CAR sat down with Volkswagen’s powertrain head, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser at the 2015 New York Auto Show not too long ago, who confirmed once again to the outlet that the Volkswagen Golf R400 will be made. It’s even coming to the US.
Click here for our original post on the Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept.
CARandDRIVER heard very shortly after the last Golf R400 Concept’s debut that the model was approved for production, catching us by surprise. So to hear this once again, isn’t exactly news. Neusser however did provide the update that the Golf R400 is currently being developed.
It was hinted to be revealed in full-production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. Expect it to be the fastest, most powerful, and most exclusive Golf ever.
Motoring is at it again with some more rumors, this time regarding Honda.
Honda was recently in the news after revealing their new Kei car roadster, the S660, for Japan. This has some of the news sphere all excited because some are anticipating this as Honda’s return to making affordable sports cars.
Some rumors have popped up already suggesting the S660 could come stateside, or Honda could spawn a new roadster off of the S660 for other markets, like ours.
Motoring now apparently heard that a new roadster is possibly in the works to replace the S2000.
They heard it’ll follow in the footsteps of the Acura NSX, featuring a high-tech hybrid powertrain with Honda’s new turbocharged four and two-electric motors. Power from the ICE would be sent to the rear wheels while the electric motors would sit up front for the front wheels.
And we can only hope…
Recently, we reported that Volkswagen AG’s current corporate management situation is brewing with some controversy amid unsatisfactory sales figures in recent times.
Now, Volkswagen AG officially reports that their group chairman, Ferdinand Piech, was forced to resign from his position on the committee board. Piech’s wife, who also had a position on the board, also resigned as well.
This is some pretty significant news because Ferdinand Piech has been an extraordinarily influential individual in the history of the Volkswagen AG empire. Piech’s not only a grandson of the legendary Ferdinand Porsche, he was once the head of Audi in the 1980s and is heavily credited for growing the Ingolstadt automaker into a competitive luxury giant against Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
Whether you like the Lincoln Continental Concept or not, it’s coming, and to be honest, we here at egmCarTech couldn’t be more excited.
Why? Well, it’s the return of the Continental nameplate for one thing. The other involved the fact that this could be Lincoln’s next chance at making itself relevant once again, outside the confines of black cab fleets and retirees. Also, we couldn’t be happier to see Lincoln ridding themselves of their awful MK-name theme.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept from the 2015 New York Auto Show.
How do we know it’s coming? Some spy photos surfaced and were published on CARandDRIVER, just only a few weeks after the Continental’s original debut at the New York Auto Show.
If you haven’t noticed, Mazda’s lineup is pretty much brand-new, from the Mazda2, to the 3, 6, and even the Miata. However, there are still two lone models that remain to be sold brand new, despite being from Mazda’s last generation of cars.
One would be the Mazda5 MPV, the other, the CX-9 crossover. In other words, yes, they are getting quite antiquated.
The CX-9 for example is one of the remaining models left built on the base of contracts established during Ford’s ownership of Mazda, and they’re on the verge of expiring. That said, this means the CX-9 is due for a replacement very soon.
Mitsubishi’s been undoubtedly struggling to remain relevant. They’ve had some new models come out, such as the Outlander, but not much else has been happening and the killing of the Lancer Evolution is just a nail in the coffin.
But interestingly, Mitsubishi recently posted their first profit in seven years in North America. Ok, they may be going somewhere. But is it enough?
Either way, their lineup and overall strategy is in dire need of attention, and this includes following the formulas of their intended rivals that have no problem getting by. These include other Japanese giants like Toyota, Honda, and Mazda.
The advent of 3D-printing has set off a new wave and generation of manufacturing and engineering. That said, it’s bringing the power of fabrication to a more accessible level and the result of some of the talent out there is staggering.
Such as this example, where an individual 3D-printed a miniature model of a transmission that’s fully functioning! It’s also even attached to a motor that was too made from 3D printing.
Now there are hundreds of videos of cool, functioning models out there of engines and transmissions. This is just another to add to the collection.
Check it out after the jump.
Ford decided to open up their HQ to their employees with “Take Your Child to Work Day,” where the company held a gathering for the world’s largest Hot Wheels track loop ever built, at the automaker’s Research and Innovation Center, in Dearborn, MI.
It towered at over three stories with a ramp that was 35.5-feet high, complete with a 12.5-foot loop. The previous record was puny in comparison, at nine feet, nine inches tall.
Check out the video after the jump along with a press release.
CBS’s local affiliate in Boston reports of an interesting legal battle brewing in The Bay State.
According to the report, Nicholas Belezos, 20, was pulled over for speeding for going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. Given the situation, Belezos paid his fine of only $100. However, the usual onslaught from insurance made his penalty a lot worse than it should be, driving up his insurance premium and later costing his job as a delivery driver.
Sounds alright, but the kicker here is that Belezos is alledging that the zone in which he was pulled over has illegally-posted speed limit signs, allowing police to incorrectly enforce the speed zone in that given area, in a town called Hingham.
The current Mitsubishi Lancer has been with us since 2007. Yes, it is eight years old, meaning it’s just about due for a replacement entirely. And if you thought a new Lancer, completely new, from the ground up, was around the corner, you’d be wrong.
According to Motoring, Mitsubishi plans to not replace the Lancer, but just apply a facelift before the end of the year, after speaking with Mitsubishi of Australia’s marketing chief, Tony Principe.
As usual however, Principe refused to go into detail for any future model.
Not much is known ’bout the update–screw the update, we just need a new Lancer, period.
– By: Chris Chin