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Toyota Planning New G's Performance Division

At the Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota showed off a range of future and current models in sportier clothes and with performance enhancements as well. These cars wore a G's logo with the words "Toyota G Sports" written underneath. The most notable car at the show was the FT-86 G Sports Concept. The G's division is a new division for...

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Gets the Green Light

A senior BMW authority out of Munich recently told Inside Line that the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics plug-in pure hybrid 2+2 concept car is a go. The concept that was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is powered by a 163-hp 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and two electric-motors for a total 356-horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The reaction...

Honda Recalls 646,000 Fit/ Jazz Cars

Not quite as big or as scary as Toyota's recent recall, but still significant, Honda has announced a recall of 646,000 Honda Fit/ Jazz cars to fix a faulty window switch. The recall involves a defective master switch, which could cause water to enter the window switch, which can lead to a fire. The recall comes after a child died...

Geneva 10' Preview: Alfa Romeo Based Pininfarina Concept

Pininfarina has released a teaser sketch of a new Alfa Romeo based spider convertible concept that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The two-seater is meant to commemorate Pininfarina's 80th anniversary and at the same time a homage to the Alfa Romeo 100th birthday. This is reportedly the first of three concepts that Alfa Romeo commissioned...

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Starts at $61,925

BMW has announced the pricing for the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, which is the most powerful Z4 currently available and it starts at $61,925. The Z4 sDrive35is is powered by BMW's twin-turbocharged six-cylinder with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed Double-Clutch automatic transmission. The Z4 sDrive35is is capable of reaching 0-60 in...

New Entry Level Porsche Sorta Confirmed by VW Chairman

Martin Winterkorn, VW Group chairman gave Autocar the first official confirmation that Porsche is considering a new entry-level model. "The Porsche model range is firmly based on the 911, Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman, and it will stay that way. We are also investigating opportunities for a smaller sports car and a smaller SUV - but I cannot say more...

2011 BMW X6 Gets Twin-Scroll SIngle-Turbo Engine and Eight-Speed Auto

BMW is slowly announcing the updates to its range for the 2011 model year. The announcements have already been made for the 1, 3 and 5 Series models. Now it the X6 is next. The 2011 X6 is going to be powered by the new N55 twin-scroll single-turbo six-cylinder engine mated to an also new eight-speed automatic transmission. In...

Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Vehicles

Toyota has announced that it is including another 1.1 million vehicles connected to pedal entrapment problems. Tuesday, Toyota announced that it would suspend sales of eight of its models that account for 60 percent of its sales until a solution was found. The vehicles added to the list are: 2008-2010 Highlander 2009-2010 Corolla 2009-2010 Venza 2009-2010 Matrix 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe This announcement brings the total...

VW to Launch New R Performance Division

During a drive event in the Austrian Alps a VW spokesperson revealed that VW is going to launch a new performance division, R GmbH. Inside Line was told "BMW has its M, Mercedes has AMG, and our sibling Audi has Quattro. This new R division will be our Quattro." R GmbH is an expanded version of the Europe-market...

Carlsson to Premier 753 Horsepower C25 Super-GT in Geneva

Carlsson has announced plans to unveil the 753 horsepower C25 Super-GT at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The C 25 Super-GT is a heavily revised version of the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. The 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 puts out an insane 753-hp and 848 lb-ft.of torque. According to Carlsson the engine could technically put out as much as 996...

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