High-performance Hybrids Help Power Detroit Auto Show

Dana Enables Efficiency, Performance of Award-Winning Vehicles

OK, that’s not exactly it: There is nothing Prius-like about this car except that it too has hybrid technology. Apparently, Porsche figured that building a car with 608 bhp that can go from 0 to 60 in the blink of two eyes was just too easy, so it had to add in some electric motors and such. Too bad James Dean isn’t around to try out this beast. Then again, Patrick Dempsey is. (Frederic J.
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Performance Cars of 2014

— Fiat 83-kW Electric Motor — Includes Dana’s Long battery chiller that helps minimize temperature variation and improve battery operation. — Chevy 6.2L OHV V-8 — Uses Long engine oil cooler, Victor Reinz secondary gasket and exhaust gasket, and heat shields to lower and control engine oil operating temperature and protect the engine from extreme heat. — Honda 3.5L SOHC V-6 — Features Victor Reinz cylinder head cover modules providing optimal design performance and improved durability. — Volkswagen 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 — Utilizes Long engine oil coolers which lower and control engine oil operating temperature. About Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year The Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year awards are selected by Motor Trend Magazine to recognize the best new or significantly refreshed car in a given model year.
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Porsche 918 Spyder

Based on the V8-powered 458 Italia, the 458 Speciale is lighter and more powerful than the regular car. But it will be eclipsed by the mid-year arrival of Ferraris LaFerrari supercar . Built only in left-hand-drive, the LaFerrari cannot be registered for the road, but that has not stopped collectors from spending around $2 million to import cars as track-only toys. Fiat The Italian brand will leverage the racing heritage of its Abarth brand with a 50th anniversary version of the hot 500, dubbed the 595.
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Performance Cars Take Center Stage at Detroit Show

He notes the interest in performance goes beyond traditional sports cars. Ford sells performance derivatives of the Fiesta subcompact and Focus small car. Ford’s iconic performance car, the Mustang, is at the show. The newest version was revealed at a series of events last month. Mustang buyers will have three engines to choose from, including a 5.0-liter V8, with 420 horsepower, as well as some more fuel-efficient options.
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Porsche Sets U.s. Sales Record, Reflecting Luxury-car Boom

Volkswagen’s luxury car brands post record sales

Audi Q3 on display

Still, the 911 outsold Porsches lower-priced Boxster and Cayman sports cars, which combined for 7,953 units. The popularity of Porsches most expensive models is reminiscent of what is happening in markets for a number of luxury products from clothing to private jets. The costliest planes with the most features and greatest range tend to fare better than smaller, lower-cost versions. Porsche said it expects favorable market conditions to continue this year, given its range of new products that includes the Macan compact SUV.
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Bentley Sees Steady Luxury Sales in 2014

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The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo is up 0.2% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong is up 0.4%. European markets open in about half an hour, with all eyes on those unemployment figures in the US, due out this afternoon. SCOTCH 0726: The government is setting up a scheme to protect the Scottish whisky industry from fake or sub-standard products. Scotch whisky producers will have to apply to the scheme if they want to sell the spirit in the European Union.
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8, 2014 8:01 a.m. ET Fabled British car maker Bentley Motors Wednesday said that the world’s super-luxury auto market shrunk by 6% in 2013 and forecast that sales in the segment would remain steady at around 40,000 this year. The premium auto manufacturer, a unit of Germany’s Volkswagen AG, said that the decline was primarily down to changing economic and social conditions in China, which is Bentley’s second biggest market after the Americas. Bentley…
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