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Report: Next-gen Buick Regal to be styled like Opel Monza
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This really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but AutomotiveNews heard the next generation Buick Regal should be styled like the Opel Monza Concept.

Why shouldn’t this be a shocker? Well, for starters, the current Buick Regal is already an Opel Insignia and General Motors doesn’t plan on changing the formula all too much, since both the Regal and Insignia are doing very well. That said, like the current model, the new next generation Regal will be based off of the next-gen Insignia.

According to AutomotiveNews, who spoke with Opel’s chief, Karl-Thomas Neumann and Opel’s design head, Mark Adams, the Insignia plans to move more upmarket with what Adams calls, “premium brand values.” In turn, the Buick should also follow this lead.

The new Buick Regal is expected to surface sometime in 2017.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews

 


Report: The Nissan Altima and Sentra to get more dramatic designs

Nissan is preparing to redesign its Altima and and Sentra, which isn’t a bad thing since they’re just about as exciting to look at as a roll of bread. And to cure the Altima and Sentra of their unremarkable aesthetics, the word on the street is that both sedans will be aesthetically redesigned to appeal to more customers, according to The Car Connection.

The outlet recently spoke with Nissan’s design chief, Shiro Nakamura at the Paris Auto Show. And there, The Car Connection also learned the Altima will be the first to receive a visual update for its mid-cycle refresh in either 2016 or 2017. While the next Altima gets inspiration from the incoming 2015 Nissan Murano and the Sports Sedan Concept from the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the Sentra is expected to be styled more like the Nissan Pulsar in Europe.

However, these updates would merely be updates rather than a complete and total overhaul, which is further saved for the completely redesigned, next generation models.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: The Car Connection


The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 cracks 60 in less than three seconds
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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is expected to be bat-crap insane fast. How fast exactly? Well, General Motors published the official factory performance numbers for the new Z06 and here’s what’s up.

For starters, from a standstill using launch control with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette zips past the 60 mph traps in just 2.95 seconds. Opting for the seven-speed manual reduces the time to 3.2 seconds, which still isn’t exactly slow. Should you be interested in racing for pinks, the Z06 is said to zoom through the quarter-mile in just 10.95 seconds at 127 mph, and 11.2 seconds with the manual.

General Motors also claims the new Z06 is the fastest vehicle to lap its own 2.9-mile road course in Milford, a full-second faster faster than the last Corvette ZR-1′s record to be exact. And let’s not forget, the Z06 only costs less than $80,000 to boot and already, it’s capable of outrunning a Ferrari 458 Italia in the straights.

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The 2015 Porsche 911 GTS priced at $114,200
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Porsche has yet another version of the 911 to launch in 2015: the new Porsche 911 GTS, which starts at $114,200 before options. The GTS would be one of 19 flavors of 911 currently available.

What is it exactly? Well, it starts off life as a 911 coupe or cabriolet, with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The idea is that the GTS receives the Carrera S’s 430hp 3.8L flat-six with the optional Powerkit made standard, as well as Porsche’s renowned Sport Chorno package and sport exhaust.

Both a manual and automatic are offered and when equipped with the PDK dual-clutch transmission, the 2015 Porsche 911 GTS hits 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Opting for the convertible drops the time to 4.0 seconds. The result however is the GTS is still faster than the Carrera S.

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Jaguar releases photo bomb of XE sedan plus video
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Jaguar released a huge photo bomb of the new XE sedan in lieu of the busy news from Paris.

Since the XE was first revealed not too long ago, it was only showcased in range-topping supercharged XE S, at least until the XE R and XE R-S get here. But with the new photo bomb, we could now see what the XE looks like in its various forms, from the base model and throughout the range.

So far, from what we know, the new Jaguar XE debuts with Jaguar’s new Ingenium line of engines, currently featuring two diesel and two turbochaged gas engines with the range-topping supercharged V6. There is a six-speed manual option, but we’re not holding our breath for it to come stateside. But we can expect a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic.

The various trim lines include the base SE, the middling Prestige, the full-luxury Portfolio version, a sporty R-Sport model, and the S at the top.

For full details and a video from Paris, check it out after the jump.

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Report: New Lotus CEO shares plan to save brand, more US-bound cars

Lotus’ new CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, is planning some new things, according to CARandDRIVER, who spoke with Gales recently at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

In that interview, Gales told C/D that Lotus plans to cut its expenses, beginning with layoffs and amid a problem with selling Evoras for the 2015 year because the air bags aren’t smart enough. Although tehre will be a gap in sales, Gales said he isn’t particularly worried and if anything, demand for the Evora could rise.

“We are staying with the existing Evora, but making it better,” Gales told C/D. “We made it better by making it faster; secondly, there were practical things that were on the list of improvements like making it easier to get in and out of the car. Thirdly we have an interior that looks different to the current interior, that has been changed in most parts.”
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Recalls: General Motors stops delivery of 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon
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General Motors is already up its own creek with recalling the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, forcing a stop-sale of their new midsize pickup over improperly wired driver’s side airbags.

The total number of affected vehicles is still under analysis while the problem was found to affect the two-stage deployment function which could be reversed from being hooked up wrong.

Majority of the affected trucks are on the assembly line, so only a small number have landed in the hands of consumers. GM is contacting the customers of affected cars and will fix the car free of charge, while providing a free loaner.

No crashes or injuries have been reported.

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

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Report: The 2016 Acura NSX once again seeks to be a budget Ferrari
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The Acura NSX is almost here, after what seems to be an eternity of teasers and concepts. It may seem like old news, but the NSX is still on its way and recently, WhatCar spoke to Ted Klaus, the NSX’s chief of development.

In the interview, Klaus explained the NSX once again is built on the concept of being an affordable alternative, at least, in relative to the following, to the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Audi R8 and some others in its class. As an example, the Acura NSX is going to need to be able to be at least on par with the 458 Italia’s 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

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This mission is the same as the original NSX’s purpose. Back when the first generation was introduced, it was pitched as an exclusive alternative to the mid-engined Ferraris of equal time. Though for the second generation, the NSX should sport a price similar to the Audi R8, at $130,000. Production is will be very limited to keep demand high and the NSX rare.

With this latest report, the 2016 Acura NSX is scheduled to launch in the US sometime next year.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: What Car

 


Report: Volkswagen to attempt more R models

Volkswagen may be expanding their R-Line of cars, according to a new report from Australia’s Motoring.com. This doesn’t seem too outlandish considering the fact that performance line branding is an increasingly popular topic, especially among the premium brands.

To follow in their footsteps, more mainstream automakers might be offering the same. Some examples include Toyota and their TRD-modified cars and Nissan’s growing NISMO collection. With Volkswagen, there exists the Scirocco R and the Golf R. But according to Motoring, this could expand to the Passat and the Polo. The outlet supposedly spoke to Volkswagen’s powertrain chief, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser.

These potential Polo R and Passat R models would be destined for the European market and some other markets as well. Also, Volkswagen has a limited history of producing additional and unique R models, such as the incoming Golf R 400 and in the past, a road-going version of the Polo R WRC race car and a Passat R36 in the 2000s.

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Report: Cadillac’s crossovers to gain XT name

Cadillac revealed to be introducing a new nomenclature theme beginning with their new flagship sedan. The new sedan is called the CT6 and not only sets the stage for the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan from Cadillac in over 20 years, it launches Cadillac’s new naming theme.

The CT name transcends to other models beyond the flagship. For example, the CTS will keep the CT part of its name while the number succeeding the “CT” letters indicates the model’s placement in the lineup in numerical decrements from the CT6. But that not all.

According to Forbes, Cadillac’s new line of crossovers get a name change as well. They’ll be signified by the XT name, followed by a number, much like Cadillac’s new CT theme. The only exception to this rule would be the Escalade, for obvious reasons.

All of these changes are a part of plans set forth by Caddy’s new boss, Johan de Nysschen, who’s also responsible for Infiniti’s confusing and new nomenclature theme.

For Cadillac on the other hand, the new names for the sedans and the crossovers are known, leaving us wondering what the future coupes would be called.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Forbes