The problem is, that's the reality of much of China — the reality that springs to mind when we're not thinking of Mao posters, little red books, subpar working conditions or the death vans for inveterate cuties. But the reality of the Chinese auto industry is that there will be a day — and that day is rapidly approaching — that the strap won't break. Brace yourselves. Shanghai '07 may well stand as the first drops of a watershed that could flush the colon of the auto industry to the point that we'll no longer recognize it. It wasn't in the cars we saw. It was in the actions; the attitudes. The propaganda was at times laughable, but the grasp on what it takes to compete primarily has to do with Western tastes in marketing. No American shopping for a heavy-duty truck will want to buy "The Floating Aerodrome on Land," but cut-rate goods built to a solid standard are coming — while not as luxe as the A8L we rode in, the Chinese-built A6L's interior panel fit was … [Read more...] about Fast as a Shark: Living on Chinese Rocks
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Oh, you better believe it does. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer posted a photo of some Zagato shooting brakes at the factory on Instagram recently, and the focal point of his photo was this very, very pink one. It’s a great pink, too, if we’re honest: It’s not a light shade or a dark shade of pink, and it’s not even really metallic, like many other cars. It’s just pink—Pepto Bismol, Barbie Jeep pink. The unapologetic kind. … [Read more...] about Some Hero Ordered the New Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake in Pink
Aston Martin doesn’t need to show us these things—it’s only making 99 of them and I’m almost positive none of us are getting one. Aston probably just wants to rub in how much of a design heavyweight it is right now with arguably the lineup’s most exotic looking car. … [Read more...] about Here’s More of the Gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake In Case You Forgot
The short version of Boro The Caterpillar will debut at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo this summer. According to Miyazaki, it’s “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” You can watch clips of the short below. … [Read more...] about Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement, just like he said he would
All that changed with the introduction of Elise, and while the diminutive Toyota-powered two-seater didn't catapult Lotus into the ranks of the cookie-cutter producers, it was a viable option for sports car buyers dollars. This 2005 Elise Touring will set back a sports car buyer less than any other Elise I can find, and the reason may be found in the glove box, that is if these things came with a glovebox. If it did, that's likely where you'd find the pink slip, and the pink slip for this car shows that it has a salvage title. That, to many buyers, is like having your blind date tell you that she's a tranny - it's somewhat off-putting, and second dates are usually out of the question. … [Read more...] about Tainted Love – 2005 Lotus Elise for $19,500!