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Mini bringing new 230-hp John Cooper Works to Detroit

07/07/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Sports/GTs, Hatchbacks, MINI

2016 Mini John Cooper Works

Mini models may keep getting incrementally bigger, but then so do their engines. Or more powerful, anyway - especially when it comes to the John Cooper Works performance models. The JCW version of the first (post-revival) generation R50, which was really more of an upgraded Cooper S than its own model, packed a 1.6-liter supercharged four with 200 horsepower. The following R56 JCW upped that incrementally to 208 hp, but the next Works hatchback is now rumored to pack around 230 horses.

Tipped to be revealed in both three- and five-door body-styles at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show half a year from now, the F56-gen Mini John Cooper Works hatchback is expected to use the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the new Mini Cooper S, but increasing the output from 189 hp to approximately 230. That would mean it would be more powerful than either of the two previous John Cooper Works GP editions to make the new JCW the most powerful road-going Mini to date, backed by 285 pound-feet of torque driving through a six-speed manual or available automatic transmission to deliver what promises to be a blistering pace for the latest retro hatchback.

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Report: 2016 Nissan Titan coming to 2015 Detroit Auto Show

02/27/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Trucks/Pickups, Commercial Trucks, Nissan

2013 Nissan Titan

The Titan has continued to sit in a corner of Nissan's front yard, taken out on occasion but largely unloved, the same way you see a project truck in a neighbor's driveway that makes you wonder, "Are they ever going to do anything with that?" The fullsize pickup made the news about six months ago when reports surfaced that the next generation would offer a Cummins diesel engine that had originally been meant for Ram, then it returned to the shadows.

According to a report from Edmunds, the Titan will return to the spotlight in about a year, with the unveil of the 2016 model planned for next year's Detroit Auto Show. Along with that oil-burner, it will bring a gasoline V6 engine, a complete redesign and a regular cab configuration to finally give it a fighting chance against the thick end of the light-duty truck market. Toyota gets pressed for the molasses-like sales of the Tundra, but that fullsize entrant sold 7,890 units in January and 10,988 in December 2013. Nissan sold 887 Titans in January, 1,284 in December 2013 and broke 2,400 US sales in a single month just once in four years. (The segment-leading Ford F-150, for reference, sold 46,536 units in January.)

An entry-level model and a regular cab option should give the Titan a welcome and overdue sales boost. Better power numbers and fuel economy for the V8 would probably go a long way, too. We expect to start getting glimpses of its future later this year.

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2015 Corvette Z06 cutaway allows us to peer beneath the skin

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Tech, Chevrolet

Earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced its all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 in showroom-glorious Velocity Yellow. But that wasn't the only example on the automaker's stand. Opposite the new C7.R racecar sat a completely exposed Z06 - methodically opened to bare all of its detailed mechanicals.

Vehicle cutaway displays offer fascinating insight to the hidden engineering typically buried beneath layers of body panels and glass, so we eagerly snapped and analyzed these pictures of the naked Z06 to share with you. The end result is a high-resolution photo gallery with two dozen images, each carefully captioned to describe the inner workings of Chevrolet's newest supercar. Click through our gallery for a closer look at the new king Corvette's inner workings, including its unique carbon-fiber torque tube, exhaust system and suspension engineering - it's an amazing effort.

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Video: A closer look at the 2015 BMW M3 and M4

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Coupes, Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Videos, BMW, Luxury

2015 BMW M3

It's fair to say we're going to miss the E92 BMW M3. Its high-revving V8, flame-styled looks and excellent driving character made it quite simply one of the best cars of the 2000s. It's replacements, the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe have a lot to live up to.

We still have a few months to wait until we can drive the new cars, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited in the meantime, learning everything we can. To find out, we sent west coast editor Michael Harley onto the Detroit Auto Show floor earlier this week to talk about the new M cars with BMW product manager Victor Leleu.

If you want a concise, but highly informative rundown of these new cars, look no further than this video. Leleu talks about the styling, weight savings and engines in a lot of detail, making this an interview M fans aren't going to want to miss. Scroll down for the full video.

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Will Bob Lutz's VL Automotive really offer V8 conversions for Tesla Model S?

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Detroit Auto Show, Fisker

Destino Red Concept

VL Automotive is closely tied up with Fisker. The company's first product, the Destino, is a converted Karma and the Destino Red Concept, just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, is the same hardtop Karma convertible that Fisker showed in 2009. So, what a surprise it was to see that Bob Lutz, who owns half of VL Automotive, is ready to convert a brand new electric vehicle: the Tesla Model S. A gas-powered Tesla? Say what?

A gas-powered Tesla? Say what?

That's at least one way to read this short article in The Detroit News. There's not a lot of context and a distinct lack of details, so we're left wondering if maybe Lutz just meant that Model S owners can buy a Destino. You can read the exchange for yourself here.

What we do know is that Lutz said that VL Automotive has already sold nine Destino conversions. The cars cost $200,000, up from the previous estimate of $180,000, and well above the $116,000 max price tag on the original Karma. For your money, you get a 6.2-liter V8 taken from a Chevrolet Corvette that puts out 636 horsepower and can beat the 135-mile-per-hour top speed that the Karma has. Lutz said that all could add up to sales of around 200 or 300 Destinos each year.

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Video: A closer look at the 2015 Chrysler 200

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Sedans/Saloons, Videos, Chrysler

2015 Chrysler 200

When the doors of the Detroit Auto Show open to the public tomorrow, there's no doubt that the Chevy, BMW and Lexus booths will attract plenty of foot traffic with flashy sports cars. But when it comes to relevance as it relates to sales volume and in-market shoppers, the 2015 Chrysler 200 could end up being one of the more important introductions from the show. Positioned in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment, Chrysler has quite the challenge ahead of it, so we asked Andy Love, product chief of the 200, to give us a closer look at the new sedan to see how it will stack up against cars like the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

All of the pertinent information about the new 200 was revealed during the on-stage introduction, but Love gave us a first-hand look at the sedan's more intricate details. This includes some of the exterior design elements such as the wide use of LED exterior lighting and the strategic placement of the side marker lights, and even interior cues like electronic shifter, which allowed for extra storage space in the center console. Aside from the name, the 2015 200 started from scratch riding on a similar platform as the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Scroll down to watch Love talk us through the 2015 Chrysler 200, and you can find more information about it at our original post from earlier in the week.

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Official: Ford, Volvo top 2014 EyesOn Design awards

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, Detroit Auto Show, Ford, Volvo, Design/Style

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Each year at the Detroit Auto Show, the top vehicle designs are recognized with the prestigious EyesOn Design award for production and concept vehicles. This year, the 32 EyesOn Design judges (comprised of current and former vehicle designers including Chrysler designer and SRT president Ralph Gilles, Kia designer Peter Schreyer and retired General Motors designer Wayne Cherry) handed out three awards for the Best Concept Vehicle, Best Production Vehicle and Innovative Use of Color, Graphics, and Materials.

Beating out the Mercedes C-Class and Ford F-150, the 2015 Ford Mustang was named the Best Production Vehicle as the top auto show debut at this year's Detroit show. The 2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe took home awards as the Best Concept Vehicle and for its Innovative Use of Color, Graphics and Materials.

Considering the Volvo's primer grey hue and subtle orange accents, it was a rather surprising winner for Innovative Use of Color, Graphics, and Materials over flashier concepts like the Toyota FT-1 and our Editors' Choice top pick, the Kia GT4 Stinger. Other vehicles in the running for the concept car award include the GT4 Stinger and Audi Allroad Shooting Brake

Scroll down for more the EyesOn Design press release as well as the full list of judges.

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Auctions: First Camaro Z/28 and COPO Camaro will be auctioned for charity

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Videos, Chevrolet, Racing

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevrolet COPO CamaroBowtie fans that happen to have a mound of cash burning a whole in their pocket should get to Scottsdale for the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction, as Chevrolet has just announced that the first production examples of the 2014 COPO Camaro and Camaro Z/28 will be up for grabs at the collector car show.

Like Ford is doing with the first production Mustang, the profits from the auction will go to charity. But where the sale of the Mustang will benefit the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the proceeds from both of Chevy's lots will benefit two different charities.

The COPO Camaro will be sold this evening. Wearing serial number one, it'll be painted in COPO Ice Blue, a one-off shade just for the auction. Proceeds from the sale of the COPO will go towards the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The charity helps wounded vets take part in marathons (you know, because wounded veterans aren't badass enough already).

The Z/28, meanwhile, will be sold on Saturday evening. There's no mention of any special treatments, aside from the 0001 identification number. The sale of the track-ready Camaro will go towards Detroit's Cornerstone Schools, an urban education system that boasts a 95-percent graduation rate, while another 91 percent of alumni earn a higher degree.

The auction of the COPO will be shown on Fox Business News on Friday, while the Z/28's sale will be shown on the National Geographic Channel on Saturday. Scroll down for the full press release from Chevy.

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Video: 2015 Corvette Z06 sounds mean driving on to Detroit show stand

01/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Videos, Chevrolet, Racing

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 idling

We're aching to get our hands on the new, at-least-625-horsepower, supercharged Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but until that wonderful day arrives, we're content just knowing what this beast sounds like. We're still waiting to hear it at full chat, but this video at least shows the brawny sound of the C7 Z06 at idle. This particular video is from after-hours at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, where the entire floor transforms in a construction site and cars get rearranged for upcoming debuts.

For those looking for a more extensive rundown on the new Z06, we have plenty of details in our original post on the car from earlier this week. That lengthy piece covers most everything you'll want to know about the Z06, ranging from the engine and its two transmissions to the C7's carbon-fiber and aluminum construction. For an even more in-depth peak at the new car, check out our own Mike Harley's interview with the chief engineer for the Corvette, Tadge Juechter.

Scroll down to hear just what the new Z06 will sound like.

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Detroit: 2014 Mazda Skyactiv Prototype looks ready for Daytona

01/17/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Detroit Auto Show, Motorsports, Mazda, Diesel, Racing

2014 Mazda Skyactiv Prototype

With less than two weeks before the Mazda Skyactiv Prototype makes its race debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Japanese Zoom-Zoom brand brought its diesel-powered racer to the floor of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The red prototype marks Mazda's return to prototype racing, and will campaign the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship using a 2.2-liter, SkyActiv-D diesel engine. With 451 horsepower on tap and 580 pound-feet of torque, the racer should stand up well against a field of gas-powered competitors.

Should the Skyactiv win Daytona, it'll be a coup for Mazda. The racer is running an engine with over 50 percent of its parts drawn from the oft-delayed production Skyactiv-D. Head up top for our full gallery of images of the new Skyactiv Prototype. The 2014 Rolex 24 will be run from January 25 to 26.

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