December 2012 Archives
Infiniti is going to unveil the all-new 2014 Infinti Q50 at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. The Q50 is the official replacement for the G sedan, since Infiniti has also decided to rename all of its models. To get us ready for the new sedan, Infiniti has released this teaser video, which provides a glimpse at the sedan's headlights.
Mitsubishi is going to bring its new small car, the Mirage to the US by the end of next year. While the new Mirage subcompact doesn't really break any new ground on the outside, what is noteworthy is the fact that it will be powered by a small 1.2L three-cylinder engine. When the Mirage arrives next fall it will be the third model sold in the U.S. with a three-cylinder engine, following the Smart Fortwo and the refreshed 2014 Ford Fiesta.
Nissan plans to increase the warranty on the electric Nissan Leaf's battery in response to owners' concerns about its durability. Nissan will repair or replace the Leaf's lithium-ion battery if it loses more than 30 percent of its ability to hold a charge after five years or 60,000 miles. The good part is that Nissan will make the warranty apply to new and current owners.
Following the first leaked photos of the upcoming 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA, we now have our look at a 1:18 scale diecast model of the CLA that gives us a another look at the new model. The 2014 CLA is expected to debut in a few weeks at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but even though a scaled down version is shown here, its our closest look yet at the production version.
A class action lawsuit is being filed against Ford due to its "misleading ads" that claim that the 2013 C-Max and Fusion hybrid models achieve 47 mpg. Both hybrids are rated at 47 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway and 47 mpg combined, but its been revealed that in actual real world tests neither model achieves those ratings.
Hyundai has announced that the Hyundai Elantra has set another all-time sales record in 2012, surpassing last year's total of 186,361 units earlier this month. With a week left in the year, Elantra could become Hyundai's second model to break the 200,000 unit mark in annual sales, the Sonata.
Ford has announced plans to spend more than $773 million on new equipment and capacity expansions across six manufacturing facilities in southeast Michigan as it delivers on a commitment to invest $6.2 billion in U.S. plants by 2015. The investments in Michigan will create 2,350 new hourly jobs and allow the company to retain an additional 3,240 hourly jobs. The 2,350 new positions are part of the 12,000 hourly jobs that Ford is adding across the U.S. by 2015.
Photos of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible have hit the internet ahead of its official world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. On the outside the GT Speed Convertible gets the same styling upgrades as the coupe version and under the hood it's powered by the same 6.0L W12 engine with 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. of torque. The 6.0L engine is mated to an eight-speed transmission, and the convertible will reach 0-60 mph in about four seconds.
Honda is showing off its lineup for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, which kicks off on January 11 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
We're only a few weeks away from the official debut of the all-new 2014 (C7) Chevy Corvette, but a set of drawings from an owners manual have leaked online. The photos give us our first unofficial look at the 2014 Corvette's exterior, its rear hatch, the dashboard and under the hood.
The first official photos of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan have leaked onto the internet today. The CLA, which is a sedan version of the new A-Class is expected to have its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
Chrysler is continuing to build upon the heart, soul and the passion of Detroit with a new 60-second commercial titled "Who We Are." The commercial showcases the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition and features legendary Motown founder and Detroit native Berry Gordy, taking you through his journey from humble beginnings in Detroit to the bright lights of New York's Times Square and home of the new Broadway show "Motown: The Musical."
Ford is helping Santa Claus save future Christmases with an all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon sleigh. Due to larger-than-ever numbers of children on his "nice" list, Claus needed a new sleigh with maximum fuel economy and cargo space to efficiently deliver all his presents around the world. Ford designed a concept sleigh for Claus based on the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, powered by EcoBoost, that offers 30 mpg-plus and an industry-leading presents per gallon (ppg) cargo rating. As an added benefit, the EcoBoost engine - which is finely tuned for high-speed performance - would offer speeds much faster than Claus ever traveled in his former 36-hoofpowered sleigh.
The next-generation Chevy Camaro isn't expected to arrive until the 2015 model year, but it looks like GM is going to release a special version of the current Camaro before then. Today we've learned that GM is going to release a 2014 Camaro that will be powered by the 505 horsepower, 7.0L LS7 engine from the Corvette. The news comes thanks to a leaked VIN card.
Toyota has released a teaser video for its new Furia sedan concept that is going to debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next month. Toyota hasn't provided any other details other than stating that it is a sedan concept. Does it preview a new Toyota sedan? It's not really known, since all of Toyota's sedans have been redesigned recently, with the exception of the Corolla, which is due to arrive in the fall of 2013.
Lotus has unveiled a special version of the Lotus Evora, the Lotus Evora Sport Racer. The new Evora 'Sports Racer' is a visually enhanced and optimized version of the mid-engined 3.5 liter V6 sports car, available in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged variants.
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion and Honda Accord both just earned an overall good rating in the aggressive, new small overlap frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Under the more stringent testing guidelines by the IIHS, the new small overlap frontal crash test--sometimes called a "narrow offset" test--is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.
Lexus has created a special version of its LF-LC concept for Santa. Why? Well apparently while surfing the internet awaiting their big night out, Santa's reindeer discovered a last-minute travel deal to spend the holidays in Hawaii and immediately departed for the tropics. In a panic, Santa called Lexus for help.
GM has announced that production of the next-generation Chevy Camaro will move from GM's Oshawa, Ontario plant to its Lansing Grand River (LGR) plant in Lansing, Michigan. According to GM, lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors in the business case. The Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive vehicle built at Oshawa. Assembling the next-generation Camaro at LGR consolidates the RWD assembly with the Cadillac CTS and ATS.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited will be the first vehicle in the world that will be available with in-console Qi wireless charging for Qi-enabled mobile phones and devices as part of the Technology Package.
Two days ago Infiniti announced that is changing the names of all of its models starting with the 2014 model year. The news was somewhat shocking considering how long the brand has spent building up awareness for models like the G sedan and FX crossover. The new models will all carry either Q or QX and each model will be further identified by a double digit representing hierarchy within the range. Johan de Nysschen recently wrote this note to Infiniti owners and fans to explain the change. He also dropped hints about a new sedan powered by a turbocharged V6 with over 550 horsepower:
Mazda has released the pricing for the 2014 Mazda6 on its website, which lists the starting price for the new sedan at $20,880 for the Mazda6 Sport with manual transmission. Mazda hasn't made an official announcement about the pricing breakdown, but its website shows a top of the line Mazda6 Grand Touring model, which has a $29,495 price tag. Of course you also have to add the $795 destination fees to the final pricing.
GM has announced that it will purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for $5.5 billion, or $27.50 per share. The share buyback is part of the Treasury's plan, also announced today, to fully exit its entire holdings of GM stock within 12 to 15 months. Treasury intends to begin its disposition of its remaining shares as soon as January 2013, consistent with a pre-arranged written trading plan.
Toyota has announced the pricing for the all-new fourth generation 2013 Toyota RAV4, which starts at $23,300. The 2013 RAV4 arrives in showrooms next month with a more stylish exterior, improved fuel efficiency and more features. In addition to the all-new design, the other big changes are the deletion of the optional V6 and the third row of seats. The new RAV4 only seats five passengers and comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine.
GM has announced that the 2013 Chevy Cruze is getting an industry-first driver-side air bag that uses a flexible venting technology designed to deploy more efficiently while providing equivalent crash protection to more expensive and complex air bag systems. NHTSA recently tested the 2013 Cruze with the new air bag technology and gave it NHTSA's maximum 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the same rating it received in 2011 and 2012 when the small car used a dual-stage air bag system.
In addition to the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept and the 2014 M6 Gran Coupe, BMW is also going to bring a refreshed 2014 Z4 roadster to the Detroit Auto Show, next month. At first glance the 2014 BMW Z4 doesn't look that different from the 2013 model. If you look closely you will notice the slightly modified headlights with LED accent lights; a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators and new wheels.
Next year Toyota is going to release new versions of the Corolla, Tundra and Highlander models, but one model hasn't been discussed. What's going to happen to the Matrix? There have been rumors that the Matrix will not be replaced in the U.S., and now Toyota Division boss Bill Fay even hinted at it. "If we don't have the Matrix, it won't be the end of the world."
If you were hoping to win the lottery, so that you could buy a new Lexus LFA supercar, your time is up. Lexus produced the last LFA last week, a white LFA Nürburgring Package, which was the last of the 500 cars that were planned. Production of the LFA started exactly two years ago, on December 15, 2010, and included a team of around 170 hand-picked takumi workers involved in parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly and painting. The high performance LFA was produced at the rate of just one unit per day.
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin and to celebrate its centenary, Aston Martin has set up a year-long calendar of events. Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as "Bamford & Martin LTD." In 1914 the Aston Martin name was born following one Robert Bamford's successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin was built...
Winter is upon us and Dodge has just unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport, which brings all-wheel-drive, more power and unique styling to the Charger lineup. Building on the success of the rear-wheel drive and blacked-out styled Dodge Charger Blacktop, the new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport gets a Gloss Black split-crosshair grille, Gloss Black accented 19-inch aluminum wheels, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters with sport-mode, rear spoiler, sport seats and Beats Audio. The 3.6L V6 also gets more power and for buyers that want even more power, the 5.7L V8 is available as well.
This is your first look at the successor to the Ferrari Enzo, which has the codename F150. The supercar will use a new carbon fiber chassis that uses four different types of carbon fiber, which are both hand-rolled and and produced in an autoclave. Ferrari reportedly used its experience in Formula 1 to create the new model. It's expected that the Enzo successor will be powered by a V12 engine, which should put out around 800 horsepower
Yesterday GM unveiled its all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups, but now we have some early details about their crosstown rival, the Ford F-Series. The next-generation 2015 Ford F-Series is slated to arrive in the fall of 2014. Ford has reportedly set a goal of improving the next pickup's fuel economy by 15-20 percent, which would also make it the most fuel efficient model in the segment.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the refreshed 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which gets a completely new face, which is more drastic than the normal midlife changes we expect. The squared off face with its four individual headlights is gone and is now replaced one-piece headlights, while flowing light elements within the headlights help to retain the "four-eyed" appearance that is such a distinctive E-Class signature. Low beam and daytime running lights both come with partial LED as standard, while full-LED headlamps are available as an option for the first time in this class. The hood and front bumper have also been completely redesigned, which effectively does away with the squared off look.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system that will be used for its models with transversely mounted engines. The new 4MATIC will complement the four all-wheel drive versions that Mercedes-Benz already offers. The first models to get the new system will be the 2014 CLA-Class and CLA 45 AMG models.
GM has unveiled the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickups. In addition to the all-new styling, the pickups also get a new trio of EcoTec3 engines; a stronger, quieter, more comfortable cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; new solutions for managing cargo in the bed and true truck capability for towing and hauling.
BMW has officially unveiled the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which will join the BMW M5 Sedan and M6 Coupe next summer, which BMW sees as the perfect combination of the two. The M6 Gran Coupe stands out from the other 6 Series Gran Coupe models with its bonded-in carbon fiber composite roof panel, similar to the one found on the M6 Coupe. Overall the M6 Gran Coupe looks like a four-door version of the M6 Coupe.
Nissan's Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga provided details on the automaker's environmental commitments under the Nissan Green Program 2016 at a press briefing in Yokohama. Nissan gave an update on its eco-targets, highlighting cuts in CO2 emissions and a plan to add 15 hybrid models by 2016.
Acura is slated to unveil the all-new 2014 Acura MDX next month in Detroit. Acura has released a teaser photo of the next MDX, which Acura says utilizes Acura's "Aero Sculpture" design language affecting both form and function. Acura also states that the 2014 MDX will feature "alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture."
As expected MINI is going to release a John Cooper Works high-performance version of the new MINI Paceman. The first photos of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman have leaked online ahead of the model's official debut. From these photos you can see that the high-performance version of the Paceman will gets a new aero kit with a new bumper, side skirts and large tailpipes. Under the hood the John Cooper Works Paceman will be powered by the same 208-hp turbocharged 1.6L engine as the rest of the JCW models.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to release the photos of the revised 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon, but the first official photos have shown up online. It looks like the 2014 E-Class is getting an extensive facelift with a heavily revised/ rounder front fascia. The squared face on the current E-Class has been replaced with a more sculpted bumper, revised grille and new headlights.
Late next year BMW's i3 electric car is slated to arrive and when it does it will mark the provisional culmination of 40 years of development work at BMW. It started back in 1972 at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where the BMW starting line-up included two electrically powered test vehicles. The converted BMW 1602 models served as a means of transport for the members of the organizing committee, and were also deployed as support and camera cars in various long-distance events.
Following several reports, including one from Consumer Reports, the EPA is currently investigating whether Ford's newest hybrids actually achieve their 47 mpg fuel economy ratings. Last week Consumer Reports stated that they were only able to get up to 39 mpg in the Fusion Hybrid and 37 mpg in the C-MAX hybrid. We've also tested the C-MAX Hybrid and also only averaged in the 36-37 mpg range, which is far below Ford's estimates.
Ford has announced that its all-new 2014 Transit full-size van, which goes on sale late next year, will be offered with a new 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel. The new diesel, Ford's second in North America, is being borrowed from the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets. The new Power Stroke Diesel will be the only five-cylinder diesel engine available in a commercial van in North America.
Honda is reportedly working on three variants of the next-generation 2014 Honda Fit, which will debut by the end of next year. The new Fit will be offered as a hatchback, sedan and Honda is also working on a Fit-based crossover.
Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2013 Equus in Korea. To keep its flagship sedan fresh, Hyundai has given the Equus updated styling and new features.
Scion is giving the 2013 xB a few updates for the new year. On the outside the 2013 xB gets a new front bumper with a glossy black lower grille and integrated LED accent lighting. The rear bumper now has a black diffuser. Changes to the xB's interior include light bronze metallic accents on panels, chrome accents on the air-conditioner register and new seat fabric.
Jay Leno was recently given an early look at the all-new 2014 Lexus IS, which won't be officially unveiled until next month at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Although the car is still covered in camouflage, the video does provide an early look at the new sedan. The video also shows off what we can expect from the interior.
Motor Trend's editors have given the 2013 Ram 1500 its Truck of the Year award. Truck of the Year contenders are evaluated using six criteria, which includes Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value and Performance of Intended Function. Motor Trend editors praised the new 2013 Ram 1500 for its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability.
BMW has officially unveiled the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept, which will debut next month in Detroit. The new 4 Series Coupe Concept is a preview of the 4 Series Coupe, which will replace the 3 Series Coupe in BMW's lineup. The switch to the 4 Series name, aligns the coupe with BMW's 6 and 8 Series coupes. BMW says that "4" stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.
BMW is celebrating its successful return to the DTM in 2012 after almost 20 years away with the release of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition model. The results in BMW's comeback year exceeded all expectations with Canadian driver Bruno Spengler winning the drivers' title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings and BMW claimed the manufacturers' honors.
Here's the ultimate wagon! Audi has released the details and photos of the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant, which packs a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 with 560 hp 516 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V8 accelerates the new Audi RS 6 Avant from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds. In the standard configuration, top speed is electronically limited to 155.34 mph. This is increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic package and with the Dynamic plus package, the top speed increases to 190 mph.
The first photos of the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept have leaked onto the web ahead of its official debut. The concept is a thinly disguised version of the new coupe and also officially confirms that the replacement for the 3 Series Coupe will now be dubbed the 4 Series. The 4 Series will share its platform with the 3 Series, but will get slightly more aggressive styling.
Subaru's BRZ coupe is in very high demand, so much so that dealers have a hard time keeping them on Subaru lots. Subaru of America has confirmed that dealers will now get 2,000 extra BRZ coupes over the next four months. Currently Subaru only sends about 500 units a month of the Japan-built rear-wheel-drive coupe to the U.S.
Tesla has announced that it is raising the prices for the Model S sedan, which now starts at $59,900, which is up from $57,400 ($49,900 after federal tax credits). The price increase applies to new reservations starting January 1, 2013. Although Tesla is raising the pricing for the Model S, Tesla is quick to point out that the initial starting price was announced in March 2009, which is over three and a half years ago.
Lincoln has announced the launch of its new advertising campaign: "Introducing the Lincoln Motor Company." Lincoln was originally called the Lincoln Motor Company in 1922, when Edsel Ford signed the agreement purchasing the company from its founder Henry Leland. By reintroducing "The Lincoln Motor Company," the advertising campaign seeks to capture the founding principles of the company.
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