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Maserati Ghibli Caught Testing, Will Take on 5 Series, E-Class

March 25th, 2013

2013 Maserati Ghibli

If you can’t get to a Maserati, maybe a Maserati will come to you.

Maserati has always been an aspirational brand, sitting perhaps just beneath Ferrari but above BMW in the hierarchy of automotive royalty. To buy a new Maserati currently takes at least a hundred grand, and you’d have only a couple of choices. Buyers can choose the sexy and powerful GranTurismo sports car or the family-friendly supersedan known as the Quattroporte.

Even top-tier automakers, though, struggle to find a niche to generate profit. For many, the answer is dipping down to lower markets in an attempt to lure more buyers. The sales ploy is easy and often very convincing: Own an exotic car for nearly the price of a mass-market premium car.

The Maserati Ghibli may be next to test the theory of automakers going cheaper to make more money.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar’s 550-HP XJR, and an Entry-Level XS

March 21st, 2013
Jaguar XJR, New York

Jaguar XFR

Jaguar’s comeback story has almost reached its climax.

Not long ago, the leaping cat was nearly written off as a has-been. A relic of old Britain, a victim of stodgy design, a casualty of an American car company whose ownership only pushed the nail in deeper.

Today, though, Jag’s future has never looked brighter, as exciting models fill showrooms and announcements of new models keep filling the pages of car blogs. Today, we report on two cars on opposite sides of the Jaguar spectrum.

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Invasion of the Cloaked Car Gods

November 16th, 2012
Ford Evos concept

Front of the next Mustang?

If there are deities in the car world, the Ford Mustang and Ferrari Enzo might be candidates for the top job. Both have reached legendary status, have legions of fans and have spawned many years of devotional writings and devout followers.

Both the Mustang and the Enzo are about to undergo changes and reveal all-new versions, and both have been spotted in cloaked disguises on the streets of their respective countries.

Like hidden sentinels, these gods of all things automotive will surely redefine their categories… as soon as the cloaks come off.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar XFR-S, the Cure for the Common AMG

November 1st, 2012

Jaguar XFR-S

If the word “seductive” could be applied to just one car brand, it would be Jaguar. The sultry curves of a Jag are like no other car on Earth. Add in the ferocious power harbored behind the headlights, and it’s hard not to bend to the Jag’s sweet call.

Like any seductress, though, there are potential drawbacks, the biggest being the question of long-term reliability.

With the new Jaguar XFR-S, Jag hopes to take on the likes of the Audi RS 6 (unavailable in the U.S.), Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and BMW M5.

As great as the XFR-S might be, can it seduce buyers way from the competition?

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Chevrolet Corvette C7 Seen Testing in the Snow

January 20th, 2012

Probably not the next Corvette

This frozen Friday just got a little more fun.

Speculation regarding the next Corvette has run the gamut, from the car evolving to a midengine supercar to the rebirth of the famous split-window Stingray. Yes, there are high hopes for the next ‘Vette.

The odds are pretty good that Chevy won’t surprise us with a midengine car. But we could see a small-displacement turbocharged V8 under the hood, in addition to a few other V8 options. Whatever Chevy offers, we can be sure it’ll be amazing and can’t wait to see the improvements on the already superior Z06 and ZR1 variations.

Until now, the design of the C7 Corvette has been a complete mystery. It still is, mostly, but the first spy shots, courtesy of the good folks at KGP Photography, of the anticipated and elusive halo car have emerged. The pictures show a vinyl-clad beast clawing through the snow with familiar black-white camo bits poking out from under the vinyl armor.

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Cars Coming Soon: BMW i8, as Seen in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”

December 29th, 2011

Mission Impossible, BMW i8

The new Mission Impossible movie isn’t so much an espionage spy thriller as it is a 1-hour-and-50-minute-long car advertisement. No fewer than four models in the BMW stable make an appearance in the film, with the lead role going to the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car. Tom Cruise may get his name in the lights, but BMW is the star.

The product placement has its purpose, of course. Marketing folks at BMW hope movie watchers will want to be like Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character and cruise around town in a Bimmer of their own.

And wouldn’t you know it, the very car Cruise drives in the movie is coming soon to a dealer near you, as the BMW i8.

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