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Jeep's Wrangler Backcountry arrives in showrooms late this month.
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Volvo's Concept 26 presents an all-new patented seat design that transforms depending on one of the three modes that the driver of an autonomous car can choose: Drive, Create or Relax.
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Bentley, polishing its foray into a new segment, plans a special First Edition trim of the upcoming Bentayga crossover.
The First Edition model, introduced at a customer event at the Sunset Marquis Hotel near Los Angeles, is available to those who preorder the luxury crossover. The model has such accouterments as Union Jack badging, illuminated door sill plates and 22-inch wheels painted black with polished aluminum accents.
It's all available for just less than $300K.
The Bentayga is already considered the fastest production crossover after r ... Continue reading "Bentley adds extra polish with Bentayga First Edition " » Nov 18, 2015 10:15 am U.S. ET
GOTEMBA, Japan -- The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference.
The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version.
And the positive contrasts multiply after you slide the joystick to drive and silently peel off for a ride.
From the planted driver’s seat to the crisp handling to the thrum of the engine, Toyota has made good on its promise to deliver a flagship hybrid that’s not only greener but meaner.
... Continue reading "Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius" » Nov 18, 2015 3:00 am U.S. ET
SEMA, Detroit, Baja, Moab -- there’s no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep. In fact, FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show: The Grand Cherokee SRT Night, which gets the de rigueur
black appearance package, and the Wrangler Backcountry, which gets enough off-road bits to crush everything winter has to offer.
The SRT Night is equipped with black gloss paint on the roof, rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B- and C-pillars and side window surround. The front appliqué and badges are in satin black.
Lightweight split five-spoke 5Ten 20-inch wheels are also in ... Continue reading "Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show" » Nov 13, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
TOKYO -- The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.
This year’s show, the 44th holding of the biennial event, drew 812,500 people, down from 902,800 visitors in 2013, said the organizer, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
The lower turnout came as organizers aimed to revitalize the show, which was once Asia’s undisputed premier event. JAMA blamed the downturn on bad weather, which kept people home.
On the plu ... Continue reading "Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show" » Nov 11, 2015 6:59 am U.S. ET
What makes a new model jump from the drawing board to the showroom floor? Sometimes, it’s more than just the goals of generating higher sales or targeting a hot new segment.
The lightweight body of the new Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is the most complex ever made by General Motors. It uses 11 materials and is held together by aluminum welding, rivets, screws and adhesives.
Question: Why has GM invested a fortune in developing a lightweight body and a new manufacturing system for a large sedan that probably few will buy?
Answer: Trucks, mostly. Bragging rights, per ... Continue reading "GM's learning curve on lightweighting" » Nov 10, 2015 12:30 pm U.S. ET
The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter: The two-door four-seat Evoque Convertible is due to go on sale in mid-2016 (by which time it'll be winter in Australia), and features a lightweight canvas roof that can fold up in just 18 seconds.
It will be introduced next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Evoque Convertible will be powered exclusively by a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder churning out 240 hp and driving all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The automaker is taking the new Evoque's off- ... Continue reading "Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer" » Nov 10, 2015 12:00 pm U.S. ET
Rejoice Ridgeline fan(s)! Take in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
pickup … Well, the hood, the top, and most of the bed of the Honda Ridgeline, anyway.
This SEMA example of Honda’s Baja race truck isn’t the complete 2017 Ridgeline, but it will share some sheetmetal
with the upco ... Continue reading "Honda's 2017 Ridgeline masquerades as SEMA Baja race truck " » Nov 5, 2015 8:00 am U.S. ET
It seems highly improbable that a dormant German brand of cars, dead since 1961, could have found big-money backers and is all set to return.
Borgward -- best known in this country for the Isabella coupe and sedan of the late 1950s -- is prepping a new, seven-passenger SUV and plans to add new vehicles, establish a global presence and generate sales of 500,000 vehicles by the early 2020s.
Borgward has been resuscitated by Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., which markets cars in China under the Senova brand, trucks and buses under the Foton brand and heavy trucks and military vehicl ... Continue reading "What other dormant brands could be revived?" » Nov 3, 2015 11:45 am U.S. ET
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General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt... ...
2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular
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Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile
Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, a ...
Land Rover Defender ends 70-year run ferrying farmers and royals
Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. ...
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Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'
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Technology upgrades zoom into small cars
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Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target
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L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides
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Los Angeles' hits & mehs
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JLR won't attend Detroit auto show
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The production version of the Dune, unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is in ...
Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV
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Escape bulks up, MKZ gets fresh face
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Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids
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Audi seeks charging network allies
Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, ha ...