Volkswagen Golf MkVII would be available by 2012

2010 Volkswagen Golf

The MkVI Volkswagen Golf has been available since 2009. The next all-new Golf may be approaching sooner than we thought. The automaker will have the MkVII Golf ready for public consumption by either the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013.

Golf generational changes typically occur in much larger intervals, but this rapid introduction for the MkVII is a result of the Volkswagen Group's new cost-savings model architecture called MQB. Different makes and models that share the same underpinnings will be built in a similar manner to save large percentages of money.

Audi A6 with 3D Paint Job by Artis

artis audi a6

This shiny black Audi A6 is the work of Japanese paint specialist Artis. The German executive sedan features a special finish with diamond shape grooves that was achieved by applying a patterned film all over the car and then painting on top of it. The Japanese firm also added a custom bodykit along with 20-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/30 rubber, and upgraded the suspension and 3.2-liter V6 engine.

Exotic cars sales among Chinese women

Maserati Grand Turismo

The number of Chinese millionaires is increasing rapidly and women constitute the major part in that rising population. This is a great news for the exotic car manufacturers because wealthy Chinese women are buying exotic cars.

Sales of such high-end automobiles increased 60 percent last year and analysts believe that there will be a 35 percent climb this year. Maserati reports that 30 percent of its sales in China are to women compared to just 10 percent among European sales. China is ready to overcome Italy as the second largest automaker in the world.

It's not just Maserati, even Ferrari's and Lamborghini's are purchased in large numbers by Chinese Women. The wealthy Chinese women constitute 20 percent of the local Ferrari sales, which is double the global average. This rise in exotic vehicle sales has got the attention of Bugatti and Volkswagen.

Touring Superleggera Flying Star

Bentley Flying Star

Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the Milanese coach builder launched the Flying Star at the Geneva Motor Show last year. This car stole millions of hearts but since its debut Touring has only made three examples of the custom creation. It takes nearly 4,000 man-hours to convert a Continental GTC into the long-roofed coupe. The increased investment in the form of new equipments and staff made the Touring to work up to five vehicles at a time.

Each example still takes six months to deliver, with total production limited to 19 examples. Fortunate buyers can specify from a range of customizations, including the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 in states of tune ranging from 552 horsepower to 621.

Infiniti's entry-level and halo models

Infiniti Essence Concept

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division is looking at a pair of new products to give it a better reach than the current range. First they thought about the Halo model but after looking at the competition they decided to make something attractive in order to lure buyers in to showrooms. The successor to the Q45 flagship was once considered as a potential route to rival the likes of the Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and even the Lexus LFA.

The show-stopping Infiniti Essence concept previewed that notion, but Infiniti is still considering the idea over, and the presence of the Nissan GT-R surely isn't helping focus the picture. Infiniti has also been considering the idea of an entry-level hatchback model to take on the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volvo C30. Lexus was the first of the Japanese brands to pursue the segment with the CT 200h. If Infiniti is considering about getting one, it would definitely suite in that order.