Mercedes-Benz AMG released another teaser video to make sure we haven’t forgotten about its impending arrival on September 9.
Due in less than two weeks, the new Mercedes AMG-GT underwent 32 months of research and development in 15 countries with ambient temperatures ranging from -30 to 50 degrees Celsius. This also includes fifty test drivers and Mercedes even brags that the AMG GT designed with no compromises made.
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Power is to be supplied by AMG’s latest 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with around 500hp–an entry-level model detuned to 458hp is also in the works, but due for a release a little later. This 4.0L V8 debuts in the new next generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
After being revealed on September 9 for the world to see, the AMG GT is scheduled for its worldly exhibition at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
Numerous reports hint Aston Martin is facing some troubles in the near future as the small British luxury sports car maker could be forced to stop selling its DB9 and Vantage in the US due to tightening government safety standards.
In a nutshell, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is implementing new side-impact crash regulations and the current Aston Martin DB9 and Vantage are not capable of meeting these new requirements. The new standard is still in the process of being phased in from several years ago with exemptions being made for low-volume automakers. But the cut-off date for those automakers is just next month. Convertibles of any sort have to meet the new requirement by September of 2015.
Though because of the due dates on this new regulation, the DB9 and Vantage–two of Aston’s important models–could be forced to stop selling in the US. Let’s also not forget, the DB9 and Vantage are two of Aston’s oldest models currently still in production. Should the two core models be banned from being sold in the states, that could translate to a 25 percent loss in gross profits with the convertible versions adding to the total loss by 40 percent at the arrival of September 2015, equating to a net 65 percent loss for dealerships in the US. This would force many of the 35 dealers in the US to shutdown.
Aston Martin’s representative for US dealers is currently petitioning the government to grant Aston Martin an exception.
The Financial in the UK recently learned that Nissan’s chief of product, Andy Palmer, was just elected into the position of CEO for Aston Martin.
Aston Martin themselves haven’t confirmed the news, though fellow news outlet, Reuters, also reports the same. According to Nissan, Palmer took a position “at another company,” and now we know which one. Andy Palmer is succeeded at Nissan by his opposite from Renault, Philippe Klein.
Palmer is no stranger to the automotive world and has circulated throughout the industry since 1991. Prior, he began his career in the UK at the European Technical Centre, as a general manager for vehicle design. He moved to Japan in 2002 when he took up a position as deputy managing director for Nissan Engineering in Europe.
Aston Martin happens to pick a proper member for its leadership, considering Ulrich Bez recently stepped down in 2013 due to his age of 70. So far, Palmer has many left over projects to deal with: a completely new range, including an all-new DB9, and a Vantage. Aston is also still in the middle of discussions with Daimler AG and an alliance with Mercedes-Benz AMG. The Lagonda sedan is currently in development while the VH architecture requires a redesign for evolutionary purposes.
So Palmer does have his work cut out for him. Will he succeed? Only time will tell.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: CAR Magazine
Remember that dude who was caught on video driving his Bugatti Veyron into a lake, later claiming he avoided a “low flying pelican,” only to change the cause to “dropping his phone?”
Well, that man has been found guilty of attempted insurance fraud and currently faces up to 20 years in prison after the whole incident.
In 2009, Andy House, an exotic car salvage yard owner, was even alleged to have attempted to bribe someone to steal the Veyron and to destroy it.
His insurance provide, Philadelphia Insurance, didn’t buy the story one bit and sued him for Insurance Fraud. House has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Even though the full seventh generation Volkswagen Golf lineup is just hitting our shores, it’s actually been around since 2012 in Europe and Asia. So the current Golf isn’t exactly news and it should be no surprise details for the next-gen model have apparently surfaced by way of AutoCar in the UK.
According to the latest report, then eight generation Golf is still five years away, but is being prepared to meet stricter European CO2 emissions restrictions due for implementation in 2020. To make the Golf more efficient and kinder to the environment to preserve polar bears, the new Golf takes inspiration from the XL1, resulting in better aerodynamics and fuel economy.
VW’s MQB platform will still be used to continue making the Golf lighter–a curb weight of 2,425lbs is the target. There’s a new flywheel system, currently being tested by Volvo, to provide the Golf with an all-wheel drive system that powers the rear-wheels while regenerating power from kinetic energy and providing the Golf with an extra 40bhp.
“Coasting” technology is also being developed to decouple the engine when cruising at speed, allowing for a shutdown, while traveling downhill or slowing down. Sounds like the days of engine braking are over, which is more fuel efficient than continuously starting and shutting off an engine.
And of course, electric turbochargers are expected to make their debut following the technology’s use in future Audi’s and new concepts.
LeftLaneNews reports wireless charging could be a common feature as early as 2017, when the first consumer-ready system is launched.
Electronics giant, Qualcomm, is known to be working on a new inductive charging system called Halo, briefly detailed by the company’s vice-president for business development and marketing, Anthony Thompson.
“We’re in discussions at some level with all of the major companies developing electric vehicles, and some requests for quotations have already gone out.”
So far, the cost of the system will most likely leave wireless charging as an upgradable option with an extra cost for luxury models. Thompson does predict wireless charging should dominate the market within ten years from now, however.
Qualcomm has already begun testing the Halo wireless charging system on the BMW i8 Formula E safety car.
4WheelsNews apparently heard through the grapevine of rumors that the new Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider is going to be limited to just 458 production units worldwide.
After Ferrari’s staff held an exclusive preview event at Pebble Beach recently, Ferrari privately showcased the new variant to its most esteemed customers. These include an updated 600hp engine and other high-performance goodies. The Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider follows in the footsteps of the original F430-based 16M Scuderia Spider.
A revealing at the Paris Motor Show in October is scheduled for the new 458.
Tesla is looking once again to revolutionize the industry, now with an infinite mile warranty for the Model S’s electric drive system.
In their latest press release, the Tesla Model S’s 85-kWh setup gets the “infinite” mile warranty, versus the previous policy’s four years or 50,000 miles. This basically means the policy also protects the system for as many miles as one could put on a Tesla Model S 85-kWh in the span of eight years. Tesla even says that the warranty also applies to older models and will go as far as to honoring the warranty, no matter how many owners have had the car.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, also stated the “infinite” mile warranty is the original policy that should’ve been implemented in the first place: “If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.”
For the press release, check it out after the jump.
Cadillac has something up their sleeves for the full-size executive segment, and it’s a large rear-wheel drive sedan to compete against the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and so on.
Top Gear recently heard the new flagship could debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next year.
Not much else is known about the new flagship, though it would be the company’s first rear-wheel drive full-size sedan in almost three decades.
Source: Top Gear
We’re sure that like us, you’re wishing some of your favorite automobile manufacturers would just go on a special nostalgia tantrum, reengineering and building, from new, classic models for the sake of, why the hell not. It’d be like rebuilding the Titanic, giving it air conditioning, top-spec steam turbine engines and the actual ability to withstand, if not avoid, icebergs altogether.
Actually, that’s exactly what Toyota did, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary for the Land Cruiser 70, produced from 1984, all the way up to 2004. This year marks the 30th year anniversary of this specific Land Cruiser, which has served Japan for quite some time. Even today, the Land Cruiser 70 is still built for select markets, and that’s because it continues to be a smash hit. Also, for the first time, Toyota is offering a double-cab pickup version of the 70.
The latest model has also been tweaked to meet Japan’s latest standards of today, including a new 4.0L V6 with 228hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, lifted straight from Toyota’s current offerings, and is mated solely to a five-speed manual. Sounds like a match made in heaven, like if BMW decided to reengineer and rebuild the first generation E28 M5 with modern 3.0L turbocharged inline-six from 335. The Land Cruiser also gets part-time four-wheel drive and optional front and rear locking differentials.
Check out the press release after the jump and dream on with some video action.