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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 14:26

Acura was on schedule to launch its anticipated RLX Sport Hybrid but after a technical issue, Acura’s senior vice president, Mike Accavitti, confirmed the model is delayed.

After speaking with Wards Auto, specifics weren’t disclosed by Accavitti, though he said that “it just hasn’t met with our expectations yet.” Speculation suggests there is a problem with the SH-AWD and the powertrain, especially since its a similar system to the one used in the Acura NSX Prototype, which recently caught fire.

Due to the delay, the RLX Sport Hybrid is delayed until next month.

Source: Wards Auto

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 12:23

Rolls-Royce has been known to be working on a new SUV crossover now that Bentley is working on their own. Additionally, SUV crossovers are high on the demand, which further bolsters both Bentley’s and Rolls’ venture into the segment, despite being rather blasphemous to the brand’s image.

And after speaking with Rolls’ CEO, Törsten Müller-Ötvös, AutoGuide heard from the man himself of confirmation for Rolls’ interest in a crossover. However, Müller-Ötvös also said that the model has yet to be approved for production. That means the model is most likely in the research and development phase.

Interest is high among Rolls’ own executive brand and their customers, especially considering the fact that majority of Rolls-Royce owners own a Land Rover. Should the Rolls-Royce crossover hit production, its parts will come from the same bin as the new X7 and the next-generation 7-Series while using the same platform.

Source: AutoGuide
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 20:20

The current second generation Cadillac SRX has been with us since 2009 and is soon due for a replacement. Supposedly confirming the arrival of the third generation model is Cadillac’s chief engineer, Dave Leone, who spoke to Bloomberg recently. The new next gen SRX is scheduled for a launch sometime in late 2015 as a 2016 model.

This is the first word to surface regarding a new SRX, following rumors and reports of Cadillac’s efforts to introduce a new flagship sedan.

When it first came out, the Cadillac SRX was a rear-wheel drive crossover, marking the brand’s first venture into the segment and it did reasonable well–especially since the first generation model was rear-wheel drive, it catered to the driving enthusiasts more than many of its competitors, thanks to sharing its platform with the early Cadillac CTS. Cadillac then did a drastic change for the second generation model, making it front-wheel and all-wheel drive which ultimately subdued its sporty driving characteristics.

Not much is known about the new third SRX. But Caddy was once rumored to be working on a GM Lambda-based large crossover with three-rows, the same platform used for the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the former Saturn Outlook. That plan was axed so there’s a chance the SRX could grow another set of seats at the back, which also implies an increase in size.

Source: Bloomberg

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 14:40

Cars.com heard through the grapevine that Subaru is still working on a follow-up generation to the current Tribeco crossover, after speaking with the brand’s product communications director for American operations, Dominick Ifante.

“We are actively working on a next-generation three-row crossover,” Infante supposedly said. It’s still in the planning stage, but should all go well, the new Tribeca is expected to grow in size, but not by significant margins. Additionally, Subaru’s unsure as to how to place the model competitively–should it just be a “bigger Outback” or a sporty large crossover along the lines of the Mazda CX-9?

On a separate note under the same breath, Infante also supposedly confirmed of a Impreza update and facelift sometime later this year. Our guess would be at Los Angeles…

Source: Cars.com

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 13:34

Subcompact luxury sedans are growing in popularity, thanks to offerings like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the BMW 1-Series, and the Audi A3. Infiniti and Lexus are also supposedly developing their own to join the newly established market and now, Cadillac apparently wants to follow with their own version.

According to CARandDRIVER after speaking with Cadillac’s marketing chief, Uwe Ellinghaus, the project is confirmed to be in the making. Though to serve up a more aggressive selling point, while BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are serving up front-wheel driven subcompact sedans with the distinct possibility of Infiniti and Lexus too, Cadillac might do differently by making their version rear-wheel drive.

Should all be true, the same modular platform underpinning the ATS and the CTS will be used, but in smaller proportions. This is the same platform also rumored to be destined for the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Expect a range of four-cylinder engines in both turbo and naturally-aspirated form, such as the current 2.0L turbo and 2.5L non-turbo four-bangers.

Source: CARandDRIVER

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 12:00

Mazda is reportedly working to innovate the traditional hybrid system by developing a new diesel-based powertrain.

Not much is known, though The Japan News reports Mazda’s diesel-hybrid system is destined for Asia and Europe only and could be available as early as 2016 in the Mazda3, also known as the Axela in Japan. Thanks to the use of a diesel motor, the new hybrid system could increase fuel economy by up to 30 percent, offering the equivalent if 94 mpg.

In Japan, the Mazda3 can be had in gasoline hybrid form with a SKIACTIV-G 2.0L four-banger with an electric motor and a CVT transmission. The going mpg rate for that model is the equivalent to 73.5 mpg.

Source: The Japan News

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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 13:28

Jaguar once introduced a new conceptual version of the F-Type last year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, paying tribute to the wonderful and classic D-Type.

At this year’s Festival gathering Jaguar introduced a production version of the F-Type Project 7 Concept and this past weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Coventry-based automaker brought the model stateside to showcase the unique F-Type and its $165,000 price tag at some of the most affluent customers.

As a refresher, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 comes with a beefed up 5.0L third-generation AJ-V8 good for 575hp, making it the most powerful Jaguar ever built–more than the classic and super-rare XJ220 and XJR-15 supercars from the 1990s. The Project 7 is built as a new model designed to commemorate one of the brand’s first models developed with Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.


Jaguar Reveals U.S. Spec F-TYPE Project 7 Vehicle At Pebble Beach

  • Named in honor of seven Jaguar wins at Le Mans, the F-TYPE Project 7 is a road-legal two-seater inspired by the Jaguar D-Type
  • Created by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, F-TYPE Project 7 will be a limited production vehicle
  • Powered by a 575hp 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine, F-TYPE Project 7 is capable of accelerating 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph[1]
  • F-TYPE Project 7 will be available in two standard colors – Glacier White and Ultra Blue. British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Caldera Red will also be available as optional upgrades
  • Customer deliveries will start in Spring 2015
  • US Pricing starting at $165,000[2]

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – August 14, 2014 – Last night, the U.S. production version of the F-TYPE Project 7 was unveiled at the exclusive Jaguar Land Rover Pebble Beach Kick-Off event in California. Named to reflect seven Jaguar overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, F-TYPE Project 7 is inspired by the Jaguar D-Type which celebrates its 60thanniversary this year.

Created by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations team, the  F-TYPE Project 7 will be a limited production all-aluminum, fully road-legal two-seater roadster with bespoke aerodynamic aids. To further emphasize the Jaguar racing heritage, the vehicle will feature a 575hp 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine with a 0-60mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph.

The F-TYPE Project 7 will come to market in two standard color schemes – Glacier White, a metallic white which is the feature color for the model and Ultra Blue, a metallic take on French Racing Blue and the signature color of the Jaguar Land Rover SVO team. British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Caldera Red will also be available as optional upgrades.

For more information on F-TYPE Project 7 visit: www.JaguarUSA.com/FTYPEProject7

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 2 Price shown is MSRP. Excludes $925 destination and delivery fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and retailer fees all due at signing and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for details.

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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 12:00

Crossover are undoubtedly at an all-time high in demand and as a result, Mazda may jump back on the bandwagon with a possible successor to the mid-size CX-7.

Mazda’s midsized crossover ceased production in 2012, leaving only the compact CX-5 and the CX-9 as the two only crossover offerings from the small Japanese automaker. That said, Mazda may not exactly get the success it needs to continue expanding if it goes without serving up a model in one of the most crucial segments in the mainstream market. So a CX-7 may make a triumphant return, according to Australia’s CarAdvice.

Word comes from Mazda’s Australian managing director, Martin Benders, who suggested a new CX-7 could launch after the all-new CX-9 in 2016.

Though, not much else is know. What do you think fans, could Mazda use a successor to the CX-7? We think so.

Source: CarAdvice.com

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 20:27

Rumors again from Australia! (Surprised?)

Motoring.com reports of Toyota developing a new entry-level sports coupe to sit below the GT 86. Apparently, the car’s weight of 2,160lbs is confirmed along with power supplied by a 1.5L naturally-aspirated four-pot good for 128hp and 107 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed manual or automatic.

Not much else is known but should all reign to be true, a concept should show up at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show with production commencing two years afterwards for a 2018 model year release in 2017.

Source: Motoring

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 20:02

The 2015 Cadillac CTS was recently revealed with some new updates, mainly in the aesthetic department.

It begins with the introduction of Cadillac’s new wreathless logo, festooning the revised grille of the CTS for the first time. Complementing the looks are some slightly reworked headlights, now standard with projector halogen style assemblies. High-intensity discharge bulbs with Adaptive Forward Lighting are also optional to complete the look, should one desire.

Should you want to make your companions irresistible to you, illuminated door handles can be had for an extra price. The base, Luxury, and Vsport models now also come with active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics so you could impress your friends even more with how much better fuel economy you get than others. Standard 17-inch wheels with optional 18- and 19-inch rims, and new Crystal White Tricoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic add top the cake of variety.

The 2015 Cadillac CTS is also equipped with GM’s new wireless smartphone charging apparatus for compatible devices while the Cadillac CUE infotainment system now comes with integrated text alerts. Parking assist, and OnStar 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity are offered as well.

Otherwise, the Cadillac CTS remains rather mechanically unchanged as the 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec four with 272hp and 295 lb-ft of torque still powers the base model. Moving up the line supplements a naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 with 321hp and 275 lb-ft of twist for the middle-grade model and the range topper, until the CTS-V gets here, is the 3.6L twin-turbo V6 with 420hp and 430 lb-ft of torque in the Vsport. The Vsport also gets an electronic limited-slip differential, sport-tuned suspension and steering, Brembo clamps, 18-inch wheels and Pirelli summer rubber, making it the best driving Cadillac to date.

All models get a new eight-speed automatic.

Check out the press release below.



The Cadillac CTS Sedan returns for 2015 with enhancements that build on the package of engaging performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology that helped make it the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Indeed, with its striking design and lightweight, rear-wheel-drive-based architecture – offered with three powertrains – the CTS stands out among the world’s best midsize sedans with a distinctive, satisfying blend of luxury and sport. It is lighter than its primary competitors, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class, and its range of power-dense powertrains underpin its performance, including Cadillac’s Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, a roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions.

The 2015 CTS lineup is offered in well-equipped standard models, as well as Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections – and Vsport, which features the twin-turbo/eight-speed transmission combination as its exclusive powertrain. It helps the CTS Vsport reach 60 mph in an estimated 4.4 seconds and achieve an estimated top speed of 172 mph (277 kph).

New OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as enhanced features for Cadillac CUE, bring greater connectivity and convenience to CTS drivers and passengers.

CTS design and exterior features
Linear elements, including an uninterrupted feature line that runs from the headlamps to the taillamps, emphasize the CTS’s long, lean proportion and contribute three-dimensional qualities to its surface. The sense of flow over the CTS sedan is furthered, too, with a “trapped” hood design – surrounded completely by sheet metal – that eliminates the forward cut lines between the grille and headlamps.

Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting details – evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners, bringing uniform white illumination without hot spots and serving as the daytime running lamps.

Projector-beam halogen headlamps are standard and high-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System are available.

At the rear, first-, second- and third-order bezel elements within the taillamp housings offer a distinctive rear signature for the CTS when illuminated. LED lights within crystalline blade structures ensure a crisp, uniform appearance and the Cadillac script is etched in the upper illumination blade.

Additional exterior features include:

  • Revised grille design with new Cadillac crest for 2015; Galvano chrome finish on base model grille and black chrome finish on Vsport grille
  • Active aero grille shutters standard on base, Luxury and Performance Collections (not included when Driver Assist package is selected on Performance Collection; not included on Vsport)
  • Available illuminating door handles with Galvano polished aluminum finish
  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers included with Driver Awareness package
  • Seamless Galvano aluminum trim around the side windows that reinforces CTS’s craftsmanship with the “line weighting” of an artist’s pencil – it’s thicker in some areas and thinner in others to emphasize different proportions
  • Chevron-shaped center high-mounted stop lamp is inset in the leading edge of the trunk lid for a more elegant, integrated appearance
  • Through-fascia trapezoidal exhaust ports are accented with chrome trim
  • Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18- and 19-inch wheels available.

Ten exterior colors are offered: Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic (new), Crystal White Tricoat (new), Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Grey Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Black Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic and Silver Coast Metallic.

CTS interior design and features
The CTS’s roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior blends technology and hand-crafted appointments to support the driving experience. It’s an intuitive and connected cabin, with asymmetrical features that focus the controls and displays on the driver – reinforced with authentic materials and refined amenities to give it character that is distinctive in the segment.

An industry-exclusive, one-piece wrapped upper instrument panel flows from the base of the windshield down to the base of the center stack, while the “brow” over the instrument cluster reaches across the center stack, exemplifying the asymmetrical cues. The center stack and the wider center console that blends with it are designed around Cadillac’s CUE connectivity and controls system, which features a high-resolution eight-inch touch screen.

In front of the driver, a blend of analog gauges and a 5.7-inch driver information center display is standard, while other models feature a 12.3-inch color reconfigurable screen with four levels of information displays: simple, balanced, performance or enhanced.

Eight distinctive interior environments – including six two-tone combinations – are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions. The range of interior environments reflects the ambience of customers’ driving experiences, from relaxed touring to serious performance.

Interior color and trim choices include:

  • Light Platinum with Jet Black accents
  • Jet Black with Jet Black accents
  • Twilight Blue with Jet Black accents
  • Light Cashmere with Medium Cashmere accents
  • Jet Black with Morello Red accents
  • Kona Brown with Jet Black accents.

CTS sedan also offers full-leather, 20-way adjustable front seats, which includes 14 power-assisted adjustments, a manual cushion length extension and four-way manual headrests. The 20-way full-leather seats are available, with 16-way adjustable seats standard with leather seats. The CTS’s standard seats feature 14-way adjustment and all seats were designed to deliver segment-leading comfort and craftsmanship. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard with leather seating and rear heated seats are available.

Additional interior features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats with leather seating surfaces and heated steering wheel 
  • Hand-wrapped and motorized cup holder lid in the center console that operates with a light touch, much like inserting a disc into a DVD player
  • Adaptive remote start feature that also activates the climate control system
  • Electrically actuated and locking glove box – with LED lighting and two tiers of storage – leads a list of multiple storage compartments that also includes a compartmentalized storage area in the center console, lit map pockets in all doors and a hidden storage area behind an articulating climate control/radio control panel
  • Storage under the center armrest includes auxiliary power points, including SD card, auxiliary jack and USB ports
  • Available indirect LED ambient lighting in the instrument panel, door panels, foot wells, door map pockets, various storage locations and the front door sills – where the Cadillac script is illuminated
  • Available tri-zone climate system includes vents in the rear of the center console for greater rear-seat comfort
  • Available manual rear door shades and power-operated rear window shade
  • Electronic park brake
  • Standard Bose eleven-speaker sound system and available Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 13 speakers.

The CTS Sedan offers Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel and – new for 2015 – perpendicular spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space, with the driver only required to select the gear and apply the accelerator and brake pedals. Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard.

Cadillac CUE and new OnStar 4G LTE
Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the CTS’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is standard on all models and collections, with features including new Text Message Alerts. With a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), you can listen to important texts and respond with a preset message. It enables voice-controlled connectivity to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

The new, available Cadillac DockSpot magnetic inductive charging system is a wireless phone charger that allows users to simply place their phone on a small mat in the CTS, where it charges without the need to plug it in.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. A navigation system is also available with the standard model and Luxury Collection; it is standard with the Performance and Premium Collections and Vsport models. 

Complementing CUE to enhance the CTS’s connectivity is new OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

At the time of purchase, one year of OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.

Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling.

CTS powetrains
The engine lineup starts with a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and an available 3.6L V-6. The Vsport is powered by the exclusive Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission powertrain combination. The eight-speed automatic is also paired with 3.6L/RWD models.

The CTS’s award-winning 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm), while the 3.6L V-6 is rated at 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm). Each features direct injection and dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, which help optimize power and efficiency, as well as reduce emissions.

At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, delivering 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3000 to 4600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight CTS an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.

The CTS Vsport’s Twin-Turbo V-6 is the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the midsize luxury segment – a 3.6L with 118 horsepower per liter (88 kW/liter) – and the eight-speed automatic enhances fuel economy and acceleration over a six-speed automatic.

Rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 430 lb-ft of torque (583 Nm), it is also the most powerful V-6 ever from General Motors. A pair of smaller turbochargers and an efficient charge air cooler help provide immediate power delivery. Additionally, approximately 90 percent of the Twin-Turbo’s peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm, giving the engine a broad torque curve that customers will feel as strong, willing power in almost all driving conditions, such as accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.

The engine is a comprehensive upgrade on the 60-degree, 3.6L DOHC V-6 offered in the SRX, XTS and ATS. However, almost every component is unique, including:

  • All-new cylinder block casting
  • All-new cylinder head castings
  • Strengthened connecting rods
  • Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength
  • 10.2:1 compression ratio
  • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts
  • Two turbochargers produce more than 12 pounds of boost (80 kPa)
  • Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves
  • All-new direct injection fuel system
  • Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, aluminum cam covers and other features that contribute to exceptional quietness and smoothness.

CTS driving experience
Excellent power-to-weight ratios and racetrack-honed suspension geometries established with the development of the ATS enabled engineers to advance CTS’s performance with greater feelings of feedback, control and response. The comparatively low curb weight helps make the most of the driving experience by allowing the use of lighter-weight chassis components, which reduces unsprung weight to enable more precise handling without compromising ride quality.

The CTS sedan’s low mass and optimal brake sizes give it braking performance that is among the best in the segment, with standard Brembo front brakes.

Suspension and driver control highlights also include:

  • Multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with a double-pivot design
  • Five-link independent rear suspension
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • Premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system
  • Choice of 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

A number of aluminum components are used with the suspension system, while the rear suspension is mostly steel. That helps offset the weight of the engine and transmission at the front of the vehicle, helping the CTS deliver its near-perfect weight balance and reducing noise and vibration. 

Additionally, CTS’s all-wheel-drive system – available with the 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L V-6 – is designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is an advanced, fully automatic and on-demand system that includes wheel-slip management. 

The performance-oriented, rear-drive-only Vsport takes the CTS driving experience to a higher level, with these unique features:

  • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli summer-only performance tires
  • Sport-tuned suspension with enhanced spring rates and stabilizer bars
  • One-inch-wider rear wheels with P275/35R18 tires
  • A quicker steering ratio with sport-tuned steering efforts and response
  • Brembo disc brakes with aluminum calipers and available high-performance brake pads
  • Heavy-duty track cooling package
  • Driver-selectable track mode with specific throttle progression and Magnetic Ride Control calibrations for track driving
  • Electronic limited-slip differential that enhances capability on the track – including optimal acceleration out of turns.

The Cadillac Twin-Turbo is paired with a high-performance, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission – including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy.

The paddle-shift eight-speed delivers smooth, quick shift performance – as quick as 0.3-second on wide-open-throttle upshifts – with the quietness, smoothness and refinement Cadillac customers expect. Smaller gear steps – closer ratios – support world-class performance, with quicker, more imperceptible shifting.

CTS safety features
The CTS offers advanced safety based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy that employs advanced technologies – including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even assist to help the driver avert potential crashes.

Among the most sophisticated of the features is front and rear automatic braking, which automatically applies the brakes in potential collision situations to help reduce damage or help avoid a collision with vehicles directly in front or behind.

Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is standard with Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections, as well as Vsport. It includes:

  • Safety alert seat
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Lane change alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision alert
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear-vision camera system
  • Intellibeam® high-beam control
  • Rainsense wipers.

The Driver Assist package is available on Performance and included on Premium Collections (include Vsport Premium) and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic safety belt tightening
  • Front and rear automatic braking.

The advanced technologies complement the CTS’s other safety features, including 10 standard air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented DuraLife FNC-treated brake rotors and auto-dry brake functionality.

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 12:00

The Toyota FT-1 Concept isn’t exactly news, but Toyota sought to keep the concept car fresh and the interest high by revealing the drop-dead gorgeous concept again, except with a killer new paint scheme.

Sporting a graphite gray exterior and a beige and black leather setup on the inside, the revised Toyota FT-1 Concept just makes us want Toyota to produce the new sports coupe even more.

No new details about the production model were revealed, especially since the production model has yet to be confirmed. What is known is that BMW and Toyota are diligently working on a new midsize sports coupe that could result in a successor to the beloved Supra.

Either way, we want it…and we want it now!

Check out the press release after the jump.

Do A Double Take with Second Stunning Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept

  • Saddle Leather Interior Communicates Premium, Sporty Feel
  • Superhero Inspiration in Performance Leather and Details
  • Ultra High-Performance Race Version Coming Virtually to Gran Turismo® 6
August 13, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Proof that its beauty lies on the inside and out, Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle’s graphite exterior paint and light, saddle-colored leather went on display for the first time at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala held on California’s Monterey Peninsula.The original FT-1 concept ignited sports car enthusiasts and the automotive world with its January debut at the North American International Auto Show. Labeled the spiritual pace car for the new direction of Toyota Global Design, the muscular, curved exterior builds on Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. That first vehicle stunned in a bold red, while this second FT-1 impresses with sophisticated graphite. Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind. It’s a look that gets the heart racing.The color of the upscale leather changes between the first and second FT-1 vehicles, and the visual difference is striking. The first car was dominated by bold, masculine black that keeps the driver focused on the road, while red painted edges and raw metals provide intriguing accents. In the second, the natural leather on the seat is supple with an all-natural grain, giving it an authentic appeal. The painted edges that are red in the first concept are now subtly blended brown in the second. The intention is to bring in a more sophisticated feel and authenticity through color choice, showcasing the versatility of the FT-1 sports car concept. Enthusiasts who desire a more pure high-performance experience might choose the black-red pairing, while others may desire the premium, athletic feel of the saddle leather.

“From the start of the FT-1 project, we wanted the driver to have a feeling of flow while at the wheel – to be able to focus on the road and nothing else,” said Sellene Lee, the Calty creative designer who proposed both color concepts. “In the color studio we help create the atmosphere of the vehicle, and our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices. The saddle leather maintains that same ‘in the zone’ driving intention, while bringing in a more premium feeling.”

Superhero Inspiration for the Interior

Sellene Lee drew inspiration for the FT-1 interior from the modern, high-tech performance materials used for today’s superhero costumes. A movie poster drew her attention to the modern shift from past heroes’ bright tights and colors to today’s performance fabrics and function. To achieve the FT-1’s advanced-looking, intricately detailed interior, Sellene Lee and the team compared leather thicknesses, grain sizes and textures to find the perfect combination. Raised metal mesh provides ventilation for the seats while lending a more textural, bold effect that beautifully matches with the metal accents. A dimensional embossed pattern on the instrument panel leather brings in a 3-D, technical look.

“From color and trim standpoint in the FT-1, there was a laser-like focus on staying true to function,” said Wendy Lee, studio chief designer at Calty. “This project was very special, as the FT-1 stands apart in its performance-driven, authentic purpose.”

Beyond her superhero performance material concept, Sellene Lee moved away from the typical stitching or piping edge treatment found in many vehicle interiors. The painted red edges on the welded leather and painted brown edges on the second FT-1 were inspired by high-end leather bags she found in an upscale department store. When drivers sit in FT-1, they can feel the difference in materials, textures and color choices that resulted from the team’s work.

Double the Fun in Gran Turismo 6

This September, two new versions of the FT-1 will be available for download virtually inside Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest iteration of the best-selling racing franchise exclusively on PlayStation®3. Like the red FT-1 introduced in January, the graphite FT-1 concept roars onto the Gran Turismo 6 racetrack as a downloadable vehicle for a limited time. Additionally, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, Calty has also designed an ultra high-performance race version of the FT-1 that inside the game is called the FT-1 “Vision GT.” This high-powered version interprets what a full-race FT-1 might achieve on the track. See how the FT-1 Vision GT came to life by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXFyCHp59w

The GT6 played an important role in helping key executives (including Toyota President Akio Toyoda) better experience the FT-1 concept prior to building the vehicle. Both virtual versions capture the same excitement, passion and performance the physical FT-1 vehicles inspire in those who see them.

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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 12:00

The 2015 Mazda Miata MX-5 is almost here and Mazda themselves just released a teaser of the fourth generation model.

It’s set to debut on September 3rd in just a few short weeks, utilizing the Mazda’s latest Kodo design philosophy. Details still aren’t plentiful, though what we do know is the new Miata receives a completely new SKYACTIV-CHASSIS that will supposedly chop off at least 220lbs from the current model. The engine is also moved closer to the center of the vehicle for a lower center of gravity and better balance.

And what’s a Miata if power isn’t sent to the rear wheels?

Source: Mazda

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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 22:03

Are you an esteemed member of the 1%, or are you a fascist dictator in need of a new car to be chauffeured around in? Well, have no fear, because the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman is on the way and recent pictures of the new limo were released on the Interwebs via patent photos.

As expected, the new S600 Pullman looks like an elongated S-Class, which it pretty much is. Four doors are still accounted for and the obvious extension in the wheelbase along with additional windows help fill in the gap. And at 21-feet long, the new Pullman needs quite a bit of glass to fill. That’s longer than both the Maybach 62 and the S600 Pullman Guard from the last iteration.

Mercedes-Benz is rumored to be handing off the coach-building duties to tuner Brabus with the possibility of a $1 million armored version in the works as well.

Source: CarScoops

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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 21:07

Dodge finally revealed the highly-rumored and anticipated Charger SRT Hellcat to make the world’s most powerful sedan.

The result is a 707hp beast that tops out at 204mph and can run a quarter mile in just 11 seconds, on top of a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds.

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, much like its Challenger sibling, gets the brand’s latest 707hp 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 with 650 lb-ft of tire roasting torque to boot. As of now, the Charger does only seem to get the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic, whereas the Challenger has the option for a six-speed Tremec manual. But either way, the new Charger SRT Hellcat ain’t nothing to joke around with.

It even features two key fobs–one for reduced power and one to unleash all 707 raging ponies. The Charger SRT Hellcat is also separated from its lesser lineup stablemates by much more aggressive bodywork and huge 20-inch wheels.

For full details, check out the release after the jump.


New 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is The Quickest, Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan in The World

With 707 horsepower, an NHRA-certified quarter mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 204 miles per hour, the world’s only four-door muscle car is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever
  • - Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat engine produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful V-8 Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced
  • - Unrivaled four-door performance includes quarter mile elapsed time in 11.0 seconds on street tires, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph)
  • - Dodge and SRT designers re-sculpt and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear
  • - Segment-first TorqueFlite heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering fuel-efficient street driving and maximum performance track driving with 160 millisecond shifts with rev-matching
  • - New performance attributes include the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, adaptive damping three-mode suspension and three-mode, heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission
  • - New SRT Performance Pages allow drivers to tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension
  • - Two key fobs – one black and one red. The red fob unlocks all 707 horsepower
  • - New interior design elements, including SRT three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seating, premium materials and a choice of four new trim and color combinations
  • - Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning available Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hotspot

August 13, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge is upping its high-performance game again with the unveiling of the new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The new Charger SRT Hellcat will feature the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the quickest, fastest, most powerful production sedan in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in America.

“For the last eight years, a large part of the Dodge Charger’s successful formula has been its many personalities. It’s a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family capable sedan; its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge and SRT Brands. “And now, with a NHRA-certified quarter mile time of 11.0 seconds and a 204 mph top speed, the new 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat redefines itself again, as the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan in the world!”

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Awe-inspiring powertrain; largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle

The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its 707 horsepower matches the highest rating of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group’s celebrated history – that of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The all-new supercharged V-8 engine is mated to the beefy new TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V-8 supercharger technology, featuring a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons, developed using advanced telemetry measurement, are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.

The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, which are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

Standard on the Charger SRT Hellcat is the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle, which were first introduced on the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management and thermal capacity and longevity.

The unrivaled four-door performance numbers tell an impressive story with the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mile per hour (mph).

All-new Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual driver

Whether its on-road or on-track, Charger SRT Hellcat owners can personalize their drive experience, via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings.

  • Custom — Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance
  • Sport — Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode
  • Track — Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
  • Default — Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
  • Eco — Maximizes fuel economy with a revised shift schedule, pedal map and second-gear starts

The Drive Modes feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by performing any of the following:

  • Pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank
  • Selecting “Drive Modes” from the “SRT & Apps” menu
  • Selecting “Drive Modes” from within the Performance Pages menu

Unlocking the power

The all-new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat comes standard with two key fobs – red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

When Valet Mode is activated, the following vehicle configurations are enabled:

  • Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
  • Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
  • Traction, steering and suspension are set to their “Street” settings
  • Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
  • Drive Mode functions are disabled
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
  • Launch Control is disabled

The driver can activate and deactivate Valet Mode with a four-digit PIN code they create.

Sinister, functional exterior design

Inspired by its performance-enthusiast roots when Charger first launched more than 45 years ago, the new Charger successfully pays homage to past muscle cars while offering distinctly modern all-new exterior and interior appointments.

The Dodge and SRT design team builds upon the 2015 Dodge Charger’s new modern four-door fastback coupe’s already iconic exterior styling by adding a sinister-looking, unique front fascia, hood, rear fascia and spoiler.

The new exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, and for 2015, specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. With its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform and proven power, the Charger’s modern take on old-school muscle is sure to resonate with today’s enthusiasts.

Up front, the Charger SRT Hellcat receives the larger, power-bulge aluminum hood, which features a dedicated “cold-air” intake – a visual styling cue from the first Viper coupe built in 1996 – and dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air turbulence in the engine compartment.

The redesigned front fascia and grille use unique, blacked out upper and lower textures to produce the menacing look that is sure to make onlookers notice the ultimate performance sedan.

An integrated front splitter optimizes airflow to the cooling modules without compromising vehicle balance.

Filling the wheel wells are “Slingshot” split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with either standard Matte Black or available Brass Monkey/dark bronze finishes.

Two new 275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tires provide performance for all seasons. Both Pirelli P Zero Nero and P Zero tires are Y-Plus rated to handle the extreme speeds the Charger SRT Hellcat is capable of producing.

At the rear, a single piece decked spoiler is painted in body color while the unique fascia and valence showcase the 4-inch round exhaust tips.

The Dodge Charger SRT’s signature “racetrack” LED tail lamps take on the same continuous glowing ribbon of light that debuted on the new 2014 Dodge Durango.

The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the deck lid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger SRT’s backup camera.

The rear styling makeover begins at the touchdown point of the C-pillar, which is moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance combined with a shorter rear overhang.

High-performance driver-oriented interior   

The 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat’s restyled driver-focused interior features premium, soft-touch materials, a new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital instrument gauge cluster and a new instrument panel center stack with the latest generation 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen media center.

New for 2015, drivers can select one of the many offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen interior package. In addition, the Charger SRT Hellcat comes standard with a premium 900 watt, 18-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.

An all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control.

A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom and thick rim for the high-performance driver. Standard paddle shifters are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to control the driver-configurable, full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right-hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still found on the back of the upper spokes. This new power tilt-telescoping steering wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.

The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For improved comfort and convenience, the SRT Hellcat includes standard heated and ventilated front high-performance seats and heated rear seats.

Charger continues to grow its market share

The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.

The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.

The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.


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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 14:53

Without a doubt, mini go-karting is hella-fun. But what if you were to actually do a similar stint in a typical sports car, like a brand new Porsche Cayman GTS?

Well, Porsche did us the favor by finding out, having the car go balls out on a pro-kart track in northern Italy.

Click here for more news on the Porsche Cayman.

Find out what happens after the jump in the video.

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 16:50

Subaru was curious about introducing a new entry-level crossover amid the booming popularity trend for the segment, with competitors like the Nissan Juke, the Kia Soul, and the Jeep Renegade.

However, AutoExpress in the UK reports Subaru withdrew the idea due to a lack of funds to research, develop, and build the vehicle. The new model would require Subaru to build an all-new platform and a range of small-displacement motors for the crossover, though Subaru has none of the resources to get this accomplished.

Additionally, they predict the model would only be popular in Europe, causing them to be skeptical as to whether or not the entry-level crossover would make a viable business case.

Source: AutoExpress

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 13:22

Hyundai recently filed three different recall campaigns with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of some 419,000 vehicles are involved in the recalls.

The vast majority involve a good 225,000 2001-2006 Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers over front springs that can rust and crack when subjected to winter driving conditions and road salt. As a result, this causes a major safety issue with handling. All vehicles are covered and will be repairs free of charge.

Some 2011 Sonatas are recalled, 133,075 to be exact, for leaking brake fluid due to bad seals between the brake hose and brake-line fitting. The obvious problem can lead to reduced braking.

Lastly, some 61,122 Veracruz crossovers are being recalled over potential alternator failures caused by a leaky valve cover gasket on the front of the cylinder bank. That can cause oil to leak on the alternator, causing the car to stall or a failure to start.

No injuries or incidents have been reported. Though 1,200 warranty claims and 90 cases of springs contacting the tire were reported for the Santa Fe, in a report by the Associated Press. All issues are to be repaired free of charge and Hyundai will begin notifying owners of all affected cars by the end of September.

Check out the press release after the jump.

Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model Year 2001-2006 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from March 31, 2000, through February 15, 2006, that are registered and operated, or which were originally sold and registered, in the following 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The affected vehicles may experience front coil spring corrosion from road salt, causing the coil spring to fracture and make contact with the tire.

If the front coil spring fractures due to corrosion it could cause the coil spring to make contact with the tire, possibly puncturing the tire and increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the coil spring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 124.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured from December 11, 2009, through September 1, 2010. The affected vehicles may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system’s master cylinder to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) due to insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake line fitting.

If the brake lines leak brake sufficient fluid, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate and longer stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 122.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles manufactured from December 26, 2006, through July 24, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket. If there is a sufficient amount of oil dropped onto the alternator, the alternator will be damaged causing the charging system to become inoperative.

If the alternator is damaged, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, and the engine will lose power and the vehicle will eventually stop operating while being driven. An unexpected failure of motive power while driving increases the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect/repair or replace the alternator and the front valve cover gasket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 121.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 12:35

Australia’s Motoring.com apparently heard that the next-generation Nissan 370Z is to feature a new hybrid powertrain featuring a Mercedes-Benz four-banger.

According to the report, the new model is to be called the Z35 generation and is going to be sold mainly in Japan and the United States. The hybrid version is supposedly going to utilize a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 2.0L turbocharged four in tandem with an electric motor for an output of around 207hp–the same system used on the Japanese Domestic Market Nissan Skyline 200GT-t, or Japans hybrid version of the Infiniti (now defunct G sedan) Q50. Topping the range would be a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 3.0L turbocharged V6 tuned to deliver more than 400bhp. That would replace the current 3.7L Nissan VQ-based V6 and is bound to make many Nissan fans upset.

Additionally, the new Z is said to come with a new targa and T-top version, paying homage to the original Z T-top convertible from the 1980s and 1990s.

A sales launch sometime in 2016 is predicted with a reveal in the form of a concept due at the Tokyo Motor Show next year.

Source: Motoring.com

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 12:03

Cadillac revealed some mid-year updates for the 2015 Escalade gets a variety of mid-year model updates, even though the completely new fourth-generation model was revealed not too long ago.

The biggest bit of news is that the 2015 Cadillac Escalade gains both an eight-speed automatic across the line, while an ultra-luxurious Platinum Collection model fully loaded with options was added to the range.

The eight-speed automatic replaces the old six-speed unit in the first production models of 2015 Escalades. Other standard options were added to the list for all Escalades such as a standard Surround View camera system, 4G LTE connectivity, a hands-free power liftgate, and more.

The top-spec Platinum trim gets lots of Platinum badges, as expected, in the event you forgot what you just recently purchased, 22-inch wheels, enough chrome trim to put a 50s Eldorado to shame, and Cadillac’s redesigned wreathless logo. The interior receives Nappa leather in either beige or gray while the steering wheel and dash get hand-stitched with the same material. If that’s not enough, the driver’s seat gets a massaging function with 18-way adjustments for one’s liking. Rear passengers get seven-inch LCD screens in the headrests and a nine-inch screen in the center.

The base Escalade now starts at $73,965, $1,275 more than the current model while the top-spec Platinum starts at $90,270.

Check out the press release below.

New Platinum Collection, Added Features Elevate Escalade Craftsmanship and Technology

Entire SUV line gets 8-Speed transmission, Surround View camera and 4G LTE connectivity

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced numerous enhancements to the just-launched 2015 Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launching in the fourth quarter this year.

Escalade Platinum features elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features, highlighted by the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.

“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”

The 2015 Escalade Platinum extends and upgrades the use of premium materials within the Escalade’s cut and sewn interior. First- and second-row seats are wrapped in Nappa semi-aniline leather, while the dashboard, upper door panels and center console are clad in hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather. Customers can choose between two distinct interior environments, each paired with sueded microfiber headliner trim and unique exotic wood accents.

Escalade Platinum Collection is also designed to provide passengers with unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Heated and cooled 18-way power front seats are standard, and include a massaging function on the driver’s seat. A pair of seven-inch LCD screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9-inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep chilled beverages handy. Platinum models also include premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.

Escalade Platinum models ride on 22-inch wheels and the model is distinguished by chrome accents, Platinum exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design. All Escalade models wear the new, streamlined Cadillac Crest.

In addition, all Escalade models – from the standard Collection through to the Platinum – feature a host of technology upgrades. Vehicle performance is aided by the new eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all models, as well as a two-speed transfer case standard on four-wheel drive models. An electronic hands-free liftgate already standard on Escalade will also feature hands-free closing capability.

Like the new ATS sport sedan, Escalade includes OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices and inductive wireless device charging. Surround View, which provides a bird’s eye view of the area immediately surrounding the vehicle.

The enhancements add just $1275 to Escalade’s starting price in the U.S., for a total of $73,965, including destination.

The top-of-the-range 2015 Escalade Platinum is priced from $90,270, including $995 in destination.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 22:09

Rumor has it that the highly-anticipated Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will take a bow at this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, the biggest gathering for Mopar enthusiasts and owners, featuring some 30,000 cars and participants.

Word comes in via Jalopnik and Road&Track, who heard from Dodge’s CEO, Tim Kuniskis. The model is predicted to be announced on August 12 before the unveiling. The Woodward Dream Cruise begins on August 16th.

Kuniskis did say a new model will be announced on August 12th, but he didn’t specify what it would be–speculation all points to the Charger SRT Hellcat however. The Charger, much like the Challenger, gets the brand’s new 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 with 707bhp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Should all go through, the Dodge Charger might just be the world’s most powerful sedan ever produced.

Source: Jalopnik and Road&Track

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