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Report: Ford to build next F-150, outgoing model concurrently?

By Brandon Turkus

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Ford is rumored to be considering concurrent production for old and new F-150 models in a bid to minimize supply chain disruptions and inventory. Automotive News is reporting that the Blue Oval will build both the current F-150 and its replacement, which we showed you testing just last month, side by side for about half a year before switching over entirely to next-generation production.

As IHS Automotive analyst Mike Jackson told AN, “In order to ramp up, you have to retool…and that means you have to take capacity offline.” Building both models alongside could allow Ford to cope with the still strong demand for the current F-150, while populating dealer supplies and working out supply chain kinks for the new model before making a full-time switch.

A loss of capacity when demand is so strong, even for a short period, could spell bad news for Ford, which nets an estimated 90 percent of its global profit on pickups and large SUVs. As AN states, Ford produces the F-150 in both Kansas City, Missouri and Dearborn, Michigan, which allows it to maintain some degree of flexibility in production. The new F-150 is expected to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show as a 2015 model, with a design inspired by the Atlas Concept first shown at the Detroit Auto Show last January.

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Report: Organizers vow city bankruptcy won't affect Detroit Auto Show

By Brandon Turkus

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Detroit’s bankruptcy is going to mess up a lot of stuff in the coming months – if not years. One thing that shouldn’t be affected, though, is the North American International Auto Show, held at downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center.

Currently in the midst of a much-needed $299-million renovation, Cobo’s operation was taken over by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority in 2009, essentially protecting the convention center, and by extension, the auto show, from the city’s ills.

Speaking to Automotive News, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Rod Alberts, said he isn’t worried about the effect of Detroit’s bankruptcy on the show’s most visible municipal presence – security. City officials are committed to providing the same degree of activity as in previous years. In addition to the regular police presence, the auto show will hire its own security forces for this year’s show rather than contracting out. Not all the pressure is on the show and the DPD, though, as Alberts pointed out to AN, “‘I know we can lean on other agencies to help us out if we need to.'”

Held annually at Cobo since 1965, the North American International Auto Show is one of the premiere events on the global auto show calendar. Held every January, it has been a regular source of frostbite news and new vehicle introductions for media from around the world.

Organizers vow city bankruptcy won’t affect Detroit Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Alfa Romeo dumping FWD Mito, Giulietta hatches in favor of RWD sedans

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Europeans should be dancing in their nearest piazza, as Alfa Romeo is ditching its front-drive MiTo and Giulietta to return to its rear-drive roots, according to a report from the UK’s Car. The switch is expected to happen in 2015, and is meant to bring Alfa Romeo closer to Maserati.

Car is claiming that a 3 Series-fighting Alfa will hit the streets first, followed by a larger model to contend with the 5 Series. After that, Alfa will field a pair of SUVs, its first models of that body style. We sincerely hope all of these cars come with sweet-sounding, high-revving six-cylinder engines.

While we’re quite happy for European gearheads, the shift in logic has us wondering, once again, what this means for Alfa Romeo’s long-promised return to the US of A. Both the MiTo and Giulietta were slated for the US market at some point in 2013, according our most recent report. We’re half way through the year now, and there hasn’t been so much as a whimper indicating that timetable would work.

Based on remarks Sergio Marchionne made at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, bringing Alfa back properly is more important than bringing it back quickly. That logic could explain this latest possible delay. Getting American Alfa Romeo’s right for Americans could also explain things, which is perhaps a lesson learned from the Dart’s rushed launch.

In any case, with this news that two of the core models of Alfa’s US return are being ditched within the next 30 or so months, we’re left wondering (again) when the legendary Italian brand will return to our shores.

Alfa Romeo dumping FWD Mito, Giulietta hatches in favor of RWD sedans originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shanghai: 2014 Maserati Ghibli snarls in Shanghai

By Steven J. Ewing

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Big things are happening at Maserati, where the automaker is looking to increase its sales to 50,000 units annually. In addition to the revised Quattroporte that we saw at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Maserati has launched the all-new Ghibli here in Shanghai – a smaller, more driver-focused model that will take on the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

At launch, the Ghibli will be offered with three six-cylinder engines, two gas and one diesel. The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, good for a 0-62 time of 5.6 seconds. The more powerful Ghibli S, however, comes with a twin-turbocharged version of this engine, good for 410 hp and 406 lb-ft, reducing that 0-62 time to just five seconds flat. On the diesel end, the Ghibli will offer a 3.0-liter diesel V6 with 275 hp and 443 lb-ft of twist, able to do that same 62-mile-per-hour run in a still impressive 6.3 seconds. The more powerful Ghibli S will also be available with Maserati’s new Q4 all-wheel-drive system, though we’re told that this feature cannot be had on right-hand-drive versions.

As for what we can see here in Shanghai, the Ghibli looks pretty darn good, though that front fascia reminds us an awful lot of the BMW 3 Series. (Seriously, just picture the Bimmer with a more gaping grille opening.) Maserati will offer the Ghibli with standard 18-inch wheels, though 19s, 20s, and even 21s will be available as optional extras.

Have a look through our photo galleries above and below, and let us know what you think of the new Ghibli in the comments.

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Shanghai: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept is green-tinted high performance

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Those of us who like a little style injected into our greenery will appreciate the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept seen above. Like the original seven-seat non-coupe version of the crossover first seen at the Detroit Auto Show, this five-seat machine from Shanghai features a high-tech drivetrain that consists of twin electric motors, one up front and one at the rear, that get juice from a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. Under the hood sits a 295-horsepower, direct-injection, gasoline-burning V6 in place of the turbo-diesel of the Detroit version.

Those three powerplants combine to put out an impressive 415 horsepower, which is sufficient to shuttle the CrossBlue Coupe Concept from 0-60 in a scant 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 147 miles per hour. Of course, green-leaners will be more interested in the Concept’s ability to travel 21 miles on electricity alone that couples with the estimated 79 miles per gallon on the European combined cycle – for what it’s worth, there’s no direct translation of that figure into US mpg, but it wouldn’t be nearly that high – that allows for a 720-mile range… on paper, of course.

Styling, as they say, is subjective, but we like what we see. Have a look at the VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept in our high-res image gallery above, read the press release below, and let us know what you think.

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Video: Corvette Stingray designer lists five goals of new exterior shape

By Michael Harley

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Redesigning an icon is a difficult task, especially when you’ve got a blank sheet of paper in front of you and the all-new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is intended to be your final objective.

General Motors has released a new short video featuring Kirk Bennion of the Corvette’s exterior design team, talking about the challenges of sculpting Chevrolet’s new flagship sports car and the five goals the team had to keep in mind as it worked. In the end, Bennion’s team had the pleasure of seeing their hard work take center stage as the Corvette captured the world’s eyes at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

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Report: Cadillac ATS was almost front-wheel drive

By Michael Harley

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“We were going to do a front-wheel drive Cadillac compact off of Delta because it was going to be less expensive,” Doug Parks, General Motors‘ vice president of global product programs, told the Automotive News during the Detroit Auto Show in January of this year. That sentence, referring to early ATS discussions more than five years ago – a period when the automaker, and the industry, was struggling – reveals that Cadillac’s highly acclaimed rear-wheel drive compact sedan almost never happened.

Parks revealed that that automaker actually built a 2.0-liter test mule, on GM’s Delta platform (shared with the Chevrolet Cruze and Buick Verano) and tested it in Europe. While the prototype was “pretty darn good,” according to Parks, the team realized that in order to compete against Mercedes-Benz and BMW it would have to invest in a new rear-wheel drive platform.

The resulting all-new Alpha platform would eventually underpin the Cadillac ATS, and many would argue that its balanced rear-wheel drive chassis is its single most important attribute. Thankfully, the Alpha’s goodness won’t stop with the ATS. The upcoming 2014 Cadillac CTS and the future Camaro will also share its architecture, meaning the Cimarron will remain a distant memory.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught again

By Steven J. Ewing

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe out testing, but we’re sort of inclined to ask “Why?” yet again. After all, the 4 Series is what the new 3 Series-based coupes and convertibles will be called, so the idea of another four-door version just sort of seems redundant. In other words, just how different will a 4 Series Gran Coupe be from a 3 Series sedan, aside from perhaps a more rakish roofline or a four-passenger seating configuration? Probably not much, but BMW clearly thinks it can use the additional bodystyle to rake in some extra profits.

Anyway, back to these spy shots. No more of the 4GC’s skin has been revealed since the last time we saw it, but we fully expect it to share a lot of its design DNA with the 3 Series sedan, not to mention the attractive 4 Series coupe concept that bowed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Powertrain options should carry over direct from the 3 Series line, so we expect to see 428i and 435i models on hand, packing turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, respectively. We’re sure that BMW‘s xDrive all-wheel drive will be available, and who knows, we could even get a 428d version with the new 2.0-liter turbodiesel four that debuted in the 328d at the New York Auto Show last week, or even an M4 variant.

The 4 Series coupe is expected to launch later this year, so expect to see the 4CG shortly thereafter.

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2014 Infiniti Q50 configurator comes alive

By Steven J. Ewing

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The G37-replacing 2014 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan launches in the not-too-distant future, and for those curious about how pricing and packages will shake out, the car’s official online configurator has been launched. Here, you can build the Q50 or Q50 Hybrid of your dreams, with the cost of entry starting at $36,450 (plus $905 for destination).

Selecting the hybrid model adds $7,250 to that bottom line – mostly because the gasoline-electric version is only available in the Premium trim and higher, while the gas-only Q50 comes in a base guise. Adding all-wheel drive, which Infiniti has made available with either engine and on all trims, will set you back $1,800.

There are a number of packages available across the trims, including a $1,400 navigation pack that includes a spare tire kit, a deluxe touring pack that costs $4,700 (and includes the navigation goodies), and the upper-crust $7,900 technology package which gets you, well, everything. Put that all together on a Venetian Ruby Q50 RWD Sport like we did, and you’re looking at $51,755 when destination has been added.

To recap, the Q50 is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 that produces 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The Q50 Hybrid uses a smaller 3.5-liter V6 coupled to a 50-kilowatt electric motor. In the hybrid, the gas engine produces 296 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and the total output with the hybrid motor brings that first number up to 354.

Head over to Infiniti’s build-your-own site to see all of the color and package combinations for the Q50, and scroll through our gallery below to see many more shots of the car live from its Detroit Auto Show debut.

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Report: 2014 Toyota Corolla to bow before LA

By Steven J. Ewing

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We’ve sort of been wondering when Toyota would finally debut the next-generation Corolla sedan, especially since the current car is getting very, very long in the tooth. We got a glimpse of the new compact’s design at this year’s Detroit Auto Show in the form of the Furia concept seen above, but we figured we’d see the production car by now.

According to Edmunds, Toyota will be unveiling the new Corolla sometime soon, and it won’t wait until the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Officials from the Japanese automaker did not state a specific location or date for the new car’s unveiling, but said that the 2014 Corolla is expected to be on sale before the LA expo later this year and that it will be revealed “somewhere in the US.”

Toyota did not divulge any details about the new Corolla, and we’re willing to bet that the aggressive lines of the Furia concept will be dulled down quite a bit for the production model. Still, news that the new car is coming sooner rather than later is indeed a good thing.

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Official: 2014 Acura MDX shows up exactly as expected

By Steven J. Ewing

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Acura (and parent company Honda, for that matter) doesn’t always leave a lot to be left to the imagination when they unveil prototypes at auto shows. Case in point: Take a gander at the Acura MDX Prototype that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, and then look at the production-spec 2014 MDX pictured above. See what we mean?

Design-wise, there frankly isn’t a whole lot to get excited about with this MDX. Sure, a lot of the chiseled, sharp lines from the previous-generation model have been smoothed out in favor of something that will likely have more mass-market appeal, but to our eyes, the MDX has simply lost a lot of its visual flair in the process. To quote Autoblog senior editor Seyth Miersma, this new one just looks like the old one after melting by 10 percent. The end result is something that more closely resembles the company’s smaller RDX crossover than anything else, with other subtle design elements mimicking what we’ve seen on the ILX and RLX sedans. It’s all fine, but again, not exciting. The good news, however, is that thanks to the use of new lightweight materials, the 2014 MDX is 275 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

Updates to what’s underneath the MDX’s new skin are hardly surprising, but still welcome. Power comes from a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 making 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with both front-wheel drive and Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive on offer. Acura estimates that front-drive models will achieve 20/28/23 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined), and says that adding the SH-AWD drops those numbers to 18/27/21. Acura will offer a new Integrated Dynamic System that allows the driver to choose between normal, sport and comfort settings, and the new MDX will ride on a choice of either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the MDX is loaded with comfort and technological features, including AcuraLink, a premium ELS audio system, and the dual-screen display that’s similar to what we experienced in the company’s new RLX flagship earlier this year. Up top is an eight-inch display that houses things like navigation data, while the seven-inch display below with haptic feedback works as a sort of command center for the whole infotainment system. Other new goodies for the 2014 MDX include Acura’s Jewel Eye adaptive front lighting, a host of standard safety equipment and premium features like a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch screen complete with HDMI compatibility.

Have a look at Acura’s press release below for the full list of changes for the 2014 model. We’ll have live images straight from the New York Auto Show floor in a jiffy, too, so stay tuned.

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Spy Shots: Lincoln MKC prototype spied out testing

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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As was the case with the Lincoln MKZ, it appears that Lincoln isn’t wasting any time getting its newest model transformed from concept to production form. We just saw the MKC Concept earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, and based on these spy shots, it looks like the final touches are being put in place for the 2014 Lincoln MKC crossover.

Sharing its platform with the Ford Escape, we can definitely see some similarities between these two compact crossovers when it comes to the roofline and daylight opening, but through the heavy camouflage, Lincoln’s signature split-wing grille can easily be seen and it looks like the concept’s taillights will also make it to reality. On the disappointing side, it looks like the integrated exhaust outlets are being ditched for some round outlets, and we can’t tell if the production version will keep the Audi-like clamshell rear liftgate.

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Video: Corvette Stingray taillamps defended by GM design director Tom Peters

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There has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the exterior design of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray since its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. To quell – or possibly stir up – detractors, Autoweek talked to Tom Peters, GM‘s director of exterior design for performance cars, fullsize trucks and large crossovers, so that he might have a chance to explain/defend the styling of the C7 ‘Vette, especially when it comes to the car’s rump.

In attempting to “create as much newness as possible,” Peters says that the squared-off taillights fit the new design better and helped give the new Corvette its own signature styling. In regards to the similarities with the taillights of the Camaro, Peters points out that earlier generations of the two cars shared similarly shaped rear lights in the ’60s and early ’70s. Around the Autoblog water cooler, some of us think the problem lies not with the taillights but rather with the round exhaust outlets and the tacked-on rear spoiler. Feel free to share your own thoughts in the Comments.

Scroll down to watch Peters talk about just some of what went into redesigning this American icon.

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Corvette Stingray taillamps defended by GM design director Tom Peters originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Honda confirms 2014 Odyssey and Acura MDX for New York

By Chris Tutor

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Look beneath the seats of a Honda Odyssey and you’ll likely find a handful of that iconic loop cereal loved by toddlers nationwide. And to show that Honda understands its minivan’s target market, it is using the breakfast staple to announce its plans to reveal the updated 2014 model at next week’s New York Auto Show. While the announcement is creative, it unfortunately lacks much in the way of information, leaving us with little more than a vague teaser alluding to “some innovative new features.”

As expected, Honda has also confirmed we will see the production version of the 2014 Acura MDX in New York. We expect the 2014 MDX to look very much like the prototype we saw in January at the Detroit Auto Show with only slight differences. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 will be offered with all-wheel drive or, in a first for MDX, front-wheel drive.

You’ll find the official press snippets for both below, and we’ll have live images and details on both from the New York show. Until then… Cheerio!

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Spy Shots: BMW M4 sheds some camouflage for latest test run

By Steven J. Ewing

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Last time we saw the upcoming BMW M4 out testing, it was heavily clad with camouflage and decidedly homely looking (as most early development mules are). But in this latest set of photos, the M3 coupe successor has started to come into its own skin, and we’re seeing a shape more closely akin to that of a rendering we brought you a few months back.

Unsurprisingly, the M4 coupe looks very similar to the 4 Series Concept that BMW debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. And while non-M version of the 4er will likely look a bit more sedate, these spy shots clearly show an aggressive front fascia, large wheels and the usual quad-exhaust rounding out the rear end.

Naturally, the M3 sedan will launch before this M4 coupe (and convertible), and powertrain details are still unclear as of this writing. We understand that the current M3’s naturally aspirated V8 will be axed in favor of some sort of turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and we’ve heard plenty of rumors as to what, exactly, it might be, but we have yet to hear any official confirmation.

The 4 Series will launch later this year as a 2014 model, and we expect the M4 to follow suit about one year later as a 2015 model.

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Report: BMW says yes to 1 Series M successor, no to M6 Gran Coupe with xDrive

By Steven J. Ewing

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If you’re anything like us, the first half of that headline made you smile. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe was, without a doubt, one of our favorite cars from the past few years, and according to a BMW Blog interview, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, head of the company’s M division, has confirmed that a successor is in the works.

“We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor,” Nitschke told BMW Blog. Currently, BMW only offers the M135i version of the new 1 Series hatch in Europe, which Nitschke says is “not a pure M car.”

Moving elsewhere in the M range, BMW Blog asked about the M6 Gran Coupe that recently debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The obvious competitors for this car will be higher-power versions of the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS7, but while both of those offer all-wheel drive, the M6 only sends power to its rear wheels.

“We will not bring an all-wheel drive, only a rear-wheel drive,” Nitschke said in the interview. The main reason is that adding AWD means additional weight has to be tacked on, and even so, the BMW executives said that the car was developed to have specific handling and steering characteristics common to a rear-wheel-drive car. “I think it’s perfect the way it is,” Nitschke stated.

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First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport

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Mercedes Makes A Mighty Little Sedan

We got overexcited when the W203 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan came out in 2001, calling it the “Baby Benz” when it really wasn’t. We knew that, too, but our enthusiasm for a model more like the old 190 of the ’80s was so strong that we were willing to stretch the first-gen C-Class to fit that mold. Today, the C-Class has done what all German premium cars do: grown in size. In this case, grown to satisfy the market intentions of the previous E-Class.

There was the tall A-Class sold from 1998 through 2010, but we never considered that a serious small Benz in the proper spirit, nor was it ever offered in the US. Regardless, we’ve been craving a smaller, premium, sexy sedan all the while.

As you read this, Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled, with great fanfare at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the production CLA-Class. We saw the car at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and the Concept Style Coupe that led to the CLA was first seen in China at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The CLA – a.k.a. “the baby CLS” – is finally here and we’ve driven it.

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Official: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible gives us a couple of looks

By Chris Paukert

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Put away your pixel paintbrushes, kids. Pack up your Photoshop. This is the real-deal 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible in its first official images. The droptop Chevrolet will roll into the bright lights of the Palexpo exhibition at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, a four-wheeled statement of intent that General Motors is serious about taking its Corvette franchise global.

Chevy isn’t providing anything in the way of further details with these two shots, but we’ve learned at least a couple of things about the car shown here. First off, the example seen in these images is fitted with the optional Z51 Performance Package – something that isn’t immediately evident because there’s no sign of the coupe model’s prominent ductwork on its rear haunches. In order to accommodate the power folding hard tonneau cover, the vents that feed the transmission and differential coolers have been relocated to the underside of the car. The dark paint color on this example also does a good job of muting the contrasting black front fender vents and hood opening – Z51-spec design details that have proven to be somewhat controversial.

One other thing to note: These two shots also display the Stingray wearing different alloy wheels than the split five-spoke design shown at the hardtop’s Detroit Auto Show unveiling in January. The simpler, thin five-spoke wheels should do a good job of showing off the Z51’s upgraded brakes, and they’ll be optional on the coupe as well.

Sit tight – we’ll have more images and details on the C7 Convertible for you early next week, including live photos and impressions from the show floor in Geneva.

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Spy Shots: Next Hyundai Genesis caught shooting through the snow… with all-wheel drive?

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Hyundai is still working on getting its next-generation Genesis sedan ready for production, and while these spy shots don’t reveal much more of the car’s new design than what we saw back in December, our spy photographer did manage to catch an important detail being added to the big sedan. In addition to its rumored 10-speed automatic transmission, it looks like the new Genesis could get an all-wheel drive system based on a sticker in the rear window that says “4WD AT.” This would make sense, too, as the car was caught testing in snowy and icy Northern Sweden.

Another new element of the car visible in these pictures is our first look at the car with its LED headlights illuminated giving the front end a more upscale and dynamic look. In terms of its overall appearance, the new Genesis is expected to take some design elements from the HCD-14 Genesis Concept that Hyundai revealed last month at the Detroit Auto Show. There is still no official word, though, as to when we may see the new Genesis unveiled.

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Autoblog Podcast #322

By Dan Roth

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Episode #322 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla’s cautious announcement of a first-quarter profit, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and Zach and Dan share an interview with Gordon Platto, chief designer for the Ford Atlas Concept truck from this year’s Detroit Auto Show. We wrap with a couple of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Keep reading for our Q&A module for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #322:

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In the Autoblog Garage:
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
2013 Toyota Prius V
2013 Lincoln MKS

Hosts: Dan Roth, Zach Bowman, Jeff Ross

Runtime: 01:26:23


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Autoblog Podcast #322 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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