After numerous reports, teasers, and false indications, Top Gear in the UK officially revealed their entire presenter lineup.
Without mucking about, this is who will be starring on the next season of the show–and it’s just not limited to three either: Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, automotive journalist Rory Reid, F1 tycoon Eddie Jordan, and YouTube sensation Chris Harris. Topping it all off is Miss Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz.
So that’s it. No more pondering about and speculating.
Altogether, it sounds like things are off to a pretty big start because that’s a fairly talented cast in the automotive world. So while it might not be Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who really haven’t gone anywhere, except Amazon, there’s a lot of good that could come from this new generation of Top Gear.
I’m equally curious and excited to see how it comes out. It could get off to a rough start, like Top Gear America. But like Top Gear America, it’s been able to mature and mesh together to make a rather decently satisfying waste of one hour if you like cars. Let’s be honest. It’s still better than any one-hour segment on the Speed Channel.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Top Gear
It’s hard to believe that the Cadillac Escalade has been around for as long as it has, being just a gussied up Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon.
But people keep buying them and that said, they’re still a strong enough of a seller for Cadillac to continue making. I mean, it is one of Cadillac’s most popular models to date, if not the most popular today.
According to The Detroit News however, who spoke with Cadillac’s chief, Johan de Nysschen, the Escalade will actually move upmarket for the next generation, meaning it’ll become more luxurious and possibly, more powerful.
Word is that even a ridiculous VSport variant will be made available as well, in addition to a top-spec luxury model, similarly to the Range Rover Autobiography.
Subaru seems to be prepping something exciting for this year’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and it’s called the XV Concept.
It’s supposedly a new crossover-based Impreza 5-Door, so think of it as the Subaru Impreza Crosstrek’s likely successor.
Not much else is known, except visually with this minor teaser, but the XV Concept will head into production on a new platform serving as the backbone for the next generation Impreza sedan and hatch.
More info will likely surface as we near March 1.
– By: Chris Chin
Subaru officially announced to be introducing a new “Special Edition” of the Crosstrek at the Chicago Auto Show this year.
Like most other “specially” packaged editions of cars, it mainly consists of a unique color with bespoke trim appointments, both on the outside and on the inside.
In the case of this special edition Crosstrek, it starts life as 2.0i Premium model, and comes with a Pure Red exterior with matching side-view mirrors. Mmm…..
We all know a Volvo V90 luxury wagon based on the new S90 luxury sedan is on its way. Volvo knows this as well and as a result, they’ve decided to tease us officially since the V90 is about to be revealed on February 19th.
Volvo is once again continuing its tradition of building wagons dating as far back as 1953. Since then, the automaker has managed to sell more than six million wagons, about a third of the company’s total sales since being founded in 1927.
That’s pretty darn impressive, if you ask us. And that’s a lot of freakin’ wagons.
So that said, you probably know someone who’s had a Volvo wagon of some sort–from the brick house 240DLs, to the 850 and V70. Hell, my mom had a first generation 2000 V70 R.
A pretty attention-grabbing report surfaced from the credible folks at AutomotiveNews’ European sector, alleging that Alfa Romeo was going to delay the arrival of the US-spec Giulia because it failed an “undisclosed organization’s” crash test.
According to the initial report, the Giulia was said to be introduced completely to the US market, in every possible form, by 2018, but the delay was going to extend this date to a very tardy mid-2020 prediction. The worry came from the fear that Alfa had to go back to the engineering drawing board to redesign the chassis of the car to meet crash safety ratings–and that is no easy or short task.
But after the report grabbed the attention of many other publications, specifically Road&Track, they inquired about it with Chrysler’s PR team.
It was only a few years ago when BMW’s M Division denied any interest in hybridizing its performance cars, despite the fact that automakers such as Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren made hybrids cool in the eyes of the public, meaning people just don’t think of the Prius when you mention one.
But over time, some rumors and reports surfaced suggesting BMW M could actually be ready to make the jump to incorporate hybridized powertrains in the future M models. There was even one not too long suggesting the next-generation M3 could turn into a plug-in hybrid. This is even bolstered by the fact that BMW has support from Toyota as the two are still collaborating on future projects.
According to AutoExpress, BMW M’s vice president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, confirmed that hybrid M cars will happen in the near future as a way to help the company continue to cut their CO2 emissions.
Additionally, Hacker pointed out hybrid systems can also make cars faster and more responsive, thanks to the immediate power delivery of electric motors. Continue Reading
We all have our daydreams every now and then…for instance, I literally took 15 minutes from my time of writing this post to
procrastinate “take a break” and see what the market was like for one of my dream cars.
So needless to say, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to hear of some automotive big-shots doing the same. Despite the overall perception that automakers are sometimes being run to the ground by retarded bean-counters, Mr. Ralph Gilles, formerly of Chrysler’s SRT brand, proved time over time that he’s not one of them.
He’s a car guy, through and through and further proving this was his recent tweet of his table-based drawing of a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat. Now, only a car guy like Gilles would be able to be so enticed by an idea such as this.
The Super Bowl is nearly upon us and Audi decided to reveal their commercial spot ahead of time and it’s full of good feels.
It’s been called “The Commander,” and is a 60-second spot that tells a short story behind a retired Apollo astronaut’s experience at the helm of the new Audi R8 V10.
And it made him think about more than just how epic the 540hp 5.2L V10 and its 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds.
Check it out after the jump.
One of the many concerns and worries about autonomous cars and their presence in the near-future is how will they drive. Will they all drive systematically based on mathematical calculations based on situational awareness? And what does that mean for determining how smooth they will drive?
I don’t know about you, but this is a pretty important consideration, especially when it’s hard for a good amount of people to feel comfortable with someone else at the wheel.
Thankfully, Jaguar-Land Rover seems to have the solution, a pledge and promise to have their autonomous cars “drive like humans would.” So, that means JLR’s autonomous cars in the future are going to brake-check, forget to signal, merge without looking, and do five-under in the fast lane while exhibiting severe road rage and driving like a latte is in one hand with a smartphone in the other, right?