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VW Golf Mk8 could arrive by 2017

Posted Aug 27th 2014 10:00AM



The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf only went on sale in North America in August, but it has been on the road in some parts of the world since 2012. The German automotive giant isn't taking a moment's rest for one of its most well known models, though. The latest rumour suggests that VW is already developing the eighth revision of its bread-and-butter hatchback, and it may be ready for launch as soon as 2017.

The rumours come courtesy of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and it claims that the new model will receive a thorough restyling of the current look. Not only will this mean the usual changes to the front and rear end design, but the next Golf will also be wider and sit lower than the current one, according to the magazine... READ MORE

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News Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Automotive News Europe - sub. req.

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Alfa Romeo to gun for Jag F-Type with 6C

Posted Aug 27th 2014 9:00AM

Alfa Romeo 4C

It has taken Alfa Romeo years of promises to finally, truly return to North America with the 4C sports coupe and its initial 86-dealer network. We already know that the sporty Italian brand has more models on the way in near future, with a midsize sedan, crossovers and more headed our way according to the company's five-year plan. Now, the latest rumour from an unnamed source speaking to Auto Express, claims that Alfa has another, more powerful sports car on the slate to take on an even higher rung of performance vehicles, cars like the Jaguar F-Type.

The so-called Alfa Romeo 6C would launch as a coupe with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine from Maserati Ghibli (which makes 404 horsepower in that application) and a convertible would join the lineup later. The Alfa's platform would come directly from the Maserati Alfieri, which is supposed to launch in 2016. In terms of styling, the insider describes the new coupe as closer to the earlier 8C Competizione than the 4C. That suggests a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, plenty of gorgeous curves and the brand's long-lived shield grille flanked by LED headlights up front.

Auto Express' source claims a 2017 launch date for the new range, and that could fit in Alfa's already-announced product plan. In its five-year forecast, the company said a specialty car would join the ranks from 2016-2018. At the time, we assumed this would be the sibling to the next-gen Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, the Italian end of the project was more recently reported to be in doubt, with thoughts that the codeveloped model may end up wearing a Fiat badge. The 6C could be an interesting alternative if the project comes to fruition.

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News Source: Auto Express

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Jay Leno drives postcard-perfect '32 Ford Highboy Roadster

Posted Aug 26th 2014 8:00PM

1932 Ford Hot Rod

At the turn of the century, it was arguably the Honda Civic that best defined inexpensive performance tuning, and in the '50s it was the Tri-5 Chevys. One of the earliest platforms to gain a huge following among young people looking for a cheap way to go fast was the classic '32 Ford Highboy Roadster. This week, Jay Leno's Garage looks at one of the very first vehicles that defined the look of the hot rod heyday.

This '32 Ford was built in the '40s and graced the cover of the fourth issue of Hot Rod Magazine back in 1948. All of the hot rods that you see shining at car shows today owe a serious debt of gratitude to this roadster. It bears all of the cues that define the look, including a notched frame and hidden door hinges. Under the three-piece hood is a flathead V8 boasting all sorts of period modifications, including copper cylinder heads. It was seriously fast in its era too, and proved it by reaching 112.21 miles per hour (180.5 km/h) on a dry lakebed in 1947.

These days, this hot rod is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Although, if you can't make it to California to see it, the United States Postal Service is celebrating this Ford with one of its two hot rod Forever stamps. Like Jay says in the video, in terms of hot rodding, "it all comes back to this." Check out the video to learn more about this rolling piece of tuning history.

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News Source: Jay Leno's Garage via YouTube

Toyota celebrates 30th anniversary of Land Cruiser 70 with Japan rerelease [w/videos]

Posted Aug 26th 2014 7:00PM

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Re-release

It's a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity that's gone today. Well, Toyota is actually doing it and thinks there's enough demand to put the Land Cruiser 70 back into production in Japan for its 30th anniversary. Sadly, it's only for one year.

The original Land Cruiser 70 served a long life in Japan from 1984 to 2004. Even today, the proven model remains in production in some regions abroad. People in its home country still love the vehicle though, and Toyota is brushing off the mothballs to give customers what they want. For the first time ever there, it's also offering the double-cab pickup version in addition to the traditional enclosed body. The company thinks that it can move about 200 of these classic trucks this year, which isn't too shabby for a vehicle that's three decades old.

Looking at the pictures above, these look like the same old Land Cruisers, but Toyota is updating them slightly to meet modern safety rules. The grille, hood and headlights are all tweaked, and they now come with airbags and anti-lock brakes. A 4.0-litre V6 is under the hood making 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 266 lb-ft of torque (360 Newton-metres), and the only available gearbox is a five-speed manual. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard. If you're really afraid of getting stuck in the wilderness, locking front and rear differentials and a winch are available as options.

Prices for these throwbacks start at 3.6 million yen ($34,600) for the SUV or 3.5 million yen (33,700) for the truck. Scroll down to watch some videos of these awesome "new" models showing what they can do off-road, and to read Toyota's official announcement.

News Source: Toyota, Toyota Global Newsroom via YouTube [1], [2], [3]

Lamborghini's Huracan quicker than its costlier Aventador?

Posted Aug 26th 2014 6:30PM

2015 Lamborghini Huracan

Car and Driver threw a leg over the Lamborghini Huracán and rode it hard all around the 16-turn Circuito Internationale Nardò, next to the banked oval that's brought us many a top-speed video. On the way to discovering the bull calf sweetly eclipses the Gallardo it replaces, CD also discovered that – comparing their own tests – it is faster from zero to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) than its paterfamilias, the Aventador.

Now, we should all know that 0-96 km/h tests are an imprecise discipline, but CD's Eric Tingwall torched the sprint in the Huracán in 2.5 seconds – yes, faster than a whole lot of other very expensive super-coupes. In the magazine's last instrumented test of the Aventador Aaron Robinson ran 3.0 seconds, and for more Aventador perspective we can compare Motor Trend's 2.8 seconds, also scored at Nardo, Road & Track at 2.7 seconds and Lamborghini's estimated 0-100 km/h time of 2.9 seconds. Any way you chop that up, 2.5 seconds beats it. A bit of a shock, then: Lamborghini lists the Huracán's 0-100 km/h time as 3.2 seconds.

We'll get a more precise idea of the discrepancy when more tests come online, but for the moment - and in this one respect - we've got the $241,945, 602-horsepower Huracán showing its angry backside to the $397,500, 691-hp Aventador. Even if it remains true, though, we're not sure it matters; in a figurative case of Predator versus Alien, it's arguable that the only way to be wrong is not to own one.

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News Source: Car and Driver

Flat through Eau Rouge for two decades

Posted Aug 26th 2014 6:01PM

Michael Schumacher rockets up Eau Rouge

This weekend the Formula One circus returned from its summer break and dove head-first into the Belgian Grand Prix. And you know what that means... that's right: Eau Rouge.

The legendary corner at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps is one of those fearsome bends that, like the Karussell at the Nürburgring or the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, is arguably just as famous as the track of which it is part. Drivers come speeding down the start finish straight, veer left, then rocket uphill and to the right towards a blind crest at speeds exceeding 322 kilometres per hour.

It sounds terrifying, but the pros compiled in this video make it look easy. That's how you know they're going fast. The clip brings together over two decades' worth of on-board footage from the Belgian Grand Prix, starting with Nelson Piquet (Sr.) in 1991 and culminating with Nico Hulkenberg at last year's race, taking in such world champions as Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen along the way.

The only years that are missing are 1994 (when a chicane spoiled the fun in the wake of the fatal Ratzenberger and Senna crashes), 2003 (when Spa alternated with Magny-Cours in France) and 2006 (when the race was not held). For every other year since '91, scope out the three-minute clip right here.

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News Source: rferrerF1 via YouTube, Road & Track

Here's what a front-row seat looked like in 2014 Mille Miglia

Posted Aug 26th 2014 5:00PM

Jaguar F-Type Mille Miglia

From 1927 to 1957, the Mille Miglia was one of the great, romantic European road races of the golden era of motorsports. The cars were fast, beautiful and loud but also extremely dangerous and regularly claimed drivers' lives. After two fatal accidents in '57, the event finally had to reform and came back in 1977 as a historic rally held over the course of several days. That didn't make things boring, though, and Xcar found that out firsthand with a front-row seat to this year's race in a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

Xcar was actually following the Jaguar team this year that included Ian Callum and Jay Leno in an XK120, which we previously got a glimpse of when it was covered on Jay Leno's Garage. Where Leno focuses on a more personal story of competing, this one takes a more macro view. You really get an idea of how crazy the Mille Miglia still is, and while the F-Type is way too new to actually compete in the rally, it can still wear an event sticker and drive with the vintage racers.

One amazing fact about today's Mille Miglia is that if you're competing in the event, there are basically no rules. The roads are technically still open to traffic, but the police shut down intersections and provide a rolling roadblock. Xcar's F-Type alternated between following on the course with the classics and snipping off chunks of the route to watch the participants arrive at each stop. Check out the video to experience fantastic historic rally.

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News Source: XCAR Films via YouTube

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eBay Find of the Day: 2006 Chevy Corvette is a custom two-tone disaster

Posted Aug 26th 2014 4:30PM

A two-tone C6 Chevrolet Corvette redone to mimic a car in the movie 'Transformers' on eBay.

We know what you're thinking, and yes, friends, it can be yours. This two-tone Chevrolet Corvette comes from Eagle, Idaho, a product of Z and M Customs in homage to the Corvette Stingray Concept that played the Autobot Sideswipe in the second Transformers film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. According to the seller, Arcturus401, Z and M only got nine of them out the door before General Motors expressed a lawyerly displeasure, and this is the only two-tone example among them.

Underneath the custom panels lives a 2006 C6 'Vette with an automatic transmission, black leather interior and extras like a head-up display, cold-air intake, a hood that opens electronically and a custom exhaust. A two-owner coupe, it's got 59,900 miles (96,399 kilometres) and a salvage title, but we're told its original owner only had the Transformers plastic surgery done in 2011.

Having just relisted it, at the time of this writing, the bidding is up to $6,200, and we don't see any notes about a reserve. If you're into this sort of thing, that could be considered a bargain: when another one of those nine owners put his blue example on eBay in 2010, he wanted at least $42,500. If you'd like more Z and M bona fides before hitting the 'Bid' button, they've done a Pontiac-based Lamborghini Aventador replica, too.

News Source: eBay Motors

Experts warn Canadian consumers of increasing car loan debt danger

Posted Aug 26th 2014 3:59PM



It's nearly impossible to drive around the city and miss the signs that are plastered over the front of every car dealership in town. Signs that advertise attractively low looking bi-weekly and monthly payments for a brand new car are everywhere these days, you merely need to open a web browser or magazine and be bombarded with more of the same.

While the sticker price of many of today's new mass market cars have come down slightly, the monthly payments have come down significantly more via the ability to stretch your payments out over ever increasing lengths (some of which range up to eight-year terms). The ability to hop in a brand new car with exceptionally affordable monthly payments is very appealing, especially here in Canada.

We hesitate to use the word "sales", as Gerry Cloutier, General Manager of a Hyundai Dealership in Ottawa says, "People don't buy price, they buy a payment." He goes on to add "Today's buyer wants monthly payments around $200, a goal made attainable by longer loan terms and low borrowing costs." Well, according to a report put out by Automotive News, us Canadians may be in for a rough ride ahead in the upcoming years... READ FULL STORY

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