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Ford Escort is ready to focus on the Chinese market

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 3:45PM

Ford Escort Concept

Ford officially revived the Escort name in China, showing of the new, four-door compact at the Beijing Motor Show. Painted in a stylish brown-bronze, the new sedan wears a number of global Ford styling cues while sharing its platform with the Ford Focus.

Power for the new model comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, although Ford doesn't specify just how much power is on offer, simply saying that the fuel economy of the new mill will be "outstanding." It's unclear what transmission will be distributing the engine's power, although based on the images we've seen, the Escort will definitely offer a two-pedal setup.

The layout of the cabin is fairly clean, although as we mentioned in our initial post on the new Escort, it's a decidedly sparser environment than we've grown use to in NA-spec Fords of late. If anything, it's like a weird blend of current Ford switchgear with an overall look that reminds us of older Ford layouts. Still, it looks like a comfortable way of moving five people about without too much fuss. There's ample space both front and rear, and a rather spacious trunk.

Take a look above for our live images from Beijing, and then hop below for the official release and images from Ford.

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News Source: Live photos copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 3:00PM

Ford Mustang Line Lock

Been saving your pennies for a 2015 Ford Mustang? Put in a few extra shifts or some overtime? Got a great down payment ready? Well, however much you saved for your new pony car, start saving more - you'll need the extra money to spend on tires.

That's because the Mustang will come with Line Lock, which can lock the front brakes electronically, allowing drivers to perform big, dumb, smoky burnouts without moving so much as an inch. It's sort of like launch control, only the average driver might actually use it.

Now, line locks aren't uncommon, particularly in drag racing. Usually, a flip of the switch locks the front brakes. The Mustang, besides offering the system from the factory which is unique in and of itself, looks a bit more involved.

We're quite glad Ford has gone ahead and published this video. When it finally comes time for us to test the all-new Mustang, we'll be plenty familiar with the first feature we test. Take a look below for the full video.

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Infiniti all but certain to produce Q50 Eau Rouge [w/video]

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 2:15PM

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype at Milbrook

These pages are full of projects that automakers have tried to get moving but never quite managed to. And Infiniti has had its fair share, particularly when it comes to high-performance models. It's tried to drum up excitement with the Infiniti Performance Line and with its partnerships with Red Bull Racing and its star driver, but models like the G37 IPL and FX Sebastian Vettel edition never amounted to a real challenge to the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M division. There was talk of a sedan version of the Nissan GT-R to wear an Infiniti badge, but those rumors amounted to even less. The Q50 Eau Rouge, however, could finally be the ticket.

The concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show a few months ago without an engine (or at least not one we were made aware of) but with all manner of carbon-fiber aerodynamic components. It then rolled in to Geneva with the beating heart of the GT-R – a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 tuned to 560 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – and arrived in Beijing earlier this week in an even more evolved form. And according to the chatter coming out of China (whose financial hub of Hong Kong, incidentally, serves as Infiniti's home base), it's all but certain to be approved for production.

"At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things," says Auto Express, citing an unnamed source. The finished product would look much like the versions we've seen until now, and while it would be available in an array of colours, that metallic blood red could emerge as Infinit's signature performance colour.

The vehicle has been undergoing testing at the Milbrook Proving Ground in the UK where four-time world champion Vettel has been helping engineers refine the car, tweaking the suspension, aerodynamics and various components. Infiniti released a 30-second clip showing Seb behind the wheel a couple weeks ago, and has now released a slightly longer 50-second clip (included below) indicating that the Eau Rouge will be capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in under four seconds. By that metric alone, the Eau Rouge would be quick enough to trounce not only a BMW M3, but also the bigger M5.

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Formula Drift 2014: The Canadian invasion kicks off in Long Beach

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 1:30PM

Formula Drift kicked off their 11th season in Long Beach, California earlier this month (click here for full results and highlights). For many of the drivers, Long Beach is one of the closest tracks with many of the drivers making Southern California their home including defending 2013 champion Michael Essa (Irvine, CA), 2-time Long Beach event winner Justin Pawlak (Covina, CA), 2011 Rookie of the year Odi Bakchis (Wrightwood, CA), and Long Beach native Kyle Mohan. For the rest of the field, their commute to Long Beach for the first event of the season often contains passing through customs as the roster of international drivers competing in Formula Drift is ever-growing. This year, three Canadian drivers were present in Long Beach for the first time ever, representing the growing contingent of Canadian drivers both in quantity and in skill.

Prior to the season, Mats Baribeau (above left) had the most accolades among the Canadian drivers. As the 2013 rookie of the year, Baribeau was back to prove that his freshman season wasn't a fluke. Historically, the winner of the ROTY award hasn't done very well in their sophomore effort, but Baribeau is looking to break that streak. Hailing from Brockville, Ontario and working as a goalie coach during the day, Baribeau turned the wheels of his Toyota MkII Chaser in Long Beach this year for the first time as last year the car simply wasn't ready in time for the first event of last season. Baribeau earned a respectable score of 78 for qualifying, which tied him for 15th overall but bumped him down to 17th based on the tiebreaker of having a lower style score. This put him up against Patrick Mordaunt. Unfortunately, the motor in Mordaunt's ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis expired in practice, giving Baribeau a quick pass to the Top 16. In the round of 16, Baribeau faced defending champion Michael Essa. While Barbeau had a contentious battle with Essa, it wasn't enough to overcome the Essa Autosport BMW M3. Overall, Baribeau impressed many and is off to a great start to his sophomore season... READ FULL STORY

News Source: Video: Jordan Hamelin via Dave Briggs: YouTube

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Montreal hosts world's largest electric vehicle gathering to set new record

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 12:44PM

Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec 431 EV gathering

The Nissan Leaf models are the easiest to spot, since they dominate the foreground. But Tesla Model S EVs and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids are represented as well. Look a little closer and you'll see a Ford Focus Electric and Mistubishi i EVs. And is that a Cadillac ELR we see? Yup!

Yes, it's kind of fun to take a good look at the picture above (click to enlarge), which was released by the Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec (AVEC) showing off the group's successful 431-EV gathering, which should set a new world record for most plug-in vehicles in one place at one time.

Previous records were the 225 Leafs Nissan collected at the Silverstone Formula Racetrack in the UK in late 2012, the 260.5 EVs that tooled around Oslo, Norway in September, 2013 and the 305 EVs that were part of the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) in Zurich earlier this year. The Montreal record has not yet been certified, but AVEC says it has submitted the event to Guinness and expects to hear back in a few months. Given the ever-increasing number of plug-in vehicles in the world, we suspect Europe will try and reclaim the crown before then.

Check out the Google-translated press release below (originally in French).

News Source: Autoblog Quebec, AVEQ via Green Car Congress

Image Credit: AVEQ

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 11:57AM

Exceptional, Yet Missing One Important Piece of the Puzzle

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

It may be impossible to spend a day in Chevrolet's new C7 Corvette without someone asking what you think about the iconic sports car – magnetism is an understatement. I was approached by strangers in a grocery store parking lot, parents waiting for their children after school and enthusiasts on a canyon road after I had pulled to the side to take in the view.

All sneak up with a curious smile on their face, take a deep breath and then start spitting out questions like an overly aggressive prosecuting attorney. Is this the new Corvette? What do you think of it? Is it fast? How much does it cost?

While a closed-roof coupe offers a protective shield from the verbal onslaught – it's hard to field questions through a solid roof – the droptop Stingray Convertible allows the full inquisition to rain down each time one slows to a stop. These opportunities include incessant chatter with complete unknowns at stoplights, street corners and even while stuck in traffic.

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Audi TT Offroad Concept packs 408 hybrid horsepower punch

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 11:30AM

Audi TT Offroad Concept

Audi took the wraps of its TT Offroad Concept at the Beijing Motor Show, after teasing us with sketches earlier this month. "The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. "It combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV."

The latest in Audi's eTron show cars reminds us an awful lot of the the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept that debuted a few months ago at the Detroit Auto Show. In addition to very similar physical appearances, the two share the same plug-in hybrid propulsion systems (the "plug-in" part is a bit misleading, as the concept simply needs to be parked over an inductive pad to take advantage of Audi Wireless Charging technology).

Proving that hybrid power never has to be a compromise, the TT Offroad Concept packs a 292 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder under the hood. The combustion engine is assisted by two electric motors (rated at 40 kW at the front and 85 kW at the rear) to provide a total system output of 408 horsepower and nearly 480 pound-feet of torque. With all-wheel drive, the concept hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and tops out at 250 km/h (155 mph) - while returning a provisional fuel efficiency of EPA 123 miles per gallon equivalent (1.9 L/100 km).

Inside the four-place cabin is Audi's forthcoming Virtual Cockpit Technology with a customizable 12.3-inch TFT display projecting high-quality 3D graphics to the driver. Other technology includes three Audi Smart Displays, which serve as mobile infotainment systems both in and out of the car, and a cabin ionizer to remove allergens from the cabin atmosphere. And, when owners tire of driving the TT Offroad Concept, they may tool around with a 1:8-scale radio-controlled car kept in a custom storage box in the trunk.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept is an aspirational Jetta

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 10:45AM

VW New Midsize Coupe Concept

Meet the Volkswagen baby CC. Okay, that's not really it's name (VW calls it the New Midsize Coupe Concept), but this sleek, four-door coupe draws more than a little inspiration from the CC while riding on VW's MQB platform.

It's a looker, we think, and is an eye-pleasing departure from the bland styling of the current Jetta. The sleeker front end is complemented by a wider body overall (it's wider than a Passat), while the more sporting roofline and the sharp rear fascia gives the New Midsize Coupe a decidedly sporting character. LED head- and taillights add a bit more personality to this already stylish design.

Thanks to its 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, it should get along rather sportingly, as well. The run to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) takes just 6.5 seconds thanks to the 217 horsepower on offer. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also fitted, and contributes to an estimated 6.4 L/100 km (37 miles per gallon).

Take a look above for our full range of images from the floor of the China International Exhibition Center and the Beijing Motor Show. You can also scroll down for the full batch of official materials on the New Midsize Coupe Concept.

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Bugatti Veyron Legends Edition Black Bess isn't exactly subtle

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 10:00AM

Bugatti Veyron Legends Black Bess

The Bugatti Veyron Legend editions may do nothing to alter the Grand Sport Vitesse's already prodigious performance, but buyers appear to love them. Four special models have been unveiled so far, and Bugatti has sold out of all of them. At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the automaker has introduced the fifth Legend – the Black Bess.

Unlike the previous models, this Legend is inspired by a specific car, rather than a person. Black Bess was the name of a Bugatti Type 18 owned by famous French aviator Roland Garros. With seven examples built from 1912 to 1914, the 18 was a supercar in its time. It sported a 99-horspower, 5.0-litre four-cylinder engine and could reach 160 km/h (100 miles per hour). While paltry today, it was amazing performance by contemporary standards.

The modern Black Bess packs the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse's 1,184-hp, quad-turbo W16 engine, and it wears rich, black paint with 24-carat gold accents. The interior has a combination of beige, brown and red leather, but its real showpieces are the hand-painted leather door panels that depict the Type 18 and Roland Garros' plane.

Like the rest of the Legends vehicles, the Black Bess will be limited to just three cars, and each one will be priced at €2.15 million (CAD$3.27 million). Scroll down to read the full press release on the on Bugatti's latest, classically inspired creation.

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