Our friends over at Auto Express are reporting that Nissan is going to unveil the fastest production car ever when the GT-R Nismo debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show in November? How fast will it actually be? Well if the reports are true, the GT-R Nismo will be able to reach 0-60 mph in an insanely fast two seconds.
July 2013 Archives
Lexus is working hard to revamp its lineup, but one model that has been missing, is a seven seater crossover, which would compete with models like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60. Lexus currently offers the body-on-frame GX SUV, but its expected that it will disappear from the Lexus lineup in 2016 and will be replaced by a new seven-seater crossover dubbed the TX.
Chrysler has already announced plans to delay the arrival of the controversially styled 2014 Jeep Cherokee and now the automaker has delayed the media launch. Next month Chrysler was supposed to hold the media event for the Cherokee in Seattle, which would give journalists their first experience behind the wheel of the Cherokee, but the event has now been delayed until sometime in September.
Ford has announced that the 2014 F-150 will be available with the ability to run on compressed natural gas. The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline.
Audi has released the pricing for the 2014 Audi RS 7, which starts at $104,900. The RS 7 is officially the most powerful RS model ever offered in the US thanks to its 560-hp twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI V8 engine that gives the RS 7 a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a top track speed of 174 mph.
VW has announced the introduction of VW Car-Net, a new in-car system that offers a number of convenience and diagnostics features, in addition to services that help customers feel safe and secure. Beginning in the 2014 model year, VW Car-Net will be introduced on select trims of Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, CC, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Eos models.
Honda says that it has topped all mainstream automakers in percentage of sales to retail buyers during the first five months of 2013, with more than 98 percent of Honda's auto sales in the U.S. sold to individual (non-fleet) consumers. Honda's four best-selling models, Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey, lead their respective segments in sales to retail consumers.
It's being reported that Mercedes-Benz is working on a new coupe-like version of the GL SUV that would go head to head with the upcoming BMW X7 and Audi Q8, which are crossover coupes that are expected to arrive before the end of the decade. Autobild is reporting that the coupe version of the GL, dubbed the GLC would be a five-door crossover with a sleeker roofline than the current GL.
SUV buyers continue to ditch their old school body-on-frame SUVs for more refined crossovers, but even if the trend continues Toyota has no plans to discontinue its lineup of truck-based SUVS. Toyota currently offers the FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Sequoia and Land Cruiser, which Toyota says still have sufficient demand to keep them alive.
Callaway Competition is working on turning the new 2014 Corvette Stingray into a GT3-class race car that will be able to compete in FIA. After receiving the official OK from Chevy, Callaway has become the appointed specialist representative for building and holding the homologation of the Corvette C7 FIA GT3 race cars.
Honda has announced that a prototype of the new NSX will take to the racetrack just prior to the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The prototype retains the updated styling of the NSX concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The NSX prototype with custom graphics will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013.
MINI has unveiled the new Vision concept, which showcases various elements of future MINI design. The concept retains the familiar MINI shape, but gets new features like LED headlights and a hexagonal grille that is inspired by the original MINI. The interior of the MINI Vision concept also doesn't stray too far from the current MINI models, but gets a new floating center console and dynamic piping on the seats.
The Detroit News is reporting that Chrysler is going to extend the lives of the current Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan and Jeep Wrangler. The new report is a big change from the earlier product plan.
The all-new 2014 Chevy Impala has just received a top rating from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports has now labeled the new Impala as one of the best sedans on sale in the U.S. with a score of 95 out of 100.
Mazda has released the pricing for the all-new 2014 Mazda3, which arrives this fall starting at $16,945. The new Mazda3 is wrapped in an all-new body that has been designed using Mazda's new KODO "Soul of Motion" design language and gets new technology like Mazda's capacitor-based regenerative engine braking i-ELOOP system.
The next-generation Ford F-150 is expected to enter production in July 2014 and to prevent any supply disruptions, Ford is going to continue producing the current F-150 alongside the new one for at least six months. The F-150 is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S., so Ford doesn't want to risk any production hiccups that could put that title in jeopardy.
Fiat has created three special versions of the Fiat 500, which are built on top of a high-powered personal watercraft for the 2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. A Fiat 500 in Rame (orange), Fiat 500 Cabrio in Bianco Perla (pearl white) and a Fiat 500 Abarth in Rosso (red) glided across the surface of the Pacific, entertaining thousands of surf fans during the competition's opening day. Fiat has also built a watercraft version of the all-new Fiat 500L.
GM CEO Dan Akerson has confirmed the automaker's plans for a larger Cadillac sedan that will sit above the XTS in Cadillac's lineup. Akerson recently visited USA Today's headquarters where he confirmed that the new sedan will arrive within the next two years.
Bentley has officially announced that it is going to produce a new SUV, which will be produced in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. The new SUV will be Bentley's fourth model and it will create over 1,000 jobs in the UK.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision Golf Cart, which is the result of a competition in which golf and car fans submitted ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. Building on the basis provided by these ideas and concepts, and due consideration to the Mercedes-Benz design strategy, the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California, developed the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart. The cart combines the aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the functionality of a golf cart.
The 2014 Chevy Sonic is going to get two new limited-edition colors with the first one being a chromatic plum color called Deep Magenta Metallic. The plum exterior will be available from August through October. After that a new greyish, dirty blue color dubbed Cool Blue will be available on the Sonic from November until March 2014.
Honda has released a teaser of a new MPV that is going to debut at the Indonesia Motor Show in September. The new Honda MPV was developed specifically for the Asian market by Honda in Thailand. This model will be the first Honda product in Indonesia to be introduced to the entry level MPV segment.
BMW has just announced the pricing for the BMW i3 electric vehicle, which will start at $41,350 before any state or federal tax incentives. BMW is going to officially unveil the i3 a week from today.
Infiniti has announced the pricing for the 2014 QX70 and QX60 crossovers. Just in case you missed the announcement, the QX70 is formally known as the Infiniti FX and the QX60 is the former JX. The QX70 doesn't get any big changes for the 2014 model year, but the QX60 will now be available with a hybrid powertrain.
GM has announced that the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala has received a NHTSA five-star safety rating. The 2014 Impala comes with 10 standard air bags and available safety features like adaptive cruise control, crash imminent braking, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Honda has signed a new agreement with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. to produce Acura models in China. Honda and Guangzhou are planning to produce Acura models in China starting in 2016 to meet the growing demand of luxury vehicles in China.
It's been seven years since VW pulled the plug on the Phaeton luxury sedan in the US, but Automotive News is reporting that VW is going to try it again. VW reportedly wants to tap into the large luxury sedan market, so it plans on bringing back the Phaeton. "A brand as large as Volkswagen needs a halo project in the upscale segment," CEO Martin Winterkorn told Bloomberg this month, where he confirmed that the Phaeton will return to U.S. "We've seen what happens to brands that don't have that kind of project."
VW has announced the pricing of the 2014 Beetle GSR, which will start at $29,995 with a six-speed manual transmission and at $31,095 with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. The Beetle GSR is inspired by the GSR ("Yellow Black Racer") of the 1970s with its yellow-and-black color scheme. The car has yellow/black stripes with "GSR" lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. The GSR rides on 19-inch "Tornado" alloy wheels and also features black-painted brake calipers.
Chevy is currently testing the new 2014 Corvette Stingray in Europe over the next few months. GM has released this video that features Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe who is the first person to thoroughly test the new Stingray in Europe before it arrives in European showrooms in late 2013.
Nissan has announced the changes to its lineup for the 2014 model year and part of the announcement included one little sentence that announced the death of the Altima Coupe. Since the introduction of the all-new 2013 Altima sedan we'd been waiting to hear the fate of the coupe, but now it's been confirmed...
Mazda has been hard at work revamping its entire lineup with new models like the CX-5, the Mazda6 sedan and most recently the 2014 Mazda3, which arrives this fall. With most of its current lineup being redesigned that leaves the Mazda2 hatchback as one of the oldest models in the Mazda lineup. Well Mazda2 fans won't have to wait to long for the next-generation. This magazine scan from a magazine in Japan possibly gives us our first look at the next Mazda2.
After a slow start out of the gate, now Nissan has the opposite problem with the Nissan Leaf EV - Nissan can't build enough. Nissan is now selling around 2,000 units a month, which quadruple the number of Leaf's that were selling a year ago. Last year's slow sales prompted critics to quickly label the Leaf EV as a failure, but thanks to the updates for the 2013 model year, Nissan can't keep the Leaf in dealer showrooms.
Nissan has announced that the limited production 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition package with a hand-painted "Midnight Opal" exterior will start at $105,590, which is a $6,000 increase over the GT-R Premium model. Only 50 units will be sent to the US with sales starting in September.
Mercedes-Benz may move production of the next-generation CLA to a Nissan plant in Mexico according to Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche. Zetsche told Automotive News that a decision could be decided as early as next year if production will move to Nissan's plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, beginning in 2018.
Honda has announced that the limited-edition Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package for the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 is now available. The HFP package was originally unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas and adds things like a sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and a decklid spoiler.
Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser video of the next S63 AMG sedan, which will be powered by a Biturbo V8 engine with around 540 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque. All that power will be enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in under five seconds.
Nissan has officially brought back Datsun with today's debut of the all-new Datsun GO, which will be on sale in India in early 2014. The Datsun GO is designed for customers in high-growth markets and its name is inspired by the first Datsun, the DAT-GO, which launched almost a century ago in Japan. Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets, but the concept will follow a common inspiration. Datsun GO will be the first of several Datsun models that will be launched later in 2014 in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.
Honda is expected to end production of the current Honda Ridgeline pickup in September 2014, according to industry sources. It was originally expected that the current Ridgeline would stay in production until the next-generation Ridgeline arrives in 2016, but now it looks like there will be a nearly two year gap between the two generations.
Bentley is unveiling the new Continental GT3 race car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed today. The track ready Continental GT3 is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 600 horsepower that is mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential.
Tesla is now reportedly producing more than 400 Model S sedans a week, which is more than the automaker's initial goal according to CEO Elon Musk. "We're above 400 a week at the current manpower, and not trivially above it," Musk said.
General Motors is planning on doubling the number of vehicles in its lineup that have over 40 MPG from four to eight by 2017. GM currently has the the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Sonic, Volt and Spark EV that all get over 40 MPG and in the near future the Chevy Cruze Diesel and 2014 Cadillac ELR will join the list.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the 2013 Toyota RAV4 has received a "poor" rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test. According to the IIHS a combination of poor structure and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the RAV4 from earning a better rating.
Ram is introducing a new version of the Ram 1500, the 2013 Ram Black Express. The 2013 Ram Black Express is distinguished by its all-black exterior that includes 20-inch black aluminum wheels, a black front fascia with fog lamps, black grille surround with black hex-link inserts, black rear bumper and black Ram's head badges on the grille and tailgate.
Although Mercedes-Benz has not officially revealed the 2014 S500 plug-in hybrid, the automaker has held a quiet event for its newest hybrid. Luckily Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog was at the event and has posted some photos from the event and early information.
VW has announced that a new 1.8L TSI four-cylinder engine is going to replace the old 2.5L five-cylinder in the Beetle, Jetta and Passat. This new engine produces 170 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque: this is the same power as the 2.5, but the torque is improved by seven lb-ft, delivered much lower in the rev range.
Jaguar has unveiled the new Project 7 concept, which is going to have its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12. The Project 7 concept is based on the F-Type, but gets a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, lowered windshield and restyled front bumper. The F-Type's interior has been swapped out and replaced with a single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim.
It's being reported that Kia wants to expand the successful Kia Soul and one possible direction is a new all-wheel-drive version, which is shown in this rendering that has leaked online. This photo could be our first look at a more rugged version of the Soul with its beefier body cladding, roof rack and off-road ready tires.
Jaguar is going to debut a new F-Type design study at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed that runs from July 11-14. Jaguar hasn't released any details other than stating that it will reveal the unique F-Type on the Goodwood Hill with the company's Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross behind the wheel.
The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has been rated at 17 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The 29 mpg highway rating means that the Corvette Stingray is the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market, since no other sports car offers more than 455 horsepower and at the same time is able to achieve 29 mpg.
Three decades after the original Quattro debuted, Audi is reportedly set to bring it back according to sources that spoke with Autoweek. It's being reported that the limited-production Quattro will aim to revive the spirit of the 1984 original and could debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Opel has released teaser photos of its new Monza concept, which is going to have its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Monza concept is a preview of Opel's future and according to Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, the concept "stands for our fundamental values: German engineering and precision, combined with enthralling design and innovations suitable for everyday use."
Fiat and Chrysler are currently working on a new small SUV for the Fiat and Jeep brands that will be built in Italy and share the same platform as the Fiat 500L. Fiat has already revealed the Fiat version that will be dubbed the 500X, but it's reportedly been tweaked a bit to give it more curves. Chrysler has yet to unveil the Jeep version, but according to sources it will look like a baby Wrangler.
After 11 years in production, Porsche has announced the production of the 500,000th Cayenne. When the Cayenne was launched back in 2002 it was unknown if Porsche fans would gravitate towards a Porsche SUV, but last year alone Porsche sold 83,000 units around the world. When it launched Porsche only produced around 70 units a day and today Porsche now produces five times that much due to the increased demand.
Volvo has released the early details on some of the new safety technologies that will be offered on the all-new 2015 XC90 crossover, which will debut at the end of 2014. "When the first XC90 was introduced in 2002, it featured a number of groundbreaking safety features, including a world-first solution that helps prevent rollovers. By revealing a number of systems for the next generation XC90 we once again confirm our leadership in automotive safety," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.
Mazda has released the specs for the version of the 2014 Mazda6 that features Mazda's new regenerative engine braking system known as i-ELOOP. The i-ELOOP equipped Mazda6 is rated at 28 city/40 highway, which is slightly better than the non i-ELOOP equipped Mazda6 that is rated at 38 mpg on the highway.
After unveiling the all-new 2014 Mazda3 five-door, we've been anxiously awaiting our first look at the sedan version. Well the guys over at Top Gear Russia received the first official round of photos that you see here. The sedan version looks like a baby Mazda6, which isn't a bad thing, while the interior is identical to the five-door version.
Opel has unveiled the newest member of the Insignia family, the Opel Insignia Country Tourer, which is going to debut this September in Frankfurt. While the Insignia Sports Tourer is a sportier more "elegant" wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer is designed for buyers that want a bit more adventure with its higher ground clearance and extra protective body cladding.
Mini has yet to unveil the next-generation Mini Cooper, but that isn't stopping the spy photographers from being able to grab shots of prototypes. Mini has decided to get into the game and has released this single photo of the next Cooper, which is still mostly covered up.
Nissan has released sketches of the first new generation Datsun car, which will be unveiled at a world premiere event in New Delhi, India on July 15. The new model will be the first Datsun aimed at the Indian market. Datsun will also launch in high-growth markets like Indonesia and Russia in 2014 followed by South Africa.
Diesel fans will love this news! Automotive News is reporting that VW is going to bring the much desired Golf GTD diesel to the US, which will be VW's first performance oriented diesel in the US. The Golf GTD is basically a diesel-powered GTI, since it borrows its suspension from the iconic hatchback.
Ford has unveiled a new special 2014 Mustang GT that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The unique U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition 2014 Ford Mustang GT will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, Aug. 1 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
General Motors and Honda have announced a long-term agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies by 2020. Through the collaboration both companies expect to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale, common sourcing strategies and to work together with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure.
For the last 11 years the Toyota Camry has held onto the "America's best-selling car" title, but this year the Camry is facing some stiff competition, which is prompting Toyota to take action. The current Toyota Camry has only been on the market for two years, but it is already one of the older models in the segment with the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, which were all new for the 2013 model year.
Last week Mazda took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, but we have yet to see the sedan version. A photo of what appears to be the 2014 Mazda3 sedan has started circling the internet, but is it the real thing?
BMW is going to officially unwrap the i3 EV this month on July 29th. While we wait until the end of the month, BMW has released this teaser of the i3, which shows that the production version will remain pretty close to the concept. The production version is expected to get tweaks like new bumpers, headlights and updates to the rear doors.
Audi is going to release a new 2014 Audi A8 by the end of the year and Audi has announced that it will arrive with Audi's new Matrix LED headlights. Audi Matrix LED technology splits up the LED high-beam headlights into numerous individual, small diodes working in conjunction with lenses or reflectors connected in series. Managed by a responsive control unit, they are activated and deactivated or dimmed individually according to the situation. This means they always supply high-precision illumination and achieve the maximum possible light yield without needing a pivoting mechanism.
Chrysler has released the details for the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup, which will offer a new 3.0L V6 diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $25,295, while the V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
GM has reportedly canceled plans for a ultraluxury Cadillac sedan. GM's execs recently decided that the rear-wheel-drive sedan that would have been priced over $100,000 would have been a low-volume model that didn't offer enough "brand-building pizzazz" to justify its development.
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