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Categories: Rumors

Audi Plans A9 Flagship For 2014

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 6:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mercedes CL, Porsche Panamera, and BMW 6 Series, watch out, there's a new Audi in town. Or at least there will be in a couple of years. An Audi A9 has been rumored for a while now, and Britain's Car magazine has some new details on the top dog. While the final form(s) (four-door coupe, 2 + 2) that the A9 will take is still undecided, it looks to be all but a sure thing.


Plug-In Porsche 911 A Possibility, But Not Anytime Soon

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Porsche 911 (one of the greatest icons of the automotive world) is set for a redesign. The 2012 911 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, and rumors, spy shots, and speculation have been flying around willy nilly (yeah, I said willy nilly) as the new sports car draws nearer.

Now, if there's one thing we know about the Porsche 911, it's not going to look any different—the thing's looked pretty much the same for the past four-and-a-half decades, albeit with a very slow, steady stream of modernizations. So there's really no sense in speculating on what the 2012 911 is going to look like, just take a good look at the 2011 911.


Sneak Peak: More MINI In 2013

On: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Salamone


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For all practical purposes, a larger MINI Cooper actually should be defined as ‘less-mini’. However, in this case, there are several key improvements anticipated for the 2013 MINI Cooper which necessitate the use of the term ‘more’ with respect to other features… other than size. Wow, talk about a mouthful. Anyhow, WorldCarFans.com recently posted spy photos of a prototype for the 2013 MINI Cooper. Pictures indicate that the new MINI will likely be longer and wider than current models.

One theory to account for a larger MINI revolves around the need for extra space for mechanical purposes. MINI has made no secret of their plans to utilize several different types of alternative fuel powertrains. As we saw with the Mini-E, creative power sources require creative engineering. The MINI-E replaced the entire back seat with 575 pounds of batteries. Maybe the 2013 MINI will have enough engine space to preserve four-player seating and still offer unique engine options.


Despite Slump In May, 2011 Sales Still On Strong Track

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:52AM | By: Tim Healey


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Sales stalled in May, but that doesn't mean that 2011's sales forecast will be in the dumper. Quite the contrary, according to Automotive News, 2011 is on track to be the best sales year since 2008.

Credit falling gas prices or improved production from Japanese factories affected by the earthquake and tsunami, but either way, this summer is expected to help 2011 show sales growth.


 

Maserati To Spin Off Alfa 4 C

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The small, sexy Alfa Romeo 4C that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show was apparently so striking that it made siblings over at Fiat jealous. Because Maserati reportedly wants a 4C of its own. Rumors are pointing to a possible Maserati spin-off based on the delicious, cherry-red, two-seat roadster platform of the 4C. A more powerful, tridented 4C? Sounds like a win-win.


More Details: Jag's Crossover

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Nearly every sports and luxury automaker either offers a crossover or is in the process of developing one, no matter how loudly purists doth protest. It's just a fact of the modern automotive market; an unfortunate fact, but a fact just the same.

You might have thought that Jaguar would be one of the few luxury automakers that lay off the crossover craze, because of its affiliation with Land Rover. You know, because crossovers and SUVs are kind of Land Rover's thing. It's only thing. But, that hasn't deterred Jaguar from developing a crossover all its own.


BMW M1 On The Way?

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 8:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, here's one of the juiciest rumors that we've heard in... well, since the last M1 rumor: BMW is reportedly considering a possible M1 revival (again). Far from a done deal, the rumors indicate that BMW is at the very initial stages of such a possibility, working on a few sketches of the design. So, even if you take the Internet-based rumor at face value, there's still a long way to go before we ever see an M1. And still a lot of time for BMW to can the project.

The original M1, which was produced by BMW from 1978 to 1981, is, to this day, the ultimate (and pretty much only) BMW supercar. Developed with the help of Lamborghini, the two-seater used a mid-mounted 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels. It is a true Bimmer icon.


GM Cancels Plans For Luxury Plug-In Hybrid

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 10:25AM | By: Tim Healey


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Sources are telling Automotive News that General Motors will drop plans to build a luxury plug-in hybrid using the Cadillac SRX crossover's platform. Apparently, the reason for the decision is that the company felt that the project was not financially viable.

The plan could be restarted using another platform, but sources told Automotive News that the engineers have been reassigned to other projects.


C7 Chevy Corvette To Use Small Turbo V8

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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I think that even people that don't give a lick about Corvettes must be eagerly awaiting the debut of the C7 Chevy Corvette, if only to verify which rumors are true and which are false. So far we've heard of radical departures that include a mid-engined layout, V-6 engines and split-window rear windshield ala the 1963 Stingray. The latest rumor might make the most sense of all: a smaller V-8 powerplant that uses turbo charging.

According to the Detroit Bureau, GM is eager to attract a new breed of customer, the type of buyers that currently can't run fast enough to the nearest Porsche dealer. Younger buyers just aren't impressed with a brutish, unrefined muscle car; they want a smarter, more sophisticated ride. So Chevy will give it to them, by moving away from its history of big, burly but simple engines and employing something a little more in line with European competitors.


Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mercedes is considering a move up the high-performance luxury sedan market in the form of a Bentley Continental GT/Flying Spur rival. Interestingly, it looks like the sporty four-door, if it comes to fruition, will be branded a Mercedes-Benz rather than a Maybach, Daimler's traditional ultra-premium Bentley rival.


Maserati SUV Coming In A Few Years

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I wish that someone would poke a fork into the whole SUV/CUV/crossover trend and just end it all ready. But unfortunately, the closest we're going to get is putting a fork on an SUV, a trident to be specific. According to Car and Driver, Maserati will be the next high-end brand to build an SUV, following in the footsteps of Porsche, Alfa Romeo, and others.

The report says that Maserati will debut an SUV by 2014. The SUV will be developed at Chrysler HQ in Detroit and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not much else is offered on the Maser jeep, but we don't have high hopes (Cayenne with a trident? No, thanks).