This Week in Blurbs
Here are stories from this week that are interesting, odd, entertaining, and/or of remotely tangential interest to the auto buyer, in blurbs:
- If you love the VW Beetle, and sharks, have we got the car for you!
- Forbes compiled a list of the most beautiful cars of 2012. Beauty comes at a price apparently, because every one of them is extraordinarily expensive.
- Last week we previewed the upcoming redesigned Mazda6. Now here’s a glimpse of the wagon version. Wagon-lovers, cross your fingers; no word yet if it will make it to the U.S.
- Mercedes-Benz has BlueTEC, Mazda has SKYACTIV, now Honda ups the corny eco-name ante with their Earth Dreams line of engines. This, and more future Honda product news here.
- Zipcar is great, but you’ll likely be in a rather pedestrian compact. BMW is hoping to win your heart with hourly rentals.
- Big recall for Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h. Over 770,000 vehicles could experience rear suspension failure.
- The Lexus LFA is a high-tech supercar tour-de-force, but at $375,000 most likely out of your reach. As a consolation, Lexus is offering a chance to win a day with one.
- MINI a while ago confirmed production of the Paceman, a 2-door version of the Countryman. Now it has released oxymoronic official spy shots.
- We’ve told you before about ever-shrinking engines. The race to miniaturization continues with Ford’s 1.0 liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost mill. We’ll see it in the U.S. soon; most likely in the Fiesta.
- The Hummer brand may have driven off into the sunset, but fear not, you can now buy a kit to build one yourself.