Bullz-Eye Reviews the 2011 Nissan Rogue

Bullz-Eye.com reviewed the 2011 Nissan Rogue and share their thoughts below!

The 2011 Nissan Rogue is a confident vehicle upon first impression and as I spent more time with the car, that impression proved true. We tested an AWD SV model, the overall look and feel of which gave me the sense that a few more upgrades to this vehicle would allow it to compete with much pricier brands.

Exterior

The exterior of the Nissan Rogue was refreshed for 2011 with a new front end. It has a very classy look that could easily be mistaken for upscale competitors. Our Rogue was an SV model with the SL package, so pretty much all of the goodies offered were on board. The Frosted Steel paint job was a great fit for the Rogue – it was sporty but also had a high end look to the finish. The halogen headlights, body color real spoiler, chrome grille, chrome door handles, chrome body side moldings and chrome exhaust gave passersby no choice but to notice the Rogue on the street. This little SUV carries some serious bling and it carries it well. When you add the privacy glass, roof rails with silver accents and 18″ alloy wheels, there isn’t a whole lot you would want to add to this car when it arrives at the dealership for delivery.

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2012 Ford Focus enters the 40mpg club!

It’s never a bad time to announce a new vehicle has been rated 40mpg by the EPA but at this point in history it’s a great time with gas climbing daily! The new 2012 Ford Focus has made it into the 40mpg club with an automatic transmission so the battle with the venerable Hyundai Elantra should make things that much better for consumers.

From the Detroit News:

The 2012 Ford Focus received a government rating of achieving 40 miles per gallon on the highway, as the automaker’s global launch of the compact spurs jobs among its supplier base, company officials said Friday.

The Environmental Protection Agency also certified the Focus as getting 28 mpg in city driving, Ford said. The rating applies to a model with a four-cylinder direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission, as well as other fuel saving features.

The fuel economy news came as the Dearborn automaker announced its supplier network has expanded to meet the demand of its C-segment platform, which underpins the new Focus. Many of Ford’s 310 global suppliers are adding jobs, facilities and equipment to build parts for the new Focus. Among the major Focus suppliers, 5,500 jobs have been added at facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, the automaker said.


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De Tomaso storms Geneva

The new De Tomaso being unveiled in Geneva will give an insight into what is in store for fans this specialty automaker. Maybe they’ll finally settle on a name for their flagship as well?

From Auto Blog.com:

Here we are, just days before the doors open at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and De Tomaso has unleashed a series of images along with a few more salient details of its new SLC concept car. Well, actually, De Tomaso is now referring to the machine as the SLS (and no, it has nothing to do with the Mercedes-Benz of the same name), which stands for Sport Luxury Sedan, as opposed to SLC, or Sport Luxury Crossover.

Fret not, Benz fans (and trademark lawyers). De Tomaso says it will give its future production model a new name that will be announced in Geneva.

Irrational naming conventions aside, what we have here is a somewhat high-riding humpback machine not unlike the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. According to the company, two engines are planned at launch, a 300-horsepower V6 and a 550-horsepower V8. Power is sent to all four wheels, and a diesel engine option is planned for a later time.

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2012 Ferrari FF in all it’s glory

Sit back, relax and enjoy these videos of the gorgeous 2012 Ferrari FF. Keep in mind that there is a V12 with 650 horses under the hood! Can it get any better?

Magrath promised there would be many more posts on the 2012 Ferrari FF, so here’s another, as the four-wheel-drive, four-seat shooting brake got an early unveil last night in Maranello, Italy, in front of 700 Ferrari owners and dignitaries. We’ll see it again next week at 2011 Geneva Auto Show, where the sheet will be pulled off in front of a couple hundred sweaty journalists in ill-fitting suits.

No additional specs were released, so we’ll have to take it on faith that the car’s front-mounted 6.2-liter V12 still makes around 650 horsepower and 504 pound-feet of torque — and that Ferrari’s seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox will be up to the task of managing such a monumental torque load.

After the jump we offer a few more photos from the event, along with the real treat — a new 3-minute video of the FF looking and sounding rather awesome as it’s hustled along tarmac, and through snow, sand, Ferrariworld…

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Bullz-Eye Goes to San Fran to check out the Chrysler 200

Bullz-Eye.com’s Gerardo Orlando participates in a direct comparison of the Chrysler 200 and it’s competitors.

2011 Nissan Xterra Pro 4-X Review

Bullz-Eye.com reviews the 2011 Nissan Xterra. Find out what they had to say about this ride!

In the middle of winter in Northeast Ohio, seeing a 2011 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X in your snowy driveway is a reason for excitement. The design of the Xterra is all SUV and it has as much attitude as any SUV on the road. Believe me when I tell you the snow filled streets of Ohio were no match for this 4×4.
Exterior

The exterior of the 2011 Nissan Xterra Pro-4x gives off a rugged look that can’t be ignored. Bullz-Eye had the chance to review the all new PRO-4X off-road model which comes with a standard 4-wheel drive and, at least on our model, a five-speed automatic transmission. The lava red paint job fit this SUV well, adding a colorful spirit that matched the overall exterior design. The PRO-4X had fog lights, roof mounted off road lights, black/sandblast aluminum front fascia, roof rack rails and crossbars with an air dam. Also included on our model were rear side bumper steps, skid plates, front tow hook and so much more. As you can see from the feature list, this car is for the people who truly like to challenge themselves and their vehicles. The look of the Xterra hasn’t changed much in recent years, but why ruin a great design?

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The Granite has movement!

Looks like GM will build the Granite after all and we cheer that decision if it’s true. The Granite was a big hit at the 2011 NAIAS but it has taken a year now to get any word that GM will move forward with this sporty and fun vehicle that could bring a whole bunch of younger customers into GM showrooms. We like it!

From AutoBlog.com:

Many moons ago, Motor Trend reported that the funky GMC Granite concept from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show had been given the go for production. Immediately after, however, MT stated that while it strongly believed that the Granite would be produced, the publication had yet to receive an official green light from its sources within General Motors. That changes today, apparently.

Motor Trend is reporting yet again that the Granite has been confirmed for production, even going so far to say that the road-going car will keep the rear-hinged suicide door setup of the concept. This new confirmation reportedly comes from a “well-placed source” within the automaker, who also says that the Granite will be built on the same C-segment platform as the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Buick Verano.

When GM debuted the Granite concept, it used the same 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four as the Cruze, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This powerplant would certainly make sense for the production car, though MT suggests that even the automaker’s 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four from the Verano would be a good fit. Regardless, we’ll wait until GM issues an official statement before we start gearing up for the first drive.

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GM Brings it with the New MyLink System

Are the days of domination as “the smartest onboard system” over for Ford’s SYNC? The new MyLink from GM also brings the support of the heavyweight OnStar system so get ready for a new era in on board connectivity and battle for the “buzz” for technology conscious buyers. The hot selling Chevy Equinox will be one of the first mass produced GM vehicles to carry the new MYLInk so we’ll keep our eyes and eyes open for customer feedback!

From AutoGuide.com:

GM’s MyLink, available starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox, will offer smartphone charging, Pandora radio streaming, GraceNote music identification, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, voice activation, OnStar, and USB inputs, in case listening to drive-time radio is too crushing for commuters.

The MyLink comes hot on the heels of Ford’s SYNC as an inevitable comparison. But unlike the SYNC, MyLink includes the full power of GM’s OnStar behind it, for starters. It will also come with Powermat charging for the smartphones that you won’t need to fiddle with once behind the wheel. And, uh, that’s about it. Functionality between the two infotainment systems is remarkably similar otherwise, which makes you wish that GM had introduced this earlier.

The MyLink includes a 7″ full-color touchscreen standard, which controls climate control and navigation operations. The first GM cars that will be equipped with it later this year will be the Chevrolet Volt and the Equinox, before the rest of the General Motors lineup.

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The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 looks like a winner!

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is one tough looking ride and when you go under the hood the SRT8 backs it up! The 465-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 screams speed and the exterior packaging will make some aftermarket pro’s shake in their boots.

CHICAGO — The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 debuted at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, signaling a renewal of Dodge as a high-performance brand. The Charger SRT8 went on hiatus for the 2011 model year, after Chrysler sold just 688 Charger SRT8s in 2010.

The 2012 Charger SRT8 gets some major revisions versus the 2010 model, most notably under the hood. The 2012 model gets a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that churns out an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Dodge said specific horsepower, torque and fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to introduction in the fall. Pricing has not been announced.

The Charger SRT8 will also get standard paddle shifters and a five-speed automatic transmission. It has an estimated top speed of 175 mph and an estimated 0-60-mph time in the “high 4-second range,” said Dodge.

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Lincoln MKT “Town Cars” on the way!

Lincoln will keep the “Town Car” nameplate on limos after discussing the decision with those who operate livery businesses. Smart move on Ford’s part as the Town Car is iconic in the limo business and the Lincoln MKT is the perfect vehicle to take the torch and run with it! We reviewed the Lincoln MKT and we walked away very impressed with this top of the line luxury SUV so it’s not a surprise that the new black limo’s riding around the country will be Lincoln MKT Town Cars!

From the Detroit Free Press:

Lincoln debuted new limousine and livery versions of its Lincoln MKT large crossover today at the International Limousine Charter and Tour show in Las Vegas.

The new vehicles will replace the Lincoln Town Car, which will be discontinued later this year, but the Town Car name will live on.

Ford has named its new livery and limousine vehicles the Lincoln MKT Town Car.

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