Mercedes-Benz has revealed that its AMG division is working on a new sports car that will debut later this year. The details haven't been released, but Mercedes did state that "AMG plans to enter a new segment with a sports car it has fully developed itself."
January 2014 Archives
The first official photos of the 2015 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe have leaked online ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 3-Series sedan, but with a sleeker more coupe-like body, the 4-Series Gran Coupe is basically a poor man's 6-Series Gran Coupe.
Dodge has announced the release of a new Journey model, the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad, which will be unveiled next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The new Journey Crossroad gives the crossover a more rugged appearance with new front and rear fascias, side sills and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
This month Volkswagen is celebrating the 65th anniversary since the first VW Beetle arrived in the U.S. In January of 1949, a Volkswagen "Type 1," or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer. That car--and another, subsequent Beetle-- found buyers the same year, marking the first time that Volkswagens were sold in the U.S.
The 2014 Chicago Auto Show kicks off next week and Subaru has revealed that the 2015 Legacy will take the stage in the "Windy City." Subaru previewed the 2015 Legacy with the Legacy concept back in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but compared to past Subaru concepts, no one really believed that the production version would look like the stylish concept. Fortunately based on this single teaser photo it looks like the 2015 Legacy is going to stop that trend with a side profile that retains the sleek "coupe-like" profile of the concept.
MINI has announced the pricing for the all-new third generation 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop, which will start at $19,950 when it arrives in showrooms this spring. The 2014 MINI Cooper was unveiled late last year and arrives with new three and four-cylinder engines, more features and an exterior that is slightly bigger than before.
Mercedes-Benz has seen tremendous success with the introduction of the new CLA and now Audi is hoping that it can see similar results with the new 2015 A3 sedan. It was rumored that BMW is working on a 1-Series sedan to compete with both the CLA and A3, but BMW's development boss, Dr. Herbert Diess recently stated that it has no immediate plans for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series.
Fans of the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition will be happy to hear that its back for the 2014 model year and now its available with all-wheel-drive.
Kia has revealed its new "Truth" 60-second spot for the Super Bowl. The spot features Laurence Fishburne who returns to the iconic role of Morpheus from The Matrix trilogy, for Kia's first commercial for the 2015 K900 luxury sedan.
Lexus has yet to show us the production version of the LF-NX compact crossover, but it looks like a presentation is giving us our first look. The production version is expected to be dubbed the NX and was previewed in a presentation during the 26th Annual Society of Automotive Analysts' Automotive Outlook Conference that took place right before the Detroit Auto Show.
Jaguar has unveiled its first ever Super Bowl commercial, title "Rendevous," which is going to air on Sunday during the fourth quarter of the game. The 60-second spot launches Jaguar's new "British Villains" campaign, which introduces the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and features the campaign's unique hashtag, #GoodToBeBad.
Honda has announced that it became a net exporter in the U.S. for the first time in 2013 - exporting 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles versus the 88,537 vehicles it imported from Japan. In 2013, Honda achieved record production of automobiles in 2013, both in North America (1,781,213 units) and in the U.S. (1,309,917 units).
Volkswagen has released its 60-second commercial that is going to air during the second quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Volkswagen's "Wings" ad centers around VW's claim that it has the most vehicles on the road with over 100,000 miles.
Cadillac has announced that it is going to sweeten the deal a tad for the 2014 Cadillac ELR by throwing in a free 240-volt home charging station. The 2014 Cadillac ELR still starts at $75,995 before any tax incentives are applied, but at least now Cadillac will cover the costs for installing a charging station in your home.
Toyota has released a new video that teases upcoming TRD Pro versions of the Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner models. The video doesn't reveal a lot, but we can see that the TRD Pro package does add a blacked out grille, black wheels and TRD Pro badges.
We're still about a year away from the release of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, but more details about the next Prius have been released. Some of Toyota's execs have released a few more details about the next Prius, which will get a revolutionary design, a new gasoline engine and more powerful lithium-ion batteries.
Mercedes-Benz is expected to unveil the production version of the Concept S-Class at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept version debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September and the production model will remain pretty close to the concept.
BMW has announced that the first ever diesel powered 7-Series is going to arrive in the spring. The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive is powered by a 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine with 255 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW expects it to be between 25-30 percent more fuel efficient than its 3.0L gas engine.
Now that Lexus has officially unveiled the 2015 RC F coupe, what does that mean for the fate of the IS F sedan? Past reports have claimed that it is going to be canceled, but now there is a new report that Lexus is working on a new IS F that will debut sometime next year.
The all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is going to start rolling into showrooms in April and now we know what it will cost. The 2015 Escalade starts at $71,695, which is $8,000 more than the starting price of the outgoing Escalade.
Audi is reportedly working on an even more powerful version of the new 2015 A3 that will be more powerful than the 300-hp S3. Audi has yet to unveil the top dog RS3, but a new S3 Plus model is being developed that will slot in between the S3 and RS3 models.
Jeep has unveiled its new Altitude special edition models and this year the Cherokee also gets the treatment. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Altitude features a blacked out appearance with gloss black grille surrounds, roof rails, front fascia lower applique and badging. It also features eighteen-inch gloss black painted aluminum wheels and a black interior.
The Volvo XC90 is by far the oldest model in Volvo's lineup and it will finally be replaced later this year. Volvo already confirmed that we will see the all-new XC90 by the end of the year and now we have confirmation that it will arrive in the U.S. by next spring.
Patent photos of the upcoming 2015 Fiat 500X crossover have leaked online ahead of its debut later this year. The Fiat 500X crossover is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show and will borrow styling cues from the small 500, but will have four doors and a raised ground clearance.
Lincoln has unveiled the "redesigned" 2015 Lincoln Navigator SUV, which is going to debut on February 6 at the Chicago Auto Show. While the 2015 Navigator is not an all-new SUV, Lincoln has given its full-size SUV an updated exterior with the Lincoln split-wing grille, a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and an upgraded interior.
The all-new 2015 Audi TT is reportedly going to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, according to Audi's technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg. Earlier this month Audi unveiled the Allroad Shooting Brake concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which is a preview of the next TT.
The 2014 VW Beetle is getting a new 1.8L turbocharged engine that will replace the current 2.5L five-cylinder engine. VW has announced that the Beetle 1.8T will start at $20,295 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and $21,395 with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Beetle Convertible 1.8T is only available with an automatic transmission and starts at $25,170.
Datsun has released this teaser sketch of a new concept that is going to debut next month at the Delhi Auto Expo in India. The unnamed new concept is a likely preview of a new production model. "The concept car represents a possible direction for the future expansion of Datsun's model line-up for up-and-coming young customers in high-growth markets, such as India."
Nissan has revealed the pricing for the updated 2015 Nissan GT-R, which starts at $101,770 for the GT-R Premium, $111,510 for the GT-R Black Edition and $115,710 for the GT-R Track Edition.
Lamborghini's CEO has revealed that the production version of the Urus SUV concept will arrive in three years. At the Detroit Auto Show, CEO Stephan Winkelmann revealed to Bloomberg that it's expected that production of the Urus SUV will start in 2017.
The Chevy Camaro Z/28 is set to return to the track this week when the new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. Chevy says that it will be one of the most production-based cars on the track, since it shares its aero, engine and axle parts with the 2014 Camaro Z/28.
Last week GM unveiled the new 2015 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup at the Detroit Auto Show, which is a rebadged version of the Chevy Colorado. GMC's lineup has consistently been a lineup of rebadged Chevy trucks, but could this change in the future? GM global product chief Mark Reuss recently hinted that there may be a new GMC in the works that doesn't share its platform with a Chevy.
The results of the 2014 Dakar Rally are in and this year MINI can celebrate because it walked away with the top three finishers in the race. Joan "Nani" Roma finished the race in 50 hours, 44 minutes and 48 seconds, which was just 5:32 minutes in front of his teammate Stéphane Peterhanselin the black MINI ALL4 Racing. Nasser Al-Attiyah in the predominantly white MINI ALL4 Racing finished 3rd.
This week Chrysler took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 at the Detroit Auto Show, so what does that mean for the Dodge Avenger? Chrysler has reported that it plans to remove duplicate vehicles from its lineup and that means that the Avenger is finally going away.
There are several reports coming out about the upcoming 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, the high-performance and much hotter version of the compact ATS. It's being reported that the ATS-V is going to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 with 425 horsepower that will get a new seven-speed manual transmission in addition to an eight-speed automatic.
Audi has released a few more details about the pricing for the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which starts at $29,900 for the A3 1.8 TFSI model and $32,900 for the 2.0L TFSI.
Porsche is currently trying to decide if it should introduce a new sedan below the Panamera that would compete with models like the Maserati Ghibli, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Porsche boss Matthias Muller revealed to Autocar that it's a possibility.
We're still waiting for Honda to introduce the Fit-based crossover in the U.S., which is known as the Vezel in Japan. But it's being reported that Acura is now considering a version of the crossover as well.
Yesterday Cadillac unveiled the second version of the new ATS, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. Cadillac's global chief Bob Ferguson revealed at the show that its possible that Cadillac could also introduce convertible and wagon versions of the ATS in the future.
Volkswagen has announced the start of production of the 2015 VW Golf at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. The plant already produces the coupe and cabriolet versions of the Volkswagen Beetle plus the Volkswagen Jetta, but this is the first time that production of the Golf has ever taken place in North America.
Subaru has unveiled the 2015 WRX STI at the Detroit Auto Show. Based on the 2015 WRX that we saw debut in LA, the WRX STI is powered by a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine and gets several aerodynamic additions including the iconic large rear wing.
Honda has officially unveiled the third-generation 2015 Honda Fit in Detroit. The new Fit, which is already on sale in Japan will arrive here in the Spring.
Cadillac has unveiled the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Detroit, which is the automaker's first ever compact coupe. Compared to the CTS Coupe, the ATS Coupe looks much closer to the ATS sedan sans the two rear doors. The 2015 ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but the roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the Coupe. It is also the first production model to wear Cadillac's revised crest.
Nissan gave the world a preview of the next generation Nissan Maxima today with the debut of the Sport Sedan concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Sport Sedan concept also previews future Nissan design themes, including the V-Motion front aspect, distinctive "floating" roof and boomerang-shaped lamps.
Audi has unveiled its latest concept car, the Allroad Shooting Brake concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Allroad Shooting Brake concept is a two door crossover, which is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Audi says that this is the first time that it has created a concept that combines the allroad and e-tron form languages. Measuring almost 14 feet long, 6 feet wide and almost 5 feet tall, the design of the Allroad Shooting Brake concept is also expected to be a preview of the design of the 2015 Audi TT.
The new Porsche 911 Targa has arrived, well at least it will by summer. Porsche has unveiled the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S, which are going to go on sale this summer starting at $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the Targa S. The 2014 911 Targa draws most of its inspiration from the original 1965 911 Targa 4 with its distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window.
Chevy has taken the wraps off the "most track-capable Corvette in the brand's history," the 2015 Corvette Z06. Chevy says that the new Corvette Z06 "stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce" and of course its supercharged 625-hp engine helps as well.
As predicted Toyota has unveiled a new sports car concept at the Detroit Auto Show, the FT-1 concept, which may be a preview of a successor to the much loved Supra. FT-1, which stands for "Future Toyota" draws inspiration from Toyota's sports cars from the past and also looks to the future with styling cues from the latest Toyota concept cars.
The 2014 Detroit Auto Show has kicked off with the awards for the North American Car and Truck of the Year. This year Chevy has a lot to celebrate as it took home both the Car and Truck of the Year awards for the 2014 Corvette Stingray and Silverado. It is the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Silverado was last named Truck of the Year in 2007 and the Corvette was last named Car of the Year in 1998.
The 2014 Detroit Auto Show has officially kicked off and while we wait for Kia to unveil its new GT4 Stinger concept, the first batch of photos have already leaked online. The rear-wheel-drive GT4 Stinger concept is a 2+2 coupe that is based on a new chassis and is powered by a turbocharged 315-hp 2.0L four-cylinder.
Ford has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, which was previewed last year by the Atlas concept. We've heard several reports about the 2015 F-150 switching to an aluminum body and now Ford has now released all the details.
We're just a day away from the kick off of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and GMC has now officially unveiled the 2015 Canyon midsize pickup, which is basically the GMC version of the Chevy Colorado.
We're now just a day away from the official debut of the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, but three photos have accidentally leaked online ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. We already know that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is going to pack at least 620 horsepower, but it's still not known what engine will rest under that hood.
Volkswagen is reportedly moving forward with its plans to add a new seven passenger SUV to its lineup after its sales fell seven percent in the U.S. in 2013. VW may add more SUVs to its lineup that currently only consists of the Tiguan and Touareg in an effort reach its lofty 2018 sales goals.
Kia has released another teaser of its GT4 Stinger concept, which is going to take the stage at the Detroit Auto Show next week. This latest teaser gives us a top down look at the GT4 Stinger concept, which appears to have a hatchback layout. Kia has also confirmed that the concept is built on a custom chassis and is powered by a 315-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the rear wheels.
Audi has announced that the Q3 compact SUV will be joining its Audi lineup in the U.S. this fall. The 2015 Audi Q3 will have its U.S. debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Obviously the decision to finally bring the Q3 to the U.S. is based on the fact that Audi's rivals include the BMW X1, which is already sold here and the upcoming arrival of the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
For the second time Mazda has decided to delay the U.S. launch of its new Skyactiv diesel engine. The 2.2L diesel engine was supposed to arrive in the Mazda6 sedan by the end of last year, but now it is being delayed until further notice due to emissions related issues.
Nissan is giving the 2014 Nissan Leaf a small price hike over the 2013 model, which now starts at $28,980 before any federal or state tax incentives are applied. The 2014 Leaf is available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
After taking a year off, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is returning for the 2014 model year. The Mossy Oak Edition was originally introduced in 2011 and is designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about the great outdoors. The Ram Mossy Oak Edition is available exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model, and is based on the Ram Outdoorsman. For 2014, the Mossy Oak Edition will now be available for the first time with the RamBox Cargo Management System, in both 6-ft.-4-in. and 5-ft.-7-in. bed lengths.
Next week Volkswagen has already confirmed plans to unveil the 2015 Golf R and the Passat BlueMotion, but there is one other model that we're going to see, the new Beetle Dune concept. The Beetle Dune concept starts with the latest Beetle, but then adds a raised ride height, flared fenders and modified bumpers to make it ready for the unpaved road.
Well all the leaked photos can stop, since the 2015 Lexus RC F is officially here! Lexus has unveiled the 460-hp 2015 RC F coupe which is powered by the most powerful V8 Lexus has ever produced.
Volkswagen is going to debut the new Passat BlueMotion concept at the Detroit Auto Show next week. The Passat BlueMotion concept is being used to showcase how fuel-efficient a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-size sedan can be with its 42 mpg rating.
Chrysler is completely revamping the 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan and we weren't supposed to see it until next week at the Detroit Auto Show, but here are the first photos. As you can see from these leaked photos, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a completely different animal than the current boring sedan.
Volkswagen has confirmed that the next-generation 2015 Golf R is going to make its U.S. debut this month at the Detroit Auto Show. The new 2015 Golf R will be the most powerful Golf ever sold in the U.S. with an estimated 290 horsepower on tap, 34 more horsepower than the last Golf R.
Ever since the Mazda3 took over for the Protege as Mazda's small compact model, the Mazda3 has been one of the best compact cars in the segment. Now in its third-generation, the all-new 2014 Mazda3 has been completely redesigned inside and out with sexier styling and more efficient powertrains. Is the new Mazda3 still one of the best models in the segment? Read on to find out.
Volkswagen has unveiled the 2014 Passat Sport, which is essentially a production version of the Passat Performance Concept that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show last year. The Passat Sport slots into the Passat lineup between the mid-level SE and top of the line SEL Premium trim levels.
We're now less than a week away from the debut of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but now we know how much power it will have under the hood. Chevy has already published the meta data for the Corvette Z06's reveal and a quick Google search has revealed that it will have 620 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque.
Dodge is adding the 2014 Dodge Dart to the list of models that are available with its unique Blacktop package. The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package is going to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show and adds Gloss Black wheels, special exterior paint colors, Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille with Gloss Black matching grille surround, darkened headlamp bezels, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.
Toyota is giving the world a closer look at its upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In addition to showing the FCV concept, Toyota is also unveiling a camouflage-taped prototype that has been used for on-road testing in North America for more than a year.
Opel has reportedly registered the "Cascada" and "Calibra" nameplates in the U.S. What does that mean? Well the Opel brand is not offered in the U.S., but many of its models are sold here as Buicks.
Chevrolet has announced that starting this summer some of its models will be available with high-speed data - made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection, running on AT&T's network. The announcement is being made at the Consumer Electronics Show and the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt will be the first General Motors' vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE.
Chevrolet has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show the introduction of an industry-first Performance Data Recorder for the 2015 Corvette Stingray. The fully integrated system enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track.
Hyundai is reportedly going to release a new app for the 2015 Genesis that will give give Google Glass users the ability to control "pre-drive" operations via their wearable electronic device. The feature which is an extension of Hyundai's Blue Link in-car system will give drivers the ability to perform operations like remote starts and route planning via the Google Glass application.
Chevrolet has announced the pricing for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which is priced at $75,000. The 2014 Camaro Z/28 will go on sale this spring and is powered by a 7.0L LS7 engine with 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft. of torque that is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission.
Infiniti has taken the wraps off the Q50 Eau Rouge concept, which it says is inspired by Infiniti's involvement in Formula One. The Q50 Eau Rouge Concept draws inspiration for aerodynamic design from the technical collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
Ford is bringing a new version of the C-MAX plug-in hybrid to this year's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi, but thanks to its solar panel roof, it can harness the power of the sun.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Audi is going to unveil the new Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept. The concept is immediately recognizable as an updated version of the Sport Quattro concept that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but with updated lighting technology.
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