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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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June 27, 2014

Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti Announce New Plant in Mexico for Compact Vehicles

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Daimler and Renault-Nissan have announced plans for a new plant in Mexico that will build new compact vehicles for both the Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti brands. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche announced today that their companies have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture, the business entity that will oversee construction and operation of the new plant in Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico.

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Infiniti Q30 Confirmed for Production Next Year

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Yesterday Infiniti confirmed that production of the Q30 compact model will kick off next year in the UK. The announcement was part of Infiniti's bigger announcement that production of a new 2.0L that will be used by both Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti has started at Infiniti's Decherd Powertrain Plant, in Tennessee.

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June 25, 2014

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Revealed as a Production Model in Japan [VIDEO]

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Toyota has taken the wraps off its new fuel cell sedan today in Japan. Toyota has yet to announce what the fuel sedan will be called, but Toyota has revealed that it will go on sale in Japan in April 2015 before it arrives in the U.S. and Europe by next summer.

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June 24, 2014

Ken Gushi to Race Scion FR-S at Pikes Peak

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Scion has announced that racer Ken Gushi will be driving a GReddy Racing Scion FR-S in the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29. Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R and this year he'll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles.

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June 23, 2014

Subaru BRZ Could be Discontinued as Toyota Expands its Partnership with BMW

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The fate of the Subaru BRZ may be in jeopardy since Toyota is currently mulling plans to end its current partnership with Subaru as it further deepens its ties with BMW. The Subaru BRZ was the result of Toyota's 20 percent stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, which lead to the creation of both the BRZ and GT 86/ Scion FR-S.

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June 18, 2014

Lexus Fans Pick Solar Flare Color for 2015 RC F

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Lexus recently asked fans to come up with a name for a new Orange color for the 2015 RC F and after receiving over 400 names, Lexus has settled on "Solar Flare" for the RC F.

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June 17, 2014

2015 Acura ILX Starts at $27,050, Hybrid Model Dropped

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Acura has announced the changes to the 2015 Acura ILX, with the biggest change being the deletion of the ILX Hybrid. The ILX Hybrid was a slow seller with only 63 units sold in May of this year, which was off by 68 percent compared to May 2013.

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June 16, 2014

Nissan Concept 2020 Gran Turismo Unveiled, Hints R36 at GT-R [VIDEO]

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Nissan has unveiled the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, which was created through a close collaboration with the creators of Gran Turismo video game. The concept was designed in Europe with input from Nissan's engineers in Japan and is even said to provide a hint at a future sports car, most likely the R36 GT-R.

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June 12, 2014

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Gets Upgraded CVT and Improved MPG Specs

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Mitsubishi has revealed several updates for the 2015 Outlander Sport, with the biggest update being an improved CVT.

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June 11, 2014

2015 Nissan Frontier/ NP300 Navara Unveiled

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Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2015 Nissan Frontier, which is sold in other markets as the NP300 Navara.

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Lexus LF-LC Concept to Revive the SC Badge in 2017?

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Back in 2012 Lexus unveiled the LF-LC concept as a preview of its future design language. The concept was so well received that there have been rumors ever since that a production version could happen. Now the latest report claims that the LF-LC concept will come to life and will revive the SC badge that has been dormant since 2010.

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June 10, 2014

Nissan Gran Turismo Vision Concept Teased

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Nissan has released a teaser of a new sports car that is expected to become one of the latest additions to the Gran Turismo video game. The Nissan Vision Gran Turismo concept is going to debut on June 16.

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Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle Could Arrive Late This Year

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Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle was expected to arrive early next year, but a new report claims that it could arrive by the end of 2014.

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June 9, 2014

2015 Nissan Frontier Interior Teased

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Although two leaked photos of the 2015 Nissan Frontier/ Navara surfaced online last week, Nissan is now giving us a look at the pickup's interior.

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June 6, 2014

2015 Nissan Frontier Uncovered in Thailand

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Nissan has confirmed that it is going to unveil a new truck on June 11, which is widely believed to be the next-generation 2015 Nissan Frontier. Now two images have leaked online that may give us our first look at the new Frontier ahead of its debut next week.

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June 5, 2014

2015 Subaru Outback Priced at $24,895

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Subaru has announced the pricing for the 2015 Subaru Outback, which is getting a significant starting price increase from the outgoing model, at $24,895.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Could Cost Around $100,000

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Infiniti has not yet given the Q50 Eau Rouge the green light, but Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen recently provided some details about it to Motor Trend.

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