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Categories: Rumors

Electric Kia Soul Rumors

On: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Electric Kia Soul Rumors test 2

Kia will soon offer an electric version of its venerable urban box, the Soul, according to new reports this week. The electric Soul will follow the launch of the next generation gas version within the next two years.

What the electric vehicle market needs is more cars with style and, dare we say, it...soul. The Kia Soul certainly isn't for everyone, but compare it to the Mitsubishi i-Miev or Nissan Leaf, and all of the sudden, it doesn't look so bad.


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV

On: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV test 2

In a world where both Lamborghini and Bentley are working on SUVs, nothing should be surprising when it comes to automakers and SUVs. And yet, a Rolls Royce SUV is still a bit of a surprise. It may never come to pass, but the other ultra-luxury company is considering the option.

In a discussion with Rolls Royce board member Harald Kreuger, which also revealed some potential Mini models, Inside Line learned that Rolls Royce is considering developing an SUV. Thankfully, they're in the early stages of the process, so there's a possibility that the Rolls SUV is never heard from again.


Mini Looking At Crossover And Sports Car

On: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mini Looking At Crossover And Sports Car test 2

A Mini sports car? That sounds about as likely as a Mini SUV - so they'll both probably happen. In fact, Mini and parent company BMW are considering both SUV and sports car models, according to a new report. The potential additions could help grow Mini's line to a total of 10 cars.

Inside Line reports that Mini is thinking about a small sports car in the vein of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's not clear if the car would be a roadster or hard-top, and it's not clear how you can make a Mini look sporty, but the automaker shouldn't have too much of a problem tuning its tiny packages for sporty handling.


A New Generation: The McLaren P1

On: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren P1 test 2

One of the most anticipated cars of 2012 is finally here...for the most part. McLaren has confirmed and previewed its F1-succeeding flagship supercar. While McLaren is keeping the details mum until the Paris Motor Show, it has provided several pictures for us to ogle and analyze.

For months, rumors have ebbed and flowed about the supercar. We've heard several names such as the P12 and 799, but McLaren is calling it the P1...for now. The model is just a design study at this point, andreports suggest that it will receive a more proper model name in production, though we kind of like the simplicity of "P1" over the mish-mash of letters and numbers that create "MP4-12C."


 

Next-Gen Kia Soul Searching

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Kia Soul Red Rock Edition test 2

The search is on. Reuters reports that a Kia executive dropped a Soul bomb during last Friday’s earnings conference. The Soul, Kia’s second-best selling model in the first half of 2012, will receive a model update sometime next year – most likely as a 2014 or 2015 entry.

And although a Kia spokesperson refused to comment on the possibility of a new Soul to Automobile, our chances are still good for a Soul update. Ever since the Soul came onto the US auto scene in 2009, sales have steadily increased each year. But the vehicle’s modernistic, box-shaped design aesthetic has nevertheless remained stagnant.

The timing is ripe for a Soul reboot.


Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block?

On: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block? test 2

When it debuted in 2007, the Nissan GT-R wasn't just a new car; it was a new paradigm. The car demonstrated that extreme supercar-beating performance can be established without a huge engine or $200,000 price tag. It wasn't the most exotic-looking car, but with acceleration equivalent to a $250,000 Italian sports coupe, it was, and continues to be, the supercar for the masses. But its reign at Nissan may be waning.

According to an Inside Line report citing an inside source, Nissan has not yet approved the next-generation GT-R, and it may not end up doing so. The report cites weakening sales and the retirement of GT-R chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno as reasons Nissan may not wish to keep the GT-R alive.


Cadillac Flagship Is Go

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Flagship Is Go test 2

Cadillac's current flagship, the XTS sedan, has gotten off to a good start. GM is certainly hoping that good start will continue and possibly roll over into a strong debut for a bigger flagship sedan to compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class.

A Cadillac flagship has been rumored for years, and this week's news is the closest we've gotten to an official confirmation. According to Automotive News, insiders have revealed that the sedan has been given the official nod by GM brass. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will be built on the Omega platform.


MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover test 2

Small car brands like MG develop followings that far exceed their footprints as businesses. Though the car brand has gone through many different owners over its 90-year history, models like the MGA and Midget still inspire passion and admiration among car fans many years later. So a return of an MG roadster model should be welcome news to many folks. We put emphasis on “should” because the new roadster model may draw more detractors than fans.

Instead of the small, two-seat format that it perfected back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, MG is reportedly looking to corrupt the roadster concept with a convertible crossover. The crossover will essentially be a soft-top version of the Icon concept that MG, now under Chinese ownership, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in spring. Its styling will be heavily influenced by that concept.


Aston Martin May Use Toyota Engines

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin May Use Toyota Engines test 2

Last week, an Autocar report indicated that Aston Martin had some interest in smaller three-, four- and six-cylinder engines. The report sounded as though Aston was developing the engines in house, but a more obvious solution would be to look at existing small engines from other manufacturers. A new report points to Toyota as a possible source. 

Aston already borrowed an engine (and entire car) from Toyota in building the decorated Toyota iQ called the Cygnet, so it makes some sense that it would go right back to Toyota for its next eco move. Amsterdam newspaper Der Telegraaf reports that Aston is looking at several possibilities.


Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines

On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines test 2

Unlike other supercar marques, including Ferrari (Fiat), Lamborghini (Volkswagen) and Bugatti (VW), Aston Martin doesn't have the umbrella of a larger auto group to hide under when it comes time to meet emissions mandates. It's pretty much out there on its own, which is why we see weird but necessary cars like the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet. And even though it has reduced the emissions of its V-8 and V-12 portfolio, Aston may pursue drastically smaller engines in the future.

According to a short report on Autocar, Aston is considering six-, four- and three-cylinder engines. Aston chief Ulrich Bez told the magazine: "Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at."


Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production test 2

Toyota has already begun its journey to become a more sporty, fun to drive brand. Not only has it developed cars like the GT 86 (and maybe a Supra successor), it's also restructured its marketing strategy. If it keeps things up, it will regain the reputation for sporty driving it had back when the Celica and Supra were household names.

Toyota also appears interested in carrying the strategy over to its luxury brand, Lexus. In fact, it already has with the LFA. Of course, a super-expensive, limited run supercar isn't enough to get many customers really excited. According to a new report, it is developing the LF-LC coupe as a more mainstream but still high-end sports car.