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Ford goes full-size luxury with Chinese market Taurus
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“Premium business sedan.” That’s what Ford is calling its newest Taurus, designed specifically for the Chinese market and unveiled ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show. While the words “Taurus” and “full-size luxury” may at first seem like an odd pairing, this version raises the stakes across the board compared to its American counterpart. It also marks the first time the nameplate has been used in China.

First, it’s immediately clear just by looking at the Taurus that it’s grown; it’s 116 inches long, three inches longer than the one sold on our shores. While there’s the obvious benefit of additional legroom, lengthening the wheelbase has also allowed Ford to throw in power-reclining, massaging rear seats – options that likely won’t go unnoticed in the segment.

At launch the only option will be the blue oval’s 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6, developing 325 hp. That will be paired to a six-speed auto, but later on a 2.0 turbo will also be offered, according to CarNewsChina. The Taurus will be built at Changan Ford’s new Hangzhou plant, and starts at the Chinese equivalent of $48,400 USD.

Check past the jump for the press release.

–Adam Ismail

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Civic Coupe spy shots maintain concept’s sleek profile
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Honda appeared to have hit a home run with it’s eye-searing green show-stopper at the New York Auto Show a couple weeks back. Now thanks to some new spy shots, we have a better idea of how closely the production version of the Civic Coupe will follow the high expectations set at the Javitz Center.

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Report: Cadillac CT6 could be sent to the V finishing school
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Cadillac’s Mark Reuss is also GM’s executive vice president for global product development and he recently sat down with AutoBlog, where Reuss hinted that the new CT6 could be sent to the V finishing school to make a high-performance variant.

Click here for our original post on the Cadillac CT6 from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

In the interview, Reuss said the CT6’s Omega platform, which is loosely based off of the CTS’s and ATS’s Alpha platform, is more than capable of handling extra power and grunt. Though similar to BMW’s position with the idea of an M7, Cadillac’s not sure if there’s a market for a CT6-V.

And this is despite the fact that the Jaguar XJR, Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, Audi S8, and Maserati Quattroporte exist to fill this niche in the full-size market.

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Video: Watch a BMW 135i with an M3 V8 swap make for a pretty bonkers car

There are two things in this world that any automobile guru hold to a high-regard–V8s and BMWs.

This isn’t to say that current BMW models don’t come with one of the greatest powerplant designs ever in history, but some cars were never given the option–one being the BMW 1-Series.

That’s because it relied solely on BMW’s luscious straight-six, which is equally just fine.

But then, Performance Technic by Marco Svizzero decided to do the unthinkable by seeing what a V8-equipped BMW 1-Series is like, by swapping the engine of a E92 BMW M3 into a 1-Series M Coupe.

Not only that, Drive’s Matt Farah gets to drive it.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Volvo’s new 2015 XC90 T8 Twin Engine will cost you around $68,100 for starters
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Volvo’s new XC90 is just about launching on our shores. And in order to gain access to one as well as have it in your driveway in exchange for your hard-earned money, you’ll need to fork over around $68,100 for the price of entry into a T8 Twin Engine variant.

That’ll get you a Momentum trim-level model. As you climb up the ladder however, so do the amount of options on the extras list. For example, a top-spec Inscription model starts at $71,600.

Power is supplied by not an eight-cylinder engine, but a 2.0L inline-four that’s both supercharged and turbocharged, and has plug-in hybrid capabilities. The result is 394hp and a 0-60 time of just 5.7 seconds.

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Report: Hyundai to start a performance line with a new twin-turbo Genesis Coupe

Some big changes are amounting for the launch of the second generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

It didn’t exactly hit success with strides, provided it was a niche vehicle aimed at a very specific market, dominated otherwise by the Nissan 370Z. That said, Hyundai’s been rumored to be looking to change things up for the next-generation Genesis Coupe by moving the car up-market. For starters, the Genesis sedan was already reworked for the 2015 model year and serves as an excellent midsize luxury sports sedan.

So that said, the Genesis Coupe could follow a similar lineage.

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A new Buick Verano is coming, and it’s heading to Shanghai

If you’re wondering why Buick was killed off in 2008 when General Motors was restructured upon filing for bankruptcy, that’s because Buick is huge in the world’s current largest and fastest emerging automobile market–China.

This also explains why they’re bringing a new Verano to the Shanghai Motor Show as it enters the second generation.

Due for a revealing on April 19, the new Buick Verano will actually be called the Wei Lang in China, though the Verano, as it is named here, should carry over to our shores with little change. Styling is described to be taken from the Riviera Concept from the 2013 Shanghai Show, as well as the recent Avenir from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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A new Lexus ES heads to Shanghai and was just teased

There’s a new Lexus ES on the way. But it’s not an entirely new ES, but rather a facelifted model.

That’s because the current ES has only been with us since 2012 and thus, hasn’t lived out its typical life cycle just yet.

Due for a reveal at the Shanghai Motor Show, the new ES appears to have received updates to the headlights, for obvious starters. This of course means we should expect some more subtle tweaking to occur throughout the rest of the car, including on the inside.

The ES is also one of Lexus’ most popular selling models, with over 1.7 million sold over the past 25 years, so don’t expect much change either.

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The Ford F150 Raptor gets the latest Shelby treatment
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Meet the new Ford F150 SVT Raptor. It was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Only, this isn’t your ordinary Ford F150 SVT Raptor. It’s a special done-up version by Shelby to produce the Baja 700 Edition.

It gains a new supercharger with a new throttle body, heavier-duty injectors, a heat exchanger, and a Borla Exhaust. The result: over 700 horsepower.

But not everything was updated just under the hood as Shelby also fits three-inch King coilovers, Rogue Racing upper and lower control arms, 18-inch wheels with BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires, and much more.

Only 50 examples will be made, all priced at $45,000, just for the upgrade. Yup, that means you have to buy that on top of the initial purchase price of a 2015 Ford F150 SVT Raptor. So that means this puppy as a whole will cost you around $90,000.

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Video: You can still buy a brand-new DeLorean from the factory

DeLorean might be several decades old and the original DMC-12 has been officially out of production since 1983…at least, at the original assembly plant in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

But DeLorean is being preserved, though not in the typically way of examples ending up in museums or being someone’s garage queen. Instead, DeLorean itself is actually being kept alive by a separate, small start-up that began in 1995 by British entrepreneur, Stephen Wynne, who started the “DeLorean Motor Company.”

Based out of Humble, Texas, the DeLrean Motor Company still completely assembles new DeLorean DMC-12s, using new-old stock parts, OEM parts, and reproduction parts built on a “made to order basis” using existing VIN numbers.

It really is one of the few operations of its kind and you can check it out after the jump, compliments of XCAR.

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