Some news regarding Ford has been rolling in recently after some attention was brought to a significant dip in the company’s stock value, due to a bleak forecast future in major markets such as China. As a result, FoMoCo decided to share some possible prospects with the media as to how they potentially plan to regain traction in the market, and this means the chance for some new models, or the resurrection of a few.
Those two models are the Ford Ranger and lately, the Ford Bronco. The Ranger was recently rumored to be planned for a return to the market by 2018, which totally makes sense given the midsize pickup truck market got a boost with new models from General Motors and a new Toyota Tacoma.
Now, there’s word the Ford Bronco may actually make a return to the US, where the SUV and truck market continues to boom, despite the looming fear of heightened gas prices.
The return of the Ford Bronco rumor has been one lingering around since 2004, when Ford introduced a Bronco Concept, but never made it to production. Also, there was reason to suspect the Ford was holding off on the Bronco revival following the legacy set forth by the infamous O.J. Simpson, since his getaway car was an early 1990s Bronco. But since then, the Bronco has attained a cult following, particularly among young buyers.
You’ve probably heard the rumors already, but numerous reports confirm the pending arrival of a SRT Hellcat-like Jeep Grand Cherokee model called the SRT Trackhawk.
And the latest developments hail in from a recent dealership preview event in Las Vegas that FCA held to preview a huge series of new models, under confidentiality of course. What’s not confidential however are the reports and rumors rolling in, without pictures of course.
The latest bits further reaffirm the arrival of a new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, as a way to produce the end-all-be-all performance versions of the Grand Cherokee. What’s expected? A 0-60 time of a stunning 2.7 seconds, thanks to the same supercharged 6.2L V8 as the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats being shoehorned under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.
“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you.” The famous quote by the one and only Jeremy Clarkson may be familiar to you, and while true, ever wondered what would happen when a car traveling at 124 MPH or 200 km/h hits a stationary one?
All cars these days are crash tested to no end and are rated on a specific safety scale according to federal mandates, whether it’s Europe’s NCAP rating or the USA’s NHTSA and IIHS standards. Though, cars are only tested for their crash worthiness at 40 MPH, which is quite a bit less than 124 MPH.
That’s because they operate under the presumption that majority of those involved in collisions are likely enough to apply their brakes to the point where they’d be colliding into an object at 40 MPH or less, in relative to the highest speed limits set on public roads.
As a result, nobody has quite tested what would happen to a car at 200 km/h or 124 MPH, until a bunch of Swiss chaps decided to with a steep decline, some brick barriers, and undrivable cars.
Watch the carnage after the jump and be ready to be amused.
It should be no surprise that the midsize pickup segment is heating up again thanks to a resurgence of new models from General Motors and Toyota, namely the new Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma.
With those new models out, the remaining models in the segment include the Nissan Frontier, which awaits a replacement and has midsize and compact pickup enthusiasts wondering about the Ford Ranger, a midsize trucks still made and sold to markets abroad, except for our own.
But a new report from Detroit News says a new Ford Ranger could surface by 2018. The Ranger was certainly a popular model during its heyday when it was sold in America and was the best-selling compact pickup truck in the US betwen 1987 and 2004. But it died off due to low demand, and also Ford seemingly didn’t give a shit about the Ranger, to focus their efforts elsewhere and on the F150.
Kia decided to let the official pictures slide of the all-new 2016 Kia Sportage following a huge influx of teasers and spy shots recently. And here it is.
Not much is known about it so far, but the styling is modeled after its larger sibling, the Kia Sorento, with the brand’s new signature “tiger nose” grille. But thankfully, it’s not as gynormous or pronounced as on some other cars, like Lexus or Audi.
Due for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the new Sportage gets a boost in quality and appearance to move further upmarket with more luxurious appointments.
No technical details are available yet, though the Sportage is anticipated to come with a similar line of gas and diesel turbo fours as its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. This most likely means we’ll get the choice of a 2.0L naturally-aspirated four or Hyundai’s latest 1.6L GDI turbo four pot.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles recently held a huge dealership outing recently at Las Vegas, where a huge barrage of news surfaced regarding some new models.
Firstly, the more exciting bit regards the possibility for the resurrection of the famous Barracuda nameplate and model next to an all-new Dodge Charger sedan. The return of the Barracuda has been a legend and rumor that’s long been in existence ever since the original Plymouth Barracuda died off decades ago in 1974. Though the last of the recent rumors regarding the return of the Barracuda surfaced with MotorTrend back in 2007.
Not much is known, but AutomotiveNews says Alfa Romeo could be supplying their latest chassis as the backbone for this new Barracuda model, thanks to their relationship with Dodge through parent Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. It’ll supposedly come in the form as a convertible, acting as a sort of droptop version of the next-generation Challenger.
Hyundai’s hopping onto the Vision Gran Turismo concept train with an all new concept, which was recently teased ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
But the concept isn’t the only thing being launched during Hyundai’s time at the 2015 IAA as the South Korean automaker will also be launching their new N Performance sub-brand.
Hyundai’s been rumored to be working on a new performance brand to increase the automaker’s appeal as they continue to climb upwards as a strongly competitive automaker. The N Performance brand could turn out some serious sports cars to show that they’re not not exactly joking around any more and are seeking to be taken more seriously in comparison to the more established automakers of the market.
Either way, Hyundai’s been making profound progress with their success and with other rumors floating about such as a possible BMW 3-Series fighter, as well as their latest Vision G Coupe Concept previewing a new, more luxurious Genesis Coupe, we’re eager to see what they have in store.
Not too long ago, Hyundai revealed a digital rendering to tease the all-new next-generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra. And without mucking about, for a compact car of its nature, it’s looking quite good.
That said, Hyundai decided to tease the model once again with a similar digital rendering of the interior, which also looks to be just as good as the exterior. Following a much more simplified and edgier design, the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s interior looks to be more upscale and cleaner in its overall design and execution.
Not much is known about the new Elantra, just yet, but because of the recent teasers, there’s a chance it could be fully revealed for the world to see in the flesh at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, with an obvious web-debut occurring before hand.
Either way, we can definitely say from the renderings that the new Elantra will be much more interesting to look at than the current pool of compact, affordable sedans.
– By: Chris Chin
If you’ve been following the news over the past year or so, particularly concerning Ferrari, you’d know of their serious transition of being converted from a privately owned automaker into a publicly traded firm by being listed for sale at the New York Stock Exchange, for the first time ever in its history.
This by any means is no small change since it’s destined to drastically change the way Ferrari builds its cars. Because Ferrari has spent all of its life as a privately operated company, they only function according to the way they believed as a company on their own terms, not at the hands of shareholders and bean counters, like most public auto companies are handled.
The result has been the production of unique cars that not only double as performance icons, but as benchmarks as well, each with their own individuality, thanks to the success of their motorsports program and their desire to continue setting the performance benchmark for the world to follow. Additionally, all of Ferrari’s cars were built on individual platforms using bespoke engines, giving them all personalities unique to their build.
But that’s all about to change with the transition into a public company. How so?
We hope you caught the sarcasm in our title, but the Mitsubishi Mirage is apparently going on a short hiatus from the US market–oh the travesty.
According to CARandDRIVER, the cause of the break is to allow Mitsubishi to make a range of changes to the chassis and powertrain. Though we’re not exactly positive that’s enough to make the Mirage any more interesting than it currently is, if you can even call it that.
The new hatch will surface in 2016 as a 2017 model with the launch of a new sedan version of the Mirage. Will it be enough to become a competitive vehicle in the economy car segment, or will it remain to be mirage to be overshadowed by the already plenty of competitive options out there? As such, the Mirage is only better than a pair of roller skates, or perhaps a pogo stick as a form of transportation.
Only time will tell.
– By: Chris Chin