Here’s a look at the new 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport. This full-size sedan is equipped with a twin-turbo V6 engine that outputs 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport will go on sale this August for a starting price of $63,020. [Autoevolution]
Check out the latest styling and performance packages for the Maserati GranCabrio MC by Novitec Tridente. This sports car receives new high-tech forged wheels, a hydraulically height-adjustable coil-over suspension and new exterior and interior options. Underneath, the 4.7-liter V8 engine has also been upgraded to produce a total of 646 hp (an increase of 186 hp) enabling the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 305 km/h. [GlobalMotors]
The all new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has just been priced in the UK. This sports car is powered by a 6.2-liter V7 LT1 engine (w/ a 7-speed manual gearbox with active rev matching) that outputs 460HP and 630Nm of torque. The car has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Price itself starts from 61,495 GBP (about $95,071). [AR]
Check out this newly launched Volvo S60 Polestar for the Australian market. Limited to just 50 units, the S60 Polestar is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder all-wheel-drive engine that produces 257kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Performance-wise, it has a top speed of 250km/h with 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The Volvo S60 Polestar is priced from $109,950. [CarAdvice]
The US pricing for the new 2014 Nissan Versa Note has just been announced. Coming in three different trim levels: S, S Plus and SV, this second-generation Versa hatchback will be sold for $13,990 for the 1.6 S 5MT model, $15,240 for the 1.6 S Plus CVT model and $15,990 for the 1.6 SV CVT model, respectively. [Autoevolution]
Toyota recently announced their plans of a joint venture with a local Chinese battery manufacturer to cater to China’s electric-gasoline hybrid car market.
Toyota’s spokesman Takanori Yokoi said in a press interview that the multinational automobile company is in discussions with Hunan Corun New Energy Corporation, based in the southern province of Hunan, to collaborate on the production of nickel-metal hydride batteries for Toyota hybrid models. These hybrid cars are set to be released in China around 2015.
In addition to the hybrid batteries, Yokoi also added that Toyota is going to launch two affordable hybrid models in 2015. One model will be marketed by Toyota’s venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group while the other will be marketed with Toyota’s venture with the FAW Group.
This is Toyota’s venture into kick-starting the sales of conventional hybrid cars in China, as many other vehicle manufacturers are attempting to do. This is in preparation of the changes that the Chinese government will implement in terms of their industry policies, which aim to nurture the demand for more energy-sustainable cars, including conventional hybrids. The current policy provides subsidies for those private purchases of electric battery vehicles as well as electric hybrid plug-ins, but only provides limited support for the conventional hybrid models.
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