Not too long ago, Audi launched a pilot program to test some waters for convenience by teaming up with DHL and Amazon to offer delivery service to your car in select countries in Europe. Sounds pretty neat to arrive at your car, only to find a package you’ve been waiting for already delivered in the trunk.
Now, Volvo’s trying the same in Sweden only, in partnership with the country’s national postal service, PostNord, where Volvo owner sin Gothenburg can have their packages delivered to their car instead of their place of residence.
Unlike Audi’s program, who works with DHL, a global parcel delivery company, Volvo’s pilot program is reasonably limited to those within the city’s confines only. Nonetheless, it’s their attempt to see how such a service plays out.
McLaren’s been seeking to expand their lineup by moving down market, by producing more affordable, smaller, and less powerful models than the renowned 650S, and obviously, the flagship P1, like the 570S and the new 540C. Rumors were aplenty even of McLaren possibly dipping below the $100k mark to produce a car to compete against the likes of the Porsche Cayman.
But according to AutoCar, such a car won’t happen because McLaren has no desire to “chase volume” and sales by producing such a “cheap” model. Additionally, McLaren doesn’t seek to “cheapen” their brand with a model on such an affordable, mass scale, simply because it won’t match McLaren’s “exclusive” reputation.
As of now, McLaren’s most affordable entry-level model will remain to be the 540C and the 570S models, according to the company’s chief designer, Robert Melville.
So if you were planning to buy a McLaren, better continue saving your chump change.
Bentley’s first-ever production model specifically destined to a private customer of their first-ever crossover SUV, the Bentayga, recently rolled off of the Flying B’s assembly line in Crewe, England, celebrating a big moment for the British uber-luxury automaker.
The Bentley Bentayga has been a major project in the making for the company, not only because it’s the first crossover SUV to ever come from them, but also because it’s the world’s fastest, most expensive production crossover SUV ever–and that’s one for the history books.
It’s also been a big logistical leap forward for Bentley as well, adding around 1,500 jobs to their portfolio as part of a huge 840 million-GBP investment.
The Mercedes-AMG GT is a pretty hot topic, even though it’s been out for a little while. But the GT itself isn’t the full story as a hotter, more aggressive version is known to be in the works to sit above the standard AMG GT models.
What’s in store? Well, the usual expectation of less weight and more power is on the list, along with more track-performance oriented tuning and body work, according to AMG’s CEO, Tobias Moers.
That track-performance oriented tuning also means a revision to the standard AMG GT S’s twin-turbo 4.0L V8, with power output being massaged to around 545hp in the R form. In comparison, the AMG GT S produces around 503hp. Less weight is also a name of the game to improve handling dynamics and performance all around, along with stiffer suspension, larger brakes, bigger wheels with stickier rubber, and lots of other appointments to remind you that you’re not in a normal AMG GT.
Korean media reports that Hyundai’s new Genesis G90 sedan is so hot, the company generated around 4,300 orders in a matter of one day, in South Korea.
Due for a reveal on December 9, the G90 received 4,342 orders specifically in South Korea in just a span of 24 hours. In comparison to the original Equus, in February of 2009, the Hyundai Equus received 1,180 pre-orders.
The new Genesis G90 sedan is churning up quite a bit of hype and anticipation, being a successor to the Hyundai Equus, which has served the company well to prove what kind of potential the South Korean automaker is capable of.
Given the new styling the Genesis G90 is promising, we think it’ll be a much bigger hit than the original Equus, especially with the new Genesis name attached.
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– By: Chris Chin
Source: Korea JoongAng Daily
Kia recently revealed an updated Forte sedan, which they call the K3 in the Korean Domestic Market. Regardless of that, it gives us a sneak-peak of the Forte sedan for the US market that’s due for a reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
In addition to the usual mixture of exterior and interior updates to keep the model fresh, the Korean Domestic Market K3 can be seen with an extensive list of changes. They include the typical headlight and taillight redesign with new LED patterns, along with reworked front and rear bumpers.
The inside also gains some revisions to the dashboard design, along with a new steering wheel design and an updated infotainment system.
Rumors in the past of an additional BMW i model to slot in between the i3 and i8 have been floating about for quite some time and to keep them fresh, AutoCar reports BMW’s new i5 could either take form as an elongated i3 or possibly a new sedan.
According to the report, BMW’s new i5 model is in the “final stages” of development, though nobody has any clue as to what the model will actually take form as. Spy photos have been virtually nonexistent, emphasizing the point of secrecy where BMW’s really taking this project seriously. Given the pressure applied by competition from the likes of Tesla, we can’t blame them, especially if they want to get a head start over their more traditional competition from Japan and Germany.
Nonetheless, BMW’s board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, told AutoCar, the new i5 should end up either as a stretched i3 as a mini-MPV model, which has been the original rumor for the i5–or alternatively, it could take form as a sedan to directly compete with Tesla’s hotly anticipated Model 3 entry-level luxury sport EV sedan–yea, the one being designed to be a BMW 3-Series competitor.
Volkswagen’s still feeling the brunt of Dieselgate as the corporation seeks to minimize their expenses, not only to save themselves from going bankrupt in what could be one of the biggest scandals in all of automotive history, if not the biggest, but to also reduce costs in general.
That said, word from AutomotiveNews Europe is Volkswagen AG wants to downsize their lineup by reducing the amount of variants and trim options on their cars to simplify and streamline their assembly processes a little better.
Volkswagen’s top labor representative, Bernd Osterloh, spoke to media at a press conference to address these plans, citing complexity and cost as the reason to simplify their lineup. This in turn could allow VAG to save as much as 1.9 billion euros in terms of spending.
Bugatti’s supposed successor to the Veyron has been tentatively named the Chiron, following a series of teasers as well as a full-fledged functional concept in the form of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which Bugatti even said held the key to the secret of the Veyron successor.
Now, the French automaker officially confirmed the name of the Veyron successor is no longer tentative as this entire time, Chiron was to be its official name–and it’ll take a full bow at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next year.
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What’s in store for the new Chiron? Well, we know we’re expecting a car that’s faster, more intensely built, and even more luxurious than the Veyron it succeeds. Speculation already points to a reuse of the Veyron’s quad-turbo 8.0L W16 mill, though with 1,500hp to boot and around 1,107 lb-ft of tire-shredding torque. A reengineered seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic will serve duty to channel the power to all four wheels for an intended result of a 0-62 time in just 2.3 seconds. Top speed, well, Bugatti has every intent to break the 300 MPH mark, specifically 500 km/h, or roughly 310 MPH to be exact.
Hyundai’s been known to be working on a new Equus in connection with their recently announced and newly launched Genesis luxury sub-brand, similarly to what Lexus is to Toyota. Not too long ago, the Korean automaker released digital renderings of what appeared to be the next-gen Equus, though following the launch of their Genesis brand, they colloquially called it the Genesis G90.
Now, it seems some spy shots of a pre-production model made it to the web and from the looks of things, the new Genesis G90 very clearly resembles the digital renderings. That said, it also provides us with a solid viewing of what to expect with this new Genesis G90.
The G90 is slated to be the successor to the Equus and as such, it is anticipated to be improved in many ways, beginning with the looks, which obviously take a huge leap forward with the new G90.