Fans of Mercedes-Benz and electric cars are probably wondering what Stuttgart has in store to compete with the likes of BMW’s i and Tesla Motors, as the luxury EV wars continue to heat up and gain momentum.
Mercedes did say that they could create a sub-brand similarly to BMW’s i program, but they decided not to and preferred to integrate the new models into the already preexisting lineup. They think it’ll be an easier and smoother sell to offer alternatively powered vehicles in an already familiar package, to avoid confusion by creating an entire new lineup, like BMW with the i3 and the i8.
The result, according to AutoCar, are some new electrified vehicles from the Silver Arrow, specifically, two new sedans and two SUVs by the year 2020. This is on top of the already pending next-generation B-Class Electric Drive, which will be launched in Europe later this year.
The Takata Recall saga continues as Toyota and Lexus both officially announced to be expanding their recall of cars affected by the original Takata airbag inflator issue, leading to one of the auto industry’s biggest recalls in history. It’s the sort of mass hysteria you’d expect when one company basically monopolizes a very specific market in the world of automobile parts supply.
Not too long ago, the recall was expanded by nearly 40 million airbags in total, as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In this specific case, Toyota and Lexus are including the following cars on their list as cars needing airbag replacement:
If you’ve been following the revival of Alfa Romeo and even the overhaul of Maserati, you’d know that Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles have had it a bit rough over the past couple years, which is obviously seen with how many times they delayed the launch of Alfa Romeo’s new products. For instance, the all-new and attractive Giulia sedan was delayed several times, leading to the postponement of the company’s intent to also produce a new crossover.
That said, it’s also clear that things haven’t gone as planned and so, FCA decided to change things up with their upper-echelon by appointing a new CEO for Alfa Romeo and Maserati, to replace Harald Wester.
Taking Wester’s place would be Reid Bigland, who is also the chief of US-based sales for FCA, as well as the CEO of FCA Canada. Can a new CEO get things back in order for the somewhat struggling Italian automakers?
FCA’s own, Sergio Marchionne, claimed the shift with management is a “logical move” to help the company focus on the growth of Alfa and Maserati.
Bigland will continue to fulfill his current obligations at FCA Canada and North American sales.
– By: Chris Chin
BMW’s been on a roll with showcasing some interesting, but “love-it-or-hate-it” “Hommage” concepts, which pay tribute to some of the most famous cars the company’s ever produced over its las 100 years of existence.
Oh yea, if you’ve been living under a rock lately, BMW’s celebrating their first centennial this year as they celebrate their first 100 years ever, since being founded and established in 1916.
Helping to highlight this achievement, BMW’s been producing some one-off concepts that try and capture the beauty and soul of the original models from the past, by bringing them up to snuff for the 21st century. However, as much as these concepts represent what dreams are made of, in this case, BMW taking one of their original models and reviving it for present day, some of them have left us feeling a bit underwhelmed and yearning for more.
This latest 2002 Hommage Concept, really is no different.
Aston Martin and Italian coachbuilding firm Zagato, have a very storied history together and to keep the tradition, the two teamed up in traditional fashion to produce the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept.
Based off of the current Vanquish, Zagato gave the concept a look all around, successfully masking the original curves and angles of the standard Vanquish, in a way that essentially modernizes the cars looks, to match Aston’s current design language. Speaking of which, that current design language, which helped inspire the one-off DB10 and the DB9-replacing DB11, was sourced from the original One-77 supercar.
More so however, while I think Zagato’s last several specially-designed Aston Martins were OK-looking vehicles, this new Vanquish Zagato Concept knocks it out of the park for me, and might be the best-looking modern Zagato and Aston collaboration.
TVR is back and we couldn’t be any more excited! That’s because British entrepreneur , Les Edgar, revived the automaker, after buying it back from its lame-duck Russian investor of the past decade. Edgar himself is pushing TVR to produce “supercars for the common man” and so far, he’s on track with TVR’s latest model.
So far, from what’s known, the new TVR will get a heavily reengineered version of Ford’s famous 5.0L Coyote V8, the same found in the current Ford Mustang GT. But it doesn’t stop there as the head and valvetrain were both treated by Cosworth, and anything with that name attached to it is a pretty damn big deal. That engine so far is said to be good for more than 400hp with natural aspiration.
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Now, TVR just released some digital renderings of what the body and the chassis look like in some technical “peel-away” visuals. In the drawings, you can see some great detail, from the front-mounted newly developed 5.0L Ford V8, complete with the Cosworth valve covers, to the overall skeleton of the car. This also shows how the chassis is designed to some degree, which is allowing TVR to keep the new car’s weight down at just 2,535lbs. Yes, just from comparing the anticipated power and weight figures, the power-to-weight ratio is likely to be insane.
The new generation of Top Gear UK is almost here and thus, the teasers and trailers have been flowing aplenty.
The latest one features cohost Matt LeBlanc, who seems to have stumbled upon his new soulmate via a Tinder-like app, but for cars.
But skipping the witty humor, it seems all the good stuff that made Top Gear famous in the first place remains relevant, such as plenty of nice cars, lots of beautiful cinematography, and more cars.
The new season of Top Gear is scheduled to debut in the UK on May 29.
Check out the teaser after the jump.
Toyota is by far one of the first names associated with hybrid gas-electric vehicles, and it all started when they were the first to make the concept widely accessible to the public with the Toyota Prius in 1997. Since then, the car has been an absolute smash hit in terms of sales and just as of the end of last month, Toyota accomplished selling a total of nine million hybrids since the company sold their first one.
Now, I know how one could easily tout their hate for the Prius, especially if you’re a general car person like any of us. However, you cannot ignore the fact that this is a really impressive feat. Just to put this into perspective, with the total amount of Toyota hybrids sold, you could give one to each citizen in the country of Serbia, and still have a surplus of Toyota hybrid models. That’s how many they made.
Toyota’s next marker is to sell up to 15 million hybrids by the end of the decade. This has a chance of being accomplished since Toyota currently has 33 hybrid passenger models available in more than 90 countries.
Tesla Motors is in the middle of expanding their lineup, for instance, we’ve had the introduction of the new Model X crossover and the Model 3 sedan. But Tesla’s not stopping their as they’re also working on reviving the Roadster for the second generation.
We know that’s coming and now, Electrek says the new Roadster will be faster and larger than the last model, just like every other new car out there due for a launch.
Ok, besides learning that the new Tesla Roadster is predictably “faster and bigger,” in the same breathe as to how all new cars are always fulfilling the stereotype of “new and improved,” the outlet hasn’t learned much, given the fact that details were kept to a minimum, as usual, during a press conference featuring Tesla’s Nordic Countries Manager, Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen.
So, yea, this isn’t really news, but it helps to reaffirm that a new Tesla Roadster is on the way. If anything, it also reminds us that a due date of 2019 is set on our calendars.
– By: Chris Chin
Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Camaro is just about to be launched at dealers and thus, some questions are beginning to arise regarding the specialized, high-performance versions and what to expect, specifically with the next Z/28.
According to MotorTrend, speculation suggests the next-gen Z/28 could get a revised version of the 7.0L LS7 V8 from the last Camaro Z/28, giving it the new name, “LT7.” The Ls7 was also the original motor from the previous generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
In its latest form as the “LT7,” rumors say the new Z/28 could get as much as 540 or 565hp with the latest variant, when compared to the previous model’s 505hp. The extra power might be provided by the use of direct-injection, redesigned cylinder heads and valvetrain components, and even a flat-plane crank to compete more closely with the Ford Mustang GT350R.
Nonetheless, a Z/28 is on the way as a test mule was spotted on the Nurburgring, though it suffered a bit of trouble after spinning and crashing into a guardrail while testing.
– By: Chris Chin