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July 28, 2015

2016 Lexus CT 200h gets a few updates

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Lexus has revealed the updates to the 2016 CT 200h hybrid, with the biggest update being a new chrome surround grille, an optional moonroof, Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Service Connect.

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Honda and Toyota finally embrace the turbo, Accord and Camry to get turbocharged

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For years several automakers have been swapping out their large displacement engines for smaller turbocharged engines, but Japan's Big 3 - Honda, Toyota and Nissan have largely stayed away turbos. Save for the fact that the first Acura RDX had a turbo and the Nissan Juke and GT-R models currently offer a turbo, you won't find any other turbos on their lots. That's about to change.

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July 25, 2015

2016 Lexus IS 200t officially replaces the slow IS 250

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Lexus has announced the updates to the 2016 IS, with the biggest update being the addition of the new IS 200t and IS 300 AWD, which replace the underpowered IS 250 and IS 250 AWD models.

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July 24, 2015

Next-Gen Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to have 30-35 mile EV range

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One of the biggest criticisms of the current Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the fact that it only has an all-electric driving range of 11 miles, which is much lower than the 38 miles that the current Chevy Volt can travel. Thankfully it's being reported that the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid will have a longer range of 30-35 miles.

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July 23, 2015

2016 Honda Accord gets updated styling plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Honda has unveiled the updated 2016 Accord, which gets updated styling, Honda Sensing plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Infiniti Q30 caught in Prague

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Earlier this week Infiniti announced that the small Q30 would debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Infiniti also released an official photo, which showed off the front of the Q30, but now we have our first look at the rear. The Q30 was recently caught filing an ad in Prague.

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July 22, 2015

Toyota will give you $7,500 to buy the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle

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The order portal for the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has officially opened, which is expected to arrive this fall. Pricing for the Mirai starts at $57,500 plus the $835 destination fee, but Toyota has announced at least three different programs to help get drivers into its new fuel-cell vehicle.

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July 21, 2015

Infiniti Q30 revealed ahead of its Frankfurt debut

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Infiniti has revealed the new Q30 small ahead of its official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Designed for more urban buyers, the small Q30 looks close to the concept version that previewed it two years ago.

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July 20, 2015

2016 Acura RDX [REVIEW]

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While Acura's sedan lineup has had its ups and downs over the years, one part of its lineup has remained the shinning star - its SUV lineup. The MDX continues to be the best-selling luxury three-row crossover and the smaller RDX has managed to outgun rivals, like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. For 2016 Acura gave the RDX a nice update that adds a little more styling pizzaz, a little more fun under the hood and some small interior updates. Will the updates keep the RDX out front, or is there a chance now that others may catch up? Read on to find out.

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2016 Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions priced

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Toyota has announced the pricing for the 2016 Camry and Corolla Special Edition models, which both get a few sportier styling bits to make both sedans look a little more aggressive.

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July 17, 2015

2016 Scion tC gets some interior upgrades

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Scion is giving its best-selling model, the tC some updates for the 2016 model year. The 2016 tC is getting a new standard audio system, some upgraded interior features and a standard rear wiper.

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July 16, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3 priced at $20,840

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Mazda has just released the pricing for the 2016 CX-3 subcompact crossover, which will start at $20,840 if you live in any state besides Alaska, if you are in Alaska it will be a few bucks more at $20,885 after the destination fees.

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July 15, 2015

Honda's CEO has no car, says he's holding out for the Civic Type R

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It may seem a bit odd that the CEO of a major automaker doesn't even own a car, but that's the case for Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo. Hachigo says that he is holding out for a specific car until he finally owns a car again. Which model is he waiting for? The 306-hp Civic Type R, which is going to arrive this fall.

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July 14, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai orders kick off on July 20

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Toyota's Mirai fuel-cell vehicle is almost here and Toyota has announced that California customers will be able to order the Mirai starting on July 20.

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July 13, 2015

Would a NISMO-tuned Nissan Maxima make it a true sports sedan?

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Nissan continues to bill the Maxima as a four-door sports sedan, but over the years it's been debatable about how much of that was actually true. Now that the all-new 2016 Maxima is here, Nissan is reportedly looking at the possibility of adding a sportier NISMO-tuned version.

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July 11, 2015

2016 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h get a refresh

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Back in April Lexus revealed the updated 2016 Lexus ES, but now Lexus has revealed the details about the U.S. models, which includes the ES 350 and ES 300h. The refreshed 2016 Lexus ES gets styling updates, new driver assist technologies and some upgrades to the interior.


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July 9, 2015

2016 Nissan Rogue a few more features

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Nissan Rogue sales have really taken off, with sales increasing 54.3 percent in June alone and 36.3 percent in the first six months of this year. Nissan hopes to continue that momentum with the 2016 Rogue, which is getting some new features.

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July 7, 2015

Nissan Leaf buyers now get free charging in Boston

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Nissan has announced that its "No Charge to Charge" promotion is now available for Boston-area Nissan Leaf buyers. The promotion provides two years of free public charging and includes access to fast chargers that can charge the Leaf from empty to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.

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July 6, 2015

2016 Mazda3 gets more features, base model dropped

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Mazda has revealed the updates to the 2016 Mazda3 four- and five-door models, which now starts at $17,845. The biggest change is the deletion of the base i SV model, which leaves the i Sport trim level as the entry to the Mazda3 lineup.

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July 5, 2015

Honda begins production of the new Civic Type R

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Honda has officially started production of the all-new Civic Type R at its European plant in Swindon, UK. The first three versions of the 306 horsepower Civic Type R were painted in red, white and blue respectively as they left the line heading to Honda dealerships across Europe.

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July 2, 2015

2016 Subaru Series. Hyperblue BRZ and WRX STI revealed

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Subaru has announced the introduction of the limited-edition 2016 Series. Hyperblue BRZ and WRX STI models. The limited-edition models are a follow up to the 20151 Series.Blue BRZ and both models are painted in Hyper Blue with matching interior trim.

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First Batch of 2016 Mazda MX-5s arrive in the U.S.

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Mazda has announced that the first shipment of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata has arrive in the U.S. It will be a few more weeks until they arrive in showrooms.

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July 1, 2015

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Infiniti QX60 Hybrid are done

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Nissan has reportedly decided to kill the hybrid versions of the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. The 2016 Pathfinder and QX60 will only be available in the regular gasoline-powered versions.

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June 30, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle can travel up to 312 miles

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Toyota has announced that the upcoming 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will have a driving range of 312 miles on a single fill of hydrogen. The Mirai is also rated at an EPA estimated 67 miles MPGe.

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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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