Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week for your viewing pleasure.
David E. Davis, Jr, died in Ann Arbor, Michigan last Sunday, following complications from surgery for bladder cancer. Davis founded Automobile Magazine in 1985 after leaving his post as editor of Car and Driver. Called “the dean of automotive journalism” by Time, Davis helped Automobile Magazine redefine automotive journalism.
Camaro-style taillights and pronounced body lines define the next-generation Malibu, which will be sold in 100 different countries starting mid-2012. Four-cylinder engines and six-speed transmissions will be under the hood. The 2013 Malibu debuts at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 18, and will be simultaneously unveiled on Chervolet’s Facebook page.
Porsche has upped the performance ante with the 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, which extracts 550 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo V-8. The top-of-the-line luxury sedan also receives more standard equipment than other Panamera trims, larger wheels, and exclusive paint options.
This week our spy photographers caught glimpses of two new products from BMW. Mini tested an all-wheel-drive hybrid Cooper S, which appears to use an electric motor to power the rear wheels. Meanwhile BMW tested a 6-series coupe Sport package on the Nürburgring. The new body components will likely be optional once the coupe debuts later this year.
Chevrolet’s roadster concept may have styling cues harkening back to the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder, but its mechanical components are thoroughly modern. The Mi-Ray is a plug-in hybrid, with two electric motors driving the front wheels, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine for the rear wheels.
Named for the Korean word for “square shape,” the Naimo is a cute compact crossover that debuted in South Korea. Though the car itself is only a concept, its electric drivetrain will be put to use helping Kia develop future low-emissions vehicles.
This week we got behind the wheel of two very different vehicles. The Rolls-Royce 102EX serves as an experimental platform for the ultra-luxury brand. We had the chance to pilot the 388-horsepower electric sedan around picturesque Lake Geneva, putting every mile of its quoted range to the test. We also drove the 2011 Acura RDX, the brand’s entry-level crossover. Although the general driving experience is good, this five-year-old Acura could use some updates.
-NASCAR Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Martinsville Speedway, Sunday 1 p.m. EST on Fox