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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.
Kanagawa Electric Vehicle Festa 2009 Stars Nissan EV
Kanagawa Electric Vehicle Festa 2009 Stars Nissan EV

Nissan's first electric vehicle will be the main star at the Kanagawa Electric Vehicle Festa 2009, to be held this weekend in Yokohama Akarenga Park. The event, set in motion by Kanagawa EV Promotion Council, will allow all who are interested...

 
Forster: Opel Not Insolvent
Forster: Opel Not Insolvent

General Motor Europe' CEO, Carl-Peter Forster expressed his opinion about Opel's financial situation and denied in an interview with German radio station Deutschlandfunk that the German manufacturer is insolvent. Angela's Merkel ...

 
Lamborghini Reventon for Sale, Seven of Them
Lamborghini Reventon for Sale, Seven of Them

Seven of the twenty Lamborghini Reventon built last year don't seem to please their owners anymore, as the cars were placed for sale on the JamesList.com luxury goods website. Either that, or the economic crisis is worse than we thought. T...

 
Volvo Wants to Go Up 10 Percent in China
Volvo Wants to Go Up 10 Percent in China

Not only the Chinese manufacturers are taking interest in Volvo, as rumors go. The Chinese economy seems as attractive to the Swedish company as it does for Chery, Geely, Dongfeng and Changan, the companies some say are eyeballing Volvo. Volvo e...

 
2010 BMW M5, M6 and 6 Series Will Not Cost More...
2010 BMW M5, M6 and 6 Series Will Not Cost More...

... in the US than they did until now. BMW will not raise prices for the 2010 model year versions of the M5, M6 and 6 series. But this doesn't mean BMW fans will not have any surprises. The kind we all like. BMW will add something extra to the...

 
DAWS, the Transformer Wheel That Splits
DAWS, the Transformer Wheel That Splits

We have seen some crazy car concepts over the years, meant on delivering new, fresh and sometimes never-to-be-put-into-practice ideas to the table. Most of them, if not all, tried to showcase the future of the car as a hole, with the body, the engi...

 
Toyota Rear Seat Center Airbag, the First of a New Breed?
Toyota Rear Seat Center Airbag, the First of a New Breed?

Japanese manufacturer Toyota has developed the world's first (according to Toyota Motor research) rear seat center airbag, meant to add to passenger's safety in case of a side collision. As part of the company's Supplemental Restrain...

 
James Muir, Former Mazda CEO to Head Seat
James Muir, Former Mazda CEO to Head Seat

Only a day after leaving his former position, James Muir, former Mazda Europe CEO already got a new job. The executive will replace Eric Schmitt, a VW group veteran, as head of Volkwagen owned brand Seat, Autonews reported. The 50 year old execu...

 
The 2010 BMW 5 Series Will Use Steel Chassis
The 2010 BMW 5 Series Will Use Steel Chassis

BMW will abandon the partially aluminum chassis used on the current 5er in favor of an all steel construction for the model set to launch next year, according to autocar.co.uk. The measure will be taken by the German manufacturer for economic reaso...

 
Lightning LH4 Hybrid Gets Ready for the 2009 Denver Auto Show
Lightning LH4 Hybrid Gets Ready for the 2009 Denver Auto Show

Lightning Hybrids announced that the 2009 Denver Auto Show, set to debut on April the 1st will be the event where the company presents its creations: the prototype of its hybrid LH4, as well as the "one-of" hybrid drivetrain that powers i...

 
Porsche 911 Went to Geneva in Mansory Clothing
Porsche 911 Went to Geneva in Mansory Clothing

The German subsidiary of the Swiss tuner Mansory brought along to the 2009 Geneva Auto Show one of the "house specialities", a bulked up Porsche 911, aimed at presenting the company's comprehensive tuning program for the 911 range. T...

 
2009 Barcelona Auto Show Will Take Place
2009 Barcelona Auto Show Will Take Place

The race is back on, as today Spanish authorities announced the 2009 Barcelona Auto Show is back on the grid and will take place as scheduled, starting May the 9th. The recovery was made possible thanks to the Spanish government's assistan...

 
Mansory Releases Design Pack for 955 Porsche Cayenne
Mansory Releases Design Pack for 955 Porsche Cayenne

Swiss tuner Mansory released an individualization pack for the Porsche Cayenne, only a few days after the unveiling of the Bugatti LINEA Vincero at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. The tuner's design ideas fit the German SUV like a glove, as the cho...

 
Factor 001 F1 Inspired Bicycle Available for Order
Factor 001 F1 Inspired Bicycle Available for Order

BERU f1systems announced the final version of the Factor 001 bicycle will be shown in March, at London’s Science Museum as part of “Fast Forward, 20 ways F1 is changing our world”. Unlike the first show bike, the frame struct...

 
Toyota is Japan's Number One Brand
Toyota is Japan's Number One Brand

Toyota is Japan's number one brand, not in the automotive industry alone, but compared to giants from other fields, such as Sony, Toshiba or Panasonic. The second ranking brand on the Japanese market is Honda, a marketing survey compiled by In...

 
Hyundai Green Baby, First Photo of the iQ Challenger?
Hyundai Green Baby, First Photo of the iQ Challenger?

The supermini segment of the market becomes more and more appealing for car manufacturer. There is no doubt, seeing the Toyota iQ running for the 2009 World Car title, that small size, combined with "green" technology (the iQ is also nomi...

 
Dodge Rams the Crisis, Improves Market Share
Dodge Rams the Crisis, Improves Market Share

Even if market share is not the same with high sales volume, to know that you own a bigger piece of the smaller pie that is the automotive industry is reason enough for celebration. Dodge Ram's total market share increased (or did the market s...

 
GM Delays 4.5l Truck Engine
GM Delays 4.5l Truck Engine

General Motor's uncertain future put yet another dent in the company's plans, as it was forced to delay of one of the manufacturer's most advanced diesel engine, the 4.5l, destined for light duty trucks, Autonews reported. Set to ...

 
2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Available in the US for $19,800
2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Available in the US for $19,800

The largest market for Honda's Insight range will receive its newest addition, the Hybrid, no later than March the 24th. With MSRP of only $19,800 for the Insight LX, the model will be the most affordable hybrid available on the US market. ...

 
GM Will Meet with EU on Friday the 13th
GM Will Meet with EU on Friday the 13th

No superstition seems to be strong enough to keep European Commission representatives to meet with the ones of General Motors and other stakeholders this Friday. With the future of some 300,000 people in the balance, this informal meeting is hoped ...

 

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