On the market in its current form essentially unchanged for twelve years running, the Saab 9-5 is an aging beast, but the Swedish automaker is hard at work on its replacement. These spy shots of a heavily camouflaged test mule were snapped on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain.
All the dumb, fun crap we ever did involving cars and snow while growing up has been rendered fully obsolete by the GT-R freaks at Autohaus Brömmler, who threw a set of Blizzak LM-25 performance winters on their project car and then took it to the snow-covered 'Ring. And here we thought handbrake turns in Dad's old Subaru GL wagon after a fresh snowfall were a gas. Watch through to the end, lest you miss the snowy donut conclusion. Godzilla? Nah... more like a Wampa. Follow the jump to drin
The uncertain future of the alternative-powered and alternative-fueled vehicle is being decided by a confluence of old and new technology, big business and start-ups, marketing, vested interests, and public perception. It is no surprise, then, that when it comes to government regulation, we are bound to end up with some conflicting decisions. A company in California that converts regular hybrids to plug-in hybrids has found itself smack in the middle of one of those conflicts.
Is a British automaker still British if it's foreign owned? This is an increasingly relevant question, as England's biggest car brands have been gobbled up by foreign concerns. Jaguar and Land Rover are owned by India's Tata, Aston Martin by a group of Kuwaiti investors, Bentley is part of the Volkswagen Group, Rolls-Royce under the BMW umbrella, and Lotus is owned by Malaysian state automaker Proton. This leaves the LTI taxi cab company as the largest independent, self-owned British automaker.
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Despite the horribly irritating ad campaign, it turns out that Toyota was not quite "Saved by Zero." In fact, the automaker actually lost market share during the period that it was offering zero-percent financing deals on many of its most popular models, leading many dealers to call for good old-fashioned cash incentives instead. Toyota's been listening and has announced a series of cash-back bonuses, including on the midsize Camry, compact Corolla and even the 2009 Prius hybrid. Of course, big
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It's official – there will soon be a Toyoda back at the helm of Toyota. Akio Toyoda, the grandson of company founder Kiichiro Toyoda had been rumored as the likely pick to succeed current president Katsuaki Watanabe, but only now has the company given official word that the torch will be passed this June.
It's been announced that the electric race car we were telling you about from Bee Automobiles Ltd will now contend for the British Speed Hill Climb Championship in 2010 as the BRM Bee Four ERV. This revives the BRM (British Racing Motors) brand that was born 60 years ago and has a rich and proud history. This also delays the original plan by a year, but should give them the necessary time to introduce a car that is fully tested and ready to win. There is hope that we'll see it before then as it