Posted: February 12th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Auto News, Grilled Motoring News | Tags: Grilled Auto News, Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, Stephan Winkelmann, SUV, Urus, Volkswagen Group | Comments Off on Grilled! Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Production Confirmed for April ’17
It’s been five years since Lamborghini first unveiled their Hybrid SUV concept – Urus – at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Since then it’s been waning between remaining a viable but ultimately unrealised vision – like the mythical Estoque super saloon – or a full-fledged addition to the Lambo stable.
In 2013 more hints that the Italian super-car maker was serious about the Urus came from then Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann who said the company’s future plans were very much in-line with a high-performance SUV in its offer.
Via an interview with Digital Trends, Lamborghini’s current CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that production of the überSUV will begin in April 2017, with prototype test vehicles rolling off the line first. Production of customer-bound examples be underway by July 2017 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 26th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Auto News, Grilled Motoring News | Tags: AMG GT S Australia, Grilled Auto News, Mercedes-Benz Australia | Comments Off on Benz Lands SLS Gullwing Replacement in Australia, Meet the AMG GT S
First previewed last September, Mercedes-Benz Australia has finally unveiled the new GT S to local punters. The biturbo 4.0 litre V8, two seater coupé – subtly replacing the now legendary SLS – has styling and specs set to take on allcomers.
The goal? …to take on its Stuttgart rival, Porsche, specifically the iconic 911 GT3. This coupé is impressive, very impressive, and competitively priced to boot – the SLS was a smidge over $AU500,ooo, this incarnation lands in Oz for a smidge under $AU300,ooo.
For my liking, the only downside is that Australia will miss out on the base Model GT, Mercedes Benz Australia instead opting for the fully loaded version :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 28th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Auto News, Grilled Motoring News | Tags: BBC TV, Grilled Motoring News, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear | Comments Off on UPDATED! Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear Presenter Booted by BBC
Outspoken British presenter of the Top Gear motoring show, Jeremy Clarkson, has been suspended by the BBC after he was involved in a “fracas” with a producer.
Clarkson, who has generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster, was already on a final warning over accusations last year that he had used racist language while filming the show :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 28th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Auto News, Grilled Motoring News | Tags: Australia, Formula One Grand Prix, Infiniti Red Bull, mercedes benz, Red Bull Racing, renault, Renault Sport F1 | Comments Off on Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush
French auto-giant Renault has said it is reviewing all its Formula One options, including quitting the sport or buying the Toro Rosso team, after stinging criticism of its engine.
The car maker has been at loggerheads with main partners Red Bull since Mercedes decisively ran-away with the season opening Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.
Despite signs of improvement in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul did not pull any punches when asked at a news conference about the situation.
Renault supplies power units to former champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso, its only remaining clients after Caterham folded and Lotus switched to Mercedes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: Valerie Wing | Filed under: Grilled Auto News, Grilled Motoring News | Tags: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Car Sales, China, General Motors, GM China, Grilled Auto News, Lamborghini, Porsche, Volkswagen | Comments Off on Volkswagen Tops China Car Sales
VW are now the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world’s biggest automotive market, quite a contrast to their US operations where they skirt around the middle of the pack.
Volkswagen were once much-loved in the US for their quality, but have since seriously fallen out of favor.
Over in the Middle Kingdom VW’s pull on the Chinese public is immense, the German auto-makers offer stretches from the cheapest $US12,000 hatch to the $US175,000 Phaeton übersedan.
And it seems that anything with a VW badge riveted to the front and back panels seems to simply drive out the showroom doors.
Volkswagen sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, it’s closest rival, GM, sold 3.16 million cars, now the race is on for VW to become the world’s biggest automotive manufacturer, but for them to achieve that result they will need to improve the way the US market views them :: Read the full article »»»»