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October 30, 2014

An Electric Range Rover Could be in the Cards

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Thanks to the success of Tesla and its Model S nearly every automaker is trying to produce a Tesla-rivaling electric vehicle. It's being reported that Land Rover is currently mulling the idea of an electric Range Rover that would compete with the Tesla Model X crossover.

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Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series Arrives With a $315K Price Tag

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Porsche has announced the release of the uber limited Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series, which is going to have its world premiere next month at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

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October 29, 2014

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Revealed with 567-HP

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BMW has taken the wraps off the second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M models ahead of their world debut at the LA Auto Show next month. Both models are powered by a 567-hp 4.4L V8, which is enough power for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds.

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Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Coming in 2016

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It's being reported that the next-generation Land Rover Defender is going to enter production during the summer of 2016. We last heard about a Defender replacement back in 2011 with the DC100 concept and at the time 2015 was slated as the last year for the current Defender. The current Defender will go out of production in 2015 due to emissions regulations, but the world will have to wait at least a year later for its replacement.

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Fiat Spins Off Ferrari and Lists 10 Percent Stake on Market

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Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off Ferrari and list a 10 percent stake on the market as it seeks to raise funding. The spin-off is expected to be complete next year.

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October 28, 2014

2015 Audi R8 Competition Revealed Ahead of its Debut in LA

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Audi has unveiled the 2015 Audi R8 Competition model, which is going to debut next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The limited-edition R8 Competition features a 570-hp engine and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.

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Porsche to Take on Tesla with Electric Mid-Size Model

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Porsche is currently working on a new model that will slot in below the Panamera in Porsche's lineup and while the new model will take on rivals like the BMW 5 Series, it will also be offered in a full electric version. The fully electric model will be Porsche's first ever production electric car and will go head to head with the Tesla Model S.

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October 24, 2014

BMW Teases the New X5 M and X6 M Ahead of Their LA Debut [VIDEO]

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BMW is going to unveil the new X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs next month at the LA Auto Show, which is still a month away. While we wait for the debut, BMW has released a teaser video of the X5 M and X6 M.

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How to Drive 834 Miles on One Tank of Fuel in the 2015 Audi A3 TDI [REVIEW]

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I wake up from a nap to find myself sweating in a car with the A/C off in the middle of the California desert. No this isn't a nightmare, my driving partner and I are trying to reach it to San Diego, which is over 100 miles away, but our 2015 Audi A3 TDI's gas gauge says were almost on empty. Why couldn't we stop for fuel? Last week Audi invited 18 journalists out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in its newest TDI Challenge. This isn't the first time that Audi has set up a mileage challenge, since a similar drive was done with the A6 and Q7 TDI diesel models, but this time the only model in the challenge would be the all-new A3 TDI.

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October 23, 2014

2015 VW e-Golf Nabs Title as Most Efficient Compact EV

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The 2015 VW e-Golf electric car has received an EPA rating of 126 MPGe city and 105 highway rating with a combined rating of 116 Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe). It also has a range of up to 83 miles and compared to other compact electric vehicles, the e-Golf is the most efficient car in its compact class.

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BMW M2 to Arrive in 2015 With a Turbocharged 3.0L Six-Cyl

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Next year BMW will launch the hotter version of the 2-Series, the M2. BMW's Friedrich Nitschke recently revealed some of the details to Autocar about the M2, with the biggest update being that it will be powered by a 3.0L inline-six cylinder engine.

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October 21, 2014

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class to Get an Update, Still Stays Boxy

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Mercedes-Benz is working on an update to the iconic G-Class SUV, but don't expect it to change that much. The G-Class hasn't had a redesign since it was released in 1979, but due to some upcoming stricter EU regulations, Mercedes has to give the boxy SUV a few styling changes.

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2015 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

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The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a month away and at the show Green Car Journal gives away its annual Green Car of the Year award. The 2015 contenders include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf.

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October 20, 2014

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach to Debut Next Month at the LA Auto Show

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It's being reported that the Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to resurrect the Maybach sub-brand with the debut of a new sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. According to Car and Driver, the new Maybach will be a stretched version of the S-Class that will be around 18 feet long, which will place it between the S550 and the previous Maybach 57.

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October 17, 2014

Jaguar F-Type to Get All-Wheel-Drive at the L.A. Auto Show

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Jaguar continues to grow the F-Type lineup and even though buyers can now choose from two bodystyles and three engines, all versions have only been available with rear-wheel-drive. Jaguar is now reportedly going to reveal a new all-wheel-drive version of the F-Type at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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October 16, 2014

BMW Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the X5

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This year BMW is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the launch of the original X crossover, the X5, which launched in 1999. The X5 is now in its third-generation and since its launch the X lineup has been increased to a total of five models. By the end of the decade that number will increase further with the arrival of the X2 and X7 models.

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October 15, 2014

Audi Confirms New LA Concept Will Preview its New Design Language

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Audi has confirmed that its new concept that is going to debut at the LA Auto Show next month will preview its new design language. The concept is the work of new Head of Design Marc Lichte who was appointed Head of Audi Design in February 2014.

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October 14, 2014

Porsche Macan Diesel Confirmed for the U.S.

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Porsche has confirmed that it will offer a diesel-powered version of the Macan crossover in the U.S.

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Audi A9 Concept Teased Ahead of its Debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show

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A teaser of the upcoming Audi A9 concept has been released ahead of the concept's debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The concept is expected to take the shape of a large four-door coupe that will not only preview a new Audi flagship, but may also preview a new design language.

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October 13, 2014

Porsche Admits That the Panamera's Styling Needs Work

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Porsche just publicly admitted that the design of the Porsche Panamera is not great. Matthias Mueller, Porsche's CEO recently told Motoring that the design of the second-generation Panamera needs to improve significantly compared to the current model.

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VW Auctions Off the First 2015 e-Golf Electric Car in the U.S.

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Want to be the first person in the U.S. to get the keys to the 2015 VW e-Golf electric car? Here's your chance: Volkswagen and Global Green USA have announced the auction of the first 2015 e-Golf. The auction, hosted online at Charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, gives bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the e-Golf before sales kick off in the U.S. later this year.

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October 9, 2014

100th Anniversary Special Edition Maserati Ghibli Lands in Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

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Every year Neiman Marcus releases its Christmas Book for the holiday season that is filled with exotic gifts that are out of reach of most people. The gifts usually include special editions of unique vehicles and this year a special edition of the Maserati Ghibli can be had for a mere $95,000.

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October 8, 2014

Next-Gen Audi Q7 to Debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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It's being reported that the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV is going to take the stage at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg revealed the news to Indian Autos Blog last week on the eve of the Paris Motor Show.

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2015 Porsche 911 GTS Debuts with 430-HP and Starts at $115,195

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Porsche has unveiled the all four of the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS models. Available as a coupe or cabriolet with rear or all-wheel-drive, the 911 GTS packs 430 horsepower and reaches 0-60 mph in a quick 3.8 seconds.

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October 7, 2014

Audi TT Crossover Will Most Likely Enter Production, Fingers Crossed for the TT Sportback

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This year in addition to unveiling the all-new third-generation Audi TT, Audi has also shown off the concept versions like, the Shooting Brake in Detroit, the Offroad concept in Beijing and the Sportback concept in Paris. Audi has obviously made it clear that a third version of the TT, following the Coupe and Roadster versions, is in the works. But which one is Audi going to produce?

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Lamborghini Has No Plans to Produce the Asterion Concept

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Last week Lamborghini unveiled the Asterion hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show and if you were hoping to hear about future production plans, you'll be disappointed to hear that it isn't going to happen. According to CEO Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini has no plans to produce the Asterion.

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Volvo Reveals a 450-HP 2.0-Liter Drive-E Four-Cylinder Engine

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Volvo has revealed its new Drive-E powertrain concept, which is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates an awesome 450 horsepower. The engine is a follow up to the Drive-E engines that Volvo launched in 2013 and showcases how Volvo intends to downsize its engines, without sacrificing performance.

The Drive-E Powertrain Concept utilizes two parallel turbochargers, which are fed by an electrically powered turbo-compressor. The compressed air from this unit, rather than being fed to the cylinders, is instead used to spool up the two parallel turbochargers. Fuel is fed by a dual fuel pump working at 250 bar pressure. Volvo says that With this kind of power density, the triple boost installation and unique fuel system, there shouldn't be any turbo lag.

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October 6, 2014

Porsche Says No To An Entry-Level Roadster

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It was reported that Porsche was considering a small Boxster-based roadster that would be smaller and less expensive than the Boxster, but now those plans have reportedly been abandoned.

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October 2, 2014

Fiat 500X Crossover Officially Debuts in Paris

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Fiat has officially unveiled its newest model, the 500X crossover at the Paris Motor Show today. The 500X is now the sixth member of the 500 family and will be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, including the U.S.

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October 1, 2014

Volkswagen XL Sport Unveiled With a Ducati Two-Cyl Engine

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Volkswagen has taken the extremely fuel efficient XL1 and turned it into something a bit more exciting, the XL Sport.

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid Concept Heads to Paris

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What we have here is Lamborghini's latest concept, the Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid concept. As a platform to showcase Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid technology, the Asterion LPI 910-4 combines the style and performance that we expect from Lamborghini, but with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode.

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Audi TT Sportback Concept Officially Unveiled

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Audi has unveiled the new TT Sportback Concept, which is another take on the TT following the TT Crossover concept that was unveiled earlier this year. Audi has already confirmed that a third TT model will join the lineup following the Coupe and Roadster models, but it's not known if it will be a crossover or something sportier like this TT Sportback concept.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Priced From $120,825

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Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing for the 2015 S-Class Coupe, which starts at $120,825 for the S550 4MATIC Coupe. The S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe starts at $161,825, while the V12-powered S65 AMG Coupe is priced at $231,825.

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2015 Aston Martin Lagonda Photos Released

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The Aston Martin Lagonda is back, but there's a twist - it's only available in the Middle East. The Lagonda sedan is based on the Aston Martin Rapide and even shares the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

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2016 Jaguar XE Details Released

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Jaguar has released all the details for the 2016 XE sedan, which is going to debut tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show.

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2016 Fiat 500X Official Photos Leaked on the Eve of its Paris Debut

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The Fiat 500X crossover is finally going to be unwrapped tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show, but two official photos have leaked a little early.

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September 30, 2014

Mercedes-Benz GLB: A Smaller G-Class is Coming in 2019?

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Mercedes-Benz is reportedly working on a smaller version of the boxy G-Class SUV with the GLB badge.

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September 29, 2014

VW Passat GTE Plug-in Hybrid Can Travel Up to 31 Miles in EV Mode

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VW has unveiled the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. The Passat GTE is based on the European-spec Passat, which is different than the one we have here in the U.S.


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September 26, 2014

McLaren 625C is McLaren's First Model for Asia

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McLaren has just revealed the 625C Coupe and Spider, which have been created specifically for the Asian market. The Asian market has seen the biggest area of growth for McLaren over the past two years and sales are set to grow from 20 percent in 2013 to more than a third in 2014.

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2015 Audi S3 Limited Edition Heads to the U.S.

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Audi has released a special S3 Limited Edition, which is only for the U.S. market. The very limited S3 features Daytona Gray pearl paint with red brake calipers and a two-tone black and red leather interior.

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