Black Friday Gives Car Sales a Big Boost

Apparently, if people were not rioting over two dollar waffle irons at Wal-Mart, they were buying cars on our nation’s most treasured holiday, Black Friday. The result of the strong sales last weekend caused November of this year to post sales at a 13.4% seasonally adjusted rate, 2% higher than the same period in 2010. In fact, this is the highest seasonal rate increase since “Cash for Clunkers” was operating in 2009. There are more factors contributing to November’s sales success than just Black Friday though.

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ACB: Koenigsegg Agera World Record Run

The 940 horsepower Koenigsegg Agera just set a Guiness World Record for the quickest 0-300-0 km/h time ever. It managed to go from a stop, to nearly 200mph and then to a dead stop again in 21.19 seconds. This means that it takes longer to type the car’s name than it takes to go to go 200mph. Ludicrous speed on display in the video above.

2011 Mazda2 Review on

Tom Orlando recently reviewed out the 2011 Mazda2 for Check out what he had to say about the ride below!

Mazda has been making cars for decades and many have been compact cars that also look great. The 2011 Mazda2 Touring MT keeps that tradition going strong and we enjoyed our time behind the wheel. Was Mazda able to pull it off again with a reasonable price tag coupled with great styling and performance? Read our review for our take on the 2011 Mazda2 Touring.

The Mazda2 looked vibrant in the spirited green metallic paint and 15 inch alloy wheels so we were pumped to drive this car. Mazda meant business when they designed the 2 as they established an exterior design theme of “coordinated movement.” In line with this theme, the design team combined the visual movements created by the car’s silhouette, its body lines, and the way in which patterns of light played on the body to create dynamic, multifaceted expressions not typically seen on a B-car. These expressions exude a powerful energy that makes the new MAZDA2 look as though it’s moving while standing still. That might be easier to do with an expensive sports car, but Mazda pulled it off with a relatively inexpensive compact! Our test model also came with a rear roof spoiler, body color grille insert, halogen headlights and fog lights, body color dual-power mirrors, and exhaust outlet with a chrome tip. All in all, the 2011 Mazda2 Touring MT is one of the best looking small cars on the road.

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2013 Ford Mustang GT500 Debuts

In 2002 Ferrari debuted their greatest supercar, the Enzo, with 651hp from a precision-tuned V-12. Now, only 9 years later, you can buy a Ford Mustang with the same amount of power, and nearly the same top speed. This Mustang is the 2013 GT500.

For 2013, Ford has updated the Mustang GT500 to go head to head with its crosstown rival the Camaro ZL1. But instead of trying to play fair with the 540hp uber Camaro, Ford engineers decided to go for broke and offer the new GT500 with a monstrous 650hp. Oh, and it also goes 202mph. 202mph!

To handle the colossal amount of thrust from its 5.4 liter supercharged lump, some extra modifications have been made as well: a carbon fiber drive shaft has been added, a sturdier transmission has been put in, and there is now an electronic launch control feature to help you wallop the ‘Stang off the line at with face melting precision. I cannot wait to see how effective these are in containing the ridiculous amount of power, though.

The price will probably a bit higher than the current GT500′s price of $49,000, but that is a far cry from the Enzo’s $1 million dollar asking price, and cheaper than even its competitor the ZL1. In fact, if you want to rationalize it further, its the cheapest way to get to 200mph. That’s a Black Friday caliber deal if I ever saw one. Of course not everyone can afford this new beast, and many of you will settle for a used Ford Mustang for sale, but for those of you with the budget, these are exciting times!

Strong Yen Makes Toyota Rethink Production in Japan

In a press conference by Toyota Motor Corp.’s president Akio Toyoda today, Toyoda announced that the strength of the Japanese yen may cause Toyota to shift production of compact cars to other countries. Toyota is not the first Japanese car company to come out against the yen. Nissan has also pleaded to the government to weaken the yen, or they would pull out of domestic production as well.

The yen has been incredibly strong against the U.S. dollar as of late, causing profit margins to erode for many of the domestic Japanese automotive manufacturers. Coupled with lagging demand in the U.S., and supply chain disruptions due to the earthquake, Japanese brands have had a difficult set of circumstances as they struggle for sales in a tough year.

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2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 is a Beast!

We love Corvettes and this version is simply epic! From the Detroit News:

It took Chevrolet 100 years to come up with this car: The 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06.
It was definitely worth the wait.

Just look at it. Its Carbon Flash Metallic paint shines like icing on a cake that you can’t stop devouring. It’s temptation on wheels. And those are wheels with red trim and beefy calipers bulging under the silky black satin cast-spun aluminum. (The front wheels are one inch smaller than the back wheels, and they look wider than the Detroit River.)

Every piece of this car just looks a little meaner: The big, chin-scraping splitter below the bumper, the flash of a carbon fiber stripe on the hood, and little details that are once-in-a-century kind of things.

This Chevy includes a small graphic on the B-pillar of Louis Chevrolet — the brand’s namesake. Even the traditional Corvette racing flag gets a one-time adjustment, with Chevy adding the number 100 for the occasion. After all, you only become a centenarian once in your life.

But most things turning 100 don’t come with a 7-liter V-8 under the carbon-fiber hood. Maybe they should.
This car is frightful on the road. It’s an angry machine that you try taming only a little. You’re never going to break it like so many mustangs or other wild ponies. You grip the wheel with as much fear as you do joy when you’re tearing around town. And there’s really no other way to drive it. It shreds highways.

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Scion gets more muscle

This is a very nice change for Scion! Now the brand has some muscle. From Auto

OYAMA, Japan — Toyota President Akio Toyoda unveiled his company’s new 200-horsepower rear-wheel-drive sporty car before thousands of fans at a Formula One race track today in his bid to spice up a brand better known for bland but utilitarian offerings such as the Corolla and Camry.

The car, to be called the Toyota 86 in Japan and sold as the Scion FR-S in the United States, has been in the works for five years and received close scrutiny from Toyoda, who is banking on the car as an affordable halo model to burnish the company’s performance credentials.

The 86 hits a top speed of 142 mph and can do 0-62 in 6 seconds. But raw speed is not the goal, says chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. The model’s true mission is multifold:

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Infiniti IPL line

This Infiniti has serious power. Get ready for a serious ride! From the Detroit Bureau:

With the launch of its new IPL G Convertible, Infiniti is adding some real muscle to its new performance sub-brand.

At 343 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible gets a noticeable bump up from the more conventional Infiniti G37 cabrio, a well-received improvement from the base car which had plenty of show but needed more go.

First introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and then updated, in concept form, at the recent Pebble Beach Concours, the IPL G shares its 3.7-liter engine with the standard-issue G37 Convertible, but it undergoes some exhaust tuning and engine management changes that add an extra 18 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque.

The V-6 engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic that features downshift rev matching, magnesium paddle shifters and adaptive shift control.

The suspension is retuned to deliver more aggressive handling, with uprated steering and brakes also part of the IPL upgrade. Slight body modifications improve aerodynamics, as well. And the IPL G rides on special 19-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels shot with B

ridgestone Potenza tires.

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Desmond Howard & Nissan Sending Fans to BCS Bowl Games

Nissan has partnered with 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, the creator of the most famous in-game Heisman pose, in a search for the greatest off-field Heisman pose. They’re asking fans to submit a photo of the most creative or funniest Heisman pose for a chance to win a trip to the Allstate BCS Championship Game, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, or Discover Orange Bowl. Fans can enter the Innovate the Heisman Pose contest on Nissan’s Facebook page today through Wednesday, December 14.

Desmond Howard and Nissan will choose one grand prize winner who will win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2012 Allstate BCS Championship Game in New Orleans on January 9th, as well as three runners up who will win trips for two to the Fiesta Bowl (2nd place), Sugar Bowl (3rd place), or Orange Bowl (4th Place). You can watch Desmond’s video challenge to fans below!

2011 BMW 335is Coupe Review on reviews the 2011 BMW 335is!

As with most things in life, first impressions are very important, so believe us when we tell you that the 2011 BMW 335is Coupe knows how to make a first impression. Our test model arrived and looked very confident in space gray metallic with a low stance and fresh rims. The week went by too quick, but here’s what we discovered about the 335is Coupe.

The BMW 3 series models are becoming a brand of their own with distinctive looks that fit nicely into a growing niche market. Our loaner looked very sharp with new high depth LED tail lights, new xenon adaptive headlights with LED lighted corona rings, a new hood which integrates with the freshened kidney grille, 19 inch double spoke wheels, heated dual-power mirrors and heated windshield washer jets. The new air dam of the 335is Coupe is equipped with large openings meant to feed as much air as possible to the upgraded cooling system and looks totally cool while doing so. But for as stylish and refined as the 2011 BMW 335is Coupe looks from the outside, you really can’t appreciate the power at your disposal until you drive this thriller!

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