Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car – Click above for high-res sketches
N.Technology Porsche Panamera touring car – Click above to watch video after the jump
The cynical among us learned long ago that life just isn't fair. Those still holding out hope, however, can look to the European touring car championships for cold, hard evidence. While Americans are stuck with NASCAR and their "Car of Tomorrow", Europeans get to watch machines like DTM Audis, Belgian Volvos and Italian Maseratis duke it out on some of the world's finest race tracks. (Don't even get us started on Japanese SuperGT and Australian V8 Supercars.)
Sometimes we can't help but lament the relative lack of touring car racing in North America. Sure, there are a handful of series, but they don't enjoy nearly the popularity that they do overseas, including in England (BTCC), Europe (WTCC) and Australia (V8 Supercars). Even the Belgian Touring Car Series is looking increasingly appetizing with some of the latest entries to join the field.
BMW M3 GT2 in ALMS – Click above for high-res image gallery
Chevrolet Cruze WTCC Build – Click above to watch the time-lapse video
AmD Milltek Racing Volkswagen Golf touring car – Click above for image gallery
Germany's DTM series is presently contested by just two automakers, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. In an effort to increase manufacturer participation, global reach, and television audiences, Autosport reports that DTM's overseers to be talking to Japan's Super GT series organizers about a tie-up. The GT500 class includes Honda, Lexus, Nissan, and a single Aston Martin DBR9.
Chevrolet Cruze WTCC - Click above image for high-res gallery
WTCC BMW 320si - click above to watch the video
More information came from on high this morning about Chevrolet's WTCC Concept. The vehicle, which Chevy's Executive Director of Design in Europe and Asia calls, "a Chevrolet muscle car reinvented for Europe," pulls design cues from its current touring car siblings and takes a good look into the future.