If you're lucky enough to get a chance to attend the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next month, you might be happy to hear that Ford is going to be giving away limited edition, build-it-yourself Ford GT snap kits at the show. The Revell-built Ford GT model snap kits will be given to kids that visit the Ford stand.
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Infiniti is expanding its lineup with two new compact models, the Q30 hatchback and the QX30 crossover, and although both models will be sold in the U.S., Infiniti has a slight twist. Rather than market both nameplates in the U.S., Infiniti has decided to sell both models under the QX30 name.
The current generation of the Hyundai Elantra is on its way out, since it will soon be replaced by an all-new model that debuted last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Even though it's about to be replaced, the current Elantra has done well for Hyundai and proven that a compact sedan doesn't have to look boring. Buyers continue to flock to it, since the Elantra is one of the automaker's best selling models. To make the 2016 Elantra even more appealing, Hyundai has released a new Value Edition that makes the Elantra an even better value than it already is.
Chevy has unveiled the 2016 Trax Midnight Edition, which like the brand's pickups, gets blacked-out treatment. Based on the LTZ trim, the Midnight Edition features black wheels, bezels, beltline molding and door handles. Inside, the seats are trimmed with gray accents and the floor mats feature gray piping.
BMW has announced that it is going to reveal a new Vision Car concept at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. The concept is a preview of what BMW's future interiors may look like and how we'll interact with them.
It's being reported that Scion is going to reveal the production version of the CH-R concept next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The C-HR originally debuted as a concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, which was followed by a more production ready concept earlier this year in Geneva. The C-HR concept had its U.S. debut last month at the LA Auto Show, where it dubbed a Scion badge.
Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab, which is now on sale with a starting price set at $41,485. The Titan XD is available in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve and Pro-4X.
Could General Motors be working on an electrified version of the Corvette? There's no confirmation yet, but a new trademark filing may be a clue that something may be in the works. New trademark filings for the names "Corvette E-Ray" and "E-Ray," could prove that GM is planning a hybrid or fully electric version of the Corvette.
BMW and Nissan have teamed up to add DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles nationwide. The DC Fast Chargers will be added in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Lexus recently created an IS that is made of cardboard and now Lexus is at it again with another crazy concept. This time Lexus has created a version of the NX crossover that rides on wheels and tires that are made of ice.
To date, Scion has spent $100 million on the arts to help engrain the brand into youth culture and it seems to have worked with the lowest average age for buyers of any car brand. Still, the child of Toyota has suffered a lack of popularity in recent years, due mostly to some rather stale product. Helping solve part of the problem, Scion launched the new FR-S model into the lineup to increase interest in the brand. With an average owner age of just 31, the FR-S proved to be another hit with younger buyers, despite its higher price tag (for a Scion). Although this could change soon with the just introduced entry-level iA and mid-lineup iM. That's nothing, however, compared to the tC, which continually wins over youth buyers with the youngest average age of any car in the industry at just 28.
Mazda has announced some packaging updates for the 2016.5 Mazda CX-5, which goes on sale in January.
Now that the standard Civic can be equipped with a small turbocharged engine, we're now wondering what Honda has in store for the next-generation Civic Si. Although Honda hasn't revealed any details, reports have surfaced that claims that the next Civic Si will be powered by a turbocharged engine with 230 horsepower.
Acura has released more of the details about the 2017 NSX, which is finally going to arrive next spring. While we've already heard that it will pack 573 horsepower and now we're hearing how much the NSX will cost. With a starting price set at $157,800 including the destination fees, the all-new NSX is definitely not cheap.
Acura has announced plans to bring a new concept to next month's Detroit Auto Show. The concept is called the Acura Precision Concept and according to Acura, the concept will help set Acura's future design language.
Honda has released the first teaser photo of the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup ahead of its debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The new Ridgeline will go on sale sometime in the first half of next year.
It's no secret that the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid is not the success that Cadillac had hoped it would be. With its coupe layout and high price tag the ELR has failed to find many buyers and now Cadillac's Chief Marketing Officer has admitted that the ELR is a "big disappointment."
Mitsubishi recently announced that it's refocusing its limited resources on its SUV lineup, but although we now know how Mitsubishi plans to stay alive in the competitive industry, we will have to wait a few years to see these new models. For now Mitsubishi offers the Outlander Sport and Outlander models. While the larger Outlander just received a through redo with a long list of updates, the smaller Outlander has remain largely unchanged the last few years (note a refreshed Outlander Sport is coming for 2016). While I haven't had a chance to drive the updated Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi did give me a week with the 2015 model. How did it do? Let's just say that I walked away feeling a bit sad about Mitsubishi's small SUV.
Several reports have surfaced about what Audi may reveal next month at the Detroit Auto Show. If the reports are accurate, Audi is going to reveal a new hydrogen-powered concept called the h-tron quattro.
Although the Volkswagen Phaeton left the United States market about a decade ago, the full-size luxury sedan has continued to be sold in other markets. One of the big reasons that buyers stayed away from the Phaeton was because of its crazy starting price. In Germany, the Phaeton starts at a lofty 89,650 euros ($97,253). Well its finally done, since VW has confirmed that the Phaeton will end production next March.
We're still about a month away from the debut of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, but Infiniti has already unveiled the updated 2016 QX60, which is going to debut at the show.
Infiniti has revealed the updates to the 2016 Q50 sedan, with the biggest news being the addition of a new 400-hp 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6.
Mercedes-AMG continues to spread its twin-turbocharged V-12 across the Mercedes-Benz lineup and now the latest addition is here, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet. The four-seater convertible packs 621 horsepower and can reach 62 mph in 4.1 seconds.
One of Jeep's brand objectives is that all of its products must be capable off-roaders (or at least have a variant that is up to the task). But how to do you do that with a subcompact SUV like the Renegade? We set out for a week long test to find out if the new baby Jeep is up the task. While it may look the part, we wanted to find out if it had real Jeep capabilities. In terms of the competition, right now there isn't much, as the subcompact SUV segment is just warming up. The Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, and Buick Encore are the established entrants; the Chevrolet Trax just joinged the fray this year; and the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 are starting off.
Volvo recently revealed the successor to the S80, the 2017 S90, which is the second all-new model in Volvo's revamped lineup. We'll soon also get a wagon version, called the V90 and there's a chance that a coupe could also happen. According to one Volvo exec, Volvo may release a successor to the C70 coupe that will be based on the S90 and could be dubbed the C90.
Ever since VW unveiled the Microbus concept back in 2001, fans of the iconic Microbus have been waiting eagerly for VW to release a production version. It looked like it was getting even closer to a reality with the Bulli concept in 2011, but now it might finally be happening. VW is reportedly going to reveal a new Microbus concept next month at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
Chevy has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 Malibu Hybrid LT, which will start at $28,645 when it arrives this spring. Thanks to a new hybrid powertrain, the Malibu Hybrid now gets up to 48 mpg in the city.
Ford has announced plans to invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020, which includes the introduction of 13 new electrified models. The investment is Ford's largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.
Porsche has announced that both the Boxster and Cayman models will be renamed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman when their mid-cycle updates debut in 2016. Both models will also get a new turbocharged four-cylinder.
The Genesis G90, the first model from Hyundai's new luxury brand, Genesis has been revealed. Known as the EQ900 in South Korea, the G90 will be the replacement for the Equus and will serve as the flagship model for the Genesis brand.
Honda has released its 2015 CR-V compact crossover with practically no extravagant hoopla. The Honda officials trumpeted the 2015 CR-V as a major update to an already fresh product. They claimed the changes this vehicle received are much more significant than what most cars and trucks get during mid-cycle updates. Almost every area of the vehicle was touched from the usual suspects including the exterior and cabin to the body structure, chassis and even powertrain. These enhancements were meant to take an already competitive product and propel it to the top of its segment.
Mercedes-Benz isn't quite ready to reveal the all-new 2017 E-Class, but the automaker has released the first photos of the interior, with the highlight being a pair of horizontal 12.3 inch displays.
Mazda may soon add a new sportier crossover to its lineup, which was previewed by the Koeru concept in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai has revealed that that the concept could add a new entry for the automaker.
A new rumor claims that the next-generation Subaru WRX STI may get a turbocharged hybrid powertrain. If the rumors are true, the new WRX STI will be powered by a revised version of the current 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that will give it a total output around 320 horsepower.
Hyundai has released the first teaser of its new IONIQ electric model that will be offered with three electrified powertrains when it arrives next year. With a choice of a fully-electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid powertrains, the IONIQ will be first vehicle yet to be offered with three electric powertrains.
Ever since the Honda S2000 was killed in 2009 there have been rumors about a new model. Well it's been almost seven years since the last S2000 was produced and the rumors continue to surface that Honda is going to bring its beloved roadster back.
Even though the 2016 Nissan Leaf can now travel further than every EV in its price range, a 107 mile driving range is still not long enough to banish range anxiety fears for many drivers. That is why Nissan is now working on a new EV with a range extender, like the Chevy Volt and BMW i3.
Porsche has confirmed that it will build a production version of the Mission E concept car that was unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If all goes as planned, Porsche expects it to enter production by the end of the decade.
McLaren has unveiled a new open-top version of the 675LT, dubbed the 675LT Spider. The 675LT Spider is only the second model to wear the LT badge and is powered by the same 666 horsepower V8 as the coupe.
Back in October, Toyota revealed the S-FR concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and now the concept is being reimagined as a track-ready race car at next month's Tokyo Auto Salon.
Volvo has officially unveiled the all-new 2017 S90, which is the successor to the current S80 flagship sedan. The new S90 is the second model in Volvo's new revamped lineup, following the introduction of the new XC90 earlier this year.
Porsche has unveiled the updated 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S models ahead of their world debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Both models now pack 20 more horsepower than before, plus there are some styling updates and a list of new features.
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