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August 22, 2014

2015 Nissan Frontier and Xterra Priced

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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2015 Nissan Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV, which are both getting a few changes for the new model year.

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August 21, 2014

Honda CR-Z Gets a New Supercharger that Boosts its Power to 197-HP

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Anyone that's ever driven the Honda CR-Z hybrid knows that the main thing that it needs is more power, a lot more power. Well Honda has yet to release a version direct from the factory that packs more than 130 horsepower, but Honda has announced the availability of a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit.

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2015 Honda Fit Gets Top Safety Pick Rating After a Quick Fix

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Honda has announced that the 2015 Honda Fit has been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, but it wasn't an easy feat. Back in March an early production 2015 Fit was tested, but it only received a marginal score in the small overlap test, which would have prevented it from receiving the top safety rating. Honda's engineers responded quickly and made a design change to fix the issue.

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August 20, 2014

2015 Honda Accord Gets a Few Upgrades and Starts at $22,895

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Honda has announced the small upgrades to the 2015 Honda Accord lineup, which is going on sale today, with pricing starting at $22,895.

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August 19, 2014

Infiniti Teases New Model Ahead of its Debut in Paris

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Infiniti has released a teaser photo of a new model that it plans to reveal at the Paris Motor Show in October. Other than the teaser photo Infiniti stated, "soon, Infiniti will share a vision - its soul - on a scale not seen before from the company."

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August 14, 2014

Toyota Paints the FT-1 Concept in Graphite and Readies a Version for Gran Turismo

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Toyota originally unveiled the FT-1 concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year and now Toyota has released two new versions of the concept. The first shows the concept in a new Graphite color with a saddle leather colored interior and the second is a high-performance digital race version that will be available in Gran Turismo.

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August 12, 2014

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Spied in Japan [VIDEO]

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Mazda is going to take the wraps off the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata next month, but a camouflaged prototype was recently caught testing in Japan.

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August 11, 2014

2015 Nissan 370Z Starts at $30,800

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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2015 Nissan 370Z Coupe, 370Z Nismo and 370Z Roadster models. The base 370Z starts at $30,800 including destination, while the 370Z Nismo starts at $42,800 an the 370Z Roadster starts at $42,630.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Teased, Will Be Revealed on Sept. 3

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We're just a few weeks away from the official debut of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but this morning a photo of the new MX-5 Miata has surfaced online. The photo shows the next MX-5 covered in a blue cloth.

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August 8, 2014

Next-Gen Nissan Z to Get Hybrid System and Mercedes Engines?

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Reports about the next-generation Nissan Z have surfaced, revealing some possible powertrain options and even its new name.

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August 6, 2014

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series to Compete in SCORE Baja 1000 Race

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Toyota has announced that the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series is going to compete in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that takes place on November 12-16 in Ensenada, Mexico.

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August 5, 2014

Lexus Crafted Line Special Editions to Debut at Pebble Beach

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Lexus has announced the introduction of The Crafted Line special edition versions of the F Sport versions of the LS 460 F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, IS 250 F Sport, RX 350 F Sport and ES 350, which are all going to debut this month in Pebble Beach.

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August 1, 2014

Final Lexus IS F Rolls Off the Line

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Fans of the Lexus IS F will be sad to hear that the final IS F rolled off the line in Japan last week. A blue IS F that is going to find a new home in the U.S. is officially the last one.

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July 31, 2014

Honda Says Goodbye to the Fit EV

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Following news earlier this year that Honda has decided to discontinue the slow selling Insight hybrid, Honda has now confirmed that its killing another one of its "green" cars, the Fit EV.

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Toyota Prices the 2015 Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Series

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Toyota has released the pricing for the 2015 Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Series models, which are aimed at buyers that like to take their trucks off-road.

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July 30, 2014

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets a Name - Mirai

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According to sources that spoke with Bloomberg, Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is going to be called the Mirai when it arrives next year.

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2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Special Edition Announced

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Toyota has announced a new special edition of the 2015 Prius, which it's calling the Prius Persona.

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July 29, 2014

Scion's Lineup Slated to Get New Life Next Year with xB and xD Replacements

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Toyota has been very vocal about the current status of the Scion brand and where it will go in the future. Even though it was reported that Toyota studied the idea of turning Scion into a near-luxury brand, it's now being reported that it will continue to target young car shoppers.

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July 24, 2014

Nissan Versa Note Nismo Unveiled, Unfortunately It's Not Coming to the U.S.

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Nissan's Nismo performance team has created a hotter version of the Versa Note hatchback. The sportiest Versa Note is going to be offered in two versions: Note Nismo and the Note Nismo S.

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July 23, 2014

2015 Toyota Yaris Gets a Bit More Aggressive

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Toyota has unveiled the restyled 2015 Toyota Yaris, which has received a restyled exterior, retuned suspension and updated interior.

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July 21, 2014

Lexus LF-LC to Get 600 Horsepower Twin-Turbo V8

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Lexus has yet to officially confirm a production date for its new coupe that will be based on the LF-LC concept, but several rumors have it pegged for an introduction in 2017 with the SC badge. We're now getting reports about what will power the SC, which could include a 600 horsepower V8.

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July 18, 2014

Lexus Mulls a Smaller Crossover

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This fall the 2015 Lexus NX small crossover will be introduced, but Lexus is now reportedly looking at adding an even smaller crossover to its lineup.

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July 17, 2014

2017 Lexus SC Will Look Nearly Identical to the LF-LC Concept

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Since the Lexus LF-LC Concept debuted in 2012 there have been countless rumors and reports about a production version. We're now getting stronger reports that it will enter production as a 2017 model with the SC badge. Now Lexus' vice-president in Europe, Alain Uyttenhoven has revealed that the production version will look very close to the concept.

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2015 Toyota Sienna Gets a Small Facelift

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Toyota is giving the 2015 Sienna minivan a small facelift for the new model year. On the outside the changes are minimal with a redesigned front grille and available LED daytime running lights and headlights.

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July 16, 2014

All-New 2016 Mazda2 Officially Unveiled

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Mazda has officially unveiled the all-new 2016 Mazda2, which is known as the Demio in Japan. The new Mazda2 was originally previewed by the Hazumi concept earlier this year, which now adopts Mazda's Kodo design language.

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2015 Mazda2 Leaked Ahead of its Official Debut

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A few photos of the all-new 2015 Mazda2 or Demio as it's known in Japan, have leaked online ahead of its official debut later this year. Mazda originally previewed the new Mazda2 with the Hazumi concept earlier this year and from these photos, we can see that the most of the concept's styling details have transferred to the production version.

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July 15, 2014

2016 Toyota Prius Will be Available with Lithium-Ion and Nickel Batteries, AWD Possible

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The next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius isn't expected to arrive until the end of 2015. When the 2016 Prius arrives we can expect it to be more fuel efficient with updated styling, but some other details have started to surface, including a report that two battery options will be available.

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Next-Gen Toyota Camry Could Ditch its V6 for a Turbo Four-Cyl

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In an effort to increase its fuel economy by up to 30 percent, Toyota is going to revamp its engine lineup, which could see the next Camry losing its V6 in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder.

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July 14, 2014

Nissan's Compact RWD Sports Car May Not Happen

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Late last year Nissan excited fans when it unveiled the IDx sports car concepts, which previewed a possible Scion FR-S fighter. The small rear-wheel-drive coupe was supposed to receive the green light, but now cost concerns may ruin those plans.

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July 10, 2014

2017 Mazda RX-7/ RX-8 Successor In the Works With 450-HP?

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A new report claims that Mazda is working on a successor to the RX-7/ RX-8, which is slated to arrive in 2017 with a 450 horsepower rotary engine.

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July 9, 2014

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Gets a Few Updates

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Mitsubishi is giving the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution a few updates for what is probably its last year. The Lancer Evolution has already been discontinued in several markets, but luckily the U.S. gets it for another year.

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Is the Nissan Cube Going Away After the 2014 Model Year?

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Yesterday Nissan released the updates for its 2015 model lineup, but one car was missing from the list - the Nissan Cube. Sales of the boxy Cube have been a disappointment, so does that mean that Nissan is finally giving it the axe?

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July 8, 2014

2016 Nissan Titan to Debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Nissan has confirmed that the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan pickup is going to debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Nissan hasn't revealed many of the details about the next Titan, but we do know that it will be offered with a 5.0L Cummins diesel V8 engine with around 300 horsepower and 500 lb-ft. of torque.

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All-New 2015 Mazda2 Interior Revealed

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Earlier this year Mazda previewed the next-generation 2015 Mazda2 with the Hazumi concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Now a few low-res images of the production version's interior have been released online.

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July 7, 2014

Subaru Denies Rumors About the BRZ's Demise

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Last month there were rumors that the Subaru BRZ would only be around for one generation due to the growing relationship between BMW and Toyota. According to remarks from Toyota's chief engineer, Australia's Drive reported that Subaru may not be involved in the creation of the next generation coupe.

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July 3, 2014

2015 Acura TLX Starts at $30,995

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Acura has announced the pricing for the 2015 Acura TLX, which will arrive in showrooms in August. The 2015 TLX with the 2.4L starts at $30,995, while the 3.5L V6 model starts at $35,220. The all-wheel-drive TLX with the 3.5L V6 starts at $41,450.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Will Officially Debut on September 3

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Mazda has announced that the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be unveiled on September 3. At this year's New York Auto Show Mazda revealed the 2016 MX-5 Miata's chassis and this fall the four-generation will debut during simultaneous global events in Japan, Spain and the United States.

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July 1, 2014

2015 Lexus IS Gets a Few Updates

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Lexus has announced the updates to the 2015 IS. Since the IS was all-new for the 2014 model year, the 2015 model only gets a few updates like LED fog lights, Apple's Siri Eyes Free and a few interior changes.

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June 30, 2014

Honda's First Production Jet Takes An 84-Minute Flight

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Honda is set to expand its current business beyond automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment with the launch of its new HondaJet aircraft. Honda has announced that the first production HondaJet has successfully completed its initial flight.

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Next-Gen Toyota Prius Delayed Until the End of 2015

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The arrival of the next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius is being delayed until December 2015, which is six months later than originally planned. According to one source, the delay is because engineers need extra time to maximize the Prius's fuel economy.

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