It seems Subaru might be serious about downsizing their engines to keep up with demands for fuel economy, and this might mean retiring their flat-six from duty altogether.
CarAdvice in Australia spoke to Yoichi Hori, a Subaru engineer, who claims six-cylinder engine demand is decreasing throughout the world and companies are relying more on small turbocharged motors or hybrid tech. He does have a point, but six-cylinder engines aren’t exactly disappearing.
Either way, Subaru could just drop theirs in favor of some new 2.0L turbocharged boxer-fours. Does this mean we could actually see a Subaru BRZ with a turbo? One could only dream…
Hyundai will be showing up at the CES next year to reveal their new infotainment system, which also is one of the first to integrate ApplePlay in new cars.
The system comes with a fancy new seven-inch touchscreen display and has been optimizes to be paired in all sorts of ways with the latest smartphones. It doesn’t have sat-nav as standard as that’s an extra option, but it has plenty of options to give drivers and occupants ways to connect their smartphones to the car.
Driver’s can do the usual functions, such as control music, access contacts for hands-free calling, and more.
The system should be launched and implemented in most new Hyundais beginning in 2016.
Check out the press release after the jump.
If you know who Paul Bracq is, then you can officially consider yourself a very knowledgeable car enthusiast. For those who don’t know and may or may not heard of Mr. Bracq, Paul is one of the most famous automotive designers in history and is most known for his work with Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
More notably, he’s responsible for the styling of the original Mercedes-Benz 600, the W113 “Pagoda” SL-Class, the W108 S-Class, and the W114 just to name a few.
On the BMW front, Bracq is just as famous for he is responsible for the first ever E23 BMW 7-Series design, and his 1973 BMW Turbo Concept, which won Concept Car of the Year at the time. His other BMW works include the first ever E21 BMW 3-Series design, the first and second generation E12 and E28 BMW 5-Series, the 2002 Turbo, the first ever E24 6-Series, and the BMW M1–though the last few were created by Claus Luthe, under the direction of Bracq.
And as a result, Bracq and BMW came together in a special video feature to share the story of how the two came about. It’s story time fellas.
Check it out after the jump.
Some good news in from Sweden as DigitalTrends reports Volvo’s new S80 successor, the S90, will be modeled after Volvo’s recent Concept Estate. But there will also be a return of a large wagon, ever since the V70 was retired, and it should revive the V90 nameplate.
Both the S90 and V90 were also late 1990s last-generation models of the classic 900-Series, Volvo’s last ever rear-wheel drive vehicle. And according to this latest report, the new S90 and V90 should look like “near carbon copies” of the Concept Estate. Providing the starting point for these two new models is the brand’s latest SPA global architecture and the S90 and V90 should most likely get similar powertrains to the new Volvo XC90.
Car spotter Chris Doane apparently heard that the new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V should make something in the neighborhood of 640hp, from a supercharged 6.2L V8. That pretty much sounds like the new CTS-V is getting the new Corvette Z06’s mill, whereas the outgoing model got its V8 from the Corvette ZR-1.
The CTS-V apparently gets a detuned version too since the Z06 is rated at 650hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. But nonetheless, that’s quite a lot of oomph, even in this neck of the woods. Let’s put this into perspective. When compared to the new CTS-V’s supposed horsepower figure, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG only makes 577hp while the M5 is good for 567hp, even in top forms.
Either way, things are about to get really really interesting and the Detroit Auto Show in January holds the key to it all.
Big news is gaining with the one and only Mr. James Glickenhaus and his latest creation, the SCG 003, under his collaborative project, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus.
Over the past few months, SCG has been busy with their next car, which succeeds the original Pininfarina P4/5 and P4/5 Competizione. So far, the SCG 003 is slated to have more than one engine option, but for different purposes. For instance, the road-going version is expected to come with a 12-cylinder mid-mounted engine while the motorsports version sports a force-fed Honda V6 for the next 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
BMW and BMW Blog report that Munich is retracting their plans to reveal a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at Detroit next month for the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
The Roundel didn’t disclose the reasons why, but according to press speculation, the BMW could be focusing more on their projects with Toyota.
This doesn’t mean BMW’s plans for an FCV are defunct now since BMW still wants to reveal one, but first they need to redesign their current concepts and use approaches similar to ones used for the i3 and i8.
Source: BMW / BMW Blog
GM’s Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, sat down recently with AutomotiveNews, who said the new Cadillac CT6 will feature Cadillac’s latest design language, but it won’t be modeled after the Elmiraj Concept, unfortunately.
That said, we can expect other Cadillac models to resemble the CT6 with various design cues, both on the inside and out.
Welburn also reaffirmed President Johan de Nysschen’s plans to introduce a new range-topping model by 2020 to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, the Jaguar XJ, the Lexus LS and the Audi A8, to name a few.
Source: Automotive News
Nissan has another reveal to add to the list for Detroit–the 2016 Titan, which is also hyped to feature an all-new Cummins diesel engine, to put the Titan into the realm of the light-duty diesel pickup, alongside the Dodge Ram EcoDiesel.
Not much is still known about the new Titan, but the signature engine is supposed to be Cummins’ all-new 5.0L V8 diesel.
Expect an entirely new truck from the ground up as the outgoing Titan is well past its due date.
Check out the video after the jump.
AutomotiveNews reports Alfa Romeo is working on their own line of performance engines for future models, which is reminiscent of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ five-year plan and strategy for Alfa reentry into the US market. The plan is to bring Alfa Romeo back to the brand that people once admired and the 4C is part of this push. Next up to be revealed is a new midsize sedan.
But to make sure Alfa is on par with the competition, the brand is reportedly working on their own performance engines, with one being a new 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 good for 480hp. That engine is still based off of the 3.0L unit in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. There’s also a new 2.0L turbo four in the works, capable of anywhere from 180hp to 330hp for rear- or all-wheel drive applications. And for Europe. a new 2.2L turbodiesel four can offer from 135hp to 210hp.
From what we know following previous rumors, the new Alfa sedan will be sized between a BMW 3-Series and 5-Series and should be offered with rear-wheel drive while a high-performance GTA version is also said to be in the works. The sedan should surface sometime in 2016, and interestingly it won’t be called the Giulia, according to AN.