September 2013 Archives
Hyundai has teamed up with the EGR Group to develop the "Yellowcake" EGR Night Racer Veloster for the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The EGR Night Racer is based on the Veloster Turbo and in addition to its yellow exterior it gets a Wurton roof-mounted LED light bar, custom ONEighty-branded headlights and several upgrades under the skin.
MINI has announced a new generation of engines that will be offered starting in the next Cooper. The future MINI models will be powered by both three and four-cylinder engines. The new 1.5L three-cylinder will generate 134 horsepower, while the new 2.0L four-cylinder will put out 189 horsepower.
Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2014 Nissan Murano, which starts at $28,440 for the Murano S front-wheel-drive model amd $30,230 for the S AWD model. The 2014 Murano basically carries over into the new model year, but it does get a special value package for the SV level trim that adds navigation, bluetooth, Bose audio and a power liftgate for $2,270.
Chevrolet has unveiled new concept versions of the 2014 Silverado pickup at the State Fair of Texas. The automaker explores the extremes of preparedness with the Volunteer Firefighter and Black Ops concepts.
Although an all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue is slated to arrive in showrooms in November, Nissan has announced that the current Rogue will live on. Due to its popularity, the current Rogue is being renamed the Rogue Select.
We've heard plenty of news about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Top Safety Pick" ratings, but what is this new "Advanced" rating? Well the IIHS has now come up with a new "Advanced" rating for vehicles that are not only safe, but also fun to drive and the 2014 Mazda6 has earned the rating.
BMW has confirmed that the next-generation BMW 1-Series will switch to a new front-wheel-drive platform. Currently the 1-Series sends its power to the rear wheels, but the next model will be based on BMW's new range of front-wheel-drive models.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month, BMW unveiled the Concept X5 eDrive, which was a plug-in hybrid version of the new X5. The concept was a preview of the upcoming X5 hybrid. BMW has now revealed to Motoring that the production version is in the works, although we don't know when it will be released.
GM has unveiled the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups, which will arrive in the first quarter of 2014. The Heavy-Duty 2500 and 3500 pickups are all-new and have segment-leading capabilities across the range include the highest payload - 7,374 pounds - and the highest conventional trailering rating - 19,600 pounds.
Ford has unveiled the 2015 F-Series Super Duty pickups at the State Fair of Texas. The 2015 F-Series Super Duty gets a new 6.7L V8 turbo diesel engine, more towing capability and a restyled King Ranch model.
Honda has announced that the 2014 Crosstour is now on sale with a price tag starting at $27,380. The Crosstour crossover is offered with either a 2.4L four-cylinder or 3.5L V6 engine and buyers can choose between front or all-wheel-drive.
The Volvo Concept Coupe was one of the big surprises at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. When it was unveiled Volvo said it was simply a design study, but now it's being reported that it could enter production.
Volkswagen is currently working on a new narrow-angle V6 direct-injection engine according to sources from VW's engineering headquarters in Braunschweig. VW's new head of engine development, Fritz Eichler is overseeing the development.
Midsize and compact crossovers have quickly become the top choice for consumers looking for a new SUV/ crossover. The next big trend is going to be the introduction of new smaller subcompact crossovers with the introduction of new models from Honda, Toyota and now Mazda. Mazda has confirmed that it is working on a new smaller crossover that will likely share its platform with the new Mazda3.
Although we have an all-new 2014 Lexus IS sedan, the high-performance IS F is not new for the 2014 model year. Compared to the lesser powered trim levels, the IS F continues on with its roots that date back to the 2008 model year.
BMW is about to unveil the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe! The new M3 sedan marks the fifth generation of the M3 and the new M4 coupe is the M version of the new 4 Series. BMW also says that the coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door sedan.
The luxury oriented 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country, brings an added level of "rugged luxury" to the Silverado lineup. Chevrolet has just announced that it will arrive this fall with a starting price set at $45,100.
Early next year GM is going to release the 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe, which borrows its electric powertrain from the Chevy Volt. GM CEO recently stated that it hopes to position Cadillac to take on Tesla Motors, who is making waves in the electric segment with its Model S sedan.
Hyundai has partnered with Bisimoto Engineering to create a 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe for the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The special Genesis Coupe uses the same 3.8L V6 engine as the Genesis Coupe R-Spec, but thanks to twin turbochargers, its output has been increased to an insane 1,000 horsepower.
Nissan has announced that it will serve as the exclusive automotive partner for the launch of Apple's iTunes Radio. One of the first vehicles to feature the iTunes Radio will be the new 2014 Nissan Rogue in addition to the Versa Note and Leaf.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee hasn't even reached showrooms yet and now Chrysler has reportedly halted production at its Toledo, Ohio plant. Chrysler has idled the second shift of workers at the plant that were hired to build the 2014 Cherokee. The shut down is expected to last two weeks, in which 500 works have been laid off.
Cadillac is going to unveil the all-new 2015 Escalade SUV on October 7 with indie rock photographer and director Autumn de Wilde, who produced a series of portraits and a film highlighting the Escalade design process. Although we have to wait until Oct. 7 to see the new Escalade, Cadillac has released these two teaser photos.
"I immerse myself in the world of my subjects. I suppose it's not unlike a method actor's approach sometimes," said de Wilde. "My job is to give the audience even more of a reason to form a crush on this person or this object."
The 2014 Kia Forte has thrown away its boring economy car duds for a stylish exterior that will make you forget about every Kia compact sedan before it. As the latest model in Kia's lineup to get Kia's new stylish design language, the 2014 Forte is now one of the most stylish models in the crowded compact sedan segment.
Porsche has just unveiled two new versions of the 911: the 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. The debut of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo and both versions will debut in November at the LA Auto Show.
Toyota recently announced that the FJ Cruiser SUV will disappear after the 2014 model year and now Nissan is currently trying to decide if the Xterra will suffer the same fate. The Nissan Xterra SUV is part of a dying breed of body-on-frame SUVs that have an uncertain future thanks to the popularity of more modern crossovers.
Subaru is expecting that its sales in the U.S. will reach 500,000 units by 2015, which will largely be due to the arrival of new models and additional production capacity. Sales this year will be between 410,000 to 420,000 units, but according to Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Subaru of America, Subaru could easily sell up to an additional 20,000 units if it had more production capacity.
Kia has confirmed to its dealers that it will be bringing a new full-sized rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan to the U.S. early next year. The new sedan will move Kia further into the luxury car segment when it arrives.
Last month GM unveiled the Cadillac Elmiraj concept, which is expected to hint at a new flagship Cadillac sedan. The Elmiraj concept also featured a new 4.5L twin turbocharged V8 engine with 500 horsepower. Carscoops claims to have received a tip that the same 4.5L V8 will be used by the successor to the Corvette Z06, which may be called the Z07.
Volkswagen is planning on introducing a new subcompact SUV in the US as soon as 2016, according to Marc Trahan, executive VP of VW of America. The new subcompact SUV could also be produced at VW's plant in Chattanooga, TN.
The day has arrived! Today Chevrolet started shipping the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe to dealers. GM's Bowling Green Assembly has produced approximately 1,000 Corvette Stingrays for customer deliveries, which are expected to be delivered to dealers within the next few weeks.
Toyota is celebrating the production of its one millionth truck at its San Antonio, Texas plant. The one millionth truck was a 2014 Tundra 1794 Edition painted in Sunset Bronze Mica. Toyota Texas produces the Tacoma and Tundra trucks and will celebrate its 10 year anniversary since groundbreaking this fall.
2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla and the introduction of the all-new 11th generation. The 2014 Corolla is bigger, more stylish and more efficient than the outgoing model. It also sees the introduction of a new CVT transmission, a fuel efficient Eco model and gets the latest version of Toyota's entune infotainment system. With the compact segment getting more competitive each year, does the new Corolla have the right mix to keep it on top?
Bentley's new SUV is slated to arrive in 2016 and it will have a price tag higher than the most expensive Range Rover. According to Bentley the ultra-luxury SUV will create a new segment as the most expensive and luxurious SUV available.
Datsun has unveiled its second all-new model, the Datsun GO+. Datsun also confirmed that the Datsun GO hatchback will become the second product in the brand's Indonesian range from 2014. The Datsun GO+ is a 5+2 MPV that will be produced in Indonesia and will be priced below 100 Million Indonesian rupiah.
GM's 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup just beat the Ram 1500 in the latest Consumer Reports matchup. Consumer Reports' editors scored the Silverado three points higher than the Ram 1500 in its series of tests. This marks the second time in a just a few months that a GM model has received top marks in the Consumer Reports' tests. Consumer Reports recently gave the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala a score of 95 out of 100, making it one of the top sedans it's ever tested.
Ford is celebrating the production of the two millionth turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which launched in 2009. A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost - a 2.0-liter unit - rolled off the line at Ford's Louisville, Ky., last week.
General Motors has nearly tripled the size of its Global Battery Systems Laboratory in Warren, MI. The lab is where it tests and validates both battery cells and packs for all of GM's vehicle electrification systems, including the battery systems for the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Spark EV and GM's eAssist light electrification system.
Kia has updated the Sportage compact crossover for the 2014 model year, which gets a new grille, an updated 2.4L four-cylinder and a few other upgrades. The Sportage's updated isn't a big change, but the bigger news is the updated base 2.4L four-cylinder, which is now more powerful thanks to the addition of direct injection.
GM is celebrating the production of the 1 millionth Cadillac at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. A 2014 Cadillac CTS was the 1 millionth Cadillac to roll of the line today. Lansing Grand River, or LGR as it is known, has been a dedicated rear wheel-drive assembly plant since it opened in late 2001. Every CTS ever made has been built there.
Ford has announced that it will auction a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The car is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 mated to a T4 racing transmission, and boasts an optional traction "wheelie" bar, 8.50 ET certified chrome-moly safety cage, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, 9-inch rear axle, and custom Cobra-branded Recaro seats.
China's Geely and Volvo have announced that the two automakers are working on developing a modular architecture for the next generation C-segment cars for both Geely Auto and Volvo. According to Geely, the modular architecture will help achieve synergies through economies of scale and scope in terms of development, testing, and procurement, without the slightest compromise on brand value.
Volvo has announced the engine lineup for the 2014 Volvo V60 Sportswagon, which will arrive in the U.S. in January. V60 buyers will be able to choose between a four, five or six-cylinder engine.
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptop went on sale in 2009, but in 8 of the past 10 months the Raptor has had record sales. Sales in 2013 are also up 14 percent and the Raptor is one of the fastest-turning vehicles on the market with only a 15-day supply on dealer lots.
In addition to the all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC has also unveiled the 2015 Yukon SUVs. The 2015 Yukon SUVs get bolder, sleeker styling that is also more aerodynamic than the last SUV. Bold styling cues include detailed, chrome-accented grilles matched with GMC's signature C-shaped light-emitting diode lighting motif, front and rear. Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL.
Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new versions of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs today at an event in NYC. The all-new SUVs are now more refined and get new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies.
Since Jeep received such a positive response to the Wrangler Dragon Design Concept last year at the Beijing Motor Show, Jeep has decided to is introducing the new 2014 Wrangler Dragon Edition. The exterior features gloss-black appliques on the front and rear bumpers, and a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that starts on the hood and runs along the driver's side of the vehicle. It also gets a black spare tire cover with dragon decal.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in hybrid sedan has debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The S500 plug-in hybrid is powered by a 329-hp V6 engine and a 107-hp electric motor.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC diesel sedan has been rated at 45 MPG on the highway and 28 mpg in the city. When equipped with optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive, its rated at 42 mpg highway and 27 in the city.
Honda has released some of the details about the new Civic Type-R, which will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, with at least 280 horsepower. Last year Honda set some ambitious plans for the Civic Type R to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The car still faces a further two years of development before going on sale in 2015 however, on-track testing has already begun.
VW is bringing electric versions of the Golf and up! to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the e-Golf and e-up! Earlier this year VW unveiled the e-up!, so the bigger news is the debut of the electric Golf.
Nissan has unveiled the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue that will arrive in November starting at $22,490. The all-new Rogue ditches the somewhat awkward styling of the last model, for a more grownup exterior that looks like a mini Pathfinder.
In addition to the global debut of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, Porsche is also celebrating the 918 Spyder's record lap around Nurburgring Nordschleife. The 918 Spyder was able to complete the 12.8 mile lap around the track in less than seven minutes with a time of six minutes and 57 seconds. It cut 14 seconds off the previous Nurburgring record for a street-legal automobile, and 17 seconds from its run last September.
BMW has unveiled the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2+2 sports car will arrive next spring with a starting price set at $135,925.
Mercedes-Benz is officially saying bye-bye to the CL with the Concept S-Class Coupe, which provides a pretty accurate preview of the upcoming S-Class coupe. As with most of Mercedes' latest concept cars, the production model will be pretty much identical to the concept you see here with its long hood and fluid lines.
Audi already confirmed that the sport quattro concept is going to debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but now the automaker has surprised us with another concept, the nanuk quattro concept. Developed collaboration with the designers from Italdesign Giugiaro, the nanuk quattro concept combines the dynamics of a mid-engine sports car with the versatility of a sporty recreational vehicle.
Jaguar is taking the wraps off its latest concept, the C-X17 crossover concept today! The concept previews a new Jaguar crossover concept that is expected to be released sometime next year. Check out the live reveal that goes live at 11am EST today!
The 2014 Buick Regal arrives this fall with freshened styling, more power and new technology. When it arrives in showrooms it will start at $30,615.
This week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Infiniti is going to unveil its new Q30 Concept, which is a direct preview of its new compact model that will go into production in 2015.
Audi has unveiled the 2015 A3 Cabriolet, which is going to debut this week in Frankfurt. The second-generation A3 convertible is slightly larger than the last model, giving it more room for its four passengers and larger cargo capacity.
The second photo of the Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept has leaked just ahead of the concept's debut this week in Frankfurt. The concept previews a new Jaguar crossover that will be built on Jaguar's new modular aluminum architecture.
VW has unveiled the Golf Sportsvan concept, which is a near production concept car that previews the successor to the Golf Plus. The Sportsvan concept combines a compact hatchback and minivan together into a new vehicle that offers more space for active recreation, family and work.
Honda has something new to celebrate. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid now holds the title as the most fuel-efficient four-door sedan (non plug-in hybrid) with a rating of 50 mpg in the city. The Accord Hybrid's rating is three miles per gallon higher than the closest segment competitor and its calculated driving range of 673 miles is more than 46 miles farther than any vehicle in its segment.
After several delays the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is finally here. In June Chrysler announced the pricing, which starts at $22,995, but the fuel economy specs were not released. Now we've learned that the most fuel-efficient version of the Cherokee is rated at 31 mpg on the highway.
Honda is usually criticized for its less than exciting designs, but it looks like the automaker is about to fix that. Honda has announced the new "Exciting H Design!!!" language, which is premiering on the all-new Fit subcompact. Honda says that the new "Exciting H Design!!" language will be applied to all Honda automobiles globally to promote a more unique character and stronger presence around the world.
Honda has announced the introduction of a new Special Edition model for the 2014 Ridgeline pickup. The Special Edition model, joining the lineup in November, features new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes, special badging and the popular black trim package from the Ridgeline Sport.
Toyota has released the pricing for the 2014 4Runner and Tacoma models. The 2014 4Runner has been restyled with a new face and upgrades to the interior, while the 2014 Tacoma is largely carryover with a new SR appearance package.
The current Toyota Yaris doesn't really grab any car enthusiasts attention with its 106 horsepower engine, but Toyota has fixed that with its new Yaris Hybrid R concept, which is powered by a 420 horsepower hybrid powertrain.
Volkswagen is going to unveil the most powerful version of the Golf next week, the 2014 Golf R, which is powered by a turbocharged 296 horsepower four-cylinder engine and can reach 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Bentley has unveiled the new 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S, which is going to debut next week in Frankfurt. Available as both a coupe and convertible, the new GT V8 S models add a lowered and retuned sports suspension, sharper steering, dramatic 'S' signature styling cues and most importantly a 521-hp V8 engine.
BMW is going to officially unveil the production version of the 2014 BMW i8 next week on September 10, but the first photos have already leaked. The production version will remain very close to the concept, with the biggest change being the deletion of the see through doors.
Land Rover has unveiled the updated 2014 Discovery, which will go on sale in the UK in November. The 2014 Discovery gets updates like a new V6 engine, refreshed styling and improved technology.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera Diesel is getting a new more powerful 300-hp diesel engine. The new 3.0L diesel engine has 50 more horsepower than the previous engine, which means that the new Panamera diesel is also now faster with a 0-62 mph time of 6.0 seconds. It also has a faster top speed at 161 mph.
Chevy has announced plans to officially reveal the all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe SUVs at an event in New York City on September 12.
Jaguar has announced plans to unveil the new C-X17 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10. The concept has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar's new, highly-advanced, modular aluminum architecture.
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