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Mercedes-Benz increased production capacity for the CLA four-door coupe back in May 2014 in an attempt to increase the dwindling supply that has affected U.S. sales recently. The increased production proved a huge hit, as sales peaked in July and August. Today, Daimler is taking is a step with CEO Dieter Zetsche confirming the U.S. will get additional CLA sedans , but he refrained from giving specific numbers, Automotive News reports.

Zetsche hopes the additional units will help increase CLA sales in the U.S., a market that has been affected by a tight supply since spring 2014, after the initial allocation sold out. "We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning," he said at a press event.

CLA sales in the States peaked at 4,895 units in October 2013 and dropped below 2,000 examples starting February 2014. Deliveries picked up to more than 2,000 units a year in July and August after recording a 1,214-unit low in May, but the Germans are far from meeting U.S. demand.

The baby CLS is made at the Kecskemet factory in Hungary, which added a third shift in May 2014.

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

As if the 2014 Paris Motor Show wasn’t interesting enough with the planned debuts of the Mercedes-AMG GT , the Jaguar XE and the Infiniti QX70S Design , the folks over at Lamborghini have announced plans to introduce a new vehicle of their own at the French event. But unlike other manufacturers, the Italian company didn’t release more than just a teaser photo and a vague description of its upcoming supercar .

Although the photo is far from revealing, it does say a lot about Lambo’s new creation. Firstly, it’s obvious the body shape doesn’t stray far from what we’ve seen from the Italians lately. There’s a bit of Huracan and Aventador in there, with muscular rear fenders that incorporate large air intakes. Secondly, the engine is right where it’s supposed to be; behind the seats. So far so good, but then there’s the message that comes with the teaser. It reads "once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," and, needless to say, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Granted, it doesn’t mean we’ll be getting a special-edition Huracan with double the horsepower, but what’s Lamborghini up to? Should we expect a Lambo with two additional doors, as in a four-door super sedan ? Are the Italians adding two more seats to come up with a 2+2 GT? Join us in our search to find out what this teaser is all about past the jump.

Click past the jump to learn what this model could be.

Ever since the Nissan revealed the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo in June 2014, we’ve been wondering whether its aggressive design will serve as inspiration for the next-generation GT-R or not. We have hunch it will, but we don’t know to what extent, especially considering the Vision Vision ’s extreme body styling. Well, it seems the Japanese are taking the extreme route with the upcoming GT-R, which will be a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision concept.

That’s the word from Motoring, which claims a Nissan designer let slip a few juicy bits on the company’s plans for the next GT-R. "You can expect to see the next-gen GT-R get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car," the unnamed insider told the Australian outlet. Nissan’s decision to pull out all stops on the GT-R’s design comes straight from company CEO Carlos Ghosn, the report adds. Ghosn is apparently unhappy with current GT-R sales and thinks a more extreme design could draw more customers to showrooms.

Motoring also reiterates Nissan’s plans to turn the GT-R into an ultra powerful and fast hybrid supercar . The new Godzilla will reportedly get around 640 horses from its uprated turbocharged V-6 powerplant, with an extra 134 ponies coming from an electric motor. With a total output of nearly 800 horsepower and more than 730 pound-feet of torque, the next-gen GT-R sounds like a rig ready to compete against much more expensive hypercars.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Nissan GT-R.

Source: Motoring

Looks like Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that’s set to introduce a special-edition model that places emphasis on the U.S. market. German automaker Porsche has a plan to build an exclusive version of the Panamera later this year. Automobile is reporting that Porsche’s design arm, Porsche Exclusive, will be unveiling 100 units of a limited-edition Panamera , 30 of which are headed to the U.S.

Details are still sketchy on the extent of exclusivity this particular Panamera will have, but Automobile’s source indicates that the luxury saloon will feature a unique metallic-paint scheme, a multi-colored leather upholstery, and will feature just about every option imaginable.

It’s highly unlikely that the model will reach the $3.2 million price tag of the U.S.-bound, super-exclusive Ferrari, but you can at least expect the Panamera to come dressed to impress, maybe even have a little sparkle here and there.

The same report also suggests that Porsche Executive will use the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S Executive to develop this limited-edition model. In the event that happens, you can expect it to retail for a good bit more than the $201,495 (with destination) price tag of the standard Panamera Turbo S Executive.

Maybe somewhere in the vicinity of $250,000 to $300,000.

Porsche is expected to divulge more details about this mysterious Panamera in the coming weeks, at which point I expect to hear news that all 30 models have already sold out.

Click past the jump to read more about this future super-sedan from Porsche.

Imagine if you could combine some Top Gear-style challenges with an epic supercar road trip like the Gumball 3000 , and then you sprinkled it all with a little bit of Forza magic and a dash of Tanner Foust. This event is the Forza Fuel Challenge, and it is here to celebrate the coming launch of the new Forza Horizon 2 video game on September 30th.

The teams consist of a pair of journalists and famous YouTube content creators. There is one of each piled into eight supercars that include the likes of the Audi R8, and the Lamborghini Aventador , and the new Lamborghini Huracán leads the whole convoy. As you may know the Huracán is the new halo car for the Forza Horizon 2 game, and it represents the first time you can drive this new supercar in any video game .

The teams are currently bombing around southern Europe, and when they reach designated points on the route, they get to compete in several challenges. Whoever wins the most challenges in the end will win. The first round happened two days ago at Bologna, Spain and the challenge was called “Get To The Choppa.” The teams raced against a helicopter through a slalom course on an airfield.

You can watch the video after the break to see what this whole mess is about and watch the first challenge unfold. The second challenge happened yesterday, so we should have more videos of this exciting road trip soon.

Hit that jump, watch that video, and don’t forget to keep it locked here on TopSpeed.com to see the other videos in the series, as well as more Forza Horizon 2 news including a full review that is coming soon.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Huracan.

Source: ForzaFuel

Hey, everybody. I am back with your weekly reminder that the TopSpeed Podcast is coming at you live tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. EDT. We would love it if you came by to hang out and chat with us. This week we have a lot of big news to cover and a bunch of fun questions to answer. All three of us have cars in our driveways this week, so we have a full trio of Weekly Wheels cars that include the Acura ILX , the Infiniti QX60 and the Lexus GS450h . Our news section will be filled with lots of news about Ferrari including plans to up production numbers and the arrival of an outrageously expensive special edition that is getting made just for U.S. buyers.

Other things we plan on talking about including the availability of Hennessey parts at AutoNation dealers, potential for an off-road version of the Audi TT , and we plan on doing a lot of talking about the new 2015 Ford Mustang and what it might be like to drive. There will also be a small story about a Mini Cooper you can build yourself for $100, and because we all love Miatas , there will be some talk about the tiny roadster as well. It appears that we might have the specifications for the Australian market car, so we will deliberate on that.

Our Questions and Answers segment has questions about Ferrari’s former head, Luca di Montezemolo, naming our own car companies and cars for epic drives. Finally, we will end the show as always with Own, Drive, Burn. This week we have a trio of historic sports cars .

We will see everyone tomorrow!

The BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car had its moment in the spotlight during the inaugural Formula E Championship race in Beijing over the weekend. But outside of what we all saw, do we honestly know a whole lot about the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car that makes it different from other i8s ?

The obvious answer would be to point to all of its safety equipment, which is critical to its function as the series’ official safety car. But what we didn’t know was whether the i8 was up-to-task in a serious racing environment, even if it comes in the form of electric-powered race cars .

All our questions were answered in the lead-up to the race when Qualcomm’s Edward Van Boheemen and Pat Kusbel were invited to drive around the racetrack on-board the i8 Safety car driven by Nelson Piquet Jr.

During the entire ride, the two Qualcomm engineers were asked to explain how they brought Qualcomm’s inventions into cars. It seemed like a fairly easy question for Van Boheemen and Kusbel given their backgrounds. But what both didn’t expect was Picquet Jr. treating the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car like a real racer, blasting it around the track while the two aimlessly tried to answer the questions posed to them.

It’s hilarious to watch these engineers attempt to get their points across while the i8 flings them all around.

If you didn’t pick up the latest and greatest Grand Theft Auto game when it arrived late last year it seems that your patience is finally paying off. Rockstar has announced that the open-world, car-filled game will make its way to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 18, 2014.

Best yet, this isn’t just some direct port over. Rockstar has been working hard over this last year to make GTA V look better than ever on the new-generation systems. Included in the upgrade is higher resolution, new weapons, cars and missions, more traffic and wildlife wandering around, and a new foliage system for plants. Rockstar even redid the damage and weather systems for more realism, and added 100 songs across the game’s 17 different radio stations.

Experts have heralded GTA V as the best game of the franchise, and now it’s getting better. If you want to run around the world swiping, crashing, racing and driving some of the coolest cars that have ever been a part of a Grand Theft Auto game, you can pick up your new copy just in time for the holidays. If you are feeling generous, I’ll take a PC copy. Just let me know if you need my address.

If you are curious to see how the game looks with its upgrades, we have included a new trailer after the break.

Click past the jump to read more about the Grand Theft Auto V.

It’s fairly obvious that if you want to appreciate a supercar like the Aventador , you’re going to have to take it out of the city and drive it where there aren’t that many cars. A racetrack is an ideal place for it, but if that’s not available, the deserted stretches of road in the American Midwest is a pretty good alternative.

That’s exactly where a group of supercar enthusiasts went to back in July 2014. The entire ride was organized by Rob Ferretti of SuperSpeeders and a group from DrivingForceClub joined in on the fun with the mighty Aventador Roadster.

A host of its supercar brethren joined the Aventador, including a fellow Lambo in the form of the Gallardo Balboni Edition driven by Valentino Balboni himself (you can see him at the 1:57 mark of the video). An Audi R8 was also present, as well as a mid-2000s Honda NSX and a Subaru BRZ .

It’s an admittedly eclectic bunch, but you still can’t help but feel a little jealous about not being a part of it. Maybe next time Ferretti organizes a road trip like this, I can join in and bring my Honda Civic .

Then again, maybe I’ll just sit on the sidelines and cheer them on.


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