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PickupTrucks.com features V6 work trucks in latest shootout

Nov 11

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PickupTrucks.com V6 Work Truck Shootout

Work trucks are the heart and soul of the U.S. It’s nice to have a big, powerful V8 engine under the hood, but the current crop of V6 mills provide both power and solid fuel economy numbers. PickTrucks.com wrangled up three 2011 V6 work trucks and decided to see which one is the new king of the hill.

Mike Levine and his team lined up the 3.7-liter Ford F-150, 4.3-liter GMC Sierra 1500 and 3.7-liter Ram 1500. All three pack V6s and automatic transmissions, with a regular cab, short-bed and rear-wheel drive setup. A 2011 Toyota Tundra was slated to be part of the test but was badly damaged during its cross-country transport.

Each truck ran through a gamut of testing to see how it would fair as a full-on light-duty work machine. We won’t spoil the winner, but let’s just say few others really determine just how good a truck is like Mike Levine and his crew. Check out the full story at PickupTrucks.com.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com | Image: PickupTrucks.com]

PickupTrucks.com features V6 work trucks in latest shootout originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru, Travis Pastrana part ways [*UPDATE]

Nov 11

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Pastrana posing next to his new NASCAR

It’s official. Travis Pastrana has left his partnership with Subaru. The rally fiend joined up with the Pleiades in 2004 in supercross and freestyle motorcross before officially becoming part of Subaru Rally Team USA in 2006. Since then, Pastrana has raked in over 150 stage wins while nabbing a spot on the podium 40 times from behind the wheel of a WRX STI. His resume is also decorated with the fact he managed to walk away with four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles.

As of right now, there’s no indication as to exactly what Pastrana has planned for the future, though Subaru was cordial in wishing the company’s former hot shoe the best in whatever comes next. Hit the jump for the full press release.

*UPDATE: In a radio interview with Speed Freaks this week, Pastrana let slip that he was in talks with Michael Waltrip Racing to possibly drive for the team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

[Source: Subaru, Speed Freaks]

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Subaru, Travis Pastrana part ways [*UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: <i>Back to the Future</i> DeLorean replica participates in Libyan scene recreation

Nov 11

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Back to the Future Replica Delorean

Back to the Future fans recreate the Libyan chase scene - Click above to watch video after the jump

The Puente Hills Mall sits on an unassuming piece of blacktop in City of Industry, California. If you drove by it, you wouldn’t give it a second glance… unless you are a keen-eyed fan of Back to the Future. Called the Twin Pines Mall, and later the Lone Pine Mall, it served as the location where Doc met Marty to have him film his newest invention. It’s now the 25th anniversary of that film, and fans are gathering for a week-long celebration of their favorite movie.

Someone brought their BTTF DeLorean replica to one of the events being held at the Puente Hills Mall and, with video cameras rolling, recreated the scene where Doc gets shot by the Libyans. Showing up in their VW Bus, they gun down Doc and chase after Marty as he speeds away into the past. Check it out in the video after the jump.

[Source: Vimeo via Jalopnik]

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Video: Back to the Future DeLorean replica participates in Libyan scene recreation originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumormill: Lamborghini developing Q5-based LM00X crossover

Nov 11

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Lamborghini LM002 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Few rumors have been as pervasive over the years as the rebirth of the Lamborghini LM002. Originally designed for military applications, the Countach-powered LM002 blended Sant’Agata’s background in tractors with the exotic supercars for which they’re now known. Ever since, reports of a follow-up have ebbed and flowed, resurfacing once again on an Audi/Porsche platform.

Like the upcoming Porsche Cajun, the project codenamed LM00X is reportedly based on the Audi Q5 platform. The LM00X could retain the Cajun’s three-door body-style, infused with Lamborghini styling and the lightweight construction themes spearheaded by the Sesto Elemento concept. Word has it that the new twin-turbo V8 being developed for the Audi S7 and Bentley Continental would find its way into the Lambo crossover’s engine bay, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Raging Bull’s own V10 on offer, tipped to arrive as soon as 2012.

[Source: Auto Express]

Rumormill: Lamborghini developing Q5-based LM00X crossover originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rendered Speculation: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

Nov 11

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Volkswagen Golf Cabrio rendering

It looks like we finally have a rendering to go with the rampant speculation about the introduction of a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. The ever-talented Jon Sibal has turned his attention to the drop-head Vee-Dub, and has worked up what he thinks the car might look like should the the people’s automaker decide to pull the trigger on the project, which will reportedly commence in the spring of 2011. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board for VW, has already said that he would like to see a convertible version of the sixth-generation Golf, and as we all know, anything that Winterkorn wants, he typically gets.

Sibal’s rendering certainly makes for a snappy dresser, though we’re guessing that the production version will use a slightly beefier roll bar system. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the topless Golf could do away with a center roll section altogether in favor of something similar to the sturdy hoops found in the Mini Cooper Convertible. Hop over to Sibal’s site for a high-res look at the machine.

[Source: Jon Sibal]

Rendered Speculation: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pricing announced for 2011 Chrysler 200, Town &amp; Country

Nov 11

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2011 Chrysler 200

2011 Chrysler 200 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Not long after Chrysler announced pricing for the full host of updated 2011 Dodge products, the automaker has priced its own reworked Pentastar-badged products - the Sebring 200 sedan and Town & Country minivan. Both vehicles feature vastly better interiors than the models they replace, as well as the automaker’s smooth new 3.6-liter V6 under the hood.

The 200 indeed has its work cut out for it, since the Sebring it replaces was one of the most poorly received vehicles in Chrysler’s lineup. Four trim levels are available - LX, Touring, Limited and S - with pricing starting at $19,995 for the base model, $21,995 for the Touring and $24,495 for the Limited. Chrysler tells us that the S trim will arrive shortly after the rest of the 200 lineup, and official pricing for that top-rung trim has not been released at this time.

Chrysler’s bread-and-butter Town & Country now enters its 21st year of production, preparing to do battle with the newly reworked Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Pricing starts at $30,995 for the base Touring model, and rises to $33,995 for the Touring L and $39,495 for the decked-out Limited. We’re eager to get some seat time in the refreshed minivan to see if it can once again regain its place as the family-hauler sales leader.

Both of the updated 2011 models will be available at dealers in the coming months, and we’ll be hatching our first driving impressions in the not-too-distant future. For the full details, follow the jump for Chrysler’s press blast.

Note: All prices include the respective destination charges - $750 for the 200 and $835 for the Town & Country.

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Pricing announced for 2011 Chrysler 200, Town & Country originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Land Rover reveals five-door Evoque ahead of LA debut

Nov 11

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Land Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque five-door - Click above for high-res image gallery

There once was a time when three-door sport-utes were commonplace, but they gradually gave way to the versatility of the five-door body style. The trio-portal is making a comeback these days in the luxury crossover market, thanks to the likes of the new Range Rover Evoque and upcoming Porsche Cajun. And while the three-door versions of both are scheduled to arrive on the scene first, both are being followed by five-door versions. Land Rover has just pulled the sheet on its five-door Evoque, which will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The specs are largely the same as the three-door Evoque that bowed at this year’s Paris Motor Show, but with a couple extra doors thrown into the mix to enable easier access to the rear seats. Nothing too complicated there, but it could make all the difference for many consumers looking to keep the sleek profile but not willing to forgo the bodystyle.

There’s a wealth of details in the press release after the jump and a fresh batch of high-resolution images in the gallery below. If you want to know what a baby Range Rover looks like with the extra openings, check ‘em out.

[Source: Land Rover]

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Land Rover reveals five-door Evoque ahead of LA debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Videos: <i>Gran Turismo 5</i> intro, game play hit the web

Nov 11

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Gran Turismo 5 Gameplay

A Pagani Zonda takes on Eiger Nordwand in the rain - Click above to watch video after the jump

Somewhere out there on a secluded hog farm, an adorable baby piglet was just born with butterfly wings. A rash of new Gran Turismo 5 gameplay videos have made their way to the information super highway, including a full clip of the racing simulator’s seven-minute introduction video. Make sure you’ve got plenty of break time saved up before diving into that particular gem.

The other clips focus on racing in the rain around Eiger Nordwand and darting through Tsukaba Circuit. It’s difficult to tell just how much the graphics have improved over what we’ve seen of the game in the past thanks to the shaky-hand-cam-on-TV-screen action in each of the videos, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.

Knowing that there are some lucky jokers out there playing the game right now almost takes the sting out of the fact that we were supposed to have GT5 in our hands at the beginning of this month. Almost. Hit the jump to check out the action for yourself.

[Sources: Joystiq, YouTube]

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Videos: Gran Turismo 5 intro, game play hit the web originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Review: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

Nov 11

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A Motor City Summer Romance

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible - Click above for high-res image gallery

When you grow up in Detroit, the Ford Mustang is so much more than just another performance car. It’s arguably the most iconic automobile born within these city limits, and anyone who’s called the area home can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride while driving the Blue Oval’s pony through the Motor City. It’s like eating a hot dog at the ballpark - you can’t explain why, but it just tastes better.

At the tippy top of the Mustang hierarchy sits the Shelby GT500 with its supercharged 5.4-liter V8, 550 horsepower and an exhaust note that will wake the neighbors. Our love for the GT500 has run deep since its debut in 2006, though most of that affection was never given to the convertible. The droptop Ford suffers from substantially more handling and rigidity issues than the coupe, and when you consider the added price that Ford charges to lob off the roof ($5,000, in this case), it can seem like a puzzling proposition.

For 2011, Ford has tweaked the GT500’s core, not to mention stiffening individual components of both the front and rear suspension setups. That, combined with a new electric power assist steering system, means this should be the most driver-focused GT500 yet. Thus, we put the top back and basked in the warm Michigan sun to rekindle our love with Detroit’s most powerful pony car. This, friends, is our kind of end-of-summer lovin’.

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Review: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook

Nov 11

dkd903 writes “A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contact export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the Gmail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get Gmail contacts of a user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. When a Facebook user clicks on the Download Your Contacts button on the ‘Facebook import contact via Gmail’ page, the user is then redirected to a new page on Google’s server, which looks something like this…” Can I just say that watching this is absolutely hysterical?

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