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Report: Order books for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe to open in September 2015

A Mercedes-Benz enthusiast site from Germany reports Stuttgart should be opening the order books for the next-generation C-Class Coupe in September of 2015, more than a year after the reveal of the sedan.

The new C-Class Coupe is supposedly internally referred to as the C205 and is expected to premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Deliveries should follow sometime in December of 2015.

Much like the sedan, the C-Class Coupe should receive the same engines as the sedan and a convertible may follow in 2016 to make sure Mercedes stays competitive with the BMW 4-Series.

Source: Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog


Audi details new 3D sound system in 2015 Q7
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Audi’s new 2015 Q7 is making quite the impression and to make sure that the Q7 ticks all of the boxes for affluent soccer moms and dads who need a safe and reliable German vehicle with all the bells and whistles for the family, Audi’s showcasing their new 3D sound system in the Q7.

The Q7 features a specially designed HiFi audio system that provide passengers with a top of the line in-car listening experience. It’s been programmed with special algorithms to recreate the environment that the song was recorded in, depending on the acoustics of the sound that’s been recorded. In other words, it’s no different than the digital signal processing used to separate audio channels for your digital home theater system in your living room. You know how your audio receiver has various audio EQ sounds to mimic the sound of a concert hall or a live room? It’s pretty much that.

The 2015 Audi Q7 can come with either a Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound system, both of which feature this new 3D processing.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Alfa Romeo-Mazda Miata MX-5 collaboration in the can, to be a Fiat Abarth instead

Some rumors in the past suggested that a new Alfa Romeo Spider was going to be born, being based off of the all-new 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5.

But now, apparently that’s in the can, according to CAR in the UK. However, the collaboration overall between Mazda and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles isn’t all over either as Mazda’s Miata will instead be used as a new Fiat Spider, which is in line with past reports of Mazda and Fiat announcing a joint sports car project in May of 2012.

According to CAR, who spoke with Alfa Romeo’s brand head, Harald Wester, the Mazda Miata/Fiat collaboration would be a Fiat under the Abarth brand, raising the possibility of a Fiat Barchetta successor, or even a standalone Abarth model.

Source: CAR


Video: Chevrolet teases the new 2016 Volt’s interior while demonstrating Regenerative Braking
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Chevrolet is preparing themselves for a big reveal at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next month–and that’s the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which moves into its second generation ever.

That means all-new tech, an all-new design, more power, better efficiency, and improvements all around, or at least, we hope.

Click here for more news on the Chevrolet Volt.

One of the highlights is an all-new regenerative braking system, which GM’s Mark Reuss, says is “more refined than the system on the ELR.”

Also, if you pay attention to the video they use to demo the braking system, one could get a glimpse of the interior.

Check it out after the jump.

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Report: Subaru could phase out six-cylinder engines

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…

Source: CarAdvice


Hyundai confirms to be revealing new infotainment system plus ApplePlay integration at CES

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.

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Video: Watch BMW reminisce on the good ‘ol days with famous former head of design, Paul Bracq
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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.

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Report: Volvo’s next S90 and V90 to be styled after Concept Estate
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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.

Source: DigitalTrends

 

 


Report: The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V should make around 640hp with a 6.2L supercharged V8

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.

Source: Jalopnik


Video: Watch and hear the new SCG 003 come to life
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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.

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