From the category archives: Industry News and Events

BMW Resurrecting ZHP Package on 2016 4 Series

Known for creating highly sought after special edition cars, BMW is at it again with the 2016 4 Series. In 2003, BMW released a ZHP performance package for the E46 3 Series. It featured all sorts of go-fast parts and was said to be the closest thing BMW had to a four-door M3 at the time. It has since developed a cult-like following, driving prices up on these hard to find editions. According to Motor Authority, the ZHP package will make its way back into production for 2016 on the 435i. 

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Small Performance Car Not on Chevrolet’s Agenda

In 2012, Chevrolet hinted at a small performance coupe when it teased the 130R concept at the Detroit Auto show. A small rear wheel drive coupe that looked more than capable of taking on the Subaru BRZ and Toyota FR-S had gearheads excited. Sadly, in a recent interview with Mark Ruess, product chief at General Motors, Automotive News reports that a small performance car is not in the cards. 

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Audi Reveals 2016 A4 Pricing

Audi is set to debut the next iteration of the A4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.  As the public anxiously awaits its arrival, Audi has announced pricing for the 2016 model. According to Motor Authority, the 2016 A4 will be priced from $36,825 with an additional $925 destination charge. 

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Cadillac Hints: More Potent ATS-V Coming

Cadillac’s answer to German powerhouses BMW and Mercedes-Benz came in the form of its V-Series spec’d cars. With its latest update, Cadillac appears to be taking aim at BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes C63 performance-oriented vehicles.  According to Motor Authority, Cadillac has hinted a more aggressive version of the ATS-V is in the works. 

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Delayed Honda HR-V Readies Launch

The Honda HR-V debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014 and is finally set to hit dealers in the coming months. The 2016 HR-V is scheduled to go on sale May 15, and Honda is confident it will quickly become the segment’s front runner.

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Only 37 Shelby GT350R’s To Be Produced In 2015

The GT350 and GT350R are set to debut later this year and Ford has recently released the final production numbers for each. According to Jalopnik, only 37 examples of the GT350R will be produced in 2015. 

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Ford Seals Carbon Fiber Production Partnership

A few months ago Ford rocked the Detroit auto show with an announcement that its halo car, the GT, would be returning. The GT utilizes carbon fiber throughout the vehicle and Ford is looking to expand this durable lightweight material across its lineup.  According to Motor Authority, Ford reached a partnership last week with carbon fiber producer DowAksa. 

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Aston Martin Mulls Building Vehicles in the US

It looks like Aston Martin, the famed James Bond vehicle brand of choice, is in the process of considering a new production facility in the U.S. While it's not strange to learn of a foreign automotive manufacturer setting up shop in the States (BMW has been building crossovers in South Carolina for over a decade), many may wonder if such an expensive brand’s image would be hurt by not being built in its home country of England. After all, part of Aston Martin’s British brand cachet is a significant part of the brand DNA.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Pricing Announced

Set to hit dealers in North America this summer, Mazda has finally released pricing on the 2016 MX-5. According to Motor Authority, the new model will start at $25,735 and come in three distinct trims. 

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PHOTOS: Cars and Coffee, Great Falls

The original Cars and Coffee started in Irvine, California some 8 years ago. The spontaneous event took off and eventually folks who had attended or heard about the informal gathering of car nuts created events in their local area all over the U.S.

The event attended (and photographed) in this blog post is held in Great Falls, Virginia every Saturday morning at the crack of dawn.

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