Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Mercedes-AMG GT has just burst onto the scene but already senior management in AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany are talking about it being a multi-generational car and not a limited-production model like its gull-winged predecessor. Yes, while the SLS AMG was with us for just five years and AMG stating that some time will need to pass before another gullwing is introduced, the GT will be a mainstay in the lineup.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Mitsubishi has confirmed that its Lancer Evolution will bow out of the market after the 2015 model year, and at this point it’s not clear what will replace it. Mitsubishi has said in the past that any successor to the Evo will be very different to past generations of the car, with many suggesting it will be a hybrid. Unfortunately, it may be several years still until we see a proper successor launched, as Mitsubishi has also said it won’t start development of such a car until it has suitable technology.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jaguar reconnects to sports-car roots
Brand markets its heritage with F-Type convertible, coupe
LOS ANGELES -- The F-Type two-door sports cars are allowing Jaguar to re-create its image and history as it prepares for a new compact sedan due in 2016, says the brand's vice president.
"We have been out of that space for 40 years since the E-Type went away," said Jeff Curry, brand vice president for Jaguar North America.
The brand is marketing its sporting heritage with the F-Type convertible and coupe "in a new modern context," Curry said at a press event here. About half of all F-Types produced will be sold in the United States, said company executives.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The 2015 BMW Z4 is on the pricier side of the roadster segment, but it offers a nice blend of comfort, sport, and technology.
The BMW Z4 has aged gracefully since its redesign in 2009, and it's currently one of the oldest designs in the BMW portfolio. We haven't seen many updates since 2012, though it does offer a new color combination of browns and ivories for the 2015 model year.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Just because the penetration of the American automotive market by Chinese brands hasn't quite happened yet doesn't mean that Chinese-built cars are far off. According to a new report, we could very soon see long-wheelbase Volvo S60s that were assembled in the People's Republic arriving on US shores.
Ah, my dear Lineartronic CVT. You're the crux of my emotional conflict. Just a year ago I was lauding my long-term Mazda CX-5's six-speed automatic. That 'box was a spectacular upgrade from the CVT bolted into my previous Nissan Juke SL that was loud, obnoxious, and almost unbearable.