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January 2, 2013

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Unveiled Ahead of Detroit Debut

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Bentley has officially taken the wraps off the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show later this month. Last week the photos of the new Bentley leaked online, but now we have all the official info for what Bentley is calling "the fastest four-seat convertible in the world."

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Avis Buys Zipcar for $500 Million

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Avis Budget Group and Zipcar have announced that Avis Budget Group has agreed to acquire Zipcar for $12.25 per share in cash, a 49% premium over the closing price on December 31, 2012, which is approximately $500 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

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Ford Is Only Brand to Top 2 Million Sales in the U.S. in 2012

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For the second year in a row Ford has topped 2 million sales in the U.S. Ford was also the only brand to break the 2 million sales mark in 2012. Following Ford's lead is Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai. In addition, Ford is only automaker with three vehicle nameplates in the global top 10 - Focus at number 1, F-Series at number 4 and Fiesta at number 5.

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Kia Announces the New Google-Powered UVO System for Google Maps and Places

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Kia has announced that it is working with Google to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of the automaker's UVO eServices telematics system. These new solutions will initially be introduced on the new 2014 Sorento. The immediate integration of Google solutions will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of Interest (POIs).

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January 3, 2013

2013 Kia Sportage SX (Review)

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The Kia Sportage was one of Kia's first models that it offered in the US, when it entered our market in the mid-1990s. That first Sportage was a small body-on-frame SUV that would eventually compete with small crossovers like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Almost 20 years later the Sportage has evolved into a stylish crossover that has moved to a unibody platform, but is also now offered with a powerful turbocharged engine. After two weeks with the 2013 Kia Sportage SX Turbo, we came away mostly impressed with Kia's latest Sportage. Here's why...

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General Motors Says That It's the First US Automaker to Sell 1 Million 30 MPG-Plus Vehicles In the US

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This morning General Motors is stating that it is the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in its home market in a single year that have an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway rating. "Our investments in advanced powertrains are clearly paying off, and our smaller vehicles are resonating with customers," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "In 2013, we'll introduce new diesel, eAssist and plug-in vehicles in the United States and expand the availability of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. This will give us the most technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient cars and crossovers in the industry."

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2014 Mazda6 Starts at $20,880 and Gets Up to 38 MPG

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Mazda has announced all the pricing details for the 2014 Mazda6, which is on sale now and starts at $20,880. The 2014 Mazda6 is powered by a 184-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which can be paired with a choice of transmissions: the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. It gets up to 25 city/37 highway/29 combined MPG when equipped with the standard manual transmission and 26 city/38 highway/30 combined with the automatic transmission.

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Audi is Bringing the 2014 Audi R8 and RS5 Cabriolet to Detroit

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Audi is going to use the upcoming Detroit Auto Show for the US debut of the 2014 Audi R8 and RS5 Cabriolet models. "Coming off the momentum we've built with the launch of the all-new Audi S models, the new Audi R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet further invigorate the next chapter of our Audi performance models," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "We know that driving enthusiasts are excited to have these cars come to our shores, but they will be even more thrilled to know this is just the beginning."

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January 4, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Unveiled

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Mercedes-Benz has already unveiled the restyled 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, but now we have the first photos of the coupe and cabriolet versions. Just like the sedan, the coupe and cabriolet versions get a new front fascia with new headlights that contain all the functional elements in one lens. Flowing light elements ensure that the "four-eye" look typical of the E-Class is retained. Outback the new E-Class retains the same rear fenders, but gets new taillights and a wide rear bumper with a chrome trim element.

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2013 Range Rover Tows an Airstream to Morocco and Back

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Land Rover is trying to show how durable the all-new 2013 Range Rover is by having it tow an Airstream to Morocco and back. In order to demonstrate the class-leading towing ability of the all-new Range Rover, Land Rover teamed up with an American icon to take part in the ultimate road-trip to one of the highest points in Africa. With a newly-launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer hitched to its electrically-deployable tow bar, a Range Rover Autobiography with the 334 horsepower SDV8 engine was chosen for the challenge - to drive from Airstream's European home in the English Lake District, to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco - and back...

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January 5, 2013

2013 Fiat 500e Gets 108 Highway MPGe Rating and 87 Mile Range

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The 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle is slated to arrive in the second quarter of this year. Fiat has just announced that the Fiat 500e has an EPA rating of 108 MPGe on the highway, 122 MPGe rating in the city and a 116 MPGe combined rating. Its highway rating is higher than other electric models like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf, but the Fit EV has a higher combined and city rating.

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January 7, 2013

Chrysler Launches Industry-First Dealer-Activated Navigation System

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Chrysler has announced an industry first navigation system that can be activated by dealers. Buyers that choose to not buy the navigation option at the time they purchase their new Chrysler now have the option of adding it later. Chrysler dealers can activate navigation functions in vehicles equipped with certain Uconnect systems. "Sometimes customers don't realize what they want until they need it," says Marios Zenios, Vice President-Uconnect Systems and Services. "That's fine. We can help. With dealer-activated navigation, we are adopting a 'no-customer-left-behind' attitude."

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Hyundai Teases the HCD-14 Concept Ahead of Its Debut in Detroit

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We're only a week away from the kick off of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. All of the automakers have been releasing teasers and photos of what we can expect at the show. Hyundai has just released a teaser photo of its new HCD-14 concept vehicle that will debut at the show. According to Hyundai, the HCD-14 concept will give the automotive world a glimpse into future Hyundai premium vehicle design, advanced 3-D gesture-based technology controls, and spirited driving dynamics.

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Nissan Previews Its Lineup For the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

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Nissan has previewed the models that it will present at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2013, which kicks off on January 11. Nissan's booth will provide a mix of factory-tuned vehicles and history-making racecars, highlighted by "Nissan's New World of Customization"--which includes the Juke Personalization Concept, Note Personalization Concept and the NV350 Caravan Rider Transporter--and the Japan debut of the Nissan DeltaWing racecar.

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January 8, 2013

2014 Audi SQ5 Heads to Detroit With 354-HP

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Audi has announced that it will be bringing the 2014 Audi SQ5 to the Detroit Auto Show next week. Unlike the SQ5 that is sold in Europe and powered by a diesel engine, the 2014 SQ5 that we will see at the show next week will be powered by a 3.0L gas engine with 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft. of torque. It reaches 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

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2013 Dodge Dart GT Unveiled With 184-HP

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Although Chrysler has yet to unveil an SRT version of the new Dodge Dart, Chrysler has just unveiled the 2013 Dodge Dart GT, that is powered by a 184-hp 2.4L engine and starts at $20,995. The Dodge Dart GT gets its name from the sporty Dart GT model that originally made its debut in 1963 and offered drivers enhanced performance and style, including a heavy-duty suspension that delivered improved ride and handling characteristics.

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GM Releases Another Teaser of the 2014 Cadillac ELR

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We're just a week away from the official unveiling of GM's latest electrified vehicle, the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The Cadillac ELR electric vehicle with extended range borrows its powertrain from the Chevy Volt. GM will officially take the wraps off the 2014 ELR at the Detroit Auto Show next week, but here's a new photo showing a prototype driving through the mountains of Southern California during development testing.

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2014 Lexus IS To Offer Subscription-free Traffic and Weather Information

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Lexus is going to unveil the all-new 2014 Lexus IS next week in Detroit. Lexus has also just announced that the new 2014 IS is going to offer subscription-free, real-time traffic and weather information on its integrated audio systems. Lexus has partnered with iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of HD Radio Technology to integrate the technology. The all-new Lexus IS will be the first Lexus vehicle to feature this technology when it arrives in dealerships this summer.

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Mercedes-Benz Shows Off the 2014 E-Class Family, Including the New E63 AMG

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Next week Mercedes-Benz will unveil the refreshed 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup. Mercedes-Benz has already unveiled the E-Class sedan and coupe models, but up until now we have not seen the new E63 AMG sedan. In preparation for next week's show, Mercedes has released a new E-Class family photo, which gives us a look at the E63 AMG's front fascia, body kit and wheels. The official specs haven't been released, but it will be offered in a new 4Matic version (all-wheel-drive).

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January 9, 2013

Nissan Previews New Interactive Exhibit for Detroit and Confirms New Hatchback and Concept Debuts

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Visitors to the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show will be the first to see Nissan's all-new interactive display. At the show, Nissan will debut its new global auto show stand design featuring multi-level flooring for vehicle displays, an amphitheater-style stage and soaring architectural elements.

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2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Tops the Class With 30,000 lb Trailer Rating

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Chrysler wants to hold the title of building the most capable trucks and has released the class-leading towing and weight ratings for its 2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-load transmission and an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with 850 lb.-ft. of torque.

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2013 Nissan Leaf Gets New Entry-Level S Trim and Charges in Half the Time

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Nissan has unveiled the updates to the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, which is now entering its third model year. The changes to the Leaf include improved efficiency, reduced charging times, more features and a new cheaper entry-level S trim model.

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2014 Lexus IS Photos Leaked Ahead of Detroit Debut

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What we have here is our first look at the all-new 2014 Lexus IS, in F Sport trim. The 2014 IS will borrow many styling cues from the Lexus LF-CC concept that was unveiled in September. The F-Sport version adds a body kit, different wheels, a lower suspension and a sportier interior. If you are turned off by the face of the IS you see in these pics, you'll be happy to know that the non-F-Sport models will be toned down a bit.

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Lexus Unleashes the First Photos of the 2014 Lexus IS

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That was fast! The first round of photos just leaked and now Lexus has officially released a set of photos and information about the all-new 2014 Lexus IS sedan, in F-Sport trim. The 2014 Lexus IS will debut next week on January 15 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The all-new IS model range will include IS 250, IS 350, and the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive, the IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan and other international markets. F SPORT models will be available across the full range. Today, Lexus released photos of the all-new IS 250/350 F Sport.

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Jeep Sets Sales Record in 2012, New Models Coming to Detroit

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Last year was a great year for Jeep as it recorded global sales of 701,626 units, setting a new, all-time high - bettering the brand's previous high of 675,494 units sold in 1999. Last year Jeep vehicle sales increased 19 percent globally and 13 percent in the United States with a total 474,131 units sold.

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January 10, 2013

Range Rover Evoque Sicilian Yellow Limited Edition Unveiled

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Spring will be here before you know it and the Range Rover Evoque is getting ready for it with the Sicilian Yellow Limited Edition model, which is making its debut at the Brussels Motor Show. Based on the 2013 Evoque Dynamic Plus, the Limited Edition sports a number of unique features giving it a truly striking appearance. Orders are being taken now with deliveries beginning in May.

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Nissan Resonance Concept Teased Ahead of Detroit Debut

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Nissan has released a teaser of its new Resonance Concept that is going to debut next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Nissan hasn't released any details about the concept other than this statement: "The Resonance is the latest in a series of envelope-pushing crossover designs from Nissan, fusing bold, breakthrough styling with hybrid-electric powertrain technology."

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Toyota Releases Another Teaser of the Furia Concept

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Toyota has released another image of the Furia Concept that will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new sedan concept will be revealed on January 14. Toyota hasn't released any other details about the concept.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Officially Unveiled With Up To 577-HP

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Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which gets a refreshed exterior, all-wheel-drive and a new S-Model. The E63 AMG is still available in sedan and wagon versions and is powered by a 5.5-liter AMG V8 Biturbo with 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft. of torque that is mated to a seven-speed automatic. The new S model bumps the power figures up to 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz has also announced that the CLS63 is also available as an S model.

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Honda to Build New 2014 Accord Hybrid in U.S.

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In addition to the new 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid, Honda is also going to release a standard Accord hybrid that will arrive this fall. Honda has announced plans to invest $23 million and hire approximately 50 new associates at its Marysville, Ohio auto plant to add production of the new two-motor Accord hybrid sedan. This will be the third hybrid model built by Honda in America and the first in Ohio. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC in Greensburg, Indiana was the first Honda plant in North America to build a hybrid vehicle, and currently produces both the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid models.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Gets New 577-HP S-Model

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The Mercedes-Benz CLS is based on the E-Class, so it makes sense that the 2014 CLS 63 AMG get the same upgrades as the E63 AMG. What that means is that the CLS 63 AMG is also gets avaialable all-wheel-drive and the more powerful S-Model, which generates 577 horsepower from its 5.5L V8, up from 550 horsepower in the standard CLS63 AMG. The 2014 CLS 63 AMG S-Model accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. In addition to the increase in output, this special edge for the S-Model is also attributable in no small part to the performance-oriented all-wheel drive with a power distribution ratio of 33 to 67 percent (front/rear axle).

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January 11, 2013

Chrysler Celebrates the Production of the 2013 SRT Viper

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Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, SRT Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles, and employees of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant presented 2013 SRT Viper #001 to owner Scott Thomas during a ceremony at the plant today to celebrate the start of production. Thomas purchased the first production Viper for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA Auction in June 2012, with the proceeds benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

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VW Passat Performance Concept to Debut in Detroit

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VW has unveiled the Passat Performance Concept, which will have its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next week. VW says that the concept is "an exercise to hint at Volkswagen's efforts to explore this practical four-door's sportier side." The Passat Performance Concept features a dual exhaust, 19-inch "Luxor" alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps. Inside, carbon-like touches dominate the dashboard, matching the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces and complementing the black headliner and side pillars. A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering enhance the handling.

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2014 VW Tiguan and Touareg R-Line Unveiled

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Volkswagen has announced the introduction of the "performance inspired" R-Line versions of the Tiguan and Touareg. The 2014 Tiguan R-Line and Touareg R-Line are the latest R-Line models after the new CC R-Line and recently introduced Beetle R-Line.

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All-New 2014 Chevy Corvette Gets An Early Unveiling

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The covers on the 2014 Chevy Corvette will officially be pulled off on Sunday night, but thanks to the guys over at Jalopnik, we have our first look at the new C7 now. The 2014 Corvette is going to grace the covers of the February issues of Automobile Magazine and Road & Track. Jalopnik has reportedly gotten their hands on advance copies of the issues.

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January 12, 2013

Nissan Confirms 2014 Nissan Versa Note Will Debut in Detroit

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In addition to the Nissan Resonance crossover concept, Nissan has confirmed that the next-generation Versa hatchback will also debut in Detroit. Now dubbed the Versa Note, the 2014 Versa Note will be our version of the Nissan Note that is sold in Europe.

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Fiat to Debut 500 Tenebra and Cattiva Design Concepts in Detroit

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Fiat is going to bring two new design concepts of the 500 to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next week. The two concepts are meant to expand the appeal of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the Fiat 500 Turbo. The Fiat 500 Abarth "Tenebra" design concept displays unique Matte Grigio paint and special appointments including a roof-size Abarth scorpion logo, while the Fiat 500 "Cattiva" design concept is based on the 500 Turbo and features a sporty bi-color look and blacked-out appearance.

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Cadillac is Working on a New Small Crossover

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According to the vice president of Global Cadillac, Bob Ferguson, Cadillac is hard at work on a new small crossover that would be smaller than the SRX crossover. Ferguson recently told Automotive News "We're working hard on it."

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Here's Your First Look at the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Sedan

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The replacement for the Infiniti G37, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan is going to be unveiled in a few days at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but here are two photos of the sedan now. Infiniti hasn't unveiled the new Q50 sedan, but Infiniti's Canadian website had these two photos on the site briefly. Luckily someone at G37 forum was able to grab them before they were taken down.

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More Photos of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Sedan Leak Ahead of its Debut in Detroit

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Just a few hours ago the first photos of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan leaked online, but now we have a new set of photos, including a look at the interior. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is the replacement for the G37 and is slated to officially be unveiled Monday morning in Detroit.

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Lincoln MKC Concept Previews Lincoln's New Small Crossover

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Lincoln has unveiled the Lincoln MKC concept, which is a preview of Lincoln's new small crossover and that is debuting this week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The small luxury utility segment grew almost 60 percent in 2012 and more than 200 percent in the last four years, which is why it's part of Lincoln's future strategy.

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January 13, 2013

Honda's Urban SUV Concept Photos Leaked

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We're only a day away from the official kick off of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but that isn't stopping all the photo leaks. We've already seen early photos of the 2014 Chevy Corvette and Infiniti Q50. Now we have two early photos of Honda's new Urban SUV Concept, which previews Honda's new small crossover, which will be built on the next-generation Fit platform.

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January 14, 2013

Follow The Torque Report on Facebook and Twitter For All the Detroit Auto Show News

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We're only a few hours away from the kickoff of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, which starts tonight at 7pm EST with the official debut of the 2014 Chevy Corvette. Stay connected with us throughout the show via our Facebook and Twitter pages. We'll be bringing all the news as soon as it breaks.

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January 13, 2013

VW to Unveil Seven-Seater Crossover Concept in Detroit

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It's been reported for a while now that VW has been working on a new larger crossover with three rows of seats. This week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, VW will preview its new seven-passenger crossover with a concept version. The new crossover will give VW a model that can effectively go head to head with other models like the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Leaked Again

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Here's another leaked photo of the upcoming 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, which is expected to be unveiled tonight in Detroit. The 2014 CLA is based on the A-Class hatchback, but gets styling that basically makes it a baby CLS. The CLA will be powered by the same engine lineup as the A-Class and the A45 AMG version will be powered by a 350 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged engine.

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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Debuts in Detroit

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Tonight it finally happened! GM took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette (C7) in Detroit. Not only is the 2014 Corvette all-new, but it now wears the iconic Stingray designation.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with a 6.2L V8 that generates 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. It reaches 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieves more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.

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January 14, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Officially Unveiled

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Mercedes-Benz has officially taken the wraps off the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class four-door coupe in Detroit. The CLA draws its inspiration from the larger CLS and was previewed by the Concept Style Coupe. "The response to the Concept Style Coupe was overwhelming. The most frequent comment by far was 'Please put this car into series production.' That's precisely what we are doing now," notes Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management for Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The CLA is a car that does not confuse 'mid-size' with 'mid-quality'. Its sporty design underscores the sporty side of the Mercedes-Benz brand."

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gets a Facelift, Diesel Engine and New 8-Speed Automatic

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Chrysler is updating the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year. In addition to a facelift, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a new available 3.0L diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic for its entire engine lineup.

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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: Photos From the Live Reveal

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Last night General Motors took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Here are some of the live photos from the show. The seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 450 horsepower 6.2L V8.

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2013 Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Named North American Car and Truck of the Year

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The 2013 Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 just received top honors at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The Cadillac ATS received the North American Car of the Year award, while the Ram 1500 pickup received the North American Truck/Utility of the Year award. The decision was decided by a panel of 49 journalists.

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2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot Get a New Six-Speed Automatic

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Jeep has announced the upgrades to the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot models. The biggest news for the new model year is the introduction of a new six-speed automatic transmission, which should significantly reduce the noise, vibration and harshness from the previous models. The six-speed automatic can be mated to either a 158-horsepower 2.0L or 172 horsepower 2.4L engine. Both engines can also be mated to a five-speed manual.

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VW CrossBlue Concept Previews VW's New Three-Row SUV

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VW has brought the VW CrossBlue concept to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to preview its upcoming six or seven passenger SUV. The concept is based on the MQB platform and has been designed primarily for the US and Canadian markets. It measures 196.3 inches long, 79.3 inches wide and 68.2 inches tall. The concept features a 2+2+2 layout, but VW will also offer a second row bench seat on the production version, which allow it to fit up to seven passengers.

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2014 Infiniti Q50 Officially Unveiled

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Infiniti has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 at the Detroit Auto Show. If you missed the news, the Q50 is the replacement for the G37 sedan. "This morning we are about to launch Infiniti on a bold new journey, a new Infiniti brand direction built on a foundation of our past and guided by a clear vision for the future," said de Nysschen. "And it starts right here today with the new Infiniti Q50, a vehicle that clearly crystalizes the design, performance and technology direction for a new generation of Infiniti vehicles."

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2013 BMW 320i Sedan Debuts in Detroit

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BMW has unveiled a new version of the 3 Series sedan for the US market, the 2013 320i sedan. The 320i sedan is powered by a 180-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine and goes on sale in late-Spring 2013. The 320i sedan will be available either with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive in the BMW 320i xDrive Sedan.

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Honda Urban SUV Concept Previews Honda's New Small Crossover

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Honda has unveiled the Urban SUV Concept, which is a preview of its new Fit-based crossover that is slated to launch in Japan by the end of 2013 and arrive in the US in 2014. "No one has had greater success with small cars than Honda, and this Urban SUV Concept will create new value in the growing small-SUV segment," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda. "With the continued expansion of our North American manufacturing operations, we expect fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive 'small' cars to play a key role in meeting the needs of our customers in the U.S."

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Toyota Corolla Furia Concept Debuts in Detroit and Previews the Next Corolla

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Toyota has revealed the Corolla Furia Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which hints at the styling cues of the next-generation Corolla. According to Toyota, the concept represents an exterior styling study by Toyota designers, and it builds on the brand's product development priority to develop more dramatic, expressively designed vehicles.

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January 15, 2013

2014 Cadillac ELR Debuts in Detroit

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The wait is over! Cadillac has taken the wraps off the 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe that borrows its powertrain from the Chevy Volt and is also thefirst application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand. "ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly," said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. "This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac's history, as we continue our product-driven expansion."

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2013 Nissan Leaf Starts at $28,800 or Under $19k After Tax Credits

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Nissan has announced that U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan Leaf will start at $28,800 for the newly-added S grade, making it the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the US. Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the vehicle for as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits.

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Nissan Resonance Concept Debuts in Detroit

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Nissan has unveiled the Resonance concept in Detroit, which previews Nissan's future crossover lineup. The Resonance concept features an open, airy architecture highlighted by a unique "floating" roof created through the use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, large full-length glass panel and flowing D-pillar design. Inside, the designers imagined what the future of first-class space travel might be: Welcoming yet exclusive and high-tech yet premium. The resulting "VIP lounge," with its light, buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, exudes genuine sophistication.

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Ford Atlas Concept Previews the Next F-150

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Not to be overshadowed by GM's new pickups, Ford has unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept in Detroit, which is a preview of the next F-150. "The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from their pickup," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "With 36 years as America's best-selling pickup, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market."

The Ford Atlas Concept features a next-generation EcoBoost® powertrain, which introduces truck-enhanced Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff technology. Auto Start-Stop shuts off the engine when stopped in traffic to save fuel - and smartly suspends the feature when the truck knows it is towing.

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2014 Acura MDX Prototype Unveiled

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Acura has previewed the all-new third generation 2014 MDX with the MDX Prototype. The 2014 Acura MDX will launch by mid-2013 in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts."Our goal is to advance on MDX's already great dynamic performance while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "Building on the great momentum we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX, followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking forward to a great 2013."

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Acura Unveils the Next Evolution of the NSX Concept

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We're still two years away until the next Acura NSX arrives, but in the meantime Acura has unveiled the next evolution of the NSX concept.

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Kia's New Flagship Sedan the 2014 Kia Cadenza Debuts in Detroit

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Kia has unveiled the all-new 2014 Kia Cadenza, which it is calling "the most technologically-advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America." The Kia Cadenza continues Kia's current design languageWith its distinctive front fascia and swept C-pillars. It's also powered by Kia's most powerful V6 engine and inside, unparalleled premium appointments for five occupants strike the ideal balance between sport and luxury.

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January 16, 2013

Cadillac to Double its Lineup Over the Next Four Years

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Cadillac is on a role right now with the 2013 Cadillac ATS being named North American Car of the Year and the introduction of the 2014 ELR, which borrows its powertrain from the Chevy Volt. WHat's next for Cadillac? It's being reported that GM has big plans for Cadillac, which will see Cadillac's lineup doubling over the next four years. It's being reported that Cadillac will increase its lineup to 10 models by 2016 with the introduction of a new flagship sedan, small crossover and a smaller model to compete with the BMW 1 Series.

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2014 Acura RLX Starts at $48,450

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Acura has announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 Acura RLX flagship sedan, which starts at $48,450. The 2014 RLX officially goes on sale on March 15. "With an array of signature Acura technologies, the 2014 Acura RLX sets a new standard for luxury in the Acura lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. "The feature-rich RLX epitomizes Acura's 'Man-Machine Synergy' product direction, utilizing advanced technology and smart vehicle design to deliver incredible performance, comfort and value on a luxury scale."

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Aston Martin Unveils Centenary Edition Models

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Aston Martin is marking the start of its 100-year birthday celebrations with the unveiling of a bespoke new Centenary Edition Vanquish. The Aston Martin Centenary Edition Vanquish showcases a painstakingly created Centenary Edition specification that will be available worldwide on just 100 examples of each of Aston Martin's model lines: V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish.

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First 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Offered at Barrett-Jackson Auction This Weekend

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GM has announced plans to auction first retail production model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray - with the Vehicle Identification Number ending in 0001 - at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction this weekend. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

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January 17, 2013

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible Leaked?

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Chevy officially took the wraps off the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray coupe this week in Detroit, but it now looks like two photos of the convertible version have already leaked online. The Corvette Stingray Convertible is still about a year away, but this could be your first look.

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Gets EPA Certified 620-Mile Range, 21 in EV Mode

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The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid now has an EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and the ability to drive up to 21 miles in electric-only mode, which is nearly triple the electric-only range of plug-in hybrids from Toyota and Honda. The Fusion Energi is rated at 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined.

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Honda GEAR Concept Debuts in Montreal

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Honda has unveiled its latest concept, the GEAR concept at the Montreal Auto Show. The GEAR Concept Study Model demonstrates Honda's approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles. Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, GEAR is a concept that represents an entirely new way of looking at the sub-compact vehicle. It is simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.

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2014 Chevy Corvette Heads to New York to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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Sixty years ago today, spectators lined New York City's posh Park Avenue, waiting to get a glimpse of the ground-breaking Chevrolet Corvette on display at the General Motors' Motorama show. Today, the Corvette will be back in The Big Apple, marking the historic milestone with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which debuted earlier this week in Detroit.

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January 18, 2013

2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier is Ready for the Snow

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Chrysler has unveiled a new version of the 2013 Chrysler 300, the 300 Glacier. The 300 Glacier is at home cruising through the city, but thanks to its all-wheel-drive system its also ready to escape away to a snow-covered ski resort. The 300 Glacier can be powered by either a more powerful 3.6L V-6 engine with new sport-tuned exhaust and cold-air induction system delivering 300 horsepower or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that packs 363 horsepower.

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Mazda and Fiat Sign Agreement for New Alfa Romeo Roadster Coming in 2015

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Following the initial announcement in May 2012, Mazda and Fiat announced today the signing of the Final Agreement which will see Mazda produce an open-top two-seater sports car for Fiat's Alfa Romeo brand at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 2015.

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (Review)

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This week at the Detroit Auto Show Honda took the wraps off its Urban SUV Concept, which previews a new small Fit-based crossover that will be smaller than the current Honda CR-V. The new small Honda crossover is one entry in a growing segment that also includes models like the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. These new small crossovers are perfect for an urban environment, but does their smaller footprint kill one of the reasons why people love crossovers: versatility? We took the keys to a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Manhattan to find out just how usable a small crossover actually is.

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All-New 2014 Subaru Forester Starts at $21,995

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Subaru has just announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester, which starts at $21,995. The 2014 Forester 2.5i model will be available in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. Pricing for the Forester begins at $21,995 for the base model 2.5i with a six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT will be offered in the Premium and Touring versions, with the Premium trim offered at $27,995.

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2014 Chevy Malibu Emergency Refresh Will Also Address the Tight Back Seat

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General Motors is taking a page out of Honda's book with a sooner than expected refresh for the Chevy Malibu. Sales of the Chevy Malibu have failed to meet expectations and with the arrival of stiff competition like the Fusion, Accord and Altima, the Malibu is often forgotten. General Motors hopes to fix this with a refreshed Malibu that will arrive by the third quarter of this year.

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Ford Atlas Concept Grabs Autoweek Magazine's Most Significant Vehicle Award in Detroit

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The Ford Atlas Concept, which is a preview of the next Ford F-150, has been named Autoweek Magazine's Most Significant vehicle of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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January 19, 2013

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept Named Best Concept in Detroit by Autoweek

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The 2013 Detroit Auto Show kicked off this week and Autoweek editors recognized the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept as the "Best Concept" in its 2013 NAIAS Editors' Choice Awards. "The HCD-14, the latest in Hyundai's long line of conceptual offerings, could eventually become the next Genesis sedan in production guise - and that would take the Korean automaker to yet another level of sophistication in styling as well as technological prowess," said Autoweek editors.

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January 21, 2013

First 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Sold at Barrett-Jackson Auction for $1.05 Million

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The first 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray - Vehicle Identification Number ending in 0001 - sold Saturday to businessman and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for $1.05 million just days after it was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The money will go the College for Creative Studies, one of the world's premier institutions for industrial and transportation design. Corvette goes on sale later this year.

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Debuts in Montreal Without a Name

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The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage made its North American debut today at the Salon International de l'auto de Montreal. Although the Mirage unveiled at the show is identical to the version sold in other markets, Mitsubishi the subcompact was unveiled without a name in Canada. It's not known if the Mirage name will be attached to the small Mitsubishi when it hits our shores this fall.

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Arrives in Dealerships

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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid has officially arrived in select dealerships in California and New York. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe in all electric mode, making it the most fuel-efficient sedan in America. It starts at $39,780 and buyers can also lease it for $429 a month.

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January 22, 2013

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Teased

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Rolls-Royce has released this teaser of its upcoming new model, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne Gets a Host of New Features

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Bentley is introducing a range of new luxury features to its flagship model, the Mulsanne, which make their debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. A new Comfort Specification, including comfort headrests, footrests and duck down filled loose cushions has also been introduced. An Entertainment Specification incorporates the latest in technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, with the cabin of the Mulsanne becoming a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Other enhancements include privacy curtains, new paint options and new bespoke fitted luggage

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January 23, 2013

Aston Martin Rapide S Unveiled With 550 Horsepower

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Aston Martin has updated its four-door, the Rapide with a new name, more power and more features. The Aston Martin S replaces the Rapide and is now more refined than before and is powered by a 550 horsepower V12 engine.

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Kia Urban Concept Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

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It looks like Kia is also working on a new small crossover. Kia has previewed its new Urban Concept ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. "With the company's signature tiger-nose morphing into a mischievous yet friendly grille and headlight arrangement, coupled with strong styling lines that exude speed and energy from every angle, Kia's newest concept vehicle is guaranteed to attract attention."

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MINI Unveils the Clubman Bond Street Ahead of its Geneva Motor Show Debut

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MINI has unveiled the MINI Clubman Bond Street edition, which will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. The MINI Clubman Bond Street gets its name from the shopping street in London. According to MINI, the street is a place steeped in the tradition of classical style, the British way of life and the appreciation of quality.

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January 24, 2013

Next-Gen Nissan X-Trail Previewed via Leaked Patent Drawings?

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Patent drawings seem to leak all the time giving us our first unofficial look at new models ahead of their official debut. These latest patent drawings may give us a glimpse at the next-generation Nissan X-Trail SUV, which looks like it's going to get inspiration from the Hi-Cross concept that debuted last year.

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2014 Nissan GT-R Starts at $99,590 and $109,300 for the Black Edition

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Nissan continues to tweak and refine the GT-R supercar and for the 2014 model year the GT-R gets increased performance, higher levels of craftsmanship and an all-new optional Premium interior, which features hand-stitched Amber Red semi-aniline leather front seats. In addition, torque response at middle RPM range (4500~6000 rpm) and acceleration at high RPM's (above 6000 rpm) have been improved versus the 2013 GT-R.

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2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Earn 5-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA

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The 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have received a five-star top vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

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Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Pickup to Debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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Toyota has announced that the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup will debut next month at the the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The wraps will be taken off the 2014 Tundra on Thursday, February 7. Unfortunately Toyota hasn't released any other information or teaser photos of the new Tundra (2013 Tundra pictured here).

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McLaren Gives Us Another Glimpse of the Upcoming P1 Supercar

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McLaren is continuing work on the P1 supercar that was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with the goal "to produce the best driver's car in the world on road and track."

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BMW and Toyota Deepen Partnership on Lithium-Air Battery Technology, Fuel Cells and a Future Sports Car

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BMW and Toyota are continuing their partnership that they started by signing a memorandum of understanding in June 2012. Now the two automakers are pursuing their strategic long-term cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility today by signing binding agreements aimed at long-term collaboration between the two companies for the joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies. BMW and Toyota also signed a binding agreement to commence collaborative research on lithium-air batteries, a post-lithium-battery solution.

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January 25, 2013

2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Gets $2,500 Price Cut

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Now in its fourth model year, the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet gets new exterior colors and alloy wheels, but the best part is that the convertible crossover is now $2,545 cheaper and starts at $41,995. Two new exterior colors are offered: Midnight Garnet and Gun Metallic, along with carryover colors Super Black and Pearl White. The standard 20-inch split 5-spoke titanium finish aluminum-alloy wheels have also been redesigned.

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Chrysler Teases the New Mopar '13 Limited-Edition Vehicle Ahead of its Chicago Debut

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Chrysler has released a teaser photo of the upcoming Mopar 13' limited-edition vehicle that is going to debut next month at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The Mopar '13 limited-edition vehicle follows the Mopar '10 Dodge Challenger, Mopar '11 Dodge Charger and Mopar '12 Chrysler 300.

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First 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Rolls Off the Line

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The first 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét. The first model exclusively built in Kecskemét is now rolling off the production line as the plant's second product along with the B-Class.

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Slow Ford Focus Electric Sales Leads to a $10k Discount

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Ford launched the Ford Focus Electric EV last year, but only managed to sell 685 units out of the 1,627 built. Since Ford now has almost 1,000 units on hand, Ford is offering some hefty discounts to move the electric version of the Ford Focus. Ford is now offering $10,750 off for customers who lease the Focus Electric for three years and $2,000 for those that buy it.

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January 28, 2013

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Sign Agreement to Accelerate Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology

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Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have signed a new three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle technology with the goal to launch the world's first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology.

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Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT to Debut in Geneva

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Kia is set to unveil the new Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT in Geneva, which according to Kia are "the brand's most performance-focused production cars ever." Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the two debutants feature bold athletic styling, LED daytime running lights, dual-exhaust pipes, 18-inch alloy wheels and eye-catching red brake calipers.

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2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel to Debut in Chicago

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It's been a while since GM has released any info about the upcoming Chevy Cruze diesel, but according to GM Authority, GM will debut the 2014 Cruze diesel at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show next month. The Cruze diesel will officially be called the Eco-D and is expected to get a 2.0L diesel engine. GM hasn't announced the performance specs, but its engineers have set a goal of being able to travel 700 miles on the highway between fillups.

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Jeep May Revive the Cherokee Name For the Liberty Replacement

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Jeep is hard at work on a replacement for the Jeep Liberty, with its replacement due to be unveiled at the upcoming 2013 New York Auto Show in March. According to Wards Auto, although the D-segment SUV is a direct replacement for the Liberty, Jeep may decide to revive the historic Cherokee nameplate in the US.

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January 29, 2013

Cadillac Creates V-Series Performance Playground Outside Las Vegas

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Cadillac CTS-V fans now have an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a CTS-V on the track. This month marked the public opening of the Cadillac V-Series Academy at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, where enthusiasts can register for one- and two-day immersions to learn the finer points of high performance driving in the Cadillac CTS-V. The "playground" outside Las Vegas features more than four miles of racetrack and 125 feet of elevation change. The V-Series Academy at Spring Mountain curriculum will continuously challenge participants with a blend of car control exercises and on-track performance driving, tailored to explore the capabilities of Cadillac's V-Series family.

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Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 Race Car Unveiled

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Lamborghini is set to return to international motorsport by entering in the Asia Le Mans Series, Blancpain Endurance Series and the Italian GT3 Championship. To give us a peak of what we will see on the race track, Lamborghini has unveiled Gallardo GT3 FL2, which was developed with Reiter Engineering.

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January 30, 2013

Ford's Hybrid Market Share Jumps Nine Points

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Ford has announced that its hybrid market share jumped nine points from December 2011 to December 2012, while Toyota's share of the hybrid vehicle segment dropped 8 points. Ford's market share in the segment has jumped thanks to the launch of the C-MAX hybrid and the all-new Fusion hybrid.

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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible to Debut in Geneva

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It's only been a few weeks since GM took the wraps off the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray coupe and now it's being reported that the convertible version is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Sources recently confirmed to Autoweek that the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible will take the stage in Geneva in March.

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Kia Previews the Cross GT Concept Ahead of its Chicago Debut

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Kia has released a teaser of its new Cross GT concept that is going to debut next week at the Chicago Auto Show. According to Kia, the new concept is "inspired by nature, driven by technology and hints at the future of Kia's design language." The crossover concept is also larger than the 2014 Sorento.

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Honda Adds Siri to Some 2013 Honda and Acura Models

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Honda has announced that it will integrate support for Apple's Siri into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with an iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

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January 31, 2013

2013 Mazda2 (Review)

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Subcompact cars like the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent are often regarded as practical transportation that is more at home in a college parking lot than on a track. While it's definitely a far stretch to say that the Mazda2 is so sporty that it would be a great car for the track, it definitely brings more fun to the segment than expected. With a base price starting under $15k and only 100 horsepower under the hood, the Mazda2 looks like a bargain basement small car on paper, but as we quickly found out, it's actually one of the more enjoyable models in its segment.

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Here Are This Year's Superbowl Spots from Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota and VW

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For some of us the best part of the Super Bowl are the over the top commercials. Here are some of the spots you will see this Sunday during the game from Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Toyota and VW.

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Chrysler Unveils the Mopar '13 Dodge Dart

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Chrysler has introduced the limited-edition Mopar '13 Dart, which is the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since Chrysler partnered with Fiat in 2009. The Mopar 13' Dodge Dart will debut next week at the Chicago Auto Show. Building on the success of the Mopar '10 Challenger, Mopar '11 Charger and the Mopar '12 300, the limited-edition Mopar '13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company's assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

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2014 Audi A8 L TDI Starts at $82,500

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Audi has announced the pricing for the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, which is powered by a new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine. The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Starts at $82,500.

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