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Why Canada's Linamar is bullish about new U.S. trade deal

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 18:20
Increased North American content rules in the USMCA will give suppliers such as Canada's Linamar the opportunity to gain more work from the automakers closer to home, CEO Linda Hasenfratz said.

Why the NADA's chairman wants tougher questions asked about mobility tech

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 18:00
Wes Lutz, chairman of the NADA, cautioned the auto industry -- and the press that covers it -- to take the prognostications of how primary transportation models will change with a grain of salt.

Hurricane Michael looms over Florida auto dealers

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 17:00
Dealers in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday were preparing for Hurricane Michael, which was barreling through the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 4 storm.

Every part of a self-driving car will change, even the doors

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 16:00
The huge amount of money being invested in autonomous vehicle technology will have benefits that could improve all vehicles. Take, for example, the car's doors.

Bosch will launch electric van-sharing service to compete with automakers

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 14:45
Bosch will launch an electric van-sharing service in Germany this year, expanding its reach in the field of pay-per-minute vehicle rental services and pitting it against some automaker clients.

Can Detroit's new Flex-N-Gate plant be replicated?

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 13:14
That the mammoth manufacturing plant, which supplies the Ford Ranger, could come together from concept in 2016 to completion is a testament to a new approach to doing business in Detroit.

8 of the Best 2020 Coupes

China car times - 9 oct. 2018 - 13:11

There have been many interpretations of the term coupe over the years, but the general definition still stands. It’s usually a 2-door car with a fixed short-roof, and usually a version of an already existing sedan. Recently, however, automakers have been labeling pretty much anything a coupe. This way, we now have coupe crossovers, sedans that are referred to as coupes, and who knows what else if this trend continues. The good old coupe has always been seen as a more desirable option than a comparable sedan despite its lower practicality scores, and that’s what the automakers want to take advantage of today. No one can deny that coupes are genuinely sexier than sedans, and by labeling something a coupe, modern-day carmakers hope to turn attention to their coupe-branded select vehicles, regardless of whether they actually qualify as one. Despite the wide range of use for the coupe label, there are still many real coupes out there and that’s what we’ll focus on this time. Without further ado, here are the best 2020 coupes we can expect to see in our near future.

08. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Cayman for a coupe, Boxster for a roadster. In short, that’s the major difference between the two extremely similar 2-door sports cars that even share the same platform. With that out of the way, the mildly redesigned Porsche 718s have already been confirmed for MY 2019 which means the 2020 Porsche Cayman and Boxster will only carry over from there. The 2020 Porsche Cayman coupe should, logically, start sporting a single strip of rear LED tail-lights and a new interior, among other things. It will retain the 718’s hallmark lightweight body, superb handling, and exquisite driving dynamics, however. Moreover, the Cayman lineup should be joined by the GT4 models by the time MY 2020 arrives. They’ll serve as stablemates to the Boxster Spyder which has already been caught testing at none other than the world-famous Nürburgring. At the moment, the 718 Porsche coupes cost between $57,000 and $81,000 for the base Cayman and Cayman GTS, respectively. The upcoming performance-oriented Cayman GT4 is expected to top the most expensive GTS models by an additional 10 to 15 percent in terms of price.

The current Porsche Cayman powertrain lineup is rather simple and straightforward. The base Cayman sports a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine tied to either a 7-speed PDK auto or a 6-speed manual transmission, while the Cayman S and GTS models profit from a larger 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder mill that retains the same transmission setup. The former develops around 300 horsepower while the S and GTS models make 350 and 365 ponies respectively. The upcoming Cayman GT4 should, on the other hand, use a much larger 4.0L naturally aspirated straight-six capable of delivering north of 400 horsepower. The previous generation Cayman GT4 was exclusively available with a 6-speed stick, and while that setup should remain standard with the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4’s, the new models might also offer the PDK as an option. Regardless of what happens, the Porsche 718 Caymans will remain some of the best 2020 coupes out there.

07. 2020 Honda Civic Coupe

The tenth-generation Honda Civic debuted in 2016 which means the 2020-year models will be treated to a mid-cycle makeover. The Civic coupe was available almost straight out of the gates, and unlike the Accord coupe which has been cut from the next-gen lineup, it’s going nowhere at the moment. The mid-cycle treatment should see it receive the usual front and rear fascia treatments, together with some shuffling in available equipment and trims. Other than that, the 2020 Civic coupe will remain a more beautiful, short-roof version of the existing sedan – in other words, the definition of a coupe. It will also retain a comfy and agile ride and traditionally high safety and reliability scores. Although the coupe isn’t as practical as its sedan or hatchback siblings due to an evident lack of rear-seat headroom and cargo space, people opting for one don’t do so for the mentioned reasons anyway.

The Honda Civic coupe is available in two different versions – the conventional model ranging from $19,500 to $26,500 and the sporty Si that starts at $24,000. The former is available with either a 158-horsepower 2.0L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine in lower grades or a 174-horsepower 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder mill in upper trims. Both are available with either a a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox, also depending on a chosen trim. The latter, however, sports a more punchy version of the turbo four capable of making 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual. It also gets a number of other performance-related upgrades like different wheels and a rear spoiler. Regardless of the chosen option, every Honda Civic coupe looks equally stunning and provides a tech-savvy package that’s affordable and, above all else, reliable.

06. 2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe

The fifth-generation E Class, internally called the W213/S213 is scheduled for a mid-cycle update during MY 2020 as it’s one of the precious few German automaker’s lines that hasn’t already been substantially reworked in 2019. Unlike the previous generation, which shared its underpinnings with the C Class sedan, the current E Class coupes are finally related to their natural E Class sedan siblings. This makes them more spacious than the outgoing models, but don’t expect any groundbreaking improvements in that field. Especially not in terms of available cargo space – but that’s not one of the coupe’s main priorities anyway. The Mercedes-Benz E Class coupe excels in offering a professionally balanced package of styling, performance, luxury, and comfort that you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other place. Starting from just under $60,000, the entry-level E400 coupes are relatively affordable considering what they offer, but the newly introduced AMG models find a way to erase any trace of affordability thanks to their exorbitant price tags.

Speaking of which, the AMG E 53 coupes will be powered by a new 3.0L turbocharged inline-six engine bolstered by a mild-hybrid 48-volt system. The entire setup is good enough for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque which are routed to all four corners via a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The conventional E400 coupes, on the other hand, make do with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque – courtesy of another 3.0L engine, only an older twin-turbocharged V6 this time. A 9-speed auto is present as well, but all-wheel drive isn’t mandatory as the E400 comes standard in rear-wheel drive form. Further down the line, the Germans might decide to treat their mid-range E Class coupes with even more powerful AMG E 63 S badging and everything that comes with it. Even a true plug-in hybrid model shouldn’t be excluded. For now, however, the base V6 and mid-range AMG models are everything the prospective E Class coupe owners really need.

05. 2020 Lexus LC

The most expensive and most powerful of Lexus’ models is a coupe, no less. The strikingly beautiful Lexus LC has been drawing attention ever since it debuted in 2017, but it seems its exposure isn’t as high as the grand tourer arguably deserves. Sharp, athletic, powerful, and luxurious – these are only some of its traits. The 2020 Lexus LC will only build upon the current model’s reputation without any drastic changes in the design department. One major change will happen come MY 2020 time, and that’s the introduction of an all-new high-performance LC F coupe that might break the $100,000 sticker barrier. Comparably, the conventional LC and hybrid LC 500h cost $92,000 and $92,500. The upcoming 2020 Lexus LC F won’t be the first $100k LC model, however, since the current 100-unit-limited Inspiration Series based on the regular LC starts from just north of $108,000.

The entry-level Lexus LC sports a powerful 5.0L V8 mill capable of making as much as 471 horses and 398 pound-feet of twist. It’s tied to a contemporary 10-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. The LC 500h hybrid, on the other hand, combines a 3.5L V6 internal combustion engine with two electric motors, a 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a CVT hybrid transmission for a combined output reaching 354 ponies and returning up to 30 mpg combined. The ultimate level of performance is reserved for the all-new LC F which should either draw power from an upgraded 5.0L unit or an all-new 4.0L twin-turbo V8 mill. Regardless of which of the two will make the cut, the LC F should easily generate an excess of 600 horsepower in order to compete with the likes of the upcoming M8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR.

04. 2020 Audi R8

Sitting atop the Audi range, the R8 coupe is outclassed only by its Spyder counterpart, price-wise. Starting from just under $140,000, the R8 coupe is unattainable for most, but we can’t hold that against it considering it’s been one of the best luxury sports cars ever since it arrived on the market back in 2006. The upcoming 2020 Audi R8 coupe might be one of the last R8 models since the Germans are apparently contemplating its discontinuation beyond that point. Don’t worry, though, for if that happens, the coveted performance car will certainly bow down with a bang – give it some time and we may even see a very worthy predecessor arise after that. The recently revealed R8 LMS Evo version of the R8 LMS GT3 race car is here to reassure us of that. Presented at the 2018 Paris motor show, the LMS R8 coupe does sport a wide body kit which isn’t exactly a road version’s thing, but it also showcases the frontal and rear fascia revisions bound to make it into the upcoming R8 coupe.

The current generation Audi R8 coupe can only be ordered with a powerful 5.2L V10 mill capable of putting up as much as 602 ponies and 413 pound-feet of twist in the range-topping V10 Plus trim. The non-plus models, however, are “only” good for 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. Both units are offered with a mandatory 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but unlike the V10 Plus R8, which comes with a mandatory Quattro all-wheel drive, the conventional models can actually be ordered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration instead. Opting for such a package saves money since the Quattro-fitted V10 and V10 Plus models cost as much as $165,000 and $195,000 respectively. The 2020 Audi R8 coupe should retain its predecessors’ specs, and if you think its price tag is too steep, bear in mind the fact that the aforementioned R8 LMS Evo costs a whopping $460,000 before any optional upgrades.

03. 2020 Genesis G70 Coupe

The planned expansion of the Genesis lineup should be in full swing by the time MY 2020 arrives. Not only will the South Korean automaker field their very first crossover, but also a coupe version of the recently introduced G70 compact executive sedan. Although details about the upcoming G70 coupe are still sketchy at best, the Koreans did file for trademark rights for everything between the GT60 and GT90. Presumably, the future G70 coupe will be branded GT70 if everything goes according to plan. The coupe shouldn’t stray too far from its sedan sibling in terms of, well, pretty much everything. The styling will remain the same, albeit on a slightly shorter frame, and so should both the interior design and available technology and convenience features. The coupe should be slightly more enthusiastic when it comes to overall driving dynamics, but not by much.

Much like its sedan counterpart, the 2020 Genesis G70 coupe should draw power from a duo of powerful turbocharged engines. Base models will retain a 2.0L turbo four with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque where more powerful versions should implement a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 worthy of 365 ponies and 376 pound-feet of twist. Like the Kia Stinger with which the G70 sedan shares a platform, the upcoming G70 coupe will be available in both rear and all-wheel-drive configs. The G70 coupe will offer a standard 8-speed automatic transmission as well, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the coupe will also retain its sedan counterpart’s optional 6-speed manual gearbox as well. All in all, the G70 coupe promises to be one of the more interesting options in the entry-level luxury segment and, like its sedan cousin, should start from well under $40,000.

Genesis G70 sedan pictured

02. 2020 BMW 8 Series Coupe

After years of absence, the 8 Series returns to claim its rightful place at the top of the BMW range. The all-new 8 Series coupe debuted at the 2018 Paris auto show and subsequently became available as a 2019-year model. The 2020 BMW 8 Series 2-door coupe should be joined by both a 2-door convertible and 4-door Gran Coupe model, but that’s beside the point here. The proper 2-door 8 Series coupe should continue into its second year mostly unchanged with only new paint schemes and interior trims added. Also, the Bavarians might decide to iron out an issue or two, but we don’t know if one of the best 2020 coupes has gotten any at the moment. Priced at $111,900, the entry-level BMW 850i xDrive is anything but affordable, and subsequent variants’ prices will only get higher. Then again, personal luxury cars were always made for a select few.

At the time of its introduction to the market, the BMW 8 Series coupe was only available with a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 under its hood. Capable of producing a whopping 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the conventional 8 Series’ V8 should be more than sufficient before the even more powerful M version arrives later on. It’s tied to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and like the xDrive part of its name suggests, comes in an all-wheel-drive setup. Of course, to tame all that power and enable the 8 Series coupe to act with class, the Bavarians have included a number of advanced drive-enhancing bits as standard features. That way, every single BMW 850i comes with active anti-roll bars, adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering, and an electronically-controlled locking rear differential included in the aforementioned hefty price tag. The 8 Series is arguably one of the most advanced BMWs to date and deserves to be in consideration among the best 2020 coupes we can expect to see soon.

01. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Introduced in now-distant 2013, the F-Type coupe still looks as fresh as it did the day we first gazed upon its splendor. The 2020 Jaguar F-Type should – like its distant predecessor – spearhead a revolution of sorts for both the brand and the segment by offering a hybridized powertrain, but more on that later. First things first – the next-generation F-Type is bound to appear sometime during 2020, but it’s still unclear whether the British will market it as a 2020 or 2021-year model. Regardless of what happens in that regard, the new F-Type will be as beautiful as pretty much any Jag these days – there’s no doubt about it. Currently available for roughly anything between $60,000 and $120,000, the F-Type coupe also offers something for everyone, effectively spanning the gap between a luxury sports coupe and a touring car.

The current F-Type lineup offers a choice between no fewer than three distinctive engines with a corresponding number of choices in available cylinders. The base 2.0L turbo four makes 296 ponies and comes exclusively in a rear-wheel-drive config, paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Next in line is a 3.0L supercharged V6 with either 340 or 380 horsepower which can be had in both the rear and all-wheel-drive configs, and with both an 8-speed auto or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Finally, the range-topping F-Type R and SVR coupes offer the ultimate 5.0L supercharged V8 with either 550 or 575 ponies on tap. These can only be ordered with mandatory all-wheel drive and an 8-speed auto. All future Jaguars beyond 2020 – the F-Type included – will be available with a version of an electrified powertrain, whether that’s fully electric or just mildly hybridized. No specific details have been revealed yet, but a mild-hybrid setup is the most likely of candidates for a sporty coupe of the F-Type’s pedigree.

In NAFTA update, Trump rebuilt what he wrecked in TPP

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 12:14
Most of what's in the trilateral USMCA was already accomplished in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 other nations.

Neuroscience startup Perceptive Automata teaches robocars to think like humans

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 12:04
Can software be taught to anticipate human behavior? That's the goal pursued by Perceptive Automata, a Boston startup applying research techniques from neuroscience and psychology to give automated vehicles more human-like intuition on the road.

Neuroscience startup Perceptive Automata teaches robocars to think like humans

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 12:04
Can software be taught to anticipate human behavior? That's the goal pursued by Perceptive Automata, a Boston startup applying research techniques from neuroscience and psychology to give automated vehicles more humanlike intuition on the road.

Daimler said to work with Geely on ride-hailing JV in China

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 11:46
Daimler AG is working with its biggest investor to start ride-hailing and car-sharing services in China, taking on industry leader Didi Chuxing on its home turf, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Delphi's Butterworth to lead Melrose's automotive division

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 11:15
Liam Butterworth, who stepped down as head of Delphi last week, has been named CEO of the automotive division of Melrose Industries. The division is made up of GKN Driveline and GKN ePowertrain.

Delphi's Butterworth to join Melrose's automotive division

Automotive Business Review - 9 oct. 2018 - 11:15
Liam Butterworth, who stepped down as head of Delphi last week, has been named CEO of the automotive division of Melrose Industries. The division is made up of GKN Driveline and GKN ePowertrain.

Shad Khad's Flex-n-Gate opens parts plant in Detroit to supply Ford

Automotive Business Review - 8 oct. 2018 - 20:54
Longtime Ford supplier Flex-n-Gate has opened its $160 million parts plant in Detroit.

Miami AutoNation store settles gender discrimination lawsuit for $150,000

Automotive Business Review - 8 oct. 2018 - 20:40
A Miami AutoNation dealership agreed to pay $150,000 to a former assistant parts manager to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against the store by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Samsung to test self-driving cars on public roads

Financial Times - 2 mai 2017 - 05:39
Seoul decision allows tech company to compete with likes of Uber, Alphabet and Apple

Bigger vehicles spell bigger profits for carmakers

Financial Times - 2 mai 2017 - 03:00
Cheap fuel prices are persuading more motorists to switch from saloons to SUVs

Carmakers grapple with China’s electric vehicle drive

Financial Times - 30 avr. 2017 - 20:57
Draft rules could require up to 8% of vehicle sales to be electric by next year

Technology is driving change with motor insurers

Financial Times - 30 avr. 2017 - 16:41
Companies are embracing the use of data from driverless cars to reassess risk

Your flying car will be with you — eventually

Financial Times - 30 avr. 2017 - 15:22
Air traffic controllers and regulators trail this nascent technology
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