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Apr
06
Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar used the New York Auto Show to announce a production version of the rakish C-X16 sports-car concept revealed at the September 2011 Frankfurt IAA expo. To be called F-Type, the new two-seater has been rumored for at least two years as the XE. It’s slated to start sale in mid-2013, presumably for the UK and continental Europe. U.S. deliveries should begin soon afterward for model-year 2014. Jaguar says the U.S. will be “a prime market” for the F-Type, which will launch as a soft-top convertible. A coupe is expected to join up in 2014 and, eventually, to account for 50 percent of total F-Type sales.

Pricing, equipment, and technical info won’t be detailed until the F-Type’s formal unveiling later this year, probably at Paris this September. However, Jaguar has released teaser videos and photos of camo-wrapped convertible prototypes now testing near the Castle Bromwich factory in the British Midlands, where the F-Type will be built. Despite the disguise, the images clearly indicate styling very close to that of the C-X16, which was modeled as a sloped-roof coupe.

Apr
05
Fisker Atlantic

Fisker Atlantic

It looks like it’s one step forward for Fisker Automotive after a few steps back. The maker of luxury plug-in hybrid electric cars has announced the next vehicle in its expanding family—the Atlantic sedan—at this week’s New York Auto Show.

Though an on-sale date, prices, and specifications were withheld when the design prototype of the four-door Atlantic was unveiled, the company touted the car’s “practical interior” and said it is “aimed at young families who want to drive an impactful, high-end vehicle while making a positive statement about responsibilities.” It was compared dimensionally to the Audi A5. We take all of this to mean that whenever the Atlantic’s tide finally comes in, it will be priced somewhat south of Fisker’s larger flagship Karma sedan, which is on sale now at a starting price of $102,000.

The company said the standard powertrain configuration will be rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optionally available. Power will again come from a plug-in electric motor supported by a 4-cylinder gasoline engine that acts as a generator to charge the lithium-ion batteries that feed the electric-drive system.

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