31st August 2008

Question of the Day: Bathos or Pathos?

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31st August 2008

Lotus Europa i6 Concept

This might have no chance to enter production, but is a very impressive design study. Called 2010 Europa i6, the concept is inspired by classic Lotus cars, Europa and Elite.

Is is supposed to be a rear wheel drive car powered by a 2.0L inline 6, both supercharger and intercooler. It would hit a top speed of 165 mph and make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 7 seconds.

It would be nice to see Lotus getting inspiration from this one!

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31st August 2008

Autoblog visits the San Diego Auto Museum, Part I – The Cars


Click the 1948 Tucker above for more from the San Diego Auto Museum

While on a recent trip to San Diego to ride some dirtbikes, we decided to check out some the sights that the city had to offer. Of course, being the car-obsessed nerds individuals that we are, it didn’t take too long for us to end up at the San Diego Automobile Museum. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you the best of what we saw on two wheels, but today is devoted to the cars. From some of the earliest four-wheelers (and three-wheelers) right on through to some Italian exotics from the ’60s, ’70s and ’90s, there was plenty there to keep our interest. Our favorite has to be the rear-engined Tucker from 1948 — very cool. We’ve assembled a gallery of pics below and have captioned them where appropriate. Enjoy!

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31st August 2008

2009 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year: This year’s players a diverse group

The 2009 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year judging is underway, and we’re testing, poking, prodding, and otherwise flogging this year’s field of 13 contenders. It’s a diverse bunch, which reflects the way the sport/utility segment is atomizing into a series of niches — everything from heavy duty body-on-frame machines to thinly-veiled cars.

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30th August 2008

General Motors sues to recoup misused worker discounts

The employee-pricing program, which ends Tuesday, is a perk offered to employees as part of their benefits package. Any eligible employee, retiree or surviving spouse can use the discount to buy or lease six new or used vehicles each year, or extend the discount to relatives. Almost anyone on the family tree is eligible, from children to same-sex partners, in some cases, but GM is accusing the employees of profiting by giving the discount to people who they knew weren’t qualified and for their own “financial gain.”

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30th August 2008

Car division CEO: John Fleming

John Fleming has risen through the ranks at Ford to lead what is now the carmaker’s most successful division. The 57-year-old executive started working at the Halewood factory near his hometown of Liverpool, England, as a teenage apprentice in 1967.

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