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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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As you may recall, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show we had our first look at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L , the most recent and longest member of the brand-new C-Class family. The sedan will go on sale later this year, but, to our disappointment, it won’t make it to the U.S., being a China-exclusive model.

Today, a report coming from Autocar says the C-Class lineup is set to expand even more, with a performance-oriented sedan to join the ranks next year. This time we’re not talking about yet another AMG-prepped midsize, but a vehicle that will fill the large gap between the C400 model and the brawny C63 AMG that should break cover later in 2014.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but the aforementioned source states the new model will be launched with the C450 AMG Sport moniker and with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine under the hood. In order for the sportier C-Class to bridge the wide gap between the 329-horsepower C400 and the 450-horsepower (estimated) C63 AMG , the Germans will increase the V-6’s output to about 372 horses.

As the name suggests, the C450 is not an official AMG model, but it’s being developed in collaboration with the company’s performance arm. It appears that the C450 AMG Sport will also be offered in an optional 4MATIC configuration, which is very likely to cross the Pond into North American dealerships.

Note: Mercedes C63 AMG rendering shown here.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.

Source: AutoCar

The development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer and closer to production. At the Beijing Auto Show , we got a clearer picture of where Infiniti stood with the development of the car when it announced that it had already built and track tested a prototype version of the concept and that it had officially become an engineering feasibility study.

We’re trying not to be too excited, but really, how can you not be, right?

According to Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype is moving further along in its testing, having already done on-track dynamics testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground with four-time Formula One champion and Infiniti’s Director of Performance Sebastian Vettel at the center of all the testing.

It doesn’t get any better than that for Infiniti having Vettel part of the development of the Q50 Eau Rouge. But Vettel’s involvement is just one aspect of the overall scope of the process that leads to the production model of the vehicle. Apparently, Infiniti is also planning to refine and test out the car’s aerodynamic performance, as it announced that the prototype has been dropped by 15 to 20 mm (0.59 to 0.78 inches) and this has shown better under-car airflow, but they think they can do even better with flat, under-car panels.

Some people might scoff at the time and money Infiniti is spending on the developing the Q50 Eau Rouge. But people have to understand what the car means to the company. After all, you only need to look at Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, and its GT-R to understand what it would do for Infiniti if the Q50 Eau Rouge lives up to all the hype.

This model could very well end up being Godzilla’s carbon-fiber-clad and better-dressed cousin. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal that Infiniti is doing all it can to ensure that every development phase of the Q50 Eau Rouge is given full and undivided attention.

"Taking the decision to build and develop a prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept following the positive response we received in Detroit and Geneva, was a logical next step for us in our evaluation process," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

Once its completed, the high-performance sedan is being tipped as the crown jewel of Infiniti’s lineup, one that features the very best of the GT-R’s monstrous power and the technology of Formula One combined into one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

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BMW is continuing to enjoy great success in the United States. But as growing sales and local prosperity always come with high demand, the Germans need to find ways to boost North American production, especially when it comes to their best-selling 3 Series sedan .

BMW already has a facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant assembles X5 and X6 SUVs and is about to have its production capacity increased by 50 percent when it welcomes a brand new vehicle, the larger X7 .

Since squeezing 3 Series production in South Carolina is out of the question, BMW is planning on building a second factory in North America, Bloomberg reports, adding that the manufacturer has narrowed the list of locations within the United States and Mexico, with at least two sites south of the border still being considered.

There’s no indication as to where BMW might decide to assemble the 3 Series in North America, but Mexico sounds more likely due to a number financial considerations that also include less expensive workforce.

A timetable for this decision is not available at the time of this writing, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for further information.

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Source: Bloomberg
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With a market that grows larger by the year, China is one of the most important automobile battlefields nowadays, and it’s no surprise that the 2014 Beijing Auto Show hosted so many important debuts, including Mercedes’ upcoming BMW X6 fighter , the Lexus NX or Lincoln’s MKX Concept crossover.

Likewise, BMW went to Beijing to showcase an array of vehicles, hoping to gain more leverage over its luxury competitors. But besides introducing already launched cars and a couple of special models, including the 7 Series Horse Edition , the Germans also debuted the Vision Future Luxury concept , which hints at the manufacturer’s next step in regard to large sedans .

As with most of its concepts , BMW declined to offer any information as to what to what kind of production model the Vision Future Luxury will spawn, but it makes a lot of sense for us to think about the next-generation 7 Series . Additionally, and based on previous reports, this study is also a forerunner for the upcoming 9 Series — the BMW-badged executive that will take on the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman .

Click past the jump to learn more about the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept.


Strong customer demand for Maserati’s new range of models has the company eyeing expanding its offerings. The word out on the street is that the Alfieri sports car that we saw at the Geneva Motor Show may have a production future down the road. Don’t look now, folks, but Maserati has been on a roll lately, which should be cause for concern for a lot of its competitors.

According to Automotive News, the sharp increase in sales the company is receiving could pave the way for the arrival of the Alfieri in the next two years, following the launch of the Levante SUV sometime next year. Since the beginning of the year, the Italian automaker has been receiving roughly 3,500 orders per month, and if that figure holds steady until the end of the year, Maserati’s sales would reach over 40,000. That’s an incredible rise in demand compared to the 15,400 models that were sold just last year.

Maserati is a hot name these days, especially in the U.S., where first quarter sales shot up 331 percent compared to last year. These robust returns wasn’t lost on Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and his strategy of shifting the parent company’s focus to its luxury holdings, like Maserati, is paying off handsomely. "We are equipped to go on the attack against the giants in our industry," Marchionne said last month at Fiat’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

"Our strategy to expand into the more profitable premium segments has clearly begun to generate results."

And with results dramatically shooting Maserati’s stock among the public, Fiat is looking into striking while the iron is hot. That’s where the Alfieri could come in and become Maserati’s answer to industry stalwarts like the Porsche 911 Turbo and upstarts like the Jaguar F-Type .

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Most of you are probably already familiar with the Honda Fit , the five-door subcompact that’s available nationwide with a puny, 1.5-liter four-pot under the hood. What you might not be aware of is that the automaker also builds a crossover on the same underpinnings. It’s dubbed the Vezel and has been offered in Japan since last December.

No biggie, because you’ll get to see it in person in the fourth quarter of 2014, when Honda brings it to America under the HR-V name. The new vehicle will fit right below the popular CR-V and will be manufactured in Mexico before being shipped to U.S. showrooms.

Details are limited at the time of this writing, but the first official photos released at the New York Auto Show reveal that the HR-V has very little in common with the Fit as far as design goes, bearing a styling of its own that includes a few trademark cues seen on the larger CR-V.

Honda says the HR-V will be quite the spacious and practical vehicle, thanks to "a unique center tank layout" and the Magic Seat system it will be fitted with. If you’re not familiar with the latter, it allows for multiple seating configurations and a second row that can be folded completely for extra cargo space.

There’s no word on powertrains, but expect the HR-V to be motivated by the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit found in the Fit. The engine delivers 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, enabling the hatchback to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds.

Pricing is also a mystery, but our guess is the brand-new crossover’s sticker will sit anywhere between $18,000 and $19,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda HR-V.


It’s a secret that’s been talked about for quite some time now, but finally, the cat is now out of the bag. Land Rover has officially confirmed what a lot of people have believed was a foregone conclusion. The company will create a new Discovery sub-brand and the first model to come out of this new family of Land Rovers will be the Discovery Sport.

Land Rover has announced that the Discovery Sport will be built as a premium compact SUV . That’s only one part of the announcement, though. More important is the creation of an entire family of models that will finally separate the luxurious Range Rover line from the more lifestyle-oriented Discover line.

There are going to be some concerns on how this affects the company’s entire lineup, specifically on whether it would cannibalize models within the company now that you have two distinct families that still offer pretty much the same thing.

But Land Rover doesn’t seem to care about those concerns and is pressing forward with the arrival of the Discovery Sport that will be based on the Discovery Vision Concept , which Land Rover has brought to the New York Auto Show .

It’s still not known how much of the concept will be translated to the Discovery Sport, but initial returns point to an impressive package that could be teaming with new technology. The Discovery Sport should also play into the luxury image of Land Rover, but not to the extent where it completely impedes on the Range Rover line. So while we expect it to come with a dose of luxury, we still expect it to be a combination of utility and luxury that should play well to a market that wants a good combination of both.

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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 be launched in 2012.

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 4/17/2014: The 2015 MX-5’s chassis and engine debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and its lightweight construction will help drop 220 pounds from the MX-5’s weight. See more after the jump.

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

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With 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is no slouch. However, it appears that the said model is about to be stripped of its range-topping status as Bentley was caught testing what looks to be an even hotter version of the Conti GT V8.

Although the Brits have yet to say anything on the matter, a slightly modified Continental GT V8 S was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and this suggests that a more powerful version of the coupe — possibly an RS model — is on its way.

The photos that we received from our trusty spy photographers of this model testing reveal an aerodynamically enhanced V8 GT that takes to the track with a front splitter, a fixed rear wing and a lowered, and likely stiffer, suspension.

There’s no word as to how many horses might be pushing out, but we see it fit for the British manufacturer to have tuned the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine to deliver at least 550 horsepower.

Is Bentley finally taking the know how from the Continental GT3 race car into a road-going model? Guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to find out. Then again, could this just be Bentley doing random testing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 RS.

Rumors about the Mercedes SLC-Class started awhile back 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, but hopes for an SLC are still not lost as Mercedes will indeed offer the SLC in an unexpected package.

The SLC-Class will actually be the baby brother of the SLS and will attack the likes of the Porsche 911 . Compared to the SLS, the future SLC will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the SLC will be devoid of gullwing doors.

The less dramatic specifications of the Mercedes SLC have also given way to a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Expect to pay somewhere under €100,000 (about $145,000 at the current exchange rates).

As a reminder, the SLC name was first used as a market name for the Mercedes C107 from 1971 to 1981. These vehicles were sold in three different versions - 280, 380 and 500 SLC - and were powered by either an in-line-six engine or a V-8 for the top versions. The "SLC" name is expected to be revived sometime in 2014.

Updated 04/15/2015: German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport got its hand on the first set of images revealing the interior of the future AMG GT. Check them out after the jump.

Updated 04/16/2014: Mercedes officially confirmed today that its future sports car will be called AMG GT. Also, the company offered the first details on the AMG GT’s interior.

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

Source: Autobild

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