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Report: Aston Martin V12 Vantage not ruled out for U.S.

Report: Aston Martin V12 Vantage not ruled out for U.S.

Aggressive carbon fiber louvres, a bold engine note and the sheer speed of the thing are all that's needed to distinguish the Aston Martin V12 Vantage from its V8 sister, but sadly the super-coupe is only destined for showrooms outside the U.S. Why? Apparently the car’s low volumes, expected...

June 29, 2009
 
2009 tesla roadster sport 001

Tesla will use DOE funding for Model S and electric drivetrain factories

Despite its small size, Tesla Motor Company, builder of the famed Roadster electric sports car, is as embattled as any major manufacturer these days. Between a lawsuit from a... read more June 25, 2009


 
Update: Specter Werkes unveils new C6 Corvette GTR

Updated Specter Werkes Corvette GTR delivers 615hp

Almost a year after the C6-based Corvette GTR from Specter Werkes was first unveiled the Michigan-based performance house has released an updated version of the modified... read more June 24, 2009


 
BMW's 316d ES

BMW launches new efficient 316d ES for Europe

The U.S. resurgence of diesel may finally be shifting into high gear, but some of the world's best diesels still aren't even offered here. In Europe, however, carmakers such... read more June 24, 2009


 
Karmann Ghia coupe

Karmann shuts its doors as last convertible rolls off the line

Last year a spate of bankruptcy threats and possible acquisitions or closures hit the coachbuilding industry, but today Karmann, perhaps most famous for the Karmann Ghia... read more June 23, 2009


 
BMW 1-series

Study: Domestic North American production outpaced by European, Asian brands by 2012

As a side effect of the current industry downturn and the subsequent realignment of capacity at America's major domestic car manufacturers, the once-Big Three could be... read more June 23, 2009


 
This drawing shows the outline of the future Nissan EV

Nissan planning to mass produce electric vehicles by 2012

Promises about electric vehicles are a dime a dozen, and so far no one - not even Tesla - has managed to deliver a real daily-driving production car in volume. Nissan has so... read more June 23, 2009


 

 
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