November 2015 Archives

Mitsubishi to focus on crossovers, Lancer and i-MiEV to disappear

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Mitsubishi is still trying to revamp its U.S. lineup and according to CEO Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi will channel its limited resources into a more compact lineup that will largely consist of crossovers.

First Bentley Bentayga rolls off the line

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Bentley has announced that production of its Bentayga SUV has kicked off at its plant in Crewe, UK. After four years since the initial concept stage, the first deliveries of the Bentayga will arrive in January 2016.

2016 Kia K900 gets a few updates

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Kia is giving its flagship K900 sedan a few updates for the 2016 model year, including styling tweaks, a new standard 311-hp 3.8L V6, navigation system, leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.

Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck tackles the Baja 1000

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Earlier this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Honda revealed the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck that was not only a preview of the new 2017 Ridgeline, but it was also a heavily modified race truck that was going to compete in this year's SCORE Baja 1000. This past weekend the Ridgeline Baja Truck competed in the race and came away with a Class 2 victory.

2017 Kia Cadenza revealed

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Earlier this month Kia released a few teaser sketches of the next-generation Cadenza and now we have our first official look at the new sedan. Even though it's called the K7 in South Korea, the K7 that you see here is basically identical to the 2017 Cadenza that will arrive in the U.S. sometime next year.

Cadillac to launch a compact crossover in 2018

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Last week Cadillac unveiled the all-new XT5 crossover, which is the first of four crossovers that Cadillac is planning for its lineup. Unfortunately we will have to wait another two years to see the next one, which will be a compact crossover that will slot in below the midsize XT5.

Will the BMW i3 soon be able to drive 124 miles on a single charge?

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Following Nissan's lead with the longer range Leaf, BMW is also rumored to be working on an update to the i3 electric car that will give it a driving range up to 124 miles on a single charge. Currently the fully electric i3 has can travel up to 81 miles, so the update would be significant.

BMW Compact Sedan concept previews the 1-Series sedan

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Now that the LA Auto Show debuts are done, BMW has moved onto the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, where the automaker has unveiled its new Compact Sedan concept. The creatively named concept is a preview of BMW's upcoming 1-Series sedan that will go head to head with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

2017 Volvo S90 teased ahead of its debut in Detroit

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Volvo has released the first two teaser photos of the new S90 sedan that is going to debut in January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The 2017 S90 is the replacement for the S80 and will be the second new model in Volvo's revamped lineup.

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Last year Chevrolet introduced the world class C7 Corvette Stingray while also creating the most track-focused muscle car of all time: the Camaro Z/28. Over at Dodge, a hydrogen bomb was lobbed into the horsepower wars with the introduction of the 707-hp Challenger Hellcat. Mopar fans looking for a bit more style and a few more cylinders, there's good news as the sinister Viper is still available. Meanwhile at Ford, a pair of ST hot hatches are redefining front-wheel drive performance. But that's not the biggest news coming out of Dearborn. No, this year an automotive icon is being born anew: the Ford Mustang.

2017 Kia Sportage makes its U.S. debut in LA

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Kia has revealed the all-new fourth-generation 2017 Sportage at the LA Auto Show. The 2017 Sportage features an evolutionary design with the Kia "tiger-nose" grille and its new headlights being the most significant change.

Mitsubishi reveals the restyled 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage

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Mitsubishi has unveiled the updated 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage at the LA Auto Show. Both models get updated faces and some interior upgrades.

Scion C-HR concept previews a new compact crossover

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Scion is finally expanding its lineup with new models, like the iA and iM, but Scion isn't stopping there. Scion has now previewed a new small crossover with the C-HR concept that is debuting this week at the LA Auto Show. This isn't the first time that we've seen the C-HR concept, since it debuted earlier this year in Geneva with a Toyota badge.

2017 Hyundai Elantra revealed with efficient 1.4L turbo

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The all-new 2017 Hyundai has been unveiled at the LA Auto Show. It may not look all that surprising if you've been paying close attention, since the Elantra is basically the U.S. spec version of the Avante that was unveiled just a few months ago.

Subaru Impreza Sedan concept previews Subaru's new design language

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Subaru has unveiled the Impreza Sedan concept, which is a preview of the next-generation Impreza. The new Impreza will adopt Subaru's new Dynamic x Solid design language and will have have a sportier and less angular exterior.

2016 Mazda CX-9 debuts with a new 2.5L turbo

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Mazda took the wraps off the all-new 2016 CX-9 three-row crossover today at the LA Auto Show. The new CX-9 adopts Mazda's Kodo design language and more importantly, it is the first Mazda to be powered by its new 2.5L turbocharged engine.

2016 Nissan Sentra gets a new face

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Nissan has revealed the updated 2016 Nissan Sentra, which is getting a new face that brings it in line with Nissan's new design language. The redesigned face is very similar to the redesigned 2016 Altima with its V-shaped grille.

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Fiat marked its return to the U.S. with the small 500 hatchback and since then Fiat has released several models under the 500 badge. Now Fiat is expanding further with a new 124 Spider roadster that is sure to bring some new attention to the brand.

2017 Infiniti QX30 compact crossover debuts in LA

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Following the debut of the Q30 hatchback, Infiniti has revealed the crossover version - the QX30. The compact QX30 crossover was previewed initially by a concept version and the production version is pretty much identical.

2017 Lincoln MKZ gets a new 400-hp twin-turbo V6

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Lincoln is updating the MKZ sedan for the 2017 model year with styling updates, more technology and a new 400-hp 3.0L V6 that replaces the current 3.7L V6.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe debuts in LA

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The all-new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan just went on sale a few days ago and now Honda has unveiled the all-new 10th-generation Civic Coupe at the LA Auto Show. The new Civic Coupe now sports a lower roofline, more compact exterior and the same 1.5L turbocharged engine as the sedan.

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VW has unveiled a new version of the 2016 Beetle that is directly inspired by the classic Baja Bugs - the 2016 Beetle Dune. Originally previewed as a concept, the 2016 Beetle Dune has a more aggressive exterior and a raised ground clearance to make it a bit more rugged than the standard Beetles.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate debuts in LA

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In addition to the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali, GMC is also bringing the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate to the LA Auto Show this week. As its name suggests, the Sierra Denali Ultimate takes the Sierra Denali another step up in terms of style and capability.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali revealed

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GMC has unveiled the 2017 Canyon Denali ahead of its debut this week at the LA Auto Show. The ultimate version of GMC's midsize pickup stands out with a unique chrome grille and unique wheels - 20-inch ultra-bright-machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. The exterior also gets chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip and a standard spray-in bed liner.

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Ford has unveiled the updated 2017 Escape crossover, which is debuting this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. On the outside the 2017 Escape borrows many styling cues from the larger Edge, while two new engines and a long list of new tech features are sure to keep the Escape competitive with rivals, like the CR-V and Rogue.

2016 Mazda CX-9 leaked ahead of its debut this week in LA

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The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover is set to debut this week at the LA Auto Show, but a batch of photos of have appeared online ahead of the crossover's debut. The photos you see here are screenshots of the new CX-9, so they aren't as clear as we'd love them to be, but we can still see most of the 2017 CX-9's details.

Kia Niro hybrid crossover teased

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Kia has released two teaser photos of its new Niro Hybrid Crossover concept ahead of its debut next year. The Niro will be Kia's first dedicated hybrid model.

2015 Range Rover

Notably restyled for 2013, the Range Rover has softer edges with a more swept back design. While the change in style can be a bit much at first, hallmark qualities like the grille and headlights (though with a new LED style) remain. The gills on the front fender remain as do thoughtful touches like the "hidden" rear wiper. While this generation is all new, it doesn't take long before the new look is as familiar as the old. With as timeless a design as Range Rover that really doesn't matter. What hasn't gotten old is the competition with model from everyday manufacturer new or on the horizon.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked ahead of its LA debut

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The first photos of the redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL have leaked ahead of its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. From what we can see here, the 2017 SL sports an entirely new face that is more rounded and closer to the brand's latest design language.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night

Jeep is bringing two new special edition models to the LA Auto Show next week, the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT Night and the 2016 Wrangler Backcountry. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night adds a blacked out appearance to the high-performance SUV and the Wrangler Backcountry adds more off-road features to make the SUV even more capable during the winter months.

Jaguar introduces a new cheaper 2017 F-Type, starts at $62,395

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Jaguar is introducing a new entry-level model for the 2017 F-Type Coupe and Convertible, with pricing starting at $62,395 for the Coupe and $66,395 for the Convertible, with the destination fees included. The new entry-level model drops the entry price for the F-Type by $3,600 for the Coupe and $2,700 for the Convertible.

2016 Audi S8 plus and RS 7 performance models priced

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Audi has announced the pricing for the 2016 S8 plus and RS 7 performance models. Both models are expected to debut next week at the LA Auto Show before they go on sale next month.

Next-Generation 2017 Kia Cadenza teased

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Kia is going to release an all-new Cadenza in 2016 and although Kia hasn't announced when it will unveil the 2017 Cadenza, Kia has released a batch of teaser sketches.

2017 Audi Q7 priced at $55,750

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Audi has announced the pricing for the all-new 2017 Q7, which will start at $55,750 when it goes on sale at the beginning of 2016. The 2017 Q7 introduces Audi's new SUV design language and now rides on a new lighter platform, which helps the new Q7 come in at 475 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe and Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle to debut in LA

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Honda has announced that the all-new 2016 Civic Coupe and the new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle are going to debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL shows its new face ahead of its LA debut

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Mercedes-Benz is bringing a refreshed 2017 SL roadster to the LA Auto Show later this month. While the 2017 SL isn't all-new, it does get a refreshed front-end that is rounder than the current model.

Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept teased, new 3-Row Crossover confirmed

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Subaru has some new models in the works, including an all-new Impreza and a new three-row crossover. First, later this month, Subaru is going to reveal the Impreza Sedan Concept at the LA Auto Show, which is a preview of the all-new Impreza.

2016 Chevy Colorado Diesel rated at 31 MPG

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Chevy has announced that the 2016 Colorado pickup two-wheel drive with the Duramax turbo-diesel engine is rated at 31 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient truck in America. If you choose all-wheel drive its highway rating drops slightly to 29 mpg.

Hyundai teases its new G90 flagship sedan

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Last week Hyundai announced the introduction of its new Genesis global luxury brand, which will comprise of six new stand-alone luxury models by 2020. Hyundai is now giving the world a sneak peak at the new range topping Genesis G90 sedan.

2017 Cadillac XT5 debuts in Dubai

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Cadillac has unveiled the 2017 XT5 crossover, which is the replacement for the SRX and is also the first of a new series of Cadillac crossovers. The XT5 follows the introduction of the new range-topping CT6 sedan and rides on a completely new chassis that is lighter than the outgoing SRX.

2015 VW Jetta Hybrid [REVIEW]

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Driving the brand's first ever hybrid, there's an immediate sense that the German automaker has succeeded in delivering customer satisfaction without many compromises. How VW managed to do so is by combining a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 27-hp electric motor, regenerative braking and an all-electric, zero-emissions operation. The combination delivers impressive performance and fuel economy. Matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission, the outcome defies regular hybrid expectations presenting a vehicle that feels powerful yet is extremely economical.

2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible unveiled

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Although Nissan largely failed with its Murano SUV convertible, Land Rover seems to still think there is a market for a droptop SUV. Land Rover has taken the wraps off the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which it has dubbed as the "world's first luxury compact SUV convertible."

2016 Chevy Trax [REVIEW]

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Chevrolet is now offering the subcompact Trax crossover for American consumption after a two-year run in the land of maple syrup and hockey. With an overall length of 168.5 inches, the Trax slots in between its two main competitors, the longer Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the shorter Nissan Juke. Although taller than either of those vehicles, the Trax's 6.2 inches of ground clearance is less than the Outlander Sport or the Juke, highlighting the little Chevrolet's mission as more of an urban run-about than a mild off-roader.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets up to 34 mpg and starts at $29,270

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Toyota has revealed the specs and pricing for the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid, which is the first ever hybrid version of the compact crossover and the eighth hybrid in Toyota's lineup. The RAV4 Hybrid will get up to 34 mpg in the city and pricing starts at $29,270.

Audi's year-end sales event includes new A3 and A4 special editions

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Audi's annual year-end sales event began this week and runs through the beginning of January. This year to celebrate the holidays, Audi is also including new special edition versions of the A3 and A4 models in the sales event.

Hyundai launches 'Genesis' luxury brand, six new models confirmed

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Hyundai has announced that it is going to officially launch a new stand-alone global luxury brand - Genesis. The Genesis brand will compete directly with other luxury brands, like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz with six new Genesis models that will arrive by 2020.

Volvo XC90 gets some Polestar performance upgrades

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Volvo's performance division, Polestar is giving the new XC90 some performance upgrades to make the SUV more dynamic and responsive to drive. The Polestar optimization packages add power upgrades to the D5 diesel and T6 gas engines.

Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Hints previews the 2017 Ridgeline

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Honda has unveiled the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at the 2015 SEMA Show, which marks Honda's return to off-road truck racing. What's even more important here is that the race truck also provides a hint at the styling direction of the all-new 2017 Ridgeline, which is going to arrive next year.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is the 'S-Class among SUVs'

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Say goodbye to the Mercedes-Benz GL and hello to the GLS, which Mercedes-Benz says is the "S-Class among SUVs." Mercedes-Benz is renaming all of its SUVs, which will all start with GL now, like the GLC and GLE. The new GLS isn't completely all-new, but it does get a restyled exterior and more luxurious interior.

2016 Mazda CX-9 teased ahead of its debut in LA

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Mazda has announced plans to unveil an all-new 2016 CX-9 crossover later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda has also released a single teaser photo of the new CX-9, which confirms that the new three-row crossover will borrow some styling cues from the Koeru concept.

Mazda MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts debut at SEMA

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Mazda has unveiled two new design concepts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas that are based on the 2016 MX-5 - the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster. Both concepts take the MX-5 Miata's lightweight performance to the extreme.

2016 Cadillac CT6 to start at $54,490 when it arrives in March

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Cadillac has announced the pricing for 2016 CT6 sedan, which is going to arrive in showrooms by March. When it does arrive, pricing will range from $54,490 to $84,460 with destination fees for Cadillac's new range topping sedan.

2016 Honda CR-Z gets more features, but not more horsepower

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Although it's failed to become the stand out model, that many hoped, the Honda CR-Z is still around. For 2016 Honda is giving the small hybrid a host of upgrades, like new styling and more features, but if you were hoping for a performance upgrade, you'll be disappointed.

2015 Lincoln MKC puts its mark on the map [REVIEW]

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With the compact crossover market red-hot right now, it makes sense that Lincoln chose this segment for its next premium import fighter. Keeping with current Lincoln tradition, the MKC is based on a Ford platform, the Escape in this case.

2017 Buick LaCrosse teased again

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Buick is going to unveil the all-new 2017 LaCrosse later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show and now we have our second teaser of the new sedan.

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