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Categories: Rumors

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."

Mysterious 2014 Corvette Gets Rendered

On: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 3:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Few cars have been more buzzed about than the C7 Corvette. Rumors and statements from GM execs have long indicated that the C7 could be the Corvette that changes the face of Corvettes as we know them. Everything from a mid-engined layout to small turbo engines have run through the rumor mill at one point or another. With all this hype, we just want to see the damn car and separate fact from fiction.

The official debut remains more than a year off, and the spy photographers are all crickets, but one blog has put together what it firmly believes is the spitting image of the next-generation Corvette.

Ferrari Owners To Get Dibs On Special Editions

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Owners To Get Dibs On Special Editions test 2

When you build cars as desired and exotic as the 599 GTO, sometimes even the most loyal among your customer base can't get their hands on one. Ferrari is currently considering a move that would ensure that its best customers get the first look at its latest models.

Ferrari is planning to start an owners club for its biggest customers. Members of the club will automatically get first right of refusal when it comes to special edition models, ensuring that Ferrari's most prized collectors are first in line for the latest models.

"I do not want our faithful collectors to miss the opportunity to buy one of our special series," Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo explained when talking to Automotive News Europe.

Maybach Is Dead. Again. Drinks All Around.

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Everything has been all sunshine and rainbows over at Rolls-Royce recently—as I’ve mentioned in various articles in this space that you can search for if you’re so inclined—but despite my thorough coverage of the various goings-on I failed to ask (at least) one simple question: If Rolls is the super-luxury-car sales windshield, who’s the bug?

Well, now I—or more correctly we—now know: Maybach.

See, unlike their owners’—R-R’s is BMW and Maybach’s is Mercedes-Benz—lifelong struggle for supremacy, it seems that in the case of these “ultra-premium” brands the boys at M-B just didn’t want to draw things out beyond 2013, so they aren't. According to Autoweek it seems that instead of keeping things going in the usual “waiting for better times” manner—and continuing to shovel container-ships’-worth of Euros into the fire—they are effectively ceding the ultra-luxury-car sales high-ground to their Bavarian nemesis after just over a decade of trying to come out on top.

But are they?...


Goodbye Arctic, The 2014 Liberty To Become More 'Carlike'

On: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:25AM | By: Chris Salamone

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‘Tis a dark day in the world of off-roading Jeepdom. Car and Driver reports that a Jeep company executive has spoken the words no true Jeep fan wants to hear: the 2014 Liberty will be vastly more carlike, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and possibly mated to smaller Fiat-supplied engines.

The current and previous Liberty models (including the 2012 Liberty Arctic shown above) employ a car-type unibody reinforced by a rugged-duty frame underneath, a building technique Jeep calls uniframe construction. However, the next generation 2014 Liberty will likely drop Jeep’s current uniframe and pick up one of the company’s other car-based platforms. Hopefully Jeep Liberty enthusiasts also like the current Patriot and Compass models.

But it’s not all bad news. New Liberty buyers will have a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy will almost certainly increase and Jeep will have a broader set of vehicles – maybe with the ability to finally compete with brands like Toyota or Honda. In theory, ardent supports of Jeep’s off-road heritage can still raise the mantle of rock-crawling with Jeep’s four-door Wrangler Unlimited.

Infiniti Teases Glimpses Of Future At Geneva

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

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During this LA-induced period of auto euphoria, Infiniti has dropped a bombshell set of teaser images depicting a car they believe will extend the potential for both high performance and low emission electric cars. Set to make an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2012, this latest Infiniti sports car concept looks to be an attempt to bridge the gap between performance enthusiasts and eco-friendly hipsters.

Although little and less is currently known about whether Infiniti plans to go into full production on this vehicle, the company’s official press video offers some insight into their game plan. From the upcoming JX to Nissan’s GT-R, we are talking about a brand which constantly strives to be on the cutting edge of style and technology. This future high performance range-extending electric sports car is an effort to raise the bar even further – a sort of one-up in the game of Mother Nature-approved performance.

New Corvette May Not Be As Radical As Expected

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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For over a year, rumors have suggested that the next generation Corvette (C7) will be one of the most radical redesigns in the car's history. Some aspects, like the split-glass Stingray-style rear window, have been attributed directly to GM sources, while others, including the mid-engined layout, have been loose rumors. Between the official sound bites and rumors, it has long appeared that the C7 Corvette would be somewhat of a revolutionary redesign.

A new report this week suggest that the new Corvette will benefit from evolution, not revolution. While GM will look to update the Corvette, the sporty flagship will likely look a lot like the same, ol' Corvette that we see now.

Audi Urban Concept May See Production

On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 12:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When Audi introduced its Urban Concept before the Frankfurt Motor Show, it appeared like a concept in the strictest definition of the term. Audi called it a "technology study" and it didn't look like anything we'd imagine driving around city streets. In other words, it didn't appear to have a prayer at seeing production.

However, production may actually happen. Car magazine reported last week that Audi is not only considering, but close to approving, a limited production run.

Toyota Looks To Mimic Nissan For Success

On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Dire circumstances call for special measures. Usually big corporations avoid positive competition name dropping, especially with the ever-present specter of shareholder power. However, at Toyota’s basement midterm financial meeting the company made a few intended references to a chief competitor: Nissan. While Toyota has suffered an operating loss of 32.6 billion yen (or $417 million dollars) to date, Nissan has recorded an operating profit of $309.7 billion yen ($3.88 billion dollars) despite similar obstacles in the form of massive earthquakes and Thai flooding.

Consumers Digest Names Seven Chrysler Vehicles A Best Buy

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Consumers Digest announced its annual automotive “Best Buys” which included seven Chrysler vehicles (eight—if you count the Fiat 500). That's more than double the number of “Best Buys” Chrysler received during the 2010 and 2011 model years. In the past year and a half, Chrysler has introduced 16 all-new or significantly refreshed models, and many awards have been rolling in ever since.

The Consumers Digest automotive “Best Buys” issue is an annual publication in which editors judge vehicles on many build quality and performance attributes such as ergonomics, fit and finish, utility, acceleration, fuel economy and many more. They also look at cost of ownership variables such as resale value, warranty, maintenance costs and annual operating expenses. The top vehicles in 12 separate categories are then chosen as “Best Buys” by the publication.

Here are the Chrysler Group vehicles that received Consumers Digest's “Best Buys” for the 2012 model year: Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; Jeep Grand Cherokee; and Dodge Durango, Grand Caravan, Challenger and Ram 1500.

WARNING: Future Genesis Coupe Photoshop Leak!

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Don’t believe everything you hear… or see, for that matter. Websites all across the blogosphere are announcing an ‘official’ Hyundai Genesis Coupe reveal, which after some due diligence has turned out to be no more than an elegant sham. The sly dogs over at thecarblogger.net managed to captivate the entire auto journalism sphere this morning by releasing the above image.

What threw so many upstanding and credibility-seeking bloggers off? This photoshopped image depicts a vehicle which looks a lot like images we’ve seen of the upcoming 2013 Genesis with a face mask. So really, thecarblogger.net sort of did us all a favor—producing an image we could assemble only in our minds. The only real problem is that Hyundai has already distributed notes rejecting this as an official image.