Could this Infiniti really happen?

From AutoGuide.com:

Infiniti may develop its own version of Nissan’s famous GT-R sports car. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan was asked if Infiniti would tap into the existing products through Nissan and use the brilliant GT-R sports car platform for a high- performance Infiniti.

‘Are we going to do that, I would say “no”, I don’t think so,’ said Ghosn. ‘If your question is “could we do that”, I would say “yes”. The idea of using existing technologies on the body of an Infiniti, yes. All the technologies developed for Nissan are available to Infiniti.’ Ghosn basically beat around the bush leaving the question unanswered. A GT-R type sports car is unlikely to be a priority because the company is busy prepping for the 2014 release of a small car that will rival the BMW 1-series and the 2013 release of an electric car.

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Imported from Detroit: Selected of God Choir – Lose Yourself [video]

Today Chrysler and Eminem have done it again! They have partnered to release a special gospel version of “Lose Yourself” performed by the ‘Selected of God’ choir from the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial. The download is available on iTunes, where 100-percent of publishing proceeds will benefit local Detroit charities as part of the ‘Imported from Detroit Project’ launched by Chrysler and Eight Mile Style. Check out the video below and for more information on the charities benefiting from this initiative, visit IFDProject.com. (Also, check out the Twitter buzz at #importedfromdetroit and #IFDProject.)

  

What’s the Best Chevy of All Time? Cast your Vote.

Chevy has built some incredible cars over the years and now want you to select your favorite Chevy of all time! With the 100 year Celebration of Chevrolet upon us it’s only natural that there’s plenty of debate over which is the most splendid machinery that rolled off one of their assembly lines. Cast your vote at Chevrolet.com see how your favorite Chevy stacks up!

  

Summer ragtops!

The Street compiles the 10 Best Convertible Car Deals for Summer 2011.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Buying a convertible during the summer is a quick way to drop both tops and account balances, but there are a few models that won’t put the heat on car lovers by wilting their buying power.

Convertibles haven’t had the smoothest ride during the recent economic downturn. In 2008, automotive marketing company R.L. Polk noted that convertible registrations were down nearly 9% from the boom years of the mid-2000s and made up only 1.9% of the total marketplace. Since then, six of R.L. Polk’s top 10 convertibles — the Toyota(TM_) Camry Solara, Pontiac Solstice and G6, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Sebring and Saturn Sky — have disappeared like a ragtop on a 90-degree day.

During that time, they also became the playthings of the privileged classes. Only the base Mazda Miata ($23,111), Mini Cooper convertible ($25,550) and Smart Fortwo Passion Cabriolet ($17,690) have starting prices below $26,000.

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Chrysler leads the pack in Detroit for June growth

From the Detroit News:

The three Detroit-based automakers all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in June, led by Chrysler Group LLC’s 30 percent increase from a year ago with 120,394 vehicles sold and the best June for the automaker since 2007.

That is followed by a 13.6 percent increase reported by Ford Motor Co. with 194,114 vehicles sold.

The third domestic automaker, General Motors Co., reported a 10.2 percent increase on sales of 215, 358 vehicles compared with June 2010.

Among the top Japanese automakers, who continue to struggle with earthquake-related shortages, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. reported a 27.1 percent decline for the month with total sales of 83,892. The Honda brand suffered a 27.4 percent drop in sales for the month while the luxury Acura brand was off pace by 24.5 percent.

Toyota Motor Corp. saw a 21.1 percent falloff for the month with 110,937 vehicles sold. The Toyota brand dropped 18.7 percent; Lexus division sales fell 37.8 percent compared with a year ago, when Japanese production was at full throttle.

“June marked a significant turning point for Toyota as sales moved up over last month (May),” said Don Esmond, head of U.S. operations. Supply and selection are improving daily, he said.

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