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Categories: Rumors

Bentley SUV Looking Very Likely

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


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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."


Kia GT May Spawn A Family

On: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We've long heard that the sporty Kia GT concept introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show is likely to see production in one form or another. Now rumors are indicating that the GT may move well beyond a standalone model and may form the basis of a full family of sporty cars.

According to Inside Line, Kia is considering producing several different GT variants. In addition to the original four-door fastback, Kia is also thinking of a wagon and a two-door coupe. The two-door coupe seems like a natural addition, but I'm not sure that I can quite envision a GT wagon.


Alfa Romeo 4C May Be Priced Under $45K

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 12:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Most pricing estimates that we've seen have put the price of the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C at between $55,000 and $70,000. However, those estimates have primarily been in euros or pounds, with US figures gained by simple pound/euro-to-dollar conversions. Last week, reports indicated that the US price of the sexy 4C could be significantly lower.

In a conversation with Inside Line, Alfa Romeo executives hinted that the price of the 4C could be $45,000 or less. The 4C will lead Alfa's return to the US market in 2013.


All I Want For Christmas Is A Mini Rocketman!

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I'm about the farthest thing from a Mini fan as there ever was, but even I appreciated the interesting, true-to-form nature of the Rocketman concept. Bucking the not-so-mini trend of other current Mini cars like the Countryman, the Rocketman was a refreshing return to small, a return to Mini's roots. The concept car, which debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, also included a number of interesting design elements. The car hasn't been officially green-lighted just yet, but if one Mini designer gets his Christmas wish, it will be.

In a dinner conversation with Inside Line, Mini design chief Anders Warming called the Rocketman a car that could "claim the true heritage of the brand," and went on to say that the car is "on my Christmas list."


 

NSX Rival? Toyota Supra to Pack 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

On: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


NSX Rival? Toyota Supra to Pack 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain test 2

Last week, Honda/Acura finally confirmed the debut date for the NSX successor. The concept will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and is expected to use an AWD hybrid powertrain with V-6 engine and dual electric motors.

The NSX hasn't even debuted yet, but it looks like it may have some competition from another possible Japanese sports car revival: the Toyota Supra.


Land Rover To Add Longer Evoque

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:02AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When I first saw a headline about a bigger Evoque, I thought "Isn't that the Range Rover Sport? Wasn't the entire point of the Evoque to be a smaller, less expensive alternative to Range Rover's other SUVs?" But, inspired by the success of its smallest model to date, Land Rover is considering adding a larger Evoque model, which would occupy the space between the current three- and five-door Evoque models and the Range Rover Sport.

Autocar reports that the idea of a larger Evoque was conceptualized as a combination of the Evoque's success--which includes a recent Motor Trend designation as "SUV of the Year", Land Rover's greater success and the growing sales of competitor lines like the BMW X and Audi Q.


More Toyota Supra Rumors

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The GT 86 is nice and all, but what you really want if you're a fan of Toyota sports cars is a Supra revival. Actually, a 2000GT revival would be even better, but a Supra revival seems like the more likely thing to wish for. Recent reports have pointed to a possible Supra revival in the very early stages, and some new quotes by a Toyota engineer add a little volume to those rumors.

Current Toyota chief Akio Toyoda is a big fan of sports cars and wants to revamp Toyota's line in the name of sporty, fun-driving vehicles. This is clear both in his quotes and in Toyota's new taglines of "Fun to Drive, Again" and "Reborn." In launching those slogans, Toyoda said that a car that isn't fun isn't really a car at all.


Smart Goes Urban Commando, For-Us

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 4:32PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Smart has just released images of the company’s latest concept, an urban assault-type vehicle set to debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. Although a bit humorous in comparison with other modern pickup trucks, the Smart For-Us is targeted for young folks looking for a quasi-practical loading vehicle capable of handling at least two full-sized bicycles.

But, don’t get the wrong idea. The For-Us will be small, really small.


Looking Sharper Everyday, Dodge Dart Gets (More) Teasing

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Over the past month details have slowly emerged about Dodge’s newest entry into the compact sedan segment. Discussions initially raged about possible design platforms, engine options, and finally the would-be Dodge’s future name. We know now, this latest Dodge will be officially labeled the Dart – channeling days of yore.

Along with a company-provided teaser website, the following images allow an opportunity for tiny Mopar fans to start salivating. What’s more, since we know the 2013 Dodge Dart will be based on Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta, we can get a basic idea of how the car might look by imagining the front and rear fascia images provided by Dodge tacked onto the body of an appropriate Alfa.


Amidst Growing Concerns, GM Offers Volt Refunds

On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


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This last month has not been kind to GM’s latest EV innovation, the Chevy Volt. From fire risks, to government probes, to competitor advancements, and an unexpected sales slump – a mere 60% of the company’s sales target for 2011 – GM will have to face some difficult hurdles in order to raise the Volt to the vehicle’s full market potential. But have no fear, the good General is always ready for decisive action. On Thursday the automaker said it would buy back any Chevrolet Volts from customers nervous about fire risks.

This is exactly the type of product ownership that consumers need to see. People must believe that Chevy will stand by the Volt, through thick and thin, stalwartly accepting responsibility. But, the true beauty of GM’s buy-back plan is that the company expects few, if any, of the 6,000 current Volt owners to ask for a refund.


Everyone Else Is Doin' It: Jaguar Wants A Mini Car

On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Everyone Else Is Doin' It: Jaguar Wants A Mini Car test 2

BMW has Mini. Mercedes-Benz has Smart. Lotus has an upcoming city car. Aston Martin has the Cygnet. Jaguar? Well it's owned by Tata, maker of the world's cheapest tiny car, so it probably should have a tiny luxury car, but right now it doesn't have anything. That all appears likely to change as a top Jaguar exec expressed interest in designing one.

Jaguar design chief Ian Cullum--mastermind behind such greats as the C-X75--told What Car? recently: 'It's a personal view, but there's room for a premium small car. It would be a high-end small car for city use."