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Categories: Rumors

Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor?

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor? test 2

We've been hearing a lot of Japanese sports car rumors of late, but this is by far the weirdest of the bunch. A report this week has Lexus building a super-LFA supercar that could compete with notables like the Pagani Huayra and upcoming McLaren P12.

Now, Lexus already has the LFA, a $375,000 supercar that's basically the most impressive, exclusive supercar ever to come out of Japan. It's also more than enough supercar for a company that's next most expensive car is more than $250,000 cheaper. So why in the world would it build an even higher end, more expensive car?

Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes test 2

GM just doesn't have much luck with batteries. Earlier in the year, the NHTSA concluded an investigation into potential fire issues with the Chevy Volt's lithium ion battery. Chevy issued a proactive fix; the NHTSA was satisfied; and the automaker moved on to other things, things like a Congressional hearing called to rehash the whole situation. And now it has another battery problem.

On Wednesday morning, GM experienced a battery explosion at its Warren, Michigan plant. Several workers were injured during the explosion, and GM evacuated about 80 employees.

GM was quick to come out and say that the explosion had nothing to do with the Chevy Volt or any other production model. According to the automaker, it occurred during extreme testing of a prototype battery.

Nissan May Launch GT-86 Competitor

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Japanese sports car industry is in the midst of a renaissance that's showing no signs of slowing down. Japanese sports car options may soon be as plentiful as they were in the 1990s. Toyota and Subaru are very close to getting their jointly developed coupe to market, and word is that Toyota might be working on something a little more upscale. Honda is in the process of building a revived NSX, and now it appears Nissan is looking to do something at the other end of the market.

The first thought that comes to mind when talking about an entry-level Nissan sports coupe is a 240SX revival. Nissan built the 240SX back in the 1980s and 90s as a cheaper complement to the 300Z. The car's rear-wheel drive configuration set it apart from front-wheel competitors at the time.

Land Rover Pushing Ahead With Upscale Range Rover

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Pushing Ahead With Upscale Range Rover test 2

Land Rover is facing more competition than ever. These days, every luxury automaker offers an SUV, and the format is about to go ultra-premium in the form of Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini SUVs. Land Rover will respond by bumping the Range Rover up in price and package to keep from losing the spotlight.

We originally heard tell of a higher end Range Rover last year, and Land Rover is reportedly pushing full steam ahead in moving the next Range Rover up market. The company tested the waters with last year's Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a limited edition, $170,000 version of the Range Rover Autobiography with such ultra-premium accoutrements as a drink cooler and an aluminum and Kalahari wood laptop table. That model sold with no issues, experiencing particular success in China, Russia and the Middle East.


Jeep Teases Three Retro Concepts For Moab

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 3:15PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Last Friday Jeep enthusiasts got a taste of three new concepts that will appear during the company’s Easter Safari in Moab, Utah. While the teaser images were hardly satisfying, animated and super zoomed, few could really complain. Jeep appears to be taking the whisperings of a future truck model seriously.

For years now, Jeep execs have made off-hand remarks about the second (or third or fourth) coming of a few classic Jeep models. For example, back in May 2011 and after the very same Easter Jeep Safari event, Mark Allen suggested that he was “a big proponent” of reviving the Cherokee nameplate. And Jeep fans aren’t just interested in the deceased, but beloved Cherokee.

The J-10 has also collected a huge following, and even made notable appearances in films like Twister and Tremors. And let’s not forget the iconic cab-over-engine workhorse Jeep Forward Control (FC) which made a recent TV appearance on My Classic Car. Apparently Jeep has picked up the scent, and decided to listen to the company’s adoring fans.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, at the 46th annual Easter Jeep Safari Jeep will unveil six new vehicles – three of which will be the Wrangler Apache, Mighty FC concept, and J-12 concept.

Our C7 Wish List

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems like only yesterday we were ushering out the revolutionary C5, and introducing the evolutionary C6. But alas, 2005 was a lifetime ago (at least in terms of the automotive world). Chevy has finally given us the word that 2013 will be the final model year of the C6, but have kept their lips sealed about just what we can expect out of the C7 aside from a few grainy, sketchy spy photos. So we here at Autoshopper would like to suggest (demand?) a few details that we would very much appreciate seeing as part of the next Corvette.

Next Jeep Liberty Bringing Smaller Pentastar Engine

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next Jeep Liberty Bringing Smaller Engine test 2

The Jeep Liberty...it's kind of like the awkward step sister of the Jeep family (although, to be fair, there are several awkward step sisters in that family). It's not as big or coveted as the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's certainly not as capable as the Jeep Wrangler. It doesn't have the history of the standard Cherokee it replaced. It's $8,000 more than the Patriot (we're not too big on that one, either, but at least it's cheap). Some pretty knowledgeable voices have argued that the Liberty is a watered down departure from Jeep's heritage. We agree, and frankly, we don't understand why anyone even buys the thing.

Jeep will have another go at giving us a reason to like the Liberty, when it introduces the next generation model next year. One reason to like the model is that it will be the launch vessel for a new, smaller Pentastar V-6.

Honda Exec Hints New Truck Model And More

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Back in October of 2011, Honda told us the Ridgeline was here to stay via a public service announcement. Of course, media junkies and auto enthusiasts acknowledged Honda’s stalwart optimism for the company’s most controversial product, amongst a recent model lineup of underperforming niche vehicles, but kept an existentially ubiquitous eyebrow raised in suspicion. Something would have to be done about the Ridgeline, and soon.

After a whirlwind year in 2011, featuring one natural disaster after another, Honda has some serious work to do for 2012. But, fortunately for us, the company refuses to back down – suggesting Honda is now stronger than ever.

Along with such a bold claim, Honda is quick to bolster their confidence with references to strong financial investments on US soil and unsurprisingly, a brief nod to an additional light truck model.

VW Cross Coupe Blossoms As TDI Plug-In

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Incredibly mouthy verbiage aside, Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid Concept has some pretty impressive specs. Last December we got a sneak peak during the Tokyo Auto Show, but this second version of the Cross Coupe, set to debut in Geneva, looks even better. And no, we’re not just referring to the vehicle’s snazzy two-tone red paint scheme.

Volkswagen’s latest concept can also boast 302 horsepower, 512 ft.-lb. of torque, and a purported 130 MPGe.

Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of "Unintended Acceleration" Issue As "Irresponsible" And "Grossly Innaccurate"

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:53AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of

Here’s how Toyota put it in its March 1 press release:

“In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, CNN has irresponsibly aired a grossly inaccurate segment on Anderson Cooper 360 that attempts to resurrect the discredited, scientifically unproven allegation that there is a hidden defect in Toyota’s electronic throttle control system that can cause unintended acceleration.”

And it gets uglier from there....

McLaren P12 Coming This Spring

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've been hearing things - good things - about the McLaren P12 for a long time now. The P12 is the spiritual successor to the F1 - one of the greatest supercars of modern times, so suffice it to say, anticipation is high. That anticipation won't last too much longer if new rumors about a spring debut prove true.

GTSpirit reports this week that the P12 will be revealed at the Monaco Grand Prix event in May. While a May debut sounds enticing, don't get your hopes up. It's not clear if the Monaco unveiling (if it even happens) will be a public unveiling or one of those quiet, shadowy showings for ultra-wealthy clients. So we may have to scour the Internet for leaked information and photos rather than official details. Hopefully, we'll get something in May, though.