News: Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

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Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show this year, the Stirling Moss will be the very last variant of the McLaren SLR line. Its striking lines polarize opinion, but no one can argue that Mercedes-Benz didn’t come up with something unique as a send off to its flagship model. Not that you can buy one anyway — only 75 are planned for production and will only be offered to the most loyal of SLR customers.

Powered by a V8 engine, the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss outputs 650 hp and needs only 3.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The top speed of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss is 350 km/h which is even more extreme when the vehicle has effectively no windshield. With a price tag of 750,000 Euros, the SLR Stirling Moss will forever be highly exclusive.

The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss celebrates the racing legend and Mille Miglia record-holder who drove legendary racing cars to many victories during the 1950s.


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News: Nissan and Renault to share all new engines

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When Nissan and Renault formed an alliance in 1999, the two automakers cited cost cutting reasons and increased product sharing and purchasing power. Today, with the global economy struggling, those benefits are required more than ever. So it’s not surprising to hear that Nissan and Renault plan to begin sharing virtually all new engines moving forward.

According to reports, Nissan will focus on gas-powered engines and Renault will stick with it’s successful diesels. Now, both automakers can focus on improving the performance and reducing the environmental impact of both engine lines. If successful, the automotive alliance hopes this deal will generate $1.8 billion USD in positive cash flow in 2009.

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News: Lamborghini Insecta concept

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If you had to link cars to animals Lamborghini would be linked to a bull. Between the emblem on the hood, supercars named after famous fighting bulls and the farming roots of the company, the association is well established. Iulian Bumbu has made efforts to change this. The aspiring Romanian car designer, who interned at Alfa Romeo’s styling department after earning his master’s in car design in Milan, created the design study seen here.

Called the Insecta, the radical concept’s design elements were borrowed from bugs instead of bulls. Combining organic shapes with Lamborghini’s trademark geometric angles, the Insecta concept integrates themes taken from the body armour observed on certain species of insects. With its dimensions and powertrain borrowed from the Gallardo, the Insecta would pack some real punch, and it could make a compelling successor to the current LP560-4 — but Lambo would be reluctant to drop its bovine heritage.

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Blogs: Dealers torching their own cars

Last time I wrote about car repossessions being on the rise due to people just simply being unable to pay their loans. The economic woes have also hit dealers hard. A quick drive down Great North Rd and Greenlane (Boulevard of Caaarrrrrrrsssss) revealed significantly more vacant car yards than this time last year when people were in a mania, inflating as many economic bubbles as they could purse their lips around.

Dealers often borrow money to stock their yards, and with our NZ dollar tanking, and with finance harder to get, it’s made getting the cars more difficult, let alone selling them to punters who want to rip the guts out of any price for the keenest deal on the planet.

It all got too much for one Jeep dealer, Graham Colonial Motors, in Ligioner, Pennsylvania. While torching his cars, because he owed more than US$420,000 in federal tax liens and $11,000 in country property-tax liens, he died of a heart attack. He was found amidst a row of 12 fire-damaged cars. A can of petrol and some rolled-up newspaper were also found.

We haven’t seen that in New Zealand (to my knowledge) in the car industry, but I’m sure that there are people equally affected in other industries who have considered the convenience of a fat insurance policy and a box of matches.

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News: 2010 Kia Sorento revealed

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The first official photos of the 2010 Kia Sorento have just been released, and from the looks of things, it’s in keeping with the other improvements the automaker has been making to its lineup. The current Sorento has received praise for its looks with a shape that’s evocative of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the new Sorento Kia retains a traditional SUV profile but you can see that a thick D-pillar now sits after the side glass. The new, larger Sorento will have a seven-passenger capability.

The new Sorento doesn’t appear to mess with success, retaining the same basic shape while incorporating Kia’s new corporate face and a shaped hood. Its public debut is predicted for the Seoul Motor Show next month, and reports say that the the new SUV will be available with a Euro 5-compliant 2.0-litre clean diesel making 200 horsepower and 295-lb-ft of torque. In the states engines will include a 170-horsepower 2.4-litre four and and a 3.8-litre, 260-horse Lambda V6.

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News: Mazda takes third in NZ new vehicle sales

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Mazda New Zealand has moved above Holden to capture third place in the new vehicle sales market for the first time with its best ever February on record and a market share of 9.2% and 464 units sold. While the industry overall was down 38.5% compared to February 2008, Mazda’s market share for the month was up 1.5% on February 2008. Year to date market share stands at 8.4%.

Andrew Clearwater, managing director Mazda New Zealand, said to gain third spot was fantastic. “Considering the current economic climate and the overall downturn in the new car market we are delighted with the result and it clearly highlights the benefits of having a strong model lineup which is bringing strong favour with Kiwi buyers.”

“We are looking forward to launch of the all-new Mazda3 in May which will give sales a further boost. We’ve had some brilliant feedback from the New Zealand press who have seen the car and we expect it to be even more popular than its predecessor which has consistently been a top seller in its segment since it launched in 2003,” said Clearwater.

Toyota continues to lead the market in both passenger car and commercials with a combined market share of 16.5% (832) registrations for the month of February, Ford came in second place with 12.2% (620) registrations and Mazda got into third place with its 464 registrations just squeezing out Holden with 463. The Toyota Corolla remains as the top selling car followed by the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

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News: Audi S4 vs Downhill Skier – video

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This promotional Audi TV clip puts the new Audi S4 against a skier in a downhill slalom race. The Audi S4 is being driven by DTM champion Timo Scheider and the skis are being “driven” by Science Coordinator Charly Waibel. The Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 engine that sends 330 hp to all four wheels via the company’s quattro AWD system. On tarmac the Audi S4 is able to reach 100 km/h in around 5 seconds.

The skier is using Audi skis and gravity.

To see who wins and just how cheesy it gets – click on the clip below.

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News: Rumoured alliance between Mercedes and BMW

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Yesterday the German press reported that Mercedes and BMW are planning a potential alliance, in which each will get 7% of the other’s shares. To get over the economic crisis, BMW will receive 7% of Daimler’s shares and Daimler will get 7% of BMW’s shares. This exchange will help both companies sustain their current projects and increase purchasing power. The rumour says this alliance will help save a few hundred million Euros over a short time and as much as a few billions over a longer period of time.

However, the Quandt family, who owns 46% of BMW speculates that Daimler could soon make an offer to take over BMW, as it happened with Chrysler a few years back. The German government is also expected to take a position on this alliance and one of its options is to deem it illegal. Mercedes and BMW have not made an official statement on the rumour yet.

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