Lincoln Set to Rename The MKC
There have been quite a few instances where the buried nomenclatures have been resurrected to remind people of the goodwill that the name carried. Now, Lincoln has planned to change the name of the Lincoln MKC for the 2021 model. It will then be known as the Corsair going forward. Will that help increase the sales figures?
Two More Sedans Could Head to the Chopping Block as Lexus Contemplates its Future
We cannot stress enough on the fact that sedans are on their way to extinction. After Ford and Chevrolet, the trend seems to be making its way into the premium automakers’ category as well. This time, it’s Lexus with the IS and the GS sedans. Is this a smart move by a company whose sales figures are controlled by loyalists?
China Will Begin Tracking Cars with RFID Technology
How would you feel knowing that every time you took your car out, the government knew where you’re headed to? Would it feel like an invasion of privacy? Well, the Chinese government thinks otherwise. The government is developing a program that will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chips. The main motive behind this is to study and improve the traffic congestion on roads, which in turn will help reduce pollution. We hope it’s limited to just that!
There’s a Bentley Bentayga Speed on the Way with "Big" Design Changes
Every premium automaker has a luxury SUV in its line-up today. There’s the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the Lamborghini Urus, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Bentley Bentayga, to name a few. This segment is in great demand, and every manufacturer is tirelessly trying to outdo each other by introducing various engine options and what not. This time, Bentley is developing a faster Bentayga, called the Bentayga Speed. This SUV will not just be faster on the road; it’s also set to feature some big design changes.
All We Know About The 2019 Volvo S60
The S60 is one of Volvo’s best-selling sedans to date. The S60 made its debut in 2000 and was seen as a successor to the S70. Since then, the car has seen itself in different avatars - as a performance car, an electric car, a cross-country, an estate, etc., and all of them have had their fair share of success. The S60 is all set to enter its third generation, and we can expect a lot of things to be changed this time around. Here’s a quick synopsis of what we know about the Scandinavian-designed beauty.
Ford Launches The First Ever Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV
We all have drooled over Lamborghinis, Bugattis, and other exotic cars in uniform. The loud grunts from powerful combustion engines when throttled, and the silencers roaring their lungs out in a high-speed drama; but have you thought of a Hybrid police car doing those extreme pursuits? Well, Ford recently revealed the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, which is the first pursuit-rated Hybrid SUV ever. It aims to offer improved performance and lower fuel costs thanks to its hybrid setup.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupé Has Finally Been Confirmed
It’s official. After hearing all the rumors surrounding the coupé version of the Cayenne, we finally have the answer. Autocar has learned from the Porsche boss, Oliver Blume, that a Cayenne Coupé is more than just hot-talk, and we might see it hit the roads at some point in 2019. Is it going to be a practical car or just a desirable asset with a heavy depreciation?
BMW Gives Away Some Details About the Upcoming Z4
Despite being on the roads for more than 15 years, the Z4 still makes us drool over its handsome looks. Last year, the Z4 Roadster Concept was unveiled at the Pebble Beach, California, but since then, we haven’t heard much. Currently, the production version of the car is undergoing testing at the BMW test center in France, to improve its driving dynamics. The next-generation Z4 continues to feature the trademark long bonnet and short overhangs. The highlight of the car - this one comes with a soft top, unlike the second generation Z4 (also called the E89). Excited already? Continue reading.
Jaguar Land Rover goes Off-Road with its Autonomous Technology
Although Jaguar Land Rover seems to be silently developing its autonomous technology, it is actually leading itself into the no-tarmac region. Forget about getting ferried driverless on the highways; with an investment of $4.9 million, JLR plans to take you off-road without one! Why use your technology on the roads when you can go off the beaten path?
Armored Skoda Superb
We’ve seen bullet-proof sedans and SUVs, but how about a bullet-proof estate? Yep, Skoda has developed an armored Superb Estate, which meets the PAS 300 requirements for ballistic and blast protection. Skoda collaborated with a U.K.-based company to build this unusual estate, and it costs a bomb! (Pun intended). Is there anything else different, apart from the new, stronger body?
Another Reincarnation on the Cards: This time from Citroën
This year is already proving to be the year of revivals; recently, we reported the revival of the Honda Insight and the Jaguar XK, and now it’s the Citroën twins – the C4 and C5. The C4 was a successful model that ran for 14 years. The C5, on the other hand, was the larger sedan version of the C4, which also had a decent run. The good news is that both these cars are now making a comeback, according to the brand’s CEO.
Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade
The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in 2016 and received a thunderous response, garnering 232,000 bookings within two days. One thing that surely contributed to this number was the design of the wheels. The Model 3 prototype came equipped with a set of smoking-hot wheels, which unfortunately didn’t make it to production then. However, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that this design would be available as an upgrade later this year! Yes, we are definitely excited about it!
For the First Time Ever the Chevy Silverado Will Be Offered with a Four-Cylinder Engine
Just days before the 2019 Silverado’s debut, Chevrolet decided to reveal one key piece of information – the introduction of a four-cylinder engine to its line-up! That’s right, the heavyweight beast is all set to get an engine comparable to a hatch; but wait, puny, you say? This four-cylinder engine is more potent than the V-6 engine! Continue reading to know more.
Scoop: All We Know About The Kia Telluride
Kia is on a roll these days, running high on the success of its recent launches. From the Stinger sedan, to the luxurious K900, to the Niro EV, Kia is delivering powerful performances in all the segments. The latest scoop suggests that the Kia Telluride is about ready for production and will debut by the end of this year.
The Jaguar XK Could be Revived as a 2+2 F-Type Sedan
A lot of brands these days are reviving their retired models; for instance, Honda with the ’Insight’, and Ford with the ‘Mach 1’, to name a few. The latest entrant to this list is Jaguar with the XK. Seeing the success of theF-Type, Jaguar didn’t see the need to keep the XK around and discontinued it in 2015. However, it’s all set to return in a new avatar. Can it stay alive this time around without sacrificing itself for the other models in the line-up?
No more Diesel Engines for the upcoming Volvo S60
The all-new Volvo S60 will be unveiled in the coming weeks and is set to become the first offering by the automaker in the modern era sans a diesel engine! This marks the start of Volvo’s ambitious electrification era and highlights their “commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.” Is this a safe move for a car that always had a diesel engine?
Finally, DS is set to Introduce a Flagship Model; Could be the DS 8
The PSA Group made the DS a standalone brand in 2014 to differentiate it from its family members - Peugeot and Citroen - by transforming it into a luxurious brand. We are not very sure how well that has worked, but the company feels it did. Thus, in a Different Spirit, DS has finally decided to introduce its flagship model; although it is slated for launch in 2021. Apparently, the car will take on the executive sedans in the premium segment. However, this car will not take the shape of a conventional sedan. Is DS trying to break the trend here? Let’s find out.
Honda sets higher expectations for the 2019 Insight
Earlier this week, Honda announced that it began building the third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana. A concept version of the Insight was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and the production version was unveiled in New York in March. The Honda Insight is making a return after five years, and the company hopes for it to succeed. Is third time the charm for the Insight? Let’s find out.
Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share
The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?
The Audi Aicon Self-Driving Car Will Start Cruising the Streets in 2021
Self-driving cars are getting more and more sophisticated by the day. Despite recent news about autonomous cars failing, many automakers are in the race to develop a successful, safe autonomous car. Audi has thrown its hat in the mix as well with its fully self-driving car based on the Aicon Concept Car, and it will hit the roads in 2021. Read on to know more.
Volkswagen forced to halt Golf GTE’s orders due to high demand
What does a company do when its powerful hatch is slapped with a hybrid option? Advertise the product and convince the customers to go for it? Not in the case of Volkswagen, at least. The second-largest car manufacturer in the world has stopped taking orders for the new Golf GTE due to high demands! How crazy is that?
Kia unveils electric Niro EV
Electrification of cars, today, is not just an "offering"; it’s a necessity. While there are some automakers who arrived late to the party (cough... DS... cough), there are also a few who took steps years ago. Kia embarked on the EV mission with the Soul EV which has been a runaway success over the years. Kia introduced the Niro EV at the ongoing ’5th International Electric Car Expo’,. This wholesome package garnered a lot of attention for its looks and features. Can the Niro EV take the electric crossover segment by storm? Let’s find out.
In 2025 the DS Brand Will Only Sell Electrified Cars
It’s a revolution of sorts. Automakers who don’t partake will become extinct. Yes, we’re talking about electrification of cars. Almost every company has made its move towards electrifying their cars in some form; either plug-in hybrid or all-electric. The latest brand to do so (announce, rather) is DS. This French company will sell "only" electrified cars from 2025. Interestingly, they don’t have a single EV on the market yet!
Is the Polestar 1 Plug-In Hybrid really priced at $155,000?
Recently, Volvo announced that they are aiming for 50-percent of their overall sales to come from EVs by 2025. In 2017, Volvo became the first manufacturer to declare that its entire model range would become electrified in at least some form: mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric; And then they come out with ridiculous pricing for the flagship car from their performance brand, the Polestar 1. $155,000 to compete with the likes of Tesla Model S. Seriously, Volvo?
Mahindra Roxor - The tiny jeep-like off roader!
We already know that people nowadays prefer crossovers and SUVs to sedans. So, what do automakers do? Create SUVs in different shapes and sizes. Indian automaker Mahindra is known for building Jeep-like vehicles, and it recently unveiled a Willys Jeep’s doppelgänger called the Roxor, which looks like a sure-shot. The best part - It’s for sale in the U.S., and it’s built in Detroit, Michigan! Read on to know more.
The New, 2019 Flying Spur Will Be the Last Non-Electrified Bentley
The Bentley Flying Spur has been in the market for more than a decade now. The luxury sedan is one of the most popular models from the Bentley stable and is expected to be revamped as a much more distinctive luxury saloon in 2019. However, this will be the last Bentley to be launched before the company completely reinvents its cars for the electrification era. Read on to know more.
Despite Ford’s Execution of Sedans, Lincoln Says That it Remains Committed
There is a lot of discussion surrounding the extinction of sedans. Ford has already killed them in North America due to dwindling demands, but Lincoln will keep the ’traditional cars’ running. A spokesperson from Ford has said that Lincoln will remain committed to producing sedans. We are not sure what the rationale behind this is, as the response has not been great for the Lincoln sedans; with MKZ sales falling 34.4-percent and the Continental going down by 25.1-percent in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018 alone.
All-new Jimny to hit the market in 2019:
Jimny is not a new name in the automotive industry. The fourth generation of the car has been spotted testing for almost a year now, and that itself is a testament to the fact that people have accepted the unorthodox, boxy styling of the car. What’s new in the fourth-gen? Is it a better-buy now? Continue reading to know more.
Tesla Model S to finally face a worthy contender?
Tesla took the EV world by storm when they launched the Roadster in 2008. Before any car manufacturer could understand what struck them, Tesla went on to create a name for itself as the King of the Electric Vehicles segment. The Roadster was followed by the Model S, a luxury sedan which went on to become the world’s best-selling electric car in 2015 and 2016, and further cemented Tesla’s dominance. If to be seen, there was no threat to the Model S as the other ’good-selling’ EV’s were the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 - both hatchbacks with subpar range. However, it looks like the Model S might finally face some fierce competition from another luxury automaker. Read on to find out who that is:
Thanks to the Success of the EcoBoost Mustang the 2020 Ford Mustang Will Go Hybrid
When you talk about muscle cars, they generally portray the I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it attitude. Same goes for the Mustang. The car is a legend in its own right and is still going strong at 54. Despite its age, the Mustang has become the world’s best-selling sports car for the third year in a row. Is this because of Mustang’s legacy? Or is it because of a smart-play by Ford? Read on to know more.
All European Vauxhall and Opel Dealership Franchise Contracts to be Axed by Mid-2020
In an ever-growing market where customers want something new literally every day, you either adapt, or you perish. Guess Vauxhall chose the second option. As reported by Telegraph, Vauxhall and Opel are terminating the contracts of all 326 dealerships in Britain as they battle to deal with plunging sales and a changing market. Yes, all of them! Read on to know more:
In Just a Couple of Years A High-Performance Toyota Corolla Hatch could Take on the Civic Type R and VW Golf R in the U.S.
Whenever we talk about hot hatches, the Ford Focus, or the VW Golf R, or the Honda Civic Type-R come to mind. There are many other manufacturers with powerful hatchbacks except for one - Toyota. For some reason, the Japanese giant has not protruded in this segment aggressively. However, this is set to change very soon. As reported by Motoring, Toyota is all set to finally have a contender in this ever-growing segment. Continue reading to find out more:
In the Midst of Model 3 Woes, Tesla Looks for Parts Suppliers for the Model Y; Hopes to Start Production in November 2019
As per a report from Reuters, Tesla is planning to commence the production of its new crossover - Model Y - by November 2019. Reports also suggest that CEO Elon Musk is accepting preliminary bids for supplier contracts on the Model Y. This comes amidst news of continues Model 3 struggles.
Peugeot Doesn’t Need a Dedicated Electric Car so Don’t Expect One Anytime Soon
How often have you seen a CEO announce that they don’t need a dedicated electric car in their line-up? And that too at a time when every manufacturer, from Nissan to Ferrari, is developing at least one car to keep up with the ’trend’? Perhaps never; until now. Jean-Phillipe Imparato, CEO Peugeot, spoke with Autocar recently and revealed Peugeot’s near-future plans which do not include a dedicated EV. Read on to know more.
A 700-Horsepower, Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel is Coming to put the Ford F-150 Raptor in its Place
It looks like Ram is taking on the trucks segment with ruthless aggression. And why wouldn’t they? People in America have taken a certain liking towards trucks which reflects in the sales figures as well. Sedans are on the verge of extinction and SUV’s are losing their plot to trucks. As reported by 5thGenRams.com, the company is planning to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor head-on with an all-new beast called the Ram Rebel TRX. Read on to know more about it.
Ferrari Will Take on the Lamborghini Urus with a Hybrid SUV
This news may not appeal to the purists but will surely grab attention. Earlier this year, Ferrari confirmed an SUV is in works and will be arriving in 2019 or 2020. Now it is being reported it will use a hybrid system. Are we ready for a silent SUV from a company known for its engine notes? Read on for more details.
Will the Return of the "Mach" Name on an SUV be a Wining Move for Ford?
One thing is clear - Ford has been clumsy with its ’Focus’ on electric cars (pun intended). While every other car manufacturer seems to have a plan of action in place for the future, Ford has just been launching facelifts or next generations of their existing products (read: Explorer and Everest). However, at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the Blue Oval teased us with an electric SUV tentatively named Mach 1. This probably restored some faith in the fans and stakeholders. So, what is it all about? Read on.
Is it the End of the Road for the BMW i3 and i8?
The i3 and i8 kicked off the electrified range of cars for BMW in 2013. Not only did the cars succeed on the market, but they also offered a good share of the EV segment to BMW. However, the i3 and i8 might actually be phased out after the current generation. Read on to learn more.
The all-new 2019 Genesis G70 arrives ’manual’ly
Lately, automotive companies have deprived us the opportunity of driving luxury vehicles with manual transmission. However, Hyundai’s premium marque, Genesis, is doing its bit to save the ’tradition.’ The 2019 Genesis G70 debuts in the U.S. and it will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission to quench the thirst of the three-pedal enthusiasts.
As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup
It looks like sedans are slowly getting extinct. We have seen the Volvo S80 and the Mitsubishi Lancer being discontinued in 2017, and next in line are sedans from Chevrolet and Ford. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Ford and GM will drop a number of sedans as crossovers have become the priority choice of consumers. Which cars are these? Read on to know.
Can the BMW X8 be the epitome of high-end luxury SUV’S?
Gone are the days when luxury was synonymous only with high-profile sedans. Exotic SUV’s are the new norm. Even companies have understood how important this niche segment is and want a share of the pie. BMW is reportedly exploring the possibility of launching an uber-luxurious SUV - the X8 - primarily for the wealthy Chinese.
Your car doodles can now come to life!
Scoop: Fourth-gen, 2019 Ford Focus Spotted Without Camo!!
Nope, this isn’t an iCloud leak, but definitely equally scandalous (to us enthusiasts, at least!) The all-new fourth generation Ford Focus has been caught sans any clothes! Ford had earlier announced it would unveil the car in April, rather than bringing it to the Geneva Motor Show in February; but we’ve already gotten a peak!
Audi has launched the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The TT Clubsport provides a strong reminisce of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO from the 1980’s. Lots of parts for this car have been drawn from Audi Sport Performance Parts. Audi has managed to garner enough attention at the SEMA show with its visually appealing looks.
Let’s find out more about it.
The Golf line-up gets a humble facelift across its range. This includes the Golf hatch, Alltrack, SportWagen, GTI and the R. Some models get just the cosmetic updates, while the others get changes under the hood. Although they are mere updates and not new models altogether, the changes are significantly prominent to differentiate them from the older versions.
There are a few common changes across the range - the LED DRL’s being made standard on all models, slightly tweaked LED Tail-lights which complement the all-new rear bumper, rain sensing wipers, and automatic headlamps. The interiors get a new infotainment touchscreen, which according to Volkswagen, feature the latest software and react faster to touch inputs.
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Kia recalls 340,000 Souls for a fix yet again!
Kia Motors America has recalled 342,381 Souls once again due to an unsuccessful steering issue fix that took place the first time. The first instance was in November 2015, making this the second recall in a span of two years. The recall is stated for the models manufactured between July 21, 2013 and September 30, 2015. These include the Soul and Soul EV’s.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pinion plug is not safely secured. This means the pinion gear could separate from the steering gear assembly, resulting in a loss of steering control. Despite identifying and acknowledging the issue previously, they were not able to rectify the problem completely. As per the report, "The driver will hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel."
Kia issued a statement saying that they are not aware of any injuries caused by the issue. Depending on the car, Kia will either secure the pinion plug correctly or, if required, replace the whole steering assembly. Dealers will begin recalling the affected cars in mid-November. While this is a voluntary recall, it may be noted that customers who have paid for the first repair will be reimbursed.
The Subaru WRX has been on the market for about 25 years now, and Subaru has made constant updates to the model over the years. This time, Subaru has launched the Subaru S208 WRX STI Limited Edition at the Tokyo Motor Show. Will it be enough to take on its chief rivals - the Honda Civic Type-R, VW Golf GTI, and Ford Focus RS? Let’s find out:
Scoop: Is the Nissan Xterra in for a resurgence?
After running for a decade and a half, Nissan stopped the Xterra’s production in 2015; the obvious reason being dwindling sales. While this mid-size SUV came with a body-on-frame design and impressive off-road skills, it all came at the cost of good city and highway driving. But, rumor has it that the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance is planning to revive the Xterra again at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.
While the 4Runner is not precisely a new model, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler sure is. With one veteran being too long in the tooth, the Xterra would try to foil the Wrangler’s monopoly in the mid-sized SUV segment. Ford has thrown its hat in as well with the Bronco, but its planned 2020 launch is still far away.