The Continental: Maserati’s SUV and Smaller Sedan Plans, Nissan Trims its Euro Lineup, and Rent-A-Bimmer Begins

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The Continental

Each week, our German correspondent piece and dices the newest rumblings, news, and quick-hit heavy impressions as of the additional surface of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we just name him . . . the Continental.

Driving the Euro-spec Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale previous week, the excellence of the single-clutch, automated physical broadcast by Graziano was the main surprise for me. In œAuto mode, it shifts approximately as smoothly as a dual-clutch transmission, at ease sufficient not to disturb by means of passengers and with no the unwelcome lag so as to characterized AMTs for a extended time. And it too has an agressive side. Theres a œSport mode and an still sharper œRace mode, construct cuts shifting occasion to 60 milliseconds. You can sense the shifts, the knowledge is captivating. No speculate Lamborghini stayed by means of a single-clutch scheme as well! Alas, the US-market MC Stradale determination get a ZF slushbox. Why?

Maserati to Grow

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has talked concerning two additional Maserati heavy to link the GranTurismo and the Quattroporte: A rather additional compact four-door sedan, and an SUV. I stay for together heavy to create open-minded use of Fiat/Chryslers lesser bin. I cant resist to transport the previous project complete by means of Chrysler, the LeBaron-based TC by Maserati, to by means of attention. But the new heavy be hypothetical to be far additional convincing. The prospect of Maserati determination see turbocharged engines, construct contain a wealthy ,the past here, and eight-speed automatics are likely. The SUV strength healthy be sold by means of a diesel engine, too.

Saab, Opel, and VW Group tidbits

Saab is living and kicking, now attention signed an accord by means of supplier ZF for the manufacture of front subframes and back axles for the successor of the 9-3, to be customer after that day beneath a dissimilar moniker (likely as the Saab 900).

Meanwhile, GM has unexpectedly replaced Opel leader Nick Reilly by means of Karl-Friedrich Stracke, an Opel veteran who joined the corporation in 1979. Strackes previous job was VP for worldwide vehicle manufacturing at GM. Opel is motionless use losses, and Stracke is now predictable to accelerate the brands sluggish turnaround.

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Volkswagen has reconfigured the constancy manage scheme in the Golf GTI and Golf R, as healthy as the Scirocco, construct is not obtainable in the U.S. Drivers can finally twist off the constancy manage scheme totally by investment the ESP button for inquisitiveness seconds. There motionless is a security catch: The scheme is temporarily re-activated at what time you hit the brakes throughout a slide. Once you recover, the scheme switches itself off again. Will petroleum new software be fraction of U.S.-bound heavy as well? Not certain yet"but I hope so. The Golf R, following all, is one of the the majority imposing heavy in its class. Its path presentation and performance shouldnt be compromised.

Porsche has long-established the manufacture site for its compact SUV, tentatively attract Cajun. Powered by four- and six-cylinder engines, the Cajun determination be customer in 2013. There is a number of speculation in excess of at petroleum time so as to it might be customer as a two-door model, by means of a four-door additional later.

Meanwhile, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has person's name quoted saying so as to he might healthy envision a œcoupe-like SUV positioned recognized by the Q5 and the Q7³. The Audi Q6? It counting clearly aim the BMW X6, but it counting be now as interesting to see the interior rivalry recognized by petroleum car and Porsches Cajun and Cayenne unfold.

Sayonara, Cube

Nissan is hardness the Cube as of the European market. It didnt do healthy here, advertising in now 1200 units in Germany previous year. The swap speed construct importing the Cube unprofitable. I actually similar to the funky method of the Cube, still although it is not precisely a drivers car. Pulling petroleum polarizing car off the marketplace following merely one day strength strike me as a extremely bright brand-building exercise. On a brighter note, Nissan determination too strike the Tiida (aka the Versa) off the arrange forms here. Good.

BMW i3 and i8

BMWs DriveNow Car Sharing

Ownership of cars is so yesterday, BMW thinks. The corporation is launching a car-sharing project in Munich and Berlin attract DriveNow. At a modest fee, you can use a Mini or BMW"and leave it wherever you need, inside the city. Its communicated as existence form fraction of the vaunted œBMW i sub-brand, still although you wont be clever to rent an i3 or i8 fairly yet.

911 in Denial

The Porsche 911 probably moderator shut to existence form the quintessential sports education car. So isnt it strange so as to persons who arrange the upcoming 918 Spyder are elegible to get a 911 Turbo S œEdition 918 Spyder, as if to apologize for existence form seen in a 911? I dont keep in mind a solitary container of a respectable car sporting one more cars badge on its skin. Would it be suitable to sell a Ferrari 458 œEdition FF? Or a Lamborghini Gallardo œEdition Aventador? Um, I dont believe so.

Dumb grids

This week, I exhausted an evening TV,box all as of the Fukushima authority plant to electric cars by means of a retired nuclear ,manufacturing executive in excess of here. I determination spare you his politically wrong but extremely convincing arguments on nuclear power, but determination split so as to he is absolutely mystified by popularity of electric cars. What strikes him as chiefly obtuse is the idea of utilizing e-cars for a citys authority grid. Power storage space understanding so as to weigh a lot of legally responsible of pounds are the majority excellent reserved stationary, not accelerated and moved around, he opines. And he predicts so as to the power flows in the proposed grid understanding determination halve the lifetime of batteries: œThats why contain propose leasing batteries in its place of trade them. But leasing income so as to yet one more party determination create a nice profit.

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