Mazda to launch four new or updated models by 2014

November 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Big things are happening at Mazda and according to recent reports the Japanese carmaker’s product range is about to get a major overhaul with the introduction of four redesigned models by 2014.

For starters the redesigned CX-5 will be released, but the big launch is the all-new Mazda6 which is due to go on sale late next year.  Previewed by the Takeri concept (pictured), the production model is expected to blend sleek styling with a range of fuel efficient engines.

After the 6, Mazda will apparently introduce redesigned versions of the Mazda3, MX-5 and CX-9 in 2013. All the new models will use Skyactiv technologies and ride on lightweight platforms.

Ferrari working on range of facelifted and new models

August 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

If recent rumours are to be believed Ferrari has a busy few years coming up with a whole host of new models planned.

Reports are circulating that Ferrari will present its new 458 Spider at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The 458 Spider will take the position of the discontinued 430 Spider in Ferrari’s range and will likely make use of a retractable hard-top.

Apparently a more powerful version of the 458 will appear in 2013, but in keeping with the lightweight model nameplates from the 360 Challenge Stradale to the 430 Scuderia, expect the new model to carry its own moniker. The Ferrari California is scheduled for a facelift in 2013, and the 458 Italia may also get a refresh in 2014, but considering the car just went on sale last year, that timeframe could prove incorrect. Continue reading “Ferrari working on range of facelifted and new models” »

Subaru plans to release four new models by 2016

July 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Subaru is going big and has announced plans to build and release four new models over the next five years. The biggest launch will be the much-anticipated sports coupe that’s in development in conjunction with Toyota. A new hybrid model is also expected.

Subaru has also revealed what it calls the ‘Motion-V plan’, which aims to generate global sales of 900,000 units per year by 2016. This will be a huge increase on the 633,000 sales the Japanese company has forecast for the current fiscal year.

Subaru’s new range will be lead out in the second quarter of 2012 with the global launch of the as-yet unnamed sports coupe, that’s nicknamed the Toyobaru. Toyota has released images and more details for its own ‘FT-86′ version of the vehicle, while Subaru has revealed very few details or photos of its concept. Continue reading “Subaru plans to release four new models by 2016” »

Jaguar puts XJ Coupe into development

February 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar is making plenty of moves at the moment with the latest being a mass expansion to its current lineup. In addition to a rumored small sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar is looking at building a larger luxury two door coupe based on its new 2011 XJ sedan.

Apparently, sources within Jaguar say that the XJ coupe will feature a pillarless design with a full glass roof and will use completely separate sheetmetal from the sedan it’s based on. Adrian Hallmark, brand manager for Jaguar in Europe, says that the two-door XJ will be “much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL.”

Hallmark went on to say that Jaguar is considering a whole bunch of new models which could include an XF wagon, a high-end sports car based on the C-X75 concept, a crossover vehicle and even a possible shooting break version of the next-generation XF.

Ferrari reveals future plans for five new models

April 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Fiat group has become a major power in the new car market and is currently undergoing a major restructuring. Reports of the upcoming changes have begun to surface and the most exciting concerns Fiat’s prize asset – Ferrari.

The plan is for Ferrari to get busy and release five new models over the next three years. A new 458 Spider, Ferrari Enzo “special series”, and four other new models are all on the cards. The cars have been announced by Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at a press conference yesterday.

The 458 drop-top and an all-new 612 Scaglietti with a V12 engine are scheduled to enter production next year. Currently referred to as the F151, the 612 Scaglietti may also receive a hybrid powertrain.

Marchionne also announced a “new special series Enzo” would join the all-new 599 GTB Fiorano during 2012. This will be followed up with a major overhaul to the California, to create a California M facelift model. Also due for 2013 is a reworked and more powerful 458 Scuderia.

According to Marchionne both Ferrari and Maserati are looking to make each of their models more distinctive, almost creating sub-brands within the two companies. Maserati is expected to release two new models, placed below the GranTurismo, before 2015.