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August 23, 2017
 

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AUGUST 23, 2017

Editor-in-Chief's Note: Since the autoverse seems to be all abuzz about our favorite carpetbagging mercenary, one Sergio "I'm the G.O.A.T" Marchionne, being in serious talks to sell FCA to Chinese-based buyers - Great Wall Motor is the latest to step-up and declare its interest, in Jeep specifically, and of course FCA is adopting the obligatory Sergenat Schultz defense, as in "we know nothing" - I thought I'd remind you that I started mentioning this as a "most likely" scenario in a column three years ago. But hey, certain members of the media can continue talking breathlessly among themselves like it's brand-new news if it makes them feel special. Carry on. -PMD


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olkswagen. In what was absolutely no surprise to anyone, the German manufacturer has confirmed that it will build the all-electric I.D. Buzz microbus for the 2022 model year. As previously announced, the Buzz will be based on the manufacturer's Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) architecture and will be 194.6 inches in overall length. Though no range information was released, it is expected that by the time the Buzz arrives in showrooms it will have a range of 300 miles on a single charge. But it's about that arrival date. Five years from now? A giant bowl of Not Good.

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Cadillac will produce an exclusive 2018 CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition - painted a distinctive smoky light gray - to celebrate Cadillac’s 115-year history. The special edition CTS-V will be limited to 115 cars produced in 2017 for model year 2018. The special King Kong Cadillac also comes with standard illuminated door handles, dark red Brembo® brake calipers and 19-inch forged polish-finished alloy wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets. Inside there are Jet Black RECARO® sport seats, a Performance Data Recorder system featuring COSWORTH Toolbox analysis software, an UltraView sunroof, the industry–first Rear Camera Mirror and the next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system. The rest is pure CTS-V: Supercharged, direct-injected 6.2L V-8 with 640HP (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) plus Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation); 8-speed sport automatic transmission with Performance Algorithm Shifting; Performance Traction Management system developed through a two-year engineering embed with Cadillac Racing's Pirelli World Challenge team, which adds five track-oriented modes (from Wet to Race) plus Launch Control. Bonus? All new Cadillac V-Series models include tuition and accommodation at the 2-day Cadillac V-Performance Academy at Spring Mountain (offer valid for one year, reserved for the original owner of each new, unused model year 2017 and newer Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V models).

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BMW has unveiled the new Concept Z4 in Monterey, which is a preview of a new production car coming within a year. According to BMW PR minions, the BMW Concept Z4 Roadster is a "sporty and progressive BMW design study encapsulating the BMW Group’s vision of a modern roadster." According to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, “The concept expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.” We'll wait to see it in-person before commenting further. Editor-in-Chief's Note: On second thought, I don't need to wait to see this car in the flesh. I have tried to give BMW designers the benefit of the doubt but they clearly are lost in the Twilight Zone somewhere. Every single one of their production designs are relentlessly uninspired - except for the i3 (and no, the i8 isn't all that) - and their concept cars are consistently rolling abominations of about fourteen different ideas thrown together signifying nothing. The production Z4 was terrible, and the new Z4 Concept is no better. But some fan boys in the establishment automotive media are already tripping all over themselves canonizing it, which says more about the dismal state of the business than anything I can muster. -PMD