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future cars

  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.

As you probably have noticed in the past few months, more and more automakers announced their intention to develop smaller SUVs for their respective lineups. So did Mazda , who recently announced that next to its CX-5 , CX-7 and CX-9, its lineup will also include a smaller CX-3. This new compact SUV is set to arrive in 2014 and will compete with models like the Ford Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Nissan Juke .

Mazda engineers will design every detail of the car, from chassis to the interior, to obtain a very low weight and as a result a very efficient model. For the CX-3, Mazda is preparing a new diesel engine — likely a 1.6-liter — that will deliver around 80 mpg and CO2 emissions of about 95 g/km. Next to it, customers will also get a new turbocharged 1.3-liter engine. It rumored that the CX-3 will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive model.

On the exterior the next CX-3 will combine design elements from the CX-5 - like the famous ’shield’ grille, with design elements unveiled in the new generation Mazda6 . From our above rendering, you can see that we expect it to also borrow styling elements from the CX-5, but feature a quicker drop-off at the end of the hood – a key part of the KODO design language that Mazda is moving forward with.

The model will arrive in 2014 at a price of around £13,000 (about $20,000 at the current exchange rates).

Image note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering and is not an official image of the Mazda CX-3

Source: AutoExpress

A few days ago, Chevrolet unveiled the SS NASCAR racecar . Not exactly the SS everyone expected, but with some exercise of your imagination you could get a pretty good idea of what the production-model SS will look.

To help you a little bit with that, Chevrolet decided to tease the car for just a few seconds in the SS NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar’s official presentation video in Las Vegas. You get to see part of the headlights, rear lights, front and rear bumper, and you will hear the promise that the "Chevrolet SS will arrive soon!"

For those of you who do not remember, the SS is rumored to be powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 348 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque. It will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013.

The peek-a-boo session with the production SS happens pretty late in the video and the rest of it is pretty dull, so we’ll spare you watching the whole video for just a few seconds of goodies. The sneak peak occurs at about the 10:49 mark on the video. Feel free to watch the entire video if a NASCAR reveal is tickles your fancy though.

Porsche 918 Spyder

A few weeks ago it was reported that Porsche was preparing to add a new sports car to its lineup. It has also been rumored that the new model — set to be placed between the 911 and the 918 — will be called the 961 . The latter rumor may not come to fruition, as Porsche has just registered the "919" name at a German patent office. The new combination of numbers is listed as a "word mark,” meaning that it will be used in an upcoming production model.

What we cannot tell for sure is if this newly trademarked model is indeed the long-rumored sports car. The uncertainty seeps in because the "919" name make us think of a model placed above the 918, not between the 911 and 918.

The "919" name was registered in October and in the past few days it was entered in the patent register. We expect to hear more details about this new model in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!

Source: GT Spirit

Maserati’s future looks quite promising. It has just unveiled the new Quattroporte , and we are waiting to see the production versions of the Kubang concept and the yet-to-be-named sports car below the current GranTurismo . However, it looks like these are not the only models to be offered by the company, as Autoweek is reporting, via a Maserati employee, that Maserati will soon offer up a new sports car placed above the current GranTurismo.

Said employee told the magazine that this won’t be just a special edition of the current GranTurismo, but an entirely new model with completely different bodywork and with a more powerful engine. We believe this engine to be a more powerful version of the current twin-turbocharged V-8 developed for the new Quattroporte.

No other details have been provided, but rumors say the new car will arrive on the market by 2015.

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Autoweek.nl

A few days after Saleen announced its plans to build a modern-day 351 Mustang , another aftermarket company — Galpin Auto Sports — took to the LA Auto Show to announce its own supercar project: the Galpin Ford GTR1.

Now here we are, nearly a year later, and Galpin is all set to launch the GTR1 at the on the Concept Lawn at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

With just under a year to fully develop and test the GTR1, Galpin took to task and creat4ed quite the monster that makes use of a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that puts down well overt 1,000 horsepower and abuses rubber by way of more than 700 pound-feet of torque.

Sure this Ford GT-inspired supercar sure does look ignorant on paper, but can it really hang with the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari?

Find out if it can and so much more about this new supercar after the jump.

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Volkswagen Phaeton

Come 2015 when Volkswagen announces the next-generation Phaeton, it will also debut a new design language that will influence the entire VW range, according to Design Director Klaus Bischoff.

The design boss himself admits that the new design language that debuted with the VW Golf VII was a mistake. Unlike most companies where the design of the flagship product influences the rest of product range — the "top-down" approach — with the Golf VII, VW used the bottom-up approach that, according to Bischoff, didn’t bode well with the market.

If there is something that we’d criticize about the current design language is that the entire VW lineup looks eerily similar. For the future design language, Klaus promises that there will be a specific look for saloons, one for the SUV lineup, one for the people carriers and one for hatchbacks. We hope this change flows over to Audi as well.

With Klaus Bischoff promising such changes, the future of this German giant looks bright. Though it’s easy to make promises, delivering them is the actual challenge.

Source: Auto Express
Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

We already knew that Chevrolet will unveil the sixth-generation Camaro in 2016 and that it will feature a series of significant improvements. First of all, the car will move from the current Zeta platform to General Motor’s new Alpha platform. This platform change will make the next Camaro lighter, smaller, more aerodynamic efficient and, ultimately, even more fun to drive.

Under the hood things will also undergo significant changes, as sources are pointing toward a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder make its Camaro debut in the sixth-generation. Don’t start revolting just yet, as we’re sure this 4-banger will have loads of pop and rest assured that a 300-plus-horsepower V-6 and a next-gen V-8 will also be available. Unfortunately, there is no info on the V-6 and V-8 engines yet, so we’ll have to hold out for that.

The next Camaro is still a few years away, so in the next few months we expect to get more details on it. Stay tuned!

Source: GM Authority
Porsche Panamera Coupe

Porsche’s future looks quite promising – according to its CEO, Matthias Mueller, at least – as it plans to expand its lineup even further. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Mueller announced that the company plans to expand by at least four new models by 2018, with the first two to arrive being the 918 Spyder and the Macan .

One of the remaining two is a new sports car — rumored to be called 961 — slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder. The final new model will be a new sedan that is smaller than the Panamera . A final decision on the new sports sedan will be made by the end of 2013, but, if approved, it will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MMB architecture, which will also be used for next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8.

As for the baby-Panamera, Mueller confirmed that it will target models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The next-generation Panamera will also see a few more derivatives, including a coupe defined as a successor for the famous Porsche 928 .

Neither of the latter two models are close to production – neither is approved, actually – but stay tuned and we’ll bring you all of the information on these potential models as soon as we get it.

The new generation Volkswagen Beetle made its debut back in 2011 at the New York Auto Show and the cabrio version will arrive almost two years later at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales on the US market will begin at the end of 2012.

The third generation Beetle Cabrio features a sportier and more dynamic silhouette - just like with the coupe version and is equipped with a traditional soft-top that can be opened and closed just in 10 seconds at the push of a button at speeds up to 30 mph.

When compared to the coupe version, the new Cabrio will be distinguished by strengthened A-pillars and an "Automatic Rollover Support System" that offers better protection in case of a crash.

The US customers will have to choose between three different engines, two petrol and one diesel with power ranging from 140 HP to 240 HP. The three engines can be mated to with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.

UPDATE 11/29/12: Volkswagen has released the pricing details for the Beetle Cabriolet and all its trim models. Check out how much they’ll cost after the jump. We have added a series of new images and two new video.

BMW 1-Series Sedan

It looks like BMW is considering the adding a new M-Series model to its lineup. It will be based on the next-generation 1-Series sedan and will be a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan. However, do not expect to see it on the market until the latter half of 2015, at the earliest.

In an interview with AutoCar, a BMW insider said: "We are actively considering it. Do we think there is a potential market? Yes, and it is likely to grow rapidly. If we had the capacity, we would already be well down the road [to production] by now."

The new model will be built on the BMW’s new UKL platform and under its hood will be a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 300 horsepower.

Until the new small sedan arrives on the market, we will see the new M235i based on the next-generation BMW 2-Series .

Source: AutoCar

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