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Report: Lexus’ LF-SA Concept gets leaked ahead of Geneva
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Lexus teased the arrival of a new concept car due at Geneva and now, it appears the whole concept was leaked, thanks to a discovery by CarScoops.

Instead of being a possible pitch for a replacement for the CT200h, the LF-SA Concept looks to be more of an idea for a new city car.

Not much else is known, but should the LF-SA reach production, it would sit below the CT200h as the new entry-level Lexus.

Source: CarScoops


Report: US Congressman calls for legislation banning traffic cameras

AutoBlog reports that Rep. Ed Perimutter (D-Colorado) recently introduced a new bill calling for the ban and prohibition of automated traffic camera enforcement all across the United States of America.

According to his remarks, Perimutter believes that these automated systems don’t fundamentally protect motorists as described, but rather only provide more revenue for municipalities looking for more cash.

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James Glickenhaus’ SCG 003 gets fully revealed on the web
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James Glickenhaus has been known to be working on a new successor to his P4/5 project as part of his Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus collaboration, known as the SCG 003.

Now, the car has been fully revealed on the web. Meet the road-going SCG 003S and the track-only SCG 003C or Competizione.

Both ride on an all-new bespoke carbon fiber chassis, versus the original P4/5’s Enzo roots and the P4/5 Competitizione’s F430 starting point.

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Report: Toyota Tacoma’s chief engineer downplays diesel version

With General Motors leading the revival of the midsize pickup truck segment, pressure against other competitors of this segment has grown significantly.

Perpetuating the pressure against these competitors, such as the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier, is the fact that GM is offering a new 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel four. And a diesel engine is a highly coveted item in the world of the pickup.

But if you were hoping for a diesel with the Tacoma to match GM’s move, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen.

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Report: Details on next BMW 3-Series and M3 surface

Although the BMW M3 was recently just replaced, that doesn’t mean BMW isn’t stopping from developing the next-generation model, due sometime in 2018.

According to a new report from Automobile, the next BMW M3 should sport at least 500hp, 69hp more than the current model, thanks to the help of electric turbocharger technology and a new water injection system, like the one found on the 2015 M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car.

The next M3 should also ahve a lower center of gravity, a wider track, and a longer wheelbase. Meaning, yup. That indicates the M3 should grow in size. The suspension should be adjustable, as well as the anti-roll bars.

As for the rest of the 3-Series lineup, the new model should also follow a similar levels of change, as with the M3 just described. But further more, BMW’s also looking to add more plug-in hybrid options.

Source: Automobile


Report: More details on future Lotus plans and models surface

Lotus has come under fire over the past several years for a lack of direction and focus, but if Top Gear’s recent sit down with new CEO Jean Marc-Gales is an indication of things to come, there’s no need for skepticism.

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Unsurprisingly, the Elise, Exige, and Evora will form the basis of Lotus’ three-pronged attack for the foreseeable future, with many variants being introduced down the line, including an Evora Roadster. Gales also confirmed that the updated 3.5-liter supercharged V6 powering the new Evora 400 will find its way into other ranges, including the Exige and – this is the real exciting piece of news – a new 2-Eleven.

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The new next-gen Audi R8, it’s finally here
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Given the fact that an official photo of the new Audi R8 was released not too long ago, that could’ve only meant one thing: the car was due to be revealed in the near future.

Now, here it is, in all of its second generation glory: the all-new second generation Audi R8.

Everything from the design, to the chassis, and to the interior, has been reworked and the R8 now officially comes with Audi’s new LED headlights or optional laser headlights, capable of doubling its range to up to 600 meters.

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The Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept goes live
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Mini is jumping on board the Vision Gran Turismo train with their own concept. Meet the Clubman Vision Gran Turismo.

And it’s obviously a sleeker Clubman-based concept, designed to provide us a preview with Mini’s future design language. It’ll also be available to drive in the world of Gran Turismo, if you have a Playstation.

The Mini Clubman Gran Turismo separates itself from the normal Clubman by providing a sleeker roofline and widened body fenders for a much more aggressive look. The larger and more pronounced grille also serves up a pair of driving fog lights, making for a very sporty appearance.

Propulsion is served up by an unspecifice d395hp engine with a six-speed sequential automatic and all-wheel drive. The result is a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the press brief after the jump.

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Mitsubishi reveales the Concept XR-PHEV II for Geneva
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Mitsubishi is back again with a new concept, which is called the XR-PHEV II and its set to debut in Geneva in the coming month.

It’s of the crossover type and looks like it could be a suitable replacement for the aging Outlander Sport, a compact crossover.

The new Concept XR-PHEV follows Mitsubishi’s previous concepts in terms of design theme, which is visible with the similar grille and frontal profile as other Mitsu concepts of previous years.

As usual, the Japanese brand still pitches the idea of hybrid powertrains with a new 163hp electric motor with a 12 kWh battery.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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The Audi Prologue Avant Concept preps for Geneva
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Audi pulled the wraps on a new concept called the Prologue Avant and is basically a five-door shooting brake.

The Prologue Coupe from LA basically set the precedent for this new Prologue Avant, which is a five-door version of that coupe.

Power is supplied by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged TDI V6 with 353hp and assistance from a 100-kW electric motor mated to the eight-speed automatic.

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