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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.

A number of automakers may be gearing up for the Paris Motor Show next month, but Audi’s looking ahead to the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014 to preview its new design language through what’s being described as a large saloon-coupe concept.

Sources close to Autocar indicates that the new concept will be used as a springboard for a potential flagship, four-door model that will replace the A8 as the company’s top-of-the-line luxury sedan. Not surprisingly, the future model is going to be called the A9.

The concept will also be unveiled to showcase Audi’s new design direction developed under the stewardship of Marc Lichte, the same man who designed the current-generation Volkswagen Golf and Passat .

There aren’t a lot of details surrounding the concept at this point, but Autocar’s sources suggest that the concept will feature a number of never-before-seen design features, including a new Singleframe grille and laser headlamps. The concept’s interior will also be drastically different from anything we’ve seen Audi do in recent years. A new digital instrument cluster is expected to be one of the highlights of the concept’s interior, as well as new connectivity options Audi’s currently developing for the next-generation A8 and the A9 .

A production version of the concept is expected to follow, although that model isn’t expected to arrive until 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi A9.

Source: AutoCar

Concept cars are being unveiled in all sorts of places these days. Take the case of Toyota for example. The Japanese automaker recently attended a private-panel discussion hosted by Make: magazine in San Francisco to unveil the Urban Utility Concept, or U2 in short. Toyota’s purpose of attending the event was to showcase the innovative concept that aims to attract young, entrepreneurial urban drivers. The U2 Concept was developed by the company’s Calty Design Research based in Newport Beach, California.

After its appearance at the private panel discussion, the Toyota Urban Utility Concept is scheduled to make its first public appearance at the World Maker Faire in New York City on Sept. 20 and 21, 2014.

It’s an appropriate venue to make its public debut, especially with Maker Faire events being geared towards modern inventions and growing entrepreneurship possibilities.

The Toyota U2 Concept fits in that kind of environment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota U-squared Urban Utility Concept Vehicle.

The mid-engined Porsche Cayman was launched in 2005. Essentially a coupe version of the Boxster , the Cayman has become increasingly popular with customers as a more affordable and balanced proposition to the range-topping 911 . The first-generation coupe came with 2.7-, 2.9-, and 3.4-liter, flat-six engines with as many as 321 ponies and 273 pound-feet of torque. A facelifted Cayman was introduced in early 2009, while the redesigned model arrived in showrooms in 2013, this time powered by 275-, 325- and 340-horsepower engines. As we’re moving closer to 2015, the Germans are preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the still-new Cayman.

As with most Porsche facelifts, the Cayman will only receive minor exterior and interior changes. However, more important things are set to occur under the rear hood, where an array of four-cylinder engines are expected to show up. Details are thin as of September 2014, but Porsche is keen on improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions across the lineup and it seems both the Cayman and the Boxster will lead the way.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayman.

Rumors about the Mercedes AMG GT started as early as 2012, and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, as Mercedes and AMG have chosen the GT name for the sports car that comes to replace the aging SLS AMG as the company’s halo rig. Essentially the baby brother of the SLS, the AMG GT comes as a new competitor for the Porsche 911 just as we’re heading toward 2015. Compared to the SLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT is lighter and slimmer, making use of even more carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the GT is devoid of gullwing doors.

Less dramatic as far as design and power go, the GT also comes with a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Read on for the full details surrounding Stuttgart’s latest road-going "silver arrow".

Updated 09/12/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video showing the new AMG GT in action at the "Circuit of the Americas." Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT.

Luca di Montezemolo’s abrupt resignation as Ferrari president (effective October 13th) caught a lot of people by surprise. It was a bombshell, to say the least, but don’t start feeling bad for Ferrari because the company, largely due to di Montezemolo, is raking in a whole lot of money these days. Even in the U.S., Ferrari’s revenues have never been healthier, especially after selling 1,062 cars in the first half of 2014. That unprecedented success also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Italian automaker in the U.S., which we all know is a pretty big deal. It’s so big, in fact, that Ferrari’s planning to commemorate the occasion by releasing a special edition Ferrari exclusively for America.

Details are still sketchy at this point, but Ferrari did say that only 10 units of this yet-to-be-identified model will be released. In other words, that’s exclusive with a capital "E." Let the speculation begin on what this model’s going to be. If I’m going to guess, I think it’s going to be based on the Ferrari California T . I have no intel whatsoever; I just have a hunch.

Aside from this limited-edition Ferrari, the company’s plans for the U.S. also include selling even more models in the second half of the year. In addition to more sales, the company is also planning to have a charity initiative and what di Montezemolo describes as “a major event in Los Angeles to bring together all our American clients and collectors."

Maybe that’s the time and place we see this limited edition, U.S.-only Ferrari. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future special edition.

Well, well. It seems that when I predicted that the trademarking of the Zora name by GM would lead to a mid-engined Corvette , I wasn’t just full of hot air. Since I wrote my first piece and clamored on about the mid-engined future in the TopSpeed Podcast , both Motor Trend and Car and Driver have written pieces claiming this to be the truth. We already covered the piece by Motor Trend, but the details from Car and Driver are fresh.

Currently the only way to read the C&D story is to pick up their newest issue on newsstands, but the crazy kids over at Jalopnik have been kind enough to give us a rough rundown of the major points.

First off, we know for fact that Chevrolet is already actively developing the C8 Corvette. Second, the new car will be a mid-engined machine that wears the badge “Zora ZR1.” It will be positioned as flagship for the brand and will likely be the first C8-generation car to arrive. The car will be a very low-volume model that will carry a price that is estimated around $150,000. As it is today, the car will still continue to be powered by an aluminum, small-block, GM engine.

To make this new machine, the current frame will need some heavy modification, but C&D seems to think that current platform has the ability to be used for the job. On that same note, the robotic manufacturing that was setup to create the current C7 can be altered to create the new frame with what seems like little effort.

Expect more carbon to be used if this new mid-engine car makes it to existence. Currently GM uses the carbon stuff for items like the fenders and hood, but the doors are still fiberglass. This will change for the Zora ZR1 and a carbon composite of some sort will be used to decrease weight and increase strength in the doors. Suspension and braking components are unlikely to change too much from the current kit used on the Z06 .

As always, we will keep you up to date on all the news as we can get it.

Note: Standard Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictured here, but our rendering team is hard at work creating a preview to the Zora ZR1.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

Source: Jalopnik

BMW ’s modern history with compact cars began in 1993 with the liftback version of the 3 Series . Discontinued in 2000, the compact Bimmer returned for the 2005 model year as the 1 Series . Four different body styles were built until 2013, when BMW decided to invent a new moniker for the two-door coupe and convertible . The coupe became the 2 Series , while the three-door and five-door hatchbacks continued as the 1 Series. The second-gen hatchbacks were launched in 2011 and a refreshed model is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show . Meanwhile, BMW is working to expand the 1 Series lineup to include a sedan, giving it yet another way to compete against its long-time German rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi .

Created to go against the A3 Sedan and the CLA four-door coupe, the 1 Series Sedan has become more than just an idea as of September 2014. Scheduled to break cover sometime in 2016, the four-door is already being tested on the company’s new UKL platform. This detail is of great importance, as BMW is switching to front-wheel-drive, a configuration Audi and Mercedes have already embraced for the A3 and the CLA, respectively.

Updated 09/11/2014: We have prepared a new rendering for you showing the future 1 Series Sedan. It features the latest BMW design language, that includes the updated headlamp style that run into the grill. Check it out after the jump.

Land Rover is set to embark on a massive and admittedly ambitious expansion the likes of which we haven’t seen from the British SUV maker. The company’s Range Rover brand has always been its meal ticket, but there’s a good chance that it might soon share honors with the Discovery and Defender models, each of which is set to expand into its own family of models.

Car Magazine is reporting that that Land Rover is laying the groundwork to create a separate line of models for the Discovery and the Defender, effectively creating three sub-families under the Land Rover name. The British magazine discussed this development with Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern. According to McGovern, Land Rover is aligning its brands to create three separate families - Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender - with each family having one standout characteristic.

The Range Rover will be a luxury sub-brand, that was established a long time ago. The Discovery, however, will be all about "Leisure," something Land Rover began with the arrival of the sportier-than-usual Discovery Sport, which is apparently taking the place of the Freelander . Discussions within the company are also on-going regarding the development of the fifth-generation Discovery that was showcased in preview guise by the Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Land Rover will also work on differentiating the Range Rover models from the Discovery models.

Then there’s the Defender. McGowan described it as the dual-purpose sub-brand that will be markedly different from the Range and Discovery brands. Don’t expect the new lineup of Defenders to be similar in aesthetics to its brothers, as these models will retain the same utilitarian character best associated with the roots of Land Rover. McGown specifically pointed to the importance of having multiple Defender models, largely because it’s the brand that will cater to traditional fans of Land Rover.

“The Defender is about durability,” McGowan told Car. “You kick the hell out of them and they get up for more.”

Click past the jump to read more about Land Rover’s future plans.

Source: CAR

With the lightweight Jaguar XE soon to start battling the BMW 3 Series , rumors about the British company planning to roll out an entire family of vehicles are flying all over the place. Although not officially confirmed, the move makes a lot of sense considering Jaguar is aiming to become a strong competitor to Germany’s finest. Naturally, this scenario got us all excited and thinking what would an XE Coupe and Sportbrake version of the look like. Our rendering team was quick to provide us with some answers in that aspect, and, with the coupe already online, we have returned to show you the XE Sportbrake.

Yes, that’s right, we’re 100-percent positive the station wagon version of the XE will carry the Sportbrake moniker. It’s already a tradition in the Jaguar family and the Brits wouldn’t have it any other away, considering the same nameplate is used for the larger XF. Read on to see what it takes for the XE to become a premium grocery-getter.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake.

Like most high-performance vehicles, the BMW M3 was the perfect platform for a dozen special-edition models throughout its history. Who can forget about the E36-based GTR and the E46-based CSL , or even the Cecotto and Ravaglia editions of the first-generation M3? Then there’s the GTS, arguably one of the best-performing M3’s in history. Launched for the 2010 model year and built in only 250 units, the GTS was a more powerful and lighter version of the E92 M3 . The coupe was powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 444 horsepower and weighed 300 pounds less than the standard M3. These specs made it incredibly fast in the 0-to-60-mph sprint, which took only 4.2 seconds, and quite popular with collectors. All 250 units sold immediately, despite a sticker of €115,000 ($149,000 as of 09/11/2014). The E92 GTS remained the sole GTS built to date, but it seems the Germans have a new iteration underway, this time around based on the M4 .

That’s the word from our skilled photographers, who spotted what appears to be a track-prepped version of the M4 set to carry the GTS moniker. And although BMW has done its best to parade it as a MotoGP Safety Car , we have reasons to believe this coupe is more than just a pace setter.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M4 GTS.


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