February 2016 Archives

Volkswagen Phideon is a new flagship sedan for China

vw phideon

The Volkswagen Phaeton may have failed in the U.S., but that doesn't mean that other markets won't buy a large VW luxury sedan. VW has unveiled the new Phideon, which is VW's new large luxury sedan that will replace the Phaeton in China.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet arrives this summer

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the 2017 C-Class Cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show, which is the first time that the C-Class is going to be available as a convertible.

Ford Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful Fiesta ever

Ford Fiesta ST200

Ford has unveiled a hotter version of the Fiesta ST, the Fiesta ST200, which is debuting this week at the Geneva Motor Show. It's 197-hp matches the Fiesta ST, but thanks to an overboost function, the horsepower rating climbs to 212, making the Fiesta ST200 the "most powerful production Fiesta ever."

2017 Toyota C-HR leaked ahead of its debut in Geneva


The 2016 Geneva Motor Show kicks off this week and leading up to its debut at the show, photos of the 2017 Toyota C-HR compact crossover have leaked online.

2017 Acura NSX orders begin, online configurator powers up


The 2017 Acura NSX is almost here, now that Acura has announced the start of customer orders and the availability of its online configurator. Pricing for the 2017 NSX starts at $157,800 after you add in the $1,800 destination fee.


GM has unveiled new hybrid versions of its Chevy Silverado and GMC full-size pickups, which use a mild hybrid system to improve the the fuel efficiency of the large pickups by up to 13 percent. Rather than use a full hybrid system, like the new Malibu, both pickups use a small electric motor and lithium-ion battery.


Hyundai is going to unveil the full Euro-spec Ioniq line-up next week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which includes the Ioniq hybrid, Ionig plug-in hybrid and Ioniq electric. The Ioniq is the first model to offer three electrified powertrains, which is part of Hyundai's plan to "make low-to zero-emission mobility accessible to everyone."

Next-Gen Honda Accord and CR-V to get turbocharged engines


The all-new 2016 Honda Civic arrived with an all-new 1.5L turbocharged engine and now Honda has confirmed that other models in its lineup will soon offer turbocharged engines as well. Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo has revealed that the next-generation Accord and CR-V will be offered with a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

2017 Volvo V40 gets a refresh, next-gen headed to the U.S.


Volvo has already unveiled the all-new V90 wagon, which is going to have its world debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show, but that's not the only new model that will take Volvo's stand. Volvo has announced that the refreshed 2017 V40 will also debut in Geneva.

Restyled 2017 Acura MDX teased ahead of its debut in New York


Acura has announced plans to reveal a redesigned 2017 MDX next month at the New York Auto Show on March 23. The 2017 MDX is going to get some updates to the exterior, more features and new powertrain.

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 debuts with 362-hp

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off the 2017 C43 Coupe ahead of its debut next week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. With 362 horsepower on tap, the C43 Coupe can reach 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.


Volkswagen is bringing a new compact SUV concept to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. VW has released this teaser photo of the new SUV concept, which is a preview of a new compact SUV that VW is planning on adding to its lineup.

Toyota C-HR teased ahead of its debut in Geneva


Toyota has released a teaser photo of the compact C-HR crossover, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will likely be toned down a lot compared to the concept, but according to Toyota it will feature a 5-door coupé design with an elevated SUV-style cabin.


Mini is reportedly looking at the idea of adding a compact sedan to its lineup, according to a BMW AG board member that spoke with Automotive News, which may take priority over a production version of the Superleggera concept.


Volvo will soon be the first automaker to do away with the traditional keys, since Volvo plans to offer cars without keys starting in 2017. Drivers will have to use a smartphone app to unlock, lock and start their Volvos.

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition blacks out the Maxima


Nissan has unveiled the 206 Maxima SR Midnight Edition, which adds a black sport spoiler, black rear diffuser, black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and charcoal leather seats with Alcantara inserts.

2017 Maserati Levante SUV unveiled ahead of its debut in Geneva


Maserati has unveiled its first ever SUV - the Levante. The Levante is going to debut at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show, next month.

Lexus LC 500h specs released, 354-hp and 0-62 mph in under five secs


Earlier this week Lexus unveiled the hybrid version of the LC coupe - the LC 500h. Although the hybrid coupe is set to have its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, Lexus has been kind enough to release some of the LC 500h's specs.

Volvo reveals the stylish 2017 V90 wagon


Volvo has unveiled the much anticipated V90 wagon, which is the latest addition to the top-of-the-line 90 series, which includes the XC90 SUV and the new S90 sedan. The 2017 V90 will have its world debut on March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.


Last year Kia previewed the all-new Optima with the Sportspace wagon concept and thanks to the positive feedback the concept received, Kia has revealed a production version - the Optima Sportswagon.

Ford announces a winter tire package for the Focus RS

2017 Ford Focus RS

Ford has announced that the 2017 Focus RS is going to be offered with a winter tire package, which is the first time an automaker is making a winter tire option available in North America.

Jaguar turns the F-Type into a 200 mph coupe with the F-Type SVR


Jaguar has unveiled the latest and now hottest version of the F-Type - the F-Type SVR. As its SVR badge suggests, this is one Jaguar that is going to take things slow. With a top speed of 200 mph and 575 horsepower on tap, the F-Type SVR takes the F-Type's performance to new heights.

Toyota C-HR crossover to debut next month in Geneva


Toyota is reportedly going to reveal the production version of the C-HR compact crossover next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The aggressive C-HR concept originally debuted back in 2014 in Paris even wore a Scion badge when it debuted in the U.S. at the end of last year.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible previewed


Mercedes-Benz has released a preview of the 2017 C-Class convertible, which is going to have its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This is the first time that Mercedes-Benz has ever offered a convertible version of the C-Class.

2017 Lexus LC 500h to debut at the Geneva Motor Show

2017 Lexus LC 500h

Lexus has announced that the 2017 LC 500h, the hybrid version of the new LC coupe is going to debut at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Lexus hasn't released the specs yet, but has confirmed that it will be powered by Lexus' next generation hybrid powertrain, the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System.

2017 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid debuts at the Chicago Auto Show


In addition to the new Niro hybrid, Kia has unveiled the 2017 Optima plug-in hybrid, at the Chicago Auto Show. Both models are part of Kia's plan to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across the entire Kia model line-up by 2020.

2017 BMW M760i xDrive revealed with 600-hp V12

2017 BMW M760i xDrive

Although the Geneva Motor Show is just a few weeks away, BMW has unveiled the 2017 M670i XDrive, which is going to have its debut at the show.

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid debuts in Chicago

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia has unveiled its first dedicated hybrid, the 2017 Niro hybrid utility vehicle. The Niro hybrid combines the efficiency of a hybrid powertrain with a SUV body, which should help it appeal to the SUV-loving buyers.

Ford to release four new SUVs by 2020, Could one be a new Bronco?


Ford expects the love affair with SUVs to continue into the next decade, so Ford has announced plans to introduce four new SUV models by 2020. Ford sees increased demand from millennials that are starting families and the 80 million aging baby boomers that continue to prefer SUVs.

2017 Cadillac XT5 priced at $38,995


Cadillac has announced the pricing for the 2017 XT5 crossover, which is going to arrive in April. Pricing for the SRX successor will range from $38,995 for the base XT5 and will top out at $62,500 for the XT5 Platinum model before the $995 destination fees.

2017 Nissan Armada debuts in Chicago


Nissan has revealed the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV, which is debuting this week at the Chicago Auto Show. The new Armada is the basically a Nissan badged version of the Infiniti QX80 SUV, but with a face that is closer to the new Titan pickup.

Honda Civic Hatchback prototype teased ahead of its debut at Geneva

Honda Civic Hatchback prototype teaser

Honda has released a teaser photo of the all-new Civic hatchback prototype, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The prototype is a preview of the hatchback that is going to launch in Europe in early 2017. The good news is that it will also be offered in other markets, including the United States.

2017 Chevy Trax gets a new face


The subcompact SUV segment continues to heat up and in order to capture even more of the segment, Chevy is giving the 2017 Trax a facelift. The restyled Trax is being introduced just 13 months after its U.S. introduction.

Nissan reveals a trio of "Winter Warrior" concepts for Chicago [VIDEO]


This week the 2016 Chicago Auto Show kicks off and this year Nissan is bring unique versions of its crossovers, the Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue. All three crossovers ditch their standard wheels for heavy-duty snow tracks to tackle the winter.

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package revealed

2017 Ford Explorer Sport Appearance

Ford has unveiled the new Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package, which will be available on the 2017 Explorer. The addition of the package expands Explorer offerings to six models, which includes the base, XLT, Limited, Sport and the Platinum edition models.

2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive packs 600 horsepower


BMW has unveiled the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, ahead of its arrival in showrooms in September. Based on the new BMW 7 Series, the Alpina B7 xDrive is powered by a 600-hp turbocharged 4.4L V8 that will easily satisfy supercar fans that need a little more room.

Say bye to the Ferrari FF and hello to the GTC4 Lusso


It's been five years after the Ferrari FF debuted back in 2011 and now Ferrari is giving it some updates, which includes a new name - GTC4 Lusso. At first glance, the GTC4 Lusso doesn't look dramatically different than the outgoing FF, but there are some significant changes.

Mazda hints that its new rotary engine could be turbocharged

Mazda RX-VISION Concept

Yes, Mazda is finally working on a new rotary engine and according to one report, it could get a turbocharger. Speaking to Australia's Motoring, Mazda's drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager, Tetsushi Marutani, stated, "Personally, I think that a rotary with some turbo or compressor would be good. Because a rotary, in my opinion, they require more low speed, low down torque. So if we have some small compressor or turbo, it would help."

Kia to launch a new rear-wheel drive sedan in 2017


Kia is about to get in the sports sedan segment with a new rear-wheel drive sedan that is expected to launch some time next year. Sources have revealed to Reuters that Kia hopes to start producing the new sedan, codenamed CK, in May 2017.

2016 Prius stars in Toyota's Super Bowl ad [VIDEO]


The big game is just a few days away and this year, Toyota is running a 90-second spot, title "Heck on Wheels," that will highlight the all-new Prius.

Audi RS Q3 gets 367-hp Performance version


Audi has unveiled yet another model that won't be offered in the United States - the RS Q3 Performance. The new "Performance" version adds more power, an upgraded suspension and a few new styling bits to the RS Q3, which also isn't offered here.

Scion is no more! iA, iM and FR-S to become Toyotas


After 13 years, Toyota is saying goodbye to the Scion brand. Back in 2003, Scion was launched as a way for Toyota to reach younger buyers, but now Toyota is ending the brand's run and moving some of its models under the Toyota umbrella.

Cadillac confirms the ELR will be done after this generation


The news shouldn't be all that surprising, but Cadillac has confirmed that the ELR plug-in hybrid will disappear after the current model's run is done. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen recently confirmed to Automotive News that there will not be a second generation of the ELR.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport set to rival the Civic Si

2017_Hyundai Elantra

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra has just been released, but later this year a new Sport version is what we're eager to hear about. Hyundai has confirmed a new Sport version, but has stopped short of revealing exactly how much "sport" the Elantra Sport will get. Now it's being reported that it will rival the Honda Civic Si, with 200 horsepower.

First 2017 Acura NSX sells for $1.2 million


The first production version of the all-new 2017 Acura NSX has sold for a whopping $1.2 million Barrett-Jackson. The 2017 NSX now holds the title as the highest-selling designated vehicle identification number (VIN) 001 vehicle ever at the auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.

VW Budd-e gets the green light, could arrive by 2020


At last month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), VW unveiled the electric Budd-e concept that revived hopes of a new Microbus. Now a new report claims that the concept has been given the green light.


Honda is going to air two new commercials during the upcoming Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feburary 7. The first will be a commercial for the all-new Acura NSX and the second will be a 60-second commercial for the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup - titled "A New Truck to Love."

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