Today Volvo's lineup as grown quite stale with the only updates being mild updates to its existing lineup, but some big things are on the horizon for the Swedish brand. What we have here is the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV, which is getting its first full redesign since it was introduced way back in 2002. The new XC90 is also the first of many new Volvo models, since Volvo says that by 2018 every model in its current lineup will be replaced.
May 2015 Archives
GM took the wraps off the all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro earlier this month and now it's announced a new $175 million investment that it's making to build it. GM is going to invest the money in its Lansing Grand River plant for new tooling and equipment to build the new Camaro.
The Nissan Rogue was all new for 2014. Entering it's second generation the Rogue has grown in size and styling just in time, as the small SUV segment is currently the most hotly contested. With stalwarts such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, Nissan had its work cut out for it to remain competitive. Luckily the new Rogue has shed its rental car image and is now a formidable contender.
Hyundai's flagship sedan, the Equus is getting a few updates for the 2016 model year. The biggest update is a new hands-free smart trunk that automatically opens when the driver is simply standing for a few seconds within a few feet of the trunk with the Equus key in their pocket or purse.
Hot on the heels of Hyundai's announcement yesterday that it is the first automaker to offer Android Auto, Chevy has announced that 14 of its 2016 models will be offered with the system as well. One of those models will be the all-new 2016 Cruze, which is going to debut on June 24.
Lamborghini has confirmed that it is going to build a new SUV, which was originally previewed by the Urus concept in 2012. There have been several reports about the new Lamborghini SUV and today Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann finally announced that the new SUV has received the green light and that it will arrive in 2018.
Hyundai has announced that it is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto system on a production vehicle, with it debuting on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation. If you already own a 2015 Sonata, Hyundai will give you a free Android auto software update.
Ten years ago no one would have ever put the words luxury and Hyundai in the same sentence, but 30 years after the first Sonata rolled off the line, Hyundai has proven that it can build respectable luxury models with the Genesis and Equus. With the first generation Genesis sedan, Hyundai sought to prove that it could build a large, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that could sit in the same ring as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. Now Hyundai has released an all-new second-generation Genesis, which Hyundai hopes will move the brand further away from the econocar status that it held for years.
I'm often asked what is the best small car on the market and the list always includes top models, like the Honda Fit and Mazda3, but one small car easily makes the top list - the VW Golf and specifically the GTI. The last-generation GTI was the definition of the perfect hot hatch and I loved it so much, that I actually bought one. Now for 2015 VW has completely revamped the Golf and the GTI, but is it just as good? Yes!
It's being reported that Cadillac is working on a hotter version of the recently introduced ATS-V - the ATS-V+. Cadillac hasn't confirmed the rumors, but the latest report claims that the ATS-V+ coupe and sedan will get a serious powertrain upgrade thanks to the Camaro Z/28.
Mazda has reportedly decided to kill plans to sell the redesigned Mazda2 hatchabck in the U.S. according to a top Mazda executive. Lower gas prices and tight inventory numbers are to blame for the decision.
Audi has unveiled the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept may look almost identical to the R8 e-tron electric car, but the big news here is what you can't see - the concept previews Audi's self-driving technology that is slated to arrive in two years.
Honda has announced that production of the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot has kicked off at its plant in Alabama. The 2016 Pilot is slated to arrive at dealerships next month.
Audi has big plans to further expand its current SUV lineup from the existing Q3, Q5 and Q7 lineup. It's been widely reported, but Audi has finally confirmed that three new SUVs will be added to its lineup by 2019.
Mazda has announced the kick of its new "Driving Matters" advertising campaign that i san evolution of the Game Changers campaign. The goal of the new campaign is to create a more emotional connection to the brand.
BMW has reportedly approved the launch of another crossover - a coupe-like crossover called the X2. The X2 will borrow styling cues from the larger X4 and X6 crossovers according to a report from Autocar.
Hyundai may soon introduce a new larger crossover that will be based on the rear-wheel-drive Genesis, according to a report from Australia's Motoring. The report claims that David Zuchowski, Hyundai's North American CEO wants the brand to introduce a new premium crossover that will compete with models like the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
BMW has unveiled the new special edition 435i ZHP Coupe, which pays tribute to the original ZHP Performance Package that was offered on the 2003-2006 3 Series. The 435i ZHP Coupe not only gets improved styling and aerodynamic upgrades, but its also quicker with more precise handling.
It's been decades since we had rear-wheel-drive coupes, like the Toyota Supra, Nissan 240SX and Mazda RX-7 and even though today we do have the Scion FR-S and BR-Z twins, the rear-wheel-drive coupe market is now largely dominated by the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, but what about the Hyundai Genesis? Six years ago Hyundai decided to add more spirited models to its lineup with the introduction of the rear-wheel-drive Genesis sedan and coupe and while the Genesis sedan had aspirations to take on the best from Germany, the Genesis Coupe sought to take on models like the Mustang and Camaro, in addition to somewhat filling the gap that Japanese automakers once held.
Buick has announced that the 2016 Buick Enclave is now available with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built in Wi-Fi hotspot. The Wi-Fi hotspot can be used by up to seven devices at once and is on whenever the vehicle is on.
Porsche has confirmed that both the Boxster and Cayman will get a new four-cylinder engine next year. Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has revealed that both models will be getting a flat-four boxer engine by mid-2016, which will be the first time that Porsche has sold a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. in 20 years.
Hyundai has announced the introduction of a new Value Edition model for the 2016 Elantra. The new Value Edition provides a $1,000 savings by bundling features like, 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, heated front seats and proximity key with push-button start.
Lotus has announced the pricing for the 2016 Lotus Evora 400, which will start at $89,900 when it goes on sale at the end of the year. What does that price get you? Well the new Evora 400 costs a bit more than the outgoing Evora and Evora S models, but at least now it holds the title as the fastest road car that Lotus has ever produced.
Chevy has revealed the all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro, which it says is now offers more performance, technology and refinement than the outgoing model. Thanks to an all-new lighter platform, the 2016 Camaro is lighter and more nimble than before.
Porsche has unveiled a new customer sport race car that is based on the 911 GT3 RS - the 911 GT3 R. The 911 GT3 R starts with the GT3 RS, but thanks to its lower weight, improved aerodynamics and a few other mods, it's ready for the track.
Chrysler has reportedly confirmed plans to introduce a new luxury SUV for the Jeep brand that will rival other luxury SUVs, like the Range Rover. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the news last week.
As was reported earlier this week, Mazda and Toyota have announced plans to further expand their existing partnership that has already given birth to the Scion iA. The expansion will give both automakers access to each others technologies, but the announcement stopped short of revealing any specific details.
In addition to the Golf GTI Clubsport and Golf GTI Performance, VW has unveiled another Golf model - the Golf GTE Sport concept in Austria today at Wörthersee. Even though its name may make you think that it's just a sportier version of the Golf GTE, you'll be pleasantly surprised thanks to the concept's carbon fiber body and gullwing doors. VW says that the front of the concept previews "how the Golf GT models could develop in future."
Next year the Volkswagen GTI turns 40 years old and to celebrate the birthday of one of the most iconic hatchbacks, VW is going to release a special model. VW is previewing the new limited-edition model with the GTI Clubsport concept that is debuting this week at the Wörthersee Tour GTI meet in Austria.
BMW has released a teaser photo of the new 3.0 CSL Hommage concept that is going to debut on May 22 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. The concept is a tribute to the BMW 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s.
A week after Dodge took the wraps off the "fastest street-legal Viper track car ever," the 2016 Viper ACR, Dodge has announced that it is now taking orders for the supercar. Pricing for the 2016 Viper ACR starts at $117,895 before the destination and gas guzzler tax fees are applied.
Toyota has been pretty vocal about the fact that sales of the Scion FR-S have dropped off since it was introduced back in 2012. Sales of the FR-S were actually down 29 percent in April compared to a year ago, so hopefully an upcoming refresh to to the 2017 FR-S will help keep it alive.
Lexus has one major whole in its lineup - a three row crossover and apparently one Toyota exec is wishing that wasn't the case. Jim Lentz, Toyota's North American CEO recently revealed that he feels that it would have been a wiser choice for Lexus to have built a three-row crossover instead of the new RC coupe.
This weekend Chevy is going to officially unveil the all-new 2016 Camaro at a special public event at Detroit's Belle Isle Park. Leading up to its reveal, Chevy has continued to release small teasers of the new Camaro, but today's teasers give us our clearest look yet at the 2016 Camaro.
Ford has revealed the updates to the 2016 Ford Mustang with the biggest update being new hood vent turn signals that are inspired by the indicators that were first offered on the 1967 Mustang.
Currently Mazda and Toyota have a partnership that is giving birth to the Mazda 2 based Scion iA. Now it's being reported that Mazda and Toyota are currently discussing plans to expand their partnership, which would give Mazda access to Toyota's fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid technology.
Dodge has just unveiled the ultimate street-legal, track-focused Dodge Viper yet - the 2016 Viper ACR. It's powered by the same 8.4L V10 engine with 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, but a host of other upgrades make the Viper ACR one of the hottest street-legal race cars available.
VW has released design sketches of the new Golf GTI Clubsport, which is going to debut at Wörthersee next week. The concept is expected to preview a new model that will slow in between the current GTI and Golf R models in the Golf lineup.
Audi is bringing a new concept car to Wörthersee Tour - the TT clubsport turbo concept. Even with styling bits that look like they are borrowed from the R8, the big news is what powers the concept, a 600 horsepower powertrain that gives the concept a 0-62 mph time of only 3.6 seconds.
BMW has revealed the restyled 2016 3 Series sedan and wagon. The updated 3 Series lineup gets some styling updates, but the bigger updates will improve the driving dynamics, since it gets new front struts, new rear damper technology and redesigned electric power steering.
Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will officially arrive at select California dealerships this October. Plus leading up to the arrival, interested buyers can pre-order the Mirai starting this summer.
Audi has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 TT. The third-generation TT is inspired by the first-generation TT, but has a modern take on the original with its with short overhangs, broad wheel arches and a lean a muscular stance.
While you may not realize it, the Kia Sorento has been around since 2003. In it's early years the Sorento was a crude body-on-frame based but in 2010 it switched to unibody construction and grew into Kia's first midsize SUV offering, albeit on the smaller end of the spectrum. Now the all new 3rd generation 2016 Sorento has grown in every way to make it a truly formidable player in the midsize SUV market. While most dimensions grow fractionally, what really sets it apart is it's styling and levels of refinement.
It's been reported for a while that Porsche is working on a BMW 5 Series rival, but now a new report claims that the new model will also be offered with electric and hydrogen fuel cell versions. A series of new patent applications filed in Germany, the U.S. and China have revealed some of the details for the new vehicle, which will be based on the Panamera Sport Turismo concept.
Hyundai is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sonata, which made its debut in 1985 in Korea. Since 1985, Hyundai has sold more than 7.3 million Sonata's worldwide.
Tesla is now offering pre-owned Model S sedans on its website, with prices starting around $65,000 for a used P85 Model S. Buyers can search for a number of sedans that are available in their area. A quick search of the Los Angeles area reveals that there are at least pre-owned 16 Model S sedans available.
A new report claims that Maserati is going to debut its first-ever SUV, the Levante at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. Autovisie claims that the Levante will debut in Detroit, just a few months before production kicks off in March 2016.
The compact crossover segment is now one of the fastest growing segments with almost every automaker jumping in. The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to arrive this month and will be one of the heavy hitters that will compete with other new models, like the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax and Mazda CX-3. The HR-V borrows its platform from the small Fit, nabs the Civic's engine and comes filled with features that Honda hopes will set it apart, does it work?
It's now been over 35 years since Mercedes-Benz introduced the iconic G-Class and for the 2016 model year the G-Class is getting a new twin-turbocharged V8 and updated styling inside and out.
Chevy has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt, which will start at $33,995 before the available state and federal incentives. With a starting price just under $34k, the 2016 Volt is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt.
Cadillac may be working on a more extreme version of the new ATS-V, according to remarks made by chief engineer David Leone. When questioned if Cadillac has any plans to rival the Mercedes-Benz Black Series models, Leone simply stated, "We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive."
Aston Martin has announced that it has received a £200 million investment from its major shareholders to help the automaker develop its first ever crossover. The crossover is expected to grow the brand's sales significantly as it hopes to eventually grow its annual sales to 15,000 units, up from the 4,000 sold in 2014.
Tesla has unveiled a new home battery called Powerwall. The battery stores energy generated from solar panels or when utility rates are low to power your home. It also can act as a back up during power outages.
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