The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:40:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/future-vehicles/ Chrysler Shutting Windsor Plant For 12 Weeks To Re-Tool For “Stunning” Minivan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chrysler-shutting-windsor-plant-12-weeks-re-tool-stunning-minivan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chrysler-shutting-windsor-plant-12-weeks-re-tool-stunning-minivan/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:40:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921442 In preparation for a “stunning” new minivan, Chrysler will shut their Windsor, Ontario assembly plant for three months to re-tool for the all new vehicle, expected to be sold exclusively as a Chrysler Town & Country. According to the Windsor Star, Chrysler is investigating how to run the plant flat out so that there is enough […]

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In preparation for a “stunning” new minivan, Chrysler will shut their Windsor, Ontario assembly plant for three months to re-tool for the all new vehicle, expected to be sold exclusively as a Chrysler Town & Country.

According to the Windsor Star, Chrysler is investigating how to run the plant flat out so that there is enough minivan inventory to tide over dealers and consumers until the introduction of the new vehicle.

The shutdown is expected to bring major upgrades to the plant, which is alreading building 1,400 vans a day on three shifts. Although the nature of the upgrades has not been disclosed, it will likely be able to build more than just the minivan, since the new van will ride on a flexible architecture shared with other FCA products. However, no other products have been allocated to the plant, and Unifor, the labor union representing the plant’s workers, is reported to be hard at work to secure a future crossover for Windsor.

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Honda Civic Type-R Ushers In The Turbo Era http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/honda-civic-type-r-ushers-turbo-era/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/honda-civic-type-r-ushers-turbo-era/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:20:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920873 As is standard operating procedure for Honda, the Civic Type-R has been revealed, nominally labeled a “concept”, even though the production car will look nearly identical. This will be the first performance-minded Honda to use forced induction, with a 2.0L VTEC 4-cylinder making in excess of 278 horsepower thanks to turbocharging. Active dampers and a […]

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As is standard operating procedure for Honda, the Civic Type-R has been revealed, nominally labeled a “concept”, even though the production car will look nearly identical.

This will be the first performance-minded Honda to use forced induction, with a 2.0L VTEC 4-cylinder making in excess of 278 horsepower thanks to turbocharging. Active dampers and a sport mode, dubbed “+R”, will give the new Civic the qualitative chops needed to compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTi, Ford Focus ST and other current generation hot hatches.

North American buyers will likely not get the wild looking hatch seen here, but hopefully the boosted VTEC four-banger makes its way here in the next Civic Si.

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GM, Isuzu Back In LUV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/gm-isuzu-back-in-luv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/gm-isuzu-back-in-luv/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:40:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920154 Isuzu and GM agreed to develop a next-generation mid-size pickup for world markets, though Canada and the United States will get their own distinct model under the terms of the agreement. Although GM has held as much of 49 percent of Isuzu’s equity, the tie-up was wound down in 2006. The two companies have a […]

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Isuzu and GM agreed to develop a next-generation mid-size pickup for world markets, though Canada and the United States will get their own distinct model under the terms of the agreement.

Although GM has held as much of 49 percent of Isuzu’s equity, the tie-up was wound down in 2006. The two companies have a long history of collaboration on trucks, starting with the Chevrolet LUV and continuing through the current Isuzu D-Max, which shares a significant amount of technology with the current GM mid-size trucks.

The next-generation truck will be important for markets like Thailand and Australia, where mid-size pickups play a role akin to America’s full-size trucks.

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Paris 2014: Volkswagen Takes The Golf Wagon Outback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-volkswagen-takes-golf-wagon-outback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-volkswagen-takes-golf-wagon-outback/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:10:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917882 This is the second time that Volkswagen has trotted out a butch-looking station wagon-on-stilts under the Alltrack moniker. The last version, a Passat, debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show. This newest version is based on the Golf Wagon, and packs TDI diesel or turbocharged gasoline engines. Haldex AWD is standard. While the Alltrack […]

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This is the second time that Volkswagen has trotted out a butch-looking station wagon-on-stilts under the Alltrack moniker. The last version, a Passat, debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

This newest version is based on the Golf Wagon, and packs TDI diesel or turbocharged gasoline engines. Haldex AWD is standard. While the Alltrack is confirmed for the European market, I’m wondering about the chances for this model coming to North America. VW showed an all-wheel drive Golf Wagon at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but this seems like a more likely option, given the success of the Subaru Outback.

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Oh Yes, There’s A Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/oh-yes-theres-mercedes-benz-c63-amg-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/oh-yes-theres-mercedes-benz-c63-amg-wagon/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:53:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917674 Ah, the joys of forbidden fruit. Shortly after the leaked photos of the new C63 AMG were revealed, the official pics and specs were released - along with a tasty two-box treat. The wagon bodystyle will, of course, not be offered in America. All-wheel drive doesn’t appear to be in the cards either, unlike recent […]

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Ah, the joys of forbidden fruit. Shortly after the leaked photos of the new C63 AMG were revealed, the official pics and specs were released - along with a tasty two-box treat.

The wagon bodystyle will, of course, not be offered in America. All-wheel drive doesn’t appear to be in the cards either, unlike recent AMG offerings. Unlike the BMW M3, the C63 will retain its V8 configuration, though no manual gearbox will be offered.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 Leaks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mercedes-benz-c63-leaks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mercedes-benz-c63-leaks/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:14:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917370   Mercedes-Benz’s next sports sedan will share an engine with the recently revealed AMG GT, as well as the car’s adaptive engine mounts. The next C63, shown here, will ape the GT’s two-tier power level. A 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with a 7-speed transmission will be offered with both 469 and 503 horsepower trims. Although AWD […]

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Mercedes-Benz’s next sports sedan will share an engine with the recently revealed AMG GT, as well as the car’s adaptive engine mounts.

The next C63, shown here, will ape the GT’s two-tier power level. A 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with a 7-speed transmission will be offered with both 469 and 503 horsepower trims. Although AWD hasn’t been announced, AMG has been shifting to a lineup of vehicles driving all four wheels. This, combined with the major power advantage over the BMW M3, should give the new Benzo a decided qualitative and quantitative advantage over their arch-rivals.

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Volkswagen’s American Phaeton Will Start At $70k, Will Surely Fail Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/volkswagens-american-phaeton-will-start-70k/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/volkswagens-american-phaeton-will-start-70k/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:15:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916994 Hot on the heels of Volkswagen’s apparent plans for a Chinese-market luxury sedan, Automotive News is reporting that Volkswagen’s next-generation Phaeton, destined for the American market once again, will start at $70,000. According to AN, the next Phaeton will include a plug-in hybrid, as well as a V8 TDI engine. A W12 is also expected to make […]

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Hot on the heels of Volkswagen’s apparent plans for a Chinese-market luxury sedan, Automotive News is reporting that Volkswagen’s next-generation Phaeton, destined for the American market once again, will start at $70,000.

According to AN, the next Phaeton will include a plug-in hybrid, as well as a V8 TDI engine. A W12 is also expected to make a return, though this will likely not be sold in the United States.

Despite sorely needing a larger crossover and a refresh for key products like the Jetta, Volkswagen is persisting with their dream of selling a high-end sedan in the United States, at a price point that is encroaching on their premium marques like Audi and Porsche. The Phaeton, for all its engineering excellence, was a massive flop in the United States. 

On the other hand, the product VW most sorely needs in America, is conspicuously absent from their lineup, and VW has only just settled on where it will be produced, after a round of serious horse trading and internecine squabbling. The Phaeton, according to AN, has apparently been completed already, but VW seems content to continue the current car’s production run, owing to its popularity in China.

This, dear readers, is a great example of how the company continually seems to misunderstand the American market. Rather than get to work on plugging the biggest hole in its lineup, the company persists on a fool’s errand masquerading as a vanity project.

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Potential Second-Gen Jaguar XF Caught Testing In The Wild http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/potential-second-gen-jaguar-xf-caught-testing-wild/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/potential-second-gen-jaguar-xf-caught-testing-wild/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916794 Now that Jaguar bestowed the XE upon the world, the automaker’s engineers and designers are turning toward updating the XF as the first generation draws closer to the end. Autoblog reports the second-gen XF will likely be based upon the same iQ A1 platform used for the XE, along with losing a few pounds and […]

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Now that Jaguar bestowed the XE upon the world, the automaker’s engineers and designers are turning toward updating the XF as the first generation draws closer to the end.

Autoblog reports the second-gen XF will likely be based upon the same iQ A1 platform used for the XE, along with losing a few pounds and gaining some new tech.

Under the bonnet, firepower will mostly remain the same, from four-pot diesels to supercharged V8, as well as the introduction of a PHEV variant. Rear- and all-wheel drive should still be around, as well as the choice between sedan and wagon.

Whatever happens, the new XF has some stiff competition waiting outside the assembly line, including the Audi A6, Infiniti Q70 and Volvo S90. Until that day, however, a few spy photos shall suffice.

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Diamond Star Redux: FCA’s Getting A New Mid-Size Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/diamond-star-redux-fcas-getting-new-mid-size-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/diamond-star-redux-fcas-getting-new-mid-size-truck/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:11:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916402 The Chrysler/Mitsubishi pairing that brought us the turbocharged DSM twins and the Colt cars is being resurrected in a roundabout way. A new mid-size truck for Fiat’s commercial vehicle lineup will be sourced from Mitsubishi, which will lend FCA the use of its upcoming L200 truck. Automotive News is reporting that the new truck will, […]

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The Chrysler/Mitsubishi pairing that brought us the turbocharged DSM twins and the Colt cars is being resurrected in a roundabout way. A new mid-size truck for Fiat’s commercial vehicle lineup will be sourced from Mitsubishi, which will lend FCA the use of its upcoming L200 truck.

Automotive News is reporting that the new truck will, of course, not be sold in North America, and will be built in Thailand for the European and Latin American markets. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have already agreed to sell a rebadged version of the Mirage sedan in Mexico, for sale as a Chrysler product.

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Paris 2014: Toyota C-HR Concept Unveiled Before Paris Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-toyota-c-hr-concept-unveiled-paris-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-toyota-c-hr-concept-unveiled-paris-debut/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916010 Want to know where Toyota might go in the near future for the crossover segment? The C-HR Concept as seen above might be a clue. According to CarScoops, the three-door concept combines “a bold new design language with an agile, engaging driving experience and a Hybrid powertrain,” though not much else is known beyond the […]

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Want to know where Toyota might go in the near future for the crossover segment? The C-HR Concept as seen above might be a clue.

According to CarScoops, the three-door concept combines “a bold new design language with an agile, engaging driving experience and a Hybrid powertrain,” though not much else is known beyond the production version having 3- and 5-door variants, and being positioned beneath the RAV4.

The publication noted that an Auris-based test mule similar in shape and size to the C-HR Concept had undergone testing somewhere in Europe this July.

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Cadillac Flagship Sedan May Not Officially Bear LTS Name http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillac-flagship-sedan-may-officially-bear-lts-name/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillac-flagship-sedan-may-officially-bear-lts-name/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=915994 What’s in a name? A lot, if you’re Cadillac. Though the brand’s green-lit flagship F-segment sedan bears the internal codename LTS, it likely won’t keep the name when the 7 Series/S-Class fighter makes its debut next year. Automotive News says the reason for the possible move is due to the bottomless bowls of alphabet soup […]

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What’s in a name? A lot, if you’re Cadillac. Though the brand’s green-lit flagship F-segment sedan bears the internal codename LTS, it likely won’t keep the name when the 7 Series/S-Class fighter makes its debut next year.

Automotive News says the reason for the possible move is due to the bottomless bowls of alphabet soup being served to Cadillac customers entering the showroom, “a weakness of the Cadillac brand” chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus proclaimed earlier this year.

Last month, the premium brand snagged former Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen as its new chief. In his former role, de Nysschen revamped the naming scheme for the Japanese premium brand’s offerings, using Q for cars and QX for crossovers and SUVs. The claim for the method behind the madness was that he wanted Infiniti to have a broader range of vehicles around the world.

No matter what happens, the world will likely know the name of the beast by the time of the New York Auto Show next April.

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Cadillac’s RWD Flagship Is Going Into Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillacs-rwd-flagship-going-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillacs-rwd-flagship-going-production/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=915258 Cadillac confirmed that a rear-drive flagship would go into production next year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. In a statement released to the media, Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen said “The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars. Currently in development, this new […]

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Cadillac confirmed that a rear-drive flagship would go into production next year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

In a statement released to the media, Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen said

“The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars. Currently in development, this new rear wheel drive-oriented sedan uses completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture.”

Riding on the all-new Omega rear-drive platform, the car will be unveiled in the first half of 2015. Styling is said to be inspired by the Elmiraj show car that won critical acclaim at its 2013 debut at Pebble Beach.

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TTAC Salutes The Lincoln Motor Company http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ttac-salutes-lincoln-motor-company/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ttac-salutes-lincoln-motor-company/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:52:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913802 Last year, TTAC reviewed the Lincoln MKZ, and found it wanting. Poor build quality, sub-par fuel economy and questionable value for money led me to write a review that, while accurate in its portrayal of the cars faults, went above and beyond the call of duty as far as verbal vitriol was concerned. We all know […]

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Last year, TTAC reviewed the Lincoln MKZ, and found it wanting. Poor build quality, sub-par fuel economy and questionable value for money led me to write a review that, while accurate in its portrayal of the cars faults, went above and beyond the call of duty as far as verbal vitriol was concerned. We all know what happened next, and in the end, it was only due to an outpouring of support from the B&B that TTAC was given access to Ford’s press fleet again. Note that in that time, we didn’t once drive a Lincoln.

This week marks the first time that TTAC is back in a Lincoln since that episode. I’m driving a fully loaded 2.3L Ecoboost MKC, which is the Lincoln Motor Company’s version of the Ford Escape. My biggest bone of contention with the MKZ was that it didn’t offer anything particularly compelling that would tempt me to buy one over a Ford Fusion. The MKC doesn’t appear to have that problem. Check back next week for the full review. In the mean time, we salute the Lincoln Motor Company for putting the episode behind them and having the courage to invite us to test out their newest wares.

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GM Already Adding Third Shift At Mid-Size Truck Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/gm-already-adding-third-shift-mid-size-truck-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/gm-already-adding-third-shift-mid-size-truck-plant/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:04:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913754 GM’s new mid-size pickup trucks aren’t even on sale yet, but the auto maker is already preparing to add a third shift at its Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant, which will result in 750 additional jobs. The third shift will come online in early 2015. GM claims to have received as many as 30,000 dealer orders […]

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GM’s new mid-size pickup trucks aren’t even on sale yet, but the auto maker is already preparing to add a third shift at its Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant, which will result in 750 additional jobs.

The third shift will come online in early 2015. GM claims to have received as many as 30,000 dealer orders for the mid-sizers so far – whether they end up in customer hands without major incentives or discounts is a whole other matter.

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Ssangyong May Enter American Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ssangyong-may-enter-american-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ssangyong-may-enter-american-market/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:53:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913506 Back in February, TTAC reported that Ssangyong SUVs may be imported into the United States in the near future, and a report by Reuters confirms that significant steps have been made by parent company Mahindra to further that goal. According to Reuters, Mahindra is in the midst of conducting a feasibility study for the sale of its […]

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Back in February, TTAC reported that Ssangyong SUVs may be imported into the United States in the near future, and a report by Reuters confirms that significant steps have been made by parent company Mahindra to further that goal.

According to Reuters, Mahindra is in the midst of conducting a feasibility study for the sale of its products in the American market. Ssangyong vehicles would be positioned as a budget range of SUVs and crossovers. Some models, like the Rexton, use older Mercedes-Benz technology, while the Korando (pictured above) uses newer technology developed by Ssangyong (though likely with the help of outside consulting firms).

While Ssangyong currently markets its vehicles in markets like Australia using the “Boldly Korean” marketing tagline, a U.S. introduction would likely mean a new moniker (one that is more pleasing to American ears) and a whole new branding strategy.

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Fiat’s Renegade Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/fiats-renegade-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/fiats-renegade-revealed/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:29:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913362   What you’re looking at is the Fiat 500X, the sister car to the Jeep Renegade and the most important Fiat-brand product in memory. This leaked shot of the new subcompact Fiat SUV shows what Fiat’s third North American vehicle will look like. Expect it to use the FCA 1.4L MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine, along […]

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What you’re looking at is the Fiat 500X, the sister car to the Jeep Renegade and the most important Fiat-brand product in memory.

This leaked shot of the new subcompact Fiat SUV shows what Fiat’s third North American vehicle will look like. Expect it to use the FCA 1.4L MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine, along with front or all-wheel drive (though it won’t be as rugged as the Renegade Trailhawk’s off-road oriented AWD).

Why is the 500X so crucial for Fiat? Simple. The Fiat brand is struggling globally – its push into the American market has been less than successful, and it has little traction outside of South America. Fiat recently idled its Serbian factory (which produces the 500L) due to weak demand, and American dealers are crying out for new product. The small crossover market is the one global bright spot in the automotive industry and this is Fiat’s chance to capture some market share in the segment. The Renegade might be a little too bold, brash or “American” for some consumers both at home and abroad. This is FCA’s chance to give them an alternative.

 

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BAAM! Printing A Car From Scratch In Six Days http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/baam-printing-car-scratch-six-days/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/baam-printing-car-scratch-six-days/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913050 Printing the body of the Local Motors Strati at the rate of up to forty carbon-infused pounds per hour, the BAAM 3-D printer might be the next step in democratizing access to electric cars — or cars of any kind, really. This isn’t truly a “3-D printed car” as some sources have reported: the wheels […]

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Printing the body of the Local Motors Strati at the rate of up to forty carbon-infused pounds per hour, the BAAM 3-D printer might be the next step in democratizing access to electric cars — or cars of any kind, really.

This isn’t truly a “3-D printed car” as some sources have reported: the wheels came from our friends at fifteen52 and much of the drivetrain was sourced from the Renault Twizy. Still, the speed with which the Strati was constructed offers some fascinating possibilities for homebrew and limited-production automobiles.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the club-racing applications here: imagine being able to order up some 3-D printed fenders for your Spec Miata or World Challenge car after a tough weekend of close running in the pack! Why not throw in some aero enhancements while you’re at it?

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Delphi Confirmed ITS Technology Supplier For Cadillac http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/delphi-confirmed-technology-supplier-cadillac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/delphi-confirmed-technology-supplier-cadillac/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=911090 Earlier this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac would be the first of her company’s brands to receive V2V and V2I technologies, which would be introduced in the 2017 CTS and the unnamed F-segment flagship recently green-lighted. Today, we know who will be supplying those technologies: supplier Delphi. Just-Auto reports the supplier […]

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Earlier this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac would be the first of her company’s brands to receive V2V and V2I technologies, which would be introduced in the 2017 CTS and the unnamed F-segment flagship recently green-lighted.

Today, we know who will be supplying those technologies: supplier Delphi.

Just-Auto reports the supplier would be the first off the line in delivering intelligent transport systems, building upon the vision and radar systems already found in the marketplace. The supplier claims output of its ITS technology is “highly flexible,” and can be configured in numerous ways to suit the customer’s preferences.

As for when production will commence, Delphi says the first packages will leave the floor in 2016 for North American markets.

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Tesla Model X Has 20,000 Reservations, More To Come http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/tesla-model-x-20000-reservations-come/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/tesla-model-x-20000-reservations-come/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=911057 Despite attempts to discourage would-be owners from reserving a copy of the upcoming Model X, Tesla has some 20,000 customers on its waiting list for the gullwinged SUEV. Gas 2 reports a total of 20,159 reservations have been made thus far since 2012, 12,000 of which were made through March of this year. Out of […]

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Despite attempts to discourage would-be owners from reserving a copy of the upcoming Model X, Tesla has some 20,000 customers on its waiting list for the gullwinged SUEV.

Gas 2 reports a total of 20,159 reservations have been made thus far since 2012, 12,000 of which were made through March of this year. Out of those figures, around 14,000 belong to customers in the United States, while Europe and the Asia Pacific hold just 25 percent.

That said, it may be a long wait. The assembly line, currently going through upgrades to assemble 3,000 vehicles per week, must be shared with the Model S. The publication says that if the split were 50/50, it would take Tesla over a year to clear the backlog that could hit 25,000 by the time production begins early next year.

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Toyota’s Utility Van Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/toyotas-utility-van-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/toyotas-utility-van-concept/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:55:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=910130 Toyota quietly announced a new concept that would conceivably compete with the latest crop of small vans like the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit Connect. Dubbed the Urban Utility concept vehicle or U², the concept was designed at Toyota’s California design studio. Although it’s the size of a compact car, the intention is for a […]

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Toyota quietly announced a new concept that would conceivably compete with the latest crop of small vans like the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit Connect. Dubbed the Urban Utility concept vehicle or U², the concept was designed at Toyota’s California design studio.

Although it’s the size of a compact car, the intention is for a vehicle that maintains the functionality of a truck or van. A folding front passenger seat and a tailgate that also functions as a ramp, along with a rail system for accessories (like bike racks) are just some of the features employed.

The styling of the Urban Utility might be a bit outlandish, but such a concept would likely be able to find a market, given the growth in small, car-based utility vans. Or, if Toyota was really feeling adventurous, it might find a home at Scion.

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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Their 911-Fighter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mercedes-benz-reveals-911-fighter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mercedes-benz-reveals-911-fighter/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:17:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909466   Mercedes-Benz launched the replacement for their SLS AMG sports car, dubbed the AMG GT. Out go the gullwing doors and naturally aspirated 6.2L V8, with a new turbocharged 4.0L V8 and a 7-speed DCT backing it up. The base GT (if you can call it that) puts down 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque […]

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Mercedes-AMG GT (C 190) 2014Mercedes-Benz launched the replacement for their SLS AMG sports car, dubbed the AMG GT. Out go the gullwing doors and naturally aspirated 6.2L V8, with a new turbocharged 4.0L V8 and a 7-speed DCT backing it up.

The base GT (if you can call it that) puts down 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque (good for a 3.9 second sprint to 60 mph and a 189 mph top speed) , with the top-spec GT-S making 503 hp and 479 lb-ft and shaving .2 seconds of the 60 mph dash and a top speed pf 193 mph.

The GT-S also adds a variable exhaust, electronic dampers and an electronic LSD (the base car gets a mechanical unit) and variable engine and transmission mounts that can stiffen or flex depending on driving conditions. The higher spec model also gets 15.2 inch brakes all around.

The base GT will start at around $130,000 USD in Europe, but pricing and content for North America have yet to be announced. Expect the new 4.0L V8 to show up in the new AMG C63 (and likely in both trims, with a higher power S model following as well). Hopefully some of the GT’s styling migrates to the rest of the range as well.

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456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque or 503 hp and 479 lb-ft 

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Ram de Mexico Will Get Fiat Strada Based Small Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ram-de-mexico-will-get-fiat-strada-based-small-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ram-de-mexico-will-get-fiat-strada-based-small-truck/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:23:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909386   Speculation about a Ram small truck based on the Fiat Strada has been rampant recently, and it looks like Ram is getting ready to move in that direction for the Mexican market. A Brazilian outlet is reporting that the Strada will be sold in Mexico as the Ram 750. The 750 will be offered […]

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Speculation about a Ram small truck based on the Fiat Strada has been rampant recently, and it looks like Ram is getting ready to move in that direction for the Mexican market.

A Brazilian outlet is reporting that the Strada will be sold in Mexico as the Ram 750. The 750 will be offered in both single and double cab configurations and powered by small 4-cylinder engines.

Perhaps these were the Strada mules being tested around Detroit, and there were never any plans to bring a small truck to the United States. With UNECE rules and a totally different set of market conditions (as well as no chicken tax), Mexico is a much better place to import a small, front-drive car-based pickup than the United States. Or maybe FCA will surprise us all?

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Tesla, Toyota May Develop New Project Within Three Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/tesla-toyota-may-develop-new-project-within-three-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/tesla-toyota-may-develop-new-project-within-three-years/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909122 Though Toyota and Tesla have, to paraphrase Fleetwood Mac, gone their own way while their RAV4 EV project draws to a close, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he sees his company working with Toyota in two to three years’ time. Automotive News says Musk made the proclamation during a ceremony for the first Model S […]

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Though Toyota and Tesla have, to paraphrase Fleetwood Mac, gone their own way while their RAV4 EV project draws to a close, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he sees his company working with Toyota in two to three years’ time.

Automotive News says Musk made the proclamation during a ceremony for the first Model S sedans delivered in Japan Monday, stating the project “would probably be something significant, maybe on a much higher volume level.” He added that Tesla loved working with Toyota, and held great respect for the automaker.

When the gesture was brought up with Toyota, however, representative Dion Corbett said the automaker had “nothing to say.” This is likely in part due to recent comments between the two companies over their respective paths toward a greener future; Toyota sees EVs as impractical, Tesla believes FCVs are for fools.

The RAV4 EV joint venture is expected to end once the last of the 2,500 crossovers are sold by the end of the year; Toyota has sold 2,130 RAV4 EVs through August 2014.

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Jaguar XE Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/jaguar-xe-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/jaguar-xe-revealed/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:15:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=908777 Despite all the hype around the Jaguar XE and its new lineup of ultra-efficient 4-cylinder engines, Jaguar has chosen to reveal their new 3-Series fighter with only the most sporting trim level. Revealed today in London, the XE-S packs the base F-Type’s 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0L V6. 60 mph will come up in 4.9 seconds, and […]

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Despite all the hype around the Jaguar XE and its new lineup of ultra-efficient 4-cylinder engines, Jaguar has chosen to reveal their new 3-Series fighter with only the most sporting trim level.

Revealed today in London, the XE-S packs the base F-Type’s 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0L V6. 60 mph will come up in 4.9 seconds, and power is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Aside from that, details were scant.

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Mazda MX-5 Turbo Video Was Just A Teaser http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mazda-mx-5-turbo-video-just-teaser/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mazda-mx-5-turbo-video-just-teaser/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909049 The now-famous teaser video that had the whole world wondering about a possible turbo on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 turned out to be a red herring. According to our source, the vehicle used for the teaser video is actually a modified NB Miata with an aftermarket turbo kit, hence the audible woosh of a turbocharger. […]

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The now-famous teaser video that had the whole world wondering about a possible turbo on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 turned out to be a red herring.

According to our source, the vehicle used for the teaser video is actually a modified NB Miata with an aftermarket turbo kit, hence the audible woosh of a turbocharger. Over at Jalopnik, there’s a picture of the engine taken by Travis Okulski, which appears to show no turbocharger present. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that the next MX-5 will be naturally aspirated.

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