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Image inside Concept Next Gen 7 Series (Damn)

By mrfreak76 - 2 days ago

At the Beijing Auto Show BMW pulls back the cover on a new concept car, the BMW Vision Future Luxury. This is just a concept but we know that BMW doesn't make a traditional concept car just because. BMW concept cars are previews of what is coming from BMW in terms of styling and technology. A glance at the pictures and a review of the high tech construction give us a good indication that this a previewing of the next generation 7 series. Code named the G11 the next 7 will feature construction technology borrowed from the BMW i3 and i8. Extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum and high strength steel means the next gen 7 will shed about 400lbs from the curb weight. We're also seeing an all glass dash and a sporty driver oriented dash.

The new 7 series will launch in 2015 so we have some time before the official details will be out. For now enjoy the Concept BMW Vision Future Luxury. Let us know what you hope makes it to the next gen 7 series.

Highlights of the BMW Vision Future Luxury

Possible next generation "G11" 7 Series preview
Highlights BMW's long term outlook on the future of luxury autos
Internet connected infotainment system integrated into cars display
High tech construction including carbon fiber, aluminum and high strength steel
Rear coach doors, also know as suicide doors
Integrated wireless touch screen for rear passengers
Laser headlights and OLED taillights
Totally electronic dash
World debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show

Concept BMW Vision Future Luxury
The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All this is conveyed through the outstanding exterior and interior design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants. The BMW Vision Future Luxury makes its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

"Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW's brand DNA," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further."

Heralding a new approach – the design
"The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design," says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

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Video inside Fast n Furious RC

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Ill just leave this here!! Too bad ass for words!

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Image inside Metallica's James Hetfield wins custom car of the year for "Black Pearl"

By djkamikaze - 4 days ago

It's been four years since Metallica's last new album, but lead singer and co-founder James Hetfield has been busy touring and with a different kind of metal-bending. A long-time hot-rod collector, Hetfield and his car pal Rick Dore has won top prizes for his cars before, but his latest creation — known simply as the Black Pearl — has been named custom car of the year by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. And for good reason.

The Black Pearl isn't a hot rod, but an entirely custom vehicle; all of the body panels were hand-formed from aluminum by Marcel and Luc De Lay, based on designs from Hetfield, Dore and themselves, along with a custom interior and wheels. While it has the frame of a 1948 Jaguar, and a Ford V-8 good for 375 hp, the Black Pearl was meant more as a work of automotive art than a speedster.

"I am humbled by their gift of metal sculpting," Hetfield said of the De Lays. "The fact that they started with a 8x10 drawing and ended up with a complete car is a testament to the ability of the human mind and hands. It still blows people’s minds when they ask what body we started with and we say ‘steel sheets.'"

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Image inside 2015 challenger & charger

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Image inside 2015 Toyota Camry

By djkamikaze - 6 days ago

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a large, aggressive grille and chiseled sides. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.

The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for the last 12 years, supported by loyal buyers wedded to a dependable family car. But Toyota acknowledges that tastes have changed, and buyers of midsize cars want more style, comfort and performance to go with the reliability.

U.S. Toyota division chief Bill Fay said the company started redesigning the Camry almost immediately after a new version went on sale in 2011. Fay said the company knew it needed a more daring style after competitors like Hyundai and Ford offered newer, more striking designs.

"Everyone was raising the stakes a bit. We had to make sure we could keep this competitive," Fay said Wednesday at the show.

Inside the updated Camry, there are softer materials and a wireless charging system. The body is stiffer and the suspension and steering were retuned for more responsive driving. Even the carpet and side mirrors were redesigned to make the car quieter.

The new Camry, which goes on sale this fall, will help the Camry defend its turf, which has been increasingly challenged by rivals.

The Honda Accord, redesigned for the 2013 model year, narrowed Camry's full-year sales lead to 41,000 cars last year from 73,000 in 2012. The Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion each had bigger percentage sales gains last year than the Camry.

What's more, the new Mazda6 breezed past the Camry's fuel economy numbers. And even luxury makers like Mercedes-Benz have introduced new cars that sell for under $30,000 — right in Camry buyers' price range.

It didn't help that Toyota's reputation was hurt by a series of recalls in 2010. The Camry has never regained the 15 percent share of the midsize car market it held before the recalls. It controlled 13 percent of that market in 2013, with total sales of 408,484, according to Ward's AutoInfoBank.

The midsize rivals are competing in a shrinking market. Young families and aging Baby Boomers are flocking to small SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which offer more space and competitive fuel economy. Midsize car sales have fallen 8 percent so far this year, while small SUVs are up 20 percent, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Cimino, who also sells Toyotas, said the Camry doesn't need to make revolutionary changes. Toyota buyers are extremely loyal, he said, and are satisfied with small upgrades in design and technology.

Aaron Bragman, the Detroit bureau chief for the car buying site, says Toyota surprised him with the extent of the changes on the 2015 Camry.

"They had to step up their game," he said.

In addition to those loyal buyers, Toyota has another advantage: the weak yen. Adam Jonas, an auto analyst with Morgan Stanley, says the depreciation of the yen has translated into a $2,500 to $3,000 profit per vehicle for Japanese automakers.

That's helped Toyota maintain its lead, since it can make a profit even if it offers big discounts. The average Camry currently sells for $23,965, or around $900 less than the average midsize car, according to KBB. Only the Dodge Avenger sells for less.

Those profits can also be reinvested in better products, like the new Camry.

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Image inside 2015 Chevrolet Trax Added As New Compact Crossover SUV for Chevy Lineup

By djkamikaze - 6 days ago

The Chevy Trax is new to U.S. customers, but General Motors has sold 90,000 units of the small crossover in global markets since 2013. The Trax shares its architecture and powertrain with the Buick Encore, making it significantly smaller than the larger Equinox.

A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the Trax, producing 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,850 rpm to 4,900 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with TapShift manual shift control is standard, delivering power to the Trax's front wheels.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional, and with this upgrade Chevy swaps in rear disc brakes in place of the standard rear drums. Unfortunately, AWD adds 403 lbs. to the Trax's 2,805-lb. base curb weight. The independent front and torsion beam rear suspension setup supplies 6.2 in. of ground clearance, 2.5 in. less than a Subaru XV Crosstrek.

Available in 10 different paint colors, the 2015 Chevy Trax is available in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Inside, the instrumentation is inspired by the Sonic compact car, according to Chevrolet, and features an analog tachometer with a digital speedometer. The Trax has lots of storage locations, including a dual glove box design, bins in all four of the door panels, a well under the cargo floor, and a hidden storage drawer under the front passenger's seat.

Additionally, the new Chevrolet Trax provides 18.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, more than the new 2015 Honda Fit. Fold the 60/40 split-folding rear seat down and the Trax holds 48.4 cu. ft. of cargo, less than the redesigned 2015 Fit. The Chevy's front passenger seat folds in half allowing the Trax to carry items up to 8 ft. long.

Standard equipment includes 10 air bags, a reversing camera, and OnStar services including an Advanced Crash Response System. A MyLink radio with a 7-in. color touch-screen display is also standard, along with a USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, cloth seats, remote keyless entry, and 16-in. steel wheels with plastic wheel covers.

Available options include upgraded cloth, cloth and leatherette, or leatherette seats, as well as next-generation OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free technology, satellite radio, TravelLink services, and a BringGo navigation application. The 2015 Chevy Trax can also be fitted with 16- or 18-in. aluminum wheels, fog lights, rear park-assist sensors, and remote engine starting.

Chevrolet says the new 2015 Trax will go on sale early in 2015. Prices will be established closer to that time.

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Image inside The Alfa Romeo 4C is the Gotta-Have Small-Displacement Supercar

By djkamikaze - 6 days ago

The 4C represents AlfaÂ’s full return to the American market, and they could not have picked a better car. The 8C supercar was back here in limited numbers, but you had to be well heeled and well connected to get one here. We spoke to Harald Wester, President and CEO of Alfa Romeo to learn more.

One of his important assertions was that this car would be built in Italy. “In the 1980s our priority was platform synergies. Now its living up to our reputation with purist cars.” Wester’s reference to the 80’s was the watering down of the brand in the name of meeting the bottom line. No more with the 4C, as it is a wonderful, mid-engined sports car.

It is not a supercar, as the engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline 4. It is placed behind the driver, kind of making it an affordable, mid-engined exotic Italian car, but perhaps not a supercar. According to Wester, the rollout will be small, but make a statement. “100 cars is our first batch.” said Wester, “The second half of June they will be in dealerships, and total first year production will be 850 cars.”

In Europe, Alfa sold 85,000 cars last year– and America will be probably less than one percent. It would still be more than the best year for Alfa in the U.S., which was 8,200 vehicles sold in 1986. The small displacement exotic, called the 4C will be in low numbers, but affordable ($50K base, but $70K for the first 500 “launch edition” cars). The $50K price makes the argument as the 4C as one of the most compelling sports cars of 2014.

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Image inside 2015 Infiniti Q70

By djkamikaze - 6 days ago

Infiniti released its refreshed Q70 (the car formerly known as "M") in New York this morning. The luxury sedan is brings with it, quite literally, a big change: it's now the only vehicle in its segment to offer both long- and short-wheelbase options here in the US (other automakers do this in China). Currently, the two-wheelbase sedan strategy is exclusive to the ranks of fullsize players like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, etc.

Infiniti has elongated the standard Q70's wheelbase from 114.2 inches to 120.1 inches, in doing so lengthening the car 7.3 inches overall. For the sake of comparison, a standard wheelbase Audi A8 runs 117.8 inches, so the Q70 is no slouch. The extension mostly benefits rear-seat occupants, who are treated to an extra 5.6 inches of legroom. We think the enlargement improves the car's aesthetic, as well.

In addition to the long-wheelbase option, there are a few other tweaks in store for 2015. New head and taillights are the biggest changes, with full LEDs in the back and LED accents in front. Aspects currently seen on the smaller Q50 are evident, as well, such as the "double-arch" grille that comes with mesh-finish inserts. The fascia also includes a new front bumper with integrated foglights. Interior changes seem to be fairly minimal, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The outgoing Q70 had a spacious (if dated), luxurious cabin with all kinds of high-quality materials.

Infiniti also added its Predictive Forward Collision Warning system to the Q70, which warns drivers of potential risks beyond their field of view, as well as its stellar AroundView Monitor system, which makes parking a breeze.

Mechanical changes are minimal. The base 3.7-liter V6 still pumps out 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and the 5.6-liter V8 retains its 420 hp and 417 lb-ft. Both engines will be available on the long-wheelbase version (although the V8 will be slightly less powerful, producing only 416 hp and 414 lb-ft). A seven-speed automatic remains the only transmission across the board. The Q70 Hybrid, which employs a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V6, will not be available in long-wheelbase form.

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Image inside 2015 Hyundai Sonata

By djkamikaze - 6 days ago

The 2015 car marks a step away from the dramatically swooping lines of recent Hyundais to something a little more grown-up--evidence that Kia design chief Peter Schreyer now oversees both brands.

A large, confident grille replaces the narrow beaked nose of the previous car, and the Sonata's large headlights and LED daytime running lights look more sophisticated than the pointed units used previously.

In side profile the car isn't dissimilar from its predecessor, keeping the same downward-sweeping character line--though the door handles now sit below this line, rather than on it.

The back end too is similar to the old car, but benefits from a revised bumper design, incorporating a diffuser-style section and sporty exhaust setup on the show car. The rear trunk lid and light units are sharper than before, not dissimilar to those on the Kia Optima, which shares the Sonata's platform.

"Sporty" is the name of the game with the new car. While the platform is a modified version of the previous car's underpinnings, structural rigidity has been increased and the car's suspension has been tuned for a sportier drive.

One aspect unchanged in the new Sonata is its engine range.

As before, the base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, joined by a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission and both have been retuned for better low-end response.

Hyundai hasn't released details of a replacement for the Sonata Hybrid, but as the 2015 car's platform is so similar to the previous model, we'd expect a hybrid to join in due course. Buyers will be hoping for an improvement over the current model's 38 mpg combined rating (36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway).

Whatever engine they choose, Hyundai has also significantly revised the 2015 Sonata's interior.

LIke the exterior, the interior has traded swoops and curves for a more modern, upmarket look. There's now a large, driver-focused center stack, while some models feature a large, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment and nav system.

Hyundai's Blue Link features, including destination search with Google, Remote Start and servicing schedule options, will also be available

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