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Paris 10' Preview: Mazda Shinari Concept Debuts Mazda's new "Kodo" Design Language

With the departure of Mazda's design chief Laurens van den Acker comes the end of Mazda's Nagare design language. Mazda's new designer Ikuo Maeda is bringing a new design theme to the brand named "Kodo". Kodo, which is Japanese for soul of motion will debut on the Shinari concept at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The four-door Shinari concept shows...

Nissan Murano Convertible to be Named CrossCabriolet

Yup I guess it's more than just a rumor. Nissan is set to debut a convertible version of the Nissan Murano at the 2010 LA Auto Show later this year. It has now been confirmed that the drop top version of the Murano crossover will be named the Murano CrossCabriolet. The Murano CrossCabriolet will be the world's first AWD...

Toyota Announces Recall of 1.1 Million Corolla and Matrix Models

Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of 1.13 million 2005-2008 Corolla and Matrix vehicles to address and issue with the 1.8L four-cylinder engine. According to Toyota some of the engine control modules have been improperly manufactured. The engine could stall in effected vehicles due to cracks that could develop on the ECM's circuit board. There have been at least...

2011 Toyota Highlander Unveiled in Moscow

Toyota has unveiled the 2011 Highlander which is getting a midlife facelift. The 2011 Highlander gets a new face, which includes a new hood, fenders, grille and headlights. Out back there are new taillights and a revised bumper. The Highlander pictured here is going to debut at this year's Moscow Motor Show. Toyota has yet to confirm that these...

Paris 10' Preview: Mazda2 Gets a Facelift

The Mazda2 is finally being offered in the US and now Mazda has released the first official photos of the European model that is getting a facelift. The refreshed Mazda2 will appear at the 2010 Paris Motor Show with a new face, upgraded interior and powertrain and a new automatic version. Related Stories: 2011 Mazda2 Starts at $13,980 and Hits Showrooms this...

Range Rover Evoque to Get Ford's 2.0L EcoBoost

It's rumored that Range Rover's upcoming Evoque is going to be offered with Ford's new 200-hp 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. According to Autocar prototypes of the baby Range Rover are currently being tested on Nürburgring with the Ford engine. Of course land Rover will not confirm the rumors. The 2.0L EcoBoost is the same engine that is also going to...

Hyundai Genesis, Genesis Coupe and Equus to get All-Wheel-Drive

Hyundai's American CEO, John Krafcik recently confirmed that its upcoming Equus sedan as well as the Genesis and Genesis coupe will be getting all-wheel-drive in the near future. The move to make all-wheel-drive optional on its two luxury sedans is to make them more competitive with other luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. All-wheel-drive on the Genesis coupe will give...

2011 Nissan Murano Gets a Refresh

Nissan has released the official photos of the refreshed 2011 Murano. The 2011 Murano gets a refreshed grille, restyled bumper, new taillights and new 18-inch wheels. Inside there is a new white meter color, new center stack colors and added equipment. For 2011 there are also two new models, the SV FWD and SV AWD, which brings the total to...

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Officially Unveiled

Last week leaked shots of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS appeared online. It was our first look at the new "four-door coupe." Mercedes-Benz has now officially unveiled the 2012 CLS. The CLS was the first official four-door coupe that lead to other automakers jumping into the segment (VW CC, BMW Gran Coupe, etc). "The new CLS points the way forward for...

2011 Kia Sportage Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2011 Kia Sportage is a far better compact crossover than the model it replaced. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named the new Sportage a Top Safety Pick because it earned its highest safety rating in frontal, side, rear and rollover crash tests. "The Kia brand is committed to providing consumers with the highest levels of...

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