With only 22 units built between 1957 and 1958, the Scaglietti designed ‘pontoon-fender’ 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is one of rarest cars ‘alive’ and that means that whoever owns one owns a small fortune. Because the model you see pictured above, the fourth one ever built and the second customer car was sold this weekend for an incredible amount of money, €9,020,000 (about $12.2 million) at the RM Auctions’ third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event, setting a new world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction. The 9 million paid for the ’57 Ferrari is €1,980,000 ($2.6 million) more than the previous record, which was set around this time last year, at the same event, when a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder was sold for €7,040,000 (around $9.5 million).
This year, during the Super Bowl, Audi aired a commercial for the new A6 where it mocked Mercedes, BMW and Lexus. Well, now it’s Ferrari’s turn to be Audi’s marketing target, with this commercial where we’re shown a red R8 V10 roaming the streets of Maranello, Ferrari’s hometown, making locals really angry. This commercial’s really creative, way better than the one from the Super Bowl and we really loved it. Enjoy!
It looks like the ultra-cheap cars market is starting to look very attractive to large carmakers, because Auto Express reports that Korean giant Hyundai has already started work on a new ultra cheap car which will address the Indian market and which is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2010. According to Hyundai’s vice president Young Kil Chun, the car will come with a choice of two petrol engines, a 0.8 and a 1 liter, while a small diesel version will be available in Europe. He also added that the car won’t directly compete the Nano, instead it “will expand the automotive market”. We kinda doubt it, especially by looking at the Nano, which seems like it’ll be a big hit.
Skoda has just announced that the first Yeti (which marks the company’s entry into the crossover segment) rolled off the assembly line at Skoda’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 12. This first unit was an Aqua Blue, 4WD version powered by a 1,8 liter TSI engine. The Czech company also released a video (you can watch it after the jump) of the final pre-production test drives with took place in the area around Oslo, Norway, area which offers a variety of road surfaces similar to those seen in all European countries, Skoda’s main market for the Yeti. The drivers tested two models, a 1.8 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel unit, both with 4WD and the cars were taken on forest roads and on an extreme downhill course where they tested the new downhill assistant function, which enables the driver to go down extremely steep hills.
Beside its offroad abilities, the Skoda Yeti includes other useful features, such as the VarioFlex rear seat system which also makes it easy to increase Yeti’s carrying capacity up to 1,760 liters. The Yeti is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in mid-September.
Photo Gallery: Skoda Yeti final pre-production tests
My God, the things some crazy drivers can do with their cars! According to reports, the 1980 Mitsubishi Colt you see in these video ended up on a roof after its 23 year old driver didn’t make a turn and insted took off a railroad embankment and flew for about 100 feet. The police from Stadtprozelten, the German city where this happened, reports the driver was seriously injured and he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Great stunt man, but you’re damn lucky to be alive! Better be more carful next time.
We’re not sure how the Peugeot 4007 sells in the UK, but our guess would be that it’s not going very well. If you ask us, the whole Mitsubishi Outlander/Peugeot 4007/Citroen C-Crosser was a very bad idea, especially for the French car makers. But then again, who are we to judge? Probably to boost up sales a little, Peugeot has announced a new version for the 4007, the Sport XS, which is based on the entry-level SE version and features special leather upholestry, chrome side bars, wing mirror covers and door handles, body-colored front lower and rear roof spoilers, plus twin tailpipe extension and a set of 18 inch alloy wheels.
Like we said, it’s based on the SE model, which means it’s powered by the same 2.2 liter diesel delivering 156 hp. The Peugeot 4007 Sport XS is available for £24,695 (£1,450 more than the SE and £1,150 less than the top of the line GT).
Photo Gallery: Peugeot 4007 Sport XS
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Taking a vacation can be costly. Even though we know that it is very important for our emotional health, it may seem that the stress induced by trying to micro-arrange it isn’t worth it. With the fluctuating world economy, airfares ride a perpetual roller coaster. If you have a family, air fair can make a huge dent in your holiday budget.
This is not a good reason to cancel you vacation plans. If you vacation in the summer months, like most people with children do, you might give some consideration to keeping your vacation destinations on the continent. Driving at a leisurely pace to your destination doesn’t have to be torture.
Some of the more daring of you might go hiking or camping locally. Others might plan a series of day trips. This is definitely your personal choice.
Is it time to replace your vehicle? You have likely been scanning the car or truck classifieds. You have watched for used cars for sale or used trucks for sale everywhere from the local grocery store bulletin board to screening used trucks for sale offers on the internet. An additional vehicle will cause your auto insurance to increase, so you want to plan your purchase wisely.
Now you can consider combining your need for a vehicle with your vacation plans.
If you have a larger family, the expense of flying to your destination, renting a car there and flying home could be offset by purchasing a full sized Ford F150, or one of the new Ford F250 truck.
These vehicles even have reasonable towing capacity so you could bring a rented storage trailer and ride in un-cramped comfort in the extended cab models.
If you have a small family, or there are just the two of you, a fuel efficient, smaller Toyota Tacoma might be just what you need.
If buying a Toyota Tacoma doesn’t appeal to you, consider renting one, with unlimited mileage, from a national car rental business. Often the longer the rental period is, the lower the daily rate becomes. Yes, monthly rates are available.
The only requirement for this new kind of vacation is that, at least one person in the group must love to drive. This small detail aside, the vacation route becomes a wide open road. I think I hear it calling out to you!
On March 26, California based Tesla Motors unveiled the Model S all-electric family sedan and a week later the company reported 520 orders already placed for the car. And now, a month and a half later, the 1,000th order was registered. The Model S’ anticipated base price is $49,000 and potential customers need to pay a $5,000 reservation fee, which is refundable.
Though it’s not the cheapest car around, Tesla claims the total cost of ownership is much lower than other similar priced cars and, considering the gasoline’s price per gallon, they claim the Model S is equivalent to a gasoline powered car with a sticker price of about $30,000, like the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord or a BMW 3-Series. They give as an example the Tesla Roadster, which costs $101,500 but a set of factors such as the electricity vs gasoline price or the state and federal tax incentives may result in lifetime savings of at least $26,000 compared to a similar gasoline powered sports car.
“The Model S is a better value than much cheaper conventional cars,” said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “Despite the enormous environmental benefits, lower total cost of ownership will soon become the primary motivation for consumers to evolve from gas guzzlers to EVs.”
Photo Gallery: Tesla Model S
Ferrari has announced that the last F430 to leave the production line, later this year, will be a special edition dedicated to the Abruzzo region in Italy, devasted by the earthquake on April 6th which killed more than 90 people and left tens of thousands without a home. The car will be unveiled at the RM Auction this coming Sunday and it will go to auction, with all the proceeds going to the Abruzzo local authorities, to help reconstruct the region. The special F430 will feature a special two-tone paint finish which pays a tribute to the traditional colors of Aquila, the city most devastated. The auction winner will be invited to Maranello to choose the final specs for the car and will also get a certificate signed by Ferrari’s boss, Luca di Montezemolo, with a personalised dedication plate.
I don’t know about you, but I appreciate Ferrari a lot for what they’re doing here. It’s sad to see the F430 (one of company’s most successful cars ever) production coming to an end, but the fact that they chose to help the victims of the earthquake makes the car’s ending very, very glorious. And we respect Ferrari a lot for that, especially considering the auction will probably bring in houndreds of thousands for the needy!
Siegfried Möller, a 56 year old German from Bremen, is the lucky man to be the first customers that gets his brand new Mercedes Benz E Class Coupe. This is the first E Coupe delivered since its market launch and the new owner was handed the keys by Peter Schabert, manager of the Mercedes plant in Bremen, which is the only place where the model is being manufactured. Schabert said: “The new E-Class Coupé is manufactured exclusively at our Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. I am therefore extremely pleased to be personally handing the key to the first owner today. The E-Class Coupé is an exciting vehicle – I am sure that its new owner will enjoy it from the very first kilometre.”
Möller, which has been a loyal Mercedes customer for the past 25 years, owns the Hermann Möller joinery firm and has chosen an E500 Coupe in palladium silver with an AMG Sports package and a lot of other optional extras such as the COMAND multimedia system or the Intelligent Light System package. He said: “I have been driving Mercedes-Benz vehicles for over 25 years and my father was also a Mercedes customer. Now I’m looking forward to driving my new E 500 Coupé for the first time.” Well, I bet you do, cause it’s a terrific car.
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After last month we showed you the first official photo of the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra, today we got the official press release and more photos of Opel’s new car. Like we noticed before, the new generation’s styling is heavily influenced by the new Insignia, fact confirmed by Opel officials. “We’re continuing with the same premium design cues as the Insignia, inside and out of the car,” said Mark Adams, Vice President of GM Europe Design. “However, the main design themes, like the wing-shaped light signatures and the blade, needed an individual execution to avoid ‘cloning’ the model ranges. This is why, for instance, you see twin wings in the rear lights and a reversed blade on its flanks.”
The new Astra is larger than the current generation, with a 4.4 metre-length body, an all-new chassis with a 71 millimetre-longer wheelbase, wider tracks front and rear feature, as does a new rear axle design, which not only improves stability and agility, but also increases passengers’ comfort. The new Astra also comes equipped with the FlexRide system, which offers drivers three damper settings (standard, sport and tour) while being fully adaptive to changes in driving style and cornering speed.
Unique in this sector will be the Astra’s optional, latest generation AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting), which features bi-xenon lighting that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing road conditions. A similar system was introduced on the Insignia, and is now recognised as one of the most advanced systems available.
The highlight of the new Astra’s powertrain lineup is the introduction of an all-new, 140 hp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit. Beside this engine, three further petrol engines, which range from 100 hp to 180 hp, and four diesel engines ranging from 95 hp to 160 hp will be available.
“The only part of the Astra which isn’t new is its name,” said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director. “And that name currently accounts for around 30 per cent of all Vauxhall’s car sales, with the five-door hatch taking 60 per cent of those sales alone – so it’s important to lead with this body style. Not only is the Astra a crucial new model for Vauxhall, but we’re confident that its blend of dynamic design, new-to-class technology and immense driver appeal will attract an even broader spectrum of buyers in this sector.”
Photo Gallery: The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
The new Chevrolet Camaro is an amazing car, but it looks like it’s not perfect yet. Because GM has announced the V8 powered units will be recalled due to a problem to a battery cable.
General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2010 model year Chevrolet Camaro vehicles equipped with a V8 engine. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the positive battery cable may contact the starter motor housing and cause wear on the cable insulation. If the insulation wears through to the cable, it could create a short. A short could result in a no start condition, cause the vehicle to stall without the ability to restart, or result in an engine compartiment fire.
GM advises all Camaro owners to take their cars to a dealership asap. Though a permanent fix will be available by May 11, customers can either choose to have a temporary fix made to the car, or leave the car at the dealer and get courtesy transportation.
In what comes as a huge surprise, Seat has announced the debut of the Seat Ibiza Bocanegra production version, during the press days at the Barcelona International Motor Show. The Bocanegra Concept was first unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show and it previewed the new generation Ibiza. However, nobody was expecting the car, which looked awesome, to make it into production.
The car, which is also a tribute to Seat’s original Bocanegra, the 1200 Sport, which debuted in Spain in 1975, is very similar to the concept, Seat deciding to keep the black styling elements at its nose (black double headlights, central grille with honeycomb mesh and black surround including air vents). The front bumper, which also incorporated fog lights, combines black with the body color and is bigger at the bottom and over the wheel arches, giving the car a very aggressive look. At the back, the Bocanegra received honeycomb mesh on the side grids, new spoiler, chuncky wheel arches and a tinted rear window, plus a large “Bocanegra” badge on the rear hatch. The sporty look is completed by black door mirror housings, dark tinted sunroof and 17-inch Sira alloys.
On the interior, the “angry” Ibiza got a special three-spoke steering wheel, sports seats upholstered with special fabric, gloss black trim, aluminium-clad pedals and the Bocanegra logo on the instrument panel.
Under the hood, Seat will offer the Ibiza Bocanegra with the twin charged 1.4 liter TSI engine, available with 150 and 180 hp power output, mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.
Seat hasn’t announced when the Bocanegra will go on sale or how much it will cost, but we’re definitely really excited about the car which promises to be one of the coolest and most fun to drive small cars around. And check out the photos, doesn’t it look amazing?
Photo Gallery: Seat Ibiza Bocanegra
Ain’t she cute? It’s the Mercedes Benz SLK and, with the summer knocking on our doors, we took the small roadster for a spin to see if it’s as fun as it looks. More about the experience soon, I just wanted to let you guys know why it’s been so quiet around here for the past few days.