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Categories: Rumors

Chrysler Feels Lucky, Gives Clint Eastwood Shot

On: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 4:47PM | By: Chris Salamone

Clint Eastwood test 2

Last year Chrysler unveiled the “Imported from Detroit” ad campaign and the world took notice. From snazzy apparel to enthusiastic newspaper headlines and everything in between, Chrysler’s slogan struck a nerve with just about anyone who would listen – even garnering an Emmy.

And this year’s Super Bowl commercial looks to be no different…except for one big change. This time Eminem will make way for the man, myth, and legend: Clint Eastwood.

2012 will be the second year in a row that Chrysler airs a full two minute Super Bowl commercial, which has apparently become something of a growing trend among companies. The traditional 30 second advertising spot has been Norrised (a la Chuck) in favor of more expensive, entertaining, and ultimately effective campaigns which now have plenty of time to reference a happy animal, show an attractive person, make a joke, and concomitantly sell a product.

Is This The Lamborghini Crossover? We Hope Not.

On: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Is This The Lamborghini Crossover? test 2

Reports about the imminent debut of Lamborghini's third model have been gaining all kinds of steam over the past few months. It's largely thought that Lamborghini will debut a concept version of its third model at the Geneva Motor Show next month. A new article from Italy's Quattroruote magazine indicates Lamborghini will hold off until April to reveal the model. More importantly, some leaked images purported to be from the magazine show what the Lambo crossover will look like.

To be fair, everything we've heard about the Lamborghini crossover - particularly the bit about a crossover with supercar styling (rather than just crossover styling) - has led us to believe it would be one awkward-looking nugget. We're still not quite sure if these early pictures are better or worse than what we were expecting/fearing, but they are pretty bad.

The pictures show a small crossover with a clearly Aventador-inspired front end. And guess what? It doesn't really work very well. Who'da thought bolting a supercar face onto a small SUV body wouldn't make for the best looking piece of car? Probably millions (billions?) of people. If you thought the Porsche Cayenne was a disheartening sell-out, you're going to need some anti-depressants to make it through this one.

Next BMW Project i Vehicle To Be An i5

On: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 9:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next BMW Project i Vehicle To Be An i5 test 2

When BMW announced its Project i line, word was that it envisioned an entire range of high-end green cars filling the line. We already know that the range-topping i8 sports car and i3 city car are on the way. The latest reports indicate that the next i model in development will sit between those two in the i5 slot.

The i3 and i8 are expected to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. A report originating on German site Autobild puts the i5's debut two years later, perhaps at the 2015 Frankfurt show.

Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva

On: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva test 2

We heard last month that the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is all ready to go and awaiting its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Ordinarily, one big debut would be more than enough for a small exotic-car maker like Lamborghini, but rumor has it that Lamborghini may have a second big debut in mind for the Swiss show.

According to some rumors originating on the Teamspeed forums - the same place where we heard that the Aventador is ready to go - Lamborghini has "another surprise" planned for Geneva. Outside of some ensuing speculation, there aren't any specifics as to what the surprise is. But here's what we know:

Lamborghini is planning a third model and spent the second half of last year testing SUV and sedan prototypes. CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the media that the Bull will make an announcement on that third model by early this year. More interestingly, he said that when Lamborghini is ready to make the announcement, it will be prepared to show some version of the vehicle.


Rumor Mill: Dodge Challenger To Become Barracuda

On: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

1968 Plymouth Barracuda test 2

If we learned anything from Detroit this year, it’s that American automakers are ripe with engineering innovation, bold design plans, and business strategy. And, to top it all off, rumors are popping up all over the internet of one particularly enticing possibility. A few credible sources mentioned by Motor Trend speculate that Dodge intends to replace the current Challenger with another blast from the past, the former Plymouth Barracuda.

But don’t expect a revival of the Plymouth nameplate, this Cuda might surface as soon as 2014 – just in time for the model’s 50 year anniversary.

Eco-Mustang? Ford To Introduce Ecoboost Mustang Option

On: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 9:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Eco-Mustang? Ford To Introduce Ecoboost Mustang Option test 2

Muscle cars, like supercars, are one of the few automotive categories that remain exempt from environmental friendliness. These cars have a tradition that is based around big, punishing V-6 and V-8 engines. They're large and heavy and don't really think about anything but drag races, smoking tires and bragging rights. They sure as hell don't think about Mother Earth. More forward-thinking individuals might conclude the muscle cars are everything that's wrong with the history of American automotive design all tucked into a nutshell, but these cars have a fervent following and remain important for automakers' sales and images.

While fuel economy and eco-design may not be primary considerations in the build of cars like the Chevy Camaro or Ford Mustang, they're slowly slipping their way into the minds of designers and executives. Boasts like "300 HP" are now being qualified with "...and 30 MPG". Soon, increased fuel economy and decreased CO2 emissions may become central elements of muscle car design rather than asterisks and afterthoughts. And it looks like Ford will lead the way.

AMG To Get Its Own Sports Car

On: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

AMG To Get Its Own Sports Car test 2

As the high-performance, in-house tuner for Mercedes-Benz, AMG is already known for its high-end sports cars flagshipped by the SLS AMG. Apparently, Mercedes feels that AMG has done pretty well for itself in branding--well enough to leave the coop and fly on its own. Rumors point to the introduction of an AMG-branded sports car within the next few years.

Motor Trend reports that a sports car currently being called the SLV will debut at an auto show later this year. Unlike on the SLS AMG and other existing AMG-tuned vehicles, the AMG badge will make a move to the left, replacing the "Mercedes-Benz" in the "make" column.

2013 Subaru B-R-Z: Fin-al-ly!

On: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:04PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Subaru B-R-Z:  Fin-al-ly! test 2

After what has felt like decades of waiting, the Toyota/Subaru sports car finally has a due date! No more hazy sketches, no more guessing numbers and figures, thankfully we can do away with the Tebow-sized hype and actually see what kind of car some of us having been saving up for.  

In Subaru guise, the BRZ looks strikingly like the offspring of a Nissan 370Z and a Hyundai Genesis coupe -- which in this case is a good thing. It sits low to the ground and sports a center of gravity a mere 18-inches off the pavement. One of the goals of this car since its conception was to be as light as possible, and at a scant 2,770-pounds, we would have to call that a success. Aerodynamic curves outside give way to a very familiar Subaru-style interior -- brushed aluminum pedals and trim pieces as well as the red-stitched seats, steering wheel and e-brake handle all give off a very sporty vibe. 

Not sporty enough? How about a tach mounted front and center on the gauge cluster to make sure you know when to pull or push that shifter, while a digital display clocks your pace through the atmosphere? Simple HVAC controls and a digital GPS/radio setup give a much more upscale feel than what the sticker says you paid for the car. 

Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is no stranger to sexy, exotic European-built supercars. In fact, we'd have to call the March show the ground zero for such cars. This year's show won't be an exception to that trend, with cars like a new Gumpert supercar and rumored Lamborghini Aventador roadster expected to be among the new debuts. According to recent reports, a high-performance version of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport roadster will also be a part of the Geneva festivities.

With the Veyron 16.4 having run through its prouction life cycle, Bugatti is now left to focus on its sole remaining model: the Veyron Grand Sport. Back in the summer, we first heard a loose rumor from the Netherlands that Bugatti was planning to add a more powerful Grand Sport model to its line. An article in Autovisie cited Bugatti/Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer as quoting an output figure between the 1,001 hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport and the 1,200 hp of the Veyron Super Sport.

2012 NAIAS: What We Didn't Learn

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Salamone

Honda Accord Concept Reveal test 2

While the press viewing of Detroit’s full bounty has expired, and many newly-exciting models are slotted for market, we have to ask ourselves one remaining question: what did we miss? Sure, Acura unveiled a new NSX, RDX, and ILX. Yes, we learned about the Accord, Buick’s Encore, the Dodge Dart, and a few Audis meant for ski country. But amongst all the ad posturing, marketing plans, and novel product innovations we can also glean some interesting non-information about the auto industry in 2012.

Welcome to the flip side of automotive journalism, where a company’s actions might – in themselves – speak volumes about what is or isn’t happening.

Bentley SUV Looking Very Likely

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

Bentley SUV Looking Very Likely test 2

The Range Rovers, BMW X5s and Audi Q7s are about to be displaced. If we're to believe the latest reports, the long-rumored Bentley SUV is very close to reality. If true, the Bentley model may kick off a new era of ultra-luxury SUVs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer expressed confidence in a greenlight and said that a decision is expected in the first quarter of this year. While Durheimer has publicly supported the SUV, the final decision rests with Volkswagen, Bentley's corporate owner.

Durheimer promised that a Bentley SUV would be above and beyond anything currently available, stating, "If we bring this to the market it will be positioned significantly above the vehicles that are currently available in this segment."