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PostHeaderIcon Is Nissan Opening The Door Again On A Possible Production IDx?

The curious tale of the two Nissan IDx concepts that made their debuts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show has taken another turn. Long thought to have been scrapped as production options, the IDx concepts are now back in the Nissan headlines after the Japanese automaker recently filed a trademark for the name “Nissan IMX.” Now, this doesn’t automatically guarantee the marque is hinting at the two concepts from four years ago, but the filing revealed intriguing items about what the IMX trademark that can be connected to the IDx.

According to AutoGuide, the trademark was filed for a production car that could take in numerous forms, including as an “electric vehicle,” “sports car,” or a combination of the two. Nissan didn’t specify what kind of production model it’s planning for the IMX, but the close proximity of the trademarked name to the one used on the two concepts back in 2013 has caused renewed speculation on the fate of the retrofitted prototypes we saw in Tokyo. Then again, speculation is all that we have to cling on to at the moment. For now, the IDx concepts will remain just that; Nissan itself has said that it’s not planning to build a new sports car until after the current 370Z ends its lifecycle. Seeing as we just saw Nissan release an updated version of the sports car, all talks of sports cars will probably amount to nothing more than speculation. Still, the IMX trademark is intriguing for what it could turn into in the future.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Is Already Planning For the Chiron’s Successor

The Bugatti Chiron is only a year into its life and yet Bugatti is already making preparations for the supercar’s successor. That much was made clear by no less than CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, who told Road & Track about the company’s plans moving forward at the recently-concluded 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

According to Durheimer, the business model for the Chiron is already set in stone. It will have a life-cycle of six years and the automaker’s waiting list for the supercar is now stretched out to four years. That means that of the 500 models that Bugatti is earmarking for the Chiron, 300 of them are already spoken for, leaving just 200 units up for grabs in the last two-and-a-half years of its production run. Remember, Bugatti only plans to build 70 Chirons a year, so even customers who recently ordered one aren’t likely to get their supercars until around 2021 or 2022. In the meantime, Bugatti is already looking to answer the question, “what’s next,” and that answer may come a lot sooner if Durheimer has something to say about it. The Bugatti CEO has said that the initial plans for the Chiron’s successor should be on the table by 2019, leaving the company with precious little time (a little over a year) to sift through all of its ideas before making a decision. It’s as definitive a statement as we’ve heard from Durheimer, who also shot down rumors of a lower-end Bugatti to complement the Chiron. “For the time I can oversee Bugatti, it will remain the ultimate product,” he said. “Extremely high-end, very sharp, no compromise. The best materials, best technology, highest price. No rebates.” Sounds like a man who knows what he wants.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW’s New Black and White Badge Is A Sign Of Things To Come

BMW showed up to IAA 2017, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, ready to make waves, and make waves it did. There was no shortage of new models to look at, and a few others that we’ve already seen. Highlights included cars like the BMW I Vision Dynamics Concept, the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, BMW X3, BMW i3 and i3S, the new BMW M5, and the BMW M8 GTE – the car that previews the future M8. It also brought a couple of special editions in tow along with concepts we’ve already seen like the 8 Series and the Concept Z4. All of this is great, but at the same time, the German marque also announced something much smaller and maybe even a little controversial. See, the brand has decided to separate its “premium” models (is there such a thing as a non-premium BMW?) from the rest of the lineup with a special badge. That’s right; your next BMW might not wear the traditional black, white, and blue badge. Oh, how time changes things, huh?

The logo isn’t a departure from the iconic BMW badge that we all recognize. It’s still the same, except that it’ll be featured entirely in black and white, with no trace of blue. It’ll also feature the words “Bayerische Motoren Werke,” the automaker’s spelled-out name from which the “BMW” acronym comes from. Granted, Bimmer hasn’t specified which of its models will be given the simplified black and white badge, but a quick look at the company’s revamped lineup provides the likelihood that models like the 7 Series and the upcoming 8 Series and X7 SUVs all have the inside track at wearing the new badge. An announcement is expected to happen sooner than later, but in any case, start getting used to this new logo from BMW. It may be more of the same from a design point of view, but for as long as we’ve known and appreciated the black, white, and blue badge, it’s going to take as much time to get used to this new version.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini’s Preparing For A New One-Off/Limited Edition Model

When it comes to building one-off supercars, nobody does it quite like Lamborghini. From past examples like the Reventon and the Sesto Elemento to more recent offerings like the Aventador J, the Veneno Roadster, and the Centenario, no automaker has enthralled our imaginations and lamented our lots in life like the Raging Bull. I could wax poetic about all these exotics, but there’s far more pressing news to discuss. Apparently, Lamborghini isn’t done building one-offs just yet. There’s a new one on the way and no less than Lambo’s director of research and development Maurizio Reggiani confirmed as much to Car Advice.

Reggiani didn’t reveal much about this new one-off, and for good reason. What he did say was the company is planning to present its customers with a new one-off (really a “small number of cars” in Lamborghini’s dictionary) supercar that will “introduce some new technology” into the fold. What “new technology” exactly means is the intriguing element of this new supercar, on top of a whole list of other cutting-edge features. As far as a timetable is concerned, Reggiani didn’t spill the beans on that front either, possibly because he didn’t want to take any attention away from the company’s most important new car in recent years, the Lamborghini Urus SUV. That model is scheduled to make its world debut on December 4, 2017. Given the timeframe, it’s possible that this new limited edition Lamborghini will be the automaker’s main attraction at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini’s New Teaser Of The Urus SUV Is Getting Us All Pumped Up

Excuse me for a second for taking a break from the whirlwind that is the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Given all the head-spinning induced by all these debuts, I think it’s time for a little breather. Let me divert your collective attentions for a quick minute and tell you about a car that’s making headlines, not because it showed up in Frankfurt, but because it’s debuting three months from now in December 2017. That car, ladies and gentlemen, is the Lamborghini Urus, and just as the Italian automaker is grabbing people’s attention in Frankfurt with the Aventador Roadster S, the Italian supercar company has its sight sets on its next big thing.

Truth be told, far too much has been said about the Urus SUV over the years. From skepticism to excitement, doubt to giddiness, Lambo has put us through an emotional roller-coaster with regards to the Urus. And now that it’s three months away from finally making its world debut, the Raging Bull is continuing to build up the hype by releasing a minute-long trailer revolving around the message that Lamborghini is a pioneer above all else. Even the trailer’s title – #SinceWeMadeItPossible – touches on that message, as does the content itself, which pretty much describes Lamborghini as an innovator, rule-breaker, and challenger to the status quo. Regardless of what most of us think of these boasts, it’s hard to argue against any of them when the evidence of the company’s innovation is the very reason why we’re circling December 4 in our calendars. The Urus SUV is finally arriving, folks. Best to save the date this early.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW 1 Series

We didn’t get a chance to enjoy the second-generation 1 Series here in the States, but with the introduction of the third-gen model, BMW has decided we are worthy yet again. So far, very little is known about the new 1 Series, but one big factor could be rather detrimental to its success: it’s shifting from a RWD architecture to a FWD architecture. It’s a move that’s surely ruffling some feathers in the Bimmer community. This switch is made possible by UKL platform that debuted in the 2014 Mini Cooper and now underpins the new 1 Series Sedan, 2 Series Active Tourer, and the X1. Outside of this, the new 1 Series will shed its homely exterior design in favor of a more aggressive look with a slightly longer wheelbase than previous models. Rumor also has it BMW is dropping the three-door model, leaving just the five-door hatch to fight against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

More importantly, however, is the fact that the UKL platform will translate to more space inside for rear seat passengers and cargo. Compared to the Mini Cooper, the new 1 Series will be a bit longer and is even said to be coming back to the U.S. And, to add even more fuel to the fire, the BMW 1M could come back with as much as 360 horsepower on tap – just enough to put the Focus RS and Golf R in their place. But, before we get too far into all of that, let’s take a short walk down memory lane before diving into hints offered by the first round of spy shots.

Update 09/08/2017: It’s been months since we’ve seen the next-gen 1 Series testing on public streets, and it’s finally be spotted again. As it turns out, BMW has been quite busy inching the 1 Series closer to production. Check out the “Spy Shots” section below to learn about what’s new this time around.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype

As the SUV and crossover body style continues to grip European markets with a surge in popularity, automakers are rushing to fill any and all gaps left in their tall-bodied lineup. Honda is no different, and without a green alternative in its compact crossover offerings, competitors like Kia and Toyota are scooping up sales left right. Basically, it boils down to missed opportunities for the H badge, but now, that’s about to change as Honda previews its upcoming hybrid CR-V. It’s called the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, and quite frankly, that “Prototype” in the name is probably completely unnecessary – this thing looks almost totally production ready. Not only is this the first time Honda has brought hybrid tech to a European-market SUV, but it’s also rumored the model could come stateside some time in the future. Either way, expect sharper styling, a 2.0-liter gas engine, and two electric motors.

The prototype will get its big public reveal later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, following in the footsteps of an earlier, China-bound hybrid CR-V revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. So then – what does the prototype bring to the table, and what can we expect when the finalized production variant makes its appearance? Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Bollinger Motors Bringing Four-Door Version of B1 Electric SUV

Bollinger Motors sent shockwaves through the auto industry in July when it debuted its prototype all-electric utility vehicle, the B1. That two-door version boasted a promising range of 200 miles, a towing capacity of 6,100 pounds, and a 0-to-60 mph time of only 4.5 seconds – all wrapped in an aluminum body and riding on a four-wheel independent suspension system with 4WD. Well, now Bollinger has announced it will also make a four-door version of the B1.

Robert Bollinger, the CEO of the start-up automaker and designer of the B1, says the four-door version will be nine inches longer than the two-door B1, yet will otherwise offer the same range, weight capacities, and off-road capabilities. What changes is the ease of getting into the rear bucket seats and the additional six cubic feet of cargo volume, pushing its overall cargo volume to 101 cubic feet. Of course, the four-door B1’s breakover angle will be less, but only drops to 33 to 31 degrees. The 56-degree approach and 53-degree departure angles will remain the same.

Two electric motor choices are available: a 60 kWh and a 100 kWh option. As expected, the impressive range and 0-to-60 mph specs are set with the 100 kWh motor option. Official pricing hasn’t been announced, but Bollinger is shooting for an MSRP of $60,000 for the two-door, 60 kWh B1. Opting for the 100 kWh version is said to be another $8,000. Expect pricing to be slightly more expensive for the four-door variant, perhaps starting around $70,000 for the 60 kWh model. As for availability, Bollinger is still solidifying a production deal with a third party (rumored to be AM General). Should that work out, the B1 could begin selling in early 2019.

PostHeaderIcon This Is What The View Is Like From Inside The Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

We’re a few days away from finally seeing the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, and as you might expect, the anticipation is slowly crescendoing up. It also doesn’t help that Mercedes-AMG chief, Tobias Moers, is throwing more wood into the fire by posting a photo of the Project One’s interior from the driver’s perspective.

The photo isn’t much of a revelation for two reasons. One, it doesn’t show the whole cabin, and two, it’s low quality, so even the things we can see don’t tell us a whole lot. That said, any picture of the Project One that we haven’t seen before is gold in our eyes. Quality aside, we do see what looks to be a Formula One-style steering wheel. If that is, in fact, inspired by an F1-type wheel, we can at least expect it to feature its share of buttons and switches, perhaps even its own small display unit. Outside of the steering wheel, the most prominent features in the interior of the Project One hypercar are the pair of display units, one of which looks to be the instrument cluster and a large central infotainment screen in the dashboard. It’s unclear if the latter is integrated into the center console, though I suspect it’s going to be in the production model. That’s as far as what we can tell from the photo posted by Moers. The good news is that all the speculation about the Project One hypercar, including its actual name, will all come to a head at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Consider this a nice little tease before the car officially breaks cover.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Lives Up To Its Word, Brings Aggressive X7 Concept To Frankfurt

BMW told us that it’s planning for a “big” surprise at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and just days ahead of the show’s opening, that “big” surprise has finally come to light – it’s the long-awaited X7 Concept. And in true Bimmer fashion, the concept isn’t lacking in style, flair, and all-around brashness.

For the record, these photos didn’t come from BMW; they came from Bimmerpost. The BMW-focused site describes them as leaked photos and when you compare them to teasers released by BMW, they do appear to be the same car. There’s plenty to discuss regarding the X7 Concept, not the least of which is an eye-catching design that’s straddling the thin line between love and hate. More details should be expected as soon as the SUV concept breaks cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For now, though, take these leaked photos for what they are – a preemptive look at a concept that’s looking more and more divisive the more I look at it. I suppose it’s probably for the best that the X7 Concept is only a concept at this point; if it were a production model, I don’t think BMW would like most folks’ reaction.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis G70

The Genesis brand was introduced in 2015 as Hyundai’s premium division. The name was derived from the Hyundai Genesis, the company’s full-size sedan, which became the Genesis G80 after the rebranding. Before the G80 debuted, the newly-founded brand introduced the G90, a redesigned, more luxurious version of Hyundai’s range-topping sedan, the Equus. In 2016, a third Genesis model was spotted testing on public roads, a sign that the Korean brand is looking to expand even more in the near future. The new vehicle is also a sedan, will be sold as the G70, and will compete in the premium compact market.

As a part of the company’s plan to roll out several new models by 2020, the upcoming G70 will take on a very crowded segment that includes nameplates like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. The G70 will essentially join the Cadillac ATS as yet another compact trying to compete against the world’s most popular luxury compacts. There’s no official word as to when the new sedan will hit the market, but a leaked Genesis document suggests that the G70 could debut by the end of 2016. However, given that the four-door was only spotted recently during testing, an unveiling could take place in early 2017 instead.

Like other Genesis products, the G70 could make its global debut in South Korea, with a North American reveal planned a few months after that. This could happen at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about Genesis’ upcoming compact sedan.

Update 9/5/2017: In just 10 days, Genesis will debut it’s all-new G70 Sedan in its home city, Seoul, South Korea before it makes its way to the U.S. for an early 2018 Debut in North America. To get everyone hyped up, Genesis as released a little teaser talking about its origins and why it chose Seoul as the place the G70 will make its first public debut. Check out the special “Teaser” section below to see it for yourself.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Regardless of your beliefs about emissions and global warming, it’s inevitable that eventually gasoline, diesel, and the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. It’s only a matter of time and auto manufacturers aren’t exactly slowing the process down as they have all jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another. For some manufacturers, jumping on that wagon means developing all-electric cars, or highly efficient hybrid systems. Mercedes is on a different track, however. The German automaker is looking to hydrogen as the next big fuel with models like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-hybrid having already clocked more than seven million miles in testing runs. Now, Mercedes is introduction the GLC F-CELL, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle and one that has a combined range of 310 miles between hydrogen refills.

To date, Mercedes hasn’t released an incredible amount of information about this new GLC F-CELL, but we do know that it features two carbon-fiber-encased hydrogen tanks that only take a few minutes to fill up, and the onboard battery can be charged via a standard 120-volt wall socket, a Mercedes-Benz wall box, or a public charging station. Furthermore, that onboard battery is also charged on the fly via an energy recuperation system that kicks in during braking and coasting.

According to Mercedes’ recent press release, the model will be launched in 2017, which means it should be available in areas where hydrogen fueling stations are available. Of course, there won’t be much for competition at this time, but Mercedes will take pride in setting up shop before the market explodes with production models from every other manufacturer.

Update 9/5/2017: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in just a couple of weeks. Mercedes has released some information regarding the testing of its new plug-in hydrogen vehicle but has yet to provide much else. We did learn a little more about the hydrogen system and the safety structure surrounding it, so cruise on down to the “Drivetrain” section to learn more about that.

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PostHeaderIcon The 370Z Continues to Show its Age, Yet Nissan Refuses to Kill it

As excited as it was to hear rumors that Nissan was bringing thesuccessor to the 370Z sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show, it appears that the hype has fizzled out even before it had a chance to be worth anything. The latest word coming from former Nissan Australia Managing Director, Richard Emery, who has come out saying there are unlikely to be any plans for a new Z concept anytime soon.

Speaking with Motoring, Emery said that there are no plans to introduce a replacement study for the 370Z. His comments also came a few days after the automaker unveiled the 2018 370Z in Europe, packing some aesthetic improvements in the exterior and interior. Considering these recent developments on the front of Nissan’s Z sports car family, it does look like all those talks of a successor were premature. It doesn’t mean that they were unwarranted, though. The fact remains that the 370Z is eight years old and (should be) at the end of its lifecycle. It’s certainly possible that Nissan is giving the sports car one final facelift before officially launching the successor. Whether that’s a couple of years from now or not, it’s going to be a while.

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PostHeaderIcon Missed Out on the Cool Porsche 911 R? You’ll be Able to Buy One Soon

Introduced in 2016, the 911 R is arguably one of the greatest sports cars Porsche has ever built. Essentially a wingless GT3 with a manual transmission, it was designed as the ultimate purist 911 and it was received with great enthusiasm. Interest was so high that all 911 units were sold before the car’s official launch, despite a $184,900 sticker that was $9,000 higher than that of the 911 GT3. What’s more, the 911 R began to fetch more than $1 million on the used-car market after only a couple of months on the road. All told, it was way too exclusive to become a proper purist sports car since only a few rich customers had access to it. But things could change in the near future.

According to Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner, the German firm plans on launching a purist version of the 911 with a regular production run. Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the new Cayenne, he said that Stuttgart sees “potential for more purist versions of sports cars with no limitation” on production numbers. This could mean that Porsche might introduce a model similar to the 911 R as a regular member of the Porsche family instead of a highly limited edition that would send prices through the roof and leave many enthusiasts out of the picture.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M2 CSL Details Leaked

Rumors of higher performance version of the already exciting BMW M2 have been flying around for quite some, and even though the Germans have yet to confirm it, we’ve spotted many prototypes on public roads. Set to arrive by the end of 2017, this new M2 will follow in the footsteps of the M4 CS. In short, it will lighter and more powerful than the standard model. The name is not yet official, but the M2 CSL has been speculated a lot. However, BMW could also go with the M2 CS or, according to newer reports, the M2 Competition. But while the name is still a mystery, a new report adds a few new pieces to the M2 CSL puzzle.

Arguably the biggest news is that the M2 CSL could have around 400 horsepower. With the standard M2 rated at 365, it was believed that the M2 CLS won’t get more than 380 horses, but it seems that BMW wants to take this coupe closer to M4 territory. Munich is also preparing a few exclusive features, like a new Silver Hockenheim paint, which will be offered alongside the already familiar Sunset Orange. Inside, the Dakota black upholstery will be paired with Polar Blue or Kyalami Orange stitching, while perforated leather will be offered as an option. Needless to say, it’s a welcomed departure from the usual black cabin found in M cars. Finally, word has it that production will be capped at only 1,000 units, with ordering to begin in January 2018 and deliveries in May.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG G63

It’s no secret Mercedes is preparing its next generation of G-Class – the go-anywhere luxury SUV that started life nearly 40 years ago as a military truck. Spy shots and rumors have surfaced regarding the upcoming Geländewagen, or G-Wagen, but no news has surfaced about Mercedes’ sportier version built under the AMG badge. That has changed thanks to our skilled spy photographer who captured a camouflaged test mule running around with minimal camouflage.

The new generation of G-Wagen, even sans-AMG badge, is visibly larger than the outgoing model. Its track is wider, its wheelbase is slightly longer, and the overall height seems to be slightly increased. All this in the name of interior comfort and on-road driving dynamics, rumors suggest. The current G-Wagen is notorious for its cramped, outdated interior. Mercedes is definitely fixing that, as seen in the latest round of spy shots. The cabin takes after the swanky E-Class sedan, which is a very good thing. Expect much more in-dash technology and creature comforts. Concerning the AMG version seen here, it’s wearing a taller bumper with larger air scoops, AMG-specific wheels, and wider fenders that accommodate the wider tires. We’ve compiled all the rumored into a speculative review, so keep reading for the all the info.

Updated 09/04/2017: The upcoming Mercedes-AMG G63 was caught testing once again. The prototype is still wearing lots of camouflage, but we expect it to get the new Panamericana grille that all the AMG models are getting right now.

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PostHeaderIcon MINI Electric Concept

The modern Mini Cooper was launched in 2001, some 42 years after the British firm launched the original model. This time build under BMW Group ownership, the Mini became more of a fashion statement rather than an affordable, people’s car, but this is exactly what turned it into a big hit. Redesigned in 2006 and 2013, the Cooper grew larger and larger and gained more technology with each generation. In 2017, Mini introduced its first hybrid model, the S E Countryman All4, and it’s now looking to launch its first-ever electric car. And it just unveiled the Mini Electric Concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Designed as a preview for a production model that will be introduced in 2019, the Mini Electric Concept arrives almost ten year since Mini built its first EV, the Mini E. More of a demonstration vehicle rather than a production car, the Mini E was produced between 2009 and 2010 in the form of a three-door Cooper. More than 600 cars were deployed in several countries for on-road testing in a project that eventually led to a couple of BMW trial cars and finally the i3. A modern reinterpretation of the Mini E, the Electric Concept moves Mini one step closer to joining the EV market. It’s a bit late to the party, but as they say, better late than never.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Accord Type R

There’s no denying that Honda has been pretty stingy when it comes to the Type R badge and the U.S. Market. Over the years, U.K., Euro, and Japanese markets always seemed to get the best that Honda had to offer, with the Type R badge being applied to the first-generation Acura NSX, Acura Integra, the Honda Accord and, of course, the Honda Civic. Of all these, the only models we saw come to the U.S. were the NSX Type R and the Integra Type R, both sporting Acura Badges, and we finally got the Civic Type R for the 2017 model year. With that in mind, it’s been a while since the world got a Type R version of the Accord, so we decided to render up was a U.S.-Spec Accord Type R would look like. Highlights of the build would include more aggressive fascias out front with Type R specific styling to go with plenty of Type R goodness inside. There would, of course, be an improved output over the range-topping model’s 252 ponies, but how that power will come to be is another story. Other necessities include a stiffer suspension, manual transmission, tuned-out exhaust, and a lower ride height.

On the plus side, all of the necessary prerequisites are already in play. The new Accord is pretty sporty on its own, so a more aggressive look should be easily welcomed. But, with the range-topping models of the Accord already sporting the detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder, it won’t take much to get some extra power to the wheels. Even more intriguing is the fact that Accord Sport models with the 2.0-liter can be equipped with a six-speed manual if you check the right option box, so you’ll be able to forgo dealing with that new 10-speed auto gearbox. With all of that in mind, let’s talk a little about the Accord Type R’s history and then take a good look at our rendering. Are you excited? I sure am. Let’s get to it…

PostHeaderIcon Detroit Electric Still Has A Pulse, Or So It Claims

Believe it or not, but Detroit Electric is still alive and kicking. I won’t hate on anyone thinking otherwise because even I thought the company had long hit the dirt. But it’s apparently not true. The company is headed to the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicles event in the U.K. next week and it’s bringing an announcement of some kind that points towards its future as an EV company. This should be interesting.

The company was coy on details when it announced its intentions, but it seems that it’s now on a far better financial footing than where it was in the past. At least that’s the picture Chief Technical Officer and Company Director, Richie Frost, tried to paint when he said that the company has “secured the solid financial foundation to embark on our business plan.” More to that, Frost added that the company is actually embarking on a major recruiting drive with plans to fill its ranks with anywhere from 150 to 200 new employees. For sure, it’s a revealing development that puts to light a different perspective on what the company’s status is at the moment and moving forward. Whether this new-found optimism lasts is an entirely different matter. After all, this is the same company that promised to launch the SP:01 electric sports car three years ago and then added an electric SUV and an electric sedan to its plans two years ago. Nothing’s come out of it so it’s going to be interesting to see if the “solid financial foundation” Frost is talking about has legitimate legs to it.

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The Mazda3 has been generating solid sales for the Japanese automaker ever since it was introduced in 2003, but it was the third-generation model, launched in 2013, that established the nameplate as a strong competitor in the compact market. Selling more units than ever, the third-gen car received a mild update in 2016, but Mazda is already working on the next-generation model. Not much is known about the fourth-generation version, but Mazda’s North American design director, Julien Montousse, has recently unveiled that its design will borrow styling cues from the gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision concept.

Believed to preview the next-generation Mazda RX-7, the RX-Vision concept is also expected to inspire several vehicles in the company’s lineup in the future. The Mazda3 will become the first model to make use of the concept’s sporty lines and we just created a rendering of how the hatchback model may look like. The new Mazda3 won’t see the light of day until at least 2018, but having seen the company’s evolution in recent years, it’s not too difficult to predict what the next compact will bring to the table. As a result, we also put together a speculative review to go with our new rendering. Keep reading for all the info and make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Updated 09/01/2017: The next-gen Mazda3 was caught testing for the first time and, as you can see from the stickers on the prototype, it will feature Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology!

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Mazda3.

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