Toyota FT86 Leaked

Normally, scans from an automaker’s internal parts catalog would not make headline news; unless they showed a hotly anticipated new car that is. Scans from Modellista, a Toyota parts magazine, seem to show the brand new Toyota FT-86. Like those of bigfoot, these grainy images show hope that the car is out there, and will not be bloated up and dumbed down for production. Toyota has not commented on the leak, but the production version of this car should be seen at the Tokyo International Auto Show next month.

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Hertz First Car-rental Company to Deploy A Zero-emissions All-electric Bus

This is great news for the advancement of green vehicles. From Market Watch:

The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, announces today the use of BYD’s eBUS-12 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the first such use to be conducted by a rental car company. Hertz is testing the all-electric on its main routes to gain data on this new platform.

“Hertz is aggressively moving forward with its Global EV program, introducing electric vehicles into its worldwide fleet and testing other electric vehicles as they become available,” says Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Hertz’s mission is to provide the most technologically advanced mobility solutions to our customers, including the buses we use as part of our everyday operations at airports. We continue Hertz’s track record of innovation by being first to deploy an all-electric shuttle bus in the US.”

The BYD pure electric eBUS-12 is able to run 155 miles on a single charge in urban conditions, more than enough for Hertz’s use at its airport locations, and its energy consumption is less than 100 kWh per 60 miles. The eBUS-12 is designed with the customer in mind, with a low floor and ample space to allow easy passenger loading and unloading and the bus has specially engineered sound insulation for a quieter cabin experience. The eBUS is being tested at Hertz’s Los Angeles Airport location, shuttling car rental customers between the terminals and Hertz’s rental facility. With a lower cost of ownership than a traditional gas powered bus, replacing just one traditional bus with the eBUS will reduce emissions by over 320 kg of CO2 (per 150 miles traveled) and save Hertz an average of $76* per day, per bus in fuel costs! (*32 gallons of diesel at $3.20/gal are replaced with $25.92 in electricity for $0.08/Kwh — the night time EV charge rates in LA).

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2012 Cadillac SRX Car Review breaks down the 2012 Cadillac SRX from inside out. Find out what a staff member had to say about the new Caddy below.

I was looking forward to testing the 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection model for many different reasons. One reason was that I have seen these Cadillac Luxury Crossovers on the road and I liked the styling but had never driven one before. Another reason is that I wondered whether this Cadillac handled as good as it looks, so my curiosity was peaking. After a week behind the wheel, I have some strong feelings about this offering from Cadillac and I suppose there are thousands out there who share my observations.

The 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection has plenty of bling and sleek styling for a combination that flows well together. Some of the SRX’s exterior features include a multi-piece shield grille, Cadillac’s huge iconic vertical headlamps with light pipe technology, and available adaptive forward lighting technology that turns the lamps in the direction of the front wheels. The wide stance of the SRX with minimal overhangs coupled with the wheels pushed to the corners equates to a chiseled look similar to the exterior of the SRX crossover. Our black ice metallic test model boasted 20 inch premium bright aluminum painted wheels, which are standard on the Premium Collection SRXs. From just about every angle one can see that this is a Cadillac and a good looking Cadillac at that!

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The Best Performance Accessories

Here are some tips for upgrading your sports car:

The Best Performance Accessories to Upgrade Your Sports Car

Driving a sports car goes beyond your average, run-of-the-mill experience behind the wheel. Once the engine turns over and you’re in full control, a finely tuned sports car not only looks hot while you’re in motion, but it moves the heart aflutter and really gets the adrenaline pumping. There are few things in this world that make you feel truly alive – driving a sports car is one of them. So, don’t shortchange your ride by sticking with simple stock values. Instead, upgrade its performance and looks with only the best accessories out there. Things like exhaust tips are just one way to boost power, while there are several other options available that also separate you from the rest of the pack on the road.

Simple Add-ons Make a Big Difference

Another way to unleash the full power potential of your ride’s motor is by installing a cold air intake. Finding the right one for your specific sports car is easy. Plus, it’s really a no-brainer – blasts of cold, fresh oxygen to your power plant results in more horsepower and torque. Add to that better gas mileage when you’re red-lining your beast on the highway or just out for a nice Sunday cruise, and you get a whole new way to glean more excitement from your drive.

Sure, your sports car features a nearly flawless interior, equipped with all kinds of esoteric lights and dials that enhance the total package of your ride. Go the extra mile and keep your cabin looking its cleanest with a fresh set of car floor mats. It’s not like you’re going to be hopping in and out of your sportster with muddy shoes or boots on, but floor mats go a long way to keeping your carpet floorboards always looking their best.

Red Line Your Overall Performance

When it comes to taking tight turn on the street or out at the track, your brake system is begging for a boost in performance. Aside from adding more bite to your stopping power, brake rotors also offer a custom look when they peek out from behind your rims. Drilled, slotted or a combination of both, with upgraded brake rotors even your brake pads are given a slight reprieve, lasting much longer than they normally would had you stuck with those stock rotors.

Tapping into your ride’s computer motherboard with performance chips benefits you in several ways. Though you’re sports car already outperforms most other vehicles on the road, it’s still hiding some secrets under the hood. With the right performance chip in place, you unleash power potential unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Get ready to rev up your engine and unleash more ponies and torque, while also getting the most out of a single tank of gas.

The best performance accessories are often just a click or two away. So, find yours now and revitalize your ride with these simple additions.


Diesel Chevy Cruze coming soon to Ohio plant?

This could be great news for Ohio. From Left Hand News:

With the Cruze gas-powered models set to be joined by an oil-burning alternative in 2013, General Motors has now confirmed that it will invest $5.5 million into the existing Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to accommodate the 2.0-liter diesel engine.

While the Cruze Diesel sold in North America will be built in Ohio, the engine, designed and built by VM-Motori, a 50-50-owned Italian firm between GM and Fiat, will produce the engines.

In Europe, the Cruze Diesel is good for 161 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque, a healthy increase over both the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine and the premium 1.4-liter turbocharged engines currently available in the U.S.

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