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Report: Kia’s introducing something new at Chicago

Chicago seems like it’s going to get its own share of attention as Kia is reportedly working to reveal something for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next month.

Speaking to AutoBlog, a company spokesperson mentioned a new concept to “reimagine” Kia’s approach to one of their most popular vehicles. This implies a volume seller, like the Soul or the Optima.

But then that spokesperson decided to add, it was “built for city dwellers seeking an adventurous escape, proves that practical urban wheels can also be rugged and capable.” That right there is a dead giveaway–it’s probably a new Soul.

Source: AutoBlog


Report: Top Gear UK to sign another three year contract

Fans of British Top Gear, like yours truly, will be happy to hear that the BBC will be signing the trio on for an additional three years by contract. So that there pretty much guarantees there will be the world’s most admired motoring show for that duration.

Top Gear unfortunately has been the bearer of bad attention, from Jeremy Clarkson’s false report of dropping the n-bomb to the controversy over the Patagonia special, where Jezza’s registration plate on his Porsche 928 was “H982 FKL,” which was interpreted as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War.

Either way, Top Gear will soldier on. As it should.

Source: Mirror.co.uk


McLaren is bringing a new car to Geneva

McLaren’s stirring up the news by teasing a new car for Geneva.

The new model is apparently called the 675LT and its purpose is to pay homage to the original McLaren F1 GTR “Long Tail,” a famous LeMans racer of the 1990s.

Power is said to be rated at an evil 666hp, 25hp more than the 650S, presuming the same 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 is being used, which is very likely.

Check out the press brief after the jump.

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Honda’s ready to show off the new Civic Type-R at Geneva that we might get

Honda’s ready to reveal it’s next-generation Civic Type-R at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where the production NSX will be shown on European soil for the first time since the North American International Auto Show.

This new Civic Type-R is a game-changer for Civic Type-R brethren as the new model gets Honda’s first-ever turbocharged 2.0L four-banger, making it the first-ever turbocharged Civic Type-R as well. That new turbo four is said to offer a whopping 280hp.

To deal with the power, the Type-R also gets adaptive suspension and a driver-select performance mode that alters the steering and engine response.

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Report: Chevy denies Corvette Z06 did the ‘Ring in less than seven minutes
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So someone out there made a little goof and claimed the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 did the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, which is a pretty serious claim.

Click here for more news on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

HorsepowerKings reportedly said the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with the eight-speed automatic did a lap of the Green Hell in less than seven minutes, which makes it only two seconds slower than a Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach. A bit outlandish ain’t it, especially since Chevrolet’s been fairly quiet about it?

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Report: GMC might come up with a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler

It seems GMC has a desire to expand its horizons as The Wall Street Journal recently sat in a meeting with dealers, where they learned GM’s luxury SUV branch has plans to build a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler.

Yup, so this means the Professional Grade could be popping up on the trails a lot more frequently.

In what seems like an oxymoronic oddball, the Chevrolet and GMC duo is one of the few remaining examples of badgineering that’s some how survived extinction. Meaning, there’s hardly much in the way of diversity.

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Mitsubishi continues to beat dead horses, teases new concept for Geneva
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It seems Mitsubishi has nothing else better to do except tease the public and automotive journalist world with concept after concept after concept, only to have them be long forgotten.

This has been the case with the small Japanese automaker, who’s been showing us some wicked concepts, but almost none of them followed-through to become a production model. And with Mitsu’s current lineup being more obsolete than Phillips’ LaserDisc and the death of the Lancer Evolution, we’re all left wondering if we’ll see Mitsubishi depart the North American market.

Either way, Mitsubishi is back beating the dead-horse of concept reveals again with the teasing of a new concept for Geneva. Does it really matter any more since none of the previous never took off?

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Report: Volvo’s working on plug-in hybrids rather than EVs
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No matter which way you argue, electric vehicles are still rather impractical when compared to the typical internal-combustion engine-powered car. Let’s face it, who wants to wait hours to refuel/recharge a battery pack when filling up a 16-gallon tank only takes no more than five minutes?

Granted, the EV regiment still fits a select niche of car owners, but not all. And Volvo recognizes this, hence their decision to stick with the development of plug-in electric hybrids instead of full-fledged EVs.

Click here on our original post on the 2015 Volvo XC90 at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The word was shared with AutoCar, who spoke with Volvo of the Americas’ senior vice president, Lex Kerssemakers. In the interview, he said that right now, plug-in hybrids make much more sense as a business case than full-electric vehicles. Additionally, it offers the best of both worlds.

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Report: Buick could enter the compact market with the Opel Atom

It seems Buick is interested in expanding into different markets, specifically the subcompact luxury market as word from AutomotiveNews suggests the Opel Adam is under consideration for North America, but as a Buick.

America’s Tri-Shield has a knack for slightly reengineering and rebadging Opels because, well, Opels in Europe today are good cars. So why not bring them to our shores? And they have, with the latest Regal. Next is the Opel Cascada, aptly named the Buick Cascada, and there’s even more to come.

But after speaking with Buick’s Duncan Aldred, Buick can’t use the current Adam since it is soon to be due for a replacement. That replacement could take shape as a new subcompact Buick. Timeframe, probably 2018.

Think Buick could pull off an entry-level subcompact?

Source: AutomotiveNews


Video: Ford highlights the design of the 2017 GT and explains how it came to be
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Ford undoubtedly took the limelight when they revealed their new 2017 GT at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month.

Now, the brand released a new video via Road&Track, where Ford explains how the GT’s design came to fruition.

The video features an interview with Ford Americas Design Director, Chris Svensson.

The Ford GT comes with a potent twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, said to be good for at least 600bhp mated to a new dual-clutch seven-speed automatic.
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