Rpmgo.com – Read the latest auto news and opinions, see the coolest cars – Part 133

Lamborghini fans, it doesn’t get much better than this. A helicopter pilot decided to see if he can keep up with not one but two Gallardo models and chased them all around Los Angeles, bringing a camera man with him for the ride.

The two blue models, one hardtop, one convertible, offered him quite a challenge, going through the beautiful landscapes of LA, from the shoreline to the hills. While I would have opted in playing the great sound from the 5.2-liter V10 engines, the soundtrack is alright.

Hit the jump to witness 2 and a half minutes of Lamborghini bliss!

Read More: “Video: Two Lamborghini Gallardo models filmed by helicopter around Los Angeles”

Aston Martin has just revealed the pricing details of its upcoming Rapide super sedan, which will go on in spring of 2010, around the world. For its local UK market, the prices will start from £139,950, and will undoubtedly rise depending on what options you will want with the four-door model.

US customers, on the other hand, won’t pay that much for the Rapide, as a base model will cost $199,950, much lower than what normal exchange rates would convert the UK price. Of course such a decision was made to keep the super sedan under the psychological $200k limit.

Although many Aston Martin fans will deny that the Rapide can even be compared to the Panamera, it is worth to note that Porsche’s super sedan costs much less than the Aston, and even the top of the range Panamera Turbo, has a lower price tag, and also trumps the 470 HP that the Rapide develops from its V12 unit.

Rich people, the choice is your, but if you want an Aston Martin Rapide, then you need to get on the pre-order list as soon as possible.

Read More: “Aston Martin reveals US and UK Rapide pricing, the super sedan starts at $199,950 / £139,950”

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t just about new concepts, new cars or interesting technologies, as it was also the place where the Green Car Journal awarded the Audi A3 TDI model the 2010 Green Car of the Year title.

This marks the second year in a row for a TDI model to win the prestigious award, as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI managed to win the 2009 edition of the competition. The Audi faced stiff competition as the other four finalists were the Toyota Prius, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Honda Insight and Volkswagen Golf TDI.

Considering it manage to win last year, and had two finalists in this year’s event, the TDI engine is showing that you don’t need a hybrid to be green. Who knows what the future will hold for the oil-burner which just celebrated 20 years of existence.

Read More: “LA Auto Show: Audi A3 TDI is the 2010 Green Car of the Year”

It seems that General Motors is bent on repaying the bailout money the US and Canadian government gave the financially struggling corporation last summer and is willing to even sell one percent of its Chinese joint venture to SAIC, the biggest automaker in the Asian country, alongside half of its India subsidiary.

Those of you who haven’t been following the Asian operations of GM should note that it is currently present in China thanks to a 50:50 joint venture with SAIC, and in India through a wholly-owned subsidiary. It is now willing to sell one percent of the aforementioned venture, thus lending control of SAIC to the Chinese joint venture, and to set up a new 50:50 venture in India, with the same company.

The main reason behind this is that the company needs cash right now in order to pay up the loans it has. But don’t go thinking that this is a desperate move, as sources indicate that the 1 percent might be bought back, at a premium, when GM is earning more money, thus keeping its presence solid on one of the most profitable car markets in the world.

Let’s hope this gamble comes true, and pays off for both GM and for the tax payers.

Read More: “GM to sell control of Chinese joint venture and half of Indian subsidiary to SAIC for much-needed cash”

During the conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, last weekend, about climate change and how developed countries will take measures to lower their emissions, Renault took the change and presented two fully-working prototypes of its Fluence and Kangoo Z.E electric vehicles, which are planned to arrive around 2011 in select European markets, like Denmark or Israel.

The prototypes will travel around Europe and stop in various cities, where potential customers can test them out and see if it is worth waiting and saving up for the eco-cars, which are part of the French company’s push onto the EV market, which isn’t fully developed on the old continent.

In case you didn’t read our first article about the Fluence Z.E., it will be built at the Bursa plant in Turkey, alongside the regular Fluence, and will be powered by a 93 HP motor, which develops a torque of 226 Nm available from the start. The lithium-ion battery will be mounted behind the back seat, reducing the trunk space of the model, and also adding to the weight. It can be charged in three ways, either through a conventional 220V socket, which will completely charge it in 6 to 8 hours, through special quick charge stations which have 400V sockets, completely filling it up in 30 minutes, or by using the QuickDrop system, which in three minutes sees a brand new battery mounted in your car.

Overall, the new Fluence Z.E., alongside the other models Renault has planned for the EV market, is looking extremely interesting.

Read More: “Renault presents fully-working prototypes of Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicles, will showcase them around Europe”

We haven’t really heard a lot from Spanish Volkswagen Group member Seat for quite some time, except the occasional motorsport domination celebrations, but it seems that things are still quite busy. One of its oft-rumored upcoming models, the Tribu compact crossover is now, according to a source, under constant re-evaluation, due to the harsh economic climate where such a model might not be viable, at least for a few more years.

“We haven’t decided on the future of the Tribu yet,” revealed the Seat source. “The project is on ice at the moment and we’ve got to wait and see what happens with the economic situation and whether we can make a business case for it.”

For those of you who forgot, the Tribu was unveiled at the 2007 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show and was the first design penned by former Lamborghini artist Luc Donckerwolke. While it was presented as a three-door crossover, it is likely that it will be produced as a five-door model.

But one thing which might tip the balance in favor of the Tribu is that Seat’s Martorell plant will commence building the new Audi Q3 in 2011, and as the Tribu shares the same platfom, we might see a couple of essential components swapped between them, and Seat would produce the Tribu without spending a lot of money.

Would you like to see the Tribu be produced as soon as possible? Leave a comment with your view.

Read More: “Seat Tribu won’t enter production until company is confident it will sell”

For the 2009 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show, South Korean carmaker Hyundai prepared two new and attractive surprises for its US market, the new Sonata, which we revealed last week, and the new Tucson (or ix35 as it is known in Europe now), which both offer a new design plus great fuel economy, cementing Hyundai’s place as the most economic car brand in the USA.

Sporting a design born at the company’s Frankfurt studio, the new Tucson definitely looks out of this world, and besides retaining almost the exact dimensions, both inside and outside, you can’t really say it has anything to do with the last generation.

It will first be available with the 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine, which develops 176 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel average of 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, in front-wheel drive, in case you want all four-wheels to power the Tucson, you’ll get numbers around 21 and 28 mpg. Those of you with a hunger for more power might see a GDI (Gasoline Direct-Injection) unit next year, and those who want even better fuel averages might see a lighter 2.0-liter engine in a Tucson “Blue” edition. All these engines will be offered with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

While on the outside the new design will certainly turn some heads, on the inside things are even more interesting, with passengers benefiting from increased space, as well as a few more storage spaces and an enlarged trunk. For that extra effect, you can order a panoramic sunroof as an option.

Expect the new Tucson to be available in showrooms in a few weeks, but with such great qualities, it won’t stay there for long. Enjoy the photo gallery below!

Photo Gallery: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

Read More: “LA Auto Show: Hyundai presents the attractive new Tucson crossover”

We revealed last week that Mitsubishi is planning on releasing its Colt city car in the USA. After a heavy dose of rumors after that, the Japanese company has decided to issue a concrete statement, which details its plans for its small car.

Mitsubishi won’t bring the current generation Colt (pictured above), which can be found in Europe or Asia, but the next generation of the model, which will be smaller, packed with engines ranging from 1.0- to 1.3-liter and might see the light of day in 2012.

As for the US, the company said that it is studying the possibility of a plug-in version as well as an all-electric one, and will decide which it will launch onto the North American market.

Read More: “Mitsubishi says next generation Colt to be launched worldwide, ponders on plug-in or all-electric US version”

Things are rapidly changing not only for Saab, in recent weeks, but also for its fellow financially struggling carmaker Volvo. After seeing the Chinese company Geely named the preferred bidder for its acquisition from under the Ford corporate umbrella, now a new group has emerged.

The investment consortium, dubbed Crown, is led by former Ford director Michael Dingman and former Ford and Chrysler executive Shamel Rushwin, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Even though Geely is in the preferred position, it seems that the bid from the investors is on par with the Chinese one, and might sway Ford to sell the Scandinavian brand to someone with which it has worked before.

Although nothing is for certain, and Ford declined to comment on the situation, it seems that Volvo might not need a Chinese visa anytime soon. We will keep you up to date as soon as new details emerge.

Read More: “Volvo might be acquired by investment group led by former Ford executives”

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s 2009 edition was eagerly awaited by many car enthusiasts, but with the recent announcement that Cadillac will debut its new CTS Coupe at that convention, even more people got excited.

In order to satisfy those who couldn’t make it and admire the newest coupe from the Cadillac line, the company revealed a new video with its General Manager, Bryan Nesbitt, which walks around the car and reveals its many features.

Hit the jump to see the video presentation of the Cadillac CTS Coupe!

Read More: “Video: Cadillac CTS Coupe shown off at LA Auto Show”

In case you saw last week’s Top Gear episode, or read our review for that matter, you know that James May tried piloting an airship with a caravan stuck to its belly as new way of caravaning through England. During his adventures, he supposedly breached the restricted air space of an airport, and a police helicopter chased him through the area.

Although it was clear that it was a scripted event, as breaching the airspace of an airport is a serious crime, the UK’s second largest newspaper, the Daily Mail, ran a full investigation, and was shocked to find out that the whole event was staged.

“The whole event was set up,” revealed the man who provided the fake police helicopter. “It was completely scripted, there was no real emergency – we were hired to play along.” The newspaper also said that while James May, which has a pilot’s license for small aircrafts, was in the airship, a professional pilot handled the trickier maneuvers.

Seeing as how thing were getting serious, a representative of the BBC come forward and said that: “As an entertainment program, Top Gear prides itself on making silly films that don’t pretend to represent real life. Any suggestion it deliberately misled viewers is patently ludicrous.”

Frankly, I think the joke’s on the reporters who actually believed the things shown in Top Gear. Sure, most of the car-related things are real, but the show is also an entertainment one, which focuses on making people laugh.

Read More: “British newspaper believed Top Gear was real, “exposes” fake airship police chase”

While the 2009 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t as filled with concepts as other years, one which really managed to capture the attention of everyone was Volkswagen’s Up! Lite hybrid diesel project.

Offering a great fuel efficiency, boasting four seats and with technologies that might arrive in the near future on other Volkswagen products, the Up! Lite has generated plenty of media buzz.

Now, the company revealed a new presentation video, showcasing the many elements of the concept which make it so fuel efficient and practical in the world of tomorrow. Hit the jump to see the video of the VW Up! Lite concept.

Read More: “Video presentation of the Volkswagen Up! Lite hybrid diesel revealed”

Here at RPMgo we love everything in regards to cars, including TV shows about them. While you can’t dispute the importance of BBC’s Top Gear, we were also quite fond of Five TV’s Fifth Gear, which although wasn’t as wacky, managed to provide great information and entertainment, largely due to its motley crew of presenters, from Tiff Needell to Jason Plato, Tom Ford, Jonny Smith, Tim Shaw and Vicky Butler-Henderson.

But, as I’m sure you know by now, the show is in grave danger of getting canceled, as Five TV isn’t happy with playing second fiddle to Top Gear. But even though a final decision hasn’t been reached, Tiff Needell has posted on his Twitter account that the project may still live on, as another network might buy it altogether.

He also added that if things aren’t so great, perhaps he may start his own show. If that happens, hopefully he will get some of his old Fifth Gear colleagues on it.

Sadly, until a final decision is taken by Five, everything is still unknown about the show.

Read More: “Fifth Gear might return on another network, hope isn’t lost”

Without a doubt one of the most popular models in the Nissan range is its Qashqai crossover, which has brought in completely new customers to the Asian brand and became extremely popular.

But as the current design is beginning to show its age, Nissan has revealed the facelifted model of the regular Qashqai, as well as its longer Qashqai+2. Major changes are included in this new facelift, which addresses comfort and handling for the crossover model.

The biggest change, as you look at it, is the exterior revamp, especially in the front of the car, where the new bonnet, front bumper, wings, grille and headlamp design make a lasting impression. The rear, while staying basically the same, has received a few aerodynamic tweaks and revised light lenses. For the outside you will also be able to opt for two new colors, Magnetic Red and Titanium Gray, as well as new designs for the alloy wheels.

On the inside, the dials have been changed for easier reading, and lights have been added to the footwells, as well as new storage areas.

Eco-conscious customers will be thrilled to hear that a new Pure Drive version has been added to the range, powered by a 1.5-liter diesel unit. The lighter and more aerodynamic design of the Pure Drive alloy it to reduce CO2 emissions from the Qashqai’s standard 137 g/km to 129.

Read More: “Nissan unveiles facelifted Qashqai, to go on sale early 2010”

In case you live in the Northern hemisphere, winter is approaching with big steps, and if you were the lucky few to not see snow during this season, that will certainly change during the winter holidays. For people such as you we compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you and your car during the winter season.

And for Audi owners, the German carmaker revealed its winter accessories lineup, and alongside it a new ad promoting the principles needed in this winter season.

Now following? Hit the jump and watch a hilarious ad which will definitely put a smile on your face, especially if you’re a hockey fan.

Read More: “Audi promotes winter accessories lineup through hilarious ad”