2011 Nissan Leaf gearing up for launch

The beat of the electric car goes on with the 2011 Nissan Leaf gearing up for launch. According to CEO Carlos Ghosn 2010 production is already sold out! With a suggested cost of $25,000 after U.S. federal and state incentives for clean car purchases the Nissan Leaf finds itself in the sweet spot of many U.S. and overseas car buyers.

From the Detroit News:

Nissan Motor Co. has collected nearly 20,000 pre-orders for an all-electric Leaf car that it plans to start selling in the United States and Japan in December.

“The production for 2010 is already sold out,” said Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan and its French partner and shareholder Renault SA.

Nissan has gathered 13,000 pre-orders from prospective American buyers who paid a $100 refundable deposit, and 6,000 pre-orders in Japan, Ghosn said. The automaker will start taking firm orders in August.

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Win a brand new 2011 Scion tC

Are you a fan of the hip Scion tC? Well get ready and get moving so you can enter a contest that can net you a brand new 2011 Scion tC! That’s right just Unlock the tC Road Trip, an eight week, interactive and real-world competition that allows players a chance to win the all-new 2011 Scion tC.

The game begins on June 1 at www.UnlockthetC.com with daily instant prizes leading to the real-world event where four finalists will be flown to Los Angeles and compete against one another for the chance to win a tC. Pre-register here.

Watch the game trailer on Facebook here.

Here you’ll get plenty of chances to show off your skills in simulated driving from New York to Miami, with a final destination in Los Angeles. Have fun and good luck!

To read the entire posting for the contest, click here!


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Ten Cool Cars Under 18K

Looking for a deal on a new car but you don’t want to spend too much cashola? Our friends at CnnMoney.com have put together a list of the 10 coolest cars that sell for under 18k. From the new Fiesta to the Fit they will all probably give you the value you crave but I would have to say that the Mazda3 is one of the best looking of the bunch. If you want Funky and Cool go for the Nissan Cube!

Ford is making a big splash in the sub-compact car market with the new Ford Fiesta. Early reviews put this one at the top of its class.

Kelley Blue Book, the automotive Web site that picked this list of the best cars you can buy for less than $18,000, calls it “better looking, nicer inside, and even more fun” than the Honda Fit, a car that’s long been one of KBB’s favorites.

Check out the full article here.

Sneak peak at 2011 Mercedes Benz CLS

Some hot photos of the upcoming 2011 Mercedes Benz CLS for your viewing pleasure. Some readers may feel there is too much style to this car but I say this is right on the mark. The current model is almost smooth to the point that it was boring in a sense. With the new edgy styling with more aggressive headlights and more curves around the belt line we feel Mercedes some very intelligent moves with the 2011 CLS.

From InsideLine.com:

Due out late this year as a 2011 model, this heavily styled, newly edgy Mercedes-Benz CLS-class will replace the current coupe/sedan that’s so smooth it looks as if it was extruded out of something.

Follow the jump for more photos and information.

In the ebb and flow of car design, everything goes simple and smooth then all at once it goes all edgy and complicated. We are currently witnessing from Mercedes a move to edgy complication.

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Chrysler gears up for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with second shift added to an existing plant

Chrysler is gearing up for the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee by hiring 1100 new employees at the Jefferson North Plant in Detroit, Michigan. This is a really big deal for Chrysler and bringing in new hires will make this vehicle launch even more complicated as these are not experienced auto workers so Chrysler better be focusing on Quality like a laser beam.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today said the company would hire 1,100 workers for a second shift at Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit over the summer.

The factory builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Marchionne’s remarks were made at a celebration to launch production of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee — Chrysler’s first all-new vehicle since it emerged from bankruptcy nearly a year ago.

Marchionne said “nearly all” the new jobs for the second shift, which will start July 19, will be new hires and not existing UAW workers on layoff.

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