Audi has just confirmed that it will be introducing a new compact SUV in 2016. The Q1 will be the smallest SUV in the company’s lineup, sitting below the Q3, Q5 and Q7. The new vehicle is just one of a number of new models Audi has in development for the long term. By the end of the decade the automaker will be expanding its already comprehensive lineup from 49 models to over 60 models.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi.
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Castle Three Motor Company, a British company based in Alnwick, Northumberland, have just released a series of sketches showing their retro-inspired rival to the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Funding for the car has been provided via crowd-funding on CrowdCube. However the goal of £200, 000 wasn’t met in the time required. Instead Castle Three Motor Company ended up with £30,000 from almost 70 investors. Despite the obvious shortfall, the company have bravely chosen to power on with the car’s development.
The Castle Three Motor Company’s return to business marks a revival for a company who built 350 three-wheeled cars between 1919 and 1922. The new car has some of the retro style of the original, however it also has a contemporary feel highlighted by its clean lines and LED lighting.
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If you want a fast Volvo, then your list of choices has just increased. The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are just about to start shipping out to a selection of countries across the globe. The new models will initially be available in the following countries; Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development miles have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
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Ken Okuyama, an ex-Pininfarina designer responsible for numerous vehicles, including the Ferrari Rossa concept, Ferrari Enzo, and 599 – and since 2006 head of a design firm which bears his name – showed up to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show with a slightly oddball creation called the Kode9.
The Ken Okuyama Design Kode9 is a retro-inspired concept which takes design cues from a number of vintage models. There’s quite a mix thrown in there; D-Type Jag, Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, Lotus, and a bit of the Mach 5 from the Japanese anime series Speed Racer.
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Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the hardtop version of the Jaguar F-TYPE. The F-TYPE Coupe permanently raises the roof and performance potential of the F-TYPE convertible by adding some extra chassis rigidity, and also making it ripe for some serious racing – with a roll cage and all the other neccessary safety gear added of course.
According to Jaguar, the F-TYPE Coupe is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced. It is available in three versions: F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.
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Next year will see the introduction of the all-new, next-generation MINI Hatch. Like the previous versions, the new 2014 MINI looks back to the original for inspiration. It features significant improvements in technology, engine efficiency and power delivery, driving dynamics, quality and personalisation. Inside, the new MINI is quieter than the outgoing model, with improvements to acoustic refinement inside the cabin.
The body of the new MINI is 3,821mm long (MINI Cooper S is 3,850mm), 1,727mm wide and 1,414mm tall. This makes it 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase has been extended by 28mm, while the track width has been enlarged at the front by 42mm and at the rear by 34mm.
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At the LA Auto Show, Ford pulled the covers off the all-new Ford Edge Concept, a vehicle designed to give a fairly accurate preview of the styling and technology direction of the company’s new large SUV for Europe. Already popular in the U.S. and other markets, the new Edge will be Ford’s first large SUV developed for Europe, one of 25 global vehicles that Ford confirmed last year will go on sale in Europe by 2017.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas said of the introduction: “The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe utility vehicle. The next-generation Ford Edge previewed here will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe”.
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Starting November 19 (or in other words, tomorrow), Porsche will unveil several world premieres at separate motor shows around the world. The first, and most anticipated, will be the brand-spanking-new Porsche Macan, which will make its debut at the LA Auto Show. It will be accompanied in LA by the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet. Then the 570 horsepower Panamera Turbo S Gran Turismo will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. And finally the Porsche 918 Spyder will make its first formal public appearance almost simultaneously at the LA Show and in Guangzhou, China.
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Nissan has finally revealed what the next-generation of Nissan Qashqai will look like. The Qashqai has been one of Nissan’s most successful vehicles, attracting more than 2 million buyers since it was launched in 2007. The 2014 model is the first comprehensive overhaul of the Qashqai, and it introduces a new exterior and interior design, new technologies and new drivetrains.
The new Nissan Qashqai is 49mm longer than the current model and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a slightly more sleek appearance, while maintaining the crossover style, compact dimensions and raised driving position.
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Lexus is headed to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this month, armed with two headline acts. The ungainly LF-NX SUV concept, and the rather more appealing RC Coupe. The RC Coupe is basically the production-ready version of the LF-CC concept – which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year. Two versions of the RC Coupe will be on display, the RC 350 and the RC 300h.
The Lexus RC Coupe is a stylish two-door luxury sports car with bold styling and a sporty coupe profile. The car has been designed to raise the brand’s profile with a wider audience and customers who are new to Lexus. In short. It’s aimed at younger buyers.
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