Oh dear… just when Porsche announced the new engine option for the upcoming Cayenne, the US division of Porsche release recalling notice for the luxury German SUV. The affected vehicles in question are the 2011 and 2012 model year of Porsche Cayenne that tags along the basic model such as the S, Hybrid, and Turbo. The affected vehicles are those which produced between March 8th 2010 up to January 2012. The problem that surrounds the recalling Cayenne is the headlight malfunction during the assembly process.
Furthermore, autoblog.com reported that the 2011-2012 Porsche Cayenne SUV might be fitted with faulty headlight locking assemblies. In case assembly failure, the headlights on the luxury German SUV could detach from the fenders. If this happen during night driving of winding road, it could be like those horror movie scenes where all the headlights are down and you can sense that something is after you.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA on its campaign ID number 12V065000 for Porsche Cayenne with headlight locking malfunction stated that around 20,278 units of SUV are suspected carrying this problem. So, if you own these suspected vehicles, before the headlights loose and detach from the fender which could lead to loss of visibility and increased risk of a crash, we suggest you to contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7234 to consult about this issue. Porsche will notify owners and dealers and replacing the headlight locking assembly for free of charge.
How much is facelifted cost you? Yes, the word is expensive but what if we offer you one hot coupe sedan which has been facelifted and now is on the market looking for new owner? We are talking about the 2012 Audi RS5 which enters the UK market and the Ingolstadt automaker is also officially announced the UK pricing as well. Oh, and we guarantee that this pricing announcement is making the US customers jealous than ever because Audi has not stated that they will offer the 2012 RS5 coupe sedan in the Uncle Sam’s soil or not.
The UK price tag for the 2012 Audi RS5 has been set at £58,725 OTR with the delivery debut will take place in April. Expensive? Come on folks… it is German coupe sedan which we believe if you pop the hood, there is a big chunk of German engineering which we refer it as engine that will blow your mind if you hear it roars. Before we bring you to the technical details, we would like to show you what features you can get if you decide to spend your money on something that some of you refer as expensive.
Audi equips the facelifted 2012 RS5 coupe sedan with pretty much exclusive features which according to autoevolution.com including the DVD navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation, cruise control, and Audi Music Interface iPod connection. The Sporty Package is available for upgrading which consists of sports exhaust for extra pounding wroom-wroom, Dynamic Ride Control, 20-inch rotor-designed titanium-look alloy wheels, and dynamic steering. All this can be yours for £2,250.
In engine and performance, the facelifted 2012 Audi RS5 coupe sedan is powered by naturally-aspirated 4.2L V8 engine with total power output at 450 horsepower. Taking this German coupe sedan for a sprint, and it can easily hit 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in 4.5 seconds with electronically limited top speed reaches at 155 mph (250 km/h).
BMW knows that US market is growing unique fond with pickup truck and since that is not what the Bavarian field of expertise, they offer compact SUV which ready to tackle the everyday asphalt or getaway to off-road mountain. US market, are you read for the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i? Just so you know, the engine that powered up the SUV is derived from the Z4 sDrive28i, 528i, and the new 328i and this engine replaces the old 3.0L straight V6.
We are referring to BMW’s new 2.0L turbo where it seems like the Bavarian carmaker is also the victim of downsizing engine trend as well. So, there it goes, folks… the 2013 X3 xDrive28i is powered by the 2.0L turbo and it can be yours if you are willing to pay the basic price tag of $37,995 which including with destination charge that worth $895. That amount of price is considered to be “cheap” because the X3 is the entry-level of luxury SUV for the BMW lineup.
The US version of the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i SUV with 2.0L turbo engine will have total power output at 240 horsepower. According to autoevolution.com, the engine is mated to a eight-speed automatic and able to sprint from 0to 60 mph (98km/h) in 6.5 seconds with top speed at 130 mph or equals to 209 km/h without electronically limitation. The 2013 X3 xDrive28i SUV also equips with Auto Start-Stop system, Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO and power tailgate inserts as standard equipment.
You read it right folks… We spotted the three-pointed German automaker deployed their 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK with no camouflage sheet at all which means that the SUV is carrying the real skin before headed off to the production division. Mercedes needs to step on the gas a bit faster as the market – and us – has been waiting for this vehicle like forever. The new ML is already on the market with the facelifted version of the G-Class soon to follow. So, are you ready to see what the revamped incarnation of the 2013 GLK SUV?
The less camouflage sheet – more like almost no camouflage sheet – on 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK showed that the German automaker has granted the SUV with new designs for front and rear bumpers and new design for headlights as well. We pretty sure that the new SUV will get new taillights although the spyshots here are not revealing it yet. Anything else before we prepare ourselves for the official introductory?
Well, on the inside of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, the SUV will definitely get numbers of fresh improvements. The highlight of the improvement is the gear shift lever which will move from the center console to the steering wheel, just like the American cars. Talking about steering wheel, Mercedes-Benz is also granted new one for this SUV with other minor changes.
Moving on to the engine and performance parts which according to autoevolution.com will also get some upgrades as well. No details we can share with you at the moment but you don’t need to wait longer because we will cover the official unveil of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The last time Das Auto released the Volkswagen Phaeton was in 2011 and we haven’t seen any prototype that deploys for test drive so we are not quite sure whether VW Group continues the Phaeton existence or not. But, our doubts have been answered as Das Auto shares the official details about the arrival of the next generation of Phaeton sedan. Rumor has it that the German sedan could be arrived around 2015 although the sales figures are far from satisfaction. The reason why VW Group still offers the Phaeton for the market is because this is sedan which carries the understated luxury term that customers can afford to buy.
Autoevolution.com managed to get an insider of VW Groups to get info about the Phaeton sedan, “The new one will have the same positioning: a straightforward sedan for the person who’s successful but doesn’t feel the need to show it. Volkswagen doesn’t change course between generations of a car. It’s always easier to keep the customers you have than to lose them and go find new ones.”
The next generation of the Volkswagen Phaeton will rely on the special materials like magnesium and aluminum in order to achieve total weight loss as minimum as possible. Brings the weight down means the German affordable sedan also needs efficient engine which can only be obtained from downsizing the available powerplants and might be proposing plug-in version too.
Finally, as the days are approaching to the final reveal, the Italian Raging Bull company released the official name for their SUV concept – Lamborghini MLC. Yup… we all know that it takes years for Lamborghini to develop for the successor of their not-so-success ML002 which is why, it is very predictable why the SUV named MLC. Yes, we know that we have to be extra patient to wait for the official unveil for this MLC SUV which the name itself doesn’t bring the proper imagination like the Estoque or Gallardo.
The more predictable factor is that Lamborghini doesn’t have to even break a sweat as the platform for the MLC SUV comes from Porsche Cayenne although the Italian Raging Bull company convinced us that their SUV version will be completely different. The difference is the fact that the engineers at Lamborghini’s R&D department have developed what according to autoevolution.com is carbon fiber monocoque which acquired from Aventador as one of the lightweight components such as the full-length transmission tunnel that constructed from lightweight material.
The final overall weight for the Lamborghini MLC SUV is not more than 2 tons. So, from this update, we know that arguing about which one between the MLC and Estoque will go for production as the decision is purely based on the market demand. Guess we just wait and see as the final decision is on Lamborghini’s hands although we believe that there are many people who are waiting in line to get their hands on the MLC SUV.
You already witnessed the official photos for the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and Cabrio where the Coupe has predicted to be one of the best coupes in the world. The reason why the Coupe draws more attention than the Cabrio or the Convertible is because the Bavarian cleverly equips the 2013 M6 Coupe with carbon fiber roof. We know that you can order custom carbon fiber roof, but having the original carbon roof on your M6 coupe is considered to be priceless. So, what does the UK market is getting if they decide to buy this luxury, classy, and fast German coupe?
The 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and Cabrio have slight difference in the official price tag where the Coupe costs £93,795 and the Cabrio worth £98,995. BMW already scheduled the sales for their Coupe and Cabrio in September 2012. Autoevolution.com mentioned that spending almost £94K for these German babies are not a bad idea as you can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.
No engine differences between the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and Cabrio as both are powered by the 4.4L twin-turbo V8. This particular engine has been developed in order to give more power and economic value than of V10. Downsizing engine is no longer a trend now because it is one of the profitable strategies for automakers including the Bavarian carmaker. The UK customers will be getting the standard DSG transmission, and M active differential at the back, 19-inch Star-spoked forged allot wheels with seven double spokes in two-tone finish.
We have been scooping Mercedes lately and among all of their spyshots prototypes, we are looking for the next generation of the C-Class sedan. As we approaching the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we got the spyshots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class which took the advantages of the winter in Northern part of Europe. Although the prototype of the C-Class sedan is covered with camouflage sheet, we still can spot the overall design and we believe that the three-pointed German automaker has the magic power to speed things up.
The first look on the prototype of the 2014 C-Class sedan, we haven’t found anything that revolutionary if we refer to the lines. Autoevolution.com reported that they spotted some kind of steady improvement if we compare it with the predecessors. The only changing that we noticed is the fact that the classy German sedan has grown a bit longer, just like the BMW 3-Series. Could it be that this prototype is intended to challenge the Bavarian F30 which recently announced its Australian pricing?
It could be that way, as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is supposed to be lighter due to the sophisticated frame construction which made from aluminum. On the engine and performance part, the sedan could be powered by the fresh-developed 1.8L turbo for the base model. For the higher model much likely will be powered by the V6 and there is also a probability of hybrid which combines the current engine with electric motor which offers 27 horsepower additional power.