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Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy
Subaru won the predicate safest car in Japan.

Grace given by Japan’s New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) to the Legacy of output in 2010. Unfortunately, the car was not signed by the Subaru trafficked Indonesia.

Subaru Legacy not only recognized by Japan, but in other parts of the world. In Europe and Australia, this sedan gets a predicate as the safest car. Furthermore, in the United States bearing the “Top Safety Pick” by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Parties JNCAP hit-test and see the impact caused to the driver, front passenger, and pedestrian. Previously, several other Subaru models such as Impreza, won a similar award in 2007. Likewise Forester in 2008.

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Ferrari F10

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Ferrari F10
Maranello: Ferrari officially exhibit new car F10 this season. Fernando Alonso admitted he still got a problem the latest car on steering wheel.

F1 2010 season begins. Located in Maranello, Ferrari became the first team to launch a new car for this season and brought the name of F10.

Name F10 to continue the series naming Ferrari cars, which last year had the name of F60. This car brings great expectations for the Italian team after last season slumped, just get one victory.

July Sales: Cash for Clunkers Spurs FoMoCo; Toyota Regains Second-Place

DETROIT – Ford Motor Company is ebullient about its first year-over-year sales increase since November 2007. Total Ford-Lincoln-Mercury sales, including fleet, rose 2 percent in July 2009 compared with July 2008, and of that, retail sales rose 9 percent. Still, it’s too early to party. The Great Recession isn’t over yet.”Right now, the legs under the economy are not strong enough to sustain a 14-16 million sales rate as we saw at the end of July,” says Ford analyst George Pipas. “A sales increase in July is not the end of the journey.”Aside from the minor increase compared with a very weak July ’08, when gasoline averaged $4.11 per gallon, Ford proved through individual model sales that the Cash for Clunkers program helped move fuel-efficient metal. Probably not coincidentally, the low-priced cars and trucks that consumers who until now were driving clunkers could afford to buy moved the most. Ford Focus sales surpassed Fusion sales, although both models were up compared with last year. Even though a four-cylinder Fusion is within a couple mpg city/highway, the smaller, cheaper Focus easily outsold the Fusion, 21,830 (up 43.6 percent) to 17,610 (up 66 percent).The redesigned-for-2009 Focus became Ford’s darling when gas topped $4 per gallon. Earlier this year, the facelifted 2010 Fusion was Ford’s savior in some of the slowest sales months in decades. Advertising dollars targeting new models helps.If Cash for Clunkers money drew a lot of prospective buyers to Ford lots in the last week, I’ve got to bet that some of those consumers trading in ’90s Explorers chose, say an $18,000-list Focus over a $23,000-list Fusion because it better met their budgets. Many of those clunkers undoubtedly were third or even fourth cars, driven by the high schoolers in the family. Estimates of how much oil the program saves may be a bit of a stretch.No matter. The program is a success for bringing consumers back into the market — either those who have been holding off or those who figured credit had dried up so much, it wasn’t worth it to walk into a showroom. General Motors estimates July sales for all makers totaled an annual rate that would equal about 11.3-million vehicles, marking the first month in 2009 above the 10-million level.And GM has just announced a lease program with U.S. Bank for Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs and Cadillacs (its core four in North America) for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan and Ohio through August 31. U.S. Bank leases for the new Cadillac SRX are available nationwide.Meanwhile, Chrysler says that The Wall Street Journal got it wrong Monday morning. Chrysler will continue to offer matching incentives of up to $4500 on certain models whether you bring in a clunker or not. Obviously, if your local dealer is out of, say, 2009 PT Cruisers, you’re not going to get $4500 off a 2010 model. And so, to the numbers:GM: 189,443, off 19.4 percent.Inventory of about 466,000 is the lowest on record, says sales veep Mark LaNeve.With inventories dropping for all automakers, the deals aren’t likely to get any more desperate.Chevy division sales were relatively strong, at 124,948, still down 9.3 percent.Equinox was a rare gainer, up 77.8 percent to 10,834. About 60 percent were ’10 models, and most of those were four-bangers.Buick Enclave remains strong, selling 3,797, off 2.5 percent.Cadillac, at 6,171, off 52.6 percent, was the biggest loser of the core four.Saab was off 71.7 percent to 574 and Hummer was off 57.4 percent to 799.Impala was up 9.6 percent to 14,649 but Malibu was off 7.8 percent to 15,339.Modern wagon wars continues: Toyota sold 9,407 Highlanders, (+39.1 percent), Chevy sold 6,690 Traverses, Honda sold 6,430 Pilots (-15.3 percent), Dodge sold 4,165 Journeys (+21 percent) and Ford sold 3,631 Flexes (+64.7 percent).The new Camaro continues to be in short supply. Chevy sold 7,113, vs. 6,686 Ford Mustangs (-37.6 percent) and 886 Dodge Challengers (-69 percent).GM will build some 2010 G6s for fleet customers, LaNeve said, making it the last Pontiac.The New GM of Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, sold 160,078 vehicles, a couple thousand more than Ford/Lincoln/Mercury but short of Toyota.Toyota-Scion-Lexus: 174,872, off 11.4 percent.Toyota division accounted for 156,355 (including Scions), off 10.8 percent, making Toyota the U.S.’ best-selling brand.Lexus fell 16.5 percent to 18,517.Prius jumped 29.7 percent to 19,173. Camry sales fell 19.4 percent to a still-strong 33,974.RAV4 may have benefited from the clunkers credit, up 32.5 percent to 15,912.Midsize pickups also are doing well. Tacoma was up 7.6 percent to 12,552.Monthly Scion numbers: 6,754, vs. 11,906 in July ’08.Ford-Lincoln-Mercury: 158,838, up 2 percent.Focus was Ford’s best-selling car, up 43.6 percent to 21,830.Fusion was up 66 percent to 17,610.F-150 remains Ford’s best-selling vehicle, off 19 percent to 36,327.Escape was up 94.2 percent to 20,241.Ranger was up 64.5 percent to 7,695. Looks like another Cash for Clunkers winner.Taurus was off 57.1 percent to 1,760 as Ford ramped down the old model.Mercury Milan was up 59.8 percent to 2,934 while Mariner was up 70.5 percent to 3,682 as the Lincoln side of the showroom suffered a 24.3 percent drop.Inventory of 295,000 vehicles, averaging less than a 50-day supply, is 41 percent thinner than at the end of July ’08.Honda-Acura: 114,690, off 17.3 percent.That’s 106,028 Hondas, off 15.8 percent, and 8,662 Acuras, off 32.5 percent.Civic was up 3.1 percent to 30,037.Accord was off 28.1 percent to 29,774.Fit was off 27.6 percent to 8,876 but CR-V was up 9.9 percent to 19,151.Acura RDX was off 62.5 percent to 519 and TSX was off 35.8 percent to 2,232.Chrysler LLC: 88,900, off 9 percent.Winners were small models, helped by heavy incentives. Chrysler PT Cruiser was up 24 percent to 4,092 sold.Jeep Patriot was up 134 percent to 8,084 and Compass was up 95 percent.Jeep Wrangler, which posted increases for the first five months of the year, was down for the second month in a row, off 25 percent to 4,540.Dodge Caliber was up 63 percent to 7,814.Avenger was up 30 percent to 5,616.Sebring was off 27 percent to 2,781. Chrysler has sold 13,466 for the entire year so far, well below Ford Fusion’s monthly sales.Chrysler Town & Country fell 15 percent to 6,837. Dodge Caravan was up 15 percent to 8,405, however.Ram was off 17 percent to 17,723.Nissan-Infiniti: 71,847, off 24.6 percent.Nissan division was off 24.8 percent to 64,751.Infiniti was off 23.3 percent to 7,096.Nissan Versa was off just 2 percent to 8,530, though Sentra fell 13.5 percent to 9,496.Rogue sales were up 3.8 percent to 6,770.Z was up 11.9 percent to 890. Inexplicably, Infiniti QX56 was up 0.4 percent to 553.Nissan GT-R was off by 19 units to 128.OTHERS …Hyundai says 22 percent of its trade-ins were “clunkers.” Sales rose 12 percent, to 45,553. Accent, Sonata, Elantra and Genesis all posted gains and Santa Fe was down very slightly.Kia sold 29,345 units, up 1,324 units from last July. Subaru was up an impressive 34 percent, to 21,839. Mazda sold 19,032, off 15.1 percent.BMW Group, including Mini, was off 26.7 percent, to 21,253. BMW brand sold 16,381, off 31.5 percent. Mini was off 3.8 percent, to 4,872. Only all-ne
w models gained sales last month; BMW Z4 (up 33.8-percent) and 7 Series (up 14.5 percent), and Mini Cooper convertible (up 45.1 percent).Cash for Clunkers helped Volkswagen, which was up 0.7 percent, to 20,590 while Audi says it outperformed the premium segment, dropping just 5.8 percent, to 6,407. The clunkers program does not help with new cars north of $45,000.Mercedes-Benz USA, sold 17,646, including 16,228 Mercedes (off 21.7 percent) and 1,418 smarts, off 44.6 percent.Jaguar Land Rover fell 25 percent, to 2,607. Jaguar was down 45 percent, to 785 cars and Land Rover was down 11 percent, to 1,822.
Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6564996/car-news/july-sales-cash-for-clunkers-spurs-fomoco-toyota-regains-second-place/index.html

First Drive: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

UPDATE: READ MATT’S COMPLETE 2010 NISSAN 370Z ROADSTER DRIVE BY CLICKING HEREDATELINE: AUGUST 3, 2010, 10:01 PM, MY DRIVEWAY  The folks at Nissan dropped off a brilliant red, sparkly new, ready-to-rip 370Z Roadster this afternoon, and asked that we not say anything about our driving impressions until after 10:00 tonight (well, thanks for all the time, guys!). But it’s after 10:00 now, so why wait?We’ll have a full story and lots more photos for you within hours, but I gotta tell you, this thing rocks. In brief, you get 26 more horsepower than last year’s 350Z roadster in a package that weighs about 150 pounds less. What? A new car that’s lighter than the one it replaces? Believe it. The 370Z is also a few inches shorter overall, yet wider. The chassis is structurally stiffer than that of the car it replaces, which always means more precise handling and less squeaks, rattles, and cowl shake. Interior quality is way up, including standard heated and cooled seats, a glass windblocker, and suede door panels for a more upscale look and feel. Style? See for yourself. This writer was never a fan of the previous design. It attempted to mimic the ethos of the original Audi TT Roadster, but never pulled it off. The rump was too round, the top looked like a bubble-shaped afterthought, and the detailing was clunky. This one has curves in mostly all the right places, and the top is longer and sleeker. Speaking of the top, it’s much nicer than the old one, fully lined, and now of rich cloth instead of the previous canvas/vinyl stuff. Don’t make fun of the radio antenna; it has to be this high to meet Nissan’s radio reception requirements (hint: Nissan’s aftermarket accessories group will offer a shorter one for those who wish to sacrifice a little AM reception in the name of style). The tall, squarish rump gives more substance to the rear end design, and adds to a useful trunk area. What fun to drive: faster, quieter, stickier, flatter, stiffer, grippier, nicer riding, and just all around better than before. We’d still vote for a little more exhaust note, and the affectacious fuel/temp/computer gauge is annoying. The engine has plenty of punch, but is grainier sounding than the old 3.5 and 3.0-liter VQ family V-6s. How much is all this improvement? $100. That’s correct: a measly C-Note. The 2009 350Z Roadster (Enthusiast 6MT spec) was $36,870. The 2010 370Z, similarly equipped, bases for $36,970. If you liked the old one, you’ll love this new one. If you were not a fan of the 350Z roadster, give the 370Z a fresh look. It’s that much of an improvement. Stay tuned for more details and full specs. Photography by Kirk Gerbracht and the author
Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6569567/editorial/first-drive-2010-nissan-370z-roadster/index.html

Stimulus We Can Believe In: More Cash for Cash for Clunkers

DETROIT – Yes, it’s an economic stimulus program we can believe in. After one week, so many American drivers have traded in clunkers for $3500-$4500 in cash toward a new car that the program is nearly out of money. The Obama administration promised Friday morning that it would fund such trade-in deals signed over the weekend, even though the government has nearly used up the program’s $1-billion funding. Dealer applications have crashed the program’s computers. Friday afternoon, The Washington Post reports, the House voted 316-109 to throw another $2 billion into the clunkers pot. The money was slated for energy loan guarantees as part of the Obama economic stimulus package.While the aptly named Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California) complained the money was being re-directed without any input from the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Candice Miller (R-Michigan) called the original program “the best $1 billion of economic stimulus funds that the government has ever spent.”She’s right. General Motors and Chrysler have received about $64 billion in federal loan guarantees so far. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) budgeted up to $700 billion in federal loans to banks, financial institutions and AIG Insurance. And nine failing banks that received $165 billion from the government last year paid more than $32 billion in bonuses to their employees. Each of the 4793 bankers received a minimum of $1 million. They may have been the only American consumers buying cars in the past few months.So at the risk of raising the ghost of Senator Everett Dirksen (“a billion here, a billion there and sooner or later, you’re talking real money,” although the number in his time may have been a million), what’s $3 billion if it gets people in showrooms again? If the last week is any indication, the extra $2 billion in Cash for Clunkers money won’t last more than, er, two weeks. Nice problem to have: if enough of the clunkers are sputtering into GM and Chrysler dealers, the cash may help GM and Chrysler pay back their loans more quickly. We’ll know more on Monday, when the automakers announce their July sales numbers.  If they report sales spikes after the Clunkers program commenced, it had better spur the Senate (where the $2-billion extension faces stiffer opposition) to quickly pass the House bill.
Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6537301/government/stimulus-we-can-believe-in-more-cash-for-cash-for-clunkers/index.html

On the Trail of the Orient Express – Day 5

We’re heading into Transylvania today. The skies should be leaden, with lightning strobing in the wet gloom and thunder grumbling like a distant artillery barrage. Instead we’re travelling in bright sunshine and a soft summer breeze. No Hollywood cliches here.

We know today is going to be a slow day — the four lane highway finished just outside Szeged, and according to the map, the next time we’ll see one is somewhere near Bucharest — but we are a little surprised when the Garmin directs us down a string of back roads to an ancient car ferry over the Tisza River. We are even more surprised to have to wait 20 minutes to board the thing, even though it is pulled up on our side of the river. Seems the ferry departs every half hour — even though the river is only a couple of hundred yards wide and takes about 10 minutes to cross.

The road the other side is a challenge. It is tarmac, but its foundations are so poor it has collapsed into a series of humps and hollows that would challenge the suspension on a Baja racer. We have both Hyundais darting and weaving all over the road as we try to keep the wheels on the high ground, and the oil pans away from the hungry road surface. We struggle to average much more than 40 mph on the run to join Route 68, the road that will take us east into Romania, and Transylvania — its most famous region.

Romania is probably best known to most Americans for its Olympic gymnasts, while Transylvania has become a pop culture icon through countless retellings of Irish writer Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, Dracula, in which the Count himself travels on the Orient Express. The real Romania is somewhat more complicated than that.

It’s been almost 20 years since the Romanians deposed Nicolae Ceausescu, but the brutal Communist dictator’s legacy is still all too visible. Romania today has ATMs and gas stations and shiny new car dealerships. But it also has tumbledown villages with dirt streets, hordes of battered old Dacia 1300s (basically badly-built 1970s Renault 12s), and a landscape dotted with ugly, rusting Soviet-era infrastructure.

Just outside the town of Arad, a beggar pushes a wheelchair into the middle of moving traffic at a rail crossing near a decaying power station, pulling up the pant legs of the poor unfortunate in the chair to show his amputated limbs. Rich and prosperous Europe suddenly seems a million miles away…

Leaving out the time spent on photography, crossing the border, gassing cars, and lunch, it has taken us about eight hours to cover less than 250 miles today. The E68, one of the main roads into the country from the west, is virtually a two lane highway all the way. If you’re not stuck behind a semi, you’re cruising at 30 mph through one of the countless towns and villages along the way, and you have to crawl over every rail crossing or leave your front suspension behind. You might think it’s best to simply chill, and go with the flow. But the Romanians have other ideas.

With traffic banked up behind a truck, impatient drivers simply pull out and pass long lines of cars, relying on someone letting them back onto the right side of the road before they eat an oncoming semi. It mostly seems to work, though we saw a couple of close shaves, most notably a guy in a white BMW who decided to ignore the double lines and pass on a blind crest just as a truck appeared coming the other way. When it doesn’t work, it gets messy. We saw three wrecks — one car upside down by the side of the road, another teetering crazily down an embankment, and a third facing the wrong way with its front end pushed in.

We quickly learned to take a leaf out of the locals’ book — well, a little part of it, anyway. Being the nice guys meant we kept getting shuffled back in the line behind the trucks, so when we were certain the road ahead was clear, we made good use of the Tau V-8’s 375 hp, overtaking small groups of cars en masse so we could position ourselves to pass the lumbering semi at the head of the line. I felt sorry for those Romanians driving the Communist-era Dacias which simply don’t have the power to pass a modern truck; they had no alternative but to sit there sniffing diesel fumes. Forever.

We’re overnighting in Sibiu, one of the major towns in Transylvania. Tomorrow, we’re taking the long way to Bucharest, via the Transfagarasan Road, a Ceausescu folly through the brooding Fagaras Mountains that may just be one of the best driver’s roads in Europe. And along the way we plan to check out at the one-time hangout of the real Dracula. Yes, he existed, and yes, he was a bloodthirsty character. But not in the way you’re thinking.

-Photos by Brian Vance

ORIENT EXPRESS SERIES: Day 1: Paris to Strasbourg — Day 2: Strasbourg to Munich — Day 3: Munich to Vienna —  Day 4: Vienna to Szeged, Hungary

Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6567542/miscellaneous/on-the-trail-of-the-orient-express-day-5/index.html

New Car Technologies May Make Roads Safer For Motorcyclists

Nationwide Insurance Salutes Two-Wheel Friendly Automotive Technologies Columbus, Ohio – Each fall automotive manufacturers share their latest vehicles with consumers through auto shows, often un…
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Ford, Volvo lead annual list of safest vehicles

Dozens of new cars and trucks, led by Ford and its Volvo subsidiary, made the insurance industry’s list of the safest vehicles, helped by growing adoption of anti-rollover technology.
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GM won’t show new cars in LA

GM won’t show new cars in LA
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Three customized MKS coming to SEMA

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Lincoln | 2008 | SEMA Auto Show | Lincoln MKSLincoln wants to change its image and go after younger buyers. One way its showing how aggressive it wants a youth market is by encouraging customization of its new cars like the 2009 Lincoln MKS. No better place to show this off than SEMA, where three versions will show up modified by 3dCarbon, Godfather Customs and RKSport. The 3dCarbon MKS comes with 22-inch NC Forged aluminum wheels and a five-piece custom body kit. Godfather added three video screens provide back seat drivers with (…)
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