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Report: The Volvo V40 should make its way stateside for the next generation
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Dutch publication AutoVisie chomped down on some Swedish meatballs to inform the world that Volvo’s planning to sell their next-generation V40 in the United States when it gets launched next year.

This is great news because Volvo’s been lacking in the compact and hatchback departments ever since the S40, V40, and C30 were retired from the lineup.

The new V40 is destined to get its backbone from Volvo’s latest compact C-Segment Modular Architecture or CMA, jointly developed with their relatively new Chinese partner, Geely, according to Volvo’s senior vice president, Alain Visser.

Visser also provided some details regarding the V40’s powertrains, which would range from the usual use of forced-induced four-bangers, with possible hybrid options in both gas and diesel form. Though focus is most likely going to be placed on the gasoline versions as diesel-electric hybrids only have the most potential in European markets.

When should we expect it? Sometime later next year as a 2017 model alongside a crossover variant to the V40, called the XC40. That’s scheduled for a reveal in 2018. What we care about is whether or not Volvo will produce Polestar versions of the V40.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Autovisie


Report: Cooperatively built Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models won’t be obviously badgineered

Badgineering (badge + engineering) over time has proven to barely work as American automobile manufactures learned the hard way, for example taking a Ford Crown Victoria, giving it some new headlights and taillights, a separate grille, and a half-assed slightly-improved interior proved to hardly be a successful formula.

Though alternatively, in some cases, cooperative projects have worked quite well, with such automakers like Lexus and Toyota brands and even Honda and Acura. But that’s because those automakers took major steps to differentiate their offerings. For instance, although the Lexus ES has always been a glorified Toyota Camry, the ES looks and is built to quality levels that the Camry itself could never dream of accomplishing.

In lieu of Daimler and Renault-Nissan’s latest partnership, the two corporations confirmed to be taking extra steps to make sure their collaborative projects remain clearly different from each other, despite sharing parts and construction.

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Report: Audi says not to expect a blown R8 any time soon
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Blowers are the new craze, among many other things, in the automotive world as a way to squeeze out more MPGs from a car. Though interestingly, Audi says they’ll be keeping forced induction, specifically snails, out of the R8’s recipe for the time being.

When the second generation Audi R8 was revealed, it debuted with the company’s Lamborghini-sourced 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 and recently, Audi’s been rumored to also be ditching the lovely base naturally-aspirated 4.2L V8 in favor of a new turbocharged inline-five. But now that Audi’s reportedly not introducing any new turbo motors to the R8, we’re left wondering if the V8 will remain.

Click here for our original post on the 2015 Audi R8.

Either way, CarAdvice spoke to Audi’s engine development boss for V6, V8 and V10 engines, Jurgen Konigstedt, who downplayed turbocharging since it provides “less emotion” than a naturally-aspirated motor. And we honestly couldn’t agree any more.

Additionally, he described the V10 as not needing any more power. As for whether or not the R8 will receive a manual transmission option, Konigstedt said that they’ll be sticking with the dual-clutch box for the “foreseeable future.”

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CarAdvice


Report: Mercedes-Benz wants to build an electric crossover

This really should come to no surprise given the fact that Tesla Motors is on the verge of revealing their first EV crossover model. But Mercedes-Benz is apparently interested in hopping on the EV bandwagon themselves to compete with Tesla, next to BMW and other manufacturers.

According to a new report from Autovisie, who sat down with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz is expressing their desire and want to build an electric crossover, though as of now, Stuttgart is only studying the prospect.

Zetsche obviously was coy on his specifics, keeping his cards close. But he did hint that the prospect is still a ways away from taking fruition and if anything, it could be based off of the next-generation GLE.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Autovisie via WCF


Report: The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde to place as BMW M competitor
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The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is turning out to be one of the sexiest reveals of this year yet and we simply can’tr wait to get our hands on one.

Though one thing’s for sure is that the version of the Giulia that debuted the model overall won’t be the one that everyone will be driving around in, according to Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles Australia’s CEO, Pat Dougherty.

Click here for our original post on the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Dougherty confirmed to CARAdvice that the introductory model was the high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde version, or the version being built to compete against the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan.

This means they’re also repositioning the name of the sub-brand, similarly to how M is to BMW and AMG is to Mercedes. So that means the smaller Giulietta and MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde versions will lose their QV designations.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CarAdvice

 


Spy Shots: The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe shows up again in more revealing photos
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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan in its latest form has only been around in production for a couple of months and as a result, it’s only a matter of time until affluent yuppies are able to get their hands on the two-door version.

And recently, pictures of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe’s test mule just surfaced to reveal the car a little more, before it receives a full debut.

Coined as the W205 C-Class, the new coupe follows after its four-door sibling stylistically, which is essentially a shrunken-down version of the S-Class sedan, and that’s very visually apparent. So that said, the C-Class Coupe is basically a baby version of the S-Class Coupe–and that’s perfectly ok.

Compared to the last C-Class Coupe, this new model has a reduced ride height by 1.6 inches for a lower center of gravity and better handling. This is bolstered by the fact that Mercedes-Benz promises that the new C-Class Coupe has a greater emphasis on sporty performance rather than luxury. As a result, we’re told to expect some minor compromises in comfort and practicality.

Much like the sedan version, the coupe will receive a range of turbocharged gas and diesel four- and six-bangers, with the C63 AMG Coupe receiving the full-monty twin-turbocharged 4.0L AMG V8 in two forms.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: WCF


Report: Volkswagen takes the cake as the largest automaker

Reports are rolling in after some data raised some attention to indicate that Volkswagen AG stole Toyota’s title to become the world’s top automaker by sales for this year.

CNN reports that Volkswagen sold around 5.04 million vehicles form January to June, which oddly is a lower figure than the same period last year. In comparison, Toyota sold 5.02 million units this year between January and June.

Overall demand has decreased for new automobiles around the world as economies have been significantly fluctuating more than a woman’s attitude during PMS. And Volkswagen is well aware of these market changes.

Toyota increased production in the US recently, though due to some shakeups in the past few months, mainly the massive recall with Takata-made airbags, some fears have affected Toyota’s overall sales performance.

We wouldn’t want pieces of shrapnel flying in our faces or the faces of our passengers either, but we doubt that the inflator issues on older models are much of a concern for newer models…at least, we’d hope.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CNN

 

 


The facelifted 2016 Honda Accord sedan–this is it…and the V6 manual option returns?! [UPDATED]
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We received an update from Honda North America. Read more after the jump.

The current generation Honda Accord has been with us since 2012 as a 2013 model and interestingly, Honda gave the sedan a pretty big facelift recently, despite only being two years old.

Usually, cars are refreshed half-way through their generational lifespan, so this one comes to us as a bit of a surprise.

What’s in store? Well, besides the obvious new wheels, the Honda Accord sedan receives new Acura-like headlights, along with a redesigned chrome front bumper, and front fascia. The rear gets some new tweaks as well with new LED taillights and revised rear fascia.

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Report: BMW’s apparently working on a quad-turbo diesel
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Yup, you read the title correctly. As if two snails weren’t enough for certain mills, or even supercharged and turbocharged motors, like from Volvo. But the latter is a gas motor, understandably.

Regardless, word from BMW enthusiast site, Bimmertoday, reports that the Roundel is working up a quad-turbocharged diesel motor for a reveal sometime next year.

It’s intended to debut in the new 7-Series diesel, or the 750d xDrive, and will be offered in subsequent diesel models throughout the range, from the 5-Series-based M550d, to the X5 M50d, the X6 M50d, and the future X7 M50d. What do all these model designations mean?

Click here for more news on the BMW 7-Series.

Well, this indicates that BMW’s seeking to build new M Performance-branded diesel models with a little extra, actually, a lot of extra kick. We’re talking about around 400hp and 590 lb-ft of twist through a ZF-sourced eight-speed auto and xDrive all-wheel drive.

Will we get it stateside? No idea, but we’re crossing our fingers.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Bimmertoday (if you know German) via BMWBlog


BREAKING: Amazon Originals kicks it into “Top Gear” by announcing new show with Jeremy Clarkson and friends

GREAT NEWS! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are back after making an agreement with Amazon Video!

Ever since Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘fracas’ with BBC producer Oisin Tymon, the future of his career, along with his co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, remained up in the air.

Constant rumors bounced back and forth regarding the fate of three most popular television hosts in all of motoring shows, with some speculating that American-based streaming service, Netflix, was going to scoop them up in a big deal to start an all-new car show.

But just now, Jeremy Clarkson tweeted to break official news that Richard Hammond, James May, and himself have officially signed a deal with Amazon Video and their online streaming service, to bring an all-new car show.

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