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Jeremy Korzeniewski

Citroen's offbeat C4 Cactus an early sales success, production boosted

Posted Oct 27th 2014 6:30PM

Citroen C4 Cactus

It may not be everybody's prickly cup of tea, but Citroën has reportedly found enough buyers for its kinda strange-looking C4 Cactus that it has found it necessary to boost production at its assembly plant in Madrid, adding shifts on Saturday to help meet demand. With more markets, including Australia, slated to get the C4 Cactus soon, Spanish newspaper La Tribuna de Automocion reported (via Australia's Go Auto) that facility director Jose Carlo Robredo expects production to increase by 20 per cent.

The C4 Cactus competes against compact crossover-like vehicles that include the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. With a relatively low starting price, offbeat styling and extreme efficiency – 141 miles (227 kilometres) per gallon on the European cycle, or two liters per 100 kilometers – it's a unique package that is apparently attracting plenty of attention from shoppers in Europe.

News Source: Go Auto

Driver in Iceland taught valuable lesson by parking garage

Posted Oct 27th 2014 3:00PM

Iceland parking garage fail

Instead of trying to come up with a witty way to explain why you should watch the video above, we'll just give you a rundown of what happened back in July of 2011 when the footage, which just hit the web recently, was captured. Here goes:
  • Man and woman in Iceland pull up to a parking garage with a closed gate
  • Woman gets out of car to pee
  • Man drives into parking garage while the gate is still closed; Woman still out of car
  • Woman begins freaking out; Man attempts to back out of closed gate
  • Gate, with a hook to prevent this sort of thing, stops car from leaving
  • Second try; Gate, again, stops car from leaving
  • Woman hit by gate as it again stops car from leaving
  • Man gets out of car to check on woman
  • Apparently convinced woman is still alive, man gets back in car
  • Man decides to take another shot at the hooked gate; Achieves ramming speed
  • Gate again works as designed, this time flipping car onto its roof
  • Woman commences freaking out a second time
That pretty much sums it up. If you want a more detailed explanation, we suggest you watch the video below to see if you can glean any more tidbits. The old internet trope of adding a Benny Hill soundtrack to a ridiculous video is way overplayed, but, if there's any video that seems appropriate for such antics, this would be the one.

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News Source: VideoNews247 via YouTube, The Concourse

Chevy Silverado takes on big rig in tug-of-war battle

Posted Oct 27th 2014 11:00AM

Chevy Silverado versus big rig semi truck tug of war

It's not unusual to see a grown man hitch his pickup truck to another grown man's pickup truck in an attempt to, we assume, prove their chosen engine, brand or tires are better than the other as they face in different directions and start pulling. What is unusual, however, is to see one such pickup truck hitched up to a massive big rig.

We're not going to spoil the ending of this particular tug-of-war challenge, but we will say that we wouldn't be showing it to you if everything went exactly as you'd expect it to. To see who wins and how it all goes down, check out the video.

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2015 Dodge Charger priced from $32,495, Hellcat from $64,495 in Canada

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 4:00PM

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

Ladies and gentlemen, let's get the most salient bit of information out of the way right off the bat: $64,495 (all prices exclude $1,695 destination). That's the amount of money Dodge dealers will be asking for (at the very least, naturally) for a 2015 Charger Hellcat. That rather reasonable sum will bring home its buyer a 6.2-litre Hemi V8 engine boasting a supercharger to post such gaudy figures as 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, leading to a top speed of 204 miles per hour to go along with an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds.

With that out of the way, the rest of the 2015 Dodge Charger pricing information breaks down as follows: $32,495 will deliver a sedan with a 292-horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Moving up one step of the ladder nets the buyer an SXT model with the same engine, but a nicer chunk of technology and optional equipment for a $3,100 premium. All-wheel drive adds another $5,300. Hemi V8-powered R/T models now boast an eight-speed transmission bolted to the same well-loved 370-horsepower engine as before, for a base price of $39,495.

The SRT 392 model that had hitherto been the top-performing Charger brings with it an asking price of $50,495 while bargain hunters can equip a Charger R/T Scat Pack machine with that same 485-horsepower 6.4-litre Hemi, albeit with somewhat less posh interior bits and pieces, the removal of the 392's adjustable suspension and hi-po wheel and tire package for $46,495.

There are a few other ways to order a Charger in 2015, and we suggest you read all about them in the press release below. We don't have to tell you how amazing it is that you can now mosey on down to your local Dodge dealer and order a 707-hp sedan for under $65,000. Neither must it be said that the SRT's 485 ponies are nothing to sneeze at. In any case, we're officially basking in the golden age of horsepower.

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Hendo hoverboard is real and here's how it works

Posted Oct 22nd 2014 11:00AM

Hendo Hoverboard prototype

Well, it's not hot pink or made by Mattel... but the Hendo hoverboard is real and we want one (even if it costs $10K to buy). We all think of the same exact thing when we hear the word "hoverboard:" Back to the Future. After Marty McFly is transported into the future to fix the mess his future family has gotten itself into, he hops onto a contraption in an unfortunate shade of pink that looks like a skateboard without wheels. According to the original writer of the scene, the thought was that a hoverboard would float on an invisible magnetic field, allowing its rider to hover inches above the surface of the ground on a cushion of air.

That was all the way back in 1989, and we still have exactly zero actual hoverboards merrily hovering their riders to and fro with jackets that dry themselves and shoes that automatically lace themselves to the proper fitment. Our collective selves let out a sigh we've been holding in since BTTF Part II stopped showing on the big screen... But wait.

A company called Hendo has created what may be considered the very first working prototype of a real, actual hoverboard. It's not without faults – the fact that it only works on certain metallic surfaces being perhaps the biggest, followed by its lack of directional stability – but it most definitely hovers, and you can most definitely ride it. And it's just the beginning of what the company and its inventor have in mind for the hovering technology.

According to Greg Henderson, inventor of the Hendo, this creation represents "the Model T of hoverboards," meaning that it's very early in development, not that it will be the first such machine mass produced. Future applications include planes, trains and automobiles, naturally, but also as a way to earthquake-proof permanent structures like buildings and bridges.

Check out the videos down below for more on this unique creation, and be sure to follow its progress if you're interested in Kickstarting its future.

Thanks, Marty McFly: Hoverboards Could Be Coming in 2015

News Source: The Verge, Engadget, via AOL On

Image Credit: Engadget

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe

Posted Oct 21st 2014 11:57AM

Beauty Masks A Formidable Beast

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

This is the most beautiful car currently offered by Mercedes-Benz.

With apologies to the aggressive and undeniably attractive Mercedes-AMG GT, the brand-new successor to the supercar throne vacated by the dearly departed gullwinged SLS, the S-Class Coupe as seen in the images scattered through these pages is particularly evocative, with flowing lines from front to plunging rear that somehow recall early pre-war streamlining while still coming across as thoroughly modern and completely refined. It's a shape that will get noticed in traffic, generating gentle nods of approval, subtle stares and longer-than-normal glances from those with discerning automotive tastes, without attracting the kind of pre-teen attention garnered by less practical, though similarly expensive, machinery.

Considering the shapely bodywork parked before me set against the shockingly beautiful autumn colours of Rhode Island and the sweet, salty smell of ocean tides, the actual driving dynamics of the S550 Coupe I was about to experience seemed, for a brief moment, to be superfluous to the experience at hand. That is, it felt that way until slipping into what may be the most comfortable and accommodating driver's seat ever made, a move affording me the chance to revel in the cabin's almost overwhelming embrace of accoutrements and technology.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

Mission Electric delays motorcycle production, announces plans to enter automotive space

Posted Oct 13th 2014 4:00PM

Mission Motorcycle

It's been a long, hard road for Mission Motorcycles. And it's been just as long and hard for the company's fans and would-be clients, who have been left waiting for their high-powered, stunningly beautiful and technologically advanced electric motorcycles to actually hit dealerships for what seems like ages. To such fans and would-be clients, we have good news, and we have bad news.

First, the bad: Mission is now promising to deliver its first motorcycles to customers in the second or third quarter of 2015. Last we heard, bikes were expected to hit garages across the country right about... well, right about now, actually, in the summer of 2014. Clearly, that's not going to happen, and that's a shame.

Now for the good: Mission Electric, the newly renamed company born from the Mission Motors and Mission Motorcycles duo (which had previously been a single entity...) is hiring, and is now, apparently, branching out into the four-wheeled realm. In fact, the company's website shows a McLaren supercar under the Mission Automotive umbrella, which is kinda interesting, and it also suggests that Mission-powered boats and heavy-duty machinery are also in the offing.

Of course, all of this should be taken with a full shaker of salt until an actual product from any of Mission's garages actually lands in the garage of a paying customer. In any case, feel free to check out the company's website here.

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This Or That: 1980 Oldsmobile 442 vs. 1989 BMW 635CSi [w/poll]

Posted Oct 9th 2014 3:00PM

Which $10,000 Coupe From The '80s Would You Choose?

1980 Oldsmobile 442 vs. 1989 BMW 635CSi

The last time I roped a coworker into an automotive debate, I lost. Resoundingly, I might add. Still, 2,385 voters chose to cast their lots for the Fiat 500 Abarth, as opposed to 5,273 choosing the Ford Fiesta ST, and so I can rest easy in the knowledge that at least 30 percent of you, dear readers, see things my way. I still like to think we have more fun, too.

My loss in the first round of our This or That series, in which two Autoblog editors pick sides on any given topic and then attempt to explain why the other is completely wrong, didn't stop me from picking another good-natured fight, this time with Senior Editor Seyth Miersma. Last time, our chosen sides were eerily similar in design, albeit quite different in actual execution. This time, our vehicular peculiarities couldn't seemingly fall any further from one another: A 1980 Oldsmobile 442 wouldn't seem to match up in comparison to a 1989 BMW 635CSi.

How did we come up with such disparate contenders? Simple, really. Seyth and I mutually agreed to choose a car that's currently for sale online. It had to be built and sold in the 1980s, and it had to be a coupe. The price cap was set at $10,000. The fruits of our searching labors will henceforth be disputed, with Seyth on the side of the Germans, and myself arguing in favor of the Rocket Olds. Am I setting myself up for another lopsided loss?

Let the games begin.

Mitsubishi exec says Evo 'will be replaced in spirit' by high-po hybrid SUV

Posted Oct 8th 2014 8:00AM

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Stop us if you've heard this one: According to Autocar, the current generation will be the last Mitsubishi Evolution we will ever see.

That, while unfortunate for driving enthusiasts, is a reality we've had plenty of time to digest. The days of wanton fuel burning for the sake of speed and power will soon come to an end. But that doesn't mean the days of performance have to die, too. "Green is still fun to drive," said Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley in a conversation with Autocar. "It's a challenge to make it fun, but not a particularly difficult one. Electric vehicle performance is very good."

So, should we expect a new hybrid sedan to take up the mantle left by the Evo? Not so much. The British magazine quotes Kanenori Okamoto of Mitsubishi as saying, "It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance," which will apparently incorporate lessons learned in the automaker's efforts at Pikes Peak. The Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III, which handily broke the EV record at the famed mountain course, will donate much of its high-performance, zero-emissions technology to the project, including its Super All Wheel Control four-wheel-drive system.

What's more, Mitsubishi reps hint that the hi-po EV goodness will spread across the rest of its line, where possible and appropriate, and that means Mitsubishi-loving driving enthusiasts may actually have something to look forward to.

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News Source: Autocar

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