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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.

Maserati’s masterplan to sell 75,000 vehicles per year by 2018 won’t include a model smaller than the Ghibli or a less powerful version of said sedan , Australian outlet Motoring reports, adding that the Italian brand aims to remain exclusive, albeit not exotic.

Speaking at the Ghibli launch in the Land Down Under, Maserati’s Australian general manager Glen Sealey said the Italians are ruling out a compact sedan to slot under the Ghibli, currently the company’s cheapest model ever. "In terms of model strategy, there are no plans to go below Ghibli or Levante," he said.

In an effort to increase global sales, Maserati revived the Ghibli nameplate to take on the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class . Going lower would enable the brand to field a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class , and their high-performance derivatives, but, as things stand, Maserati is more concerned about retaining its exclusivity.

"Maserati will certainly remain exclusive, but not exotic. A year ago it was exotic," he added.

As far as a less powerful, and consequently cheaper, version of the Ghibli is concerned, Sealey stressed that the entry-level diesel model won’t account for a large proportion of sales, with the more expensive gasoline models to move more units globally.

Note: Maserati Ghibli pictured here.

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Source: Motoring

The Hyundai i20 was launched in 2007 as a three- and five-door hatchback to sit between the i10 city car and the i30 compact. The i20 replaced the aging Hyundai Getz on most markets, but it didn’t make it to the United States, where the Korean manufacturer sells the slightly larger Accent hatchback instead. Underpinned by an all-new platform developed by Hyundai Europe, the first-gen i10 was available with a wide range of inline-four engines. The gasoline units displaced between 1.2 and 1.6 liters, while the diesel mills came in 1.1-, 1.4-, and 1.6-liter sizes. Output began from 74 horsepower and topped 126 ponies in the more expensive trims. Moving into the 2015 model year, Hyundai is finally introducing the second-generation i20, a completely redesigned hatch meant to spur the company’s presence in Europe’s crowded B-segment market.

Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the 2015 Hyundai i20 was also developed at the company’s European technical center in Germany. Likewise, the second-generation supermini won’t make it across the Pond, where we will have to settle for the fourth-generation Accent, which is already a four-year-old model.

Although the Paris Motor Show is still a couple of months away, Hyundai has released preliminary photos and details of the redesigned i20. Read on to find out more about the second-gen compact.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai i20.

The Continental GT arrived for the 2003 model year as the first Bentley vehicle launched under Volkswagen ’s ownership. Sold in both fastback and convertible guises, the first-generation Continental GT got its juice from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. Many special editions and iteration followed until 2011, when the second-gen model was introduced. The redesigned grand tourer keeps its W-12 mill, but a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine was finally added to the lineup. In 2013, Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3 , a race car that marked the manufacturers return to racing. And just a year after the track-only GT3 arrived, the Brits rolled out a special-edition GT3-R coupe to pay tribute to the track-exclusive machine.

To be sold as the GT3-R beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014, the new vehicle sits atop the Continental V8 lineup, boasting more horsepower than any of its brothers, and a bevy of exclusive features and technologies. It’s also the fastest-accelerating, and the most dynamic and responsive Bentley ever built, feats that will likely help sell the 300-unit production run like hot cakes.

Adding to the GT3-R’s appeal is the fact that all examples will be hand-built at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe before being sent off to the company’s Motorsport division for the final touches. Now let’s see what makes the GT3-R so special.

Updated 08/11/2014: The new Continental GT3-R will make its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2014 and will start at $337,000. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2015. Only 99 units will make it to the North American market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

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With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the best-sold convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive update has been announced for the fourth generation that is set to debut on September 3rd, 2014.

The Mazda MX-5 will remain a rear-wheel drive compact sports coupe with exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled earlier this year. With the new generation, Mazda will focus on reducing the total weight to less than 1,000 kilos.

At the launch of the Shinari concept, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements." Guess the MX-5 will be among the first to adopt Mazda’s new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language.

Updated 08/11/2014: Mazda unveiled the first teaser image of the next MX-5 Miata before the car’s official debut on September 3. According to the first details offered by Mazda, the next MX-5 will "look nothing like" the current generation and will adopt an evolution of the current Kodo design language. See the teaser image after the jump.(WCF)

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

The Kia Sorento was launched in 2002 and went on sale in the United States the following year. The first-generation Sorento was a traditional body-on-frame SUV with off-road capabilities and a four-wheel drive system. The first-gen Sorento was replaced in 2009, when Kia introduced a completely redesigned vehicle. Now built on a car-based platform and relegated to crossover status, the second-gen Sorento began rolling off the West Point, Georgia production line for the 2010 model year. Slightly longer than its predecessor, the updated Sorento gained new 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines on U.S. soil.

The crossover received yet another makeover for the 2013 model year. Although Kia introduced it as a third-generation model with an all-new chassis and redesigned front and rear fascias, the update is commonly considered a facelift rather than a brand-new generation. Going into 2015, Kia introducing a revamped Sorento with hefty updates inside and out, including a longer wheelbase.

Updated 08/11/2014: Kia unveiled the first images of the new generation Sorento, with weeks before after its official debut in Paris. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Kia Sorento.

Mercedes-Benz seems to be preparing a bruiser version of its compact GLK crossover. We’ve seen the GLK strutting its stuff across European roads wile clothed in swirly wrap, but now there’s word about what will power this little AMG creation. Mercedes and its performance division AMG are building a new powerplant that will eventually be a ubiquitous sight throughout the AMG lineup.

Car & Driver reports Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 destined for the 2016 GT will find its way into upcoming GLK 63 AMG . Of course horsepower and torque output numbers will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but we can expect at least 400-plus horses for the SUV .

The engine is a wonderment of modern technology. It features Mercedes’ first ‘hot V’ design with both its turbos packaged between the cylinder heads. That means the V-8 will have a reverse-flow design, bringing fresh air into the block through the outside of the cylinder heads. The major benefit lies with the short distance exhaust gasses must travel to spool the turbos. In this case, shorter is better.

The engine, codenamed M178, also has a dry-sump oil system and a ‘Nanoslide’ coating on the cylinder walls. Combined with high-performance internal components, the 4.0-liter will enjoy a redline around 7,000 rpm.

With nearly instant boost from such a stout engine, the GLK 63 AMG should post pretty impressive numbers at the track. Expect 60 mph to come in under five seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG.

Source: CarAndDriver

Looks like the Lexus LFA will finally get a successor after all. Ever since production of the LFA ended in 2012, the Japanese automaker hasn’t had a flagship supercar under its name. There was talk of a potential successor, but those discussions were eventually scuttled, leaving the company with a gaping hole in the top of its already potent model lineup. But something must’ve happened within the company to make it reverse course on its position.

Automotive News is reporting that Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin confirmed to reporters that the company will, in fact, build a successor to the LFA. The decision even has the blessing of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, which is the equivalent of taking this development to the bank.

"Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we’re building an LFA for the generation we have today," Templin said during a ceremony in Japan dedicated to the Lexus NX. "At some point, there may be another special car for another generation."

No specific details have been divulged surrounding this new supercar but you can at least expect Lexus to dedicate a lot of time and money to test and develop it. That was the approach Lexus engineers took with the LFA and there’s no reason why it’s going to be different this time around.

For now, though, we’re just excited to hear that the LFA will get a successor. For a while, we didn’t think it was going to happen, so props go to Lexus for finally recognizing the obvious.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LFA.

After what feels like years of leaks, prototypes and teasers, the all-new Audi TT is finally official. Today as we rolled into the beginning of the Geneva Auto Show , Audi pulled the wraps of its latest small coupe , and things are pretty much as we expected. Even our renders where nearly identical to the real production car.

The new car may be an all-new, third-generation model, but from the outside it appears to be little more than a refresh. Audi does have a long history of making new cars that look a lot like the old cars though.

The big news is the interior and the drivetrains. The cabin of the new TT previews the cleaner design with its simplified layout that will make its way through the entire Audi family over the next few years.

The engines in the TT have been replaced by the full line of updated powertrains from the Volkswagen group, including a new 2.0-liter TDI and a pair of gasoline-drinking 2.0 turbos. Power output between these engines ranges from 184 horsepower all the way up to 310 ponies.

Updated 08/08/2014: Audi announced UK prices for the new-generation TT, with deliveries set to begin in December 2014. On the British market prices will start from £29,860 - or about $50,200 as of 8/8/2014. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the third generation Audi TT.

After years, of patent leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac LTS flagship sedan may finally become a reality. That’s the sentiment within the ranks at Cadillac after a high-level source told Autoblog that the RWD, flagship, luxury sedan is being developed in time to make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. That’s still a long ways away, so it should give Cadillac enough time to prepare its long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series .

Autoblog is also reporting certain design elements of the Elmiraj Coupe Concept we saw at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will make their way to the LTS sedan. That’s a great way to establish a luxury identity for the LTS, because the Elmiraj is everything we hoped a Cadillac flagship sedan would be. While we don’t expect the LTS to be identical to the Elmiraj, we’re looking forward to seeing what Cadillac has in store for the model.

If anything, the company needs to be on its A game in developing the LTS. Last we checked, the S-Class, A8, and 7 Series were all heavyweights of the luxury sedan market. The 2015 S-Class, in particular, was a dramatic improvement from its own predecessor, re-validating Mercedes Mercedes ’ place in the pecking order of the segment. Cadillac will definitely have a lot of pressure on its hands, although the Caddy source did tell Autoblog that the company is prepared to embrace the challenge.

At this point, we’re holding our judgment on that one, at least not until we see the LTS in the flesh in April 2015. You still have time on your hands, Cadillac. You better make the most out of it if the LTS wants to live up to the hype.

Note: Cadillac Elmiraj Concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac LTS.

Source: Autoblog

Honda’s sports car lineup has become a lot clearer today. We already know the NSX is coming and the same for the diminutive S660 sports coupe. Now, Motoring Australia is reporting that Honda has given the green light to bring back the S2000 . Pop open the metaphorical champagne, ladies and gentlemen, Honda’s recently discontinued sports car is coming back!

Okay, let me pump the brakes up a little bit. Technically, this sports car won’t be packaged as a direct successor to the S2000. Remember, the S2000 was a front-engine mounted sports car that broke out in the 2000 model year and was produced until 2009. The new S2000 will be developed with a mid-mounted engine setup. This setup is similar to what Honda is preparing for the NSX and the S660, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the new S2000 adopt the same setup.

Motoring Australia also said that the new S2000 will adopt similar styling to the NSX and the S660, including wraparound headlights, large side air intakes, and flared wheel arches. This could point to a more robust design for the S2000, as opposed to the sleek, bullet-like look of the model’s previous incarnation.

The same report also indicated that the new rear-wheel drive S2000 will employ a modified version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that currently takes residence under the Honda Civic Type-R’s hood. An electric motor is also expected to be slapped into the car, ensuring a total output of around 365 horsepower and mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Honda is also reportedly planning to produce the new S2000 at its Performance Manufacturing Center in the U.S. This little detail is important because that’s where the NSX will also be built, which means that there’s a possibility that the S2000 receives the same production materials as its big bro.

What’s still unclear is when the new S2000 will arrive. By all indications, a launch in late 2017 sounds like a fair estimate of the sports car’s development timeline.

For now, we’re not concentrating on that as much as the report that a spiritual successor to the Honda S2000 is officially coming.

Note: Last-generation Honda S2000 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda S2000.

Source: Motoring

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