Tesla Model S owners on the west coast will love this! Tesla has announced the completion of its Supercharger Corridor on the west coast, which is a network of Tesla Supercharger stations that enable Model S owners to travel for free between San Diego, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.
October 2013 Archives
We're still a few months away from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, but BMW has just confirmed that the production version of the X4 crossover is going to debut at the show. The X4 is a more scaled down version of the X6, but it borrows its powertrains from the more traditionally styled X3.
Porsche has unveiled the updated 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, which now packs 570 horsepower (+20-hp increase) and has a top track speed of 192 mph. In addition to the various other styling updates that the rest of the Panamera range received, the Turbo S also for the first time ever an Executive version of the Panamera Turbo S is also available with a wheelbase that has been extended by 5.9 inches.
Scion is going to be bringing three custom versions of the Scion tC to the SEMA Show next month in Las Vegas. The three custom cars are part of Scion's Tuner Challenge where Scion gave each builder a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days. The three cars at the show represent tuner scenes in the East, the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.
Rolls-Royce has unveiled the one-off Chicane Phantom Coupé, which features design cues and materials that evoke Goodwood's rich motor sport history. The coupe was created by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed EL-Arishy after he dined at the Goodwood Hotel, adjacent to the home of Rolls-Royce. Photographs of motor racing greats negotiating the historic Goodwood motor circuit drew his eye.
Porsche has yet to officially unveil the 2015 Porsche Macan, but that isn't stopping it from releasing several teaser videos of the baby Porsche SUV. This latest video shows the Macan hitting the sand in Dubai where temperatures were over 104 degrees.
Subaru has released a few teaser photos of its new Levorg concept, which is going to debut next month at the Tokyo Motor Show. The name "Levorg" comes from a combination of the words Legacy, Revolution and Touring.
Both the new 2014 Fiat 500L and Jeep Cherokee have been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. The 500L and Cherokee recorded the highest-possible rating of "good."
Last year Ford announced that the 2014 Ford Fiesta would be offered with its new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford expected would give the Fiesta the title of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car available in the U.S. Well the EPA has just confirmed that the 2014 Fiesta with the 1.0L engine is rated at 45 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city.
Honda has already confirmed that the Acura NSX supercar will enter production in 2015, but it hasn't been announced what kind of price tag the NSX will have. Honda still hasn't released pricing details, but Honda development chief Ted Klaus recently told Autocar that the NSX will be priced around the same as the Porsche 911.
Photos of the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan have leaked. These photos are our first look at the exterior of the all-new C-Class, which takes many styling cues from the larger S-Class.
The Jeep Wrangler continues to be one of the most off-road capable SUVs on the market. One of the reasons its continued to hold that title is because of its solid axles, but will it still work as well without them? There's a chance that the next Wrangler could lose its solid axles in exchange for a new lighter independent suspension.
Land Rover has unveiled the new long wheelbase Range Rover, which is the first long wheelbase Range Rover in 20 years. The longer wheelbase has increased rear legroom by five inches and boosted recline to 17 degrees, a full eight degrees more than the nine degrees on the standard wheelbase.
Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, which starts at $35,110 for the Pathfinder SV 2WD Hybrid. The hybrid Pathfinder has a $3k price premium over the 3.5L V6 equipped Pathfinder.
Honda has announced that the 2014 Civic Coupe is getting some styling updates and the Si model is going to receive some performance enhancements. What exactly are these big changes? We will have to wait until the kickoff of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next month.
As promised, BMW has officially unveiled the new 2-Series coupe, which will arrive early next year as a 2014 model. The 2014 BMW 2-Series will be offered as the 228i and M235i. The 2014 228i will start at $33,025, while the M23i will start at $44,025.
Anyone who's ever driven an electric car or plug-in hybrid knows how annoying it is to deal with the long cord when it's time to recharge. Wireless induction charging will soon be a reality and Volvo has just released the results of a study on the new technology.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Buick Regal, which was introduced in 1973 as the Century Regal. Back in 1973 the Century Regal served as an upmarket model in the Century line and one of GM's first "personal luxury" cars.
Hyundai is going to officially unveil the all-new 2015 Genesis at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but some early photos have just surfaced online. These two official renderings give us our first look at the new Genesis, which is dramatically different than the current Genesis.
Hyundai is planning on bringing several models to the SEMA show next month, like the JP Edition Genesis Coupe, the Legato Concept Genesis Coupe and the Yellowcake Night Racer Veloster. Hyundai has now announced the addition of one more model. Hyundai has joined forces with Fox Marketing Cars to create the most powerful street-focused Veloster Turbo ever.
Jeep has announced that the 2014 Wrangler Polar Edition that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will arrive in the U.S. next month. The new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition takes inspiration from the severe climate and extreme conditions that characterize the Antarctic region.
Back in 2011 Kia surprised everyone at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the aggressive rear-wheel-drive GT Concept. Since then there have been rumors that Kia will put the GT in production, but nothing has been confirmed. Well now it is being reported that Kia will build a production version of the GT concept in 2016.
Ok so the Honda CR-Z hybrid has been out for a few years now and even though Honda enthusiasts were hoping for a CRX successor, it's pretty clear the CR-Z is not a replacement for the fun little hatchback from the 1980's. So what is it? This question was something that I constantly grappled with the whole time I had the keys to the CR-Z. It's not as fuel efficient as a Prius, but it's definitely more fun than the Civic Hybrid. But who would buy it?
Although Mercedes-Benz isn't going to officially unveil the all-new 2015 C-Class until January at the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes has already started to release some details. The next C-Class will use a new lightweight body structure that will see the use of more aluminum to make it around 220 pounds lighter than the current C-Class.
Consumer Reports is not giving the new 2014 Lexus IS 250 or Infiniti Q50 its coveted "recommended" rating, since both sedans failed to impress the magazine. Consumer Reports dinged the Lexus IS 250 for not being sporty and for its low fuel economy ratings, while the Infiniti Q50 failed to top its predecessor, the Q37.
After several months the wait is finally over. Jeep has finally worked out the software issues that prevented thousands of 2014 Jeep Cherokees from being shipped to dealers. The Cherokee was scheduled to arrive about two months ago, but Chrysler delayed the launch while it worked on new software to smooth out the way the engine and nine-speed transmission interact.
BMW is going to unveil the all-new 2015 2-Series in a few days, but the replacement for the 1-Series coupe/convertible has already leaked online. 2Addicts has posted a few pictures from a recent dealer meeting that gives us our first look at the 2-Series coupe, which is going to arrive next spring as a 2015 model.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has just been named "SUV of the Year" by Esquire magazine in this year's Esquire Car Awards. "The one sonic experience of the year that I will not forget is engaging the ignition on the [Grand Cherokee] SRT," said David Granger, Esquire magazine editor-in-chief. "This is the sweetest-sounding most reasonably priced engine note of our time."
Buick is reportedly going to soon offer a diesel powered model in its lineup, according to a source that spoke with Edmunds. It wasn't revealed which model would be the first to get a diesel engine, but it's expected that it would be the Verano, since GM recently started offering a four-cylinder diesel engine in the Chevy Cruze, the Verano's twin.
Mercedes-Benz is giving the world a preview of the all-new 2015 C-Class, with these photos that reveal its interior. From these photos its clear that the 2015 C-Class will get an interior that is similar to the new CLA, but with higher quality materials.
Have you ever driven a car that makes you giggle with excitement every time you hit the start button? A car that is so over the top that makes you not care about anything else? Well that's exactly how we felt after a few days with the keys to the 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S.
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly going to release a Shooting Brake version of the new CLA in 2015. Just like the CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA Shooting Brake will have more rear headroom and cargo space than the sedan version.
Infiniti is planning on expanding its lineup, but a large flagship sedan is not in the works. Infiniti is instead looking at the idea of a four-door coupe flagship that will be like the Porsche Panamera. According to Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president responsible for global future products, Infiniti has no plans for a Mercedes S-Class competitor, but instead wants something different.
Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to unveil an all-new 2015 C-Class, which could be unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show. In the meantime Mercedes has released a new teaser video, that gives away some of the details for the 2015 C-Class.
Nissan is reportedly going to preview a new rear-wheel-drive coupe concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The concept is Nissan's competitor to the Toyota GT 86/ Subaru BRZ/ Scion FR-S coupes. The details are scarce, but it's expected to draw styling cues from Nissan's past, but not the Z.
It's been widely reported that BMW is working on a replacement for the 1-Series coupe and convertible, that will be renamed the 2-Series. Since BMW is not ready to release it's replacement, BMW has just announced that the current 1-Series coupe and convertible will not be offered for the 2014 model year.
Early next year BMW's new electrified i3 and i8 models will begin arriving in showrooms, but based on the recent success of the Tesla Model S and the early orders for the i3, we can expect more i-branded models. BMW is reportedly coming up with its next i model, which could likely be called the i5, but it hasn't been decided if it will be a crossover or a sedan.
Chrysler and its SRT brand are giving Viper fans a chance to name one of the 2014 Viper's new colors. Beginning Thursday, Oct.17, the brand kicks off The SRT Viper Color Contest via www.driveSRT.com/colorcontest. The contest gives fans a chance to submit and choose an official new exterior color name of the 2014 SRT Viper. The fan who submits the winning name will win a trip to the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway and the opportunity to spend time with the Viper Design team throughout the race weekend.
It's being reported that Land Rover is working on a new larger version of the Range Rover Evoque, the Evoque XL. Codenamed the L560, the Evoque XL will share its platform with the new range of compact Jaguar models and will be positioned between the current Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
The all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan has been spotted out in the open without any camouflage! The next Genesis is going to have its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but here's an early look at the all-new sedan.
Porsche has released another set of teaser photos of the 2015 Porsche Macan ahead of its debut next month at the LA Auto Show. These new photos show barely disguised Macan prototypes in the wild. Stay tuned for all the details next month.
Ford is going to give some lucky auto writers a sneak peak of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang next week before it's world debut later this year. Ford is inviting a few select writers to its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Of course Ford is making the writers agree to not leak any information out ahead of the Mustang's debut in December, but chances are high that some info will leak out.
This weekend fans of Nissan's ZEOD RC electric racecar in Japan will get to get up close and personal with the racecar. After eight months of development, design and construction the Nissan ZEOD RC electric racecar was unveiled today at the headquarters of Nissan's performance arm, NISMO, in Yokohama.
GM has unveiled a new version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala that can run on either gasoline or natural gas. GM is now the only automaker that will produce a full-size bi-fuel sedan, which will go on sale next summer. Up until now Honda was the only automaker to offer a natural gas sedan to consumers with the Civic Natural Gas.
Chrysler has released an image of its new limited-edition Mopar '14, is based on the Dodge Challenger and will debut at next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. "Our new Mopar '14 will instantly resonate with enthusiasts," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "This limited-edition ride is for muscle-car fans who love high octane and customizable performance."
Mitsubishi just launched its new Mirage subcompact hatchback in the U.S., which starts under $13k and gets up to 44 mpg. Mitsubishi execs are currently mulling the idea of bringing the sedan version that is sold in other markets to the U.S.
The first all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue has rolled off the line at Nissan's plant in Tennessee. The first Rogue was also the 10 millionth vehicle to roll off the line at Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn. plant. The shift of Rogue production to the United States is part of Nissan's broader strategy to build where it sells. By 2015, Nissan aims to have 85 percent of its products that are sold in the United States produced in North America.
Auto sales this month are expected to be off by 5-10 percent, due to the government shutdown. GM and Ford stated earlier this month that the shutdown would pose a threat to the already fragile economy and now Hyundai CEO John Krafcik has confirmed to Automotive News that he also expects the industry to be off this month.
The 2014 BMW i3 doesn't go on sale in Europe until next month, but BMW has already reportedly received more than 8,000 orders for the new electric car. BMW originally planned on selling more than 10,000 i3s next year, but due to the early demand, BMW may boost production.
Chevy has released this video of a 2014 Camaro Z28 lapping the famed Nurburgring track, where it finished the course in 7:37.47, which is ahead of the published times for the Porsche 911, Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
Hyundai and tuner John Pangilinan have again teamed up to create this JP Edition Genesis Coupe for this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. in a custom-developed Atlantis Blue exterior color. Pangilinan is known in the tuner community for selecting retina-bending color themes for his Hyundai SEMA concepts, and this latest Genesis Coupe won't disappoint in its custom-developed Atlantis Blue exterior color.
Yup you read that right! The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has an EPA rating of 50 mpg in the city, making it the most efficient hybrid four-door sedan currently on the market. But of course after all of Ford's drama, the next question is... does it actually get 50 mpg? Yes! Honda invited us out to San Antonio, Texas to get some seat time behind the all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid, which is going to arrive in showrooms on Halloween.
Ford is reportedly going to unveil the all-new 2015 Ford Edge at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Last year Ford confirmed that the new Ford Edge will become a global model, meaning that it will be sold in Europe. While Ford hasn't released any information about the next Edge, this photo from a presentation gives us our first look at the new crossover.
BMW has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible ahead of its world debut next month at the LA Auto Show. As expected the 4 Series convertible retains the retractable hardtop as the outgoing 3-Series convertible. It will also be powered by the same engine lineup as the coupe.
In a few months the much anticipated electrified 2014 Cadillac ELR is going to arrive in showrooms. Cadillac has just announced that it will start at $75,995 before any tax incentives. Is that too much?
Although Toyota has yet to make an official decision about a droptop version of the GT 86/Scion FR-S coupe, there are new reports that a sedan version may be in the works. If the rumors are true, the GT86 sedan's wheelbase will be about 100 mm longer than the coupe to make room for the rear passengers. The sedan's styling will also be slightly different than the coupe with a "keen-look" grille design.
The all-new 2014 MINI Cooper is going to be unveiled next month. MINI has revealed that it will be offered with a host of new driver assist systems like a new head-up display and collision and pedestrian warning systems.
When the current Chevy Malibu debuted last last year, it was introduced with a mild-hybrid eAssist system standard. Well there were several issues with the launch of the Malibu in 2013 and Chevy has made a host of changes to the 2014 model, which also includes a new more efficient four-cylinder base engine, which means that the un-loved mild-hybrid Malibu Eco is gone.
Motor Trend announced today that the Subaru Forester won Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 2014. Subaru is the only automaker to win this title three times, the most wins in the Sport/Utility category. In the past six years of competition, Subaru has had three winners - the 2014 Forester, 2010 Outback, and the 2009 Forester.
Porsche has powered up a new microsite for its the 2015 Porsche Macan, which is essentially a compact crossover, although Porsche is calling it a five-seater, five-door Sports Car. From these teaser photos its clear to see that the Macan will adopt many of its styling cues from the larger Cayenne and mostly just looks like a baby version of the popular SUV.
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is only just over a month away. The show has just announced that there will be 22 new models having their world debut at the show, making for a total of 56 vehicle debuts overall. One of those new models will be a BMW 4 Series Hybrid, according to the show.
In addition to giving the 2014 Chevy Malibu a refreshed face, the new Malibu is getting new technology like standard stop/start technology and hands-free texting capability. The new start/stop technology helps improve the Malibu's city mileage by 14 percent and a new Text-to-Voice feature reads text messages over the audio system and uses can respond via the MyLink system.
Neiman Marcus has released its annual Christmas Book, which features lots of items that we'd all love to see under the tree on Christmas morning. Each year the book also features a special edition car and this year Neiman Marcus has decided to offer a special version of the Aston Martin Vanquish for only $344,500.
BMW is expected to officially unveil the 2014 4-Series convertible next month at the LA Auto Show, but here are the first official photos of the new convertible. These photos come from BMW's Belgian website where it shows the 4-Series convertible with some of its available accessories.
Chrysler is going to unveil 20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the SEMA show next month. Chrysler has released some early sketches of four of the vehicles and in addition, the automaker will highlight Jeep Performance Parts developed by its newly created Mopar Off-Road Division at the show.
Last night Cadillac officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV. At the event, Bob Ferguson senior vice president of global Cadillac, revealed that there's a possibility that Cadillac could expand the Escalade name to other vehicles, especially a new large crossover.
Mitsubishi has announced plans to unveil three concept cars at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Mitsubishi says that the concepts incorporate a new design identity that symbolizes the sense of security and functionality of an SUV. The three models also highlight @earth TECHNOLOGY, MMC's next-generation advanced technologies that embody the concepts of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness & safety.
Last night Cadillac unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV at an event in New York. The all-new Escalade is the fourth-generation of the big SUV, which shares its platform with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon SUVs. On the outside it's clear to see the relation between the three SUVs, but on the inside the 2014 Escalade gets a more upscale interior than the other two.
Hyundai has unveiled the 2014 Sonata, which gets some minor exterior updates and a few new features. On the outside the 2014 Sonata gets an updated grille, new wheels, HID headlights and new LED taillights, while the interior gets some tweaks to make it quieter.
Dodge has announced a new advertising campaign for the 2014 Dodge Durango, which also promotes Anchorman 2. The movie's legendary news anchor "Ron Burgundy" is now the new face of the new 2014 Dodge Durango.
Cadillac has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Escalade, which marks the introduction of the fourth-generation of the Escalade. The new Escalade continues to share its platform with the rest of GM's full-size SUV lineup, but borrows many styling cues from the rest of Cadillac lineup.
Audi's smallest crossover, the Q3 is currently not offered in the U.S., but according to a new report the Q3 will eventually show up here. The Audi Q3 goes head to head with models like the BMW X1 and upcoming Mercedes GLA, but before it goes on sale in the U.S. it will get a facelift.
Hyundai is teaming up with ARK Performance to create the new Legato concept, which is based on the Genesis Coupe. "Legato" is an Italian musical term meaning "tied together," which according to Hyundai conveys the seamless integration of exotic design, tuned performance and luxury coupe interior ambience.
MINI is going to officially unveil the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper hatchback on November 18th. While we're still about a month from its debut, MINI is already at work on its launch campaign and has released these teaser photos from a commercial shoot. Tongue-in-cheek stories showcase the unique driving fun offered by the brand as well as the powerful emotional bond established between drivers and their MINI. A familiar co-star will appear alongside the brand new MINI: the English bulldog, Spike.
Hyundai and The Walking Dead have created the Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine, which will debut at New York Comic-Con. The special Santa Fe was designed by Anson Kuo, one of th e thousands of fans that designed the ultimate zombie survival machine.
The new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 are going to arrive sometime next year, but new reports have surfaced that BMW is planning an even hotter, track-ready version of the M4 that will be released in 2016. Sources have hinted to Motoring that a two-seat version of the M4 with more power and a lot less weight is a possibility.
The IIHS has released the latest crash test results for the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla and they aren't all as good as Toyota probably hoped they would be. The 2014 Corolla has earned a marginal rating for performance in the IIHS small overlap front crash test. The Institute added the small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Malibu. In the mid-60s the Malibu debuted as Chevy's first "intermediate" car - and one of the first midsize cars in America. Before then, Chevy's passenger car lineup consisted of a range of full-size models, headlined by Impala, along with the compact Chevy II (Nova), Corvair and Corvette.
GM's Mark Ruess has revealed that GM is currently at work on a new smaller and more car-like model for the GMC lineup. Currently the smallest model in the lineup is the GMC Terrain, but the new crossover will be even smaller.
Chrysler has cut the output of the SRT Viper by a third due to slow sales and growing inventory. But the good news is that instead of laying off the workers at its Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, Chrysler will instead reassign the workers to other plants in the Detroit area.
Sadly rear-wheel-drive is becoming almost as rare as the manual transmission. With most automakers moving towards front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive models, rear-wheel-drive is now being relegated solely to "performance" models. Even BMW has announced plans to move its small 1-Series to a front-wheel-drive platform. Well if Mazda's engineers have their way, Mazda could soon buck the trend.
Subaru has released the pricing for the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid, which is its first ever hybrid model. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid arrives later this year and starts at $25,995. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L boxer engine with a 13 horsepower electric motor integrated into the CVT transmission.
Callaway has announced that the concept Chevy Corvette Stingray Shooting Brake, dubbed the Corvette Aerowagon is going to go into production. The concept debuted earlier this year and is basically the new Corvette Stingray with a wagon-like rear end.
According to the latest rumors, Audi is working on a new smaller crossover that will be smaller than the current Q3. If the rumor is true it will likely be called the Q1 and will be based heavily on the small Audi A1.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is getting a refresh, which includes new engines, more technology and a light restyle. The big news is that the 2014 Tucson gets new 2.0L and 2.4L four-cylinder direct-injection engines. The new 2.0L generates 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque, while the 2.4L has 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Aston Martin Cygnet always looked a little odd in Aston Martin's lineup. Based on the Toyota iQ, the Cygnet was supposed to be the perfect city car for Aston Martin fans. Of course it never really made sense and now Aston Martin has confirmed that it is gone, forever.
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