Auto News for Aug. 12

Vision G Coupe Concept

Hyundai has unveiled the “Vision G” concept sedan at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The concept was called Hyundai’s “inspiration for its family of future premium products” designed with input from its studios around the world but led by the Hyundai team in the U.S. It packs the 5.0-liter “Tau” V8 producing 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. One feature is doors that automatically open “as if being opened by a valet.”

Hammacher Schlemmer is well known for putting audacious gift suggestions on the cover of its catalogs. The one that just arrived at the auto desk offers a weird looking thing that is said to be “the most realistic racing simulator.” It will roll, pitch, and rotate 360 degrees at up to 0.5 g of acceleration. HS said it will faithfully reproduce racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 mph with the operator able to choose among a dozen race cars. Okay, you are hooked and want one? Save your loose change. It sells for $185,000.

A lot cheaper is Top Gear’s Super Cars 2015 magazine that would make for excellent reading at the lake or beach with reports on the outgoing Bugatti Veyron and the outrageous Aston Vulcan among others. A three way comparison of the McLaren P1 versus the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 should raise your heart rate a notch or three. $14 at good book stores.

Ford has kicked off production of its medium duty trucks at a plant in Ohio, significant because those trucks previously had been assembled in Mexico. These are Ford’s F-650 and F-750 models. “Working with our partners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs competitive enough to bring production of a whole new generation of work trucks to Ohio,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President.

R Class

AM General has rolled out its first Mercedes R-Class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. It is Mercedes first and only contract manufacturer in the U.S. The R-Class is currently sold only in China.



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