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Ford Confirms Plans To Kill All Sedans In North America

 ~ The announcement was made with little fanfare as it was tucked away in the company’s first quarter financial results. Buried underneath various statistics is a rather blunt statement that the company will “not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” Models (already long-in-the-tooth) such as the Fusion, Fiesta and Taurus will be phased out over the next few years. The company will keep the Mustang and confirmed plans to launch the all-new Focus Active in North America next year.Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

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New Porsche Experience Centre At The Hockenheimring

Porsche Experience Centre @Hockenheimring, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org[Rendering bird´s eye view Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheim]

Stuttgart.~ Another Porsche Experience Centre has been given the green light: The world’s seventh customer experience centre from the sports car manufacturer is due to be built at the Hockenheimring.

Over the next two years, a 176,000-square-metre area at the heart of the historic circuit will see the construction of a state-of-the-art building complex, a handling course, several driving dynamics areas and an off-road course. The work is due to start towards the middle of 2018, with the experience centre expected to be operational by the end of 2019. Porsche is implementing this project in collaboration with emodrom-group, the company responsible for the strategic development of the Hockenheimring. Continue reading

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Tesla Showcases Three Vehicles At The Canadian International AutoShow

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While most of the exotics on display in the AutoExotica display room are behind ropes, the Tesla vehicles (Model S, Model 3 and Model X) are available for closer inspection for the general population.

If you’re even remotely interested in these unique Electric Vehicles be sure to get a closer look at the future of automobiles.

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Canadian International AutoShow Highlights: AutoExotica – Power & Passion #CIAS2018

2018 CIAS, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, AutoExotica While you’re in the North Building, take the escalators down to see AutoExotica – a collection of more than $100m worth of exotic cars, by far the most exotic and valuable collection of cars showcased anywhere in the country. Marques include: Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bugatti and Pagani to name just a few…

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Canadian International AutoShow Must-See Highlights – Art & The Automobile #CIAS2018

Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, 2018 CIASTake a look back at some interesting historical autos in the Art & The Automobile exhibit located in the South Building. This gallery-inspired display features some of the most iconic automotive brands from motoring’s most glorious eras presented in conjunction with Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Among the timeless classics are: Thomas Flyer, Packard, Bentley Winged-B, 1953 Jaguar Growler, 1938 Alfa Romeo, 1939 Delahaye, 1956 Cadillac, 1965 Shelby Cobra and the 1971 Ferrari 365.

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Land Rover Defender Works V8 - 70th Edition, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

Defender Lives On: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Land Rover Defender Works V8 - 70th Edition, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandRyton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 17 January 2018 – Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with a Limited run of up to 150 Collector’s Edition badged V8-powered examples, re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today. Continue reading

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Ford Reveals The New 2019 Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandFord released some details of the new 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor at the reveal in Bangkok on Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2018).

No word on a North American version at this time, with Ford Thailand just saying that “the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Asia Pacific and around the world.”

However, the All-New 2019 Ranger for North America will be at the Canadian International AutoShow next week, so possibly we’ll get more information then. Continue reading