Official: Citroën Cactus Concept revealed, production version caught testing

Filed under: Concept Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, Spy Photos, Hybrid, Crossover, Hatchback, Citroën, Design/Style

Citroen Cactus ConceptCitroen Cactus spy shots

After dropping a teaser on us last week, Citroën has released a full gallery of images for its forthcoming Cactus Concept (above) along with a short press release stating that this is “more than a concept car.” Proving that there is production potential for this Frankfurt Motor Show concept, our spy shooters have managed to catch what looks like the C-segment crossover already out testing in production trim (inset) as an added bonus.

The concept’s “airbumps” and floating roof obviously aren’t carrying over to the production model, but other elements of the crossover seem to be close to what customers will see in showrooms. From the outside, we can see the vehicle in the spy shots will have a similar overall shape, but the unique four-spoke wheels have been replaced by a more mass-audience-friendly eight-spoke setup. One of the more interesting aspects in comparing both the prototype and the concept is the front end. The production version seems to have a more conventional headlight design, but looking more closely reveals there is something covered by the extensive camouflage above the headlights, a hidden detail which matches what we see on the concept.

We don’t have any spy shots of the cabin, but as concept cars go, the interior of the Cactus isn’t all that far fetched. We would expect to see changes to the display screen, steering wheel and seat designs, but the cabin’s overall look probably won’t stray too far from the concept. Citroën’s press release for the concept, which is posted below, promises a hybrid powertrain, so that might also be headed for production.

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Official: Citroën Cactus Concept revealed, production version caught testing

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Citroen Cactus ConceptCitroen Cactus spy shots

After dropping a teaser on us last week, Citroën has released a full gallery of images for its forthcoming Cactus Concept (above) along with a short press release stating that this is “more than a concept car.” Proving that there is production potential for this Frankfurt Motor Show concept, our spy shooters have managed to catch what looks like the C-segment crossover already out testing in production trim (inset) as an added bonus.

The concept’s “airbumps” and floating roof obviously aren’t carrying over to the production model, but other elements of the crossover seem to be close to what customers will see in showrooms. From the outside, we can see the vehicle in the spy shots will have a similar overall shape, but the unique four-spoke wheels have been replaced by a more mass-audience-friendly eight-spoke setup. One of the more interesting aspects in comparing both the prototype and the concept is the front end. The production version seems to have a more conventional headlight design, but looking more closely reveals there is something covered by the extensive camouflage above the headlights, a hidden detail which matches what we see on the concept.

We don’t have any spy shots of the cabin, but as concept cars go, the interior of the Cactus isn’t all that far fetched. We would expect to see changes to the display screen, steering wheel and seat designs, but the cabin’s overall look probably won’t stray too far from the concept. Citroën’s press release for the concept, which is posted below, promises a hybrid powertrain, so that might also be headed for production.

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Official: Bulleta Motors launches RF22 supercar… kind of

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Design/Style, Luxury

Irvine, California-based supercar maker launches the Bulleta RF22 and RF22-R.

New, Southern California-based supercar maker Bulleta Motors says it has launched the Lotus Evora-based RF22, its first vehicle. If the car allegedly designed by Samir Sadikhov also reminds you of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then the RF22 successfully embodies its inspiration. Maybe a little too much; the jet struggled with oxygen-delivery and software problems through the long course of its development, and Bulleta seems to be facing an existential crisis in the early going.

Bulleta claims to offer two versions of the mid-engine supercar: the RF22, with 400 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, and the RF22-R, which makes 505 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both versions are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The R model will do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, Bulleta states, but the 400-hp model can do it in 3.9 seconds – still extremely quick. For those who want just two pedals, there’s also an option for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

But before we delve further into what makes an RF22, it must be noted that there is controversy surrounding the car’s very existence. Carscoops published a piece on the supercar and reportedly received a response from Kevin Smith, Lotus Cars USA marketing and PR communications executive, saying that the RF22 is “vapor,” or not real. He told the publication that Lotus isn’t selling Evora chassis to Bulleta to make RF22s.

Bulleta Motors’ co-founder, Ferris Rezvani, then got into the mix, sending e-mail messages to Carscoops saying the RF22 is, in fact, a real car. Rezvani claimed Bulleta Motors isn’t dealing with Lotus Cars USA, only Lotus Cars UK, and that Kevin Smith wouldn’t know about the RF22. While the RF22 is seeming more like a pipe dream than a production reality, we’re still holding out hope that the sleek supercar will be seen on the road someday… we’re just not holding our breath.

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Official: Bulleta Motors launches RF22 supercar… kind of

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Irvine, California-based supercar maker launches the Bulleta RF22 and RF22-R.

New, Southern California-based supercar maker Bulleta Motors says it has launched the Lotus Evora-based RF22, its first vehicle. If the car allegedly designed by Samir Sadikhov also reminds you of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then the RF22 successfully embodies its inspiration. Maybe a little too much; the jet struggled with oxygen-delivery and software problems through the long course of its development, and Bulleta seems to be facing an existential crisis in the early going.

Bulleta claims to offer two versions of the mid-engine supercar: the RF22, with 400 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, and the RF22-R, which makes 505 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both versions are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The R model will do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, Bulleta states, but the 400-hp model can do it in 3.9 seconds – still extremely quick. For those who want just two pedals, there’s also an option for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

But before we delve further into what makes an RF22, it must be noted that there is controversy surrounding the car’s very existence. Carscoops published a piece on the supercar and reportedly received a response from Kevin Smith, Lotus Cars USA marketing and PR communications executive, saying that the RF22 is “vapor,” or not real. He told the publication that Lotus isn’t selling Evora chassis to Bulleta to make RF22s.

Bulleta Motors’ co-founder, Ferris Rezvani, then got into the mix, sending e-mail messages to Carscoops saying the RF22 is, in fact, a real car. Rezvani claimed Bulleta Motors isn’t dealing with Lotus Cars USA, only Lotus Cars UK, and that Kevin Smith wouldn’t know about the RF22. While the RF22 is seeming more like a pipe dream than a production reality, we’re still holding out hope that the sleek supercar will be seen on the road someday… we’re just not holding our breath.

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Official: 2014 Jeep Cherokee musters 22 MPG city, 31 highway

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal, Crossover, Jeep

2014 Jeep Cherokee

Production and media drive delays included, there has been no lack of press surrounding the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. With the most recent delay reportedly due to powertrain calibrations, we’ve been waiting to see how the Cherokee’s fuel economy looks against the highly competitive compact CUV segment. Thanks to the EPA, we now know the fuel economy figures for the newest member of the Jeep family.

Arguably, the Cherokee has the most modern powertrain in its class with an updated base engine, all-new V6 and all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, but its fuel economy figures are simply on par for the segment. Still nothing to scoff at, though. According to fueleconomy.gov, front-wheel-drive Cherokee models with the base four-cylinder mill will top out the lineup with 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway; opting for four-wheel drive with this engine drops the figures to 21 city and 28 highway. Get even crazier with the option list, and the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 will get you 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive form or 19 city and 27 highway for 4WD.

If you’re wondering how that stacks up among compact CUVs, head on over to Automobile Magazine for a full fuel economy breakdown for the segment. The controversially styled crossover hits dealers this month, and we’ll be driving it in just a couple of weeks.

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Official: 2014 Jeep Cherokee musters 22 MPG city, 31 highway

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2014 Jeep Cherokee

Production and media drive delays included, there has been no lack of press surrounding the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. With the most recent delay reportedly due to powertrain calibrations, we’ve been waiting to see how the Cherokee’s fuel economy looks against the highly competitive compact CUV segment. Thanks to the EPA, we now know the fuel economy figures for the newest member of the Jeep family.

Arguably, the Cherokee has the most modern powertrain in its class with an updated base engine, all-new V6 and all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, but its fuel economy figures are simply on par for the segment. Still nothing to scoff at, though. According to fueleconomy.gov, front-wheel-drive Cherokee models with the base four-cylinder mill will top out the lineup with 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway; opting for four-wheel drive with this engine drops the figures to 21 city and 28 highway. Get even crazier with the option list, and the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 will get you 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive form or 19 city and 27 highway for 4WD.

If you’re wondering how that stacks up among compact CUVs, head on over to Automobile Magazine for a full fuel economy breakdown for the segment. The controversially styled crossover hits dealers this month, and we’ll be driving it in just a couple of weeks.

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Official: Maserati and Zegna to roll out limited-edition Quattroporte in Frankfurt

Filed under: Concept Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, Sedan, Maserati, Luxury

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Concept

Back in April, Maserati announced a new partnership with men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. We wondered at the time how a Maserati could possibly get any more stereotypically Italian stylish, but now the Modenese automaker is presenting the answer in this fresh take on the new Quattroporte.

When the doors open at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Maserati will unveil the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car. That’s their name, not ours, and if you’re wondering how a production vehicle could be turned at once into both a concept and a limited edition, well… we don’t know, either. Maserati says that it previews a production version to follow next year.

So, confusing nomenclature aside, what are we looking at here? For starters, there’s a special platinum-color paint finish with tiny aluminum flecks and a gloss-black primer to give it that extra-deep luster. And the interior has been upholstered in “moka” and “greige,” with leather seats, door panels and headliner and other surfaces finished in Zegna’s own textiles.

We have the feeling pictures probably don’t do it justice, as strikes us as the kind of thing you have to see in person to appreciate, so we’ll look forward to seeing how it comes across in the flesh next week.

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Official: Maserati and Zegna to roll out limited-edition Quattroporte in Frankfurt

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Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Concept

Back in April, Maserati announced a new partnership with men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. We wondered at the time how a Maserati could possibly get any more stereotypically Italian stylish, but now the Modenese automaker is presenting the answer in this fresh take on the new Quattroporte.

When the doors open at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Maserati will unveil the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car. That’s their name, not ours, and if you’re wondering how a production vehicle could be turned at once into both a concept and a limited edition, well… we don’t know, either. Maserati says that it previews a production version to follow next year.

So, confusing nomenclature aside, what are we looking at here? For starters, there’s a special platinum-color paint finish with tiny aluminum flecks and a gloss-black primer to give it that extra-deep luster. And the interior has been upholstered in “moka” and “greige,” with leather seats, door panels and headliner and other surfaces finished in Zegna’s own textiles.

We have the feeling pictures probably don’t do it justice, as strikes us as the kind of thing you have to see in person to appreciate, so we’ll look forward to seeing how it comes across in the flesh next week.

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Official: Honda launches new Fit in Japan, has big expectations for North America

Filed under: Budget, Hybrid, Japan, Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Honda

2015 Honda Fit RS

2015 Honda Fit HybridHonda has officially launched the Fit sub-compact in its home market, ahead of its eventual arrival in North America. The third-generation Fit is wildly important for Honda, with the company’s president, Takanobu Ito, saying, “This is the most important model.”

The third-generation Fit is a ground-up reworking of the car that we’ve come to know. It will pioneer Honda’s new design language, Exciting H Design (seriously) and will also be the very first Fit to be manufactured in North America. Thanks to a Mexican factory that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, Honda will be able to produce 200,000 Fits for the North American market in North America, saving the brand a huge amount of cash.

As for that Exciting H Design, it’s meant to be sleeker and more modern, according to Automotive News. It’s not bad looking, but the overall design is far less important than what’s under that hood. The vehicle you see above is a Fit RS, which has quite a resemblance to the rumored Fit Mugen. There’s not a lot of detail on this model, but based on looks alone, we certainly hope it’ll be coming to the North American market – it’d make a great Fit Sport. A hybrid variant will also come to the US market, and that car is returning impressive numbers on the Japanese cycle: 86 miles per gallon so far, thanks to the combination of an 1.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. That’s a 35-percent improvement over the current, JDM Fit Hybrid.

Indeed, if the Fit Hybrid can return anything near those numbers on the US EPA cycle, it should do well. Ito’s demands for improved economy are part of what has him believing that Honda will eventually move 1.5 million Fits by 2016. The Honda boss is also expecting the B-segment car to become the brand’s best seller, overall, surpassing the Civic, CR-V and Accord. Those are some big expectations.

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Official: Honda launches new Fit in Japan, has big expectations for North America

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2015 Honda Fit RS

2015 Honda Fit HybridHonda has officially launched the Fit sub-compact in its home market, ahead of its eventual arrival in North America. The third-generation Fit is wildly important for Honda, with the company’s president, Takanobu Ito, saying, “This is the most important model.”

The third-generation Fit is a ground-up reworking of the car that we’ve come to know. It will pioneer Honda’s new design language, Exciting H Design (seriously) and will also be the very first Fit to be manufactured in North America. Thanks to a Mexican factory that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, Honda will be able to produce 200,000 Fits for the North American market in North America, saving the brand a huge amount of cash.

As for that Exciting H Design, it’s meant to be sleeker and more modern, according to Automotive News. It’s not bad looking, but the overall design is far less important than what’s under that hood. The vehicle you see above is a Fit RS, which has quite a resemblance to the rumored Fit Mugen. There’s not a lot of detail on this model, but based on looks alone, we certainly hope it’ll be coming to the North American market – it’d make a great Fit Sport. A hybrid variant will also come to the US market, and that car is returning impressive numbers on the Japanese cycle: 86 miles per gallon so far, thanks to the combination of an 1.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. That’s a 35-percent improvement over the current, JDM Fit Hybrid.

Indeed, if the Fit Hybrid can return anything near those numbers on the US EPA cycle, it should do well. Ito’s demands for improved economy are part of what has him believing that Honda will eventually move 1.5 million Fits by 2016. The Honda boss is also expecting the B-segment car to become the brand’s best seller, overall, surpassing the Civic, CR-V and Accord. Those are some big expectations.

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