2013 Chevrolet Malibu leaks online

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Chevrolet Malibu – Click above for high-res image

Well, what do we have here? It seems that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has leaked online on General Motors’ own media site. Only this lone picture has surfaced, but it gives us a very good glimpse at the next-gen Malibu ahead of the car’s official debut at the rapidly approaching Shanghai Motor Show.

Despite the fact that we can only see one angle of the car, it’s clear that the 2013 Malibu will be a nice looking piece of sheetmetal. Up front is the latest incarnation of the stacked Bowtie grille of the current Chevrolet range, flanked by a pair of multi-element headlights. The flanks are well sculpted, with a distinct Coke bottle kink that catches the eye.

We can’t see the rear of the car from this shot, but we know that the 2013 Malibu will sport tailights reminiscent of the Camaro’s four-pack of red lenses. And, judging by the few teasers of the interior, GM intends to pack its next midsize entry to the gills with all the latest technology.

Click on the image above to view the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in high resolution, and let us know what you think in the Comments.

[Source: General Motors]

2013 Chevrolet Malibu leaks online originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 02:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spada Codatronca Monza leaks onto the interwebs

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Europe, Chevrolet, Specialty, Luxury

2012 Spada Codatronca Monza

2012 Spada Codatronca Monza – Click above for image gallery

Images of the Spada Codatronca Monza boutique sports car have leaked onto the internet ahead of its debut at this year’s Top Marques Monaco show. The Codatronca, you’ll recall, is a Chevrolet Corvette Z06-engined low-volume supercar cooked up by Ercole Spada. Spada cut his teeth working for Zagato, BMW, and IDEA Institute before starting his own company, Spadaconcept.

The Codatronca is the company’s first attempt at a supercar and it uses an aluminum spaceframe and magnesium engine cradle coupled with the aforementioned Corvette engine. To make things just a tad more interesting, Spada adds twin superchargers to the already-potent 427, bringing the horsepower total to a heady 700.

As quoted by AllCarIndex, the Monza will have a scant 2,500-pound curb weight, meaning that Spada’s creation ought to hit 60 mph in three seconds flat and top out at nearly 210 mph.

Gallery: 2012 Spada Codatronca

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[Source: Spada via AllCarIndex]

Spada Codatronca Monza leaks onto the interwebs originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GAC X-Power crossover rendering leaks ahead of Shanghai debut

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GAC X-Power
GAC X-Power leaks out – Click above for image gallery

China’s Guaungzhou Auto Corp may have not approved it, but the first look at the company’s new X-Power crossover has trickled out onto the internet. According to ChinaCarTimes, the automaker just recently purchased the Alfa Romeo 166 platform from the Italian manufacturer, and the X-Power is the second model that we’ve seen arise from those bones. Judging from the photos, the production take on the CUV wears much of the same styling as the concept version, though it would seem that the taillight design has received some tweaks.

ChinaCarTimes reports that the X-Power will hit the streets with an Alfa-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with around 163 horsepower when it debuts. GAC has also used the 166 platform for its Trumpchi sedan, which is powered by the same 2.0-liter engine.

Chinese car buyers can look forward to seeing the X-Power in showrooms soon. No launch date has been released, but the vehicle is slated for an unveil at next month’s Shanghai Motor Show.

Gallery: GAC X-Power

[Source: ChinaCarTimes]

GAC X-Power crossover rendering leaks ahead of Shanghai debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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First sketch of 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class leaks out

Filed under: Hatchback, Mercedes-Benz, Shanghai Motor Show, Design/Style

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sketch

The first sketch of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has made its way to the internets, and judging by the look of things, the vehicle may appear much sportier than the styling buck we saw back in January. According to Autoblog.it, the A-Class will likely make its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, and when it does, it may bring along lines borrowed from the sports-coupe playbook. Toward the rear of the vehicle, the artists at the Silver Arrow appear to have thrown in a beltline that kicks up toward the rear hatch. Likewise, the roof of the A-Class leans down as it approaches the back glass.

Those details were all but absent in the clay buck nabbed by our spy photographers just a few weeks ago. That creation wore a much more functional, boxy design. Regardless of which look wins out, odds are buyers can expect to find both five-door and three-door hatch configurations when the baby Benz finally lands in dealer showrooms.

Under the hood, rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz will bolt in a number of fuel-savvy engines, though rumored AMG iteration may pack up to 270 horsepower.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

First sketch of 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bertone B 99 concept for Jaguar leaks out ahead of Geneva

Filed under: Concept Cars, Sedan, Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar, Design/Style

Bertone B 99 concept for Jaguar
Bertone B 99 concept – Click above for high-res image

Opinions have been split over Jaguar’s latest design phase. Some are enamored of the company’s modern styling on the likes of the latest XF and XJ sedans, while others lament the demise of the company’s classic lines. What very well might be called for, then, is an outside alternative. And judging from the leaked images above, it looks like we’re about to get exactly that at the fast-approaching Geneva Motor Show.

The B 99 concept sedan above is apparently Bertone’s take on what a modern Jag should look like, and according to the rumors circulating around with it, it takes the form of the potential BMW 3 Series rival in Coventry’s pipeline. It isn’t immediately known how much the design house and the automaker have been working together on this concept, or what, if any chances for production something like this has, but it will likely appear on Bertone’s stand and be one of the main talking points of the whole show.

Gallery: Bertone B99 concept for Jaguar

[Source: AutoBild]

Bertone B 99 concept for Jaguar leaks out ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Restyled 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan leaks out ahead of Geneva debut

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Here we have our first look at the facelifted 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, courtesy of an apparent slip from the automaker’s domestic website.

From the sole image we have so far, it looks like the Tiguan is getting a tweak to more closely resemble the new Touareg, with a new front end encompassing revised headlights with LED elements. The blue vehicle in the background also appears to feature off-road cladding incorporated into the front bumper.

Volkswagen is expected to debut the restyled SUV at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned for more.

[Source: Autopareri via autoblog.it]

Restyled 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan leaks out ahead of Geneva debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 leaks out

Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Wagon, Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

The facelifted 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG wasn’t supposed to see the light of day until the Geneva Motor Show this March, but a sizable batch of photos have leaked out giving us a clear look at what to expect in Switzerland.

On the outside, the C63 gets a set of SL-inspired headlamps with ornate light-piping and LED DRLs mounted in the revised fascia. LEDs make their way to the tail lamps, while redesigned 18-inch wheels fill the wheel wells and frame upgraded brakes.

AMG opted to retain the 6.2-liter V8 instead of fitting its new 5.5-liter biturbo mill, so output remains at 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The Development Package will reportedly stick around for 2012, raising output to 481 hp and nixing the 155 mph limiter to allow the C63 to top out at 174 mph. The sports package also includes a few interior tweaks, a carbon fiber trunk spoiler and red calipers that clamp onto 14.2-inch front discs.

However, the biggest change comes in the form of a new transmission. The C63 now sends power to a seven-speed Speedshift MCT auto ‘box which swaps out the conventional torque converter for a high-performance clutch pack said to deliver smoother, more immediate shifts.

After the C63’s big day in Geneva, the revised C-Class will go on sale this fall, with the AMG-fettled version getting a very slight bump in price.

Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

[Source: Carscoop, Car and Driver]

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Saab 9-4X leaks out ahead of production debut

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Spy Photos, Crossover, Saab

Saab 9-4X

Saab 9-4X spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Now that the fate of Saab is in the hands of Spyker Cars, future product plans seem to be moving right along. The new 9-5 is out on the road and the 9-4X crossover is scheduled to make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.

Our friends at Saabs United managed to snag some shots of a pre-production 9-4X, giving us a glimpse of the automaker’s new CUV before we see it in person later this year. The 9-4X was initially conceived under Saab’s General Motors ownership, meaning its underpinnings are shared with the Cadillac SRX crossover. Word on the street is that the production taillamps will look slightly different than the ones on this early model, but that aside, don’t expect things to change much between now and November.

Because the 9-4X is closely related to the SRX, we fully expect the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 to be under the hood. Don’t rule out the possibility of the 9-5’s 2.0-liter turbo four being offered, as well. Both engines will more than likely be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and as the “x” in the name suggests, all-wheel drive will be on hand.

Until we get the official word in Los Angeles later this year, scroll through our gallery of spy shots below, and head over to Saabs United for all things Griffin.

Gallery: Spy Shots: Saab 9-4X

[Source: Saabs United]

Spy Shots: Saab 9-4X leaks out ahead of production debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car leaks out

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Dodge Charger police pursuit vehicle revealed

Dodge Charger police pursuit vehicle revealed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

This all seems a bit backwards. Chrysler has yet to release the official details and images about the 2011 Dodge Charger, but we already have the skinny on the Charger Pursuit, Dodge’s work-ready police car set to hit the streets in just a few months. And while only one official image of the Charger cop car has been revealed, a new video gives us a walk-around of Chrysler’s latest pursuit vehicle.

Recorded at what appears to be some sort of police fleet convention, this poorly-lit amateur video gives us a nearly complete view of what the 2011 Charger’s exterior will look like when gussied up for police duty. Furthermore, it shows off the new lines of the Charger sedan, including that Challenger-inspired rear end.

Can’t wait for Chrysler to unload a high-res image gallery of 2011 Charger photos? Feed your impatience by watching the video after the jump. Hat tips to Edgardo and Dave W!

[Source: YouTube]

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Video: 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 Sep 2010 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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First image of 2011 Volkswagen Passat leaks out? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Hybrid, Sedan, Europe, Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen, Diesel

2011 Volkswagen Passat

2011 Volkswagen Passat – Click above to enlarge

A Norwegian website claims to have snagged the first official photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat from one of the automaker’s European retailers (they didn’t, see the UPDATE below), and sources suggest we could see the restyled mid-size sedan as early as the Paris Motor Show this October.

There’s still some question about what engines will be available when the new Passat arrives in Europe, but VW’s ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is sure to make an appearance, while a new 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 will be available in higher-spec trims, along with the normal assortment of diesel mills. A hybrid model has also been confirmed by VW, and soon after the sedan launches abroad, the wagon variant will debut, along with a possible R36 model. Expect the full details to be revealed before the end of the month.

UPDATE: Looks like the Passat pic is a rendering by the artists from Autobild.

[Source: DadBladet via WCF]

First image of 2011 Volkswagen Passat leaks out? [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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