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2018 Skoda Karoq is officially the Yeti successor

The other day, we were just wondering whether the 2018 Skoda Karoq was a successor of the larger Kodiaq. But since the company said that the Yeti was discontinued for something more exciting, we thought that maybe the new compact crossover will be the one replacing it. Turns out we were right - Skoda officially announced that the 2018 Karoq is the Yeti’s successor.

After a long wait, the company is finally ready to unveil the compact crossover, as the Yeti’s replacement. Not only did it get a new name, it seems to also have been influenced by the Kodiaq’s design, albeit a mini version of it, especially at first glance.

The Czech company announced that the Karoq will be available in the second half of 2017.

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Skoda releases teaser photos of the Karoq crossover

Well, you guys don’t have to wait too long for its debut. And even before Thursday, a sneak peek of the compact crossover has been posted online to ease the anticipation. Though the photos are much of a tease, despite the fact that one of them is just a silhouette, and the others are still in their camouflage, we can sort of imagine how it looks like already. First of all, we can tell that it is a mini version of its big brother - like a Kodiaq built on a 75-percent scale, and both models resemble one another a lot.

The Karoq was built with slightly larger upper headlights, and the lower ones have been reshaped. Its rear end has new LED taillights that extend onto the upper area of the electric trunk lid. Like I said, it is very similar to the Kodiaq with only subtle changes.

Inside the cabin, the Karoq will be getting Skoda’s newest infotainment system in glass - like the one in the facelifted Octavia and Kodiaq. Aside from that, it will be equipped with an all-digital instrument cluster which is something new from the Czech automaker. Other details include an electric parking brake and glossy black bits, and of course, LED ambient lighting in ten different colours that customers can choose from.

Read the entire article Skoda releases teaser photos of the Karoq crossover

Skoda Yeti successor announced, meet the Karoq!

As the loveable 2nd-generation Skoda Yeti will be possibly geared towards an apparent retirement, Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda has recently confirmed that a new member will join the ranks of its predecessors, a Tiguan-related medium SUV that will be known as the Skoda Karoq. The all new crossover will have its global debut on May 18 this year in Stockholm, and sales in Europe will begin in the latter part of this year.

Rumors were indeed true, as Skoda will be saying goodbye to the its esteemed Yeti. The new name is indeed catchy, with the moniker based on the same language that also gave us the Kodiaq- the Aluttiq folks, who are indigenous tribes hailing from the Kodiak Island archipelago situated off the southern coast of Alaska. The Skoda's Kodiaq is named for the bear that is known as the Kodiak in English, with the q being substituted to serve as a tribute to the Alutiiq, where they name the bear as Taquka'aq. Morevoer the name Karoq is drawn from the words "Kaa'raq" which means car, and "Ruq" which means an arrow.

As the sibling model of the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca, the all new Skoda model will have the group's dynamic MBQ platform and will be geared with 2 gasoline and 3 diesel engines that will produce 115 hp (85 kW) and 190 hp (140 kW). The brand new 1.5 L TSI unit with cylinder deactivation akin to the Golf model improvement will also be provided, and the 190 hp 2.0 L diesel will be set as the standard with the all-wheel drive and 7 speed DSG. Moreover, the 5 seat Karoq will have a front-wheel drive system identical to its 2 siblings, however the higher specs variants will be the only models to be equipped with AWD. The 6 speed DSG transmissions and manual will also be offered.

Read the entire article Skoda Yeti successor announced, meet the Karoq!

Skoda Scala is the newest compact model from the Czech carmaker

At the 2018 Paris Motor Show earlier this month, Czech carmaker Skoda unveiled the Vision RS Concept. According to Skoda, the new Vision RS doesn’t just show how its RS models could appear in future, but also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment. Now, Skoda has finally confirmed the name of that new compact model – the all-new Skoda Scala.

Skoda reveals that the newest nameplate in its lineup derives its name from Latin word ‘scala’, which when translated would mean ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder.’ Thus, Scala signifies the next step forward for Skoda in the compact segment. Furthermore, the Skoda is taking a leap forward in terms of technology, providing the new Scala with innovative features that so far only offered in vehicles belonging to higher segments. Moreover, the Czech brand has also taken a number of several major development steps forward.

Interestingly, the Scala is the first Skoda series production model in Europe to feature the “Skoda” lettering -- instead of the Skoda logo -- in the center of tailgate.

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Of all automotive brands, the last automaker you could think to slap its badge on a convertible SUV, would probably be Skoda. But their new Sunroq is actually what that is - a droptop version of the compact Karoq, the latest concept to come from Mladá Boleslav. The concept actually began in October 2017 when a team of 23 students from Skoda’s own trade school got together to work on a one-off project.

Do not get us wrong though, because the automaker is not planning to chop off the compact crossover’s roof for a production version since the Sunroq will remain purely a concept car to demonstrate the skills of Skoda’s vocational school. These students are very talented and they took the roles of engineers and designers, but of course, actual professionals lent a helping hand during the development process of turning the Karoq into a convertible.

The Czech Republican crossover loses its model’s roof. However, they have kept the rear doors as well as the rear seats to maintain that high level of practicality you would expect from a Skoda. Of course, Skoda keeps it’s vehicle interesting, as you can see here, the automaker’s logo is projected onto the road by LEDs mounted underneath the concept’s front bumper. You can actually get those on the production Karoq where these are mounted underneath the front doors.

Read the entire article Skoda Sunroq Concept is the convertible SUV we did not expect

BMW fans may be surprised with what the car manufacturer’s boss Robert Irlinger said in a recent interview with Autocar during a recent media meeting. And this is the fact that the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will not necessarily be receiving direct replacements.

So what should fans expect instead? For the i8, the automaker is still deciding on what to do with it, though they did say that there definitely is a market for new types of sports cars. But since there is no concrete plan for this yet, they do not have a name for it just yet and that it is still under discussion.

In other words, the company plans to create vehicles that will cater to a particular market - this could be as small as a niche market. For instance, the i3 was built as a pioneer electric car for the manufacturer. As for the i8, it showcased electric technologies.

Read the entire article Direct replacements for the BMW i3 and i8 are not a sure thing yet

It was sometime in early 2017 when we last heard from Jaguar regarding the XJ’s successor at the New York Auto Show. At that time, it was the general manager of North American product management, David Larsen who talked about the up and coming XJ. Ian Callum, who is in charge of Jaguar’s design, told CAR Magazine that the new range topper is “nearly signed off”. And so we are assuming that we will be seeing the XJ in one version or another very soon. With all the developments going on in Jaguar, this is surely exciting news.

Callum gave us a little more idea of what is happening internally, and apparently, there have been a lot of arguments regarding the XJ’s direction – specifically on where the next generation model should go. So the team ended up deciding that the XJ’s successor will be “something quite special”.

However, they did not share further details apart from that. If you were not aware, the outgoing XJ was actually launched in 2009 and it is the oldest model in its class today. With very little detail about the upcoming XJ, Callum also adds that we will not see the model any time soon as it will definitely not come out in 2018.

Read the entire article Ian Callum claims that the Jaguar XJ successor will be a special one

Alfa Romeo has been working on revitalizing its product portfolio, beginning with the Giulia and the Stelvio. Other than those two, the Italian automaker also has plans on adding a larger crossover in the lineup too, but what will that be? Well, if our sources are reliable, the automaker was said to be looking into two new vehicles, namely the 4C and another model that will be the successor of the Giulietta.

Roberto Fedeli, Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer told Auto Express, said that they will need a few other pillars, to put in the C-segment, as well as a much sportier model, for them to be able to complete the Alfa range of products.

Alfa Romeo is also considering a shortened version of the Giulietta, which will be the shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s platform, and it will likely be a rear wheel drive as well. And take note, that this is a rare territory for C-segment hatchbacks, kind of like the formula of the BMW 1 Series hatch. The thing is, Alfa and FCA will have to make sure that it is worth their time, money, and effort to re-enter that segment.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo will add 2 new models to its lineup: a Giulietta successor and a new 4C

Skoda has not even begun deliveries for the Karoq compact crossover to their customers, and yet, they are already open to discuss future derivatives to add to the lineup. Rather than developing another Yeti, the company decided to halt the production of that model and instead replace it with a Sportline variant for next year, giving it a more aggressive appearance minus the hardware upgrades. But if you are interested in the high-performance version, you will have to wait until 2019 for it to be launched.

The Karoq Sportline will go on sale in 2019 at the earliest. And if they were to discuss a RS version, it would either have a pure petrol or something else. It is unsure whether it would feature plug-in hybrid systems like those on the VW Golf GTE and Passat GTE, or even a 48-volt mild hybrid setup with a smaller battery that works as a performance aid.

Though the automaker has not confirmed production of the RS model just yet, Christian Strube, R&D boss of Skoda, did say in his interview with Auto Express that he is keen on making it happen. Apart from that, he also was the person who made the Kodiaq RS push through. This model will be out sometime next year. Also, in 2019, we might see the very first Skoda with an electrified powertrain, which will be the Kodiaq’s smaller brother. It might also be joined by the plug-in versions of the Superb and the Kodiaq.

Read the entire article Skoda Karoq RS is currently being tested with an electric boost

We first saw the Galibier Concept eight years ago when Bugatti unveiled it. But today, it seems like they still have not given up on the development of an ultra-luxury sedan.

Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti, said in an interview with Automotive News that the four-door model "is not dead". Though he did not elaborate on this statement, he said that by 2018, its future will be determined by the Volkswagen Group executives.

If the automaker's plan pushes through, we can expect to see this model by 2024, and this model may actually replace the current Chiron, considering what Durheimer said will be a "one-model brand" for the future.

Read the entire article Bugatti might replace the Chiron with an ultra-luxury sedan

In an interview involving Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali and Automotive News, the topic about the Urus was thoroughly discussed. This super SUV is scheduled to make its debut later this year. Domenicali also told them that the Urus should be in the hands of customers by mid-2018. With a starting price of less than €200,000 ($223,000), the company expects it to play a major role in terms of sales, expecting to sell over 7,000 units annually by 2019. There were exactly 3,457 supercars that left the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese last year.

Besides the Urus, Domenicali revealed to Automotive News that the niche market is analysing the prospects of developing a four seater sports car, when asked about Lamborghini’s plans beyond the hot SUV - making the interview much more interesting. But don’t be too excited, as they company has planned for its release in the “2025 to 2030 horizon”, that is a long time from now.

Not so long ago, there were rumours that Lamborghini’s fourth model will take inspiration from the past. What they really meant was that the timeless Miura might get a modernized interpretation, according to Domencali. But like he said, though it receives a stamp of approval, the 21st century Miura will not be out in the next coming years.

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From the moment that Ferrari pulled the wraps off the LaFerrari, each of the 500 examples has been spoken for albeit the seven-digit price tag. As it is armed with a hybrid powertrain that delivers a combined 950hp and 664lb-ft of torque, not to mention its very superb design, it isn’t hard to realize why the hypercar nearly sold like hot pancakes.

Besides, it is unusual for an upcoming car (then Enzo’s successor) to have been built on so much hype. There were endless teasers, concept drawings and even wild speculations concerning the LaFerrari’s specs before its debut. At the end of it, the Italian hypercar boasts a high revving V12 engine with electric motor featuring HY-KERS (or Kinetic Energy Recovery System that is), which charges the batteries either by means of the engine or with the use of regenerative braking.

The 6.3-liter engine has a peak power of 800PS (789hp) at 9,000 rpm. To push the hypercar’s total power output by up to 963PS (950hp) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of powerful torque, the electric motor ekes out an additional 163PS (160hp). With both power plants working at the same time, the LaFerrari can sprint from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100km/h) in less than 3 seconds and 0-186mph (0-300km/h) in 15 seconds before reaching a top speed of 217mph (350km/h).

Read the entire article Check out these renderings of Ferrari LaFerrari successor a.k.a. LaRossa

Skoda recently launched the new Karoq compact SUV as a replacement model to its now-defunct Yeti small crossover. Slotted below the newly introduced Skoda Kodiaq, the new Karoq features a design that looks further ahead in the compact SUV segment. While the new Skoda Karoq isn’t really a sporty model – whether in looks or performance – it wouldn’t be bad to re-imagine the Yeti replacement in RS and Monte Carlo versions.

In case you are having a hard time imagining how the new Skoda Karoq compact SUV would look like, you can turn to the works of automotive visual artist X-Tomi Design as reference. Known for re-imagining different versions of current vehicle models, X-Tomi Design has turned his eyes on the newly unveiled Skoda Karoq and rendered its Karoq RS and Karoq Monte Carlo variants.

The compact SUV in white is the new Karoq RS, with various exterior modifications that distinguish it as the top sporting version of the new compact SUV. There have been rumors that Skoda is really planning to create an RS version of the Karoq, which should deliver up to 300 hp of output. The most powerful Skoda Karoq in the lineup is the one served by a 2.0-liter TDI engine that delivers 187 hp (190 PS) of max output and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.

Read the entire article X-Tomi Design renders RS and Monte Carlo versions of the Skoda Karoq

Surely, you guys are all familiar with the scene when a local store goes out of business: usually, a big “CLEARANCE SALE” shows up, waving you inside, urging you to make a last-minute shopping before it closes up for good and you miss all the good stuff you could’ve bought back when it was still in business. Well, this may be some kind of business strategy for some in the hopes of increasing their sales before that “closing date”.

This scenario is actually very similar with how Ferrari goes on with its business – not that we’re saying this automotive tycoon is going out of business because we don’t think it ever will. The point is, Ferrari likes making these “last chance” vibe every now and then, especially with their hypercars, making you feel sorry for not being able to purchase one when you had the chance. But of course, this “last chance” strategy works really well (apparently for those who can afford these hypercars) and only means that there’s something better in store – the latest example is the Ferrari LaFerrari.

According to Ferrari Chief Technology Officer Michael Leiters, a better replacement (read: faster and stronger) of the Ferrari LaFerrari is in the works, and may be available three to five years from now. From reports, this new hypercar will come with more innovative technologies but will also be practical for road use. Looks like we’ll have to make another countdown, eh?

Read the entire article Successor of Ferrari LaFerrari in the works – coming three to five years from now

Porsche is laying aside any plans of pushing another hybrid hypercar into their line-up -- at least not at this time. Oliver Blume, Porsche Global Chief confirmed in a recent conversation with Motoring that a 918 successor is definitely not in the cards right now.

Notwithstanding the fact that Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin are moving forward with a new breed of hypercars, it is unlikely for Porsche to slip out a new 918 Spyder anytime soon.

Blume explained how Porsche usually launched special models every ten years. He said that since the 918 Spyder was just launched in 2015, it makes it quite unlikely for another hybrid hypercar to be in the works.

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Fiat's joint venture in Turkey, Tofas, is planning a $1-billion investment to build a family of compact cars replacing the Bravo in Europe. Three new cars will be built starting next year, primarily for export. According to sources of Automotive News Europe, the family will include a hatchback, sedan and station wagon.

The hatchback and the sedan will replace the Bravo and the Linea, respectively. According to Tofas last year, it would invest $520 million to build 580,000 units of a new sedan model. It recently announced that it would produce 700,000 units of a new hatchback and station wagon in Turkey, for a total investment of $1 billion starting this year while the production will run from 2016 to 2023.

Tofas said in a filing with the bourse that a significant portion of the vehicles are for exports, adding that discussion with Fiat on the details for the conditions of investment, sales and procurement are already in the final stage. Tofas saw sales of the Bravo drop 59 percent to 3,078 units in the first nine months of 2014, according to JATO Dynamics.

Read the entire article Fiat’s Turkish JV eyes $1B investment to build Bravo successor

BMW is eyeing to roll out a successor to its Z4 roadster before the end of the decade, development chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe. The carmaker could share development costs with Toyota as partners. The carmakers have a cooperation deal that includes a common sports car architecture, collaboration on powertrain electrification and pooling of r&d on lightweight technologies.

BMW is trying to update the car in a cost-effective manner since global demand for two-seat roadsters and coupe has been dropping. “If you look at the volume … we have to realize that these segments are shrinking,” Froehlich said, noting that the body type is not popular in China, which is currently the largest auto market in the world.“

The unpopularity of such in China could be attributed to the preference of customers for privacy, which could be compromised when in a vehicle an open top. Likewise, driving in an open top is not preferable in many of China’s cities, no thanks to the issue of poor air quality.

Read the entire article Successor to BMW Z4 may come before 2020

The Lexus LFA supercar won’t have a successor anytime soon, as the Japanese luxury carmaker plan to will focus on its F Sport tuner packages as well as F-series high-performance variants to boost the marque’s performance image. The main reason, however, lies with the fact that a supercar typically has a very high price tag.

Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, told Automotive News in January at the Detroit Auto Show that the carmaker doesn’t have a plan for an LFA successor “right now," although a halo nameplate will be offered in the future. Lexus built the very limited LFA -- positioned as the ultimate expression of the brand’s quality and performance -- from December 2010 to December 2012 Toyota City.

The supercar, however, was sold out even before its production commenced. He quipped that when the LFA project was started, it was visualized as a coupe for “people to move up in the family.”

Read the entire article Lexus says it has no plans for a successor to LFA supercar right now

Ford will celebrate in 2016 the 50th anniversary of its first of four consecutive victories from the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. In order to properly celebrate the anniversary it appears that Ford is preparing the biggest surprise for its fans and will bring back the GT for 2016. According to company insiders, Ford already started working on a mid-engined supercar that will take on other high-performance models.

What’s more interesting is that Ford is also preparing to return to Le Mans and take to the top of the podium. The old Ford GT used a 5.8-liter V8 engine but raking in consideration that the manufacturer started supplying engines to Daytona Prototype cars in the Tudor racing series, we might see that engine on the upcoming supercar.

A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that delivers 600 hp helped a Chip Ganassi Racing/Felix Sabates Riley car win the 12 Hours of Sebring. Still, a proper supercar needs a proper V8 sound and the current 5.0-liter V8 used by the 2015 Mustang GT could also be a solution.

Read the entire article Ford already working on a GT successor, could return to Le Mans

Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 will get a successor next year and the company officially confirmed the upcoming vehicle, but there are no details regarding the name of the new hypercar. Caranddriver seems to know more and shared with us that the new Veyron successor will be called Chiron, just like the concept car unveiled back in 1999 and created by Italdesign Giugiaro.

The concept car took its name from Luis Alexandre Chiron, a Grand Prix driver who won most of its races while driving Bugatti cars. Bugatti remembered him with the special 18/3 Chiron Concept but it appears that the French carmaker now owned by Volkswagen Group will take things even further, if Caranddriver is right about it.

The 18/3 Chiron was a mid-engine design powered by the same W18 engine found on the EB 118 and EB 218 concept cars that was designed by Volkswagen and developed 555 hp (408 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.

Read the entire article Rumor: Bugatti Veyron successor will be called Chiron