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Apr 16, 2014 - 7:48 PM - by GODspeed7
Ok guys here comes the story. I used to be an admin of mazdaspeed 3 owners group on facebook. I am no longer, but that's a different story for another day. Well one of the members was asking about clutch and flywheel options. I told them that I just bought a Luk clutch kit off of amazon for $181 and a Fidanza Flywheel from Edge autosport for $335 all shipped for free and how this was the best deal. Well XTR nate is an admin at mazdaspeed owners group on facebook (confusing as fuck I know) and a few minutes later I received these PM's from him on facebook ... [Read More]
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May 11, 2013 - 5:17 PM - by Haltech

For anyone who has owned a Gen 1 or Gen 2 Mazdaspeed3 for any amount of time who enjoys spirited street driving will tell you, the stock brakes can fade quickly and give you an E ticket ride. Although our cars come OEM with top rate Ferodo compound, our floating single piston calipers do not properly apply pad pressure to the rotor. We also see a lot of fade when you push the car hard with increased braking.

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Feb 28, 2013 - 4:14 PM - by Haltech

Hi, i'm Kevin Pugh, owner and founder of Mazdaspeed Forums. I created this forum in January 2008 for the purpose of providing an actual performance oriented tech site for force inducted Mazda's. MSF was created and still operates, as a NON Agenda site for the hardcore performance enthusiast. My overall goal was to create a site that keeps true enthusiast engaged, informed and TEACH them that damn near anything related to these cars, can be tackled in your own garage,... [Read More]
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Report: Mercedes-Benz USA considering moving south
Dec 17, 2014 - 3:50 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Mercedes-Benz



Mercedes-Benz may be a German automaker first and foremost, but it's a global operation. Among its many offices around the world, the company employs some 800 staffers at its US headquarters in New Jersey. But that office could be moving down South in the near future.

According to reports in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal and Automotive News, Mercedes is looking into relocating its American head office from Montvale, NJ, where it's been based since 1972, to one of several locations under consideration below the Mason-Dixon line.

Among the front-runners is Atlanta, where Porsche bases its North American operations. The presence of a trained workforce, necessary infrastructure, compliant officials and proximity to a major hub for international air traffic could make the Georgian metropolis an attractive proposition for Mercedes. Several locations in North Carolina are also said to be under consideration, as well.

Either way, MBUSA's relocation to the South would put it closer to its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, AL, and to the Port of Brunswick near Savannah from which it ships out those vehicles made in Alabama to points overseas. The relocation project is reportedly being handled by commercial real-estate firm JLL Inc, which is helping Toyota handle its relocation from southern California and Ohio to Texas.

Sources don't expect, however, for New Jersey to let Mercedes go without a fight. The state's Grow NJ Assistance Program could offer MBUSA an attractive incentives package to stay in Montvale. The company previously planned in 1998 to relocate to Pearl River, NY, but ultimately ended up staying in Jersey.Mercedes-Benz USA considering moving south originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Video: 2016 Nissan Titan gets video teaser ahead of Detroit debut
Dec 17, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Truck, Technology, Videos, Nissan, Diesel



The Detroit Auto Show is going to be quite an event for pickup fans thanks to introductions of the new Toyota Tacoma and at least the rumor about the future F-150 Raptor. In addition to them, Nissan will finally unveil its next-gen Titan after months of teasing and spied glimpses.

With just a few weeks before the big show, Nissan is giving us one more glimpse of the new Titan on video. This time the company plays up the pickup's American development, but the highlight for fans are the brief shots of its frame and Cummins 5.0-liter diesel V8. The engine is rumored to pump out over 300 horsepower and about around 550 pound-feet of twist. Check out the clip above another chance to see just a little more of the next Titan.Continue reading 2016 Nissan Titan gets video teaser ahead of Detroit debut

2016 Nissan Titan gets video teaser ahead of Detroit debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Report: How Nissan's NYC Taxi of Tomorrow has turned into a nightmare
Dec 17, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Government/Legal, Commercial Vehicles, Nissan, Specialty


"Why can't we have competition? Why did the city think there had to be exclusivity?" - Taxi Association

Nissan's takeover of the lucrative New York City taxi market hasn't exactly gone according to script. An agreement that should have seen the company become the exclusive supplier of taxis for the next ten years has resulted in nothing but headaches, controversy and legal challenges, despite the $1 billion deal between the Japanese marque and the Big Apple.

The opposition to the Nissan deal has been fierce since day one, Automotive News reports in a sweeping writeup of the Taxi of Tomorrow saga, with the Greater New York Taxi Association - which represents nearly a third of the city's taxi owners - putting up a fight against the new van cabs.

Whether it's the monopolistic nature of the Nissan deal - as we said, under the terms of the deal Nissan would become the sole distributor of taxis for New York cabbies - the NV200 taxi's limited reliability record, or concerns over the company's ability to supply the cabs, the Taxi Association has fought tooth and nail against the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow, AN reports.

"Look, Nissan is a good company. And the NV200 is not a bad car. If it turns out that people like it, then great - they should be able to sell them here," Ethan Gerber, an attorney for the Taxi Association told Automotive News. "But why can't we have competition? Why did the city think there had to be exclusivity? It stifles competition and stops innovation."

"Why couldn't we just have standards for the taxi, and if Toyota and Ford wanted to offer an identical vehicle that might be somehow better or more competitive, why can't they?" Gerber asked.Continue reading How Nissan's NYC Taxi of Tomorrow has turned into a nightmare

How Nissan's NYC Taxi of Tomorrow has turned into a nightmare originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Teased: 2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again
Dec 17, 2014 - 2:30 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Truck, Toyota, Design/Style



Toyota is following up its muddy teaser of the back of the 2016 Tacoma with a dusty new one that shows the truck's face for the first time. Without seeing more of the pickup, it's impossible to make any educated judgments, but the company appears to be taking the Taco's styling in a new direction.

The 2016 Tacoma features a hexagonal grille outlined in chrome and a narrow intake underneath visually connecting the foglights. The headlights take on a squinting look, and this shot suggests LED running lights at the outer edge (perhaps just for top-level trims). You can also just make out a bit boxier of a flare for the front fender.

The truckmaker hasn't announced anything about the Tacoma's powertrain, but we spied a prototype testing several months ago with a six-speed manual transmission. That one reportedly rode on a modified version of the current model's frame, as well. Toyota apparently has high hopes, though, because it's ramping up production at the Taco's factory in Mexico by 41 percent.

The truck debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 12, and you can read Toyota's to-the-point press release about it below.Continue reading 2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again

2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Spy Shots: 2016 Lincoln MKX spied in production form
Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Crossover, Lincoln, Luxury, Spy Photos



We're getting our first quality look at the next-generation Lincoln MKX in production guise thanks to these fresh spy shots, and they suggest styling that hews very closely to the concept from earlier this year.

Compared to the showcar, the headlights aren't quite as well integrated into the grille, but these LED units still attempt to nicely wrap the split-wing grille across the entire face of the vehicle. Beyond that, the two vehicles quite similar, though. The shape of the lower air dam is practically identical - just with some extra plastic for the production version. The hint of a character line running down the side also makes the resemblance easy to spot, despite this tester's polka-dot camouflage. At the rear, the taillights stretch across the hatch with integrated exhaust outlets below. Even the twin-spoke wheels are comparable to the concept.

Also, look carefully at these spy shots, and you can notice Lincoln apparently testing two different trims. One has LED headlights with front and rear parking sensors (pictured above), and the other shows projector lights with the sensors only at the rear.

The next-gen MKX will launch in 2015 and will be the first model in Lincoln's lineup to benefit from the deal with Harman to use its high-end Revel audio system. Check out the gallery to get a mildly camouflaged sneak preview of the company's future luxury crossover.2016 Lincoln MKX spied in production form originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Video: Porsche's high-tech 'mirror' turns every car into a Macan
Dec 17, 2014 - 1:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Crossover, Porsche, Luxury



Porsche calls it the "Magic Mirror," but it's less a reflective device and more 12 high-def screens that track drivers pulling into the valet area at a mall in Los Angeles. As they pass the screens in their cars, they get to see what they'd look like pulling up in a Macan, Porsche's newest and smallest crossover.

It could be considered the experiential evolution of a prior campaign that let people imagine how a Porsche would look in their driveways, an idea that was taken even further by a dealer in Toronto a few years later. Check out the video to see how it was done and how it was received.Continue reading Porsche's high-tech 'mirror' turns every car into a Macan

Porsche's high-tech 'mirror' turns every car into a Macan originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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