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Categories: Rumors

Chevy Officially Targets US For Colorado Launch

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Salamone


Chevy Officially Targets US For Colorado Launch test 2

After months of rumors, General Motors has decided to launch their latest global platform Chevrolet Colorado in the United States. However, don’t expect the US version to be exactly the same as the Colorado recently unveiled in Thailand. GM’s global product development organization intends to study the US market and make thoughtful adjustments for our distinctly American market – insert gargantuan cup holders here.

“For example, Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel and his team lived in Thailand during the Colorado’s development,” said Brad Merkel, global vehicle line executive. “They immersed themselves in the highly competitive truck market and observed how the Thai people use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience.”


Next Range Rover To Get Sportier And More Luxurious

On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Range Rover To Get Sportier And More Luxurious test 2

With automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini threatening to make the Range Rover second fiddle in its own market, Land Rover appears to be planning to up its own game. Sources speaking with Autocar said that the next-generation Range Rover, scheduled to debut around this time next year, will be the marque's most advanced vehicle ever.


BMW: Raising The Bar - By Three

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 3:40PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


BMW: Raising The Bar - By Three test 2

Be prepared for a lot of changes in the car market in the next year or so. The luxury car segment will be all aflutter, and why is that you might be wondering? Well, BMW is making significant changes to the gold standard of the industry—the venerable 3-series. You can bet the only ones keeping a closer eye than us on just what those changes are going to look like are Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes, and Audi.


Jeep To Launch Grand Wagoneer In Two Years

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep To Launch Grand Wagoneer In Two Years test 2

Well this isn't exactly the Jeep that we've been waiting for, but it's not bad news either. Jeep is reportedly working toward bringing back the Grand Wagoneer, a large, seven-seat flagship. The Wagoneer will headline a revamped Jeep line positioned to double Jeep's annual global sales.

The report originates from a leaked document that Chrysler/Fiat showed to a group of investors in Germany. The presentation detailed the next few years at Jeep, and the document shows four new vehicles.

The most interesting vehicle is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which will serve as the automaker's flagship. The Wagoneer will be built atop the Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango platform.


 

Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


1977 Star Wars Celica Liftback GT test 2

Uber fandom is a serious business, and the folks over at the official Star Wars blog take no exception. Yet, few cult-classic franchises exist which garner as much love and controversy from the public-at-large as Star Wars. After revolutionizing the filmmaking process, changing the perception of sci-fi space epics, and staying in the spotlight decades later, Star Wars remains a series worthy of high honor. The devout writers on the official blog have been diligently searching for a very particular 1977 Celica Liftback GT since the mid 1990s. Just recently they released yet another public service announcement that the search continues, that this Celica must be found.

They’re ardently seeking the whereabouts of the first officially sanctioned Star Wars custom car, which was awarded in some kind of promotion-type sweepstakes several months after A New Hope hit the open market.


More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar test 2

It's a rather ambiguous time to be a diehard Porsche fan. On the one hand, you've spent the better part of the decade watching Porsche water down what was once a hardcore sports car brand with offerings like the Cayenne, Panamera, and upcoming Cajun. On the other hand, Porsche has committed to building its first supercar since the ever-exciting 959 and may very well be building a second car above and beyond the 911 range. It's a real bit of give-and-take.

While Porsche has yet to publicly commit to that last sports car, more and more details are starting to emerge.


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses test 2

The Nissan GT-R may very well be the best bang-for-the-buck supercar of its generation. The 2012 GT-R screams off the line and hits 62 mph in three seconds flat, barely losing out to the $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2.9 seconds), despite its $90,000 price tag. That's a lot of performance for not that much coin.

If new reports turn out to be accurate, Nissan plans to up only the GT-R's value, boosting horsepower by 40-hp in the 2013 model.


Kia Leaning Toward GT Production

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


Kia Leaning Toward GT Production test 2

According to indications and ruminations, Kia has a hankering to develop a sports car. The GT concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show was supposed to be the first of two sports car concepts, the second of which was rumored for a Detroit Auto Show debut. Well, it appears Kia is already leaning toward GT production, even before having introduced its second possible concept.


Toyota Supra Successor (And Other Sports Cars) Planned

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota Supra Successor (And Other Sports Cars) Planned test 2

Look back about 15 years and you'll see an attractive Japanese sports car (probably several) in every part of the market. From entry level coupes, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Toyota Celica, to mid-level performance models, like the Mitsubishi 2000GT and Toyota Supra, on up to supercars—or supercar, at least—in the Honda/Acura NSX. In a piece about the Toyota Supra, Edmunds.com referred to this period as the "Japanese muscle car revolution of the 90s."

A few years after that revolution, Japanese sports car options thinned dramatically. But it appears we could be witnessing a Japanese muscle car revolution part II. Nissan is already comfortably on board with its 370Z and GT-R. Honda recently confirmed it's working on a flagship sports car. And Toyota is addressing its own lack of a sports car options with the Lexus LFA and next year's FT-86. Rumor has it Toyota has no intention of stopping there.


Infiniti To Build Range-Extending Sports Car

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


Infiniti To Build Range-Extending Sports Car test 2

For most companies, the Frankfurt Motor Show is where the teasing stopped and the full revealing began. But for Infiniti, the Frankfurt Motor Show was the place for teasing its next exciting release. Nissan's luxury arm said that it will be revealing a range-extending hybrid sports car at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

As is fashionable, Infiniti is calling its car an electric sports car, but reports indicate it will have a small gasoline engine serving as a range-extending generator—that would be a series hybrid.


Jeep Pairs With Fiat For US Panda Production

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 3:31PM | By: Chris Salamone


Jeep Phoenix/Panda test 2

Edmunds and HubPages report some contradictory information regarding Jeep’s recent plan to bring the Fiat Panda stateside, but both sources suggest that we can expect a Jeep version of Fiat’s AWD Panda in the near future. While HubPages offers a much narrower time window, Edmunds notes that the new Jeep model probably will not arrive on US soil until 2013 as a 2014 model.

At best, most of the information regarding a joint-venture between Jeep and Fiat is mere conjecture. Neither Fiat nor Jeep has officially announced final plans. Yet, some sources indicate that Jeep plans to label their Italian adoption ‘Phoenix’ and we can assume that Phoenix specs will resemble those found on the currently available European Fiat Panda. Pricing should be somewhat north of the current US version of the Fiat 500.