вторник, 31 января 2017 г.
The 2019 Toyota Supra proportions and beautiful curves: Toyota Supra gets refreshed for 2019 and new renderings show off the sports car's attractive styling. Here are some pictures of the upcoming model which illustrate its proportions and beautiful curves.
The forum's renderings highlight the parallels between the Supra and the FT-1 concept, which suggested in 2014 that Toyota was serious about reprising its iconic sports car. Up front, we see wide headlights, a pointed nose, and side strakes that frame the face of the car and likely aid aerodynamics. In back are taillights and aero that also echo the FT-1. While these features are not obvious in spy shots, the final production model will look much like the concept car. We're inclined to agree.
Japan responds to Donald Trump's trade pressure:It didn't took look for Japan to give an answer to the intensifying trade pressure from US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rumored to be meeting the head of Toyota Motor Corp this week and business lobby Keidanren setting up a Trump task force. On February 10 he will visit Washington in order to discuss the issue with the US leader, and we expect them to find a solution towards the trade deal between the countries, and of course the automotive sector.
Ahead of those talks, Abe will meet with Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda. One of them said the meeting would take place on Friday. A spokesman for Abe denied the reports, telling a news conference he was not aware of any meeting between the two having been scheduled.In a phone call with Abe on Saturday, Trump reiterated his pledge to create jobs in the United States and asked that the Japanese auto industry contribute.
понедельник, 30 января 2017 г.
Spy pictures of the upcoming 2018 McLaren P14: We've got some teasers of the upcoming McLaren P14 before, but I guess they aren't enough to show us whether the car we are awaiting for is worthy that or not.
So we have to say this time the early leakage serves the car maker right. McLaren P14 is set for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March so it’s about time they started opening up about it and let the public know what kind of specs the new Super machine is going to boast. Looks-wise, as you can see here, while retaining the same general profile as its predecessor, the P14 has taken a turn toward elegance rather than the sheer sportiness that was the 650’s most apparent characteristic.
Ford auto sales beat expectations once again?: Ford dealers and Ford executives sounded a typically optimistic note at this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention here, based on record U.S. auto sales in 2016 and growing confidence that even if auto sales decline a bit in 2017, they won't decline much.
Dealers are concerned about a drop in car sales as opposed to trucks, but all in all he said dealers are happy with Ford's current product lineup. They do have concerns about car models – as the whole industry does – as to what the public wants. Forecasts for 2017 call for a small decline in auto sales. The same was true for 2016, but 2016 auto sales beat expectations and the record set in 2015 – just barely – due in part to a high level of discounting.
суббота, 28 января 2017 г.
Mercedes-Benz shares its future sports cars and sedans ideas: Mercedes shared with us its plans on future and we really love what we got to see. The previews of the upcoming sports cars and sedans it built were also shown this week at a forum in Germany.
We see images of a curvy sports car study (the silver car) with huge wheel arches flared out almost like pontoons. There's also what appears to be a rear-engine hypercar (white car); we've been reading reports about it for months. Additionally, there's a red sporty saloon, as Mercedes calls it, also among the photos. It features prominent rounded fenders and a bold horizontal grille.
пятница, 27 января 2017 г.
Automakers can only be saved by new products!:If automakers want to increase their car sales they need to take in consideration this important tip: consumers love new products! If you offer something new in the market you must know that this is a key differentiator among other brands, who might do even better.
Even high-flying brands begin to lose momentum when portfolios grow stale, he said without naming names. The industry franchise assessment is an off-the-record briefing to retail industry leaders on the condition and outlook of each brand in the U.S. Sargent declined to discuss the specifics of the 2017 review. But he acknowledged that older products are often at the root of problems -- real or perceived -- in a brand’s reputation, the retained value of its vehicles, customer relations andvehicle appeal.
Ferrari 550 Maranello WSR the super rare classy up for auction: Ferrari 550 Maranello is one of the few modern classic cars whose price haven't become much higher since the car got revealed, but those good times might soon get over, so car lovers are trying to get their piece of art as soon as possible. This World Speed Record edition is a super rare beauty for auction.
Actually, it’s even better than that. This Ferrari 550 Maranello WSR is one of only 33 units built worldwide, and one of the only 10 right-hand-drive examples. That makes it rather special, and that’s even before you take into account the fact it has just two owners from new and only 33,800 miles on the clock. The car is set to be auctioned on 25th and 26th February with an estimate of £180,000 to £220,000. And the only way that price is going from here is up.
US Auto Sales Begin to Falter in January: It's a hard goal for the car industry in US to sell more than 17 million cars and light trucks year. Buyer demand will become sated at one point. Of course there will come the moment when manufacturers will be forced to offer less attractive deals in order to keep the customer interested, but even this strategy can't work forever.
Thus, sales would begin to drop from their recent peak, which will create a set of difficult challenges for car companies that operate in the United States. A forecast for January sales predicts a dip of 3% to 1.13 million, which translates into 31,000 vehicles. Some car companies will start to be part of trends that may erode their earnings.Specialists predict the drop will be extremely uneven among manufacturers. Volkswagen, which also owns the Audi and Porsche brands, will begin to rebound sharply from a sales collapse brought on by a diesel engine cheating scandal.
четверг, 26 января 2017 г.
The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder costs $175,100: The new Audi R8 has already been revealed and we have been waiting for the new drop-top version after. Of course the price-tag on it won't be a small one, and not everyone here can afford such a luxury but anyways it costs around $175,100.
Available only in V10 guise, starts at $175K and that is before you put any options on it or take into account the $1,250 destination charge. But hey, the R8 is an exotic super car and it still costs considerably less than its rivals from Ferrari and McLaren. V10 engine and seven-speed S-tronic with glorious motorsport careers to brag about, aluminum and carbon fiber construction, one of the coolest cockpits in the world, and a cloth folding roof which you can operate on the move up to 31 mph. Speaking of speed, the 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque engine enables the R8 Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 198 mph.
China green car sales outsold US & EU sales:
Analysts were expecting China to sell more than 60,000 green cars and hybrids but the truth is that only 44,874 new electric cars were sold by December. But let's be honest, even with these results they outsold more plug-in vehicles than US or Europe did. Overall China car sales share rose to a record of 1.45% above the USA (0.8%) and Europe (1.4%).
Despite the “disappointing” plateauing in December, which is a bit like what happens when you expect that Usain Bolt will break the 0–100 meter world record every time he goes on the track, looking at the big picture, the 351,861 electric car sales registered in China during 2016 represent approximately 46% of aLL plug-ins sold worldwide this year, with Chinese carmakers responsible for 43% of all EV production in 2016.
среда, 25 января 2017 г.
Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT have a new competitor Ford GT: Ford released performance figures for its Ford GT a few hours ago, with the top speed of 216 miles per hour. What's really impressing here is not the speed but the fact that it's Blue Oval's647-horsepower supercar bests the benchmarks from McLaren and Ferrari on a track. 3.1 seconds better than a Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Ford's claim that the GT has a dry weight of 3,054 pounds. Dry weight is the alternative truth of the automotive world, in that it has no bearing on reality. Technically it refers to a car's curb weight with no fluids whatsoever, which is almost impossible to prove and can differ greatly from the rolling curb weight. Ferrari and McLaren list non-dry curb weights of 3,075 and 2,927 pounds, respectively. The latter is listed as DIN, or German standard weight, which includes 90 percent of the fuel. US-spec cars are often heavier due to crash regulation necessities like side-impact airbags.
Electric car sales predictions for 2017: We don't know if the electric car sales are poised to accelerate in sales, or will they be stuck in neutral, but the latest forecast tells us what could occur under existing policies as technologies continue to evolve.
Previously we had been expecting electrics to remain a tiny share of U.S. vehicle sales for decades to come. But now we see a brighter future for electric vehicles, with annual sales topping 1.2 million cars by 2025 plus an additional 186,000 light trucks. That's nearly double its forecast from last year, and nearly 10 times its forecast from 2014.