Detroit consulting company IHS Automotive has recently published the results of a study that analyzed how effective are modular platform for cutting development costs. IHS estimated how much money will be saved by carmakers that have already implemented this type of platforms based on forecasts made for 2020. In that year, industry analysts anticipate that global sales will be at 27.8 million units, a significant increase compared to the 19.2 million vehicles that will most likely be sold this year. The researchers took a look at the most popular (best selling) ten platforms and the results showed that Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan will be leaders in this category.
Modular platform offer a great way for carmakers to reduce costs, despite being quite risky in case of unexpected costs such as a service recall. These possible recall costs are getting higher and higher as more vehicles are sold. However, even with these recall risks, carmakers are saving a lot of money by sharing research and development costs and thanks to the cost reductions, many technologies will be available cheaper and faster to the consumer. [Read the full article…]
This year BMW introduced the first front-wheel drive model in their lineup, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, with the carmaker’s officials announcing big plans for the UKL platform that powers the small MPV. According to Kai Lichte, a spokesman for BMW, a total of 12 BMW models and 10 Minis will be built on this platform and estimates are all these will account for 40% of all sales by 2020. However, the German official mentioned that none of these models will be bigger than the compact segment and there will be no M model based on the UKL platform.
In the future, the BMW lineup will be split by two major architectures, with all vehicles based on one of these two. One of them is the UKL platform, whose models will measure between 150 inches (3.8 meters) and 177 inches (4.5 meters) and will be front wheel drive. The other architecture will power models larger than the 3-Series and will offer the tradition BMW rear-wheel drive. [Read the full article…]
Despite the British carmaker announcing September 8 as the official launch date for the new Jaguar XE, it looks like they’ve decided to reveal the new car earlier. Actually, it’s not a full reveal, just a photo with the car’s front part, but this definitely reveals more than we’ve seen in the teasers released so far. What’s also interesting is that unlike other presentations, the image shows the performance version of the sedan, called Jaguar XE S.
The images reveal a red version of the XE, whose styling is heavily based on Jaguar’s current design language seen on the XE’s bigger brothers, the XF and the XJ. However, the XE’s headlights have a slightly different position and are almost connected to the large chromed front grille. The grille’s honeycomb design plus the large air vents and the hood’s dents and sharp angles create a very aggressive look for the upcoming luxury sedan and, to be honest, make it sound like one of this fall’s most interesting premieres. [Read the full article…]
We see so many car commercials being uploaded every day to YouTube that it’s getting harder and harder to get excited about anything. But every once in a while, we stumble upon something like this that leaves us with a big smile on our faces and hitting the “replay” button immediately. This new commercial was uploaded by BMW USA and promotes the new M3 with a really nice catchphrase: “Try not to blink”. It’s only 19 seconds long, but trust us, it’s worth the watch. [Read the full article…]
Hyundai wants to join the small SUV party and is planning on taking some customers away from the segment’s leader, the Nissan Juke, with a small crossover that is scheduled to see daylight in 2017. The information was released by the South Korean carmaker’s North American leader, Dave Zuchowski, in a recent interview for Edmunds.
The official was talking about Hyundai’s future plans, which include a facelift for the Elantra in 2015, followed by a new generation for the ix35 crossover soon after. While on the subject, he also mentioned that the South Korean carmaker is currently working on the development of a new crossover, positioned below the ix35 in the carmaker’s lineup and targeted at the so called Y generation. [Read the full article…]