Over the years, one of the many questions consistently raised at BMW was whether or not they’d change their mind about making an M-based 7-Series. And for as long as the 7-Series has been around, the answer to that question was that BMW believed the 7-Series’ position as a full-size luxury sedan didn’t match with BMW M’s ideology of lightweight, nimble, and fast sports cars dressed in unassuming bodies.
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So for the turn of every generation, the prospect of an M-ified 7-Series was a resounding no, even with stiff competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Jaguar XJR, and the Audi S8.
Lotus is currently hard at work in their attempts to bring more life to their operations by expanding their lineup. Exemplifying this even more is a recent report from AutoGuide, which says Lotus Cars USA Inc. will be relocating their central operations to the Detroit area as part of its restructuring plan.
Lotus for the US currently resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia and the location for their new base of operations is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That also happens to be the home of revered magazines, CARandDRIVER, and Road&Track.
“North America, as the largest sports car market in the world, is important for Lotus, both for model sales and for our engineering consultancy business,” said Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus’s current CEO. “By having both of our USA organisations located in Michigan, we shall be within the heartland of the USA automotive sector, where the headquarters of some of the most important, influential and significant automotive manufacturers and suppliers are based.”
In the same breath, Lotus will be rolling out some new models following the latest Evora 400, the fastest and quickest Lotus ever. Deliveries are set to begin later this year.
Chevrolet seems to be having a field day this week with reveals, after revealing the new Camaro Convertible not too long ago. We say this because they just pulled the virtual sheets off of the all-new 2016 Cruze as well. And like the Camaro before it, the Cruze gets some serious solid looks goin’.
The outgoing Cruze wasn’t a terrible car to look at, but it was far from being memorable. In other words, it was just purely bland, and its design screamed–I’m styled only to sell in the largest numbers possible.
The new 2016 Cruze is the polar opposite, with a much more curvaceous look that’s modeled after the recent Malibu makeover. All-in-all, it’s a very attractive compact sedan. With the all-new looks comes an all-new standard 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged four with direct-injection, which Chevy says should provide up to 40 mph highway. Stop/start is standard, unfortunately.
It wasn’t too long ago that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe was revealed for the world to see, entering its sixth generation.
That said, it was only a matter of time until the Camaro convertible was to be released. Low and behold, here it is, complete with its head chopped off in favor of folding soft top origami. Like its hardtop sibling, the Camaro convertible benefits greatly from a diet of around 200lbs and thanks to clever engineering, the structure of the new Camaro is also stiffer. This improves handling and ride quality.
Chevy also says that the Camaro convertible comes with the most “advanced top” in the segment, with fully automatic operation, including the security latches.
One of the biggest moments in US history recently happened as Alfa Romeo just revealed their all-new, highly anticipated Giulia sedan for the world to see on the Interwebs.
Built to compete with the BMW M3, the Audi RS4, and so on, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact sports sedan with a lot of hype built around it. And just starting with the looks, it seems to meet our expectations. Just look at it for a minute, marvel its beauty.
And Alfa’s pitching the Giulia beyond its luscious exterior by boasting about its 50/50 weight distribution, standard Torque Vectoring and Active Aero Splitter for handling and aerodynamics, and a stout six-cylinder with 500hp on tap–“inspired by Ferrari technologies.” The result is a supposed 0-62 sprint of just 3.9 seconds. Though we guess that the Giulia will be available with a range of powertrains and setups, though this model could be the top-spec version.
But above all, this is Alfa Romeo’s first sedan being sold in the US in over 20 years. That alone, we’re excited for.
Infiniti’s been known to be working on a production version of their Q30 Concept, which is designed and being built to compete with the likes of the Audi A3, the new BMW 1-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and to a lesser extent, the Buick Verano, and the Acura ILX.
Now, the Japanese automaker officially confirmed to be readying the model for a reveal at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, in September.
The new Q30 sits on Infiniti’s latest and newest front-wheel drive platform and the idea here is that the Q30 will be Infiniti’s entry-level model. Accompanying the Q30 would be the QX30, which is a crossover version built on the same platform.
Porsche recently confirmed to have completed the production run of the flagship 918 Spyder, in a press release.
Yup, that time has come and if you were hoping to snag a 918 Spyder brand new from the factory, unfortunately, that opportunity has passed. In fact, it passed long ago when all 918 units were spoken for.
The Porsche 918 Spyder joins a long line of famous halo cars, which include the Carrera GT, the 911 GT1, and the 959.
But now the 918 Spyder has been retired, the more pertinent question remains: what’s next??
Remember Fisker Automotive? The other luxury EV competitor to the Tesla Model S?
Well, after dealing with startup mismanagement and bankrupty, as well as corruption on a number of fronts, Fisker was bought and restructured by Chinese holding firm, Wanxiang. And now, they’re reportedly just about ready to startup their operations once again.
According to the Orange County Register, Fisker’s current office in Costa Mesa, CA, is currently active with around 200 employees.
Now, the next step is to complete their new 556,000-square-foot assembly plant, which will emloy an additional 150 members to help build new Fisker models. It’s being built in Moreno Valley, California, about 60 miles east of the general Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Fisker was bought out by Wanxiang after it filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and when Fisker was still active, they got around to producing around 2,600 Karmas in total.
Source: Orange County Register
CarAdvice reports Mercedes-Benz might not be done with their R-Class, or that slow-selling minivan/crossover thing that was discontinued in 2013.
After speaking with Wolf-Dieter Kurz, Mercedes-Benz’s head for SUVs and sports cars, expressed the brand’s desire to really capitalize on the popularity of crossovers. This could also mean Mercedes might be interested in coming up with another crossover to fulfil a similar mission to the previous R-Class.
This also coincides with recent rumors that Mercedes-Benz is interested in possibly building some “allroad” variants to the E-Class and C-Class Estate wagons.
The takeaway, we could possibly see a new R-Class successor.
A Toyota USA executive was recenty involved with a run-in with the law in Japan.
According to AutomotiveNews, Toyota USA’s global communicaiton chief, Julie Hamp, was arrested in Japan for violating drug laws after trying to import her perscription Oxycodone pills into Japan by mail. And in Japan, that’s a big no-no, hence the arrest.
Hamp is not at the time being scrutinized or investigated for malicious intent, but rather this is being seen as a misunderstanding of the laws. According to supplementing reports, Hemp otherwise was legally prescribed her medicine.
Toyota is aware of the situation and they are currently investigation.
Hamp was made Toyota USA’s chief communications officer in April and is extremely accomplished. She was named by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful and most influential women in the automobile industry.