Chrysler recalls more than 68k 2007s

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If you own a 2007 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep listen up, because you're likely affected by Chrysler's latest recall. DaimlerChrysler is bringing home more than 68,000 vehicles to reprogram balky brake computers.

The 11 affected models are 2007 versions of the Sebring, 300, Charger, Magnum, Caliber, Commander, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Nitro and Compass. Whew.

Chrysler says computers in the recalled vehicles' could fail, leading to a loss of antilock brakes, traction control and speedomter functions. We don't remember much from our drivers' ed class, but we're pretty sure brake failure is hardly ever a good thing. Thankfully DC says nobody's been hurt yet.

Oh, and you Sebring drivers must have broken a mirror or something. While one team of crack DC mechanics gives your car a br ain transplant, another team will be reteaching it to defrost your windshield. So take a book or something. That particular recall affects about 6,000 new Sebrings.

[Source: Reuters]

 

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BMW 3-series to come equipped with HD radio?

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OK, we admit that this might be more appropriate on Engadget than Autoblog, but it is about BMW audio, so here goes. HD Radio technology is said to be one of the most significant advances in radio broadcasting history. Their words, not ours, but it's probably true. Just like HDTV, which gives viewers an unprecedented amount of visual sharpness and clarity, HD Radio gives listeners crystal clear, noise-free reception.

HD Radio can also multicast and display text information like station name, or track and artist info. Multicasting allows FM stations to broadcast multiple channels of programming on one frequency. Imagine your favorite station pumping alt-rock, hip-hop and country through one dial setting and you can see how cool this technology can be. And unlike satellite subscription services like XM or Sirius, HD Radi o is free to anybody with an HD receiver. Not a huge group right now, but with 1,000 HD stations out there broadcasting HD programming, we expect it to be a hot sector in the near future.

BMW was the first to offer an OEM HD Radio on its 2006 7-series models. They added it to the 6-series in '06, and then announced that HD Radio would appear on the 5-series models in '07. Well, that group will soon include BMW 3-series owners as well. Starting with the Hardtop Convertible, HD will start showing up in 3s in 2007 as well, for around $500. For a list of HD stations, check out www.hdradio.com.

[Source: MWerks]

 

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Dutch treat: Donkervoort D8 GT

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You can pronounce Donkervoort however you like (there are few who will know any better); we prefer to pronounce it Donkerdamnthatshot. But, that's just us.

You're looking at Dutch carmaker Donkervoort's 1,430 pound coupe version of their D8 roadster. Drop one of three available Audi engines (180 hp, 210 hp, and 270 hp) into that carbon-fiber frame and you got yerself a wicked-fast means of ridding the world of expensive 18" tires.

Though these are just renderings, we'll probably see the real thing at the Geneva show in March. From online translations, it looks like Donkervoort will only build 50 of these pieces of speeding art. No word on price, but if you gotta ask...

A couple more renderings after the jump.

[Source: Autovisie.nl via MotorAuthority]

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ART Tuning takes on the CLS350

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While we can't say that the stripes and double chin spoiler are our cup of tea, this DTM wannabe CLS by ART Tuning is pretty hot otherwise. Starting with the CLS 350, the ART GTR 374 adds a supercharger and a few exhaust mods to bring horsepower up to 374, naturally. A lowered ride height, courtesy of the ART sport suspension, and upgraded 20" rolling stock complete the mechanical changes.

But the body kit is what makes this CLS stand out. The CLS is a pretty slick sedan to begin with, so the DTM vent flares and giant rear wing seem a little odd at first. But thinking of this as a CLS-DTM makes it seem perfectly logical. We'd say ditch the stripes that scream pony car, and make sure every one of these leaves the shop in silver or black. Maybe matte. Click th e read link for a full rundown of the new parts on this ART project, as well as several more full size photos.

[Source: ART Tuning via Fast-Autos.net]

 

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Autoblog Night Watch: More driver training with Tiff Needell

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A while back, we posted a video of Tiff doing what Tiff does best: powerslides, 360s and all manner of four-wheeled mayhem. The video was a fun diversion, but didn't address some of the basics of car control and circuit driving, which is far more beneficial. This video gives your average track-day newbie a general sense of what to expect and what skills are employed while working their way around the course. If you're a veteran of track time, it's nothing new, but you might glean a nugget or two anyway.

 

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Audi R8 diesel could be a V12

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One thing we dig about Audi is the mantle they've assumed as the pioneers in diesel power. Most specifically, making diesels that knock the socks off gasoline engines, and shattering conventional wisdom in the process. As if dominating endurance sports car racing wasn't enough, Audi announced they'd be competing with bio-diesel next year, as we reported earlier. Still not enough? Following the launch of the highly anticipated R8 supercar, Audi revealed they'd be shoehorning a diesel in there, too. Still not enough? The latest reports indicate that the diesel in question could very well be a V12, the same found in the Q7 sport-ute and the A8 luxury sedan. The six-liter unit pumps out that magic figure of 500 horsepower, and a stump-pullin', rip-roarin' 738 lb-ft of torque. Pending the arrival of the V1 0 derived from the R8's sister, the Lamborghini Gallardo, that would make the diesel the most powerful and quickest version of the R8 available, and a pioneer for diesel supercars.

It's far from confirmed that the V12 diesel will in the end be available in the R8. There are packaging issues to be dealt with, considering the V12 is significantly bigger than a V8 or V10 (no kidding), plus they'd have to fit the advanced filter system in there, too. But "senior board members" have revealed that Audi is hard at work on it, and if the hurdles can be jumped, we could see the R8 diesel on the road by 2009.

[Source: Motor Trend via German Car Blog]

 

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Last minute gift guide for the guys

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At Christmas, even the most dedicated car nut needs to put aside mechanical obsessions and think of someone else. If you've waited until the last minute to shop for the lady in your life, or if you've bought something, um, less than ideal, we at Autoblog want to help.

Everything on our Christmas Eve buying guide after the jump can be bought in the few remaining hours before Christmas morning. Good luck!

Oh, and if you're worried about what your significant other got you for Christmas, send her to our gift guide for the ladies.

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Last minute gift guide for the ladies

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Hi, ladies. You say you bought your man a some argyle socks for Christmas and you're worried he won't like them? Well, worry no longer. He won't. Unless they have cars on them, and then you're probably OK. Otherwise, we're here to help out. Here's our last-minute guide to buying gifts for Autoblog readers.

Oh, and if you're worried about what your guy got you for Christmas, send him to our gift guide for the men.

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