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Categories: Rumors

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.

Nissan Working On An FR-S Competitor

On: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Working On An FR-S Competitor test 2

It appears that all the iterations of sporty Jukes we've seen aren't just for fun. They've also allowed Nissan to work on sportier applications of the Juke's components, which should help in the development of a new entry level sports car based largely on the Juke.

Interestingly, the new sports coupe, which Motor Trend calls the Mini Z, won't be a revival of the Silvia/240SX. Instead, it will be an all-new sports car with front-wheel-drive architecture. The car appears inspired by, and will take aim at, the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BR-Z.

Next Nissan Z To Get Lighter, Debut In 2014

On: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Next Nissan Z To Get Lighter, Debut In 2014 test 2

The trend with the Nissan Z has always been to go larger: larger engine, larger output and larger model number. Nissan is on the brink of reversing that trend with the next generation Z. It will cut weight, add a smaller engine and try to broaden the sport car's appeal.

According to a conversation between Inside Line and Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura, a concept version of the next generation Z is under development. Nissan wants the next generation Z to enjoy more success than the current 370 Z has. In order to do so, Nissan will shave some of the 370 Z's 3,300 lbs. to make a lighter, presumably more fuel efficient sports car.

2014 Chevy Silverado Officially Teased! (Video)

On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Salamone

2014 Chevy Silverado test 2

Going on years, industry analysts have drooled with anticipation over what will likely be the greatest slugmatch in the American automotive realm over the next decade, or the introduction of a new generation of half-ton pickup trucks. Chevrolet, it would seem, is leading the pack of Detroit’s Big Three in an effort to generate preemptive media buzz.

For the first time ever, we have official General Motors footage of what the incoming Chevy Silverado will look like and, more importantly, how it will drive with weight in tow. Because, as any true American knows, a pickup truck is only as good as the bragging rights the vehicle affords.

In this case, we’ve got an accelerating Silverado travelling uphill on a windy mountain pass with a substantial rear load. Although the video remains silent, we can still imagine a throaty roar, the wind in our hair, and an utter lack of concern for truck capability.

The 2014 Silverado appears solid, confident, and poised for attack.


Mitsubishi May Offer A Full Line Of Hybrids And Electrics In North America

On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi May Offer A Full Line Of Hybrids And Electrics In North America test 2

A couple weeks ago, Mitsubishi teased the upcoming Outlander PHEV, which it will show at the Paris Motor Show. While it hasn't yet announced plans for North American production, new reports indicate Mitsubishi will offer a line of hybrids and electrics here.

Mitsubishi kicked off its North American electric presence with this year's iMiev, which won an EPA best with its 112 mpg-e rating. AutoGuide reports that the Japanese automaker is currently looking at the feasibility of developing a broader electric American lineup. The report doesn't get into specific models, outside of the Outlander PHEV that we already know about.

The report is a follow-up to Autocar's revelation that Mitsubishi will electrify its entire fleet in the UK. According to the magazine, Mitsubishi will offer a hybrid or electric powertrain, alongside a gas engine option, on all its offerings.

Toyota BMW Partnership May Work On Supra Successor

On: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 1:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota BMW Partnership May Work On Supra Successor test 2

Last month, BMW and Toyota announced an expansion of their working relationship and mentioned that part of the agreement will include joint work on a sports car. The statement made the expanded relationship sound largely like a trade-off: Toyota's expertise in hybrid powertrains for BMW's expertise in sports cars. In a report that essentially puts itself together, the sports car in question may be the rumored Supra successor.

We've been hearing about a Supra successor for a while now. With Toyota known to be working with BMW on a sports car, it would make sense that that sports car be a mid-level/high-end coupe like the Supra. While Automotive News Europe doesn't know this for a fact, it cites a "BMW insider" in speculating that the sports car could indeed be a new Supra successor, possibly based on the new 6 Series architecture.

Mini To Split Countryman Into Family MPV And SUV

On: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mini Countryman test 2

Mini has realized that its Countryman isn't all that well defined. According to a new report, the BMW minicar brand plans to rectify the situation by replacing the Countryman with two separate models. It will introduce a family-hauling MPV and a harder, more believable SUV.

Though the Mini Countryman has been defined as a crossover, and it comes with optional all-wheel drive, it's a bit hard to accept an elongated, five-door Cooper as a true crossover. And it's not really a family hauler for grown up Mini fanatics, either. For all intents and purposes, it's basically just the awkward largest car in a brand that's defined by tiny cars.

The Return Of The M Coupe!

On: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW M135i test 2

After what seems like months of rumors, BMW has finally decided to officially announce the return of one of the hottest hatches around -- the M Coupe, dubbed the M135i in this new iteration. Call it whatever you like, the next Coupe will certainly be a stormer. We last saw the shooting brake Bimmer in 2008 in the form of the less-than-exciting Z4 variant, but the 2013 version has thankfully turned up the heat since its last appearance. The M135i looks more like a hot rod VW Golf than roller-skate look of the previous version. Whether that is good or bad, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but obviously BMW approves.

Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor, Could Be Hybrid

On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor test 2

Introduced way back in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a long, successful career. It's been the fastest car in the world - both officially and unofficially - for much of its existence. It has also enjoyed a role as the most expensive and exotic supercar on the planet. But it's getting very close to retirement. Despite the lack of any official announcements on succeeding models, reports about a Veyron successor are already heating up.

While the status of the 16C Galibier remains in limbo, Bugatti is reportedly hard at work on the next generation Veyron, which will be named....VEYRON! The new model will be more than just an update or special edition, however; it will be a completely new model.

All-New SRT Rumors Churn, Roadster Or Truck?

On: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone

2007 Dodge Demon test 2

In this upcoming September’s issue of Motor Trend magazine, readers will be treated to the possibility that three, and not two, SRT vehicles will eventually hit the road. For those of us currently counting, so far we know that the 2013 SRT Viper and 2015ish SRT Barracuda we be the SRT brand’s first two ponies out of the gate.

But Motor Trend speculates that another, altogether different, model will round out the nascent SRT lineup. The trouble is, of the two possibilities listed by author Mike Connor…neither seems like a viable option.

What?! Lamborghini May Build Four-Door Aventador

On: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

What?! Lamborghini May Build Four-Door Aventador test 2

A Lamborghini sedan has been rumored since the Raging Bull unveiled the Estoque concept in 2008. Those rumors were largely put to rest when Lamborghini unveiled the Urus concept at the recent 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The logic is that the Urus crossover beat out an Estoque-inspired sedan for the third and final model slot in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Still, some voices say that Lamborghini hasn't abandoned the sedan entirely. The latest such voice explains that the first Lamborghini four-door may come by way of a four-seat Aventador.