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Hyundai Planning to Add, Update 8 CUVs by 2020

Kona model will kick off ute assault.

by on Nov.15, 2017

The Hyundai Kona made its official public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Struggling to adapt to rapid changes in the U.S. new vehicle market, Hyundai plans to introduce eight all-new or significantly updated crossover-utility vehicles by 2020, the automaker revealed during a media briefing on Wednesday morning.

The wave of new models will range from a sub-compact, or A-segment ute up to a three-row, eight-passenger offering. The Hyundai Kona, set to be unveiled at the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show, will become the first of the new products to go on sale.

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“CUVs are what’s really driving growth in the U.S. market,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of corporate planning, and the lack of a full range of utility vehicles is a key reason why analysts say Hyundai has lost momentum over the last several years after a decade of rapid growth.

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McLaren Teases Next-Gen P15 Hypercar

Fastest McLaren ever, but only 106 to be built.

by on Nov.14, 2017

McLaren offers a trease of the new P15's taillights.

McLaren is familiar with the idea of going to extremes, as its legendary F1 and the more recent P1 models clearly demonstrated. But the British sports carmaker aims to one-up itself with the debut of the newest member of its Ultimate Series set for December 10th.

Internally codenamed the P15, McLaren promises that the new hypercar will be “the most extreme road-legal McLaren ever.” Expect that to mean, among other things, a top speed well in excess of 200 mph using what is rumored to be a 4.0-liter V-8 blasting out something just short of 800 horsepower.

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The P1 isn’t the only ultra-exotic in the works at McLaren, however. The automaker also is working up what is being referred to internally as the world’s first Hyper-GT. And it will borrow at least some elements of the original P1’s design, notably the unusual, staggered three-seat cabin with the driver in the middle.

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First Look: Chevy Lifts Veil Off the Corvette ZR1 in Dubai

The “King Kong” Corvette is the fastest, most powerful version ever…but more is in store.

by on Nov.13, 2017

At 755 hp and with a top speed of 755, the 2019 ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever.

The Corvette rumor mill has been buzzing at an intense pace in recent months, with something big expected to come out before the end of the year. And so it has. Though the big news isn’t the long-awaited, mid-engine Vette, the C7 variant making its debut at the Dubai Motor Show is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money – and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain.

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“Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, during the ZR1’s Dubai, Dubai Debut.

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“Widespread shortcomings”: Key Analyst Trashes Tesla Model 3 After Test Drive

“Relatively poor” fit and finish, says Bernstein analyst.

by on Nov.10, 2017

A handful of Model 3 sedans at the Fremont plant waiting to be delivered to early customers.

Already hammered by manufacturing problems that have severely limited line rates at its Fremont, California assembly plant, Tesla’s Model 3 is being trashed by a key automotive industry analyst after taking the compact battery-electric vehicle for a test drive.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s first entry into the mainstream automotive market and, unlike its earlier models which appeal to affluent buyers with multiple vehicles, the new sedan is going after everyday owners who may have only one vehicle at home. As such, getting quality right is expected to be a critical challenge for the California-based automaker.

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“Our inspection revealed widespread shortcomings in fit and finish ,” wrote Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, after taking the Model 3 for a test drive out of Tesla’s showroom in Brooklyn. “Tesla representatives acknowledged some of the fit issues, but stated that they believed that Model 3 was much further ahead than where Model X and S had been at this point in production.”

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Hyundai May Build New Pickup, SUV in U.S.

Move would require expansion of Alabama plant.

by on Nov.10, 2017

Hyundai won raves for the Santa Cruz concept, a car-based pickup, which it sorely needs in its U.S. line-up.

Slow to adapt to the shift from passenger cars to light trucks, Hyundai Motor Co. is racing to add new SUVs, as well as its first pickup truck, to its line-up, and it is giving serious consideration to producing them in its Alabama assembly plant.

Hyundai was one of the fastest-growing brands coming out of the American economic recession, but its growth has stalled over the last few years, analysts largely pointing to the Korean carmaker’s limited SUV options — the Santa Fe and the Tucson – at a time when light trucks account for nearly two-thirds of the American automotive market.

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Hyundai officials have confirmed plans to expand the mix, with at least one, and likely two more SUVs coming. A version of the wildly popular Santa Cruz pickup is also nearing production and expected to be launched as early as the 2019 model-year.

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EU Plans Big Cuts in CO2 Emissions; Move Will Accelerate Race to Electrify

Proposal would cut exhaust emissions by 30% -- which automakers label “overly challenging.”

by on Nov.09, 2017

The EU's current target for 2021 would equal 54 mpg. That would jump 30% by 2030.

With some of the world’s toughest emissions rules already in place, the European Commission wants to crack down even harder on CO2, the gas primarily blamed for global warming.

This week’s announcement comes at a time when a number of European countries, as well as some major cities, are planning their own crackdowns on emissions. Several nations, including Norway, the UK and France, have either laid out plans to ban the internal combustion engine entirely or are studying such moves.

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Currently, the EU is set to trim CO2 emissions to just 95 grams per kilometer by 2021, equal to fuel economy of about 57.4 miles per gallon, for passenger cars. For light commercial vehicles the target is 147 grams.

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When 1,600 HP Isn’t Enough: Devel Sixteen Promising 5,000 Ponies

310 mph hypercar set to debut at Dubai Motor Show

by on Nov.09, 2017

If it lives up to expectations, the Devel Sixteen will easily become the world's most powerful hypercar.

Whether you’re talking muscle cars like the Dodge Demon, or hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron, somebody always thinks there needs to be a bit more power. But if the promise being made by a Dubai-based automotive start-up holds true, we just might be hitting the performance wall.

Set to debut at the Dubai Motor show next week, the Devel Sixteen is said to make an eye-popping 5,000 horsepower from its quad-turbo V-16 engine, enough to propel it to a top speed of 310 miles per hour. To put that into perspective, that’s more than triple what the Chion and the Hennessey Venom F5 can manage.

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There’ve been plenty of rumors about what Devel might have in store since a prototype was first introduced back in 2013. It even released video two years ago showing the engine undergoing testing and reaching a full 4,515 hp on the dyno – with developers noting that they had yet to bring those four turbos up to full boost.

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First Look: 2018 BMW M3 CS

Lighter + More Powerful = Absurdly Fast

by on Nov.07, 2017

The 2018 BMW M3 CS will be the fastest and most powerful version of the M3 yet.

Take your already impressive BMW M3, add some lightweight carbon fiber body panels and then punch up your Twin-Power six to a whopping 453 horsepower and you’re talking some serious performance numbers.

And that’s what the Bavarian automaker will be delivering with the debut of the 2018 BMW M3 CS – a four-door take on the M4 CS model already blazing its way out of BMW showrooms. The most powerful M3 of all time, it will make a whopping 453 horsepower, enough to hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph.

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We’ve gotten our hands on the first official pics and specifications for the long-rumored M3 CS and its nothing if not an impressive package that will all but certainly find a ready following for those who’ve wanted to take the familiar M3 to new levels of performance.

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Toyota Earnings Soar as Yen Sinks

Japanese giant raises full-year forecast despite weaker U.S. demand.

by on Nov.07, 2017

Sales of the RAV4, including the new hybrid shown here, have picked up while sedan demand tumbles.

A weak Japanese yen translated into strong earnings for Toyota Motor Corp. during the July-September quarter and has the automaker forecasting improved earnings for the current fiscal year despite sliding sales in North America, its key market.

For the second quarter in Toyota’s fiscal year, earnings rose to 481.21 billion yen, or $4.2 billion, compared with 410.77 billion yen a year earlier. Toyota is now forecasting it will earn 1.95 trillion yen during the fiscal year ending next March 31, or $17 billion at the current exchange rate. It delivered earnings of 1.75 trillion yen, or $15 billion last year.

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Separately, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. delivered an unexpectedly solid profit, reversing the losses its suffered in the wake of revelations that it had cheated on vehicle mileage tests. The resulting scandal led to the small Japanese maker’s takeover by Nissan Motor Co. last year.

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Oh, Great Gazoo: ’20 Supra to Carry Gazoo Racing Badge

The new sports car could mark US debut for GR sub-brand.

by on Nov.06, 2017

A rendering of the 2019 GR/Toyota Supra by website SupraMKV.com

Officials with Toyota have confirmed reports that the all-new Supra sports car will ditch the Toyota badge when it goes on sale during the second half of 2019, instead carrying the logo of the Japanese maker’s new sub-brand, Gazoo Racing.

Otherwise known as GR, Gazoo originally was formed to give Toyota a new base in the racing world, and it has been a solid performer, among other things winning the World Rally Championship. But Gazoo is now going to be used as a sub-brand for Toyota’s sportiest models, much like Nissan’s NISMO and BMW’s vaunted M. The first batch of GR models will even include a sportier version of the Prius Prime.

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Toyota has made no secret of its plans to bring back the Supra after a long absence, and at an event in Tokyo, GR chief Shigeki Tomoyama told reporters, “the Supra will be by Gazoo.” That appears to also signal that the GR badge will now come to the U.S. market, something the company had so far not been willing to confirm.

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