May 16, 2014

17,000 2015 200s Ordered in First Two Days

Chrysler reports that 10,000 orders were placed on the first day for the all-new 200 and an additional 7,000 were placed on the second day. This is a great start for the 200 and will keep the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant running at full capacity through at least mid-July. Chrysler is thrilled by the excitement customers and dealers are showing for this new model and feel the iconic American design, nine-speed automatic transmission, powertrain choices, all-wheel drive and beautiful interior are the reasons they see nothing but continued success for the 200.

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Satellite Navigation could become extinct

As reported by Auto Express, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) says that satellite navigation technology could be dropped in favor of a more accurate method that uses the earth’s magnetic field. The NPL claims that they are about five years away from building a “quantum compass” that will be more accurate than GPS technology. This would end the need for satellites or fixed point radio masts necessary to triangulate a point, which current GPS tech requires. Instead, the new quantum compass would work purely from the earth’s magnetic field. This has great benefits as GPS systems are becoming increasingly susceptible to hacking and disruptions.

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May 15, 2014

Only 500 BMW i8’s Allocated for North America

As reported by TopSpeed, BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch stated that the North American market will only receive 500 units of the hybrid supercar. Many view this move as a means for BMW to test the market and see how the $136,625 i8 is received. Sales begin in August 2014.

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Continental Displays Tire Tread Depth Monitor Technology

International automotive supplier Continental announced that future tire pressure sensors will be able to detect when a tire change is necessary due to insufficient tread depth. If the tread runs down below a tire specific limit, the vehicles electrical system will signal that a tire change is due. 

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May 14, 2014

BMW M235i to get xDrive

BMW announced today that the new M235i will be available with the xDrive. This marks the first time that the all-wheel drive system will be available on the 2 Series (or the 1 Series from which it evolved). This allows for a faster 0 to 60 time of 4.6 seconds, as well as all-weather capability.  

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Chrysler Welcoming Hybrid Technology to Meet 2025 MPG Standards

As reported by Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that in order to meet the 54.5mpg standard for the 2025 model year, Chrysler Group will have to increasingly embrace the use of Hybrid technologies in its vehicle lines. Chrysler Group ranked last among large automakers last year in fuel economy, but says they are on pace to meet the long-term government regulations.

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Ford to Call the 2.3L Turbo the “EcoBoost Mustang”

Mustang6g.com has posted the order guides for the new 2015 Mustang online; it is there that we discover that Ford has decided to call the 2.3L Turbo engine the “EcoBoost Mustang.” This is being met with ire from the mustang faithful, as many were hoping that Ford would use terminology from the Focus and Fiesta and continue with the ST nomenclature. Mustang ST just seems to have a much better ring to it. 

 

May 13, 2014

Honda S2000: “I’m Baaaack”

Honda is stepping back into the sports car arena. As reported by Auto Express, Honda is set to revive the S2000 with an all new mid-engine sports coupe. Honda says the car will get sharp body lines, a bold grille and narrow headlights to give the car a character like no other current models. Powering the car is rumored to be an updated version of the 2.0L 350hp turbo engine.

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Pricing Debuts on 2015 VW Golf and GTI

VOLKSWAGEN released pricing on the new 2015 Golf and GTI. Pricing for the Golf starts at $17,995 (manual transmission), the TDI adds another $3000 to that, and the fun-to-drive GTI slots in at $24395. An important thing to add is that all 2015 Golf variants will be fitted with VW’s XDS Cross Differential System, previously only available on GTI models. Expect to see the new Golf to hit showrooms this August, while GTI models will arrive as early as next month. 

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May 12, 2014

FR-S Sedan in 2017?

As reported by Motor Trend and TopSpeed, it appears that the FR-S Sedan has been given the green light for 2017 model year. Apparently two engines will be offered: the current 2.0 L Boxer producing 200 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0 L Subaru sourced from the current Legacy that will produce around 300 horsepower. A second model may possibly receive a Hybrid powertrain but few details have emerged.

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Mercedes Benz AMG Studio adds Night and Carbon Packages to S63

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CarBuzz reports that AMG Studio will make the new S63 Coupe even more beautiful with the addition of the Night and Carbon packages. Night Package includes new side skirts, mirror caps, rear apron, exhaust, front wing and a splitter. The Carbon package includes carbon fiber front/rear aprons, sills, mirror housings and optional Nappa leather interior.