Aston Martin is currently owned by Mercedes-Benz’s parent, Daimler, by five percent while the Silver Arrow will provide AMG engines for future Aston models.
Now, CARandDRIVER recently heard Daimler is boosting their interest in Aston Martin as a whole, meaning they might just flat out scoop the British marque off of its feet. As of this latest report from C/D, Daimler executives are split half and half on their decision as whether or not to proceed. Half of Daimler sees Aston as an item of value while the other half believes its too risky. We won’t lie, an AMG-powered Aston Martin doesn’t sound like a terrible idea.
Aston is in a bit of a struggle in terms of ensuring the long-term stability of the brand so that they could exist a decade or two down the line. With nearly their entire lineup beginning to show its age, Aston needs a hand moving into the next generation of cars. Daimler could prove to be very resourceful while Aston could provide a lot of pedigree and reputation.
Mercedes-Benz is known for many things, one being a creator for almost every niche market that never existed. And the plan just doesn’t seem to want to end as Germany’s AutoBild heard the Three-Point Star wants to produce a sedan, c0upe, roadster, shooting brake and crossover of the A-Class for the next generation. We currently have the A-Class sedan and crossover in the form of the GLA, but for the next generation, Benz wants to unify the lineup under one name and with all of the aforementioned body styles.
Set for a revealing in 2018, the next A-Class begins with a five-door hatchback, followed by a new version of the sedan. In 2019, an A-Class coupe is scheduled, along with a roadster and a shooting brake style just to add variety to the mix. Though similarly to the CLS Shooting Brake, the A-Class version could only be meant for the European market.
The fight for fuel economy is in full force and automakers are trying to penny-pinch every last bit of fuel economy out of their latest and greatest models. One of the growing trends is the revitalization of three-cylinder engines, which sound like they’re better off being left to motorcycles and tractors. Though three-bangers aren’t necessarily new to the car and have been used at various points in history by numerous automakers. More recently, Ford proved that three-cylinders can be more than adequate with their 1.0L EcoBoost three-banger and BMW has their own in some new Minis.
Now, Volvo is looking to jump on the threesome bandwagon to accompany their new line of forced-induced compact four-bangers, some of which are debuting for the first time in the new 2015 XC90. The new Volvo three- is designed with 1.5L in mind, according to AutoCar, which helps Volvo cut down on future CO2 emissions while boosting fuel economy, particularly in Europe and Australia where stricter emissions standards were mandated. And while it may seem like the small engines might be good for the small cars, AutoCar recently heard it could be used in cars as big as the S60 with varying degrees of tune in both gas and diesel form.
The Volvo three-banger is expected to surface sometime in the next several years after all of the new four-cylinder engines get launched by 2016. The three is also expected to find duty in Volvo’s future hybrid setups.
- By: Chris Chin
The Audi A3 and S3 are here to compete side to side with the new CLA-Class in the luxury subcompact segment. While the 2015 Audi A3 sedan already began selling at a starting price of just $29,900, the more expensive high-performance S3 requires $41,100 from the bank.
How would we order ours? Well, we’re fans of fully loaded cars because, we like to factor in the full experience. So “check” goes for the top-spec Prestige trim, with the entry-trim being the Premium Plus. The Prestige brings the price to $47,000, which is nearing the price of a modestly equipped S4. That’s a bit unnerving. At nearly fully loaded with the $1,400 Advanced Technology Package, and the $1,500 19″ Performance Package, and a $550, Monsoon Gray Metallic exterior, the price rang up to a total of $50,450. Again, you can get an S4 for that too.
Either way, the 2015 Audi S3 gets a 2.0L TFSI turbocharged four-banger with 292hp and 280 lb-ft of twist.
Want to build your dream Audi S3, head to Audi USA’s page and spec one out. Have a look at building an S4 while you’re at it too.
Source: Audi USA
McLaren is anticipated to be working on a new entry-level model to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Jaguar F-Type R, the Nissan GT-R, and the incoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. And word is that the new model could be named the 500S to follow the naming scheme of the now defunct MP4-12C, the 650S.
Expected to cost around $180,000, the new 500S gets its structure from the 650S’s carbon fiber tub, though nobody exactly knows what it’ll look like. Speculation points to a mix between the P1 and the current 650S, while power is also to be provided by the same 3.8L twin-turbo V8 detuned to make 500hp. Expect an array of other parts sharing such as similar dashboard designs.
The McLaren 500S is speculated to be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next year with sales beginning not too long afterwards. Possible convertible and track-focused variants may also be on the list.
Infiniti is working on introducing some new models, ranging from a new subcompact luxury variant to a flagship sedan or coupe. And recently, Infiniti teased a new model due for a reveal at this year’s Paris Auto Show.
Not much is known about this teased model, except for the obvious shape of the grille. Speculation suggests it to be the brand’s new flagship sedan, finally expected to compete against the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class after the original Q45 ceased to exist in the mid 2000s.
We won’t know for sure until the Paris Auto Show, so until then, your guess is as good as ours.
CARandDRIVER reports the new highly-anticipated Cadillac ATS-V sedan is set to be revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year to combat the BMW M3.
The ATS-V as usual is predicted to get more aggressive bodywork, reminiscent of past V models like the CTS-V. Under the hood resides the same twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 found in the current CTS Vsport with around 420hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Afterwards, the CTS-V is scheduled to debut at the North American International Auto Show next year with a 600bhp V8 lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Hyundai is serious about moving upmarket and Edmunds reaffirms these intents as the South Korean automaker is rumored to be developing a new luxury crossover directly aimed at the Lexus RX.
The model could also compete with the next generation Cadillac SRX and the new Buick Envision. After speaking with Hyundai North America’s chief, Dave Zuchowski, Edmunds learned the model could follow in the path of the long-wheelbase Santa Fe, except nicer.
Though, Hyundai’s current issue is deciding how to market and build the car as the new luxury crossover can’t come too close to the long-wheelbase Santa Fe in similarities over fear of product overlap.
Not much else is known, though this could be one of Hyundai’s many jumps into the luxury automarket as they’ve had some sound success from previous entrants like the new Equus and the recently redesigned 2015 Genesis sedan.
Jaguar is serious about competing against Germany, Japan and America. They’re so serious in fact, Britain’s AutoExpress recently heard of a possible new M3 fighter from the Coventry-based automaker.
According to the report, the model would take form as an XE SVR, based on the new BMW 3-Series fighter due from Jaguar in the near future. It’ll be built by Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Operations Division, the same branch responsible for the F-Type Project 7.
The Jaguar XE SVR will be the brand’s first addition to the BMW M3 fight, next to the Audi RS4, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and the Lexus IS F. A 5.0L supercharged V8 from the larger XJR could be shoehorned into the front end of the XE with 489bhp on tap for a 0-60 time of around four seconds.
As usual, expect larger brakes, more aggressive suspension and steering tuning and bodywork, with a standard electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. An active exhaust system modeled after the one on the F-Type is included to make things just as interesting.
So when should we expect it? Sometime in 2016, AE predicts.
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