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2016 Geneva Preview: Meet the first-ever BMW 7-Series to ever wear an M badge, the new M760i xDrive
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The topic of an M-ified BMW 7-Series sedan has been one to be beaten into the bush more than plenty and it’s always been a hot topic.

While BMW has managed make a full-fledged M model out of nearly every car they make, they still resisted the temptation to give the 7-Series the full M treatment as well. When asked about the possibility of seeing one, BMW always maintained that the idea of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” and a two-plus ton luxo land yacht just clashed too much.

This is after the fact that they made a full M version of the porky X5 crossover, its X6 sibling, with more on the way. Not to mention, the Germans like to war with itself in the car world. So, Audi has had the S8, Mercedes the S-Class AMG, and Jaguar with the XJR. So where’s BMW?

Well, they’re finally here, with the first-ever BMW 7-Series to wear an M badge. It’s also the first-ever high-performance 7-Series that’s not an Alpina B7.

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2016 Chicago: The 2017 Nissan Armada arrives as a slightly more affordable Infiniti QX80 w/ video
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The first generation Nissan Armada has been with us for over 10 years and thus, it’s way overdue for a replacement. But speak of the devil, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is happening, and guess what Nissan just revealed?

Meet the new, second generation 2017 Nissan Armada. And if you were wondering whether or not if it’s a “lesser” version of the Infiniti QX80, you’d actually be correct. That’s because they’re essentially the same truck, minus a long laundry list of changes. It’s also no different than the full-size Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 duo.

The new 2017 Nissan Armada comes with a range of modifications to help separate itself from the more expensive Infiniti version. This includes a Nissan-esque front-end that’s modeled after the latest Titan.

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Teaser: The interior of Alpine’s new sports car gets revealed, but it’s only a concept
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Over the past few years, we were informed of the revival of French sports car maker, Alpine, who was famous for their use of Renault engines in the world’s first ever World Rally Championship competition.

When we last heard, the car was still in its development phase and now, the concept’s interior was just teased as the company announced to be returning with a new concept.

Alpine has long since been rumored the past few years to be designing and developing new sports cars to follow in the footsteps of the original A110 coupe from the 1960s and 1970s.

They even produced a few concepts like the A110-50 in 2012 and a follow-up to that in 2015 with the Celebration edition.

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BREAKING: Top Gear UK reveals full lineup, including Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and more

After numerous reports, teasers, and false indications, Top Gear in the UK officially revealed their entire presenter lineup.

Without mucking about, this is who will be starring on the next season of the show–and it’s just not limited to three either: Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, automotive journalist Rory Reid, F1 tycoon Eddie Jordan, and YouTube sensation Chris Harris. Topping it all off is Miss Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz.

So that’s it. No more pondering about and speculating.

Altogether, it sounds like things are off to a pretty big start because that’s a fairly talented cast in the automotive world. So while it might not be Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who really haven’t gone anywhere, except Amazon, there’s a lot of good that could come from this new generation of Top Gear.

I’m equally curious and excited to see how it comes out. It could get off to a rough start, like Top Gear America. But like Top Gear America, it’s been able to mature and mesh together to make a rather decently satisfying waste of one hour if you like cars. Let’s be honest. It’s still better than any one-hour segment on the Speed Channel.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Top Gear


Report: The Cadillac Escalade will “move upmarket” for the next generation and remain body-on-frame

It’s hard to believe that the Cadillac Escalade has been around for as long as it has, being just a gussied up Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon.

But people keep buying them and that said, they’re still a strong enough of a seller for Cadillac to continue making. I mean, it is one of Cadillac’s most popular models to date, if not the most popular today.

According to The Detroit News however, who spoke with Cadillac’s chief, Johan de Nysschen, the Escalade will actually move upmarket for the next generation, meaning it’ll become more luxurious and possibly, more powerful.

Word is that even a ridiculous VSport variant will be made available as well, in addition to a top-spec luxury model, similarly to the Range Rover Autobiography.

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2016 Geneva Preview: Some new Subaru XV Concept gets teased ahead of its March reveal

Subaru seems to be prepping something exciting for this year’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and it’s called the XV Concept.

It’s supposedly a new crossover-based Impreza 5-Door, so think of it as the Subaru Impreza Crosstrek’s likely successor.

Not much else is known, except visually with this minor teaser, but the XV Concept will head into production on a new platform serving as the backbone for the next generation Impreza sedan and hatch.

More info will likely surface as we near March 1.

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2016 Chicago Preview: Some new Subaru Crosstrek Special Edition expected to surface

Subaru officially announced to be introducing a new “Special Edition” of the Crosstrek at the Chicago Auto Show this year.

Like most other “specially” packaged editions of cars, it mainly consists of a unique color with bespoke trim appointments, both on the outside and on the inside.

In the case of this special edition Crosstrek, it starts life as 2.0i Premium model, and comes with a Pure Red exterior with matching side-view mirrors. Mmm…..

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Volvo confirms the V90 once again and reflects on its history of selling over six million wagons to date
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We all know a Volvo V90 luxury wagon based on the new S90 luxury sedan is on its way. Volvo knows this as well and as a result, they’ve decided to tease us officially since the V90 is about to be revealed on February 19th.

Volvo is once again continuing its tradition of building wagons dating as far back as 1953. Since then, the automaker has managed to sell more than six million wagons, about a third of the company’s total sales since being founded in 1927.

That’s pretty darn impressive, if you ask us. And that’s a lot of freakin’ wagons.

So that said, you probably know someone who’s had a Volvo wagon of some sort–from the brick house 240DLs, to the 850 and V70. Hell, my mom had a first generation 2000 V70 R.

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Report: Alfa Romeo alleged to have delayed Giulia due to failed crash test, turned out to be false

A pretty attention-grabbing report surfaced from the credible folks at AutomotiveNews’ European sector, alleging that Alfa Romeo was going to delay the arrival of the US-spec Giulia because it failed an “undisclosed organization’s” crash test.

According to the initial report, the Giulia was said to be introduced completely to the US market, in every possible form, by 2018, but the delay was going to extend this date to a very tardy mid-2020 prediction. The worry came from the fear that Alfa had to go back to the engineering drawing board to redesign the chassis of the car to meet crash safety ratings–and that is no easy or short task.

But after the report grabbed the attention of many other publications, specifically Road&Track, they inquired about it with Chrysler’s PR team.

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Report: BMW M could finally be ready to make the jump to hybridization

It was only a few years ago when BMW’s M Division denied any interest in hybridizing its performance cars, despite the fact that automakers such as Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren made hybrids cool in the eyes of the public, meaning people just don’t think of the Prius when you mention one.

But over time, some rumors and reports surfaced suggesting BMW M could actually be ready to make the jump to incorporate hybridized powertrains in the future M models. There was even one not too long suggesting the next-generation M3 could turn into a plug-in hybrid. This is even bolstered by the fact that BMW has support from Toyota as the two are still collaborating on future projects.

According to AutoExpress, BMW M’s vice president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, confirmed that hybrid M cars will happen in the near future as a way to help the company continue to cut their CO2 emissions.

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