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Kia Sorento Sketches

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 grille following the “Tiger Nose” philosophy created by Peter Schreyer, former design director and current Chief Design Officer.

Also, it’s safe to say the new generation will probably be more aggressive, judging by the pointy headlights, the large air intakes in the front bumper and the rear diffuser. Tail lights will probably get larger and variations of the current sporty alloy wheels will also be available. There are no details so far about the engine range, but Kia will probably focus on improving the current lineup, the 2.0-liter petrol engine, the 2.2-liter diesel and the 3.3-liter V6 GDI that is only available in North America. [Read the full article…]

Opel Group GM Europe

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 Europe with the new company was taken after the Chevrolet brand was withdrew from the Old Continent last year.

The new company has the same management as Adam Opel AG, GM’s German subsidiary, being led by Karl-Thomas Neumann, who is also Opel’s CEO. According to Neumann, reorganizing European operations should “align our organizational and legal entity structure in Europe with the business operations. We streamline our decision making processes and increase our efficiency. In brief: this reorganization is an important step in implementing our business plan DRIVE! 2022 and another sign of confidence of our parent company GM.” [Read the full article…]

Ferrari LaFerrari XX

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 wealthy customers and special events where these customers can test and race their cars. The first Ferrari supercar to get the XX programme was the Ferrari Enzo, followed by the 599.

Compared to the standard version of the LaFerrari, the XX version is lighter and more powerful, with several other upgrades aimed at squeezing as much power as possible. The first prototypes were already spotted testing on the Nurburgring and featured polycarbonate windows instead of the regular glass ones, special tires developed by Pirelli, an upgraded racing electronic suspension system and a carbon fiber body with numerous aerodynamic upgrades. Judging by all these, it’s safe to say the upcoming LaFerrari XX will be a track-only vehicle and not street legal. Italian officials denied most of the rumors about the model, saying that the prototype seen in Nurburgring is just a testing model for new Le Mans technologies. [Read the full article…]

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France

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 the 20th stage of the prestigious bicycle competition as a support vehicle for one of the riders from Dave Brailsford’s team. During this stage, which is an individual time trial, the support cars can carry bikes for only one racer and not for the entire team. Throughout the rest of the competition, Team Sky has been using a modified Jaguar XF Sportbrake, just like it did in recent recent years.

The special F-Type R is capable of transporting two spare bicycles and is painted in the traditional Sky Team’s blue. Its engine hasn’t been modified, so the F-Type R Coupe support car is powered by the same turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the upgrades list include an electric system that holds the radio transmitters, amplifiers and microphones used by the team to communicate with Tour de France officials, race directors and among themselves. Of course, the special unit is just a marketing stunt and will never go into production. [Read the full article…]

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

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 sportier Mulsanne.

Once launched, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed will become the carmaker’s flagship and will probably follow the same exclusive “recipe” that includes top-class materials prepared in the Cheshire Centre of Excellence, plus a new engine that will get a 50-hp power boost compared to the one available right now. The current Mulsanne is powered by a 6.75-liter V8 that produces 505-hp at 4,200 rpm and 752 lb-ft (1,020 Nm) of torque at 1,750 rpm. There are no official performance specs available, but the 0 to 62 mph sprint should be made in around 5.1 seconds, while top speed will be over 180 mph (295 km/h). [Read the full article…]

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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 […]

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Volkswagen confirms upcoming SUV based on Passat

July 20, 2014

During a press conference held at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the German carmaker’s officials announced that a seven seat crossover will be built in the United States starting with the second half of 2016. At the special event, Volkswagen also announced a $900 million investment in the factory aimed at increasing production capacity […]

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Maserati to limit annual production to keep exclusive status

July 20, 2014

Maserati will follow a similar strategy used by their Italian competitors, Ferrari, in order to boost sales but not lose their exclusive status. According to the carmaker’s managing director for Maserati Global Overseas Markets quoted by Automotive News, Maserati wants to go over 50,000 units per year by 2018, but will limit sales to 75,000 […]

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Nissan and Manchester City sign 5-year sponsorship deal

July 20, 2014

It looks like football (soccer) is getting a more and more important role in the Japanese carmaker’s marketing strategy. First there was the partnership with UEFA (the European administrative body) for sponsoring the world’s most important football competition, the UEFA Champions League, after Ford was the competition’s official partner for 21 years. And that’s not […]

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Bentley considering bespoke division

July 15, 2014

The British carmaker wants to bring back a tradition that has been around ever since the automobile was invented, that of one off vehicles with custom-made bodywork. These details were published by British magazine Autocar after talking to Kevin Rose, Bentley’s head of sales and marketing, who declared he is thrilled by this idea. According […]

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The story of a failed stunt: 100 mph crash during attempt to break jump record

June 20, 2014

Back in March, French rally driver and professional skier Guerlain Chicherit tried to break the world record for the longest car jump. To do that, he drove a modified Mini Countryman on a special ramp built in Tignes, a ski resort in south-eastern France. If successful, Chicherit’s 360 ft jump (almost 110 m) would’ve beaten […]

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV scheduled for 2018, named after the world’s largest diamond

June 16, 2014

Earlier this year, Bentley officially confirmed the first luxury SUV in history for 2016, it’s time for the other British luxury carmaker to respond with a similar model. According to the first reports coming from England, the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV has been given the “Cullinan” codename. In case you’re not familiar with the jewelry industry, […]

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Major points system change in WRC for the 2015 season

June 16, 2014

Despite being an incredibly spectacular competition, the World Rally Championship has been struggling for some time with declining audience and financial difficulties. To straighten things out, all parts involved in the competition have been analyzing different solutions and according to several sources inside FIA, it looks like the teams reached an agreement about major changes […]

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Michael Schumacher comes out of coma, leaves the hospital in Grenoble

June 16, 2014

Finally, some good news about the German Champion! Six months after his terrible skiing accident that left him with severe head injuries and in a coma, it looks like Michael Schumacher’s condition is slowly improving. With the family being silent for the past months, there have been countless rumors and reports about Schumi’s state and […]