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11 Apr 2014

McLaren prices new 650S from $265,500

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McLaren 650S Spider

Just whisper the name “McLaren” and you know you’re talking about something expensive. Just how expensive depends on which model you’re talking about. McLaren sold all 375 examples of the P1 at $1.15 million. The 12C coupe starts just under $240k and the 12C Spider at $265k. The upcoming P13 should come in around $160k, and the P15 around $500k. But how much will the new 650S set you back?

With the 650S set to make its US debut at the New York Auto Show next week, McLaren Automotive has released official pricing and performance figures for our market. The 650S coupe will set you back $265,500, while the 650S Spider starts at $280,225. That makes the new model about $15k more expensive than the less powerful 12C on which it’s based. Or to put it another way, it falls right in the middle of the Ferrari 458 range: the Italia starts at $233k, the Spider at $257k and the Speciale (the version with which you could really compare the 650S most directly) approaches $300k.

Along with the pricing info, McLaren (having quoted the 0-62 time at three seconds flat) has also revealed the official 0-60 time at 2.9 seconds. Couple that with a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds and a 207-mph top speed (for the coupe) and you’re looking at an eminently capable supercar. Scope out all the details (including Canadian pricing for those bent on driving their McLaren in the snow) in the press release below.

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McLaren prices new 650S from $265,500 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Ex-Hyundai CEO Krafcik joins TrueCar board amidst IPO plans

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CEO Interview Hyundai

Former Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik has had a tumultuous year. Last June, he won the Automotive Executive of the Year from DNV Business Assurance. Then in December, he suddenly announced he was stepping down from his leadership role at the Korean automaker on January 1, with some suggesting it was because the company’s sales growth was too far below forecasts. Now, it looks like the exec has landed a new role on the board of directors of online car shopping website TrueCar.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Krafcik’s role will be to build relationships with automakers and dealers, but the job at TrueCar won’t be full time. Since leaving Hyundai, Krafcik has also been doing consulting work in Silicon Valley. “It’s helped me understand what I might want to do, full, full time. I am just taking things at the appropriate pace,” he said to the Journal.

Krafcik, who is widely considered one of the industry’s top executives, took the helm at Hyundai America in 2008 and led it to an increase in sales and market share. He was with the company when it won North American Car of the Year awards in 2009 and 2012 for the Genesis and Elantra, respectively.

TrueCar is working to change the way cars are sold by interfacing with buyers and dealers to arrive at no-haggle pricing on cars. A new report by Automotive News suggests that the company is on the verge of an Initial Public Offering. TrueCar has filed its intentions with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, with the IPO to be managed by Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. Back in November, values for TrueCar as high as $1.5 billion were floated, but for its IPO, it’s seeking $125 million.

Ex-Hyundai CEO Krafcik joins TrueCar board amidst IPO plans originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

BMW X4 order guide sneaks onto the web

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BMW X4 Ordering GuideMuch like we gave you an early look at the ordering guide for the BMW M3 and M4 (you can now configure those two, as well), yet another list of BMW options has leaked out. This time, the upcoming X4 is the target. We told you last month that prices for the X3-sized, X6-shaped vehicle started at $45,625, and now, we can confirm everything else for the newest Bimmer.

Only two trim lines will be available when the X4 arrives – M Sport and xLine. The former starts at $2,300 for the xDrive28i model and $1,900 for the xDrive35i, and includes as standard, 19-inch wheels (or optional 20s for $950), sport seats, an M steering wheel, a more aggressive body kit, a black headliner and the option of brushed aluminum interior trim. The xLine is $1,500 for the 28i and $1,000 for the 35i, and is made up exclusively of 19-inch Y-spoke wheels and dark copper interior trim.

Metallic colors dominate the pallet, with just a pair of gloss options available alongside the $550 metal-flake colors. BMW offers a pair of SensaTec leatherette options, along side a wide variety of $1,450 leather trims.

As has become BMW’s forte, there are a six sets of option packages, with prices ranging from $700 for the Driver Assistance Package to $3,150 for the Technology Package. Standalone extras include adaptive dampers for $1,000, adaptive cruise control for $1,900 and a non-packaged navigation system for $2,150. BMW will also tack on a $925 destination charge.

We’ve wrapped up the entire pricing sheet in a handy gallery of images, available below. Have a look, and let us know what you think of the pricing and optional goodies for the new X4.

BMW X4 order guide sneaks onto the web originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI configurator comes online

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Subaru WRX Configurator

Subaru fans, get your clicking fingers ready – the configurator for both the 2015 WRX and the WRX STI are live on the company’s consumer website.

With three trims of the standard WRX and two of the WRX STI available, customers can price out their ideal rally rocket. Aside from choosing a trim level, there’s not a whole lot for dreamers to do here. A single interior trim (black) can be paired with a decent spectrum of colors. Each trim level only comes with one optional package, which ranges from $2,000 to $2,500 and includes some combination of navigation, a Harmon/Kardon stereo or push-button start. There are also a number of dealer-installed accessories available, as well.

Hop on over to Subaru’s US consumer page, and start building your perfect road-legal rally car.

2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI configurator comes online originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Honda Accord Hybrid sales capacity constrained

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda might be selling more hybrids if it could just get them to dealers. While the second-generation Insight never lived up to sales expectations and production is ending, the Japanese automaker is seeing strong demand for the Accord Hybrid here and abroad. However, there is so much global consumer desire that it can’t keep them in US showrooms.

The problem limiting the sales of the Accord Hybrid is its battery pack and its popularity in Japan. “There’s a waiting list for the product,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda general manager, to Ward’s Auto about the sedan’s US popularity. While the American Accord is built in Marysville, OH, the batteries are imported from Japan, where the model is quite popular. According to Ward’s data, the automaker sold 2,414 examples of the hybrid version from October 2013 to February 2014 in the US, but it shifted 6,000 units in Japan in its first three months on sale. Conrad also admitted that the constrained supply is limiting the amount of marketing the automaker can do for the hybrid.

Honda spokesperson Chris Martin told Autoblog the company is working on a solution to increase production for the near future. “We are going to resolve the battery issue,” he said.

Honda has had a rocky road in launching its hybrids. Conrad admits that the Insight never got much of a marketing push after its launch. The CR-Z faces an uncertain future as well. Sales of it are ending in Europe for the 2015 model year, and Ward’s data indicates that Honda only sold 4,550 of them in the US last year.

Honda Accord Hybrid sales capacity constrained originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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