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New BMW X5 and X6 Coming with New, Lighter Monocoque

New BMW X5 and X6 Coming with New, Lighter Monocoque

The trucks will get more differentiated styling for the new generation

BMW is working on a new generation of the X5 and X6 SUVs that could be on sale within the next year and a half. The goal for the next generation X6 is to further differentiate the truck from its X5 sibling. Both cars will share the same monoco...
11.02.2013 | 4107 views | 0 comments
Volkswagen MQB Platform Allows for Easy and Cheap Variation

Volkswagen MQB Platform Allows for Easy and Cheap Variation

Only one small, portion is required for the platform

If automakers can experience envy, then Volkswagen's MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten or modular transverse layout) is inspiring it among automakers all over the world. It appears that Volkswagen's $70 billion investment in the platform could ...
11.02.2013 | 3891 views | 0 comments
Second Generation Fiat 500 Coming in 2015; Will Be Built in Poland

Second Generation Fiat 500 Coming in 2015; Will Be Built in Poland

Move will increase capacity at Chrysler Mexico factory

Fiat plans to launch a second generation, modern Fiat 500 in 2015 and production for the version sold internationally will be moved from Chrysler's factory in Mexico to Fiat's factory in Tychy, Poland.  The move in production...
11.02.2013 | 7061 views | 0 comments
Sebatien Ogier Brings First WRC Win to VW at Rally Sweden

Sebatien Ogier Brings First WRC Win to VW at Rally Sweden

Sebastien Loeb Takes Second

After just two rallies Volkswagen has already won its first round of the WRC with the Polo R at the Rally Sweden. To make the feat even more impressive, driver Sebastien Ogier scored the win by 41.8 seconds against WRC juggernaut Sebastien Loeb wh...
11.02.2013 | 5050 views | 0 comments
Opel Marks Over 80,000 Preorders for Mokka

Opel Marks Over 80,000 Preorders for Mokka

Opel has received over 80,000 preorders for the Mokka with most sales coming from Germany, Russia, the UK, Italy and France. Opel forecasts that 66% of sales will come from these countries. The model getting the highest sales is the Mokka Cosmo wi...
11.02.2013 | 2862 views | 0 comments
Kia Takes Inspiration From Superman in Chicago

Kia Takes Inspiration From Superman in Chicago

Producing Eight Show Cars Based on the Justice League

Kia has continued its partnership with DC Comics and Super Street with its latest show car based on the characters from the Justice League. The latest car is an Optima Hybrid with styling from comics artist Jim Lee based on Superman.  &ld...
11.02.2013 | 929 views | 0 comments
Volkswagen Up Gets Higher with New Cross Up Crossover

Volkswagen Up Gets Higher with New Cross Up Crossover

Will launch in Geneva

Volkswagen is turning the Up into a compact crossover with the new Cross Up that it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5 and will go on sale in the late summer.  The little car is 95% Up and 5% crossover. Volkswagen raised the r...
11.02.2013 | 4409 views | 1 comments
Industry Insiders Not Expecting EVs to Succeed

Industry Insiders Not Expecting EVs to Succeed

Future is hybrids, smaller engines and turbos

In a survey of 200 automotive executives, just 16 of them (8%) said that they would invest in pure electric vehicles in the next five years. The survey was conducted by accounting firm KPMG. The respondents said that it will be six to 10 years bef...
08.02.2013 | 2742 views | 2 comments
French Government Considering Purchase of PSA for Bailout

French Government Considering Purchase of PSA for Bailout

Minister says that PSA cannot fail

French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has been hinting that the French government would be willing to buy a stake in PSA Peugeot-Citroën to keep the company from failing.  "Let's be clear: this company cannot, must not ...
08.02.2013 | 391 views | 0 comments
Chevrolet Confirms Corvette Convertible Will be Revealed in Geneva

Chevrolet Confirms Corvette Convertible Will be Revealed in Geneva

First car will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

Chevrolet has confirmed the rumor that we published on January 30, and the seventh generation Corvette Convertible will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5.  "It's fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on ...
08.02.2013 | 575 views | 0 comments
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