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Daniel Patrascu

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"I truly believe men and fish can coexist peacefully" – George W. Bush

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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.
New Audi TT RS Roadster to Be Unveiled at the 2009 Leipzig Auto Show
New Audi TT RS Roadster to Be Unveiled at the 2009 Leipzig Auto Show

Less than a week from now, German manufacturer Audi will give us a display of power at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) Leipzig 2009 Show, including the first look at the new Audi TT Roadster, as it makes its world premiere at the event. As we re...

 
Kia Forte LPI Hybrid Comes in August
Kia Forte LPI Hybrid Comes in August

The Korean market will be the first one to witness a Kia made hybrid, as the manufacturer will release its LPI in August. In addition, the manufacturer plans to introduce a mid-sized full hybrid vehicle sometimes in 2011 and goes as far as saying i...

 
BMW Snug Concept, a Glimpse of Things to Come
BMW Snug Concept, a Glimpse of Things to Come

The void created by Chris Bangle's departure from BMW (even if it has been filled by Adrian van Hooydonk) created a sudden rush of adrenaline in wannabe designers, as their skills no longer have to do battle with the ones of controversial desi...

 
GM Job Cuts Begin, 47,000 to Be Laid Off
GM Job Cuts Begin, 47,000 to Be Laid Off

GM began yesterday its feared job cutback program, aimed at scaling back its workforce in an attempt to get back on track, as agreed with the US government. The manufacturer told yesterday morning some 160 people at its manufacturing plant in Warre...

 
All-Electric Vehicles, Placebo for the Industry...
All-Electric Vehicles, Placebo for the Industry...

... or the cars of the future? This is yet to be determined, but in the last couple of months we have been subject to an all out offensive of the environment friendly all-electric vehicle. It would seem that entrepreneurs all over the world found t...

 
German Manufacturers to Skip the 2009 Tokyo Show
German Manufacturers to Skip the 2009 Tokyo Show

The economic crisis fallout may steal yet another auto event from this year's calendar, as the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) is preparing to announce whether we are going to the islands or not. The organizers will make t...

 
2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing Released
2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing Released

As we reported yesterday, German manufacturer Volkswagen was getting ready to let loose the GTI version of the Golf 6 onto the German market. They did and the new GTI is now available for order, at a starting price of 26,650 euro, for the manual ge...

 
2010 Lexus HS 250h to Feature Enform Telematics System
2010 Lexus HS 250h to Feature Enform Telematics System

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) US will feature for the first time on the Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid sedan, set to begin sale in summer, its Lexus Enform telematics, a system designed to enhance safety and security systems for motorists. Enform boasts...

 
Pininfarina to Get New Owner, Focus on Electric Cars
Pininfarina to Get New Owner, Focus on Electric Cars

The increasing debt the Italian car design/engineering company finds itself in will force the firm to sell the stake Pincar, the group's family holding company, has in Pininfarina. In agreement with Pininfarina's creditor bank, Leonardo a...

 
Lamborghini Estoque Cancelled...
Lamborghini Estoque Cancelled...

... or at least postponed. Italian manufacturer Lamborghini decided to address rumors regarding the cancellation of the company's third model line, but the release they issued does not do much to clarify the subject. The four door performan...

 
2010 Volkswagen Golf 6 GTD in the Works
2010 Volkswagen Golf 6 GTD in the Works

After yesterday's good news for Golf GTI fans that Volkswagen released photos and details of the GTI version for the Mark 6, today comes news that the German manufacturer is preparing a GTD version of this year's Golf. While exterior ap...

 
Audi TT Roadster Goes to the UK
Audi TT Roadster Goes to the UK

Summer time is still some two months away, but manufacturers who offer open top vehicles are already caught in an aggressive offensive to make their models get the upper edge. Volvo already announced in the beginning of the month that its C70 Ice W...

 
AutoNation CEO Got $3.39 Million in 2008...
AutoNation CEO Got $3.39 Million in 2008...

...and that is 30 percent less than he received in 2007. The CEO of AutoNation, the largest US based automotive dealer, received the reduced compensation as a result of the retailers' bad financial performance and sales decline. The total a...

 
BMW and Daimler Seek Joint Purchasing in NAFTA
BMW and Daimler Seek Joint Purchasing in NAFTA

The economic crisis keeps pulling two of the German car manufacturers closer together, as they try to elude the effects of the downfall. After going as far as trying to swap 7 percent in shares, BMW and Daimler now look to expand their cooperation ...

 
2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI Photos and Details
2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI Photos and Details

The GTI version of the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf is only days away, as the German manufacturer is getting ready to launch the vehicle on the domestic market within a few days. The rest of the European continent will have to wait until after...

 
AutoNation Launches Payment Protection Program
AutoNation Launches Payment Protection Program

"Desperate times call for desperate measures" seems to be the guideline to follow in these tough economic times. The ball is now in the dealers' court, as they try to hold on to the small customer pool they have left and come up with...

 
Samsung eMX Concept Teaser Photos Released
Samsung eMX Concept Teaser Photos Released

Largely unknown to the European and American consumers, the Korean group Samsung also has an automotive division. Far from being just a whim of the electronics giant, the auto division, 80 percent owned by French manufacturer Renault, is a constant...

 
Fiat Ducato 140 Natural Power Available for Purchase
Fiat Ducato 140 Natural Power Available for Purchase

The Fiat Ducato 140 Natural Power, a natural gas-powered vehicle, goes for sale today with 5 body configurations: Panel/Vetrato Van, Chassis cab, Combined, Panorama and Minibus. The engine used by the Ducato 140 was developed by FIAT Powertrain...

 
China Is Restructuring the Automotive Industry
China Is Restructuring the Automotive Industry

As we reported several times over the last few weeks, rumors about Chinese companies taking interest into the acquisition of foreign automotive brands such as Volvo, together with the growing economic distress, has determined the Chinese government...

 
Kia Plans to Change Its Models' Names
Kia Plans to Change Its Models' Names

Public perception is success's middle name in this crisis driven world and car manufacturers try all types of strategies to get back on track. While Citroen is rebranding its image by making use of the company's famous DS line, Kia is con...

 

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