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  A sedan car is a four-door vehicle, with a separate hood covering the engine in the front, and a separate trunk for luggage at the rear — the achetypical 3-box car. However, other variations of the body style exist as well, including two-door and hatchback/fastback models.

It’s been about a year since the facelifted first-generation Panamera arrived in U.S. dealerships for the 2014 model year, and Porsche is already working on a successor for its sports sedan. Sure, rumors of a redesigned Panamera have been flying around since early 2014, but it is only in late September that the actual vehicle was spotted in the wild. Of course, the Panamera depicted above is still an early prototype, but the lenses of our skilled paparazzi caught a few interesting features that are new to this four-door sports car .

Details are still under wraps, and the powertrain lineup remains a well-guarded secret, but that’s not exactly surprising considering the second-generation Panamera is nearly three years away. We expect the new sedan to make its official appearance in 2017, and go on sale in the United States for the 2018 model year. We also expect to bring you numerous details on the new Panamera by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, read on to find out what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche Panamera.

Infiniti’s got something special in store for its fans at the 2014 F1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on November 2nd. Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve riding a Red Bull RB10. But it does have something to do with reigning F1 World Champion Sebasitan Vettel and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. Interested now?

Infiniti’s launching a competition and it wants its fans to submit their #InfinitiRaceFace. What does that mean, exactly? I’m not quite sure myself, although I do think it involves contorting your face to show what it would look like if it’s being hit by winds in excess of 180 mph. I suppose the most original race face will get the nod, or at least something that resembles the attached photo Infiniti included with its press release.

In any case, we’re all welcome to submit our entries by following @InfinitiUSA on either Twitter or Instagram. Once that’s done, we then take a photo of our best race face, post it on either site and use #InfinitiRaceFace.

If you win, you get a chance to ride shotgun with Vettel as he takes the Q50 Eau Rouge out for a hot-lap around downtown Austin. Pretty sweet, right?

All entries will be accepted from September 23rd through October 8th. You can also check out the official rules and guidelines for the competition at Infiniti’s US website.

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

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the show. We had a great time putting it on, and maybe it will brighten up your day when you hear it. As always, we appreciate anyone and everyone who listens and watches. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions below in the comments.

This week we have Justin back, and he has a new car for Weekly Wheels, so we let him start things off with a look at the Acura ILX . After that I get to talk about how the new 2015 Subaru Outback is a great SUV, but a terrible Subaru. Mark finishes us off with a look at the new Audi A3 . Small spoiler, I like it more than he does, even if it is missing a door.

For the news segment of the show I spend some time talking about my new review for Forza Horizon 2 . I think that is the only important part of our whole show really, but the other two figured that we should cover other news as well. In the end we talked about the Lamborghini Asterion , the death of the Lotus Evora, and Infiniti’s desire to build a car that it kind of already makes. We also have some truck talk with Mark as we discuss the fuel economy ratings of the new Canyon and Colorado trucks before we all get angry at GM’s latest “sport truck.”

We didn’t have any questions from last week’s show to answer, so we skipped the Question and Answer section to head straight to Own, Drive, Burn. Our own Ciprian provided us with a trio of the worst cars Ferrari ever made to choose from. I’ll be honest; it wasn’t a super great or entertaining ODB. Sorry about that.

As always, we all hope that everyone has a super great Friday and a wonderful weekend. We will be back next Thursday with another awesome episode. See you guys then.

All that talk about expanding the Audi TT range may have been more than just lip service. It’s certainly looking like Audi’s intentions for the TT are becoming clearer and clearer with reports that a third TT-based concept is scheduled to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. The new concept, called the TT Sportback Concept, follows in the footsteps of the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept and the Offroad Concept, which made their debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, respectively.

That makes three TT-based concepts to debut this year alone, adding even more credence to increasing sentiment that Audi’s planning to expand the TT line in the future.

There still aren’t a lot of details about the TT Sportback Concept, other than its apparent four-door, sportback design. A German newspaper is also reporting that the concept will measure 4.47 meters (14.6 feet) long with as much was 850 liters (30 cubic feet) of cargo capacity available. The concept is also reportedly getting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could produce as much as 400 horsepower.

These details are still subject to confirmation from Audi. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to get the nitty-gritty. The 2014 Paris Motor Show opens on October 2, 2014, at which time, we’re going to see a whole lot more of the TT Sportback Concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT Sportback Concept.

Source: WCF

If you though Cadillac’s recently announced plans to move its global headquarters from Detroit to New York City in 2015 was big news, then wait ’til you hear this. The manufacturer just released a press statement that not only confirms the name of its large, rear-wheel-drive, luxury sedan in development, but also reveals a new naming scheme for its future products.

Rumored for more than a year, Cadillac’s flagship sedan is finally shaping up as a real vehicle to be introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year. What’s more, it now has a name, the CT6. "This Cadillac will be the lightest and most agile car in the class of top-level large luxury sedans," says Travis Hester, executive chief engineer of the CT6, adding that the range-topping sedan will make use of advanced, lightweight materials and new body construction techniques "to reduce fuel consumption while enhancing driving dynamics and safety." Now that’s mighty courageous of Cadillac, who will be facing competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8 in this fastidious segment.

As far as the new naming scheme is concerned, the automaker will use the "CT" lettering for all its cars. The moniker will also include a number indicating the size and position of the vehicles in the lineup. For instance, if the CT6 sits at the top of the range, the XTS , which slots between the flagship and the CTS , could be named CT5, while the CTS may become the CT4 and the ATS may become the CT3. At the same time, SUVs will likely receive a naming scheme too; maybe CX or SX. Of course, these are only educated guesses. It remains to be seen if this is the actual strategy. For the time being, we only know Cadillac is planning on changing its nameplates when the current vehicles are redesigned or an all-new model is created.

Click past the jump to read more about the Cadillac CT6 and the company’s new naming scheme.

The list of Mercedes models bearing the “Edition 1” name is growing longer and longer by the day. We’ve already seen a handful of them unveiled in 2014 alone, and since the year isn’t done, what’s one more added to the list, right? Mercedes did just that by unveiling the C63 Edition 1.

Like any other Edition 1 model, the Mercedes-AMG C63 Edition 1 features an exclusive design and an array of new features. The Edition 1 model is essentially an AMG C63 dressed up in a fancy tux with some nice accessories to go with it. That’s a pretty appropriate way to describe it.

Mercedes-AMG will likely sell the C63 Edition 1 in limited quantities. Mercedes hasn’t said how many of these models will be available but our hunch is that there won’t be a lot. The good news is that you’re going to have some time to mull it over before deciding on buying one. You might even decide to score the more powerful C63 S Edition 1, which could also get an Edition 1 version, given we’re reading the press release correctly.

The C63 AMG is tipped to make an appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 4, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1.

Jaguar’s got some really big plans for the future of the brand. Circle your calendars for 2017, fellas, because the Big Cat is expected to come out with a fresh, new look. Company insiders revealed Jag’s future plans to Edmunds, and if there’s any truth to what they’re saying, we can expect a game-changing design for the British automaker.

It’s hard not to get excited when people start throwing out words like "change" and "jolt," as if to say that we should all expect a dramatic new-look for Jag. But those were the words Edmunds’ sources used. Evidently, the arrival of the F-Type Roadster and the XE compact sedan didn’t “jolt” us enough.

The next-generation XJ was singled out as the model that will get the most changes out of Jag’s current lineup. That should give luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series , the Audi A8 , and the Mercedes S-Class something to collectively worry about.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also talk that a production model of the C-X17 crossover is being planned. In the event that it gets the production thumbs up, a production Jaguar crossover could receive an aluminum body and, more importantly, an engine range similar to what the XE has. Speaking of new models, Jaguar’s also discussing the possibility of a new “white-space” model range; a replacement for the recently departed XK, and a smaller model that could compete with the likes of the Mercedes CLA-Class and the Audi A3 sedan .

In other words, Jaguar’s planning to turn the auto world upside down, which is probably what Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston all talked about in those “British Villains” commercials earlier this year.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s future plans.

Source: Edmunds

AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact .

Updated 09/24/2014: Mercedes has released all the important details on the new 2015 C63 AMG.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63

The Audi A3 has been around since 1996, making a name for itself as a compact luxury sedan and hatchback. While the A3 proved to be popular, it would be a decade before the U.S. market got its first example. The 2006 A3 was a part of the vehicle’s second generation, and came powered by the 2.0-liter, TFSI four-cylinder and the 3.2-liter, VR6 quattro. The A3 soldiered on until 2013 when the third generation was introduced. Now in its third year of the third generation, the 2014 A3 still holds true to its original intent of compact luxury. I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the A3 2.0T quattro S tronic, evaluating it livability, luxury, and performance.

My tester cam equipped with several option packages, including the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, the Cold Weather package, and Aluminum Style package. However, even with a built-in infotainment screen, my A3 was missing a backup camera. Also noticeably absent was blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and other now-normal safety features.

While those absences didn’t detract from the A3’s performance and impressive looks, the car did feel oddly lacking, especially considering its $37,195 price tag. The A3 had plenty of redeeming qualities about it, so click on down to continue reading.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi A3

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 2014 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 .

Infiniti scheduled the Q80 Inspiration’s debut for October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Updated 09/23/2014: Infiniti unveiled a first official image along with the first details on its future Q80 Inspiration concept set to be unveiled in Paris on October 2nd. Details after the jump.

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


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