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Where is Udi’s toy

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Mechanics, take note where BMW is headed

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Part1Marty Padgett It’s a diesel, a hybrid, a plug-in, a three-cylinder–and a tour de force, perhaps? BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its full set of official photos. As the name implies, this concept car grafts fashionable green technology on the body of a 2+2 sports car. The promise ... read more

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GM had no advance notice of Saab filing

Jamie LaReau Automotive News Europe February 23, 2009 06:01 CET General Motors executives were surprised by the speed at which Saab filed for court protection from its creditors last week, leaving them with few answers for anxious U.S. Saab dealers. GM tried to provide that information during a dealer broadcast Friday, but dealers said details were sketchy. “The GM leadership was surprised by the filing and didn’t know it was coming, so they are going through scenarios right now that they don’t have the answers to, such as buying back inventory and so on,” said a Saab dealer who listened to the broadcast. A GM spokeswoman said the company had no advance word about the timing of the filing. Although GM owns Saab, it had moved to set Saab up as a separate entity with its own board. “We knew a filing was a potential, but it could have happened this week or later,” Joanne Krell, spokeswoman for the Saab brand in Detroit, said Friday. “It just wasn ... read more

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Uber Muscle Car

Bellingham resident, Fredric Hood owns what might be called an Uber-Muscle car. Cool Cats and Hot Gals don’t think of German luxury when considering 1970s muscle car era, but Fredric’s Mercedes Benz 300 SEL certainly merits mention. In 1988, while Fredric was living in Anchorage Alaska, his mechanic suggested he look at a very special Mercedes Benz. So Fredric took the 6.3 liter Benz for a test drive. You might say it was love at first linear G force. The huge mechanically fuel injected, V-8 pushed him back in the sear at wide open throttle. 300 horse power was still a lot back in 1988, especially for a luxury sedan built in 1970. The Air suspension maintained a firm grip while the rear of the car gave a little wiggle as the automatic transmission shifted in to third gear. Even by today’s standards it will get your heart pumping. “This luxury sedan from Germany turned in quarter mile times comparable to the iconic Pontiac GTO muscle car of the same vintage,” coments Bob T ... read more

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Toyota halts U.S. Prius project

Lindsay Chappell NASHVILLE — Toyota Motor Corp., with its sales plunging in the United States, is freezing its plan to build the Toyota Prius in a new plant near Tupelo, Miss. For how long? The automaker doesn’t know. Toyota’s board in Japan reached the decision late today to halt the project “due to the steep decline” in U.S. sales. Sales of the hybrid car have softened in recent weeks as gasoline prices dropped from a summer spike of more than $4 a gallon. The Prius sold 8,660 units in November, down from 16,737 in November 2007. Total Toyota sales in the United States fell 32 percent in November. This is the second time Toyota has changed plans on the $1.3 billion Mississippi project, which already has begun to draw component suppliers to the area. In February 2007, Toyota announced it would spend $1.3 billion there to produce a new generation of Highlander crossovers. But after Toyota broke ground, SUV sales began to soften. In July of this year, Toyota said ... read more

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Volvo’s Future

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said today it will consider the sale of Volvo Car Corp. as it explores “strategic options” for the Swedish brand. Ford said it would review its options for Volvo because of the significant decline in the global auto market and severe worldwide economic instability. The company expects the review to take several months to complete. A possible sale of Volvo would help Ford strengthen its balance sheet, officials said. It is part of Ford’s efforts to make sure it has enough resources to introduce an array of new products intended to turn around the automaker’s financial fortunes. “Given the unprecedented external challenges facing Ford and the entire industry, it is prudent for Ford to evaluate options for Volvo,” said Ford CEO Alan Mulally DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said today it will consider the sale of its Volvo Car Corp. unit as it explores “strategic options” for the money-losing Swedish brand. Ford said it was reviewing options ... read more

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Master Auto Tech Blog: Your Go To Gear Headquarters

Thanks for visiting our Blog Site. We are still under construction. What you may expect in the future is: 1. A regular blog on motor sport, SCCA, Formula 1, WRX and endurance racing. Probably won’t be anything of interest here for NASCAR and little for CART fans. 2. A tech site highlighting Technical Service Bulletins that effect Mercedes Benz, Toyota, BMW and Volkswagen/Audi car owners. 3. Some excellent technical and performance car videos. 4. Tech tips with photos, how to helps for the folks who love their cars and love to tinker. If you have and suggestions on possible topics or comments e-mail me Bob Taylor [email protected]

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