Monthly Archives September 2014

Next Volkswagen Phaeton Pushed Back to 2018, Will Keep Its Price Level

For months ago, we have reported a possible move that VW may be taking, that the next generation of the Phaeton will be “downgraded” to compete with significantly cheaper competitors such as the Chrysler 300 and the Ford Taurus.

Today there is an update from VW, it is simply that: the above plan is abandoned.

The next VW Phaeton will still be expensive, come with V8 and W12 engines, and may be priced way north of the $70k mark. The new Phaeton will be announced in 2018 as a 2019 model.


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Redesigned W205 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Spec Released

Today Mercedes-Benz unveiled some detailed information regarding the newly redeisgned C-Class sedan AMG variant: the C63 AMG. Below are some highlights:

– All C63 AMG models will be powered by the M177 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine
– 7-speed AMG Speedshift transmission
C63 AMG: 475hp, 479 lb-ft of torque; 0-100kmh (0-62mph): 4.2 seconds
C63 AMG S: 510hp, 515 lb-ft of torque; 0-100kmh (0-62mph): 4.1 seconds
– Tire size: 245/40/R18 (front); 265/40/R18 (rear)
– C63 AMG standard options: AMG Ride Control sports suspension w/3-stage adjustable shocks; AMG speed-sensitive sports steering system; internally ventilated and perforated brake discs (size: 360mm/330mm – front/...

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Production 2015 Lexus RC-F Performance Numbers Start to Emerge

Today, Motor Trend released its road test numbers of the production version 2015 RC-F (the one previously published by MT is the test of a pre-production prototype). Key performance results are:

– 0-60 mph: 4.3s
– 1/4 miles: 12.7s @ 112.2mph


The result is slightly worse than its German competitors such as the BMW M4, Audi RS5 (the new Mercedes-Benz W205 C-coupe AMG has not arrived yet). The reason is because the heavier weight of the RC-F, which exceeds 4,000 lbs.

Compared to the German luxury brands, what Lexus currently lacks behind is the use of high-strength light-weight advanced material in the car body construction...

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Facelifted 2015 Honda CR-V Image Revealed

Today, Honda released one official image of the facelifted 2015 model year CR-V crossover.

This is how the 2015 CR-V looks:


And this isĀ  the current 2014 model year CR-V, notice the difference in the front grille, headlight housing and the fog lights.


Detail specs of the 2015 CR-V will be released on 09/30/2014 and goes on sale the next day (Oct. 1st).

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Foxconn Plans to Build Tesla Cars

If you have not heard of Foxconn, this is something really easy to remember: Foxconn assembles iPhone for Apple. In fact, Foxconn is also OEM suppliers for many other products. For example, the 17-inch LCD display screen in the Tesla Model S, is build by Foxconn too.

Now, Foxconn is not satisfy with just building electronic gadgets – it also want some shares in the automobile industry, which means it wants to manufacture whole cars too. More specifically speaking, electric cars.


Foxconn has been working on this for some time, here are something it has done recently:

– An investment of $814 million to building a battery factory in Shanxi province, China;
– A contract with...

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