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Thursday, December 20th 2007

'Sex & The City' Offers New Debut
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Those Hollywood folks are smart! Make a movie, stick a car in it, get paid. Damn, why didn't we think of that? Mercedes, send us some cash right now for even posting this picture. There, that's all there is to that and we expect payment by January 1st.

So here's the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class SUV and it can be seen in the new 'Sex & The City' movie. We're totally digging it even though the design harkens back to the Mitsubishi Montero, but that was a cool looking SUV too. The GLK appears to have an AMG package, but it could even be the actual AMG model since Mercedes-Benz makes a high-performance version of EVERYthing.

It's like really slick and rugged, right? We love the sharp, rising body line and even small details like the slanted door handles have us excited (it takes so little sometimes, lol...) The chrome trim is interesting because they put the stripe really low around the body whereas many SUVs have it placed higher up; it makes the GLK look like a cross-over SUV and the low cargo-area floor implies the same. We'll definitely have to see it at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show to enjoy it more thoroughly.










Thursday, December 20th 2007

It's Discrimination, Y'All!
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Brit Brit tried to get into the Four Seasons parking lot with her MINI Cooper, but our favorite hillbilly was DENIED. TMZ has the video of Britney pulling up to the parking garage and being told through the intercom, "I'm sorry, you're not authorized to come in." Of course she responds with, "Wha?!"

Brit's only friends, the paparazzi, shout into the intercom, "She's Britney Spears! She can come in. Let her in." Those fools! That's the reason she was denied.

Britney then gives up and starts heading to the front of the hotel, but before departing tells the paps, "Party at my house tonight!"










Thursday, December 20th 2007

The Newest Corvette Sibling: ZR1

Chevy did a great job with their new limited-edition Corvette ZR1. It's a racy looking umm... race car?... that has 620hp and some wildly designed accoutrements that let it stand out from the rest of traffic. For $100K, this seems worth every penny.

Many more VERY high-resolution photos here.

We also have to give kudos to Chevy for improving the Corvette so much in one single generation; most manufacturers wait, but Chevy knows Corvette lovers are loyal and will stick around so long as the model is consistently improved.










Thursday, December 20th 2007

Not On Our Top 10 List!

We love BMW, but don't let the all-new BMW X6 make a foolio out of you! It looks safe and sporty from the front, but then turn it around a bit and...

It turns into the bastard child every parent is afraid of. We don't know what that meant, but the X6 is BMW's attempt to offer one ugly looking model that balances out all the great ones. It's like a German version of the Pontiac Aztek and we don't need two.










Wednesday, December 19th 2007

Ran Over Another One, Y'All!
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

You'd think we should be embarrassed that we post all these B.S. photos (this is an acronym for two different things and each works nicely here!) and you would be completely wrong. How can your life not become better when you see the legendary Miss Britney Spears driving around in public like this? Sure, her car is a $200,000 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG and she drinks Starbucks' Frappuccinos all day long, but she may soon lose her kids and/or California driver's license if the courts see her driving habits (which include running red lights and over the paparazzi).

February 2008 is a long time away and a lot can happen. She'll probably get married, get knocked up and have a new family by then. She'll be over the old one. Either that or she'll finally explode leaving the city of Malibu covered in mocha-flavored goo.










Wednesday, December 19th 2007

The Porsche Lifestyle Costs A Lot sells really nice, REALLY expensive Porsche Key Chains, but this accessory is a little more pricey than your typical key ring. For the small sum of $1,600 plus tax, you too can own the Porsche Cell Phone. It's no iPhone, but let's be real honest here -- nobody with a professional career (aka. Porsche owners) selects a phone to watch movies and listen to music on. They have better things to do!

A closer look at the Porsche Design P'9521 reveals that the handset's casing is milled out of a solid aluminum block -- something different when it comes to producing cell phones. An interesting feature consists of the double hinge that allows you to rotate the screen through 180-degrees, enabling the handset to be used as a digital camera. Other features include a biometric fingerprint reader and scratch-resistant quartz crystal glass. Just don't talk and drive with it -- jerks do that!










Tuesday, December 18th 2007

Sexy Sexy Sexy. Oh Yeah, SEXY!

Aston Martin is releasing multiple editions of their Vantage, but we don't mind when the results are progressively gorgeous models like this silvery-blue beauty. Our staff has seen an Aston Martin DB9 twice here in the suburbs of Chicago, but we've honestly seen like ten different Lamborghini Murcielagos, which just goes to show you how rare Astons really are... It's like spotting Big Foot when you see one!

This is their new V12 Vantage RS Concept, which no doubt will be a limited-run production model by next Monday. Aston loves those special editions, so trust us.

It's got 600hp and whatever else we typically expect on a supercar like this. The design is what really matters and the design on this baby is sharp'n'sexy. Don't even get us started on those hot, diamond-style taillights. We love them too.










Tuesday, December 11th 2007

2009 Dodge Ram Picture Leaked...

But who cares! Most 2009 models will probably be released three minutes after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve 2008 anyways, so Dodge can relax after the Mopar accessories website accidentally uploaded one of their hidden pages for public viewing.

As for the 2009 Dodge Ram, it looks good with the new power-bulge hood, tapered body lines and slicked-back headlight clusters. We still like the large, manly-lookin' Ford F-250 Series trucks more than anything else on the market, but Dodge Rams are next on our list. They're rugged looking, yet they successfully incorporate round edges and subtle curves which make them look a bit sporty. Just a bit, we said!










Tuesday, December 11th 2007

Maybe KFed Is Smarter Than All Of Us?
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Seriously! Somebody explain to us how KFed went from being a nobody, to the legendary Miss Britney Spears' husband, back to a nobody, and still somehow ends-up riding shotgun in a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster.










Tuesday, December 11th 2007

Better Luck The Second Time Around

After killing the electric car the first time around and letting Toyota take over the hybrid car business, GM is basically going to impress the world if their upcoming electric automobile, the Chevrolet Volt, actually works and sells many units.

While the production model will NOT resemble the great looking concept, Chevy has released a teaser of the final design. Kind of looks like a Chevy Cobalt to us! They claim the Volt concept car was not very aerodynamic and that redesigning it would lower the drag coefficient (that's the friction caused by air moving over the car body and you want very little of it to increase mileage, etc.) Whatever GM, just make the damn thing look better than a Prius and let it remain a two-door!

We hope people really consider this car since 90% of folks have a commute less than 60 miles one-way; this car can accomplish that trip without a single drop of gasoline. What's NOT to love?










Tuesday, December 11th 2007

Swear Words, Starbucks and B.S.
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

The legendary Miss Britney Spears turned on her best friends in the world, the paparazzi, while getting one of her daily meals at Starbucks. She once again created a shit frenzy as she ordered her usual sugar slop. The poor manager dude at Starbucks tries to get the photographers out, but they are straight up ignoring him; we still admire how they try to protect their number one customer from the cameras.

Next, while heading to her car, one of the paps bumps into that beautiful white Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG of hers and she snaps at him, "Don't touch my fucking car. I swear to God...." What is she gonna' do? Attack him with an umbrella or maybe  her mocha frapp? Yeah right! She wouldn't waste that delicious nectar.

Oh and only Brit herself can put dings in her car. She should've told them, "Hey y'all, I run into you! You don't run into my car!"










Tuesday, December 11th 2007

Guess Which Olsen Twin!
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

If you guessed Ashley Olsen, you obviously know way too much and should sign-up to appear on Jeopardy! If you didn't guess, you may have less spare time than our celebrity-obsessed staff here at autothing. That's probably a good thing!

ANYways, here's one of our favorite Full House stars with her big, black and beautiful Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG SUV.










Monday, December 10th 2007

Case Of The Iconic Taillights

Leave it to Ford to risk ruining a good thing! The 2009 Ford Mustang test mule has been making occasional appearances and as you can see, the designers are toying with the idea (yet again) of changing the solid red tri-bar taillight design.

This time around, two clear bars (for reverse functionality) may be slotted in-between the usual three red bars. We don't car how much better it looks, how about they just focus on making the Mustang a nicer ride with more power and leave the taillights for last on the list of needed improvements.










Monday, December 10th 2007

Coming Soon!

The 2008 Dodge Challenger had 4,300 deposits placed for the right to purchase it before anybody even saw a picture. Well, smart move and dumb move. Turns out that dealerships on eBay are already auctioning their allotments (probably three to four units per dealer) with bids up to $15,000 for each "right to purchase". Mind you, that amount is in addition to whatever the sticker price will be. Unofficially, those original pre-buyers will either lose their purchase slots or be forced to spend way more money than originally planned. Of course, money is no fun if you can't spend it, so hooray for greedy dealers who want us all to have fun!

Above is an actual photo of the 2008 production-run; only three colors will be available (silver, black and orange) and they will be offered in the limited SRT8 trim, which will deliver about 425hp. The full design of the new Challenger will be revealed at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in February.










Monday, December 10th 2007

The Next Super Mercedes

While it looks like a Dodge Viper and moves like a Dodge Viper, it's actually the test mule for an all-new super car: the Mercedes-Benz SLC. Built as a direct replacement for the aging Mercedes-Benz SLR, this new model will be exclusively derived from the company's in-house staff at AMG and not McLaren. Expect a floor model in late 2008 with production slated to begin in 2009. Yeah, it'll be awhile.










Monday, December 10th 2007

We May Never Love It...

We really want to love the Nissan GT-R. They claim it can best a Porsche 911 while costing less than a fully-equipped Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a price of just $70,000 plus any dealership mark-ups (and there will be many Nissan car lots who pull that number on would-be buyers).

The problem with this car is it looks like a design from about ten years ago! We couldn't previously put into words what exactly we didn't like about the GT-R, but it became abundantly clear that the car has the most dated design we've seen in the past few years, especially for a sports car. While a $35,000 Subaru WRX can look really stylish in that subtle way, this car costs twice as much and doesn't evoke the word "sexy" from anybody who's seen it. To be honest, most car magazines don't even mention the looks at first; they kind-of-sort-of go straight into how much power the GT-R's engine is capable of. That tells you something.

To be fair, lots of time probably when into this thing, so here's a cute video from Nissan showing how valid and realistic the $42,000 $70,000 price really is.










Sunday, December 9th 2007

His Eyes Are ALWAYS Like That!
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Celebitchy has a scan from this week's InTouch of Angelina Jolie's brother, James Haven's vanity plate. His Toyota Highlander SUV has a "Shhiloh" custom license plate on it. Maddox is probably thanking the stars that weirdo didn't use his name.

Wait... maybe James is the baby daddy? Get Maury Povich! We remember James saying his parents originally named him Shiloh and that's why Angie chose that name. Probably a B.S. story to cover this up. Anyways, do you think he realizes he spelled her name wrong? Probably not, his freaky eyes probably only see one H.










Sunday, December 9th 2007

It's A German Go-Kart

Brabus, the Mercedes-Benz tuner, has now set their sight on the Smart ForTwo car, variations of which have been slowly trickling into the United States during the past year or so. For a small car, you have to admit it's not too shabby and looks like a high-end go-kart that can actually get you from the suburbs to the big city.

The Brabus Ultimate 112 is limited to just 112 units and we love it even though the price will be well over $25,000 considering the base editions of this car are still over-priced due to their rarity. We also like how Brabus managed to bring their goofy LED rocker panel flood lights along for this ride. Yeah, little funky lights impress us!










Sunday, December 9th 2007

Most Satisfying? NOT POSSIBLE!

That B.S. Consumer Reports Annual Car Owner Satisfaction Survey has named the Toyota Prius as the most satisfying of any vehicle. Can you believe that 92 percent of Prius owners say they would “definitely buy one again" compared to ANY other car owner out there? We don't and think most of them lied.

Let's be real about this junk survey... The Toyota Prius can be beat in the looks department by nearly any car on the market. Next, the car is not bought for performance (the good kind... the FAST kind). Third, the car is not bought because it's a great deal; it costs more than an affordable Honda or Saturn and offers less.

So why is it the most satisfying? It's because the owners are crazy! Ok, we don't seriously mean all of them, just most. This car is bought by ideological people who want to "save the world" and that specifically is a good thing. The bad part is that these types of buyers are not going to rate the Prius as a vehicle with four wheels, but rather the IDEA of the Prius: a fuel-efficient mode of transportation. Come to think of it, maybe something IS wrong with that remaining 8% of unsatisfied Prius owners. It's alright though -- Toyota will make them "disappear" before the next survey.










Saturday, December 8th 2007

Personal Umbrella Holder = Awesome
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Here's Beyonce and her P.U.H. in Paris for Jay-Z's birthday. They arrived in what appears to be a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.

Beyonce and other celebrities have the right idea. Holding your own umbrella is so cumbersome. Think of all the things you can do if you had someone holding your umbrella... You could keep your hands in your pockets, you could keep them at your side, you could slap someone and pull their hair, you could send text messages, you could hold a cup of coffee and talk on the phone at the same time. It opens up a whole new world!

On the flip side, you'd really have to trust the person holding your umbrella. They could easily play a joke on you and leave you all wet. That would be funny.










Saturday, December 8th 2007

Another American Super Car (Finally)

Although Ford and GM are supposed to have billions in liquid cash stored away for like... umm... rainy days or something, Saleen has long been America's only company to produce a true super car. Their S7 can outperform most Ferrari and Lamborghini models, so that tells you something about their car. Of course, it better perform well for the stunning cost of over $650,000. Well we have more good news!

Hennessey, the company that tunes Dodge Vipers, is going the route of Saleen (which made money tuning Ford Mustangs) and planning their first production vehicle: the Hennessey Venom GT. The first version or two will be only concepts, but if enough people are willing to fork over some serious cash, they'll build this 1,000hp bad boy and raise the domestic cache of super cars by one.










Friday, December 7th 2007

We Knew Her SL65 Wouldn't Last
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

Seriously, this has to be some high-concept performance art. Maybe the legendary Miss Britney Spears is some genius artist. Here she is ruining her brand-new Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG coupe with a Mega Grande Large-O drink and thanks to her full-time paparazzi staff, another beautiful moment was captured on film. You just know the backseat of that car is already full of crusty lids, green straws and wrinkled brochures from the California Department of Child Welfare Services.

Anyway, Brit Brit bought another dog as well. Yes, another innocent life ruined. Ten bucks says the dogs at the pet store were all hiding under each other when she came around their cage. They didn't want to get picked! She bought a little baby girl Chihuahua and then celebrated by slobbering all over a frapp.










Thursday, December 6th 2007

Mustang Is Knight Rider's New KITT

Everyone complains that Hollywood is out of ideas. Well it's true, they are! Aside from that not-so-surprising news, television studios are out of them as well. First we get Bionic Woman on NBC and then Speed Racer in the theaters, so it was only a matter of time until somebody suggested that Knight Rider return to television.

Fortunately, we at least get a very cool car to play KITT: Ford's Shelby Mustang GT500KR. While a small group of stubborn folks will never accept a Ford replacing the Pontiac that originally filled KITT's shoes... err... wheels, they should realize that GM didn't even want their brand to be associated with that show, so it only makes sense to allow another brand to proudly fill the spot. While the show will undoubtedly suck due to the lack of complicated plotlines involving a car (let's be real here, lol) we'll at least have some great footage of a hot looking car. That's worth the price of sitting through the series premier and then it's back to Heroes!










Thursday, December 6th 2007

Julia Roberts Doesn't Play Games!
Yes, it's another edition of "What Are Hollywood Stars Driving?!?"

This video is pretty impressive stuff! It shows Julia Roberts trailing some paparazzi jerk in her Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV while trying to get him to pull over. When he finally does, she tells him off since he (according to her) was lingering around some school, probably where Julia was either picking-up or dropping-off some kid(s). Too bad he turns the camera off, as we would love to hear her verbally finish him off. On-the-other-hand, if he kept it rolling, maybe she really WOULD finish him off. Nobody messes with Julia Roberts and the Hollywood Mafia. NOBODY!










Sunday, December 2nd 2007

911 Turbo Now With More Turbo

Sorry, that makes it sound like the Porsche 911 Turbo goes faster. Well, maybe it does all thanks to a new Aerokit introduced for the entire 911 Turbo line-up. It's only $5,000 extra when installed by the factory and it looks good. Naturally, you're going to have to park FAR away from steep driveways and such, but it's so worth the effort when your ride is a Porsche 911 Turbo.










Sunday, December 2nd 2007

The SL Gets A Facelift

Here's the new 2009 facelift for the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The update is really good looking on its own, but when added to the car, the front looks a little too pudgy compared to the remainder of the slick-surfaced SL. Hopefully they'll still tinker with it a bit before its design is finalized. However, the all-new and redesigned SL-Class arrives in 2012, so prospective buyers will have to carefully consider when to drop that $100,000+ pile of cash: 2009 or 2012? Decisions, decisions...










Saturday, December 1st 2007

Amen To Marketing!

Pope Benedict XVI continues to show the world that money should be spent helping the poor and not one's self by arriving in the all-new, pearlescent white Popemobile. It's actually a pretty hot looking G-Class SUV and we're sure Mercedes-Benz donated it. Heck, that's free advertising every Sunday morning!

On a different note, we're surprised more people don't drive their luxury vehicles around with little American flags attached to both sides at the front of their automobiles (see little yellow flags below). Remember in Coming To America when the King of Zumunda arrives in New York? Well, his entire caravan of limos had the double-flag thing going on and we've loved it ever since. Now all we need is an expensive G-Class SUV to accomplish our dream just like the Pope!

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