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June 30, 2015

Lexus SC to return for 2017 model year

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A new report claims that the Lexus SC is going to be revived for the 2017 model year. The SC badge was last used in 2010 on the four-seat hardtop convertible.

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2016 Nissan Leaf battery updates will bring a longer driving range

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In an attempt to combat falling sales, Nissan has announced plans to unveil the 2016 Leaf, which is getting a midcycle update that will give it a longer driving range. The improvements to the Leaf includes a new battery that will deliver 30 kwh of power compared to the current 24 kwh battery. The more powerful battery could give the Leaf a driving range around 105-110 miles.

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June 29, 2015

Next-gen Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ may borrow the Miata's chassis

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Toyota and Mazda continue to further their partnership, which is seen by the introduction of the new Scion iA, which is essentially a rebadged Mazda2. Now there's a new rumor that the partnership could involve Toyota borrowing another one of Mazda's models - the new MX-5 Miata. While the it's unlikely that Toyota would sell a rebadged Miata, there's a report that the roadster's chassis could be used for the next-gen Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes.

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2016 Scion iA and iM pricing announced

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Scion has announced the pricing for the 2016 Scion iA sedan and 2016 Scion iM models, which are both going to go on sale in September. The Scion iA is priced at $16,495, while the iM starts at $19,255.

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2016 Mazda6 [REVIEW]

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The midsize sedan segment has been one of the most competitive segments for years with top players like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry vying for the top spot. But even though these two sedans may win the most signatures at dealers, are they truly the best? There are alternatives in the segment, like the Mazda6 that in some cases may offer more than the typical best sellers. Mazda is known for offering sportier alternatives, but can the Mazda6 find the sweet spot that can help it win over would be Accord or Camry buyers?

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June 28, 2015

Scion xB will disappear at the end of the year

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When Scion launched in the early 2000's, the xB was the most popular model in its lineup with its quirky boxy styling. By 2008 it turned into a more bloated looking box, which lost most of the quirkiness that made the original fun. Now seven years later, Scion has confirmed that the xB will end its run by the end of the year.

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June 25, 2015

2016 Acura NSX to pace the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Acura has announced that the 2016 Acura NSX will be the official pace car of the 93rd Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. The special NSX pace car, which is wrapped in custom racing-inspired livery will lead the field of 140 entrants in the race.

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June 19, 2015

Infiniti teases 2016 Q30 ahead of its Frankfurt debut

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Infiniti has released a photo of a camouflaged Q30, which is going to officially debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Q30 was previewed as a concept two years ago in Frankfurt and now the production version is slated to go on sale in Europe by the end of this year.

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June 16, 2015

2016 Nissan Altima and Sentra to get a big refresh

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The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima is a big departure from the last generation with its bold exterior, which now makes it the most stylish sedan in Nissan's four sedan lineup. Well Nissan has some changes in store for the 2016 Altima and Sentra, which are both getting a refresh that will be more extensive than just a simple facelift.

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June 18, 2015

2015 Honda Accord Sedan [REVIEW]

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The Honda Accord has been the leader for midsize sedans for decades now. Long established as the benchmark by which others are judged, it stands the test of time by being unique in that it's occasionally the best at one criteria, yet as often very good at almost all of them. To quote the adage; "it really is greater than the sum of it's parts." For the Accord though, being top dog also means having competitors sights set on you. With the latest round of midsize domination with the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima nipping at your heels, how does the Accord compare?

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June 16, 2015

2016 Subaru Forester priced at $23,245

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Subaru has announced the pricing for the 2016 Forester, which now starts at $23,245 for the Forester 2.5i after the destination fee. The 2016 Forester is getting some small updates, like the availability of Subaru's Starlink safety system and steering-responsive fog lights.

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June 15, 2015

Honda to revamp its green lineup: Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas are done

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Honda has some big changes in store, which includes the introduction of the all-new tenth-generation Civic later this year. When the all-new Civic arrives, a few versions will not return. American Honda Motor Executive Vice President John Mendel has announced that the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models will be dropped when the 2016 Civic debuts.

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June 12, 2015

Nissan Juke-R Nismo concept teased ahead of its Goodwood debut

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Nissan has released a teaser of the Juke-R Nismo concept that is going to debut later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Juke-R Nismo concept is a follow up to the original GT-R-powered Juke-R.

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June 11, 2015

Leaked patent photos may reveal Honda mid-engine S2000 successor

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There have been rumors for quite a while about a successor to the Honda S2000, since it left us in 2009. Honda is finally renewing its interest in more performance models, which is seen with the upcoming introduction of the new Acura NSX and Honda Civic Type-R, but is Honda also finally working on a successor to the S2000?

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June 8, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3 rated at 29/ 35 MPG

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Mazda has released the fuel economy specs for the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, which gets up to 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Acura ILX [REVIEW]

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Acura originally introduced the ILX for 2013. Based on the Civic it was Acura's attempt to compete in the ever growing small car luxury segment. Unfortunately the ILX didn't offer much to differentiate it from the Civic. With new players from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, the ILX just couldn't complete. Luckily for 2016 that has all changed with pretty much the entire car getting reworked, especially where it was needed most - under the hood.

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June 4, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander gets a lower starting price

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Mitsubishi is giving the 2016 Outlander a long list of improvements, including updated styling that now aligns with the automaker's new design language. In total the 2016 Outlander has received over 100 engineering and design improvements, but the best part is that the new Outlander is now cheaper with a starting price that is $200 lower at $22,995.

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June 3, 2015

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid gets new safety and driver assistive technologies

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Acura has revealed the updates to the 2016 RLX Sport Hybrid, which goes on sale this month. The biggest update to the 2016 model is the availability of a long list of new safety and driver assistive technologies.

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June 2, 2015

2016 Subaru Legacy and Outback get steering and suspension tweaks

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Subaru has announced the updates to the 2016 Legacy and Outback, which are getting improvements like, enhanced steering feel, a retuned suspension on Limited trims and a Lane Keep Assist safety system.

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June 1, 2015

2016 Lexus LX 570 facelift leaked

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The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is going to get a facelift and even though Lexus has yet to reveal it, a leaked photo is giving us an early look at the updated SUV.

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May 28, 2015

2015 Nissan Rogue [REVIEW]

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The Nissan Rogue was all new for 2014. Entering it's second generation the Rogue has grown in size and styling just in time, as the small SUV segment is currently the most hotly contested. With stalwarts such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, Nissan had its work cut out for it to remain competitive. Luckily the new Rogue has shed its rental car image and is now a formidable contender.

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May 26, 2015

Mazda celebrates the 1 millionth CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 crossover was only introduced just over three years ago, but in that short time Mazda has managed to produce over 1 million units. The CX-5 is the second fastest Mazda model to reach the milestone one-million-unit mark, following the Mazda3.

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Mazda2 hatchback dropped from Mazda's US lineup

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Mazda has reportedly decided to kill plans to sell the redesigned Mazda2 hatchabck in the U.S. according to a top Mazda executive. Lower gas prices and tight inventory numbers are to blame for the decision.

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May 22, 2015

Honda kicks off production of the all-new 2016 Pilot in Alabama

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Honda has announced that production of the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot has kicked off at its plant in Alabama. The 2016 Pilot is slated to arrive at dealerships next month.

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May 21, 2015

Mazda launches new 'Driving Matters' campaign

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Mazda has announced the kick of its new "Driving Matters" advertising campaign that i san evolution of the Game Changers campaign. The goal of the new campaign is to create a more emotional connection to the brand.

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May 20, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot priced at $29,995 and gets 27 MPG highway rating

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Honda has released the pricing for the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot, which starts at $29,995 plus the $880 destination fee. The 2016 Pilot will be offered in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trim levels.

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May 14, 2015

Mazda and Toyota confirm expanded partnership to share technologies

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As was reported earlier this week, Mazda and Toyota have announced plans to further expand their existing partnership that has already given birth to the Scion iA. The expansion will give both automakers access to each others technologies, but the announcement stopped short of revealing any specific details.

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May 12, 2015

2017 Scion FR-S to get updated styling and a little more power

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Toyota has been pretty vocal about the fact that sales of the Scion FR-S have dropped off since it was introduced back in 2012. Sales of the FR-S were actually down 29 percent in April compared to a year ago, so hopefully an upcoming refresh to to the 2017 FR-S will help keep it alive.

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May 11, 2015

Toyota CEO wishes Lexus introduced a three-row crossover instead of the RC Coupe

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Lexus has one major whole in its lineup - a three row crossover and apparently one Toyota exec is wishing that wasn't the case. Jim Lentz, Toyota's North American CEO recently revealed that he feels that it would have been a wiser choice for Lexus to have built a three-row crossover instead of the new RC coupe.

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May 10, 2015

Mazda may expand its partnership with Toyota to help it build a fuel-cell vehicle

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Currently Mazda and Toyota have a partnership that is giving birth to the Mazda 2 based Scion iA. Now it's being reported that Mazda and Toyota are currently discussing plans to expand their partnership, which would give Mazda access to Toyota's fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid technology.

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May 7, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle arrives in October

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Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will officially arrive at select California dealerships this October. Plus leading up to the arrival, interested buyers can pre-order the Mirai starting this summer.

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May 4, 2015

2016 Honda HR-V [REVIEW]

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The compact crossover segment is now one of the fastest growing segments with almost every automaker jumping in. The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to arrive this month and will be one of the heavy hitters that will compete with other new models, like the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax and Mazda CX-3. The HR-V borrows its platform from the small Fit, nabs the Civic's engine and comes filled with features that Honda hopes will set it apart, does it work?

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April 30, 2015

2016 Scion FR-S gets and upgraded interior and starts at $25,305

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Scion has revealed the updates to the 2016 Scion FR-S, which gets some interior improvements, two new colors, a new standard audio system and a rear-view back up camera. The interior gets bright silver interior accents on the steering wheel bezel, shift bezel, door grip, and along the sides of the center console.

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2016 Honda HR-V priced at $19,115 and rated at 35 mpg

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Honda has revealed all the details about the 2016 HR-V compact SUV, which will officially go on sale on May 15. Pricing for the 2016 HR-V starts at $19,115 (plus $880 destination).

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April 29, 2015

Fiat 124 Spider to debut this year with Mazda MX-5 Miata DNA

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Fiat has already confirmed plans to introduce a new roadster that will be based on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, which will be dubbed the Fiat 124 Spider. Now it's being reported that the Fiat 124 Spider will debut later this year.

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April 28, 2015

Honda S2000 successor may get a turbo engine and two electric motors

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There have been rumors about a successor to the Honda S2000 for years and now the latest rumor claims that the successor could get an electrified powertrain that feature a turbocharged engine and two electric motors.

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April 27, 2015

Next-Gen Mazdaspeed 3 to debut later this year as a concept

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With a new batch of hot hatchbacks on the horizon thanks to the upcoming Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R, there have been questions about when we'll see a new Mazdaspeed 3. It's now being reported that Mazda will reveal a concept version of the next Mazdaspeed 3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25 percent more fuel efficient

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Mazda has revealed the fuel economy specs for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which is now 25 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. It's now rated at 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the six-speed manual and 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission.

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April 24, 2015

Toyota Mirai to be the first fuel cell vehicle to pace a NASCAR race

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Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel cell vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, April 25. The Mirai will be the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race.

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April 23, 2015

2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get EyeSight and Starlink technologies

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Subaru has unveiled the 2016 WRX and WRX STI models, which are now available with new safety technology, including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In addition both models are now available with a new Starlink touch screen infotainment system.

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