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Daniel Patrascu

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Daniel loves writing, or so he claims. and he once loved to use his 10-words-per-minute typing skills to bring you a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry, rather than keeping you up to speed with new vehicles and their performances.

Following several years off the grid, Daniel is back at autoevolution, and seeing how the great crisis of the past decade made the auto industry boring, he grew bored with it too, so he slowly shifted his focus to custom cars, custom motorcycles, and other weird stuff. He also loves ranting about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.

During his time at autoevolution, Daniel put his name on more news articles, coverstories, auto guides, reviews, and editorials than we care count. To slow him down a bit, he was given more responsibilities not long ago, so he is now also in charge with coordinating the editorial team on autevolution.com.

Long time ago, Daniel also translated Arthur C. Clarke’s novel “The Fountains of Paradise” to Romanian for Paladin Publishing.
2009 Lotus Cup Gets New Format
2009 Lotus Cup Gets New Format

29 Apr 2009, 10:43 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The 2009 Lotus Cup Europe, set to make its debut with the Brands Hatch round, from May 1 to May 3, comes this year in a new format. Organized by Lotus On Track Racing Drivers Club (LoTRDC) , the series is comprised of 7 rounds: Brands Hatch GP (UK)...

 
McLaren SLR 999, Anliker's Gold Dream
McLaren SLR 999, Anliker's Gold Dream

29 Apr 2009, 10:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / There are a few things in this world you don't usually associate with the Mercedes McLaren SLR. Of those things, what you will never put in the same thought thread are the colors red, gold and the same SLR. That's because you, just like u...

 
GM Exchange Offers Get Approval in Europe
GM Exchange Offers Get Approval in Europe

29 Apr 2009, 08:45 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The public exchange offers made by General Motors, which have stirred numerous complaints from its bondholders have been approved in Europe, as the United Kingdom Listing Authority has given the green light to the publishing of the prospectus in th...

 
Chrysler Swaps Debt for Cash
Chrysler Swaps Debt for Cash

29 Apr 2009, 08:09 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / After receiving yesterday a much needed brake from one of the most unlikely sources (we are talking here about Daimler's exit from the American manufacturer), Chrysler made yet another important step in light of tomorrow's deadline. T...

 
GM's Bankruptcy, Attorneys' Heaven
GM's Bankruptcy, Attorneys' Heaven

29 Apr 2009, 07:17 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / How do you call a bunch of dead lawyers on the bottom of the ocean? A good start...Ok, that's perhaps one of the worst lawyer jokes out there. But it's about what the American taxpayers will feel when they will learn how much GM's ba...

 
Daimler Reaches Agreement with Its Employee Council
Daimler Reaches Agreement with Its Employee Council

28 Apr 2009, 15:44 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Following the release of the financial report for the first quarter of 2009, which indicated a total EBIT loss of 1,426 million euro, Daimler has turned to cost cutting measures to prevent another disastrous quarter. The most important part of thos...

 
GM Bondholders Cry Foul Play
GM Bondholders Cry Foul Play

28 Apr 2009, 15:43 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / As we told you earlier today, GM has posted yesterday its public exchange offer for $27 billion of its unsecured public notes. As was to be expected, the bondholders came together in an ad-hoc committee and replied to GM's offer. "We ...

 
SAIC Posts 50 Percent Loss in Q1
SAIC Posts 50 Percent Loss in Q1

28 Apr 2009, 15:42 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Surprise, or no surprise? The long praised Chinese automotive industry seems to have nothing special to it, when compared with its foreign counterparts. Take SAIC, for instance. One of China's biggest manufacturer's posted a 50 percent dr...

 
Chrysler: Daimler Withdrawal Benefits the Fiat Deal
Chrysler: Daimler Withdrawal Benefits the Fiat Deal

28 Apr 2009, 15:38 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / As we reported earlier today, German manufacturer Daimler announced it will give up its 19.9 percent stake in Chrysler. Even if the reason why the Germans chose to do this is yet unclear, the move is expected to give a boost to the Fiat-Chrysler al...

 
GM Confirms It Expects Chapter 11
GM Confirms It Expects Chapter 11

28 Apr 2009, 13:37 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Alongside with the new survival plan submitted by the American manufacturer yesterday, GM has also launched its "public exchange offers for $27 billion of its unsecured public notes". As part of the offers, the company is planning to &quo...

 
Koenigseder Unleashes the Devil: Porsche Carrera GT
Koenigseder Unleashes the Devil: Porsche Carrera GT

28 Apr 2009, 13:35 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The Devil is the nickname given by the German tuner to their latest creation, one of the most aggressive looking Porsches out there. The recipe to make the devil is as simple as they get: one Porsche Carrera GT, complete with the series engine and ...

 
Germany Eyes Magna for Opel Investment
Germany Eyes Magna for Opel Investment

28 Apr 2009, 12:20 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is meeting today representatives of Magna to discuss a possible investment of the company in GM's Opel. This comes as a result of a possible takeover by Magna of a 20 percent stake in Opel...

 
Volkswagen Idles Mexico Plants...
Volkswagen Idles Mexico Plants...

28 Apr 2009, 12:15 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / ...and this is not because of the pandemic swine flu which ravages the country. To one to blame is the same old economic downturn, which now forces the German manufacturer to stop production at its Mexico factory, were the Beetle is produced. T...

 
UAW to Own 55 Percent in Chrysler
UAW to Own 55 Percent in Chrysler

28 Apr 2009, 12:12 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / After late last night UAW local chiefs approved, unanimously, the labor concessions proposed by Chrysler (the cutting of cash payments to a retiree fund), rumors surfaced today that the UAW agreed to these measures in exchange for a 55 percent hold...

 
Spyshots: 2011 Porsche Boxster Speedster
Spyshots: 2011 Porsche Boxster Speedster

28 Apr 2009, 09:27 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Following weeks upon weeks of discussion over the new Panamera, Porsche comes back to remind us that the company's fourth model is not the only one to be found in its stables. Thanks to these new spyshots, we are now able to take a peak at the...

 
CGI: 2011 Mercedes CLS
CGI: 2011 Mercedes CLS

28 Apr 2009, 08:44 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / As we accustomed you by now, we keep on bringing to the scene new CGIs and spyshots of the future vehicles on our roads. This time, it is the turn of the 2011 model year Mercedes CLS, a model which, overall, retains the lines set by the 2008 versio...

 
Porsche Panamera Prices, Trim Levels Detailed
Porsche Panamera Prices, Trim Levels Detailed

28 Apr 2009, 08:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The official Porsche US website has launched the configurator section for all three versions of the Porsche Panamera (S, 4S and Turbo). The configurator, apart from allowing customers to build their own future car, also discloses the starting price...

 
Norway to Say Goodbye to Gasoline Cars
Norway to Say Goodbye to Gasoline Cars

28 Apr 2009, 07:09 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Disturbing news for oil companies and automotive manufacturers came today from the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway, the country behind this troubling news, has submitted a plan to the country's government which asked for gasoline powered cars t...

 
2010 Lamborghini Reventon Super Replica Special Edition
2010 Lamborghini Reventon Super Replica Special Edition

27 Apr 2009, 15:49 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / It's a bit understandable if you haven't heard of Super Replicas, a somewhat bizarre side business of the automotive industry. The company doesn't build cars, it duplicates them. Thanks to a NAFTA agreement, the company is building k...

 
GM Makes Tough Labor and Production Cuts
GM Makes Tough Labor and Production Cuts

27 Apr 2009, 14:07 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Apart from the drastic, yet somewhat to be expected measures taken by GM in regard to its brands and future business plans, the American manufacturer has also outlined the measures it will take to step up cost cutting. In plain terms, this means th...

 

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