Motorsport Weekend: F1 Turkish GP, WRC Rally of Portugal and Nascar Charlotte races results

Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we take a look at some of the most interesting races from the past three days and share the results with you. We were treated to several exciting races this weekend, with the Formula 1 Turkish GP in Istanbul, the WRC Rally of Portugal and the Nascar Charlotte races, the Coca-Cola... the full post

Dodge Viper-based Maybach Exelero replica can be yours for $680,000

Even though it didn’t achieve record sales, Daimler’s Maybach luxury brand really got the media talking with the stunning Exelero concept model (pictured above), commissioned by tire manufacturer Fulda. Only one was made, so when it came to auctioning it off, it fetched around $8 million, presumably from an African diamond tycoon. Now,... the full post

Video: Audi showcases the new 2011 TT

Audi has been revealing refreshed models left and right at the beginning of the year. Among them was the 2011 TT facelift, which was revealed for both the roadster and coupe models at the Leipzig Motor Show. Bringing a revised design, a new engine option (2.0-liter TFSI) plus various other options, including the LED daytime running lights, the new... the full post

2011 Buick Regal might get wagon and hatchback variants plus diesel engine

  • May 31, 2010 |
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The 2011 Buick Regal is quickly becoming the turning point for the Tri-Shield brand and a bold experiment for General Motors. It seems that the badge-engineered Opel Insignia will share a lot of things with its European cousin. We’ve seen the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and the six-speed manual confirmed for the upcoming Regal, but some even... the full post

Jaguar F-Type sportscar set to be produced, to rival 911 or R8

  • May 31, 2010 |
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Jaguar is getting better and better, largely thanks to its new corporate overlord, Indian car company Tata. Seeing as how costs have been cut and beautiful models like the new XJ are being sent into public success, room (and money) for growth is guaranteed. According to the new Jaguar Land Rover boss, Carl-Peter Forster, new products are being developed... the full post

Video: Lexus LS steering wheel defect showcased by Toyota

Toyota has learned from its previous mistakes and is now treating every recall with the upmost respect. Among the measures it is taking with each new defect is releasing videos of the problems and, subsequently, with the fixes implemented to resolve the problems. We’ve seen it done with the recent 2010 Lexus GX460 SUV and its drift-inclined side... the full post

Mercedes-Benz plans new electric cars with China’s BYD

Chalk another partnership for German company Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, as the group has just signed a contract with China’s Build Your Dreams (BYD). The new 50:50 joint venture between the two companies, called Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd., will specialize in manufacturing all new electric vehicles for the already booming... the full post

Lotus preparing to axe the Europa

It may come as a surprise for quite some people, but it seems that besides the ever present Elise sportscar and the new Evora, British company Lotus also kept on selling the Europa model since 2006, when it first launched the car as a bigger brother to the Elise. Since then, the Europa didn’t really tug any heart strings, largely due to the brutish... the full post

Saab’s future 92 going ahead as planned, will target Mini

Even though it dropped out of the media spotlight after being rescued in the nick of time by Spyker from GM, Swedish carmaker Saab is still going ahead full steam with its revival plans. A big part of the Saab renaissance will be a completely new 92 successor, a compact hatch designed to take on other premium city car rivals like the Mini or the newly... the full post

Nissan Leaf US reservations full, CEO Carlos Ghosn says

It seems that Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was right on the money earlier this year when he said that thanks to the upcoming Leaf electric vehicle, his company has no other competition. In order to drive the point home, the Nissan CEO revealed that all of the models scheduled for US sale in 2010, 13,000 in total, have been reserved. Do bear in mind... the full post

Subaru offers free hobby badges to owners

  • May 31, 2010 |
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Subaru really wants to capitalize on its devoted fan base and has released a fresh new program for current owners. The Japanese company will offer, for free, an array of badges designed to showcase the loyalties or hobbies of Subaru owners. From performance enthusiasts to outdoor activity lovers, these badges cover just about anything a regular Subaru... the full post

Test drive with the new Citroen C3 Picasso

After we tested the new C3, we got our hands on its funkier brother, the Citroen C3 Picasso, which we tried on a beautiful weekend. The first time I saw the car was a year and a half ago, at the Paris Motor Show. That’s also the spot where one of its rivals, the Kia Soul, made its debut. The two cars didn’t really blow me away as I wasn’t interested... the full post

Ford might be close to shutting down Mercury brand

Reports are arriving, courtesy of Bloomberg, about a big decision set to be made at the Ford headquarters. It seems that due to slow sales and dwindling brand appeal, the Blue Oval is very close to shutting down its Mercury division and continuing with just two brands, the mainstream Ford and the upmarket Lincoln. Ford officials have limited their... the full post

Porsche Boxster fails at parking in Shanghai

A Shanghai Porsche Boxster owner decided to really showcase the more practical aspects of his convertible sportscar, and parked the car right on the stairs leading to a road underpass in his own city. The guy took advantage of the small width of the Boxster and had absolutely no problem leaving the sportscar on those stairs (he even left some room... the full post

House of Representatives examines regulatory bill for black box and brake override systems

  • May 28, 2010 |
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After the recent incidents with Toyota models and the unintended acceleration issues, the House of Representatives tasked one of its committees to create a new bill which will require automakers to implement even data recorders (aka black boxes), as well as other safety features in their future cars. The bill has now been passed by the committee and... the full post