Next month, during the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Black Hills Auto Auction Inc will offer a modified 1994 Toyota Supra. It’s no ordinary modded Supra, though, it’s a famous gold-colored Supra from Japanese tuning company Top Secret, and its claims to fame are incredible speed and a V12 under the hood.
The number of cylinders under the hood of this 1994 Supra has doubled, and it isn’t a V12 from Ferrari or Aston Martin. It’s a 5.0-liter V12 developed by Toyota and used in the old Toyota Century, the company’s Japan-only luxury sedan. Top Secret didn’t stop there, having added a pair of turbochargers, a nitrous oxide system and stronger engine internals. In total, the car has 930 hp and 745 pound-feet of torque, all of which goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Besides the powertrain upgrades, the car received a body kit that makes it hard to recognize the car as a Supra from the front, but the greenhouse and taillights are dead giveaways. Read more
Ford Motor Co. lost an employee identified in local reports as Ivan Bridgewater, 41, worked as an electrician at plants. The Occupational safety and Health Departament has launched an investigation to determine the cause of his death.
Sgt. John Bradley, a spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Departament, said that emergency medical services were arleady on the scene when officers arrived, about 12:55 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, but unfortunetly by the time they did the man had arleady been deceased, he died because of a blunt force trauma. A deputy corner confirme the assessment, adding that Kentucky’s medical examiner has not yet signed off on a case of death, pending further study. Read more
Ford Motor Co. plans to end North American production of its Fusion midsize sedan at the end of the decade. The automaker has begun informing suppliers that it will not build the next-generation Fusionat its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, where the car is currently made. It’s unclear whether Ford would stop selling the Fusion in the U.S., replace it with a different vehicle, or build it elsewhere. A spokesman declined to comment.
The car will not be shipped to the United States from China, Ford said Wednesday, denying a Reuters report that the automaker would consolidate global production of the Fusion and Mondeo sedans in China. Ford currently builds the Mondeo in China for that market as part of its joint venture with Changan Ford, and it makes the European Mondeo in Valencia, Spain. Read more
When all the bars close, Uber‘s surge pricing can be astonishing. You might hear a lot of horror stories, but they probably don’t compare to the story of a Toronto passenger who claimed he was charged over $14,000 (CAD $18,518.50) for a 21-minute ride.
The brief trip was from 12a Widmer St. to 30 The Queensway. The ride was supposed to cost under $20. Uber has stated that it has since issued a full refund to the passenger. The company’s spokesperson said that there was an error and it has been resolved. He added that they apologized to the passenger for his experience. A friend of the overcharged customer tweeted on Saturday about disputing the price. Read more
Audi of America, a unit of AUDI AG, reports a November sales increase of 12 percent to 19,195 deliveries, as the Q7, new Q5 and the new-to-the U.S. A5 Sportback, lead consumer demand.
Consumer demand for the new Q5 and Q7 helped drive November’s sales increase. Deliveries of the Q5 were up 31 percent to 5,467. The Q7 deliveries increased to 3,292, and have now increased 23 percent year-to-date. SUV sales for Audi increased 23 percent to 10,351. Read more
Green car sales are on the rise. Nearly every mainstream automaker has or is working on a fully-electric vehicle to meet ever-increasing customer demands. Porsche has yet to launch its first all-electric car, the Mission E, but it is already warming up to electric cars after seeing demand switching to the hybrid versions of its vehicles. Now, they say that they are even working on all-electric ‘derivatives of the Mission E’. The German automaker announced that around 60 percent of all new Panamera models in Europe were equipped with a hybrid drive.
Worldwide, the Panamera E-Hybrid makes up 60 percent of that model’s sales. In Scandinavia, that number jumps to 90 percent. Demand is only going to grow as different regions begin to offer tax incentives and other bonuses for driving electric or electrified vehicles. Porsche is pivoting, setting up the Mission E to reach an even wider audience than originally predicted. Porsche wants to sell 20,000 Mission E sedans each year. Considering the success of cars like the Tesla Model S, it doesn’t seem like that far of a stretch. Read more