Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:36:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 PSA Takes First Step Toward U.S. Return with TravelCar Launch http://www.automobilemag.com/news/psa-takes-first-step-toward-u-s-return-travelcar-launch/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/psa-takes-first-step-toward-u-s-return-travelcar-launch/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:00:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119416 PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroën, and France-based insurance company MAIF have partnered to bring a car-sharing service called TravelCar to the U.S. As PSA previously announced, this is the first step in its “Push to Pass” strategy to enter the U.S. market. TravelCar is a unique service in that it lends travelers...

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PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroën, and France-based insurance company MAIF have partnered to bring a car-sharing service called TravelCar to the U.S. As PSA previously announced, this is the first step in its “Push to Pass” strategy to enter the U.S. market.

TravelCar is a unique service in that it lends travelers cars that are owned by other travelers. People flying out of town are offered free parking at airports. In exchange, TravelCar will rent the car out to people flying in. According to TravelCar, its rates are roughly 50 percent cheaper than a traditional rental car service, and if a car is rented the owner gets a cut of the rental charges. TravelCar will begin rolling out at LAX airport in Los Angeles and SFO airport in San Francisco beginning April 1.

How does this benefit PSA? As we previously reported, the French automaker plans to first launch mobility services in this market to study U.S. customers’ needs. This data will be valuable in planning its reentry into the U.S. market, which it says will happen by 2026. It’s possible PSA will also eventually insert its own products into U.S. TravelCar fleets to get feedback from Americans. Such data could help steer the company’s U.S.-market offerings.

“We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners,” said PSA’s head of mobility services Grégoire Olivier, in a release. “We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas.”

PSA hopes to bring its upscale DS brand stateside, so perhaps you’ll be able to check out a DS model on a future business trip.

 

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11 of the Latest Books Worth Your Time http://www.automobilemag.com/news/11-latest-books-worth-time/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/11-latest-books-worth-time/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:49:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112355 Porsche 912: 50 Years By Jurgen Lewandowski $55, Delius Klasing After years in the shadow of its big brother, the Porsche 912 gets its due with an in-depth look at its history and development in this gorgeous and lovingly compiled, 176-page ode to the four-cylinder, would-be 911. The BMW Century: The Ultimate Performance Machines By...

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Porsche 912: 50 Years

By Jurgen Lewandowski $55, Delius Klasing

After years in the shadow of its big brother, the Porsche 912 gets its due with an in-depth look at its history and development in this gorgeous and lovingly compiled, 176-page ode to the four-cylinder, would-be 911.

The BMW Century The Ultimate Performance Machines

The BMW Century: The Ultimate Performance Machines

By Tony Lewin $50, Motorbooks

From R32 motorcycle to the i8 automobile, this BMW bible gives quick takes on 100 years of BMW machines, including the airplane engines that lifted the Bavarian company off the ground.

Total Competition Lessons in strategy from Formula One

Total Competition: Lessons in strategy from Formula One

By Ross Brawn and Adam Parr $25, Simon & Schuster U.K.

There are too many attempts to make connections to “Art of War,” and the Q and A format is questionable for a book, but Brawn still provides interesting thoughts and anecdotes worth an F1 nut’s time.

Stirling Moss The Definitive Biography

Stirling Moss: The Definitive Biography, Volume 1

By Philip Porter $43, Porter Press

Publisher Porter calls this 672-page behemoth “a biography worthy of Britain’s greatest racing driver.” Plan a long vacation of reading, because this is only the first installment, covering the period from Moss’ birth to his first Grand Prix win in 1955.

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By Jay Koka $45, Knightbridge Publishing

Automotive Fine Art Society (AFAS) member Jay Koka picks what he feels are his most impactful automotive paintings, one from each year of his 30-year career, and compiles them in this linen-covered book.

Driverless Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

By Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman $30, The MIT Press

Autonomous vehicles are coming and with them the largest technological and cultural shift to date. This easy-to-read book offers a holistic view of the autonomous car’s potential impacts, good and bad.

Can Am 50th Anniversary

Can-Am 50th Anniversary

By George Levy $60, Motorbooks

For nine delirious years, Can-Am racing dared challengers to build some of the most powerful, most innovative, and most death-defying cars motorsports has ever known. Levy takes a thoughtful look at the ultimate racing series.

Pontiac Firebird 50 Years

Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years

By David Newhardt $50, Motorbooks

Fifty years ago, John Z. Delorean followed up the GTO with the Camaro-based Firebird, and the muscle-car wars were never the same again. All the gory details contained within.

Kussmaul Chronicles

Kussmaul Chronicles

By Craig Watkins $65, SmartRacing Products

Roland Kussmaul helped engineer and develop every race car Porsche has built since 1975. The author gives Kussmaul a platform from which to share stories from his 42-year career with Porsche.

Deuce The Original Hot Rod

Deuce: The Original Hot Rod

By Mike Chase $50, Motorbooks

What car better encapsulates hot rod culture than Ford’s “Deuce” coupe? Chase’s 224-page book is a celebration of the 1932 model and all the chopped coupes with notched frames that sprouted from it.

Ferrari 70 Years

Ferrari 70 Years

By Dennis Adler $40, Motorbooks

For the casual Ferrari enthusiast, Adler’s latest coffee table compendium explores seven decades of the cavallino rampante with plenty of pretty color photos to smudge with your fingers.

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Watch a General Lee Dodge Charger Catch Massive Air Before Crashing http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119406 Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the...

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Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the landing.

Raymond Kohn drove his 1969 Dodge Charger in a mock chase on Friday to kick off the weekend festivities, pursued by the Hazzard County police. In a video posted to YouTube, we see the Charger picking up speed as it approaches a 5-foot ramp. Detroit Free Press reports the classic muscle car, painted like the famous “General Lee” of The Dukes of Hazzard fame, hit 55 mph before hitting the ramp and flying roughly 25 feet through the air. The jump looks good until about the halfway point when the car begins to nose down. With some palpable force, the Charger’s driver-side front wheel and bumper impact the pavement. A crew rushes to check on Kohn, and within a few seconds the green flag waves to signal that he’s OK. The crowd goes wild.

1969 Dodge Charger General Lee jump

“It’s a cool feeling being in the air like that,” Kohn told Detroit Free Press. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. But in the end, it’s like the roller coaster derails.”

The car is specially made to handle jumps and landings, designed to absorb most of the shock to prevent back injury to the driver. However, it can only take one to two jumps before being retired. It’s unclear if this is a good, average, or bad landing, but it looks pretty gnarly from all angles. Check out the YouTube video and a compilation from our friends at Hot Rod showing multiple angles below.

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Say Hello to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:30:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119365 Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only...

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Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only good for burnouts completely on its head.

Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Raceway ahead of this weekend’s Daytona 500. The car is essentially a mashup of the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28. The package will be offered as an option on any 2018 Camaro ZL1 coupe beginning this summer, and results in a 3-second quicker lap time around GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE rear three quarter in motion

How is that achieved? The 1LE uses the same 650-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 as the standard ZL1, so all of the upgrades happen outside of the engine bay. The 1LE replaces the stock 285-width tires with 305s in the front and 325s in the rear. The tires are Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 Supercar 3R, the company’s first cup tire design. The tires were developed specifically for the ZL1 1LE and are the widest ever to appear on a factory Camaro.

The model also gets the DSSV spool-valve dampers that debuted on the Z/28 and just recently made it to the Chevy Colorado ZR2. The suspension features an adjustable ride height, solid-mounted front struts, adjustable camber plates, a hard-mounted rear cradle, and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The DSSV dampers contribute to weight savings of roughly 60 pounds compared to the standard ZL1 with its magnetorheological shocks.

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The other big improvement is aero. The ZL1 1LE gets a carbon fiber rear wing, air deflectors and dive planes, and a new front splitter. The beloved Flowtie also returns, and the front grilles have been enlarged for better cooling. All LT4s have a new supercharger lid to reduce heat.

The ZL1 1LE will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission, just like the Z/28. Why not just call this a Z/28? Chevy says that name is reserved for naturally aspirated cars, and wouldn’t rule out a true Z/28 variant in the future. For now though, consider this your Z/28 successor. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said this model is “not your daily driver,” but it is “a little more of a daily driver than the Z/28 was.”

Each ZL1 1LE gets a black hood wrap, clear carbon scoop, black taillights, and satin black mirrors. The car also gets Chevy’s eLSD, Positive Traction Management system, and Performance Data Recorder (PDR) as standard. The brakes are unchanged from the standard ZL1, and it has all the same launch and line lock features. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but figure around $63,000 for the 2018 ZL1 coupe plus several thousand for the 1LE package.

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Just Listed: 2015 McLaren P1 Heads to Auction with Proceeds Donated to Rose-Hulman Institute http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:10:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119375 Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but...

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Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but you can bid confidently knowing that not only is this money going to charity, but the P1 you receive is handsomely optioned and will only continue to climb in value as modern hypercars begin to establish themselves as instantly collectable.

Whoever commissioned this P1 knew what they were doing. The electric blue paint contrasts well with red trim running the length of the car, and continues into the cockpit with various interior control pieces colored in the same blue paint. Inside, this P1 features extremely rare Daytona-style seats, an option fitted to just two cars.

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Mechanically, this P1 is identical to the rest of the production run, carrying the same hybridized 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 setup, pushing out a monumental 904 hp and 723 lb-ft of torque. Power is managed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

If you’re looking to contribute to the Rose-Hulman Institute and take delivery of a seriously-special McLaren P1, make sure to register with Gooding & Co. before the car is up for grabs on March 10th at Amelia Island.

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Bentley Bentayga Gets a Fancy Facelift by Lumma Design http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:43:26 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119364 If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not? The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Up front, the...

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If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not?

The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Up front, the Bentley receives a more aggressive looking front spoiler that extends from the fog lights to the lower bumper. A new carbon fiber hood with cooling vents gives the Bentayga a racy appearance and reduces more weight to boot.

Lumma says it’ll fit both W-12 models and V-8 diesel variants. It also offers the hood in a varnished exposed carbon fiber finish or it can be painted to match the body color.

Wider wheel arches give the big Bentley a wider stance and fit snugly over 24-inch black alloy rims. Smaller versions are also available in 22- and 23-inch wheels.

Lumma Design Bentley Bentayga Rear

Around back the rear spoiler and spoiler lip extend high above the dynamic rear apron with integrated diffuser and matching exhaust tips.

“While Bentley makes very impressive interiors, they are a little too staid in a car with the Lumma Design Wide-Body conversion,” says Lumma.

An interior tailoring service is available to customize your Bentayga in a variety of materials including leather, Alcantara, wood, aluminum, and of course — more carbon fiber.

First deliveries of the wide ride Bentaygas are planned for the end of the year. Check out www.lumma-design.com for more details.

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Next-Gen Ford Fiesta ST Tears It Up in New Video http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:30:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119197 The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever....

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The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever.

Just like the standard Fiesta which debuted last year, the Fiesta ST makes use of a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. The standard Fiesta displaces just 1 liter, but the ST gets a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 200 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Hitting 62 mph is estimated to take 6.7 seconds.

Aiding the engine is a new turbocharger that is designed to build boost pressure faster and curtail lag for a more responsive drive experience. Helping improve efficiency, the Fiesta ST can shut down one of the engine’s cylinders while coasting. Turning the extra cylinder on and off takes just 14 milliseconds, which is 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, Ford says.

Drivers can choose between three modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. Engaging Sport mode intensifies the throttle response, engine mapping, and exhaust note, while Track mode goes a step further by allowing the fastest possible lap times, disabling traction control, and loosening up ESC interventions. The model also features a specially tuned chassis with torque vectoring control, which promises to reduce understeer and allow the car to hug the road while cornering.

Adopting a more refined look, the Fiesta ST receives a striking mesh grille along with oval-shaped headlights taken from the 2018 Fiesta. And those star-shaped wheels are something else. Inside the cabin, look for Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Sync 3 infotainment system, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST Euro Recaro Seats

The new Fiesta ST will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It will be available globally in three- and five-door body styles starting early 2018. So far, no information has been given regarding a U.S. market launch.

Watch the new Fiesta ST tear it up in the video below. More importantly, listen to how that engine sounds.

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AC Schnitzer Releases 30th Anniversary ACL2S Package for BMW M240i http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:13:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119309 Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades....

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades.

The basic conversion takes the M240i from just 340 horsepower to “a generous” 400 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to an ECU reflash, a new exhaust, downpipe, and different intake. Additionally, AC Schnitzer included its fully adjustable RS suspension kit, lowering the car as well as giving the customer the option to adjust height, compression, and rebound.

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The majority of the kit, however, is comprised of AC Schnitzer’s special ten-piece ACL2S wide-body kit. Included in the kit is a carbon front spoiler, front slitter, carbon side mirrors, a new set of side skirts, a rear roof spoiler, carbon fiber wing, and a carbon rear diffusor meant to keep the ACL2S planted firmly on terra firma. The company also included a set of AC Schnitzer AC1 Alloy wheels that can be had in either black or silver.

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Finishing the ACL2S off, a host of interior trim pieces have been added, including an aluminum pedal set, special “One of Thirty” badging and a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with color-matched stitching.

But its performance and upgrades aren’t the real talking point, its price, however, is. The total ACL2S conversion kit, including all the fitting and registration, will cost owners $38,000, not including the cost of the car. If you include the cost of the donor car, $44,450, its price comes out to be nearly $83,000 for the ACL2S. That, is a lot of money for something that barely makes more horsepower than BMW’s own $55,000 M2.

AC Schnitzer will build only 30 examples of the ACL2S and will debut the car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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New Volvo XC60 Teased on Facebook http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-volvo-xc60-teased-social-media/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-volvo-xc60-teased-social-media/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:30:06 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119268 Volvo hasn’t fully redesigned the XC60 since it debuted for the 2009 model year, and needless to say, the compact crossover is becoming a bit long in the tooth. But a new version is on the horizon, judging from this photo released by Volvo. Volvo teased the front face of the new XC60 on Facebook...

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Volvo hasn’t fully redesigned the XC60 since it debuted for the 2009 model year, and needless to say, the compact crossover is becoming a bit long in the tooth. But a new version is on the horizon, judging from this photo released by Volvo.

Volvo teased the front face of the new XC60 on Facebook recently. The caption reads “March 7, 2017,” hinting at a Geneva auto show debut.

The model features unique headlights that look quite different from those of its Volvo stablemates. The headlamps are attached to the grille at a narrow opening before becoming bigger as they move out toward the shoulders. The car makes use of the “Thor’s Hammer” lighting signature created by Volvo.

Currently, the Volvo XC60 sold in the U.S. comes with the choice of a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 240 hp or a 2.0-liter twin-charged four-cylinder with 302 hp. These are the only engine options thanks to a 2017 model-year update, which killed off Volvo’s old five-cylinder. The next XC60 is expected to ride on a shortened version of the SPA platform that underpins the XC90 and S90. Buyers should again be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive.

The new XC60 will join the larger XC90 in Volvo’s overhauled crossover lineup. An XC40 is expected to arrive soon as the first model in the automaker’s new “40” series group of vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Ponders X-Class Pickup for U.S. http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-ponders-x-class-pickup-for-u-s/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-ponders-x-class-pickup-for-u-s/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:39:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119219 If Mercedes-Benz builds the X-Class here, would you buy it? Although the German automaker wasn’t planning on bringing the upcoming X-Class midsize pickup stateside when it was announced last fall, that decision apparently wasn’t set in stone. Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van division honcho hinted at the possibility of it coming here after all during a...

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If Mercedes-Benz builds the X-Class here, would you buy it? Although the German automaker wasn’t planning on bringing the upcoming X-Class midsize pickup stateside when it was announced last fall, that decision apparently wasn’t set in stone.

Volker Mornhinweg, Mercedes-Benz Van division honcho hinted at the possibility of it coming here after all during a news briefing in Stuttgart, Reuters reports.

“In the past year the mid-sized truck market has come back a bit. General Motors is launching a mid-sized truck. We are watching developments very closely, and we will make a decision at the appropriate time,” he said.

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Mornhinweg also revealed that a new U.S. production site would be considered to build the posh pickups for the North American market, which would spare the X-Class from the gnarly 25% border tax on imported trucks. Current plans call for the Nissan Navara-based X-Class to be built in Argentina and Spain.

The X-Class is currently slated to go on sale in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and South America. To date, we’ve only seen a concept version of the X-Class, but we should see the production version in the near future.

The V-6-powered premium pickup is expected to be capable of hauling a payload of over 2,400 lbs and tow more than 7,700 lbs.

It sounds like a win-win for all of us. Tony truckers should keep their fingers crossed too.

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