Pod Rods: A Bond car in someone's house; Toyota makes an INSECT;…

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Pod Rods: A Bond car in someone#039;s Toyota makes an INSECT; and new flagship

Pod Rods brings you updates on car news, automotive and all the car events happening in the area.

time, we show a snarly of a tiny V-8; get your ragtop on; and tell you about a lot of car

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Now here’s some automotive

— Volkswagen unveiled its Beetle Convertible, the

third-generation of the VW ragtop. And it keeps to the new model’s roofline and more upright

for a shape more closely with the first generation convertible. It gets a traditional which lies flat down for good rear dropping in a bit over 10 seconds at the of a button.

Inside, a body-color and stylish gauges and trim room for four adults and There’s an Automatic Rollover System — two roll-over concealed behind the back of bench seat, activated by the that deploys the airbags in the of a crash. There will be engine options — 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 170 hp and 177 of torque; a 2-liter TDI Diesel with 140 hp and 236 lb-ft; and a 2-liter TSI four-cylinder with 200 hp. It comes out in 2012.

— The world’s car had its rocket engine test week. Autocar said Noble’s Bloodhound SSC project, is seeking the 1,000-mph land record car, test the rocket at Newquay Cornwall as part of the propulsion system’s program. Combined with a jet it is hoped the rocket will send the car and driver Andy to more than 1,000 mph in Africa late next According to Bloodhound rocket Dan Jubb, the test was the biggest firing in Britain for more 20 years, and was streamed online at .

— A piece of Bond James Bond — up for auction this week on the anniversary year of 007’s film. The 2008 Aston DBS Coupe used by actor Craig as Bond in Quantum of was the centerpiece at Christie’s auction. And 50 memorabilia from Eon Productions the production company behind the also went on the block. The DBS was one of seven used in the film.

The 2013 smart fortwo drive will start at making it the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S. A cabriolet model will at $28,000 when both hit the U.S. market in the spring of Customers may also be eligible for tax credits (which run up to $7,500) or tax credits, further reducing the The electric smart has the smallest of any car on the U.S. The electric drive fits where the fuel goes in the underfloor area the front and rear wheels, the electric motor replaces the engine between the rear

— Maserati’s first utility vehicle will be the Levante, while its new midsize will bring back a past name — What was called the Kubang gets the Levante name it goes into production in according to Autoweek. The Fiat announced the names at the Paris show, and hopes the two new models boost the company’s global from 6,150 last to 50,000 units by 2015. The will be produced in the United by the Chrysler Group, sharing a line and basics with the Grand Cherokee. Levante east in Italian. The production of the four-door Ghibli is expected to next spring, the name used on a two-seat coupe in 1967. The company will the Quattroporte name for its four-door large sedan.

— We love the shape and the drive of the Honda CR-Z but its sporty look doesn’t its frugal performance. Now Mugen, an tuner and parts manufacturer associated with Honda, a select few will be able to they call the Honda MUGEN RZ. The car gets redeveloped brake system and wheels, exterior parts designed for and a centrifugal supercharger to improve MUGEN will install the CR-Zs with the 6-speed only 300 to be sold in Japan

— Reuters reports Motors has dismissed Spyker’s $3 lawsuit that claimed it bankrupted Saab (sold by GM to by preventing a deal with investor Zhejiang Youngman In a court response, GM says as Saab’s former owner, it had the right to approve the Youngman Spyker’s lawsuit claimed refusal to approve the deal from the fact that the automaker didn’t want to a competitor in China. GM had previously the lawsuit, filed last was without merit.

Only one video this but it’s a jewel – a tiny supercharged V-8 engine, yours for $700! Conley Precision has developed the Stinger 609; a cubic inch V-8 with dual carburetors and a functional belt. It offers about says Autoblog, which you access to a nifty noisy that shows the engine close to its 10,000-rpm redline. It weighs 11.25 pounds.

Toyota is showing off the future of transport for one in its Smart INSECT Network Social Electric Transporter). According to Autoblog, the vehicle allows users to connected with voice and Toyota’s cloud-based Smart Using Microsoft Kinect, the car can when the driver is approaching the and open the corresponding door on which side of the car they are on. inside, the driver can connect to a operator to control systems navigation and audio, and it can also to the driver’s home via a smartphone to systems like door and air conditioning. Alas, Toyota it has no plans to build any more INSECT.

— Lamborghini has its flagship 2013 Aventador LP with new technology to improve consumption. The supercar’s new stop-start lets the engine shut at a stop light, then up quickly using high-performance in 180 milliseconds. Another new system one cylinder bank under low and at speeds of less than 80-mph, allowing the V-12 to run as an six. But need it again, and the engine comes back

Fall means car show this weekend and soon:

Florida shows:

• Cruisin’ of Jacksonville Northeast Florida AACA Car-Truck-Special Interest Car Show in memory of John — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baymeadows Junction Shopping at Baymeadows Road and Philips Free for spectators and $20 per show proceeds benefit the Ronald House.

• Fourth annual Support and Resources Motorcycle Run 9:45 a.m. Saturday, 13, Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Road. Registration is $25 per rider and $5 for the all proceeds to benefit breast patients. Registration starts at 8 at Adamec, and will be held or shine.

• Artoberfest — annual Palatka Car Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 13, Palatka Memorial Park on the St. River in downtown Palatka. Car is 9 a.m. awards at 3 p.m.

• Car Classic XXIV — 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Head pub at 6460 U.S. 1 in St. Free for spectators and $30 per British

• Retrorama — 7 a.m. to 3 Saturday, Oct. 13, Play Drive-in at 6300 Blanding Spectators are $2 per, and $10 per car; $15 for the car and swap meet; $25 for car show, and movies!

• Isle of Faith Car — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, at the church at 1821 San Road. Free for spectators and car

• Bradford County Relay for Car and Truck show — 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the County Fair Grounds at N. Temple Ave. in Starke. for spectators and $15 for car owners.

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• Amelia Cruizers 16th 8 Flags Car Show — 8 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on Street in downtown Fernandina Free for spectators and $25 per show Proceeds benefit the Justin Scholarship Foundation, Camden Court Appointed Special for Children and Nassau County on Aging.

• Second annual Car Show — 10 a.m. to 1 Saturday, Oct. 20, at Wild Cafe, 4555 Southside Free to spectators, it is $50 registration per car, proceeds to help the Warrior Project.

• Fifth Back to the 50s — 10 a.m. to 2 Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Tanglewood Center, 1241 Blanding in Middleburg. Free to spectators and $25 per car.

• 35th annual State Studebaker Meet 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 20, at the Hampton Inn and Suites at 4415 Blvd. Hosted by the Northeast Chapter Studebakers Drivers Free for spectators and $10 for Studebakers.


• Informal cruise-in 7 to 9 a.m. every Saturday at the Kreme doughnut shop at San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.

• Coast Car Council — 5 to 8 Saturday at Kmart, 380 Blanding at Kingsley Avenue in Orange

• Sunshine State Chevelles 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Krystal’s, Merrill Road.

• Clay Cruizers — 3 to 6 p.m. Big Dawgs Family Sports 1330 Blanding Blvd. in Park.

• Jacksonville Truck — 7:30 to 11:30 the first Thursday of each at Round Boys Grill, San Jose Blvd. and 7:30 to p.m. on the third Thursday of month at Brewer’s Pizza, 14B Blvd. in Orange Park.

Georgia cruise-ins:

• Southeast Car and Truck Club cruise-ins 6 p.m. the second Saturday of month at Sonic’s, 395 Charlie Senior Highway, St. Marys; and 6 on the fourth Saturday of each at the Millhouse Steakhouse, 1215 King Ave. in Kingsland, to Interstate 95.

• Bike Enthusiasts — 7 p.m. the first and Thursdays, Cavagnaro’s restaurant at South GA Parkway W. in Waycross.

• Car Show — 6 to 9 p.m. the Saturday of every month, at 2316 Memorial Drive in

Please send information on and automotive and motorcycle events to or Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union, 1 Ave. Jacksonville.

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