Jaguar Land Rover engineering director Wolfgang Ziebart has revealed some new details about the company's future lineup.
Speaking to Autocar, Ziebart said hybrid systems will become the "dominant drivetrain among ‘upper class’ models." This likely means we can expect to see more hybrid variants, particularly in markets with stricter fuel economy and emission standards.
Ziebart also revealed the company is keeping a close eye on the Tesla Model X. As he explained, “We can’t neglect any segment, and if a segment gets stronger and shows momentum, we would have to react. But we have not made a decision about an EV model.”
Besides the fuel savings tech, Ziebart said the company is working on advanced driver assistance systems to reduce accidents. The initiative will reportedly spawn a new WiFi protocol that will make car-to-car communication systems more feasible.
Koenigsegg has quietly announced plans to return to the United States.
Following an absence of a "few years," Koenigsegg will return to America with the assistance of Manhattan Motorcars in New York City. Manhattan Motorcars will become Koenigsegg's official dealer for the northeastern United States and will display an Agera R at the New York Auto Show.
In a statement, Christian von Koenigsegg said "We are truly delighted by the opportunity to work with such a passionate and well respected dealer like Manhattan Motorcars. We will do our outmost to support Manhattan Motorcars in the best possible way and are looking forward to a fruitful long-term relationship."
His sentiments were echoed by Manhattan Motorcars President Brian Miller who said "I can’t tell you how excited myself and my team are to be representing such an exciting and innovative automotive brand and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Christian and the team at Koenigsegg and putting these gorgeous cars on the road."
Toyo Tires and professional rally car driver Guerlain Chicherit have announced plans to attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest car ramp jump.
The attempt will be made on March 16th using the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires MINI Countryman rally car. If everything goes according to plan, Chicherit will jump 360 feet (110 meters) which will beat the previous record of 332 feet (101.19 meters) that was set by Tanner Foust back in 2011.
According to Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing for Toyo Tire U.S.A., “Our tires have won championships in the desert and on the track. We are thrilled to now take them to the snow and support Guerlain in his Guinness World Records title attempt to complete the world’s longest car ramp jump. He is a proven champion and truly lives the all or nothing attitude embodied by our athletes and our tire owners.”
Lamborghini has released a new promotional video that highlights the design of theHuracan.
Internally known as the "LB 724" project, the Huracan has an aggressive exterior that draws cues from the Aventador. As Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini explains "The goal was to create a car with a really clean and extreme design but [be] daily usable." Perini went on to say the company tired to all the openings for the cooling system and "every solution of design is driven by functionality."
As we have previously reported, the Huracan has a 5.2-liter V10 engine that develops 610 HP (448 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 325 km/h (202 mph).

Honda has announced plans to compete in the Daytona Prototype class of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Set to battle Nissan and Mazda, the car has a ARX-03b chassis and a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V6 engine that is based on the company's J35 V6. While most racing engines are relatively bespoke, Honda says key production-based components include the "block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, [and] fasteners." The company goes on to say the engine even uses a stock oil filter.
According to Honda Performance Development COO Steve Eriksen, "This is a great opportunity for HPD and our customer teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Adding a Daytona Prototype effort alongside the proven HPD-Honda chassis and engine combination in LMP2 provides Honda with a strong and balanced attack in the inaugural TUDOR Championship."
The car will enter competition later this month at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Jaguar is in the midst of a major production expansion and new details are starting to emerge about the company's future product lineup.
Things will kick off later this year when the company introduces the entry-level XE which was recently spotted by our spy photographers. It will ride on an all-new aluminum platform and offer a variety of four-cylinder Ingenium engines.
The F-Type will benefit from a number of upgrades including the addition of an entry-level model with a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops approximately 300 bhp (223 kW). The car could also be equipped with all-wheel drive starting in 2016. Car Magazineis also reporting there will be a Speedster variant inspired by the Project 7 concept.
In 2016, we can expect to see the second-generation XF which will be based on the same aluminum platform that underpins the XE. The model will reportedly be about the same size as its predecessor but feature more interior room thanks to improved packaging.
2017 could usher in a brand new sports car to replace the XK which is slated to go out of production later this year.Nothing is official but the magazine says the car will ride on a "significantly stretched" version of the F-Type platform and be larger and more luxurious than the current model.
A year later, we can expect a new XJ with more conservative styling. Little is known about the car but it will apparently be larger and more spacious than its predecessor. There are also rumors about an XJ coupe or four-door coupe but nothing is official as of yet.
Last but not least, Jaguar will reportedly introduce a compact model to compete with the Audi in 2020. The car will likely be front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive could be optional.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed the brand will offer models with plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Speaking at the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show, Müller-Ötvös told Auto Expressplug-in hybrids will "be essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions."
Despite embracing hybrids, Müller-Ötvös said there are no plans for electric vehicles. As he explained, customers were "ambivalent" when shown the 102EX prototype which featured a 71 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors that produced a combined maximum output of 389 bhp (290 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. The executive went on to say "A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers – but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem.”

Lexus will be showing at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show this strikingly angular NF-NX concept which will serve as a preview for a compact crossover production model.
Right from the start we notice the gigantic spindle grille with a diamond-shaped mesh giving the car an aggressive stance. The sharp headlights feature independent daytime running lights, while the side of the car shows a black protective finish for the muscular wheel arches. At the back there are boomerang taillights which have been detailed to project downwards to the full depth of the bumper.
The concept wears a bespoke Brushed Metal Silver exterior paint scheme and has a driver-focused cockpit with a dark grey look contrasted by the "sunrise yellow" leather and blue instrument lightning.
Technical specifications haven't been released but Lexus says the NF-NX comes with a new version of the company's hybrid system which has been specifically tweaked for this concept.


Land Rover has taken the wraps off the 2014 Discovery facelift which will receive its first public outing in a few days at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

It's quite difficult to spot the exterior differences but Land Rover has modestly revised the front bumper, grille and headlights which now have different LED daytime running lights. Alloy wheels have also been redesigned while the "Land Rover" badging on the hood has been replaced by the "Discovery" lettering as seen on recent Range Rover models.

Powering the 2014 Land Rover Discovery is the same 3.0-liter SDV6 with 256 HP (188 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm, but the engine is now more eco-friendly as CO2 emissions have been reduced from 230 g/km to 213 g/km, while fuel consumption has been improved to 35.3 mpg UK (29.3 mpg US or 8 liters / 100 km).

The power unit is mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission provided by ZF and enables the 2,570 kg (5,665 lbs) off-roader to do the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 8.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).

Land Rover has added a series of safety features to the revised Discovery, such as blind spot monitoring, wade sensing, reverse traffic detection and T-junction cameras, along with closing vehicle sensing. Clients can now opt for an 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian Surround whereas the standard 380-watt system has only 8 speakers.


Porsche has announced plans to bring theproduction-ready 918 Spyder at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

It was more than three years ago at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show when Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept and now they are about to introduce the production version. Following the launch of the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, Porsche's newest offering in the supercar segment will also be a plug-in hybrid, mixing a V8 4.6-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors and a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The mid-mounted conventional power unit outputs 608 HP (447 kW) and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque, while the electric motors deliver an additional 156 HP (115 kW) and 129 HP (95 kW). This hardware setup provides the Stuttgart supercar with a combined output of 887 HP (661 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm).

Porsche says the 918 Spyder needs 2.8 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) and 7.9 seconds to reach 124 mph (200 km/h) from a standstill. 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) should take 23 seconds before hitting a top speed of more than 211 mph (340 km/h). Despite the impressive performances, the 918 Spyder will be a frugal car as fuel consumption is rated at just 3.3 liters / 100 km (71.2 mpg US or 85.6 mpg UK) with 79 g/km of CO2 emissions.

YouTube user NM2255 had the opportunity to ride on the passenger seat of a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car (WRC) Edition.

The footage with the world's fastest convertible was taken near Porto Cervo, Italy and we get to hear the loud noise coming from the massive W16 quad-turbo 7.9-liter engine which unleashes 1,200 HP (882 kW) and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm) of torque. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox which allows the supercar to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 2.6 seconds.

Bugatti built only eight units of this model which had a starting price (before taxes) of 1.99M EUR. The car seen in this video is actually the one which established the world record for the fastest convertible, managing to reach a top speed of 254.04 mph (408.84 km/h) at VW's Ehra-Lessien proving grounds with Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel.

2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible spied

A lightly disguised BMW 4-Series Convertible has been spied with the top down, ahead of next week's reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
The 3-Series Convertible will be retired to make room for the larger and slightly lighter 4-Series Convertible which will feature different headlights, a sportier front fascia and ventilated front fenders. Overall, the design echoes the recently introduced 4-Series Coupe with the main obvious difference being the retractable metal roof.
BMW will take the engine lineup from the 3-Series Convertible so expect to see a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo mill with 245 HP (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), as well as a more powerful 3.0-liter, inline-six TwinPower Turbo delivering 306 HP (225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.
Following the car's debut next week at IAA, production of the 428i and 435i models will allegedly kick off in Regensburg in November.