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Boring Shanghai Auto Show News & A Cool Porsche Racing Video

Today we pose a question to you the masses, as we have two ways that we could take today posting. We could try to pick two concept vehicles that have debuts so far at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, and make them seem relevant to us here in North America, but who has the energy for that?

“Honda chose Shanghai to unveil an MPV (minivan) and SUV concept, ostensibly for the China domestic market, but possibly foreshadowing debuts of new or redesigned models in other markets. Mechanical details on both the Acura Concept SUV-X and Honda Concept M were practically non-existent, so we can only speculate.

Honda-Concept-M-Left-Front-AngleThe Honda Concept M appears at first glance to be a highly-stylized Odyssey, although its actual dimensions are probably significantly smaller than those of its North American big brother.”

Blah blah blah!!! There now we have done our due diligence so let move onto something a tad more interesting.

Instead on a much more interesting front we bring you another great Porsche racing store told this time by Porsche legendary driver Hurley Haywood. In this 6 minute video Hurley is reunited with his 1973 Porsche 911 RS on the 40th Anniversary of his first 12 Hours of Sebring win. Haywood, considered the world’s most successful endurance driver, discusses what makes Sebring so special, his back-to-back endurance wins at Daytona and Sebring and what a difference 40 years can make. Enjoy and you can thank us later for sparing you all of the boring Shanghai Auto Motive news.



Introducing the Newest in Laser Lights, HD Cameras, Dual Exhaust and 20 Inch Wheels

The Mercedes-Benz GLA concept debuts at the Shanghai auto show in two days’ time, so it was no surprise to use when we saw that the automaker’s newest niche crossover 3 days before its debut party. Set to slot in below the GLK in Mercedes’ lineup, the GLA will face off against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Compact SUVs are all the rage right now, most of which look like the fat kid gone thin.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV - Front 3/4

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV – Front 3/4

The GLA holds a similar presence, but the underlying characteristics display slightly higher cheekbones, a more muscular physique, and, perhaps, a flair lacking with BMW’s similarly postured machines. The new GLA Concept has a bulging hood, a raked windscreen protection plates under the bumpers, roof rails and muscular wheel arches. There is also a dual exhaust and 20 inch alloy wheels. The front part is dominated by the huge grille and by the special headlights.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Under the hood this trendy sport utility is powered by a 208 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine which is oddly only seven horsepower more than the 1.8-liter that currently powers the C250. The U.S. version will also receive the high-performance 355-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four that debuted in the CLA45 AMG at this year’s New York Auto Show


Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

The GLA features the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The handle of being a “cute-ute” is fitting in the case of the GLA as it tips the tape measure at just 172.5 inches from head to toe, although the show car’s flared fenders give it a hefty 77.8 inch width. It’s assumed that the GLA is based on the same architecture that underpins Mercedes’ subcompact A-Class range.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Filed under “Cool tech that will never make it to production” would be the GLA concept’s headlights are fitted with laser-beam projectors, which light up the road and project directional cues from the navigation system. An upcoming right turn, for example, would result in the usual visual and audio prompts from the COMAND infotainment system as well as a laser-projected right arrow on the road. The Concept is also fitted with two HD cameras housed within the front roof rails that can be used to record the scenic drive.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

The production version of the GLA Concept will probably borrow the engine lineup from its A-Class sibling. We will see a variety of 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines. We’d expect to see the full fledge production version being officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Volvo Announces the Re-Introduction of the V60 in North American

A high-performance version, the V60 R-Design, made its world debut last Thursday at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Volvo then used their 15 minutes of NY auto show fame to also let the world know that the V60 will also be making a return to North American shores in January of 2014 as a 2015 model. Details were sketchy however since the V60 wagon was first introduced to the world at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and as a result we are not sure what model spec will arrive on our shores.

2014 Volvo S60 R-Designs - Front 3/4

2014 Volvo S60 R-Design – Front 3/4

The wagon shares the current S60 sedan’s architecture and basic chassis dimensions. Its European powertrain inventory includes a wide variety of choices, diesel and gasoline, as well as all-wheel drive, and a new plug-in diesel-electric hybrid. We expect three differing trim levels similar to the S60 and with two turbocharged engine choices — a 2.5-liter five-cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. We are hopeful that Volvo will also be certifying its currently in development 2.0-liter direct-injected, twin turbo four cylinder.

2014 Volvo V60 - Front 3/4

2014 Volvo V60 – Front 3/4

Volvo has indicated that the US model will be able to be equipped with all of their and possible future safety systems which currently include the pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system, introduced at the recent Geneva show. These are more than just passive systems like a lane detection system as they not only detect these types of hazards, but through the use of cameras and radar, they can override the drivers input to bring the car to a complete stop.

2014 Volvo V60 - Rear 3/4

2014 Volvo V60 – Rear 3/4

On the R-Design side of Volvo’s NY auto show press conference, the brand has put together a visual R-Design package for its newly facelifted S60, V60 and XC60 models. The car based models will also be able to equipped with a power upgrade for the S60 and V60 courtesy of Polestar performance.

2014 Volvo V60 R-Designs - Front 3/4

2014 Volvo V60 R-Design – Front 3/4

The aesthetics start with new front and rear fascia’s, the grille going frameless and Tech Matte Black with a silk metal diagonal bar, the back end getting a finned diffuser and round R-Design tailpipes. On top of that, the S60 and V60 are lowered 15 millimeters and can be fitted with 19-inch versions of the company’s Ixion wheel pattern. Buyers of the 3.0-liter T6 engine can add the Polestar performance option, which cranks things up to 329 hp instead of the standard 300 hp, and an exclusive accelerator pedal comes with it.

2014 Volvo V60 R-Designs -  Rear 3/4

2014 Volvo V60 R-Design – Rear 3/4

Wagons still have difficulty distinguishing themselves in the US market dominated which is currently crossover SUV crazy, with now nearly a fifth of all U.S. vehicle sales, but Volvo nonetheless sees an opening and is willing to try and exploit it. The question that still remains to be answered is whether or not the Volvo brand can it revive the glory days of years past, when wagons accounted for a big percentage of Volvo passenger-car sales.

2014 Volvo S60 R-Designs -  Rear 3/4

2014 Volvo S60 R-Design – Rear 3/4

Daniel Craig helps reveil the 2014 Range Rover Sport in New York

The 2014 Range Rover Sport was unveiled today at the 2013 New York Auto Show, sporting a sexy new look and some serious weight loss. The new Range Rover Sport takes design cues from the smaller Range Rover Evoque including the two-bar grille and thin, aggressive headlamps. However, it is actually built on the same platform as the new Range Rover revealed earlier this year.

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport - Front 3/4

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport – Front 3/4

A new supercharged, 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine replaces the previous V-8 engine on the base Ranger Rover Sport models, while the familiar 5.0-liter 510-hp supercharged eight cylinders is still available on top trim. An eight-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF is standard in all models, executing shifts in 200 milliseconds, and offering optional steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for more involvement.  EPA estimates are still unavailable, but expect the new Range to improve thanks to stop/start technology and the massive weight loss.

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport - Rear 3/4

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport – Rear 3/4

Two different four-wheel drive systems are available; one a more all-wheel-drive type system, with a Torsen differential distributing torque at a default 42/58 split front-to-rear. Up to 62 percent of engine torque can be sent to the front axle, and up to 78 percent can be sent rearward with this Torsen-based setup. For more serious off-road capabilities, a dual-range high/low transfer case option is also available, to better control wheel speeds in technical off-road sections. A dynamic active rear locking differential is available with the dual-range transfer case system, further enhancing the 2014 Range Rover Sport’s off-road ability.

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport - Side Profile

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport – Side Profile

On the inside the controls and ‘plus sign’-shaped dashboard architecture are familiar from the Range Rover, there are significant changes. The seats are set lower, the central tunnel climbs higher, the dashboard slopes backwards, and the roof lining feels closer, all of which combine to make the cockpit appreciably more sporty. Entry-level Sport models get analogue dials housed in silver-coloured drainpipes, as per the Evoque’s; higher spec Sports have digitised dials on multi-functional TFT screens.

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport - Front interior

2014 Land Rover, Range Rover Sport – Front interior

Check out the live reveal here: 

2014 Dodge Durango receives a “mid-cycle refresh” at the NY auto show

Even though Chrysler will reportedly discontinue the Dodge Durango after the current model’s lifespan (said to be around 2016) doesn’t mean that they are done tweaking the formula for this full-size, three-row SUV.

2014 Dodge Durango - Taking a classic Dodge for a ride

2014 Dodge Durango – Taking a classic Dodge for a ride

For 2014, Dodge is putting emphasis on family resemblance; the Durango borrows the Charger’s and Dart’s LED light-bar taillamp setup. Up front, it gets an updated grille, raised front bumper and new projector-beam headlights with available LED daytime running lights. A more sculpted hood and pronounced fenders give it a muscular look, channeling the Challenger’s curves.

2014 Dodge Durango - Front 3/4

2014 Dodge Durango – Front 3/4

On the tech side, the instrument panel looks to have been redesigned to include a standard seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) gauge cluster, and it also appears as if Chrysler’s well-liked UConnect system has been updated with the 8.4-inch touchscreen found in other Chrysler vehicles. The 2013 model’s conventional console shifter has been replaced by a rotary knob for gear selection.

2014 Dodge Durango - Rear 3/4

2014 Dodge Durango – Rear 3/4

Powertrains carryover for 2014: The 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 are again available. A standard capless fuel filler is new this year. Chrysler says the 2014 Durango will be “up to 9%” more efficient than the outgoing model thanks to the new transmission and new Eco mode; the latter alters throttle response and the transmission’s shift points to maximize fuel efficiency.

2014 Dodge Durango - Interior

2014 Dodge Durango – Interior

The 2014 Dodge Durango will go on sale in Q3 of this year and as we said above should be around for 3.5 more years.

Subaru Steals the NY International Auto Show with its WRX Concept Car

Late last week before Friday could be Good and the Easter Bunny could hide his eggs the Subaru introduced its WRX concept to the world. To say that this car has stollen the New York International Auto Show could just be the biggest understatement of this year as the buzz that this concept car has created is palpable.The WRX has always been a particularly aggressive looking car. The 2014 Subaru WRX Concept takes the aggression to a whole new level with a lower, wider, and bolder design.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Front 3/4

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Front 3/4

If the cues from the Subaru WRX Concept carry over to the production version, we finally have a WRX that looks as great as it will probably drive. With a muscularly designed exterior that hosts a turbocharged engine and AWD powertrain, the WRX Concept combines signature power with superior handling and steering. To add to the sportiness of the vehicle, Subaru added a carbon fiber roof to minimize weight and lower the center of gravity, also helping to improve handling.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Side profile

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Side profile

With a large and in charge grille and a bulge in the hood, the engine cavity provides enough space for the turbocharger and intercooler. A sharp line spans from the headlights to the rear lights, breaking only at the prominent wheel arches. In the rear, the curved trunk lid acts as a spoiler and the wide low bumper hosts the four exhaust pipes. Every new design on the WRX Concept adds to the powerful nature of the car.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Rear 3/4

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Rear 3/4

After gazing upon the gorgeous WRX Concept, it is clear what direction Subaru is taking the next generation Impreza/WRX/STI and we are all in. Unfortunately, Subaru offered no details on the next WRX, only saying that this concept is a preview of “what the future might bring.” So it will be interesting to see how the production model compares to the concept and to the previous WRX’s.

Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Aston Martin Vanquish in the Italian Alps

I hope that your all having a good Good Friday and planing on getting together with friends or family. Since we are not in the office today and the are a little burned out on reporting about the new car releases at this years New York International Auto Show. Instead we though we would share our favourite non auto show video, which was created by the Evo Magazine team.

The premiss of the 12 minute short is to discover if the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta can match the GT credentials of the Aston Martin Vanquish and outperform the wild Lamborghini Aventador? Evo staff writer and now video presenter Henry Catchpole heads to the italian Alps to find out.

Happy Easter everyone and enjoy the below short film.