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Production for the 2016 Honda Civic Type R commences in Europe

Honda of the UK officially announced to have begun production for the all-new 2016 Honda Civic Type-R in Europe.

The latest Type-R was revealed at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, sporting one of Honda’s newest turbocharged four-bangers, in 2.0L form, for a result of around 305hp and 295 lb-ft of twist.

It’s mated solely to a six-speed manual, allowing for a 0-62 time of just 5.7 seconds.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Next-gen Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG to have more than 400hp

When the current Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG line came out in the form of the A45, it stunned people with how much power Mercedes-AMG was able to coax out of its 2.0L turbocharged four-banger.

That mill is good for a whopping 355hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, which is more than what a lot of V6s put out. But now, AutoExpress reports that the next-generation model could have even more than that–400hp to be exact.

The outlet sat down with AMG’s Tobias Moers, who said that the next-gen A45 will get at least 400hp to compete with rivals like the new Volkswagen Golf R 400.

Moers didn’t say when the new beast will come out, but he did say Mercedes plans to break the eight-minute mark for the A45 AMG’s lap record at the Nurburgring.

Source: Auto Express

Report: Nurburgring to lift ban on manufacturer-set record attempts

Not too long ago, the Nurburgring hit the headlines after banning automobile manufacturers from attempting record lap times, following a tragic accident in March.

But now, Road&Track reports the ban was only temporary as the track’s management plans to lift the ban and restrictions.

It wasn’t formally or officially announced, though an inside at Capricorn Nurburgring GmbH hinted at the possibility.

As of now, the fastest manufacturer-set lap time goes to Porsche with the 918 Spyder, lapping the ‘Ring in just six minutes and 57 seconds.

Source: R&T

Report: Mazda supposedly mulling a Mazda6-based RX-9

Australian outlet Motoring seems to have caught wind of a rather peculiar rumor regarding Mazda.

According to their finding, some “sources” within Mazda supposedly hinted at the possibility of a new flagship model called the RX-9.

We already know Mazda’s on the fence about making a new RX sports car, but not much news has developed regarding the automaker’s successor to the RX-8 given that a lot of it has remained to be rumors, or ideas that Mazda backed out on.

Though, we’re not sure this RX-9 rumor comes with much substantiation since Motoring’s report says the new RX-9 could use a heavily-modified version of the Mazda6’s platform, which is front-wheel drive. The RX sports cars were always rear-wheel drive. So ultimately, Mazda would have to do some serious work to the current 6 platform in order to make this work.

An estimated reveal time of around 2017 is expected for the concept, while the production version should be scheduled for a debut in 2020.

What do you think of this rumor? We think you should take this one with a grain of salt.

Source: Motoring

Report: NEVS in discussions for new SAAB EV factory in China

Believe it or not, SAAB just isn’t quite dead yet, after several declarations of bankruptcy and restructurings.

They’re currently owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden and since their acquisition, NEVS has been trying to save SAAB by paying off its debt and fixing the company’s potential future.

According to AutomotiveNews Europe, NEVS is currently in talks for a new EV factory in southeast China, where SAAB will be manufacturing their new models. The plant is being designed to offer a capacity of up to 200,000 cars per year. It will cost around 1.2 billion yuan, or $193 million to build.

Source: AutomotiveNews Europe

Report: The current Jeep Cherokee’s facelift should maintain its current polarizing looks

The Jeep Cherokee has been with us since last year and it’s been a mixed bag in terms of reception, mainly with its aesthetics.

It’s a love it, or hate it sort of ordeal, with the traditionalists hating it and missing the classic, boxy look of the classic XJ Cherokees.

And the news doesn’t get better for its planned facelift in 2016, which Jeep’s CEO, Mike Manley said, should maintain its overall, core looks.

“The overall styling, the overall shape, the overall accommodation of that vehicle is spot on,” remarked Manley. And while many car enthusiasts might be divided with their agreement on this comment, Jeep has sold quite a few number of Cherokees since it was revealed, making it a hit and the best selling SUV in the United States from January to June of this year.

Do you think the Cherokee just needs an overall redesign? Or have you gotten used to its looks?

Let us know.

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: BMW’s M boss says manuals are dying and horsepower is at its peak for current and future cars

AutoCar recently had a sit-down with BMW M’s chief, Frank van Meel.

And in that sit-down, van Meel expressed his outlook on the future of manual transmissions, which he says are on their way to being phased out since dual-clutch and automatic transmission technology are making them obsolete.

This outlook has been floating around the BMW M pool for quite some time, with BMW touting such technology like their SMG gearbox.

van Meel did provide some insight, suggesting it won’t be retired any time soon, but the future of the manual overall just looks bleak.

On the other side of things, van Meel also said that their cars’ current outputs are at their maximum capabilities, of around 600 metric horsepower, meaning the next-gen M5 is most likely going to feature no more than 600PS.

Source: AutoCar

Report: Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles pondering the return of the Lancia Delta Integrale

Photo rendering by: Angelo Granata

AutoCar lightly reports that FCA may be reviving the Lancia Delta Integrale–yup, you read correctly.

According to the report, FCA is looking for a way to inject some more life into Lancia, who’s been operating quietly, selling rebadged and redesigned Fiats and Chryslers for Europe’s consumption. But they haven’t really sold anything worth mentioning, at least a car that lives up to the famous Lancia name.

Not much is known, but this is an apparent rumor after some FCA employees were overheard discussing its return as a possible “last hurrah” for Lancia, should the company not succeed or be destined for retirement. On the flip side, if properly executed, it could also make Lancia a nameplate to remember for the current times. That would be awesome.

Source: AutoCar

Report: Citroen to end the use of the hydropneumatic suspension system they once created

Majority of luxury cars, and countless sports cars have adaptive suspension, or suspension that actively adjusts itself to road conditions, load, and other g-forces such as cornering, braking, and acceleration, all in the name of controlling body motions and improving handling in ways that traditional non-active suspension cannot.

And believe it or not, this technology has been around for over a half a century, all thanks to the one and only Citroen. While a few systems use pressurized air to fill shock absorbers on certain systems, such as Range Rovers, Citroen’s systems get their hydraulic function by special types of hydraulic oils, hence the name, hydropneumatic. Since they invented and introduced it in 1954, countless luxury cars from Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, and BMW–just to name a few–followed suit, adapting the design and system on their own cars to provide unparalleled ride quality and handling.

This is also the same system that made the Citroen DS models famous for their “magic carpet” or “cloud-like” ride, making it a symbol of luxury motoring. To this day, Citroen, as well as many other car makers, utilize active suspension systems modeled after the one created by Citroen.

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Report: Lotus shares some more Evora 400 details, plus new SUV

Top Gear recently sat down with Lotus’ chief, Jean-Marc Gales, who shared some details regarding their near-future line of new models.

Gales more specifically shared some important information regarding their new SUV crossover, which should help them become a more prominent player in the industry. It’ll be a Chinese-built SUV, making it the first ever type of car to come from the small British manufacturer.

The plan is to have it go on sale by 2022 in markets outside of China, should all go to plan. Otherwise, it’ll begin selling on the mainland in 2019 or 2020.

Gales noted that other companies are breaking their ideological molds by building SUVs to make more money. For instance, Lamborghini is still working on their first crossover while Maserati is not that far away from revealing theirs–two companies who are otherwise not typical crossover builders. So there’s absolutely no reason for Lotus to the same, especially if it will make a positive business case.

Check out the interview at Top Gear, here.

Source: Top Gear