Mazda has finally confirmed the specs for the 2.0L SkyActiv four-cylinder engine that will power the U.S.-spec 2016 MX-5 Miata. The 2.0L generates 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque.
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Volkswagen has announced that it's going to move away from the current media device interface (MDI) in its vehicles and instead will install USB ports. The current MDI system gives Apple iPhone users the ability to quickly connect their devices to the infotainment system in their VW, but Android users have had to go out an purchase an accessory adapter cable.
Kia has released a teaser photo of a new concept that it is bringing to the Chicago Auto Show next month. From this single photo it's clear that the concept is based on the popular Soul and will likely have a bunch of additions to make it more "off-road ready."
Volkswagen has unveiled another version of the Golf Variant - the Golf GTD Variant, which is basically a wagon version of the diesel-powered Golf GTD hatchback. In Europe the Golf GTD Variant will go head-to-head with models like the Peugeot 308 SW GT and looks sportier than the standard Golf Variant thanks to its GTD-specific bumpers, grille, 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust.
Two photos of the next-generation BMW X1 have shown up on the internet. These two photos, which come courtesy of China's AutoHome, show an undisguised X1.
McLaren has released a teaser of the new 675LT track-focused supercar that will be based on the 650S. The "675" portion of the name refers to the supercar's output in metric horsepower and the "LT" calls out the extended "longtail" design.
Honda has finally confirmed that it will show the production version of the much anticipated Civic Type R at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Honda says that the Civic Type R will be the "most extreme Type R ever built."
Acura has announced that it has started production of the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX, which was revealed in November at the LA Auto Show. The 2016 ILX gets styling updates, a new powertrain and more equipment inside. In addition to the new ILX, Acura is also celebrating the 2 millionth North American-made Acura vehicle, 20 years after Acura production began in the U.S.
Kia is using Pierce Brosnan and one of the most famous roles he ever played - James Bond for its 2015 Super Bowl commercial. The spot titled "The Perfect Getaway" shows the Sorento's off-road capability as Brosnan tries to reach a remote cabin.
Mercedes-Benz has released its 60-second spot - Fable, that will air during Super Bowl XLIX. The spot is a modern take on the classic tortoise vs. the hare battle with the tortoise getting a little help from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S.
Mitsubishi has released two teaser photos of a new crossover concept that it is going to reveal at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Mitsubishi says that the concept is a 'declaration of intent' for its future directions -a powerful embodiment of its next generation 2WD plug-in hybrid electric technology as well as its bold design renaissance.
Earlier this month Ford revealed the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at the Detroit Auto Show. Ford revealed that it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 instead of the current 6.2L V8, but one thing Ford failed to reveal was the V6's power specs. Well now we know that the 3.5L V6 will generate a nice 450 horsepower, according to Ford's head of Global Product Development, Raj Nair.
It's being reported that Audi is working on a new e-quattro all-wheel-drive system that mates a gas engine to two electric motors - with one electric motor in the transmission and the second powering the rear wheels. The system is expected to debut first in the new A4 and the upcoming TTQ crossover.
Rumors about an all-electric Porsche midsize sedan have been on and off, but now the latest rumor claims that plans are moving forward to bring it to market in about four years. Previous reports claimed that Porsche is working on an electric model, but Porsche quickly rejected the rumors, but now development is supposedly back on.
BMW has revealed its 60-second spot for the BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. After taking four years off, BMW will return to the game with "Newfangled Idea," featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel.
Mercedes has announced the pricing for the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, which starts at $130,825. If that price is a bit too high for you, the base GT will arrive in Spring 2016.
At last year's Beijing Motor Show Audi gave the world a preview of what a crossover version of the TT could look like with the TT Offroad concept. Audi is reportedly getting ready to expand its SUV lineup at both ends with the upcoming arrival of the Q8 flagship and now it's being reported that a TT crossover is on the way - dubbed the TTQ.
Mitsubishi has released this teaser of a model that it is going to reveal at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next month. It's hard to make out what it is, but it looks like it is some sort of crossover, which has been strategically placed on a sand dune. Either way, Mitsubishi think its debut will be exciting, since it is labeling the event as the "Return of a Legend."
Earlier this month Porsche unveiled the new Cayenne Turbo S at the Detroit Auto Show, which is powered by a turbocharged V8 that packs 570 horsepower and is capable of reaching 60 mph in a quick 3.8 seconds. Even with specs that now rival the 911, Porsche says that the next-generation Cayenne will be even quicker when it arrives in 2017.
Chevy has revealed the 2015 Silverado Midnight Edition pickup, which gives the Silverado an all-black exterior and other unique touches.
Although Audi recently introduced its all-new second-generation Q7 SUV, the Q7 will soon not be the top dog in Audi's SUV lineup. Audi is working on expanding its SUV lineup at both ends and by 2020 the larger Q8 will be released.
Ford has released a teaser of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, which is going to be officially unveiled on February 3. The high-performance Focus RS will go head-to-head with other powerful compacts, like the VW Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to reveal a convertible version of the S-Class Coupe by the end of the year. The S-Class Cabriolet will look nearly identical to the coupe, but will get a cloth soft top.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Porsche Club of America - the largest Porsche club organization in the world, Porsche has created a unique 911. Based on the 911 Carrera GTS, the limited-edition GTS Club Coupe is highlighted by its unique "Club Blau" color.
Toyota has released a teaser of its new RND concept ahead of its debut on January 26. We can't tell much from this photo, but Toyota says that it is "ready for fast-track development that should see it changing the face of motoring within weeks."
Acura has almost revamped its entire lineup, but only one model hasn't received the latest Acura face - the RDX. Acura has just announced that the restyled 2016 RDX SUV is going to debut next month at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Just yesterday we discussed the fact that Honda is preparing an all-new 2016 Honda Pilot and now Honda has released a teaser of the new SUV ahead of its debut next month at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Volkswagen has hinted several times about its aspirations to grow its SUV lineup in the U.S., but what else could the brand introduce on this side of the Atlantic? VW execs are currently close to decision about a production version of the Golf R 400 and maybe even a new van for the U.S.
Honda is set to introduce an all-new 2016 Honda Pilot right after the debut of the 2016 HR-V SUV this year. The 2016 HR-V is expected to launch this spring.
McLaren has unveiled a limited-edition of the 650S, which is meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the checkered flag fell at the end of the 1995 race, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the line to finish 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th.
Tokyo has set a goal of putting 6,000 vehicles on the road by the 2020 Olympics, which will see the city spend up to $385 million on fuel cell vehicle subsidies and hydrogen stations. Tokyo plans to build 35 stations and is in negotiations with Toyota and Honda, since both automakers plan to release new fuel-cell vehicles within the next year.
Audi is going to reveal the second-generation R8 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in March, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi board member for technical development.
Even though the midsize sedan segment isn't growing nearly as fast as it used to, it's still an incredibly important segment, which explains why Toyota gave the 2015 Camry such a significant update. Now Nissan is reportedly going to follow Toyota's path with a big midcycle update planned for the 2016 Altima.
The first retail production 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R fetched a whopping $ 1 million over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. All proceeds from the sale of the Shelby GT350R VIN#001 will benefit JDRF, the country's leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
In a few months Scion is going to reveal two new additions to its lineup at the New York Auto Show, but one model that isn't going to be sticking around is the slow-selling iQ. The tiny iQ has failed to find many buyers and now its days are numbered.
After a four year hiatus, BMW has announced that it is going to air a commercial during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The 60-second spot will feature the BMW i3.
McLaren has announced that the production version of the McLaren P1 GTR will have its world debut in March at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The P1 GTR debuted as a design prototype last year at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
BMW has revealed the updated 2015 BMW 1 Series hatchback that is sold in Europe and other global markets, besides the U.S. The mid-cycle update brings an updated exterior and new engines.
Earlier this week Lexus revealed the 2016 GS F at the Detroit Auto Show, but we were also expected a new RX to take the stage. Instead of debuting the next-generation RX in Detroit, Lexus is now reportedly going to use the 2015 New York Auto Show for its debut.
Now that Chevy has officially upped the ante with the debut of the 200-mile range Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, it's time for other EVs to follow suit. The Nissan Leaf is currently the most popular fully-electric vehicle on the market and Nissan hopes to keep that title with a "high-output" version of the next Leaf that could have an even longer driving range than the upcoming Bolt.
Bentley just announced the Bentayga name for its upcoming SUV this week and now we're already hearing reports that Bentley may expand its SUV lineup with additional models to take on Land Rover.
Ford made big headlines when it announced the new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150, but before we get our hopes up for an aluminum-skinned Mustang, Ford just said there are no plans for it. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas recently stated that Ford has no plans to use aluminum beyond its truck lineup because there are more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars.
It's been almost three years since Bentley got us used to the idea of a Bentley SUV with the debut of the EXP 9 concept. Since then Bentley has released teasers of its new SUV, but we have yet to know what it will be named, until now. Bentley has announced that it has chosen the Bentayga name for the SUV that will be released sometime next year.
This week two supercars debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show - one was expected, but another stole the show. It had been rumored that Ford was working on a new GT supercar and Ford started the Detroit Auto Show off with a bang by pulling the covers off the new GT, unfortunately the dust hadn't settled by the time that Acura pushed the start button on the 2016 NSX. For the most part it seemed that most of the media at the show was more excited about the Ford GT, but Acura may have something else up its sleeve to put the NSX on top - the NSX Type-R.
Building on the success of the BMW X5 M and X6 M SUVs BMW may soon release high-performance versions of the smaller X3 and X4 models. BMW M boss Frank van Meel recently spoke to Autocar at the Detroit Auto Show where he revealed that there may be more opportunities to expand the number of high-performance M models in the BMW lineup.
The Lexus NX 200t was the first Lexus to introduce a turbocharged engine and now Lexus has confirmed that the 2.0L from the NX will start infiltrating the rest of the Lexus lineup later this year. Compared to its competitors, Lexus is a little late to the turbocharged game, but Lexus is now finally ready to replace the slow 2.5L V6 with the more efficient and powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine.
It was rumored and now Honda has officially confirmed it. Before the end of the year Honda will begin introducing four-cylinder turbocharged VTEC engines in the U.S. The new turbocharged engines are an extension of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology powertrain lineup.
Many automakers in the past have tried building a truck by taking a standard car and throwing an open bed on the back, for example the Subaru Baja from the early 2000s. Now Hyundai is trying to revive the concept with its latest Santa Cruz crossover truck concept that just debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.
The Toyota Tacoma basically owns the midsize pickup segment, but that could change with new models like the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Toyota knows this and now after a decade, Toyota is finally giving the Tacoma an update.
Ford Mustang fans that loved the debut of the Shelby GT350 at the LA Auto Show last November will be excited to see the latest release. Ford has unveiled the Shelby GT350R, which Ford says is the most race-ready road-legal Mustang ever.
Ford has revealed the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup in Detroit. Based on the new aluminum bodied F-150, the 2017 F-150 Raptor will be powered by a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that will generate more power than the current 6.2L V8. The new V6 will also be mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford's newperformance division just debuted its best model yet - an all-new GT! The new GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020, which includes the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R. But the best part is that the new GT is expected to go into production next year.
Nissan has unveiled the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan pickup at the Detroit Auto Show. The Titan XD is the first of the new generation of Nissan Titan models. According to Nissan it offers the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks - yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups.
This morning Chevy debuted the all-new 2016 Volt and also previewed a new 200 mile range electric car - the Chevy Bolt. The Bolt EV concept is Chevy's vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.
Jaguar has officially named the production version of the C-X17 crossover concept. When the crossover goes on sale in 2016 it will be called the F-Pace. Jaguar released this teaser of the F-Pace, which doesn't reveal that much, but we do know that it will be virtually identical to the original C-X17.
Buick just surprised everyone by unveiling the new Avenir concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Avenir, which is French for "future" is a new interpretation of traditional Buick cues. Buick says that the design of the Avenir was created by a global team of Buick designers and sculptors who were inspired by historic Buick concepts that pushed traditional boundaries, shaped future Buick models and influenced the entire auto industry.
Chevy has officially unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show. We saw the exterior of the new Volt last week at CES, but now we have all the details, including its new powertrain that can keep the Volt moving up to 50 miles in electric mode.
Buick has officially unveiled the 2016 Buick Cascada, which brings a convertible back to the Buick brand after 25 years. Borrowing its roots from the Europe's Opel Cascada, the Buick badged convertible is a luxurious four seater that's powered by a 200-hp turbocharged engine.
It's being reported that General Motors is working on a new electric car with a driving range around 200 miles on a single range. The electric car is expected to be introduced by 2017, but the world will reportedly get a preview of it next week at the Detroit Auto Show. GM is going to show a concept version of the EV with the Chevy Bolt name alongside the all-new Volt.
The first photos of the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX have leaked online ahead of its debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Lincoln previewed the new MKX last April at the Beijing Motor Show and as expected most of the styling remains the same.
It seems that some Volkswagen fans are eager to get their hands on the 292-hp 2015 VW Golf R, since the pre-order allotment sold out in less than 11 hours. VW opened the order books on 12:01am EST on January 8 and by 10:30am the first 500 units were already claimed.
Nissan and NASA have announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems. Nissan's U.S. Silicon Valley Research Center and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., will focus on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification.
GMC has announced the release of the 2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition, which is a blacked-out version of the Canyon midsize pickup. The Canyon Nightfall Edition is only offered on SLE crew cab models and comes exclusively in Onyx Black.
Following the debut of the Volvo V60 Cross Country, Volvo has now unveiled the S60 Cross Country sedan, which takes the sedan to new heights - literally. The S60 Cross Country rides 2.5 inches higher than the standard S60 to give it more off-road capability. Volvo says that the S60 Cross Country is being released to "meet the demands of its core customers."
Toyota is going to reveal the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma in just a few days on January 12, but Toyota has been kind enough to release a few official photos now. What we have here the first photos of the next-generation 2016 Tacoma, but Toyota has yet to release any other details.
Sales of the Cadillac CTS dropped four percent last year and now Cadillac is now responding by cutting the price of the CTS sedan by up to $3,000 in addition to adding additional content to some trim levels.
Nissan has released another teaser video of the 2016 Titan pickup, which is part of its multi-chapter "Nissan Titan Truckumentary." This chapter is titled "The Quarterback" and it features Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning and Titan Chief Product Specialist.
Chevy has revealed a new Sport package for the 2015 Silverado. The Custom Sport package gives the pickup a monochromatic look with body-colored front and rear bumpers and a body-colored grille surround with a chrome-accented black grille.
It's no secret that Scion needs to update its lineup and last November Scion previewed the first of two models with the iM concept. Now Scion has announced that a new sedan will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.
Lexus has just revealed its latest high-performance F model - the 2016 GS F, which is going to have its world debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. With 467 horsepower on tap, the GS F will go head-to-head with other high-performance sedans, like the BMW M5.
More photos of the Infiniti Q60 Coupe concept have been released ahead of its debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept is very close to the 2016 Q60 that will be introduced later this year, while a convertible version is expected within the next two years.
BMW has unveiled the M4 Concept Iconic Lights at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. BMW was the first automaker to produce a model (BMW i8) with laser lighting and now it's applied the technology to the M4.
Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at CES. Mercedes-Benz has been working on autonomous vehicles for years and following the S 500 Intelligent Drive and Future Truck 2025 autonomous vehicles, the automaker has unveiled what it calls a "self-driving luxury sedan."
On the outside the Golf R Touch concept looks almost identical to the 2015 Golf R, with the exception of its nifty paintwork, but inside you'll see something completely different. Debuting at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, the Golf R Touch previews VW's next-generation connected cockpit.
Chevy is previewing new connected vehicle technology at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that can predict and notify drivers when certain parts of their vehicle need attention - in many cases before vehicle performance is impacted.
Even though we're just a week away from the debut of the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt, GM has given a sneak peek of the new Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
On the outside the 2015 Nissan Sentra hasn't changed since the current generation arrived at the end of 2012, but on the inside Nissan is giving the Sentra a number of interior comfort and convenience enhancements.
A few photos of the all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series have surfaced online that reveal the undisguised flagship sedan. BMW has yet to reveal the new 7 Series, which is expected to arrive by next fall, but these grainy photos give you an early look.
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