neighbor's Model 3? How about a Tesla Model S shooting brake

05/29/2018   [Original: Autoblog]
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Filed under: Tesla,Wagon,Electric,Luxury Dutch custom builder RemetzCar has released new images and a video of its newly finished Tesla Model S shooting brake, which reportedly will make its debut next month in the Netherlands.Continue reading Want to top the neighbor's Model 3? How about a Tesla Model S shooting brake Want to top the neighbor's Model 3? How about a Tesla Model S shooting brake originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 May 2018 13:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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RR of the Day: Toppo the morning, to ya

09/14/2006   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Japan, Mitsubishi, RR of the Day

Mitsubishi Toppo

Alex Nunez is the resident Kei car fanatic here at Autoblog, so this RR of the Day selection goes out to him. It's a Mitsubishi Toppo, exact model year unknown, that was submitted by Flickr member Eddie Does Japan. Scanning Eddie's Flickr page (check out that first shot!) revealed that he's an American who is living in or has lived in Japan, and he obviously fell in love with these federally subsidized sub-sub-sub-compacts. For those who don't know the exact definition of what a kei car is, it's a car no less than 3.4 meters long, 1.48 meters wide, with an engine no larger in size than 660cc. The Japanese government gives tax breaks to these vehicles to encourage the purchase of smaller, more efficient vehicles.

The Toppo is a tall, MPV-like version of the Mitsubishi Minica, and this one appears to be a mid-to-late-'90s Q3 model. It's actually a predecessor to the Mitsubishi eK Wagon on which we posted yesterday.

Eddie's Toppo manages to move him around Japan with only 36 horsepower under hood, and everyone knows what kind of car is coming thanks to the mandated black-on-yellow license plate for Kei cars. Check out more pics of Eddie's Toppo after the jump.

If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for a RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.

Instructions for submitting to Autoblog's RR of the Day:

Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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Domestics cut down the number dealerships

04/09/2007   [Original: Automotive News (Sub. Req.) via Autoblog]
Category: Car Buying, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, Dodge, Ford, GM, GMC, Lincoln, Mercury, Pontiac

One of the issues ailing domestic automakers is a bloated sales network, which sometimes includes pitting two dealers of the same brand against one another within the same market. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have been trying to make inroads into this problem over the past year, and while these efforts are for the good of the company, the effects take their toll.

According to Automotive News, the Big 2.5 cut 462 dealerships between them in 2006. So far in 2007, GM has killed off 222 of its own dealerships, compared to this time last year. Much of this effort is the consolidation of franchises that only sold a few of the automaker's brands, to now include as many as they can handle (i.e. a GMC dealership now carries Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, HUMMER, Saab, etc.)

GM isn't alone in their neighborhood downsizing, as both Chrysler and Ford have made significant cutbacks so far this year, with the former nixing 134 dealerships, while the latter cut 126, when compared to 2006 figures.

The upside to all of these cutbacks is more profits for fewer dealers, but at the same time, dealers that have been in the business for decades are being forced to sell their stores to local competitors. As expected, these retailers are leaving their livelihood feeling bitter and dejected.

Whether or not any of this will make a difference to the Big 2.5's bottom line remains to be seen, but it should be interesting to see how many total dealers were lost in 2007 and how many more will be killed off in 2008.

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Developer wants to build tunnel under Long Island Sound

01/31/2008   [Original: AP via Autoblog]
Category: Etc., Driving

New York developer Vincent Polimeni wants to connect Long Island and Westchester County with a 16-mile tunnel running between Oyster Bay and Rye under the Long Island Sound. His plan calls for the estimated $10 billion dollar project to be privately funded, with advertising and $25 tolls in each direction recovering the development costs once the tunnel opens. If ultimately approved and completed, it would consist of two 3-lane tubes plus a center maintenance/emergency access tunnel. While Oyster Bay's town supervisor, who initially called the idea "unrealistic," is waiting to see more information before passing final judgement, Westchester County officials are very opposed to the project, saying that it would transform existing traffic conditions from merely bad to completely unmanageable. Realistically, it's very hard to see this ever getting past the discussion stage, even though the idea's sort of interesting. Currently, there's a ferry service between Port Jefferson, Long Island and Bridgeport, CT, where passengers can then jump on I-95 (and sit in that traffic) or transfer to commuter rail into NYC.

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Exclusive: Hurst announces Competition/Plus Dodge Challenger

07/02/2009   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Dodge

Hurst Competition/Plus Dodge Challenger - Click above for high-res image gallery

When we last visited the Hurst facility in Irvine, CA, we noticed something unusual. While nearly all of the Challengers were painted in either white or black, a lone Challenger painted in B5 Blue sat tucked away in a corner. When we inquired about the car, we were told that we would find out soon enough. Well, we know now, as Hurst has just unveiled a Competition/Plus package for the Dodge Challenger at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA.

The Competition/Plus project was started in an effort to provide a more affordable package, as well as appeal to customers who might not necessarily want the classic gold paint schemes. Named after the legendary shifter that helped make Hurst famous, the package includes only the essentials: an Eibach suspension system, Magnaflow exhaust system, Hurst 20-inch alloy wheels, color-matched leather inserts and stitching for the interior, matte black exterior accents, and, of course, a Competition/Plus short throw shifter with the classic white ball. We're told the package is available on any color of Challenger, whether it's the B5 Blue pictured here, Hemi Orange, TorRed or any other.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but full details on the car should be released soon. Until then, take a look at our exclusive gallery of photographs that were given the chance to snap a couple of days before the car's release.

Gallery: Hurst Competition/Plus Challenger

Photos copyright (C)2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

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Video: Syrian rebels show off their inner A-Team with homemade tank

12/12/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Videos, Military, Middle East, Design/Style

Syrian homemade tank - video screencap

Going up against an organized military must be quite a challenge, but Syrian rebels have used a little ingenuity to give themselves a fighting chance in the country's civil war. Judging by the fact that the uprising has lasted for more than a year now, the fighters definitely have skills in weapons and military tactics, but some of the rebels have displayed a different sort of skill by busting out their torches and welders to create this homemade tank.

Looking like something you'd see on an old episode of The A-Team, this armored assault vehicle started life as some sort of diesel truck and was converted to its current state using a lot of steel and a big gun. The occupants, engine and tires are all protected by thick metal, and the vehicle uses four cameras (including a gunner camera that can be zoomed in by what appears to be a Playstation controller) and a rear-facing camera to help the driver pilot the massive vehicle.

We don't know how well this vehicle performs when in action, but we're sure Hannibal, Face, Murdock and B.A. Baracus would all be proud of the effort. Scroll down to see the tank in action, courtesy of a video posted by Russia Today on YouTube, including running over a helpless pile of branches.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: The next five years

05/07/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, Ram, SRT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you've no doubt read about all of the big future product news coming out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today. We had individual brand reports from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati and even Ferrari, but in the interest of simplifying and summarizing, we're going to list out the hard facts once more. Of course, with all of this still off in the future, there's still the possibility that a few changes will be made. But as of what we know right now, here's what's coming, and what's going away.

Chrysler

  • 2014: Refreshed 300/300C, debuting at Los Angeles Auto Show
  • 2016: 100 C-segment sedan launches; Town & Country minivan launches, complete with PHEV version
  • 2017: 200 sedan gets a mid-cycle refresh; all-new fullsize crossover launches, complete with PHEV version
  • 2018: all-new 300/300C launches; all-new midsize crossover launches
  • Unconfirmed: 300 SRT8 will die
Dodge/SRT
  • SRT brand will be folded back into Dodge, meaning the Viper once again wears the Dodge logo
  • 2014: refreshed Charger launches; refreshed Challenger and Challenger SRT launch; Avenger dies
  • 2015: refreshed Charger SRT launches; Viper refreshed
  • 2016: new Dart and Dart SRT arrive; new Journey arrives; Grand Caravan minivan dies with the arrival of new Chrysler Town & Country. Join our siblings at AOL Autos to reflect on the loss of the first mainstream minivan.
  • 2017: new Journey SRT arrives; Durango refreshed
  • 2018: new B-segment sedan and hatch arrive; new Challenger and Challenger SRT arrive; new Charger and Charger SRT arrive
Jeep
  • 2014: Renegade launches
  • 2015: Grand Cherokee refreshed
  • 2016: 75th anniversary of Jeep; Compass and Patriot die; all-new C-segment SUV launches; Cherokee refreshed
  • 2017: Renegade refreshed; all-new Wrangler launches; all-new Grand Cherokee launches
  • 2018: all-new Grand Wagoneer launches
Ram
  • 2014: ProMaster diesel launches; ProMaster City launches
  • 2015: Ram 1500 refreshed
  • 2016: Ram HD refreshed; Ram chassis cab refreshed
  • 2017: all-new Ram 1500 launches; Commercial light-duty truck refreshed
  • 2018: all-new Ram HD launches; all-new Commercial heavy-duty truck launches; Ram chassis cab major update launches
Fiat
  • 2015: 500X launches; new "specialty" car launches
Maserati
  • 2014: GranTurismo and GranCabrio die
  • 2015: Levante SUV launches
  • 2016: Alfieri Coupe launches
  • 2017: Alfieri Cabrio launches
  • 2018: GranTurismo launches
Alfa Romeo
  • 2014: 4C and 4C Spider launch
  • 2015: all-new midsize vehicle launches (not necessarily for US)
  • 2016-2018: two all-new compacts launch; one all-new midsize vehicle launches; one all-new fullsize vehicle launches; two all-new utility vehicles launch; one new "specialty" vehicle launches (note: not all are necessarily for US)
Ferrari
  • 2014-2018: one new vehicle launches each year
Indeed, there's a lot to talk about regarding the five-year plan for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Be sure to give us your two cents, in Comments.
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Aston Martin Lagonda super sedan officially teased

07/25/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Aston Martin, Middle East, Luxury

Lagonda sedan

Ask anyone who's anyone about Aston Martin and they'll tell you about exclusive and highly desirable two-door luxury GTs - the kind James Bond would drive - but it would be all too easy to forget about the other side of the equation. The company's full name is, after all, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., but while the latter name is seldom used, it's about to make a rare comeback.

The British automaker has just confirmed "strictly limited series production" of a new Lagonda saloon, previewed by the two teaser images you see here. The super sedan will be built in the same facility that previously produced the One-77 supercar at the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon and will be available in strictly limited quantities by invitation to select customers exclusively in the Middle East.

Lagona sedanAston Martin has revealed precious few technical details of the new project, but the design clearly pays tribute to the iconically wedge-shaped 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda sedan designed by William Towns, with elements from the recent Zagato-designed Centennial editions evident as well. It will be based on Aston's ubiquitous VH platform that underpins just about everything it currently makes, and given the proliferation of the company's long-serving 6.0-liter V12 engine, we figure it's safe to say that'll provide the motivation as well, with at least the same 565-horsepower output as the Vanquish and the new V12 Vantage S Roadster, if not more.

The announcement, of course, hardly comes as a surprise. Just a few months ago we spotted a disguised prototype for this very vehicle undergoing testing, and Aston has been toying with the idea of a Lagonda revival since the debut of the rather controversial Lagonda crossover concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show to mixed reviews. There was since talk of partnering with Mercedes-Benz to revive the Lagonda line along with Maybach, but that ultimately fell through - although the two are still collaborating in other areas, including the provision of a new line of engines and other technologies.

Lagonda was originally founded independently in 1906, was acquired by legendary Aston chief David Brown in 1947 and has popped on and off the radar screen ever since. It remains unclear whether the new sedan will revive the Lagonda handle as a nameplate or as a separate brand, but you can delve into the press release below to read what Aston has confirmed thus far.

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Elon Musk promises $1 million, Supercharger for New York's Nikola Tesla Museum

07/13/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Tesla Motors

Earlier this year, Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, penned a gushing review of his Tesla Model S, and followed it up with a request to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for $8 million to help build a museum dedicated to the achievements of the company's namesake because "any less than $8M would pretty much leave us in the same boat we're in now." Musk Tweeted a response that said, "I would be happy to help."

So, the news that Musk will donate $1 million to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe towards the construction of the museum, which will be built on a 16-acre site in honor of scientist Nikola Tesla, is a mixed blessing. A million bucks is a million bucks, but it's not the amount Inman was hoping for. The museum says, "[Musk] has challenged us at the Center to use our resources wisely, find additional resources, and reach our goal of creating this museum." In other words, anyone have $7 million?

The plan is to locate the museum in Shoreham, New York, on Long Island's north shore, about 65 miles northeast of New York City. It's also the site of Nikola Tesla's last laboratory. He started working there in 1901 on an unfinished project that would have essentially been a precursor to e-mail. Thursday marked the 158th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. The scientist died in 1943.

On top of the cool million, Musk says he will also build a Supercharger fast-charging station on site for those making the trip out to the museum in a Model S. So the Science Center will be just like Lusk, WY. You can check out the Tesla Science Center's press release below.

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VW confirms SUV for Chattanooga; will add 2,000 jobs including new R&D center

07/14/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Crossovers/CUVs, Volkswagen

Broadcasting from its "Mobile Life Campus" in Wolfsburg, Germany (and crowing about Germany's World Cup win last night), Volkswagen has just announced that its new "Midsize SUV" will be built at the company's Chattanooga, TN manufacturing facility. Further, the company says it will establish a new "National Research & Development and Planning Center" at the Tennessee campus.

Without divulging new details about the vehicle, VW Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn confirms that the seven-passenger utility vehicle, previewed by the CrossBlue Concept, will be coming to Chattanooga. Winterkorn called the upcoming family hauler a "true American car ... built by real Americans."

In total, VW expects to create some 2,000 jobs by way of its announced efforts, with more than $7 billion invested in the US and Mexico.

Certainly, the CrossBlue's progeny has been designed with the US customer in mind, a high-capacity crossover (despite VW's insistence in calling it an "SUV") built on the versatile MQB architecture that underpins all of the company's newest products.

A diesel-electric hybrid in concept form, there's still no word on what powertrains the production version might offer - save for VW hinting that the platform is versatile enough to take hybrid, 2.0T, V6 or some combination of power therein.

Production on the utility vehicle will commence at the end of 2016. By then, some $900 million will have been invested in the project, with some 538,000 square feet of floor space added to the production facility.

As for the new R&D center, Winterkorn explains that its primary function will be to speed up the response time in bringing relevant product to US costumers. More than 200 new engineers will call VW Chatttanooga home, helping to integrate customer feedback "expeditiously" into currently built models, as well as planned vehicles.

In total, VW expects to create some 2,000 jobs by way of its announced efforts, with more than $7 billion invested in the US and Mexico from 2014 through 2018. (Actually, Dr. Winterkorn said "7 billion euros" in his live speech, contrary to the $7 billion figure noted in the VW press release; we're reaching out to the company for clarification.)

Finally, with a nod to some of the labor struggles VW, the United Auto Workers and political forces within the state of Tennessee have undergone over the last year, the company has announced that Chairman of the Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh, will be joining the board of directors for VW America. Osterloh vows to "uphold the interests of Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga."

Scroll down to read the full VW press release.

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