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Report: Toyota could sell their own version of the BMW 1-Series

Toyota isn’t unfamiliar to the badgineering crowd…they have Lexus to boot. Though, Toyota is rumored to possible offer their own version of the next-generation BMW 1-Series, closing the ties even more between their collaborative efforts in the future.

Word comes from Best Car Magazine and rumors point to a codename of 69DZ and is expected to sit below the GT 86 with a similar hatchback design as the new 1-Series. Powering the front wheels is a naturally-aspirated 1.5L four-banger with 130hp and 110 lb-ft of torque with six-speed automatic and manual cog changers.

The model could show up at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, though confirmation is very much unknown.

Source: Best Car Magazine


The Volvo XC90 is Sweden’s most powerful model ever
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Finally! After one generation and twelve consecutive years of production and counting (Volvo will continue producing the first generation XC90 in China as the XC Classic), Sweden’s full-size seven-seater luxury crossover is here and ready to take the market by storm. Meet the 2015 Volvo XC90.

Sporting a completely new look and an all-new backbone, Volvo’s Scalable Architecture, the new XC90 also initiates the brand’s all-new design language, previewed by the Concept XC Coupe from this year’s Detroit Auto Show. It may not be particularly striking to look like and it only seems to look the most generic in beige, though in every other color, the XC90 remains to be more unique and superbly Swedish.  The inside looks even better.

Volvo debuts its latest 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged four-pot and in base form, is capable of a hefty 316hp. Mated to the new optional plug-in hybrid powertrain and you get get the world’s most powerful production Volvo ever, this side of the Polestars, at 400hp.

And because Volvo also spells safety, the new crossover features a long list of new tech, making it into the world’s safest moving padded room.

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Report: Lotus could be putting themselves back on the map with sedan and crossover
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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


Report: The Ford Mustang could get a 10-speed automatic
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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.

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: High-performance rear-wheel and convertible Lamborghini Huracans due soon
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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.

Source: AutoCar


Report: Alfa Romeo preparing new 6C based off of Maserati Alfieri

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.

Source: AutoExpress


The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta costs $16,215 for its price of entry
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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.

For full details on which gets what, check out the press release after the jump..

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Report: Cadillac rumored to be working on new convertible

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.

Source: Automobile


Chevrolet debuts new 2015 Silverado Rally Editions
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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.

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Report: Volvo may consider V40 and XC60 Polestar versions

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.

Source: AutoCar