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  Future cars in the making. Should they be an innocent drawing, a fine computer rendering or real driving concept, they always preview the cars of the future in some aspects.

Is it possible that the Hyundai Veloster ’s run ends after only three years of production? Hyundai has made no indication on an answer to that question, but according to GoAuto, there has been a lot of internal debate on whether the Veloster lives to fight another generation or concludes a short-lived run after the facelifted model arrives in 2015 or 2016.

It’s a surprising development for a car whose sales numbers haven’t exactly caught fire. But the Veloster has developed a unique following among fans of the sports hatch , many of whom have come to love the vehicle and treated it as an outlier model of a company known for its high-volume models.

A Hyundai executive told GoAuto that no decision has been made as of yet and there are still enough influential voices on both sides to warrant more time to debate the Veloster’s fate.

For now, a facelifted model is in the pipeline with Hyundai planning to adapt its current design language on the sports hatchback . If sales pick up on this model, then that could help Hyundai keep the Veloster around. But the fact that discussions are taking place on the sports hatch’s fate is a little disconcerting, especially for those like us who have grown quite fondly of Hyundai’s little pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Veloster.

Source: Go Auto

British automaker MG is planning to release a successor to the TF two-seat sports car. It won’t happen right away, possibly not even until the end of the decade, but company execs have already discussed the possibility of its return.

Auto Express is reporting that MG executives have not made any concrete plans on the TF’s successor, but did say that steps will be taken as soon as the company successfully transitions under its new owners, China’s SAIC.

Fans of the TF will be happy about this development. We haven’t seen the TF since MG ended production of the sports roadster in 2011. If the estimated timeline is accurate, 2018 or 2019 are likely the safest bets that we see the TF’s successor make its arrival.

That’s admittedly a long way from now, which is a little disappointing. For now, the company is focused on building a pair of new vehicle architectures that will be used on other models, including a CS Concept -based SUV and an MG5 that the company plans to put against the Ford Focus . At least one of those models is slated for a 2015 release.

There’s clearly a lot of moving pieces going on within MG these days. Being under SAIC ownership has helped in that regard, allowing the British automaker to begin its return to relevancy.

This talked-about two-seater sports car may still be years away from being launched. But the mere mention of serious discussions taking place has us hopeful of an automotive future that has MG in it.

Click past the jump to read more about MG TF.

Source: AutoExpress

The Volkswagen Passat has a long and storied history that dates back to the automaker’s decision to release the Dasher in the U.S. in 1974. Save for the change of name, some safety add-ons and emission-reducing components, the Dasher was essentially the same as the rest of the world’s Passat. The Quantum replaced the Dasher in 1982, then the Passat finally arrived in the U.S. in 1990.

Heading toward 2015, the highly anticipated, eighth-generation — sixth generation in the U.S. — Volkswagen Passat, which rides on the new MQB platform, has been already launched in Europe, although it won’t reach the U.S. market until 2016. Redesigned inside and out, the new Passat was dressed in a more stylish suit and fitted with a host of brand-new convenience and safety features.

Much like the previous iteration, the 2015 Passat becomes available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. For the very first time, the mid-size vehicle has gained a plug-in hybrid version powered by a gas unit and an electric motor combo. Naturally, the redesigned Passat will endure a few changes before it reaches North American shores, but the Euro-spec model is a very good preview of what we’ll be getting in showrooms for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Back in the day, the Volkswagen Beetle was known as the "people’s car". It was cheap, simple to maintain, and cute as a bug. That perception changed a lot with the New Beetle , which comes with its engine mounted at the front and a more sophisticated appeal. Of course, the current Beetle has yet to ditch its feminine image, but that could change if a recent rumor about Volkswagen ’s plans to put the 2014 Dune Concept in production proves to be accurate.

That’s right, folks, the muscular Beetle Dune Concept could become available at a dealership near you, and it might happen in early 2016. According to CAR, the Volkswagen board already approved the Beetle Dune at a meeting in May 2014, with the crossover-like vehicle to be launched as both a hatchback and a convertible . The news was confirmed by head of Beetle marketing Matthias Zauner, who also said the Dune will become an integral part of the future Beetle lineup and not just a special-edition model.

So what’s VW aiming to achieve with the Beetle Dune?

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept.

Source: CAR

It’s been less than a month since Porsche introduced the Cayman GTS at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in China, and word has it the Germans are working on yet another version of the sports car. Created to narrow the gap between the Cayman and the 911 even further, the GTS will lose its range-topping status in a couple of years if we’re to believe a recent report from Motor Trend.

Specifically, Porsche is supposedly working on a more powerful Cayman that’s likely to be launched under the GT4 moniker. The source claims the sports car is in for a hybrid powertrain, but whether the conventional engine will pump power using four or six cylinder depends on Porsche’s success with the 919 race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.

If the 919 gets on its feet by June (the new vehicle struggled in the first two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championships) then the Cayman GT4 will receive a turbo four-cylinder plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to that fitted into the race car. If the 919 continues to struggle and fails to make a positive impression at Le Mans, Porsche is likely to opt for a flat-six unit, but without giving up on hybrid assist.

Obviously, there’s no word on how many horses might come out of each powerplant, but it’s safe to assume the Cayman GT4 will have around 400 horsepower at its disposal. Power will be transferred to the wheels via a transmission based on the PDK unit offered in the 911 GT3 , Motor Trend adds, without providing further details.

How much will this baby cost? Well, it appears pricing could stand around $125,000, nearly $50,000 more than the 2015 Cayman GTS and only $5,000 less when compared to the 911 GT3. Quite expensive if you ask us, but make sure you take all the details with a grain of salt until further info surfaces.

Updated 07/03/2014: British magazine CARreports that the future Cayman GT4 will deliver as much as 450 horsepower from its heavily tuned 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, boxer-six engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.

Source: MotorTrend

Just because there’s demand for it, it doesn’t mean that you build it. Not when practicality says otherwise. That’s the rationale BMW is adopting when it was recently disclosed by a high-ranking executive that the company has no plans to build an M4 Gran Coupe .

Tough luck for those hoping to have a smaller version of the M6 Gran Coupe . Apparently, BMW thinks that building one poses more headaches than it’s really worth.

BMW’s M GmbH performance arm sales boss Jörg Bartels disclosed the news to CarsGuide, confirming that while the M4 Gran Coupe was "definitely considered," it ended up amounting to nothing more than dropped plans.

According to Bartels, production volume was a big reason for the decision to drop plans of building the four-door coupe. Bartels pointed out that high production volume for the 3 Series sedan and the M3 sedan means that the company’s Regensburg plant is already too busy to add the M4 Gran Coupe. The same can be said for BMW’s Munich factory, which already builds the 4 Series and the M4.

If BMW did build the M4 Gran Coupe,it would have to open up space for a third factory, which the Bavarian brand isn’t too keen on doing these days.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Gran Coupe.

Source: CarsGuide

Rumors of a production version of the Infiniti Emerg-E are nothing new. As a matter of fact, those started buzzing as early as 2012, months after the hybrid supercar appeared at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . To this day, the Emerg-E hasn’t made an appearance in showrooms yet, but that doesn’t mean it wont in the future, at least if Infiniti has its way.

Speaking with Auto Express, Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer expressed optimism that Infiniti still has space in its lineup for the Emerg-E. There’s still a lot work that needs to be done before that happens, including the design execution of the supercar . Still, there’s enough reason to believe that with more and more markets angling for efficient exotic models, the Emerg-E could very well "emerge" as a future Infiniti halo car.

Likewise, profitability is another important barometer that could determine the production future of the Emerg-E. Simply put, the model has to make sense from a business standpoint. If Infiniti loses money with every Emerg-E model sold, then it’s not a good business decision.

Being able to justify the Emerg-E as a model that will be a financial hit for Infiniti is arguably the most important hurdle the company has to overcome. If Infiniti believes it can clear that, then the Emerg-E could be headed to dealerships sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti Emerg-E.

Source: AutoExpress

Cadillac ’s latest edition of the CTS sedan builds off the high benchmark set by 2014’s generation change. Now in its third generation, the CTS is a formidable opponent to the German and Japanese rivals. Debuting for the first time in 2003, the CTS brought Cadillac’s ‘Art and Science’ theme to the forefront with an interesting, angular design that not only looked futuristic, but helped revitalize the brand’s dying appeal. The CTS’s second generation built an empire atop the foundations laid. Now with a more luxurious feel with a beautifully trimmed interior, the 2008 became a true competitor in the sport luxury class. Things got even better in 2014 when the third generation CTS debuted, and for 2015 the CTS gets a slight refresh that includes a revised grille and an updated Caddy emblem..

Moving into its second year, the third-generation CTS gets a bevy of telecommunications and connectivity additions, including OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, along with an revised version of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.

What’s more, 2015 ushers in the new Cadillac crest — the newly updated version of the brand’s iconic emblem. Gone is the wreath surrounding the crest. Now the crest is wider and shorter for a more youthful appearance.

Updated 08/07/2014: After an initial sneak preview on an OnStar commercial, Cadillac unveiled the official images on the 2015 CTS. Check them out in the "Photos" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac CTS.

From when the iconic Willys MB went off to fight WWII until 2014’s Wrangler JK , good gas mileage hasn’t exactly been the Jeep’s strong suit. Even with modern advancements of electronic fuel injection, five and six speed gearboxes, and emission controls, the current Wrangler only manages 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway. Then again, that’s not bad when considering it’s got two solid axles turning short ring gears, knobby tires, and a flat windshield. When the 2018 Wranglers roll out, we may be in for a lot more mpgs, given a recent report from Edmunds is true.

But more is always better, right? Well things appear to be headed that way. Jeep boss Mike Manley said in a recent press conference that the next generation of Jeep Wrangler would focus heavily on weight reduction and fuel savings without compromising its legendary off-road performance.

"We must be innovative in terms of what we do for the next Wrangler because clearly we have to make sure that vehicle survives into the future," Manley said. "It is vital for the brand." Of course, the dark cloud of CAFÉ standards and growing customer expectations are the two confronting factors. Also looming on the horizon is a future Wrangler competitor from Land Rover , Manley mentioned.

But take heart, Jeep fans. Manley continues saying, “There will be no compromises.” So we can apparently expect a Wrangler just as capable off the beaten path as the 2014 JK, but with better gas mileage. Okay, so how is Jeep to increase the Wrangler’s fuel efficiency while not killing its off-road prowess?

Though Manley didn’t go into specifics, we’ve been hearing rumors of a fully independent suspension system and perhaps intensive uses of lightweight materials like aluminum and possibly a diesel powerplant. One thing’s for sure; we can look forward to a future Wrangler that doesn’t strangle our wallets at the pump.

Note: Current Jeep Wrangler pictured here.

Click past the jump for some more speculation

Source: Edmunds

The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and launched in the United States for the 2010 model year. Developed as a competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost , the Mulsanne revived a nameplate previously used between 1980 and 1992 and replaced the Bentley Arnage . The Mulsanne remained unchanged since its introduction, with only an equipment update in 2013 and a few special-edition models keeping the luxury sedan somewhat fresh until 2014.

For 2015, the Mulsanne gains its first true facelift in five years, one that brings upgrades in the engine department as well. The venerable, 6.75-liter, V-8 mill is in for a hefty performance bump, while a re-tuned chassis comes to improve handling and responsiveness. A hotter version of the Mulsanne that takes inspiration from the Bentley GT3-R is also in the books, but the Brits are still keeping all the important details in the vault. Click past the jump to learn what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne.

Source: AutoExpress

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