Byd has unveiled the final F8
The convertible is still in its embryonic stages, but soon the MG TF won't be alone. Indeed, Byd has finally unveiled the production version of the F8 model, which is mash-up between the Mercedes-Benz CLK and the Renault Megane CC.
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Audi TT-S and R8 concept to be unveiled at Detroit
Audi will unveil a R8 concept car and the TT-S at the next Detroit Motor Show in January. Secrecy surrounds the R8 concept car, although it is rumoured that it will be either the long-awaited convertible or the V10 powered version.
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Bertone fills for bankruptcy protection
Italian coachbuilders are in the doldrums. After Pininfarini, which is looking for more manufacturing contracts, Bertone announced that it was asking for a 'concardo preventivo' equivalent to a bankruptcy protection and the Italian government to pay its 1,300 employees.
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Mitsubishi RA-Concept revealed
Mitsubishi has released the first sketches of the concept-car it will reveal at next year's Detroit Motor Show. It might be a styling exercise that previews the next-generation Eclipse coupé sold on the US market. Dubbed RA-Concept, the coupé is based on an aluminium space frame and features a diesel engine, the first concept-car with such an engine to be revealed at an American motor show.
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Audi RS label to go mainstream
In a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Werner Frowein, the director of Quattro GmbH revealed that the RS label is intended to go mainstream in the future. In an attempt to increase its sales, the Audi's sports subsidiary will shorten its development cycle in order to release RS models sooner. At this moment, RS models are being sold in the last two years of the vehicle's lifecycle. Audi has a target of releasing a RS model within the first two years of the vehicle's life.
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Nissan Silvia comes back in 2010
This is not the first time we heard about a future Silvia, but this time the rumour might be true. According to various sources, the car has already been given the green light by Carlos Ghosn and the carmaker’s COO Toshiyuki Shiga. The coupé will be introduced within three years. A new model beneath the Z and the GT-R would reinforce Nissan's line-up. It would also help Nissan to seduce young buyers on the Japanese market where sales have been sluggish for many years.
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Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder
Porsche will unveil the Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy next week. This limited edition takes its inspiration from the classic Porsche racing cars of the '60s, especially the Type 718 RS 60 Spyder.
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VW Group to develop four new platforms
In an interview given to Automotive News Europe, VW brand board member for development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that Volkswagen group will release four new platforms in the coming years in order to achieve the 2018 target. With those new platforms, the German carmaker expects to reduce its cost by 40% thanks to components shared between the platforms and development times by one year.
The most important platform will be the MQB which will underpin up to 6 million vehicles every year. The platform will be flexible enough to equip a large range of vehicles from small cars to upper-premium models. According to some insiders, the MQB platform will be used as in many as 20 different models.
First XF rolls off production line
The picture you see here might become the symbol of a new era for Jaguar. By rolling off the first XF model yesterday at the Castle Bromwich factory, Jaguar is sending its heritage to the history books and is moving forward a troubled future. The XF is a 4.2 litre V8 SV8 model in a Vapour Grey paint. It will be given to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection.
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Hyundai vehicles might get the Haldex AWD system
The Swedish company Haldex has announced it had received an order from Hyundai to build a prototype equipped with the latest company's technology known as XWD. Already offered by Saab on the re-designed 9-3, Hyundai might become the second carmaker to adopt the new system and the first Asian carmaker to get a Haldex system.