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Hyundai may start manufacturing a new pickup in the US by 2021

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept has earned a ton of praises after it was unveiled in Detroit almost three years ago. Oddly, it took a while before the company came to realize its importance in boosting the US sales which as of late, have not been quite so impressive.

It can be recalled that Michael J. O’Brien, Hyundai Motor senior executive, has told Reuters before about the company’s plan of launching a new pickup truck in the US. It was also mentioned then that the main issue was on how to increase the production --- especially for the Tucson which often runs short of supply.

Initial reports also indicate that the Hyundai Kona, which is slated to launch in US early next year will come from South Korea. Then there is Dave Zuchowski, former Hyundai Motor America CEO, who said earlier this year that new SUVs including the Santa Cruz project have all received the go-signal from its corporate headquarters. It was confirmed by Hyundai later on that the Santa Cruz concept has indeed been given the notice to proceed and is now aimed directly for the US market.

Read the entire article Hyundai may start manufacturing a new pickup in the US by 2021

Ford C-Max Energi discontinued, C-Max Hybrid to continue assembly until mid-2018

Green Car Reports recently reported that Ford North America has just stopped producing its C-Max Energi. While speaking with Dan Jones, Ford North America’s Communications Mgr., it has been confirmed that the electric version of the C-Max has bowed out of the assembly lines while its hybrid version is expected to come next in the following year.

The recent decision could be due to the C-Max series’ unfulfilled sales expectations. Ford has only delivered a total of 40,690 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids from October 2012 up to the end of October this year. For a while now, it has also been wildly anticipated that Ford will soon be replacing it with some new models. Given that the company has just started testing its new Ford Escape Energi plugins as well as the expected arrival of the new Ford Focus Energi, the C-Max Energi’s production course has inevitably ended.

For one, The C-Max Energi has never been as popular in the US market. Despite selling a total of 2,374 units in 2012 followed by 7,154 in 2013 and 8,433 in 2014, the sales volume never really took off as much as the Tesla Model S or Nissan LEAF or Toyota Prius or even Chevy’s Volt and Bolt EVs. Even so, Ford has sold as many as 7,591 C-Max plugins in 2015, 7,957 in 2016 and 7,181 in 2017 and has stayed consistently among the top ten hybrid models in the country. Ford only has one remaining plug-in hybrid model under its portfolio and that is the Ford Fusion Energi with the same powertrain.

Read the entire article Ford C-Max Energi discontinued, C-Max Hybrid to continue assembly until mid-2018

Holden builds last model after 69 years of production

Less than a month ago, Toyota capped off its production in Australia, and now, Holden’s very last production model in the country has rolled off the assembly lines. This year marks the company’s 69th year of manufacturing in Australia, and Holden decided to organize a special private even for the hard-working men and women behind Holden and the media.

Holden is one of the oldest transportation companies in the world, and back in August 2008, they have already assembled their seven millionth vehicle. That is sixty years after the very first model was launched, and today, they have built over 7.6 million vehicles all in all. The last example Holden built in Australia is a Commodore Redline.

Mark Bernhard, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden, said in his statement that their company’s number one priority is to treat their people with respect and dignity, and he is proud to be able to achieve their goal during the transition. For him, it is a recognition of their dedication over the years. He then added that 85 percent of their people have transitioned over the years, and they have supported and worked closely with these people.

Read the entire article Holden builds last model after 69 years of production

Only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built

It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be followed by an all-new mid-engined Corvette. Currently, the automaker is rebuilding their facilities for their future models. And because of that, reports suggest that the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built in limited quantities only.

It was Bowling Green Daily News that reported that Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will only accommodate the lightly improved 2018 Corvette’s assembly for four months. This will begin next month after the facility’s three-month break in anticipation of the new model.

Lauren Langille, General Motors communications representative, said that their Kentucky plant employees will return to work all of October and November based on the training requirements as they prepare for production.

Read the entire article Only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built

Soon, one of Mercedes-Benz’s beloved special models of the G-Class will be hitting the cul-de-sac. Mercedes has confirmed that it would only accept orders for the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² limited edition model, the brand’s ultimate off-roader, until the end of October. Production will be good until the last order, so interested customers are being urged by Mercedes to place theirs before the set deadline.

The G500 4x4² is regarded by many as a marriage between a typical G-Class and much superior G63 AMG 6x6. In fact, the G500 4x4² features a version of the portal axles found in the G63 AMG 6x6, with an axle less. In contrast to conventional rigid axles, portal axles have wheels positioned -- not at the height of the center of the axle – but much lower. This gives the G500 4x4² a ground clearance of around 450 mm and a fording depth of 1,000 mm.

Essentially, the G500 4x4² is the production version of the G500 4x4² Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The concept practically combined an all-wheel drive system with portal axles, a newly developed variable chassis and the series-production G-Class body. It was powered by a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that is also found on the Mercedes-AMG GT, with the capability to deliver 422 hp (310 kW). The concept came with a set of 22-inch 325/55 R22 wheels, carbon-fiber body parts and the seductive designo Exclusive range for the interior.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to stop production of G500 4x4² in October with impending arrival of next-gen G-Class

It was not so long ago when Ferrari said that they will never build an SUV. But Sergio Marchionne, boss of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said in his speech at the New York Stock Exchange on October 9 that Ferrari is “dead serious” about their plans for a utility vehicle, which he refers to as the “FUV”. But after saying that, he also mentioned that it will take about 30 months for the automaker to decide on the production volume.

The 65-year-old CEO added that they’ll need to learn to master the relationship between scarcity and exclusivity before they can balance the desire to grow and widen their product portfolio. However, it is likely that production volume will be kept low so that the vehicle remains exclusive.

Many of us are surprised to hear that there will soon be a Ferrari SUV, considering the fact that they have been denying rumours of such a vehicle many times in the past. Though back in August, they did say that an SUV will probably happen. The reason why the automaker decided on this is probably because they know that the super SUV segment will expand significantly in the next few years. And one of their main competitors would be models like the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.

Read the entire article Marchionne confirms Ferrari SUV production

The original Audi TT was first produced back in April 1998, at a factory located in Gyor, Hungary. And after many years, the 500,000th unit has rolled off the production line -- an important milestone for the company. The 500,000th unit is a TTS Coupe finished in Viper Green, and is currently on its way to its owner in the United Kingdom. Across three generations, Audi has produced over a million units of the TT.

The TTS Coupe is a beefed-up version of the TT Coupe. Under its hood is a turbocharged 1,984 cc engine that gives out as much as 286 horsepower at 5,300-6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,200 rpm. In just 4.7 seconds, the roadster can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour before continuing on to its top speed on 250 km/h. The engine comes standard with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that gives power to the all-wheel drive. The TTS is definitely one fast car.

The price range of the TTS Coupe varies depending on the seat options - Nappa leather or Alcantara.

Read the entire article 500,000th Audi TTS Coupe was just assembled in Hungary

Automakers, or any other company for that matter, tend to listen when their largest market starts talking. In this case, it is China that had announced its demands as it aims to quickly facilitate the shift to electric-powered vehicles and other forms of alternative energy. China is urging manufacturers to make this possible. To be more specific, the Chinese government recently set out some rules and a credit system that covers how automakers sell their plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and fully electric cars. In other words, these automakers will have to meet these standards in China or risk penalties. If car manufacturers do not meet the requirements, then they will have to use credits or pay a fine. The bottom line is that if they do not shift to alternative energy, they will have to waste extra money.

So beginning in 2019, a minimum energy score of 10 percent must be met by automakers. And by 2020, this will increase to 12 percent. This score will rely on sales of plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and fully-electric cars. Credits are earned in the process.

Right now, it might still be a bit confusing because credits for low or zero emission vehicles can differ from one another. To avoid losing credits or getting fined, car makers who build or import at least 30,000 cars to China should start getting into greener options, and dedicate most of their efforts on those. Currently, not many of them have reached fuel-cell levels, so this means the focus is on electric power.

Read the entire article China will impose strict rules on automakers’ use of alternative energy in 2019

The Infiniti QX50 compact crossover has been in the market since 2014, and has not been given a facelift since then. After being in the market for almost four years, the SUV will be needing some updates to keep up with its competitors, though the company did say that the update will come in 2019, and that they will completely skip the 2018 model year.

This statement was confirmed by Infiniti on Tuesday when they said that they are not considering a 2018 model year QX50, but will focus on a better version of the vehicle for the 2019 model year, says Motor Authority. Engineers and designers will make sure that the new SUV will resemble the QX50 Concept we saw earlier this year at Detroit.

Right now, you are probably wondering what to expect from the 2019 model year. Well, sources say that it will come powered by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression-Turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that they refer to as VC-Turbo - this was first previewed last August. For improved performance and fuel economy, the technology changes the cylinder compression ratio. As for performance, the first production unit is unfortunately less powerful than the 3.7-liter V6 found on the outgoing QX50 with 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts). That being said, it has 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Infiniti halts production of QX60 hybrid, skips 2018 QX50 for new 2019 model

Volkswagen’s Microbus has already gained an iconic status thanks to the free spirit that it has come to symbolize. Since 2001, the German carmaker has been introducing different Microbus concepts. The latest of these concepts was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show – the Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept. Featuring a full electric drive sending power to all four wheels as well as an electric range of 270 miles (US driving cycle), the VW ID Buzz Concept was a study that was hard to ignore.

Now, VW can no longer ignore the appeal of and the enticing proposition by the ID Buzz Concept. Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess remarked during the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance event in Pebble Beach, California, following presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit, Michigan and in Geneva, Switzerland, that the carmaker has been receiving a large number of letters and e-mails from customers urging the German company to bring the ID Buzz Concept into production,

During the event, the German carmaker announced that it has decided to go beyond the Microbus concept and bring the ID Buzz Concept into production. The announcement – made by Diess (who also serves as chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand) and Eckhard Scholz (sitting as chair of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand) – doesn’t mean that the production version of the ID Buzz Concept is coming soon though, as interested customers would have to wait half a decade later to get a piece of this futuristic iteration of the Microbus in 2022.

Read the entire article VW to bring ID Buzz Concept into production with market release set in 2022

August 17, 2017 is a sad day for the Dodge Viper, its fans, enthusiasts and its admirers. It is the day when the last Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line, thereby effectively ending the tumultuous run of the brand’s beloved serpent.

This bittersweet event was witnessed by no other than Ralph Gilles, FCA’s head of design. Gilles has played a big role in bringing the Viper back to life in 2012 when he was the president and chief executive of SRT. In his Instagram account, Gilles posted a number of images showing him posing alongside two examples of the fifth generation of the Dodge Viper at FCA's Connor Assembly Plant, which has been the home of the two-seat sports car since 1995.

One of these images feature a Viper wrapped in red finish, which Gilles disclosed in the comments section of his Instagram post as the “ultimate last one.” As the very last example of the Viper, this unit is considered as something special. This could be the reason that Dodge wouldn’t deliver this example of the Viper to any customer, and would instead take it as a keepsake as part of its heritage collection. Another Viper was shown to be wrapped in yellow and black finishes, and it would be delivered to one of Gilles’ friends.

Read the entire article Last Dodge Viper rolled off assembly line in Detroit, production plant to be closed next

The persistent trend in the automotive industry remains to be the shift to electric-powered models. While most brands are developing new products to achieving that end, customers and enthusiasts have been accustomed to hearing the word “delay” associated with Maserati.

All that is about to change with the recent announcement of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Maserati’s parent company, outlining its green program. None other than CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a conference call with investors that at least 50% of the corporation’s range will be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2022.

CEO Marchionne, who intends to retire by 2019, declared that given the fate of diesel in the Europe market, the issue has become mandatory. He said further that there will be no choice but to implement some degree of electrification when it comes to gas engines.

Read the entire article Maserati aims to build only EVs and hybrids starting 2019

From the latest interview with Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran by Automotive News, we learned that the company is letting go of its zero-emissions hatchback a.k.a. the B-Class Electric Drive effective on the third quarter of this year. It hasn’t even been three years yet since it started selling in the market in December 2013. The reason behind its departure isn’t only caused by the EV’s obvious poor sales performance, but also because Mercedes-Benz will soon to renovate its manufacturing facility in Restatt, Germany.

Details about replacing this model have not been revealed yet but the factory will be converted mainly for Mercedes Benz’s upcoming compact model range. By 2018, the German car manufacturer is looking to launch an all-new A-Class hatchback along with other compact vehicle models. While the traditionally powered B-Class maintains its production course, Mercedes sees to it that its newly developed EQ sub brand will find the new range of EVs ready for take-off. More than ten vehicles with no combustion engines are being prepared for launch all the way until 2025. All these come with an investment amounting to $11.7 Billion.

It seems Mercedes finally knows what to expect as far as electrification is involved especially after setting out the Concept EQ last 2016 in Paris. Though the concept model is actually a crossover, talks about another EQ concept are strong and it seems to be heading its way to this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow. If so, Mercedes is looking to unveil a production hatchback EV that will probably rival the BMW i3, if not exceed it. Rumors also suggest that it is set to arrive as a road-going model by 2020.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will be discontinued

The first time Porsche revealed the Panamera Sport Turismo to the public was during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. And now it has already entered production, and is on its way to its first customers all over the globe. The Leipzig facility was produced especially for the second-generation Panamera family, and Porsche had to invest a total of €500 million ($582 million), a part of which was used to build a new quality center.

The new 400-hectare facility is also in charge of the production of the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, apart from the Panameras. There are 4,055 people who are working in the facility and in the last year alone, they produced a total of 158,432 cars. The Leipzig facility opened in August 2002 and already €1.3 billion ($1.5M) have been invested.

Within the facility, 345,345 square meters cover the production area. To date, the Leipzig factory has 948 robots in the body shop, paint shop, and in the assembly facility, where they build 1.7 million parts each day. There is a wood chip burning system that provides 80% CO2-neutral heat to the paint shop. Outside the production area, there is a 3.7-kilometer race track and a 6-kilometer off-road track. In terms of wildlife, 75 aurochs, 1.5 million bees, and wild horses live in the area. Porsche’s factory is also open to visitors, and 40,000 people come to the customer center annually.

Read the entire article Production begins for the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring, the GRMN variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will likewise arrive in the UK with not more than 100 units to be sold. It also seems that the Japanese brand has no plans of introducing the sports hatch in the US but is said to be eyeing the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST as the Yaris’ closest competitors.

Fresh from its debut earlier this year in Switzerland, the hatch boasts a powerful 205hp (153kW) 1.8 liter supercharged engine. The car should be capable of 6.3 second acceleration from zero to 100km/h based on the prototype review conducted by TopGear.

Aside from the uprated power, this new Yaris with racing DNA comes with the new 17” BBS multi spoke wheels, a new set Bridgestone high performance tyres and a larger diameter front anti roll bar with additional bracing between the front and rear suspension.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is limited to only 400 units for Europe, including 100 for the UK

If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.

The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.

As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.

Read the entire article Kia axes the Venga, makes room for the Stonic

Last July 3rd, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors announced on Twitter that the first 30 Tesla Model 3s will be delivered earlier to customers earlier than they have expected. He even added that the first ever model will be ready on Friday, July 7th.

We did not get an update over the weekend whether it was finished or not, but now, the company has confirmed that the first Tesla Model 3 has been built, and is just going through a final checkout.

Unsurprisingly, the new owner of the #0001 is the CEO himself. He did explain that to get the rights to have the first model, you have to be the first person to make a full deposit. He also told the Brad Sams, the guy that asked who the lucky owner of the Model 3 is, that it was Ira Ehrenpreis who had the rights as he was the very first person who paid the full deposit. But Ehrenpreis gave the rights to Musk as his 46th birthday present. The number one Tesla Model 3 is dressed up in a black exterior finish, as seen on Musk’s post.

Read the entire article First Tesla Model 3 goes to Elon Musk as a birthday gift

The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first vehicle to be produced in the United States with the use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). And June 28 marks the day of the 2018 luxury sedan’s production at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky facility, where it has always been produced since the late 1980s.

The Japanese company has spent over $1 billion in the past few months so that the Kentucky facility could accommodate the Toyota New Global Architecture. Over 700 employees have been added, so that number now totals to about 8,000 employees - the most they’ve ever had in that facility.

With that huge of a facility, it’s not just the Camrys that will be built there, but also the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES350. In the past, thousands of Sienna, Solara, and Venza crossovers were also built there. Since it first began producing cars 31 years ago, the facility has delivered over 8 million Camrys, and more than 11 million vehicles all in all.

Read the entire article Toyota starts production of the 2018 Camry

Audi currently does not have any fully electric model that they can call their own after the R8 E-Tron has been discontinued last year. But this year, they showed us concepts of the E-Tron Quattro and the E-Tron Sportback (at Auto Shanghai), and the good news is that the zero-emissions SUV will finally begin production at their Brussels, Belgium factory. The SUV will then be followed by its sleeker counterpart, the Sportback, in 2019.

What sets the E-Tron Sportback apart from the others is the fact that it is a “four-door gran turismo”, with a powertrain of 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) at standard, and an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. In just four and a half seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). That’s very impressive for a full electric vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too excited until the production model has been tested, and that’s a long while from now.

In today’s world, there is this thing we call “range anxiety”. It simply refers to the stress or anxiety that people who own EVs get, knowing that their car runs on battery power, and that it can simply shut off when the battery gets drained. So the issue is whether they would get to their destination before they’ll have to recharge their vehicles, especially for long distance drives.

Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Sportback confirmed to hit production in 2019

Fiat and Italian supermarket chain Esselunga share the same values of customer-focus and uniqueness. So for the supermarket’s sixtieth anniversary, both companies teamed up and handed over a total of 1,495 Fiat 500 cars to their new owners. This event surprised many, including the Guinness World Record judge, who later on approved for it to be included in the book of records. That is a lot of giveaways!

Overall, there were 1,520 units that were supposed to be delivered to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant where the event took place. However, 25 of the winners in the Esselunga competition could not make it to the event. Fiat said that in under two days, all the cars were collected by the winners who came from several parts of Italy including: Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, and Piedmont.

The winners were given keys to their new Fiat 500 Esselunga. The special version 500 was made specifically for the competition in association with Fiat Design Center, thus only 1,520 units are available. The design of the car was inspired by the Lounge trim, riding on 14-inch wheels, with Paste White exterior finished paired with an Ivory interior. The 500 Esselunga features seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Under the hood comes a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, which produces 69 horsepower (51 kilowatts).

Read the entire article FCA earns Guinness World Record after delivering 1,495 Fiat 500s
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