October 30, 2014

Lexus Confirms An RC F Convertible is In the Works

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At its recent national dealer meeting in Los Angeles, Lexus confirmed that a convertible version of the 467-hp RC F is in the works.

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Toyota FCV to Enter this Year's Japanese Rally Championship

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Toyota has announced that its new fuel cell vehicle will be put through its paces in the final installment in this year's Japanese Rally Championship, the 177 mile Shinshiro Rally held in Aichi Prefecture on November 1 and 2. The Toyota FCV that has been specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing will check the safety of the roads as a zero car.

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Kia Transforms the 2015 Sedona Into a Kart Hauler for SEMA

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Kia is bringing a unique version of the all-new 2015 Sedona minivan to next week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Minivans are good at hauling around people and all their stuff, but now Kia is demonstrating the Sedona's ability to be the ultimate kart hauler.

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Scion Heads to SEMA with a Targa Top FR-S, Slayer tC and Riley Hawk xB

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Scion has unveiled its lineup for the SEMA Show that kicks off next week in Las Vegas. Scion tasked six builders to create their own interpretations of the Scion tC, FR-S and xB with custom upgrades, individual style and creativity.

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An Electric Range Rover Could be in the Cards

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Thanks to the success of Tesla and its Model S nearly every automaker is trying to produce a Tesla-rivaling electric vehicle. It's being reported that Land Rover is currently mulling the idea of an electric Range Rover that would compete with the Tesla Model X crossover.

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Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series Arrives With a $315K Price Tag

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Porsche has announced the release of the uber limited Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series, which is going to have its world premiere next month at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

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October 29, 2014

Refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer Debut Confirmed for LA

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Ford has just announced that the updated 2016 Ford Explorer is going to debut next month at the LA Auto Show before it goes on sale next year.

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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Revealed with 567-HP

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BMW has taken the wraps off the second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M models ahead of their world debut at the LA Auto Show next month. Both models are powered by a 567-hp 4.4L V8, which is enough power for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds.

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Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Coming in 2016

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It's being reported that the next-generation Land Rover Defender is going to enter production during the summer of 2016. We last heard about a Defender replacement back in 2011 with the DC100 concept and at the time 2015 was slated as the last year for the current Defender. The current Defender will go out of production in 2015 due to emissions regulations, but the world will have to wait at least a year later for its replacement.

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Fiat Spins Off Ferrari and Lists 10 Percent Stake on Market

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Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off Ferrari and list a 10 percent stake on the market as it seeks to raise funding. The spin-off is expected to be complete next year.

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Mazda6 Coupe in the Works?

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Mazda currently offers the Mazda6 in sedan and wagon versions, but could a new coupe join the lineup? According to Auto Express, Mazda is working on a coupe version of the Mazda6.

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2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0 is Ready for Halloween

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Scion has unveiled the new 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0, which features a unique two-tone exterior that was designed with help from Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs.

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October 28, 2014

2015 Audi R8 Competition Revealed Ahead of its Debut in LA

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Audi has unveiled the 2015 Audi R8 Competition model, which is going to debut next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The limited-edition R8 Competition features a 570-hp engine and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.

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Hyundai ix25 Sub-Compact Crossover Heads to the U.S. in 2017

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The small crossover segment is growing rapidly with the addition of new models like the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax and Honda HR-V. Hyundai has been quiet about its plans to enter the segment, but now it's being reported that Hyundai is going to introduce a version of the ix25 small crossover in the U.S. in 2017.

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2016 Chevy Volt Gets a Larger 4-Cylinder Engine

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General Motors is going to officially unveil the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January, but GM has just revealed some details about its new powertrain.

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Nissan Kicks Crossover Concept Debuts in Sao Paulo

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Nissan has unveiled its newest concept, the Kicks concept at the the Sao Paulo Motor Show. The Kicks concept is a compact crossover that Nissan says was "inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people."

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Porsche to Take on Tesla with Electric Mid-Size Model

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Porsche is currently working on a new model that will slot in below the Panamera in Porsche's lineup and while the new model will take on rivals like the BMW 5 Series, it will also be offered in a full electric version. The fully electric model will be Porsche's first ever production electric car and will go head to head with the Tesla Model S.

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Future Cadillac Convertible Revealed to Dealers

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At last month's dealer meeting in Las Vegas, GM showed dealers an image of a future Cadillac convertible. The convertible is part of a range of future models that Cadillac is planning on introducing.

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October 27, 2014

2016 Mazda CX-3 Teased Ahead of its Debut in LA

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Mazda has confirmed plans to unveil its newest crossover, the CX-3 at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The CX-3 joins a growing segment of small crossovers that includes new entries like the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade.

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Toyota Uses This Year's SEMA Show to Celebrate its Performance Legacy

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Toyota wants the world to celebrate its performance legacy and this year at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Toyota will focus on the past, present and future of its passion for performance. This year Toyota will showcase fifteen unique vehicles that Toyota says "underscore the company's commitment to truly push the limit of both man and machine."

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2016 Honda HR-V Delayed Due to Quality Problems at Honda's Mexico Plant

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Earlier this year Honda launched the all-new 2015 Honda Fit, but it wasn't easy. Production of the new Fit was delayed due to problems at Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, Mexico. The challenges with the Fit's launch have now reportedly pushed back the launch of the new HR-V crossover.

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Ford Gives Lincoln a $5 Billion Boost

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With a new CEO at the helm, Lincoln could finally get the love it needs. Ford's new CEO, Mark Fields has reportedly committed to overhauling the Lincoln brand, which could see Ford spend at least $5 billion over the next five years on new Lincoln models.

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Subaru Forester STI Teased, Debuts on November 25

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Subaru has released teasers of a new hotter version of the Subaru Forester crossover. The Forester STI will debut next month on November 25. What can we expect?

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Mazda CX-3 Crossover to Debut at the LA Auto Show?

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Small crossovers are set to become one of the hottest new segments and it looks like Mazda is getting ready to jump in with its new CX-3 crossover. It's being reported that Mazda may reveal the CX-3 at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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October 24, 2014

2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring Sport Edition Announced

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Toyota has has revealed the updates to the 2015 Avalon, which includes the addition of the new limited production XLE Touring Sport Edition.

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BMW Teases the New X5 M and X6 M Ahead of Their LA Debut [VIDEO]

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BMW is going to unveil the new X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs next month at the LA Auto Show, which is still a month away. While we wait for the debut, BMW has released a teaser video of the X5 M and X6 M.

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How to Drive 834 Miles on One Tank of Fuel in the 2015 Audi A3 TDI [REVIEW]

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I wake up from a nap to find myself sweating in a car with the A/C off in the middle of the California desert. No this isn't a nightmare, my driving partner and I are trying to reach it to San Diego, which is over 100 miles away, but our 2015 Audi A3 TDI's gas gauge says were almost on empty. Why couldn't we stop for fuel? Last week Audi invited 18 journalists out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in its newest TDI Challenge. This isn't the first time that Audi has set up a mileage challenge, since a similar drive was done with the A6 and Q7 TDI diesel models, but this time the only model in the challenge would be the all-new A3 TDI.

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Kia K900 Gets the "High-Performance" Treatment for SEMA [VIDEO]

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Kia is set to amp up the performance of its K900 flagship sedan at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a concept called the High-Performance K900.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Will Not Get a Unibody, Production to Remain in Toledo

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There have been lots of reports about what we can expect from the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, which is expected to arrive in 2017 as a 2018 model. There have been reports about an aluminum body to save weight, but one thing that is going to stay is its body-on-frame layout.

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October 23, 2014

2015 VW e-Golf Nabs Title as Most Efficient Compact EV

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The 2015 VW e-Golf electric car has received an EPA rating of 126 MPGe city and 105 highway rating with a combined rating of 116 Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe). It also has a range of up to 83 miles and compared to other compact electric vehicles, the e-Golf is the most efficient car in its compact class.

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