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Out of respect for Paul Newman, who died in 2008, Doc Hudson Hornet from Cars (2006) is not included in this movie. An early scene implies that Hudson has died. However, Fillmore the Volkswagen van, once voiced by George Carlin, who also died in 2008, appears here, voiced by Lloyd Sherr. Red the fire truck, once voiced by Joe Ranft, who died in 2005, also appears, but doesn't have any dialogue or vocalizations.
Finn McMissile was originally conceived for an unused scene in the first film, where Lightning McQueen and Sally were seeing a spy movie, featuring McMissile, while on a date.
The first Pixar film not to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film since the award was created in 2001.
FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: The Pizza Planet truck (appears in nearly every Pixar film) appears twice: as a guest on the Tire Talk television show, and as a spectator near the end of the film (while Mater was flying on jetpacks).
Pixar is known to include references to their upcoming productions. Characters from Pixar's next feature, Brave (2012), can be seen (as cars) in a piece of artwork on the wall in the pub in London.
Finn McMissile is a hybrid of several cars. The roof-line and doors are from a Volvo P1800, the car used by Sir Roger Moore in The Saint (1962), the grill and fenders are from a BMW 507, and many other elements are from an Aston Martin DB5, James Bond's trademark vehicle. (According to "James Bond Vehicles" by John Cork and Collin Stutz, it never carried missiles, though. The Goldfinger (1964) version had machine guns, where McMissile has his missiles.)
HIDDEN MICKEY: Luigi's family are all variants of the Fiat 500, a popular small car produced in Italy from 1936 through today. The car was nicknamed "Topolino", which is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse. This is why Luigi's uncle is called Uncle Topolino.
After Mater and McQueen are done "cow tipping" the Colossus XXL, you see them drive past the Drive-In. The movie being shown in the Drive-In is "The Incredimobiles", which is the cars version of Pixar's The Incredibles (2004). You see a poster of the movie when Holley Shiftwell and Finn McMissile are in Paris.
Gusteau's restaurant from Ratatouille (2007) makes an appearance in Cars 2 (2011) under the name "Gastows".
The name Miles Axlerod, as voiced by Eddie Izzard, was taken from one of Izzard's stand-up routines about the invention of the wheel and axle.
Professor Z is a Zündapp Janus, a strange German microcar made by the Zündapp motorcycle company from 1957-1958. The name "Janus" came from the Roman god, based on the unusual design of having the doors at the front and rear, passengers in the rear faced backwards. It had a 250cc engine, with an optimistic top speed of around fifty miles per hour, and, due to the unusual weight configuration, handled very poorly.
The British Intelligence seal, in the private jet that McMissile and Shiftwell use, says "Honor, Animus, Vis Equorum", which in Latin means "Honor, Spirit, Horse Power".
The boat in the beginning of the movie, that is transporting Finn McMissile, is an almost exact replica of the "Northwestern" from the Discovery Channel television show Deadliest Catch (2005), and is voiced by the Northwestern's Captain, Sig Hansen. You can even see the blue crest on the front of the boat, with the letters "SH", which are the initials of the boat's first Captain, Sverre Hansen.
On the plane ride to Tokyo, Mater and Lightning are watching a cars' version of Takeshi's Castle (2002), an old Japanese game show.
The town Porto Corsa is a fictional composite of Nice, France, and Portofino, Italy, and the Monaco Grand Prix race track.
Finn McMissile's license plate - 314-FNMC - includes Sir Michael Caine's birthday, March 14th.
During the race in England, there is a sign on the track wall that says "Lassetyre". This is a reference to Writer and Director John Lasseter.
John Lasseter conceived the story for this movie while he was in Europe promoting the first film.
The script originally had five races with Paris and Germany, in addition to Tokyo, London, and Porto Corsa. As the story expanded, and became too long during production, the German race was dropped, and the Paris segment was re-worked.
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In this film, John Ratzenberger had his fewest lines out of any Pixar movie. His character Mack only had two lines the entire film, being "Oh, these best friend greetings are getting longer every year." and "Oh, those two are perfect for each other."
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The Queen is a classic 1950s Rolls-Royce Phantom IV. Prince Wheeliam is a Bentley Continental GT.
At one point in the film, Mater is prompted to think of insurance agents, and he sings the State Farm Auto Insurance jingle, with modified lyrics. State Farm Insurance was one of the sponsors for the film, and Pixar created an animated television ad for them.
In the credits, Tow Mater's passport shows that he was born on January 12, 1957, in Radiator Springs. The date is John Lasseter's birth date.
The race car "Francesco Bernoulli" is based on a modern Formula 1 Grand Prix car, and is named after the Bernoulli principle, which is the basis of the functioning of the aerodynamic wings found on Formula 1 cars such as Francesco. The Bernoulli principle is also the explanation of how automobile carburetors mix air and gasoline. Newer cars use fuel injection rather than the older carburetors.
Rod "Torque" Redline's license plate reads "M1911A1", which is the name of the famous .45 caliber Colt pistol issued for the U.S. military from 1911-1985.
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Fillmore's license plate reads 51237. George Carlin's birth date was May 12, 1937. 51237 is also the ZIP code for George, Iowa.
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Rod "Torque" Redline, the American spy, who is supposed to meet Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, is never addressed by name. Neither are Grem (the orange Gremlin) and Acer (the green Pacer), the two main lemons under the employment of Professor Z.
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When Mater is trying to drive away from McQueen while driving backwards, Darrell Cartrip mentions "He's got to be the best backwards driver in the world!" Mater made this claim in the first film.
In England, the cars pass under the Admiralty Arch. The Latin motto on the real arch reads: ANNO DECIMO EDWARDI SEPTIMI REGIS VICTORIÆ REGINÆ CIVES GRATISSIMI MDCCCCX which translates as "In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910." The same arch in the movie replaces REGINÆ with CORONÆ and CIVES with a word that is obscured by a flag but "AUTO" followed by either "E" or "C", other letters, then "TA" is most likely AUTOCESTA. So, the motto re-translated is now "In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Crown Victoria, from most grateful highways, 1910." Crown Victoria being a Ford model car.
Rod "Torque" Redline's license plate is a Michigan plate. Michigan is where Detroit is located, home of American automotive manufacturers, including those of Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, the two cars that were combined to create Rod. It is also the home state of Bruce Campbell, who provides Rod's voice.
The only Pixar feature film ever to receive a "Rotten" collective rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes.
Announcer Darrell Cartrip is a Chevy Monte Carlo, David Hobbscap is a 1963 E-Type Jaguar, in British Racing Green, and Brent Mustangburger is a 1964 Mustang coupe.
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During the end credits, as a map of the U.S. is shown, Pixar's headquarters can be seen in northern California. It can be identified by a sculpture of Pixar's mascot, Luxo, Jr. This sculpture exists at the real building.
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Tomber (French for "tumbling") is a Reliant Regal three wheeler, a car notorious for its poor handling and tendency to roll over, even in light turns.
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FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: The "A113" mark (referring to a CalArts classroom used by many Pixar employees when they were students), which is present in all Pixar movies, is shown as the catalogue number of the engine photograph, when Mater, Finn McMissile, and Holley Shiftwell first watch it on Siddeley. It is also Siddeley's tail number and Mater's license plate.
The first John Lasseter-directed Pixar film not to have a score by Randy Newman.
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The film was going to be directed by Brad Lewis, but due to problems during production, John Lasseter was brought in to direct, while Lewis was made the co-director.
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The first Pixar film not to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film since the category began in 2007.
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The song "You Might Think" in an early montage scene is performed here by Weezer, but was originally a hit by The Cars.
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The bad guy's ships (that guarded their oil platforms) are modelled on the Independence class of the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ships.
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As of 2012, this is the only Pixar film to not receive an Academy Award nomination.
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WILHELM SCREAM: The cars in the Ye Left Turn Inn in London beat Grem and Acer up.
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Pixar's first follow-up film outside the Toy Story franchise.
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In Italy, Holly Shiftwell says that they reprogrammed the city's red lights. This is likely an nod to Sir Michael Caine's The Italian Job (1969), in which an Italian city's red lights were reprogrammed, to aid the getaway from a heist. The Italian Job (1969) is known for its iconic car chase using Mini Coopers.
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One of the Japanese cars is named Kimura Kaizo. "Kaizo" is a Japanese word meaning "modified" or "hacked", and refers to a particularly flashy style of automobile customization commonly seen in Tokyo.
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Luigi's Uncle Topolino and Mama Topolino are voiced by married couple Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave.
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First Pixar follow-up film, where the main protagonist and supporting character switch roles, with Mater taking on the role of the main protagonist in this film. This would also be the case of many follow-up films outside of the Toy Story film franchise.
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The last Pixar film released before Steve Jobs' death.
Stephenson is named after the "father of railways", George Stephenson.
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In a nod to John Lasseter, a banner for "LasseTyres" can be seen on the London racetrack.
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Siddeley's name is a reference to the British aerospace company, Hawker Siddeley.
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The plane, on which Lightning and Mater travel, to the first race in Tokyo, is called Everett, and is in the style of a Boeing 747. The first Boeing 747 made was called City of Everett, so this could be a reference to that original plane.
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Jeff Gorvette's racing number was originally planned to be "3", but it was changed to "24", to match Jeff Gordon's number. In the final film, there isn't a racer in the World Grand Prix with the number "3".
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The ending scene where Mater tells the events of the film to an incredulous crowd is a reference to Mater's Tall Tales (2008), a series in which each episode featured Mater telling Lightning about an incredible job he once had, including matador, professional stunt car, et cetera.
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A sign appears in Tokyo showing a car version of Lotso Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3 (2010).
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The Pixar Animation Studios building shows up on the end credits.
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Chuki from Cars (2006) makes a cameo on the bathroom television.
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Last Directorial Effort of John Lasseter.
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Pixars third film not to have any humans, after A Bug's Life (1998), and Cars (2006).
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In the beginning, when Finn is spying on the new weapon, if you squint your eyes, you will see it says the camera lens are zoomed in 86 times. This refers to the year Pixar was founded, 1986, and, you can possibly say that it is also a reference to Chick Hicks' number in the first movie.
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The third Pixar film to feature Jeff Garlin after WALL-E (2008) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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When Mater enters the toilet in Japan, all the cubicles are locked, and when Rod "Torque" Redline enters, they are all unlocked.
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Is the only Cars movie to not have a climactic final race in the United States toward the end, as Cars (2006) had the tiebreaker in California, and Cars 3 (2017) had the Florida 500.
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In one scene, Finn says "Ms. Shiftwell is designing IPhone apps". This is a reference to Apple, which was released in 1984.
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Is Pixar's second follow-up film where a character is re-cast, which applies to Fillmore. The first time this happened was with Slinky and Andy (the latter for when he's a child at the start of the film) in Toy Story 3 (2010).
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When a car explodes and flies in the air he lands on a car version of Harryhausen's from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
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Most of the World Grand Prix racers' numbers are probably referencing to the years of previous Pixar films. Raoule CaRoule has the number "6", which probably marks the year the first movie came out, 200. Rip Clutchgoneski has the number, "10", which I bet marks 2010, the year Pixar released Toy Story 3. Speaking of Toy Story, now you can't forget Lightning still has the number "95", which is still referencing to 1995, the year Pixar released the first Toy Story film, and Shu Todoroki has the number "7", which is also probably referencing to 2007, the year Ratatouille came out. Max Schnell has the number "4", which probably references to The Incredibles, which came out in 2004. Also, Francesco has the number "1", which probably references to 2001, the year Monsters, Inc. came out. Carla Veloso has number "8", which probably references to the year WALL-E came out, 2008. Finally, Nigel Gearsley has number "9", which probably references to the year Up came out, 2009.
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Although Chick Hicks is not in the actual movie, he does, however, make an appearance in the video game as a DLC character.
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From the Creators of "Toy Story 3".
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The only film in the franchise to not have an after credits scene.
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Like with the first Cars (2006) which released the same year as Happy Feet (2006), Cars 2 (2011) released the same year as it's sequel Happy Feet Two (2011).
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Richard Kind and Eddie Izzard's 2nd Animated film together, after The Wild (2006) which was also by Disney.
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The only animated film composed by Michael Giacchino to not win or be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, as The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Inside Out (2015), and Zootopia (2016) all won.
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The only Cars film that does not feature dialogue from Paul Newman, who played Doc Hudson. All of Newman's lines in Cars 3 (2017) were recorded during sessions for Cars (2006).
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The voice actor for Doc Hudson, for the Latin American Spanish dub, in the first film, was Pedro Armendariz, Jr., son of famous Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, who died in 2011.
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Is the first Cars movie to not be composed by Randy Newman, as well as the first follow up film of Pixar's to have a change of composer.
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Pixar's twelfth feature film.
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The Luxo, Jr. lamp appears on the credits.
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The first Cars movie with the word "awesome".
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John Lasseter gave up directing Toy Story 3 (2010) for this film, with it being his first and only Directorial Effort of a film since he become CEO of both Disney and Pixar in 2006.
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When Mater meets Finn, Finn says, "Who are you with, F.B.I., C.I.A.?" You might have heard him say "F.B.I.". This is a reference to a piracy company called F.B.I., or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Axelrod's disguised voice as the Big Boss Lemon was accomplished by digitally altering Eddie Izzard's voice.
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Al Oft The Lightyear blimp from Cars (2006) appears in Italy.
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Since Paul Newman died before this movie came out, they couldn't include Doc Hudson as one of the characters. But, they did however have pictures of him when Mater and Lightning are looking at the trophies in Doc's office. So, this is the only Cars film that does not have Paul Newman. Because Paul Newman does voice Doc in Cars 3 (2017) in some flashbacks.
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