Bentley considering diesel and hybrid models for next year

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As AutoblogGreen so eloquently points out, Bentley isn't often mentioned in green car culture unless one is talking about the most polluting vehicles on the planet (the Bentley Arnage ranks third on the list). That may change as soon as next year. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bentley CEO Franz Josef Paefgen revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show that the automaker may begin installing diesel and even hybrid engines in its models as early as next year. According to the translation provided by AutoblogGreen, the mo ve is meant to transform the company's image, which is odd since Bentley has an image as solid as gold, why change it? Nevertheless, we could definitely get behind a big honkin' diesel motor beneath a Bentley bonnet. Hmmm... sibling VW Group member Audi has a really nice V12 TDI that's about to go racing at Sebring next weekend in its R10 ALMS racer. As for a hybrid, we think they're getting done to death a bit, especially when a well-engineered diesel will provide better mileage on the highway with a bunch of grunt off the line. We have a request in to Bentley for a comment on these relevations, which we'll relay to you when it comes back to us. Meanwhile, you can click the Read link to check out AutoblogGreen's translation of the original German article.

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Bose Media System debuts in Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

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If you're going to introduce one of the world's most advanced automotive media systems, you might as well showcase it in one of the world's best vehicles. Bose has chosen the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti as its debut model. The new Bose Media System features customized 5.1-channel surround sound, an AM/FM/XM satellite radio tuner that can be accessed by genre, a 200 hours hard-drive, navigation system, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity with access through the system's display and a USB 2.0 input.

Oh, and it has an industry-first multi-format disc player. It can read and play virtually any type of disc you feed into it: CDs, DVD audio discs, DVD video discs, Super Audio CDs, MP3s, AAC and practically every other f ormat available on recordable CDs and DVDs. It even has the Bose uMusic intelligent playback system that uses tags to identify listener "moods" and calls up similar songs from the hard drive. Of course the speakers have been optimized for the 612, as well. The system looks fairly easy to control with two large knobs and an upper and lower bank of preset function buttons. Follow the read link for more details on the system.

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Ford announces bonus payout for all workers

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Ford announced today that it will be cracking open the coffers to pay out a bonus to every single one of its salaried and hourly workers in the U.S. and Canada, a number that now stands between 120,000 and 128,000 people. According to Automotive News, the bonuses will range from $300 to $800 for nonmanagers, while management will get a little more (isn't that always the way?). Ford has stated the bonuses are meant to boost morale and recognize the hard work of the entire Ford family to reduce costs, improve quality and pair down the ranks.

The one question that has to be asked is where or not Ford can really afford this right now. If we were to assume the least expensive scenario of the automaker paying 120,000 workers a $300 bonus, the tally would come to $36 million. That's the least expensive scenario, whic h is a gross underestimate since there could be up to 128,000 eligible for the bonuses that range up to $800 and even more for managers. Morale is certainly important, don't get us wrong, but perhaps such a large payout during these tough times will actually shake the morale of those workers left who believe their leaders aren't making the right decisions. It's something to think about.

[Source: Automotive News]

 

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Rampaging driver takes a ride inside GA mall

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Road rage hits the shopping mall. Augusta police have one Stephen Scott Lowe in custody following a pursuit through the Augusta Mall in Georgia. Apparently Lowe drove his SUV through some locked doors at one end of the mall, and in his best Blues Brothers impression had police pursuing him as he drove along the second floor. After breaking through another set of doors leading into the food court area, he was boxed in by officers and had a brief altercation with them before being subdued with pepper spray and a well-placed baton. The 47-year old suspect was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and driving under the influence. Under the influence of what remai ns to be seen. No word yet on why he hated the mall so much or what the voices in his head had told him to buy at that late hour. Perhaps someone in the food court had cut him off or stole his parking space.

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Classic Cadillac racer and Corvair concepts heading to Amelia Island Concours

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General Motors will be joining BMW and bringing some of its classic machines to the Amelia Island Concours in Florida this weekend, March 9-11. On hand will be a fully restored 1954 Cadillac Series 62 decked out in the livery of the one of the cars that ran in the classic Mexican road race, the Carrera Panamericana. The car had been part of GM's collection and was restored in 2006 by a team from the General Motors Performance Division, befitting this year's show theme of Great Road Races.

Joining the big Caddy coupe will be a quartet of Corvair based concepts from the GM Heritage Collection. The Corvair specials were built between 1962 and 1967 and each is unique . Where production Corvairs all hung the engine behind the rear axle, one of the concepts, the Monza GT coupe flipped the power-train around to create a mid-engine layout. In addition to the four concepts, GM design chief Bill Mitchell's personal 1969 Corvair Monza will also be at Amelia Island. This last car was one of the last production Corvairs to come off the Willow Run assembly line, and has only 2,688 miles on it. The GM press releases are after the jump.

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Geneva Motor Show: Stola Phalcon coupe

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Not terribly much is known about the Phalcon coupe debuted by a company called Stola that's based in the Italian town of the same name. It's powered by a BRABUS-tuned biturbo V12 from Mercedes, and reportedly 25 will be produced. The twin-turbo V12 produces 750 horsepower and just over 1,000 ft-lbs. of torque. Clearly straight line acceleration will not be a problem, though we shudder to think how the Phalcon would react to a series of slalom cones. The design is certainly striking, though we find it hard to draw much of a connection with the noble peragrine beyond the falcon-head hood ornament. The combination of a thin track width and extremely long hood rem ind one of the Maybach Exelero, and the one-piece windshield that extends all the away to the back of the car is a nice touch. You can check out more live shots of the Stola Phalcon over at the Straightline Blog, as well as a video of the car at Stola's website.

 

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The end is nigh: Hankook Tires debuts Porsche 993 drift car

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We imagine those brave souls who first turned oversteer into an art form on the dangerous twisties of Japan's mountain passes never imagined what would become of their beloved motorsport on American soil. Samuel Hubinette now drives a four-door Dodge Charger, Rhys Millen will pilot a Solstice GXP this season and Ken Gushi pilots a Ford Mustang GT. All do so with a great degree of success, as well. Now word comes that Hankook Tires will debut a drifting Porsche 993 car at the Formula D season opener in Long Beach on April 7th. The car features a 600-hp motor to help peel away its Hankook Ventus R-S2 rubber in a controlled manner. Unlike other drift cars, since the Porsche carries so much weight over its rear axle, the rear suspension had to be softened so the car could "squat" to get better traction. It will be driven by Tyler McQ uarrie in the upcoming 2007 Formula D season, and for the purists out there will be accompanied by an S15 Sylvia driven by Kenji Yamanaka. We wonder what the official folks in Stuttgart think about all this.

Official press release from Hankook Tires can be found after the jump.

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BMW and Google Maps marry dash and desktop

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GPS navigation systems continue to be a popular option for car buyers. Some of the most frequent complaints with electronic navigation, however, are that the maps themselves aren't updated frequently enough and that problems seem to occur when the GPS tells drivers to go down a route that may not be navigable. With the ability to be interactive and updated (even if infrequently), they still represent a huge step up in functionality over the paper maps of yore. Not only can you designate a destination and have the route personalized for you, other points of interest can be highlighted, traffic updates can be monitored, and you never have to try to refold them, so in our book it's a no-brainer.

Physically entering the desir ed address into the system can be tedious and distracting, however, especially at speed. BMW has developed a way to remove the middle man so to speak, which is you. With this new system, users can access Google business listings on their own computer and then forward the address and details to their Drive Assist-equipped BMWs. Rather than re-entering the information, the navi already knows it when the driver's but hits the seat. It's a nice time saver that helps make the process more accurate and safer, too. While we'd still like to have access to Google Maps when we're actually in the car, skipping the re-entry of the address helps quite a bit and it's definitely a step in the right direction. Check out the video of how it works after the jump.

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Black Pro-Stock Challenger to debut at Detroit Autorama this weekend

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if you're a Mopar fan and you're in the Detroit area this weekend from March 9-11, you might want to swing by Cobo Hall and check out the Detroit Autorama. Chrysler will be debuting another special version of the Dodge Challenger, this time in a sinister looking black finish. The automaker is also going to have a bunch of other specials including a Hemi-powered Dodge Nitro, the Dodge Venom Concept and lots of SRT models. Also don't forget to check out the finalists for the storied Ridler Award while you're there. The show opens at noon on Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

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Aston Martin sale almost a done deal, Prodrive founder in the lead

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Coming out of Geneva along with the exodus of automotive journalists are reports that a sale of Aston Martin is imminent, and that the likely winning bid has come from a consortium headed by Prodrive founder David Richards. The expected bid is rumored to be around $965,800,000 (£500,000), or about half of what Ford Motor Co. was hoping to get for its most premium of brands. Ford is expected to retain an interest in Aston Martin since it's still the brand's number one supplier of parts, and current chief Ulrich Benz, who himself submitted a bid to own the brand he runs, should remain in his position for the time being.

Despite the lower than hoped for selling price, Ford is reportedly pleased to have found a new owner with experi ence in the auto biz and an already-established connection to the Aston Martin brand. Prodrive runs Aston Martin's racing team and has been connected with the automaker in one way or another for many years, so the purchase indeed seems like a good fit. We'll let you know when word comes that the sale is final, which is expected before the end of the week.

[Source: Daily Telegraph via GMInsideNews]

 

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Lutz: One of Big 3 will die, but not us

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While deftly avoiding the General Motors buyout of Chrysler issue, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz did say that he can see one of Detroit's Big 3 dying off in the not-too-distant future. Citing increased market pressures and too much capacity, he said in Geneva that present trends lead to only one conclusion, that one of the domestic automakers will be squeezed out. It won't be GM, however. "Right now, we're in the best position," he said. "We're approaching the end of the beginning of the transformation of GM."

We agree that GM is closest to being on the right track, so it remains to be seen whether Ford can survive its own turnaround, or if Chrysler will weather the current storms and right the ship before somebody comes in and di smantles it.

Lutz went on to detail the legacy costs that are behind most of the pessimism about the domestic industry. It's stuff we've heard before like pensions and health care for employees (and retirees) that are a $2,000-per-vehicle "burden" on the manufacturers. The biggest question on everybody's mind, however, wasn't directly addressed. Rather than talking about a GM/Chrysler deal, Lutz discussed the breakdown in the Renault-Nissan talks. "Generically, synergies are easier to get in the same geography than across geographies," he said. "That was the problem with Renault-Nissan. What sane auto company would sign up for that?" What company indeed?

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Honda receives 5,000 applications for 18 spots at Indiana plant

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In late February, Honda announced it would be accepting applications for positions at a new plant it's constructing near Greensburg, Indiana. The Japanese automaker ran ads in newspapers around Indiana looking for workers with experience in Automotive Engineering, Purchasing, Information Technology and Administration. Eighteen slots were available, but Honda was inundated with over 5,000 applications. They've stopped accepting applications for fourteen of the positions in the areas of production and maintenance, just so that the mountain of applications can be sorted and sifted through. Those interested in applying for the remaining four positions can click here.

What does t hat mean? Some might say it illustrates how a languishing workforce is eager to throw its hat in the ring with a Japanese automaker, perhaps expecting greater job security in these uncertain times. From our perspective, it illustrates how saturated the job market is for anyone in an auto-related field. With layoffs and voluntary separations occuring around every corner, there are clearly many more qualified people than there are available jobs right now. And it's not often we see a "Now Hiring" sign put out by an automaker, so when it happens, regardless of the automaker looking for fresh blood, a glut of applications is almost guaranteed.

[Source: The Detroit News]

 

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eBay Find of the Day: Your very own ALMS racers with LeMans pedigree

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As fun as a Pokemon encrusted Neon might be, we might have to take a pass and bid on this lot instead. Not one, but two Saleen S7R racecars are up on eBay right now. The ACEMCO team cars from 2004 through 2006 are available right now as a ready-to-race complete set-up. Car #63 is chassis #029. It competed in the ALMS series in '04 earning 7 podiums in 9 starts. It also ran a partial season in '05, finishing on the steps in half of its four races that season. The second car took over for the rest of the '05 ALMS season and raced in 2006 as well. This is car #66 (chassis #031), which racked up 2 poles and 3 p odiums in 6 starts. Then it headed to Europe where it finished 6th in class and 11th overall in the 24 Hour of Le Mans in 2006. Along with these two turn-key racers, the winning bidder will get a huge inventory of spares.

As delivered, the Saleen S7R was a 600-hp, normally aspirated monster. The street version produced a still respectable 550 hp, but had additional street requirements that added a couple hundred pounds. You could go for a street twin turbo, or even the Competition package and get a full 1,000 hp, but these are racecars and competitive ones at that. The seller of this racing pair is asking for at least $1.2 million, but a quick $1.3 million will meet the Buy It Now price and allow you to be king of the paddock at the next track day. That's two full on racecars for less than the price of a new Veyron. Seriously though, the cars can compete in FIA GT or presumably ALMS races, as well. We figured these were appropriate finds considering that the 12 Hours of Sebring, which kicks off the 2007 ALMS season, is a little over a week away.

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Commercial crazy: Database of all Mustang commercials ever aired

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Over the past 43 years, many Ford brands have come and gone and in some cases come and gone again. Names like Maverick, Zephyr, Fairmont, Pinto, Five Hundred and others have dropped in with a splash, or in many cases a dribble, and then disappeared a few years later (or less). However, one name has been there throughout, even if it was slapped on some pretty lame re-bodied Pintos for a while - the Mustang. Today, the Mustang is undoubtedly Ford's strongest brand.

Mustang fan site MustangEvolution now has all the Mustang commercials ever produced up on their site for your perusal. They range all the way from the very first 1964 teaser up to the latest spots for the current S197 'Stangs. There were many periods along the way when Ford neglected the pony cars and that was reflected in the cars themselves and the lack of marketing. There were a lot ads from the sixties, not so many from the seventies and eighties and none in the nineties, but the Mustang is back now and here to stay for the foreseeable future. MustangEvolution wants to know if it's missing any ads, so check out the list and let them know if there are any holes.

[Source: MustangEvolution.com]

 

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Mythbusters fail to foil the speed camera

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Last night's episode of Mythbusters was wonderfully auto related. The show's hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, take on the myth that a speed camera can be foiled. They attack the myth from various angles, including testing various types of license plate covers that claim to obscure one's plate from the prying eyes of a roadside speed camera. Of course, every mailorder plate cover fails miserably.

The real myth behind this segment, however, is that one can drive so fast that a speed camera will be unable to snap a pic before the car moves out of frame. They begin with an average car, the late-model Dodge Neon. On an abandoned airforce runway the Neon manages to hit 1 00 mph, clearly not fast enough to foil the camera. Their best shot is with a Lamborghini Murcielago, but they make the mistake of using a drag strip this time that doesn't offer enough room to get up to speed. A professional driver manages to reach about 140 mph, though it's still snapped with ease. Their conclusion is that the speed camera cannot be foiled just by going faster. Really? The Top Gear crew actually managed to foil a speed camera back in their first on-air episode back in 2002, when a TVR Tuscan S driven by the Stig passed a speed camera at over 170 mph, and the camera never went off (check the video here). Now, speed camera technology has no doubt advanced in the past five years, so perhaps the Mythbusters crew is still right and it is impossible to beat a speed camera in 2007.

Adam and Jaime have so much fun testing cars that at the end of the show they implore their viewership to send in m ore auto-related myths. You can do so here, and tell them Autoblog sent you. Maybe we can get a walk-on roll or something.

We've left some surprises if you still plan to watch the show, which will now enter the pantheon of Mythbusters reruns on the Discovery Channel, and can also be downloaded as a torrent here (NSFW).

 

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Geneva Motor Show: Bentley Brooklands bows

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It's been several years since the boys at Bentley had a full-size - and we mean full-size - luxury coupe to top off its range of traditional offerings to the well-heeled, and with the official unveiling of the new Bentley Brooklands they've done it in grand style. Superseding the Continental line of coupe, cabrio and sedan, the Brooklands joins the Arnage and Azure to round out Bentley's most exclusive product range.

We were the first to bring you a gallery of images as they hit the net, but it's hard to get your head around just how big this behemoth really is without witnessing the hand-crafted two-door limousine in person. Suffice it to say that it's fitting they named the Brooklands after a tract of land: it's large enough to be classified as a territory unto itself, and with 775 lb-ft of torque it's got enough grunt to uproot anything on it.

You'll find the press release after the jump, and our updated high-resolution image gallery below, complete with live shots from Geneva.

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AutoblogGreen for 03.08.07

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We saw the concepts, the fuel-saving technologies, and we heard the announcements. AutoblogGreen isn't totally done with the Geneva Motor Show, but our focus is returning to the green car world at large. And a lot of that discussion is going on in Washington, D.C., where higher MPG ratings and a gas tax are on some people's lips. Read on.

 

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Geneva Motor Show: Citroen's six-wheeled beast - the Cruise Crosser

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When we previewed the Citroën Cruise Crosser earlier in the week, we didn't have a whole lot of info on the orange beastie. Since the show's begun, however, we're able to add more. A joint effort between Citroën and the Espera Sbarro School, the Cruise Crosser is a vehicle designed to traverse harsh terrain with ease. Presumably, the vehicle's first and second axles can operate in a 4x4 mode (not an unreasonable expectation, since the new C-Crosser SUV is the basis for this show car). When the going gets rough, the electrically-powered third axle can be engaged to help get the Crosser out of trouble. That electric motor can also be used as the Crosser's sole propulsion source, giving the rig a true zero-emissions electric-only mode.

Normal motivation comes courtesy of a diesel-electric hybrid drivertrain of unknown displacement and power, but it can't be a slouch if it has to move this thing around. The interior (for which Citroën provided no photos...thanks, guys) features orange trim and mesh-pattern leather seats in the first two rows. The folding 3rd row from the C-Crosser source vehicle is in there as well, but the interior is really of secondary importance. This is an eye-popping, cool-as-all-get-out show car that really brings out the kid in us. Seriously -- a massive orange six-wheeled pickup truck? Our inner 8-year-old is going bonkers right now.

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Spy Shots: 6-door Ford F-150

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There's been some behind-the-scenes speculation as to whether or not these spy photos of a six-door Ford F-150 mule are the real thing showing a recent prototype or old shots of a truck that time forgot, but they've just been verified as the real deal, having been shot as recently as last Tuesday. The very long F-150 features two regular doors, two extended cab suicide doors, and two extra doors at the leading edge of the bed. These two extra doors appear to open up into a trunk of sorts that could pack away the groceries and toolboxes in a secure place, while also serving to possibly stiffen the structure that no doubt has been compromised by the extra inches.

Of course, we have no official word from Ford that this feature might be an option on the upc oming 2009 F-150, but bed doors are not a new idea. Some of you may remember the Chevy Cheyenne concept from the 2003 Detroit Auto Show that featured similar doors, though they obviously didn't end up on the 2007 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. That decision may prove to be a significant oversight if the new F-150 shows up next year with an extra set of hinges.

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Auto industry supports overhaul of crash test ratings, favor single score

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You're at the car dealership with your spouse and two children. Safety is a top concern to you because you want your family to be protected and you couldn't imagine life without them. You look your salesman in the eye and ask "is this vehicle safe?" He responds with, "It's best in class, a five-star crash rating." You take the guy in the plaid jacket at his word and buy the car. What you don't know is that the vehicle has a four-star rating in rear impact and on the passenger side the car gets only three. So many stars, so little sense.

Automakers are on-board with a new proposal that would lessen the safety crash confusion by giving one cumulative crash test score for each vehicle. The 30-year-old New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) needs to change now that the vast majority of cars receive a five-star ranking. Tests are likely to get tougher but an alliance of the Detroit three, Toyota, and others object to raising the front impact test speed to 35 mph. They also want to keep separate crash test and crash avoidance data. Honda, who is not in the alliance, doesn't like the idea of adding complexity to the final safety test score. Honda astutely points out that if it's tough for the government to come up with a proper formula that combines all information it would be impossible for the customer.

NHTSA is taking suggestions through April 10 on rules changes then will try to act in time for the 2008 model year. We welcome tougher testing and less confusing ratings for crash tests, and we're hoping that guy in the plaid jacket would lose the giant blow-up gorilla on top of the dealership. It's going to cause an accident.

[Source: Automotive News (subscription req'd)]

 

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Ford recalling Crown Vic Interceptors for potential danger during high-speed pursuits

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Note to criminals: if you're planning to be the lead car in a high-speed pursuit, your odds of getting away just got ever so slightly better. Ford Motor Company has decided to conduct a voluntary recall of its Crown Victoria police package Interceptor model (2003 model shown) because of small cracks that could form in the car's steel wheels during high speed pursuits. These cracks could cause "rapid air loss," or what the street folk call a blow-out, effectively allowing the no-goodnicks to get away and obviously putting the officer behind the wheel in a signifcant amount of danger.

About 109,664 examples of the 2003 to 2005 model will be recalled, though it's suspected that a very small percentage of active duty cop cars actually are rolling on defective wheels. Only two crashes have been attributed to the issue and no officers were injured. Nevertheless, Ford has been down the recall road with the Interceptor before, issuing a different wheel recall in 2003, as well as being forced to address potentially faulty gas tanks that could explode after a crash. Neither helped the automaker's relations with this country's law enforcement community, which doesn't bode well for the ancient Interceptor that's now facing stiff competition from the new hotness in police-issue whips, the Dodge Charger.

At the moment this new recall is a voluntary move by Ford, which has already notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its actions. The recall will be targeted to owners of Interceptors with specific wheels that could be affected, who will be notified and told to visit nearby dealerships where the wheels and spares can be replaced.

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Screw You, Top Gear! - Kenne Bell pumps up the GT500

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Here's Top Gear's cure for their idiot dyno test that proved nothing. As much as we love Top Gear, their derision of the GT500 for producing a "mere" 447 horespower on a chassis dyno is pure BS. A 10-percent loss through the drivetrain is stellar, yet the spin from our snarky British friends was that it was somehow subpar. Kenne Bell has the antidote, and it's available in several stages of tune, from streetable to antisocial.

Since the GT500 is factory-equipped with a supercharger, the engine internals have been beefed up for boost, and a water to air intercooler is in place. The Kenne Bell sy stem replaces the stock Eaton blower with its trademark Twin Screw system. The throttle body is also upsized to 75 millimeters versus the stock 60, but the rest of the intake tract remains stock. Rounding out the Stage 1 tuning is an ECU flash, and the end result is 606 horsepower at the rear wheels. Take that, Hamster and Clarkson! Changing out a few other intake components and fiddling with the drive pulley's diameter will net you Stage 2 or 3 tuning, delivering up to 692 horsepower on the rollers. Maybe this kit will serve to quiet some of the carping from the Top Gear pundits, but we think they just don't understand muscle cars. It's a different flavor of performance, that's for sure, and the Kenne Bell upgrades add even more spice.

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Geneva Motor Show: Video Wrapup

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Chris Shunk has again applied his magic with the moving picture medium to our coverage of the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. The resulting video is a great visual tour of the show's highlight that you can watch in the comfort of your office chair or on the diminutive screen of your iPods.

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Next MINI christened Clubman

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Though the gaggle of MINI concepts preceding the brand's next long-wheelbase model have worn some variation of the Traveller moniker, we've known since last August the chances that name would be used for the production model were slim. Faced with the prospect of a prolonged copyright battle to obtain use of the name, MINI has decided to instead call its next model the Clubman, another name with ties to MINIs of yesteryear. BMW and MINI likely still had to gain approval to use "Clubman" from Honda, which owns the name in Japan, so its availability wasn't guaranteed until this week in Geneva when the brand announced its official use.

In a weird twist, The Car Connection blog happened upon a viral video on YouTube this week showing a preproduction mule of the Clubman driving around Geneva with messages spraypainted on its sides. The cryptic phrases included "Just Teasing" and "Stop Staring". It reeks of being staged by MINI in an effort to steal some of the Geneva Motor Show's limelight, but we'll let you be the judge. The full video's after the jump, along with MINI's official press release announcing the Clubman name.

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