Report: Next generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class to get convertible, hybrid, and diesel options

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Mercedes-Benz are of course continuing their battle with their direct rival BMW in the race for sales. Resultantly, AutomotiveNews reports that the famed Silver Arrow will be adding a convertible, diesel, and hybrid variant to their C-Class lineup when it gets redesigned next year.

“We were fighting the 3 series with two arms tied behind our back, and now we will change that,” Mercedes-Benz USA’s Steve Cannon told Automotive News.

So far, word is that we could expect the new C-Class to debut at the Detroit Auto Show next year with a coupe and convertible following by early 2015. The diesel and hybrid models along with the option of 4MATIC all-wheel drive will come later.

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Supercars in Monaco 2013 Part 1

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The GTspirit team has arrived in Monaco for Top Marques Monaco 2013. Our photographers went out and did a lap of town to bring you the first part of ‘Supercars in Monaco’ of 2013.

Day one kicked off great, the sunshine and great weather certainly helped! The first gallery contains some great cars such as the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Ford GT1X, Hamann Hawk and many other supercars. Stay tuned for another supercar gallery tomorrow and of course the news from Top Marques Monaco 2013.

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Photos by our photographers Jesper van der Noord, Thom van der Noord, Mitch Wilschut and Willem de Zeeuw.

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2013 Volkswagen Golf: pricing and specifications

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been launched in Australia with a revised range offering improved fuel efficiency, more technology and stronger value.

Germany’s famous small car starts from $ 21,490 before on-road costs, $ 500 less than the previous entry model.

The new base model Volkswagen Golf also comes with a more powerful engine, a 90kW 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that replaces the 77kW 1.2-litre turbo.

The 90kW 90TSI is one of three new engines powering the new, streamlined Golf line-up, joined by a 103kW petrol turbo and a 110kW turbo diesel.

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The engines all come standard with stop-start and improved fuel consumption by between eight (diesel) and 16 per cent, with the turbo diesel, which costs from $ 34,490, breaking the 5.0 litres per 100km mark with an official combined figure of 4.9L/100km.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel also increases power over its predecessor, climbing from 103kW to 110kW, while its torque output is unchanged at 320Nm.

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White Maserati Granturismo With D2FORGED Wheels

White Maserati Granturismo With D2FORGED Wheels White Maserati Granturismo With D2FORGED Wheels

Maserati Granturismo has just been taken to the next level! All courtesy of some epic wheel making by D2FORGED Wheels and their CV11 deep concave setup that transformed this Maserati Granturismo from a usual suspect in the supercar world to something that will keep your jaw opening up each time you see it.

The setup on this thing is simply remarkable! Never before attempted and made 13.5″ of rear wheel width in 21″ of overall diameter will make any wheel aficionado screech to a halt in his thought, think twice, revise and come to a general conclusion it’s simply not physically possible. But hey, impossible is nothing to professionals like D2FORGED at any level! This setup is a 21×9.5 front and 21×13.5 of rear inch #WIN that this thing now rides on. For those interested, tires that these sick wheels are wrapped in are Pirelli’s, with a staggering 355/25/21 rear rubber!!!

Wheels are finished in a Titanium Brushed Aluminum Center / Gloss Black Outer Lip & Inner Barrel Finish combination where the same setup can be fitted to any and every Maserati Granturismo of the same model range without any modifications required. Talk about precise engineering and fitment.

For the additional flavor we’ll just say this thing has the full Novitec package! Body panels in carbon fiber, coilovers with a lift option, a complete supercharger build, all resulting in 646 horsepower moving in such fluid epicness with these wheels, you’ll never look at a Granturismo (or any car for that matter) the same. What’s more to say? Epic wheel build, epic vehicle, epic photos. Enjoy!

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BMW M event at Wachauring Racetrack in Austria

BMW M holds another exclusive event for European journalists. At the Wachauring Racetrack in Austria, the entire M fleet was put through paces by the eager and adrenaline-loaded journalists. Along with the new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible, M3 Coupe, M5, X5 M, X6 M, or the M135i, another unique M car made an appearance: the E30 M3, one of the most iconic cars ever built by BMW.

The event kicked off with a drifting competition on wet skidpad, followed by an xDrive demonstration where the heavy, yet powerful X5 M and X6 M showed the capabilities of the rear-drive-biased xDrive system.

Next the M folks gave the journalists a chance to experience a scenic drive aboard some of the best Grand Tourers on the market, the M6 Coupe and Convertible. The final step on this M journey were some hot laps around the track aboard all the M cars available.

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Final conclusion? Some believe that the M3 is still king in the M family, a car made for those that enjoy pure, raw driving, and occasional tracking.

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BMW X4 Concept – New Photo Gallery

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A few days before its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, BMW released a bunch of new pictures of the X4 Concept. As a smaller version of the X6, the X4 maintains the unique profile of the car and the same sort of bumper design, but the new head and taillight designs give it a unique character.

It’s hard to call this car a looker, but if the success of the X6 is any indication, people are going to love this one too. If anything, the X4 will be more affordable than the full-fat sport activity coupe. The X4 is still a few years away from launching into the market as a production model, and things can change until then. For the time being, enjoy the pictures in the gallery below:

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Report: GM to introduce completely new midsized trucks aimed towards the “lifestyle” crowd by 2014

2013chevroletcolorado 03 627x368 Report: GM to introduce completely new midsized trucks aimed towards the “lifestyle” crowd by 2014

General Motors is looking once again to expand its lineup by introducing some new midsized pickup trucks to the mix. According to a report by TheDetroitNews, the new midsized trucks will be aimed more towards the “lifestyle” market and are due by next year. However, there is one key thing that GM of North America’s President, Mark Reuss, emphasized.

“Don’t think of them as Canyon and Colorado replacements because they’re not,” he told TheDetroitNews.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GM Canyon pickups ended production last year with no replacement announced.

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