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  Automotive industry news, it feels like nothing of what they say is really important but put it together and you will get the big picture before the others.

VUHL 05

When VUHL launched the 05 sports racer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , it came to the event knowing that it needed to garner significant interest from buyers if the car was ever going to be produced.

Well, it appears that its objective was met after VUHL automotive director Guillermo Echeverria announced that the company would be proceeding building a first batch of the top-grade Edition One 05 sports cars .

“Our aim for Goodwood was quite specific – to accrue sufficient orders for a batch of 20 ‘Edition One’ (top specification) models and," Echeverria said in a statement. "With the serious enquiries already received from the UK, Central Europe, USA and Mexico, we are well on the way to achieving that and more."

That’s good news for a start-up company like VUHL that’s trying to make a dent in the industry. It’s even better news for those customers who signed up to buy the car, paving the way for the company to build them.

The first orders of the VUHL 05 are expected to enter production with a delivery date some time next year. The company is still accepting orders, too, which means that if you have £55,000 ($86,225 / €64,505) to spare, you can be one of the first in the world to own this highly unconventional, albeit ridiculously fast open-top sports car.

Click past the jump to read about the VUHL 05

Wiesmann Roadster MF5

In an obviously disappointing turn of events, Wiesmann , the manufacturer of those highly attractive MS5 Roadsters, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy.

The filing, which was made in the Münster District Court in Germany , didn’t specify the type of financial straits the company is under but the fact that the courts not only found Wiesmann insolvent, but it was also compelled to appoint one Dr. Norbert Küpper as Wiesmann’s preliminary insolvency administrator. These two things definitely casts a pall of gloom on the future of the 20-year old company.

It’s a huge shame that it’s come to this for Wiesmann. Sure, it never established the kind of traction it would’ve hoped with its retro-futuristic models, but the ones that it built, specifically the pocket rocket that was the GT MF5 , definitely deserved a whole lot more love than it received.

We’re really hoping that this whole situation is ironed out and Wiesmann isn’t forced to fade into the sunset. But that’s the harsh reality of doing business in an insanely competitive industry. If you don’t have the proverbial horses to keep up, you’re going to be left behind in the cold.

And in Wiesmann’s case, it might end up costing the company its very existence.

Click past the jump to read about the Wiesmann GT MF5

Source: Bimmer Today
BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

The return of the range-topping BMW 8 Series may still be part of BMW’s future, but company officials are trying to quell growing rumors that it’s moving forward with development faster than it actually is.

So in an attempt to finally put to rest the fate of the 8-Series, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess told Autocar that a decision regarding the top-end coupe’s future is still a long ways away. Take it as good news or bad news but the way the Pininfarina-designed Gran Lusso Concept was received when it was unveiled a few months ago seems to suggest that the German automaker is trying to cover all of its bases before making any decisions. And to be honest, that’s the prudent way to go about it, considering the number of new models that BMW has in the pipeline.

Talking about a car that could still be nixed by BMW execs will take time away from actually developing, building, and promoting its other new models.

But rest assured, BMW still has the the return of the 8 Series in its mind. It’s just not rushing to make any decisions on it. “The Gran Lusso concept was very well received,” Diess told Autocar. “We’re looking into the possibility of production, but a decision is still a way off.”

We’re all pining to see this rumor turn into reality, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves just yet. That’s what BMW is at least telling us and we’d be wise to listen for now.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW Gran Lusso Concept by PIninfarina

Source: Autocar UK
Rolls Royce Phantom Series II

Talking about a car that’s long in the tooth, the Rolls-Royce Phantom will probably stand up and try to get itself recognized. Despite its stature as one of the preeminent luxury cars in the market, the current-generation Phantom is pretty old.

So it comes as no surprise that the British automaker is laying out plans to prepare the next-generation model for launch in the next few years.

According to Automotive News, the next-generation Phantom is already in the pipeline and is likewise on track to make its debut sometime in 2016. Do the math and that’s a little over two years from now.

Initial details surrounding the next-gen Phantom calls for the luxury sedan to be based on the new BMW 7 Series . Hardly shocking, considering that Rolls-Royce falls under the BMW umbrella. Should that be the case, you can expect the new Phantom to take advantage of the lightweight build — at least relative to its predecessor — of the 7 Series, something that’s attributed to BMW’s generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber.

No details on the powertrain have been given but we’re not closing the door on a completely new powertrain that’s vastly more efficient than the gas-guzzling 6.75-liter V-12 engine that currently resides under the hood of the current Phantom.

A hybrid V-8, perhaps?

Click past the jump to read about the current generation Rolls Royce Phantom Series II

Cadillac Ciel Concept

It looks like Cadillac is bringing more than just a new emblem to Pebble Beach.

The American luxury automaker has always used Pebble Beach as the site for its concept unveilings (remember the Ciel Concept two years ago?) and it looks like this year’s event will be no different.

In a press release announcing its participation in Pebble Beach , Caddy has confirmed that a new design concept will be in attendance. As far as details behind this concept are concerned, the company opted to be tight-lipped on the issue, preferring instead to probably blow our socks off with another bewildering design study similar to what it did when it came out of left field and dropped our jaws with the Ciel two years ago.

In addition to the concept, Cadillac will also have its own heritage exhibit, which will include some of its most expressive design models in the past: the 1967 Eldorado , a 1965 Coupe Deville, and a 1937 Series 90 V16.

But make no mistake, the true highlight of its participation at Pebble Beach will be this mysterious concept that the company has shed little details about. Judging by how forward-looking the Ciel was, we have little doubt that this new design study will be equally - if not more - compelling than its fellow Pebble Beach attendee.

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac Ciel Concept

Ford Focus ST Mountune

When Ford Europe announced the Ford Focus ST mountune , we couldn’t help but envy the European car buyers. In fact, we went so far to say "Europeans get all of the automotive fun." Well, we can now eat our words, as mountune has just announced that it will expand its Ford partnership to the U.S. later this year.

What makes the transition to the U.S. very easy for mountune is the fact that it is headquartered in Southern California. This means that you don’t have to worry about crazy tariffs and shipping fees by buying components from overseas.

Mountune stated that a new U.S. website will hit the web later in 2013 and that buyers can purchase parts direct from Ford Racing, mountune’s website or any other authorized mountune dealers. We’ll keep tabs on this topic and let you know once the site goes live. We certainly hope that this expansion will bring a Focus ST mountune to U.S.-based Ford dealers.

Click past the jump to see what mountune did to the Focus ST

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Here’s a dilemma we’d like all of you answer: if you had around $30,000 in your pocket and you have to use it by the end of the day, would you spend it on a 2014 Ford Mustang or would you shell out just over $25,000 - and pocket the rest - for a one-day fling with the Bugatti Veyron .

On one hand, it’s easy to say that you’d rather have the Mustang permanently. On the other hand, the decision becomes a little trickier when you take into account that you’re going to be allowed to spend 24 hours with the mightiest supercar of them all.

Holders Vehicle Contracts will tell you that it’s an easy choice (rent the Veyron!) and for the most part, it makes a compelling case. It’s not everyday that you can get to seat behind the wheel of a car of the Veyron’s stature. You pay the steep rental price of £16,500 ($25,490) for it, enjoy its company for one day, and then check it off of your bucket list.

Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, it is, especially if you don’t mind spending the next cognizant of the reality that you just spent a little over $25,000 for one day with the Veyron.

In the event you want more than just one day of bonding with the Veyron, you can likewise avail of Holders Vehicle Contracts’ weekend option for the supercar, allowing you spend the entire weekend with it for £45,000 ($69,516).

There’s nothing cheap about the Bugatti Veyron and if you want to be in the company of class and exotic appeal, you might find value in what Holden Vehicle Contracts is offering.

Click past the jump to read about the Bugatti Veyron

Source: Holdovers VC
Volkswagen Scirocco

Fans of Volkswagen here in the U.S. have reason to celebrate if there’s any truth to Volkswagen’s plans of finally bringing its resident hot hatch, the Scirocco to U.S. shores.

The Scirocco is coming to America, you ask?

Well, according to Volkswagen of America’s Manager of Product and Technology Mark Gillies, the German automaker is "open to looking at future versions for this market".

Although its far from "Hell yeah! We’re bringing the Scirocco to America," Gilles’ words should draw some tingles from Americans because the Scirocco has been one of those cars that a lot of people have been longing to have.

Gilles did say that a big reason why Volkswagen has never considered bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. was because the hot hatch wasn’t "engineered for this market."

But if people have long clamored for a product, it’s always a good idea to acquiesce to the demands. Or at the very least, listen to all those calls.

So that’s what Volkswagen is apparently doing, dropping hints of finally bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. market. Gilles also said that any potentially U.S.-bound Scirocco won’t adopt the same design as the European model, a curious revelation that will definitely lead to some speculation on what it’s going to look like.

Walter da Silva, VW’s head of design, remarked that a sportier Scirocco could be offered in the U.S., although specific details on that possibility have yet to be disclosed.

We’re gonna stop short of throwing a party until there’s an official announcement from Volkswagen that the Scirocco is coming to America, but we have to admit, we’re getting pretty excited knowing that Volkswagen is now "considering it".

Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Scirocco

Source: Autoguide
Jaguar XKR-S GT

Initially earmarked for just North America, the track-focused, street-legal Jaguar XKR-S GT will now also be offered in the UK, albeit in limited quantities.

The irony of a British sports car only being offered in the U.S. and Canada notwithstanding, this latest development should be music to the ears of people in the UK, a lot of whom probably scratched their heads after Jaguar made the initial announcement the new sports car was only available across the pond.

But according to a release from Jaguar , the automaker had a change of heart, or at the very least, a change in priorities after strong demand from its homeland spurred the company to build and send 10 models of the XKR-S GT to the UK.

Strong demand has been the primary reason for Jaguar’s decision to not only send some models to the UK, but increase its total volume from the initial offering of 30 units - 25 in the US and five in Canada - to up to 50 units.

Each of these models will run £135,000 ($205,362) on the road, which, given the exclusivity of the sports car, appears to be money well-spent for anybody lucky enough to score one of the 10 models staying in the UK.

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XKR-S GT

Paying tribute to the unheralded people behind some of the finest cars on the planet is easier said than done.

You can’t really recognize people who prefer to do their work in the shadows, content on letting their products be recognized for what they eventually become.

That’s why Nissan’s decision to showcase the four men behind the success of the Nissan GT-R became more than just an eye-opening look into the people whose imprint on Godzilla stands out above everybody else.

Collectively, they are called "takumi" and they are the ones in charge of building the heart of the GT-R: it’s V VR38 engine. If you have a GT-R in your garage, we invite you to pop open the hood and you might see nameplates like "Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa" inside. That’s a testament to each of the four artisans who have no other business in life than to ensure Godzilla runs smoothly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for the supercar but he isn’t the only one. Joining him are Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama.

Remember their names because they put the work in to turn the Nissan GT-R into one of the most desirable sports cars in the world today.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the short documentary. Enjoy!


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