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The Price Is Right plays One Away with Tesla Model S

Posted Oct 24th 2014 4:00PM

Contestant Gets Selfish Once Face-To-Face With Luxury EV

The Price Is Right gives away a Tesla Model S

When it comes to game shows, The Price Is Right is about as mainstream as American TV gets, beaming lust for fancy new prizes into millions of homes every day. Recently, the show held its annual Dream Car Week, which this year included a Tesla Model S along with a Porsche Cayenne, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a Maserati Quattroporte and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

The contestant invited to come on down and take a crack at the bright-red Model S was Vanessa Ansoorian, who told host Drew Carey that she had originally promised her brother a car if she won one, but once she saw what it was, she began rethinking her stance. Of course, before being able to drive away with the electric car, she needed to win the game, which in this case was One Away. That means that she got a string of numbers – 6-8-4-1-1 - and needed to move each digit up or down one to find the car's price. Can you get it? We won't give away the right answer, or if she won the car, but we look forward to your guesses in the comments below, where you can also watch the tense video clip.

In 2010, The Price Is Right also offered up a Tesla (in that case, a Roadster) on Earth Day. You can see how that attempt went here.

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News Source: TVLubber3 via YouTube

Why is Chevy testing an 80s Camaro with its next-generation model?

Posted Oct 24th 2014 3:00PM

Chevy Camaro

Third-generation Chevrolet CamaroIt's not unusual to see a new car, camo-covered and mysterious, testing alongside the current-generation model. In fact, it's pretty common. Seeing a brand-new car testing alongside its predecessor from 30 years prior, though, is downright unusual.

But, for reasons we can't even begin to comprehend, Chevrolet is doing just that, testing the next-generation Camaro alongside a pristine third-gen model (really, it's a damn clean example of the breed). It's tough to tell what's going on with this manufacturer-plated F-body, but according to our spies, one of the two examples allegedly had an intercooler and a distinctly V6 engine note. Your guess is as good as ours, here.

The camouflaged 2016 Camaro, meanwhile, is almost equally mysterious. Glance at the gallery and note the heavy camouflage on the roof. While a first guess might point to a prototype Camaro Convertible, our spies point to the unbroken A-pillar, which feeds into the roof. Instead, the leading theory (reinforced by some not so subtle yearning on our part) is that this car features a prototype T-top roof, or full removable panel.

We'd really like to hear what you think here. What do you think Chevy is up to with both this third-gen model and the new, heavily camo'd tester? Have your say in Comments.

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Image Credit: KGP Photography, Chris Doane Automotive

Scion teases mysterious sporty iM concept for LA show

Posted Oct 24th 2014 2:00PM

Scion iM Concept teaser

Thoroughly cleansed of our time at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we can now start looking forward to the next big show on the circuit (with all due respect to SEMA), the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. One of the earliest new cars slated for LA is this, the Scion iM Concept.

Now, these teaser images don't show us terribly much. We can see the headlights, foglights and wheels. The little information we can glean indicates that, based on the short hood and minimal space between the front door and front axle, the iM will be a very small vehicle. That said, a very low ride height (and Scion's own press release) claims this will be a rather sporty offering. The concept's nose and grille, meanwhile, bears some resemblance to Toyota's most recent stylings.

We'll have more when the iM Concept debuts in LA on November 19. Until then, check out the pair of teasers and the official press release, available below.

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News Source: Scion

Comedians in Cars returning Nov 6, Seinfeld celebrates with Michael Richards

Posted Oct 24th 2014 1:00PM

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

The fifth season of Jerry Seinfeld's successful comedy series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, will kick off on November 6. To promote that excellent piece of news, Seinfeld teamed up with his old partner in crime, Michael Richards of Cosmo Kramer fame.

Unfortunately, Richards doesn't reprise his beloved role as Seinfeld's wacky neighbour, instead playing an over-the-top CEO for streaming service Crackle, which hosts the web series. It's a bit of an odd spot, to be entirely honest, but it certainly does the job of getting us excited for the upcoming season of CICGC.

As we said, the fifth season kicks off on November 6 and will include appearances by Saturday Night Live alums Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon, as well as Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer, among others.

News Source: Crackle via YouTube

2014 Porsche 911 Pfaff Tuning GT3 Alternative

Posted Oct 24th 2014 12:00PM

Pfaff Tuning's 7MT GT3 Alternative - A True Driver's Car, Through and Through



Every once in a while, we get to drive what we call 'What-If Cars'. The kind of cars that pop into your head when you're lost in a "what kind of car would you buy if you won the lottery" daydream or embattled in the same conversation with your fellow gear heads. So when we got the offer from Pfaff Tuning to pick up their 2014 Porsche 911 'GT3 Alternative' - we did a quick inventory to check in with our internal 'What-If' garage to see if this monster was there, and yup, it's there alright, pretty damn close to the top we'd say.

Porsche's spartan 911 GT3 is undeniably a razor-sharp machine and the perfect trackday weapon, without a doubt on the dream car list of most gear heads, but it's missing the one thing we prize above almost everything else - a third pedal. Call us dinosaurs, call us luddites, call us anything you want, we won't judge you - as dizzyingly fast and efficient as Porsche's PDK transmission is, it will never provide the same experience as rowing your own gears... READ MORE

In the future, you might be able to stop car thieves with a text message [w/video]

Posted Oct 24th 2014 11:00AM

Texting Standoff Negotiations

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Faced with a family member's carjacking, entrepreneur Kelvin Macharia Kuria wanted to do something to stem the massive problem with vehicle thefts in Nairobi, Kenya. Still in his early 20s, he founded a company called Sunrise Tracking in 2012 to do just that, and Macharia has come up with a novel way to potentially get people's cars back, according to CNN.

Sunrise's main business is signing clients and installing GPS devices to track their vehicles. The users also have access to their own cars' location data. Other companies already offer this service, of course – what makes Sunrise so interesting is that it then goes even further in an effort to get its customer's property back.

First, the company uses closed-circuit television systems that can snap photos of thieves. However, if a vehicle is stolen, then the owner has an easy solution. Sending a special text message immobilizes the car until it can be retrieved. To be drivable again, it just takes dispatching a second message.

As CNN points out, even this immobilization-by-text technology isn't entirely unheard of. But it's still an intriguing example of someone like Macharia seeing a local problem and finding a way to craft a business around solving it. Scroll down for a video from CNN that delves deeper in the story behind Sunrise Tracking.

News Source: CNN

Image Credit: Mark Bugnaski / AP Photo

Mazda2 production fires up in Mexico

Posted Oct 24th 2014 10:00AM

Mazda2

Mazda has officially kicked off production of the next-generation Mazda2 at the company's new factory in Salamanca, Mexico. Alongside the auto assembly plant, operations have also commenced at the facility's engine machining factory.

"With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, operations underway at the engine machining plant, and an increase in our annual production capacity, we now have an even stronger production framework capable of supplying global markets with Skyactiv products of the same high quality level as those made in Japan," Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation's President Keishi Egawa said in a statement. "At the same time, we are pleased to be able to make a contribution to Mexico's further economic growth."

MMVO joins Mazda's Hofu Plant in Japan and the Auto Alliance factory in Thailand, which commenced Mazda2 production in July and September, respectively.

Scroll down for the full press release from Mazda.

News Source: Mazda

Porsche rules out Macan, 911 hybrids

Posted Oct 24th 2014 9:00AM

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Believe it or not, between the 918 Spyder, the Cayenne and the Panamera, Porsche offers more plug-in hybrid models than any other brand. Yes, Porsche. But don't expect that trend to continue. At least, not in the immediate future.

According to Top Gear, the E-Hybrid powertrain in the Cayenne and Panamera is too big to fit into the smaller Macan. A future hybrid system could be small enough to fit, but with the current technology still fresh, that'd still be some ways down the twisting road.

It stands to reason, then, that if the system wouldn't fit in the Macan, it wouldn't fit in the Boxster or Cayman, either. But what of the 911? Surely Porsche would like to stick it to BMW and its new i8, and proved it could do a hybrid 911 when it rolled the GT3 R Hybrid (pictured) out onto the race track over four years ago. But Zuffenhausen is reportedly in no rush to put that idea into production – not for the current 911 and not for the next one, either.

Porsche has indeed proven its performance hybrid chops with the 918 Spyder and the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer. But for now, it looks like the current trio of Porsche PHEVs will have to carry on by themselves.

News Source: Top Gear

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech

Posted Oct 24th 2014 8:00AM

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

A couple of months ago, Subaru rolled out a series of minor enhancements for the Impreza, and now it's performed a similar upgrade to its more rugged counterpart, the XV Crosstrek. For 2015, the XV benefits from available EyeSight driver assistance suite, steering-responsive fog lights and a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with a seven-inch version on higher-spec models).

Otherwise the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid are essentially the same as the 2014 models they replace. The requisite 2.0-litre boxer four drives to all four wheels as always, with or without hybrid assist, through either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. Look for the updated model to reach dealers this December, and in the meantime, feel free to peruse the press release below.

News Source: Subaru

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