Friday, March 23, 2018

CarTalk March 19, 2018

What happens when you get 3 guys talking cars?

A lot of disagreement for sure.

4X4, sedan, compact... this week we actually agreed, that is and James.

1 hour of riveting, informative, educational and entertaining car conversation from Dubai.

And along the way there is always a great question and this week a followup on our favourite female petrol head's search for a new ride!

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Buyers market

Deals on Wheels-EVENT
LR4 Loving that at the moment

The New RAM???

BMW X3 M40i

Genesis will launch the G70 in April in the Middle East - the third Genesis model to arrive. It's powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo 4-cyl or a 3.3-litre V6 Turbo. Although no word yet on whether we'll get the Rear-wheel drive or All-wheel drive versions or both.

Mercedes-Benz has toyed with the idea of a Maybach SUV for at least 11 years. According to Autocar, we'll finally see a concept with production intent at the Beijing Motor Show next month, the luxury SUV slated for market release next year. As has been the rumor for at least six years, the Maybach people carrier will be based on a stretched version of the GLS, which moves to the company's new Modular High Architecture with the 2019 model.

Autocar cites "senior officials from Nissan" for confirmation that a next-generation Z-car is on the way. The UK mag says the two-door has the internal codename Z35, will get coupe and convertible versions, and will arrive in time for the 240Z's 50th anniversary in 2019, in concept form at very least. Problem is, after reading through everything, we can't tell if this is merely another mutation of the same body of rumors that has been treading water for at least three years now.

Autocar said that according to its intel, Nissan would show a concept version of the coming Z at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show, a production version debuting at the LA Auto Show in 2019, retail sales to begin in 2020. But there's no Tokyo show this year; the biennial motor show won't return until 2019. So now we're left to wonder what, if anything, is coming, and when? And those are the same questions we've had for years.

We know Nissan's actively thinking about a follow-up for the hoary 370Z. Phillipe Klein, the carmaker's chief planning officer, told Automotive News in January that "The Z is a difficult market. ... But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that's what we're working on." One of the definitions of "difficult" is selling 4,614 units in the U.S. last year. The current-generation Z's best year here was 2009, when it was released, and sold 13,117 units. Klein had no idea of the timing of a new car, saying the internal question was, "If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive?"

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