The All New McLaren P1 GTR

The all new McLaren P1 GTR is a beautifully designed concept car.  McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have all come out with their hybrid-powered hypercars, vehicles that boast the bleeding edge of what is possible with today’s road-car technology. The next step, at least in the case of McLaren and Ferrari, is to push that bleeding edge just a hair further, with even faster, more focused versions of the P1 and LaFerrari. At the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren will be the first to give us a glimpse of that boundary-pushing machine.

The British automaker has announced that the P1 GTR Design Concept will make its global debut smack dab in the middle of Monterey’s legendary car week, with the veil lifting on Friday, August 15 at 6:00 PM EST.

McLaren doesn’t go into many specifics here, simply calling the P1 GTR a track-focused variant of the P1, which we kind of already knew. Based on what we can see from the lone teaser sketch, the new model will have a much more dramatic aerodynamic presence than the street model, with a massive rear wing and a huge rear diffuser. Sandwiched between those two items are a pair of exhaust tips that wouldn’t look out of place on the deck of your average battleship. Carbon fiber should feature prominently, with a few exposed sections of the stuff visible in the teaser image.  What this new super car provides is high speed at low cost.

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Fuel Economy Takes a Step in the Right Direction

American vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released in late April. Good news for SUV, pickup and muscle car drivers.

Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed.

Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn.

“This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, which has been tracking fuel economy trends for over a decade. After years of relatively stagnant mileage, the increased federal fuel economy rules passed in 2005 have been paying off, he said, it’s an encouraging example of how public awareness can inspire change in the industry.

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US Auto Sales up 6%

U.S. auto sales picked up steam halfway through March and ended strong. 6% may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry.

Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse?

Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in late March — a sign that maybe it really was “just the weather.”  As the weather continues to improve, hopefully auto sales do, too.

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Folding Car? Fact or Myth

These things are awesome! Ever tried to find a parking spot in New York City? If so, you’re probably still looking for one because your car is too big to squeeze into any of those tiny spaces that are available.

You might not have that problem if you had the Hiriko Fold city car, an uber-compact electric car that folds right up to shoehorn into the tightest of parking spots. If news of this pint-sized car quells your road rage with visions of vehicular bliss, brother, you’re in luck. The car is expected to hit the market next year.

Setting Up for the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show

We were burning the midnight oil last yesterday to setup our booth at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show!  We love this show and look forward to seeing all our old friends and meeting new ones!

FOR ALL TICKETING INFORMATION: 905.940.2800 OR CIAS@AUTOSHOW.CA.

SHOW TIMES:
10:30 AM – 10:00 PM (February 17 – 25)
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM (February 26)

SHOW LOCATION:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
255 Front Street West
and South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.

Press Release – Installation of the Crow Environmental Vehicle De-Pollution System

Toronto, ON – October 14th, 2011 – Standard Auto Wreckers (www.StandardAutoWreckers.com) today announced its adoption of the Crow Environmental (www.crowenvironmental.net) vehicle de-pollution system in its Toronto, Ontario location. Crow’s innovative de-pollution system is an effective system for the de-polluting of end-of-life vehicles by removing toxic fluids and pumping them to fluid storage tanks for re-use and environmentally safe disposal. The Standard Auto Wreckers facility recently installed one high volume stand-alone system along with four  customized units and now has the only Crow Environmental five bay system in Ontario.

Paul Coon, Vice President of Green Vehicle Disposal commented, “We currently have more than 100 auto recyclers in our program across North America and I highly recommend all affiliates and any auto recycler who is serious about protecting the environment to invest in a Crow Environmental System, it is that good!”

David Gold, Owner of Standard Auto Wreckers shared his excitement about the Crow system. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to have this system installed in our recycling yard, we searched for years for the best solution and we finally found it with Crow Environmental vehicle de-pollution system. You can’t put a price on protecting the environment; this system represents a substantial and worthwhile investment for us!”

In addition to being the founding member of the Green Vehicle Disposal Program (www.GreenVehicleDisposal.com) in Canada and the USA, Standard Auto Wreckers is also well known for their charity work and are the founders of Charity Car donation programs in both the USA and Canada (www.CharityCar.ca and www.CharityCar.us).