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Archive for February, 2011

Toyota Recalls Another 2.17 Million Vehicles

February 25th, 2011

Toyota can’t catch a break, announcing that they are voluntarily recalling another 2.17 million of its vehicles because of possible pedal-to-floormat interference.

The recall covers the following models:

2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner (603,000 units)

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2004-2006 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid (397,000 units)

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2006-2010 Toyota RAV4 (761,000 units)

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2008-2011 Lexus LX 570 (17,000 units)

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2006-2007 Lexus GS 300 and 350 all-wheel-drive models (20,000 units)

 

2004-2007 Lexus RX 330, 350 and 400h (372,000 units)

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If you own one of these vehicles, discontinue use of the driver-side floor mat. Notices will automatically be sent to the owners of these vehicles, but if you need clarification or have questions or concerns, contact your local Toyota or Lexus dealership.

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2011 Cadillac Black Diamond CTS-V: Pricing, Features and Release Date

February 25th, 2011

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Perhaps following the lead of Porsche who introduced two special black models of the 911 and Boxster S, Cadillac has introduced its 2011 CTS-V Black Diamond Edition. The car features a special effects paint that includes silver highlights. Cadillac describes it as “special dark tri-coat paint embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment.” It’s shiny.

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The Special Edition also includes satin graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers, Recaro Seats with 14-adjustable positions, French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts, and Midnight Sapele wood trim. It is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 556 horsepower. Great handling is assured by Magnetic Ride Control Suspension that “reads” and “reacts” to the road 1,000 times a second.

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The Black Diamond Edition is available in three models — a sedan, coupe and wagon. Prices run from $69,190 for the manual to $70,490 for the automatic. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond is expected in Cadillac dealer showrooms in March.

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2011 Lexus IS350C F Sport Special Edition

February 25th, 2011

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The 2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport Special Edition (we know) will be available for a starting price of $55,120. In its ode to exclusivity, the new Lex has hereby challenged BMW’s venerable Z4 sDrive35is to an all-out suffix smack-down. But unlike the Bimmer, it will only be limited to 175 units. For the entire United States.

The Special Edition will feature a bevy of F Sport accessories, including beautiful 19-inch forged dark graphite wheels shod with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The suspension will feature taut lowering springs (1.0 inch lower than stock) coupled with upgraded dampers developed by Bilstein. Additionally, a larger diameter rear sway bar will also be implemented to reduce unwanted body roll, which will kee the IS350C nice and flat in high-speed turns.

Interior details will feature black and red semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with high-contrast [read: cool] stitching.

Two distinct exterior colors will be offered: Starfire Pearl (white) or Obsidian (black).

The 2011 Lexus IS350C F-Sport Special Edition will be available next month (March 2011). Our guess is that they will be sold out by then.

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Imported From Detroit. And Sold Out.

February 25th, 2011

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Within hours, the Chrysler Collection Clothing Line (touting that brilliant tag-line from the Super Bowl) has officially sold out. Automotive-inspired clothing is nothing new, but rarely will you find clothing lines from sell that quick. Chrysler’s doing something right.

And yes, the shirts are made here in the U.S.A.

If you missed the Imported From Detroit commercial, click here.

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2012 Porsche Cayman R Gets Nostalgic Reveal

February 25th, 2011

The 2010 L.A. Auto Show was full of exciting new model debuts, but perhaps none more dramatic than that of the 2012 Porsche Cayman R’s. Since the German automaker celebrates its 50th anniversary in the U.S. this year, the occasion called for a bit of spectacle.

Porsche’s room was saturated with anticipation, as one car sat with a curiously designed cover—sporting an all-silver color scheme and the number 55. Enthusiasts will immediately recognize this as a tribute to the 550 Spyders that raced in the U.S. prior to Porsche’s official stateside arrival. The cover is eventually pulled off, only to reveal another more colorful cover. Wondering what Porsche was up to? It’s probably best if you see for yourself.

One by one the covers are pulled off, each revealing a famous Porsche racing livery from the last 50 years. Racing colors like Gulf, Sunoco, Brumos, Mobil 911 GT1 and DHL-Penske are all represented, bringing back a flood of memories to the racing fans present in the room. When it came time to finally unveil the actual car, no one was disappointed.

If you appreciate the look of the standard Cayman, the Cayman R only enhances that look. Larger 19-inch wheels, a more aggressive stance and a fixed rear spoiler make the Cayman R stand out from its more pedestrian stablemate. But the real beauty is in the car’s specifications.

A tuned 3.4-liter flat 6-cylinder engine produces 330 horsepower (up 10 horsepower from the standard model) and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or dual-clutch PDK transmission. What makes the Cayman R so potent though is its significant weight reduction. By using composite materials and including only the bare minimum of creature comforts, Porsche engineers were able to lower the weight of the Cayman R to an astounding 2,855 lbs. That allows the Cayman R to sprint from 0-60 mph in only 4.7 seconds—just as fast as the $140K Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

The unveiling of the 2012 Porsche Cayman R served as an appropriate bookend for Porsche’s first 50 years in the U.S. Designed with Porsche’s racing history in mind, the Cayman R carries the company’s spirit into the next 50 years.

Expect the 2012 Porsche Cayman R to arrive in showrooms next February and carry an MSRP of $66,300.

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