Chrysler promised it would revamp every vehicle under its umbrella, and the Charger is one of the first we see. New for 2011, the Charger receives a fresh face, a new rear end with LED tail lights, and reworked door skins. The most significant change though is the new Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 found under its hood that replaces the aging 2.7 and 3.5-liter V-6s.
The United States perception of German luxury vehicles is about to change, as the automakers will soon supplement their full and midsize offerings with compact vehicles. They’ve been in production for some time now, but the three luxury automakers will soon import smaller vehicles to meet stringent U.S. fleet-wide fuel economy requirements. Expect compact offerings from BMW and Mercedes to begin arriving stateside within two years.
In just a few months the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will finally be available for consumption, but until then we’ll have to live vicariously through the folks lucky enough to test the car. This week we tagged along with General Motors’ president Mark Reuss as he had a 240-volt charging system for the Volt installed in his garage. The new charging station fully charges the battery pack in just three hours – a standard 120 volt charge can take up to 11 hours.
Last year BMW unveiled its eco-friendly Vision EfficientDynamics supercar concept that blew us away, but we never expected it to make it into production. We’ve recently learned that a vehicle very similar in design to the concept may indeed be headed into production sometime in 2012. Powered by a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine, with an expected 450 horsepower output, BMW is aiming at taking down the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Audi R8 V-10.
Porsche Tuner Ewe Gemballa Found Dead in South Africa
Having built a Porsche tuning empire after three decades of hard work, owner Ewe Gemballa went missing earlier this year in South Africa. In February Ewe set out on a business trip in the region, but mysteriously went missing shortly after arriving. This week local officials found the body of Gemballa, who is suspected of being involved in a money laundering scheme.
This week, several upcoming vehicles were given price tags, signifying they are one step closer to reaching dealer lots. The 2012 Focus sedan is priced at $16,995, while the slightly higher-priced hatchback tops out at $23,520. Priced just $550 more than a Clubman, Mini’s new larger Countryman model starts at $22,350. Cadillac’s largest V-powered vehicle, the CTS-V wagon was finally tagged with a $62,990 sticker price this week. Hyundai’s award-winning 274-horsepower turbocharged, Sonata 2.0T will start at $24,865 and arrive in dealer showrooms later this year.
-Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Speedway Sunday 10th at 2 a.m. on Speed
– NASCAR Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway Fontana California Sunday 10th at 3 p.m. on ESPN