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Categories: Rumors

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.

More Juice Behind Porsche Mid-Level Supercar

On: Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Juice Behind Porsche Mid-Level Supercar test 2

The term "mid-level" supercar may be a complete oxymoron, but it's the best term we can think of to describe cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo. These cars have pedigrees that're too refined to be called mere "sports cars—and "mid-level sports car"? Perish the thought. However, these cars sit in the middle of the market both within their own brand and in the greater market. So "mid-level" supercar just fits.

Rumors are back that Porsche will be aiming at some of those competitors in launching a supercar between the 911 line and the upcoming 918 Spyder.

Ford To Debut Focus Coupe At The Frankfurt Motor Show?

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Debut Focus Coupe At The Frankfurt Motor Show? test 2

Do you like the solid, affordable package presented by the 2012 Ford Focus, but yearn for something smaller and sportier? Well, Ford may just have what you're looking for. According to rumors, Dearborn has an all-new coupe concept ready for next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. And indications are it's a two-door based on the Focus.

The Focus already comes in four-door and five-door varieties, and if rumors prove correct, will soon be available in a two-door model. Carscoop reports that a source has tipped a new sports coupe for the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's not 100 percent certain that the car will be in the Focus family, but that's what it's looking like.

Land Rover Defender Rears Its [Legendary] Head

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Land Rover Defender Concept test 2

Few cars have reached the ‘mythic’ stage of popularity, only to be whispered about in hushed tones of excitement and wonder. The Land Rover Defender squarely falls into that category—defying people’s expectations with Spartan utility and capability since the vehicles inception in 1983. Primarily known for conquering the terrains of Africa, the Defender also has an enormous following in Australia, South America, Europe, and the United States. But for years, the Defender has become increasingly outdated and overpriced in a field of off-roaders which are constantly updating their product lines.

Not anymore. For 2015, Land Rover has confirmed that there will be an all-new Defender. The first concept will rear its ugly head at the Frankfurt show on September 13th.


Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record

On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record test 2

Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing a lot of talking lately, and the media has been doing a lot of hanging on his words and speculating about the future of Bugatti/Bentley. The latest Durheimer sound bite indicates that Bugatti has no intentions of relinquishing the world speed record, suggesting that it has a Veryon successor in the works.

The Bugatti Veyron sold the last of its 300 examples earlier this summer, leaving Bugatti with just the open-topped Veyron Grand Sport in its line. It's rumored that Bugatti will bring the four-door 16C Galibier to market in the next few years, but it will be without a hardcore coupe in the vein of the Veyron.

Worlds Collide: Audi Planning A Pickup Truck?

On: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Worlds Collide: Audi Planning A Pickup Truck? test 1-1

Pickup trucks. Luxury cars. These are two terms that don't tend to intertwine, save perhaps for auto dealership inventory sheets. There's really nothing luxurious about hard-driving, utilitarian haulers designed to truck gear, dirt and manure around the work site. Nor should there be.

But, lately, the terms have been appearing together every so often. BMW released its own bedded four-wheeler, though it revealed that it was meant only as an April Fool's prank. This week brings some photographic confirmation of another German luxo-ute: It's an Audi-branded pickup and it may be for real.

More Powerful Veyron Grand Sport Coming?

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

More Powerful Veyron Grand Sport Coming?  test 2

A more powerful Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport converible has been rumored. For those counting, that's a convertible with more than the 1,001-hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport. So, even though the report reads like a bit of a conclusion-jump by the media, it's worth considering.

What makes the report a stretch is that it's based on an interview between Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer and Dutch magazine Autovisie. The only solid quote that auto folks are using to denote the potential of a bigger, badder Grand Sport is: "1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible."

VW Execs Want Production Bulli

On: Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Execs Want Production Bulli  test 2

There are vehicles that automakers make because they're highly profitable bread-and-butter (think Hyundai Accords and Toyota Corollas). There are vehicles that automakers make to develop a little buzz around their brand and draw people into showrooms, even if the car in question isn't a big seller (think flashy, low-volume halo cars). And there are cars that companies make because they're so ingrained in the company's history and heritage that it would be a shame not to.

The Volkswagen Type 2, aka Minibus or Microbus, is a little bit of all three. Even those completely unfamiliar with Volkswagen's history and models could probably recall the Microbus. It's the type of distinctive vehicle that makes you stop and think "Nice. I want it." And if you happen to be stopped in front of a VW dealer, you might just be inclined to stroll in for more information. The Type 2's history at VW gives it a story rivaled only by that of VW's other icon: the Beetle (aka Type 1). In its heyday back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the Type 2 was definitely more than just a funky, unique show piece; it was a popular market success.

So, it should be no surprise that in the wake of the 2011 Bulli concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen executives are excited about the potential return of the Bus.

The Luxury Volt: Cadillac To Send Converj Concept To Production

On: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Luxury Volt: Cadlillac To Send Converj Concept To  test 2

The striking Cadillac Converj concept debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with word a year or so thereafter that it was on its way to production. Then, production plans were officially canceled, and the Converj became what so many other concept cars have become: a rare, pretty hunk of fiberglass and metal never to be driven by paying customers. According to a new report, the Converj is back on the table and will be sharing the range-extending plug-in powertrain with the Chevy Volt.

GreenCarReports says that a GM insider confirmed that the Converj has been given the official green light by GM execs. It is likely to hit the market in 2013 as a 2014 model.

Bristol Developing A 200-MPH Hybrid For 2013

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bristol Developing a 200-MPH Hybrid For 2013 test 2

Cars like the Jaguar CX-75 and Porsche 918 Spyder have us pretty excited for the next-generation uses of "green" technology. These cars highlight that hybrids can compete with any car on the track, and can do it while offering a bit more efficiency. According to Edmunds, there's another hybrid supercar coming within the next few years, and it's coming from tiny specialty British automaker Bristol Cars.

BMW i4 And i5 Rumored

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW i4 And i5 Rumored test 2

When BMW officially introduced its "i" sub-brand, it announced two initial vehicles under the brand: the i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) and the i3 (aka Megacity Vehicle). Given that disparity, it was quite easy to read between the lines: BMW will build a whole model line-up between the 3 and the 8. A recent rumor originating on BMW Blog provides a look at the next i models on tap.

According toBMW Blog's source, BMW is already planning an i4 and i5. The i4 will essentially be a sporty two-seater based on the i3 city car. While it will be based on the i3 and may share that model's all-electric drivetrain, it will be positioned as a more affordable i8, so expect to see some fluid lines and styling.