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BMW Gran Lusso Concept
BY: omar

Report: BMW Says No Decision Has Been Made On New 8 Series

At the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, BMW showed up with a Pininfarina designed Gran Lusso Concept, a beautiful sleek looking GT car that started rumors of a possible return of the 8 Series. While BMW has remained quite on the speculation, the company is just now speaking out rejecting rumors that a new 8 Series is on the way. Speaking to AutoCar BMW R&D Chief Herbert Diess said that the company has made no decision on resurrecting the 8 Series or any production plans for the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept. “The Gran Lusso concept was very well received,” he said. “We’re looking into the possibility of production, but a decision is still a way off.” The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept will make its stateside debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance later this week. Source: AutoCar
August 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM
BMW M4 Coupe Concept Leak
BY: omar

Is This the First Images of the BMW M4 Coupe Concept?

Word on the street is that the image above is the first official photo of the BMW M4 Coupe Concept. The image was posted by Auto55 yesterday and shows a bunch of new upgrades including LED headlights, a giant M6-inspired grille, a carbon fiber roof and much more. According to reports, the BMW M4 Coupe Concept is apparently going to make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show - however, BMW says that a 'never before seen concept from BMW M" at the The Quail: a Motorsports Gathering later this week.' No word on what will be powering the new BMW M4 but insider sources suggest that a 3.0 liter twin-turbo could be a part of the mix allowing for a total of 450-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That could send the new M4 from 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds flat. Stay tuned for more details. Source: Auto55 (via WCF)
August 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM
2015 Audi A8 Headlamp
BY: omar

New Audi A8 Teased, It's More Than Just a Headlamp

While this teaser won't knock your socks off, what you're looking at here is the first official teaser shot of the new Audi A8. The photo shows Audi's new headlamp system made fully of LEDs but there's more to it than just that. "In the new Audi A8, the turn signal lights will now indicate the turning direction in an innovative way, which has the potential to significantly enhance traffic safety," Audi said in a statement. "That is because the lights provide a visual signal that can be clearly and quickly perceived, even at long distances and in poor visibility." Each headlight is made up 19 LEDs arranged in a strip that is divided into seven blocks. Each tail light consists of 24 LEDs in eight segments. When flashing, the blocks are sequentially activated at 20 millisecond intervals from the inside outwards. After 150 milliseconds, all LEDs are bright and after another 250 milliseconds they illuminate with full intensity. Audi has always been quite innovative when it comes to headlamps and tail lights. The 2015 Audi A8 will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
August 15, 2013 at 09:30 AM
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - 03
BY: omar

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Unveiled, Goes On Sale in Fall 2014

Based on the 2014 CLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz has released the first official details and images of the upcoming GLA-Class compact luxury SUV. The model will make its public world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale in the United States in the fall of 2014. The first compact SUV by Mercedes-Benz measures 173.9" in length, 71" width and 58.8" in height. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is also the first Mercedes-Benz to be available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. "With the compact GLA we add a fifth attractive SUV variant to the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio in this constantly growing segment. The GLA impresses mainly with its progressive character and agile handling," says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "So I am very confident that the GLA with its fascinating design and high everyday practicality will fill many new customers with enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz brand." Power for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes from a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine making 208-hp with a peak torque of 258 lb-ft. When the model goes on sale next year, it will be known as the GLA250. An 360-hp AMG version will follow shortly after. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 will first go on sale with 4Matic and the front-wheel drive GLA250 will arrive in early 2015.
August 14, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept
BY: omar

Hyundai RWD Sedan to Compete with the BMW 3 Series

If there is one automotive turnaround story we are very impressed by it is that of Korean automaker Hyundai's. The company has been pumping out catchy designs and better quality cars since 2009 and it has no plans of slowing down. With the full lineup already remodeled and upgraded, Hyundai is catching the market by storm with cars like the Sonata, Genesis Sedan, Genesis Coupe, Equus, Santa Fe, and the Azera. Coming up soon are major upgrades or the Genesis, Sonata and the Genesis Coupe. We'll see those changes take place up until 2015 but it is in 2016 that Hyundai will make another big bang with a rear-wheel-drive sedan that it hopes to pin-up against the BMW 3-Series. Sources say that Hyundai is working on a competitor to the BMW 3 Series sedan with a rear-wheel-drive sedan of its own that should arrive some time in 2016. Internally known as the RK, the model will be slightly larger than the 3 Series and will have the driving characteristics of the agile Genesis Coupe. Insiders suggest that the HCD-14 Concept (pictured above), which was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, provides a strong basis for the RK's overall design. Engine lineup will consist of 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo engines and/or the 3.3 liter V6 from the Azera. Stay tuned for more details. Source: AutoNews
August 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Rolls-Royce Wraith
BY: omar

Rolls-Royce May Be Forced to Offer an SUV

Rolls-Royce has always dismissed the idea of going mainstream and offering products such as an 'affordable' sedan for the masses or even an SUV. The heads of the brand have always felt that such product offerings could dilute the brand's exclusiveness. However, with other luxury automakers moving into its territory and direct rivals tapping into segments like SUVs, Rolls-Royce may be forced to reconsider. Mercedes-Benz will be moving into Rolls-Royce territory by offering a $200,000 to $250,000 version of the S Class, which will compete with the Ghost. A more direct rival like Bentley is considering SUVs with production already confirmed for 2015. So where does that leave Rolls-Royce? Following the launch of the new Wraith, Rolls-Royce will focus its intentions on upgrading the Ghost and the Phantom. After that it will explore the likeliness of uncharted territory like SUVs, station wagons like the Ferrari FF and even a more 'affordable' Rolls. Guess we'll have to wait and see what this uber-luxury brand has planned for its future. Source: AutoNews
August 13, 2013 at 03:52 AM
2014 SRT Viper
BY: omar

2014 SRT Viper Price Jumps by $2,000 to $99,395

Chrysler dropped a statement this morning stating that the pricing for the 2014 SRT Viper has been increased by $2,000 to $99,395. The reason? According to Chrysler: "The price increase covers some additional standard equipment (HD Radio with Navigation and Uconnect Access; 900 Watt 12 Speaker Harman Kardon audio system, including 2 subwoofers; and the ParkView Back-up Camera.)." Power for the 2014 SRT Viper comes from a 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V10 overhead-valve engine making 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 206 mph. Pricing for the 2014 Viper GTS will remain at $121,895. Oh and just so you're not surprised, there is a gas guzzler tax of $2,600.
August 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
BY: omar

Customers Being Quoted up to $20,000 Above Sticker on Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Price gouging isn't an anomaly when it comes to the launches of vehicles that have a big buzz around them. With the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray just days away from hitting dealerships, some Chevy dealers are caught in between the choice of short-term gains or long-term customer loyalty. Dealers are asking themselves whether to charge thousands above the list price or stick by customers and score loyalty points by charging the sticker price. Some customer have already seen examples of price gouging on the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with quotes coming in $10,000 to $20,000 above MSRP. A customer posting on a Corvette message board said that he figured since he bought a Volt from his local Chevy dealer, that the sales manager wouldn't gouge him on the Stingray. Instead, he was quoted a price $10,000 above sticker price. Prices for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray start at $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the convertible. Dealer quotes may fall close to that figure next year when production is fully-ramped up. According to research firm IHS Automotive, GM is expected to produce 12,000 units for the remainder of this year and 30,000 next year. The decision is yours, either wait a couple of months, or be one of the first to grab the new 'Vette. Source: AutoNews
August 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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