New Volt starts arriving at Chevrolet Dealers

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 04:00 AM PST

If you have been waiting to test drive the new Chevrolet Volt well here is your chance, over the next few weeks Demo models of the new Chevy volt will start arriving at Chevrolet dealerships.

The Volt is pretty important for GM to have on its dealership lots. Why? According to internal research, 85 percent of consumers searching for information about the Volt on looked at other Chevrolet vehicles.

"We are seeing that the Volt is increasing traffic onto our dealer showroom floors and is exposing consumers to Chevys line of 'gas-friendly' vehicles, including the Cruze Malibu and Equinox," Landy said.

GM said that it will deliver 550 demo Volts in the first quarter of 2011. More than 2,500 U.S. dealers will receive a Volt by the end of this year.

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Aston Martin Rapide Video series

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 03:44 AM PST

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Aston Martin has created an action movie video series to promote their four door sports car the Rapide. They have already released the first 3 episodes and you can watch them here.

I am not going to ruin the plot for you so you will have to watch the following videos to see what its all about, but what I will tell you is that this short film is set in Portugal and involves 4 characters trying to deliver a device of some sort. It is not exactly Hollywood material but at least we get to see some shots of the Rapide at its best.

Watch the three videos below and tell us what you think of the series in the comments box.

Part one

Part 2.

Part 3.

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible production started

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 03:11 AM PST

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has finally entered full production at the General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada. The launch of production was celebrated with Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. visiting the plant.

"I grew up loving the Chevrolet brand, and I've never raced anything else," Hendrick said.  "As a Chevy enthusiast, it's been exciting to see the Camaro return as such a world-class, high-performance car.  The folks in Oshawa make some of the best products on the road, so the opportunity to meet them and thank them for what they do is a real privilege."

Hendrick is probably the world’s No.1 Camaro enthusiast as he purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe for sale and also purchased the first Camaro Convertible available to the public. Of course, Hendrick was able to make those purchases since he’s got some money and acquired the purchase rights through Barrett-Jackson auctions.

"Chevrolet has been a great partner on and off the track, and I'm very happy to be here on this special day.  While I still enjoy my 1972 Camaro, I can't wait to take home one of these awesome new convertibles,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., a driver for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is available in two trim levels including LT and SS. The 2011 Camaro Convertible LT is powered by a 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine that produces 312-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

The Camaro Convertible SS model is offered with two 6.2L V8 engine choices, he L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models

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Volkswagen recalls 20 Beetles and replaces them

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 02:24 AM PST

This is a bit of a bizarre recall, apparently Volkswagen have been forced to recall about 20 new Beetles and replace them with identical vehicles.

The reason for this is because the cars did not comply with recent crash-test regulation changes.

Starting Sept. 1, all vehicles sold in the United States had to be crash tested at 35 mph. The 20 Volkswagen Beetles being recalled were built between Sept. 1 and Sept. 22 but were crash tested at only 30 mph.

According to Volkswagen spokeswoman Sheriece Matias, the 20 units must be taken off the road legally.

Customers will be given the cars that were crash tested at only 30 mph but the difference is that these cars were built before Sept.1 when a 30 mph test was legal. The recall covers a total of 27 units, 20 of which are out on the road, said Matias.

Source: egm Car Tech

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The Automobile celebrates 125 years

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 02:06 AM PST

The automobile or car has now been around for 125 years, the first patent application for an automobile was in Berlin, Germany on January 29, 1886 and was patented by Carl Benz for his three wheeled motorcar.

The vehicle was called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen and it was deemed as unsafe at any speed by many people at the time.

Around about the same time, Gottlieb Daimler was working on a four wheeled motor carriage; ultimately, the partnership between Benz and Daimler would become Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes Benz.

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen was officially unveiled to the public in Mannheim, Germany, on July 3, 1886 and was powered by a four stroke, 954cc single cylinder engine developed by Benz. The first version featured a carburetor that relied on fuel evaporating from soaked cotton fibers, and was good for just 2/3 hp. Subsequent versions rapidly grew in both technology and horsepower; model number 2 put out 1.5 horsepower and model number 3 raised the bar to 2 horsepower, giving it a top speed of ten miles per hour. By 1887, Benz had added wooden spoke wheels and a leather shoe brake to the rear wheels.

In August of 1888, Bertha Benz (wife of Carl Benz) committed the first grand theft auto joyride. Borrowing Patent-Motorwagen Number 3 without her husband’s knowledge, Bertha drove with her teenage sons from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back, a trip of some 121 miles. Along the way, Bertha was forced to make carburetor repairs with a hat pin and electrical repairs with a garter. When the brake shoes wore down, she had a local shoemaker create new leather brake linings, thus inventing a significant part of the modern automobile (replaceable brake pads). The journey drew considerable attention to Benz's Patent-Motorwagen, and proved that it could become a viable means of long distance transport.

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Guy Tattoos his private parts For A Free Car

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 01:48 AM PST


An extremely brave German by the name of Andreas Muller had his manhood tattooed in order to win a brand new Mini Cooper.

39 year old Andreas won a radio contest where the grand prize was a brand new $32,000 Mini Cooper – there was however one little catch. You see in order to win the car Muller had to come up with the craziest Mini-related stunt, which he did and which is why you are seeing him here wincing in pain. His idea was simple, have MINI tattooed on his schmeckle during a live radio broadcast… once complete, he’d be given the keys to his new car.

According to Muller, “Once I’m sitting in the car, it won’t matter anymore. Then the pain will be gone and it’ll be alright,”

Now I would maybe do that for something really high end, but for a MINI? No thanks… I’d rather ride a bicycle.

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Blind Man drives a Lap around Daytona Speedway: Video

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 01:30 AM PST

A blind man by the name of Mark Riccobono finally lived his dream by completing a lap around the Daytona Speedway.

Riccobono, who lost his sight at the age of five, took the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid and managed to drive around the 1.5 mile Daytona road course, but not only that, he also managed to successfully avoided obstacles deliberately placed in front of him.

You are probably wondering how he did it, well its all thanks to system installed in the Escape Hybrid called laser-rangefinder, which was developed by TORC Technologies and implemented by a team from Virginia Tech. It translates the rangefinder data into haptic feedback for the driver, who wears specially designed gloves and sits on a sensor pad. A moderate vibration sent to the left glove may indicate a gentle left turn, while a harsh vibration may indicate a quicker turn. Information on acceleration or braking is transmitted to a vibrating strip on the seat, which gives a whole new meaning to "seat of the pants" driving.

Watch the event take place in the video below.

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Ford F-150 crushes brand new Ferrari 458 Italia: Video

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 12:46 AM PST

This accident occurred in Brandon, Florida where a Ford F-150 pickup truck supposedly made an illegal turn and mounted the front end of this new 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia.

The owner of the Ferrari 458 (guy in the yellow shirt) stated that he’s only had the car around two weeks and the F-150 just jetted out on in front of his car. The poor owner really has no words and appears to be in a state of shock, which is understandable considering the circumstances. I just hope that the driver of the F-150 has some good insurance as that 458 Italia is not going to be cheap to fix.

Watch the video below which shows the aftermath of the crash as well as a few words from the Ferrari owner..

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Shelby Cobra DragonSnake fetches $875k at auction

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 12:30 AM PST

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There were only ever eight Shelby Cobra DragonSnakes built and one of them was recently auctioned off at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida for $875’000 dollars.

While most Cobras were built for road racing, the DragonSnake Cobras were built for drag racing. None were more successful than chassis number 93, which was originally owned by Jim Costilow and raced by Bruce Larson. During its competition years, this particular DragonSnake racked up seven NHRA National event wins, and took the 1966 NHRA World Championship.

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Disney’s prediction of future motoring: Video

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 12:05 AM PST


Back in 1958 Disney released a short animation film showing what they thought the future of American automotive transportation would look like.

The guys at Disney had a vision of a utopian world where everything is effortless and automated. Some of the predictions in the movie are still futuristic in our time but there are also a few things which have come true, like the rear view cameras, real-time traffic updates, automatic navigation and giant drills that can cut through solid rock. The idea of exercising must have been eliminated by the Disney futurists as even walking is by conveyor.

Watch the video below to see Disney’s futuristic predictions.

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