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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.
Renault Scraps Laguna and Espace
Renault Scraps Laguna and Espace

French automaker Renault is to terminate production of the Laguna and Espace models it produces at the Sandouvile plant. The decision is part of the larger plan Renault has developed in order to get over the economic distress it finds itself in. ...

 
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Priced for US
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Priced for US

Hyundai announced pricing for its latest coupe model at the Chicago Auto Show. Expected to enter showrooms later this month, the Genesis Coupe will wear a price tag of $22,000 for the 2.0l version and $25,000 for the 3.8l engine model. The firs...

 
Suzuki Shows Chicago Three New Equators
Suzuki Shows Chicago Three New Equators

Last year, at the Chicago Auto Show, Suzuki unveiled three Nissan Frontier based trucks, called Equator. The three concepts were named RMZ-4, Quad and Quai and were designed to be reminiscent of a superbike, a quad and a boat, autoblog reports. ...

 
Acura TSX Gets V6 Implant in Chicago
Acura TSX Gets V6 Implant in Chicago

The Chicago Auto Show debuted an all new V6 engine that will equip the Acura TSX sports sedan line. The boosted up models will be available for customers this summer. The new engine puts out 280 horsepower from its 3.5l block and is equipped wit...

 
Tesla Model S to Surface March 26
Tesla Model S to Surface March 26

Tesla Motors promises it will raise the curtain on the long awaited, long promised drivable prototype of the Model S four door sedan on March 26. The car will go into production if the company manages to escape financial difficulties and raises the...

 
2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6l V8 Engine Unveiled in Chicago
2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6l V8 Engine Unveiled in Chicago

The Chicago Auto Show is under way, bringing with it new car models, new engines or facelifts on a daily basis. Without having a press conference scheduled for the Show, Toyota quietly reveals its plans for the years to follow. The company...

 
Ford Has the Highest European Market Share Since 2004
Ford Has the Highest European Market Share Since 2004

January 2009 brought a small victory in Ford's war against the economic crisis. Last month's figures indicate a 0.5 percent increase across Europe's 19 markets, bringing the total to 9.3 percent. The most significant increases were m...

 
PSA Peugeot Citroen Hopes for 11,000 Voluntary Departures
PSA Peugeot Citroen Hopes for 11,000 Voluntary Departures

The French group PSA Peugeot Citroen, the second largest in Europe, has developed a layoff plan through which it hopes to relieve on a voluntary basis 11,000 employees worldwide in 2009, france24 reported. 2008, the year that marked the beginni...

 
Mini E Test Delayed by Flood of Applicants
Mini E Test Delayed by Flood of Applicants

No, there is no technical problem with Project i's Mini Electric and no, BMW has not ran out of money for the US test. It's just that so many applicants have registered as Mini wannabe testers that the company does not know who to choose....

 
Mini Plans a Diesel for the US Market
Mini Plans a Diesel for the US Market

Already present in other parts of the world with diesel engines, BMW's Mini now turns its attention to the American market. Tighter car emission regulations that are in effect in the US have kept these engines away from this market, but Mini i...

 
Ferrari Reports Record 2008 Sales Figures
Ferrari Reports Record 2008 Sales Figures

The Italian car manufacturer Ferrari has announced it had an excellent 2008, despite the crisis that shook the automotive world. In 2008, Return On Sale (ROS) growth that began in the previous years continued and recorded another increase. Right, y...

 
Peugeot 308 CC Limited Edition Comes Before April
Peugeot 308 CC Limited Edition Comes Before April

Peugeot has announced it will release a very limited edition of the 308 CC, before the series model hits the streets in April. The Peugeot 308 CC limited edition will market only 100 units that are to be purchased primarily over the Internet. T...

 
Audi Tradition Celebrates 100 years of Audi
Audi Tradition Celebrates 100 years of Audi

The Audi Tradition annual program will be centered this year around the 100th anniversary of the German car manufacturer. To rise to the occasion and perhaps forget about the economic crisis, Audi has planned more than 50 events stretched for the ...

 
New Hyundai i20 Details and Photos
New Hyundai i20 Details and Photos

Hyundai has released some more images on the new Hyundai i20, the three door version of the i20, set to make its debut at the Geneva auto Show in early March, together with the i30 with start-stop and the QarmaQ SUV. Developed at Hyundai'...

 
Subaru Posts January Great Lakes Region Sales: Up We Go!
Subaru Posts January Great Lakes Region Sales: Up We Go!

The American continent truly seems to be the land of opportunities. Despite wide scale January sales plunge for most local car manufacturers and dealers across the continent, the Asian car makers keep on throttling up. After Hyundai and Kia, Subaru...

 
Nissan Gasps for Air, but Opens Plant in Russia
Nissan Gasps for Air, but Opens Plant in Russia

As we reported these past few weeks, especially in the last days, Nissan has got itself in a big pile of... trouble. Having a bleak $2 billion loss forecast, Nissan sees itself in the position of having to let go no less than 20,000 workers worldwi...

 
Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Cabrio Unveiled
Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Cabrio Unveiled

The BMW owned Mini brand will unveil the four seater open top Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible at the Geneva Auto Show next month, and will make it available for the US market in April. The track-tuned convertible is a version of Mini'...

 
Unique Subaru Impreza WRX STI for Travis Pastrana
Unique Subaru Impreza WRX STI for Travis Pastrana

Subaru will unveil a one-of-a-kind Subaru Impreza WRX STI designed for its factory rally driver Travis Pastrana at the Chicago Auto Show. Subaru worked with Pastrana and Vermont SportsCar to create a brilliant yellow "199" (the monster tr...

 
Alternators Out, Thermoelectrics to Improve MPG
Alternators Out, Thermoelectrics to Improve MPG

The era of the alternators may soon come to an end, as thermoelectric technology becomes a more and more viable energy source. The phenomenon, which uses temperature difference to create an electric potential, is known for some time but was conside...

 
VW Mercedes Crossover Limo on eBay
VW Mercedes Crossover Limo on eBay

Actually not a crossover. More of a forced joining at the hips. A siamese baby that has no chance of ever being separated. A 1981 Volkswagen Golf (Rabbit in the US) that crashed into a Mercedes and got fused to the Benz's a**. The ebay des...

 

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