Motoring.com down yonder in Australia reports that Audi is to discontinue their Multitronic CVT transmission, offered in various entry-level A4, A5, A6, and A7 models here and abroad. Taking its place will most likely be a Volkswagen-sourced seven-speed DSG automatic.
According to the report, Audi’s senior engineer for driving behavior, Ralph Reigger, said that the CVT won’t be offered on next-generation models. The first model expected to receive the new seven-speed DSG is the next generation Audi A4, due to launch in the first half of 2015.
This departure from the CVT is surely expected to come as a huge welcome from Audi fans and driving enthusiasts alike since CVTs are hardly engaging. Additionally, Audi’s Multitronic CVT transmission isn’t without fault as earlier models were involved in a class-action lawsuit for being hopelessly problematic.
Rumors via AutoGuide and Temple of VTEC suggest that Honda will be equipping the 2015 CR-V with a new CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission for the 2015 model year.
The CR-V will be powered by a Honda “Earth Dreams” four-banger engine as it gets refreshed for the mid-cycle. Expect revised and upgraded styling as well as minor tweaks here and there.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is expected to carry over its line of trims, ranging from LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. New paint options are also said to be offered.
Source: Temple of VTEC via AutoGuide
Electronics giant LG and its CFO, Cho Suk-jeh, recently confirmed to Reuters of a new battery back that could allow certain EV models to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.
Suk-jeh didn’t say who will get the battery pack first, but previous rumors and speculation point to use by General Motors. Though, nothing has been confirmed by any GM officials.
When GM was led by former CEO, Dan Akerson, plans for a 200+ mile electric vehicle were announced, but details are still sparse. Other insiders have hinted at the possibility of a 2016 launch and a $30,000 price tag for the new GM EV, which would make it more affordable than the incoming and anticipated Tesla Model III.
Source: Reuters via Edmunds
Renowned Hollywood actor and bonafide car enthusiast, James Garner, recently passed away at the age of 86, leaving behind a long legacy of cars and Hollywood that’s as rich and grandiose as others from the likes of Steve McQueen.
Garner is said to have died of natural causes. He was known for his roles on various television shows and movies. Examples include The Rockford Files and Grand Prix of 1966, which catapulted his interest and love for cars and motorsports. He then participated in being a part owner of the American International Racers team, who competed in Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring for various endurance races. Garner himself also took part in events like the Baja 500.
To many, he’ll be known as a source of inspiration and will be sorely missed.
Check out his eulogy on AutoBlog.
Bloomberg recently compiled some statistics and in those statistics, they found that BMW is the largest exporter of automobiles in the United States. Observing the Roundel’s South Carolina assembly plant’s 20th anniversary, BMW was found to shift more cars than all of Michigan’s Big Three combined.
BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory opened up in 1994, allowing for the assembly of BMW’s entire X crossover lineup (first starting with the X5), as well as BMW’s Z3 roadster from back in the day.
As of current stats, BMW’s plant in the south produces the X3, the incoming X4, the X5, and the X6 and 70 percent of the vehicles built there are exported to outside markets. BMW is even planning to expand, investing nearly $1 billion into the plant through 2016 to boost production from 300,000 units annually to 450,000. This will be partially achieved with a new full-size crossover, destined to receive the X7 name.
CarAdvice reports that Audi is almost ready to reveal a Q7 e-tron, after speaking with Audi’s technology and communications manager, Oliver Strohbach.
The new model is expected to launch either later this year or early next year, riding on Audi’s latest MLB Evo architecture, the same chassis expected to provide a backbone for the next-gen A4, A6, A7, and A8.
Motivation is to be supplied by a 3.0L TDI V6 supported by an electric motor, for a total output of 368hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. A fuel economy figure of 58.8 mpg on the US cycle is expected with an all EV range of around 31 miles.
Buick was rumored to be preparing an all-new midsize crossover for China, their most proficient market and recently, the new Envision was revealed.
Due to go on sale in China later this year, the new Envision will sit in between the Encore and the Enclave. Additionally, the styling heavily mimics that of the current Enclave and Encore, including a prominent chrome grille, a curvaceous presence, and HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. Lots of chrome, such as around the windscreen frame, roof-rails, and on the 19-inch aluminum wheels complement the look.
There’s no word of a US-bound version yet, though power is said to be supplied by a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger good for 256bhp and 260 lb-ft of twist mated to a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
Check out the press release after the jump.
BMW has been known to be working on something special for the 2016 model year, which represents the automaker’s first 100-years in existence.
Rumors were posted in the past about a successor to the legendary M1 supercar from the 1970s, the only mid-engined car ever built by Munich’s finest (Rumor One, Two, Three, and Four). All of this hinted at a potential 600hp-plus mid-engined car that would essentially be a follow-up to the original. But now, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reprots that BMW could be producing a more hardcore version of the i8, possibly called the i9.
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According to the rumor, the extra power would be supplied by replacing the current i8′s 231hp 1.5L TwinPower turbo three-banger for a larger motor, as well as supplementing a more powerful electric motor with more than 130hp on tap.
The updates are likely to add weight to the existing i8, which only tips the scales at an impressive 3,285lbs, though BMW could be using more carbon fiber and aluminum to make sure it doesn’t increase too much. Additionally, BMW is adamant about maintaining the i8′s 50/50 weight distribution. Additionally, the i8 is already a rather quick car, sprinting to 62 in just 4.4 seconds for a top speed limited by the usual gentlemen’s agreement of 155 mph.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport
Bentley is causing a stir with its highly-anticipated luxury crossover and the new model promises to be the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious SUV crossover on the market. That’s definitely a possibility, considering the crossover is expected to get the Continental GT’s potent twin-turbo W12 mill, according to Bentley’s sales and marketing director, Kevin Rose.
That said, at a performance standpoint, the new Bentley SUV will rival the likes of the BMW X5 and X6 M, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the Range Rover Sport SVR, despite costing quite a bit more than all of those.
Rose also hinted to CARandDRIVER that a plug-in hybrid variant is said to be the best selling model–so far, 30 percent of potential buyers are interested in an eco-friendly model. In addition to the plug-in hybrid version, a twin-turbo V8 Bentley crossover is expected, most likely getting its mill from the Continental GT V8, as well as a more powerful version of Audi’s 4.2L V8 TDI engine.
Toyota rolled out some updates for the 2015 Yaris in the form of a mid-cycle refresh.
For the new model year, the new Yaris for America visually resembles the European version, complete with a more aggressive grille and headlights along with a more pronounced corporate mouth on the front fascia.
The Japanese giant also boasts a retuned suspension and revised interior including the dashboard and additional sound deadening material for a quieter ride.
Three trim levels still exist, the entry-level Yaris L, the Yaris LE, and the top-spec Yaris SE. The base model comes pretty decently loaded with power windows and locks (quaint manual option just seems to be a thing of the past now), air conditioning, and a standard Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display. The LE gets alloy wheels, cruise control and keyless entry. And the SE of course is fully loaded with larger 16-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes and an appealing deck-lid spoiler.
Motivation is still modest with a 1.5L four-banger with 106hp and 103 lb-ft of twist and if you like to row your own, a five-speed is available with a antique four-speed automatic.
Sales begin later this month with prices beginning at $14,845.
Check out the press blast below.