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2014 Beijing: Honda introduces new Concept B in China
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Honda brought a new compact five-door designed only for the Chinese market, known as the Concept B. It resembles a compact hatchback that will be geared towards the young Chinese audience when it goes on sale sometime in 2016.

The compact five-door will receive a range of four-cylinder engines, including a hybrid powerplant.  The Concept B itself features a very dramatic design with lots of angles and very pronounced front-grille and a gynormous H-badge. The roof is very coupe-like and thus heavily raked with pronounced wheel wells and a hatch-like rear.

Honda didn’t say whether or not the Concept B will be seen on a global level. Additionally, the brand said that they’re currently still developing the interior.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 Beijing: Kia introduces the K4 midsize sedan concept in China
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Kia revealed a new midsize sedan at Auto China 2014, which poses as a sort of reengineered clone of our Optima. While there is no official documented connection within the press release, by virtue and intent, the K4 is a Hyundai Sonata competitor for China. Though according to Kia themselves, the new K4 is designed to sit below the Optima and above the Cerato, or our Rio.

Power is provided by a Hyundai-sourced 1.6L GDI turbocharged four-banger mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Other reports indicate the use of a naturally-aspirated 1.8L and 2.0L four-cylinders.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 Beijing: Honda showcases the Spirior Concept in China, hints at next-gen Acura TSX
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Our beloved Acura TSX isn’t bespoke to our market by any means, as the compact luxury sports sedan has been sold abroad as the European and Japanese spec Honda Accord. Over in China however, it’s sold as the Spirior, which recently received a conceptual redesign for Auto China 2014.

Not much is known about the new Spirior, but looking at model history and the connection with the European and Japanese Accord and our TSX, this new Spirior could provide us with a glimpse into what our next generation Acura TSX will look like, which is due for a replacement very soon.

Similar to our Acura models, the Honda Spirior Concept in China receives LED headlights with shadowlined accenting and multi-spoke wheels, all of which resemble Acura’s and Honda’s current design language.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Volkswagen’s Golf R400 Concept gets the green light to our surprise

When Volkswagen revealed their seriously potent 400hp Golf R400 Concept at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, they explicitly said that there are no plans for production in their press release. But because intentions aren’t solidified by Medusa, things can always change. And apparently, we’ve all shouted loud enough for Volkswagen to give the concept a green light, according to CARandDRIVER.

After speaking directly with VW’s Heinz-Jakob Neusser, C/D learned of the apparent good news, except for when the production R400 will officially be announced and produced.

But either way, should all hold true, the world will be seeing a 400hp GTI powered by a seriously potent 2.0L turbocharged TFSI four-banger engine (we can already anticipate the epic turbo lag unless they use a sequential twin-setup). Torque is rated at 332 lb-ft for all four-wheels to manage for a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.

We’re a fan of sleepers here at egmCarTech, so naturally, we’re excited for this.

Source: CARandDRIVER


Report: Mercedes-Benz to possibly rival BMW X4 following Concept Coupe SUV
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AutoExpress of the UK supposedly learned that Mercedes-Benz may also jump on the same bandwagon as the BMW X4, following the revealing of the Concept Coupe SUV, which is designed to rival the BMW X6.

“Whether we build a car like the X4 depends on whether there’s enough customers,” said Andreas Zygan, a source within Mercedes-Benz.

Additionally, Zygan also told the outlet that Mercedes-Benz is interested in producing a more luxurious SUV to compete against the Range Rover and Bentley’s new incoming crossover SUV.

Source: AutoExpress


Report: Volkswagen of America’s CEO Michael Horn confirms next-gen Phaeton for United States

A new report is in from Bloomberg, who reports that Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, Michael Horn, got on the horn to say the Phaeton will be making a triumphant return to the US.

“We plan to bring it back somewhere [in] 2018, 2019,” commented Horn on the issue.

It will apparently ride on Volkswagen’s next generation MLB Evo platform and will offer a range of six- and eight-cylinder engines. There was no mention of the return of the W12. But according to other Volkswagen sources from previous reports, the new Phaeton will be “class-leading” and “very smooth and luxurious.” While the last generation Phaeton was far from class-leading, it was still a “very smooth and luxurious” full-size executive sedan that was brilliantly over-engineered and quite masterful, being designed under Volkswagen’s previous reign from Ferdinand Piech.

In the same breathe, Horn also said that it is still unlikely that the Amarok pickup will be seen in the US and the current model is “too small” and expensive. Should Volkswagen decide to step into the pickup market, Horn said they would “need to do something different.”

Source: Bloomberg


Report: Land Rover Freelander successor to be named Discovery Sport
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AutoCar has learned that Land Rover will be calling their Freelander, or LR2 successor, will be called the Discovery Sport. This is bolstered by the fact that the all-new Land Rover Discovery Concept was revealed at New York last week, hinting at the automaker’s new plan to build a new line of models with the Discovery name. The Freelander successor will most likely be apart of this change.

Not much is known about the concept, except that it will be based off of Land Rover’s latest LR-MS platform, featuring aluminum and composite body parts.

Source: AutoCar


Spy Shots: Could Bentley be making an even faster Continental GT V8?

CarPix has apparently stumbled upon a new Continental GT V8 test-mule on the Nurburgring, hinting at what could be an even faster Continental GT V8. Not too long ago, Bentley introduced a Continental GT V8 with a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 to make the car more affordable for greater sales.

Following the GT V8 came the GT V8 S with even more power, rated close to the Continental W12′s 567hp, at 521hp. That said, Bentley does have to take caution as to not make the V8 nearly as powerful as the W12 as that would simply steal sales away from the 12-cylinder model.

As a result, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suspect a lightweight high-performance version with lots and lots of carbon bits.

Either way, only time will tell.

Check out the spy shots at AutoBlog.

Source: CarPix via AutoBlog


Report: Maserati Alfieri Concept may be greenlighted for next month
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A new report is in from Bloomberg, who learned that Maserati could approve the Alfieri Concept for production as early as next month. Previous reports indicated that Fiat’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, hinted that the Alfieri will be made.

According to “sources” within the company, Marchionne could announce the official plan on May 6. Additionally, it will be built next to the all-new Levante crossover in Mirafiori.

Rumors point to the use of the brand’s current twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 good for 324hp and 403hp form, rather than the concept’s 4.7L V8.

Source: Bloomberg


2014 Beijing: Chevrolet reveals all-new redesigned global Cruze in China
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Chevrolet seized the moment in China to reveal the all-new complete redesigned next generation Cruze compact sedan to the fastest growing automobile market currently on our planet.

The new models takes on a far more four-door-like profile, similar to the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. It features a new upside-down trapezoidal grille with a really raked front windshield and roof to imply the more coupe-like profile

So far, two engines will be available–a turbocharged 1.4L EcoTec motor and a naturally-aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder. Both can be mated to a six-speed manual or GM’s all-new seven-speed dual-clutch DCG automatic.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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