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Volkswagen MQB Platform

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…]

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

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…]

Jaguar XE Emeli Sande

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…]

BMW M3 Blink Commercial

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 Curb Concept

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…]

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London could get increased congestion charges

August 2, 2014

In the past years, the British capital has been known as one of the most strict cities regarding urban traffic. Being one of the world’s most crowded cities, London authorities were forced to impose strict rules for those driving in the city each day, especially in the city center. This is how the Low Emissions […]

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Lexus IS-F production ends after 7 years and 11,000 units sold

August 2, 2014

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the disappearance of the IS-F, but nothing was official until this week. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, a Lexus official confirmed the end of production for the high-performance sedan. Launched back in 2007, Toyota had high hopes for the Lexus IS-F, the high-performance version of […]

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BMW preparing SUV offensive with eight now models, including X2, X7 and X8

August 2, 2014

We already know the SUVs are one of the most important parts in BMW’s strategy to keep up their sales and the news that the Bavarian carmaker is preparing a fierce SUV offensive shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. According to recent reports, the German company will soon have eight SUVs in its lineup, […]

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First sketches with next generation Kia Sorento

July 22, 2014

The South Korean carmaker is preparing a new generation for their current flagship SUV, the Kia Sorento, which is scheduled to get its market launch sometime next year. Until then, we just got hold of the first sketches previewing the Asian SUV’s design and we can see an even more sportier silhouette and a new […]

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GM Europe reorganized as Opel Group

July 22, 2014

General Motors has just announced several changes in their European corporate structure. A newly formed organization, called Opel Groupe will control the carmaker’s operations in Europe and Russia, being in charge with all its brands, Opel, Vauxhall, Cadillac and Chevrolet, on the markets where the American brand is still present. The decision to replace GM […]

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1,050-hp Ferrari LaFerrari XX coming in 2015

July 22, 2014

The Italian carmaker is currently working on an XX edition for the Ferrari LaFerrari, which will deliver around 1,050-hp and will be ready in 2015. At least that’s what Antonello Coletta says, the head of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, quoted by Car&Driver. The XX Programme is a Ferrari project that produces “turnkey” racing cars for […]

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Special Jaguar F-Type Coupe to be used as Tour de France support car

July 22, 2014

We’ve already reported that Jaguar is Team Sky’s partner for the 2014 Tour de France and it looks like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe once again came into the attention of the British brand’s Special Vehicle Operations division as part of this partnership. More exactly, Jaguar’s engineers modified an F-Type Coupe to be used during […]

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Bentley preparing 550-hp Mulsanne Speed

July 21, 2014

The British carmaker has some surprise ready for this autumn’s Paris Motor Show and one of them will be a more powerful version of their luxury limousine, called the Bentley Mulsanne Speed. Despite most people thought these were only rumors, it looks like it’s the real deal and Bentley is really working on a more […]

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Rosberg wins in Hockenheim, Hamilton third after great race

July 21, 2014

The 2014 German Grand Prix offered once again an interesting race, with plenty great duels and contacts throughout the entire race. Following the pole position won on Saturday, Nico Rosberg was one of the few drivers that wasn’t involved in any “combat”, the German proving why he was considered favorite to win the race, doing […]

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Upcoming Jaguar XE to make world debut on September 8

July 20, 2014

The British carmaker has decided to release a few additional details about the highly anticipated Jaguar XE, the midsize luxury sedan that will fight the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. The XE, which is the successor of the X-Type (whose production ended in 2009, will be getting a lot of advanced […]