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Photo Leak: The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra / Avante spotted with nothing to hide
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Hyundai’s on the verge of revealing the all-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which is the Avante in other markets and recently, a Korean car blog was able to catch the new Elantra on its assembly line completely uncovered!

As previewed by the design renderings officially released by Hyundai themselves, the Elantra appears to be faithful to its new design direction. Clearly moving up market with a much more mature and sleek design, the new Elantra gives off the vibe and appearance of being a shrunken down Genesis sedan, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

The side body lines appear to be a bit reminiscent of the Ford Fusion, but the taillights and the large front grille are obviously modeled after the cues found on the Genesis.

Nothing is currently known about the powertrains of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, though it’s plenty reasonable to expect revised naturally-aspirated and direct-injected four-bangers. Either way, expect an online reveal very soon now that the cat is out of the bag.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoTribune.co.kr via CarScoops


Teased: Bugatti shares pics of its new Vision Gran Turismo Concept, looks like a fancy dustpan
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Bugatti’s in the works with a follow up to the Veyron with the tentatively named “Chiron,” and to give us a taste of what it might look like, Bugatti will soon be unveiling their new Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the world to see.

Much like other Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, the Bugatti version will be available to drive in Sony Playstation’s famous Gran Turismo 6 racing simulator. But not only that, it’ll also provide a slight idea as to what to expect visually with the new Veyron successor.

So far, Bugatti teased a couple of pictures, which appear to be select body parts from the actual concept, with the main picture looking more like a fancy dustpan. Either way, we should expect Bugatti to reveal their Vision Gran Turismo Concept soon.

– By: Chris Chin

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Report: TVR’s incoming V8 sports car that doesn’t even exist yet is sold out

Over the past year or so, we’ve received excellent news about the return and resurrection of TVR, the famed small British sports car manufacturer known for making sports cars and supercars for ax-wielding murderers and thrill seekers.

In 2013, it was officially announced that TVR Automotive Ltd. was reacquired by the British at the hands of a successful entrepreneur, Led Edgar, relieving the ownership rights from Russian tycoon, Nikolai Smolensky, who did little to aid the automaker’s sustainability and growth.

Since then Edgar’s been working with TVR Automotive Ltd. to rebuild the company as an automaker. Now, AutoExpress reports of so much excitement generated, especially around TVR’s new highly-anticipated Cosworth-powered V8 model due as a result of this resurgence, TVR’s first new model that doesn’t exist yet is entirely sold out.

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Kia confirms the a second variant to the Optima in a new press release
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Kia recently hopped on the press news wire to release some more details of the European spec 2016 Kia Optima, but in addition to the usual jargon describing what’s new for the up and coming model, Kia also hinted that the new Optima could include a second body style.

Speculation suggests Kia could be readying a wagon variant to the Optima, first previewed by the excellently styled, SportSpace Concept from the 2015 Geneva Auto Show earlier this year.

Though of course, we know the wagon still isn’t a popular topic among mainstream buyers and this specific press statement was geared towards the European market, where wagons are certainly more popular. So even if they do make it, there isn’t a high chance for it to come stateside.

Additionally, Kia Motors America’s chief product planner, Orth Hendricks, did previously express his disapproval of a wagon version of the Optima since it could take sales away from their popular Sorento crossover. Hendricks also said it wouldn’t make a solid business case to justify the increase in production costs.

But given how they styled the Kia SportSpace Concept, we kind of wish they were making a wagon for us. Would you consider a Kia Optima wagon if it was made available?

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Kia


Photo Leak: Another official photo surfaces of the production Infiniti Q30 ahead of Frankfurt

Infiniti’s been known to be preparing a new entry-level compact hatchback, a first for the luxury branch of Nissan and building up to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company has slowly been releasing teasers for what’s called the Q30 “Premium Active Concept.”

The first official picture of the Q30 surfaced in July, when Infiniti released a few more snippets of detail regarding their first-ever compact hatchback, designed specifically to take on the Audi A3, BMW 2-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA. There’s also the Lexus CT 200h.

From what we know, the Q30 is expected to take a full bow at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt next month, where we’re expecting to get the full dive on all the details regarding powertrains, drivetrains, and other technical specifications.

So stay tuned.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Infiniti


Video: IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson passes, watch a motorcade cross the Golden Gate Bridge to honor him

Not too long ago, renowned IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson was fatally injured when a piece of debris had broken off from another car and hit Wilson in the head during an event. Wilson’s car then veered off the track and collided with an interior wall during the ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway last week.

Wilson was then rushed to the hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Wilson was making a big name for himself in the IndyCar league, making some huge impressions as he teamed up with Andretti Autosport and was scheduled to race multiple times throughout the season.

To pay tribute and honor the passing of Justin Wilson, a British-born man from Longmont, Colorado, a series of IndyCar drivers decided to cross San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. It was led by Andreetti Autosport’s Marco Andretti, who was also Wilson’s teammate. They were then followed by two Holmatro Safety Vehicles and a whole line of other IndyCars.

Check it out at NBC’s local affiliate in the Bay Area, after the jump. And we send our deepest condolences to the friends, family, teammates, and all those affected by the passing of Justin Wilson.

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Report: A new Honda Civic to debut on September 16 at two simultaneous events
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Not too long ago at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Honda revealed a jaw-dropping, eye-catching new Civic Coupe Concept and caught everyone by surprise.

As a result, it was only a matter of time until Honda was to begin sharing more details about the launch of the production version of the Civic Coupe Concept. Honda has a strong history of producing cars that closely resemble their concept visionaries and the same story is expected with the latest and greatest Civic Coupe.

Click here for our original post and exclusive interview regarding the 2015 Honda Civic Coupe Concept at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Speaking of which, word from Automobile is that the production version should be launched simultaneous events on September 16th, one in Detroit and the other in Los Angeles.

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Video: Jaguar releases more details on the new F-Pace crossover
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Jaguar’s in the works with their very first crossover SUV ever, and it’s promising to be the best-driver’s crossover in its class, thanks to the new info provided by the Coventry firm. So don’t worry, the F-Pace won’t come close to tramping into the territory of its corporate partner, Land Rover, who are significantly geared towards a more luxurious driving experience and all-terrain capability.

According to their latest press release, the F-Pace will serve up a healthy dollop of agile and crisp handling, thanks to an emphasis on low weight and top-tier suspension designs, with a double-wishbone setup up front and an integral multi-link rear at the back.

Click here for more news on the Jaguar C-X17.

That’s sort of like asking a linebacker to be as quick on his feet as a running back, but nonetheless, companies have proven that crossovers can be sporty and offer high performance.

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Poll: A Ferrari Dino will happen and get an all-new turbocharged V6

CAR reports a new Ferrari Dino is in the works as a potential new entry-level model with a relatively modest tag of around 185,000 euros, or just short of $208,000.

The entry-level Ferrari has been rumored for a little while now and was recently bolstered with news of Ferrari’s latest plans to start incorporating modular platforms and engines with its manufacturing, as they seek to boost volume production as a result of being converted into a publicly-owned company.

Though the name “Dino” is still a tentative affair since it hasn’t yet been confirmed to be the official name.


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Poll: Is the Ford Bronco slated to make a comeback? Would you buy one?
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Editor’s note: Participate in our poll after the jump! Ford will definitely want to see the results. And your input matters to make things happen!

Some news regarding Ford has been rolling in recently after some attention was brought to a significant dip in the company’s stock value, due to a bleak forecast future in major markets such as China. As a result, FoMoCo decided to share some possible prospects with the media as to how they potentially plan to regain traction in the market, and this means the chance for some new models, or the resurrection of a few.

Those two models are the Ford Ranger and lately, the Ford Bronco. The Ranger was recently rumored to be planned for a return to the market by 2018, which totally makes sense given the midsize pickup truck market got a boost with new models from General Motors and a new Toyota Tacoma.

Now, there’s word the Ford Bronco may actually make a return to the US, where the SUV and truck market continues to boom, despite the looming fear of heightened gas prices.

The return of the Ford Bronco rumor has been one lingering around since 2004, when Ford introduced a Bronco Concept, but never made it to production. Also, there was reason to suspect the Ford was holding off on the Bronco revival following the legacy set forth by the infamous O.J. Simpson, since his getaway car was an early 1990s Bronco. But since then, the Bronco has attained a cult following, particularly among young buyers.

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