Auto Talk: Porsche ups forecast, predicts 75,000 Macan sales in first year

At the same time that Volkswagen is lowering its sales forecast for the year due to Europe’s weak economy, Porsche is predicting huge business next year for its Macan. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: Audi threatening BMW as luxury leader

For the last seven years, BMW has had a stranglehold on the top spot in the luxury car market. That reign is in danger of coming to and end, as Audi sales are on the rise. According to an Automotive News Europe report, Audi cut the difference in sales between itself and BMW to only 2,110 vehicles sold so far this year. Funk Flex

(Video) Auto Talk: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel to debut in Paris

For any of our European readers who like the Cayenne Diesel but who have been holding out for a higher-power formula, good news has arrived. Porsche has confirmed earlier rumors by announcing that a more powerful diesel version of its Cayenne SUV will debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: Why gas stations in NJ, PA are selling $8/gallon gas in protest

Over 50 gas stations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania have raised the price of their fuel to more than eight dollars a gallon. They are all Lukoil stations, and their owners have raised prices in protest of practices by Lukoil North America that they say leave individual gas station owners at a competitive disadvantage. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: 2013 GMC Acadia

For those who are interested in the reworked 2013 GMC Acadia, we now know how much you can look forward to forking over. Base MSRP for the 2013 version of the full-size, three-row crossover has been set at $34,875 (*not including a $825 destination charge). If you are interested in the range-topping Denali trim, be prepared to pay $46,770. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: Volkswagen cooking up lightweight Carbon GTI

Autocar reports Volkswagen may be working on a lightweight version of the GTI as a tribute to the model’s bare-bones ancestry. Dubbed “Carbon GTI,” the model is said to make use of a range of new manufacturing techniques to incorporate a heap of carbon fiber and aluminum wherever possible. Pieces like the bulkhead, windshield frame and floor panels are all expected to be hammered from lightweight alloy while the hood and roof will be stitched from the composite. All told, the changes should shave around 440 pounds from the chassis, resulting in a curb weight in the neighborhood of 2,480 pounds. Funk Flex

(Video) Auto Talk: Peugeot Onyx concept leaks ahead of Paris reveal

The company may be having a heck of a hard time, but Peugeot still manages to ring the bell when it comes to concepts. Straight from the Vector M12 school of car design we have this, the Peugeot Onyx Concept, an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid coupe we’ll be seeing at the Paris Motor Show later this month. Funk Flex

(Video) Auto Talk: 2013 Range Rover to start over $110K in UK

Now that you’ve seen the photos of the 2013 Range Rover, no doubt a few of you will want to know just how much lucre you’ll need to put one in your five-car garage. The number you’re looking for is £71,295 ($114,140 U.S., but that includes Britain’s hefty VAT and other taxes) for the 3.0-litre Vogue TDV6 diesel on the lowest rung. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: Chrysler 200 successor to boast 38 mpg, 9-speed automatic

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the next-generation Chrysler 200 will show off a host of improvements, including a fuel economy rating of 38 miles per gallon on the highway. That’s a jump of seven mpg over the current model, and much of that efficiency can be chalked up to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Expect to see the revised 200 show up on dealer lots in the first quarter of 2014. The news came courtesy of a dealer meeting in Las Vegas, where Chrysler unveiled upwards of six new vehicles set to arrive within the next year and a half. Funk Flex

Auto Talk: Special edition 760Li celebrates 25 years of BMW 12-cylinder car engines

We don’t remember our last encounter with a car that was built to celebrate an engine, but we have one now in the 2013 BMW 760Li: V12 25 Years Anniversary Edition. Created for the U.S. alone, and in a batch of just 15 cars, this 7 Series commemorates a quarter century of BMW making automotive engine blocks with a dozen combustion chambers. For a comparison of how far 25 years will take you, the 750iL with that first, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V12 produced 295 horsepower, while the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 in today’s 760Li gets 535 hp. Funk Flex

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