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Shortlisted customer for Mercedes-AMG Project One is selling build spot for $5.22 million

Demand for the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is so high that people had been lining up to get a piece of this 1,000-hp-plus road machine even before Mercedes has commenced its production. Mercedes has placed the production cap at just 275 examples. In fact, the AMG Project One is practically sold out. Thus, those included in the shortlist of customers for the new AMG Project One could be considered as having a great amount of luck.

It turns out that one of those in the shortlist is trying to transform such luck into fortunes. Of course, with a price tag of around $2.7 million, the AMG Project One is reserved for the rich and affluent. Aside from taking into possession a one-of-a-kind hypercar laden with Formula One technologies, future owners would be getting their hands on one of the most exclusive and limited supercars in the market. This person in question doesn’t seem to like the prestige that comes with owning an example of the AMG Project One. But instead of just giving it away, he or she is selling his/her spot on the shortlist, as advertised on the German marketplace Mobile.de

It goes without saying that there would be people willing to take up this person’s offer. Getting into the shortlist of buyers for the new AMG Project One would be like hitting the jackpot. Even if this person is offering to sell his or her build slot for $5.22 million (€4.51 million) –– or nearly twice the price of an actual AMG Project One -- there would still be people who would ink a deal.

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Renault Alaskan enters the European market

For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.

Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.

The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

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Tesla Model 3 cancellations exceed 63,000 units but Musk thinks it is inconsequential

Last July 28, Elon Musk held a special event for the first 30 customers of the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is the company’s first mass-produced vehicle and is also their most affordable model. The reason why only 30 units were delivered that day is because production is currently moving slow for the Californian automaker. However, they did say that production will hike up exponentially. But even after saying that, car owners who order one today won’t get their Model 3 until 12 to 18 months after.

Here is the thing, not everybody is that patient or can wait that long for a car to be delivered to their garage, so a lot of these people cancelled their pre-orders. As of now, there have been around 63,000 cancellations that were made by customers, according to Elon Musk as he revealed this during their quarterly earning call. All in all, reservations for the Tesla Model 3 have gone down from 518,000 to 455,000.

Musk further added that the cancellations were recorded in the span of over a year. Having said that, Tesla does not seem to be very much affected by the cancellations. In fact, the company feels more relieved probably because there is less pressure put on them. Musk even compared themselves to a restaurant, saying that if people queue up for a hamburger when there is already an hour and a half wait, there’s really no reason to attract more customers.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 cancellations exceed 63,000 units but Musk thinks it is inconsequential

Chevrolet delays orders for 2018 Corvette, deliveries may start in December

Cars Direct earlier reported that Chevrolet is currently putting orders on hold for the new Corvette. Despite recently announcing a series of updates, it is unfortunate that the 2018 models may not arrive until this December.

Reports say the postponement was due to the temporary shutdown of the Bowling Green facility in Kentucky. This is to give way to the plant’s ongoing construction that will last for about three months. As spokesperson Ron Klinon said, the upgrade will commence in August to let them complete the construction of GM’s state of the art paint facility. Because of this, the production has been rescheduled to November which means the 2018 Corvette may not be found at the dealerships until December.

As for Chevrolet’s inventory, we learned that it currently has about 14,700 Corvettes in total. This is equivalent to a 146-day supply which isn’t so bad at all considering Chevy also needs to empty out its inventory especially of the existing year models. That said, the figures released by the Automotive News Data Center may benefit General Motors but the consumers may be put at a disadvantage with the diminishing supply of Corvettes--- especially when it comes to the decreasing number of incentives available.

Read the entire article Chevrolet delays orders for 2018 Corvette, deliveries may start in December

Fisker Inc.’s countdown to the official unveiling of the new Fisker EMotion in mid-August 2017 has practically started after the carmaker released the first official teaser images and some details of its latest electric car project.

According to Fisker, the new EMotion was designed all new from inside out, with its electric car proportions made into reality by a structure made from carbon fiber and aluminum. In penning the design of the new EMotion, Fisker focused on the safety and convenience of its passengers. In fact, Fisker’s patented frontal crash structure has already surpassed the current passenger safety standards. Likewise, the new EMotion provides a luxurious and roomy cabin that offers a generous amount of legroom.

As designed, the Fisker EMotion shown in the first official images look different from the prototype’s teaser images released in October 2016. Compared with the prototype, the new EMotion – assuming that this is the final design – has a smaller grille, more realistic headlights, and more stunning turn signals. The bright aluminum centerpiece on the front end of the EMotion is home to a LIDAR system. This technology is supported by two cameras on the side mirrors, allowing for a panoramic, 360-degree view.

Read the entire article Fisker to start taking pre-orders for new EMotion on June 30, starting price is at $129,900

Mercedes-Benz Vans has yet to officially unveil the production version of its X-Class luxury pickup truck, but quite a number of interested customers are asking the German carmaker whether it would be possible to place an order. But if you are living in the United Kingdom, you could now reserve a new X-Class pickup premium truck from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has now opened the reservations book for the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, thanks to the “phenomenally early demand” for the premium pickup truck. This means that potential UK customers would just need to shell out some cash to have their names listed on the reservation list for the UK-spec Mercedes X-Class. Mercedes Vans UK has pegged the reservation fee at around £1,000 (more or less $1,248 or €1,162). When Mercedes finally and officially launches the sale of the X-Class, those who have their names on the list will be first to order the premium pickup truck.

However, since this is just a reservation list for the X-Class, UK customers who think that the premium pickup truck isn’t worth their money could back out from the roll. Of course, they wouldn’t have to worry about their reservation money since Mercedes Vans UK is prepared to refund the entire amount should they decide to withdraw from owning the UK-spec plush pickup truck.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Vans UK now accepting reservations for the new X-Class premium pickup truck

After twenty long years, Alpine’s major comeback comes with a special surprise. A limited-only “Premiere Edition” sports car is slated to come out next year. It should be noted that the official details on the car’s specs would be announced much later on. Until now, the production car still goes by the product code “A120”. ---- But it will probably resemble Alpine’s Vision Concept at the very least.

According to reports, the power likely comes from a 1.8 litre turbo engine with up to 250 hp. We also heard about its impressive acceleration speed of 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Even so, the company hasn’t disclosed any information about its “Premiere Edition” except that it will come with “exclusive appointments.”

One more thing; Alpine’s exclusive variant will be limited to only 1,955 customers. The strange numbers apparently refer to the year when Jean Rédélé founded the company back in 1955.

Read the entire article Pre-orders for Alpine Premiere Edition sports car now being accepted

The car brand has stopped taking orders only a couple of months ago since they needed time to determine the exact number of units that they have to build. Apparently, they ran short of headlamps and had no idea then if they can still accommodate all the orders. In fact, it was earlier reported that they also ran out of “aero wings” around September and that also prompted them to postpone further bookings for the ACR variant.

There are no details regarding the total number of Vipers to be assembled. But a big chunk of the final batch was already bought by a dealership based in North Carolina. Gerry Wood Dodge from Salisbury has come up with its own 2017 limited edition models. The ACR as we know is the most popular of the entire Viper’s line-up. No doubt, Gerry Wood Dodge’s special edition ACRs was allegedly sold out in less than an hour.

In a recent interview with the Detroit News, Fiat Chrysler’s head for passenger car brands Tim Kuniskis described how the “demand for ACR” was unexpected. Since they knew more or less how many they could build, he thinks that they are almost ready to take new orders.

Read the entire article Hear ye, this is your last chance to own a Dodge Viper!

Having a Ferrari in your garage is something you can be proud of. This is much expected as driving a Ferrari gives a new meaning to the word “exclusive.” This is typified by the fact that each Ferrari costs a lot of money and only a handful are willing shell out cash in mid-six digits. Although crafting a Ferrari car requires time, it doesn’t however take too long before customers receive their units.

Lately, however, Ferrari has been receiving a deluge of orders for its vehicles and has been hardly keeping up with production. This was disclosed by Herbert Appleroth, chief executive of Ferrari Australasia during the Australian launch of the turbocharged V8-powered GTC4 Lusso T. Appleroth admitted that no thanks to high demand for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, Ferrari needs at least year before it could deliver the units to customers in some areas in Australia. This means that if an Australian customer now places an order for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, the wait would probably end only in 2018 or even later.

Matters are worse for practically all other vehicles in Ferrari’s stable – placing an order now would mean a lag time of nearly two years. This means that a customer who placed an order for the Ferrari 488 GTB, Spider, or California T would need to wait until late 2018 before he or she could take delivery of the unit.

Read the entire article Surprising high demand prompts Ferrari schedule deliveries to start in 2018 at the earliest

Ford Motor Company revealed that with the full-scale production of its 2017 F-150 Raptor scheduled to start, it has begun to receive orders for this latest model at authorized Ford dealerships.

Team Ford in Las Vegas for example, considered as one of the highly successful North American dealers for the Ford Raptor, revealed that even if its waiting list already has almost 300 customers, the dealership continues to receive inquires every day from across the U.S. on how to place orders for the brand’s latest offering. As of the moment, the three largest markets for the F-150 Raptor appear to be California, Florida, and Texas.

Dealership owner Steve Olliges shared that while this situation is indeed a problem, it is a good kind of problem. Though tough, he continued, it is great in the sense that so many are interested in this new model. Currently Team Ford is doing what it can so that customers will be able to get the new Raptor, be it making calls on their behalf to find the model or referring customers to other dealers, Olliges added.

Read the entire article Ford starts accepting orders for 2017 F-150 Raptor

Ford revealed that the luxury versions of its Edge and Kuga SUVs are expected to hit the different European markets. Under the Vignale lineup, Ford is more than determined to entice customers to shy away from choosing the standard premium brands. In order to achieve this goal, the brand will be offering both the Edge and the Kuga under exclusive specifications that make use of materials having high quality. Examples of these, to name a few, are the unique colors for the exterior, the use of the Windsor tuxedo-stitched leather for the interior, and the upscale detailing. Ford will even be offering a grille that comes in a hexagonal design and that are exclusive for the Vignale range.

In terms of power delivery, the Kuga Vignale will offer the EcoBoost 1.5-liter petrol engine with one version capable of delivering output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the second having output of 182 PS (179 hp). The latter engine though will be paired solely with the AWD and the automatic 6-speed transmission. Offered as well are the TDCi 2.0-liter diesel engine with one displaying an output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the other 180 PS (177 hp). Unlike the petrol engine, both diesel units are offered, as an option, the AWD and automatic 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the Edge Vignale will have two powertrains, both powered by diesel. The first is the TDCi 2.0-liter engine with output of 177 hp and paired to the manual 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the second unit is the TDCi 1.0-liter twin-turbo engine having an output of 207 hp and coupled with the brand’s very own automatic Powershift twin-clutch transmission.

In terms of size, the Edge is larger when compared to the Kuga and some features include alloy 19-inch wheels polished in aluminum, the front grille having a dark matter finish, and the fog lamps finished in chrome. Similar to the Kuga, customers can select for the Edge a wide range of distinct colors for the exterior with one of them being the Vignale Ametista Scura, which is a rich metallic brown tint.

Read the entire article Ford releases upscale Vignale versions of Edge and Kuga in Europe

More than three decades ago, the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. However, production was stopped due to issues within the company. The car itself was decent and very futuristic. It was a long shot for the American company to produce such a futuristic vehicle as it encountered so many financial difficulties for the production of that single model. It was the first and last that the company ever made.

A lot of people were mesmerized by the aesthetic design of the DMC-12. During that time, with 9,000 units produced before it stopped production in 1983. Due to the limited number of units, it is considered as one of the most coveted possessions for car collectors. As per 2007, only 6,500 out of the 9,000 were believed to exist.

For the past two decades, a company in Humble, Texas has been working on restoring and offering parts of the original DeLorean DMC-12. Although it bears the same name as the original makers, the current DeLorean Motor Company has no relation whatsoever with them. Recently, the company started to accept pre-orders through its website.

Read the entire article Texas company starts taking pre-orders for DeLorean DMC-12 replicas

Just very recently, we were all delighted to finally see a Bugatti Chiron out in the streets casually hanging around Cannes in France. The said car was purchased by a Saudi prince who also owns the one-off Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept Car (which was unveiled last year).

It has not been confirmed whether that particular Chiron was a finished product or if it is still on its development phase but one thing is for sure – it has caused an uproar amongst enthusiasts, many of which are more than excited to take a look at the finished product and the power that this car brings. Not only that, this particular Chiron is only one out of the 500 units that will be produced which is why it is causing such a stir for the automotive community and for the internet as a whole. But things could go into a whole new direction now that the French automaker announced that it has already sold 200 Chirons which might as well be good news – which also means that we get to see more of these babies in action.

Things will also pretty much be in the advantage for American Chiron fans because Bugatti is expecting that around 30% of the car’s production run (or 150 units) will be sold to U.S.-based customers. Moreover, it is also expected that 10 out of the 150 units will find its home around sunny California particularly at the San Francisco Bay Area. Why are we so confident to say this? Well, a local high-end car dealer in San Francisco was able to order 10 Chirons and eight have already been sold.

Read the entire article Bugatti’s 500-unit Chiron production run quickly sells, Bay Area fans can’t get enough of it

Dealers for the Cadillac have announced that they have started accepting orders for the brand’s newest luxury compact performance vehicle, the 2016 ATS-V. Production of the car had started in the spring. The new model comes in two variations, the sedan and the coupe. The 2016 ATS-V has a twin turbocharge, giving users the experience of having a luxury car with excellent performance.

It has both the sophisticated road manner expected from the Cadillac brand and the track capability. The twin turbo of the 2016 ATS-V has a 6-liter engine capable of reaching 455 horsepower and a maximum torque of 445 lb-ft. It has a maximum speed of 189 and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.

The twin turbo is supported by a 6-speed Active Rev Match with no-lift shifting and launch control, or an 8-shift paddle automatic transmission that features both a launch control and a Performance Algorithm Shift. The 2016 ATS-V sedan has a retail price of $61,460 while the coupe version starts at $63,660. Interested buyers can order the units from their dealers or visit Cadillac’s website at www.cadillac.com.

Read the entire article Cadillac dealers begin to accept orders for 2016 ATS-V Sedan

Ordering has started for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer). This is a track variant of the two-seat sports coupe that features a much stiffer chassis and a big carbon-fiber rear wing as well as additional aerodynamic features to boost downforce. The last time that Dodge offered a Viper ACR was in 2010. The Viper was redesigned in 2012.

Like other Vipers, the street-legal race car is equipped with a 645-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine and six-speed manual transmission. However, its on-track performance is better due to revisions made to the chassis and suspension. It is built by hand at the assembly plant of Fiat Chrysler in Detroit. The buyer can have a unique car since it can be bought in a one-of-one configuration that other customers won’t be able to duplicate.

Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge brand and its SRT performance group, described this Viper track car as the fastest street-legal car that the company has ever made. He also referred to this car as the “halo” of its track segment. The ACR has a giant carbon-fiber rear wing and a one-of-a-kind hood to improve air flow and four dive planes.

Read the entire article Ordering begins for $117,895 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

Cadillac’s dealers in the United States have started accepting orders for the next-generation 2016 CTS-V high-performance sedan that will be launched in late summer. The CTS-V will be the second of two all-new V-Series models that will arrive in the US this year after the smaller ATS-V coupe and sedan.

The CTS-V is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that offers 640 hp (477 kW) of output and 630 lb-ft (855 Nm) of torque -- essentially higher than those offered by the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower V-8.

The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles. These high power specs allow the CTS-V to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 200 mph.

Read the entire article Cadillac’s US dealers now taking orders for 2016 CTS-V

The order book for the Acura NSX sports car will be opened this summer, although the carmaker has yet to determine which dealers will have the privilege of selling the much-awaited vehicle. “We’re still putting together the requirements necessary to service the car,” Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti told Automotive News.

While all of Acura’s dealers could sell the NSX, some are expected to opt out due of its service requirements. Dealers are also expecting their sales in the United States to surge this year as Acura rolls out the redesigned ILX entry-level sedan and the RDX compact crossover.

Acura is also restructuring its leasing program to make it more attractive, Accavitti said. Acura’s dealers are also training sales associates who will educate buyers on the benefits of leasing.

Read the entire article Acura to start accepting orders for NSX supercar this summer

Volvo Car has started taking orders for all-new Volvo XC90 – its first vehicle produced using new in-house designed and built chassis and engines. Interested buyers who have placed orders from their dealers will also be entertained to become some of the first owners to receive their Volvo XC90. Volvo sold out the XC90 First Edition within 47 hours.

The carmaker is only building 1927 examples, representing the year Volvo was founded -- all in one specification level and in the same exterior color and interior upholstery. The carmaker has received positive and constructive feedbacks from customers who were given a chance to preview the new XC90 and is making a number of changes that buyers could avail of.

For instance, customers from the United Kingdom could avail of the 320hp T6 petrol engine and of the auxiliary heater -- standard on the T8 Twin Engine -- on the D5 engine. The auxiliary heater enables a driver to pre-condition the cabin to a set temperature as the user likes it. Volvo is building the new XC90 on its new SPA chassis.

Read the entire article Volvo opens order book for all-new 2015 XC90

Interested buyers could now order the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which could capable of cruise up to 142 miles on a single charge and accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. The EV features Tesla-developed technology and its electric motor generates 180 hp of output and 340 NM of torque – powered by lithium-ion batteries tightly fitted under the B-Class Electric Drive.

This setting allows the car to retain its benchmark cabin room and boot space. Available in two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the five-passenger B-Class Electric Drive features a 501-liter boot, which could be hiked to 1,456-liters if seats are folded down.

When its power is depleted, the car could be fully charged via a wall box at home for up to nine hours and via a public charging station for between three and four hours. The Sport model’s standard equipment includes a distinct design for the front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights as well as a seven-inch central display.

Read the entire article 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive now available to order in the UK

Honda announced that the 2015 Civic Type-R is now available for order and those who are living in the UK can place a 3,000 GBP deposit at their local dealer in order to be sure that they will be among the first people to get behind the steering wheel of the new hot hatch.

According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new Honda Civic Type-R will arrive at dealerships during 2015 and it is facing unprecedented demand.

There are no official details yet, but we do know that the 2015 Civic Type-R will receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Vtec Turbo engine that will deliver at least 280 hp. Also, the 2015 Civic Type-R will debut the new ‘+R’ button, which will be located to the side of the steering wheel and will offer the most exhilarating driving experience.

Read the entire article 2015 Honda Civic Type-R order book is now officially open
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