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Cadillac to Launch New Flagship in Late 2015

by on Sep.19, 2014

The new flagship is expected to show the strong influence of the Cadillac Elmiraj concept coupe.

Cadillac will fill a long-open gap in its line-up when it launches production of an all-new flagship sedan late next year, the as-yet unnamed “high-technology” car set to be produced at General Motors’ “Poletown” plant in Detroit.

The new model, expected to go up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8, is expected to introduce the new Super Drive system GM CEO Mary Barra announced earlier this month which will allow autonomous driving on highways. The broader goal is to reposition Cadillac as a serious contender in the premium luxury market it once dominated, especially as the brand expands its global roll-out.

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“The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Currently in development, this new rear wheel drive-oriented sedan uses completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture.

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First Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang

Re-imagining an icon.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The new 2015 Ford Mustang GT maintains its basic design cues without looking retro.

“When you’re redoing an icon,” says Ford’s new CEO Mark Fields, you find yourself gripped by “a combination of a great honor and a great fear.” Just ask Dave Pericak, who was given the daunting job of redesigning one of those icons as the chief engineer for the 2015 Ford Mustang program.

It wasn’t just a new version of the classic pony car Pericak had to shepherd into production, but the creation of a vehicle worthy of being the 50th anniversary Mustang.  It had to be, as he is fond of saying, “the best Mustang ever.” No idle boast, but, after spending a few days watching a procession of automotive journalists get their first rides in the pony car, Pericak looked more than a bit relieved. As well he should.

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There are a few nits to pick, but they’re largely cosmetic, a few places Ford might have stretched a little further. But there’s little doubt that the coupe and convertible muscle cars Ford will be shipping to dealers around the world in the months ahead can far and away lay claim to being the best Mustang ever.

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Gets 22 MPG Highway Rating

New muscle cars delivering once unheard-of fuel economy.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its 707 horsepower posted a stunning highway mileage figure of 22 mpg.

In the “golden age” of muscle cars, models like the Dodge Challenger were lucky to come close to delivering double-digit fuel economy. So, the EPA’s official mileage numbers for the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat could come as a shock.

Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 707-horsepower coupe – the most powerful muscle car ever to emerge from a Detroit factory – will deliver a full 22 mpg on the highway, the EPA giving it a less surprising 13 mpg city rating, with the combined figure at 16 miles per gallon.

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The numbers underscore the pressure automakers are under as U.S. and overseas fuel economy numbers are ratcheted ever higher, but also show how new technologies, such as direct injection and supercharging can yield significant benefits in both performance and mileage. (more…)

Tomorrow’s Mustang Will Likely Adopt Radical New Powertrain Options

Downsized engines, e-turbos, hybrids and other options all under study.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang now gets an EcoBoost engine option that balances performance and mileage.

When Ford Motor Co. unveiled its 50th anniversary Mustang late last year, it delivered a shock to the market by adding a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to its powertrain line-up alongside the pony car’s classic V-8 and V-6 packages.

The EcoBoost engine is expected to have significant appeal to fuel economy-minded buyers, especially those overseas, where Ford will aggressively market the Mustang for the first time. The inline-four also will help Ford prepare to meet increasingly stringent mileage and emissions standards in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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But it is likely to be just a first step in what could become a radical transformation in the powertrain options Mustang buyers will be offered in the not-too-distant future. Various Ford officials tell TheDetroitBureau.com that the range of alternatives that could be required to keep the pony car in the fleet range from even higher-tech turbo and supercharged engines to gas-electric hybrids that can deliver both improved mileage and serious performance simultaneously.

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Renault Eolab Concept Delivers 235 mpg in Style

Prototype opts for lightweight materials, advanced aero and new hybrid technologies.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The Renault Eolab sips barely 1 liter of fuel every 100 km, and gets 37 miles per charge.

When Volkswagen announced plans to go into production with its 261 mile per gallon XL1 it seemed unlikely any manufacturer would be able to top it. Perhaps, but Renault is ready to come close with the new three-door Eolab concept vehicle it plans to unveil at the Paris Motor Show next month.

The French hatchback will only be able to manage a mere 235 mpg, according to Renault – but it also should deliver nearly twice the power of the anemic German mileage champ.

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For now, the real difference is that Volkswagen is rolling out 250 copies of the XL1 where Renault plans to use the Eolab as a test bed for technologies it says it might bring to market in the near future.

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Hong Kong Tycoon Places Record Rolls-Royce Order

Buys 30 Phantoms for guests at new resort.

by on Sep.17, 2014

Stephen Hung, left, is all smiles after ordering 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms at a cost of $20 million.

Considering their cost, only a select handful of motorists might ever dream of purchasing a Rolls-Royce, but Hong Kong tycoon Stephen Kung is purchasing 30 of them – the largest order the venerable British brand has ever received.

The deal valued at $20 million, Hung plans to use the 30 Phantom sedans to chauffeur guests at the new luxury resort he is building in China’s gambling mecca, Macau.

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“Macau is rapidly evolving into the luxury capital of the world and we are honored to have the opportunity to add to Macau’s many distinctions, the world’s largest fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, including the two most luxurious vehicles Rolls-Royce has ever built,” Hung, the chairman of Louis XIII Holdings Ltd., said in a statement. (more…)

Easy Rider Motorcycle Going up for Auction

“Captain America” bike became symbol of ‘60s counterculture.

by on Sep.17, 2014

Captain America and his friend, Billy, set out to discover America in the '60s cult film, "Easy Rider."

Want to own one of the most familiar symbols of the ’60s counterculture? You’ll soon be able to place your bid for the customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Peter Fonda in the cult film “Easy Rider.”

With its stars-and-stripes paint theme, the Captain America chopper is expected to generate as much as $1.2 million when it’s sold by the Profiles in History auction house on Oct. 18, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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The panhead chopper with chromed hardtail frame is currently owned by Michael Eisenberg, a businessman who once owned a motorcycle-themed Los Angeles restaurant, partnering with “Easy Rider” stars Fonda and Dennis Hopper. He purchased the bike only a year ago from actor Dan Haggerty who was given it after working on the iconic movie. (more…)

Apple Watch Declared a Highway Safety Threat

Brits enact penalties of up to two years in prison.

by on Sep.17, 2014

Apple's new Watch is expected to kick-start the wearable technology market.

It is meant to be hip and convenient, but is the new Apple Watch also a threat to safety?

You may keep it on your wrist, but safety experts are questioning whether the new wearable device will be just as much of a driver distraction as handheld cellphones and tablet computers. And British authorities have indicated that someone using an Apple Watch when involved in a fatal crash could be subject to up to two years in prison.

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The UK’s Institute for Advanced Motorists is leading the charge, declaring that the Watch “could significantly impair driving performance – being a major cause for distraction and road accidents.”

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Watch Out Ferrari – Here Comes the Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Flagship sedan will churn out 811 lb-ft of torque.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Bentley's new Mulsanne Speed model boasts torque numbers even Ferrari can respect.

For those who have the taste – and the budget – for high-performance imports, brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, or perhaps Aston Martin, are likely to come immediately to mind. But there’s another exotic getting ready to give them a run for the money.

Bentley has been drawing from its history of motorsports to fuel its decade-long revival, and it clearly showed it wasn’t going to get left behind at the stoplight when it launched the latest, 616-horsepower version of its Continental GT Speed.

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From a pony count, the even newer Bentley Mulsanne Speed delivers a mere 530-hp — 25 more than a stock Mulsanne. But it’s the torque number that should put a smile on affluent performance fans, while sending a shiver down the spine at competitive brands. The maker’s flagship model, in Speed trim, will deliver an astounding 811 pound-feet of tire-spinning torque. That’s nearly 300 lb-ft more than the La Ferrari.

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GM Boosts Production as Sales Surge for Midsize Colorado, Canyon Pickups

Maker will add 3rd shift, 750 jobs at Missouri plant.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Chevrolet will offer both a fuel-efficient I-4 engine and a more powerful V-6, with a diesel coming a year later.

With sales exceeding initially cautious expectations, General Motors plans to sharply boost production of its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups.

GM will add a third shift at the plant in Wentzville, Missouri that produces the two midsize trucks. That move will create another 750 jobs at the factory, which also produces the Chevy Express and GMC Savanna full-size vans. GM had previously invested $513 million at the Wentzville plant to handle the addition of the new pickups, creating 1,315 jobs in the process.

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The maker has taken an unusually large number of early orders for the Colorado and Canyon models, it says, about 30,000 so far. There had been plenty of concern that GM might miss the mark with the two trucks considering the decline in the midsize segment over the last two decades.

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