GM is kicking off production of the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray coupe with the limited-edition Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere Edition. The limited-edition model will be limited to only 500 units, which will all be painted in Laguna Blue with a Brownstone suede interior. The limited-edition Corvette Stingray is based on the top-of-the-line 3LT model and gets suede-wrapped interior trim and carbon-fiber interior packages.
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As one of the oldest models in the subcompact segment, everyone is eager to see what Honda has in store for the next generation 2014 Honda Fit, which is expected to arrive in the US early next year. The photos you see here may be our first look at the new 2014 Fit, which have shown up in a magazine.
If you've been missing the Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford is going to make you happy with the 2014 F-150 Tremor. The F-150 Tremor is powered by Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365-hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. The short-wheelbase, regular-cab Tremor goes on sale this fall with the style of the F-150 FX Appearance Package with flat-black accents that include unique 20-inch flat-black wheels, stylized bodyside graphics and black badges with red lettering.
EV buyers in California that were hoping to get the keys to the new Fiat 500e will be disappointed to hear that the electric 500e is sold out for the rest of the year. Jason Stoicevich, president and CEO of the Fiat brand in North America told Wards Auto, "We're pretty much sold out for the year."
Jaguar is showing off its new C-X75 hybrid supercar, which is an evolution of the original C-X75 concept that was unveiled in 2010. With over 850 horsepower hybrid powertrain, the C-X75 plug-in hybrid can reach 0-100 mph in less than six seconds but at the same time it is as efficient as a low-emissions city car.
Mazda has taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, which is now longer and leaner than before. The 2014 Mazda3 sits on a wheelbase of 106.3 inches, which is 2.4 inches longer than the previous generation, yet the hatchback is 1.8 inches shorter in length at 175.6 inches. The Mazda3's exterior now adopts Mazda's new Kodo design language and Mazda says that the Mazda3 five-door and sedan models will have best-in-class coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.275 and 0.255.
Mazda is going to officially unveil the all-new 2014 Mazda3 later today, but the first official photos have been leaked. As expected the new Mazda3 gets Mazda's new Kodo design language, giving it a classier look than the current Mazda3. It's sweptback headlights, pronounced fenders and new grille are a nice change from the current Mazda3.
Last year Nissan promised five new models to its lineup, which started with the all-new Altima, followed by the new Sentra and Pathfinder. Now Nissan has introduced its fourth all-new model, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which is the replacement for the Versa hatchback. The Nissan Versa dominates the subcompact segment and with the addition of the all-new hatchback, which will be sold alongside the existing sedan version, Nissan is confident that it will continue to hold onto the number one sales spot.
The refreshed 2014 Honda Odyssey is scheduled to arrive in showrooms next month with a starting price set at $28,825. The 2014 Odyssey gets refreshed styling, revised instrumentation, a standard six-speed transmission and an available integrated vacuum system. For the first time all 2014 Odyssey models will include standard Bluetooth, a 4-way power passenger seat, Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Pandora interface and an SMS text messaging function. New available features include the Honda exclusive LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
Last month it was reported that production of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee had been delayed by at least a month due to some early production issues at Chrysler's Toledo plant. Now the launch has been delayed further as Chrysler continues to tweak the plant. Sources say that fit and finish issues and the new nine-speed transmission are the main cause for the delays.
BMW has announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 BMW X5, which starts at $53,725 for the rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i. The all-wheel-drive 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i starts at $56,025, the X5 xDrive35d is priced at $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125.
Lexus is currently working on a new compact crossover, which according to the latest patent filings, it will be called the Lexus NX 200t. the Lexus NX 200t will offer the brand's first 2.0L turbocharged engine when it goes on sale at the end of 2014 or early 2015. Lexus is also going to offer a hybrid version of the new crossover, dubbed the NX 300h.
BMW is going to unveil a new version of the Concept Active Tourer, the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor at next month's OutDoor 2013, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The new concept is going to take the design from the original concept, but with added elements that will appeal to an outdoor and leisure time oriented target group.
Cadillac has announced the pricing and updates to the 2014 Cadillac XTS. The big news for the 2014 XTS is the addition of the new twin-turbo V6 in the new XTS VSport, which starts at $63,020. The 3.6L twin turbo V6 is the same engine in the CTS Vsport, but here it packs 410 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. Te XTS Vsport also gets a unique grille and 20-inch wheels.
Ford is testing a new high tech brake light that can communicate with cars that are behind it. Ford tests early warning car-to-car communication feature that alerts drivers to vehicles braking ahead - even around corners and through traffic. How does it work? The technology called "Electronic Brake Light" transmits a wireless signal to illuminate a dashboard light on following vehicles. According to Ford, the technology could enable drivers to brake earlier and potentially mitigate or avoid a collision.
Automakers try really hard to keep their new models under wraps until they are officially unveiled, but that usually doesn't stop spy photographers from trying to get the best shots of the prototypes. Well Mercedes-Benz has beat them at their own game by releasing its own set of photos of its upcoming 911 competitor.
Buyers interested in the 2013 Ford Fusion can choose between five different powertrains, which are all efficient in their own right. The top dog is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which in addition to having the same hybrid powertrain as the Fusion Hybrid, the Fusion Energi can also travel up to 20 miles in EV mode. Ford invited us out to St. Louis for a weekend with the Fusion Energi, which would see us traveling down the infamous Route 66 with the trip concluding in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 400 miles in the midwest behind the wheel of the 2013 Fusion Energi we walked away mostly impressed with Ford's plug-in hybrid midsize sedan.
A car that has the ability to parallel park itself is not anything new, but Volvo has unveiled a new self parking car concept that can park itself without a driver present. The concept finds and parks in a vacant space by itself, without the driver inside.
Last night Tesla unveiled its latest innovation, which will keep Model S drivers on the road even longer. By the end of the year Tesla is going to install quick-swap bays at its Supercharger stations in California, which will give drivers the ability to swap out their depleted batteries in less than the time that it takes to fill up a tank of gas.
Nissan has unveiled the new ZEOD RC race car, which Nissan says is the world's fastest electric racing car that will reach speeds in excess of 186 mph. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will make its race debut at next year's Le Mans 24 Hour.
Aston Martin's new V12 Vantage S is now the automaker's fastest model yet, with the exception of the very limited and sold out One-77. With 565 horsepower under the hood, the V12 Vantage S only takes 3.7 seconds to reach 0-60 mph. The V12 Vantage S is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, which it the ability to reach 205 mph.
GM has released the performance specs for the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, which reaches 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, brakes from 60-0 mph in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering. GM tested the Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control, which was also able to reach the 1/4 mile in 12 seconds andits to lapped the Virginia International Raceway's (VIR) 4.2-mile "Grand Course" in 2:51.78.
Honda has unveiled the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, which will arrive in showrooms in October. Unlike the Accord plug-in hybrid, the Accord Hybrid gets styling that is closer to the regular Accord models. Honda also anticipates that it will get up to 49 mpg in the city.
J.D. Power and Associates has released the latest results of its Initial Quality Study in which General Motors managed to grab eight segment awards, which is more than any other automaker. GMC ranked second overall in initial quality, climbing 10 spots, and was the top-ranked non-premium brand. Chevrolet also jumped 10 spots and ranked fifth overall and second among non-premium brands. Together with Buick and Cadillac, all GM brands performed better than the industry average of 113 problems per 100 vehicles.
GM has released some of the specs for the 4.3L version of the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The all-new 4.3L EcoTec V-6 packs 285-hp and 305 lb-ft. of torque. It also gets up to 24 mpg in rear-wheel-drive models and 22 mpg for four-wheel-drive models. GM claims that the 4.3L V6 will be the most capable standard V-6 in any full-size pickup truck. The 4.3L V-6 gives the full-size pickups the highest-available payload rating of 2,108 pounds and the highest available towing rating of 7,200 pounds.
Tesla has already announced plans to increase its network of fast-charging stations across the country, but tomorrow Tesla is going to unveil a new battery swap option at an event in California. The new battery swapping capability will allow drivers to quickly swap their car's battery with a charged battery, which would be even faster than waiting to charge the car's existing battery.
Earlier this month Chrysler received a recall request from NHTSA that requested that the automaker recall 2.7 million Jeeps. Chrysler responded with an absolute no following NHTSA's investigation into fire risks on Jeep Grand Cherokee models built from 1993 to 2004 and Jeep Liberty models built from 2002 to 2007.
Lincoln is on the cusp of a reinvention with the first of its new lineup being the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Over the next four years Lincoln is planning on introducing four new models, which will reportedly include a new small crossover and compact entry-level model. GM managed to turn around Cadillac with sales now at their highest level in years, but can Ford pull the same success story with Lincoln?
GM has announced the pricing for the refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse will start at $34,060. The new LaCrosse gets front and rear styling updates and the interior gets updated with upgraded materials and new center console. The 2014 LaCrosse comes standard with next-generation IntelliLink connectivity, an eight-inch reconfigurable color cluster display, and an eAssist powertrain that gets up to 36 highway mpg.
Ford is going to add more traditional buttons and knobs to its MyFord Touch infotainment system since the current system has hurt Ford in several quality surveys. Customers have complained that the current system is too complicated to use and distracting, so Ford plans to revert back to a more traditional setup.
BMW is hard at work on the next-generation BMW 7 Series, which will obviously go head to head with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. To compete with the new S-Class, BMW is reportedly going to move the next 7 Series to a new platform that will employ carbon fiber, aluminum and steel to result in a significant weight loss compared to the current model.
The most powerful version of the Audi Q5 and of course the one we would want, has arrived. Audi has announced that the 2014 Audi SQ5 will start at $51,900. The 2014 SQ5 is the first S variant of any Audi Q model. It packs 354 horsepower and will reach 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Buick's lineup has gone through a major reformation in the past few years. The transition from a stodgy brand that was geared more towards the retired generation to today's more stylish models is largely thanks to GM's European brand, Opel. The Buick Verano, Regal and Encore models are all re-badged Opel models that have brought a bit more excitement to the brand. Opel fans in the U.S. will be glad to hear that the relationship between the two brands will continue in the future.
VW Golf production began in 1974 and almost 40 years VW is celebrating the production of the 30 Millionth Golf. According to VW an average of over 2,000 people have purchased a new Golf every day for the past 39 years.
Now we can officially say goodbye to the BMW 3 Series coupe, well partially. BMW has officially released all the details for the 2014 4 Series coupe, which is essentially still a 3 Series with a different name. The switch to the 4 Series name for the coupe also brings it in line with the larger BMW 6 Series Coupe.
Here's your first look at the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe, which as expected it looks incredibly close to the concept version. Several photos of the 4 Series coupe have leaked online ahead of BMW's official release. In case you missed the news, the 4 Series is the replacement for the former 3 Series coupe.
Ford is reportedly looking at adding new models to the Lincoln brand in fast-growing segments to revive the struggling brand. According to Automotive News, Ford is studying new segments like the premium small car and crossover segments, which are expected to grow significantly by 2015.
Cadillac has released the pricing for the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, which starts at $46,025. The 2014 CTS sedan debuted at this year's New York Auto Show and will arrive in showrooms by this fall with an all-new design that is longer, lower and leaner. The 2014 CTS is five inches longer than the outgoing sedan, but is also 244 pounds lighter than the previous model. It is expected to be the lightest car in its segment.
Toyota's incoming chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada reportedly wants the new sports car that it is developing with BMW to be a similar in size to the discontinued Supra, instead of a smaller sports car that could cannibalize sales of the FR-S/ GT86 coupe.
If you're looking for a bit more attitude from the Dodge Dart, Chrysler has announced that the limited-edition 2013 Mopar '13 Dart will arrive this summer, starting at $25,485. The Mopar '13 Dart is painted in Pitch Black with a Mopar blue racing stripe that runs from the nose to the tail. Inside, the seats are covered in Katzkin leather. The driver's seat is Mopar blue with black accents while the rest of the seats are black with blue accents.
Opel is going to unveil a refreshed Opel Insignia at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, but in the meantime here is our first look. THe new Insignia, which is sold in the US as the Buick Regal gets refreshed interior and exterior styling and updated engines.
Fiat has announced that the Fiat 500 and 500c by Gucci Edition will return with a new discrete appearance inside and out while continuing to meet the popularity and market demand of the previous edition. For 2013, the Fiat 500 and 500c by Gucci Edition models now offer a new black monotone interior environment that complements Gucci Nero or contrasts Gucci white exterior paint and Gloss black lighting bezels.
Kia continues to move upward towards the entry-level luxury segment with models like the new Kia Cadenza. Buyers are even willing to pay more for the higher trim levels of Kia's mainstream models like the Optima midsize sedan and the Sorento crossover. For the 2014 model year Kia has upgraded the Sorento with a facelift, revised interior and some upgrades under the hood.
Ford and DreamWorks Studios have announced a partnership for the new film "Need for Speed," which will include appearances by many Ford models including a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang. The "Need for Speed" Mustang features a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine under its classic Mustang twin-nostril hood.
Audi has released the pricing and fuel economy stats for the 2014 A6, A7 and Q5 TDI models, which will begin arriving at U.S. dealers in late Summer 2013. All three models are powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with 240hp and 428 lb-ft. of torque. The A6 TDI and A7 TDI are both rated at 24 city/ 38 highway, while the Q5 TDI is rated at 24 city/ 31 highway.
Jeep has announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which starts at $22,995. The polarizing Cherokee is the replacement for the Liberty and is built on an all-new platform that is also shared with the Dodge Dart. Although it is now based on a new car platform, Jeep claims that it will still offer the off-road capability that we expect from the brand, while also more fuel economy, more advanced safety and technology features.
VW has announced that it will try to beat an existing Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption around the lower 48 US states for a non-hybrid car. Two drivers will drive a 2013 Passat TDI diesel 8,000 miles, which will take them through 48 states and take up to two weeks.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive has circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes making it the first production electric vehicle to lap the track in under eight minutes. "Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with the new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer which makes it possible to circle the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically-powered series production vehicle. This record run is another proof for our constant innovative vigour," according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The Range Rover Sport may have a "Sport" badge on its rear end, but it's just as tough as the rest of the Range Rover lineup. Yesterday the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport set the record for a production-standard SUV and broke the long standing record for any kind of production-standard vehicle on the Pikes Pike International Hill Climb course, venue of the spectacular annual competition known as "The Race To the Clouds."
Acura has announced the addition of the new TL Special Edition model to the 2013 Acura TL lineup. The TL Special Edition is a step up from the standard TL. The front-wheel-drive TL Special Edition features 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a deck lid spoiler and trunk-mounted Special Edition badging and standard keyless access with pushbutton start. The TL Special Edition is available in four exterior colors: Bellanova White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Graphite Luster Metallic and Silver Moon Metallic. All exterior colors are matched with a leather Ebony interior with contrast stitching.
GM has announced that 2014 Chevy, Buick and GMC models will now come with a new two year/ 24k mile maintenance program that includes free scheduled service. For most 2014 vehicles, Chevy, Buick and GMC dealers will complete an oil and filter change, four-wheel tire rotation, and conduct a 27-point vehicle inspection based on what's called for in the vehicle owner's manual maintenance schedule and oil life monitoring system.
Last night Toyota rallied a few hundred enthusiasts for the global unveiling of the all-new, 2014 Toyota Corolla in the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport in California. The launch at an airport was complete with acrobatics which was fitting since Toyota is touting the new Corolla as "Elevated."
Toyota is taking the wraps off the 2014 Toyota Corolla tonight in Los Angeles and here are the first official photos. While we wait for all the official details we do know that the 2014 Corolla gets a new more expressive exterior and an interior that features a dash that is similar to the larger Avalon.
Ram and Warner Bros. have teamed up to co-brand a commercial for the Ram 1500 that also promotes Warner Bros. new film "Man of Steel." The 30 second spot includes scenes from the movie. In addition to the commercial, Ram has also created a special Ram "Man of Steel" Power Wagon that features special "Man of Steel"-inspired design cues, colors and branding.
The one-off Bertone Jet 2+2 concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March could enter limited production. Initially the concept was only planned as a one-off project for one of Bertone's customers, but now it's being reported that a limited production run is being considered.
Being able to remotely unlock your doors and remote start your GM vehicle is now one of the standard services that GM is adding to its OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App. GM announced the new RemoteLink Key Fob Services program on Wednesday for OnStar-equipped 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models - even if the owner declines to pay for other OnStar services.
Chrysler has declined a proposed recall following the letter it received from NHTSA proposing that Chrysler Group recall the Jeep Grand Cherokee in model years 1993 to 2004 and the Jeep Liberty in model years 2002 to 2007. NHTSA conducted a year long investigation in which it determined that certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models are prone to a fire risk from a faulty fuel tank design.
GM has announced the pricing for the 2014 Chevy SS, which starts at $44,470. The 2014 Chevy SS comes fully loaded with the only options being a sunroof ($900) and a full-size spare tire ($500). It comes standard with HID headlights, parking assist, Chevy MyLink with a navigation system, Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, rear-vision camera and Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
BMW unveiled the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé at this year's Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance and while the coupe is labeled as a one-off project from the partnership between BMW and Pininfarina, it could provide a hint at BMW's future. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé may signal the revival of the 8 Series, which would give BMW a model to go head to head with other large coupes like the Mercedes-Benz CL.
Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 911 with the new 911 50th Anniversary Edition. The special-edition 911 is based on the 911 Carrera S, but also features the wide body that is usually reserved for the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models.
Chrysler is going to debut the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 next January at the Detroit Auto Show, but Chrysler dealers have already seen the sedan. Chrysler is betting big on the next 200 and even went back to the drawing board after the new Ford Fusion grabbed so much attention with its Aston Martin-like styling.
Is this our first unofficial look at the all-new 2015 Mazda3 hatchback? A picture of what appears to be the new Mazda3 has surfaced online. The all-new Mazda3 will adopt Mazda's new Kodo design language giving it a face that is very similar to the new Mazda6, which is a nice departure from the "smiling" face on the current Mazda3.
Infiniti's new boss, Johan de Nysschen seeks to expand the luxury brands global sales by shifting some of its priorities. Mainly it looks like de Nysschen is moving the brand's focus to more high volume models rather than smaller niche vehicles like an electric vehicle or a new sports car.
Ford has announced that it has already sold as many hybrid vehicles that it did in 2012 in just the first five months of 2013. Ford beat its previous full-year hybrid sales record of 35,496 vehicles in 2010 with projected sales of 37,000 through May, an increase of more than 375 percent over the same period last year. Ford is now second only to Toyota in the number of hybrid vehicles it sells in the United States with its market share continuing to grow, up from 3 percent last year to an all-time-high 15.5 percent through April 2013.
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