|THE CAR PRO WEEKLY||June 28, 2012|
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|Under the Hood...
The moon and stars are aligned for car buyers through this weekend as dealers and automakers fight for business on this last weekend of the month and end of the 2nd quarter of 2012. Details here
Edmunds.com has released its list of new and used cars suitable for teen drivers. Click here for the full story.
Scroll down to read about a super-fast luxury car and find out if Ford's online customizer for Mustang is successful.
Click here for an extensive re-cap of last weekend's Jackskon-Barrett auction in Orange County.
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Here's the latest J.D. Power & Assoc. Initial Quality Survey ( Initial Quality Survey ) - after you've read that, be sure to read My Commentary which will tell you why you should disregard the survey. Click here for my commentary.
In this week's Video of the Week section I have footage of a serious crash at the 2012 Le Mans and Kevin's video will have you shaking your head! Scroll down to watch.
Bumper to Bumper: Ford & Toyota up the stakes for mpg...Hyundai is running short on some models...the government wants to see more electric vehicles...Volvo wants to build cars in the U.S....Red cars attract more birds and their droppings...Round headlights are becoming extinct...the first 2013 Viper goes for big money...Batman is driving a Chrysler 300 these days...PLUS the Car Pro Fuel Cost Calculator...scroll down for links to these stories and more.
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|Video of the Week: |
Anthony Davidson gets together with an F458 Italia driven by Perrazini, goes airborne and crashes hard into the wall at the 2012 Le Mans. Both drivers got out of the car on their own, Davidson is in hospital with two broken vertebrae. I would not have wanted to be in this car, you'll see why.Just click the link:
I don't know what numerologists would say about this but it was in the 5th year of American Idol that Kelly Pickler made her debut---and it was almost 5 years ago that she appeared on Jeff Foxworthy's show "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?". In case you missed that moment in broadcast history, here she is proving at least 5 times that in her case, the answer was no.
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|This Bentley is a speedster...
Bentleys are huge, and it's hard to imagine one barreling down the road at 205 miles per hour, but that's exactly what the famed British brand has in mind.
It just took the wraps off its fastest model ever, Continental GT Speed coupe. The 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged 12-cylinder engine produces 616 horsepower, propelling the huge coupe past just about everything on the road -- including the cops, if you wish.
Zero to 60 mph? Try 4 second flat.
The new Speed's immense power is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a computer that makes shift changes imperceptible.
The chassis tune includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. Outside there are huge 21-inch Speed wheels and Pirelli P Zero ultra-high performance tires. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.
"The new GT Speed, with its harder-edged, sportier character, reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe," says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley's CEO.
Mustang Customizer a Hit...
Mustang fans are already embracing Ford's online Customizer that lets them build their dream pony car.
The 2013 Mustang has a raft of new features, which prompted the relaunching of the Customizer to include them all in a personalized muscle car that can be created online at www.ford.com/cars/mustang/customizer/ or on an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices coming soon.
Ford says the social engagement has contributed to an 18% jump in Mustang sales this year. More than 4.1 million people have configured their dream Mustang, many of them posting their finished product on Facebook.
Fans can vote on their favorites in head-to-head online battles, and four people will win a real version of the fantasy Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500 that they built.