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Report: Mopar’s former SRT chief, Ralph Gilles, envisions a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat

We all have our daydreams every now and then…for instance, I literally took 15 minutes from my time of writing this post to procrastinate “take a break” and see what the market was like for one of my dream cars.

So needless to say, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to hear of some automotive big-shots doing the same. Despite the overall perception that automakers are sometimes being run to the ground by retarded bean-counters, Mr. Ralph Gilles, formerly of Chrysler’s SRT brand, proved time over time that he’s not one of them.

He’s a car guy, through and through and further proving this was his recent tweet of his table-based drawing of a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat. Now, only a car guy like Gilles would be able to be so enticed by an idea such as this.

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Jaguar-Land Rover’s autonomous vehicles will “drive like humans would”

One of the many concerns and worries about autonomous cars and their presence in the near-future is how will they drive. Will they all drive systematically based on mathematical calculations based on situational awareness? And what does that mean for determining how smooth they will drive?

I don’t know about you, but this is a pretty important consideration, especially when it’s hard for a good amount of people to feel comfortable with someone else at the wheel.

Thankfully, Jaguar-Land Rover seems to have the solution, a pledge and promise to have their autonomous cars “drive like humans would.” So, that means JLR’s autonomous cars in the future are going to brake-check, forget to signal, merge without looking, and do five-under in the fast lane while exhibiting severe road rage and driving like a latte is in one hand with a smartphone in the other, right?

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Mercedes-Benz celebrates 40 years of the W123, remains to be the most successfully sold model ever
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The Mercedes-Benz W123 is as much of a worldly icon Winston Churchill and despite being from different countries of origin, had a little bit in common.

You see, the Mercedes-Benz W123 is basically one of the many precursors to what we now know as the E-Class mid-range model. And along the storied generations preceding the current generation W213 E-Class, the W123 is the current E-Class’s great great great great grandfather, as the W212, W211, W210, and W124 generations of E-Class all came in between.

So like Winston Churchill, the W123 is old. And because it’s old, the W123 was also built during the golden ages of Mercedes-Benz and their revered cost-no-object build quality and engineering. In fact, the W123 was one of the many signature models that helped shape Mercedes-Benz’s reputation for building dependable, reliable, brick-shit houses on four wheels during a time when your basic automobile risked overheating from just a quick pop to the local shops for some lunch.

Whenever anyone would mention “reliable” and “Mercedes” in the same sentence, the W123 is pictorially synonymous with that image. So the W123 was stoic, reliable, steadfast and sturdy like Churchill was known to be with his leadership in WWII. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

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Report: The Cadillac ELR is being axed for good after it ends production

This should really come to no surprise, but AutomotiveNews reconfirmed the Cadillac ELR’s eventual demise when its production run ends for its first generation.

Yes, this means there will be no second generation or attempt at the ELR, and yes, that’s because it sold so poorly.

Even Cadillac’s own Chief Marketing Officer, Uwe Ellinghaus, called the ELR a “big disappointment.”

There were a couple of reasons for this–the ELR started selling for an insane price of $75,995, when it was basically just a more luxurious version of the Chevrolet Volt. And there really was nothing wrong with that, except the price wasn’t exactly justified when deep down under the fancy new suit, the ELR was virtually indistinguishable from the Volt.

It also didn’t help that the ELR was a marketing nightmare because of that.

Nonetheless, it was a decent attempt at a super-luxurious alternatively-propelled luxury coupe, but it simply just wasn’t executed well and wasn’t worth the price it commanded.

Do you think you’ll miss the ELR?

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Kia could produce a BMW 3-Series competitor

Things are really heating up for the Korean automakers. Besides a huge boost in popularity, they’re bolstered by the fact that they have quite a team working for them.

For example, the lead designers for Hyundai and Kia are former German heavyweights, Luc Donkerwolke and Peter Schreyer on their design team, while the former chief engineer of BMW M, Albert Biermann, is in the handling and performance department.

And recently, Hyundai just launched their first sub-brand, the Genesis luxury nameplate, as the company’s foray into competing with the current top dogs of mass market luxury.

But long before all of this, Hyundai was reportedly working on a new entry-level luxury sports sedan to compete against the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, and more recently, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE. It’s intended to be launched under the Genesis brand.

Now however, Kia it seems wants to go to war with its own stablemate and produce its own BMW 3-Series competitor with rear-wheel drive.

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After 13 years of operations, Toyota kills Scion

Scion is done. It’s a wrap. After 13 years of operations and attempts at trying to win more younger buyers to the Toyota portfolio, the Japanese auto giant decided to close the doors on the “youth” brand of Toyota.

I know, who cares–Scions seemed to be pretty lazy reworks of preexisting Toyota models, all aimed at the teenage and young 20-somethings crowd, only to be driven primarily by old people.

But it’s never a fun thing to hear about an automaker closing up shop and no matter how little they mattered, Scion was a commendable attempt from Toyota to try and capture the 21st-century youth’s buying power. But sadly, it obviously wasn’t good enough.

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Report: An all-wheel drive Mazda MX-5 is being contemplated

CarAdvice down yonder reports Mazda might be interested in producing an all-wheel drive version of the MX-5. Yes, that would make it a compact, lightweight (relatively, it’ll obviously still be slightly heaveir than the standard MX-5), all-wheel drive roadster.

That sounds pretty bad ass, like a what a convertible Subaru BR-Z with all-wheel drive would be like.

According to the Australian outlet, who spoke withMazda’s Tetsushi Marutani, the idea is a possibility that came across the table.

Although it is an idea, Marutani apparently and specifically said, many things have to be taken into consideration, such as how that will affect the Mazda’s handling and performance, which are highly coveted characteristics for the current MX-5.

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The first-ever production 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001, goes for $1.2 million at Barrett-Jackson
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They finally made one! An actual, production, 2017 Acura NSX, with a legit VIN number! After all these years of constant concepts, teasers, and baseless reassurances, “it’s coming, we promise.” It’s almost exciting, because, well, the NSX still manages to feel like old news, despite just commencing production.

Nonetheless, the first-ever 2017 Acura NSX, with VIN #001, was officially auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this past weekend.

And how much did it fetch?

Well, if you didn’t read the title already, it sold for a whopping $1.2 million at the famed, inflated auction. Seems expensive, for what really is just an NSX. But it all went to a good cause.

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It seems another battle is brewing with Saab, but this time, it’s over intellectual property as AutomotiveNews reports Saab Automobile, owned by National Electric Vehicles Sweden, is banned from using the Saab name and Griffin logo for the new cars.

After speaking with Saab AB spokesman, Sebasian Carlsson, AutomotiveNews Europe says the company revoked NEVS’s rights to using the Saab name on cars and future automobiles. As if the rescuing of the automaker wasn’t already troubled enough…

Carlsson kept it brief without diving into specifics, but this doesn’t come as a surprise since Saab’s been facing major financial woes and still hasn’t paid off its debt despite numerous filings for bankruptcy and restructuring.

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After 68 years in production, the classic Land Rover Defender is finally no more
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There are many storied histories throughout the automotive industry, but the one about the Land Rover Defender and how it birthed an icon is by far one of the more significant ones.

That’s because the Defender has technically been in production for over 68 years, first beginning life as the pre-production “Huey” Series I.

So, Land Rover wasn’t just going to give the last classic Defender ever, a quiet nudge into the sunset.

To commemorate this rather sad occasion, Land Rover produced a one-off model, which is destined for the Jaguar-Land Rover Collection Museum where it’ll be put on display.

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