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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.

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!

Alfa Romeo 4C

To say that Alfa Romeo has already gotten its money’s worth with the 2014 4C can be construed as an understatement. The vehicle hasn’t even hit the market yet in the U.S. but the attention it’s received from all corners of the industry has been more than what Alfa Romeo expected when it gave the green light to the 4C.

Now, Alfa Romeo’s future lineup of models may owe its existence to the 4C after the company announced that designs of all future mainstream models will take inspired from the 4C.

That’s a pretty big deal for a small, yet agile, sports car that has caught everybody’s attention since it was introduced as a concept a few years ago.

Talking to Autocar, Alfa UK brand manager Damien Dally said that the architecture of the 4C, including its lightweight body and all-aluminum 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, will be used in future mainstream Alfa models. Dally stopped short of divulging more details, but you can definitely take his words with more than just a grain of salt.

The 4C has earned the kind of cache normally reserved for more recent and more esteemed brand models. It just goes to show that Alfa Romeo has, in all likelihood, a certified winner in its hands made more impressive considering that the model has yet to hit US shores.

Click past the jump to read about the Alfa Romeo 4C

Source: Autocar UK
Aston Martin CC100

If there is a limited-edition vehicle that people with deep pockets should taken notice of, Aston Martin’s DBR1 -inspired CC100 Speedster is likely it.

Unfortunately, if you were late to the party, you won’t be able to get your hands on one. The concept, which Aston built to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary, has now been scooped up by what we can only imagine to be a financially well off collector. After all, he paid around $770,000 for the chance to own the car so he clearly has enough money left on his bank account to absorb that kind of monetary hit.

According to Autocar, there will be a second CC1000 to be built, but like the first model, that one’s already accounted for after Aston Martin was commissioned to build it. Aston Martin’s already building that car and the lucky fella who paid an equal premium for it is expected to take delivery of a literal two-of-a-kind vehicle later this year.

We don’t know about you, but if we had the finances to make that kind of splurge, we wouldn’t hesitate in following the footsteps of these two men.

Rarely do you chance upon a concept as cool and as riveting as the CC100 and the chance of owning one is something our bank accounts would have taken a hit for without even blinking.

That is if our accounts were fat enough to do so.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Source: Autocar UK
Gran Turismo 6 Demo Launching on July 2nd with a Chance to Race a Real GT-R GT3 Nismo

As if we haven’t had enough car racing movies coming out in the next few months, we were greeted with new reports indicating that Sony is looking into the possibility of bringing the world of Gran Turismo into cinemas.

According to The Wrap, Sony is determined to jump start its own movie racing franchise similar to Dreamworks, Universal, and Legendary. While the notion of a Gran Turismo movie is just sitting in the pipeline for now, don’t be surprised if it gains some momentum in the near future.

Another video game racing franchise, "Need for Speed" , is already in the middle of production of its first-ever movie adaption of the long running video game franchise.

As for the people that will be working on the Gran Turismo movie, it’s rumored that Mike de Luca and Dana Brunetti take the helm after recent stints producing the award-winning movies "Social Network" and the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades of Grey" adaption. Sony execs Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Hanna Minghella are also lined up as supervisors for the movie, ensuring that if it does come to fruition, the Gran Turismo movie should be one that we all ought to be looking out for.

Click past the jump to watch the evolution of Gran Turismo 6

Source: The Wrap

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