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Jeremy Korzeniewski

Local Motors builds Strati, the world's first 3D-printed car, in Detroit

Posted Jan 14th 2015 6:00PM



Local Motors has long been on the leading-edge of alternative car design, starting with the Rally Fighter off-road machine. The latest innovation being pioneered by Local Motors is happening right now, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where the company is 3D printing the main structure of a car right on the floor of Cobo Hall.

According to Local Motors, the Strati is the world's first 3D-printed car and is a refinement of a design created by Michele Anoè, who submitted the design as part of an online community project. The first of these Strati models began printing today in Detroit in an example of what the company calls a micro-factory, which "is typically located within 100 miles of major urban centers, creates more than 100 local jobs, reduces freight and distribution costs by 97 per cent, increases recycling and reduces waste while speeding delivery time to market."

Two such micro-factories are currently planned; one in Knoxville, TN, and one at National Harbor, just outside Washington DC. The latter micro-factory is a collaboration between Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it aims to start producing these 3D-printed Strati models after construction begins in the third quarter of this year.

Feel free to scroll down below for more information on the 3D-printing car process and micro-factories from Local Motors.

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2015 Jeep Renegade gets Mopar makeover at Detroit Auto Show

Posted Jan 14th 2015 9:00AM



In a uncommon move, Jeep has found itself with customized versions of a car we've become quite familiar seeing on auto show floors well before it's actual on-sale date. But that's okay – we're pretty fond of the little Jeep Renegade, and we're even more keen to get behind the wheel, something that's scheduled to take place in just a few weeks.



The two Renegade models you see here (pictured above) have been blessed with bits and pieces from the Mopar parts catalog. These Jeep Performance Parts and Authentic Accessories will be made available to buyers of the Renegade who want to add some factory-backed custom flair to their rough-and-tumble baby crossovers, whether they plan to stay on the asphalt or head off the beaten path.

Starting on the street, the Urban Jeep Renegade doesn't really have any major modifications, its factory-spec bike carrier, mirror caps, grille rings, taillamp surrounds and roof rails in Omaha Orange paint over an Anvil-color base serving more to make it stand out from the crowd than actually offer any additional capability. The interior of the Urban Renegade also gets Omaha Orange highlights to go along with Katzkin leather seats.

On the dirtier side of the crossover equation, the Commando Green off-road Mopar-modded Jeep Renegade gets concept skid plate, prototype rock rails, rear valance and production roof rails provide some added protection and carrying capabilities. X-shaped graphics mimic the jerry can-style motif of the Renegade's tail lamps. Inside, Commando Green bits again join Katzkin leather.

Take a good look at all the images in the galleries below, and feel free to read more about the Mopar-spec Jeep Renegade models by clicking here.

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Ford F-150 Raptor gets EcoBoost V6, new chassis and aluminum body [w/video]

Posted Jan 12th 2015 2:30PM



Our Autoblog staff universally love the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, and the truck's about to get even better. Coming in the fall of 2016 (we'd assume as a 2017 model), the next off-road-ready pickup from Ford will boast an all-new, purpose-built, high-strength steel frame and a lightweight aluminum body that saves more than 500 pounds (230 kilograms) when compared to the current Raptor. It's six inches wider overall than the regular 2015 F-150, which both makes it look awfully mean but also aids in stability when driving fast off the road, and new LED lighting elements make it stand out when the sun goes dim... READ MORE

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Image Credit: Copyright 2015 Drew Phillips / AOL

Turbocharged Datsun 510 oozes old-school cool [w/video]

Posted Jan 8th 2015 7:00PM



According to gearhead and TV host Matt Farah, one of the best ways to find cool cars is, quite simply, to keep your eyes open when out driving yourself. In the case of this sweet custom Datsun 510 Coupe, we're not sure which sense is better: Sight, to take in its lovely blue hues and timeless shape, or hearing, to absorb the good vibrations emitted by the turbocharged SR20 swapped beating heart that has been lovingly transplanted underhood. For those keeping track, Farah says it now makes almost four times its originally rated 95 horsepower.

Fortunately, you don't have to choose a single sense to focus on. A quick click here is all you need to both see and hear this charming blue Datsun take to the road, with Farah happily behind the wheel. As an added bonus, you'll be treated to some truly beautiful vistas as the car snakes through some serpentine roads, wastegate and blow-off valve whistling like a tea kettle all the way.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

Posted Dec 17th 2014 12:00PM

One Man's Goldilocks Is Another Man's Overkill



Conventional wisdom would dictate that adding more power and several key performance enhancements to an already very good car, like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, will end up equaling an even better car. In the case of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe, conventional wisdom sort of applies, but perhaps not as much as we'd have initially guessed.

We'll get into the nitty gritty details in just a moment, but here's the most immediate takeaway we had in our minds as we walked away from this super coupe: The S63 AMG is excellent, but so is the slightly more mundane S550 Coupe on which it is based, and which is priced some $27,000 less expensive than its more powerful sibling. Chew on those figures while we examine what differentiates the two S-Class Coupes.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL / Mercedes-Benz

Jeep Wrangler likely to get aluminum body

Posted Nov 22nd 2014 3:00PM

Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition

Perhaps more than any other vehicle currently for sale in North America, the Jeep Wrangler is viewed by purist fans as a vehicle that simply must maintain the status quo. In this case, that means a body-on-frame design, solid axles, a relatively large engine sitting up front and a removable top. It's always been that way, and it always will be.

Maybe.

According to the most recent reports, the next-generation Jeep will continue to soldier forth with a full steel chassis underneath its stamped bodywork. The biggest change, reports Automotive News, will be that said panels will be hewn from aluminum instead of steel, a seismic shift of a transition not unlike what's happened with the new Ford F-150. Because it won't be a unibody, the SUV will likely continue to be assembled in Toledo, OH as it (almost) always has been – the latter has been a source of heartburn in recent weeks.

Assuming that these rumors prove accurate, they still don't answer all of the questions brand loyalists have put forth since rumours of the next-gen Wrangler started hitting the web. Will it keep solid axles? A six-cylinder engine? A manual transmission option? Only time will tell.

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America

Posted Nov 20th 2014 1:30PM

Scion iM Concept

Scion has officially pulled the covers off its iM Concept, which is, in reality, a slightly modified version of the Toyota Auris that is already sold outside the United States. It's also a model that is going into production for North America, says Scion, minus, we'd guess, a good bit of the overly aggressive ground effects bits, slammed suspension and oversize wheels.

A production iM has been confirmed for the upcoming New York Auto Show, where Scion is also promising a second new production debut, as well. After a substantial lull in its new product cadence (barring the FR-S), it looks like Scion is once again intent on cementing its position as the entry point into the Toyota brand, promising three new models in the next three years.

Scion tells us that iM's name is derived from the first letters of the words 'individuality' and 'modern.' More important details like price, powertrain and on-sale date should come later in 2015, but Scion has at least say it "anticipates that a price under $20,000 could make this car enticing to youthful customers," all of which makes it sound like the second coming of the Toyota Matrix to us.

Feel free to read more in the press release below and gaze upon the concept in all its IIncredibleglory above.

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Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Posted Nov 20th 2014 7:00AM

Bentley Grand Convertible

What you see above is the Bentley Grand Convertible, live from the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's basically a droptop version of the Mulsanne Speed, which would seem to be a foregone conclusion for production, but apparently isn't, according to Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer.

"We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car - if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector's piece."

With its production possibilities out of the way, and with the image gallery you see above proving that it is, indeed, a convertible, we can move on to what makes this Grand Convertible so grand. Equipped with the same 6.75-litre engine with 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque as its hardtop brethren, it certainly won't be lacking for power. The Grand Convertible has been "fashioned entirely by hand from the very finest materials," says Bentley, and the tonneau is made from the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied by the automaker.

We'd conclude by comparing the Grand Convertible to the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé with which the Bentley would seem to be rather similar to – even down to its signature color – but we apparently can't. After all, according to the press release below, "this unrivalled flagship of luxury represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous roofless motoring." In other words, any comparisons to other four-wheeled conveyances would be futile... or something like that.

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2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost

Posted Nov 19th 2014 10:30AM

Top-Level Platinum Trim To Compete Against GMC and Jeep

2016 Ford Explorer Live Reveal

A 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder takes over where the old 2.0 left off, making 270 hp and 300 lb-ft.

Right now, around 23 per cent of all Ford vehicles sold in North America is a utility vehicle. By 2020, Ford expects that figure to increase all the way to 29 per cent. Put simply, SUVs and crossovers are very big business at Ford. So, when it comes time to update the Explorer, Ford's original sport utility vehicle, you can be sure that a whole heck of a lot of effort goes into the process.

The 2016 Ford Explorer isn't rewriting the book on how the automaker goes about building its current crop of SUVs. At first blush, there isn't any radically new exterior styling to draw in the eye, but what has been updated is meaningful, and a new Platinum trim level, which will slot in above Sport and Limited trims, is noteworthy.

The biggest item that's new for 2016, though, is found underhood, with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder taking over where the previous 2.0-litre unit left off. With 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, the new slightly larger engine boasts 13 per cent more horses and 11 per cent more torque than the old engine, and Ford expects no fuel economy penalty. There's no official fuel mileage rating yet, but Ford says the 2.3-litre engine should hit 9.7 L/100 km on the highway, just as the 2.0 did last year.

The new 2.3 EcoBoost will be available on base, XLT and Limited trim levels. A 3.5-litre V6, estimated at 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft, remains standard, and the 365-horsepower EcoBoost 3.5 is standard on Sport and Platinum models. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive is available across the range, even on the 2.3 EcoBoost (the older 2.0 EcoBoost could only be paired with front-wheel drive).

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