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Pagani Huayra Roadster to bow by 2016

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:45
An open-air version of the Pagani Huayra is in the works.






Acura delays 2015 TLX launch until summer

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:45
Automaker claims there are 'lots of systems to sort out' in its tech-heavy sedan.






2015 Acura TLX launch delayed

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:28

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Last week in New York, Acura pulled the wraps off its all-new TLX sedan - a midsize model that replaces both the TSX and TL in one fell swoop. In a bit of behind-the-scenes full disclosure, we were originally scheduled to get our first drive of the car in early May. But an intrepid reader forwarded us an email to Acura dealers saying that the on-sale date of the TLX will be pushed back, and subsequently, the automaker confirmed to Autoblog that the official media launch has been postponed, as well. Acura spokesperson Chuck Schifsky tells us that the 2015 TLX will now go on sale later this summer.

"We don't view it as a major delay," Schifsky told Autoblog. The TLX is "the most technologically advanced Acura" yet - even more so than the original NSX, Schifsky says - and thus, there are "lots of systems to get sorted out." When asked if there is a specific component to point to regarding this delay, Schifsky told Autoblog that it's "not any one thing."

"We have determined that it is necessary to modify the production schedule for the 2015 TLX, which will move the on-sale date to late summer."

"The TLX has more advanced and customer-relevant technology than on any other Acura model in our history, and we must assure that all systems are ready for mass production. Further, it is critical that we have a stable and sustainable supply of vehicles and components to support the strong customer response that we expect for this all-new Acura sedan," a company spokesperson wrote to its dealers. "To achieve these goals, we have determined that it is necessary to modify the production schedule for the 2015 TLX, which will move the on-sale date to late summer."

The 2015 TLX uses both a 2.4-liter inline-four and a 3.5-liter V6, and will be the first Acura to use two brand-new transmissions. The 2.4-liter engine features an eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, and the 3.5-liter V6 uses a nine-speed automatic. What's more, the TLX features a reworked version of the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) that debuted in the larger RLX, and the company's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is available, too.

"The 2015 TLX is the emotionally powerful car we've been longing for," Acura wrote to its dealers. So it goes without saying, the company has a whole lot riding on this all-new offering, and it's important to get it right from the start. Schifsky reiterates, "Don't put the car on sale until it's perfect."

2015 Acura TLX launch delayed originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:45

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Been saving your pennies for a 2015 Ford Mustang? Put in a few extra shifts or some overtime? Got a great down payment ready? Well, however much you saved for your new pony car, start saving more - you'll need the extra money to spend on tires.

That's because the Mustang will come with a system called Line Lock, which can lock the front brakes electronically, allowing drivers to perform big, dumb, smoky burnouts without moving so much as an inch. It's sort of like launch control, only the average driver might actually use it.

Now, line locks aren't uncommon, particularly in drag racing. Usually, a flip of the switch locks the front brakes. The Mustang, besides offering the system from the factory which is unique in and of itself, looks a bit more involved.

We're quite glad Ford has gone ahead and published this video. When it finally comes time for us to test the all-new Mustang, we'll be plenty familiar with the first feature we test. Take a look below for the full video.

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Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:57

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It may be impossible to spend a day in Chevrolet's new C7 Corvette without someone asking what you think about the iconic sports car - magnetism is an understatement. I was approached by strangers in a grocery store parking lot, parents waiting for their children after school and enthusiasts on a canyon road after I had pulled to the side to take in the view.

All sneak up with a curious smile on their face, take a deep breath and then start spitting out questions like an overly aggressive prosecuting attorney. Is this the new Corvette? What do you think of it? Is it fast? How much does it cost?

While a closed-roof coupe offers a protective shield from the verbal onslaught - it's hard to field questions through a solid roof - the droptop Stingray Convertible allows the full inquisition to rain down each time one slows to a stop. These opportunities include incessant chatter with complete unknowns at stoplights, street corners and even while stuck in traffic.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Michael Schumacher sued in Spain for motorcycle accident prior to coma

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:31

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Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been in a French hospital since a December 29 accident left him in a coma. Now, the German driver is being investigated for another accident, although he was behind the wheel for this one.

A few weeks before his devastating accident, Schumacher was driving a rented Audi A4 in Spain when he allegedly hit a motorcyclist at a roundabout after failing to give the right of way. The cyclist broke his wrist in the incident, and damaged his bike, clothing, watch and helmet, according to The Irish Independent.

The cyclist is pressing charges, as it's the only way to receive compensation for his medical expenses, as well as damaged property. At this point, it seems likely that insurance companies for the two sides will be able to work the matter out without going to court.

Michael Schumacher sued in Spain for motorcycle accident prior to coma originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GM ousts engineering head, adds new 'product integrity' division

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:57
Engineering operations split into two divisions to address quality concerns.






Spied: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:55
Chevrolet's next-generation Volt is starting to take shape.






Ecclestone planning Historic Formula One series

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:44

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If you're one of the legions of racing fans disappointed by the lack of noise from the new turbo V6s in Formula One and nostalgic for those old-school V10s, we have good news for you. According to reports, a new racing series is in the works that would bring back not only retired F1 cars, but also retired F1 stars.

The project , according to European trademark applications, is called Historic Formula One, and it's already gaining support and potential participation from the likes of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet, former champ Nigel Mansell, race winner Gerhard Berger and Martin Brundle (a former F1 driver, Le Mans winner and race commentator).

The series is being organized by none other than Bernie Ecclestone himself, the controversial and embattled billionaire in charge of Formula One. Ecclestone also runs the GP2 and GP3 series that give potential future F1 drivers a ladder to climb. The addition of the Historic Formula One championship to the portfolio would give those on their way out a chance to continue competing.

While it may be too early to say what cars they would be driving and what format the races would take, the signs at present seem to be pointing towards the V10 racers that reigned supreme in the 1990s and into the new millennium. As for the events in which they'd compete, we could be looking at support races for the existing grands prix to give fans an extra spectacle on the same ticket.

This wouldn't be the first time we'd see a racing series for old F1 cars and drivers, but could emerge as the most successful. The last was the Grand Prix Masters series ran one race at Kyalami in 2005 and another two (Qatar and Silverstone) in 2006 before shutting down. There are many other individual events at which owners of retired F1 cars compete, but seldom in an organized series with retired stars at the helm.

Ecclestone planning Historic Formula One series originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford says C-Max mpg reduction has hurt sales

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:00

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The Ford C-Max is having a rough time. Sales for the five-door hybrid hatchback were down 39.1 percent in March to 2,295 cars, and sales from January through March were down 42.5 percent to 5,566 units. In an interview with The Detroit News, Ford Americas boss Joe Hinrichs places the blame on lowering the model's fuel economy rating.

"We're definitely seeing consideration on C-Max decline over time. We need to reinvest in the product because it's a great car," said Hinrichs to The Detroit News.

The company was hit with bad publicity over the C-Max when owners in multiple states filed class action lawsuits that alleged the cars weren't able to meet the stated fuel economy. Ford eventually re-rated the model from 47 miles per gallon city, highway and combined to 40 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 43 mpg combined. To soften the blow of the change, the automaker sent checks to the owners to make up some of the difference. Initially, Ford claimed that demand remained strong for the hybrid. However, the latest sales figures and Hinrichs' statement seem to show the opposite.

Hinrichs also says a replacement for the company's MyFord Touch infotainment system is in the works. He claims that the current system is being held back by software limitations. However, a replacement is at least year away. Ford is rumored to be considering switching from Microsoft to a Blackberry QNX-based infotainment system.

Ford says C-Max mpg reduction has hurt sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GM president: recalls have no 'measurable impact' on new sales

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:58
Company maintains strong sales forecast as stock price continues to slide.






Lexus IS to get 2.0L turbo four-cylinder

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:50
The NX crossover's forced-induction four will soon make its way to the IS sport sedan.






VW announces recall of 26,000 2014 models with 1.8T engines

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:15

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Volkswagen has followed up on a stop-sale order from earlier this month, announcing a voluntarily recall of 26,400 vehicles that are powered by the brand's 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new mill replaced the despised 2.5-liter five-cylinder in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible last year. Weirdly, though, of the 26,452 units covered in the recall, only 1,655 are customer vehicles.

According to VW, the affected models were built between February 1 and April 6 of this year, and feature bad O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler. Apparently, the faulty O-rings could cause a fluid leak, as they won't seal between the oil cooler and transmission. VW is blaming a material change from a supplier for the problem.

There have been no fires, injuries, accidents or fatalities relating to this issue, which VW will be fixing free of charge. Customers will need to report to dealers to have the O-rings replaced.

Take a look below for the official press release from Volkswagen.

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VW announces recall of 26,000 2014 models with 1.8T engines originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GM asks judge to bar all ignition switch-related lawsuits

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:13
GM is seeking protection from any lawsuits related to its ignition switch recall.






Review: 2014 Cadillac XTS4 Vsport

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:30
A 410hp twin-turbo V6 adds excitement to Cadillac's full-size luxury liner.






VW planning to push Hyundai for World Cup eyeballs

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:29

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Adidas was an official sponsor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the German sportswear company got drowned out of early advertising buzz by Nike, which wasn't a World Cup sponsor. The American company's Write the Future ad put it at the top of Nielsen's study of online buzz, ahead of Adidas. The same thing happened to official World Cup sponsor Budweiser when it got drummed out of the top ten in Nielsen's buzz ratings, while Danish brewer Carlsberg - not a Cup sponsor - ranked sixth.

Volkswagen hopes to score the same goal on Hyundai during this year's World Cup in Brazil. Hyundai and Kia have been official sponsors of the global soccer federation FIFA since 2002 and are official sponsors of the World Cup through 2022. VW has "a major ad buy" planned to run on ABC, ESPN and Univision as well as digital and social media channels during the competition, which begins June 12, to promote the GTI. VW of America's VP of marketing said the Cup's attraction to young males and Hispanics makes it the perfect place to promote the hot hatch.

The sparring between Hyundai and VW has already begun. Volkswagen's Gol compact, named for the Portuguese word for a soccer goal, has been the best selling car in Brazil for 27 years, and the German company sponsors the national soccer team. When Hyundai Brazil began a promotional campaign promising to extend its five-year warranty for six if the Brazilians won a sixth world cup, Volkswagen of Brazil complained to the soccer federation, which asked Hyundai to pull the campaign. As of this writing, that hasn't happened, so we expect it'll be boots on, gloves off, on and off the pitch this summer.

VW planning to push Hyundai for World Cup eyeballs originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford chooses Mark Fields to succeed Mulally as CEO, reports claim

Leftlane - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:19
Boeing veteran Alan Mulally expected to retire as CEO before the end of the year.






Autoblog Podcast #377 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern!

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 02:30

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We're almost ready to record Episode #377 of the Autoblog Podcast! You can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening!

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Autoblog Podcast #377 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern! originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We obsessively covered the 2014 Beijing Motor Show

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 01:01

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Didn't we just wrap up a major international auto show? Oh, yeah, we did. Fresh off the heels of New York, we're back with another slew of debuts direct from the Beijing show in China. While the Big Apple expo was full of new production cars that'll be hitting the streets of the States in the not-too-distant future, Beijing gave us a preview of what's coming beyond that.

Take a look at the roundup below, and note that the majority of these debuts are pure concept cars - things that point the way forward, but really only show what "could be." That said, China grows more and more important to the automotive landscape every year, and the selection of major, international debuts was more robust than it has been in years past. We expect that to be a continuing trend in years and expos to come.

Have a look at what's good from Beijing, below.

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We obsessively covered the 2014 Beijing Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mustang driver proves wheels are overrated

Autoblog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:29

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We don't need to tell you that there's something missing in the image above. What we do need to tell you is that this is not a picture of a parked car stranded on the highway. This is, rather, just one frame from video of that three-wheeled Mustang traveling down the highway at highway-appropriate speed.

We don't know where you'd have to be nor how badly you'd have to be there to go shooting down the freeway in a car with three wheels, but if the New Daily News is correct, that place is somewhere in Texas. The video's short, but you'll have plenty of time to shake your head at it by just scrolling down.

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Mustang driver proves wheels are overrated originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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