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Next VW GTI to get 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox

Posted Nov 28th 2014 11:00AM

VW Golf GTI

Following on Volkswagen's official announcement that it was working on a ten-speed, dual-clutch transmission, Auto Express has it on "good authority" that the new transmission will end up in the next GTI, GTD and Golf R. The brand's current seven-speed will be retained for lesser eight-generation Golfs.

While the new gearbox won't be limited to just the higher-end Golf range, the new hatchback, expected in 2017, will be the first to get it, Auto Express reports. The new DSG is the same size as the Volkswagen Group's seven-speed dual-clutch, and will easily fit into VAG's MQB platform, so we should expect it to filter into the rest of the Group's vehicles, much like the seven-speed 'box has.

The ten-speed is likely to see applications beyond even the small cars of the MQB platform. The gearbox can handle 405 pound-feet of torque, according to AE, making its application in larger offerings such as the gas-powered MLB cars and crossovers a likelihood.

Beyond the new gearbox, Volkswagen is also toying with mild-hybrid tech for the standard Golf and better batteries for the e-Golf. As we said, expect the new Golf to arrive in European markets in 2017, with the current Euro-market Golf getting updated next year. As for North America, we wouldn't be surprised if VW followed the trail blazed by the Mark 7, with a North American arrival for the eight-gem Golf slated for a year or so after sales in Europe begin.

News Source: Auto Express via PaulTan.org

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Top 10 worst cars that should've never been made

Posted Nov 28th 2014 10:00AM

2007 Victory Red Limited Edition H2. X07HM_SU008

While there are plenty of "worst cars lists" floating around the Internet, this time around we're going beyond just bad cars or poor sales. We're talking about cars considered to be so bad, that we think they should've never been made in the first place.

This list of worst cars includes the type of automotive blunders, flops and utter failures that are largely the result of colossal management ineptitude, ego-maniacal incompetence and in many cases horrific design and engineering.

After putting our heads together, we came up with the Top 10 Worst Cars That Should've Never Been Made. This list includes cars of all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is they've all left us wondering "What were they thinking?"

Click here to take a look at our full list of the worst cars, as we gladly wave goodbye and strongly suggest you avoid them like the plague!

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News Source: allcarwiki, wikipedia.org

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Here's the new face of the Ford Ranger

Posted Nov 28th 2014 9:00AM

2015 Ford Ranger shown rendered in a teaser video.

Ford Asia Pacific has put a teaser video on YouTube showing off details on the 2015 Ranger pickup, and at the end we get a quick glimpse of the whole truck. This is the T6 Ranger that we still don't get in North America, but that shares its underpinnings with the Everest SUV recently introduced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

The Ranger gets a chunkier front end than the Everest, identified by its grille with three floating slats, reminiscent of designs on the previous F-150, and a less-stylized lower front bumper. Ford says it will be smarter, safer, smoother and stronger, but we'll have to wait for its reveal to find out what that means. Meanwhile, you can admire its new looks in the video below.

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News Source: Ford Asia Pacific via YouTube

"Innovative" dad creates dangerously impressive motocross swing

Posted Nov 27th 2014 8:00PM

Feast your eyes on the motoswing

You can make a swing out of just about anything: chain, rope, a plank of wood, even an old tire. But what if that tire is still attached to a motorized vehicle?

That's the question one enthusiastic father set out to answer when he hooked up a dirtbike to a rope and up to a tree in Burrillville, RI – a small town of 16,000 or so on the outskirts of Providence. What could go wrong?

While his answer may not be the smartest or the most responsible, it sure looks like fun and the fact that his kid uploaded and named the video "I come home and my dad is doing this, I swear he's a child!" had us laughing before we even hit play.

Let's just hope good old dad doesn't let the kids play on his homemade 'moto-swing', because this strikes us as one of those things that's just bound to end with a trip to the emergency room. Watch the video above to see the world's first and hopefully last 'motocross swing' in action.

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News Source: yosip1115 via YouTube

Nissan teases next-gen Titan in 'Truckumentary'

Posted Nov 27th 2014 7:00PM

Nissan Titan Truckumentary

The Nissan Titan has grown long in the tooth over its decade on the market, especially against major competitors on the truck scene like the latest Ford F-150. Not for long, though, because the next-generation Titan is expected to debut at the upcoming auto show in Detroit in January.

Ahead of that big unveiling, the Japanese brand is launching what it calls the Nissan Titan Truckumentary, a series of videos delving into what it takes to engineer a fullsize pickup. The first teaser clip is already online and shows the next-gen Titan wearing camouflage amidst engineering snippets. Hopefully, future releases starting in mid-December will give an even better look.

Until now, Nissan has kept Titan development a guarded secret, but it did reveal that a 5.0-litre diesel V8 from Cummins with claims of over-300 horsepower and around 550 pound-feet of torque will be part of the powertrain range. The truck was has also been rumoured to offer a wider range of models than before, including the possibility of a regular cab version and a V6 engine option. Earlier spy shots have given an even clearer view than this video, showing a pickup with headlights pushed out to the corners.

Check out the video above to hear what Nissan engineers have to say about developing the new Titan, and read below for the automaker's announcement of the Truckumentary series.

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News Source: Nissan, Nissan Newsroom via YouTube

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Tesla in talks with BMW about batteries, charging collaborations

Posted Nov 27th 2014 6:00PM

Tesla Motor's New EV unveiled

With Toyota and Daimler no longer holding Tesla shares, the electric vehicle company might be looking for a new partner – possibly a Bavarian one. In a new interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that he has had talks with BMW execs about future collaboration.

"We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations," Musk said in the interview, according to Reuters. However, a Tesla spokesperson has tempered things by saying no formal agreements are in place at the moment.

In the same interview, Musk reportedly praised BMW's use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in its i sub-brand offerings, and said he would like to have a battery factory in Germany in the next five or six years.

The possibility of technological cooperation between Tesla and BMW has been a hot topic this year. In June, Musk reportedly met with BMW execs, and the two companies were also rumoured to have met with Nissan to discuss charging technology. When Daimler sold off its shares, there was talk of it opening the way for possible collaboration between the two automakers, as well.

News Source: Reuters

Image Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP Photo

Mini phasing out Coupe, Roadster next year

Posted Nov 27th 2014 5:00PM

2012 Mini Cooper Coupe

With its previous generation, Mini went for a maximalist strategy, expanding its lineup to include seven derivatives. But with the new generation, BMW's retro Anglo-Saxon brand is shifting gears to a "superhero strategy" focusing on core models with volume sales potential rather than small niches.

That, according to the latest reports, will spell the end of the Coupe and Roadster models introduced in the outgoing generation. Speaking with AutoGuide at the LA Auto Show last week, Mini USA product planning chief Patrick McKenna confirmed that both the two-seat models "will actually go out of production next year" and that "they've run their life cycle."

Though we've yet to receive word on the future of the Paceman, we wouldn't hold our breath for its long-term prospects either. Under the new strategy, Mini is expected to focus more on models like the base Hardtop (now available with three or five doors) and the Countryman – which, between the two of them, account for roughly 75 per cent of Mini sales, the other models slicing up the remaining quarter of the pie.

Will you miss them? Will these short-lived Minis become future collectibles, or will they be soon forgotten? Have your say in Comments.

News Source: AutoGuide

Audi following Tesla with 450-kilometre EV family car

Posted Nov 27th 2014 4:00PM

The Audi R8 etron at the Silvretta Rally, front three-quarter view.

The press days are finished at the LA Auto Show, but things said there are still making news. While in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 450 kilometres (280 miles) "around 2017." Hackenberg wouldn't say what kind of car - or crossover, perhaps - it will be, but one report said it would be "a large car, fitting five large people with ample luggage space." Most observers expect it to be a sedan to take on the Tesla Model S.

It's no secret that Audi respects Tesla, and there have been hints that The House of Quattro is ready to really flex its progress-through-technology muscles in Tesla's direction. Audi will be applying lessons learned in the development of the coming R8 E-tron to the future electric car, after it managed to double the range of the electric sports car thanks to new battery technology to 450 kilometers (280 miles.)

This puts another tentative all-electric Audi in the mix and another Tesla competitor, after rumours of a possible electric Q8 from February of this year. If an electric Q8 does happen, it's expected to be a challenger to the Tesla Model X. And that might not be all: Bloomberg reported in June that Audi had "devised blueprints for several high-performance electric saloons and sport-utility vehicles."

News Source: AutoExpress

Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar due in 2016

Posted Nov 27th 2014 3:00PM

The 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S, front three-quarter view.

Our life with the Mercedes-AMG GT has only just begun, and a full life it looks like it will be. The latest in preposterous two-doors from AMG is launching in GT and GT S flavours, but a few more branches of the family tree are already planned: a racing entry for the FIA GT3 championship is scheduled to appear in 2016, giving the current SLS AMG GT3 another year to gobble up victories before it takes a drive across the Styx.

More exciting for those who only suit up on Sunday for church, whispers are that a we'll also get a streetable version of the race car - not called "GT3" because that alphanumeric is owned by Porsche, but definitely aimed at its Stuttgart rival. AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar the objective for that car is "more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel." Those targets will be aided by a carbon fibre weight-loss regime of up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and more power - perhaps 550 horsepower - from the currently "very understressed" engine.

Supposing that still isn't enough for you, then the Black Series version should curl your toes, if you can wait until 2018 for it.

News Source: Top Gear

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