Mitsubishi’s been undoubtedly struggling to remain relevant. They’ve had some new models come out, such as the Outlander, but not much else has been happening and the killing of the Lancer Evolution is just a nail in the coffin.
But interestingly, Mitsubishi recently posted their first profit in seven years in North America. Ok, they may be going somewhere. But is it enough?
Either way, their lineup and overall strategy is in dire need of attention, and this includes following the formulas of their intended rivals that have no problem getting by. These include other Japanese giants like Toyota, Honda, and Mazda.
The advent of 3D-printing has set off a new wave and generation of manufacturing and engineering. That said, it’s bringing the power of fabrication to a more accessible level and the result of some of the talent out there is staggering.
Such as this example, where an individual 3D-printed a miniature model of a transmission that’s fully functioning! It’s also even attached to a motor that was too made from 3D printing.
Now there are hundreds of videos of cool, functioning models out there of engines and transmissions. This is just another to add to the collection.
Check it out after the jump.
Ford decided to open up their HQ to their employees with “Take Your Child to Work Day,” where the company held a gathering for the world’s largest Hot Wheels track loop ever built, at the automaker’s Research and Innovation Center, in Dearborn, MI.
It towered at over three stories with a ramp that was 35.5-feet high, complete with a 12.5-foot loop. The previous record was puny in comparison, at nine feet, nine inches tall.
Check out the video after the jump along with a press release.
CBS’s local affiliate in Boston reports of an interesting legal battle brewing in The Bay State.
According to the report, Nicholas Belezos, 20, was pulled over for speeding for going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. Given the situation, Belezos paid his fine of only $100. However, the usual onslaught from insurance made his penalty a lot worse than it should be, driving up his insurance premium and later costing his job as a delivery driver.
Sounds alright, but the kicker here is that Belezos is alledging that the zone in which he was pulled over has illegally-posted speed limit signs, allowing police to incorrectly enforce the speed zone in that given area, in a town called Hingham.
The current Mitsubishi Lancer has been with us since 2007. Yes, it is eight years old, meaning it’s just about due for a replacement entirely. And if you thought a new Lancer, completely new, from the ground up, was around the corner, you’d be wrong.
According to Motoring, Mitsubishi plans to not replace the Lancer, but just apply a facelift before the end of the year, after speaking with Mitsubishi of Australia’s marketing chief, Tony Principe.
As usual however, Principe refused to go into detail for any future model.
Not much is known ’bout the update–screw the update, we just need a new Lancer, period.
– By: Chris Chin
Bentley’s on a new mission of trying to inject more performance into its genes, which is totally OK since Bentley isn’t just about Buckingham Palaces on wheels and unabashed luxury to rival Britain’s other, Rolls-Royce.
Bentley actually has a very rich motorsports history and they’re trying to touch up on those roots again, case-in-point, the Bentley Continental GT3-R and even the new EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept.
The Continental GT3-R on the hand is the fastest, most potent Continental GT ever made, sporting a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 good for 572hp and 516 lb-ft of torque being sent to all four wheels.
So, how does it drive? Well, Chris Harris finds out on his own channel, Chris Harris on Cars.
Check it out after the jump.
Volkswagen’s empire seems to be doing things well as their new cars can be seen in great numbers, providing transportation to hundreds of thousands of people. And the same goes for their luxury partner from Ingolstadt, Audi.
However, if you start doing some research on Audi’s or Volkswagen’s sales figures, you’ll actually be surprised to see that they’re not selling as well as some of their counterparts. For instance, Audi remains to trail in third place behind Mercedes-Benz and BMW in terms of total luxury sales figures, despite Audi celebrating its sixth year of record sales in the US through 2015, according to Fortune.
Even BusinessInsider reports Volkswagen’s having a massive sales crisis in North America, despite selling 6.1 million cars worldwide in 2014. Get this: less than 370,000 of those 6.1 million cars were sold in the US. That’s only six percent of Volkswagen’s total sales, a.k.a. no bueno.
Obviously, the higher-ups are not pleased and further exemplifying this is a recent report from AutomotiveNews, who are covering Volkswagen’s latest executive debacle where VW Group chairman, Ferdinand Piech, openly spoke against Volkwagen AG’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, reappointment for the position.
As if you thought the dust had settled surrounding the conflict with Top Gear UK, the BBC, and hose Jeremy Clarkson, you thought wrong as the ripple effect continues.
According to a new report from The Guardian, co-host James May officially announced his position, or former position, by declaring the end of his Top Gear career.
“Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work,” stated May in a quick interview, “That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say.”
So there you have it–James May officially hammered one of the final nails into the casket that houses Top Gear UK as we’ve known it for the past decade and more.
What a wonderful time of the year we’re in. The racing season is in full swing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is (almost) just around the corner, and to commemorate it Chevrolet is rolling out a special edition of the Corvette Z06 dubbed the C7.R Edition, after their successful GT campaign.
Only 500 of these limited-run C7.R vehicles will be built, however you can have yours in either coupe or convertible form. On top of the Z06’s max 3LZ trim package, buyers will get their choice of Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat or Black sheetmetal fitted with Corvette Racing’s handsome skull graphics. Yellow calipers, Spectra Gray Metallic vents and grilles, and unpainted carbon fiber aero elements and trim all around complete the look.
The upgrades aren’t purely cosmetic however, as the C7.R Edition also comes with the Z07 Performance Package, adding Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires. Because stopping at the end of the Mulsanne straight is just as important as going as fast as possible on it.
Chevy says the C7.R Edition will be on offer sometime later this year. Follow the jump for a look at the press release.
Cadillac seems to be wanting to chase down Mercedes-Benz with the idea of sending all of its models through its high-performance branch for some work.
As with Mercedes, who likes to AMG-ify everything, Cadillac is rumored to have a desire to expand upon its V Series. So this could mean models beyond the CTS-V and ATS-V, according to The Detroit Bureau.
The outlet spoke with Cadillac’s chief engineer, David Leone, who said the company has even thought of a CT6-V. Further bolstering this is the fact that AutoBlog heard that news bit as well from GM’s Mark Reuss.
But further more, rumors of a possible Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG competitor from Cadillac also surfaced from this interview. This could also suggest that there’s even an entry-level front-wheel drive Cadillac in the works to compete with the CLA, Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series overall.
Source: The Detroit Bureau