• Nissan releases Datsun Redi-Go teaser image

    April 10, 2016

    Nissan has released a not-so-obfuscated teaser image of the Datsun Redi-Go, a compact designed for developing markets.

    Based on the Redi-Go Concept shown at the New Delhi Auto Show two years ago, it will be the second car built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform. The first was the Renault Kwid.

    It is widely believed that the engine will be the same 0.8-liter 3-cylinder that powers the Kwid. Driving the front wheels, it produces 53 horsepower and 55 ft-lbs of torque and mates to a 5-speed manual transmission. A 1.0-liter diesel is supposedly being developed and will be offered sometime after the initial launch.

    Its short overhangs and tall stance are meant mostly for congested urban areas, although light off-road duty is said to be within its capabilities. While it is unknown whether the concept’s LED headlights will make it into production, the rest of the teaser image looks remarkably faithful to the concept.

    According to Indian Autos Blog, the Datsun Redi-Go will be revealed on April 14.

  • Chery FV2030 concept sketch shown ahead of Beijing Motor Show

    April 10, 2016

    Chinese automaker Chery has released concept sketches heralding a new coupe ahead of the Beijing Motor Show.

    The Chery FV2030 is a futuristic looking machine that takes the form of a sporty crossover, a la Nissan GripZ or Toyota C-HR. Despite a sleek body with tapering roofline, the vehicle appears to ride on a high suspension and large wheels with rugged design.

    A waterfall-esque grille dominates the front, with seemingly razor-thin headlights on either side. intakes highlighted in red. The leading edge of the hood appears to be one wide arc with a Chery logo placed front and center. Two afterburner-like lower intakes have bezels finished in red, a theme that continues throughout the car.

    From the side, squared-off fenders with black guards give the car a muscular look. The windshield appears to sweep into the roof for a panoramic view above. There does not, however, appear to be any side windows or doors, leaving ingress, egress and viewing options up to the imagination for now.

    Out back, the taillights adopt a similarly thin look as the headlights. With this being just a (very early) design sketch, it is unknown how much of the design will translate to actual concept itself. No powertrain details were disclosed. The Beijing Motor Show takes place later this month.

  • Subaru, Prodrive eye new Isle of Man record

    April 10, 2016

    Subaru will attempt to set a new Isle of Man lap record with a heavily-modified WRX STI.

    The special STI was developed with input from Prodrive, a British engineering firm that has been building ultra-quick Subarus for decades. Visually, it’s instantly recognizable thanks to a body kit that includes a new front bumper with wide air dams, side skirts, an air diffuser out back, and a large trunk-mounted wing. It rides on specific alloy wheels tucked under flared fenders.

    Prodrive has put the STI on a diet by sending the door panels, the dash, and the seats back to the parts bin. The sedan now boasts a roll cage, as well as a pair of bucket seats for the front passengers.

    Subaru will put experienced British pilot Mark Higgins behind the wheel of the STI. He’s seen as the right man for the job because he set the current lap record of 19 minutes and 15 seconds in 2014 with a bone-stock WRX STI. The Japanese company expects that the modifications made to the STI will help Higgins lap the 37-mile long course in less than 19 minutes.

    Subaru will shoot for a new lap record right before the 2016 Isle of Man TT starts on May 28th.

  • Acura to show compact crossover in Beijing

    April 10, 2016

    Acura will travel to the biennial Beijing Auto Show to introduce a brand new compact crossover.

    Tentatively called C-DX, Acura’s entry-level soft-roader will essentially be a toned-down version of the SUV-X concept (pictured) that was shown during the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The series-produced model will adopt a less futuristic look and a new front end inspired by Acura’s latest design language, but its overall silhouette is expected to make the jump from concept to production without major modifications.

    The C-DX will ride on the same platform as the Honda HR-V, so the two are expected to share at least a handful of mechanical components. A four-cylinder engine and two-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. It’s safe to assume the C-DX won’t get the HR-V’s six-speed manual transmission.

    Stay tuned, Acura is expected to introduce the C-DX online in the coming weeks, and we’ll bring you live images of it straight from the Chinese capital starting on April 25th. The crossover is a monumentally important model because it will be the first Acura built in China. Surprisingly, trade journal Automotive News reports the Chinese-built model could be sold globally, including in the United States.