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All-New Porsche Panamera Pics Leak out

2017 model gets lighter platform, new, more streamlined body.

by on Jun.24, 2016

A leaked pic of the 2017 Porsche Panamera.

Porsche has been dropping lots of hints as it prepares to formally unveil the newly redesigned Panamera next week. But it turns out you don’t have to wait for that online unveiling or the official public debut of the coup-like sports sedan at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Along with the teaser images from Porsche, three grainy but quite revealing new pics wound up on Instagram and we’re offering readers a longer look.

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Porsche has never been shy about taking risks, whether introducing its first SUV, the Cayenne, or following with a distinctive, albeit controversial sports car sedan. The original Panamera was a true Porsche in terms of driving dynamics, but generated plenty of controversy over its bubble-back rear end.


Spy Shots: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Modest update to midsize sedan.

by on Oct.19, 2015

The midcycle update will give MKZ the basic new grille seen on the Lincoln Continental concept. Photos: Jim Dunne, CarSpy, unless otherwise noted.

With the unexpected debut of the Lincoln Continental concept at the New York Auto Show last April, Ford’s long-struggling luxury brand appeared to be setting out on a new course intended to make the brand a more serious player in the upscale market.

Even as engineers push the Lincoln Continental towards production, they’re also working up a mid-cycle update of the mid-range Lincoln MKZ– along with its sibling sedan, the Ford MKZ. These spy shots suggest that the bulk of the exterior changes will be seen front and back.

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The Lincoln Continental concept introduced an all-new face for the brand, abandoning the split-wing grille first introduced on the current MKZ. And we can expect that under the camouflage, we’ll be seeing the midsize model sharing that new look.


Spy Shots: 2014 Jeep Liberty

Mid-line Jeep returns in more stylish, more flexible trim.

by on Feb.15, 2013

The newly reborn Jeep Liberty makes a camouflaged appearance during street testing.

As Chrysler clearly hinted with the roll-out of its refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee last month, the maker’s SUV brand will be a busy place in the coming months.

Not only will we see the updated flagship model but replacements for the small Compass and Patriot models. But wait, there’s more, as those commercials on late-night TV like to say.  There’s an even smaller model to be built in Italy and rumor of a reborn Grand Wagoneer.

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But one of this year’s most significant introductions – at least now that Grand Cherokee is out of the way – will be the rebirth of the Jeep Liberty.

As these spy shots illustrate, there are a number of major changes slated within a year for the mid-size Jeep line, which will turn into a sort of junior Grand Cherokee.


Spy Shots: Ford Galaxy Van

Coming to America?

by on Jan.02, 2013

Car Spy Jim Dunne nabbed this image of a Ford Galaxy minivan testing in Detroit.

Ford is developing a new design and probably engine installation for the next version of its European Galaxy van – or so one would conclude from these shots of a prototype under test at Ford’s home base in Dearborn.

The unanswered question is whether a U.S. version of the Galaxy might be in the works.  The maker has been out of the American minivan market since abandoning the largely unnoticed Ford Freestar in 2007. It has since tried to find alternative paths to potential minivan buyers with “people-movers” like the big Ford Flex, the smaller C-Max and an assortment of crossovers.

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One look tells the story of the prototype Galaxy’s front end. Despite the heavy camo, it carries an all-new appearance, with a strong block-shape grille opening in place of the current oval. The higher hood line may have two purposes – house a taller, turbocharged (or V6 ?) engine, and change the Galaxy’s appearance to that of a small SUV from the minivan shape it now displays. Those front-hinged rear doors clearly identify – to American shoppers – this vehicle as a small SUV.


Spy Shots: Ford Caught Testing Independent Rear Suspension for Mustang

Likely to debut on next-gen pony car.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Is that an IRS package we see?

Ford has regained some momentum in the pony car wars, but diehard Mustang fans will have to wait until 2015 for an all-new model to take aim at Chevrolet’s resurrected Camaro.

It’s a long wait but there could be some much – and long-awaited – good news coming with that complete update, including the shift to independent rear suspension.

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Our veteran spy photographer, Jim Dunne appears to have lent credence to those earlier reports with a pair of spy shots he’s nabbed of a Ford Mustang mule that is here seen testing the next-generation pony car’s suspension.

At least that’s the impression you get from this rear view of the Ford Mustang test vehicle.

A closer look at the Mustang's undercarriage.


Spy Shots: 2013 Nissan Altima

Fifth-generation sedan due late in 2012.

by on Dec.28, 2011

The 2013 Nissan Altima undergoing testing on Michigan roads. Credit: Jim Dunne, Car Spy.

We’ve been hearing lots, in recent months, about the problems faced by the “Japanese” as a result of the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the country’s northeast coast last March.  While it’s true the industry was briefly sidelined, and while Toyota and Honda have struggled until recently due to production shortages, Japan’s number two automaker was quickly back in action and, if anything, the Nissan Altima sedan has been doing better than ever in recent months.

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That’s all the more impressive considering the current model isn’t exactly the newest offering in the hotly competitive midsize segment.  But Nissan has plans to build on the Altima’s current momentum with an all-new version that’s due to market a little less than a year from now carrying a 2013 designation.

Legendary spy photographer Jim Dunne captured this image of the next-gen, 2013 Nissan Altima out and about in the Detroit suburbs wearing minimal camouflage as it was put through some testing.


Spy Shots: 2012 Dodge Durango replacement

From truck to crossover.

by on Dec.15, 2009

This spy shot tells only part of the story about the next-generation Dodge Durango - or whatever it will be called.

This spy shot tells only part of the story about the next-gen Dodge Durango - or whatever it'll be called.

Today we’ve caught another sign of new life at Chrysler with these first photos of a 2012 Dodge Durango prototype.

Code-named “WD,” the replacement for the current, truck-based Dodge Durango will be sharing a more car-like unibody chassis with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Mercedes ML class. Not all things will be equal as we expect the Benz to sport higher-end running gear than its Chrysler brothers. Fiat may also launch a vehicle on this chassis sometime in 2012-2013. One thing you WON’T see on this chassis is a Chrysler Aspen variant.

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(And, yes, we did say Mercedes ML.  The next Durango will be one of the last Chrysler products to bear the heavy Teutonic imprint of Chrysler’s failed marriage to Daimler AG.)


Spy Shots: 2011 Infiniti M56

Japanese maker’s new flagship.

by on Sep.17, 2009

We've seen the virtual reality images, but here's the real Infiniti M56.

We've seen the virtual reality images, but here's the real Infiniti M56.

Infiniti may have “revealed” the new M in 3D virtual reality earlier this year, but never mind that, we have the REAL thing!

On my morning run today, I unexpectedly stumbled upon two pre-production testers. No clay models here – these were as real as it gets. Sporting cues from the Essence Concept, nothing is left to the imagination with this test car, as only a few poorly placed pieces of tape cover the badges.

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Launching in spring of 2010, the new M will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6, (the M37), or 5.6-liter V8, (the M56), good for more than 400 horsepower. A high performance V6 diesel also will be available in Europe.


Sneak Peek: 2011 Hyundai Equus

New model to be positioned above Genesis sedan.

by on Aug.12, 2009

With the success of its Genesis sedan, the Korean carmaker is now confirming plans to launch the 2011 Hyundai Equus in the U.S. premium luxury market.

With the success of its Genesis sedan, the Korean carmaker is now confirming plans to launch the 2011 Hyundai Equus in the U.S. premium luxury market.

Once known for its cheap-and-cheerful little sedans and coupes, the South Korean carmaker Hyundai will continue its recent move up-market with the launch of an all-new flagship sedan.

Codenamed “VI,” and recently introduced in the Asian home market as Equus, the new car will be positioned as an even more luxurious offering than the Hyundai Genesis, which was named North American Car of the Year, by a jury of 50 U.S. and Canadian journalists, in January.

No horsing around!

No horsing around!

The automaker had been debating whether to bring Equus to the States – along with an assortment of other upscale products that it is developing for Korea.  To get a sense of the U.S. market potential, Hyundai showed a concept version of Equus at April’s New York Auto Show, notes Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik.


Spy Shots: GM’s LML Duramax 2011 Silverado / Sierra Trucks

First look at the stump-puller of an engine hiding under the hood of "test mule."

by on Jun.22, 2009

GM 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel

GM 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel

Diesels may be in the dumps when it comes to light-duty pickup trucks but things are starting to get hot in the heavy-duty segment.  New federal emissions rules set to take effect in 2010 have sent Ford and General Motors back to the drawing boards (the current Dodge Ram HD and its 6.7-liter Cummins I6 already meets 2010 emissions).

We’ve previously reported about Ford’s upcoming 6.7-liter eight-cylinder in-house replacement for the current 6.4-liter V-8 Power Stroke, code-named “Scorpion.” Now, we’ve received new information from sources about GM’s updated 6.6-liter Duramax V-8, plus this close-up spy photo.

General Motors uses three letter identifiers to designate each new iteration of Duramax. The current 2007-10 ‘LMM’ Duramax is designed to run on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and work with a diesel particulate filter to cut soot emissions by 90 percent from 2006 levels. The LMM replacement is said to be called the ‘LML’ Duramax.

Subscribe to TheDetroitBureau.comThe LML Duramax is expected to be GM’s cleanest diesel engine yet. Some have speculated that its displacement would grow to 6.9-liters for emissions reasons but our sources say it will continue to be a 6.6-liter V-8.