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Report: Hyundai could be attempting a Toyota Prius competitor

Hybrids are still quite the hot topic, especially after Toyota proved to the world that they could attribute the buy-words, affordable, economical, and reliable. And it seems every competitor to the Japanese auto empire, even in the belt of luxury that includes Lexus. That said, Hyundai is looking to jump into the action with their own affordable hybrid.

AutoGuide received the tip after some of their spy photographers spotted some hybrids being tested in various body forms. This could mean Hyundai could be matching the Prius move-for-move with, for example, an MPV version to combat the Prius v, while a standard five-door model goes head-to-head with the normal Prius.

Those same photographers spotted a lot of telemetry, with some showing an obviously exposed battery pack under the seat.

While these photos suggest the hybrids, there’s not much on the official Hyundai side as of yet, rumors aside. But then again, it wouldn’t be reasonable for Hyundai to invest in affordable hybrids.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoGuide


Report: A new BMW X5 M and X6 M to arrive at Los Angeles

BMW enthusiast site BimmerToday heard that the M-ified versions of the X5 and the X6 are due for a reveal at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, just before the turn into 2015.

Official word doesn’t quite exist just yet, though BMW has been rumored to be preparing two new world debuts at the Staples Center on November 18th–speculation just suggests the two debuts to be the X5 M and X6 M. Both the X5 and X6 were recently replaced by their second generation successors and the M versions have yet to surface–so these claims aren’t too unreasonable and far-fetched.

Specifications too are in the unknown, though it would be wise to bet on the BMW M5′s 4.4L TwinPower Turbo finding its way under the hood of both models with plenty of chassis, suspension, steering, and visual upgrades to separate the M models from the more plebeian basic models.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: BimmerToday


Report: A new Volkswagen Tiguan CC could surface sometime in 2016

Volkswagen is continuing its binge of niche-filling and one of those potential fillers includes a stylized version of the Volkswagen Tiguan crossover to make a Tiguan CC.

As the name implies, the Tiguan CC could take form as a more slick-back four-door coupe version of the Tiguan, similarly to the BMW X4, as we can see in the rendering completed by WorldCarFans’ graphic artists. It would be based off of the recent Volkswagen Cross Coupe and Cross Blue Coupe Concepts and would be built to compete against the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, the BMW X4, and the Lexus NX.

Even recently, Volkswagen Australia’s managing director said VW expresses interest in producing a new spin-off of the original Tiguan for the next generation. In addition to the new CC model, the Tiguan itself is expected to grow an extra pair of seats to become a new seven-seater model. A launch date sometime in 2015 is expected with the Tiguan riding on VW’s latest MQB platform with a wide array of gasoline and diesel four-bangers.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: WCF


Photo Rendering: This is what the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT could look like without a head
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The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is just about here and ready to take on the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type. However, right now, it will only be available in coupe form, which seems a bit unnerving when the AMG GT is designed to compete head-to-head with the former and latter from Porsche and Jaguar–both of which are offered in hardtop and convertible form.

That said, it would be a bit irrational for Mercedes to offer an AMG GT without a head as well. To wet our imaginations as to what it could look like, X-Tomi Design went the extra step to render some digital photos to give us an idea of what a convertible AMG GT could look like.

Click here for our original post on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t confirmed to be working on a convertible version and some recent reports suggested that it may not even happen at all, to avoid cannibalizing sales from the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL and the new and incoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible.

On the flipside, a high-performance Black Series edition has been seen running about the Nurburging in test mule form, so that could make up for the deficit of the lack of a convertible. If we were to make a bet, it would be 50/50.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: X-Tomi Design


Recalls: Chevrolet issues a stop-sale for 2015 Corvettes amid two recalls

Two recalls were recently issued for the 2015 model year Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, incurring a stop-sale for America’s premiere sports car.

The recalls include problems with the car’s airbags and parking brake cables, affecting around 2,800 units. However, according to a spokesman, only a few affected cars have been sold.

Of those 2,800 models, 2,000 are plagued by the airbag issue, with many of them still sitting at the storage lots of the Corvette’s Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky. The issue involves a risk of the driver’s side airbag detaching from the steering wheel in the even of an accident, increasing the risk of more significant injuries. All affected cars are to be fixed.

The remaining 800 cars suffer from improperly manufactured rear parking brake cables, which were not seated properly when engaged, leading to impaired use.

These recalls already add to the significant total of 67 recalls this year for GM vehicles.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Official photos of Aston Martin’s super exclusive Lagonda surface
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Aston Martin’s making a Middle East-only Lagonda sedan, thanks to the rich and deep pockets of the various one percenters in the sandy deserts over yonder.

And to brag to the rest of the world and taunt about how we can’t get it, Aston Martin finally revealed official photos of its Lagonda prototype running about the deserts of Oman. Built on the same VH platform as the current Rapide, the new Lagonda receives a lightweight carbon fiber body and is limited to just 100 units. An updated 6.0L V12 is included in the mix with around 600bhp on tap, mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic.

In Oman, the Lagonda will be tested for around 14,000 miles before being transported back to the United Kingdom for additional torture tests.

- By: Chris Chin


Report: Mercedes-Benz serious about hybridization, could reveal 10 new models by 2017
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Mercedes-Benz is serious about their hybrid plans as Australia’s CarAdvice recently heard of 10 possible plug-in models from the Silver Arrow.

So far, the latest plug-in model to come from Stuttgart is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, but similarly equipped models could surface in great variety by 2017. According to Daimler AG’s Dr. Thomas Weber, the plan involves making plug-in hybrid variants of the C-, E-, and S-Class models, in addition to various crossover SUVs. Each model could surface every four months until 2017.

The next model to follow the S-Class could be the new C-Class Plug-In Hybrid. Not much is know, though visually, the model shouldn’t be that much harder to differentiate from the standard C-Class, except for slightly more unique body work for improved aerodynamics and the inclusion of active body shutters. Under the hood should be a 2.0L turbo four-banger with a 63hp electric motor. Alternatively, the gasoline portion could involve the brand’s new 3.0L twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor.

An arrival at the Paris Auto Show is expected for the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: CarAdvice.com.au


Report: The Kia Soul could get a boost in soul with a turbo and AWD

The Kia Soul is a very sweet deal for the value subcompact crossover that it is, but to make things possibly more interesting, Kia could be boosting some more soul into the Soul with a turbocharger and even all-wheel drive, according to Automobile Magazine.

The turbo would take form as a high-performance version of the Soul, thanks to the same 1.6L turbo four-banger in the current Kia Forte, good for a not too shabby 201bhp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The new turboed Soul should also get sportier suspension and brakes to cope with the extra boost.

As for the all-wheel drive version, not much is particularly known–though being a crossover, the lack of all-wheel drive probably keeps sales from truly skyrocketing, since the all-wheel traction drivetrain is just as high on demand and popular as the crossover itself. Plus, being a crossover, all-wheel drive is in many ways expected.

There’s no particular time frame in mind, but a prediction within the next few years shouldn’t be too unreasonable.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Automobile Magazine


Report: The rumor strikes back – a Bugatti sedan could actually happen
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Rumors of a Bugatti-based sedan have been circulating the rumor mill for quite some time, but never has it ever come to fruition. Bugatti first expressed interest to produce a sedan with the Galibier Concept from 2009, which possibly could’ve taken the title as the world’s fastest sedan. However, it never made it into production because a sedan was thought to “dilute the Bugatti philosophy,” according to the brand’s former head honcho, Wolfgang Schreiber.

Now that Wolfgang Durheimer is at the helm of Bugatti in addition to Bentley, Durheimer wants to bring the sedan idea back to the table as a possibility, according to AutomotiveNews.

This isn’t sure-on confirmation that a Bugatti sedan is going to actually happen, though the possibility is just slightly and more distinctly greater. Should it happen, a power rating of at least 1,300bhp and a top speed of around 235 mph are some notable benchmarks for the sedan.

Not much else is known, so speculation remains to be the name of the game here, for now.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Lexus may finally be working on a GS F and a possible four-door RC F by 2016

Lexus could finally be in the works with a GS F to compete against the likes of the BMW M5, the Jaguar XFR-S and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, according to a new find from AutoCar in the UK.

The Japanese luxury auto giant has been on a big branding trend, pushing their newly coveted F brand, following models such as the LF-A, the IS F, and their new F Sport models. To keep the ball rolling, the new Lexus RC F was just introduced and now, Lexus could be F-ifying the GS–it’s about time.

Numerous GS F test mules have been spotted over time, tackling the infamous Nurburgring a.k.a the Green Hell, further bolstering the fact that Lexus is definitely working on something GS F related. Although no confirmation exists at this time, speculation suggests the use of the RC F’s current 5.0L V8 with 500hp and 400 lb-ft of torque serving duty under the hood, while an eight-speed auto sits in between the rear-wheels and the mill. Of course, expect high-performance suspension, brakes, steering, and chassis tuning to complement the package and to handle the extra oomph.

On a separate note, AutoCar also heard of a possible four-door coupe version of the RC F, which could compete against BMW’s rumored M4 Gran Coupe.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar