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One-Offs, Coachbuilders, & the Custom Corvette

What’s a “one-off” anyway? The standard definition is ‘something that only happens once’. For automotive enthusiasts, this word is usually accompanied by other words such as: bespoke, custom, commissioned, coachbuilt. What’s an example of an automotive one-off? Eric Clapton’s gorgeous Ferrari. Or the also privately commisioned Bertone Mantide. These are true one-offs as the firms […]

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GM Rebadges Opel/Vauxhall Cascada Convertible as Buick

A good call on the General’s part; the Opel/Vauxhall Cascada is a surprisingly good-looking 2+2 soft-top convertible. For the US market, the Cascada will make use of a 6-speed automatic transmission 200 hp direct-injected 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Overboost promises to touch 220 lb-ft of torque momentarily– FWD only, but it does have HiPer Strut front […]

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RCA Students Design Jaguar-inspired Sculpture for Clerkenwell Design Week

Well, this is absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it? IN BRIEF • Stunning new art installation, inspired by Jaguar design, takes pride of place at Clerkenwell Design Week (21-23 May 2013) • Installation created by Royal College of Art (RCA) students in conjunction with Jaguar Advanced Design • Winning design chosen from nine exceptional entries submitted by […]

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2014 Cadillac ELR Employs Regenerative Paddle Shifters

Cadillac’s new luxury hybrid coupe will redefine the role of paddle shifters. Put your pitiful human brain to good use by seizing opportunities to reclaim energy while driving! Are you in a mountainous region and finding yourself driving on a slight downhill for the next 5 miles? Flick that paddle and pick up some free […]

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Photos leaked: 2014 Cadillac CTS Redesign

Newly redesigned for 2014, the Cadillac CTS breaks cover prior to its upcoming New York debut. These shots reveal that a resemblance with ATS and XTS is a good thing. Has the CTS grown up a bit? The interior door panel suggests it has. More shots to come after its official unveiling at the New […]

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Italdesign Giugiaro Celebrates 45 Years: Parcour Concept

 Italdesign Giugiaro Celebrates its 45th Anniversary with the 2013 Geneva Motor show debut of the Parcour Concept The Parcour is being called “a brand-new car concept: efficient, fast, suitable for any terrain” …seems we’ve heard this before, but let’s take a good long look anyway, shall we?

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GM to Honor Saab Warranty

Saab Automobile Parts North America and General Motors Company enter Warranty Services Agreement Covered owners can now take their Saab vehicles to any of the 179 SPNA Warranty Service Providers to have warranty work performed. Agreement commenced December 17, 2012. Technical and Customer Assistance support will be offered to ensure Saab expertise is available in […]

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Lotus Alive and Kicking

TWO SIGNS OF LIFE   1. LOTUS ENGINEERING ADDS LIGHTNESS TO A CROSSOVER UTILITY VEHICLE California Air Resources Board (CARB) publishes results of Lotus Engineering’s vehicle mass reduction study on a crossover utility vehicle (CUV). Results show a total vehicle mass reduction of 31% (528.3 kg or 1,162 lbs.) and a $239 (£150/€188) saving in overall […]

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Lotus New Product Introduction Process Chart

OK, this is incredibly cool. Check out this interactive Gantt chart of development milestones in the process of bringing a car to market. Quite a bit can be gleaned from this timeline… Courtesy of Group Lotus PLC 😉

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