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Cars Coming Soon: Porsche Macan to Debut at LA Auto Show

May 30th, 2013

2014_porsche_macan

Auto Express seems to have a lot of “unnamed insiders” on their bankroll. In spite of its mysterious sources, the outlet has a pretty good track record of being accurate, so we take this news with a certain level of excitement:

The Porsche Macan SUV could debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and be released next Spring.

Sure, the idea of an entry-level Porsche SUV is like Target selling a thousand-dollar handbag. Even the words don’t seem to go together in a sentence. Get used to the idea, though, and pretty soon you’ll be clamoring at the doors of your nearest Porsche dealer to get your hands on one.

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Cars Coming Soon: Hypercars from McLaren and SSC

May 23rd, 2013
SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

By the end of this year two of the fastest, most extreme cars to ever grace the earth will be available to discerning buyers. More accurately, they will begin to be delivered to buyers who ordered them well in advance.

McLaren and SSC (formerly Shelby SuperCars) have released more details about their shiver-inducing machines and the timing of their releases, which should be close enough to stage some pretty intense comparison testing. Instead of racing to 60 miles per hour, though, these cars will be measured by the time it takes to approach 200.

With around 2,200 horsepower between the two cars and prices well above a million dollars each, 2013 should end with a blistering battle for supercar supremacy.

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Cars Coming Soon: Mitsubishi’s Offensive Includes Subcompact Sedan

May 16th, 2013
Mitsubishi G4 Concept

Mitsubishi G4 Concept

Last year, two car companies in America were on death watch.

Suzuki closed up shop on its North American operations not long after speculation of impending doom began, while Mitsubishi looked to be close behind on the way to the exit.

As we’re closing in on the midway point of 2013, it seems Mitsubishi could be on the verge of a turnaround. The company will need a pretty intense product offensive to lure customers back into showrooms, but a couple new Mitsubishi vehicles coming down the pipe could be just enough to save the brand.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Terrafugia Flying Car, Version 2.0

May 9th, 2013

terrafugia_TF-X

I spent the final night of 1989 at a bowling alley. At 12 years old, my parents wanted to make that New Year’s Eve memorable and took my brothers and I midnight bowling.

I remember feeling a sense of awe that the calendar was about to switch the 1990s. It sounded so futuristic and had the potential to be the decade that would bring on the realization of a future I’d seen in the movies. I half expected to see flying cars in the sky on the ride home in those first hours of the 1990s.

Of course, all the 1990s brought us was email, the Internet and Vanilla Ice. Not a single flying car anywhere in the world.

If only the 12-year-old me from 1990 could have seen what Terrafugia has planned in the second decade of the 21st century!

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Cars Coming Soon: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class “Leaked”

May 2nd, 2013

2014-Mercedes-Benz-S-Class-Leak

When photos of coming new cars are “leaked” on the Internet, there’s a good chance the manufacturer was somehow responsible. Nothing triggers blog coverage and media attention in the car industry more than photos of a yet-to-be-released new car.

Make that car the flagship sedan of a best-selling luxury brand in the United States, and odds are, the leak isn’t a mistake, but a well-orchestrated publicity grab. That’s pure conjecture, of course, but it’s what I’d do if I was in charge of marketing at a car company.

What you see above is the “leaked” image of the officially still-veiled 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Great Wall Steed, and Other Chinese Vehicles

April 25th, 2013
Great Wall Steed

Great Wall Steed

Imagine the irony of this:

A Chinese car company finally sells vehicles in the United States and even builds a factory here to manufacture the cars it sells. Meanwhile, an American car company selling cars in China builds a factory there to produce the vehicles it sells there.

Did you follow that?

General Motors sells more cars in China than it does here in the States, so it makes business sense to build cars there. No Chinese company, though, has ventured into the U.S. market to sell cars, much less build them here.

That could change. And soon.

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Cars Coming Soon: A Midsize GM Truck to Challenge Tacoma

April 18th, 2013

New Chevrolet Colorado

Sales of the Toyota Tacoma are up this year almost 23 percent over last year. No, that’s not the most significant or exciting statistic ever mentioned in a car blog, but it could be the foundation for an exciting development over at General Motors.

GM got out of the midsize truck business last year after the mediocre GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado failed to light showroom floors on fire. Ford and Chrysler exited the market in 2011, leaving the Tacoma and Nissan Frontier as the two major midsizers in the Unites States.

The Tacoma is the undisputed king of the world in its segment, and challenging it isn’t an easy task. That’s pretty much the common consensus, as most automakers would rather roll over than even try to offer a challenge.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Beauty of Ghibli

April 11th, 2013

2014 Maserati Ghibli

Last Fall I was walking through the streets of Seattle with a friend when a parked car caught her eye. She turned her head as we passed the low-slung sports car and said, “What… is that?”

It was a Maserati GranTurismo, arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the planet. We don’t see a lot of exotics in our neck of the woods, so the Trident-branded beauty stood out to us both. There’s just something about a Maserati that demands attention. It’s an understated, elegant exotic that quietly seduces the senses. Well, until the engine turns on. The slow burble of the V8 can turn into a cacophony of roars and pops that’ll leave you wondering what in your life has gone so terribly wrong as to not have one of these in your garage.

By unveiling the new Ghibli sedan, Maserati hopes to drive more of us rectify the problem of not having a Maserati.

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Cars Coming Soon: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

March 28th, 2013


Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

With all the coverage of the New York Auto Show this week, one little car has been mostly ignored. In a sea of exciting new debuts, convincing Cadillacs and luscious Land Rovers, coverage of a small but exciting new electric has mostly fallen through the cracks.

People in the United States are not used to small cars from Mercedes-Benz. The smallest offering here has been the C-Class, but our roads are smothered in M-Class SUVs and large, powerful sedans. We have equated MB with big luxury, so smaller cars with a premium price here may be hard for buyers to accept. But with the new CLA-Class on the way, and the coming B-Class EV, things are about to get small.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Cars Ford Should Build

March 14th, 2013
Ford GT

What do you think: Should the GT come back?

Let’s talk about Ford’s product line and two cars missing from it.

Obviously, Ford offers a full line of vehicles for almost any use. These include small cars, big cars, vans, trucks, heavy-duty commercial vehicles, muscle cars and hybrid cars. Competitors, though, are stepping up offerings in two categories Ford doesn’t currently address.

There are no formal plans to create a vehicle for either of these categories, but a business case could be argued for either one. And there’s one in particular that many car enthusiasts would love to see drive into showrooms.

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