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Ride, Johnny, Ride: The Sterling Bullet

Autoblog noted it. PickupTruck.com noted it. So we're not gonna note that the Sterling Bullet didn't debut at Geneva today, but rather at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indy. A division of Freightliner (itself, of course, part of the German-American Hybrid) with a history that dates back… » 3/06/07 10:45pm 3/06/07 10:45pm

Chrysler Group On the Crack Rock? Imperial On Track for Production

Cue the Fred Willard "Wha' happen'?" sample. Have Chrysler's problems engendered some sort of mass psychosis within the company's walls? Seems so, since they've decided to build the Imperial, which given the company's situation, seems like a case of throwing dumb after dumb, with an extra-large side of dumb garnished… » 3/06/07 5:45pm 3/06/07 5:45pm

Two-Dimensional Mini-Precision: AutoBild's Flat Smart Test

Those zany Germans over at Autobild couldn't wait to test the new Smart ForTwo, so they decided to craft their own Bruce-infused microcar. In two living dimensions!. The cardboard/foamcore/whatever new-model Smarty took on parking challenges, slalom challenges and child-impressing challenges, although at no time did… » 12/29/06 1:15pm 12/29/06 1:15pm

Who You Tryin' to Get Crazy Wit, Esse?

Don' you know Daihatsu's loco? Oh man, this thing is amazing. We don't know if it's quite as crazy-stupendous as the Boon X4, but anything called an "Esse Custom" that vaguely resembles a Lilliput-built modern-day Le Car pretty much requires our vote. Daihatsu may very well be the coolest division of Toyota. In any… » 12/27/06 7:45pm 12/27/06 7:45pm

Shocker! Opel Astra Officially Saturnized for '08!

Jill Lajdziak, who onstage at the LA Auto Show came off the very epitome of a graduate of Uncle Chuck's Graduate Course in Public Speaking of Des Moines, IA, LLC, has confirmed that the Opel/Vauxhall Astra will indeed be joining the ranks of the Saturn lineup come 2008. Lajdziak claims, "The Astra is a great fit for… » 12/08/06 7:30am 12/08/06 7:30am

Audi R8 Shifted by More Precise eGear

We swung back by the Audi booth wearing our investigative earmuffs and wrassled up a product planner from the Artists Formerly Known as DKW, Horch, Wanderer, and by the name the Auto Union is still known, Audi. The question? Just what is the gearbox in the new R8? The answer? It's a modified version of the Gallardo's… » 9/29/06 9:15am 9/29/06 9:15am

Paris Auto Show: Kia Unveils Cee'd, We Watch it on TV

While we've got two of Los Jalopniks out on the floor, we need a third to hold down our hard-fought spot in the Third World media center which has us reliving our time in Indochina. Luckily, we've got a TV screen behind us to cover unveilings we couldn't get to. And ashtrays. Ashtrays are important. As for the Cee'd?… » 9/28/06 5:30am 9/28/06 5:30am

Let's Go Austrian: More News on the KTM Car

According to the Germans who blog about cars, Austrian bike firm KTM has solidified some details on their joint venture with Audi. Scheduled to go public in the spring of '07 (Geneva, perhaps?) the vehicle will be built in Mattighofen or Graz, and Dallara (who, of course, build the R10 chassis) is apparently one of… » 9/06/06 11:15pm 9/06/06 11:15pm

Spy Photos: Audi R8 Spotted in Santa Monica

Gro e Schloss und Schnitzel! The kids over at Carster randomly captured what seems to be an entirely nekkid example of Audi's new R8 supercar in Santa Monica yesterday afternoon. It's definitely a bit different than the LeMans concept that the car is purportedly the production successor to. Plus, given the included… » 8/15/06 6:45pm 8/15/06 6:45pm

North Americans Only! The Porsche Cayenne S Titanium Edition


Canada's not minding in the least being lumped in with the US of A today — they're just happy they're getting a piece of this titanium-trimmed beauty — because it's only going to be available in North America. The titanium edition gets its name from the "titanium metallic trim" exclusive to the model. It's available… » 6/14/06 12:30pm 6/14/06 12:30pm

R-Class Acts as Saks Shopping Cart, Raises Charity Funds

Mercedes-Benz USA is offering 750 Signature Edition R-Class models for sale to help out Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure women's cancer research fundraising initiative. Now there's a much better brand-positioning strategy than using Tony Hawk as a spokesman. Skaters don't buy R-Classes; Saks-shopping women do (or… » 8/11/05 2:43pm 8/11/05 2:43pm