Need For Speed gives an early peak at The Run

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Need For Speed: The Run Debut Trailer – Click above to watch the video after the jump

If you’re getting bored of the racing games that are relegated to the track, the Need For Speed franchise is hoping to grab your attention with The Run. The new game, which doesn’t hit stores until November 15, promises to mix hot rides with a healthy dose of drama. The premise is simple: The gamer will need to make their way across the country while bad guys and the law chases them all the while. In other words, its kind of like Smokey and the Bandit meets Fast and Furious, perhaps with a touch of Grand Theft Auto.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for the upcoming game. The clip is short and it doesn’t reveal much, but we did catch a glimpse of an Audi R8, a Porsche Cayenne, a Mustang and even a Ford Taurus Police Interceptor. That’s not a lot to go on, but the post-jump press release says gamers will “blow across borders, weave through dense urban traffic, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds.” Sounds like it could be fun.

[Source: Electronic Arts]

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Autowriters Aaron Robinson and Ezra Dyer added to The Car Show on SPEED

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First look at The Car Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

SPEED is betting big on its newest TV series, called The Car Show. You’re most likely already aware that the program will be hosted by Adam Carolla, Dan Neil, Matt Farah and John Salley. Now, SPEED has announced that some well-known auto scribes are joining the team to pitch in on writing duty.

Aaron Robinson and Ezra Dyer have become a part of The Car Show family. Robinson is the Technical Editor at Car and Driver, while Dyer has written for a handful of publications and has a running column at Automobile. The two will add their automotive knowledge and insight to a team that already knows a good deal about cars. Well, we’re sure of everyone except Salley. The Spider owns four NBA championship rings, was a member of the Chicago Bulls record-breaking 72-win season, and wasn’t terrible in the film Eddie. None of that translates to cars, but we’re hoping the writers stay away from attempting to squeeze his six-foot, 11-inch frame into a Mazda Miata.

Gallery: Adam Carolla’s The Car Show

[Source: Speed]

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Followup: Scott Burgess resumes role as auto critic for The Detroit News

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs

Scott Burgess, Auto Critic for The Detroit NewsFollowing an official apology by his former and once again present editors, Scott Burgess, auto critic for The Detroit News, has returned to the newspaper. Burgess had resigned after changes were made to a review he had written that criticized the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan, apparently in response to complaints made by parties that advertised with the paper. Naturally, we wish Burgess the best of luck with his reborn career with The Detroit News. [Source: Jalopnik]

Followup: Scott Burgess resumes role as auto critic for The Detroit News originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford teaming with The Amazing Race producers for Focus Rally America interactive marketing

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Marketing/Advertising, Hatchback, Ford

Focus Rally AmericaRemember the Ford Fiesta Movement? The clever marketing campaign to get the advanced word out about its new small car was quite a success. The Fiesta had higher product awareness before its official launch than any other car in its class, and the creative types within Ford Motor Company are hoping to capture that same sort of magic in getting the word out about the 2012 Focus.

Ford has just announced that it will be partnering with the creators of the hit television show The Amazing Race to create Focus Rally America, an online, interactive reality series starring the automaker’s new global C-car. Six teams, comprised of two people and one Focus will participate in a five-week cross-country road rally with a grand prize of $100,000.

The cool thing, though, is that these individual teams won’t just be running through the usual gauntlet of planned challenges. Ford is making the most of social media, and the teams will benefit from interactive online support from fans. The online followers can provide clues to help the participants along their routes, and Ford will be awarding ten brand new Focuses to the biggest supporters of the winning team. The whole event will be brought to you via webisodes on Hulu, beginning around February 1, 2011.

Casting is already under way, so if the Focus Rally America sounds like your thing, head to focusrally.com to sign up. In-person auditions will also be held in 11 major cities around the United States, with more information available at the event’s website. For the full details about Focus Rally America, check out the automaker’s press release after the jump.

Gallery: 2012 Ford Focus

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Reader Spy: 2011 Dodge Charger revealed on set of The Fast and the Furious Five

Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Chrysler, Dodge, Police/Emergency

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Reader Spy: 2011 Dodge Charger on the set of ‘The Fast and the Furious Five’ – Click above for high-res image gallery

Thanks to Autoblog reader Jose Rosario, we can now put the speculation to rest – the 2011 Dodge Charger will indeed receive a new full-width taillamp treatment that echoes that of its two-door Challenger kin. Rosario informs us that these spy shots were taken in Puerto Rico on the set of The Fast and the Furious Five, the latest installment of the durable Vin Diesel street racing franchise.

According to Rosario, the filming appears to be using at least one prototype of the new Charger, “because it has the sides of the current model but has the new front and they added the new rear which light up all in LED lights.” The film crew is also using more complete 2011 models, all of which are dressed up as police cars. The cars were used in a chase scene in which two current-model in a matte black finish pull a bank vault along the street, pursued by the Brazilian police cars (Even though the filming is taking place in Puerto Rico, the movie is set in Brazil). Rosario sadly reports that the last scene filmed the day these images were taken were of a current model Charger rear-ending a 2011 model.

Rosario managed to not only get shots of the new taillamps and well-integrated dual exhausts, but also some shots of the front end, which he says looks “more aggressive,” including more snout-like grille, new hood, subtly but completely redone headlamps and a revised lower fascia.

As if that weren’t enough, our man in PR also scored a shot of the 2011 model’s interior, which reveals a much more cohesive look. A new three-spoke steering wheel with redundant audio controls beckons, as does what appears to be a start button. The gauge binnacle eschews the four nacelles of the current car for a more unified cluster that’s marked out by a liberal helping of silvery trim and vertically oriented air vents bookend a new infotainment screen. Immediately below the screen, the Charger maintains its simple three-knob HVAC controls (albeit redone), and a step down from there is the CD slot. In the center console, a gated PRNDL surrounded by what looks like faux carbon-fiber trim. All-in-all, it looks like a massive improvement over the dour and workmanlike instrument panel of the outgoing Dodge.

What do you think – will the reborn Dodge Charger and its Chrysler 300 twin offer enough changes to rekindle your interest? Check out our images in the high-res gallery below, and then drop your fellow reader a line in Comments. Thanks for the pics, Rosario!

Gallery: Reader Spy: 2011 Dodge Charger

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1941 Tatra T87 named The New York Times’ Collectible Car of the Year

Filed under: Classics, Sedan, Etc., Europe

The web has spoken and a 1941 Tatra T87 has been voted The New York Times 2010 Collectible Car of the Year. The rear-engined, air-cooled V8 Tatra beat 30 finalists (overall, there were 651 entrants), including noteworthy cars from Packard and Checker. The T87’s owner, Paul Greenstein, was shocked to hear that his car – one of three Tatras he owns – came out on top. Greenstein says the Tatra has a unique allure that can’t be matched by other manufacturers. For Americans, rarity factors into that, as the Czech marque was never sold in the United States.

Greenstein picked up his car in 2001 for the princely sum of $8,000. At the time, the fin wasn’t in show-quality condition, so he had the T87 shipped to the Czech Republic for a full restoration. Fringe benefits of having the work done in the old country included cheap labor and parts availability that couldn’t be matched in the U.S. Three-and-a-half years and $60,000 later, Greenstein and his girlfriend had their T87 back. Don’t scoff at the cost; recent examples have sold at auction for as much as $125,000. Fortunately, the Times’ Collectible Car of the Year award includes a $5,000 check along with the trophy.

Head over to the The New York Times to read the full story, and be sure to also visit Clunkbucket for a few shots of Paul Greenstein’s T87 taken prior to its restoration.

[Source: The New York Times | Image: Clunkbucket]

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