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Video: Watch Pierce Brosnan star in Kia’s Super Bowl commercials

And we’re here with more Super Bowl content as Pierce Brosnan takes to the screen once more, with Kia.

The spot involves the handsome new Sorento where Brosnan touches on his biggest fame to date as James Bond. Though of course, he’s been long since retired in favor of Daniel Craig.

Check it out after the jump.

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Report: General Motors has no regrets dumping Saab, Saturn, Hummer, and Pontiac

AutomotiveNews recently sat down at a press conference with GM’s current CEO, Mary Barra, where she said GM doesn’t miss any of the brands it recently discontinued during the bankruptcy period of 2008.

Many GM fans have been mourning over the death of particular stablemates like Pontiac because that brand gave us one of the most iconic cars of the 1960s–the GTO.

And while many out there could argue that GM’s time with Saab led to the demise of the Swedish automaker, it isn’t just quite over yet with Saab as the brand is still seeking ways to secure a future.

What brands from General Motors do you miss? How about Oldsmobile, for a throwback?

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Kia’s introducing something new at Chicago

Chicago seems like it’s going to get its own share of attention as Kia is reportedly working to reveal something for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next month.

Speaking to AutoBlog, a company spokesperson mentioned a new concept to “reimagine” Kia’s approach to one of their most popular vehicles. This implies a volume seller, like the Soul or the Optima.

But then that spokesperson decided to add, it was “built for city dwellers seeking an adventurous escape, proves that practical urban wheels can also be rugged and capable.” That right there is a dead giveaway–it’s probably a new Soul.

Source: AutoBlog


Report: Top Gear UK to sign another three year contract

Fans of British Top Gear, like yours truly, will be happy to hear that the BBC will be signing the trio on for an additional three years by contract. So that there pretty much guarantees there will be the world’s most admired motoring show for that duration.

Top Gear unfortunately has been the bearer of bad attention, from Jeremy Clarkson’s false report of dropping the n-bomb to the controversy over the Patagonia special, where Jezza’s registration plate on his Porsche 928 was “H982 FKL,” which was interpreted as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War.

Either way, Top Gear will soldier on. As it should.

Source: Mirror.co.uk


McLaren is bringing a new car to Geneva

McLaren’s stirring up the news by teasing a new car for Geneva.

The new model is apparently called the 675LT and its purpose is to pay homage to the original McLaren F1 GTR “Long Tail,” a famous LeMans racer of the 1990s.

Power is said to be rated at an evil 666hp, 25hp more than the 650S, presuming the same 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 is being used, which is very likely.

Check out the press brief after the jump.

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Honda’s ready to show off the new Civic Type-R at Geneva that we might get

Honda’s ready to reveal it’s next-generation Civic Type-R at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where the production NSX will be shown on European soil for the first time since the North American International Auto Show.

This new Civic Type-R is a game-changer for Civic Type-R brethren as the new model gets Honda’s first-ever turbocharged 2.0L four-banger, making it the first-ever turbocharged Civic Type-R as well. That new turbo four is said to offer a whopping 280hp.

To deal with the power, the Type-R also gets adaptive suspension and a driver-select performance mode that alters the steering and engine response.

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Report: Chevy denies Corvette Z06 did the ‘Ring in less than seven minutes
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So someone out there made a little goof and claimed the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 did the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, which is a pretty serious claim.

Click here for more news on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

HorsepowerKings reportedly said the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with the eight-speed automatic did a lap of the Green Hell in less than seven minutes, which makes it only two seconds slower than a Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach. A bit outlandish ain’t it, especially since Chevrolet’s been fairly quiet about it?

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Report: GMC might come up with a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler

It seems GMC has a desire to expand its horizons as The Wall Street Journal recently sat in a meeting with dealers, where they learned GM’s luxury SUV branch has plans to build a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler.

Yup, so this means the Professional Grade could be popping up on the trails a lot more frequently.

In what seems like an oxymoronic oddball, the Chevrolet and GMC duo is one of the few remaining examples of badgineering that’s some how survived extinction. Meaning, there’s hardly much in the way of diversity.

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Mitsubishi continues to beat dead horses, teases new concept for Geneva
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It seems Mitsubishi has nothing else better to do except tease the public and automotive journalist world with concept after concept after concept, only to have them be long forgotten.

This has been the case with the small Japanese automaker, who’s been showing us some wicked concepts, but almost none of them followed-through to become a production model. And with Mitsu’s current lineup being more obsolete than Phillips’ LaserDisc and the death of the Lancer Evolution, we’re all left wondering if we’ll see Mitsubishi depart the North American market.

Either way, Mitsubishi is back beating the dead-horse of concept reveals again with the teasing of a new concept for Geneva. Does it really matter any more since none of the previous never took off?

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Report: Volvo’s working on plug-in hybrids rather than EVs
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No matter which way you argue, electric vehicles are still rather impractical when compared to the typical internal-combustion engine-powered car. Let’s face it, who wants to wait hours to refuel/recharge a battery pack when filling up a 16-gallon tank only takes no more than five minutes?

Granted, the EV regiment still fits a select niche of car owners, but not all. And Volvo recognizes this, hence their decision to stick with the development of plug-in electric hybrids instead of full-fledged EVs.

Click here on our original post on the 2015 Volvo XC90 at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The word was shared with AutoCar, who spoke with Volvo of the Americas’ senior vice president, Lex Kerssemakers. In the interview, he said that right now, plug-in hybrids make much more sense as a business case than full-electric vehicles. Additionally, it offers the best of both worlds.

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