The all-new 2015 VW GTI is slated to arrive around this time next year, but the model that most enthusiasts are probably most excited about is the top dog of the Golf lineup, the Golf R. VW hasn't unveiled the new Golf R, but prototypes of the high-performance hatch have been zooming around the Nürburgring in Germany.
2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel: GM Engineer Drives 900 Miles on One Tank (Video)
Yup you read that right. Tessa Baughman a GM engineer recently took the 2014 Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel to Arkansas, where she drove 900 miles on one tank of diesel fuel. The Cruze Turbo Diesel is powered by a 2.0L turbo-diesel engine and is officially rated at 46 mpg on the highway, but Baughman explains how it's possible to squeeze out even more mpg.
Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S a 99 Out of 100 Rating
Consumer Reports has announced that the Tesla Model S has received a rating of 99 out of 100, which means that it's has been rated higher than any other model recently tested. Back in 2007, the Lexus LS 460L also received a score of 99 out of 100, but since then no other model has been able to achieve the same rating.
The Nissan GT-R Takes on a Jet in the Swiss Alps (Video)
Nissan has released this video of a Nissan GT-R taking on an Oris Swiss Hunter Fighter Jet with 22,000 HP in a land-sky speed challenge. The race in the Swiss Alps was organized by German-based N-Magazine.
Star Trek's Spock From Past and Present Go Head to Head in Audi's New S7 Spot (Video)
Star Trek fans are getting ready for the next installment of the movie franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens in theaters on May 17th. To get ready for the movie, Audi wants to know what happens when old school goes head to head with new school in a battle of speed and wits? Audi is putting the Spock of past (Leonard Nimoy) and present (Zachary Quinto) together in its latest commercial for the Audi S7.
GM Discusses the Evolution of the 2014 Chevy Camaro Exterior (Video)
GM took the wraps off the refreshed 2014 Chevy Camaro at this year's New York Auto Show. Here's a video where Program Engineering Manager Mark Dickens discusses the new Camaro. According to Dickens, "It's not just eye candy. It actually performs."
Jaguar's "Desire" Short Film Shows Off the Jaguar F-Type (Video)
Jaguar has premiered a new short film, called "Desire" that features the new F-Type at Sundance London, which was filmed in collaboration with with Ridley Scott Associates (RSA). The film stars British actor Damian Lewis, who was dressed for his role in Burberry Tailoring, as well as Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and American actress Shannyn Sossamon.
Land Rover Teases the 2014 Range Rover Sport's Upcoming Live Reveal in NYC (Video)
Next week Land Rover is going to take the wraps off the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport in New York. The new Range Rover Sport will debut at the New York Auto Show, but if you want to see it live in motion, Land Rover is going to drive the new Sport through the streets of Manhattan in live event which will preview the vehicle's transformed on-road dynamics and capability.
Guerlain Chicherit Does a Backflip in a Mini Countryman (Video)
Freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit just did something awesome at the winter sports resort of Tignes in France, by doing a backflip in a Mini Countryman. Chicherit pulled off the first such maneuver ever performed in a car using a static ramp.
Chevy Shows Off the 2014 Corvette Stingray (Video)
Here's a new commercial that Chevy has released for the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, which was unveiled last month at the Detroit Auto Show. We have to wait until later this year for the 2014 Corvette Stingray to show up in showrooms, but here's a look at the new Corvette in motion.
Lincoln MKC Concept Previews Lincoln's New Small Crossover
Lincoln has unveiled the Lincoln MKC concept, which is a preview of Lincoln's new small crossover and that is debuting this week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The small luxury utility segment grew almost 60 percent in 2012 and more than 200 percent in the last four years, which is why it's part of Lincoln's future strategy.
Nissan Previews New Interactive Exhibit for Detroit and Confirms New Hatchback and Concept Debuts
Visitors to the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show will be the first to see Nissan's all-new interactive display. At the show, Nissan will debut its new global auto show stand design featuring multi-level flooring for vehicle displays, an amphitheater-style stage and soaring architectural elements.
Infiniti Teases the 2014 Q50 Ahead of Its Detroit Debut (Video)
Infiniti is going to unveil the all-new 2014 Infinti Q50 at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. The Q50 is the official replacement for the G sedan, since Infiniti has also decided to rename all of its models. To get us ready for the new sedan, Infiniti has released this teaser video, which provides a glimpse at the sedan's headlights.
Chrysler Launches the 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition
Chrysler is continuing to build upon the heart, soul and the passion of Detroit with a new 60-second commercial titled "Who We Are." The commercial showcases the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition and features legendary Motown founder and Detroit native Berry Gordy, taking you through his journey from humble beginnings in Detroit to the bright lights of New York's Times Square and home of the new Broadway show "Motown: The Musical."
Toyota has released a teaser video for its new Furia sedan concept that is going to debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next month. Toyota hasn't provided any other details other than stating that it is a sedan concept. Does it preview a new Toyota sedan? It's not really known, since all of Toyota's sedans have been redesigned recently, with the exception of the Corolla, which is due to arrive in the fall of 2013.
Jay Leno was recently given an early look at the all-new 2014 Lexus IS, which won't be officially unveiled until next month at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Although the car is still covered in camouflage, the video does provide an early look at the new sedan. The video also shows off what we can expect from the interior.
In effort to improve its sales, Nissan is updating its Leaf EV for the 2013 model year. Yesterday Nissan unveiled the changes to the JDM-spec Leaf in Tokyo. The new Leaf will be offered in three trim levels, with the addition of a new cheaper S grade model. But the biggest changes consist of a new electric motor, reduced weight and an improved steering/ suspension.
All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 Will Debut This Month in LA (Video)
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the oldest, if not oldest models in the compact crossover segment, but that will finally change now that Toyota has officially announced the all-new 2013 RAV4. Toyota is set to unveil the all-new 2013 RAV4 at the 2012 LA Auto Show later this month.
Nissan is adding some more updates to the 2014 GT-R supercar, which goes on sale early next year. The new updates are expected to increase the performance and improve the GT-R's ride and handling. Notable modifications include improved engine response in both the mid- and upper-rpm rev range, increased body rigidity, and specification changes to the shock absorbers, springs and front stabilizer. As a result, the vehicle's overall performance is dramatically increased, high-speed stability improved and ride quality is more refined.
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept Debuts at SEMA
Ford has unveiled the new Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo concept at the 2012 SEMA show. For the first time ever Ford Racing has equipped its factory-built turn-key drag racer with a turbocharged engine, proving that there is indeed a replacement for displacement.
Watch the Toyota Tundra Tow the Endeavour Space Shuttle (Video)
On Friday the space shuttle Endeavour was moved to its new home, the California Science Center. A Toyota Tundra pickup truck without any special modifications successfully towed the 150,000 pound space shuttle Endeavour across a bridge spanning the nation's busiest freeway on Friday night, Oct. 12. The tow was a result of a 20-year partnership between Toyota and the California Science Center to raise awareness of the space program and continue public education through exhibits and events.
Ford has announced that it is expanding its involvement in professional drifting competition by becoming an official partner of Formula DRIFT and the 2013 Formula DRIFT championship. Ford involvement in Formula DRIFT is a significant part of the company's outreach to the 18 to 34 years old age group that might consider a Ford vehicle like the Fiesta, Focus, Mustang or Raptor.
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive Laps the Track (Video)
Mercedes-Benz has released a video of the upcoming 2014 SLS AMG Electric Drive, which is a fully electric version of the SLS AMG supercar. This video shows the blue SLS AMG Electric Drive doing laps on the Ascari race track in Malaga, Spain.
Ford Pits the C-MAX Against the Prius in New Ads (Video)
Ford is drawing on the popularity of a classic 1970s character from a popular Italian animated children's series called "La Linea" to establish the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid as better, more fuel-efficient hybrid alternatives to Toyota Prius v through a new advertising campaign. The new ads use the series' familiar style to showcase C-MAX Hybrid's "real-vehicle" performance, taechnology and value to new buyers.
We're only a few days away from the official debut of the Jaguar's newest sports car, the Jaguar F-Type. Jaguar has just released a video of a few F-Type prototypes hitting the North Loop track at the Nürburgring in Germany. Jaguar had this to say about the two-minute video, "watch as we place the F-TYPE through a series of sustained high speed laps with rapid changes of direction, gradient, speed, braking, and surface to help refine the its set up, damping, and braking systems..."
GM has just released a new video of the 2013 Chevy Malibu Turbo LTZ with GM Vehicle Performance Manager Mark Meyers behind the wheel at the Milford Proving Grounds. The Malibu Turbo arrives this fall with a 259 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged engine that accelerates the Malibu from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The Malibu turbo is rated at 21 city and 30 mpg highway.
Here's Another Look at the Lexus LF-CC Concept (Video)
This morning Lexus gave the world its first look at the new LF-CC hybrid coupe concept, which is a preview of the 2014 IS. Now we have a video which shows the concept in motion and also gives you a preview of what's inside.
2014 Ford Transit Connect Gets A More Stylish Exterior
Here's your first look at the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which is dubbed the Tourneo Connect in Europe. The next Transit Connect borrows many of its design cues from other Ford models like the Fiesta and Focus, giving it a more stylish exterior.
Small Crossover Will Replace the Chrysler Town & Country Minivan
Currently Chrysler offers two minivans, the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. When Chrysler takes the wraps off its next minivan in the next two years, there will only be one. Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to further differentiate the Chrysler and Dodge brands, so Chrysler will only offer one minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan.
The Hamsters Are Back for the 2013 Kia Soul (Video)
Kia's popular hamsters that have stared in three commercials for the Kia Soul are back for the fourth installment, "Bringing Down the House" for the 2013 Soul. This time the hamsters travel through time to introduce electronic music "In My Mind" (Axwell remix) to 18th century opera fans.
GM Gives You a Closer Look at the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS (Video)
GM has just released two new videos that provide a closer look at the "performance-inspired" 2013 Chevy Sonic. Just in case you missed the news, the 2013 Sonic RS is the most performance oriented model in the Sonic lineup. It's still powered by the same turbocharged 138-hp 1.4L engine as the non-RS models, but it gets different transmission gear ratios and a lowered and stiffened suspension.
Nissan NV200 London Taxi is a Future London "Black Cab"
Nissan has unveiled the Nissan NV200 London Taxi, which is Nissan's take on a future London "Black Cab." According to Nissan, the NV200 London Taxi will offer significantly reduced CO2 outputs compared to current taxi models - a focus in line with the Mayor Boris Johnson's Air Quality strategy for London.
The Nissan NV200 London Taxi is based on Nissan's NV200 compact van. The taxi version was designed from the inside out for the well-being of passengers, drivers and even other road users, the NV200 London Taxi is more efficient and more environmentally considerate than current 'black cab' models, while delivering more comfort, space and convenience for occupants. A particular focus was also placed on providing for passengers with mobility issues.
The production version of the upcoming 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder was just unveiled in a new video. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder was unveiled in a private event for potential buyers.
The 2014 918 Spyder is nearly identical to the concept version, which is a good thing. The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 4.6L V8 and two electric motors for a total output over 770 horsepower. It should reach 0-60 mph in about three seconds with a top speed over 200 mph. Porsche also estimates that it will be rated at 78 mpg.