New Fulvia to Happen in Frankfurt?

We once spent 30 hours living like Tom Hanks in The Terminal at Frankfurt International when we would've rather been tooling around the city in a Lancia Fulvia with Katarina Witt, Goethe or Felix Frankfurter. According to the boys at the road with minimal straightaways, Lancia may be debuting a new, production Fulvia… » 3/16/07 5:15pm 3/16/07 5:15pm

Ride, Johnny, Ride: The Sterling Bullet

Autoblog noted it. 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

In Russia, Lada 2107 Updates YOU!

Ah, the wascally wags of AvtoVAZ. Hewing to some Marxist hangover dictate to give the people what they want, they've brought back an updated, all-new version of the dubiously-classic, yet highly symbolic Lada 2107. Now that you've done that, VAZzers, how 'bout a new Niva? Please? Pretty-as-you-please, please? » 2/26/07 9:15pm 2/26/07 9:15pm

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

Precision Comes to Paris: The Porsche GT3RS

While on the Bullrun, we met a man named Peter Kolb, a man whose obsession with German precision knew no boundaries and brooked no imprecise nonsense. Peter's vehicle of choice? A white GT3RS with red trim. But now, there's a new GT3RS, available in orange or green. Undoubtedly, each individual horsepower is… » 9/29/06 3:46am 9/29/06 3:46am

Paris Auto Show: Smart TV! Doctor Z! AMG!

The Smarty McSmartersons over in Smartsville have just introduced the replacement for their O.G. Modern Isetta, smartly coming up with a chic, cute, smart cartoon, wherein the smart little Smart smartly travels through an urban landscape rife with pitfalls that would stymie larger vehicles. Inverse, much DCX? Doktor… » 9/28/06 9:15am 9/28/06 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

HiHo! More New Gallardo!

Exalted Mother of the Sultan of Brunei! The new Gallardo stuff is coming fastly and furiously, and the kids over at have some more info/speculation. Apparently, this sucker's fitted with a couple of turbos, boosting output to 600hp, blasting it handily past the F430, while keepiing it respectfully below… » 9/07/06 12:45am 9/07/06 12:45am

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

Reverend Dave Rally Report #1

My mysterious absence yesterday can now be explained. Every year a group of journos from the Midwest get together at Road America in the wilds of Wisconsin to test the latest offerings from the automakers. This year there were more cars than ever and the weather was more than kind. Early in the morning it looked like… » 5/03/06 1:04pm 5/03/06 1:04pm

Fresh Camaro Concept Photos

To solidify the worst kept secret in Detroit, GM is going to build the Camaro. If the Deathwatch doesn't come that is. And let's hope it doesn't so we can all drive one of these things through the streets of "The D" like a GM photog did recently. Plus, what company releases a second set of press photos months after a… » 4/26/06 6:33pm 4/26/06 6:33pm

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

Clio Renaultsport Concept: Infused With F1 Cues

The new Renault Clio, aka "Son of LeCar," just got the boy-racer treatment as a teaser of what's to come from Renaultsport, the French automaker's performance division. We like the treatment, and although an underbody diffuser, supposedly "derived directly from Formula 1 racing cars," seems like a wee bit of overkill… » 8/09/05 1:30pm 8/09/05 1:30pm