Monday, February 14, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

60 MPH: Remember the DeTomaso Pantera? Of course you do. The Mangusta? Sure you do. And maybe someday you'll remember a DeTomaso that hasn't been built yet. The company — or one with its name — is on the comeback trail, with a new Pininfarina-designed concept set to debut in Geneva. Fingers crossed for these guys.


Monday, February 14, 2011

50 MPH: Who's better than GM's hourly workers? Nobody (say it with a Bronx accent). GM says its hourly workers will share in the company's profits to the tune of $4,000 each on average. That's more than double the workers' previous top payout. But don't call it a bonus, like Ford's hourlys got. The sharing portion is in their union contracts, calculated from GM's US profits.


Monday, February 14, 2011

40 MPH: Good news, not so much for drivers as for those who are driven. Porsche is developing a long-wheelbase version of the Panamera, hoping to satisfy demand in China and North America for greater rear legroom. That'll bring the massive Porsche up five inches to 120 inches total, which would still leave it four inches less than the Mercedes S-Class. Of course, the Panamera is the best big sedan for those who drive themselves, so someone's getting screwed here and it's not the guy up front in the silly hat.


Monday, February 14, 2011

30 MPH: The Smartocalypse hit with a bang, not a whimper, with US sales of the Fortwo plummeting from meh to gah! But US distributor Penske is getting a bailout from Mercedes on those slow-moving Smarts. And what of the four-door model supposedly on the horizon? Canceled like a sub-prime mortgage check.


Monday, February 14, 2011

20 MPH: They say the rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they have to pay through the surgically-altered nose to get their Lamborghini Aventador exactly how they want it. That means $4,100 for pearl paint, $4,200 for heated seats, $7,550 for a transparent engine cover and a gargantuan $14,000 for matte finish. That's a mind-melting $45,800 on top of the base $323,160 for a completely spec'd up model. Sounds crazy until you lop a zero off of all that, and you've got a Lexus IS.


Monday, February 14, 2011

10 MPH: Audi may have tweaked its small-car platform to fit one of its Quattro clockworks, but that doesn't mean its Volkswagen platform mate will be shown the same respect. Apparently a hotter, AWD Polo R isn't in the stars, because it would likely cause some cannibalization in the upper Golf ranks. And you though this was the last time golf and cannibalism would cross up in the news.


Monday, February 14, 2011

0 MPH: And today we mourn the passage of Edgar Hetteen, godfather of snowmobiling, co-founder of Polaris and co-founder of Arctic Cat. If you've ever gone 80mph across a snow-covered meadow in a motorcycling position, or ever wanted to, you can thank Mr. Hetteen. He was 90.


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