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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.

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.

UPDATE 09/03/2014: Mazda has finally unveiled its all-new fourth generation MX-5 Miata. Its new design still stays true to the original, but has a look all its own. Mazda was very stingy on the mechanical details, but did spill some important info. Click past the jump to see all we know.

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

While everybody seems to be all caught up with the Q50 Eau Rouge , Infiniti is preparing another vehicle that’s expected to steal some shine away from the sports sedan. I mean that in a good way, of course. The model in question is called the Q80 Inspiration and not surprisingly, it’s headed to the Paris Motor Show .

The Japanese automaker is promising the world with the Q80 Inspiration, describing it as the peak of its model lineup. Those are big words for a company that’s been aggressively trying to reinvent itself as a premium brand capable of giving its German rivals a serious run for their money.

If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW , Audi , and Mercedes .

The Q80 Inspiration has been scheduled to make its debut on October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT on the East Coast.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

While the redesigned BMW 2 Series and the performance-oriented M235i are freely roaming the streets as we speak, the range-topping M2 is still a long way from showing itself in production guise. Sure, we’ve seen the beefed-up coupe in several spy photos during the first half of 2014, but the two vehicles spotted on inner city streets and on the Nürburgring track were merely test mules wearing various M235i body parts.

Scheduled to break cover in 2015, it seems the M2 is finally starting to take shape, as our paparazzi have caught the coupe during a new test session on the ’Green Hell.’ It’s not the first time the M2 takes on the ’Ring’s twisty course, but this time around, the BMW looks closer to what we’ll be seeing in dealerships for the 2016 model year. The differences between the first mules and the new prototype are massive, especially in the bumper area, meaning this is our best look yet at the upcoming M2.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2.

With all the attention directed towards the unveiling of the next-generation Mazda Miata , Hyundai threw a little curveball our way with the release of this rendering depicting the all-new i20 Coupe. Yes, the little i20 is getting a three-door version to complement the recently revealed five-door model!

Hyundai hasn’t divulged any details surrounding the i20 Coupe, which is probably its way of teasing of what’s to come. Sneaky, sneaky, Hyundai.

To its credit, the Korean automaker did give a brief description of what we can expect from the i20 Coupe. For one, it retains the i20’s long hood while adding a few elements to justify its sports style billing. The Coupe , it turns out, will get a sharply raked roofline and a distinctive roof spoiler. Those two new elements are likely meant to enhance the car’s sporty appearance, which makes me wonder if this model will bear some resemblance to the Hyundai Veloster.

It’s definitely something that we can all look forward to. Hyundai’s promising more details "in due course," which is probably the automaker’s way of saying that the i20 Coupe will find its way to a major auto show soon.

Paris in October, perhaps?

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

Well, it seems that the internet has been lit on fire by a set of renderings that have been posted to the Miata.net forums. While the rendering is rather attractive, what has set this apart from any other is the belief that it comes directly from a Mazda USA product engineer.

Now the rendering was posted by someone with the name “SethOfDeath” but the photo has a watermark that says Seth Elson. Jalopnik grabbed word of this and did some digging. According to a LinkedIn account, there is a Seth Elson who lives in Orange County California that is an engineer at Mazda North America. Jalops also found a twitter account named SethOfDeath that is based in Orange County and has a few references to Mazda as well. It hasn’t been confirmed that this is really from a Mazda employee, but all signs are pointing in that direction.

Jalopnik reached out to Mazda about these renders but only received, "another nice rendering. You fanatics."

Judging by the renders here and the photos and spy shots we have so far, this rendering does look very close to the right proportions and shape. My only concern is the that front end seems a bit to sculpted to match the spy car.

Whatever the case, we will know what the new ND Miata looks like in just a few hours when it is revealed live.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mazda MX-5.

Source: Miata Forum

Launched in 1979 in its civilian version, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class remained largely unchanged to this day. Now an icon of the SUV market, the G-Wagon is also one of the very few vehicles to still carry its classic body and chassis configuration. The boxy Merc underwent several updates since 1990, but a beefed-up, AMG -badged version wouldn’t arrive until 2006.

That first version came powered by a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8 and dubbed G55 AMG. The G-Class received a makeover for the 2012 model, when output was increased to 536 horsepower and the nameplate switched to G63 AMG. That same year, an even more extreme version was introduced - the G65 AMG. This SUV is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates 604 ponies and 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it in the U.S. But that will change starting in 2016 as the Germans are planning on offering the G65 AMG on these shores as well.

At least that’s what Automotive News claims, quoting "company sources." The outlet also adds the G65 AMG will fetch more than $250,000, nearly double the base price of the G63 AMG, which retails from $135,700. Ouch!

Note: European model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes G65 AMG.

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-A.

Source: CarAdvice

Renowned Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara is working on a sports car for the road. That’s the word from CAR Magazine, who reports the company that has been building chassis for various motorsport series for more than three decades will sell its very own road-legal vehicle in 2017. The news was reportedly confirmed by Dallara Automobili founder Gian Paolo Dallara.

Details are still being held under wraps, but CAR says Dallara is aiming to build a lightweight sports car that will tip the scales at only 850kg (1,874 pounds). To achieve this, the Italians will use carbon-fiber to build most of the vehicle’s chassis and body. Naturally, the sports car will feature a no-nonsense interior deprived of most convenience amenities found in today’s road-going vehicles. Electronic driving aids will be missing as well.

Expected to take inspiration from the Alfa Romeo 4C , which Dallara helped to develop, the company’s first car will likely be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine sourced from the Fiat group. Output should sit at around 300 horsepower, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of nearly 320 ponies per metric tonne, similar to that of a Caterham Superlight R300 or a 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 .

To be launched in 2017, Dallara’s sports car is yet unnamed and will only have a production run of 100 units per year, with pricing rumored to begin from €80,000 ($105,000 as of 09/02/2014).

Click past the jump to read more about the Dallara Indy Car Concept

Source: CAR Magazine

The Mazda MX-5 Miata came to life in the late 1980s and made its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show . Conceived as a small, lightweight roadster with minimal mechanical complexity, the Miata is often regarded as an evolution of classic British roadsters such as the Lotus Elan , the Triumph Spitfire or the MG MGB. Not surprising, it didn’t take long for the MX-5 to become the best-selling roadster in the world. The first-gen MX-5 was produced for no less than ten years, being replaced by a redesigned version in 1999. The second-gen model lasted for seven years before the current, NC-generation arrived. It’s been five years since the third-gen Miata debuted, and Mazda is about to launch a brand-new model on September 3rd. Just as the new roadster is getting ready to lose its veils, rumors about a coupe version of the Miata have started to emerge.

The idea is not exactly new, as customers have been demanding a coupe ever since the first-gen model became popular, but Mazda has yet to sacrifice the Miata’s long-standing heritage just to make a few buyers happy. That could change in less than two years, according to Auto News, who claims the Japanese have a fastback-like coupe in the pipeline.

Updated 09/05/2014: Now that we have seen the official pictures on the new generation MX-5 it was time to create a new rendering for the future coupe version, rumored to arrive one year after the roadster. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Coupe.

The current Mitsubishi Outlander is on its last leg, which explains why Mitsubishi is giving it a fresh look before an entirely new model arrives in 2017. There’s still little information about this ‘new model’ but as it turns out, Mitsubishi is giving us a little preview at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

It’s unlikely that the successor will be called the Outlander because that would go against the premise of the new model taking the Outlander’s place in Mitsubishi’s lineup. Instead, Mitsubishi is promoting the Outlander PHEV Concept-S as a preview of the Outlander PHEV production model, complete with refined design aesthetics that combines the technology of the company’s twin-motor PHEV system with the spirit of a tried and true 4x4 SUV .

We’ll know more about the Outlander PHEV Concept-S at the Paris Motor Show in October. For now, indulge yourselves with these two teaser photos that Mitsubishi graciously sent to our inbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S.


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