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One of the less talked about but no less exciting cars of the Beijing Motor Show is this Lexus of China-built CT BG 200h. Customized with a “more personalized design language,” the concept looks the part of a racer with its carbon-fiber exterior bits and bespoke paint job.

The concept is based on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport , though this finished product drastically builds off the stock car. The large spindle grille has new mesh, while the front chin splitter is much larger and includes little winglets on corners. The added aero work continues around the side with finned rocker panels and finned rear bumper edges.

Out back, the carbon-fiber rear fascia is much more aggressive in looks and functionality. Topping the car is a carbon-fiber wing mounted atop the rear hatch for additional downforce. The unique black and white paint scheme accented with gold stripes and black thin-spoke wheels, give a whole new look to the otherwise average CT 200h.

The décor inside the concept is of a similar motif, sporting carbon-fiber pieces and continuing the exterior color combination.

Unfortunately, Lexus hasn’t mentioned anything about matching the exterior’s racy theme with more horsepower or a retuned suspension. Looks like the concept — which it will likely stay — must make do with the ho-hum 134 horsepower from the 1.8-liter I-4 and the hybrid drive system. That means 0-60 times will still take 9.8 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 113 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus CT BG Concept.

Source: Car Watch
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The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class is still nearly six months away from arriving in U.S. dealerships, and official pricing has yet to be announced, but thanks to a full order guide that surfaced on the Internet recently, we are able to have a look at the vehicle’s packages and optional features.

Before we dive into the details, we will remind you that the C-Class will be offered in three version in the United States. The C300, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, will be sold in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, while the C400, with the brawnier 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood, will come with all-wheel drive only.

According to Benz Report, the 4MATIC version of both the C300 and C400 will show up in Mercedes-Benz dealerships in September, while the C300 with rear-wheel drive will roll-out a bit later, sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

Two packages will be available for the C300 and C300 4MATIC in addition to the standard model, Sport and Luxury. The latter, which is standard on the C400, is priced at $2,500, while the former, which is exclusive to the C300, costs $650.

The more expensive bundle will add AMG-like exterior styling and 18-inch AMG wheels, sport suspension and perforated discs for the front brakes. Inside, Sport Package highlights will include sports seats, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a Black Ash, open-pore wood trim. The Luxury Package, on the other hand, will only bring a more comfortable suspension, a set of 17-inch multi-spoke wheels, a different front grille and a choice of Burl Walnut trim or Linder wood for the cabin.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C-Class.

Source: benzreport

British-based owners of the Porsche 911 GT3 are banding together to demand compensation for costs incurred stemming from the recall of the sports car last February after two GT3s caught fire earlier this year. Customers behind the GT3 Worldwide Action Group aren’t too happy that GT3 owners from other parts of the world are getting compensated for their affected cars while those in the UK are getting nothing.

In a letter sent to Porsche AG senior management, the GT3 Worldwide Action Group is demanding a compensation of £145 ($243) per day payable from February 18, the day when owners were first advised by Porsche to stop driving the GT3 because of problems with piston-rod connectors that has forced Porsche to take the unprecedented step of replacing all of the car’s engines .

The compensation being sought by these owners is intended to cover lease costs, deprecation, reduced warranty, insurance costs and lack of intended use. On top of that, the group also wants Porsche to pay &euro100 ($138) a day for customers whose cars are still in production and 50 euros for owners who have paid a deposit but have yet to be given a build slot.

It seems like a fair deal given that according to a statement the group released, U.S. owners of the GT3 are being compensated $2,000 a month for the duration of the recall while owners in Germany are getting &euro175 ($241) a day, the same amount the group is seeking for British-based owners of the sports car. The UK’s Daily Telegraph has even corroborated these claims, saying that it had seen email from Dubai Dubai ’s official Porsche dealer confirming to one GT3 customer that it will pay the owner $12,000 in compensation for the recalled GT3.

But UK customers have so far received nothing in compensation from Porsche, and the group, which represents around 30 to 35 owners in the UK, are rising up to force Porsche to pay them up. “We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets,” Sunil Mehra, the founder of the group, said.

Interestingly enough, one of those British-based customers who was forced to return the Porsche 911 GT3 was McLaren Automotive . Turns out, McLaren brought a GT3 and had plans to use it as it prepared to develop the McLaren P13 , the company’s two-seat sports car that it plans to launch as a direct competitor to the Porsche.

Click past the jump to read about Porsche GT3’s fire problems.


Just when it seemed like the Middle East couldn’t get any cooler from an auto industry standpoint, news of a new track-focused sports car has come out. This is the Dubai Roadster, a sports car project that reportedly is the brainchild of an Emirati racer.

Judging by its looks, the Dubai Roadster looks every bit as aggressive as its name indicates. Not much has been released as far as details are concerned, but the Roadster does have all the physical attributes to be treated as a bonafide track racer. The aggressive front bumper is pretty evident and the swooping, vented hood gives the physical look of a car that’s born for racing. LED-infused headlights are also part of the treatment, while out back, a large rear wing and roll bars can be clearly seen. The overall shape screams of a track car that’s aerodynamically suited to be be quick and agile, two attributes that cars like the Roadster should be.

In terms of power, the Dubai Roadster will reportedly come with a transversely mounted, V-8 engine that can produce as much as 400 horsepower, all while weighing 1,653 pounds. The numbers certainly speak for themselves, and its origin points to a car that has some significant financial backing.

It’s still unclear how far along the Dubai Roadster is in its developmental phase, but if everything goes according to schedule, as we expect it should be, the Roadster could be ready in time for the Dubai Motor Show next year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dubai Roadster.

Image Note: The above image is an artistic rendering, not the actual Dubai Roadster.

Source: WCF

Audi’s latest remake of the TT Coupe and Roadster could potentially pave the way for an entire family of TT-based cars, including the Offroad concept seen at the Beijing Motor Show.

In an interview with Autocar, Audi boss man Rupert Stadler mentioned some fairly revealing information regarding the idea. “The TT can be a family,” Stadler said. “This concept shows that we can do it as long as the genetic code is kept.” This sort of ‘genetic code’ of sorts is what makes the TT unique, including the wheels arches, unique side windows, the exterior lighting, and the interior themes.

What this means for Audi, and more specifically for the TT, is a series of cars all based on the same platform, but with different seating configurations, number of doors, and possibly several powertrain options. It seems the sky is the limit for the TT except for the one design direction that Stadler specifically shot down: a bigger sedan. “The TT should be an icon and that icon has to be respected and that means a compact car that sporty to drive.

Still, that leaves options like a three-door hatch, a two-door shooting brake, the Offroad concept (pictured above), or a smaller four-door compact sedan like the one Audi Technical Chief Ulrich Hackenberg hinted at last month. This sort of sedan would compete nicely with the hot-selling Mercedes CLA and BMW M235i. However, it does seem this sort of compact sedan might cannibalize Audi sales elsewhere in its lineup, namely the A3. Perhaps Audi will include enough differentiation to separate the cars in terms of performance, intended function, and targeted audience to make production of both make sense.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT Offroad.

Source: AutoCar
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It hasn’t been long since Mercedes-Benz unveiled its brand-new Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show , and our skilled spy photographers have already spotted the production version testing on public roads.

Rumored to come alive under the MLC-Class moniker, the sleek SUV that’s supposed to give the BMW X6 a run for its money has been captured completely camouflaged, with the wrap hiding everything from its impressive front grille to the sloping roof.

Despite its deceiving black-and-white suit, we’re able to notice that although the overall shape remains true to the concept vehicle, the production version will sport a taller glasshouse and other minor modifications. These appears to include a reshaped front bumper with a different lower grille, larger exterior mirrors and slightly larger door handles.

Details are well hidden around back as well, where a fake piece makes the boot seem higher, but don’t let that fool you, the raked windshield and trunk lid won’t go away. The taillights also appear to be wider and we have a feeling the center light bar will be reshaped as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes MLC.

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With the long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class already underway, it appears that Daimler is set to revive the Maybach nameplate for an even longer version of the luxury -packed limousine.

According to Reuters, the Maybach-branded Mercedes will be quite a land yacht, sporting a wheelbase that’s 20 cm (7.9 inches) longer than that of the extended version of the S-Class .

The added length and luxury amenities, such as "soft-touch leather and bespoke materials", will also reflect in the vehicle’s price tag, which is expected to be "more than double the €165,000 ($228,000) asking price" of the current Mercedes-Benz S600.

However, don’t expect for the Maybach to fetch more than $400,000 before options in the U.S., as the aforementioned price applies to the European-spec version — it will be lower Stateside. Nonetheless, the limousine will sit between the Bentley Mulsanne and the Rolls-Royce Phantom price-wise.

If you’re thinking that this all sounds familiar, it should, because the Maybach will likely be closely related to the Pullman that we’ve caught testing. The Pullman, according to the source, is actually even longer yet at nearly 260 inches, and will be aimed at heads of state and oligarchs, especially in its nearly $1 million armor-plated version.

We will find out more about the Pullman later this year, as the vehicle is scheduled to be showcased during both the Los Angeles and the Guangzhou auto shows this fall.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman.

Source: Reuters
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Despite its hefty, $75,000 price tag, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by muscle car aficionados, who purchase all 500 units scheduled to be built for the 2014 model year through April.

That’s the word coming from AutoGuide, who learned about the immense interest the track-focused coupe has spawned since its introduction straight from Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

With the 2014 models already commissioned, the main man behind GM’s iconic muscle car says Chevy will try and build on current success by expanding next year’s production to a projected 2,500 units, with more to be made if demand grows even further.

With that being said, Oppenheiser added that Chevrolet will open order books for the 2015 Camaro Z/28 in the next four to six weeks. And in case you haven’t found out yet, the first retail 2015 model has been already auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for a staggering $500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Source: Autoguide
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Well now, it seems the Volkswagen is doing its best to win hearts and minds the world over. Fresh of off news about the new Golf SportWagen , spy shots of a Golf R wagon and the announcement of the uber-awesome Golf R400 , Automotive News is reporting that the swanky New Midsize Coupe concept from the Beijing show will make it to production as a competitor the Mercedes-Benz CLA .

If you missed the news, the NMC concept is a swoopy, four-door, coupe-style car that is based on the Jetta. Think of how the CC is just a pretty Passat, and you get the basic idea.

The overall design is very reminiscent of the CC with its sloping rear profile and frameless doors. Currently the Jetta is a serviceable machine in the style department, but it is far from the prettiest thing on the road. I can see Volkswagen grabbing some conquest buyers with a more stylish vehicle. The real question is how much cannibalization of the Jetta will occur.

We have no confirmed details on this machine, but expect Jetta engine and transmission options to be carried over exactly, with a slightly higher price premium for the nicer sheet metal.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen NMC.

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Porsche has finally revealed the first details for the entry-level model that will fit below the Macan S in the company’s new SUV lineup. The news comes to confirm rumors saying that the brand new vehicle was set to receive a four-cylinder engine.

Getting right to the point, the base Macan will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers 234 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm through a PDK transmission. In this configuration, the Macan has a top speed of 138 miles per hour and needs 6.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph.

Moving over to fuel economy, the four-cylinder Macan will definitely be more efficient than the V-6 offerings. The Germans have yet to release final figures, but their estimates claim the base Macan will be able to return up to 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.

For the record, the Macan S is estimated to provide 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. That’s a big improvement over the non-turbo V-6 model, but don’t get your hopes up because Porsche doesn’t plan on bringing the four-pot version to the United States as of now.

For now it appears the new model will become available in a number of Asian markets, with a European model being "special order only." Pricing for this model has yet to be announced.

Click past the jump to read more about the base Porsche Macan.

Source: Porsche

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