September 2016 Archives

Ram reveals the Hellcat-powered Rebel TRX concept

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Ram has revealed a 575 horsepower beast - the Rebel TRX concept! The Rebel TRX concept is powered by Chrysler's supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 making it the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup ever.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor officially packs 450-hp and 510 lb.-ft.

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Ford has announced the performance specs for the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor, which is powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine that generates 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.5L V6 is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Audi unveils the all-new 2018 Q5 in Paris

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Audi has unveiled the all-new second-generation Q5 SUV at the Paris Motor Show. Overall the design of the new Q5 is evolutionary and borrows many styling cues from the larger Q7.

BMW X2 concept previews BMW's next crossover

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BMW has already revealed plans to introduce a sportier version of the X1, which will be dubbed the X2. The X2 is a sportier alternative to the X1, but it's profile is slightly less coupe-like than the larger X4 and X6 models.

Mercedes announces EQ electric car sub-brand

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Mercedes-Benz is taking a page out of BMW's book with the announcement that it too will be creating a unique sub-brand for its new electric vehicles - EQ. Mercedes has released a preview of one of the sub-brand's first models with the debut of the Generation EQ concept this week at the Paris Motor Show.

Lexus UX concept debuts in Paris

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Lexus has unveiled the new UX concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The small SUV concept previews a new smaller Lexus SUV and also previews the future of Lexus' design language.

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The Honda Civic Hatchback finally went on sale this week in the U.S. and although it comes standard with a turbocharged engine, the model we're all waiting for is the Civic Type R. Honda is previewing the upcoming 2018 Civic Type R this week at the Paris Motor Show.

2018 Land Rover Discovery revealed, arrives in the U.S. in mid-2017

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Land Rover has unveiled the all-new 2018 Discovery, which will replace the LR4 in the U.S. The new Discovery is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the middle of 2017 with pricing that will start just south of $50k.

VW I.D. electric concept previews VW's new 373-mile range EV hatchback

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2020 can't come soon enough, since that's the year that Volkswagen is planning on introducing the first of its several new electric cars. We've already seen one preview with the Budd-e concept and now the new I.D. concept previews a new electric hatchback.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition orders begin

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Mazda has announced that it is now taking orders for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition, which starts at $34,685 for the six-speed manual and $35,760 for models with the six-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Jeep Compass looks like a mini Cherokee

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Jeep has unveiled the all-new 2017 Compass, which borrows many styling cues from its larger brothers, like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The good news is that the all-new Compass effectively replaces the current Compass and Patriot models with a new SUV that will hopefully be much better than the current C-segment SUVs.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo priced at $176,585

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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2017 GT-R Nismo, which is priced at an astonishingly high $176,585. If you've been keeping a record of the GT-R's pricing over the years, you will probably realize that the 2017 GT-R Nismo is now over $100k more expensive than the US-spec R35 GT-R that debuted back in 2007.

Volkswagen's new electric car concept previewed again

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Some new sketches of Volkswagen's new electric car concept have been released before the sheet is officially pulled off the concept this week at the Paris Motor Show.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback starts at $20,535

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Honda has announced that the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is going to arrive in showrooms in a few days with a starting price set at $20,535 for the base LX trim level with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Chevy unveils the all-new 2018 Equinox with a turbo diesel option

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Chevy has unveiled the 2018 Equinox compact SUV, which is all-new from the ground up. On the outside it borrows styling cues from other new Chevy models, like the new Cruze and Malibu, while under the hood there are some even bigger changes.

Lexus UX concept features a 3-D driving experience

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Lexus is going to reveal its latest concept, the UX next week at the Paris Motor Show. The UX concept is likely a preview of a new small crossover from the automaker. Lexus hasn't revealed all the details about the concept, but it has revealed a second teaser photo, which this time shows off the concept's interior.

2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel debuts with a 429-hp V8

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While some of VW's brands may be having an issue with the word "diesel" that doesn't mean that the diesel engine is going away anytime soon, well at least in Europe. Bentley has unveiled the new Bentayga Diesel, which is powered by the same 4.0L V8 as the Audi SQ7 TDI.

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How can automakers make wagons more attractive? Well since SUVs are now more popular, why not make the conventional wagon look a bit more rugged with a slightly higher ride height? Volvo and Subaru have done it for years and now Mercedes-Benz is throwing its hat in the ring with the E-Class All-Terrain.

Next-gen Audi Q5 teased ahead of its debut in Paris

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Audi has released this teaser photo of the all-new Q5 crossover, which is going to debut next week at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Audi hasn't released any specific details, but we expect the new Q5 to borrow many styling cues from the larger Q7.

2017 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman unveiled

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MINI has unveiled the new John Cooper Works Clubman, which is the first MINI to combine the performance enhancements that the John Cooper Works package adds with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The John Cooper Works Clubman is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 ft-lb. of torque.

MINI Paceman production to end this year

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The news shouldn't be too surprising, but MINI will reportedly end production of the slow selling Paceman by the end of this year. Production of the three-door crossover Paceman is ending, since BMW needs more production capacity for the upcoming all-new 5 Series.

You can now lease a 2017 Toyota Mirai for $349 a month

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When the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle arrived in showrooms late last year, Toyota priced it at $57,500 or you could lease it for $499 a month for 36 months, with $3,649 due at signing. Now Toyota has announced the pricing for the 2017 Mirai, which can now be leased for a easier to swallow $349 a month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV officially priced at $37,495

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Last week Chevy announced that the 2017 Bolt electric car will have an EPA-rated 238 miles of range on a full charge. Now the automaker has announced that the Bolt will start at $37,495 before any of the available federal or state tax credits. Factoring the available $7,500 federal tax credit brings the price of the Bolt down to $29,995.

2018 VW Teramont to be powered by four-cylinder and V6 engines

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Volkswagen has yet to fully unveil or even confirm the name for its upcoming three-row SUV, but it's been reported that the automaker has chosen the "Teramont" name for the new SUV. VW hasn't announced when the Teramont will debut, but the automaker has released a preview video of the new SUV, which reveals what will be available under the hood.

The last ever Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sells for $76,400

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Mitsubishi has announced that the last ever Lancer Evolution Final Edition that was produced for the U.S. has sold for $76,400. The last ever Lancer Evolution was sold on eBay and the proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster revealed

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Mercedes-AMG is expanding the AMG GT family with the addition of two new roadster versions - the 2018 AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster. The drop top versions of the AMG GT bring open-top fun to the lineup.

VW is bringing a new electric car concept to Paris

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Volkswagen has released a few teaser photos of its new electric car concept that is going to debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The concept is expected to be a preview the automaker's next-generation of electric cars.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country revealed

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Volvo has unveiled the V90 Cross Country, which is the successor to the XC70 Cross Country. The arrival of the V90 Cross Country now effectively completes Volvo's 90 Series, which includes the new S90, V90 and the XC90 SUV.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept previews Mitsubishi's future

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Mitsubishi has unveiled its latest concept, the GT-PHEV concept, which is a preview of a new high-end SUV from the automaker. It's coupe-like styling is far sportier than any other SUV currently in Mitsubishi's lineup.

VW kills the GTI Two-Door in the U.S.

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GTI fans we have some bad news for you. If you've been a fan of the two-door VW GTI since it debuted in the 1970s, you'll be sad to hear that VW will be discontinuing production very soon. VW has announced that production of the US-spec two-door version of the GTI will end in a couple weeks, leaving the four-door to carry on the iconic badge.

2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country teased

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Volvo has released a teaser of the new V90 Cross Country, the successor to the XC90 Cross Country, which is going to debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The V90 Cross Country will look nearly identical to the V90, but will feature extra body cladding, a higher ride height and underbody protection to make it a bit more capable once the paved road ends.

2017 Chevy Bolt can officially drive 238 miles on a single charge

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Chevy is slated to begin production of the much anticipated 2017 Chevy Bolt EV by the end of the year. Chevy has now announced that the Bolt will have an EPA-estimated driving range of 238 miles. Initially Chevy estimated that the Bolt's driving range would be around 200 miles, so now the new estimate gives the Bolt a longer driving range than the base Tesla Model S 60 model.

2017 Chevy Tahoe and Silverado get blacked out Midnight Edition

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Chevy has announced that the 2017 Suburban and Tahoe will now be offered with the same special Midnight Edition as the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax. All Midnight Edition models are finished exclusively in black and the Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are offered in two distinct variants, the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package.

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can travel up to 31 miles in EV mode

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Porsche has unveiled the next new model in the second-generation Panamera lineup - the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid packs 462-hp and can travel up to 31 miles in EV mode.

Refreshed 2017 Lexus IS gets more safety tech

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Following its debut earlier this year in Shanghai, Lexus has unveiled more details about the refreshed 2017 IS, which gets a slightly updated exterior, plus more standard safety technology. Last year the IS received updated engines and now the IS gets a more dramatic version of the Lexus spindle grille.

2017 Nissan Rogue gets a refresh and new hybrid model

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Nissan has unveiled the updated 2017 Rogue, which gets a freshened exterior, an updated interior, more tech features and the addition of a new hybrid model.

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo adds some much needed fun

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The current Nissan Sentra has lost most of the "fun factor" that it had during the days of the Sentra SE-R. Nissan hopes to change that with the debut of the 2017 Sentra SR Turbo, which is powered by a new 188-hp turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine.

Lexus UX concept previews a new sub-compact crossover

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Lexus has released a preview of its new UX concept, which is going to debut on September 29 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback revealed

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Audi has unveiled the all-new A5 and S5 Sportback ahead of their world debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. Just like the A5 and S5 Coupe, the design of the new Sportback models aren't a major departure from the previous generation.

Dodge to release all-wheel drive Challenger

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Dodge is reportedly going to release a new all-wheel drive version of the Challenger later this year. Automotive News is reporting that the Challenger GT AWD will be powered by a V6 engine that will send its power to all four wheels.

2017 Genesis G90 priced at $69,050

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Genesis, Hyundai's new standalone luxury brand has announced the pricing for its flagship sedan, the 2017 G90. Pricing for the G90 will start at $69,050 for the base twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 Genesis G90 and will max out at $73,150 for the 5.0L V8 G90 with all-wheel drive.

2017 Land Rover Discovery shows its face ahead of its Paris debut

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If you've gotten used to the LR4 name, you better get ready to say goodbye and hello to the past. Land Rover has announced that the LR4's replacement, the 2017 Discovery will be revealed later this month at the Paris Motor Show.

2017 Kia Rio revealed ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show

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Kia has unveiled the all-new fourth-generation 2017 Kia Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show.

2017 Ram 1500 special-edition Night package revealed

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Ram has unveiled a new special edition Night package for 2017 Ram 1500. Based on the Sport model, the Night package adds blacked-out features, including wheels, grille and badging.

Porsche Macan Turbo gets a new Performance Package

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Even though it's technically an SUV, the Porsche Macan is all sports car, well at least the Macan Turbo version is. Porsche is upping the ante even more with the introduction of a new Performance Package for the Macan Turbo, which adds an extra 40 horsepower for a total 440-hp!

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