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Audi CEO confirms there won't be a Sport Quattro Concept production version

Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to be quashed. Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport, has no interest in producing the said model. Although Winkelmann referred to it as a “nice dream,” he feels like there is so much more to take care of in the company, and that as of now, it is not his top priority. Instead, the Audi CEO is currently focusing on the company’s lineup.

In 2010, Audi initially launched the RS5 concept to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Quattro, as a contemporary version of the original Quattro sports coupe (first launched in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show). This was followed by an update in 2013 when they presented the Sport Quattro with a hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine, boasting an output of 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 NM) of torque, wearing a stunning yellow paint.

And just a year later at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, the red Sport Quattro Laserlight concept made its debut, again with added features such as the laser-assisted matrix LED headlights. Unconfirmed reports say that a production version is in the plans and had long been expected to arrive after all these years of concepts being showcased.

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Opel begins production of 2017 Insignia Grand Sport

We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of all time and having sold at least 940,000 units to date, will soon have a second-generation model out in the market.

The 2017 Insignia Grand Sport, one of the latest cars developed under General Motors, has finally started its production at the factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The assembly plant was updated with an investment of over €500 million ($540 million), allowing for the start of production of the sedan and wagon variants of the model.

The very first unit that was produced was a Grand Sport, painted white, and equipped with a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine that can yield 170 horsepower. There’s a lot of pressure on this car as it has to live up to its predecessor, or better yet, prove that it is a better version of the original. It has big shoes to fill. After all, the first generation was crowned 2009 European Car of the Year.

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Hybrid Kinetic’s Pininfarina H600 Concept is about to enter production stage

Chinese electronic vehicle startup Hybrid Kinetic (formerly known as HK Motors), introduced the H600 Concept, designed by Pininfarina, earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Carter Yeung, board member of the company announced that 85 to 90 percent of the concept model’s final design will be retained as it enters production soon. The firm declares that they are different compared to most Chinese companies who promise too much to the market, but don’t deliver. Instead, they will do the opposite and will provide as much as they could, or even more than what they have already promised.

And we are not just talking design when it comes to sticking to the concept, but also technical specifications. The H600 has a staggering 804 horsepower (600 kW), giving it enough power to run up to 62 miles per hour from standstill (0-100kph) in as short as 2.9 seconds, and eventually reaching its limit of 155 miles per hour (250 kph).

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Tesla will begin limited production of Model 3 by July

Tesla is finally setting a more “definite” schedule with regards to the official launch of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. A “limited production” is said to be slated to begin in July of this year although it appears that the first group that will come out of production has been earmarked for investors and employees at Tesla. CEO Elon Musk however did also say that customers may be able to begin configuring their vehicle within 3 to 4 months.

Production trials though have already started with the company stating that material sourcing and crash testing of the Model continue to be on schedule and will likely be able to support the volume deliveries expected in the second part of 2017. The actual volume production though is not expected to start until September. Tesla disclosed that it expects to deliver around 5,000 units per week by the fourth quarter of this year with the goal of increasing it to 10,000 units weekly sometime in 2018.

During a conference call, Musk revealed to reporters that the brand will slowly speed-up the production of the Model 3, in fact looking like an “S curve” that will increase the speed as initial bugs are detects and problems are fixed.

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Ford has disclosed that the first ever production version of its 2017 Ford GT has gotten off the assembly line. This signals the start of production of a model that was first revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This means that the brand will be able to deliver to customers a model nearly two years after it was initially unveiled.

The 2017 Ford GT is being manufactured at the brand’s Multimatic facility located in Markham, Ontario. Regarding this important milestone, Ford Executive Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that at the start of 2016, Ford had two main objectives. The first is that the brand would be able to experience success during the Le Mans with the second being able to begin deliveries before the end of 2016. Nair said he is proud to say the brand has managed to achieve both. Aside from being VP, Nair is also the Chief Technical Officer at Ford.

Nair continued by saying that this indeed marks a celebration for everyone who was part of making this model a reality. This includes the design team and even all the employees as well as the suppliers. Through the Ford GT, the brand hopes to show that it remains committed to offering customers more and to prove how strong it is when it comes to innovation, Nair added. Examples include the EcoBoost engine technologies, aerodynamics, and use of lightweight materials.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT production version officially rolls off the line

We are now saying farewell to an icon in the world of bespoke automotive luxury – the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII. In the market since 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII has become a true legend, and the British carmaker is not waving goodbye to its most precious creation without making a loud noise.

Following finishing touches at Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing facility, the last of the Phantom VIIs – an extended wheelbase version -- is ready to be delivered to its owner, renowned collector of Rolls-Royce vehicles. Definitely, the last Phantom VII is a collector’s item as it marked the end of the first chapter of the Rolls-Royce Phantom under BMW ownership, while ushering the way to another generation of this iconic luxury vehicle.

Having a Phantom in the garage is a sign of the owner’s high pedigree. After all, the Phantom is considered to be a four-wheel manifestation of true wealth as well as power. Its seventh generation, the Phantom VII has been the symbol of true bespoke luxury. In fact, when the Phantom VII was first offered in 2003, clients could choose from a palette of 44,000 paint colors, and specify any leather color. In the past 13 years of existence of the Phantom VII, each example is a study in luxury. The same is true for the last of the Phantom VIIs.

Read the entire article Rolls-Royce completes final Phantom VII luxury sedan; Phantom VIII in the works

Finally, Volkswagen hits the headlines with more positive news. Despite the Dieselgate controversy, the German manufacturer has managed to turn the tides and has become the world’s bestselling automaker for 2016.

It seems as if the whole world knew already how Volkswagen could take over Toyota in the last twelve months. As a matter of fact, some analysts have already seen it coming since October last year.

In 2016, Volkswagen has sold over 10.3 million vehicles globally while Toyota has only sold over 10.1 million in total. Volkswagen’s annual sales report consists of cars, trucks and buses while much of the sales increase comes from its Chinese market. But then again, the surprising twist of fate could be due to the reduced tax on smaller vehicles during the first quarter.

Read the entire article VW hailed as the best-selling automaker worldwide

It has been more than half a century – 53 years to be exact – since Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co., Ltd. commenced its production of automobiles. Since 1963, Honda has been expanding its production capabilities without taking quality for granted. Now, Honda has reached a new milestone by having produced and delivered 100 million vehicles.

While Honda was formally established in 1948, it wasn’t until 1963 that it commenced automobile production. Since its foundation until 1963, Honda has concentrated its production efforts on the motorcycle. In fact, Honda was the largest motorcycle maker in the world by 1964. At that time, Honda was already shifting some of its focus to auto production.

It all started with the Honda T360 mini-truck, which commenced production at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Saitama, Japan. Prior to the T360, Honda unveiled the S360 sports car during the 11th Nation Honda Meeting General Assembly held at the Suzuka Circuit in 1962. However, the S360 sports roadster never saw production, and its engine was shared with the T360 mini-truck. Four months after Honda commenced manufacturing the T360 mini-truck, the Japanese carmaker revived its sports car by starting production of the more powerful S500 roadster. In effect, the S500 is Honda’s first production car. In 1964, Honda built its first facility solely dedicated to automobile production, and this plant became home to the iconic S600 roadster.

Read the entire article Honda has produced its 100-millionth unit since starting automobile production 53 years ago

If you are planning to purchase a new Mitsubishi Lancer in the next few years, be warned that production will end soon so you better act now. This is because Mitsubishi is saying goodbye to its beloved sedan, which has been its staple offering since 1973.

Incredibly, Mitsubishi has been quite silent about its plans for the Lancer compact sedan. It was only early this year that people were informed that the Lancer would follow the tracks of its performance-laden version – the Lancer Evolution – to the scrap yard. Yes, Mitsubishi is finally ending the production of one of the most beloved nameplates in the automotive world in August of this year, as confirmed by Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Worse, the Japanese carmaker doesn’t have any plans to build a replacement – immediate or non-immediate – for the Lancer compact sedan.

Mitsubishi’s decision to end production wasn’t because of qualms. Likewise, don’t even blame Nissan – yes, Mitsubishi’s new owner – for the pending demise of the Lancer. After all, Mitsubishi has decided to axe the Lancer even before the deal to become part of the Nissan group was signed and finalized. If you have something to blame, it should the dropping demand for the Lancer.

Read the entire article Mitsubishi to end production of the Lancer compact sedan in August

When Vauxhall-Opel unveiled its rear-wheel drive GT Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, it became an instant star, with auto journalists even praising the study for its overall design. However, whether Opel would be able to bring the GT Concept coupe into production remains a big question, as the carmaker seems to be stuck in the planning phase.

According to the Vauxhall-Opel chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann, the carmaker really wants to build the GT Concept, but hasn’t decided yet on the approach to take. He added that Vauxhall-Opel is not reviewing different directions that could be taken with regards to the GT Concept. However, the company needs to be fast, since – as it believes – the GT Concept’s design appeal could only last for two more years.

Neumann disclosed that the main problem lies with the platform that would underpin the production version of the GT Concept. As a rear-wheel drive model, the production version GT Concept has to be underpinned by a rear-wheel drive platform. It has to be since if the production version has to retain the elegant proportions of the concept. But there is a problem. As Neumann admitted after the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Vauxhall-Opel has no rear-wheel drive platform.

Read the entire article Opel still on the planning stages for the production version of GT Concept

After years of development and spending at least $900-million, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory will finally start the production of the much-awaited VW Atlas. Dubbed as the ”boldest vehicle“ sold in the US, the 2018 VW Atlas is in fact also the largest MQB-based model by Volkswagen. Above all, the 7-seater SUV will come with a starting price that is sure to threaten Toureg’s $49,495 pricetag.

The series production has started on Wednesday at VoA’s Tennessee factory. Volkswagen invested over $900-million to enhance the existing facilities and increase the production space by at least twenty six percent (or equivalent to 665,000 square foot). Since this expansion was basically intended for the Atlas, an additional workforce has been needed along the line.

From 2,400 employees, the Chattanooga factory now has 2,800 workers. VW also suggests that these numbers will likely increase as the level of production requires. Hinrich Woebcken, CEO for VW North America recounts how the Atlas has been designed for the US. He’s obviously delighted about the fact that the “big” SUV is now being manufactured locally.

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After introducing the first ever MP4-12C in the last 5 years, McLaren once again celebrates an important milestone in history. The British car manufacturer has just completed the production of its 10,000th vehicle and it’s none other than the 570S in Ceramic Grey.

This unusual shade comes from the MSO’s “Defined” bespoke color chart. Mike Flewitt their CEO, fondly recalls how they built the first half of the 10,000 units, saying that it went on for at least 42 months. As a matter of fact, the team worked extensively from McLaren’s Production Centre in England to build its 5,000th car.

Considering that time frame, who would think it would only take them 22 months to finish the second half? But they did! The “pace of development” says a lot how far the company has grown all these years. McLaren indeed has a lot to be thankful for.

Read the entire article McLaren builds its 10,000th car

Bad news for fans and enthusiasts of Maserati sports cars! Soon the Bologna-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury vehicles will have no new sports cars in its product lineup as Maserati is moving to focus on other vehicles. This was recently revealed by Giulio Pastore, managing director of Maserati’s European division, to the CAR Magazine.

Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still being produced at the carmaker’s production facilities at its Viale Ciro Menotti headquarters in Modena, Italy. However, that won’t be for long. Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins is bound to end sometime in 2017. This news would have been easier to take had there been replacement models for the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2018, but sadly, there aren’t.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Maserati won’t be producing sports cars anymore. Pastore quipped that a new era of sports cars was on the drawing board, since Maserati can’t do without them. He indicated that a standalone coupe and convertible were being planned. Maserati’s next sports cars replacing the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still expected to arrive in 2019, although it’s most likely to turn up in 2020.

Read the entire article No new sports cars from Maserati until 2020!

Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. For one, production of the new Jaguar I-Pace has been left in the hands of a contract manufacturer in Austria. However, that does not mean that such a project would only be beneficial to the Austrian labor force. After all, the new Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV could still bring a lot of benefits to the workforce in the United Kingdom.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth recently revealed that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr is going to build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV in Graz, Austria. This was after Jaguar Land Rover signed Magna Steyr in 2015 to build two of its future models. At the time, the Jaguar Land Rover had yet to disclose which vehicles would be built by Magna, but Speth’s recent words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna.

Generally, the name of the game for the Jaguar I-Pace in the UK is local infrastructure. Speth remarked during an industry event that Jaguar Land Rover might assemble some units of the Jaguar I-Pace in the West Midlands. Not only that, Jaguar Land Rover would like to double overall local production from 500,000 to a million cars annually by the end of the decade. However, all of these depend on the willingness of the government to invest in surrounding infrastructure to allow carmakers like Jaguar Land Rover to set up new production sites, especially for electric vehicles. The Financial Times reported that Speth pegged the government investment at around £450 million (about $561.7 million). Jaguar Land Rover assembled around 490,000 vehicles from its production lines in the UK, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Read the entire article Jaguar eyes producing I-Pace electric SUV in the UK

The people at Mercedes-Benz are rejoicing. This is simply because for the first time since 1979, Mercedes-Benz has assembled 20,000 – and still counting – examples of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Sometimes dubbed as the G-Wagen, which is a shortened form of Gelandewagen (cross country vehicle), the Mercedes G Class has been the tough vehicle for the German premium carmaker in the past and is still today.

The 20,000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class rolled off the production line in Graz, Austria, where contractor Magna Steyr has been building the heavy duty yet premium SUV since its inception. This G-Wagen is AMG G63 powered by a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It is wrapped in Designo Mystic White Bright exterior color and is specified with Designo leather upholstery.

Gunnar Guthenke, head of off-road products at Mercedes, quipped that the individualization as well as continuous technical optimization of the G Class were all factors in the success of the G-Wagen, which has become more luxurious while still having a good off-road capability. Guthenke added that production of 20,000 G Class units in just a year is a confirmation of the high demand for the SUV as well as of the high quality of Mercedes vehicles.

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BMW has officially ended the production cycle for what is considered as its meanest and fastest sports car – the BMW M4 GTS. Basically a power-up evolution of the BMW M4 coupe, the BMW M4 GTS is one of the premium carmaker’s most track-ready cars, thanks to M technologies applied on its powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction front.

In an announcement in April 2016, BMW said it was launching the BMW M4 GTS limited to 700 units to celebrate the 30th year of the BMW M3. So, many believed that the final number of produced BMW M4 GTS available to customers around the world would be no more than 700 units. However, in the latest development, it turns out that the German company has produced a total of 830 units, and that includes 21 pre-production examples, six press vehicles and 803 customer cars. This information is derived from the actual VINs (vehicle identification number) of the produced BMW M4 GTS.

These 803 examples of the BMW M4 GTS include 278 left-hand drive units for Europe, 120 right-hand drive cars for Europe and 405 examples bound for North America (United States and Canada). The last GTS that came out from BMW’s assembly facilities – on November 29, 2016 -- is a model for North America, wrapped in Black Sapphire exterior color. Originally, BMW had planned for 700 units of the BMW M4 GTS, with 300 cars to the US, 80 examples to Germany and 50 models to Canada. But with the final count tagged at 803 units, the German premium carmaker has sure overshoot its production target for the BMW M4 GTS. This might have something to do with the law of supply and demand.

Read the entire article Production has ended for BMW M4 GTS, 803rd unit is the last to roll out of assembly plant

We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the Japanese carmaker is busy assembling the 2017 Mazda CX-5 at its production facilities in Japan.

In fact, a number of CX-5 models – those wrapped in the new Soul Red Crystal color – have been rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial batches of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will arrive in Japan in February 2017 and in other global markets right afterwards.

Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new Mazda CX-5 is designed to provide superior passenger comfort with its quiet and finely crafted cabin and pleasant ride. In an effort to improve the crossover’s motion control, Mazda fitted the 2017 CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control that could tweak its engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Three engines are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-5: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline units and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel powerplant.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-5 production kicks off in Japan

Barely a week after Jaguar unveiled a production preview of its all-electric performance sports utility vehicle – the new Jaguar I-Pace Concept – at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, further details were revealed.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe in an interview that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr will build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV at its production facilities in Graz, Austria. It can be remembered that Jaguar Land Rover, in 2015, entered an agreement to contract Magna Steyr to build two of its future models.

At the time, the British carmaker had yet to reveal which vehicles would be built by Magna. However, it was widely expected that one of these future models would be the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery and an electric vehicle. Speth’s words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna, but did not confirm the identity of the second model.

Read the entire article Magna Steyr to build Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV at its Graz facility in Austria

The release of the Bolt EV signals Chevrolet's big step in making electric vehicles more appealing to the masses. Two factors that make it possible for the Bolt to achieve this is the range of 383 kilometers (238 miles) on a full charge and the fact that it comes at a reasonable price.

Starting with the issue of price, the Bolt will be the first in the new line of electric vehicles to enter the market at a rather affordable rate. While there are indeed a number of less expensive selections, most of them have a problem with regards to range. The Nissan Lead for example has difficulty reaching 160 kilometers (100 miles). The Bolt though boasts of a range that is two times longer. Although the initial price before government incentives is at $37,495, taking into account the tax rebates could likely lower the amount to $29,995.

Chevrolet is said to offer a Premier trim which adds in the mirror a display for the rear camera, a camera system that allows for rotation of 360 degrees, and the leather seats. There is however no word as to the price of this trim. Being the first model in a segment that is just starting to grow, the Bolt has the benefit of being the first mover. While the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be an electric car that is affordable with a starting price estimated at $35,000, official market launch is still a year away. In terms of range, the Tesla Model 3 is estimated to go 346 kilometers (215 miles), still lower than what the Bolt has to offer.

Read the entire article GM starts production of its new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

With the market of premium electric crossover continuing to expand, Mercedes-Benz revealed that it will soon be joining this segment as it had started the development of the production version for the Generation EQ Concept. Aimed to be released by the end of this decade, the task of building this version falls largely on the hands of its facility located in Bremen, Germany. Once released, Mercedes-Benz added that it will be the first of 10 electric models to be unveiled by 2025.

Since the actual production version of the company’s Generation EQ is more likely years away from being released, it comes as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz remains to be mum on some of the details behind it. The only thing that the company confirmed for now is that the upcoming model is likely to retain the crossover coupe styling of the concept car. However, Mercedes-Benz did promise that the range would likely reach 311 miles (500 km). This is assumed, of course, to be under the European testing cycle.

Still, that range is not likely to make this model the leader in its segment. The Tesla Model X P100D for instance, which is available already on the European market, can go, according to the Europe testing cycle, as far as 337 miles (542 km). Considering how fast Tesla is when it comes to the development of EVs, it is possible that once the Generation EQ’s production version hits the market, Tesla’s CUV could have a range even farther than what has already been mentioned.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz EQ electric car confirmed, more models to be unveiled by 2025
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