10 Nov 2011

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New Saab 9-3 image - New Saab 9-3 image

First sight of Saab's new BMW 3 Series-sized model - and a MINI rival, large SUV and 9-4X crossover are also planned



10 Nov 2011 6:00am GMT

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Video: Motor Trend visits Norway, looks for lineage in Audi R8 Spyder

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When Motor Trend tecnical director Frank Markus decided he needed to get away, you should know that his 'time out' wouldn't merely be a weekend at the local hot springs or camping down by the river. The MT crew has made fine work of taking glorious trips in glorious cars - and a Subaru Outback - and Markus would keep it up, tracing Viking routes and his own heritage in an Audi R8 V10 Spyder along Norway's Atlantic Road.

We'd love to tell you about it but we'd be remiss - the story is worth the read and the video, after the jump, is even moreso worth the watch. To Markus and his steed, we say "skaal!"

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10 Nov 2011 12:59am GMT

eBay Find of the Day: Twin jet-engine board track Harley-Davidson

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1929 Harley-Davidson Twin Jet motorcycle

If hopping on a motorcycle isn't thrilling or deadly enough for you anymore, you may want to point your browser toward eBay Motors. The world's first and only twin-pulse-jet-engine motorcycle is officially up for auction. The machine was originally constructed by Robert Maddox for a customer who wanted to try his hand at slipping into the 200-mph club. It's not clear whether the owner had a brief flash of sanity or if he simply found an easier way get his jollies, but the bike is now up for sale with a buy-it-now price of just $25,000.

That's plenty cheap in our eyes. If we had money bleeding out of our ears, we'd snap up the wild machine, which is supposedly based on a 1929 Harley-Davidson flat-track racer (we imagine that might just mean modeled after...), and park it in our living room. The seller says the bike rides straight and, not surprisingly, is plenty quick. Head over to eBay Motors to check out the auction for yourself.

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10 Nov 2011 12:29am GMT

Report: Chrysler nixes dual-clutch plans for 2011 over refinement concerns

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Chrysler dual-clutch transmission
Chrysler has delayed plans for a dual-clutch gearbox in the United States, according to The Car Connection. The high-tech gearbox was slated to be introduced with the 2012 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, but refinement issues have reportedly put the introduction on hold. At present, the best transmission offered with the front-wheel-drive sedans is a conventional six-speed automatic.

Fiat and Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne has said that any new product released by the reborn Detroit-based automaker has to be perfect before being offered to the public, and the automaker was concerned that Americans wouldn't like the feel of a dual-clutch gearbox. Europeans have had access to dual clutches in Chrysler products mated to diesel engines for several years.

The Car Connection highlights the latest Ford Focus, as an example of a dual-clutch gearbox that feels unnatural to drivers who are used to a conventional automatic transmission, though the unit is functioning as designed. Consumer Reports has cited gearbox complaints from Focus and Fiesta owners as a reason why Ford's scores have dropped on its pages in the last year.

After being further refined to suit American tastes, it's possible the new cog-swapper may be introduced in Chrysler's upcoming small car (possibly known as the Dodge Hornet) instead of first seeing duty in its range of mid-sizers.

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10 Nov 2011 12:00am GMT

09 Nov 2011

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Ford 1.0 EcoBoost engine revealed - Ford 1.0 EcoBoost engine revealed

Ford unveils all-new three-cylinder turbocharged engine that will debut in the Focus in April



09 Nov 2011 6:00pm GMT

Mercedes SL spy shots

Spy shots reveal new look for next-generation, hi-tech Mercedes SL



09 Nov 2011 11:34am GMT