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Lexus IS-F

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 the IS sedan. Its purpose was to compete against established models like the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Audi RS4, but results were below expectations and the IS-F wasn’t able to “steal” too many customers from its German competitors because in seven years of production, only 11,000 units were sold. As a comparison, BMW sold that amount of M3s annually. [Read the full article…]

Maserati Quattroporte

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 units per year. Ferrari did the exact same thing a while ago, but the Italian sports car manufacturer limited annual production to just 7,000 units.

Last year, Maserati sold 14,500 units, but they’re extremely confident that the new models they will launch soon will significantly contribute to increasing sales. The current lineup includes the GranTurismo, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli, but an SUV is almost ready for launch (the Maserati Levante), plus a new sports coupe called Maserati Alfieri. Both the SUV and the already launched Ghibli are expected to bring new customers for the Italian brand and the first signs are promising. For example, after the Ghibli was launched, the average age of Maserati customers dropped, the model attracting customers with an average age of 29 years, significantly lower than the existing average of 45. [Read the full article…]

Saab Production Trolhattan

The Saab saga continues and not the way the Swedish carmaker planned. Just five months after the Swedish brand’s new owners, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) resumed the Saab 9-3 production, activity at the Trolhattan factory was once again frozen due to lack of cash and it looks like things will stay that way at least four weeks.

According to the official statement from NEVS, these financial problems showed up after Qingbo Investment Co., one of NEVS’s strategic partners failed to deliver their part of the deal and provide the required money. “The reason is that NEVS’ part-owner, Qingbo Investment Co., has not fulfilled its commitment to, when necessary, finance NEVS’ activity. NEVS is therefore making a temporary and controlled halt of production, which hitherto has been six cars per day, and is reducing agency staff,” the statement said. [Read the full article…]

Bentley SUV Teaser

After the Volkswagen Group decided that Bentley’s upcoming SUV will be built at the British carmaker’s production facility in Crewe, intense preparations are made to prepare the factory for the high production volume. And since here Bentley already builds the Mulsanne, Continental GT and Flying Spur, 140 new jobs will soon be available, because the three models make the factory currently run at full capacity. According to a recent press release by Bentley, out of the 140 jobs, 90 will be engineering positions and the rest will be recruited from the graduates of different training programs that the British carmaker has organized in the past years.

This workforce investment is jsut the first step of Volkswagen Group’s bigger plan of investing almost 1 billion Euros (around $1.37B) in the Crewe factory over the next three years. This major investment is meant to extend the factory’s production capacity and as a result sales are expected to rise 50% (from a little over 10,000 units in 2013 to around 15,000 units in 2018). [Read the full article…]

Mitsuoka Orochi

Mitusoka Orochi is probably one of the ugliest supercars ever built, but the nightmare will soon be over, since production will end later this year, in September. The announcement was made by the company building the Orochi, an independent Japanese car manufacturer that created their supercar based on the platform from the late Honda NSX. The last Orochi units will be available in two special colors, “pearl gold” and “Fuyoru blackberry” and will come as standard with front splitter, 19-inch modular alloy wheels, two-tone Alcantara leather upholstery, metallic ornaments and Alcantara leather wrapped steering wheel. Pricing for the Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition starts at 12.7 million yens, which is about $125,000. [Read the full article…]

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Edition marks production start

October 29, 2013

It has already become a tradition for the German carmaker to celebrate the launch of a new model with a special edition called Edition 1 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLA is no exception. Customers will be able to place orders for the latest Mercedes crossover starting with November and first units are scheduled to be […]

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Porsche 918 Spyder goes into production

September 20, 2013

Three years ago, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show and the whole world was impressed by the idea of a spots plug-in hybrid. This month, the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show marked the debut of the model’s production version and today Porsche has announced that production has started […]

Audi A3 Sedan

Audi A3 Sedan production kicks off in Hungary

June 13, 2013

The German carmaker has just announced that the Audi A3 Sedan production has started today at the company’s factory in Gyor, Hungary. Over the last few years, Audi has invested more than 900 million Euros ($1.2 billion) in expanding the Gyor factory which is now able of building cars and not just engines. The Hungarian […]

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Jaguar already sold half of F-Type production for 2013

June 5, 2013

The Jaguar F-Type is on its way of becoming a huge success for the British carmaker, the roadster managing to gather a waiting list as impressive as the Range Rover Evoque, for example. It looks like Jaguar achieved a perfect balance between pricing, features, looks and heritage, because the company has just announced that half […]

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Audi R8 e-tron not going into production

May 29, 2013

Even though Audi is making big steps with its electric vehicles technology, it looks like they’re not ready yet. The Audi R8 e-tron, the German carmaker’s electric flagship, is an impressive vehicle but it’s production still has an uncertain future. According to British magazine Autocar, Audi has already built 10 fully functional units, but, apparently, […]

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Volkswagen Group opens new factory in China, the company’s 107th in the world

November 6, 2014

The German giant has just officially announced the opening of a new production facility in Tianjin, a large city in northern China. The factory will build DSG automatic transmissions for models sold in China and can produce up to 450,000 units per year, a capacity which is scheduled to be extended to 1.2 million units […]

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Toyota announces 7 million hybrids sold in the last 18 years

October 15, 2014

Yesterday, the Japanese carmaker announced an important milestone in their hybrid saga, by selling their 7 millionth hybrid in September. Toyota is the world’s undisputed leader in hybrid cars sales, their 28 hybrid models sold in 90 countries achieving impressing sales results. By far the most popular and successful hybrid is the Prius, responsible 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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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 […]