Scion has revealed the updates to the 2016 Scion FR-S, which gets some interior improvements, two new colors, a new standard audio system and a rear-view back up camera. The interior gets bright silver interior accents on the steering wheel bezel, shift bezel, door grip, and along the sides of the center console.
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Honda has revealed all the details about the 2016 HR-V compact SUV, which will officially go on sale on May 15. Pricing for the 2016 HR-V starts at $19,115 (plus $880 destination).
Chevy has announced that it is going to produce a new Midnight Edition of the 2016 Impala that is based on the concept shown at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Midnight Edition blacks out the Impala with its Jet Black exterior and interior.
Chevy is going to reveal the all-new 2016 Camaro on May 16, but leading up to the reveal, Chevy continues to release teaser photos of the new sixth-generation Camaro. Now we have a look at the exterior of the new Camaro, which the design team says is "a leaner, more athletic design."
Cadillac has announced the pricing for the 2016 CTS-V, which will start at $83,995 (plus $995 destination) when the 640-hp sedan arrives in showrooms this summer.
Fiat has already confirmed plans to introduce a new roadster that will be based on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, which will be dubbed the Fiat 124 Spider. Now it's being reported that the Fiat 124 Spider will debut later this year.
Jaguar has revealed the powertrain specs for the 2017 XE compact sedan that is slated to arrive in the U.S. in 2016. When the XE arrives it will initially be offered in 20d and 35t models each in Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trim levels and available in RWD or AWD.
There have been rumors about a successor to the Honda S2000 for years and now the latest rumor claims that the successor could get an electrified powertrain that feature a turbocharged engine and two electric motors.
Ford has announced that it will build a limited run of the 2015 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for the 2015 model year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350. Only 100 Shelby GT350 models will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016, while on 37 GT350R models will be produced.
Hyundai is going to take the wraps off the all-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to a source that revealed the news to Autoblog. The new Elantra is expected to move away from the current model's curvaceous styling for a more angular look.
BMW is expected to reveal the all-new 2016 7 Series later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but BMW has decided to give us a preview of the new 7 Series now.
With a new batch of hot hatchbacks on the horizon thanks to the upcoming Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R, there have been questions about when we'll see a new Mazdaspeed 3. It's now being reported that Mazda will reveal a concept version of the next Mazdaspeed 3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
Mazda has revealed the fuel economy specs for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which is now 25 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. It's now rated at 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the six-speed manual and 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Chevy has unveiled the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, which is a road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars. Only 500 units of the C7.R Edition will be built and all will include the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a specially serialized vehicle identification number.
There have been several reports that VW may build the Golf R 400 concept with its 395-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine. Now a VW exec has confirmed that it will be produced and that its final output could rise to around 414 horsepower.
Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel cell vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, April 25. The Mirai will be the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race.
Subaru has unveiled the 2016 WRX and WRX STI models, which are now available with new safety technology, including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In addition both models are now available with a new Starlink touch screen infotainment system.
We're still patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2016 Acura NSX, but some of the NSX's engineers recently shared some of the technical details about the NSX at the SAE Detroit Section dinner, held in conjunction with the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition. Details about the NSX's construction, airflow management system and some details about its hybrid powertrain were discussed at the dinner.
Earlier this month Lincoln unveiled the Continental concept at the New York Auto Show, which may signal that Lincoln is getting ready to ditch the "MK" naming scheme that it launched almost a decade ago.
Last month Aston Martin previewed its first crossover with the DBX crossover and now it's being reported that the brand may add a new plant in the U.S. to build it. According to the Financial Times, Aston Martin is already talking to several states about the new plant.
Hyundai has completely revamped the 2015 Sonata, which marks the introduction of the seventh-generation. While the last Sonata was a bold move from Hyundai - it grabbed everyone's attention with its daring and aggressive exterior, but rather than continue with the bold styling, Hyundai has taken a different route with the new Sonata. Its styling has been toned down, giving it a more refined and sophisticated look as Hyundai tries to take more market share from the midsize heavyweights like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
It's being reported that BMW is indeed working on a third model for its i sub-brand called the i5 and that it will be based on the 5 Series. The i5 will be a plug-in hybrid that is based on the long wheelbase version of the 5 Series that is currently only available in China.
Leaked patent drawings of the all-new 2016 Honda Civic have leaked online, giving us an early look at the production 2016 Civic. Honda gave us a preview of the new Civic Coupe earlier this month at the New York Auto Show with the Civic Coupe concept, but now we can see what the new sedan will look like as well.
We're now less than a month away from the debut of the all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro, which is going to take place on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit's Belle Isle Park. GM has continued to release some of the details each week leading up to the debut and now we've learned that the Camaro SS will be available with Magnetic Ride Control, previously available only on the Camaro ZL1.
The all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost here, since Mazda has announced that production of the U.S.-bound MX-5 Miata has started rolling off the production line. The 2016 MX-5 Miata will be offered in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring.
General Motors has unveiled the Chevrolet-FNR autonomous electric concept at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. The concept, which was developed by GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center is a glimpse of the future with its futuristic capsule design and autonomous driving technology.
The Lexus ES is the best-selling sedan in the Lexus lineup and for the 2016 model year, it should continue to hold that title thanks to a refreshed exterior, new engine options and an updated interior.
In 2011 Nissan launched the first mainstream electric car, the Leaf. To much fanfare, it was introduced and went on sale right about the same time as Chevy's Volt. While not technically direct competitors, since the Leaf is a true electric vehicle and the Volt a plug-in hybrid, they engaged in a sales battle over who would win the hard earned dollars of early eco adopters. Now four years later, it appears the Leaf has won and after a week living with one, I can easily understand why.
McLaren has unveiled the second model in the new Sports Series, the McLaren 540C Coupe. The 540C will be the lowest priced McLaren yet with a price tag that is set at £126,000.
Cadillac has announced that the new CT6 will be available with a plug-in hybrid system, which is expected to more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings. The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid will be able to travel in around 37 miles in EV mode.
Volkswagen has unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. This latest concept previews the future design of VW's large sedans, like the next-generation Phaeton with its horizontal lines, creases and coupe-like profile.
Mercedes-Benz is previewing its next coupe at the Shanghai Motor Show with the debut of the Concept GLC Coupe, which is essentially a more coupe-like version of the upcoming GLC crossover. The GLC Concept Coupe takes the styling cues from the recently introduced GLE Coupe, but in a smaller, more compact package.
For the first time ever, Ford is going to bring the Taurus to the Chinese market and today it's unveiled a new 2016 Taurus at the Shanghai Motor Show. The 2016 Taurus differs from the U.S. Taurus and Ford says that it was designed specifically for the Chinese market.
General Motors has reportedly decided to keep the "Bolt" name for its upcoming compact electric car, despite the apparent Volt confusion. Back in February, GM acknowledged that there could be some potential confusion for buyers, since the Bolt and Volt names are so close, but after conducting two studies, GM has decided to keep it.
Volvo has announced the pricing for the 2016 XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid that is going to arrive this summer. Pricing is starts at $69,095 with destination fees included for the "Momentum" model, while the "Inscription" model starts at $72,595 and the "R-Design" $70,995.
When the Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2009 it was a stunner. Not only was it a dramatic departure from the S-Type before it, but it ushered in a whole new design language for Jaguar. One that would inevitably reinvigorate the entire brand and lineup. Even now as it nears the end of its lifecycle, the XF looks crisp and fresh while many newer rivals are already beginning to show their age.
Audi has revealed another version of its sexy Prologue concept car - the Prologue Allroad. The latest concept follows up the first Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Prologue Avant concept that debuted last month in Geneva.
A Volvo executive has revealed that Volvo will soon offer hybrid versions of its entire lineup. Thanks to the higher than expected demand for its existing hybrid models, including the new XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid, Volvo is going to make it a priority to electrify all of its models.
The restyled 2016 Acura RDX is scheduled to hit dealerships tomorrow and Acura has announced the pricing, which starts at $35,270 - an increase of just $175 over the 2015 model. The 2016 RDX gets a bunch of upgrades, including a restyled exterior, a more powerful engine and new technologies.
Cadillac has unveiled the updates to the 2016 Cadillac ELR, which includes more power, better driving performance and new technology. The biggest improvement will come in the form of more power that will make it faster, while the ELR's chassis has been retuned to make it handle better.
Cadillac officially unveiled the 2016 Cadillac CT6 earlier this month at the 2015 New York Auto Show and now rumors are circulating about how GM could use the CT6's Omega platform for other vehicles. GM product chief Mark Reuss has revealed that GM may use the Omega platform for a new rear-wheel-drive Buick flagship sedan.
Chevy has announced that it's lowered the price for the 2015 Spark EV, which now starts at $25,995 for the Spark EV 1LT model. The good news is that after the available federal, state and Chevy bonus cash, the price drops as low as $14,995.
Looking for a fun, compact hybrid with a bit of luxury thrown in? Well add the Lexus CT 200h to your test drive list. The CT 200h arrived on the market in 2011 and is still the only compact luxury hybrid on the market and even though it shares a lot in common with the not so fun Prius, the CT 200h has a character that is all its own.
Volvo has unveiled the XC90 Excellence, which is going to debut later this month at the Shanghai Auto Show. On the outside it looks identical to the other XC90 models, but inside the biggest difference is that the standard seven seats have been swapped out with just four seats.
Last year VW created a unique GTI Roadster for the Gran Turismo 6 video game and now its unveiled a second model - the GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo concept. The newest digital concept is a hatchback version of the last year's roadster.
Summer is only a few months away and just in time for warmer weather, Fiat has revealed the new Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. The Fiat 500 1957 Edition celebrates the original 1957 Cinquecento.
Did Volkswagen just create one of the best electric cars under $40,000? Well lets just say that I was so impressed with the new eGolf that I asked Volkswagen if I could keep it longer - definitely something that I don't do often. The new seventh-generation Golf is an impressive platform, so it's no surprise that the eGolf is this great.
Due to the strong demand for the Cayman GT4, Porsche execs are reportedly trying to decide if Porsche should build a more hardcore version of the Boxster Spyder that was unveiled earlier this month. The Boxster Spyder is already the top version of the Boxster lineup, but it wouldn't take too much work to develop a GT4-badged version.
Honda unveiled the all-new 2016 Pilot earlier this year in Chicago, but Honda didn't release all the specific details about the third-generation Pilot. Honda has now released all the details about the 2016 Pilot, with the exception of the pricing ahead of its arrival this summer.
Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2016 370Z Coupe, 370Z NISMO and 370Z Roadster, which are on sale now. The 370Z Coupe starts at $30,815 with the destination fees included, while the 370Z NISMO will set you back $42,815 and the 370Z Roadster starts at $42,645.
Lexus has released a teaser of the updated 2016 Lexus ES, which is going to debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show. From this single photo we can see that the new ES will get an updated grille and headlights.
We're still a month away from the official debut of the all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro, but just about every week Chevy has released little teasers and info about the new Camaro. This week Chevy is talking about the structural improvements that have been made to the new Camaro.
Chevy has unveiled new Custom Sport editions of the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD that adds a monochromatic look to the pickups. Silverado Custom Sport HDs feature body-colored front and rear bumpers, a body-colored grille with chrome-accent bars, chrome door handles and body-side moldings, and chrome-accented trailering mirrors.
It's being reported that Cadillac is going to unveil the successor to the SRX crossover this fall, dubbed the XT5. Cadillac's new nomenclature just started with the reveal of the CT6 sedan last week in New York and now it's expected that the XT5 will debut later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Tesla has announced the introduction of the new Model S 70D, which replaces the base Model S 60. Compared to the outgoing Model S 60, the 70D has standard all-wheel-drive, a 240 mile range and 329 horsepower on tap.
Rolls-Royce is continuing with its plans to introduce its first-ever SUV and now its modified a Phantom Series II to test the future SUV's suspension. What you see here is the Project Cullinan, which is an early engineering mule, based on a shortened Phantom Series II body that has been created purely to begin the development of an all-wheel drive suspension system.
Last month we thought that Mercedes was pulling an early April Fools prank when it announced plans to develop a midsize pickup, but it's completely true and now we're learning more. Mercedes and Nissan have confirmed that they are working together on a new Mercedes pickup that will be based on the Nissan NP300/ Navara.
Hyundai has announced that the Genesis will be getting a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine in 2017 or 2018. The move is part of Hyundai's plan to offer more smaller turbocharged engines across its lineup.
The midsize pickup segment has been brought back from near extinction thanks to the introduction of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. Toyota has also revamped the Tacoma for the 2016 model year, but even though the segment may be getting hot again, Chrysler won't be rejoining it.
Audi has announced that the high-performance RS 3 and Q8 SUV will be sold in the US. Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh has confirmed that the U.S. will get a sedan version of the RS 3 rather than the hatchback that is sold in Europe.
Kia is soon going to offer a new four-door sports coupe, which was previewed by the GT concept back in 2011. Production rumors have been circling since the concept debuted and now Kia's head of product planning, Orth Hedrick has confirmed that an announcement will be made soon.
Jaguar has confirmed that its first SUV, the F-Pace is scheduled to debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Following its debut in Frankfurt, the F-Pace will arrive in showrooms sometime in 2016.
Hyundai has revealed the Enduro crossover concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which it says is the perfect vehicle for individuals living in the modern city with energetic, athletic lifestyles. The three-door compact crossover concept also gives us a look at the styling of Hyundai's future crossovers.
Cadillac has lots of changes in the works, which started this week with the debut of its new flagship sedan, the 2016 CT6. Cadillac's Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that a few models won't be replaced as Cadillac revamps its entire lineup. We've already learned that the ELR electric coupe's days are numbered and now Cadillac's boss has revealed that the XTS will also not be replaced.
Ford is going to unveil the all-new 2016 Taurus this month at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Ford hasn't revealed any details about the next Taurus, but its expected that it will look more like a stretched Fusion. It will also share its platform with the Fusion and new Edge.
Kia is giving the world a preview of its next-generation compact vehicles with the debut of the Kia Novo concept at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show. The Novo concept borrows some styling cues from the GT concept and features coupe-like styling.
Mitsubishi is trying to regain its footing and its now figured out what its new design language will be. The first model to showcase the brand's new design language is the updated 2016 Outlander. In addition to its updated exterior styling, the 2016 Outlander gets over 100 engineering and design improvements.
Toyota continues its quest to offer hybrid versions of many of its models and now the RAV4 SUV can be included in that list. Toyota has revealed the updated 2016 RAV4, which sees the introduction of the model's first hybrid version.
The Nissan Maxima has renewed it's quest to earn the "4-Door Sports Car" title, with Nissan's debut of the all-new 2016 Maxima at the New York Auto Show. It's hard to decide which is more captivating, a new iteration of Nissan's "V-motion" grille or the most unmistakable C-pillar in the industry. Both turn heads while the sides provide a lot of surface detailing to tease your eyes. You'll either love the new Maxima's looks or not.
Last month there were rumors that VW was considering killing off the Beetle and other slow selling models in its lineup. But now it's been confirmed that a new Beetle is in the works and that it will arrive within the next three years.
Cadillac is working on a new range of plug-in hybrids, but one model that won't be around much longer is the ELR. Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen revealed this week at the New York Auto Show that the current ELR will only be around for a short term.
Chevy has unveiled the all-new 2016 Spark minicar, which now has a more refined exterior, more safety features and is more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. When the new Spark goes on sale, it will be sold in more than 40 countries around the world.
Lexus has revealed the all-new 2016 Lexus RX, which marks the introduction of the fourth-generation. The 2016 RX build upon the success of the previous model, but now gets a more chiseled exterior that mimics the styling of the smaller NX SUV.
VW continues to expand the Golf lineup and coinciding with the arrival of the new Golf SportWagen, VW has announced that the all-wheel-drive Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. The Alltrack model adds a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, nearly an inch of ground clearance wheel arch moldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers, and an even more upscale interior.
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