eBay find of the day: n2a Motors 789 serial #001

May 9, 2009

The n2a Motors 789 is perhaps the ultimate automotive expression of retro styling. Based on a C6 Corvette chassis and using hand-crafted carbon composite body panels, the 789 features styling cues from 1957, '58, and '59 Chevrolets. Just over 20 of these unique cars have been built over the past few years, the first of which n2a Motors is putting up for auction on eBay. Featuring an LS2 V8, custom Budnik wheels, and a Borla exhaust system, chassis #001 was used as the promotional car at the Los Angeles and New York auto shows and still has the remainder of GM's five-year/100,000 warranty. Best of all, the winning bidder gets to take delivery of the car immediately and doesn't have endure the typical 12-week wait for a brand new 789.
 

Gumball 3000 entrants near finish, arrive at Palm Beach Int. Raceway

May 9, 2009

The Gumballers who began in Los Angeles earlier this week have made it to the near end of their cross country journey in Florida, though not without some snafus along the way. Autoblog friend and freelance auto journalist Myles Kornblatt was on hand to capture the cars in all their bug-encrusted glory as they made their way from Orlando to Palm Beach Int. Raceway for one of the few track stops on the rally. After this they'll be headed for Miami and the finish line, after which we expect a fi...
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Dodge Challenger SRT10 Sports New Tornado Red Paint

May 8, 2009

The Dodge Challenger SRT10 is a concept vehicle unveiled during last year’s SEAM show. It has an 8.4-Liter all-aluminum V10 engine –the same engine that powers the Dodge Viper—producing 600 horsepower and a torque of 560 pound-feet.

The Challenger sports a new Tornado red paint which makes it all the more aggressive. It has a prominent front splitter and carbon-fiber deck lid and hood with a shaker hood tat feeds air to the engine. The exterior is matched with a red engine star push-butt...
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2009 Fiat Abarth 500 Not For The Timid

May 8, 2009

If you find your large auto too big for easy wading in traffic and in the parking lots then opt for the small 2009 Fiat Abarth 500. This one’s a fun car to drive and to look at. It’s so small and compact it is ideal for singles or couples who have not yet started building a family. This one has 16 inches 8-spoke rims with 195/45R-16 tires, large roof spoiler, sporty side skirts and a slightly longer nose for feeding air into the IHI turbo engine.

The 2009 Fiat Abarth 500 is a sporting smal...
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New roof-crush standards reported to cost automakers $1.4 billion annually

May 5, 2009


It's been almost 35 years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enacted its roof strength standards, but come late 2012 the new requirements will be in affect and in addition to saving around 135 lives each year and preventing over 1,000 injuries, it's going to cost automakers around $1.4 billion annually.

The new standards up the current crush force from 1.5-times the vehicle's unloaded weight to 2.5-times, along with maintaining sufficient head-room for an average-...
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Knight Rider cancelled, Alex quietly weeps with joy in corner

May 5, 2009


And with that, our long national nightmare is over. According to the Los Angeles Times' entertainment section, NBC has killed Knight Rider after one season and 17 episodes. Although we won't miss the interminably idiotic dialog, plot chasms, seventh-grade acting and logic-defying vehicle morphing
, there will be a KITT-sized hole in our hearts for Mr. Nunez' weekly live-blog of the unfortunate proceedings. If you want to relive past episodes, read our review of the KR or just peruse through ga...
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Ford offers sport package on European Fiesta

May 4, 2009

While sport packages offered on competing products tend to be little more than cosmetics, the new Sport trim level on the Ford Fiesta incorporates a tighter suspension, dropped by 9 milimeters. Visually the Sport model is distinguished by a different grille, ground effects package (including front and rear aprons, side skirts and diffuser), 16" wheels and darkened headlamps. Among the bundled options found inside the cabin are leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and shifter, plus the key in...
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Gumballers head out of Los Angeles on first leg of rally

May 4, 2009

Entrants of the 11th running of the Gumball 3000 started their cross-country rally Friday afternoon, cheered on by hundreds of fans as the cars began their journey at the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles. The rally will also stop in Las Vegas, Sante Fe, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Orlando before finishing in Miami. Judging from the selection of vehicles, supercars were most definitely the rides of choice this year. There were a pair of Bugatti Veyrons, a handful of Mercedes-Benz McLaren...
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2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid To Make More Money For Ford

May 3, 2009

The increasing price of fuel has made the Hybrid vehicle a rage making the battery-assisted Ford Escape a hit in 2004 since it was the first car company to offer a hybrid utility vehicle. At a not-so-cheap $30,000 per vehicle it is amazing that one in every eight Escape vehicle sold is a hybrid. With the entry of the 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Ford now has two options for the hybrid-crazy car market and frankly, more options to make more money.

The 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid has a price tag ...
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Tesla Roadster Is Big-Bottom Car

May 3, 2009

The Tesla Roadster has a big butt and a smaller head but there’s no offense meant there. This Roadster is not cheap and it does not pretend to be considering its six-digit price tag geared towards moneyed and can-afford car buyers. The same big butt however continues to attract onlookers, both those who can afford and those who are simply curious about the Roadster’s secrets.

The Tesla Roadster is a bigger and more expensive mobile phone but with the same charging time of almost three hour...
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