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Hyundai Is Making A 2018 Super Bowl Ad 15
Dec


Shortly after Kia confirmed that it will be airing an advertisement during the 2018 Super Bowl, Hyundai has done the same

The South Korean carmaker had a post-game Super Bowl spot at this year’s Super Bowl and while Hyundai has yet to say how many commercials it will produce for 2018, the company’s chief marketing officer said it will be the perfect way to spread awareness of the brand.

“We welcome the creative challenge and the opportunity to test and hone our Super Bowl formula, which has found success the past several years.

“Being an NFL sponsor gives us the ability to truly integrate our program across TV, digital, social and on the ground in Minnesota, and immerse Super Bowl fans in the latest vehicles and technologies Hyundai has to offer,” Dean Evans said.

Alongside the commercial, Autonews reports that Hyundai will bring along 275 of its vehicles to the Super Bowl site to provide transport for various teams, staff, and volunteers.

Super Bowl LII will take place on February 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Note: Hyundai’s 2016 Super Bowl ‘First Date’ Ad featured.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Videos, Reports, Super Bowl, video on 12 15th, 2017
$7,500 EV Tax Credit Survives New House Tax Bill 15
Dec


The electric vehicle tax credit has received a reprieve and won’t be scrapped as part a new tax bill in the U.S.

The $1.5 trillion House tax bill initially involved eliminating the $7500 electric vehicle tax credit and curtailing a wind production tax credit. However, House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare both of these tax credits.

Legislators are currently working on a compromise bill that’s set to be sent back to both chambers for a vote, Bloomberg reports.

Analysts from Congress suggested eliminating the tax credit could save roughly $200 million over the next decade.

As it stands, the full $7500 tax credit is available for the first 200,000 electrified vehicles sold by a manufacturer. When that 200,000 mark is surpassed, the tax credit is reduced to $3750 and six months later, cut in half again. The credit is then phased out after a further six months.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports on 12 15th, 2017
Volvo Delays Autonomous Vehicle Plans To Perfect Technology 15
Dec


Volvo has decided to delay its Drive Me autonomous driving project in a bid to ensure that the technology is totally safe when it is made available to the public.

Rather than adopting an approach like Tesla where self-driving features are offered to customers in beta form and later updated over-the-air, Volvo won’t launch its first Level 4 autonomous vehicle until 2021.

As part of the Drive Me program first announced four years ago, the Swedish manufacturer said it would have 100 self-driving cars on the roads around its home city of Gothenburg. However, Automotive News Europe reports that Volvo will instead have 100 people involved in the program within the next four years, handing them the keys to Volvo models with Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance systems.

Volvo’s goal is to have those families involved in the project provide customer feedback about the technology.

“On the journey, some of the questions that we thought were really difficult to answer have been answered much faster than we expected. And in some areas, we are finding that there were more issues to dig into and solve than we expected,” Volvo’s autonomous driving program director Marcus Rothoff said.

Volvo says one of the key reasons why it’s taking its time with the technology is that sensors and processors are developing so quickly that it doesn’t want to pick the hardware too early.

“The development in sensor performance and processor capabilities is going so much faster than we expected in 2013. Because advancements are being made at such a rapid pace, we want to make this decision as late as possible,” Rothoff said.

The carmaker believes that by early next decade, adding Level 4 autonomous functionality to a vehicle will add roughly $10,000 to the price.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, VOLVO on 12 15th, 2017
Lamborghini Celebrates Asian Premiere Of Urus In Singapore 15
Dec


Lamborghini has celebrated the Asian premiere of the Urus by unveiling the super SUV in Singapore, one week after the vehicle’s global premiere in Italy.

The event was hosted by the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands and given the region’s love for Lamborghini, it’s no surprise that enthusiasts and fans turned up to the event in force.

In fact, no less than 122 Lamborghinis took to the streets of Singapore on December 10 to celebrate the launch of the Urus, setting a new Asian record for the largest number of Lamborghinis driven in a convoy.

Lamborghini believes the Urus will double the brand’s annual sales and Asia is being targeted as one of the SUV’s most important markets. In China, prices start at 3,130,000 CNY (roughly $473,000 USD).

Sitting at the heart of the Urus is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering a satisfying 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. This allows for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). Beyond its straight-line performance, the Urus promises to also be exceptionally potent at a racetrack with the Italian marque targeting a new Nurburgring lap record for an SUV.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Asia, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Reports, Singapore, SUV on 12 15th, 2017
Watch The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Hit 307Km/h On The Autobahn 15
Dec


The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S has already proved its mind-blowing performance by going against some very fast machines on the drag strip, thanks to its staggering output of 612PS (604hp) and 850Nm (627lb-ft) of torque that’s good enough for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in just 3.5sec.

That kind of performance has rightfully granted the range-topping E-Class the super saloon title. Heck, it’s so fast that the Estate version has become the fastest station wagon to lap the Nurburgring, with a time of 7 minutes and 45:19 seconds and reaching speeds of up to 270km/h (168mph).

The following video takes us not on the ‘Ring but the Autobahn for a very fast drive. After a few attempts, the E63 S eventually passed the 300 km/h mark, hitting 307km/h (191mph).

Now, we’re awaiting to see who’ll come up first with the Mercedes-AMG E63 S pinned against the all-new BMW M5, its natural rival and the new challenger to the throne.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Film, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 12 15th, 2017
Watch The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Hit 307Km/h On The Autobahn 15
Dec


The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S has already proved its mind-blowing performance by going against some very fast machines on the drag strip, thanks to its staggering output of 612PS (604hp) and 850Nm (627lb-ft) of torque that’s good enough for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in just 3.5sec.

That kind of performance has rightfully granted the range-topping E-Class the super saloon title. Heck, it’s so fast that the Estate version has become the fastest station wagon to lap the Nurburgring, with a time of 7 minutes and 45:19 seconds and reaching speeds of up to 270km/h (168mph).

The following video takes us not on the ‘Ring but the Autobahn for a very fast drive. After a few attempts, the E63 S eventually passed the 300 km/h mark, hitting 307km/h (191mph).

Now, we’re awaiting to see who’ll come up first with the Mercedes-AMG E63 S pinned against the all-new BMW M5, its natural rival and the new challenger to the throne.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Film, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 12 15th, 2017
BMW X6 M By 3D Design Brings Some Extra Bling In The Middle East 15
Dec


This tuned X6 M is the latest Bimmer to arrive at Abu Dhabi Motors, and it’s equipped with a variety of aftermarket bits.

3D Design is responsible for the exterior mods, thanks to its carbon fiber body kit that includes front and rear spoilers, plus new side skirts and diffuser, whereas Manhart’s carbon hood replaced the factory item.

It also sports a new Akrapovic exhaust system, 23-inch alloy wheels from Manhart and BMW’s own M Performance parts such as black accents on the kidney grille, front fenders and roof, and carbon fiber mirror caps.

Things have become a tad sportier inside as well, where this X6 M features red leather with red stitching on the sports seats, armrests, doors, and dashboard, along with black gloss and carbon fiber trim.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has remained untouched, but then again it’s already powerful enough in stock form, making 575PS (567hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which are enough for a 4.2-second 0-100km/h (62mph) acceleration and a 250km/h (155mph) top speed.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in 3D Design, BMW, BMW X6M, Manhart, Middle East, tuning on 12 15th, 2017
Audi Preparing 300HP SQ2 For Next Year, Hotter RS Might Be On The Cards 15
Dec


Audi’s smallest crossover, the Q2, is reportedly set to receive a performance version. Coming as early as next year with the SQ2 moniker, according to Autocar, it’s expected to use the 306hp 2.0-liter four-banger of the S3 Sportback, albeit with slightly less power that’ll probably sit below the 300hp mark.

Its size and performance will place it against the likes of its cousin in the VW Group, the Volkswagen T-Roc R, which will most likely be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine sourced from the Golf R and making 306hp, channeled to the AWD system through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Bystanders will get to tell the SQ2 from lesser versions thanks to a more aggressive body kit with redesigned front and rear bumpers, larger wheels and a quad-tailpipe exhaust system.

Nevertheless, the SQ2 might not be the range-topping model of the family, as it’s said to be joined, at some point, by an even hotter version that’ll be named the RSQ2. We have no solid info yet, but if it materializes then it should rock the crossover segment, especially if, as the British publication suggests, it gets the 2.5-liter turbocharged five of the RS3 Sportback, in which it pumps out 362hp.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q2, Reports on 12 15th, 2017
Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic Fails Latin NCAP Tests Despite The Addition Of Airbags 15
Dec


Latin NCAP continue to express their concerns with vehicles sold at South American markets after the Chevrolet Aveo became the latest in a string of cars to fail their tests.

Otherwise known as Chevrolet Sonic north of the border, the Aveo is one of the best selling cars in Mexico, and it scored zero stars in Latin NCAP’s latest crash test session, despite being equipped with 2 standard front airbags, unlike the model tested in 2015.

In the frontal impact test, the subcompact car “recorded poor protection to the chest of the driver, even with airbags”, Latin NCAP notes, adding that “the structural performance was rated as unstable, which explains also the movement of the steering column and pedals, increasing the risk of injuries to the driver”.

The Aveo’s side impact protection was rated as ‘adequate’ to ‘good’, thanks to “good energy absorption features”, whereas the child occupant protection “showed improvements” from the model tested two years ago.

“Latin NCAP showed, once again, that just adding airbags will not make a car safe when the structure is unstable”, said the organization’s Secretary General Alejandro Furas. “We call for GM to bring the same safety levels offered as standard by them in other markets to Latin America very soon.”

The safety specialists also tested the Nissan Kicks during their latest session, which failed to achieve the maximum 5-star safety rating. The subcompact SUV, which will launch in the USA next spring, scored 4 stars for both adult occupant and child occupant protection, after it “showed an unstable structural and footwell area performance in the frontal crash test”.

Finally, the Nissan Murano was subjected to the frontal and pole side impact tests as well and was awarded with a 5-star safety rating.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Videos, Chevy Sonic, Galleries, Global NCAP, Nissan Kicks, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, Reports, video on 12 15th, 2017
Restored Mazda Miatas Bound For Tokyo Auto Salon 14
Dec


Mazda will show off the fruits of its labor at January’s Tokyo Auto Salon by premiering three original-generation MX-5 Miatas which have been restored through the recently-established NA Roadster Restore program.

The three Miatas bound for Tokyo come painted in red, white, and blue and will reveal to MX-5 enthusiasts how the automaker can breathe new life into the timeless sports car. Mazda says it will start accepting commissions from Miata owners on December 13 for restoration projects.

Beyond offering its own restoration services, the NA Roadster Restore program has put numerous parts from the NA-generation Miata back into production, namely the fabric roof, Bridgestone tires, Nardi steering wheel, and shift knob of the car.

To ensure the highest quality restoration service possible, Mazda has received certification from the Japanese division of German standards organization TÜV Rheinland on every aspect of the restoration.

The NA Roadster Restore program will initially be offered exclusively to Japanese MX-5 owners.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 14th, 2017
2018 Nissan Terra Looks Like A Worthy Successor To The Xterra 14
Dec


We first got a glimpse at the Nissan Terra last month and now we’re a better look at the model thanks to several new imagines that were reportedly taken in China.

Essentially a passenger-friendly version of the NP300 Navara, the Terra is a stylish and rugged body-on-frame SUV that features a prominent V-Motion grille. We can also see angular headlights, bulging fender flares, and plenty of chrome trim.

Moving further back, the Terra features curvaceous bodywork and a distinctive greenhouse with a small kick up on the rear doors. The rear of the model is pretty plain as there’s a large tailgate with chrome trim and wraparound taillights.

Little is known about the model but Autocentre says the SUV will be offered with a 2.5-liter petrol engine which produces 184 hp (137 kW). In other countries, the Terra is expected to be equipped with a 2.3-liter dCi turbodiesel engine that has outputs of 158 hp (118 kW) and 187 hp (140 kW).

The Terra is expected to be unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show and it will be launched in China. The model will likely be offered in additional markets but there’s no word on specifics.

H/T to CarAdvice

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, nissan, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Xterra, Scoops on 12 14th, 2017
Honey, I Shrunk The Crossover: Next Mitsubishi Outlander Sport To Shrink 14
Dec


Mitsubishi recently became the latest member of the Renault–Nissan Alliance and that means big changes are on the horizon.

Mitsubishi Motors North American product manager, Melvyn Bautista, confirmed as much as he told Wards Auto “The next-generation Outlander will be kind of the first ideas of implementing and using common platforms and sharing technologies.” While the model is still a couple of years away, changes could be coming even sooner as Bautista says Nissan and Mitsubishi are discussing adding common components to updated models instead of waiting for a full redesign.

The discussions are apparently at an early stage but Bautista said “We’re still trying to see … what we can fit in and how can we do it and does it make sense?” This suggests the first changes could be relatively minor as future Mitsubishi models may begin to adopt components and technologies which can be easily transferred to existing vehicles.

Besides talking about the Renault–Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Bautista revealed the next-generation Outlander Sport will shrink in size to help distance itself from the new Eclipse Cross. It’s too early to talk specifics but Bautista said the model would likely be about the same size as the Nissan Kicks. While that seems to suggest the next-generation model could be based on the same platform that underpins the Kicks, that’s not official at this point.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Outlander, Reports on 12 14th, 2017
The Last Oldsmobile Is Being Auctioned Off In New York Tomorrow 14
Dec


General Motors phased out Oldsmobile over a decade ago but one lucky person has the chance to purchase the last Oldsmobile ever made.

Fox News is reporting the company’s final model, a 2004 Alero GLS, will go under the hammer at the State Line Auto Auction in Waverly, New York on December 15th.

The final car was built at the Lansing Car Assembly plant in Michigan on April 29th, 2004 and workers marked the occasion by signing their names on the vehicle. GM kept the car in its possession for a number of years and it was most recently displayed at the GM Heritage Center.

However, it appears nostalgia has an expiration date as GM has finally decided to part ways with the car. Unfortunately fans hoping to bid on the Alero are out of luck as auction is only open to dealers.

There’s no word on how much the car is expected to sell for but the model features a 3.4-liter V6 engine that produces 170 hp (126 kW) and 200 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels.

If the Alero isn’t your kind of thing, bidders will also have the chance to buy the last Oldsmobile Cierra and Cutlass.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in auction, Oldsmobile on 12 14th, 2017
Subaru BRZ tS And WRX STI Type RA Pricing Announced For U.S. 14
Dec


Subaru has released pricing information for the limited edition BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA.

Starting in alphabetical order, the BRZ tS will cost $33,495 when it arrives at U.S. dealerships next spring. That’s a hefty premium over the standard model but the tS has been tuned by STI and it features an aerodynamic body kit, an adjustable carbon fiber rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as drivers with find leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as red contrast stitching. Other highlights include red seat belts, a frameless rearview mirror, and a 7-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

While the model eschews a turbocharged engine, it has been equipped with new draw stiffeners, a V-brace, and a returned suspension that features SACHS dampers and coil springs. There’s also a high-performance braking system with Brembo rotors.

The WRX STI Type RA, on the other hand, will cost a whopping $48,995. It features a modestly revised exterior with a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber rear wing, and 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

Interior revisions are minor but include Recaro front seats and an ultrasuede steering wheel. Elsewhere, there’s red contrast stitching and an individually numbered plaque on the center console.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which has been equipped with a cold air intake, a high-performance exhaust system, an optimized ECU, and new pistons. Thanks to these changes, the car produces 310 hp (231 kW) which is a minor an increase of 5 hp (3 kW). The engine is connected to an upgraded six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter.

Speaking of performance, the WRX STI Type RA has Bilstein dampers, an active torque vectoring system, and a unique Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system. Drivers will also appreciate the car’s high-performance Brembo braking system with cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston monoblock front calipers.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in prices, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Subaru WRX, Subaru WRX STI, USA on 12 14th, 2017
New CAD Drawings Appear To Show The Corvette C8 And Its Engine 14
Dec


Chevrolet recently unveiled the Corvette ZR1 and although it features a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine and a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h), everyone’s anxiously awaiting the 2020 Corvette C8.

The mid-engine model promises to change everything we know about the Corvette and we might be learning more about the car thanks to several CAD drawings that recently surfaced on Corvette Forum. The original poster quickly deleted the images but not before Firebirdfan was able to save them for posterity’s sake.

While the images might not look that exciting to an untrained eye, Firebirdfan notes they show the car has coil springs and several components which appear to be an evolution of parts used on the Corvette C7. We can also see massive brake discs and a glimpse of the car’s powertrain which reportedly features an LT1 engine.

While it would be hard to confirm the authenticity of these images, someone put a lot of time and effort into creating them so it seems possible that these could be the real deal. However, we shouldn’t expect confirmation from General Motors anytime soon.

H/T to Jalopnik

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports on 12 14th, 2017
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