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Dodge is bringing back its Super Bee package for one more nostalgic round in the hands of the brand’s ever-popular Charger muscle car. The Super Bee designation was first placed on a 1968 Coronet model before it was moved on over to the Charger model in 1971. It then took a long hiatus before it was applied once again, this time on the Charger SRT8 Super Bee model in 2006, 2007, and 2008. And now the Super Bee name will be offered once again for the 2012 model year.

"The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a salute to the fun-loving past of Dodge muscle cars powered by the legendary 392 HEMI V-8 in a back-to-basics performance machine," Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT and Motorsports said.

The special Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is set to make its world debut next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

UPDATE 11/09/2011: This review has been updated to include the official specifications for the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee.

UPDATE 11/14/2011: Chrysler has finally unveiled more images of the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee set to be revealed in just two days in Los Angeles.

Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee.

The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show will be host to the Buick LaCrosse GL Concept - a vehicle that takes a step forward in defining automotive luxury. The GL Concept combines a palette of cabernet red, dark cocoa brown, and caramel chocochino inspired by the burnished metal of antique jewelry, ombré patina on vintage guitars, and flocked lining of keepsake boxes.

The exterior is painted in a cabernet red and is combined with brushed and tinted chrome accents on the grille, door handles, and deck lid, as well as around the windows, taillights, and headlights. A new set of satin-finish 20-inch rims completes the overall look.

Taking a step into the car’s interior will give you the impression of entering a nicely decorated room. It combines dark cocoa brown and caramel chocochino leather on the seats, doors, and instrument panel surfaces with a rich chocochino suede headliner and wood trim on the steering wheel and dash.

"The LaCrosse GL concept expresses Buick ’s distinctly human kind of luxury – one that is as warmly inviting as it is elegant and refined," said David Lyon, executive director of design. "The design cues that already distinguish the production LaCrosse – such as the premium leather-upholstered seats, ice blue ambient lighting and soft touch surfaces – are amplified in the GL and serve as inspiration for future Buick models."

Jeep is preparing for the upcoming winter with a special edition Liberty Arctic that will be revealed at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. This special edition takes its inspiration from the Europe-bound Wrangler Arctic and will arrive in Jeep showrooms this month.

The Liberty Arctic will be available in four exterior colors - Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White, and Mineral Gray - combined with "Arctic" badges on the front fenders and semi-gloss black 16-inch aluminum wheels with center caps painted semi-gloss black. The exterior also features deep tint glass and tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps, and standard fog lamps.

The interior of the Liberty Arctic will feature a black and orange color scheme to offset the exterior. The vehicle’s seats will be covered in black vinyl with an "Arctic" logo in the seat back. Arctic Orange accent stitching can be found on the seat backs, cushions, and headrests.

The list of standard equipment for the Jeep Liberty Arctic includes gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, Media Center 430 touch-screen with a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, and Mopar slush mats with white "Jeep" lettering.

Pricing for the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic will be announced at a later date.

The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is over so now it’s time to focus on the next motor show of the month: the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show starting November 16th. Just a few days ago, Subaru announced the BRZ STI Concept’s scheduled appearance in California, and now Volvo has announced a special edition C70 . Called the C70 Inscription, this new edition will be offered worldwide and will be limited to 2,000 units a year.

The new C70 Inscription will be offered in only three exterior colors: Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic), and Ice White (Solid). It will be distinguished by 18-inch wheels painted in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter, a high-gloss paint on the grille, and LED Daytime Running Lights.

For the interior, the model will add an exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching and Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever, and carpets. A sporty feeling will be added with a new set of aluminum pedals, a steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminum inlays. Because this is a special edition, it will also feature "Inscription" logos on the front headrests, carpets, and handbrake lever.

UPDATE 12/15/11: Volvo has officially released the pricing details for the C70 Inscription package. If you’re interested in getting one, you’re going to need to shell out $3,900 for the opportunity to have one put into your C70. Add that to the $40,450 cost of the car itself and you’re looking at a price of around $44,350.

It’s been 200 years since the Earth stopped rotating. The world, as we once knew it, is extinct. In its place are two hemispheres - the Daysphere and the Nightsphere - with humans occupying the highly developed civilization of the latter, away from the former and its lethal electromagnetic waves.

But as history has shown, everything has an expiration date, and the electricity source - a rare crystallized mineral - that has powered the Nightsphere’s Megacity is slowly running out of juice. In order to find the mineral, a team of four heroes must travel to the pole of the Daysphere, the only place in the world where the mineral is found, but is known to be so dangerous that nobody has ever come back from it alive.

Enter the Ultra Subaru HORIZON. The team, which comprises of Alycone, Maia, Merope, and their magical cat, Pleiades, travel to the pole of the Daysphere on board the HORIZON, a car that was specially developed for that specific purpose.

With the fate of the Nightsphere in their hands, the Ultra Subaru Horizon and its capacity to withstand strong electromagnetic field, chemical imbalances, scorching heat, and raging storms of the Daysphere, is the only thing that can help Alcyone and his team to accomplish their mission, proving that if there ever came a time when the world needed a vehicle to save the ’night,’ the Ultra Subaru HORIZON would be it.

Now that the SEMA Auto Show is in full-swing, it’s important to keep one eye on the horizon and look ahead at the next major auto show on the calendar. That just happens to be the LA Auto Show at the end of the month and one of the most important parts of the festivities is the annual Design Challenge. Automotive design studios from around the world are invited to participate with this year’s theme being billed as “Hollywood’s Hottest New Movie Car.”

Straight out of Germany is the Mercedes Silver Arrow, a car that was actually designed as an homage to 125 years of automotive innovation and design excellence. Despite its German roots, the brains behind the Silver Arrow is actually Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America, which based their work on a story featuring two futuristic crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, going up against Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved futuristic race car from the latter’s clutches of terror.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow draws inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’s W125 series, particularly the Silberpfeil racecar of the late 1930’s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 50’s, as well as the company’ Formula racing history. The long-slung, sculptured design of the car features an overall shape that speaks to the design’s futuristic setting, highlighted by a diagonally configured, hub-less roller track for ‘Omni-Directional’ maneuvering.

From the minds that brought you the Mercedes Biome of a year ago, the Silver Arrow is an adventure waiting to happen.

UPDATE 12/29/11: Mercedes has released a fresh set of photos of the Silver Arrow Concept, which you can check out at the gallery below. If the initial renderings and sketches blew your mind, wait until you see the latest images of the Hollywood-inspired concept that was designed for the LA Design Challenge last month.

Honda ’s story for their concept vehicle, the IH (Intelligent Horse), takes us to futuristic world of the wild, wild west. We swear they make some sense out of this eventually.

The setting is hundreds of years into the future in a world that has been disrupted by the impact of a gigantic comet. After the impact of Armageddon, the remaining survivors needed a vehicle that will not only serve as their companion, but also as their protector in an inhospitable environment.

Drawing from history, they created a vehicle that was inspired from a now mythical creature - the horse. Take note that this is a future setting so we don’t sound ridiculous describing a horse as ’mythical.’

The Honda IH is a concept vehicle thatacts as a life-saver in a comet-ravaged world. Through the advent of technology, the IH uses three critical elements of the future: local production, artificial intelligence, and additive technology. The car is characterized as efficient, lightweight, and strong, and offers plenty of both A.I. technology and nanotechnology. It also carries additive technology, which is being described as a "revolutionary attempt to produce very small or especially very large parts in a more efficient way to save weight and resources while improving the strength and flexibility of the product."

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

You know how press releases can sometimes play tricks on minds based on the content? We’ve been down this road before and it appears that we could be headed to it again.

Porsche recently released a press kit regarding their plans for the LA Auto Show next month and we found a little piece of nugget that points to a car making its world premier, one that features “impressive performance and dynamic looks, exuding unadulterated driving pleasure.”

Now, what that car could be is still anyone’s guess, but if you’ve paid close enough attention to their plans, we could be in store for the world debut of the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

This is all a matter of conjecture so don’t take our word for it just yet. But if you really think about it, the recent launch of the new 911 is usually quickly followed by the drop-top version. On top of that, Porsche’s immediate future - by ’immediate,’ we mean the next six months - includes a couple of releases, including the new Boxster , the face-lifted Panamera , and, it seems, the 911 Cabriolet.

So why are we holding out hope that we’ll see the 911 Cabriolet in Los Angeles next month? Consider these phrases - Impressive Performance. Dynamic Looks. Unadulterated Driving Pleasure - and think of the first Porsche machine that comes to mind.

If you thought about the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet, then you’re not the only one.

In any case, we’ll be sure to have more information as the La Auto Show draws closer.

Volkswagen first unveiled the Passat CC (known simply as the CC in the USA and South Africa) in 2008 and since then, the company has managed to sell an impressive 270,000 units. Now, for the 2013 model year (2012 in Europe), the CC has received a technically and visually updated version to make it look and perform even better.

Changes for the 2013 model year include a new front and rear styling, and an extended range of standard equipment, including standard Bi-Xenon headlights with an Adaptive Front Lighting System and LED taillights. On the US market, the CC will be offered with a choice of 197 HP and 276 HP engines and with a manual six-speed gearbox. In Europe, the engine line-up will also include diesel versions.

The Volkswagen CC’s official debut will be made in November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and sales will begin in the Spring of 2012.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volkswagen CC.

UPDATE 01/17/2012: Fresh off of its unveiling at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show last November 2011, the Volkswagen Passat CC has fresh new photos and videos that VW just released. Check out the pics in the gallery and the videos by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/28/2012: Volkswagen has announced prices for the 2013 CC that will go on sale at US dealers this spring. Prices will range from $30,250 for the base 2.0T Sport to $41,420 for the VR6 4Motion Executive version.

As a futuristic cross between Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars, Annie Angle is a reporter from Cantpark City with a very inquisitive mind. After an article in a newspaper catches her attention - “Smart Granny Robots missing!!!” - Angle immediately is thrust into action, determined to solve the mystery of the missing Grannies to not only restore some order to an otherwise friendly and beautiful city, but also launch her career as an up-and-coming investigative journalist.

Aiding in her quest for answers is her trusty steed, the Smart 341 Parkour, a futuristic concept vehicle that plays a key role in this private investigation. With a design that every sleuthing-obsessed individual will love, the 341 Parkour offers a number of features that are unprecedented in today’s world.

It has a large greenhouse that provides 360 degrees of visibility while traveling through the inner city. It also has a set of wheels that are not only retractable, but also contain impulse pads and vacuum cups. Moreover, the concept is wrapped with a hexagon skin and carries a number of driving modes that can turn the 341 Parkour from a steady road-running car into a hover craft, as well as a mechanical wall-climber that can scale the sides of even the highest of skyscrapers.

The car may not look the part of an all-utility ride, but that definition for a vehicle could be changed in the future. In the world of Annie Angle and Cantpark City, the Smart 341 Parkour is about as do-it-everything as it can get.


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