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Report: Alfa Romeo alleged to have delayed Giulia due to failed crash test, turned out to be false

A pretty attention-grabbing report surfaced from the credible folks at AutomotiveNews’ European sector, alleging that Alfa Romeo was going to delay the arrival of the US-spec Giulia because it failed an “undisclosed organization’s” crash test.

According to the initial report, the Giulia was said to be introduced completely to the US market, in every possible form, by 2018, but the delay was going to extend this date to a very tardy mid-2020 prediction. The worry came from the fear that Alfa had to go back to the engineering drawing board to redesign the chassis of the car to meet crash safety ratings–and that is no easy or short task.

But after the report grabbed the attention of many other publications, specifically Road&Track, they inquired about it with Chrysler’s PR team.

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Report: BMW M could finally be ready to make the jump to hybridization

It was only a few years ago when BMW’s M Division denied any interest in hybridizing its performance cars, despite the fact that automakers such as Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren made hybrids cool in the eyes of the public, meaning people just don’t think of the Prius when you mention one.

But over time, some rumors and reports surfaced suggesting BMW M could actually be ready to make the jump to incorporate hybridized powertrains in the future M models. There was even one not too long suggesting the next-generation M3 could turn into a plug-in hybrid. This is even bolstered by the fact that BMW has support from Toyota as the two are still collaborating on future projects.

According to AutoExpress, BMW M’s vice president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, confirmed that hybrid M cars will happen in the near future as a way to help the company continue to cut their CO2 emissions.

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Report: Mopar’s former SRT chief, Ralph Gilles, envisions a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat

We all have our daydreams every now and then…for instance, I literally took 15 minutes from my time of writing this post to procrastinate “take a break” and see what the market was like for one of my dream cars.

So needless to say, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to hear of some automotive big-shots doing the same. Despite the overall perception that automakers are sometimes being run to the ground by retarded bean-counters, Mr. Ralph Gilles, formerly of Chrysler’s SRT brand, proved time over time that he’s not one of them.

He’s a car guy, through and through and further proving this was his recent tweet of his table-based drawing of a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat. Now, only a car guy like Gilles would be able to be so enticed by an idea such as this.

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Video: This is Audi’s new Super Bowl commercial this year, and it’s full of good feels

The Super Bowl is nearly upon us and Audi decided to reveal their commercial spot ahead of time and it’s full of good feels.

It’s been called “The Commander,” and is a 60-second spot that tells a short story behind a retired Apollo astronaut’s experience at the helm of the new Audi R8 V10.

And it made him think about more than just how epic the 540hp 5.2L V10 and its 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds.

Check it out after the jump.

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Jaguar-Land Rover’s autonomous vehicles will “drive like humans would”

One of the many concerns and worries about autonomous cars and their presence in the near-future is how will they drive. Will they all drive systematically based on mathematical calculations based on situational awareness? And what does that mean for determining how smooth they will drive?

I don’t know about you, but this is a pretty important consideration, especially when it’s hard for a good amount of people to feel comfortable with someone else at the wheel.

Thankfully, Jaguar-Land Rover seems to have the solution, a pledge and promise to have their autonomous cars “drive like humans would.” So, that means JLR’s autonomous cars in the future are going to brake-check, forget to signal, merge without looking, and do five-under in the fast lane while exhibiting severe road rage and driving like a latte is in one hand with a smartphone in the other, right?

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Mercedes-Benz celebrates 40 years of the W123, remains to be the most successfully sold model ever
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  • 2016 - 40th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz W123
  • 2016 - 40th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz W123
  • 2016 - 40th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz W123
  • 2016 - 40th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz W123
  • 2016 - 40th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz W123

The Mercedes-Benz W123 is as much of a worldly icon Winston Churchill and despite being from different countries of origin, had a little bit in common.

You see, the Mercedes-Benz W123 is basically one of the many precursors to what we now know as the E-Class mid-range model. And along the storied generations preceding the current generation W213 E-Class, the W123 is the current E-Class’s great great great great grandfather, as the W212, W211, W210, and W124 generations of E-Class all came in between.

So like Winston Churchill, the W123 is old. And because it’s old, the W123 was also built during the golden ages of Mercedes-Benz and their revered cost-no-object build quality and engineering. In fact, the W123 was one of the many signature models that helped shape Mercedes-Benz’s reputation for building dependable, reliable, brick-shit houses on four wheels during a time when your basic automobile risked overheating from just a quick pop to the local shops for some lunch.

Whenever anyone would mention “reliable” and “Mercedes” in the same sentence, the W123 is pictorially synonymous with that image. So the W123 was stoic, reliable, steadfast and sturdy like Churchill was known to be with his leadership in WWII. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

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Report: The Cadillac ELR is being axed for good after it ends production

This should really come to no surprise, but AutomotiveNews reconfirmed the Cadillac ELR’s eventual demise when its production run ends for its first generation.

Yes, this means there will be no second generation or attempt at the ELR, and yes, that’s because it sold so poorly.

Even Cadillac’s own Chief Marketing Officer, Uwe Ellinghaus, called the ELR a “big disappointment.”

There were a couple of reasons for this–the ELR started selling for an insane price of $75,995, when it was basically just a more luxurious version of the Chevrolet Volt. And there really was nothing wrong with that, except the price wasn’t exactly justified when deep down under the fancy new suit, the ELR was virtually indistinguishable from the Volt.

It also didn’t help that the ELR was a marketing nightmare because of that.

Nonetheless, it was a decent attempt at a super-luxurious alternatively-propelled luxury coupe, but it simply just wasn’t executed well and wasn’t worth the price it commanded.

Do you think you’ll miss the ELR?

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews

Report: Kia could produce a BMW 3-Series competitor

Things are really heating up for the Korean automakers. Besides a huge boost in popularity, they’re bolstered by the fact that they have quite a team working for them.

For example, the lead designers for Hyundai and Kia are former German heavyweights, Luc Donkerwolke and Peter Schreyer on their design team, while the former chief engineer of BMW M, Albert Biermann, is in the handling and performance department.

And recently, Hyundai just launched their first sub-brand, the Genesis luxury nameplate, as the company’s foray into competing with the current top dogs of mass market luxury.

But long before all of this, Hyundai was reportedly working on a new entry-level luxury sports sedan to compete against the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, and more recently, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE. It’s intended to be launched under the Genesis brand.

Now however, Kia it seems wants to go to war with its own stablemate and produce its own BMW 3-Series competitor with rear-wheel drive.

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After 13 years of operations, Toyota kills Scion

Scion is done. It’s a wrap. After 13 years of operations and attempts at trying to win more younger buyers to the Toyota portfolio, the Japanese auto giant decided to close the doors on the “youth” brand of Toyota.

I know, who cares–Scions seemed to be pretty lazy reworks of preexisting Toyota models, all aimed at the teenage and young 20-somethings crowd, only to be driven primarily by old people.

But it’s never a fun thing to hear about an automaker closing up shop and no matter how little they mattered, Scion was a commendable attempt from Toyota to try and capture the 21st-century youth’s buying power. But sadly, it obviously wasn’t good enough.

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Report: An all-wheel drive Mazda MX-5 is being contemplated

CarAdvice down yonder reports Mazda might be interested in producing an all-wheel drive version of the MX-5. Yes, that would make it a compact, lightweight (relatively, it’ll obviously still be slightly heaveir than the standard MX-5), all-wheel drive roadster.

That sounds pretty bad ass, like a what a convertible Subaru BR-Z with all-wheel drive would be like.

According to the Australian outlet, who spoke withMazda’s Tetsushi Marutani, the idea is a possibility that came across the table.

Although it is an idea, Marutani apparently and specifically said, many things have to be taken into consideration, such as how that will affect the Mazda’s handling and performance, which are highly coveted characteristics for the current MX-5.

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