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Jul 28, 2014

Youth Marketing, Automaker BS or are They Serious? - CarNewsCafe Podcast 43 [MEDIA]

Youth Marketing, Automaker BS or are They Serious? – CarNewsCafe Podcast 43 [MEDIA]

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Youth Marketing! Is this automaker BS and hype or is it something they are serious about?  That’s today’s CarNewsCafe Podcast topic, since we all know the importance of marketing cars and making them appealing to “young people.”  What does it mean when automakers say, “We need to appeal to young people!” and what does it mean when they say, “We ARE appealing to young people!”

The catalyst for…

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Jul 28, 2014

Volkswagen Electric e-Golf Comes to the U.S.

Volkswagen Electric e-Golf Comes to the U.S.

E-Golf comes to the USAfter much anticipation around the electric Golf Volkswagen (VW), the company confirms the e-Golf will be available in the U.S. by November.

The Volkswagen e-Golf in the U.S.

The e-Golf http://media.vw.com/release/644is finally happening and will come to the U.S. Volkswagen has officially announced that the electric version of its popular Golf will be part of the 2015 model lineup in selected…

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Jul 28, 2014

Lamborghini Gallardo Owner’s Worst Nightmare, a Terrible Valet [VIDEO]

Lamborghini Gallardo Owner’s Worst Nightmare, a Terrible Valet [VIDEO]

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What is the worst nightmare for an owner of a supercar like a Lamborghini Gallardo?  A terrible valet at a hotel that crashes your $300,000+ supercar.

A security camera from the Le Meridien hotel in New Delhi, not exactly where you would expect a Lamborghini Gallardo, shows a valet crashing a beautiful white Gallardo.  The valet, Arun Kumar, seems to pause in the pick-up and drop-off area in…

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Jul 28, 2014

Tesla factory idled

Tesla has idled their assembly plant in California for two weeks. The move, which interrupts Model S production, will allow the company to add 25 new robots to the line and begin the tool-up needed for the upcoming Model X.

Workers at the plant were given the choice of showing up for maintenance and training shifts or vacation. The re-tooling will cost about $100 million and result in a 25…

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Jul 28, 2014 / 1 note

2014 Mercedes Benz CLA250 Review - Offers Luxury at a Start-Up price

2014 Mercedes Benz CLA250 Review – Offers Luxury at a Start-Up price

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When you think Mercedes-Benz you think high dollar luxury. The good life. A dream car. Something you can’t afford. Not low dollar luxury.

My tester this week changes the way you should think about the German luxury brand.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA250is an entry-level luxury sedan; entry level meaning a starting price under $30,000. Seriously. But in no way, does entry-level mean cheap or…

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Jul 27, 2014 / 1 note

GM sees writing on the wall, goes to 8-speed transmissions

GM sees writing on the wall, goes to 8-speed transmissions

General Motors has seen the writing on the wall and rather than lag behind Ford and Ram Truck, they are adopting eight-speed transmissions as standard in all GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks for the 2015 model year. The fuel economy game is heating up in the pickup truck market and the race is on to see who can use what technology to get the most gains.

It started with Ram when they introduced the…

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Jul 27, 2014 / 1 note

Pizza Hut is building a Ninja Turtles pizza throwing truck

Pizza Hut is building a Ninja Turtles pizza throwing truck

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is thrilling kids everywhere and destroying fond memories for their parents who loved TMNT as kids. But what good is a kids’ movie without fast food tie-ins? It’s a straight-to-pizzathrower.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeNetflix is what it is. So, in order to keep the high-budget film full of CGI and humanoid turtles with kiddie voices and bad one-liners from flopping straight to stream, TMNT had…

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Jul 27, 2014

The Classic Car Show has models, Top Gear, and some cars

The Classic Car Show has models, Top Gear, and some cars

This television show enters living rooms in January globally and features not only beautiful classics of automotive vintage, but also of the human. Headlined by once-Top Gear founder Quentin Wilson and supermodel-turned-race driver Jodie Kidd, the show uses a combination of cinematography and quaint British auto reporting to showcase classics as they’re meant to be seen by the masses. The…

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Jul 26, 2014

Ken Block takes first win in Charlotte Rallycross

Ken Block takes first win in Charlotte Rallycross

Ken Block has finally taken his first win in the REd Bull Global Rallycross Super Car Championship for the 2014 season. The Hoonigan Racing Division driver had a perfect sweep, taking two heat wins, a semi-final win and finally the Dirt Track win.

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“This was an awesome weekend of rallycross for myself,” said Block. “My team did an amazing job getting my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 ready to racing and it…

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Jul 26, 2014

A retailer of classic, muscle and performance cars in North Carolina has just released information on a trio of rare Ford Shelby Mustang models that are now in their showroom. These are beautiful pieces of American pony car history and are some of the most sought-after specimens of Mustang history on the road today, including a low-volume 428 Cobra Jet V8 and a Shelby GT.

The cars are more than just collector’s items, they’re rolling pieces of Americana. They start with a 1967 Mustang GT350 Fastback that’s been professionally restored to Shelby white with blue racing stripe. It houses a 289 Windsor V8 and a four-speed transmission. Here’s a gallery and you can find out more about this beautiful car at RK Motors.

Next is a beautiful 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR featuring a 428 Police Interceptor V8 and a prized sunlit gold metallic exterior. This investment-grade restoration is a good one. Find out more about it here.

For sure not least is the last in the trio, the 1968 Mustang GT500KR with a Cobra Jet V8 and 4174 Holley carb. It doesn’t get much better than this in Mustang-rama. Read about it here before checking out the gallery below.

These are some beautiful machines that speak of more than just the everyday from back in the day, but of the pinnacle of what was being built during the high point of American pony cars. Many thanks to Jeff Spiegel of RK Motors for the heads up on these Shelbys now in his shop.

Rare trio of Shelby Mustangs enters RK Motors A retailer of classic, muscle and performance cars in North Carolina has just released information on a trio of rare Ford Shelby Mustang models that are now in their showroom.