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JF Musial discusses the importance of prototype testing, in light of the death of Toyota test driver Himomu Naruse. This episode is dedicated to all of the engineers and test drivers who work so hard to produce well-performing automobiles around the globe.
Gordon Murray reveals his long awaited T.25 City Car, a new pikes peak record is set in the 2WD Time Attack class with a GT3 Cup car, an accident at the Nurburgring leaves a famous Toyota test driver dead, and new photos of the Audi A7 from Colorado.
Awards season is finally winding down with the 2010 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year being handed out this morning at the 2010 New York Auto Show. After whittling the fields down to three finalists in each category, the panel of 59 international journalists voted one last time to crown the World Car of the Year.
Click below for a gallery of all the winners.
New York 2010: Volkswagen Polo wins 2010 World Car of the Year award originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 09:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Automobile Magazine takes a look at the phenomenon of accidentally wide-open throttles circa 1957, when Chrysler began the process of putting Bendix Electrojet fuel injectors into four of its models. At one point, a test car flooded when the injector’s signals were confused while passing a radio broadcast tower. It’s a good read so we won’t spoil it for you – follow the link below for the full story. And if you see the only remaining Electrojet-equipped Chrysler – the rest were retrofitted with carburetors – keep an eye on it…
Automobile takes a look at the early history of ‘sudden acceleration’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This year’s iteration of the annual Design Challenge at the LA Auto Show asks the question: How will a new generation of drivers age 16-23, raised with cell phones, web cams and online communities, emotionally connect to the automobile in 2030? We don’t know the answer either, but at least six designers from some of the world’s top automakers decided to give it a go with their own ideas.
First up are the eSpira and eOra from Audi, which are controlled by thought and by the minutest adjustments to the pilot’s body. Next we have the General Motors Car Hero… yes, the name is borrowed from the popular Guitar Hero line of games and the car, as you might imagine, “turns driving into gaming.” What happens when the inevitable “Game Over” comes at the end? Moving along, we come to the Honda Helix, a shape-shifting vehicle that borrows actual DNA from its owner. Yuck, we don’t want to be a car, we want to drive a car.
Which brings us to the Mazda Souga, easily our favorite out of this crop of concepts. Mazda’s vision for the future would have each owner design his own car for the low price of $2,000 while paying an additional monthly usage fee that also covers the price of electricity to power the Souga.
Nissan’s vision for the future includes cars that get their power from an electrically-charged roadway called the GRID, and the vowel-challenged V2G UNLMTD is quickly hacked into an OFF-GRID transportation device by the next breed of young hackers. Lastly, we have the Toyota Link. According to Toyota, future college students will have nearly no income and will rely on mass transit vehicles like the Link that allow them to interact via their various social networks on their daily commutes. Sounds boring to us, but what do we know?
The 2nd Annual Caruso Concours was held this past weekend at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, California. Put off a bit by threatening skies, we didn’t make it out there ourselves, but luckily, Autoblog friend and shutterbug Greg Grudt was there to capture all of the excitement for us. This sophomore outing was once again put on by The Petersen Automotive Museum, and as was the case last year, a brace of incredible vehicles showed up to this fitting but unorthodox locale. Showgoers could peruse the cars for a bit and then pick up a Tiffany necklace on their way out.
This year’s gathering focused on supercars – in particular, supercars capable of 200 mph. Not meant to be an exhaustive showing of double-century barrier breakers, it nonetheless attracted an impressive array of cars capable of close to, if not over, the magic mark. The fun part was just seeing them all together in one place. Judging by Grudt’s images, it looks like the Americana also happens to be hosting a few of those Toyota solar sunflowers, which made for an interesting juxtaposition.
Supercars right off the showroom floor mingled with old-timers from as far back as the Eighties. For instance, the display included not just the Bugatti Veyron, but also its forebearer, the EB110. The list of cars in attendance read like a roster of World’s Fastest Cars contenders. Ferrari was represented by an Enzo, F50, F40, 288GTO, 16M, and a SuperAmerica. The Lamborghini cluster was comprised of an LP670-SV, LP640-4, LP560-4 and even a Countach. There was also a Mercedes-McLaren SLR, CLK DTM, Ford GT, Dodge Viper, Cizeta V16t, Maserati MC12, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and even a Jaguar XJ220, which complemented the long flowing bodywork of the adjacent Maser quite nicely. They even dragged out the AREX Concept which was supposed to be good for 214 mph.
All-in, it appears to have been a great way to bring exotics to the people. Be sure to check out Greg’s pics in the gallery, and check out a larger gallery by clicking here.
Gallery: 2nd Annual Caruso Concours
Photos copyright (C)2009 Greg Grudt/Weblogs, Inc.
200 mph supercars featured at the 2nd Annual Caruso Concours originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Automakers appear to be pulling out of Formula One en masse. Jaguar and Ford withdrew a few years ago already, Honda canceled its participation at the end of last season, BMW is leaving at the end of this one, and both Toyota and Renault are reportedly considering canceling their programs as well. But one major automaker is now reported to be closely considering entering the fray: the Volkswagen group.
Soon-to-be the world’s largest automaker, VW stands as one of the largest automakers having never participated in the sport. Auto Union competed in pre-war grands prix, Porsche participated briefly back in the ’60s, and Lamborghini provided engines to a handful of teams a couple of decades ago. But that’s about the extent of it.
As budgets constrict with each passing season, however, a senior VW executive in the Far East has reportedly indicated that the company is considering entering the sport, but that budgets would have to fall even further to make it financially viable for the German auto group. If it did, however, the conglomerate’s participation – whether as a constructor or engine supplier – could be branded as Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche.
Volkswagen group reportedly considering entering F1 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Oct 2009 08:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Here in the car journalism biz, this is that time of year when everyone is evaluating all the recently introduced cars to determine which ones truly stand out. Here in town, the crew from Car and Driver are doing their 10 Best testing this week. Elsewhere other magazines are doing their own evaluations.
The organizers of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have just released the short list of vehicles that they have deemed worthy of consideration for this year’s awards. The winning vehicles will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show. For now, the jury has to evaluate a list of 15 cars that includes the new MK VI Volkswagen Golf, Ford’s Fusion and Taurus, and a dozen others. The list includes three cars with hybrid powertrains, two that offer diesels and everything from the Kia Soul to the Porsche Panamera.
On the truck side -which also includes crossovers and tall wagons like the new Honda Accord Crosstour, Acura ZDX and Subaru Outback – there are only 10 nominees. Check out the nominees in our galleries below – who will pick up the mantle after 2009′s Ford F-150 and Hyundai Genesis?
2010 North American Car of the Year nominees announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Oct 2009 10:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.