With 345 horsepower on tap the 2016 Ford Focus RS is going to be at the top of anyone's list that is looking at rivals, like the VW Golf R and upcoming Honda Civic Type R. The 2016 Focus RS isn't expected to arrive until next spring, but we may have got an accidental preview of its pricing. For a few minutes, the pricing for the Focus RS was listed at $35,730 on Ford's website.
July 2015 Archives
There are several reports that Honda is working on another sports car for its lineup, following the introduction of the new NSX. Dubbed as a "baby NSX," the new sports car will be based on the same platform as the NSX, but will have a less powerful powertrain and will get a Honda badge.
Audi is reportedly going to unveil the new C-BEV concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept is expected to be a preview of the upcoming Q6 e-tron electric crossover and a few photos of the concept have leaked online today.
Ferrari has unveiled the 488 Spider, which is essentially a convertible version of the 488 GTB that debuted earlier this year. The 488 Spider officially replaces the 458 Spider in Ferrari's lineup and it will debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
A new report claims that the next-generation Volvo V40 will be offered in the U.S. sometime around 2017. The new V40 will ride on Volvo's new C-segment Modular Architecture that Volvo is developing with Geely.
Hyundai is so happy with the positive feedback that it received about the Santa Cruz pickup concept that Hyundai may give it the green light for production later this year. Hyundai CEO Dave Zuchowski recently revealed that a decision could come as early as November.
Lexus has revealed the updates to the 2016 CT 200h hybrid, with the biggest update being a new chrome surround grille, an optional moonroof, Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Service Connect.
For years several automakers have been swapping out their large displacement engines for smaller turbocharged engines, but Japan's Big 3 - Honda, Toyota and Nissan have largely stayed away turbos. Save for the fact that the first Acura RDX had a turbo and the Nissan Juke and GT-R models currently offer a turbo, you won't find any other turbos on their lots. That's about to change.
Dodge has announced that it will soon start taking orders for the 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats. Due to the overwhelming demand for the 2015 models, Dodge is going to more than double production of both models.
Lexus has announced the updates to the 2016 IS, with the biggest update being the addition of the new IS 200t and IS 300 AWD, which replace the underpowered IS 250 and IS 250 AWD models.
Chrysler has announced that it is starting to take orders for the new Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, which can be powered by either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine.
One of the biggest criticisms of the current Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the fact that it only has an all-electric driving range of 11 miles, which is much lower than the 38 miles that the current Chevy Volt can travel. Thankfully it's being reported that the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid will have a longer range of 30-35 miles.
Honda has unveiled the updated 2016 Accord, which gets updated styling, Honda Sensing plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Volkswagen has announced that the 500,000th Passat has rolled off the line at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The special Passat was a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 1.8 liter turbo engine, premium radio and 17 inch alloy 'Sonoma' wheels.
Earlier this week Infiniti announced that the small Q30 would debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Infiniti also released an official photo, which showed off the front of the Q30, but now we have our first look at the rear. The Q30 was recently caught filing an ad in Prague.
The order portal for the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has officially opened, which is expected to arrive this fall. Pricing for the Mirai starts at $57,500 plus the $835 destination fee, but Toyota has announced at least three different programs to help get drivers into its new fuel-cell vehicle.
Now that we've seen the new MINI Clubman and with the Cooper Convertible's debut also expected soon, the attention is being focused on what form will the next-generation MINI Countryman take. According to sources, the next Countryman will become a more "authentic" SUV when it arrives late next year.
Infiniti has revealed the new Q30 small ahead of its official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Designed for more urban buyers, the small Q30 looks close to the concept version that previewed it two years ago.
Ford has unveiled the 2016 F-150 Limited, which it says is its most advanced and luxurious truck ever. Ford also claims that it has more standard technology and driver convenience features than any other competitor.
Buick has revealed a new sportier version of the 2016 Encore crossover - the Encore Sport Touring. The new sportier Encore Sport Touring features a more powerful engine and a few unique design cues.
A new report claims that Chevy is working on a new midsize crossover that will be bigger than the current Equinox, but smaller than the three-row Traverse. The new crossover will compete with other midsize crossovers, like the Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano.
Toyota has announced the pricing for the 2016 Camry and Corolla Special Edition models, which both get a few sportier styling bits to make both sedans look a little more aggressive.
While Acura's sedan lineup has had its ups and downs over the years, one part of its lineup has remained the shinning star - its SUV lineup. The MDX continues to be the best-selling luxury three-row crossover and the smaller RDX has managed to outgun rivals, like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. For 2016 Acura gave the RDX a nice update that adds a little more styling pizzaz, a little more fun under the hood and some small interior updates. Will the updates keep the RDX out front, or is there a chance now that others may catch up? Read on to find out.
BMW has announced plans to reveal two new concept cars next month to celebrate its 40 anniversary at the 2015 Monterey Car Week on August 13. It's now known yet what they are, but could one of them be a concept version of the much anticipated M2?
Scion is giving its best-selling model, the tC some updates for the 2016 model year. The 2016 tC is getting a new standard audio system, some upgraded interior features and a standard rear wiper.
Mazda has just released the pricing for the 2016 CX-3 subcompact crossover, which will start at $20,840 if you live in any state besides Alaska, if you are in Alaska it will be a few bucks more at $20,885 after the destination fees.
Ford has unveiled a unique 2015 Mustang, the Mustang Apollo Edition that is going to be auctioned off next week. For the eighth straight year, Ford has created a unique, aviation-inspired Ford Mustang to benefit Experimental Aircraft Association youth education programs, including the Young Eagles.
Following the reveal of the updated 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 a few days ago, GM has now revealed the updates to its brother, the 2016 GMC Sierra.
Mercedes-Benz has given the 2016 CLA 45 and GLA 45 models a nice performance boost, with both models now being powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 375 horsepower, 20 more than the current models.
It may seem a bit odd that the CEO of a major automaker doesn't even own a car, but that's the case for Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo. Hachigo says that he is holding out for a specific car until he finally owns a car again. Which model is he waiting for? The 306-hp Civic Type R, which is going to arrive this fall.
The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson crossover is slated to start arriving in showrooms this month with a new more expressive exterior, two engine options and a bigger interior.
Toyota's Mirai fuel-cell vehicle is almost here and Toyota has announced that California customers will be able to order the Mirai starting on July 20.
Chevy has revealed the 2016 Silverado 1500, which is getting a new face that Chevy says is bolder and more sculpted. The Silverado's new face loses the dual headlights on the current version for a more modern look that also includes a new hood and a bit less chrome.
Nissan continues to bill the Maxima as a four-door sports sedan, but over the years it's been debatable about how much of that was actually true. Now that the all-new 2016 Maxima is here, Nissan is reportedly looking at the possibility of adding a sportier NISMO-tuned version.
Even though the minivan continues to be one of the most versatile vehicles on the market, the stigma that's attached to the people mover continues to hamper its appeal. In the 1990s almost every automaker had a minivan, but since then the number of offerings continues to disappear as more buyers flock to crossovers. So how can an automaker make their minivan stand out? By targeting a different segment altogether - active buyers that may not actually have kids. According to Kia, almost half of all minivan buyers don't even have kids, but actually buy minivans because of the added space and versatility that comes with them.
Back in April Lexus revealed the updated 2016 Lexus ES, but now Lexus has revealed the details about the U.S. models, which includes the ES 350 and ES 300h. The refreshed 2016 Lexus ES gets styling updates, new driver assist technologies and some upgrades to the interior.
Mercedes-AMG has released a few teasers of an upcoming model, that it simply describes as "something fast." Although Mercedes-Benz's sub-brand isn't telling us exactly which model is pictured here, it is believed that this is a preview of the upcoming C63 AMG Coupe.
Volkswagen has created a unique Golf that has been designed specifically for the racetrack. Volkswagen Motorsport is developing its first racing car based on the seventh generation Golf. The production-based, 330-hp concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR regulations and is intended to help Volkswagen evaluate a potential customer racing program from the 2016 season onwards.
Nissan Rogue sales have really taken off, with sales increasing 54.3 percent in June alone and 36.3 percent in the first six months of this year. Nissan hopes to continue that momentum with the 2016 Rogue, which is getting some new features.
Last month Audi took the wraps off the all-new Audi A4, which is going to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year. During the reveal, Audi left off the details for the US-spec version, but now Audi has announced that it will arrive in the U.S. by next spring as a 2017 model.
The all-new BMW 7 Series isn't the only vehicle that is getting a new parking system that lets the driver park the vehicle from the outside, since Mercedes-Benz is now showing off the same technology. The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is going to get a long list of new technologies, including a new Remote Parking system that gives the driver the ability to move the E-Class into and out of a parking space.
Last year Audi challenged a select group of journalists to travel over 800 miles on a single tank of diesel fuel in the Audi A3 TDI and now the VW group is at it again, but this time with the Golf TDI. VW has announced that the 2015 Golf TDI has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the "lowest fuel consumption--48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car" with a remarkable 81.17 mpg.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now one step closer to production, since Ford has announced that prototypes have recently completed more than 1,000 miles of testing in the southwestern United States.
We're just a few months away from the debut of the Jaguar F-Pace at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the public just got an early look at a lightly camouflaged F-Pace at the Tour de France. Jaguar's first-ever SUV served as a support vehicle for the Team Sky riders.
Nissan has announced that its "No Charge to Charge" promotion is now available for Boston-area Nissan Leaf buyers. The promotion provides two years of free public charging and includes access to fast chargers that can charge the Leaf from empty to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
Mazda has revealed the updates to the 2016 Mazda3 four- and five-door models, which now starts at $17,845. The biggest change is the deletion of the base i SV model, which leaves the i Sport trim level as the entry to the Mazda3 lineup.
The small coupe segment continues to shrink as more buyers choose more practical sedans and even compact SUVs. But there are a few options left on the market if you want something a bit sportier. Here we have the 2015 Kia Forte Koup, which competes primarily with the Honda Civic Coupe and Scion tC. The Civic Coupe has been the mainstay of the segment since it was introduced in the early 1990s and since then several competitors have come and gone. How does the Kia Forte Koup stack up against the Civic and tC? Read on to find out.
Honda has officially started production of the all-new Civic Type R at its European plant in Swindon, UK. The first three versions of the 306 horsepower Civic Type R were painted in red, white and blue respectively as they left the line heading to Honda dealerships across Europe.
Fiat has revealed the updated 2016 Fiat 500, which it says has received no fewer than 1,800 detail changes, but you probably can't spot all of them.
Subaru has announced the introduction of the limited-edition 2016 Series. Hyperblue BRZ and WRX STI models. The limited-edition models are a follow up to the 20151 Series.Blue BRZ and both models are painted in Hyper Blue with matching interior trim.
Mazda has announced that the first shipment of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata has arrive in the U.S. It will be a few more weeks until they arrive in showrooms.
Nissan has reportedly decided to kill the hybrid versions of the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. The 2016 Pathfinder and QX60 will only be available in the regular gasoline-powered versions.
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