August 2012 Archives

All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra Officially Unveiled

Nissan has taken the wraps off the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra, which is the third of five all-new Nissan's being introduced in a 15-month period. According to Nissan, like the recently unveiled Nissan Altima and Pathfinder, the redesign of Sentra focuses on class-above design standards inside and out, as well as efficiency in engineering.

Ford Focus is Now the Best-Selling Car in the World

Ford has something new to celebrate, the its 350 millionth vehicle produced - a Ford Focus, which is also the world's best-selling car for the first half of 2012. Ford is celebrating the production milestone at its newest global manufacturing facility located in Rayong, Thailand, approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Bangkok.

Tesla's Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Supercar

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk recently joined a web chat on Jalopnik, where he discussed the future of Tesla and what the electric car company could release next. Currently Tesla offers models like the Tesla Roadster and the new Model S sedan, but according to Elon Musk, a Tesla supercar could one day join the Tesla lineup.

2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport Limited Edition Unveiled

2012 is almost over, but Toyota has just unveiled the limited edition 2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport. The new Camry SE Sport edition four-cylinder starts at $25,995 and includes 18" alloy wheels with smoked finish, 8-way power seat, power sunroof, and a navigation system with Entune.

The Hamsters Are Back for the 2013 Kia Soul (Video)

Kia's popular hamsters that have stared in three commercials for the Kia Soul are back for the fourth installment, "Bringing Down the House" for the 2013 Soul. This time the hamsters travel through time to introduce electronic music "In My Mind" (Axwell remix) to 18th century opera fans.

Lexus GS F Sport Safety Car Unveiled

Lexus has unveiled the new GS 350 F Sport Safety Car, which is a modified version of the new Lexus GS and will be on hand at the Sydney Motorsport Park.

Mazda has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan at the Moscow Motor Show. The new Mazda6 is scheduled to start arriving in some markets this fall. At the show chief designer Akira Tamatani revealed that Mazda is currently deciding if a coupe version of the Mazda6 makes sense. Tamatani told Autocar, "There is no decision, but I would love to make one. The first job is to make the saloon and estate, but from this position a coupe is not so far away."

2013 Ford Fusion Packs Technology to Keep Drivers Alert

When the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion arrives this fall, it will pack a list of driver-assist technologies that will keep drivers alert and help them see things that they normally might miss on the road.

Fisker Holds the Largest Gathering of Fisker Karma Owners

Fisker Automotive for the first time hosted owners of its Karma sedan at the company's global headquarters in Anaheim, CA over the weekend, during an owner appreciation day. Karma owners from all over Southern California gathered Sunday to start their day at the Fisker of Orange County showroom in Irvine, where Henrik Fisker himself was ready to greet them, along with Richard Beattie, Chief Commercial Officer at Fisker Automotive, and Marcelo Sandoval, Sales Manager at Fisker of Orange County.

Yesterday Mazda officially took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan in Moscow. Reports are starting to come in about the new Mazda2 subcompact and the Mazda3, which are both going to be redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Mazda Unveils the 2014 Mazda6 in Moscow

Mazda has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6 sedan at the Moscow Motor Show. The Mazda6 is the second new generation of Mazda models that adopts the full range of Mazda's new Skyactiv technology and KODO design language.

2013 Buick Encore Gets 28 MPG Combined Rating

Buick has announced that the 2013 Buick Encore crossover gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and a combined 28 mpg fuel economy with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Lincoln to Arrive in China in 2014

Ford has set the goal of bringing its Lincoln luxury brand to China in the second half of 2014. Ford CEO Alan Mulally announced the plans as Ford is breaking ground on its third assembly plant in the city of Chongqing.

GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production for Four Weeks

General Motors is going to reportedly pause production of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid for four weeks starting next month. According to the latest report, GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15. The plant currently employs around 1,500 workers and assembles the Chevy Volt and recently started producing a limited number of 2013 Chevy Malibus.

Ford recently gave us the keys to a 2013 Ford Focus Electric in San Francisco, CA. Over the course of a long weekend we drove it all over the San Francisco bay area, to cities like San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. While we managed to never run out of battery power, the weekend proved quite eventful as we plotted our course. After driving the 2013 Ford Focus Electric for five days we came away with this list of ten ways that electric vehicles could make or break your routine.

Lexus Confirms Plans for a New 500-HP Hybrid Coupe Concept

Lexus has confirmed plans to bring a new hybrid coupe concept to the Australian Motor Show that kicks off in Sydney on October 19. The new concept is a further developed version of the LF-LC concept that was unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Takes on Utah (Review)

2013 is a big year for Hyundai's crossover lineup, with the release of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. This time around the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in two versions, the Santa Fe Sport and the longer-wheelbase Santa Fe. How do they stack up? After spending a few days with the Santa Fe Sport in Park City, Utah, one thing is for sure, Hyundai's all-new Santa fe is quite impressive.

2013 Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S Models Unveiled

Porsche has unveiled the all-wheel-drive 2013 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S models. The 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S get the latest version of the active, rear biased all-wheel-drive system PTM (Porsche Traction Management).

Hyundai has just announced that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo are getting a new high performance summer tire option. For those performance enthusiasts that want even more performance out of the Veloster, Hyundai has decided to offer a Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tire as an option for the Veloster.

GM Gives You a Closer Look at the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS (Video)

GM has just released two new videos that provide a closer look at the "performance-inspired" 2013 Chevy Sonic. Just in case you missed the news, the 2013 Sonic RS is the most performance oriented model in the Sonic lineup. It's still powered by the same turbocharged 138-hp 1.4L engine as the non-RS models, but it gets different transmission gear ratios and a lowered and stiffened suspension.

Ford has announced that the high-performance 2013 Explorer Sport officially packs 365 horsepower and is rated at 22 MPG on the highway. "Explorer Sport hits a sweet-spot combination of power, usable torque, 4WD capability, with class-leading fuel efficiency," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor vehicles. "The Explorer Sport EcoBoost engine matches Taurus SHO for output and the Terrain Management System has been specifically calibrated to optimize increased power - regardless of the road or conditions."

BMW Launches "X1 Restore the Outdoors" Social Good Program

BMW has announced the launch of the 'X1 Restore the Outdoors' social media program that gives back to the outdoor places we love including parks, beaches, forests and recreational locations across the country. It starts in Seattle, WA which will run through September 10 in New York City.

Chrysler has announced that the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup equipped with the 3.6L V6 gets best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The new 3.6L V6 that is mated to a standard eight-speed automatic, features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain.

GM has announced that it plans to invest $220 million for tooling and equipment to build the next-generation Chevy Cruze in two northeast Ohio plants retaining more than 5,000 jobs at facilities in Lordstown and Parma.

2013 Land Rover LR2 Gets a Facelift and Starts at $37,250

Land Rover has given the small LR2 a facelift for 2013, which includes a new engine, styling updates and more content.

The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, Bentley's fastest model ever is set to have its world debut at the Moscow Motor Show on August 29th. In preparation for its debut, Bentley has just released all the details for its new 205 mph all-wheel drive performance flagship.

2013 Chevy Sonic RS Starts at $20,995

Chevy has announced the pricing for the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS that will arrive this fall with a starting price at $20,995. The Sonic RS is powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, the engine specs are the same as the non-RS turbocharged Sonic, but the RS gets unique transmission gearing in the six-speed manual, or a 3.53 final drive ratio for automatic-equipped models.

Cadillac Glamour Concept Photos Surface

Cadillac Glamour Teaser
Last weekend in Pebble Beach, Cadillac showed teaser photos of a new Cadillac concept car that it is going to debut next year. At the show, Clay Dean, Cadillac director of advanced design said that the concept is an attempt for Cadillac to "reflect back not for nostalgia, but what made us great at the time." Dean also stated that the concept could provide a hint of the future design direction of Cadillac under the informal slogan of "American glamour meets American technology."

2013 Nissan Rogue Starts at $22,310

Nissan has announced the changes to the 2013 Nissan Rogue. While we wait for the new one that is coming next year, the current Rogue gets an upgraded Special Edition package and a new Premium package.

Today BMW and the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee announced the upcoming launch of ParkNow, an innovative mobile parking solution that is a joint venture with Urban Mobility, and provided new details about DriveNow, a unique premium car-sharing service which features a fleet of BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicles. San Francisco serves as the initial U.S. market for each service.

Volvo May Build a MINI Fighter

It's being reported that Volvo is considering adding a smaller model to its lineup that would compete with the MINI Cooper and Audi A1. Volvo CEO Jacoby told Automotive News Europe in an interview that if the plan is given the green light, Volvo would need a partner to share the costs in addition to a smaller engine.

All-New 2013 Toyota Auris Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

Toyota has unveiled the all-new 2013 Auris hatchback, which will be sold in Europe and Japan. According to Toyota, the all-new 2013 Auris has "improved dynamics, more distinctive styling and higher equipment levels, while also being cheaper to run." Toyota also says that the new Auris is the latest Toyota to that shows Toyota's determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and engaging to drive. What do you think?

Infiniti Mulls a New Plant in Mexico

According to Infiniti's new global president, Johan de Nysschen, the automaker is contemplating a new factory in Mexico to build a new small car. Johan de Nysschen, who recently left Audi to become Infiniti's new president was also influential in Audi's recent decision to build a plant in Mexico.

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept Previewed

Bentley has released a few sketches of the new Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept that is a a glimpse into the potential future of the marque's flagship family. Bentley says that the new concept appeals to "automotive connoisseurs seeking the ultimate in contemporary design, prestige and exclusivity, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept will be the world's most elegant and sophisticated convertible..."

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection Unveiled

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection, which is inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the legend of the Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B.

Cadillac Teases a New Concept Car at Pebble Beach

Cadillac previewed a new concept car this weekend at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Cadillac only showed two sketches of the new concept car that will debut sometime next year during the 2013 auto show season.

Speaking at the show, Clay Dean, Cadillac director of advanced design said that the concept is an attempt for Cadillac to "reflect back not for nostalgia, but what made us great at the time." Dean also stated that the concept could provide a hint of the future design direction of Cadillac under the informal slogan of "American glamour meets American technology."

Friends of the late Carroll Shelby have built a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to him. Cobra has been the consistent performance label as Shelby worked with Ford for most of the last 60 years, and Shelby was instrumental in the creation of Ford performance vehicles including Cobras, the GT40 and Mustangs since the mid-1960s.

Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, "Friends of Carroll" created the one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 850 horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger. The special Shelby GT500 also rides on 13-inch-wide rear wheels that are wrapped in 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip.

BMW Zagato Roadster Debuts at Pebble Beach

Just three months after BMW and Zagato unveiled the BMW Zagato Coupe, BMW and Zagato have created a second model, the BMW Zagato Roadster. The roadster was created in a very short six weeks and is debuting this weekend at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

BMW and Zagato decided to create a second model after the positive reaction they received for the coupe. "We set ourselves the challenge of preparing the car in time for the renowned Pebble Beach Concours" explains van Hooydonk. "It was only with the expertise of both companies in the manufacture of high-end one-off cars and another display of outstanding teamwork that we were able to finish the car on schedule."

McLaren X-1 Concept One-Off Supercar Debuts in Pebble Beach

McLaren's Special Operations (MSO) division has unveiled the X-1 concept one-off supercar at The Quail, an exclusive event that is a highlight of the Pebble Beach event this weekend in Monterey, California.

Well we new this was coming, but Fiat has now made it official. What you have here is the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, which is more powerful than the standard 500, but doesn't pack quite as much power as the 500 Abarth.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine with 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque. That means that the 500 Turbo has 34 more horsepower than the standard 500, but 25 less than the 500 Abarth. The 500 Turbo also gets a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and a unique exterior to set it apart.

GM CEO Dan Akerson Puts 1958 Chevy Corvette on Auction Block

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has decided to auction off his 1958 Chevy Corvette with the proceeds from the sale going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit and its efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood on the city's lower east side.

"A strong America is built on strong communities, and building those communities starts with one hammer, one nail and one person - and from there it's contagious," Akerson said. "My wife, Karin, and I want to see this effort to rebuild our headquarters city catch on, spread out and draw scores more volunteers and millions more in contributions."

Honda Kicks Off Production of the All-New 2013 Accord

Last week Honda gave us our first official look at the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe models. Today Honda kicked off the production of the ninth-generation Accord's Earth Dreams engines and continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). The production of the Accord will kick off next week.

2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition Debuts at Pebble Beach

Chrysler's SRT brand will mark the first official appearance at the the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, this weekend with the unveiling of the new, limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model. The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition recalls memories of past Viper Coupe reveals in 1996 and 2006 with symbolic GTS Blue paint and dual Bright White stripes - exclusive to Launch Edition models.

"Designed with Viper loyalists in mind, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model brings back the classic paint schemes that have adorned all previous Viper coupe launches to help us celebrate the return of our brand's flagship performance machine to the supercar market," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports and Senior Vice President - Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. "Our American-built supercar showcases the very best we have to offer by incorporating superior craftsmanship, the finest materials, a host of new technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its focus on outright performance."

2013 Jaguar XF and XJ Models Get AWD

Jaguar has announced that the 2013 XF and XJ models are now available with all-wheel-drive. The AWD models will be powered by a new 335-hp 3.0L V6 supercharged engine and eight-speed transmission.

Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar, said: "Our All-Wheel Drive system preserves all the dynamic qualities of our rear-wheel drive Jaguar saloons in terms of handling, steering quality and ride refinement while adding a new depth of ability in low-grip conditions. The system delivers all the traction benefits you would expect, but the AWD XF and XJ are still very rewarding cars to drive - which was exactly our intention."

BMW Teases the Zagato Roadster Concept

BMW Zagato Roadster Concept
This weekend is the kickoff of the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California. BMW will be present at the event with the new 2013 BMW 7 Series, the new BMW 650i Gran Coupe and, in honor of 2012 being the 40th anniversary of BMW M, the BMW M5 and M6. One other model is also set to debut at the show, the Zagato Roadster Concept, which is teased in the image here.

McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept
McLaren GT, the new race car division of the McLaren Group, is going to unveil the track-focused 12C Can-Am Edition concept at the Pebble Beach Concours. The concept is a one-off design study that is painted in McLaren Orange and satin black.

The 12C Can-Am Edition concept borrows its carbon fiber chassis from the McLaren 12C road car. It's finished in a striking shade of McLaren Orange, in tribute to cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme which were extremely successful throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The bold hue is in dramatic contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, finished in satin black, while carbon fibre also features on the side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover. The McLaren badges on the front and rear are also finished in carbon fiber.

Hyundai has announced the changes to the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan. For the 2013 model year the Genesis options have been simplified with the deletion of the 4.6L V8 model and the 5.0L V8 only being offered on the 5.0 R-Spec model. The 3.8-liter V6 is available with the premium and technology packages.

For 2013, the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models offer a new optional eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller. This new display features a more intuitive user interface, integrating the same rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. The system uses a 64GB solid-state drive that allows music, image and video storage or Bluetooth music-streaming capability.

All-New 2013 Range Rover Officially Unveiled

Following yesterday's photo leaks of the all-new 2013 Range Rover, we now have the first official photos and details of the new SUV. According to Land Rover, the 2013 Range Rover is lighter, stronger and more refined than before. The 2013 Range Rover is a whopping 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, which gives it better fuel economy specs.

The new 2013 Range Rover isn't a huge departure from the last one on the outside. It keeps its iconic design cues and features a lightweight all-aluminum body structure. According to Land Rover, the fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the all-new model has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago.

2013 Nissan Juke Gets a New Midnight Edition Package

Nissan has announced the introduction of the new Midnight Edition Package for the 2013 Nissan Juke. The Midnight Edition Package ($1,200) features unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, and Sapphire Black mirror caps.

"The Midnight Edition JUKE stands out by its subtlety," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "The combination of black-on-black-on-black wheels, spoiler and mirrors gives JUKE a dramatic new look, which we think enhances its already bold styling. We expect it to be a very popular addition to the JUKE lineup for 2013."

All-New 2013 Range Rover Photos Leaked

The first photos of the all-new 2013 Range Rover have apparently leaked online ahead of the SUV's official debut. We've got two leaked photos of the new SUV, which borrows many styling cues from the smaller Range Rover Evoque.

We have to wait a bit longer for the official details, but the 2013 Range Rover is expected to be lighter than the current model and will be offered with V6 and V8 engines.

Jaguar's F-Type Sports Car Will Debut in Paris

Jaguar F-Type Prototype
Jaguar has confirmed that its upcoming F-Type sports car will have its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, next month. Jaguar's all-new aluminium two-seater sports car, will debut in production form on 27th September.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The unveiling of the F-Type in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar's history as it will mark the company's return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create. As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar's cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar's sporting bloodline is about to become reality."

Rhys Millen claimed another world record and overall victory at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Millen set a blazing pace to the summit in his hillclimb-prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe racecar, needing only 9:46.164 to make international motorsports' most challenging ascent over 14,000 feet.

"This year, it really came together for the RMR team at Pikes," said Millen. "With the insights gained from the last few years in our Genesis Coupe, the team was able to make some high-impact improvements, leveraging additional downforce and traction opportunities provided by the new all-tarmac surface. And behind the wheel, my experience at Pikes Peak over the years allowed me to shave a few tenths from virtually every corner. Breaking the 10-minute barrier is something I've always wanted to do, and it feels great to accomplish this goal in 2012."

Audi Unveils New Digital Rear-View Mirror for the R8 e-tron

Audi's new R8 e-tron electric car is set to debut this fall and Audi has just announced that it will use a new digital rear-view mirror, since it does not have a rear window. The digital rear-view mirror debuted on the Audi R18 Le Mans race car.

The digital rear-view mirror is a color monitor with a 7.7-inch screen diagonal mounted in place of a conventional rear-view mirror that displays the digital image data from a rear mounted camera. A control unit produces a consistent high-contrast, brilliant image. During the hours of darkness the intelligent control system prevents dazzle from the headlights of other vehicles. The driver can dim or deactivate the display at any time.

Suzuki Teases New S-Cross Concept Ahead of Paris Debut

The 2012 Paris Motor Show kicks off next month and Suzuki has just released two teaser photos of its new S-Cross concept that will debut at the show. It's expected that the S-Cross concept will be a near-production concept of a new Suzuki crossover.

Suzuki hasn't released any other details about the concept other than a statement about its design. "Suzuki's crossover concept S-Cross embodies an "Emotion x Quality x Aerodynamics" design theme, which is typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear of the body. Design elements which suggest stability and solidity also help create a cutting-edge crossover look."

Jeep Liberty Production Ends Next Week

Next week, Chrysler will reportedly end production of the Jeep Liberty SUV after 11 years and two model changes. Chrysler will replace the Liberty with a yet to be named new SUV early next year, that will share its platform with the Dodge Dart.

Chrysler hasn't released a lot of details about the jeep Liberty's successor, but it's expected to be powered by a 3.2L V6 mated to a new nine-speed automatic.

2012 Audi R8 Exclusive Selection Editions Announced

Audi is sending off the 2012 R8 with the release of a special batch of 2012 R8 models created exclusively for the U.S. market. The 2012 Audi R8 Exclusive Selection Editions build on the R8 V8 and R8 V10 Coupes and will arrive in limited volume later this month. Only twenty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 vehicles and thirty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 vehicles will be produced.

For the first time, Audi debuts a Daytona Gray matte exterior for the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 also gets a carbon fiber exterior splitter and diffuser, 19" titanium five-arm double spoke wheels, black grille surround, black exhaust finishers, R8 GT tail lamps, and red brake calipers. Inside, the R8 V8 features an exclusive leather package with Crimson Red elements and contrast stitching, exclusive leather Navigation surround, and a thicker steering wheel. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 is equipped with a 4.2-liter FSI V8 which generates 430 hp at 7,900 rpm, with 316 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 - 6,000 rpm.

Dodge to Withdraw from NASCAR at the End of This Season

SRT Motorsports announced today that Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Dodge has recorded 215 wins in the Sprint Cup Series, including 55 since 2001, and has been represented in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup seven of the eight seasons.

"We've spent an intense five months working to identify and evaluate all options for our future involvement in NASCAR," Gilles said. "A number of opportunities emerged, and our team worked diligently to put a structure together to fit our overall business and competitive objectives. While we have been pleased and enthused with the amount of interest from teams and sponsors over that time, in the end, we simply couldn't develop the right structure."

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Starts at $29,990

2013 Buick Verano Turbo
GM has announced that the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo will be priced at $29,990. The turbocharged Verano is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. The Verano Turbo reaches 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and is rated at 20/31 mpg with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can also choose a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Verano Turbo also gets a dual exhaust, sport pedals and rear spoiler, IntelliLink connectivity, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, leather seats, push-button start, rear park assist and rearview camera, blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

2013 Honda Accord: First Photos Released

Honda has just released the first photos of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe. According to Honda the new Accord is the "most sculpted Accord ever" and is more spacious than before.

The all-new Accord's styling is more expressive than the outgoing generation. From the front the face is an evolution of the last Accord, but a new grille gives the Accord a more powerful look. A new side character line that flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the Accord also gives it a sense of motion. The 2013 Accord also gets LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights.

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is Rated at 47 MPG

In addition to the announcement about the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi's EV mode, Ford has also announced that the non plug-in version, the C-MAX hybrid is rated at 47 mpg. The 2013 C-MAX hybrid is EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined, which beats the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg.

The certification is significant because it makes C-MAX Hybrid the first hybrid vehicle to offer 47 mpg across the board. "The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v," said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. "We've done this with innovation - represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents - while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers."

Quick Drive: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (Review)

Since the Hyundai Veloster was released last year, critics have loved the Veloster's distinct styling and the quirky rear passenger-side only door. But there was one thing that the Veloster was missing. On the outside the Veloster looks like a "fun hatchback," but under the hood the Veloster was anything but fun. For the 2013 model year Hyundai has fixed that with the more powerful Veloster Turbo. With more power under the hood and even more aggressive styling, does the 2013 Veloster Turbo now have the right recipe to compete with models like the VW GTI?

2013 Ford C-MAX Plug-In Hybrid
The 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-In hybrid is slated to arrive this fall. Ford has just announced that the C-MAX Energi has the industry's top electric-only speed among all plug-in hybrid vehicles at 85 mph, which is 20 mph higher than the Prius plug-In hybrid.

"We understand customers place a high value on the zero-emission electrified driving experience," said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. "This inspired our engineering team to equip the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid with a button that enables drivers to choose an electric-only driving mode."

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Starts at $24,450

Hyundai has released the pricing details for the all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport, which arrives this fall. The five-passenger 2013 Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,450, plus the additional $825 for destination fees. That represents about a thousand dollar premium over the outgoing 2012 model.

For 2013 Hyundai is offering two versions of the Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Sport is the five-passenger version, while the Santa Fe has room for up to seven-passengers. Santa Fe Sport buyers have the choice of a 190-hp 2.4-liter engine or a turbocharged 264-hp 2.0-liter GDI engine. Hyundai estimates that the Santa Fe Sport 2.4 has an economy rating of 23 city and 33 highway.

Nissan NV200 London Taxi is a Future London "Black Cab"

Nissan has unveiled the Nissan NV200 London Taxi, which is Nissan's take on a future London "Black Cab." According to Nissan, the NV200 London Taxi will offer significantly reduced CO2 outputs compared to current taxi models - a focus in line with the Mayor Boris Johnson's Air Quality strategy for London.

The Nissan NV200 London Taxi is based on Nissan's NV200 compact van. The taxi version was designed from the inside out for the well-being of passengers, drivers and even other road users, the NV200 London Taxi is more efficient and more environmentally considerate than current 'black cab' models, while delivering more comfort, space and convenience for occupants. A particular focus was also placed on providing for passengers with mobility issues.

BMW Mulls a 3 Series Plant in Mexico

It's been twenty years since BMW first announced plans to build its first North American assembly plant, in Spartanburg, South Carolina and now BMW is looking at adding a second one in Mexico.

According to BMW sources, BMW is considering up to four Mexican locations for a new site to build the 3 Series sedan, with the state of Queretaro in north central Mexico as the leading contender. BMW is currently negotiating with local governments for incentives or tax breaks. Once the plan is finalized next year, production would begin in late 2016 or early 2017.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Officially Unveiled

Nissan has officially unveiled the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which looks identical to the concept version that Nissan showed off earlier this year. The new Pathfinder switches to a new unibody platform that it shares with the Infiniti JX crossover, which makes it lighter and more fuel-efficient than before.

According to Nissan, the all-new vehicle design sheds 500 pounds of mass compared to the outgoing model and gets up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2013 Pathfinder's fuel economy has improved more than 30 percent over that of the 2012 Pathfinder. Even though the Pathfinder has ditched its body-on-frame design, the new Pathfinder can still tow up to 5000 pounds.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Revealed (Video)

The production version of the upcoming 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder was just unveiled in a new video. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder was unveiled in a private event for potential buyers.

The 2014 918 Spyder is nearly identical to the concept version, which is a good thing. The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 4.6L V8 and two electric motors for a total output over 770 horsepower. It should reach 0-60 mph in about three seconds with a top speed over 200 mph. Porsche also estimates that it will be rated at 78 mpg.

Today Ford has announced the launch of its new HF35 transmission that will be used by its front-wheel-drive hybrid models. The new transmission also makes Ford the only producer of front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in North America.

Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant will add hybrid transmission capacity thanks to a new, flexible assembly line that will build the transmissions for the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Mazda just kicked off production of the all-new 2014 Mazda6 in Japan. The first vehicle to come off the line was a Mazda6 wagon built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine.

In his speech, Takashi Yamanouchi commented "I am deeply moved that production of the third generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehicles, starts in such an important year for us. It is the 30 year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002. That first Mazda6 debuted as an embodiment of Mazda's brand message, Zoom-Zoom, and its success led to great improvement in our brand image. The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO - Soul of Motion design. Its development represents the very best of our engineering capability and our uncompromising attention to detail. Let's all work together to promote the new Mazda6, to make it a model that gains the support of customers all over the world and leads the Mazda brand to new level."

2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible Starts at $60,445

This fall Chevy's 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible will go head to head with Ford's Shelby GT500 convertible. Chevy has announced that the drop top version of the Camaro ZL1 will start at $60,445, which is just over $5k more than the ZL1 coupe, but nearly identical to the price of the 2013 Ford GT500 convertible at $59,995.

The 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 is powered by the same 580 horsepower 6.2L V8 as the coupe.

Toyota has confirmed that a new Toyota Corolla will arrive next year and according to Toyota, it's going to be a big change from the current model. Bill Fay, general manager for the Toyota and Scion brands in the U.S. recently told WardsAuto that some people within Toyota feel that the change is even bigger than the Avalon's recent "metamorphosis." The 2013 Toyota Avalon has ditched its previously boxy styling for a "sexy" coupe-like design.

The Corolla hasn't had a redesign since the end of 2007, when Toyota launched a new Corolla that wasn't a huge departure from the one before it. Since it's last redesign, Ford, Chevy and Hyundai have all released new compact sedans that beat the Corolla in terms of style and content. Either way, the Corolla has still managed to hold its ground by continuing to land in the "top-selling" list month after month.

To celebrate the Lexus "Goldern Opportunity Sales Event" Lexus has announced a new sweepstakes that will allow on lucky person the chance to get behind the wheel of the Lexus LFA.

"Enter and you could win a trip to Salinas, California to spend the day at the Skip Barber Racing School. You'll also get exclusive one-on-one time with professional race-car driver Scott Pruett, in the LFA at a world-famous racetrack."

Jeep has announced two special-edition versions of its high-performance 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the bright white "Alpine" edition and brilliant black "Vapor" edition. Both models feature the addition of Black Vapor Chrome finish to the standard split 5-spoke, 20 inch wheels along with unique gloss black exterior appointments including: Jeep hood badge, Grand Cherokee door badge, front grille surround and inserts, and the rear light bar and step pad.

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Jeep, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 160 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.

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