February 2014 Archives
Volkswagen continues to bring new crossover concepts to the auto show circuit and next month it won't disappoint, since the automaker has just announced plans to unveil the new T-Roc crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Last year Volkswagen showed off the CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupé, which were follow ups to the Cross Coupe concept that debuted in 2012.
Tesla has revealed more details about its new battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, which will be "world's largest battery factory" when it powers up by 2017. Tesla estimates that the Gigafactory will cost about $5 billion and will employ up to 6,500 employees at a site that could be up to 1,000 acres.
We only have a few more days until Audi takes the wraps off the all-new 2015 Audi TT, but Audi has released this teaser video, which provides an early look at the new TT.
McLaren has released the performance specs for the 650S Coupe, which is going to debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Thanks to its 641 horsepower 3.8L V8, the 650S is able to reach 0-62 mph in a quick 3 seconds flat and 124 mph in 8.4 seconds with a top speed of 207 mph.
Photos of Volvo's new Concept Estate have leaked online ahead of its official debut tomorrow. The Concept Estate is the third Volvo concept following the Concept Coupe and Concept XC and is based on Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
After several rumors and reports that the Honda Insight is being discontinued in Europe, Honda has now confirmed that the Insight hybrid will be leaving the U.S. market as well. The Insight has never been able to put even a small dent in Toyota Prius sales and slow sales means that it will be gone after the 2014 model year.
Rolls-Royce is planning an updated for the 2015 Ghost sedan, with the updated model being labeled the Ghost Series II. The Ghost was unveiled back in 2009 and now the 2015 Ghost is getting the model's first significant update.
MINI has announced that it will unveil the new MINI Clubman concept at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The Clubman concept is a near-production concept, which previews the new bigger 2015 Clubman that now features six doors.
Jaguar has taken the wraps off the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, which is going to debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. With 542 horsepower, a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, the hot XFR-S wagon is the kind of wagon that we need on this side of the Atlantic.
The first full photo of Mazda's new Hazumi concept has leaked ahead of its debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Hazumi name is a Japanese word meaning to "bound or spring up and the concept is a preview of the next-generation Mazda2.
Yesterday Ford took the wraps off the updated 2015 Focus lineup, which includes the addition of a new 1.0L three-cylinder engine and an updated face. While the 1.0L engine is not going to set any hearts on fire, reports about a hotter Focus RS should.
Hyundai has unveiled the new Intrado fuel cell concept, which is going to have its world debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Pegged as merely a design exercise, the Intrado concept presents a progressive interpretation of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language and is powered by Hyundai's next-generation fuel cell powertrain.
Yesterday photos of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus surfaced revealing a more stylish Focus with its Aston Martin-esque grille. Ford has now released all the details about the 2015 Focus, which in addition to the styling updates, also gets a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a long list of new technologies.
Chrysler unveiled the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan last month in Detroit and we've already learned that Chrysler has no plans to make a new Dodge Avenger. Now it's been revealed that the Chrysler 200 convertible has been axed as well.
Last month the 2015 Ford Mustang debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and although Ford didn't confirm any other plans for high-performance versions of the new Mustang, prototypes have been caught. Today I caught this 2015 Ford Mustang GT350 prototype driving around Los Angeles, which is the replacement for the Shelby GT500.
Ford is giving the 2015 Ford Focus a facelift, which includes a new grille that brings it closer to the Fusion. Ford hasn't revealed all the details about the Focus's mid-life refresh, but from these photos we can see that the 2015 Focus will get most of its updates to the exterior, while on the inside there are a few tweaks to its center console.
It was previously reported that Nissan is going to unveil the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover at the New York Auto Show in April, but now it looks like it will actually have its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, next month.
Mazda has announced that it is going to unveil the new Hazumi concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The new Hazumi concept is a preview of what we can expect from the next-generation Mazda2 hatchback.
Following the debut of the Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid, BMW has now unveiled a prototype of the upcoming X5 plug-in hybrid. BMW has announced that the X5 plug-in hybrid, which will likely be called X5 eDrive, will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an electric motor and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Building on the sportier versions of the Golf lineup, the GTI and diesel-powered GTD, the Golf GTE combines the sportiness of the GTI with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Despite earlier reports that claimed that Maserati's upcoming Levante SUV would share its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Maserati CEO Harald Wester has revealed that the reports are not accurate. Instead the 2015 Levante is going to be built on the same platform as the Quattroporte and Ghibli models.
Sketches of the all-new 2015 Audi TT have starting circulating the internet ahead of its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi previewed the 2015 TT with the Allroad Shooting Brake concept last month at the Detroit Auto Show and from these sketches we can tell that the TT will look pretty close to the concept, sans the roofline.
Ever since the Scion FR-S/ Toyota GT 86 hit the market we've been hoping that a high-performance version of the rear-wheel-drive coupe was in the works. With only 200 horsepower under the hood, the rear-wheel-drive coupe is definitely under powered and sadly that may be one of the reasons why it's failed to meet sales expectations.
Between February 7th and February 10th, Ram Truck reportedly received more than 8,000 orders for the2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which quickly accounted for more than 50 percent of the total order mix during that time. The more than 8,000 orders also filled the initial allocation of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
Following Ford's segment changing 2015 F-150, which features aluminum body panels, GM is now reportedly also working on an aluminum-bodied pickup that will be introduced around 2018. In an effort to put its trucks on a serious diet, GM is going to follow Ford's move by using lighter aluminum for the next-generation of the Silverado and Sierra pickups.
Infiniti has announced that it will be bringing the Q50 Eau Rouge concept to the Geneva Motor Show next month. We first saw the concept at the Detroit Auto Show last month, but at the time Infiniti did not announce what was under the hood. Now we have confirmation that the concept is powered by a turbocharged engine and that it will be revealed at next month's show.
Audi has unveiled the 2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet, which is the hotter version of the new A3 Cabriolet. The S3 Cabriolet combines everything we love about the 296-hp S3 sedan, but with the drop top fun of the A3 Cabriolet.
Audi has yet to release the pricing for the 2015 Audi S3, but a leaked document claims that it will start at $41,100, while the S3 Prestige model will start at $47,000. With almost 300 horsepower under the hood and all-wheel-drive $41k isn't bad for Audi's new baby sedan.
Last week BMW unveiled the 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, which is the first of many future front-wheel-drive BMW models. The 2-Series Active Tourer already shares its platform with the new 2014 MINI, but now it's being reported that the next-gen 2016 BMW X1 crossover will also make a switch to the same FWD platform.
It's being reported that Mazda is currently working on a new Mazda-2 based crossover that is expected to be released sometime this year in Japan, which will coincide with the introduction of the next Mazda2. The new Mazda2-based crossover will be smaller than the current CX-5 and sales are expected to launch in Japan first before it expands to Europe and emerging markets.
Rinspeed has unveiled its latest concept, the xChangE concept, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. At first glance you will notice that the xChangeE concept looks like nothing more than a customized Tesla Model S, but underneath Rinspeed has created its vision of a future electric autonomous car.
Land Rover has unveiled two new versions of the 2015 Range Rover Evoque, the Evoque Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic. Both limited editions of the 2015 Evoque are going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Toyota has reportedly filled an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to trademark the Supra name, which provides more proof that the Supra is set for a come back. It may seem odd that Toyota is reapplying to trademark the Supra name, but the original application from 1979 expired in 2006.
Hyundai unveiled the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan at the Detroit Auto Show in January, which is the second-generation of the luxury sedan that forever changed Hyundai's image. Later this year the second generation of the Equus luxury sedan is also going to arrive and now Hyundai's new CEO Dave Zuchowski has hinted that a third luxury car could be added to the lineup.
Volkswagen is giving the 2015 VW Scirocco a facelift and it's going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Forty years after the first Scirocco debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1974, the 2015 Scirocco is going to get styling updates and a new range of engines.
Slow sales of the Honda Insight and CR-Z hybrids have prompted Honda to stop selling them in Europe. Last year Honda only sold 1,242 Insights and 695 CR-Zs in Europe, which were both down over 60 percent from the prior year. Honda will now just sell off its remaining stock of Insights and CR-Zs.
BMW has taken the wraps off the new front-wheel-drive 2015 2-Series Active Tourer, which is going to have its public debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.
In addition to showing off the new 2015 Kia Soul EV, Kia has announced plans to also show off its next-generation hybrid technology at the Geneva Motor Show, next month. The system was developed by Kia's European R&D center and is expected to be used in future Kia models.
Today's clunky and annoying charging cables that are needed to recharge electric vehicles may soon become extinct. Toyota has announced that it is the latest automaker to begin testing new a wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
With the arrival of the new 2015 Porsche Macan SUV, Porsche's annual sales could pass the 200,000 mark next year, which is three years earlier than expected. Most of the sales increases will come from models like the Cayenne and the new Macan, which Porsche could easily sell around 50k Macans this year alone.
Last week Subaru took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. When the 2015 Legacy arrives in showrooms buyers can choose between a 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L six-cylinder engine, but a new report says that a turbocharged Legacy Sport is in the works.
McLaren has announced that the 650S supercar is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The McLaren 650S will be positioned between the 12C and P1 models and according to McLaren, the 650S was "designed and developed to offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling."
Ferrari has officially unveiled the 2015 Ferrari California T ahead of its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2015 California T is now powered by a new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine that generates 560 horsepower and 557 lb-ft. of torque.
Honda has released this teaser sketch of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R concept, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The 2015 Civic Type R is going to arrive in Europe early next year, but next month we will get a preview of what we can expect.
Kia's first luxury sedan, the 2015 Kia K900 is set to forever change the way the world looks at the brand. The 2015 Kia K900 with a V8 starts at $59,500, while the pricing for the cheaper V6 powered K900 has not been announced.
The first photo of the 2015 Audi S1 Quattro has leaked online ahead of its official debut tomorrow. Last week Audi teased the S1 Quattro and now we have the first photo of the S1 Quattro, which is going to debut next month in Geneva.
The current Volkswagen Jetta is getting a bit long in the tooth, so VW is going to give the 2015 Jetta a facelift. The brand has confirmed that the updated 2015 Jetta will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.
When the 2015 BMW i8 arrives later this year it will be the first production vehicle to be available with laser headlights. Compared to the standard LED headlights, the optional laser headlights can boost high bean range to just over 1,900 feet, double that of the standard LED high beam.
Last week Subaru unveiled the all-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show and now it's being reported that the 2015 Outback is going to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.
Last month Toyota unveiled the FT-1 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which Toyota said was a preview of future sports car styling for the automaker. Of course it was widely rumored that it was a preview of the successor to the Supra and now that rumor has been confirmed.
Following a photo of a very distorted and grainy 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe that showed up a few days ago, we now have a clearer photo of the new Mercedes coupe.
Hyundai has unveiled the newest addition to the Veloster line-up, the 2014 Veloster RE:FLEX Edition, at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 Veloster RE:FLEX Edition goes on sale this spring and only 3,000 units will be produced.
Volkswagen has announced that it is partnering with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. Initially the team will compete with two modified Polo rally cars, but later in the season the GRC Beetle will compete.
This may be our first unofficial look at the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, which was previewed by the S-Class Coupe concept. During a recent investor meeting, the automaker showed a photo of a new coupe, which most likely is the new S-Class Coupe.
Nissan has created a special version of the current Frontier, the Frontier Diesel Runner, which is powered by a 2.8L four-cylinder Cummins turbo diesel engine. Nissan is using the Frontier Diesel Runner project truck to see if there is enough customer interest in a future diesel powered Frontier.
Off-Road enthusiasts now have a new reason to choose walk into a Toyota showroom, since Toyota just debuted its new TRD Pro Series. The 2015 Toyota Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner can now be made even more capable with the new factory installed TRD Pro Series off-rad package.
Subaru has officially unveiled the 2015 Subaru Legacy today at the Chicago Auto Show and one thing is clear - it bares little resemblance to the Legacy Concept. Once you get past that sad point, the 2015 Legacy does look better than the outgoing model and is more fuel efficient with a slightly roomier interior.
In addition to the 2015 Kia Soul EV, Kia has also unveiled a refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show. For the 2014 model year, the Optima Hybrid gets several updates, including restyled front and rear fascias that were optimized to increase aerodynamic efficiency, new wheel designs, and unique grille and lighting elements.
Kia has unveiled the 2015 Kia Soul EV today in Chicago ahead of its arrival in showrooms later this year. The 2015 Soul EV is Kia's first fully electric car offered in the U.S.
Chevy has announced the availability of new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups. Currently CNG is priced at about 62 percent lower than gasoline, so it represents big savings. For example a work truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage and comparable efficiency to gasoline.
Following this morning's leak, BMW has unveiled the 2015 BMW X3 SUV. The 2015 X3 gets a revised face with modified headlights, a restyled grille and new front and rear bumpers. The interior gets some small updates like chrome trim, new cupholders and an optional automatic climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look.
Chevy has unveiled the new Adra Concept SUV today at the Auto Expo in India. The Adra concept was designed by Indian designers at GM's center in Bangalore and represents a possible new entry in the fast-growing compact SUV segment.
Honda has unveiled the new Honda Vision XS-1 concept, which is having its world debut this week at the Auto Expo in India. Honda says that the concept is a creative study model that is based on Honda's "man maximum, machine minimum" design philosophy.
The refreshed 2015 BMW X3 is getting an early reveal thanks to two photos that have leaked online today ahead of BMW's official debut. The 2015 BMW X3 is set to get a modest facelift that brings its styling more up to date with the rest of the BMW lineup.
VW has unveiled an updated version of the Taigun concept at the New Delhi Motor Show. This time the Taigun concept receives updates from the original that debuted back in 2012 and is now more production ready than before.
Toyota has unveiled a new version of the Camry Hybrid, the 2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition. As the name states, the limited edition Camry Hybrid SE gets many of the same features as the standard Camry SE and builds upon the Camry XLE Hybrid.
Honda has announced that the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas are going to arrive in showrooms this month. The updated 2014 Civic Hybrid is now more fuel efficient with a 44/47 mpg rating and the Civic Natural Gas returns after taking the last model year off.
Last month Kia unveiled the GT4 Stinger concept at the Detroit Auto Show, but at the time Kia's execs only hinted that a production version could happen. Now TopSpeed claims that it has received the word from a source that a production version of the GT4 Stinger has been approved and that it will arrive by the end of the year.
Audi is reportedly working on an all-electric version of its upcoming Q8 SUV, which will go head to head with the Tesla Model X SUV.
Ferrari has sent out a new invitation for the "149M Project" on February 12, which is most likely an event for the debut of the new Ferrari California. Internally the California is codenamed F149, which is why the "149M Project" event is probably for the new California with the "M" designation standing for "modified."
Mercedes-Benz is expanding the 2015 S-Class lineup with two new fuel-efficient versions, the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC.
Even though the 2015 Mercedes GLA has yet to arrive on our shores, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly working an even smaller SUV, dubbed the X-Class. If the reports are true, the new X-Class is going to be based on the Renault Captur and will feature styling that is close to the GLA (pictured here).
If the BMW 3 and 4-Series lineup couldn't get even more confusing, BMW has just pulled the covers off the 2015 4-Series Gran Coupe. The 4-Series Gran Coupe is another take on the four-door coupe and is the third model to join the 4-Series lineup.
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