2014 Chevrolet Corvette to debut at Detroit Auto Show, start production in Q3 2013

The next-generation Chevrolet C7 Corvette is indeed one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the upcoming auto show season, and we’ve now learned that General Motors’ famed sports car will officially bow on Sunday, January 13 during a preview event for the Detroit Auto Show press days. (We can already picture the mob scene.) To get buzz going on the new car, GM has released this image of the redesigned crossed flags emblem – the iconic symbol that Corvettes have worn since the model’s introduction in 1953. “The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car,” Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of Global Design, said in a statement today. If you’re still hot on plunking down cash for one of the C6 Corvette models, you don’t have much time left.Automotive News reports that dealers still have until December to submit orders for the current Corvette, and that buyers with very specific orders should get them in by the end of October in order to have their exact specifications guaranteed. The 2013 C6 Corvette will officially go out of production in February. Following that, GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky facility will shut down for six months in order to retool and prepare for production of the 2014 C7 model. GM has already cancelled tours at the plant in preparation for the shutdown. We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the C7 Corvette running around, but details are still slim on what exactly lies under all that camouflage. GM will show its new small-block V8 to the world on Wednesday, October 24, and we’ll be at the live unveiling to pass along all the details. In addition to the C7, this new small-block will power the next generation of GM pickups, which will also debut at the Detroit show. Scroll down for GM’s official release regarding the Corvette’s new emblem, as well as a video showing the history of the crossed flags. Source: Autoblog Read more
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2012 Mosler RaptorGTR, #1 of 1, on sale for $700k

You hear the term “one of one” a lot in the classic car realm. It is meant to indicate the utmost rarity in a vehicle with an extremely limited production run. In contemporary cars, other notable examples include a one-off Bugatti Veyron, or the Ferrari P4/5 commissioned by James Glickenhaus. Here is another supercar that can count itself among the club: the 2012 Mosler RaptorGTR. The RaptorGTR was actually not intended to have a single-unit production run, but according to the press release, “Unfortunately Mosler was pulled into the vortex of the financial downturn and only produced one of its latest products.” Unfortunate indeed, because the world needs more 838-horsepower 7.0-liter V8 supercars. With a curb weight of 2580 pounds, the RaptorGTR has a 649 horsepower-per-ton ratio. Mosler is quick to point out that, while Bugatti boasts 1200hp in the Veyron SuperSport, the car also carries a 4545-lb curb weight, resulting in a 528 horsepower-per-ton ratio. The press release also points out that the RaptorGTR builds on the legacy started by previous Mosler products, such as the MT900R, which has “the highest percentage of podiums/start of any manufacturer in FIA sports car racing.” So what will this one-off performance exotic cost? Supercar Engineering, which developed the RaptorGTR, and owns the distribution rights, says $700,000. The interior can be customized to suit the buyer’s whim, but it remains unclear if said customization is included for that price. We doubt it. The vehicle is also being marketed in Russia, UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States. Given its near-pefect rarity, there is a good chance that the Mosler RaptorGTR will sell for more than the listed $700k. Source: Autoblog
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Dealing with #*%&$)!

NEW ORLEANS — How do your service writers and advisors handle it when an angry customer gets on the phone or in front of the desk and barks out demands and complaints? These situations unfortunately come with all businesses, and learning to address them properly is key in keeping customers happy and maintaining your reputation. Margie Seyfer worked with some owners at ASRW on Wednesday afternoon to prep them with tools, phrases and approaches to defuse these situations as quickly and successfully as possible. “Swearing is an anger igniter. Getting a customer to speak in more positive terms can turn a customer around.” But how do you start? Seyfer suggested a handful of steps, starting with count to 10 before you speak. If you can’t make it to 10, get some numbers in. Second, ask permission to rewind. Phrases like this can help: “I apologize. Could we just start over?” “You know, your language is distracting me from helping you.” “Would you please slow down? I’m taking notes.” Read more
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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

So far, so good for McLaren Automotive. Since the MP4-12C coupestarted deliveries roughly 16 months ago, there are now 1,500-plus more great supercars traveling the roads of our planet. There have been potholes, particularly the hotly awaited initial UK comparison tests in 2011 that (frankly) both we and McLaren felt the MP4-12C would ace versus the Ferrari 458 Italia & Co. In almost every test, the 570-horsepower Ferrari eclipsed the 592-horsepower MP4-12C and, beyond lap time tenths and hundredths, the victory was based almost purely on emotional issues: disappointing exhaust sounds from the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8, clinically efficient chassis responses tempered by little excitement through the steering wheel or seat of the pants, or an exterior that didn’t look quite special enough. Read more
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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo

This is the latest Lambo, and it has a long name: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo. It’s a name that reminds me of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but that doesn’t, as a matter of fact, have anything at all to do with Mary Poppins. What the Super Trofeo does have is a bent for racing, and, says Lamborghini, a 120 percent improvement in aerodynamics over its predecessor. That all comes from an R&D team reworking the body and adding adjustable aerodynamic devices such as its 10-position rear wing. The Super Trofeo also benefits from improved brake ducting, which the company says increases front brake cooling by 50 percent. Not too shabby. Basically, this angular beast is scientifically formulated to go really fucking fast without coming off the road. Are you ready (and do you have the money)? Read more
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