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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.

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Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

With Maybach out of the picture , it’s not surprising to hear that Bentley plans to expand its lineup and enter new segments. The first model to roll out looks like it will be a convertible version of the current Mulsanne . According to a report coming from Automotive News, if the model gets approved, it will hit the market sometime in 2015. In fact, we have already seen sketches of the Mulsanne Convertible in August 2012.

Next, there will be a new premium crossover priced at about $250,000. The new crossover will be built as a production version of the EXP 9 SUV Concept, and it will arrive on the market in 2016. Just like with all of Bentley’s future models, the new crossover will share its platform with other models from the crowded Volkswagen Group. In the case of the crossover, it will share a platform with Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche.

The last model to arrive will be a new-generation Bentley Continental . It will be built on the same platform as the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera,and will be offered in the usual GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Bentley crosover.

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Audi unveiled the new-generation A3 hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , and shortly after, it started to test the other models in the A3 lineup, including the convertible version.

After being caught testing in many times, the new A3 Cabriolet will make its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . To no one’s surprise, the model will carry over many of the components from the hatchback version, with the only exception being, of course, that new cloth top.

The new model grew significantly, as its total length goes from 166.8 inches to 174 inches. Despite this growth, the A3 actually drops 110 pounds over the previous model, thanks to Audi switching over to lightweight materials and the new building technologies.

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images, specs and video.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

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The bi-annual Frankfurt Auto Show is easily the most important in the world, battling with Geneva and Detroit for the most important reveals. A gentleman’s agreement sees Frankfurt and Paris alternate every other year, so each can hog the limelight and be the year’s prime spectacle — larger than any other traveling circus in history.

The reason it is so critical is that it is able to draw a huge number of the world’s best automakers, suppliers, tech partners and executives in one place. Even as shows in Asia and lifestyle/hybrid launches in Los Angeles gain momentum, typically nothing compares with Frankfurt in terms of volume of new models, debuts and concepts .

For competitive insights and also a great look at the current agenda of the global auto industry, there is no better place than Germany in mid-September. Its overlap with Oktoberfest — in September, despite its name — allows the best time to soak up the local culture of beer gardens, honeybees, pretzels and roaring Deutsch laughter.

Feet will ache from hours wandering circles in this massive expo center. Despite being mostly an open floor plan, the importance of the show means the manufacturer stands are two and three-story buildings assembled inside. By conservative estimates, this two-week event will cost a major player like BMW Group over $35 million in planning, design, signage, stages, turn-tables, media displays, etc. once the crowds have left.

This makes walking around seem like visiting a very crowded future IKEA, but instead of desk lamps, Frankfurt is all about concept cars, booth babes and Porsche posters. This giant automotive candy store is massive, though, so wear your most comfortable walking shoes and get ready for some warm beers! The show runs from September 12th through the 22nd for the general public and the press days run from September 10th through 11th.

Come join the fun after the jump for the full Frankfurt 2013 Auto Show preview, with a full list of manufacturers on display and the special concepts they will reveal.

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The Nissan Maxima ’s replacement is finally on track for arrival next fall as a 2015 or early-2016 model, with a shift in focus toward performance to better differentiate Nissan’s flagship sedan from the popular (but bland) Altima sedan.

Exclusive TopSpeed Renderings show a speculative preview of this hot new sports sedan, which looks to shake off the front-drive proportions and goofy grin in favor of a wider, lower and meaner style like the 370Z and GT-R .

Nissan’s sports car lineup has never been this strong, and continued support for the company’s two tiers of performance cars has really helped the brand’s image, despite being diluted from selling millions of basic Sentra’s and Versa econoboxes to pay the bills.

The Maxima was really at a crossroads before this current re-alignment to its 4DSC roots. The next generation was even mooted to go the full EV route, with the cab-forward styling of the 2011 Nissan Ellure concept thought to be previewing both the just-launched Altima and next Maxima.

Another option on the table would adapt the 370Z’s latest chassis for use in a rear-drive sedan, or even a stretched GT-R of our dreams. These two scenarios are far less likely than a continued front-drive layout, but low and dramatic proportions that evolve the boring Nissan look very nicely.

Keeping the existing Maxima layout is a safe bet because it is the only way to continue the current model’s $31,000 to $36,000 price range. Nissan ’s ability to sell a volume sedan for more than $40,000 is less than a sure thing, especially with Infiniti ’s billion-dollar name changes and new Q50 sedan to replace the G37.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these exclusive renderings, with the 2015 Nissan Maxima debuting as soon as this fall or winter at one of the major auto shows.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

We’ve known about the existence of a Nismo version for the sporty Nissan GT-R for quite some time now, but we never had the luck of seeing it out there testing. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car cruising the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, where Nissan engineers were pushing it to the extreme.

Rumors suggest that the Nismo version of the GT-R will be powered by a heavily updated version of the V-6 twin-turbo engine with an output increased close to 600 horsepower. This amazing output will allow the sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 2 seconds, embarrassing even high-performance supercars , like the Bugatti Veyron . The GT-R Nismo’s top speed is rumored to be close to 190 mph.

The new GT-R Nismo is rumored to be unveiled in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Sales are expect to begin in early 2014.

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Shocking news this morning from Volvo ! The 2013 Concept Coupe has looks to make a Camaro and M6 weep with envy, 400 horsepower via a plug-in, all-wheel-drive chassis, and gorgeous LEDs inside and out.

The Volvo cargo trucks will be loaded to the brim on the way to Frankfurt , as this is also the debut of the not-yet-seen XC90 replacement.

If the Concept Coupe’s intricate and taut surfacing, stunning proportions and cool new Maserati-style inverted grille make it to the XC90 : Volvo’s American showrooms have quite the sharp new seven-passenger crossover on its way.

The VCC’s styling is really fantastic. It is great news for all fans of Swedish cars, with beauty as deep and marvelous as the Roman statues of the press photos. It shows a number of important steps in one single image, and gives Volvo ’s semi-independent new company identity a goal at which to strive in the mainstream S60 segment, where the current model is lost in obscurity.

A feast of details about the VCC’s styling floods over you like the wave of relief, with a roof pillar layout that is almost as racy as the Nissan 350Z . A new portrait-style navigation system shows Volvo admires the Tesla Model S . Overflowing with good looks outside, the VCC is also quite potent underneath.

An all-new 2.0-liter engine up front is paired with a plug-in battery pack and a rear axle electric motor. Supercharged as well as turbocharged, the combined power outputs are 400 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque.

Come see the future of Volvo after the jump, with a giant image gallery of the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe in all its glory.


Okay, so we all remember back in March when yours truly passed on the news the Nissan claimed the next-gen GT-R would "electrify" enthusiasts. That, in turn, sparked a fireball of rumors claiming that Nissan was working on a hybri d variant of the GT-R . Well, now we have a little more evidence of that project.

Car and Driver managed to dig up, from the U.S. patent office, an image of a new logo that points toward the hybrid GT-R. The badge reads "R-Hybrid" —don’t confuse that with the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept — but not just any "R," the same three-dimensional "R" that sits in the feared GT-R nametag.

Sure, that "R" has seen use on nearly every Nissan "R" model since the early 2000s, but this one falls right in line with the timing of a hybrid GT-R. We also understand that the next-gen GT-R is not due out until 2017, but there is a lot that goes into designing and manufacturing a super hybrid, so chances are that Nissan chose to get this trademark done quickly.

Alternatively, this rapid trademark could also mean that the hybrid GT-R is ahead of schedule and Nissan plans to reveal a concept of it very soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read about the current GT-R

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Details about the new Jaguar XQ-type midsize crossover are emerging from Coventry ahead of the $45,000 model’s expected debut next month in Frankfurt . Exclusive TopSpeed renderings offer a speculative glimpse at the styling of this make-or-break next generation of aluminum models.

Twinned with the XQ-type is the Q-type sedan, which will be the smallest models in Jaguar ’s range outside of the F-type sports cars. The XQ-type aims for the sweet spot of the premium crossover market occupied by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, each of which are formidable competition for Jaguar’s first American family SUV.

Fast-tracking the XQ-type’s ‘PLA’ code name aluminum chassis and body panels means this new compact benefits from both a nimble chassis and the best current and future components in the Jaguar Land Rover parts bin. Both the XF ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the supercharged V-6 are expected, with the latter to offer Jag’s new Instinctive AWD as seen on both the U.S.-market XF and XJ.

A sporty bias for The XQ-type offers enough space between this model and the Land Rover SUVs, and the XQ is even likely to run as a rear-drive model in base configurations.

The XQ’s performance will be closely benchmarked against its German rivals, with further R and R-S options on the table. The beauty of this chopped-length PLA architechture, which will also underpin the new XF and XK, is that even the compact models will be quite wide and should be able to fit the firm’s rorty supercharged V-8 under that shapely ’bonnet.’

Is this the dream Jag for sporty crossover shoppers? Click past the jump to stare into the future of the Jaguar XQ-type, which is a sure thing to be officially imported into the U.S. as a late 2015 or early 2016 model.

Motor Authority was at the Nissan 360 event this past week and managed to snap a few teaser images of a wildly styled sedan . This four-port car features a profile that is eerily similar to the GT-R , and the timing f these images leads us to believe that this may be a new Maxima concept will possibly make its way to the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.

Nissan refers to its Maxima as a "four-door sports car" and at one point, that classification was true, as early Maxima models outperformed nearly every other midsize sedan on the market. In recent years, however, the Maxima’s styling has become flabby and the CVT that hooks up to its powerful V-6 is not best suited for anything with "sports car" in the title. Yes, its 6.2-second run to 60 mph is still one of the best in its class, but the flab-tastic styling and droning CVT gotta go!

If these teasers at Nissan 360 bear conceptual fruit sometime in 2014, it means that the Maxima may well regain the looks and drivetrain to match its classification as the "4DSC." With a new bedmate in the GT-R — at least in profile view — this leads to the possibility of the Maxima ditching front-wheel drive in favor of a sportier all-wheel drive system or even a — GASP — rear-wheel-drive setup. That would make this the first non-front-wheel-drive Maxima since it switched from the Datsun 810 platform in 1985.

If this is all not just hyperbole, then we expect to hear an announcement of a new Concept Maxima — or at least a "concept sedan" — coming very soon, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan Maxima and to see a Comparison image that shows the current Maxima, this teaser image and the GT-R.

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Cadillac seems to be just about done filling in all of the blanks in their popular CTS model , so it was high time for them to provide some definitive details on their next project: the ATS . Prepared to slide in right below the CTS and all of its variants, the ATS should be debuting in sedan form in 2012. That’s all fine and dandy, but we are much more interested in the variant following that unveiling with the ATS-V in 2014.

First rumored in 2008 , the ATS is ready to go and will be built on GM’s new Alpha platform with a rear wheel drive system. Its design will be inspired by Cadillac’s Art and Science design language which "incorporates sharp, sheer forms and crisp edges — a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it."

The ATS-V was first thought to carry a 470 horsepower V-8 engine as found in the CTS-V , but worried that the car would then take sales away from its bigger brother, Cadillac opted for a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 that will produce around 380 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a six speed manual or automatic transmission and the combination will get the ATS-V coupe to 60 mph in under five seconds with a top speed of above 170 mph. This engine choice fits in nicely with the ATS-V’s biggest rival, the BMW M3 , but Cadillac may need to up the ante in terms of power for the competition to be a bit stiffer. The future M3 will produce around 450 horsepower and should get to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, but top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.

The full line of ATS models should cover a sedan in 2012, the ATS-V and Coupe in 2014, and an ATS-V Convertible in 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

Update 8/23/2013: Per a report from Car and Driver, the new ATS-V will not use either of the two earlier rumored engines — 470-horsepower V-8 or a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. Rather, this new lightweight performance sedan will carry the same 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 powerplant as the CTS Vsport. Given the 321-horsepower V-6 engine sprints the ATS to 60 mph in a scant 5.7 seconds, we estimate the ATS-V with the turbo V-6 doing the same sprint in about 4.5 seconds.


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