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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.
2010 Mazda CX-9 Will Debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show
2010 Mazda CX-9 Will Debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show

Mazda will come to the next month's New York Auto Show set on making a mark on the American market. As other Japanese manufacturers are doing surprisingly well on the respective market, giving the current economical climate, Mazda hopes to get...

 
BMW Z2 Vision Concept First Look
BMW Z2 Vision Concept First Look

The new BMW Vision concept or the future Z2 compact roadster as it will probably be called when it enters series production got a new face today, as graphic artist Huckfeldt drew up the car for German magazine Auto Bild. And if you think you saw re...

 
New BMW 3 Series M Will Use 6 Cylinder Engines
New BMW 3 Series M Will Use 6 Cylinder Engines

Even if it is a long time before we can see the future generation BMW 3 Series M, due for 2014, on the streets, Ludwig Willisch, the company's tuning division CEO gave some insight at a roundtable interview on the direction the future M is hea...

 
Dodge Li'l Red Xpress, Mr. Norm's Edition
Dodge Li'l Red Xpress, Mr. Norm's Edition

If you got tired of seeing, hearing and tasting the cuddly, fluffy electric future of the automotive industry, here is something to boost your morale. There no way better to get your spirits up than by hearing the words truck, Hemi, Mopar, Mr. Norm...

 
Saab Cuts Workweek to Two Days
Saab Cuts Workweek to Two Days

Saab's survival story (we can't call it a fight, because there is none) is becoming more and more of a horror tale. With no prospects, no sales and no support, not even from their own government, the Swedish company is slowly but surely ...

 
BMW to Maintain Production Output Until 2012
BMW to Maintain Production Output Until 2012

The economic crisis and financial credit decline car manufacturers have to deal with from some time now will not force BMW to scale down its production capability. Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, denied the speculation about such a measure in a confere...

 
Continental Brings 5 New Truck Tires to the Mid-America Trucking Show
Continental Brings 5 New Truck Tires to the Mid-America Trucking Show

Tire manufacturer Continental unveiled the next generation of new truck tires, designed using the latest technology for improved fuel efficiency and extended mileage, during the Mid-America Trucking Show. The five newcomers are the HSR2, HDL2 DL, ...

 
Alfa MiTo Veloce to Star at the 2009 Amsterdam AutoRAI Show
Alfa MiTo Veloce to Star at the 2009 Amsterdam AutoRAI Show

Alfa Romeo seems to have really set its hopes on the MiTo newcomer. The controversially designed 2009 "Gay Car of the Year," as it was badged by French group Legorda ( who "organizes annually a major meeting for gay vintage car enthu...

 
BMW 5 Series GT<span>· Video</span>  of the Production Version
BMW 5 Series GT· Video of the Production Version

What may very well be Chris Bangle's last and final design (unless he left behind a shelf full of drawings) for German manufacturer BMW, the 5 Series GT, came back to haunt its detractors with a new video posted by BMW TV, via bmwblog.com. And...

 
US Gives $5 Billion to Auto Suppliers
US Gives $5 Billion to Auto Suppliers

The other side of the coin most seem to have neglected in the automotive industry drama is the story of the auto parts suppliers. The Obama administration has taken note of this fact and will provide this segment of the industry with a $5 billion a...

 
Tazzari Zero EV <span>· Video</span> , Photos, Specs
Tazzari Zero EV · Video , Photos, Specs

Not without a sense of regret we must say there is not much we know about Tazzari and we are pretty sure there aren't many of you who do either. But it so happens that the Italian based company came out of nowhere and announced it is about to ...

 
Fiat-Chery Joint Venture Delayed
Fiat-Chery Joint Venture Delayed

Fiat's plans to make itself more visible on the growing Chinese market sustained a minor setback as partner Chery decision to postpone the joint venture, due to the market conditions, as chairman Yin Tongyao said, according to Autonews. &q...

 
2010 British Motor Show Cancelled
2010 British Motor Show Cancelled

Next year's auto event's calendar got a little lighter, as the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) decided to cancel the 2010 edition of the British International Motor Show due to the "unprecedented challenges ...

 
Chery Admits It Wants Volvo, But Won't Fight for It
Chery Admits It Wants Volvo, But Won't Fight for It

Chinese manufacturer Chery decided to stop our head from spinning and finally, following denial after denial, admitted it is interested in acquiring Ford's Volvo. But, as in anything related to the Chinese, there is a twist. Yin Tongyao, Ch...

 
BMW Works on Megacity Electric Vehicle
BMW Works on Megacity Electric Vehicle

German manufacturer BMW is looking into developing an entire near zero-emission range within a few years to tackle the growing demand both from consumers and legislators. The new vehicle, code named Megacity, is under research from the company'...

 
Tesla Model S Pricing Announced
Tesla Model S Pricing Announced

Only one week separates the world from meeting what car manufacturer Tesla calls "the world’s first mass-produced, highway-capable EV," Tesla Model S. The prototype of the Model S will be unveiled on March 26, at the company's ...

 
Scion Badged iQ to Star in New York?
Scion Badged iQ to Star in New York?

Toyota's young auto market segment oriented division Scion will go to the 2009 New York Auto Show determined to leave a lasting impression. The Japanese manufacturer will unveil a micro-subcompact concept car at the event, a vehicle which acco...

 
Toyota MR2 Is Coming Back as a Hybrid Coupe
Toyota MR2 Is Coming Back as a Hybrid Coupe

Japanese manufacturer Toyota decided to step up its hybrid battle with rival Honda and produce a vehicle destined to take on the upcoming Honda CR-Z. The MR2 offspring was confirmed to autoexpress.co.uk at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show by Masatami Taki...

 
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Gets 5 Star Rating in US Government Crash Test
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Gets 5 Star Rating in US Government Crash Test

Both remaining versions of the 2009 Dodge Ram (Regular Cab and Quad Cab) received a five star rating for driver and front passenger protection in US government crash tests, after the Crew Cab version did the same thing earlier this year. The 200...

 
Porsche Gets Closer to 10 Billion Refinancing
Porsche Gets Closer to 10 Billion Refinancing

German manufacturer Porsche draws ever closer to coming to an agreement with some 10 banks regarding the 10 billion euro loan refinancing deadline set for March 24, but as insiders told Reuters, it may fall short of its overall 12.5 billion euro lo...

 

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