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Report: Man who purposely crashed Bugatti Veyron in lake faces 20 years in prison
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Remember that dude who was caught on video driving his Bugatti Veyron into a lake, later claiming he avoided a “low flying pelican,” only to change the cause to “dropping his phone?”

Well, that man has been found guilty of attempted insurance fraud and currently faces up to 20 years in prison after the whole incident.

In 2009, Andy House, an exotic car salvage yard owner, was even alleged to have attempted to bribe someone to steal the Veyron and to destroy it.

His insurance provide, Philadelphia Insurance, didn’t buy the story one bit and sued him for Insurance Fraud. House has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Source: Jalopnik


Report: Details for next-gen 2019 Volkswagen Golf emerge

Even though the full seventh generation Volkswagen Golf lineup is just hitting our shores, it’s actually been around since 2012 in Europe and Asia. So the current Golf isn’t exactly news and it should be no surprise details for the next-gen model have apparently surfaced by way of AutoCar in the UK.

According to the latest report, then eight generation Golf is still five years away, but is being prepared to meet stricter European CO2 emissions restrictions due for implementation in 2020. To make the Golf more efficient and kinder to the environment to preserve polar bears, the new Golf takes inspiration from the XL1, resulting in better aerodynamics and fuel economy.

VW’s MQB platform will still be used to continue making the Golf lighter–a curb weight of 2,425lbs is the target. There’s a new flywheel system, currently being tested by Volvo, to provide the Golf with an all-wheel drive system that powers the rear-wheels while regenerating power from kinetic energy and providing the Golf with an extra 40bhp.

“Coasting” technology is also being developed to decouple the engine when cruising at speed, allowing for a shutdown, while traveling downhill or slowing down. Sounds like the days of engine braking are over, which is more fuel efficient than continuously starting and shutting off an engine.

And of course, electric turbochargers are expected to make their debut following the technology’s use in future Audi’s and new concepts.

Source: AutoCar


Report: Wireless charging tech for EVs could surface in 2017

LeftLaneNews reports wireless charging could be a common feature as early as 2017, when the first consumer-ready system is launched.

Electronics giant, Qualcomm, is known to be working on a new inductive charging system called Halo, briefly detailed by the company’s vice-president for business development and marketing, Anthony Thompson.

“We’re in discussions at some level with all of the major companies developing electric vehicles, and some requests for quotations have already gone out.”

So far, the cost of the system will most likely leave wireless charging as an upgradable option with an extra cost for luxury models. Thompson does predict wireless charging should dominate the market within ten years from now, however.

Qualcomm has already begun testing the Halo wireless charging system on the BMW i8 Formula E safety car.

Source: LeftLaneNews


Report: Ferrari to build only 458 copies of 458 Speciale Spider

4WheelsNews apparently heard through the grapevine of rumors that the new Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider is going to be limited to just 458 production units worldwide.

After Ferrari’s staff held an exclusive preview event at Pebble Beach recently, Ferrari privately showcased the new variant to its most esteemed customers. These include an updated 600hp engine and other high-performance goodies. The Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider follows in the footsteps of the original F430-based 16M Scuderia Spider.

A revealing at the Paris Motor Show in October is scheduled for the new 458.

Source: 4WheelsNews


Tesla announces infinite mile warranty for Model S EV drive system

Tesla is looking once again to revolutionize the industry, now with an infinite mile warranty for the Model S’s electric drive system.

In their latest press release, the Tesla Model S’s 85-kWh setup gets the “infinite” mile warranty, versus the previous policy’s four years or 50,000 miles. This basically means the policy also protects the system for as many miles as one could put on a Tesla Model S 85-kWh in the span of eight years. Tesla even says that the warranty also applies to older models and will go as far as to honoring the warranty, no matter how many owners have had the car.

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, also stated the “infinite” mile warranty is the original policy that should’ve been implemented in the first place: “If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.”

For the press release, check it out after the jump.

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Report: New Cadillac flagship could debut at Pebble Beach next year

Cadillac has something up their sleeves for the full-size executive segment, and it’s a large rear-wheel drive sedan to compete against the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and so on.

Top Gear recently heard the new flagship could debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next year.

Not much else is known about the new flagship, though it would be the company’s first rear-wheel drive full-size sedan in almost three decades.

Source: Top Gear


Toyota reengineers Land Cruiser 70 for Japan only, makes us all jealous
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We’re sure that like us, you’re wishing some of your favorite automobile manufacturers would just go on a special nostalgia tantrum, reengineering and building, from new, classic models for the sake of, why the hell not. It’d be like rebuilding the Titanic, giving it air conditioning, top-spec steam turbine engines and the actual ability to withstand, if not avoid, icebergs altogether.

Actually, that’s exactly what Toyota did, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary for the Land Cruiser 70, produced from 1984, all the way up to 2004. This year marks the 30th year anniversary of this specific Land Cruiser, which has served Japan for quite some time. Even today, the Land Cruiser 70 is still built for select markets, and that’s because it continues to be a smash hit. Also, for the first time, Toyota is offering a double-cab pickup version of the 70.

The latest model has also been tweaked to meet Japan’s latest standards of today, including a new 4.0L V6 with 228hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, lifted straight from Toyota’s current offerings, and is mated solely to a five-speed manual. Sounds like a match made in heaven, like if BMW decided to reengineer and rebuild the first generation E28 M5 with modern 3.0L turbocharged inline-six from 335. The Land Cruiser also gets part-time four-wheel drive and optional front and rear locking differentials.

Check out the press release after the jump and dream on with some video action.

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Report: Dodge Viper could get a supercharged V10

Chrysler is apparently on a supercharger binge and is interested in equipping the next Viper with one.

Not that the current Viper’s 8.4L V10 isn’t enough, what with, 640hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. According to the Pentastar’s enthusiast site, AllPar, the supercharger could up the final rating to as high as 800bhp. This would help further separate the Viper from its new stablemates, the SRT Hellcat Charger and Challenger.

Nothing is exactly confirmed, other than the is struggling to sell with production ceasing several times this year.

Source: Allpar


Report: Rumors suggest a Mazda Miata Coupe is on the way

AutomotiveNews apparently heard Mazda is preparing a Miata with a fixed roof in addition to the new MX-5 being revealed in just a few short weeks.

This could be one of the many models popping up from Mazda’s new lineup changeover, which includes a new addition of the CX-3, a new CX-9, a Mazdaspeed3, and the new aforementioned Miata. The current Miata could be had with a folding hardtop and soft top, so this would mark the first time the Miata ever came with a fixed roof from the factory.

Despite the addition of some extra metal, the coupe supposedly doesn’t way much more than the original Miata, at 2,100lbs, most likely because the coupe doesn’t need chassis reinforcement and more construction for the folding roof, leading to a heavier car. This could also improve ride quality and handling from increasing torsional rigidity with the chassis.

A new SKYACTIV 2.0L naturally-aspirated four-banger would serve duty for go-power should all go as planned. The choice of a six-speed auto or manual will be offered.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Mazdaspeed3 in the works, CX-3 and CX-9 to follow later on
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Mazdaspeed3 fans can get excited–AutomotiveNews recently heard of a new next-generation Mazdaspeed3, currently in the works as a 2016 model year. The current Mazda3 launched last year and the new Mazdaspeed version should be around when the current 3 gets a mid-cycle refresh in about two years.

The second generation Mazdaspeed3 ceased production in 2013 and was a popular item by enthusiasts. Though it had its quirks, like insufferable torque steer from just having a 2.3L turbo-four shove all its ponies to the front-wheels, the Mazdaspeed3 was an awesome hot hatch clearly designed with the driver in mind. And we loved.

According to AN, the next model could utilize all-wheel drive to make extra grip for over 300hp from a new SKYACTIV 2.5L turbo-four. This new engine is also destined for duty in the next-generation CX-9 in 2016 or 2017. Speaking of which, a subcompact CX-3 is also on the way, though a time frame wasn’t supplied.

All in all, things are definitely heating up for Mazda–we can’t also forget the arrival of the new Miata MX-5 in just a week.

Source: AutomotiveNews