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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.
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...

 
Carbon E7 Purpose Built Police Car Goes on Sale in 2012
Carbon E7 Purpose Built Police Car Goes on Sale in 2012

Seeing as all the vehicles that law enforcement agencies used today are retail passenger cars that were never designed for heavy-duty law enforcement usage, Carbon Motors took it upon themselves to build the Carbon E7, the only a purpose built poli...

 
Lutz: "You're Not Rid of Me Yet"
Lutz: "You're Not Rid of Me Yet"

As we reported yesterday, GM's Vice Chairman-Global Products Development will step down in April and take a more passive role in the company until his retirement at the end of 2009. Bob Lutz detailed today in an interview with Autonews both th...

 
Automotive Industry in Need for Speed
Automotive Industry in Need for Speed

The real life automotive industry is on its knees. Sales are down, forecasts look like an excerpt from “Hostel”, everybody runs for their pockets. What is there to do in such a hostile environment? What is the way to go, what path shoul...

 
Scion tC Release Series 5.0 Pricing
Scion tC Release Series 5.0 Pricing

The Toyota owned company Scion has announced pricing for the only limited edition that will see the light of day this year, the tC Release Series 5.0 (RS 5.0). The tC RS 5.0 model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of&nb...

 
Mazda MX-5 Facelift Detailed
Mazda MX-5 Facelift Detailed

Mazda detailed the facelift for the two seater Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata in North America and Roadster in Japan. First unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the restyling targeted both visual and aerodynamics performance components. With the thir...

 
Bulletproof Mercedes E-Klasse for Drug Lords
Bulletproof Mercedes E-Klasse for Drug Lords

Barely on the market, the Mercedes Benz E-Klasse received today a “booster pack” against criminals. For all those of you who live in Mexico, like to show off on the streets of Bagdad or just enjoy taking your girlfriend for a drive in t...

 
Bob Lutz Awaits Retirement, Tom Stephens Takes His Place
Bob Lutz Awaits Retirement, Tom Stephens Takes His Place

GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner today announced that Robert A. Lutz, GM Vice Chairman – Global Product Development, will transition to a new role effective April 1, 2009 as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor. Lutz, 76, will provide strategic i...

 
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Wants Credit Fast
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Wants Credit Fast

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) CEO Davis Smith urges UK Government to aid the domestic industry as other countries have done, in order to avoid further downfall. He said his company needs access to credit to help offset losses caused by the global decreas...

 
Geneva Will Witness Hyundai QarmaQ SUV
Geneva Will Witness Hyundai QarmaQ SUV

The already numerous unveilings, revelations and appearances that are awaiting us at the Geneva Auto Show will be joined by the unwrapping of the Hyundai SUV Concept. The concept, code named HED-6 will join the two other vehicles that will made the...

 
French Automakers Get 3bn Euros Aid, Sarkozy Speaks His Mind
French Automakers Get 3bn Euros Aid, Sarkozy Speaks His Mind

The French Government will lend both a hand and some money to the native automotive industry, in order to help it survive the crisis and keep industry employees from being laid off. The aid will go to Renault and PSA Citroen as part of the plan unv...

 
Ford Crash Tests with Balloons
Ford Crash Tests with Balloons

Ford is testing an array of new “active” crash-avoidance and driver-aid technologies it will introduce in 2009 by driving prototypes into large, car-shaped balloons to help customers avoid real accidents. Engineers use the balloons as t...

 
Renault Releases Laguna Black Edition
Renault Releases Laguna Black Edition

Renault has announced the release of the Renault Laguna Black Edition based on two core versions of the Renault Laguna range, the Expression and the Carmina. The Black Edition is exclusively available with either the dCi 110 eco2 or the dCi 130 en...

 
Nissan Cuts Jobs after $2bn Loss Forecast
Nissan Cuts Jobs after $2bn Loss Forecast

The $2.9 billion dollars annual loss forecasted by Nissan Motor has forced the company to consider reducing its employment scheme by 20,000 people worldwide by the end of March. The number represents 8.5 percent of Nissan's total workforce. Th...

 
Mugen Honda Insight - Hybrid with an Attitude
Mugen Honda Insight - Hybrid with an Attitude

One month has passed since the 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid was launched at the Detroit Auto Show, and the crew at Mugen have already attempted to better the series model. The tuned model is more aggressive looking than the somewhat plain series sedan...

 

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