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Automotive News - May 2011

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

As part of the 2011 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, the faithful sponsor BMW has presented the BMW 328 Hommage Concept. This is a prototype built to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous sport car the BMW 328.

Maserati : an engine from Chrysler ?

We already know that Maserati is working on a new model, a "baby" Quattroporte, which will compete with the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Today, we learn more about its possible future engine.

An all-electric Aston Martin Cygnet ?

According to rumours, Aston Martin has plans to build an all-electric version of its luxury city car Cygnet. It should be a reworked version of the Toyota iQ, but nothing has been confirmed by the British Manufacturer.

2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

Last Thursday, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the 2012 E63 AMG Wagon will be available in the US. It is scheduled to hit the American market as of October 2011 for a price of around $160 000 US.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

The Porsche 911 is expected to be replaced by the end of the year but the German manufacturer continues to offer some special editions of its 911. After the 911 Carrera GTS which was revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it lacked a 4 wheel drive version and thus was born the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, available in coupe and convertible.

General Motors will invest $2 billion in its U.S. plants

Last Tuesday, Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, announced a 2 billion dollar investment into 17 of its plants in 8 states across the United States. Since its government bailout in 2009 the American manufacturer has already invested $3.4 billion and added or retained over 9 000 jobs.

Ford Mustang Mayhem

The Ford Mustang is one of the most emblematic cars of the automotive world, as its performance variants such as Boss, Shelby and Bullit.

Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

After the 911 and the Boxster S Black Edition, here is the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition. The difference include an almost all black body and a small improvement in power. This is probably the last version of the Cayman for this generation because the Cayman is expected to be renewed in the next 12 months. The improvements will include a more powerful engine and better on board equipment pack.

Microsoft and Volkswagen establish a partnership

The multimedia integration isn't a new features and storing files is more and more common. So there is no surprises when we hear that Microsoft has signed a new partnership in the automotive domain. But this time this is with e.solutions, the company which provide the infotainment software to the Volkswagen Group. Until recently, Microsoft worked with Ford, Fiat and Toyota.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Every supercar from Mercedes-Benz gets its open-top version. This is the case for the SLS AMG and the German manufacturer has decided to publish several official pictures taken during its phase test to give us a nice taste.

The AWD for the 2012 BMW M5 ?

Recently BMW has revealed a new version of the next M5 at the Shanghai Auto Show. The company's directors confirmed a production of the new model for 2012.

The BMW X1 will arrive in 2012 in the US

With the great popularity of the crossover BMW X1 in Europe, its launch in the US has been delayed until the end of the year 2012. The X1 was officially launched in Europe in November 2009 and it was planned initially to come in the US earlier this year.

Porsche Panamera gets a diesel

Porsche has just revealed that's its Panamera will follow the lead set by the Cayenne and will be offered as a diesel version, which will be available in Europe starting August.

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