Jaguar-Land Rover has been having an exciting year, from the reveal of their hotly-anticipated XE entry-level luxury sport sedan, to the all-new F-Pace luxury sport crossover–and even on the Land Rover front, with the interesting, yet very niche Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
But interestingly, AutomotiveNews and AutoBlog both heard from the Tata-owned firm that JLR will be absent from the largest auto show in North America, the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, next January. The reason: Jaguar-Land Rover insists on focusing on other international auto shows instead.
Despite not attending Detroit, Jaguar-Land Rover did say they will continue having a presence at the Chicago, New York and Los Angeles shows in the coming years, with exhibitions at other worldly events like Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Feel like treating yourself or someone you really love to an outrageously nice gift? BMW and Alpina have a revised option for you: meet the updated 2016 BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo, an Alpina-ified 550i with more of pretty much everything.
As with most Alpina BMWs, the B5 starts life as a 2016 550i and gets a whole suite of upgrades, such as a lofty power bump to 600hp with torque making a jump to 590 lb-ft as well, up from the comparative standard M5’s figure of 560hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Both figures happily outdo the standard and even the specialized versions of the already batshit-insane fast M5 such as the Competition Package model and even the 30 Yahre edition, though the Alpina B5’s horsepower rating is the same as the 30 Yahre version with torque leading the way.
The extra oomph comes from a range of upgrades to the 550i’s standard 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic. 0-62 happens in just 4.2 seconds, making it about a tenth of a second faster than the standard M5 while an ECU recalibration changes the top speed from 155 MPH to 204 MPH.
BMW’s been known to be doing all sorts of things that contradict their original mission of being driver’s cars and “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” and the latest report from AutoBild further adds to the fiasco.
More news has surfaced via the German automotive outlet to imply the next-generation 1-Series and 2-Series cars will be front-wheel drive, and that’s a bit of a sad thing. We were already sad to hear the 1-Series, currently not sold stateside, but in Europe and Asia, will move to front-wheel drive for the next-generation and were relieved the 2-Series essentially took the original 1-Series’ place here in America, as Munich’s entry-level compact rear-wheel drive sports coupe and convertible.
But that’s reportedly destined to end as BMW wanted to make better use of their UKL front-wheel drive platform–as if Mini, the future 1-Series and BMW’s current 2-Series Active and Gran Tourers aren’t enough.
There’s no end to dieselgate, it seems. First it was a few affected Volkswagen and Audi powertrains. Next we learned VW also underreported carbon dioxide emissions and overreported fuel economy for some gas-powered models. Then Porsche diesels were thrown into the mix. The bad press just keeps coming for Volkswagen Auto Group, but if the latest from Reuters is true, Renault may also have some explaining to do.
Reuters reports German environmental lobby Deutsche Umwelthilfe (or DUH for us non-German speakers) has published findings that indicate the 1.6-liter turbodiesel Renault Espace emits 25 times the legal allowance of nitrogen oxide per EU regulations, via repeated tests at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland. According to the group’s report, the MPV only meets the limit when run at exceptionally cold temperatures impractical for real-world driving, and only after undergoing special conditioning before testing.
Kia Motors International decided to release official pictures of the next-generation Cadenza sedan for the Korean Domestic Market.
Following a series of teasers in the form of digital renderings, the new Kia Cadenza’s exterior was fully unveiled and it thankfully boasts a design that’s loyal to the original sketches, which is heavily reminiscent of the GT Concept from several years back.
That means the new Kia Cadenza is quite the looker. I mean–look at it.
It seems someone let the cat out of the bag, or was able to sneak pictures of the cat during a promotional shoot with Infiniti Q60 Coupe.
Some new spy shots of what appears to be a near-production ready Infiniti Q60 coupe, the next-generation model, have surfaced via Brian Williams of SpiedBilde.
According to the pictures, the new Infiniti Q60 coupe appears to heavily resemble the concept from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and that’s a good thing because both the concept, and the coupe in these new pictures, are making the Q60 out to be one sexy luxury sports coupe.
Obviously, the Infiniti is being built to combat the likes of the BMW 4-Series, the Lexus RC and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and that said, those segment leaders might have something to worry about again.
Kia’s K900 is turning out to be the slowest selling good ever since Phillips launched the LaserDisc (yea, remember those?) and to see if they could entice buyers a little more, the Korean automaker just implemented some minor updates to the flagship sedan with the biggest change being the addition of a new base V6 model.
Dipping further into their corporate sister’s parts bins, Hyundai, the 2016 Kia K900 can now be ahd with a Hyundai-sourced 3.8L V6 with 311hp and 293 lb-ft of twist, connected to an also Hyundai-sourced eight-speed automatic, similarly to the normal V8-powered K900, which gets the same transmission but Hyundai’s 5.0L Tau V8. The V6 is rated to provide slightly better fuel economy at 17 / 26 / 20 mpg | city / highway / combined.
If you also couldn’t spot any of the other subtle adjustments, the 2016 Kia K900 gets a slightly redesigned grille, rear-bumper, and new tailpipes. There’s also some additional chrome trim bits on the exterior while new 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs are also on the tab.
Enthusiast site, BMWBlog, reports Munich could be concocting a Gran Coupe version of the 2-Series, which means it’ll be a four-door coupe variant to the 2-Series, similarly to how the 4-Series Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe-like version of the 4-Series, or a less-practical 3-Series–depending on how you look at it.
This news comes after BMW’s apparently satisfied with how successful the 4-Series Gran Coupe and the large 6-Series Gran Coupe cars have been, so they want to continue with that trend.
Anticipated for a launch sometime in 2019, the 2-Series Gran Coupe will be rear-wheel drive, much like the current 2-Series Coupe. Though it should be noted the next-generation 2-Series is slated for a launch sometime in 2021.
If you thought Volkswagen AG had enough to deal with already, particularly with Dieselgate, you’d be wrong as it’s the least of their worries now, according to AutomotiveNews Europe. The huge German automaker is now being scrutinized and investigated for possible tax evasion.
But to no surprise, the tax evasion is in relation to Dieselgate where the Volkswagen Group supposedly under-reported their CO2 emissions for hundreds of thousands of Audi, SEAT, Skoda, and Volkswagen models, which affects their tax practices to the EU. Don’t forget, automakers in Europe are taxed according to how much CO2 emissions their cars produced as a way to force car makers to figure a way how to curtail CO2 emissions in Europe.
Buick has a near-complete crossover lineup with the Encore and the Enclave with the former fulfilling the compact crossover segment and the latter competing in the full-size niche. Though one cannot overlook the seemingly huge gap in the midsize crossover segment, which currently leaves Buick out of one of the most competitive luxury crossover segments.
That’s bound to change very soon though since America’s Tri-Shield revealed the Envision midsize crossover in China. Although it’s currently available for the Chinese market only, a country where Buicks are hotter topics than the latest iPhone is in the consumer electronics world, Buick already confirmed to be preparing for the Envision’s arrival into the US in the near-future. According to AutomotiveNews with a supporting report from The Wall Street Journal, the Envision could come as early as next spring.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Buick Envision.
The Buick Envision is a Chinese-made crossover and the company expects it to be a considerable seller, given how hot crossovers are. Though GM officials said to the WSJ that the importation of the Envision into the US isn’t particularly a cost-saving measure, but it does save Buick from having to make significant arrangements for the Envision to be built here, when it’s already being built in China.