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Report: Volkswagen’s bringing a new Golf GTI Clubsport to this year’s Worthersee Festival

Volkswagen’s developed a reputation for showing up at the world’s largest Golf gathering and convention, the annual Worthersee Festival, typically with a one-off concept, just to woo the hearts of its key ownership base.

This year, it’s apparently a new lightweight production version of the Golf GTI, called the Clubsport.

A supposed “high-ranking official” spoke to AutoCar, disclosing that the Clubsport due at Worthersee is just a lightweight version of the GTI to improve handling performance.

Specifics weren’t spared, but rumors suggest the rear seat was removed while the car in general has less sound deadening.

The 2.0L TFSI turbo four-banger will be modified too to produce more grunt, about 296hp and 280 lb-ft of twist for a 0-62 time of just 5.7 seconds. That’s quite a bit more power than the standard model’s 220hp and 258 lb-ft of twist.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Autocar


Report: Volkswagen will indeed build the Budd-e Concept, should be here in four years
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Not too long ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Volkswagen revealed the latest rendition and interpretation of a modern Microbus, the Budd-e Concept.

Now, according to Car Magazine, Volkswagen will indeed move it into the production phase as reception was positive enough for it. It’s also part of Volkswagen’s latest plan to increase its offering of alternatively propelled options to its customers.

The goal is to have the production Budd-e ready by 2020, employing the company’s latest Modular Electric Platform, or MEB. That platform is specifically being designed and engineered to accomodate other setups such as plug-in hybrid and other full-EV models, such as the rumored Audi A2 e-tron EV.

Volkswagen didn’t tell Car what kind of EV powertrain to expect in the Budd-e, but they did share it’ll have at a battery with at a capacity of at least 101kWh with an electric motor at each axle. So it will have simulated all-wheel drive, from the sounds of it.

Top speed is expected to be around 93 MPH with a range of 373 miles.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Car

 


Report: A new study finds red-light cameras cause more bad than good

You’d think that devices like red-light cameras are being put up in the name of safety to catch those who decide to run them, like drunk drivers or just plain idiots.

However, I don’t find it surprising at all that a new study finds that red-light cameras actually have a backfiring effect. I remember being a regular at a Starbucks in Central Jersey, and at the busy intersection of Tices Lane and the awfully overly congested Route 18 in East Brunswick, the town decided to erect a red-light camera. Except, it didn’t really do much because people were more often heard and seen jamming on their brakes or rear ending someone when compared to the time it didn’t exist.

According to a recent study conducted in the city of Tampa, Florida, they found red-light cameras actually have caused more accidents instead of preventing or mitigating them.

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Report: The long-roof Volvo V90 should debut in February in Sweden

Teknikens Varld reports that Volvo’s long-roof version of the handsome S90 sedan is expected to be revealed next month at a special event in Stockholm, as an addition and supplement for Europe’s love for wagons.

We already sorta’ knew a V90 was on the way as pictures of diecast models of both the S90 and V90 surfaced on the web a little while back. That said however, it looks to be nearly that time for Volvo to spill the beans on what will probably be their most luxurious wagon, ever.

That sounds sweet to us, as we’re a fan of wagons, especially hot or luxurious wagons. But the rest of America? Not so much.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that there’s no indication as to whether or not the V90 will come stateside.

We can hope yes, but it’s been pretty widely understood and recognized that automakers, for the most part, just don’t see demand for wagons when the boringly typical crossover is everywhere.

Nonetheless, we can only hope.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Teknikens Varld


Ever wanted to track a Pontiac Aztek? Now you can, on Forza Motorsport 6
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Typically when you purchase a videogame like Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One, you buy it to buy the cars of your dreams. Old Ferraris, BMWs, Porsches, cars often out of reach from the common man.

But say your dream car is one of the biggest atrocities from General Motors, or you just happen to like meth. The Pontiac Aztek…if you ever felt left out in the cold from Forza from not being able to have that car the arsenal, well feel that way, no more. Because now, you can!

With Forza’s latest update and car pack add-on, you can purchase the Aztek and drive it to your heart’s desire. At least, virtually, which benefits you in most cases by shielding everyone from the Aztek’s woeful build quality.

The download can be acquired for $6.99, where you also get some more interesting things on four wheels from the past, such as a ’67 Sunbeam Tiger, to a ’96 Subaru SVX.

Check out some video and the press release after the jump.

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Opinion: FCA failed the Dart — and so did you

A Clinton is perilously close to the presidency. The X-Files has captivated the imagination of a distrusting public. Bill Cosby is a regular topic of discussion — okay, bad example. Point is, 2016 is the most ‘90s America has been since, well, the ‘90s. You need one more example? Gas is sliding under $1.50 in many parts of the country.

I know, it seems like a dream. The signs are everywhere, but it’s difficult to give in to your senses. You need validation, and then, right on cue, it comes from the unlikeliest of places. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, precisely. See, the only vehicles FCA seems particularly adept at selling are Jeeps and Rams. (Never mind that’s all they’ve been able to sell for the better part of two decades, but I digress).

You know the ‘90s are back when one of the Big Three decides to go all-in with utility vehicles, and Wednesday FCA announced, amidst tumbling fuel prices, that they’re done trying to win Americans over with zippy, moderately efficient compacts and sedans. According to FCA Chairman Sergio Marchionne, cheap gas is “permanent,” and he reckons it’s time his company start treating it as such.

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EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai confirms a new Sport model for the 2017 Elantra, why this might not suck [UPDATED]

UPDATE: We’ve added a graphic from the 2017 Hyundai Elantra’s launch presentation, confirming the arrival of the Sport trim. Check it out after the jump!

There was a time and a place when nobody would ever even consider purchasing a Korean car of any type, simply because they had a poor reputation for reliability and cheap quality…and that’s because, well, they were cheap. Back then, you Hoped You Understood Nothing Was Drivable And Inexpensive…

You’ve heard me say it over and over again however recently, whether in my reviews or just news about the automaker. But I’m a supporter of the underdog and I still applaud Hyundai for their insanely successful turnaround as a competitor in the mainstream market. Simply, Hyundai, and even their sisterly company, Kia, do not suck any more. And things just seem to be getting better and better.

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

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Report: Mercedes-Benz’s new Nissan-based truck could be called X-Class

Mercedes-Benz is known to be working on their first pickup truck ever as the manufacturer sees a potential, booming market for luxurious, high-end open-bed trucks.

Now, CarAdvice down yonder reports the new truck from the Silver Arrow could be called the X-Class. Alternatively, it could also be called the Z-Class.

So far from what we know, the Mercedes’ new pickup is to be based off of the latest Nissan NP300 and Navara, or more or less Asia’s rendition of the Nissan Frontier. This is a given with Daimlers’ fairly recent partnership with Renault-Nissan.

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Leaked! The Jaguar F-Type SVR shows up on the web with 575hp and all-paw traction
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It seems a slip has occurred as Dutch publication, Autovisie, was able to score a brochure on the not-yet-released, highly-anticipated Jaguar F-Type SVR, the top-spec high-performance variant to the F-Type that we’ve long been waiting for from Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations.

Because of the brochure, Autovisie was able to get pictures and official information on the new Jag.

It’ll expectedly come with Jaguar’s latest 5.0L supercharged AJV8 to produce 575hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, mated only to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

Surprisingly, it also comes with all-wheel drive only, providing a 0-62 time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 MPH.

There will be both a coupe and convertible version, as with other F-Type models. Though separating the new F-Type SVR from lesser models is an obvious, more aggressive bodykit with improved aerodynamics for performance, beefed-up brakes, an electronically controlled rear-differential, stiffer suspension with active shocks, and more.

More details are certainly to come, so stay tuned.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Autovisie


Report: Audi of America’s president hints at more RS models, talk autonomous cars and EVs

Automobile Magazine recently sat down to speak with Audi of America’s President, Scott Keogh, along with the company’s Director of Product Management, Filip Brabec.

And in that interview, Keogh reportedly hinted at the possibility of some incoming, new RS models for the United States.

“We’re looking to significantly expand the presence of RS in the United States,” Keogh said, though without specificity, obviously.

Though weeding through his words, Keogh suggested some old models could see some successors in the states, “and then some.”

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