Genesis begins creating a new utility-vehicle lineup:
The Sleuth’s sources address that, at continued last, the aboriginal of three new tall-wagon models will alpha accession in aboriginal 2020. The five-passenger GV80 is set to attempt with The BMX X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, amid others. It will additionally arise agnate to the GV80 abstraction vehicle. The intelligence aggregate on the accessible Genesis indicates that it will be congenital off the G80 rear-wheel-drive auto platform, although all-wheel-drive will best absolutely be available, if not accepted equipment. As for powertrains, a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V-6 with 365 application will best acceptable get the nod, but a amalgam arrangement will acceptable be optional.
Far from dead, Nissan’s Z sports car appears to be animate and kicking:
The Spy Guy’s usually reliable sources affirmation the automaker will not abolish the 370Z as he originally believed. Instead, Nissan is developing a new — or decidedly revamped — replacement, possibly labeled the 400Z. Plans alarm for an adapted belvedere and abeyance to accumulate the two-seater aggressive with the 2020 Toyota Supra. There are additionally hints that added than a distinct powertrain could be in the works, including a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V-6 that’s begin in the Infiniti division’s Q50 auto and Q60 coupe. That agent makes 400 application and 395 pound-feet of torque while the accepted Z’s 3.7-litre non-turbo V-6 makes 322 application and 270 pound-feet of torque, or 350/276 in NISMO trim. A amalgam advantage is additionally anticipated. Assuming aggregate works out, the New Z could arise in 2021 as a 2022 model.
The Nissan 370Z, pictured, could be followed by a new 400Z with abundant added power. Photo: Nissan
Will the abutting Ford Fusion access as a wagon?
That appears to be the plan, according to The Spymaster’s Intel operatives. Apparently a analysis mule approximating that anatomy appearance has afresh been spotted out and about abreast the automaker’s R&D ability in Michigan. It’s believed that the agent will use a belvedere originally advised for the abate European adaptation of the Fusion sedan. Meanwhile, the Fusion that’s currently on auction in North America will bow out afterwards the 2020 archetypal year, arch to belief that the wagon will barrage ancient in 2021 as 2022 model. There’s additionally a rumour that the Fusion Active will be the wagon’s able name, suggesting that all-wheel-drive will be abreast or at the top of the options list.
The PSA Group’s -to-be alliance with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) looks like a acceptable accord for both automakers:
So believeth The Sleuth, who sees bazaar opportunities and amount efficiencies for both entities. For FCA, which has continued approved a affiliation with added automakers back the backward Sergio Marchionne headed the company, abutting with PSA adds a aperture for affairs greater numbers of accepted and approaching Dodge, Jeep- and Ram-branded cartage in Europe. Likewise for PSA, which can accumulate its assorted accomplishment plants active bartering cars and trucks to the advantageous North American bazaar beneath whatever characterization (e.g. Peugeot, Chrysler) makes the best sense. In addition, the ample costs associated with developing and business new models, abnormally electric- and hydrogen-powered vehicles, not to acknowledgment free technologies, makes amount administration logical.
Volkswagen shows you its ID:
The Sleuth’s deep-state arrangement speculates that the aboriginal electric agent in VW’s North American calendar will anon be appear in close-to-production anatomy afore ablution in 2020 as a 2021 model. The midsize ID Vizzion auto is somewhat beyond than a Volkswagen Passat and is additionally best amid the advanced and rear wheels. It will be congenital on VW’s new MEB belvedere that will affirm all approaching ID-series models, including the ID Buzz microbus. The ID’s electric motor and array backpack is accepted to accommodate as abundant as 400 afar (640 kilometres) of range. Further details, including application and price, are accepted to be appear afterwards this year.
The Honda Fit appears to be destined for a amalgam powertrain. Photo: Honda
Ups and downs
Up: Dale Earnhardt documentary has been released:
Most NASCAR admirers attention the 2001 Daytona 500 — Feb. 18 — to be the saddest in the antagonism league’s history afterwards a final-lap blast claimed the activity of disciplinarian Dale Earnhardt. The documentary Blink of an Eye focuses on Michael Waltrip, who won that chase — his aboriginal NASCAR achievement in 462 attempts — and, afterwards alone account adulatory in Achievement Lane, would apprehend of Earnhardt’s death. Blink of an Eye is accessible on Apple iTunes.
Up: Mazda works to accumulate earlier Miatas alive:
In ceremony of the roadster’s 30th anniversary, the automaker has appear that it is accretion the cardinal of accessible original-equipment and apology genitalia for earlier models. They accommodate branch soft-tops, lighter aluminum auto that resemble the originals, additional adapted suspension, brakes and cooling-system components. Mazda now sells added than 1,100 backup genitalia for the world’s best affairs sports car.
Mazda is accretion its abutment for earlier Miatas with the absolution of new parts, such as adapted abeyance components. Photo: Mazda
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