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The Riviera has an encore in this week's Trivia Tuesday. Can you answer the following trivia?
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Volkswagen Still Set On Loss-Leader Phaeton, Despite Cost Cutting

Feb 01 2015 11:15 AM | Volkswagen News
Trying to figure out the logic of Volkswagen concerning the next-generation Phaeton is a very difficult task. The German automaker loses 28,000 euros (about $31,598) on every Phaeton built. Also the automaker has announced a cost-cutting plan that a plan to save 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) annually in the coming years. Yet, Reuters is reporting that Volkswagen is going forward with the next-generation Phaeton due sometime in 2017 or 2018.

"Economically speaking, it's the most irrational project. Piech and Winterkorn simply cannot let go of their fondness for luxury products,"said Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst.

How irrational are we talking about? Analysts say that next-generation Phaeton using the MLB pl...


Rumorpile: A Higher-Performance Fiesta Is In The Pipeline

Jan 30 2015 03:15 PM | Ford News
There could be a hotter Ford Fiesta in the wings. Autocar spoke with Tyrone Johnson, manager of Ford Performance (group that brings together RS and SVT). Johnson revealed that work was being done on a higher-performance Fiesta that would use the current chassis and will likely go on sale within the next couple of years.

“There’s more to come from the current Fiesta,” said Johnson.

Now Johnson didn't say if this new model would wear a ST or an RS badge.

Autocar also asked Johnson about producing something akin to the Focus RS for the Fiesta.

“If there’s a business case and if it’s technically feasible.”

When pressed if a case could be made, he said “Theoretically, yes.”

So...


Chicago Auto Show Tease: Kia e-AWD Concept

Jan 29 2015 04:35 PM | Chicago Auto Show
Kia has released a teaser for their upcoming concept car that will be shown at Chicago. The concept will feature an electric all-wheel drive system and be aimed at "city dwellers seeking the ultimate urban escape." From what we can tell from the teaser shot, it looks like a Soul with a few more inches of ground clearance and body cladding.

We'll have more information and live shots from Chicago Auto Show in a couple of weeks.

Source: Kia

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More From The Trademark Office: Chevrolet Spark Activ

Jan 29 2015 01:50 PM | William Maley in Chevrolet News


Our intrepid trademark investigator Blake Noble has uncovered two new filings from General Motors. Filed on January 21, the two filings are for the Chevrolet Spark Activ. So what could this possible Spark model be? We have a couple of guesses:An even s...



Rumorpile: More On GMC's Wrangler Competitor

Jan 28 2015 03:45 PM | William Maley in GMC News


A few months back, we reported on a story dealing with possible future products for GMC. One of those products being bandied about was a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler. Well it seems this idea has some legs at GM as a report from the Wall Street Journ...





Marchionne Comments On U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

Jan 28 2015 10:35 AM | William Maley in Industry News


FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is known to speak his mind and tell it like it is. During the Automotive News World Congress, Marchionne questioned the U.S. Government's mandate of 54.5 MPG by 2025. "There is not a single carmaker that cannot make the 54 nu...



2014 Review Wrap-Up; 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE

Jan 28 2015 08:05 AM | William Maley in Quick Drive


Oh Toyota. I’m not sure who was it at the company who decided to market the Sienna with ‘Swagger Wagon’ tagline, because at first I thought it was kind of crazy. The tagline first appeared in an ad featuring the van and two parents rapping. At first I...








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