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New 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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  • On 19, Sep 2011

“Hyundai is preparing to reveal the facelifted 2013 Genesis Coupe, and we now have what is perhaps our best look yet at the updated car’s Veloster-ified front fascia thanks to the folks over at Hyundai-Blog. We won’t see the final design until closer to the car’s 2012 Detroit Auto Show debut in January, but after plenty of camera phone shots and spy photos, we have no reason to believe that things will change much from what you see here.

As we’ve reported many times before, it’s pretty safe to assume that the 2013 Genesis Coupe will use the updated, direct-injected 3.8-litre V6 that’s available in the Genesis Sedan, producing 333 horsepower. We’re confident that the 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four will also carry over, and we can’t help but cross our fingers that Hyundai found some way to shoehorn the big 5.0-litre, 429-hp V8 under the coupe’s sleek hood, however unlikely that might be.”

Source: Autoblog

Honda’s Mr. Opportunity is Done

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  • On 19, Sep 2011

“Rejoice, haters of annoying advertising campaigns. While we’re not even vaguely suggesting that anything positive came from the horrible earthquake and tsunami endured by Japan earlier this year, we will go so far as to say that we’re not sad to learn that Honda’s irritating Mr. Opportunity advertising campaign is being scrapped this year. The reason why Honda is saying goodbye to Mr. Opportunity is because they simply don’t have a lot of inventory to rid themselves of with cut-rate year-end pricing.

Instead, Consumerist reports that Honda and RPA, the automaker’s television marketing firm, have created a series of spots starring actor Patrick Warburton to “remind consumers why Honda is the best choice,” says RPA’s Executive Creative Director Joe Baratelli.

No word yet on whether Mr. Opportunity will return at year-end sales time next fall after Honda’s vehicle supplies are replenished.”

Source: Autoblog

Carpet Shortages Slow Production

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  • On 19, Sep 2011

“The Japan earthquake and tsunami tragedy proved that disruptions at a few key suppliers could wreak havoc on the delicate auto supply chain. That point has again been proven, as weather-related flooding at a automotive carpet supplier has lead to decreased production at six North American plants.

Automotive News reports that Swiss supplier Autoneum Holding AG is dealing with a flooded facility in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and select General Motors and Chrysler plants are feeling the pinch. Chrysler and GM each decreased the line rates at three key plants. The carpet shortage will affect several models, including hot-selling product like the Chevrolet Equinox and Camaro (interior seen above), the Cadillac CTS, the Chrysler 200 and 300 and the Dodge Charger.

Ford hasn’t yet adjusted production at any facilities, but the automaker says it is closely monitoring the situation. Autoneum Holding also makes carpeting for Toyota and Volkswagen at the flooded Pennsylvania plant.

While GM and Chrysler are likely less than thrilled that they’ve needed to adjust production, we’re guessing that the issue will be resolved before any product shortages affect sales. But if the carpet plant doesn’t come back on line soon, the problem could only get worse.

Source: Autoblog

Mugen Back With More Type R Goodness

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  • On 12, Sep 2011

“We’ll go ahead and say it, North America needs a Type R Honda. Badly. We’re not getting one though, so we’ll have to live vicariously through the rest of the world. The United Kingdom in particular has us especially jealous due to the healthy Honda and Mugen relationship it so enjoys. To rub a bit of salt in the red H badge-shaped wound, Mugen has announced a new hotted-up version of the Type R Civic.

Mugen had produced a 2.0-litre Type R variant in 2010, of which just 20 were built. Now Mugen is back with a new version powered by a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder motor, which produces 256 horsepower and nearly 180 pound-feet of torque. Add in the upgraded suspension bits, brakes and aero kit, and you have a Civic that is built to perform.

Mugen is still working out how many 2.2-litre Type R coupes it plans to produce. Of the 20 cars from 2010, four still remain, and it’s possible that Mugen will upfit those with the 2.2-litre engine. Also, Mugen is considering an upgrade plan for owners of the 2.0-litre car. It’s all being worked out, and, although we’ll most likely never see a version here, we’re eager to hear what Mugen decides to do.”

Source: Autoblog

BMW Patents V6 Turbo Engine

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  • On 12, Sep 2011

“Sacrilege. Blasphemy. Treason. Heresy. Just what sin is BMW accused of? Patenting a design for a turbocharged V6 engine. If you’re not a BMW fanboy, you may be wondering, what’s the big deal?

BMW stands alone as the only major automaker to have stuck with the tried-and-true inline-six engine through thick and thin, and adherents that drink the BMW Kool-Aid have long held that this engine configuration is superior to any other. And they do have a point… BMW’s inline sixes are known for their smooth operation (due to their inherently balanced design) and ability to rev to the stratosphere while producing some of the sweetest sounds known to motordom.

Of course, anyone paying attention knows that BMW produces a whole slew of engines, and not nearly all of them put six cylinders neatly in a row – there are V8 engines, V10 engines and inline-fours, too. But the inline six is BMW’s bread-and-butter reputation earner. For now.

The boys from BimmerPost have uncovered a German patent application that clearly shows a sequential turbocharged engine design with both six and eight cylinders. It’s entirely possible that BMW is merely protecting intellectual property that it has developed for turbocharger routing and design, but the fact that it’s shown on both V6 and V8 engines means the automaker is at least thinking about the V6.

Note that this revelation shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone – rumours of a BMW V6 (along with reports of triple turbochargers on various engine layouts) have been around for quite some time. Plus, we’re going to trust that the engineers at BMW know a thing or two about engine design, and they’ll surely settle on a choice that fulfills the performance parameters they are looking to achieve. Anything is possible…”

Source: Autoblog

Ford Unveils Focus ST-R

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  • On 12, Sep 2011

“Ford may be showing off its new Focus ST and ST Wagon, but there’s also something in store for those seeking a far more track-focused ride. The Ford Focus ST-R is a product of Ford Racing, and it will be made available to North American motorsports teams in the very near future.

The Focus racer has been homologated out of the gate to conform to U.S. and Canadian touring car racing specs, including items like an FIA-spec rollcage and a specifically tuned suspension tuned for track work. Ford has stated that it will eventually filter into other regions throughout the world, providing a turn-key racer to motorsports teams across the globe.

Besides helping professional racers, Ford Racing will take the knowledge gleaned from the Focus ST-R to develop performance parts for the roadgoing production Focus.”

Source: Autoblog

KIA and MADD Partner

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  • On 12, Sep 2011

“Since September, 2002, the province of Newfoundland has opened its roads to motorsport enthusiasts for the now World Famous Targa Newfoundland. Originally marketed as a tarmac rally for vintage race cars, in the spirit of historic events like the Targa Florio, the Canadian event has grown to include modern vehicles as well.

The annual event has proven to be a useful marketing tool by several auto manufacturers, most notably Kia who have entered vehicles in Targa as early as the first year. In the past, Kia products have won their class several times. For the 2011 running, Kia will once again join the fray..

Veteran auto racer and writer Jacques Deshaies will drive the race prepared Kia Forte Koup, while fellow scribe Shaun Keenan will ride shotgun calling out the directions. The car will wear number 99 in honour of the year that Kia Canada was founded.

For this event, Kia Canada is partnered with MADD to promote their “I pledge to drive safe and sober” campaign. Fittingly, the effort has been dubbed Team Designated Drivers.

Targa Newfoundland runs from September 10-17, with the official start of the race today.”

Source: Autoblog

$430 Million Inventment in Ontario CarTech.

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  • On 07, Sep 2011

“Magna International Inc. is going to spend $430 million to develop electric car technology in Ontario. The research and development is expected to create 728 jobs and protect approximately 1,300 jobs at Magna factories located in Brampton, Aurora, St. Thomas and Concord.
The province isn’t slacking – Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello said that Ontario will contribute $48 million.

The investments will help fund 19 research and development projects over the next six years and they include developing concept cars, the related parts, alternative energy sources and ways to improve fuel efficiency.

This doesn’t come as a surprise as Premier Dalton McGuinty has been a big and vocal fan of alternative energy sources. Earlier this month he was in Markham, Ontario where he announced an $80 million fund to spur the development and investment in electric car-charging stations.”

Source: Autoblog

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