The Spymaster’s sources have revealed that Ford is not happy with China-based automaker Geely these days. Apparently the concern is that the company, which owns Volvo, plans to launch an offshoot brand to be marketed globally under the name Lynk & CO. The Sleuth hears that Ford is planning to oppose any U.S. trademark applications […]

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While the automotive-enthusiast world wrings its hands in anticipation over the arrival of the next-generation Toyota Supra, The Sleuth’s sources have gleaned some of the upscale-sportscar’s specs. The available powerplants will consist of a 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an optional 335-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder. Both engines will be sourced from the BMW parts bin and […]

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The Zoom-Zoom automaker recently introduced the five-passenger CX-4 in China and has announced that a new seven-passenger model, dubbed the CX-8, will also launch in Japan and possibly elsewhere. The CX-8 is reportedly about seven inches shorter and five inches narrower than the seven-passenger CX-9 that’s sold here. If The Sleuth had to guess (which […]

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The Spy Guy is receiving all kinds of reports from his sources concerning General Motors’ crested division. It appears that the days (or more accurately, the years) are numbered for much of the sedan fleet, including the compact ATS, midsize CTS and large-size XTS sedan. That would leave only the full-size CT6 and an all-new […]

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That’s the scuttlebutt The Sleuth’s sources are picking up. Word on the street is that the models most at risk are the full-size Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans, all of which are built using the same platform. At the smaller end of the size scale, the sub-compact Chevrolet Sonic could receive a […]

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It has been only one model year since the Porsche Boxster roadster and the Cayman coupe were given the ‘718’ numerical addition to their names. Both were also updated with potent turbocharged four-cylinder engines that replaced the previous non-turbo six-cylinder engines. Word has reached The Sleuth that more adjustments are in store for 2018, including […]

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What a difference a couple of years can make for Buick as by 2018 the lineup will be significantly different that it was in 2015. Model-year 2016 saw the arrival of the new Cascada convertible and mid-size Envision tall wagon. They were followed by a redesigned LaCrosse full-size sedan and the revised Encore compact wagon […]

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The Sleuth notes that the biggest/largest model in the Blue Oval automaker’s lineup is being replaced for the 2018 model year. Available in both regular- and extended-length versions, the Expedition gets a new grille and sheetmetal plus major interior changes aimed at the upscale end of the spectrum. In fact, a fully loaded 2018 Expedition […]

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Although not unexpected, the Sleuth was nonetheless pleased to hear that Volkswagen’s compact minivan concept that was first shown in 2016 will enter production for the 2020 model year. The Microbus’s drive system will consist of two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack that will produce the equivalent of 369 horsepower. VW states that […]

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The Sleuth’s intel gatherers are revealing that Lexus’s popular five-passenger tall wagon is about to get an optional extra collapsible bench seat, possibly as soon as next year. However, instead of extending the distance between the front and rear wheels to make room, the designers who toil at Toyota’s upscale division will apparently extend the […]

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