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Report: Audi to ax the A6 Hybrid due to low demand
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Audi seems to be pushing itself to the next level with new debuts and pioneering moves in the automotive industry. First is their quest to become the first automaker to offer a fully autonomous car and alternatively, there’s their mission to continue electrifying their lineup to keep electric and hybridized cars relevant, despite the realities of their practical application setting in. And these realities of electric and hybridized cars, or the fact that full EVs are still very niche ways to get from point A to B due to practical challenges, are beginning to set in as CARandDRIVER reports Audi is axing their A6 Hybrid due to low demand.

The first hybridized A6 surfaced in 2011 but since then, it has yet to meet Audi’s initial projections with only 4,000 units total being sold over three years. The Audi A6 lineup was recently refreshed and there was seemingly one-less member in the family, leading to the tell-tale sign that an exclusion has been made.

The A6 Hybrid was propelled by a 2.0L TFSI four-pot with 211hp and a 45hp electric motor for a combined output of 245hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Performance was commendable with a 0-60 time of around seven seconds and a top speed nearing 148mph. But it could do all that while consuming only 38 mpg on a combined highway and city scale.

Do think it’ll be missed? We don’t think so, especially with Audi’s rich diesel offerings.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER

Video: BMW teases the new X5 M and X6 M ahead of their debut at LA

Now that the new BMW X5 and X6 are basically here, the next question in the saga of the third generation X5 and second generation X6 is, when are the M versions coming?

Well, they’re due for a reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year and BMW’s M Division just released a teaser video. But this really isn’t your typical teaser video, though instead, BMW takes a crack at us journalist lot who tend to get all “paparazzi-like” whenever we see something that’s preproduction or in dire need of exposure, like some future model that all manufacturer reps “refuse to disclose information on.”

Check out what we mean after the jump.

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Report: Don’t expect too much of a difference with next Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a massive cult following and continues to this day to be a popular item. Mercedes once attempted to replace the G-Class but there was such an uproar from customers, they decided to continue making the current one instead.

Now, it seems the Gelandewagen is set to undergo a major overhaul, but Daimler AG’s head, Dieter Zetsche, told Bloomberg the new G-Class won’t be changing too much visually. It will maintain its brutish off-road appearance, which makes it so unique.

“It has to continue as it looks today,” Zetsche said to Bloomberg. “It’s not a vehicle that pretends. The G-Class is the original.”

Mercedes-Benz is beginning to face some major competition as the Gelandewagen continues to parade in the luxury off-roader segment with the likes of the Range Rover, and soon to be Bentley’s new crossover.

Source: Bloomberg

Report: Audi to drop the V8 for its RS4, sadly
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The demand for greater fuel economy seems to be killing the V8 and lately, Audi’s been stringent on its offerings of V8s, simply because they’ve found more economical alternatives, at least on paper.

Continuing the trend is the next RS4 wagon estate and while we don’t receive that model here in the states, it’s still sad to hear that rumors suggest the RS4 could lose its V8 entirely.

Australia’s Motoring is back with the supposed details after speaking with Quattro GmbH’s managing director, Heinz Hollerweger. According to Mr. Heinz, the 4.2L V8 current offered in the RS4 should be replaced by a turbocharged V6. This suggests the engine could receive Audi’s new electric turbo, which showcased on the RS5 TDI Concept and is expected to launch in the SQ7.

The V8 won’t entirely disappear however, as Heinz also said the next generation RS6 and the R8 are to continue receiving Audi’s V8 while sedan versions of both the RS4 and the RS6 are also a possibility.

- By: Chris Chin


Hyundai gives the Santa Fe an update, with effort gone into steering and suspension
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Hyundai recently launched a slightly updated 2015 Santa Fe, which receives some updates to its steering and suspension. And those kind of updates are the good kind of updates.

For starters, Hyundai says the 2015 Santa Fe received a new power steering system, featuring a 32-bit processor, which should deliver better and “refined steering feel.” I mean, we are in the 21st century, so any microprocessor greater than 8-bit capabilities are expected. This also means Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering gets a reworked Sport setting for firmer weighting.

And to hone in on the handling and ride front, the Santa Fe was given new front wheel bushings, retuned to offer better steering feel. The rear gets some treatment too with new geometry, new bushings, greater wheel bearing stiffness, stronger lower control arms, and more taut lateral control up front.

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The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder starts at $29,510
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The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder was officially announced to be priced at $29,510 for starters, excluding the $885 destination and handling fee.

The fourth generation Pathfinder has been with us since 2012 as a 2013 model and so far, only minor changes have been implemented. For the 2015 model year, the Pathfinder gets standard blind sport warning systems for the SL and Platinum trims, complete with cross traffic alert. The Xtronic CVT transmission was also reworked with a new D-Step Shift logic…whatever that is.

Otherwise, the Pathfinder continues to remain mostly unchanged. Should you opt for every bell and whistle on the Pathfinder, you’d be left with a Platinum 4WD model with an invoice of around $43,100. Pricing for the hybrid model should be announced later on.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: The Dodge Viper to restart production in November

Chrysler and the Dodge Viper have been struggling. It’s so bad in fact, that production has been stopped numerous times just because nobody’s buying any.

That said, it’s quite obvious something is wrong and so to make things a little better, Chrysler dropped the price of the Viper to just $84,995, at $15,000 price drop when compared to the original models. What’s even better about that is Chrysler issued a $15,000 coupon for the first 1,000 owners who purchased their viper in 2013.

But now, word is the Viper’s production could be picking back up in November, possible due to the increase in demand after the price dropped. Even sales numbers were boosted by a whopping 38 units to 108 total through September from August. And thus far, Dodge has received around 200 orders for the 2015 model.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews

Report: The next-gen Audi A8 to be offered as a fully autonomous vehicle

Audi is serious about its goal to be one of the leading pioneers to the fully autonomous vehicle. And now, Australia’s heard the next-generation A8 could be offered as a fully autonomous vehicle. Bolstering this claim is the fact that Audi did announce to be offering some autonomous systems on the next-gen A8.

Motoring spoke with Audi’s head of product and technology communications, Stefan Moser, who said Audi is dead-set on the goal of being ones to introduce the world’s first self-driving car.

Additionally, Audi even showcased a bit of their technology recently after demonstrating a fully-autonomous lap of Hockenheim with an RS7. The production version of this technology should debut in the new A8, which means the requirement to fit a range of sensors and cameras all throughout the car.

The next-gen A8 is expected to surface at the end of 2016 as a 2017 model and should be teased with a new concept at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

- By: Chris Chin


Report: Mercedes-Benz confirms revival of “Maybach,” to debut with S-Class limo in LA
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Ever since word of an S-Class limousine straight from the factory surfaced, there was much debate as to what it would be called. By tradition, it would receive something like Pullman or Maybach. But Maybach doesn’t exactly have the greatest reputation and wasn’t much of a success.

Despite this, Mercedes-Benz apparently confirmed to be reviving the nameplate for that new S-Class limo. CARandDRIVER heard of its debut at this up and coming Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Speaking with Mercedes’ global head of design, Gordon Wagener, the S-Class limo should be about 5500mm long or 18 feet long, with the extra space going into the wheelbase.

Not much else is known, but for now, the S-Class limo will now be known as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach.

Source: CARandDRIVER

Report: The next-gen 2016 BMW 7-Series to feature new six-cyl engines

The next-generation BMW 7-Series often tends to set standards for Munich’s own and this latest development further supports this notion.

According to CARandDRIVER, the next-generation 2016 BMW 7er will launch the Roundel’s new selection of modular inline-six engines. BMW announced a little more than two years ago to be designing a new inline-six with “modular architecture” to cut costs and to make them widely available for their entire lineup in various forms. CARandDRIVER wasn’t able to source any specifics, though this new line of mills should replace BMW’s current line of both diesel and gas inline-sixers.

On a slightly separate note, BMW’s tweaking and reengineering their current four-banger to be mated with a hybrid-setup. Again, specifics are sparse, but the projected output of the entire system should be around 300bhp.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER