28th February 2010

Why wait for the new TVR? Get one now… but not from TVR

Why wait for the new TVR? Get one now… but not from TVR

by Jonathon Ramsey (RSS feed) on Feb 28th 2010 at 3:01PM

Just a week ago, the rumor was spread that new TVRs will be coming to the U.S. and that they’ll cook their tires with U.S. engines – but you’ll probably have to wait until this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to get the details. Now we’ve been told that you can buy remanufactured versions of the Tuscan, Sagaris, and T350, and you don’t have to wait at all!

These old-as-new TVRs are being sold as rolling chassis, the same way you would buy a Superformance or Rossion, and have otherwise been made to comply with U.S. DOT laws. They’re available through Carmel Motorsports in Indianapolis, and all you’ll need to do after a phone call and a cash transfer is show up with an engine or a trailer.

We don’t know where the supply of cars is coming from, however. The “official” TVR isn’t building cars; these are coming from a company called Total Vehicle Remanufacturing. TVR, get it? We don’t know anything about them, but hey, one call to Carmel can answer all your questions if you decide you’re ready for the raw rear-wheel-drive power of what used to be Blackpool’s finest. Hat tip to Alexis!

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28th February 2010

GPS: Getting Places Safely… Hopefully.




Recently, a truck driver in Salem, Oregon got his truck stuck. He was driving a 14-foot vehicle under an 11-foot overpass.  The reason?  He was busy looking at his GPS.


This story scares me a little, because (I know I’m a few years behind) for Christmas, I got a GPS. I love it. I’m never getting lost again. Ever.

Getting lost leads to road rage, especially when driving in a time crunch.  Los Angeles is a big city, so getting lost is a too-frequent occurrence for me.  With the addition of the GPS to my car, I can just tell that my outlook is getting brighter by the day.  Needless to say, I’m really excited about this.


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28th February 2010

Snowstorms, Toyota problems cut into February auto sales

February auto sales will rise an estimated 9 percent to 14 percent, a smaller than expected increase in the U.S. due to a shortage of hot-selling models, East Coast snowstorms and Toyota Motor Corp.'s recall problems, according to industry forecasters.

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28th February 2010

News & Rants: Momosphere: 2.26.10

The Definitive List of Chick Flicks Every Dude Should Watch, Momformation
I’ll admit it; I love a good chick flick. What I don’t love is watching it with my husband, who likes to constantly check to see if I’m tearing up at the sappy parts. Blogger Scott Adler has compiled a list of his favorite chick flicks. He includes some classics — “His Girl Friday” — and nearly every Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks film ever made.  For some reason, he also listed “The Joy Luck Club,” a movie that will reduce anyone to a puddle on the floor. I’d skip that one.

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28th February 2010

Toyota Hearings Begin Today

The House Energy and Commerce Committee kicks off the week’s Toyota-related festivities on Capitol Hill today, with the first round of hearings scheduled for 11 am Eastern. Testifying will be Toyota Motor America’s Jim Lentz, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Southern Illinois professor and ABC’s ghost hunter David Gilbert, Safety Research and Strategy’s Sean Kane, as well Eddie and Rhonda Smith, who reportedly experienced uncontrollable sudden acceleration in a Lexus ES350.  The E&C Committee has a live webcast available here, or you can watch on C-Span 3. The Detroit News’s David Shepardson is live-tweeting from the press events on the Hill leading up to the hearing.

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28th February 2010

JLR in the black

JLR in the black


26th February 2010 13:56

Things seem to have turned up a bit lately over at Jaguar Land Rover. Sales have sparked into life  for both brands – albeit off a low base when compared to early ’09 – and Tata Motors has announced that JLR was in profit in the fiscal quarter ended Dec 31. That’s not bad going when you consider how the recession seemed to be hammering both brands in the early part of last year. The contribution of cost-cutting is an interesting one. Clearly it has made a difference already and suggests that the JLR cost base isn’t quite as ripe for radical surgery as some had feared (and taking a plant out after 2014 suggests further efficiency gains ahead). But the key thing, of course, will be maintaining progress in the coming quarters.

INDIA: Tata says JLR has turned profitable



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