Only a few hours ago, we shared a teaser video of the upcoming 2014 Maserati Ghibli in which the Italian carmaker promised to drop the first images of the car later this week, ahead of its world premiere at the Auto China 2013 in Shanghai on April 20.
Apparently, they didn’t check for…a leak, as the Czech team over at Autoforum (in case you didn’t notice the red logo) are laying claims to the first official shots of the production Ghibli. While we can’t be 100 percent certain at this time, our initial impression is that they’re the real deal.
We’ve added photos of the new Quattroporte after the jump so you can compare the styling of the two cars for yourself, but in our eyes, the Ghibli looks very much like a shorter and more compact in general, version of the larger Maserati with an even lower and more angry looking front end.
The dashboard also looks similar but has more contemporary and aggressive details and trim, which was to be expected since the Ghibli aims at a comparatively younger crowd and will be cross-shopped by buyers of the more powerful versions of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as the Audi A7 Sportback, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
We don’t have any official information of the new Ghibli in our hands yet, but from what we know, it should measure somewhere around 4.8 to 4.9 meters long and be offered with turbocharged V6 and V8 gasoline engines.
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The 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit won’t open for the public until Saturday, January 19, (January 16-17 is the industry preview, and January 18, the charity preview) but if you’ve been following our coverage of event, you should know most things you need to know.
While no one was surprised by Detroit’s big three choosing their hometown to launch their new production and concept cars, this year’s show also had major world premieres from Asian and European automakers, too.
Wrapping up our NAIAS report, we thought we’d make a quick review of this year’s most notable offerings.
First things first: the seventh-generation Corvette, by far the most eagerly awaited presentation, undoubtedly impresses with its technology (aluminum frame, carbon fiber bodywork parts, cylinder deactivation) and performance. Bringing back the Stingray moniker is either proof of GM’s confidence in the new Vette or a clever marketing trick.
Next up is another GM product, the Cadillac ELR. That’s an even tougher one to judge. It sure looks delicious – but then again, with the Converj concept as a starting point, Caddy’s designers would have to be on mind-addling drugs to get it wrong. It’s rumored, but not yet confirmed, $ 60k asking price will put it up against some pretty stiff competition, so it had better be much more than just a sleek Chevy Volt if it wants to succeed.
Over the years, Audi has shown that it is not afraid to venture into new categories as evidenced by cars like the Ur-Quattro, the V8 / A8, and more recently, the R8 and the A5 and A7 Sportback.
The reason we mentioned these models is that a Russian design student of the Moscow State Technical University “MAMI” (MSTU “MAMI”) came up with the idea of combining elements from all cars to create a flagships sports saloon for his final thesis project.
The design study is named the R9 and it was imagined to be something in the likes of Audi’s version of the Lamborghini Estoque.
The car’s styling encompasses many ideas, from the front end of the 2010 Quattro Concept, itself inspired by the original Ur-Quattro coupe, to the coupe-ish roofline of the A5 and A7 Sportback models.
The R9 was designed to be fitted with a front-mounted engine featuring, of course, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.
The Geneva Palexpo convention center may have opened its doors to automobile supporters from the basic public on Thursday, but for the rest of us, the 82nd edition of the Swiss motor show has already taken its place in the background books.
But admittedly, what a motor present it was with dozens of world premieres ranging from economical mainstream city vehicles this kind of as the five-door Skoda Citigo to one-of-a-sort supercar exotics like the €2.one million Lamborghini Aventador J.
Hunting at our stats, we identified that the five most read stories from the 2012 Geneva Motor Present this week (March5 to 9) on Carscoop have been:
one) Mercedes-Benz A-Class
2) Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Idea
3) Rolls Royce Phantom Facelift
4) Lamborghini Aventador J
five) Mitsubishi Outlander
We would like to note that if you include the preceding week, for the duration of which we had several presentations, the Ferrari F12berlinetta comes out first followed closely right after by the Mercedes A-Class, Infiniti Emerg-E, Bentley EXP 9 F SUV and the Volvo V40.
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Renowned vehicle designer Walta de Silva described the Audi A5 as his favourite creation when the coupe launched back in 2007.
As this kind of, it is probably not surprising there’s only an evolutionary change to the A5 two-door – along with its array stablemates the A5 Sportback and A5 Cabriolet – as Audi aims to turn out pockets by turning heads.
The Audi A5 remains elegantly sporty, however for the mid-daily life makeover for the German brand’s A4-based glamour model there is more emphasis on sportiness than elegance.
Up front, the headlights have a far more tapered, wedge-shaped profile and mix with sleeker foglights and revised air intakes to give the visual impression of a wider stance on the road.
There are also tweaks to the tail-lights and rear bumper, and wheel alternatives now consist of a set of fancy turbine-inspired alloys.
Audi continued its remarkable run of successive years of annual growth in 2011 and its relentless pursuit of BMW and Mercedes-Benz in Australia will be assisted in 2012 with an update to its three-Series and C-Class competitor, the A4, and a far more practical, 5-door variant of the A1.
The company’s most reasonably priced SUV however, the Q3, shouldn’t harm revenue, both. The next-generation Audi A3 will be exposed in 2012 but it is not clear at this stage regardless of whether it will attain Australian showrooms ahead of 2013.
For those who favor the sportier Audis, the S badge is applied to quite a few models in 2012 – the A6, A7 Sportback and A8. A new RS6, and potentially RS4, are also anticipated, though not necessarily for 2012.
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With the auto-market having recorded a significant growth in the United States this November, it is well understood that you will be flooded with offers on a wide ranging list of vehicles that are now available on US roads. We try to guide you with this list of ten best cars available as on date, to help you arrive at a decision of purchasing one during this holiday season. The criteria behind the vehicles is simple – all cars, new and old, have been included and over-expensive cars, anything above the $ 80,000 mark, have not been included.
Here follows the list of ten-best cars that are available on the US roads, however not in any pre-set order:
• Audi A6 / A7 3.0T Quattro:
These Audi cars (both the A6 and the A7) come with everything you desire – the power packed drive, the smooth and easy to control steering, the superior body build and more. With a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine offering you 310Hp and its combination with the eight-speed auto rapid fire transmission, performance is never going to be questioned. Furnishings provided in the interiors bear a stamp of class as well. The car can literally waltz through any road condition. With the base model priced in the range of $ 50,775 to $ 60,125, the vehicle does seem to be a practical purchase in all aspects.