Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chrysler Sebring To Morph Into Chrysler Nassau

The current iteration of the Chrysler Sebring has been an unmitigated disaster for the brand. The Sebring has done poorly both with the automotive press and the general public at large. The Sebring and its twin Dodge Avenger have routinely been described as the types of vehicles that are responsible for Chrysler brand's poor sales. Thankfully for Chrysler this is about to change as the Sebring is slated to receive a significant facelift in the near future. To further distance from the current disaster, the Sebring is rumored to be renamed Nassau. The Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep mega source of information that is Allpar reports that the refreshed and renamed Chrysler midsize sedan should be ready by this fall. Based on the Allpar pshop the lackluster styling of the current car will be improved significantly. New engines possibly featuring Fiat Multiair technology and a new interior will likely round out the facelift. While it's unlikely that the Nassau will become a class leading midsize, we could see one of the most comprehensive facelifts ever finally give Chrysler dealers a competitive product to sell.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Audi A8L Breaks Cover

Set to debut at the upcoming Beijing auto show the newly released A8 has grown about five inches to become the A8L. With the normal wheelbase new A8 almost reaching the length of the previous A8L it was a given that the latest A8L would grow as well, and it did to 207.4 inches with an 123 inch wheelbase. This makes the A8L a couple of inches longer than the other flagship sedans that it is set to compete against. Also debuting on the A8L is the enlarged and FSI equipped W12. Now displacing 6.3 liters it is good for an even 500 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque along with a 12% improvement in fuel economy. With the added length the rear passenger compartment gets even more luxurious,if that is even possible with the addition of reclining seat option. The A8 and A8L go on sale in the US in the fall with the W12 version coming in spring of 2011.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Riich's M5 is not like the real thing

Chery's upscale brand Riich has created this creation which they will call the M5. When launched Chery promised that the upscale Riich division would be an Audi challenger. However, it's hard to see this M5 challenging the Audi RS6. Instead of challenging the RS6 the Riich M5 can only hope to be the second ugliest car to be featured on this blog. Thankfully for Riich, this monster has first place wrapped up. Slightly reminiscent of the Toyota Echo, the M5 manages to look ten times more awkward, a hard feat indeed. Check out more spy shots of the M5 here.

Quick, spot 10 differences.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Audi RS5 Is Coming To The States

Car and Driver reports that Audi will indeed sell the upcoming RS5 in the United States of America. Powered by the 450 horsepower version of the 4.2 liter V8 the RS5 promises excellent performance to go along with more aggressive styling than the A5. While pricing and on sale dates have yet to be announced the RS5 will likely come well equipped and thus will cost approximately what loaded up versions of BMW M3 go for. Expect the RS5 to be a 2012 model as well. Perhaps the TT RS will make it stateside too?