Official: Fiat reveals oddball FCC4 in Sao Paulo

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Fiat Concept Car 4

The striking new concept vehicle seen above is called the FCC4, which stands for Fiat Concept Car… with, um, four doors. We’re not quite sure what else to call it, because the Fiat Design Center Latam (as in, Latin America) has apparently tried to transcend market segments and traditional bodystyles as much as possible. It’s sort of like a four-door coupe, riding high on a jacked-up suspension, with what looks at first like a pickup bed but is actually covered by a sloping glass fastback.

And we thought the Strada was weird.

This Sao Paulo Motor Show showcar is the kind of thing that makes the BMW X6 look positively conventional. Only BMW actually, you know… built theirs and put it on the market. And then it built another. The FCC4 is also longer than an X6, and less than two inches smaller in both width and height. All that weirdness is done up in metallic blue with LED lighting and a face that looks like someone gave the Range Rover Evoque a fat lip.

Since the gradual takeover of and eventual merger with Chrysler, Fiat has become an American automaker as much as it is an Italian one. You might say the inverse is true of Chrysler as well. But long before the courtship between Turin and Auburn Hills kicked off, Fiat was making more vehicles in Brazil than it was anywhere else outside of Italy. That makes the Sao Paulo Motor Show a vital stage for the increasingly global automaker, and it’s not missing the opportunity to showcase its wares, from this brave new concept to various versions of the 500, Panda, Punto and Bravo.

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Official: Fiat reveals oddball FCC4 in Sao Paulo

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Fiat Concept Car 4

The striking new concept vehicle seen above is called the FCC4, which stands for Fiat Concept Car… with, um, four doors. We’re not quite sure what else to call it, because the Fiat Design Center Latam (as in, Latin America) has apparently tried to transcend market segments and traditional bodystyles as much as possible. It’s sort of like a four-door coupe, riding high on a jacked-up suspension, with what looks at first like a pickup bed but is actually covered by a sloping glass fastback.

And we thought the Strada was weird.

This Sao Paulo Motor Show showcar is the kind of thing that makes the BMW X6 look positively conventional. Only BMW actually, you know… built theirs and put it on the market. And then it built another. The FCC4 is also longer than an X6, and less than two inches smaller in both width and height. All that weirdness is done up in metallic blue with LED lighting and a face that looks like someone gave the Range Rover Evoque a fat lip.

Since the gradual takeover of and eventual merger with Chrysler, Fiat has become an American automaker as much as it is an Italian one. You might say the inverse is true of Chrysler as well. But long before the courtship between Turin and Auburn Hills kicked off, Fiat was making more vehicles in Brazil than it was anywhere else outside of Italy. That makes the Sao Paulo Motor Show a vital stage for the increasingly global automaker, and it’s not missing the opportunity to showcase its wares, from this brave new concept to various versions of the 500, Panda, Punto and Bravo.

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Godfrey Clan at it Again

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Out of all the things we have learned over the years of being in the extreme sports world there are 2 things that really have stuck with us!  

First is the fact that if someone says “you will be fine, TRUST ME” then you need to run the other way and make a mental note to never trust that person ever again.  (Especially if there were cameras rolling when this “trust me” was said).  

The Second thing is to never ever ever get behind the wheel with anyone that has the last name “Godfrey”.  Poor Natalie learned one, well probably both of these rules the other day when Tanner Godfrey of the Godfrey Clan took her on a ride in his RZR 1000.  

Oh and did we mention that Tanner was paralyzed from the waist down a few years ago in a motocross accident and now has to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on a pole that pushes the gas and the brake.  Check out the video above!  

 

 

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Godfrey Clan at it Again

October 29th, 2014 by admin No comments »

Out of all the things we have learned over the years of being in the extreme sports world there are 2 things that really have stuck with us!  

First is the fact that if someone says “you will be fine, TRUST ME” then you need to run the other way and make a mental note to never trust that person ever again.  (Especially if there were cameras rolling when this “trust me” was said).  

The Second thing is to never ever ever get behind the wheel with anyone that has the last name “Godfrey”.  Poor Natalie learned one, well probably both of these rules the other day when Tanner Godfrey of the Godfrey Clan took her on a ride in his RZR 1000.  

Oh and did we mention that Tanner was paralyzed from the waist down a few years ago in a motocross accident and now has to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on a pole that pushes the gas and the brake.  Check out the video above!  

 

 

Supercross

Godfrey Clan at it Again

October 29th, 2014 by admin No comments »

Out of all the things we have learned over the years of being in the extreme sports world there are 2 things that really have stuck with us!  

First is the fact that if someone says “you will be fine, TRUST ME” then you need to run the other way and make a mental note to never trust that person ever again.  (Especially if there were cameras rolling when this “trust me” was said).  

The Second thing is to never ever ever get behind the wheel with anyone that has the last name “Godfrey”.  Poor Natalie learned one, well probably both of these rules the other day when Tanner Godfrey of the Godfrey Clan took her on a ride in his RZR 1000.  

Oh and did we mention that Tanner was paralyzed from the waist down a few years ago in a motocross accident and now has to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on a pole that pushes the gas and the brake.  Check out the video above!  

 

 

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Official: Chevy showcases four concepts at Sao Paul

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Chevy Onix Track Day Concept

Chevrolet has rolled in to Sao Paulo this year with not one, not two, but four new concept cars. Only by concept cars, in this case we mean concept versions of existing production models.

Arguably the most exciting among them is the Onix Track Day concept. It’s based on the Onix hatchback which GM offers exclusively in Latin America (not to be confused with the Peugeot Onyx concept). This Onix has been upgraded with a full aero kit, enhanced interior equipment and a 1.8-liter Ecotec engine with optimized ECU and stainless steel exhaust to churn out over 150 horsepower – which may not seem like much, but is far more than the hundred-odd hp offered in stock trim. It’s joined by a second version called the Onix Effect that also gets a sporty (if more restrained) look.

Alongside the pair of Onix concepts, Chevy is also showcasing a pickup called the S-10 High Country that applies a similar treatment available on the larger Silverado High Country but to the overseas Colorado (which carries the old S-10 moniker in South America). Finally there’s a subtly upgraded version of the Cobalt sedan on show as well, and you can scope out images of all four in the gallery above along with the original and translated press releases below.

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Video: BMW M4 vs. Lexus RC F in Head 2 Head sports coupe showdown

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BMW M4 and Lexus RC F

It’s the showdown everyone’s been looking forward to, the East versus West grudge match of the year. We’re talking, of course, about the BMW M4 versus the Lexus RC F.

Although BMW uses a twin-turbo straight-six and the Lexus uses a free-breathing V8, the two are pretty closely matched on paper: a luxury coupe with over 400 horsepower channeled to the rear wheels.

The BMW has been doing these cars for longer, and the M4 boasts a higher power-to-weight ratio. But then the RC F has more power – and without forced induction to break up the rev range. So which is the better luxury muscle coupe? Watch the latest episode of Motor Trend Head 2 Head to find out.

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Official: Ferrari to be spun off from Fiat Chrysler

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Fiat Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne smiling

The recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles empire has ambitious plans for growth, and it’s going to need some big bucks in its coffers in order to enact them. Part of that cash injection is coming from the floating of its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, but now FCA has announced a further capital campaign to be based on the enormous asset that is Ferrari.

FCA’s board of directors has just approved the separation of Ferrari from the rest of the group as a separate entity. Once that separation is complete, Ferrari will put 10 percent of its shares on the stock market “in the United States and possibly a European exchange” as well.

This isn’t the first time that the idea of a Ferrari IPO has been raised. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Chrysler, Fiat and Ferrari (pictured above), first raised the idea four years ago. Former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo nixed the idea, but now that he’s been discharged, it appears there’s nothing to get in the way of Marchionne’s desires.

The remaining 90-percent stake in Ferrari will be distributed among FCA’s existing shareholders, of which the largest (at over 30 percent) is the Agnelli family’s Exor investment company headed by Fiat chairman John Elkann.

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Official: Detroit Electric shows new fastback style for SP:01

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Detroit Electric SP:01 Fastback

There’s been a proud history of basing electric sports cars off of the Lotus Elise. Its lightweight architecture has formed the basis for the original Tesla Roadster, the PG Elektrus, the Rinspeed sQuba concept, the Zytek Elise prototype and the Dodge Circuit EV show car. But those projects have all come and gone. That run might not be over, though, as the next to raise the flag is Detroit Electric.

The startup showcased its SP:01 prototype over a year ago, and has been promising production ever since. Now it says it’s on the verge, and has revealed a revised design for the production model – albeit in just the one solitary CGI image you see here. The updated shape, which looks rather similar to the comparably sized Alfa Romeo 4C, takes more of a fastback approach instead of the flying buttresses on the original design. The new form is designed to be more aerodynamic and incorporates an integrated rear wing and underbody diffuser to make it all the more so.

Although it’s not showing us what it looks like yet, Detroit Electric also says it has updated the front end as well. Chief designer Jerry Chung says “The final design of the SP:01 incorporates signature Detroit Electric design DNA, carried over from the prototype model we revealed last year. Coupled with many motorsport visual cues, the new fastback design, bold face and sharp contours evoke the company’s vision of pure electric performance.”

Whatever it looks like, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is slated to go into production in the UK – not in Detroit or Holland as previously planned – next year, promising a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed set at 155 miles per hour, all on electric power.

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Recalls: Chrysler recalling 382k Ram HD diesel pickups, 184k SUVs

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2014 Ram HD

Between GM’s ignition switches and Takata’s airbags, it’s been a big year for recalls, but they keep rolling in. The latest comes from Chrysler, which has announced a pair of recalls for certain heavy-duty pickups and SUVs.

The first issue revolves around the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine available in the 2010-2014 Ram HD trucks, including 2500 and 3500 series pickups as well as 4500 and 5500 series chassis cabs. In the affected units, “a terminal connector near the fuel heater may be subject to friction-induced corrosion,” according to the first of the two announcements from Chrysler below.

The problem could result in overheating and fuel leakage. Chrysler launched its investigation following cases of overheating, none of which actually started a fire, much less an injury or accident. As a precautionary measure, however, Chrysler is instructing service technicians to replace the terminals on an estimated 381,876 Ram units around the world – the vast majority of those (314,704) registered in the US, another 59,432 in Canada, 1,803 in Mexico and 5,937 abroad.

The second recall involves the 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the affected units, Chrysler has found that a debris cover can disrupt a circuit board’s functioning and disable the vehicle’s stability control system. Chrysler reports that it isn’t aware of any injuries or accidents resulting from this issue, either, but to fix the problem, Chrysler technicians need only upgrade the software. This recall affects 184,186 units globally – 132,223 in the US, 8,871 in Canada, 4,742 in Mexico and a further 38,350 abroad.

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