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Breaking News: Say Goodbye to Saturn…Penske Walks!

Well for sometime now we've all been under the assumption that Penske Automotive Group was going to acquire the Saturn brand from GM. The deal involved Penske buying the brand and GM would continue to provide Saturn vehicles on a contract basis...well it looks like that deal is off. GM issued a statement tonight that states "Penske Automotive Group (PAG)...

Audi Aluminum A5 Coupe Prototype Drops 200 Pounds Without the Help of Weight Watchers

Aluminum bodied cars are lighter than traditional steel models, so Audi has unveiled an aluminum A5 Coupe prototype that is over 200 pounds lighter than its equivalent steel bodied production model. Audi engineers started with the traditional steel-bodied production car as its basis and then added the benefits of the aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept. According to Audi...

2010 Nissan Altima Gets a Refresh and Starts at $19,900

Nissan has released the official specs, photos and pricing for the refreshed 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe and Sedan. On the outside the Altima gets a restyled hood, grille and front bumper and new wheels. Inside there are new fabrics and trim and revised option packages. A new nine speaker Bose audio system and the next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV has an Anti-Aging Interior

Just like almost every other preview so far of the Tokyo Motor Show next month, most of the concepts being unveiled have some sort of electric motor under the hood. Mitsubishi is following suit with the unveiling of the Concept PX-MiEV, which features Mitsubishi's Plug-in Hybrid System in a CUV body. The Concept PX-MiEV features two electric motors that power...

Nissan is Expecting 20,000 Initial Orders for the Leaf EV

Next spring, Nissan is going to start taking orders for the Leaf EV, with deliveries starting that fall. Nissan is expecting to receive 20,000 orders, which is well over the 5,000 Leafs Nissan has planned to lease in 2010. For the first two years of production all Leafs will be imported to the US from Japan. By 2012 Nissan expects...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Subaru Impreza WRX STI Carbon…Ok?

Subaru is going to unveil the Impreza WRX STI Carbon at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, but some of the details of the car make you wonder...why? The WRX STI is supposed to be the halo performance car for the Impreza brand, so when Subaru decides to put a carbon fiber roof on this edition, we say..great! It...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Honda EV-N Concept Looks Like a Cute Puppy

The third concept to take the Honda's stage at the Tokyo Motor Show next month alongside the CR-Z and Skydeck will be the EV-N Concept. At first glance the small electric EV-N immediately recalls Honda's N360 minicar from the 1960s. The EV-N features lithium-ion batteries and seating for four. There is a communications system embedded in the front fascia, something...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Has Wings

Subaru will be showing off the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show next month. The gullwing Hybrid Tourer Concept is a four-passenger concept that Subaru describes as "a new proposal for the future of grand touring car." The Hybrid Tourer Concept is powered by a horizontally opposed 2.0L direct injection turbocharged four cylinder mated to a...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Honda Skydeck Concept Hybrid Minivan Unveiled

The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show is right around the corner and even though a number of automakers have already pulled out of the show, we can expect to see a number of reveals. Honda is set to unveil a near production ready Honda CR-Z in addition to the Skydeck concept shown here. The Honda Skydeck Concept is a six seater...

Tokyo 09' Preview: Honda CR-Z Concept Gets Closer to the Real Thing

Honda unveiled the CR-Z hybrid concept at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show and now two years later the concept that is hitting the stage at again at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show. As typical with most Honda concepts, the concept version ends up being very close to the final product. According to Honda officials, the concept that we will...

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