Cologne, Germany, as Sony holds a massive three-hour long press conference today. The star of the show is widely rumored to be a new “PS3 Slim”, designed to replace the PlayStation 3 at a lower price point to drive sales. However, three hours is a terribly long time to talk about just one new device, and we’ve heard that Gran Turismo 5 news will also be coming out of the show. Nothing is guaranteed, however, and it would be wise to not expect too much to be revealed about GT5 before GT PSP hits store shelves on October 1st. With that said, it would certainly be a great opportunity for Sony to reveal another trailer for the game while committing to solid a release date. Sony’s conference begins today, August 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM in Cologne, Germany, 5:00 PM in London, and 12:00 PM in New York (click here to find out what time this will be in your area). The GTPlanet News Blog will be updated immediately if/when Gran Turismo … [Read more...] about Gran Turismo News Expected from GamesCom Today
Opinions are never in short supply at motor shows, and this year's event in Geneva was no different. We've picked out our favourite musings from the Autocar team at Palexpo, with topics from the horsepower glut to new tech and divisive visual design. See a pic of every show star Full show report Read the latest show news Blogs from the Autocar team Geneva motor show report video Matt Burt: Here's Honda's real Geneva star The Honda NSX's European debut was outshone by the marque's new 1.6-litre four-pot turbodiesel for Matt. The lightweight oil-burner emits just 95g/km of CO2. Richard Bremner: Style to VW's substance is welcome Richard was pleased to see VW's rakish Cross Coupe concept looking so good, and even more pleased to learn its shapely form may well reach the showroom. Steve Cropley: Christian Horner is worth his weight to Red Bull Red Bull Racing's tie-up with Infiniti roused initial cynicism in Steve, but a meeting with team boss Christian … [Read more...] about Geneva motor show 2012: top ten blogs
Welcome to CAR's coverage from the 2010 Los Angeles auto show. We have a team of reporters covering the LA auto show and will be publishing all the news, first pictures, new model launches, comment, reviews and photos direct from Tinseltown. Come back over the next 12 hours for all CAR Magazine's coverage of the Los Angeles auto show 2010. NB start at the bottom and scroll up, in blog style; all times in the Live Blog are local LA o'clock. >> Click here for the CAR Live Blog >> Click here for editor Phil McNamara's analysis 5.37pm: That's all folks4.49pm: Chrysler and the new Fiat 500Chrysler appears to be getting better, albeit at a snail's pace. Fiat made its return to the US market at the LA show, where the 500 made its US debut. It'll be badged Cinquecento in the States and built locally in South America once the factory's up and running. Evidence of downsizing is everywhere at this year's show. Meanwhile, Chrysler said … [Read more...] about Los Angeles auto show 2010: news, blogs, galleries
The Los Angeles auto show 2009 is underway! CAR's staff writer Ben Pulman and CAR Online reader reporter Car4mh are blogging from the LA Convention Center – and you can follow their live feeds below for all CAR's LA motor show news, analysis, photos and opinion in the CAR live blog. NB Newest updates added at the top, so scroll to the bottom to start on day one; all times below are local LA o'clock (eight hours behind GMT); BP is Ben Pulman, MH is Mark Hamilton 4.00pm: Stopped at the South HallNever mind, it's shut. Probably a good thing, any more Zoom-Zoom juice and Tim would be staging an intervention, but it did mean missing out on a close look at the LF-A and production Cadillac CTS coupé I missed earlier in the show. Oh dear, how sad, time to get back to the press center and finish this up before they close as well. That concludes the LA show blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as Ben and I enjoyed covering this most media-friendly of motor shows.3.50pm: … [Read more...] about Los Angeles auto show 2009: news, blogs, reviews
The Truth About Cars (TTAC) news blog started on Wednesday. By Friday, we were in trouble. That’s when I posted an item about illegal immigrants getting driver’s licenses in Maine that they could use to purchase a firearm. Some commentators cried flame bait! Others were dismayed that TTAC was wading into political waters. And a few wondered why TTAC was news blogging anyway. In response to the troll accusations, I changed the picture (from a firearm to a gun store) and toned down the text. As for the other questions, well, let’s talk.As the Maine blog post indicates, I’m naturally drawn to news stories that raise wider social or industry issues. I especially like those stories where [I believe] the media got it wrong, or left out important facts, or presented material that provides a logical jumping-off point for spirited discussion. In case you hadn’t noticed, skewering sacred cows, challenging accepted wisdom and poking around in hidden corners is … [Read more...] about If News Blogging is Wrong, Does TTAC Want to be Right?
Just as Automotive News [sub] failed to cite Bertel’s ahead-of-the-game reporting on Terry Mcauliffe’s GreenTech Automotive firm as the inspiration for its coverage, McAuliffe himself has decided to ignore TTAC’s leadership in order to lash out at the leading industry paper’s write-up on his highly suspect venture. In response to AN [sub]’s piece titled When you do the math, promoter extraordinaire Terry McAuliffe’s grand hybrid vehicle plan just doesn’t add up, the former Clinton fundraiser and DNC chair has written a feisty letter to the editor [sub], in which he arguesThe Sept. 5 article about our efforts at GreenTech Automotive (“Real deal?”) stands in stark contrast with the Aug. 28 article in which you reported on partnerships between Toyota and Ford, Tesla, Aston Martin, Lotus and Salesforce.com (“Doing deals, Akio style”). The latter story says Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda “is breaking tradition to … [Read more...] about Terry McAuliffe Fires Back At Automotive News
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.Norbert Haug is out at Daimler. The head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport is leaving the company at the end of this year. A statement sent out by Daimler Financial quotes Haug admitting that “unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn’t fulfill our own expectations.” His sudden departure concludes a 22-year tenure that has seen many high and low points. Haug is a former writer for the car magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and was responsible for Michael Schumacher’s return to the circuit. The bold move hasn’t paid off well. Haug’s often-abrasive manner and earthy sense of humor has made him plenty of internal enemies, who were actively looking for a misstep. Former Formula 1 … [Read more...] about The Continental: Mercedes’ Longtime Motorsports Manager Departs, News on AMG, Aston, Tesla, and Škoda
When the Detroit News decided to make a click-tastic slideshow of The 50 Most Beautiful WAGS In Sports, the blogosphere responded with some WAGging of its own — mostly of tongues. Nearly everybody agreed that there was something deeply saddening and pathetic about the fact that a semi-respected Old News bastion is now using Google Image Search and one-click-per-picture tactics to puff up the numbers. Some of the strongest criticism, however, came from a most unlikely source.In a piece entitled Oh God The Detroit News Is Trying To Be Buzzfeed Now, Contributor Aaron Foley opines that But a countdown, click-through list of most beautiful wives and girlfriends of athletes? NO. Really? It shouldn’t have come to this. I get that Buzzfeed is popular because they have lists and Complex always does clicky slideshow shit like this, but they have that lane. Don’t merge into that lane. It’s their lane. And frankly, it works for them.This all sounds perfectly reasonable, … [Read more...] about Gawker Wants The Detroit News To Stick To The Real Journalism
While BMW definitely isn’t alone in this regard, the company’s safety recalls often contain an ear-piquing phrase: “Risk of fire.”The German luxury automaker has had no shortage of fire-related recalls in past years, but a ABC News investigation points to dozens of recent fires that destroyed vehicles not under recall. The models involved reportedly span the gamut of the brand’s product lineup, but the fires share a common trait. Each blaze broke out after the vehicle had been shut off — in one case, after the vehicle had sat dormant for three or four days.Five ABS News affiliates took part in the investigation, which uncovered at least 40 U.S. fires over the past five years in unattended BMWs not subject to a fire-related recall. Other BMW fires have made headlines in Canada and overseas. Years ago, one irate owner even created a blog about the tendency of the brand’s vehicles to self-immolate.The destruction of one 3 … [Read more...] about Spontaneous Combustion of Parked BMWs Get a ‘News at 11’ Close-up
Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows.That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you can become an automotive journalist* … after the break! The Consumer Electronics Show is going to the carsCES in Las Vegas will be home to numerous vehicle reveals and an astronomical number of car technology demos.And I’m okay with this.Last night, Volkswagen took the sheet of its BUDD-e and e-Golf Touch concepts (the latter you saw here first!). Chevrolet will officially show its new Bolt EV on Wednesday after being leaked (by accident, we hear) by CNET.It seems all automakers needed to do in order to capture the hearts and minds of those darned Millennials was load the cars up with technology and give them first crack at … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: CES Is an Auto Show Now, Volkswagen Apologizes (Again), and Do You Want to Be an Automotive Journalist?