Infiniti release teaser image of new Concept car

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 04:09 AM PST

Motoring company – Infiniti has released a teaser image of their new concept car, which is due to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The teaser image was released along with a short press release from Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President for Infiniti.

“Infiniti is currently examining concepts for a luxury performance car that will fit below the current G Line. Like every Infiniti, it will be completely different to anything currently offered by our rivals,”.

We have no information on this new concept car, not even a name but we do know this new Infiniti model will hit the roads around 2013.

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New Lexus LFA owner celebrates with doughnuts: Video

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 01:59 AM PST


The new owner of Lexus LFA No. 14, Javier Quiros, celebrated receiving his new Lexus supercar by doing a few doughnuts.

Javier is actually a race car driver for the Gazoo Racing Team and the owner of Purdy Motor, which is the distributor of the brand in Costa Rica.

Watch the video below and then tells in comments box what you would do if you received a brand new Lexus LFA.

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2011 Ram Hemi hauler customized by Hurst

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 01:30 AM PST

Car tuners – Hurst Performance Vehicles, has started creating custom packages for pickup trucks once again, the last truck to receive their special touch was the 1971 Hurst Jeepster Commando, now they are back customizing trucks and they have started with the 2011 Regular Cab Sport R/T RAM 1500.

They have fitted this Ram pickup with a bunch of cosmetic and performance goodies to create a limited edition truck that is sure to get Ram fans all hot and bothered.

Performance enhancements include a supercharger for the Ram R/T’s 390 hp HEMI, as well as a performance exhaust to help it breathe a little better.

Exterior modifications include the usual Hurst graphics on the front fenders, bed, doors, grill and tailgate and new paint job. The 2011 Ram also gets a set of custom spoke Hurst wheels.

As for the cabin gets red top-stitching on the seating surfaces, embroidered Hurst logos in the headrests and a Hurst Pistol-Grip shifter replacing the standard shift knob.

No news on power or price, but expect both to be up there. Hurst is said to be making only 50 Hemi Hauler’s per year, which is just enough to make it a really nice collectible truck.

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2011 Ford Explorer recalled over seat problems

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 01:10 AM PST

The 2011 Ford Explorer is off to a bad start, they have only just started arriving at Ford dealers and already the automaker has announced a recall due to an issue with the second row seats.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, a test of second row seats with manual recliner mechanisms may have components that don’t meet requirements.

The recall involves 1,658 units of the 2011 Explorer built between July 15 and December 13 of 2010. The recall also covers 239 Explorers in Canada.

Ford will start notifying owners on Feb. 14 and dealers will replace the second row seats.

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Honda NSX supercar maybe returning

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 12:54 AM PST

According to Japan’s Mainichi News, the president of Honda – Takashi, has announced that the company are developing a replacement for the Honda NSX.

The plans to create a new Honda supercar went on hold after the Global Financial Crisis struck in 2008. But now Honda feel that they must compete with Japanese supercar rivals Lexus LFA and the Nissan GT-R.

Rumors suggest that the NSX will come back as a more eco-friendly hybrid sports car and that it will be powered by a 3.5L V6 producing around 400-hp.

We will bring you more information on the new Honda NSX as soon as its available.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 recall

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 12:25 AM PST

Suzuki are recalling more than 32,000 Grand Vitara and SX4 vehicles in the United States because of an improperly manufactured component of the tension adjuster pulley that could cause the drive belt to either slip or come off and lead to engine overheating or stalling.

The recall includes:

  • Grand Vitara SUVs from 2009-2010 thats equipped with 4-cylinder engines.
  • 2011 Grand Vitara vehicles produced prior to October 17, 2010.
  • 2010 SX4s and 2011 SX4s manufactured before October 14, 2010.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the alternator, water pump, air conditioner compressor and power steering pump, has an improperly manufactured internal spring that can break due to repeated stress.

    If the spring breaks, the drive belt can slip, causing a squeaking noise, or come off, in which case, the driver will have to use increased steering effort, while it can also cause the engine to overheat or stall.

    The Suzuki dealers will replace the tension adjuster pulley with an improved part free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before February 16, 2011.

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    Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon trailer

    Posted: 07 Feb 2011 05:07 PM PST

    This is a short trailer for the up coming movie sequel – Transformers Dark of the Moon, the Transformers trailer is only 30 seconds long, but its time enough to see that the movie is going to be an all out Transformer war on Earth.

    Watch the Transformers 3 trailer and tell us what you think after the jump..

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    Tour of the Lexus LFA: Video

    Posted: 07 Feb 2011 07:27 AM PST

    Lexus National Manager – Paul Williamsen, gives us a look over of the new Lexus LFA and demonstrates some of its key features.

    Watch the video below which shows how to start the Lexus LFA, whats under the hood, how to raise the rear spoiler and lots more.

    This video is actually more of an owners manual type video but its still interesting to see how to maintain a supercar.

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    Mustang GT and Camaro SS convertible comparison

    Posted: 07 Feb 2011 05:15 AM PST

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    Motor Trend have released a report comparing the 2011 Ford Mustang GT convertible with its rival the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible. Read more to see the results…

    The Ford Mustang actually came out on top and Motor Trend’s Jonny Liebermann had this to say about the muscle car.

    As a driver you feel more confident in the Mustang. Not only that, but it’s more fun and a better dance partner in the corners. The rear tires hop around less. The steering feels more direct, the pedals are placed better, the shifter shifts better, and (broken record time), because you can actually see out of the thing, the Mustang allows you to drive faster and more aggressively. All very good attributes for a sports car to possess, no? Plus the Ford sounds great and looks good, just like the Camaro. The problem for Chevy is that we can’t think of a single thing the Camaro does better than the Mustang, save for braking and brake pedal feel. You might whip out the cliché mentioning that the Chevy has an independent rear end whereas the Mustang makes do with a solid rear axle. But I’d argue that the Mustang GT features the most refined solid axle ever fit to a production vehicle, while the Camaro makes do with a very average independent setup.

    The 2011 Mustang GT is a gauntlet thrown down, a call out to the rest of the industry, “Look what we can do for around $30k.” Live-axle American cars shouldn’t be able to smoke Audi S5s in every meaningful way, but here we are. Add another $8000 to that starting point and you’ve got an excellent convertible.

    If you wish to find out more about Motor Trend’s comparison then you can read the rest of the story over at

    If you just want the stats then check out the table below and you can see the Mustang is just slightly ahead on nearly every aspect.

    2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
    DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, RWD Front engine, RWD
    ENGINE TYPE 90° V-8, alum block/heads 90° V-8, alum block/heads
    VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
    DISPLACEMENT 376.0 cu in/6162 cc 302.1 cu in/4951 cc
    COMPRESSION RATIO 10.7:1 11.0:1
    POWER (SAE NET) 426 hp @ 5900 rpm 412 hp @ 6500 rpm
    TORQUE (SAE NET) 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
    REDLINE 6500 rpm 6750 rpm
    WEIGHT TO POWER 9.7 lb/hp 9.0 lb/hp
    TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
    AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.45:1/1.97:1 3.31:1/2.15:1
    SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar
    STEERING RATIO 16.1:1 15.8:1
    TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.6
    BRAKES, F;R 14.0-in vented disc; 14.4-in vented disc, ABS 14.0-in vented disc; 11.8-in vented disc, ABS
    WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20-in; 9.0 x 20-in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 19 in, cast aluminum
    TIRES, F;R 245/45ZR20 103Y;275/40ZR20 106Y Pirelli PZero 255/40R19 96W Goodyear Eagle F1
    WHEELBASE 112.3 in 107.1 in
    TRACK, F/R 63.7/63.7 in 62.0/62.9 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 190.4 x 75.5 x 54.7 in 188.1 x 73.9 x 55.8 in
    TURNING CIRCLE 37.7 ft 36.7 ft
    CURB WEIGHT 4138 lb 3725 lb
    WEIGHT DIST., F/R 51/49 % 53/47 %
    HEADROOM, F/R 37.8/35.7 in 38.8/36.5 in
    LEGROOM, F/R 42.4/30.0 in 42.4/29.8 in
    SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.8/42.4 in 55.3/45.0 in
    CARGO VOLUME 10.2 cu ft 9.6 cu ft
    0-30 1.9 sec 1.9 sec
    0-40 2.7 2.5
    0-50 3.6 3.5
    0-60 4.7 4.5
    0-70 5.9 5.8
    0-80 7.5 7.1
    0-90 9.2 8.5
    0-100 11.0 10.5
    PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 1.9
    QUARTER MILE 13.2 sec @ 109.5 mph 12.9 sec @ 111.8 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft 113 ft
    LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.92 g (avg) 0.91 g (avg)
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.3 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) 26.0 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)
    TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1300 rpm 1950 rpm
    BASE PRICE $37,500 $38,695
    PRICE AS TESTED $42,280 $42,585
    AIRBAGS Dual front, front side Dual front, front side
    BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
    POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
    FUEL CAPACITY 18.8 gal 16.0 gal
    EPA CITY/HWY ECON 16/24 mpg 17/26 mpg
    ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/130 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 EMISSIONS 1.03 lb/mile 0.96 lb/mile
    RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium

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