First Drive Test HUMMER H3T

If HUMMER had a theme song, it’d probably be the Allman Brothers’ Whipping Post — the one that goes “Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel, like I been tied to the whipping post…” The brand has been the go-to effigy when something needs to burn on the altar of eco desecration. But HUMMER doesn’t have a theme song, it has the tagline “Like No Other.” It also has a new pick-em-up truck we had the chance to drive recently in the High Sierras: the H3T. Follow the jump to find out if it’s another HUMMER like no other, and check out the gallery of hi-res images below. (more…)

GM Daewoo’s Bupyeong plant idled for cut-off tire supply

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GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. has announced that its main operations at the Bupyeong plant in South Korea have halted due to its tiremakers cutting off supplies for higher prices. “Domestic tire suppliers today stopped supplying tires to call for higher tire prices and the Bupyeong plant has been sitting idly since 1 p.m. (0400 GMT),” GM Daewoo spokesman Kim Sung-Soo told Dow Jones Newswires. (more…)

Volkswagen Up

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Volkswagen’s new affordable small car range, code-named Up!, may have to be converted from rear-drive to front-drive, VW insiders have revealed.

The Up! concept was revealed last year with an ultra-compact twin- or three-cylinder engine mounted under its rear seat to drive the rear wheels. But after development difficulties, the Up! may have to be converted to a more conventional front-wheel-drive layout to achieve its original targets. (more…)

Official shots of BMW M3 sedan leaked

Official shots of BMW M3 sedan leakedGod bless forums, you have to love them. The occasional flame war aside (who are we to talk?), they’re often the repository of choice material like this, what appears to be the first official images of the BMW M3 sedan scanned from a brochure. The main shot is large enough to appreciate how well the M3 style plays with the proportions of the 3-Series sedan, while the tiny pic gives us a profile comparison between the M3 coupe and sedan. (more…)

Skoda looks to appeal to businesses with great car leasing deals

skoda-octaviaŠkoda is offering great deals across the Škoda range that are designed specifically for business users in order to meet their needs. Škoda Finance is offering monthly rentals on Superb and Octavia models that deliver Škoda’s legendary value, from high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions to low servicing costs and excellent resale values, all delivered with the support of Škoda’s dedicated fleet team.

The flagship Škoda Superb GreenLine is available to fleet customers for just £199 a month (plus VAT and deposit) for a three year period or 10,000 miles per annum. The GreenLine offers exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 68.9mpg, helping businesses keep cost down in ever-tightening market conditions and also offers excellent predicted residual values of 40 per cent. (more…)

Volkswagen EcoRacer and Concept R

Volkswagen has resurrected plans for an affordable, mid-engined coupe and roadster as part of an image building campaign as it sets about fulfilling its ambitious target of selling over five million cars a year by 2018. (more…)

Volvo C30 R in the works

The C30 has been a hit with hatch fans since its introduction thanks to strong proportions and unique design cues, but something that has always been missing is a super-high performance variant. Like the Focus RS, the new C30 R could offer huge power in a small and sporty hatch. (more…)

Lexus IS F to take on SPEED

The Lexus IS F’s path from production car to racing version has been a long and convoluted one. Starting with a grainy picture and initial information of the Lexus IS F Racing Concept which were followed by real-life pictures of its debut at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon courtesy of my.IS member David Huang (screen name IS300eR) and then veering off to the ever more outrageous stories of it either evolving into a mid-engined sedan racer or evolved from a 2004 Opel Vectra DTM racer, we were left to wonder if it would all ultimately self-implode into a big pile of vaporware. (more…)

Tornadoes tear through northern Oklahoma

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Supercell storms plowed across northern Oklahoma state Saturday spawning several tornadoes that crushed structures and sent debris flying miles away, US media reported. (more…)

VW planning third SUV

Volkswagen is planning to extend its existing line-up of four-wheel drives with a new mid-sized seven-seat offering to slot between the Tiguan and Touareg.

The new model, which could go on sale in 2011, has been conceived as a rival to Volvo’s recently introduced XC60. But rather than using the same platform as Audi’s upcoming Q5, the VW will be built on a modified version of the next-generation Passat, known internally as PQ47. (more…)

Corvette ZR-1 ‘Ring times in low 7:40s, GT-R V-Spec amused

Leading up to the official reveal of the Corvette ZR-1, a rare week went by when we didn’t see spy shots of the General’s new super coupe eating up the Nurburgring. But still images don’t tell the whole tale, so InsideLine sent its spies to the North Loop with a video camera to capture an uncloaked ZR-1 making the rounds on the ‘Ring. According to the men behind the lens, they were able to clock the 620 hp, supercharged ‘Vette running laps “in the low 7:40s,” easily within reach of supercars costing substantially more than the ZR-1’s estimated $100k price tag. But what about the elephant on the ‘Ring in the room? The Nissan GT-R V-Spec. (more…)

Mitsubishi Motors transfers production of SUV for PSA Peugeot Citroen

Mitsubishi MotorsMitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces today that it has decided to transfer production of all EU-bound SUVs it supplies to PSA Peugeot Citroen from its Mizushima Plant (Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture), where they are currently built, to its European production hub, Netherlands Car B.V. (“NedCar”, Born, The Netherlands). (more…)

Four Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolutions have been entered for the 2008 Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its motorsport unit Mitsubishi Motor Sport (MMSP) will enter a field of four cars for the 2008 Dakar Rally* which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. Next year’s event will start from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, on January 5 and will arrive in the Senegal capital, Dakar, on January 20 after passing via Spain, Morocco and Mauritania. The total route length is 9,273km, including 5,736km in competitive special stages and the toughest challenge promises to be the dunes that competitors will find in Mauritania. (more…)