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Mercedes-Benz Project ONE
The Octane Lounge September 4, 2017

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Mercedes-Benz Project ONE</br>The Octane Lounge September 4, 2017

On the rarefied air of exotic hypercars, the global arms race continues to escalate at a rapid pace as automakers develop new technologies that push cars to unheard of levels of performance.  Consider the new Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, a two-seat beast that uses Formula One technology to produce astonishing performance levels: Acceleration to 200 km/h (124 mph) from rest takes less than six seconds, which makes the Project ONE quicker than a Bugatti Veyron or a Porsche 918 Spyder. Top speed is a crisp 350 km/h, or about 217 mph. Mercedes-Benz is actually going to build and sell 275 of these cars. The price tag? How about $2.7 million or so, assuming you can somehow work your way into the queue of buyers.

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Millennials actually want cars
The Octane Lounge August 21, 2017

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Millennials actually want cars</br>The Octane Lounge August 21, 2017

At first blush, the dire message served up by author Robbie Kellman Baxter sounds an alarming note.
In a press release provocatively titled ‘Is Car Ownership Becoming Obsolete?’ Baxter warns, “People who 10 years ago couldn’t imagine not owning a car now find that today it’s a very viable option. The way consumers view car ownership is shifting dramatically.”

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Factory One
The Octane Lounge July 24, 2017

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Factory One</br>The Octane Lounge July 24, 2017

General Motors has restored and revived a former manufacturing facility that’s one of the most significant sites in the history of the North American auto industry. The Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint, Mich., dates back to the 1880s, when it began life as a cotton textile plant for Flint Woolen Mills. In 1886, William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant and business partner Josiah Dallas Dort leased the space to run the Flint Road Cart Co. to build horse-drawn carriages.

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2018 Honda Accord
The Octane Lounge July 3, 2017

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2018 Honda Accord</br>The Octane Lounge July 3, 2017

It’s no secret that car buyers have gobbled up increasing numbers of utility vehicles, making regular family sedans a much harder sell.
For 2018, the two gold standards of midsize sedans, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, are both new and much improved.  In June, Toyota rolled out its Camry in press previews and now it’s Honda’s turn to show off the next Accord.

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14,115 ‘feat’
The Octane Lounge June 26, 2017

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14,115 ‘feat’</br>The Octane Lounge June 26, 2017

To succeed in any form of motorsports requires climbing metaphorical mountains. Some require climbing actual mountains, which is every bit as daunting as it sound.
Each June, a special breed of daredevil racer attempts to scale Colorado’s Pikes Peak, on one of the most intense motorsports courses in the world. The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second-oldest race in the United States, is contested on a 12.42-mile, 156-turn course that starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and ends at 14,115 feet.

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FORD SHAKEUP
The Octane Lounge March 13, 2017

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FORD SHAKEUP</br>The Octane Lounge March 13, 2017

With its stock price depressed to 52-week lows, and challenges from other automakers and Silicon Valley, Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields is out, replaced by former Steelcase CEO and University of Michigan Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett. As part of the move, Ford also made about a dozen upper-management changes in various areas of the company. In announcing the changes, Hackett and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the company had three specific goals:

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FCA’s demons
The Octane Lounge February 27, 2017

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FCA’s demons</br>The Octane Lounge February 27, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has figured out an interesting sweet spot for its Dodge and Jeep brands: As niche manufacturers of ultra-high-performance muscle vehicles that combine modern technology and old-school looks and feel. Enter the new Dodge SRT Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
This hardly the first time.

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Tesla Model 3, construction begins
The Octane Lounge February 6, 2017

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Tesla Model 3, construction begins</br>The Octane Lounge February 6, 2017

The long-awaited Tesla Model 3 small car is one step closer to reaching production.
Tesla Inc., the California electric-car manufacturer, confirmed to multiple news outlets that it was halting assembly at its Fremont plant for one week in March so it could begin preparing for the Model 3, perhaps as soon as July. Test versions of the Model 3 are reportedly under construction now.

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Ferrari 812
The Octane Lounge January 23, 2017

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Ferrari 812</br>The Octane Lounge January 23, 2017

More than any other time in history, new-car shoppers have a rich array of sensible, practical models to choose from, in a wide variety of price points and body styles. There’s something appropriate for just about every buyer these days.
But thankfully not every automaker is trying so hard to be sensible. In fact, if you want your blood to run hot, here’s something wildly impractical, decidedly unconventional and extremely out of the ordinary.

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Welcome, to 2017 and beyond
The Octane Lounge January 9, 2017

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Welcome, to 2017 and beyond</br>The Octane Lounge January 9, 2017

As expected, the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., was a blockbuster event, with the world’s automakers showing off their best and brightest upcoming offerings.
Three vehicles won honors as the best vehicles in their respective classes. The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt won North American Car of the Year, the Honda Ridgeline was named Truck of the Year, and the Chrysler Pacifica scooped up the title for Utility of the Year.

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