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Zagato and Aston Martin team up once again to build a one-off shooting brake
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Aston Martin and Zagato came together to create a unique and one-off model: the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato.

Built specially for a particular European customer in mind, the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato was designed to be “a modern interpretation with design cues of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Volante of the mid 80s,” further emphasizing Aston’s and Zagato’s strong relationship.

The world premiere of the one-off Virage Shooting Brake Zagato takes place at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2014 gathering, where Zagato also plans to celebrate their 95th anniversary.

Source: Zagato

Photo Rendering: This sketch hints at a possible Audi TT four-door coupe

The Germans are still on their binge of trying to fill in every niche possible, and this latest digital rendering is an example.

The Audi TT just entered its third generation and rumors in the past spoke of Audi’s interest in expanding the TT’s lineup with different bodystyles. The first example we saw of that was the Audi TT Offroad Concept from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. This latest example implies Audi’s interest in making the TT into a four-door coupe.

But what could be a greater indications that the TT family might actually grow are the similar design cues as the Audi TT Offroad Concept, which means Audi’s attempting to make it as easy as possible to construct various TT variants. Between this sketch and the TT Offroad, the two share very similar roof lines and just basically looks like the TT Offroad minus the off-road ground clearance.

That said, we don’t think it looks half-bad. But what do you egmCarTech’ers think? Ponder about in the comments.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Auto Zeitung (if you know German) via WCF

Recalls: The Ferrari 458 Italia and Spider get recalled in the US

Get this. The Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not because it’ll spontaneous combust, but because someone could get trapped in the golf hole that they call a trunk.

But really, we wonder, how one could end inside a 458′s tiny boot. Should one be accidentally tempted and abducted in the trunk of a 458, they should be able to escape out of the front by pulling a release. But there is no release. So the NHTSA is instructing all 458s to be retrofitted with an inner trunk release so the captive could open the trunk when the kidnapper is speeding away, it then flies back into the windshield his/her head, and the Ferrari crashes and everyone dies.

Because that makes total and complete sense! I hope you sense my sarcasm, by the way. Owners will be notified by Ferrari and be required to return their cars for modifications. So if you’re planning on abducting anyone in the near future, do not use a Ferrari 458 or you will all be killed. And don’t forget to ignore the ones that say “free candy.”

- By: Chris Chin

Source: CNN Money

BMW M Division gets a new department head to take Friedrich Nitscke’s place

BMW is doing some internal work by giving their coveted M Division a new leader. Since 2011 it’s been under the helm of Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, who’s responsible for cars like the new M3, M4 and M5.

Taking his place is former managing director of Audi Quattro GmbH, Franciscus van Meel. This could be a sign of things to come, such as the influx of xDrive all-wheel drive M-cars. All-wheel drive is becoming very popular and more readily available, especially in the luxury performance department after Mercedes-Benz added 4MATIC all-wheel drive to the S-Class and E-Class AMG models.

Although BMW has yet to equip one of their signature models with xDrive, X5 M and X6 M aside, rumors have suggested the addition of all-wheel drive to the next-gen BMW M5.

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Cadillac to relocate their operations to the Big Apple from Detroit

Cadillac is all about big change–so big in fact, that they’re moving their base of operations from Detroit to the “Greatest City in the World,” the Big Apple, the one and only, New York.

The idea is so focused about their image, they’re going for the cheeky start-up look by opening up an office in Soho with “a multipurpose brand and event space in conjunction with modern loft offices.”

This change was implemented by Cadillac’s new CEO, Johan de Nysschen.

For details about what’s going on with Cadillac and their move, check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: The Lotus Evora to continue selling in US after rumors of being removed
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Rumors were abound regarding Lotus and the Evora in the US. And those rumors suggested the Evora was on a limited time table before being pulled from the US market for apparently not meeting new federal safety regulations.

However, those rumors were false–sort of. There will be a 2016 model year Evora, but for 2015, the Evora also goes on a one year hiatus because the Evora doesn’t meet smart airbag regulations for safety. Lotus is working on a solution and says the Evora should pick back up again for the year afterwards.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews

Report: Volkswagen’s Phaeton successor delayed until 2018

Despite the original model suffering from slow sales and an identity crisis, Volkswagen is known to be working on a new successor to the Phaeton, which is even slated to make a return stateside.

Though according to AutomotiveNews, the Phaeton has been delayed until 2018 as a 2019 car because the current first generation model is still a hot topic in China. “Company insiders” did hint the second generation Phaeton is almost complete, but due to the popularity in China, they’re in no hurry to replace it.

As with other items in Volkswagen AG’s portfolio, the Phaeton is built on the same MLB platform underpinning nearly Audi’s entire lineup.

The same engines should also be retained for the new Phaeton, including the same W12 as the outgoing model, as well as a V6 hybrid powerplant, and a V8 TDI with 450bhp for the lucky Europeans. Previous rumors did suggest the Phaeton should closer compete with the Chrysler 300 and the Fod Taurus, but recent reports from AN suggest a price tag of around $70,000.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Automotive News

Report: BMW apparently turns down i8 Spyder and variants to 7-Series

BMW was rumored to be working on an i8 with no head (a.k.a. a convertible variant) as well as a potential M7, but in a recent report from InAutoNews, those two ideas are total baloney.

At the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, BMW did attempt an i8 Spyder Concept, but apparently the project has been cancelled. Additionally, rumors suggested the 7-Series was finally going to go through BMW’s M finishing school to create an M7 to better compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, the Jaguar XJR and the Audi S8. However, the same representative who downplayed the i8 Spyder also said this M7 prospect wasn’t going to happen either.

Instead, BMW is going to focus on catering to affluent trophy wife mall crawlers with the latest version taking form as the anticipated X7 full-size crossover. Yuck.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: InAutoNews

Cadillac’s new flagship to be dubbed, the CT6

Cadillac decided to not use the predicted “LTS” moniker for its new flagship against the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Instead, they’re going to call it the CT6, which begins their new era of naming as the CT plus a number theme should trickle down to its lesser models, sequentially in reverse. The number helps represent the model’s status and placement in the lineup.

Not much was shared about the CT6 specifically in detail, but Cadillac’s Travis Hester, the brand’s chief engineer for the CT6, says the new flagship “will be the lightest and the most agile car in the class of top-level large luxury sedans.” And the CTS and the ATS have both exhibited these traits.

A launch date wasn’t announced just yet, but the CT6 is expected to begin production sometime next year.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Details of Volvo’s new S80 successor, the S90 surface

The 2015 Volvo Xc90 is one of the first brand-new models to initiate Volvo’s transition into its next generation of cars. The next model due for replacement is the S80 sedan while gaining an extra 10 to make the S90. We’re not sure exactly what those extra 10 are, but I digress…

The S90 may sound familiar because it was the last version of the 960 sedan, making it also Volvo’s last ever rear-wheel drive model. The new S90 on the other hand moves the model up market to better compete with the likes of the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6, and so on. So while the S80 and the future S90 might be the most prestigious sedan of the lineup, it still refrains from being a competitor to the full-size big dogs from the rest of Europe and Japan.

Click here for our review of the 2014 Volvo S80 T6 Inscription.

What’s it going to look like? Well, you could look at the ’15 XC90 for an idea and much like Volvo’s current models, “soft curves and a distinctive front end” should help separate the S90 from the rest of the midsize luxury hodgepodge. This includes the XC90′s T-shaped LED headlights and the very upright and metallic front grille. The interior also gets inspiration from the new XC90 with lots of leather, wood trim and metallic complements. There was no indication of the XC90′s Orrefors-sourced crystal shifter making its way in the S90, however.

Either way, the S90 is being designed from the ground up on the same same SPA platform as the XC90. That said, it wouldn’t be uncouth to expect the same line of four-cylinder engines to carry over from the XC90.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoExpress