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As the second most popular sport in America, someone from outside the country might assume that most people understand Nascar. Unfortunately, there are still quite a few of us who happen upon a race while channel surfing and see little more than a lot of left turns and the occasional explosion.
South Korea just got themselves a new pickup truck when SsangYong released their new Korando Sports to the market. Based off of their SUT 1 concept that debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, SsangYong is calling the Korando Sports an LUV – Leisure Utility Vehicle.
What is interesting though is the fact that the parent company to SsangYong, Mahindra, is hoping to sell vehicles in the United States by 2016. This all after a blundered entrance by Mahindra into America’s market back in 2010. Regardless, Mahindra wants a truck in the US and we have good reason to believe that SsangYong’s Korando Sports will be the chosen one.
The Korando Sports is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine produced by SsangYong. It has 155-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque and allows the truck to have a towing capacity of 4,400-lbs. According to a mixed Korean cycle, the Korando Sports gets 36-mpg. It’ll be available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
It’s widely believed that SsangYong will have this truck out in the European market by the end of this year. When it’ll make its way to America on the other hand, is the more interesting question.
GALLERY: SsangYong Korando Sports
[Source: 3D Car Posts]
A Honda dealer in Vancouver, Canada who wanted to show support for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks was forced to remove the team’s logo from their showroom.
Kingsway Honda manager Doug Lum told the CBC that the NHL informed Kingsway Honda that the use of logos constituted copyright infringement and had to be removed immediately. Lum cited Honda’s sponsorship as the NHL’s official car, and noted the irony of the legal reprimand.
Lum said that he didn’t plan to fight the NHL’s demands, but had the lettering altered to read ”Go ‘nucks GO.”
Toyota is preparing to showcase a second FT-86 Concept at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, but that car is likely to arrive as a Scion in North America. Previously reported to wear the FR-S badge, the fan site Toyotobaru is claiming a name change to FT-S after word from a recent Toyota executive meeting.
Pricing is expected to stay in the low $20,000 range, but the Subaru version of the car could reach as high as $40,000 thanks to a turbocharged STI variant with over 300-hp. In standard Scion trim, it is now tipped to use Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer engine and not the 2.0-liter as previously stated.
Set to debut at the NY Auto Show in April, several production versions of the car are reportedly being prepared at a select few California tuning shops including 5Zigen and Five Axis.
The involvement of these tuners suggests the NY Auto Show debut is more likely to be a concept, with the Toyota version of the car debuting in Tokyo at the end of the year.
Stephanie Rice, a 22 year old Australian swimmer who endorses Jaguar products in her home country, was let go after she tweeted a homophobic slur in response to Australia’s victory over South Africa in a rugby match.
Rice, who had been given a Jaguar XF as part of her sponsorship package, will have to return the car to Jaguar. “We made a decision yesterday, and we’ve terminated the agreement with her,” said Mark Eedle, Jaguar Australia’s marketing and PR manager. We will be taking the car that she’s been using back.”
Rice apologized for the comment and deleted it. In a statement on her blog, Rice wrote”I made a comment on Twitter on Saturday night in the excitement of the moment. I did not mean to cause offence and I apologise[sic]. Jaguar stated that Rice was the only athlete they sponsored and they had no further plans to add other sports starts to their roster.
[Source: The Telegraph]
Lotus will make three vehicle debuts at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, including the world premiere of an all-new track car, which will carry the 125 name. No details about the 125 have been provided, but judging from past Lotus models it’s likely a more hard-core version of the 2-Eleven, or a 2-Eleven style car based on the Evora chassis. (We hope!)
Another track-only model will also make it’s North American premiere, the Evora Cup GT4. Weighing 400 lbs less than the standard Evora at just 2,645 lbs and sporting a Cosworth 4.0-liter V6 engine with 360-hp, it’s a genuine track car built for the European GT4 series. Hopefully the debut at Pebble will be accompanied by an announcement that the Evora Cup GT4 will also compete in the U.S.
The third model set to debut is a U.S.-spec version of the restyled 2011 Elise SC RGB Edition. The RGB name comes from long-time (but now retired) Director of Vehicle Engineering Roger George Becker, who dedicated 44 years of his life to developing Lotus vehicles. In Europe, RGB models are full-loaded, offering most option packages and items like light-weight forged alloy wheels. Four colors are offered in Europe: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow and Carbon Grey. All models will also get a numbered plaque and will be signed by Roger Becker.
AutoGuide will be sure to bring you complete coverage with plenty of coverage of all the Pebble Beach festivities.
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Earlier this week GM laid out it’s two-year-plan at a product and technology event, with the focus being on new Buick and Cadillac models and, of course, the 230 mpg claim for the Chevrolet Volt. But there was another tid-bit of info in that two-year-plan on another highly-anticipated Chevy… the C7 Corvette.
Initially the next generation Corvette had been postponed until 2014, but according to GM’s latest plans the car’s production has been bumped up, leaving the engineering team significantly less time to re-create the legendary sports car.
That being said, it’s no surprise that the Corvette will continue to use it’s front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. What isn’t clear is, well… everything else. As for the design, with the limited time frame we would expect to see an evolutionary new body, but considering the big changes at GM these days, the automaker may want to help set itself apart from the past by using more progressive sheetmetal, like that off the Corvette Stingray Concept (pictured above).
We do expect to see more light weight materials, including carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium and there is also the possibility of a smaller, yet more powerful engine. Forced induction on all models is also not out of the question.
With test-mules expected in 2011, we’ll keep our eyes focused on the Nürburgring to see how development of the C7 Corvette is going.