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Categories: Rumors

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).


Fiat Looking For Higher Than Expected Loan

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 4:43PM | By: Tim Healey


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Now that Fiat has raised its stake in Chrysler, it's seeking to expand a credit line to $2.14 billion. Fiat will begin negotiating with banks as soon as it finalizes the purchase of a 16 percent stake in Chrysler for $1.27 billion.

That could give Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne control of Chrysler two years sooner than planned. Right now, Marchionne is aiming to increase Fiat's stake to 46 percent in the second quarter, after Chrysler pays down $7.5 billion in loans to the U.S. and Canadian governments.


Jeep Executive Whispers Of The Future

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:03PM | By: Chris Salamone


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After returning from the Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, Mark Allen, head of Jeep design studios, sat down for an interview about the Jeep brand. Allen is a true Jeep enthusiast that appreciates the off-road capability and versatility of Jeep’s products. Even more importantly, he understands the tao of Jeep culture and respects the history of the brand’s 70 years of achievement. Allen’s executive position at Jeep requires that he guide and inspire the design team to create exhilarating and functional vehicles that still embody the spirit of Jeep’s rockstar heritage.

The following is the text of the full interview just posted by Jeep. Prepare for whispers of a 75th Anniversary Wrangler and the potential return of the legendary Jeep Cherokee, oh my.


Details on McLaren Flagship

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For most companies, a 592-hp, sub-3,000-lb. coupe that hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds would qualify as a flagship. But when your name is McLaren, and your most famous road car not only held a world record, but also stood head and shoulders above every other supercar of its era, an MP4-12C is but a starting point, a middle of the road.

McLaren has already indicated that, unlike in the past, it will build a family of cars. And one of those cars will be a true flagship, reminiscent of the 240-mph F1 produced in the mid-90s. Late last week, Autocar published the most comprehensive look that we've seen as to what McLaren's car will look like.


 

Subaru Tribeca, Mazda 6 To Be Discontinued: Report

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Tim Healey


 Article Title: Subaru Tribeca, Mazda 6 To Be Discontinued test 2

A report in Automotive News suggests that the Mazda6 and Subaru Tribeca, two American-built vehicles from Japanese manufacturers, may not be long for this world.

Of the two, the Tribeca seems to be in more trouble. A Japanese newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo, is reporting that Subaru has halted research and development on the Tribeca, which is built in Indiana, and that production will end when the current version is ready to be retired. Slow sales and a desire to build more of the popular Outback and Legacy models seem to be spurring the move.


Chevy Details C7 Corvette's Global Ambitions

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's no secret that the next-generation Corvette, the C7 Corvette, is imminent. It's also not a secret that Chevy may just do something a little different with the C7. For years, media reports and rumors have suggested that Chevy might employ some drastic changes like a mid-engine layout and split rear windshield. GM executives recently fleshed out their motivation in making one of the most well-known, traditional icons of American automotives "completely different".


Closer To Lamborghini Sesto Production

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Just a few days ago, we heard that Sesto Elemento production is already a given inside the walls of Lamborghini headquarters. It appears only a matter of time before Lamborghini makes the announcement. While it hasn't quite done that, anonymous insiders have been doing some gumming about what the Sesto Elemento will look like, and despite being about as conceptual a car as we've ever seen from Lamborghini, it should look quite similar in production as it did in concept.

According to Autocar, company insiders have indicated that Lamborghini is actually in the advanced stages of Sesto development. That report gels with last week's report out of Germany that Lamborghini will look to launch the car this fall.


Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Tim Healey


Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers: Report  test 2

According to a report, Chrysler might be looking to add 3,000 jobs and more shifts at plants in the Midwest. Three shifts, which would account for about 1,000 jobs, would be added at three plants. One is in Detroit, another in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and one in Belvidere, Illinois.

Right now, each plant has two shifts, and all three combined employ around 7,000 employees.


BMW Teases 2012 1-Series Hatchback

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Not quite as exciting as the pictures of the unclothed SLS AMG roadster that Mercedes released last week, but a teaser of an upcoming German luxury car just the same, some new pictures of what looks to be the upcoming BMW 1-Series hatchback have hit the Web. In fact, an entire website called 2originals.com is dedicated to teasing the model.

The website shows what appear to be three- and five-door versions of the hatchback covered up in bright cloth. The phrase "One Origin, Two Originals" points to the idea that these are indeed two versions of the 1-Series.


Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last year, Mercedes-Benz made it clear that the SLS AMG E-Cell that it had been working on was bound for production. The E-Cell will be among the growing field of alternatively-powered supercars (think Porsche 918 Spyder).

Last week, Mercedes indicated that electric power may move down line from the E-Cell to the S-Class sedan. While the German luxury automaker fell short of confirming a full-electric S-Class, it has confirmed plans for other green vehicles.


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Coming This Fall

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Lamborghini Aventador owners have a real short window for enjoying ultimate Lambo bragging rights. When Aventador deliveries get started this summer, those lucky owners will officially own the latest, sexiest, most impressive Lamborghini hardware that there is. But rumor holds that a few short months later, Lamborghini will begin selling a production version of the Sesto Elemento, an ultra-rare, ultra-light car based upon last year's Paris concept. The car will retail for over $2 million (possibly $3 million) and no more than 20 will be made. Poor Aventador owners.

We already know that Sesto Elemento production is likely. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said so himself.