Source: Lexus - Press release after the jump. Video post.
Source: Cadillac - Press release, specs, pics (2), and video after the jump.
www.500bygucci.com). Those interested will appreciate the pic after the jump with the models holding various Gucci bags and wearing Gucci eyeglasses, etc. Update - The Gucci 500 will hit the US in October.
Source: Press release and pics (3) after the jump.
Source: Infiniti - Press release after the jump.
Source: Press release after the jump.
Source: Mazda - Press release after the jump.
Source: Mini UK - Press release after the jump.
Maybe Jeep should call their performance Jeep ORT8 (Off-road Racing Track, 8 cylinders) and follow Ford with an extremely capable off-roader like the Raptor F-150 and leave the hi-per wagon duty to a rumored new Dodge Magnum SRT8.
Source: Jeep - Previous post.
As you can see, I've added five additional posts to this week's post countdown. This will allow some new posts to get a little visibility, since the Top Five are pretty much the same as previous weeks.
This week's Top Ten:
- 2012 ZL1 reveals Chevy performance Camaro-style,
- BMW 328 Hommage recalls early sports car,
- Jeep celebrates 70th Anniversary with special editions,
- 2012 Honda Civic shown,
- Top Five Posts as of 7-24,
- ACWWG: Renault Wind Gordini (above),
- Nissan Altima, Ford Transit Connect and Taurus approved for NYC taxi duty,
- BMW i3 and i8 Concepts preview production models (above right),
- Aveo out, Sonic in at Chevrolet,
- ACWWG: 2012 Citroen DS4.
Summer fun with the BMW Beach Collection (right),
Toyota announces registration site for potential plug-in Prius buyers,
Audi A1 e-tron wins EV rally,
Th!nk emerges from bankruptcy with new owner and name.
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BMW's i Group has released "concept" versions of the upcoming i3 (formerly known as the MegaCity vehicle) and the i8 (formerly known as the Vision concept) to an awaiting world. The i3 sedan is an EV or electric vehicle that has an optional range extender option called REx. REx is a combustion engine that is used solely as a generator to provide extended range and to reduce EV anxiety. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid supercar that uses lightweight construction (and materials) and plug-in technology for excellent performance and incredible (for a supercar) mileage. The i8 has a high-output three-cylinder engine that makes over 200 hp that when combined with the hybrid system provides a 0-60 run in under five seconds, yet returns between 50 - 90 mpg on the Imperial cycle. The i-Series cars have unique styling with an emphasis on outward visibility and "layered" interior spaces. We shall see what makes it to the streets when the official production vehicles are unveiled (the BMW i3 in 2013 and the BMW i8 in 2014). Check out the very extensive press release and pics (with interior shots) after the jump as well as the video post.
Source: BMW i Group - Press releases (one over 50 pages) and pics (5) after the jump. Video post.
Video of concept versions of BMW's upcoming i3 EV sedan and i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. (Make sure to up the resolution to at least 480p.)
Source: BMW i Group
Source: Aston Martin - Press release, specs, and pics (2) after the jump.
special audio with CD and MP3 playback, Bluetooth®, black translucent instrument cowl, trip computer, automatic headlight and windscreen wiper activation, cruise control, electronic stability control ESC, heated seats, foglamps, and more. Options include 17’’ blue diamond wheels (shown), metallic paint, wind screen and more. The "French Touch" model adds Metallic Malta Blue bodywork with two white stripes; Glacier White mirror housings, grille trim, and rear power bump; glossy black roof; special “Gordini” badges; special black/blue leather interior with white top-stitching and Gordini accents and yes, more. Unfortunately, this is another one that goes into the Another Car We Won't Get files. The Del Sol did good things for Honda, so why not a Nissan version for the US (remember Renault and Nissan have a corporate alliance). After all, nobody does funky and unique (a good thing) better than Nissan. Prices start in Europe at just under $20,000. Check out the press releases and the top slideshow at the end of the second release.
Source: Renault - Press releases (2), top slideshow, and pics (3) after the jump.
Source: Ford - Press release and pics (4) after the jump.
Source: Press release and pics (2) after the jump.
Source: Chrysler - Extensive press release after the jump. Video post.
Looking like a miniature Crosstour, Honda unveiled the 2012 CR-V Concept which previews the styling of the new CR-V that will go into production by the end of this year. The CR-V Concept is a looker compared to the current model which is in its fifth year of this model cycle (read getting long in the tooth). Honda has released Concepts of production models before like the CR-Z Concept. Unfortunately, by the time that car reached production the styling was very watered down and less cohesive. Let's hope that doesn't happen to this new CR-V. Right off, lose the big wheels, the darkened glass and headlights, the lower body flare accents (unfortunately) and you should be close to the real deal. Let's hope Honda gives the CR-V updated powertrains with the company's six-speed auto, etc. A hybrid CR-V maybe? They've got the drivetrain in the Civic, which the CR-V shares some components with (or did). After all the Escape could use some competition and when the new Escape debuts later this year (or early next year), there is no word whether the hybrid model will continue. Could be an opening Honda.
Source: Honda - Press release after the jump.
The most popular post of the week is the 2012 ZL1 reveals Chevy performance Camaro-style (above) entry.
BMW 328 Hommage recalls early sports car posting.
The 2012 Honda Civic shown post is still on the list this week at number 3.
Number four is 2012 Nissan Leaf gets new (standard) features and pricing.
Rounding out the Top Five is the Aveo out, Sonic in at Chevrolet (right) post.
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Chevrolet confirms diesel-powered Cruze for 2013 .
New Volkswagen Beetle production begins.
2013 Chevy Malibu gets help from Oscar the ergobot (video, pic right).
Ford using Wi-Fi to download Sync into (new) vehicles (2 videos).
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Taxi of Tomorrow" and Nissan's NV200 (below) was selected. Now comes word that Nissan's Altima sedan (2012 sedan shown right) and Ford's Transit Connect van (above) and Taurus sedan have also been approved for livery duty in the "Big Apple." What gives, you ask? Well the NV200 will hit New York streets in 2013 and be the exclusive taxi choice for ten years. In the interim, the Altima (hybrid and gas-powered), TC, and Taurus may be used to replace the city's dead Crown Vics (since they are no longer in production). This means that by 2013 you'll have bright yellow Crown Victorias, Tauruses, Altimas, Escapes, Transit Connects, NV200s and old Honda Odysseys (are any of these still running?) to dodge when walking NYC streets.
Source: Ford, Nissan - Press releases after the jump.