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R&T chases down a burglar in the million-mile Miata

08/05/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Convertibles, Economy, Sports/GTs, Mazda, Read This

Road and Track Million-Mile Miata

Is the answer always Mazda Miata? We discussed this in passing on the Autoblog Podcast earlier this week, and most assuredly the answer is "no." For example, the little MX-5 would be a terrible people carrier, and it'd be useless off road. You can't really tow anything of substance with it, either. Still, if push came to shove, it's satisfying to know that the diminutive roadster could eke out a career as a chase vehicle for the police.

That fact was proven when Road & Track editor Chris Cantle did something that he himself recognizes as "stupid." Upon returning home, Cantle discovered a "twenty-something" actively burgling his home. The resulting story is easily one of the more entertaining episodes to come out of the 1990 MX-5's service to the team at R&T and, we're guessing, will be one of the highlights of the Million-Mile Miata challenge.

Be sure to head over to Road & Track for a full retelling of the chase from Cantle, as well as a follow-up on the saga.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales reach 33,000 worldwide

07/31/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Mitsubishi, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Europe/EU, Japan, Plug In Conference

Plug In 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the PHEV around the world.

The breakdown is that Mitsubishi has delivered 15,000 units in Japan and 18,000 in Europe. Fuminori Kojima, Mitsubishi Motors North America's senior manager of incentives, told AutoblogGreen that the country with the highest sales rate in Europe is Holland, with about 6,000 units sold that thanks in part to generous incentives for plug-in hybrids there. The Euro-spec version on hand in San Jose has three regen levels (the normal D mode, plus B1 and B2). We got to take a spin around the block, but the battery was mostly depleted (it was a popular attraction in the Ride & Drive) and so we were driving on gas.

In the gallery from Plug In 2014, you'll note that the Outlander PHEV requires at least 95 octane (RON) unleaded fuel, which is 91 octane (AKI) premium fuel in the US. We don' know what the US version will need, but we've heard it will be "completely different." The Outlander has a 12-kWh battery and should have an EV range of around 30 miles. Whether or not it will have a CHAdeMO fast-charging port in the US is still undecided, as is the question of whether it will have a 3.3 or 6.6 kW onboard charger.

The timeline Kojima gave for the Outlander's US arrival was October or November of 2015, since the SUV still needs to be tested and homologated for the US, Kojima said, but the real problem is that Mitsubishi can't build enough. "The battery production capacity is limited," he said. "So that's why, [the] first [focus is the] domestic market and Europe showed more demand." As as an example, he mentioned not only the incentives but also said that the charging infrastructure is more built up in Europe. "We'd like to have it [in the US ] as soon as possible, of course," he said.

According to numbers from the European group Transport And Environment (see press release and sales chart below), overall plug-in vehicle sales have been doubling each year since the new breed was introduced in 2010. Last year, almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the EU, with the Renault Zoe EV, Outlander PHEV and Volvo V60 Plug-in at the top of the pack.

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2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: How Autoblog editors would spec this luxury SUV

05/30/2018   [Original: Autoblog]
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Filed under: Ford,Driving,Long-Term Garage,Coupe,Performance,Comparison Autoblog editors configure the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan flagship luxury SUV the way they prefer. The combinations range from classy to outrageous.Continue reading 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: How Autoblog editors would spec this luxury SUV 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: How Autoblog editors would spec this luxury SUV originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 May 2018 15:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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DCX minivans appear online ahead of Detroit

01/04/2007   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Minivans/MPVs, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, Dodge

UPDATE: At the request of the Chrysler Group we've removed the photos of the DCX minivans from Autoblog. In our quest to be seen as a legitimate and professional automotive news outlet, we strive to play this game above board as much as possible. These pics appeared on the forum of a Spanish website, which drew suspicion that someone might have posted them there with the intent they be discovered and widely distributed, which they were. It's one thing if a site breaks an embargo and the rest of the internet community follows suit, but whoever broke the embargo should stand up and take their punishment rather than hiding behind a Spanish forum, if that's the case. Regardless, these minivans are a big deal to The Chrysler Group, and rightly so they are taking action to ensure that their unveiling is protected. Good for you if you got to see the pics while they were up on the site, but if not then don't worry. We'll have dozens and dozens of high-resolution live and official shots when the embargo for these vehicles lift on Sunday.

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The damn has broken: more DCX minivan pics appear on web

01/04/2007   [Original: KM77 via CarScoop via Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Minivans/MPVs, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler

click on image above to view high resolution gallery with 12 pics

A kudos goes out to the Chrysler Group PR team, which has been trying to plug these leaks since early yesterday morning, but at this time what was once a leak is now a deluge of images revealing the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan all over the internet. According to CarScoop, today's new images and info can again be traced back to a Spanish site, this one named KM77.

More info can be found after the jump, and click here to view the gallery of images showing the pics that have already been seen on the internet so far.

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Buy a Chrysler Group product, get a HEMI for FREE

01/04/2007   [Original: Detroit News via Autoblog]
Category: Car Buying, Minivans/MPVs, SUVs, Trucks/Pickups, Plants/Manufacturing, Marketing/Advertising, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Earnings/Financials

"That thing got a HEMI?" will become a much less interesting question later this new year as the Chrysler Group launches a marketing campaign in March that will give consumers the ability to answer it with a yes... for free.

The Chrysler Group plans to offer the $1,700 option at no additional cost to Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep buyers to rev up excitement about its truck line. This is likely a better option for the automaker that an incentive or rebate that no one will notice, but could also diminish the value of the HEMI brand they have worked so hard to re-establish. They're also looking at incentive programs up to $5,000 back on some high-volume models and, such as the Ram truck and minivan lines. A no-charge DVD Entertainment System ($1,000 option) promotion for minivans begins in April, as well.

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The dam has broken: more DCX minivan pics appear on web

01/04/2007   [Original: KM77 via CarScoop via Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Minivans/MPVs, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler

click on image above to view high resolution gallery with 12 pics

A kudos goes out to the Chrysler Group PR team, which has been trying to plug these leaks since early yesterday morning, but at this time what was once a leak is now a deluge of images revealing the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan all over the internet. According to CarScoop, today's new images and info can again be traced back to a Spanish site, this one named KM77.

More info can be found after the jump, and click here to view the gallery of images showing the pics that have already been seen on the internet so far.

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V-Dub's vans may be missing Swivel 'n Go

01/15/2007   [Original: Automotive News - Sub. Req. via Autoblog]
Category: Car Buying, Minivans/MPVs, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, Dodge, Volkswagen

When two manufacturers share the development costs of a vehicle, you'd expect each to benefit from some of the more talked about features. This won't be the case when Volkswagen releases its Chrysler group-engineered minivan in 2008.

The killer app of the new Chrysler Town & Country is its "Stow 'n Go" seating and highly publicized "Swivel 'n Go" second-row captain's chairs. But VW's van won't be getting either one, according to Frank Klegon, the executive president of product development over at Chrysler. To quote the man, "I think you will see that it remains exclusive to us."

Since both vehicles will likely share a similar price point, we'd expect that the only thing that may sway buyers towards the VW would be its totally unshared sheet metal and its "People's Car" heritage.

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Chicago Sneak Peek: Kia Rondo SX Concept

01/31/2007   [Original: Kia via Autoblog]
Category: Chicago Auto Show, Concept Cars, Tuner Tuesdays, Minivans/MPVs, Kia

click above to view a pair of high-resolution images

Kia will be using the 2007 Chicago Auto Show as the venue to debut its Rondo SX Concept. We don't have much information on the car, besides the fact that it's based on the Rondo and features a more aggressive front end with a big lower air intake and a revised rear with what we assume to be faux diffusers nestled between a pair of tailpipes. A glimpse of the driver side front wheel shows five-spoke alloy rims that are definitely not available on the current Rondo, as well. Kia says that the suspension will be tuned for performance and that there are other performance mods on the Rondo SX. The regular Rondo can be had with either a 162-hp 2.4L four-cylinder or a 182-hp 2.7L V6, so hopefully the Rondo SX will feature one of these engines pumping out more power than stock.

Gallery: Chicago Sneak Peek - Kia Rondo SX Concept

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Japan: Honda Vamos intros special package for man's best amigo

02/02/2007   [Original: Honda Japan via Autoblog]
Category: Economy, Minivans/MPVs, Japan, Honda

Click for dogtacular hi-res photo gallery

Honda has come up with a special edition vehicle that combines my fascination with all things kei with my love for our canine friends. It's all uniquely Japanese of course, which makes it even better. Seriously, stuff like this is the reason I keep an eye on JDM happenings. Getting to the point, I'm referring to the newly released Honda Vamos Travel Dog edition.

The Vamos, for those of you unfamiliar with Honda's home-market offerings, is a kei-class minivan (that, incidentally, can be made to look unbelievably cool with aftermarket help). The Travel Dog edition equips it with several features that make it easier to accommodate your furry best friends when they're along for the ride.

What's it consist of? Follow the jump for more.

Gallery: Honda Vamos Travel Dog edition

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