March 2013 Archives
It's hard to believe that Scion has already been around for 10 years. Back in 2003 the Scion brand launched with the first Scion xA and xB models that were designed to bring new buyers into the Toyota family and appeal to emerging, younger drivers. Since its introduction, 75 percent of Scion owners have been new to the Toyota family and Scion is recognized as having among the youngest median age drivers in the industry. To celebrate Scion's 10th anniversary, Scion will launch a limited-production version of each vehicle in its lineup called Scion 10 Series.
Hyundai has unveiled the HND-9 coupe concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which gives the world a hint at what the next-generation Genesis coupe will look like.
Dodge has unveiled the updated 2014 Dodge Durango at the New York Auto Show. In addition to updates to its exterior styling, the new Durango also gets a new eight-speed transmission and a long list of new technologies.
Scion has updated the 2014 tC, which debuted today at the New York Auto Show. For the 2014 model year the tC is getting some tweaks to its exterior, new interior materials and improvements to its suspension to give it a more engaging feel.
In addition to the Subaru WRX Concept, Subaru has also unveiled its first ever hybrid at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Based on the popular XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model arrives in Subaru dealerships fourth quarter of 2013. When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.
Subaru gave the world a preview of the next-generation WRX today with the debut of the WRX Concept at the New York Auto Show. The next-generation WRX is going to move further away from the Impreza in Subaru's lineup and the bold and muscular design of the concept proves it.
Kia has unveiled the new Kia CUB concept, which is having its world debut today at the Seoul Motor Show. Even though most of us would label the concept as a small five-door hatchback, Kia is labeling it as a four-door coupe concept.
Kia has unveiled the third and final member of the all-new Kia Forte lineup. Following the debuts of the 2014 Kia Forte sedan and five-door hatchback, Kia has now taken the wraps off the 2014 Forte Koup in New York. "The Forte Koup is arguably the sportiest vehicle in our award-winning lineup, and it has helped raise Kia's brand awareness significantly among automotive enthusiasts," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "Its rakish design, premium amenities and powerful turbocharged engine set it apart from the competition. With the debut of the Forte sedan and 5-door earlier this year, and now the Koup in New York, the Forte lineup has been completely revamped from top to bottom."
Nissan has unveiled new hybrid versions of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. With a combined rating of 26 mpg and a driving range over 500 miles, Nissan toutes that the hybrids feature the same styling and features as the standard V6 models, but add fuel efficiency and driving range.
Chevy has unveiled the updates to the 2014 Chevy Camaro lineup at the New York Auto Show. All 2014 Camaros are getting a revised exterior, but the big news is the return of the Camaro Z/28, which according to Chevy is the most "track-capable Camaro ever."
Toyota has unveiled the all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander at the New York Auto Show. The new Highlander is now larger and has seating for up to 8 passengers. It also gets new technologies, more cargo room and continues to be offered with a four-cylinder, V6 or V6 hybrid powertrain.
Honda has updated the 2014 Honda Odyssey, which is making its debut this week at the New York Auto Show. The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite offers new safety upgrades, a refreshed exterior and interior and a bunch of new technologies like the debut of HondaVAC, the first in-car vacuum.
The wait is over! Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the hot version of the 2014 CLA, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. Looking like a scaled down CLS63 AMG, the smaller CLA45 AMG follows in its big brothers footsteps and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque. With that much power on tap, the CLA45 AMG's engine is the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder production engine.
Today is the official kick off of the 2013 New York Auto Show and even though Subaru has yet to hold its press release, photos of its new WRX Concept have leaked online ahead of its debut in NYC. It's been reported that Subaru wants to move the next WRX further away from the Impreza and if the concept is any indication, the next WRX and WRX STI will do just that. These photos of the concept reveal a new WRX that will get a sleeker and more aggressive exterior than the standard Impreza models.
Chrysler's SRT brand has announced the introduction of the new 392 appearance package for the Dodge Charger SRT8. The limited edition package adds custom-designed gloss black "392 HEMI" fender badges with a charcoal grey metallic insert, a power bulge hood with the center portion painted in black, a black roof and side mirrors, 20-inch black wheels and a black rear spoiler.
Audi has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan and the high-performance S3 at the New York Auto Show. This is the first time that the A3 is being offered as a sedan and it will arrive in the first quarter of 2014. Audi sees tremendous growth in the luxury entry level segment between now and 2020, so the A3 sedan is being introduced to capture as much market share as possible.
The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has officially arrived, with its debut tonight in NYC. It was unveiled tonight in the streets of Manhattan and was driven by actor Daniel Craig. According to Land Rover, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is the "the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever."
Buick has unveiled the updates to the 2014 Buick Regal. For the 2014 model year the Buick Regal gets updated styling, more power and new tech features.
What exactly is a hot hatch and why do enthusiasts love them so much? According to Wikipedia a "Hot hatch" or "hot hatchback" is a high-performance derivative of a car body style consisting of a three- or five-door hatchback automobile. Vehicles of this class are based on family-oriented automobiles, and are equipped with an uprated more powerful internal combustion engine, improved suspension, and may also include additional 'aerodynamic' body parts and larger wheels and tires. In other words a hot hatch takes a basic economy car and dials up the performance, without compromising its versatility and practicality. For years the segment has been dominated by the Volkswagen GTI and today includes models like the Mazdaspeed3 and Subaru WRX. Ford has decided to take a stab at the segment, which it abandoned in 2004 when the last SVT Focus rolled off the line. Once again the Focus has been tapped as Ford's entry in the highly competitive "hot hatch" segment, but this time it's dubbed the Focus ST with "ST" standing for "sport technologies." We loved the 2002-2004 Focus SVT, but how well does the 2013 Focus ST stack up against the king of the class, the GTI?
Toyota has taken the wraps off the new "Vios" compact car at the Bangkok Motor Show, which is designed for first time buyers in growing markets, like Thailand. TMC Managing Officer Kyoichi Tanada said: "the Vios is not only exclusively developed for Thai customers, but also for Growing Market customers. Thailand is a leading global production hub for new Vios exports to over 80 countries around the world."
Here's another exciting post for tonight. It appears that the first two official photos of the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport have leaked on the eve of its debut in New York. Tomorrow night Land Rover is going to reveal the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport in New York, which is the day before the official start of the 2013 New York Auto Show.
We're only 24 hours away from the official debut of the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, but here's your first complete look at the new sedan! Over the weekend photos of the 2014 CTS leaked, but only provided a limited view of the anticipated Cadillac CTS. Now these new photos provide a complete look at its exterior and interior.
BMW has announced the changes and additions to the 2014 BMW 6 Series lineup, which now includes the Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models. In addition to the enhancements to the entire model lineup, BMW is also introducing a new limited-edition 6 Series Frozen Brilliant White Edition Convertible.
Kia has released a teaser photo of its new CUB concept that will debut this week at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The CUB concept is labeled as a compact four-door coupe that is less than four meters long.
Buick has unveiled the refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan. The new LaCrosse gets updates to the exterior and interior, new safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity. On the outside the 2014 LaCrosse gets new new front and rear styling with LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps.
Audi is going to officially unveil the all-new 2014 Audi A3 sedan tomorrow night in New York, but Audi has given the world a preview of the new sedan on its new online channel, Audi MediaTV.
The 2013 New York Auto Show officially kicks off this week and with that we can expect to see lots of leaked photos and information drop ahead of the show. The first official photos of the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS have leaked online today just days before we see the new Cadillac on Tuesday night in NYC. These new photos don't show off the complete car, but give you your first look at the front and rear. From these photos its apparent that new CTS will get many of the same styling cues used on the ATS and XTS models
Chrysler has announced the introduction of the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition, which is the result of the collaboration between two Detroit based companies, Chrysler and apparel company Carhartt. The two companies originally partnered on the interior design and materials featured in the 2010 200 S Special Edition and the 2013.5 model builds on the success of that initial model.
Toyota has announced two 2013 Corolla Special Editions, which signal the end of the current Corolla. The 2013 Special Edition Corollas will offer unique standard features in two grade levels, LE and S. The LE Special Edition includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, power and heated beige leather-trimmed seats, special floor mats and exterior badging, and a unique Black Currant Metallic exterior color.
Dodge has released a teaser photo of the new 2014 Dodge Durango ahead of its debut next week in New York. From the single teaser photo its clear that the new Durango will get taillights that are similar to the Dart and Charger models. Dodge also says that the new Durango will "deliver state-of-the-art technology in both form and function."
Hyundai has released sketches of its new HND-9 coupe concept that will debut at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show at the end of this month. The Hyundai HCD-9 coupe concept gets an exterior design that represents the evolution of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language. Fluidic yet sleek character lines that stretch from headlamp to trunk create a voluminous, powerful body and a striking, wide hexagonal-shaped radiator grille underscore the high performance image of the concept.
Forget all about that two-door Ford Explorer Sport, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport may have two more doors than before, but it packs a lot more "sport" under the hood. The 2013 Explorer Sport is powered by the same 3.5L EcoBoost engine as the Taurus SHO and Flex EcoBoost, which means that it packs 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque under the hood. The 3.5L is mated to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Compared to the other two engines, the Explorer offers, the turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost generates 75 more horsepower than the naturally-aspirated 3.5L V6 and a whopping 125 more than the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. The news gets even better, the all-wheel-drive Explorer Sport is only slightly less fuel efficient than the 3.5L Explorer all-wheel-drive with a 16/22 mpg rating compared to 17/23.
Jeep has unveiled its six new concept vehicles that will debut at this year's 47th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. "Off-road enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the range of Jeep models we're bringing to this year's Easter Jeep Safari," said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We go to this extremely popular event in Moab each year to showcase the latest production vehicles from Jeep, as well as a host of new customization and personalization ideas. In doing so, we connect with and receive a tremendous amount of feedback from our most loyal customers."
GM is updating the fifth-generation Chevy Camaro for the 2014 model year. According to GM the 2014 Chevy Camaro represents the biggest change yet to the current generation, although no other details were released. GM has released this single teaser photo, which still doesn't give us a clear view of what changes we will see next week.
Jaguar is going to expand its R performance line-up with the debut of the 2014 XJR at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week. The XJR is powered by a 542-hp 5.0L supercharged V8 engine. According to Jaguar, combined with its upgraded engine and chassis and aerodynamic improvements, the the "XJR is the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made."
The drop top version of the Audi RS5 coupe is here and Audi has just announced the pricing for the 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet, which starts at $77,900. The RS5 Cabriolet is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. Equipped with the seven-speed double clutch S tronic transmission with launch control and standard quattro all-wheel drive, the RS 5 Cabriolet launches from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed limited to 174 mph.
Kia has announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 Kia Forte sedan, which starts at $15,900. The all-new Forte was unveiled last November at the LA Auto Show and is sportier and more upscale than the last model. The 2014 Forte will be offered in LX and EX variants, the Forte and can be powered by either a 1.8-liter 148-horsepower engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter 173-horsepower engine. Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter powerplant is 24 miles per gallon city/36 highway.
Subaru has just announced plans to unveil its first ever hybrid production model, the XV Crosstrek hybrid at the New York Auto Show next week. The XV Crosstrek hybrid will be based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid model uses a Subaru engineered Hybrid system and Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Next week Land Rover is going to take the wraps off the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport in New York. The new Range Rover Sport will debut at the New York Auto Show, but if you want to see it live in motion, Land Rover is going to drive the new Sport through the streets of Manhattan in live event which will preview the vehicle's transformed on-road dynamics and capability.
Jeep and Mopar have joined forces to create a selection of concept Jeep vehicles for the upcoming 47th annual Easter Jeep Safari, which takes place in Moab, Utah, in a few days. Jeep will unveil six new vehicles at the event, but has released teaser photos of two of them, the Jeep Grand Cherokee "Trailhawk II" concept and the Jeep Wrangler "Slim." The event runs from March 23-31.
It's being reported that the next-generation 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January. Automotive News is reporting that the 2014 Chrysler 200 will enter production this July with production ending in January of next year when the new sedan is unveiled.
Chrysler has announced the introduction of the 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack), which is a street legal SRT Viper that has been optimized for the track. Based on the SRT Viper, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package improves the Viper's on-track capability with new components like a Bilstein Damptronic suspension system and an upgraded Brembo braking system.
Mercedes-Benz is going to officially take the wraps off the next-generation 2014 S-Class at the New York Auto Show next week. We've seen several spy photos of the new S-Class sedan, which shows a sedan that will not be a huge departure stylistically. While we wait for its official debut, Mercedes-Benz has released a batch of photos of the interior of the new S-Class.
Cadillac is going to unveil the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS next week in New York, but today we have confirmation that it will be offered with a new twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine. The twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 is Cadillac's first ever twin-turbocharged engine and generates 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft. of torque.
Callaway is known for creating unique Corvettes and with shooting brake models becoming more popular, well at least as concept models, it's no surprise that Callaway's latest project is a shooting brake version of the latest Corvette Stingray. Dubbed the AeroWagon, the Callaway concept takes the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe and adds a wagon like rear end.
BMW is going to bring the new diesel-powered version of the 3 Series to the New York Auto Show this month. The 2014 BMW 328d will make its U.S. debut at the show, joining the BMW 3 Series lineup. The BMW 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine with 180 hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque.
VW has unveiled the electric e-up!, which is the automaker's first ever full electric production model. The four-seater EV is based on the VW up!, but is powered by an electric motor and has a range of 93 miles.
Land Rover has announced plans this week to unveil the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport at the upcoming New York Auto Show. We're a few weeks away from the official debut of the new Range Rover Sport, but in the meantime two leaked photos have surfaced online. The two photos of the 2014 Range Rover Sport were posted on a Facebook page and show the new SUV parked in a garage.
Nissan has announced its plan to expand the use of Advanced High Tensile Strength Steel (AHSS) in to up to 25 percent of the vehicle parts installed in its new models. Nissan will make use of advanced high tensile strength steel starting in 2017 as one of its initiatives to help reduce vehicle weight.
Currently BMW holds the top sales spot in the luxury segment, which is followed by Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the number two and three spots. Audi hopes to eventually grab the number one spot and it hopes to do so by expanding its "Q" SUV lineup. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler stated that its Q range could account for up to 40 percent of its sales by 2020, which is up from only 25 percent today.
Motor Trend is reporting that Ford is working on a next-generation Lincoln Navigator SUV, which will likely see its current V8 engine replaced with Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The Lincoln Navigator is facing some stiff competition from models like the Mercedes-Benz GL and this fall a new Cadillac Escalade will arrive.
Tesla's next model, the Model X crossover was due to arrive by the end of this year, but now it looks like its introduction has been delayed by at least a year. Tesla attributes the Model X's delay to the success of the Model S sedan. Tesla has decided to push back the release date of the Model X to focus on the Model S.
Land Rover has just announced that the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport will debut this month on March 26 at the New York Auto Show. "The all-new Range Rover Sport takes the model to another level. It is Land Rover's most dynamic vehicle yet and showcases the best of British design, engineering and technological innovation," stated John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
The all-new 2014 Mazda6 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Mazda6 is the first Mazda vehicle to earn the new safety rating by receiving a rating of "Good" on frontal moderate overlap, side, roof, and head restraint tests, and "Acceptable" on the new small overlap test.
The Kia Optima Hybrid has only been on the market for two years, but Kia has already made some enhancements for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Optima Hybrid is now more powerful, fuel efficient and has more features than before.
Infiniti has announced the introduction of a new hybrid version of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossover, which will be unveiled later this month at the New York Auto Show. In case you missed the news, for the 2014 model year Infiniti is changing the names of all of its models. The QX60 is the new name for the JX35.
Hyundai is going to bring an updated 2014 Equus sedan at the New York Auto Show later this month. The sedan is going to get at least 30 updates, which includes updates to exterior and interior design elements, suspension, interior material quality, driver technology displays and new safety features. While we wait to see the updated Equus, Hyundai has released this teaser photo of the new sedan.
Honda has announced that the refreshed 2013 Honda Civic sedan and coupe are the first small cars to receive a Top Safety Pick+ Rating from the IIHS. The new Civic Sedan is not only the first small car to earn Top Safety Pick+ in the industry, but also the first and only to earn the highest possible rating of Good on the IIHS' new small overlap frontal crash test.
It's been reported several times that Ford is working on a new four-cylinder engine for the next-generation Mustang. It's expected that the 2015 Ford Mustang will be offered with a new 2.3L four-cylinder engine, but it now looks like that engine will only be offered in Europe. Edmunds is reporting that the new engine, which is based off the 2.0L EcoBoost engine that powers the Focus ST, will offer European buyers a more fuel efficient alternative to the V8 Mustang.
Mitsubishi has released this teaser sketch of its new Concept G4 that is going to debut at the Bangkok Motor Show. The Concept G4 is a preview of an upcoming compact sedan from Mitsubishi. According to Mitsubishi, the design of the Concept G4, "uses a high-clarity brilliant-cut diamond motif in the design of the front grill, headlamps and rear combination lamps to create a frontal visage with a commanding presence and a tail end which leaves a sharp impression as it drives off into the distance."
In cities like San Francisco and New York there where there are a high number of cyclists sharing the road with motor-powered vehicles, cyclists are always in danger of a possible collision. According to accident data, about 50 percent of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car. Volvo hopes to decrease this percentage with its new cyclist detection system at the Geneva Motor Show. The system detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.
The Geneva Motor Show may be all the news this week, but at the end of this month the 2013 New York Auto Show kicks off. GM has confirmed plans to unveil five new models in "The Big Apple." On the menu this year will be the 2014 Chevy SS, a refreshed 2014 Camaro, the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS and the new Buick Regal and LaCrosse.
Who remembers the Mazda Navajo? It was Mazda's first attempt at an SUV in the US, but it was basically a rebadged two-door Ford Explorer Sport. Then there was the Mazda Tribute, which was basically an easily forgotten rebadged Ford Escape. Then the most recent attempt at a compact/ midsize crossover, the CX-7, which was plagued by bad gas mileage and a cramped interior. What does this all translate to? For over two decades Mazda hasn't been able to create a competitive compact crossover to go head to head with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.
Well everything changed last year that with the introduction of the 2013 Mazda CX-5, which quickly jumped to the front of the compact crossover class, but was only held back by one issue, its engine. With only 155 horsepower under the hood you can imagine how hard it would be to get going. Well for the 2014 model year Mazda has introduced a more powerful 2.5L engine for the CX-5's two two trim levels. Does the new engine answer our prayers for more power without a big sacrifice in fuel economy?
GM has officially unveiled the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray convertible in Geneva. The Corvette Stingray convertible gets the same 450-hp 6.2L V8 as the coupe and its electric soft top can be lowered remotely using the car's key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has built the Lamborghini Veneno, which Lamborghini describes as "a racing prototype and road-going super sports car." Fully in keeping with the tradition of the brand, the name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull. Veneno is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever.
Here are the first official photos of the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera GT3, which is going to debut tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. Compared to the 911 Carrera, the 911 Carrera GT3 adds a more aggressive front fascia, a redesigned rear bumper with a centrally mounted exhaust system and a large rear spoiler.
BMW originally unveiled the i3 Coupe concept at the LA Auto Show last November, but BMW has announced that it will once again take the stage at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The i3 Coupe concept shows off the ongoing process of BMW's upcoming electric i sub-brand and previews the production i3, which is slated to go into production later this year.
Pininfarina has released a teaser sketch of the Sergio concept, which is going to be unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept is meant to honor Sergio Pininfarina who passed away in July 2012. Accordingto Pininfarina, the Sergio concept is "a concept car which renews the spirit of the extraordinary achievements born under Sergio Pininfarina's guide, projecting them towards the future in the name of exclusivity, innovation and passion."
The first photos of the new VW Golf Variant, which is basically what we will get here as the next Jetta SportWagen have leaked online ahead of the model's debut in Geneva later this week. The new Golf Variant is based on the seventh-generation Golf and looks pretty close to the Golf hatchback, but with a longer rear end to fit more stuff.
VW has released a sketch of its VW e-Co Motion concept, which is going to be unveiled in Geneva. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing the transporter concept vehicle, which features a large cargo capacity even with it is compact dimensions. It also has a 1,700 payload capacity and emits zero emissions on the road thanks to an electric drive system.
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