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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.
Geely Denies Interest in Volvo
Geely Denies Interest in Volvo

5 Mar 2009, 10:47 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / After weeks of rumors surfacing about more Chinese auto manufacturers taking interest in Ford's sale of Volvo, Geely Automobile Group decided to deny once again its interest in the sale. Geely spokesman Wang Ziliang said today his company'...

 
KTM Launches X-BOW Superlight and ROC in Geneva
KTM Launches X-BOW Superlight and ROC in Geneva

5 Mar 2009, 10:01 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / KTM is celebrating the first anniversary of its X-BOW range at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show with the unveiling of an entire array of new vehicles and technologies. The year old X-Bow range will debut at the show no less than than five different models...

 
Ferrari 599 HGTE Package Detailed
Ferrari 599 HGTE Package Detailed

5 Mar 2009, 09:04 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Ferrari will introduce at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, together with the 599XX, a new performance package for the 599 GTB Fiorano. Dubbed Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE), the package is intended to further underscore its sportiness and handli...

 
Ferrari 599XX Detailed in Geneva
Ferrari 599XX Detailed in Geneva

5 Mar 2009, 08:15 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / We reported earlier this week that Ferrari went to the 2009 Geneva Auto Show armed with an entire arsenal of high performance vehicles. The company's most looked forward to unveilings are the ones of its 599 range. Amid all its offerings, the ...

 
GM Needs Money From All Over Europe
GM Needs Money From All Over Europe

4 Mar 2009, 18:53 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / If you first don't succeed, try again, the saying goes. It is what GM is doing in order to raise the much needed $4.2 billion. The company is now talking to Spain, Britain and several other countries besides Germany to achieve its goal. If it...

 
EDAG Light Car with Details and Photos
EDAG Light Car with Details and Photos

4 Mar 2009, 18:49 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / We witnessed a great deal of novelties in the weeks that preceded the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. In this time, we saw all electric concepts, hybrid vehicles, Rinspeed's out of this world ideas, carbon fiber bodies, FEAS and the list could go on fo...

 
Fiat Multiair Reduces Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions
Fiat Multiair Reduces Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions

4 Mar 2009, 16:50 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / As cars would not be worthy of the name without engines, research and development into improving powerplant performances is a vital part of the manufacturer's strategies. Events such as the 2009 Geneva Auto Show are the perfect opportunities f...

 
BMW US Sales Still Down in February
BMW US Sales Still Down in February

4 Mar 2009, 15:38 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / With the shortest month of the year over, it's time for car manufacturers to draw the line and start counting. No one hopes for great, maybe not even for good results, giving the disastrous first month of the year. In that note, BMW Group pres...

 
Koenigsegg Presents Quant: Details and Photos
Koenigsegg Presents Quant: Details and Photos

4 Mar 2009, 15:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / As we reported in mid February, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg was preparing itself to unveil their newest creation, a street racer named Quant. We now come back on the subject to give you a more detailed look at the vehicle that will be on displa...

 
Chrysler's Sales Still Down in February
Chrysler's Sales Still Down in February

4 Mar 2009, 13:35 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Chrysler reported yesterday its February sales figures for the US retail market and as all expected, no big surprise came out of it. Decreasing sales are still the underlying factor in the company's performance, even if the report shows a 1.4 ...

 
GM Europe's Bankruptcy Would Mean 300,000 Lost Jobs
GM Europe's Bankruptcy Would Mean 300,000 Lost Jobs

4 Mar 2009, 11:56 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / GM Europe's failure to save itself from a possible bankruptcy would mean the loss of 300,000 jobs on the continent, affecting the people working in manufacturing plants, suppliers and dealers, detnews.com reported. "We don't have ...

 
Brabus Introduces New Monobloc F, G, and Q Wheels
Brabus Introduces New Monobloc F, G, and Q Wheels

4 Mar 2009, 10:40 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Along with the unveiling of the ML 63 Biturbo at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, Brabus also also shows off its latest creations in term of wheel design. To that end, the company unveiled three new light alloy wheels Monoblock F, G and Q at the event, w...

 
Electric Cars Are "Far Away", VW CEO Says
Electric Cars Are "Far Away", VW CEO Says

4 Mar 2009, 09:59 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen CEO, put a dent in environmentalists hopes for an all electric vehicle for the masses in the near future, as he said yesterday in Geneva these types of vehicles are very "far away," Autonews reported. This...

 
2010 Lotus Exige S Presented at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show
2010 Lotus Exige S Presented at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show

4 Mar 2009, 08:23 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Norfolk based sports car manufacturer Lotus will introduce at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show its latest high performance coupe. Dubbed Exige S, this 2010 version of the two seater sports car brings a newly designed rear wing and a restyled front end. Wi...

 
How to Read VIN Plates
How to Read VIN Plates

4 Mar 2009, 07:54 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a serial number, unique to every vehicle, something like your "social security number." It is used by all manufacturers and all related parties such as police, insurance companies or buyers to help...

 
Nissan Qazana Official Photos and Details
Nissan Qazana Official Photos and Details

3 Mar 2009, 14:07 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / At the beginning of the month, Nissan released a teaser photo of its Qazana concept that really got our hopes up. Unfortunately, not many will find the new concept as appealing as the first photo did. The concept is, as Nissan says, inspired by ...

 
Mercedes Benz SLK Gets 2LOOK Edition
Mercedes Benz SLK Gets 2LOOK Edition

3 Mar 2009, 11:51 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The 2009 Geneva Auto Show will witness the unveiling of the new SLK 2LOOK edition, a version Mercedes says targets the younger people among the company's custmmers. 2LOOK is a two tone antithetic tweak of the series SLK. Mercedes tries a ki...

 
More Photos and Details on Kia No 3
More Photos and Details on Kia No 3

3 Mar 2009, 11:22 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / One of the most exciting stands at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show is expected to be the one of Korean manufacturer Kia. The design of each and every one of its models brings a breeze fresh air; we are not outspoken fans of the brand, but the company rea...

 
Saab Arctic Performance Video
Saab Arctic Performance Video

3 Mar 2009, 10:26 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / A good way not to show signs of weakness in the face of your own government's stubbornness to lend a helping hand is to keep walking, as the famous saying goes. Saab, still facing an uncertain future, puts all its hopes into the future 9-3X mo...

 
2009 Focus Rallye Sport: The Last of Its Kind?
2009 Focus Rallye Sport: The Last of Its Kind?

3 Mar 2009, 09:02 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The financial turmoil keeps on making taking its toll on the automotive industry. Automakers sacrifice jobs, plants, subsidiaries and car models, in a so far futile attempt to gain the benevolence of the all mighty Crisis. As if it hasn't d...

 

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