July 2007 News Room Archives (back)
July 24th 2007
The Side Mirrors. Seriously!
As usual, the coolest Ford Motor Company products get
saved for alternative markets like Australia and once again,
Europe. With that complaint out of the way, please enjoy these
preview photos of the stunning Ford Kuga, which looks
heavily based off of those Mazda CX-Series crossovers. That's a
good thing, by the way.
This is probably a little closer to how the final product will
look, because all those boring "safety factors" have to be taken
into account when the production version's design is finalized
and approved. You know what though? Screw safety! We want the
original space shuttle design with those massive 22" wheels and
Z-rated Pirelli tires. Guess we'll just continue to stare at the
hot little Infiniti FX for now...
Back to our rant! It's funny how we Americans get stuck with
Ford's block-like SUV models, which are just beginning to show
signs of a forward-thinking design philosophy (read: the new
Ford Edge) while those lucky Europeans have a hard-top Ford
convertible and now this futuristic, sporty looking thing. What
July 24th 2007
Cute Picture Of
Even though the Lamborghini Murcielago is not as
technically advanced as most Ferrari models, you just have to
admit the damn thing looks sexy. While most cars have a
"good angle" and a "bad angle," that Murcielago design always
steals your attention regardless of how it's parked; every angle
is simply amazing. Funny how the MINI Cooper looks like
an SUV parked next to the metallic orange wonder!
Here you can see that the heat from the rear-mounted V12 engine
really DOES get exhausted out that middle port (see half-melted
plastic license plate frame). We bet lots of owners must be
nervous that the bumper is going to melt too!
July 24th 2007
Rope Trick Is AWESOME!
The invisible rope trick is an easy, affordable way to cause
traffic on any one-way road. Just let a friend do it so YOU
don't go to jail, because we're pretty sure there's some laws
out there that forbid this sort of entertainment.
To Make You Laugh
Welcome back from the weekend! This non-automotive video clip
will immediately cheer you up, make you laugh and possibly have
a good Monday. Well ok, there is no such thing as a "good
Monday," but this will make it come close!
Pickles and Triscuits for lunch can make those models lose their
Our Heroine Is
Back In Action Yes, it's another edition of
"What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"
It's not too often that we get to hear
Britney Spears cuss out them paparazzi, but when she does,
all the soap in the world isn't enough to clean out her mouth.
She's even got a slight sense of humor when she's pissed.
CLICK HERE to watch the video (new window). Be sure to
take note of the automobiles the paparazzi are driving; they've
got Cadillacs, Mercedes-Benz' and even those
souped-up Jeep SRT8's. Taking photos of Britney Spears
seems to pay really well!
Makes Some People Rich?
Scott Storch -- a music producer we never heard of --
owns all these cars and more. We know the American dream is to
be successful, but damn! He's got that Bugatti that costs
over $1,000,000 and then he's got basically EVERY other car that
would be at the top of any most-wanted list regardless of the
brand you like. Well good for you Scott, good for you... we're
not jealous at all. Yeah right. We'd be his chauffeur, maid and
nanny if he needs any of those positions filled!
The SLR Cost Too
Mercedes-Benz will be going forward with a successor to the SLR,
but not with the support of McLaren. The next version
will be much more downscale and likely to cost around $200,000.
Tentatively named the Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG, the car will
share similar design cues to the SLR, but with a lot less carbon
fiber both on the inside and out. On a more interesting note,
HWA will be Mercedes' main partner in the new design
venture; they are kind-of-sort-of related to Mercedes and AMG,
so we expect these cooperative links to result in a stunning
Check Your Local
Saleen likes to send owners some interesting email
updates, including when and where their vehicles are appearing
on television. Check out the above information if you'd like to
see the only American-made supercar, the Saleen S7, on
HBO's hit series, Entourage.
Behold! This is the gorgeous Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the
next special edition model from our favorite Italian car
designer. Like all Ferrari's, we don't have much more to say
since the pictures do all the talking, but the color combination
Clay Aiken Fans
Are Crazy Dedicated!
We have nothing bad to say about Clay Aiken or his fans
(known as "Claymates"), the latter of which will hunt down and
destroy anybody who dares speak negatively about their supreme
leader. However, these vanity plates are just too much! Aren't
there like supposed to be obscenity laws in Pennsylvania or
Classy As Usual Yes, it's another edition of
"What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"
Britney Spears really is our favorite
star. Who else can look so exquisite while wearing a hot pink
wig, drinking a 600-calorie Starbucks Frappuccino and driving
their Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible? Britney Spears,
Lauren is a final year graduate in the School of Art and Design
at Bath Spa University, which is located in England. For her
Graduate Exhibition, she presented a full-scale, wool-knitted
version of a Ferrari. The loose combination of a
Testarossa and a 355, complete with windshield wipers, side
mirrors, low profile tires and the famous prancing horse logo,
was knitted in glorious Ferrari red.
Ok, so we already know this busy girl's Saturday nights will be
free for the next seven years, but the damn thing turned out
Freshly imported from abroad,
Posh, David Beckham
and family caused a media circus at a Toys"R"Us in Culver City,
California. The family drove up in her limited edition
Bentley GTC convertible, which is worth every penny and over
$250,000. Posh had her initials stitched into the seats and
added to the wheel caps. David has opted for a more demure
car... he's driving around in a Cadillac Escalade.
Posh at Toys"R"Us is truly an odd sight! She was carrying a bag
of M&M's, which you just know is probably a two-week
supply of food for her. We so love the Beckhams.
Stick With The
If the original car is never EVER going to
be purchased by a demographic that enthusiastically customizes
stuff, you don't go and do it yourself.
We'll never figure out some after-market
brands! Steeda, which normally tunes Ford Mustangs just
like Saleen and Roush, has decided to take a stab at the Ford
Fusion, but they accidentally killed it in the process!
We Like It
Please God of Mega Millions Lottery,
allow us to win so that we may install such a glorious device as
this automated garage system.
Much Bigger In
One of us at autothing still has night
terrors and it's always about the same damn thing: runaway
wrecking balls! Look at this, it finally happened!
The half-ton ball broke off a crane in
Meadville, Pennsylvania, and rolled down the street until coming
to a gentle rest in the trunk of a Ford Taurus. The driver was
taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Not Confusing In
Here in America, we have a McDonald's
on every block to distract us. Over in the United Kingdom,
however, some artist planted street signs and declared them to
be a form of art. As you may have already guessed, hilarity
ensued and this collection of so-called "art" has caused twelve
Neighbors Just Moved In...
Mark and Debbie Rotosky make
such a beautiful couple, don't you think? Heck, this photo
doesn't even have to tell a thousand words to explain anything!
The stylish duo hails from Indiana where they drive their pimped
hearse, which as you would expect, attracts lots of attention.
Their matching outfits are totally hot and we'll bet anything
that the Chucky doll joins them for "sexy time". Gross,
We'll Take One
Forgive all the
Lambo-related posts this month, but did anybody know that a
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition was created?
New for 2007, just twenty of these models were commissioned and
not all have been spoken for yet.
We still cannot get used
to the one-hole center exhaust. Slap it on a $50,000 Porsche
Boxster or a $300,000 Lamborghini Murcielago and it looks the
The Versace edition of
the Murcielago utilizes the iconic geometric design of the
Italian fashion house on nearly every inch of the interior
space. Seats, center console, door panels and even the headliner
-- all areas include the design.
But wait, there's more!
Since everybody and their grandma knows that decals look really
classy on a Lamborghini, the design is also included on the
All minor quips aside,
we'll take this baby in a heartbeat!
Stop The Car.
Did some nerd finally
figure out how to divide by zero? Well no, but this is probably
what would happen of they did!
The house was scheduled
for demolition when two imaginative installation artists decided
to give the home a make-over. Or is it make-under?
Yes, the other side of
the hole actually exists, as this little girl fortunately
Rear-Ended In A Lamborghini
This metallic yellow
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder was a gorgeous ride until it
caught on fire. Leave it to the trusty bystanders and their cell
phones to gather some good video of the very sad incident. Oh
who are we kidding -- we love a good ole' fashioned disaster
caught on tape!
If Acting Is
Easy, Sign Us Up! Yes, it's another edition of
"What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"
star of both The Transporter films and The Italian Job,
apparently makes enough cashola to drive a very gorgeous, very
expensive, metallic orange Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Just imagine... you buy a
new BMW or Infiniti, hand the restaurant valet
your keys for classic "front row parking" and then this jerk
pulls up. You know your car is getting the spot next to the
The Saturn Aura is
based on the Europe's Opel Vectra (pictured), which is a
very good looking car. The Aura is expected to undergo a
redesign for the 2009 model year and well, let's just hope it
resembles that slick looking Opel. America is ready for another
futuristic looking car like the Saturn Sky convertible!
Deputize Us Now
Sure it sucks when the
majority of your work consists of writing tickets to people who
can't afford them, but if driving a Saleen S281 Extreme
is the pay-off, so be it! This stunning rendition of the Ford
Mustang costs only $80,000 for the retail version and while you
don't get the menacing Big Brother accessories, you still get a
hot ride with around 550hp. This Saleen appears in
Transformers and we learned that Saleen built the
movie's concept Camaro too; they used a Pontiac GTO as the base.
Oh, here's a quick video
of the Saleen, known as "Barricade" in the movie, appearing at
some press event. It's the bomb!
Coming in 2008, the
Ford Flex has landed within range of our short attention
span. It's like Ford crossed the first-generation Scion xB with
a Honda Element and a classic Ford Fairlane (probably the basis
for this beautiful creature).
Ford is going upscale in
general with its 2008 models -- some get interior ambient
lighting (the Mustang and Focus) while others get HID
headlights. Pretty soon, all these luxurious Ford vehicles will
make those Lincoln models obsolete.