Toyota has announced that the upcoming 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will have a driving range of 312 miles on a single fill of hydrogen. The Mirai is also rated at an EPA estimated 67 miles MPGe.
June 2015 Archives
A new report claims that the Lexus SC is going to be revived for the 2017 model year. The SC badge was last used in 2010 on the four-seat hardtop convertible.
Volkswagen has revealed that it is developing new battery technology that will give its electric vehicles a much longer driving range than today's e-Golf. VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn recently confirmed that the new technology will bring "a quantum leap for the electric car."
In an attempt to combat falling sales, Nissan has announced plans to unveil the 2016 Leaf, which is getting a midcycle update that will give it a longer driving range. The improvements to the Leaf includes a new battery that will deliver 30 kwh of power compared to the current 24 kwh battery. The more powerful battery could give the Leaf a driving range around 105-110 miles.
Toyota and Mazda continue to further their partnership, which is seen by the introduction of the new Scion iA, which is essentially a rebadged Mazda2. Now there's a new rumor that the partnership could involve Toyota borrowing another one of Mazda's models - the new MX-5 Miata. While the it's unlikely that Toyota would sell a rebadged Miata, there's a report that the roadster's chassis could be used for the next-gen Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes.
The midsize sedan segment has been one of the most competitive segments for years with top players like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry vying for the top spot. But even though these two sedans may win the most signatures at dealers, are they truly the best? There are alternatives in the segment, like the Mazda6 that in some cases may offer more than the typical best sellers. Mazda is known for offering sportier alternatives, but can the Mazda6 find the sweet spot that can help it win over would be Accord or Camry buyers?
Scion has announced the pricing for the 2016 Scion iA sedan and 2016 Scion iM models, which are both going to go on sale in September. The Scion iA is priced at $16,495, while the iM starts at $19,255.
Audi has unveiled the all-new 2016 A4 ahead of its official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The new fifth-generation A4 may not look that different on the outside, but beyond the evolutionary styling, the new A4 gets new technology features, more efficient engines and an elegant new interior.
When Scion launched in the early 2000's, the xB was the most popular model in its lineup with its quirky boxy styling. By 2008 it turned into a more bloated looking box, which lost most of the quirkiness that made the original fun. Now seven years later, Scion has confirmed that the xB will end its run by the end of the year.
Cadillac has already announced plans to replace the SRX crossover later this year withe new Cadillac XT5. Up until now we haven't seen any photos of the XT5, but two photos have surfaced of the XT5 during a photo shoot in New York.
Acura has announced that the 2016 Acura NSX will be the official pace car of the 93rd Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. The special NSX pace car, which is wrapped in custom racing-inspired livery will lead the field of 140 entrants in the race.
Ford has revealed the official specs for the 2016 Focus RS, which was unveiled earlier this year. The Focus RS is powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost engine and now we know that the engine generates 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft. of torque.
Chevy gave the world a preview of its new 200 mile range electric car with the debut of the Bolt concept earlier this year. Chevy is already testing several prototypes of the Chevy Bolt, which is pictured here testing at GM's Milford, Michigan proving ground.
Alfa Romeo has unveiled the 2016 Giulia, which it says "encapsulates 105 years of style excellence and Italian technology." The new stylish sedan has its eyes set on the segment leader - the BMW 3 Series and with a 503 horsepower V6, the Giulia is definitely has our attention.
Chevy has revealed the all-new second-generation 2016 Chevy Cruze, which is now larger and lighter, more efficient and comes with more features. The new Cruze will be offered in more than 40 global markets, but it will go on sale first in North America in early 2016.
Chevy has revealed the all-new 2016 Camaro Convertible, which it says now features the "segment's most advanced top."
The first official photos of the second-generation MINI Clubman have appeared online ahead of MINI's planned reveal. The second-generation Clubman is a major departure from the last generation, which now has two full size rear doors, which effectively turns it into a compact wagon.
Ford has revealed the updates to the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup, which is getting a long list of enhancements, including new towing technology, Special Edition Appearance Packages, SYNC 3 and alternative fuel capability.
Chevy is going to reveal the 2016 Camaro Convertible tomorrow, but we have a few leaked images to check out now. A few photos popped up on Chevy's website and then were immediately taken down, but the guys over at Camaro6.com were able to grab them.
Lincoln has lowered the pricing for the new, second-generation MKX crossover, which is now priced at $38,995, down from $39,795 for the old 2015 model. At launch the 2016 MKX will be offered in three trim levels: Premiere, Select and Reserve. A Black Label version will also eventually be offered.
Ram has unveiled the updates to the 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups, with one of the biggest updates being the tweaks to the Cummins 6.7L diesel, which now generates 900 lb-ft. of torque. Ram says that it's the most torque ever offered in a mass-production vehicle.
U.S. buyers have traditionally chosen sedan body styles over their hatchback counterparts, but that could change soon with the growing number of new compact hatchbacks that will soon be offered here. Honda has already announced plans to introduce a hatchback version of the next-generation Civic in the U.S. and now it's being reported that the next Cruze will also be offered in a hatchback version here.
Chevy has announced that the all-new 2016 Camaro Convertible is going to debut this week on June 24th. This teaser video gives you a look a the interior of the Camaro Convertible, which Chevy describes as the "most innovative Camaro Convertible ever."
There have been rumors about the Jeep Grand Cherokee one day getting the 707-hp Hellcat engine, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has yet to confirm anything. Now sources claim have confirmed that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is on its way and FCA is currently testing mules under a top secret project called Project K.
The Honda Accord has been the leader for midsize sedans for decades now. Long established as the benchmark by which others are judged, it stands the test of time by being unique in that it's occasionally the best at one criteria, yet as often very good at almost all of them. To quote the adage; "it really is greater than the sum of it's parts." For the Accord though, being top dog also means having competitors sights set on you. With the latest round of midsize domination with the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima nipping at your heels, how does the Accord compare?
Mercedes-Benz's boxy GLK has been relaunched by a rounder and smoother successor called the 2016 GLC. It utilizes the same modular architecture with rear-wheel-drive found in the latest C-Class, which will also end up underpinning most of M-B's lineup over the coming decade. The new GLC will arrive in the US with just two versions, a rear-wheel-drive GLC300 and an all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic. More variants are expected including an AMG GLC63, diesel, and for the first time ever, a plug-in hybrid. In addition, a new GLC Coupe is also in the making.
Jaguar Land Rover has a revealed a unique version of the Range Rover Sport, which can be controlled by the driver on a smartphone outside the vehicle. The unique Range Rover Sport prototype is helping Jaguar Land Rover researchers develop new sensing technologies that will help future autonomous vehicles tackle any terrain.
The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima is a big departure from the last generation with its bold exterior, which now makes it the most stylish sedan in Nissan's four sedan lineup. Well Nissan has some changes in store for the 2016 Altima and Sentra, which are both getting a refresh that will be more extensive than just a simple facelift.
Subaru has announced the pricing for the 2016 Forester, which now starts at $23,245 for the Forester 2.5i after the destination fee. The 2016 Forester is getting some small updates, like the availability of Subaru's Starlink safety system and steering-responsive fog lights.
In just a few months the first batch of Tesla Model X crossovers will finally be delivered to customers and now it's being reported that Tesla is already working on adding a second crossover to its lineup. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Tesla is going to introduce a crossover version of the upcoming Model 3.
Honda has some big changes in store, which includes the introduction of the all-new tenth-generation Civic later this year. When the all-new Civic arrives, a few versions will not return. American Honda Motor Executive Vice President John Mendel has announced that the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models will be dropped when the 2016 Civic debuts.
Ford has revealed a one-of-a-kind F-150, the F-150 Halo Sandcat, which is meant to celebrate the release of Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One. It's inspired by Halo's United Nations Space Command vehicle design and will be on display at E3 2015.
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is scheduled to officially arrive in showrooms this summer and now FCA has announced the pricing, which starts at $65,495 after the $1,595 destination charge. That puts the starting price for the 4C Spider at just over $10,000 more than the 4C Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser of the new 2016 GLC compact crossover, which is the replacement for the current GLK. The new name ties the crossover to the C-Class, which it will be based on.
Nissan has released a teaser of the Juke-R Nismo concept that is going to debut later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Juke-R Nismo concept is a follow up to the original GT-R-powered Juke-R.
There have been rumors for quite a while about a successor to the Honda S2000, since it left us in 2009. Honda is finally renewing its interest in more performance models, which is seen with the upcoming introduction of the new Acura NSX and Honda Civic Type-R, but is Honda also finally working on a successor to the S2000?
VW has revealed the 2016 Jetta GLI, which is kinda a sedan version of the much loved GTI. It's powered by the same 210-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine as the GTI and now for the 2016 model year, the Jetta GLI gets more aggressive styling and a few other updates.
BMW has finally unveiled the new 7-series with more space, more technology, and more powerful yet efficient engines. The new 7 arrives this fall, as a 2016 model, in 740i and 750i xDrive guises no longer offering the short-wheelbase. Prices start at $82,250 for the 740i and $98,350 for the 750i xDrive including BMW's $950 destination charge. The new 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup next year.
It's being reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is going to give dealers a sneak peek at the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer this summer, during its biennial dealer show.
A new report claims that BMW is working on plans for an all-electric SUV that will take on the upcoming Tesla Model X. We're still months away from the arrival of the Model X, but due to the successful response that Tesla has received so far, it only makes sense that other automakers want to build rivals.
Cadillac has announced that its 2016 lineup will feature enhanced connectivity and control, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Apple and Android systems are part of the enhancements to Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, which will now be faster.
Ram has announced the pricing for the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, which starts at $43,985 and the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, which starts at $51,870. Both prices include the $1,195 destination charge.
Hyundai has big plans to expand its crossover lineup, which includes the addition of a new genesis-based crossover. Hyundai is also looking at adding a new entry-level crossover, which is teased in this sketch - the Hyundai Creta.
Chrysler is giving Dodge Charger R/T owners a very limited chance to modify the look and performance of the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T with a new Mopar '15 performance kit. The Mopar '15 kit is a street-legal performance package that includes the Scat Pack Performance Stage Kit 1, as well as a front strut tower brace with caps and bright pedal kit. The kicker is that only 50 units will be available with pricing starting at $3,550.
Mazda has released the fuel economy specs for the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, which gets up to 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Acura originally introduced the ILX for 2013. Based on the Civic it was Acura's attempt to compete in the ever growing small car luxury segment. Unfortunately the ILX didn't offer much to differentiate it from the Civic. With new players from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, the ILX just couldn't complete. Luckily for 2016 that has all changed with pretty much the entire car getting reworked, especially where it was needed most - under the hood.
BMW is going to reveal the all-new 2016 7-Series this week on June 10, but a photo of the new 7-Series has already been released thanks to an accidental push on the automaker's website. Someone in Austria hit send too early, since the photo you see here was shown on BMW's online configurator, which also revealed some of the specs for the 2016 7-Series.
The Chevrolet Suburban is an icon. The suburban came into being when trucks were trucks and "SUV's" didn't even exist. Since it's introduction in 1957 the Suburban has evolved from it's barebones roots into a true luxury ride coddling its occupants. In the process though, has the Suburban become less of a truck? We spent the week with the all-new generation for 2015 in the 4WD LTZ trim and here's what we found.
Ford has announced the updates to the 2016 Ford Transit, which is offered in three versions: Transit, Transit Connect and the Transit Connect Wagon. The updates to "America's best-selling van" include the availability of Ford's new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, a rearview camera and new customization options.
Audi and TOMS have announced the release of a new limited-edition Alpargata shoe that will be available to Audi buyers this summer. From June 3 until August 4, if you buy or lease an Audi you will receive an offer for a pair of exclusively-designed TOMS featuring the four rings. As part of the program, TOMS will donate 55,000 shoes to children in need.
Mitsubishi is giving the 2016 Outlander a long list of improvements, including updated styling that now aligns with the automaker's new design language. In total the 2016 Outlander has received over 100 engineering and design improvements, but the best part is that the new Outlander is now cheaper with a starting price that is $200 lower at $22,995.
Chevy is going to take the covers off the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze later this month on June 24. Chevy has released this teaser photo of the 2016 Cruze, which gives a partial view of its all-new face.
Audi has revealed the updates to the 2016 Q3 crossover, which is now getting a restyled front fascia with a new grille and a few interior upgrades.
Ford has announced that the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Shelby GT350R Mustang will now be powered by the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine in its history. Both models are powered by a new 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that generates 526-hp and 429 lb-ft. of torque.
The new 5.2-liter V8 is not only Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever, but also its most efficient in terms of specific output. Without turbocharging or supercharging, the flat-plane crankshaft V8 produces 102 horsepower per liter of displacement. The new engine is also the highest-revving V8 in Ford history - with a redline of 8,250 rpm.
Audi first introduced the A3 to the US market for 2007. Here in the US it basically began the premium small car market. There weren't any other players at the time, except for perhaps Mini one size down, but that's more a niche player. Since that time though the competition has caught up. Every high line manufacturer either now offers a small vehicle or is planning to shortly. So luckily Audi has released an all new generation to protect it's market share.
Acura has revealed the updates to the 2016 RLX Sport Hybrid, which goes on sale this month. The biggest update to the 2016 model is the availability of a long list of new safety and driver assistive technologies.
The BMW X1 only came to the US in 2012, but it's been on sale in the other markets since 2009. The new X1 will be a 2016 and goes on sale this Fall, which is why BMW has revealed in full ahead of a likely debut at September's 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. With almost 62,000 sold in the U.S. to date, the outgoing model turned out to be a big sales success for BMW. But this new one has a lot going for it. For instance, it features a much more handsome design as well as a roomier cabin and a more fuel-efficient drivetrain.
BMW has announced plans to officially unveil the all-new 2016 7-Series next week on June 10th. Even though we only have to wait a week to see it, BMW has revealed a teaser video of the new 7-Series.
Subaru has announced the updates to the 2016 Legacy and Outback, which are getting improvements like, enhanced steering feel, a retuned suspension on Limited trims and a Lane Keep Assist safety system.
Volvo's S60 has been in it's second generation since 2010. Having received a slight facelift last year, this year Volvo has imbued the S60 with its new range of impressive Drive-E powertrains. The S60 competes in one of the most hotly contested segments, the near-luxury class that contains some formidable players such as the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the king of the class, BMW 3-Series. So how does the Volvo S60 compare?
When Chevy revealed the Bolt concept earlier this year there was some immediate confusion, since the "Bolt" name sounds a lot like "Volt," but the automaker decided to stick with it anyways. Now unfortunately the Bolt name may not happens, since the US Patent and Trademark Office has denied the use of the name.
The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is going to get a facelift and even though Lexus has yet to reveal it, a leaked photo is giving us an early look at the updated SUV.
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