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5 car video game crossovers we want to see

In light of the Jeep Wrangler making an appearance in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the associated Wrangler Black Ops edition offered by Jeep, we came up with five other video game
car crossovers we would like to see. We looked at the top games either available now or coming soon on GameSpot, and picked five likely candidates for a crossover deal.

 Game
 Car



Fallout: New Vegas




Ford Shelby GT500
If we’re roaming the post-apocalyptic wastelands around New Vegas, we want to do it Mad Max-style. The Shelby GT500 has the mean looks and high horsepower to deal with missions in the Fallout world, and, most importantly, the engine has a blower. A Fallout edition Shelby GT500 should be primer black with gloss stripes.



Fable III




Mitsubishi i-MievWith its pumpkin shape, the i-Miev would best fit in the fairytale world of Fable. These adventure games often require a lot of tedious walking from place to place, so we would rather drive. And the i-Miev’s silent power train won’t disturb the mythological creatures in the world. A Fable edition i-Miev would need appropriate livery, a heraldic design with plugs and lightning bolts.



Halo: Reach




Infiniti FX50Let’s face it, the Warthog has been around for a long time. It’s time for an update, and we can think of no more space-age-looking vehicle than the Infiniti FX50. With its big, powerful V-8 and all-wheel drive, it can tear across the landscape, mowing down anything that gets in your way. Of course, the game version will need a .50-caliber gun mounted out of the sunroof.

Kinect Joy Ride


Kinect Joy Ride




Mazda MX-5 MiataOn the cartoony racetracks of Kinect Joy Ride, no car would fit in better than the Miata. Mazda’s newest styling language gives the front of the Miata a big, silly grin. The car is pretty much a cartoon already. For the Joy Ride edition, it will need some CarLashes.



Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood




Lexus GX 460The main character in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood leads his revolution, occasionally using wagons to strike at opponents. But a Lexus GX 460 would give him the ability for quick drive-bys. Imagine this big SUV pulling up fast to the curb, loaded with assassins wielding crossbows and unleashing a volley at the bad guys. The Assassin’s Creed edition of the GX 460 would need wood paneling, of course, for a better fit in this world.

What cars would you like to see in video games, outside of the obvious Need for Speed and Gran Turismo franchises? Tell us in the comments.

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Car Tech Live 193: Worst mpg cars of 2011 (podcast)

Which 2011
car gets the worst miles per gallon? GE makes the biggest electric car order in history, a speed camera that busts you for way more than your speed, and we drive the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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EPISODE 193


SHOW NOTES

2011 EPA MPG lists are outLINKTEXT

GE makes biggest electric car order ever

• We spy the 2011 Hyundai Elantra before it’s out

Most diabolical speed camera ever

• CNET’s LA Auto Show preview

• CNET’s LOL cars gallery!

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iPad catching on as luxury-brand sales tool

Acuras iPad sales app

Acura is one of the brands using Apple’s iPad to give the sales floor a high-tech atmosphere.

(Credit:
Acura)


Apple Computer’s
iPad tablet computer has been on the market for barely six months, and luxury brands already are incorporating it into their retail sales, delivery, service and finance operations.

Most recently, Acura announced that a stripped-down version of its consumer Web site will be turned into an iPad application to help dealership staff speed up the selling process.

Instead of a detail-rich consumer site, a salesperson’s iPad version distills talking points and provides quick videos to help make the sale, said Dave Heath, Acura senior manager of sales communications.

“These are short little bits of communications,” Heath said. “No customer is going to wait 30 seconds for a video to load.”

Acura was working on a smart-phone application for salespeople but realized that the small screen — and the need for personal space between the salesperson and customer — would render the app useless, Heath said.

The larger iPad is a different matter. Simple navigation and large drop-down menus mean salespeople can navigate the app while walking and talking with customers. A section for post-sale vehicle delivery is part of the software. The app will be online in January.

“The app helps the salesman explain things you can’t see, like ‘Super Handling All-Wheel Drive’ or the ‘ACE’ body structure, in a customer-friendly way,” Heath said. “It’s about assisting, not taking over, the sales process. It’s to the point. It’s not about making the dot-com site mobile.”

Heath said an iPad application for the finance department is being developed to explain the FandI process. Apps also are being developed for service managers to explain such matters as why brake rotors need to be replaced.

Audi has developed an iPad application for the A8 flagship, which goes on sale Nov. 17.

A8 shoppers can use the iPad to view features and configure a
car. Special iPad areas have been set up in 115 Audi dealerships, alongside the paint and leather samples.

“It is a little bit of dealer theater,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America.

Audi also will use the iPad to walk a customer through the car’s features at delivery time.

Audi expects to use the iPad for other applications, such as syncing a mobile device with the car and optimizing the car’s entertainment system, said Scott Keogh, chief marketing officer.

De Nysschen said iPad applications eventually will be available for all Audi models. Hyundai Motor America is taking the iPad to another level, giving one to any customer who purchases an Equus luxury sedan. The iPad will be a virtual owner’s manual and the key way to communicate with the dealership when service is needed.

(Source: Automotive News)

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Toyota is giving away cars for a few good ideas

Toyota this week announced its new campaign “Ideas for Good,” along with a Web site that encourages anyone to post a video of an idea that uses Toyota technology in a new way.

Consumers are challenged to find new, nonautomotive ways to repurpose five distinct Toyota technologies: T.H.U.M.S. (Total HUman Model for Safety) is an advanced injury-simulation, Solar Powered Ventilation System uses the sun’s rays to keep an electric fan running while the
car is parked, Hybrid Synergy Drive converts braking energy into electricity, Advanced Parking Guidance System helps drivers park hands-free and allows drivers to control music, and Touch Tracer Display allows drivers to control the cabin temperature and other features from the steering wheel.

“We’re sharing a side of Toyota that many are not aware of and engaging the public in a way we’ve never done before,” said Bill Fay, group vice president of marketing for TMS. “We’re shining a light on some of our revolutionary technologies, which have been used to improve people’s quality of life, in order to encourage the public to help us identify the next big ‘Idea for Good.'”

Toyota has released a commercial that features a real-world application of T.H.U.M.S. technology; two other commercials showing how Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive and Solar Powered Ventilation System technologies could be repurposed will be released at a later date.

“As a leader in quality, Toyota is focused on innovating better cars for a better quality of life,” Fay said. “The campaign inspires new thinking about what Toyota has already been doing for many years. Ultimately, with consumers’ help, we hope to inspire new ways that our innovation can benefit society.”

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Toyota is giving away cars for a few good ideas

Toyota this week announced its new campaign “Ideas for Good,” along with a Web site that encourages anyone to post a video of an idea that uses Toyota technology in a new way.

Consumers are challenged to find new, nonautomotive ways to repurpose five distinct Toyota technologies: T.H.U.M.S. (Total HUman Model for Safety) is an advanced injury-simulation, Solar Powered Ventilation System uses the sun’s rays to keep an electric fan running while the
car is parked, Hybrid Synergy Drive converts braking energy into electricity, Advanced Parking Guidance System helps drivers park hands-free and allows drivers to control music, and Touch Tracer Display allows drivers to control the cabin temperature and other features from the steering wheel.

“We’re sharing a side of Toyota that many are not aware of and engaging the public in a way we’ve never done before,” said Bill Fay, group vice president of marketing for TMS. “We’re shining a light on some of our revolutionary technologies, which have been used to improve people’s quality of life, in order to encourage the public to help us identify the next big ‘Idea for Good.'”

Toyota has released a commercial that features a real-world application of T.H.U.M.S. technology; two other commercials showing how Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive and Solar Powered Ventilation System technologies could be repurposed will be released at a later date.

“As a leader in quality, Toyota is focused on innovating better cars for a better quality of life,” Fay said. “The campaign inspires new thinking about what Toyota has already been doing for many years. Ultimately, with consumers’ help, we hope to inspire new ways that our innovation can benefit society.”

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Toyota is giving away cars for a few good ideas

Toyota this week announced its new campaign “Ideas for Good,” along with a Web site that encourages anyone to post a video of an idea that uses Toyota technology in a new way.

Consumers are challenged to find new, nonautomotive ways to repurpose five distinct Toyota technologies: T.H.U.M.S. (Total HUman Model for Safety) is an advanced injury-simulation, Solar Powered Ventilation System uses the sun’s rays to keep an electric fan running while the
car is parked, Hybrid Synergy Drive converts braking energy into electricity, Advanced Parking Guidance System helps drivers park hands-free and allows drivers to control music, and Touch Tracer Display allows drivers to control the cabin temperature and other features from the steering wheel.

“We’re sharing a side of Toyota that many are not aware of and engaging the public in a way we’ve never done before,” said Bill Fay, group vice president of marketing for TMS. “We’re shining a light on some of our revolutionary technologies, which have been used to improve people’s quality of life, in order to encourage the public to help us identify the next big ‘Idea for Good.'”

Toyota has released a commercial that features a real-world application of T.H.U.M.S. technology; two other commercials showing how Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive and Solar Powered Ventilation System technologies could be repurposed will be released at a later date.

“As a leader in quality, Toyota is focused on innovating better cars for a better quality of life,” Fay said. “The campaign inspires new thinking about what Toyota has already been doing for many years. Ultimately, with consumers’ help, we hope to inspire new ways that our innovation can benefit society.”

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