Published on January 13th, 2012 | by John O'Neil0
This week in the Automotive Industry – 1/13/12
10. Autonomous Audi
While many thought they’d never see the day, it is finally upon us. As Autoblog reports, Audi’s next flagship model will drive itself completely in traffic. Is it time for enthusiasts to give up our love and accept this brave new world? Not quite, as the system is somewhat limited, but just how fast can you ride in the driver’s seat of this new Audi while saying “Look Ma, no hands!”
9. A Veloster with some Velocity
When the 2012 Veloster debuted with a naturally aspirated 1.6, many balked at the car’s styling, wondering how a car with such a rakish exterior could get away with such limited power. Now though, The New York Times has the specs on the newly revealed Veloster Turbo, which receives a significant power increase over the standard 138 horsepower. Will the Veloster’s speed finally prove a match for it’s provocative name and styling?
8. New Fusion: Hope You Like Boost
The 2013 Fusion has just debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, looking quite handsome in all new sheet metal, especially with that protruding Aston-esque grille. Keeping with Ford’s recent movement towards smaller displacement and turbos, Left Lane News reports that the Fusion’s non-hybrid variants will only be available with a few Ecoboost fours. Will these power plants outshine the late-great Duratec V6?
7. Endangered Species
Rear-Wheel Drive sedans, once a hallmark of American motoring, have slowly disappeared from our roads, but not from the world. Rear-wheel drive American cars have lived on in Australia, and the most notable and loved has been the Ford Falcon. As these cars disappear even from down under, Autoblog reports that Ford has made a commitment to keep the Falcon alive at least until 2016. Just how loudly should gearheads be yelling at Ford to keep this attractive car alive, and bring it to our shores?
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6. Going out with a Bang
The C6, the most recent generation of Corvette, is scheduled to be replaced. Not content to simply let this generation fade into automotive history, Automobile reports that Chevy has crafted a vehicular footnote sure to be remembered, the 427 convertible, claimed to be the fastest and most capable drop-top ‘Vette ever. Does the 427 really perform, or is this another Barret-Jackson money-bringer never to be driven?
5. The Genesis of Enthusiast Love
The Genesis, when it debuted, was clearly the start of something special. The birth of a new rear-drive sports coupe seemed unlikely years ago, regardless of manufacture, but few expected a driftable Hyundai. Now, Car and Driver Hyundai is making the Genesis more powerful and sophisticated. Could this signal the beginning of Hyundai’s reign as a maker of true enthusiast machines?
4. M sport, Served Just Right
BMW’s M cars once defined hard-core performance, though through the years have become softer. One thing has stayed constant though: A high price of entry. Now, as Car and Driver reports, BMW is planning a line of M sport cars to fit between their normal offerings and the more pricey M cars of yore, including a diesel. WIll this new approach yield affordable European performance?
3. The More Things Change…
The more they usually stay the same at Porsche, a company seemingly trapped by it’s fan’s unshakable love for past models. However, as Left Lane News reports, Porsche has developed an “all-new” Boxster that incorporates the inevitable throwback styling with some truly impressive new tech. Does this new Boxster really deserve to be called all-new, and will it still able to Porsche fanatics?
2. A Glimpse of What’s Possible
The recently debuted Scion FR-S promises to be a return to the true light-weight, rear-drive sports car, but many a keyboard warrior has scoffed at the cars seeming lack of power, at only 200 ponies. Now, Car and Driver reports on an FR-S sure to silence these complaints, a drift car built with the FR-S standard engine that churns out triple the cars stock output. Just how wonderful a drift car is this one-off, and will we ever see anything like it on the street?
1. Nope, it Won’t be Called SVO
The last Turbo 4 Cylinder Mustangs from Ford could be made to perform, but from the factory were largely unsophisticated pinto-based beasts prone to overheating when pushed for too long. Set to banish those memories will be the next Ecoboost mustang. Will this new turbo pony car convince V8 fans that there is an acceptable substitute for V8’s in a pony car?