Rumor floats in from Malaysian media, who heard that Lotus could be prepping a new luxury sedan and crossover. Lotus is a big deal in Malaysia as they’re partnered with Proton, one of the very few automakers from the region. And recently, the corporation recently appointed former CEO of Peugeot, Jean-Marc Gales, following former leader, Dany Bahar.
Bahar originally had plans for a sedan and a crossover during his tenure, though his plans were put on the backburner following his severance for mismanaging the company.
Now, those plans are back on the table in an attempt to put Lotus back on the market as a competitive automaker. This wouldn’t be the first time Lotus is making a sedan as they’ve made the Carlton in the past and more recently, a concept was made in the form of the Lotus Eterne.
Source: Utusan via MotorAuthority
Ford is rumored to possible be equipping the new Mustang with a 10-speed automatic, according to AutomotiveNews.
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The new transmission will be one of the first to be built cooperatively by General Motors and Ford and could see duty as early as 2015. While it’s not uncommon to see six, seven, and even eight-speed auto cog swappers, nine-speeds from ZF are just starting to be introduced and Ford and GM are most likely to be one of the first to use 10-speeds. Any more and they’ll have more than a semi-trailer cab.
The 10-speed could be a replacement for the brand’s current six-speed auto and could even get equipped to the new 2015 Ford F150 pickups with the turbodiesel light-duty models.
AutoCar in the UK recently sat down with Lamborghini’s chief, Stephan Winkelmann, to learn of impending and new variants of the new Gallardo-replacing Huracan.
According to the report, the usual Spyder and rear-wheel drive high-performance special variants are expected to follow in the same footsteps of the Gallardo. Confirmation came during this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance from two weekends ago.
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“We need lots of derivatives,” Winkelmann said. “Customers expect it and we always need something new to talk about.”
Other than the expected, not much else is known as the formula is to remain the same for the Huracan as it did for the Gallardo.
Alfa Romeo is apparently looking to get in on some of the midsize luxury sports coupe action with a new front-engined 6C model based off of the incoming production Maserati Alfieri.
AutoExpress in the UK learned of the possibility, but specifics as usual are very sparse. The Alfa Romeo is expected to be as much of a looker as the Alfieri, considering the Italians aren’t strangers for very memorable and stunning visual designs.
Power could be supplied by a Maserati-sourced 3.0L twin-turbo V6 with around 500hp.
Pricing details have just recently been announced for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, which starts at $16,215, not including that usual $850 destination charge.
The level of entry for the 2015 Jetta includes a naturally-aspirated 2.0L four-banger while the next choices available with more oomph are the 1.8T and the 2.0T models, both with TSI direct-injection. In addition to the typical array of gasoline fours, there also exists the turbodiesel TDI with the EA288 2.0L four-banger. Topping the range in price and complexity is the Jetta Hybrid, with its 1.4L four-pot mated to an electric motor.
The base 2.0L engine features 115hp and 125 lb-ft of torque on tap with the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. The 1.8T gains the benefit of a turbocharged to make 170hp and 184 lb-ft of twist while the 2.0L TSI GTI-sourced gasoline four also benefits from forced-induction to make 210hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both can be had in a six-speed auto or manual.
The Jetta’s standards options list are determined by the same Base, S, SE, and SEL trims.
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It’s been a few years since Cadillac produced a convertible–last known as the XLR. Terribly overpriced, it was a slow seller and Cadillac has yet to follow up with a new drop top. That’s a bit of a pity when you consider that Cadillac used to be a manufacturer of some of the most luxurious and iconic convertibles in the world.
Now, according to Automobile Magazine, Caddy may follow up with a successor to the aforementioned XLR, after speaking with the chief of engineering, Dave Leone. Should all hold to be true, the new convertible would most likely get its platform from the incoming Alpha setup, destined for the new flagship sedan and a provider for the existing ATS and CTS.
Stylistically, inspiration is sourced from the gorgeous Elmiraj Concept from not too long ago. Though, not much else is known.
Chevrolet revealed some new special edition versions of the Silverado pickup truck in double-cab and crew-cab form.
Called the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Editions, the new versions include upgrades equal to stylistic appearance packages, featuring a list of visual upgrades from the factory and some extra options added to the standard list.
Three trim levels exist: Rally 1 Edition, LT Rally 1 Edition, and LT Rally 2 Edition with the Rally1 Edition starting life off as a Silverado L. It then receives a body color-matching grille and lots of blacked out trimmings such as new bowtie logos, black door handles, black mirror caps and accompanying body stripes.
Fans of the Swede might be interested to hear that Polestar’s reach could extend further than the S60 and V60 models as AutoCar reports the firm has interest in producing V40 and XC60 models as well.
Initially, Volvo was interested in producing a V40 Polestar, though Volvo’s powertrain and motorsports head, Derek Crabb, denied such claims. He followed up by commenting that Polestar variants are also dependent on market demand, which varied by region.
It does leave much to be desired from fans of Volvo and Polestar since nobody still know what this means and whether or not Polestar could give their treatment to new models. Though Crabb did say, whatever the new Polestar model will be, it’ll get no less than the brand’s current and potent turbocharged 3.0L inline-six currently serving duty in today’s S60 and V60 Polestar. There also is a possibility of a new four-cylinder engine with enough power to match the outgoing six.
The 2015 Ford F150 is making quite the statement, what with its aluminum body shaving off enough pounds to make a weight watcher’s participant jealous. That said, it’s only a matter of time until the other producers of pickup trucks, mainly from the other two of the Big Three–Chrysler and General Motors–follow suit.
So far, GM is known to be working on their own lightweight versions of their next-gen light-duty pickups, due sometime around 2018. However, word from Reuters is Chrysler themselves won’t be able to get an aluminum body on the Ram until sometime after 2020. That’s because the Ram’s life cycle is already planned out for the current model with a mid-cycle refresh due sometime in 2015.
Additionally, this delayed changeover could prove to be beneficial to the Ram 1500 since demand for aluminum has skyrocketed, putting serious pressure on suppliers with the threat of a shortage lingering. This could hamper sales of Ford’s F150 and GM’s next-generation trucks while the Ram could benefit from this shortage by sticking with the more ubiquitous material.
Buick is just about on the verge of launching a new convertible, making it the first droptop to come from America’s oldest active automaker since the Buick Reatta of the 1980s and early 1990s. And much like the current Buick Regal, which is based off of a current Opel, the new Buick convertible will too be based off of an Opel.
The Opel of honorable mention is the current Cascada and according to GMInsideNews, the Buick version retains the Cascada nameplate, after being showed to dealers at an exclusive event last week.
Not much is specifically known about the new Buick Cascada, though the ‘vert isn’t really expected to change much from the Opel version. Engines could range from a turbo 1.6L four-banger with 197hp and 221 lb-ft of torque while other reports hint at the use of a larger 2.0L turbo-four with 250hp.
Source: GM Inside News