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2011 Chrysler 300 starts at $27,995.

Posted in Chrysler, New Cars, Newsworthy by MrAngry | January 9th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2011 Chrysler 300

You know what? That’s not half bad for car that looks as good as the new 2011 Chrysler 300. Production of the new sedan began on Friday, January 7th, and as such Chrysler thought it would be a good idea if they released some pricing. From its inception in 2005, Chrysler has always pushed the flagship 300 as a less expensive American alternative to European sedans. For 2011 the 300 has gone through a complete redesign both inside and out. For instance, under the hood the base engine will now be Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a mill that pumps out 292 hp, that’s a gain of 42 hp over the previous model year. The 300 will also be available with an all-wheel drive system for when the weather goes south. Interior updates include a much needed new dash and gauge layout, as well as an optional luxury package that will include a heated steering wheel, 12-way heated and air-conditioned power seats and multi-temperature cup-holders.
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Ford Shows New Focus Electric At CES

Posted in Electric Cars, Ford, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | January 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Ford's New Focus Electric. Image: Ford Motor Company

In a bold move designed to avoid sharing the media spotlight at the upcoming North American International Auto Show, Ford chose the Consumer Electronics Show to debut it’s latest Focus variant and first all-electric passenger car. Like the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric is powered by lithium ion batteries only, and has a projected range of 100 miles. Ford’s still got plenty of time before the car hits the market at the end of this year, so don’t be surprised if the range gets revised to reflect less than ideal circumstances.

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Hitler Hates The BMW 1 Series M

Posted in Bizarre, BMW, Fast Cars, Funny Videos, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | January 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

I know, I know – I promised I wouldn’t post any more “Downfall” sppofs, since they’ve been utterly played out. This one, though, is different, and if you’re a BMW fan you’ll grin and grimace at the same time. Of all the possible engines they could have picked for the 1 Series M, the N54 probably wasn’t the best choice for a car that is destined to see track time with nearly every owner. If the N54 has durability problems being driven on the street, expect the situation to be worse with the abuse track days generate.

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Mercedes-Benz C Class Images Leaked

Posted in Featured, Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes Benz, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | January 8th, 2011 | 2 Responses |
2011 Mercedes C Class Coupe

Photo: AutoBild

Mercedes-Benz won’t show the new C-Class Coupe in public until the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leak images in advance to build excitement. The front end is the same as the newly restyled C-Class sedan, but the similarities end at the A-piller; everything aft of that is new, and it’s the first Mercedes I’ve seen in a long time that I’d call “lustworthy”.

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Mopar Ram Runner is set to take on Ford Raptor.

Posted in 4x4, Dodge, Featured, New Cars, Off-Roading by MrAngry | January 7th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Dodge Ram Runner

The Mopar Ram Runner is Chrysler’s answer to Ford’s stellar Raptor off-road pick-up. When the Raptor was first released it sent other manufacturers scrambling for something that could compete with the blue ovals desert devouring machine. The Ram Runner could be such a truck, if that is, you choose to equip it that way. You see Chrysler is taking a bit of a different approach then Ford, as they want you to actually build the truck yourself. For instance, if you are the owner of a Ram 1500 series pick-up truck you’ll soon be able to purchase every bolt-on part available to turn your Ram into a Raptor killer. Everything from the Stage 2 Ram Runner Suspension Kit for $13,270, to the sport performance hood ($978), to a wicked cat-back exhaust system ($1,135) can all be yours if you have the greenbacks in your wallet. Chrysler’s approach to the Ram Runner tells me that they just have no interest in producing a full-on competitor for Ford’s Raptor. If they did, hell… they’d just build the damn thing and sell it through their dealerships.

Source: Autoblog.com

Matt Farah needs your help!

Posted in Ford, New Cars, Newsworthy, Television by MrAngry | January 7th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Ford Focus Rally

Ok, here’s the deal. Matt Farah, host of The Smoking Tire is getting ready to go on a little reality show adventure compliments of Ford. You see Matt and arm-candy teammate Brittney Boddington have been selected to compete in the Ford Focus Rally, a show set-up specifically to showcase Ford’s new 2012 Ford Focus. The premise is simple, six teams compete in a cross country scavenger hunt and the chance to walk away with $100,000 in cash. In order for Matt and Brittney to win though, they need to recruit as many people as possible to their team. You see this show is interactive and that means that without the assistance of the viewing audience, they’ve got no shot at the crown. The other bonus is that by joining their team you guys have a shot winning a brand new 2012 Ford Focus, as the winning team is giving away TEN cars, not just 1. People, I’ve seen this car up close and personal and I can tell you that it is a NICE automobile. So, with that being said head on over to www.focusrally.com and help Matt win some cash, and yourselves win a new ride!

Source: FocusRally.com

Buick To Introduce Verano Sedan In Detroit

Posted in Buick, Cars, Compact Cars, Detroit Auto Show, Featured, General, Luxury Cars, NAIAS, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | January 6th, 2011 | 2 Responses |
2012 Buick Verano

The 2012 Buick Verano. Photo: © GM Corp.

Buick is set to show their third new model in two years at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. The Verano is Buick’s entry into the compact luxury segment (although I have a hard time writing “Buick” and “compact” in the same sentence), and will slot into their product line below the recently launched Regal sedan. John Schwegman, Buick’s VP of marketing, sums up their reason for launching a compact sedan as follows: “Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology. It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus.”

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Audi Sets Sales Record In 2010

Posted in Audi, Car Buying, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | January 5th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |
2010 Audi Q5

Audi's best seller, the Q5. Image: Audi of America

Despite the fact that many of us are feeling the pinch of unemployment, underemployment or questionable job security, there’s clearly a segment of the population unconcerned over personal financial issues. While car sales were up in 2010 after a disastrous 2009, luxury car sales are way up. BMW sold 220,113 vehicles last year, an increase of 12% over 2009. Mercedes Benz sold 225,007 vehicles in the U.S. last year, an increase of 18%. Audi, on the other hand had a record year in 2010, with sales of 101,629 vehicles and growth of 23% compared to 2009. Audi’s sales even grew 10% beyond their previous best year, 2007, when the company sold 93,506 vehicles.

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Toyota’s FT-86 Gets More Horsepower, Bigger Price Tag

Posted in Cars, Concept Cars, Corner Carvers, Featured, New Cars, Promoted, Sports Cars, Subaru, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | January 4th, 2011 | 13 Responses |
Toyota FT-86G Sports Concept

Toyota's FT-86 G Sports Concept

The FT-86, in case you’ve forgotten, was to be an affordable entry level sports car developed in a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. The original concept was a front engine, rear drive coupe with a 200 horsepower boxer motor and a $20,000 price tag. Originally set to hit the market in 2011, the project has been hit by a seemingly endless string of delays, and the latest speculation on a launch date has it hitting dealer showrooms some time next year. Left Lane News tells us that the FT-86 will make an appearance at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in December, but it isn’t clear whether or not a prototype or production car will be exhibited.

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Drag Race: 1987 Buick GN vs 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo

Posted in Buick, Car Reviews, Domestic Review, muscle cars, New Cars, Videos by MrAngry | January 3rd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

As I am sure all of you know, the Buick Regal Grand National’s built between 1984-1987 were some of the baddest rides to come out of the 1980’s. Clad in oil-slick black paint and packed with a 3.8-liter turbo charged 6-cylinder, these bad boy Buick’s wreaked havoc on unsuspecting sportscars on streets all over the country. It’s now 2011 and Buick has decided to release a new turbo Regal back into the automotive population. This time it’s front wheel drive, makes 220 hp (as opposed to 245 hp in 1987) and puts power to the pavement by way of a 6-speed automatic transmission. Recently Edmund’s Inside Line got a hold of a 1987 Buick Regal Grand National and a new 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo and decided to run a little drag race, the results of which are pretty impressive. They also went on to do a full performance review of both cars which you can read in its entirety here.
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