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Autoblog Podcast #392

08/06/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Podcasts, Audi, Dodge, Jaguar, Subaru, Alfa Romeo, Rumormill

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Episode #392 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Chris Paukert talk about recent confessions by Autoblog Editors, the unconfirmed rumors that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will show up at the Woodward Dream Cruise, and the release of the North American Car and Truck of the Year long list. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #392:

Topics:

  • Autoblog editors come clean
  • Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to debut at Woodward Dream Cruise
  • NACTOY long list released
In The Autoblog Garage:
  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy Limited
  • 2015 Audi S8
  • 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Chris Paukert

Runtime: 01:48:05

Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Editor Confessions - 34:48
  • Hellcat Charger Unveil - 59:56
  • NACTOY Long List - 01:09:51
  • Q&A - 01:25:43

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #392 LIVE!

08/05/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Etc., Dodge, Rumormill

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #392 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics For Autoblog Podcast Episode #392

  • Autoblog editors come clean
  • Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to debut at Woodward Dream Cruise
  • NACTOY long list released

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Next Buick Regal coming in 2017, could be imported from Germany

08/03/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Euro, Plants/Manufacturing, Buick, Rumormill

2014 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal is based on the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, a pair of sedans from General Motors' European and British outfits. In fact, over 46,000 Regals from model years 2010 and 2011 were screwed together on the same lines as the Insignia twins, before GM's Oshawa, Ontario factory took over production fully. Considering this closeness, rumors that claim the next-generation Regal - due for 2017 - could move back to Europe aren't terribly surprising. Here's why, according to Automotive News.

Oshawa is home to three other vehicles, aside from the Regal - the Chevrolet Camaro, Impala rental queen and the Cadillac XTS. We already know next-gen Camaro production is headed to Lansing, MI, and that the fleet-only Impala will (finally!) die in 2016. As for the XTS, as AN explains it, sales are so slow that GM will either kill it or just shuffle its production volume elsewhere.

Taken along with the fact that Unifor, the Canadian labor union repping workers at the Oshawa factory, claim GM hasn't made any guarantees about future production at the nearly 60-year-old factory, it seems fairly clear that the Regal's current factory is going to be put out to pasture.

Meanwhile, according to AN, Opel has already dropped a not-so-subtle indicator that Buick production will be returning to the manufacturer's Russelsheim factory, issuing a statement back in March that read: "The Russelsheim plant has been chosen for the assembly of a future model which will be sold in the US under the Buick brand name in the second half of the decade."

Logistically, this all makes a lot of sense. As AN says, Canada is expensive, Russelsheim has room and GM execs have said that the German brand and Buick are pretty good bedfellows. Of course, we'll need to wait and see how this plays out. All things considered, though, the arrival of a German-built Buick seems like a very real possibility.

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What you missed on 7.30.14

07/31/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Coupes, Hybrids/Alternative, Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Trucks/Pickups, Auctions, Chevrolet, Nissan, Rumormill, Electric, Diesel

Daily U-Turn

Nissan Frontier diesel muleNissan lets us sample a diesel Frontier prototype

Hey. You. Yeah, you. Do you think Nissan should build a midsize pickup truck with a diesel engine? Yeah, so do we. And we just got the chance to drive just such a beast, though it's anything but a production model at this point. This particular example is fitted with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder from Cummins, and it puts out 200 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to tow as much as 7,000 pounds.

2016 Chevy Volt spy shot2016 Chevy Volt coming soon to an auto show near you... probably

There sure is a lot we don't know about the next generation of Chevy's extended-range electric vehicle. What we do know, though, is that it ought to be making its auto show debut sometime soon. How soon? Likely either Los Angeles later this year or else Detroit, Chicago or New York in early 2015, according to an anonymous source.

Blood muscle auctionBlood Muscle auction? Sounds terrible, looks awesome

It's nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction because the cars, which will be sold each to the highest bidders on September 12, were attained by the president of a blood-testing company who is now incarcerated for alleged bribery. There's a Boss Mustang, a trio of Yenko Chevrolets and our personal favorite, a Plymouth Superbird, among others, up for bidding.

Top Stories

  • Parents of terminally ill child sue after son dies following make-a-wish-style ride
  • Jaguar shows the face of its upcoming XE S sports sedan
  • New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86
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Lexus looking for performance with 600-hp LF-LC?

07/27/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Lexus, Rumormill, Luxury

Lexus LF-LC Concept

Lexus has been keeping development of the production version of its LF-LC concept tightly under wraps. Last we heard, that halo GT car had received the green light for production, but that was over a year ago. Since then, things have been pretty silent. Finally though, fresh rumors about the luxury coupe are starting to leak out, pointing toward the model's powertrain lineup.

According to unnamed sources speaking to Motor Trend, the production LF-LC will eventually sport three very intriguing engine options. The base model will reportedly use a naturally aspirated V8 providing around 450 horsepower - very similar specs to the upcoming RC F. The next step up will allegedly be the upcoming hybrid powertrain shared between BMW and Toyota pumping things up to around 500 hp. Finally, a top-of-the-heap F version will use a twin-turbocharged version of the RC F's 5.0-liter V8 to bring output to 600 hp. The insiders even claim that the hybrid and the twin-turbo V8 could find their way into other Lexus products like the LS and possibly even a more beastly RC.

None of this speculation sounds too outlandish. Lexus could get more capacity out of the RC F's tuned V8 by shoving it into other models, and rumors are flying about performance cars spawned from BMW and Toyota's partnership. Given Lexus' recent embrace of turbocharging, even the twin-turbo V8 doesn't seem too dubious. That said, with no hard facts to back up the rumormill, we'll have to keep waiting to see what the LF-LC shows up with.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #390 LIVE!

07/22/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Etc., Government/Legal, Ford, SMART, Rumormill

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #390 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics For Autoblog Podcast Episode #390

  • 2015 Ford Mustang specs
  • 2016 Smart FourTwo and FourFour
  • EPA wants road tests
  • The downside of autonomous cars

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Has Aston Martin abandoned plans for a Lagonda SUV?

07/19/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, SUVs, Aston Martin, Rumormill, Luxury

Aston Martin Lagonda SUV

Aston Martin Lagonda SedanAston Martin may possibly (hopefully?) axe plans for a Lagonda-badged SUV, according to a new report from the blokes at Piston Heads. If this is true, it'd serve as proof that the auto gods are good, and want us to be happy.

The report is based on statements made by Director of Design Marek Reichman.

"We still have plans for the brand. There might be some surprises in the marque's re-establishment into the market place, but as a very unique coachbuilt experience. And that's probably what's most befitting of the brand," Reichman told PH when asked about the Lagonda SUV, which debuted way back in 2009.

"That was a different time [when the Lagonda debuted]," Reichman continued. "It was [Dr. Ulrich Bez's] time. And now we're in a very, very different time, with a different plan and with a different projection of what that brand should become."

Considering the spy shots we've already seen (inset), PH's conclusion that the Lagonda brand would be reborn as an ultra-exclusive sedan doesn't seem far off. As for the rumors that AM would look to Mercedes-Benz for its SUV architecture, well, it's not looking so good any more.

What do you think? Should Aston Martin launch a sedan above the Rapide? What would you expect in terms of price and performance? Let us know in Comments.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #389 LIVE! [UPDATE]

07/15/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Etc., BMW, Cadillac, Subaru, Rumormill

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #389 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #389

  • Johan de Nysschen moves to Cadillac
  • BMW model designations changing even more
  • Subaru BRZ getting second generation
  • Cars We Miss

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UPDATE: We regret the short notice, but this week's Autoblog Podcast recording is being postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th. We'll be using the same topics, and hold on to your questions for that show. See you tomorrow!

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #389 LIVE!

07/15/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Etc., BMW, Cadillac, Subaru, Rumormill

Autoblog podcast graphic

We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #389 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #389

  • Johan de Nysschen moves to Cadillac
  • BMW model designations changing even more
  • Subaru BRZ getting second generation
  • Cars We Miss

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BMW to change model designations even further from actual displacement?

07/14/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Coupes, Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, BMW, Rumormill, Luxury

BMW 435i

Once upon a time, you could look at the back of a trunk lid of a BMW and come up with a pretty fair idea of what sat under its hood. For example, a 320i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.0-liter engine, a 328i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.8-liter engine and a 328Ci was a two-door 3 Series with the same engine. Those were good days.

Today, though, that simplicity is dead and gone. A 328i now has a 2.0-liter engine, just like the 320i, while the simple "C" designation that was affixed to two-door models has been replaced with a "4," so we have a 428i and a 435i. It gets worse, though. A 550i uses a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 (it should be a 544ti, although we'd be willing to hear an argument for "tti") and a 740i uses a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder, which is the same engine found in a 535i. It's madness.

And, well, it's about to get madder, if a post on a BMW enthusiast forum is to be believed. According to f30post.com, we could see a shakeup in at least the 3 and 4 Series nomenclature, thanks to an impending refresh that will see the addition of new, turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, codenamed B48 and B58, respectively.

The B48 will take the place of the current 2.0-liter turbo found in the 320i and 328i/428i. In this case, the higher output models will be rechristened as the 330i and 430i. Meanwhile, the six-cylinder 335i and 435i will evolve into the 340i and 440i. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant that will carry the title of 330e.

We reached out to BMW regarding this latest change in the brand's naming conventions, although all we were able to get was the standard (and unsurprising) line that the company wasn't "in a position to comment."

What do you think of these changes? Scroll down and have your say in Comments.

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