2015 Dodge Charger Shows New Face at NYIAS

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The 2015 Dodge Charger has shown its new face at the New York International Auto Show, further refining its vintage inspired design. Along with the new styling comes a plethora of Dodge’s newest technology, including an 8-speed transmission and no shortage of automated driver assistance.

“Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimple appearance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge. “The Charger’s all-new exterior design combined with its standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.” more

2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition Announced at NYIAS

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Now 50 years old, the Ford Mustang has long been the most popular pony car available. To celebrate its success, Ford will be building the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.

Ford will start to sell the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition in Fall 2014, and once they’re sold, Ford will not make any more. In fact, Ford will only build 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition, which will make it one of the most exclusive Mustangs available. more

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Makes NYIAS Debut With Familiar Price

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When the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes to American dealerships this June, it will do so with improved performance at nearly the exact same price as before. Adding just $195 to the base price, the 2015 GTI will go on sale starting from just $24,395.

For that, buyers will get an improved GTI in nearly every aspect, most notably a brand new EA888 TSI turbocharged engine with direct injection, making 210 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque while returning up to 34 MPG – all significant improvements over the outgoing, sixth-generation GTI. There’s no question the 2015 GTI is significantly better than its predecessor. The only question for customers is: How much better do you want to be? more

2015 Subaru Outback Stays Rugged Yet Refined at NYIAS

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The fifth generation 2015 Subaru Outback made its official public debut in New York this week, sporting a sculpted body and new dedication to efficiency paired with its familiar rugged capability. Sales of the Outback have been hot lately, and when the 2015 version goes on sale this summer, expect that trend to continue.

One of the biggest stories about the 2015 Outback centers around its transmission. A Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is now standard on all Outback models, in the interest of boosting fuel economy. However it also sports paddle shifters to choose between pre-selected ratios rather than gears, and a high-torque version CVT is used on models with the 3.6L six-cylinder engine. There are plenty of other changes besides the CVT, though. more

2015 Honda Fit Test Drive
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This all-new 2015 Honda Fit subcompact 5-door hatchback brings Fit fun and functionality to a new level with fresh styling, more versatility, more dynamic (yet somewhat more refined) driving character and substantially upgraded technology and features. With class-leading interior space -- 4.9 cu. ft. more passenger volume and nearly five inches more rear legroom on a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, despite a 1.6-in.-shorter overall length -- it offers five-passenger seating and amazing cargo capacity, even for long or tall items, thanks to its center-mounted fuel tank and an ingenious "Magic Seat".

A new 1.5L "Earth Dreams Technology" dual-overhead-cam four delivers 11 percent more power, 7.5 percent more torque and 16 percent better fuel economy. For the first time in a Honda subcompact, direct fuel injection (the previous single-overhead-cam four used port injection) and i-VTEC+VTC valve control -- plus reduced weight and friction, a higher compression ratio and other improvements -- boost both performance and efficiency. It spins out 130 fairly eager horses and 114 lb.-ft. of peak torque, while its EPA economy ratings are 29 mpg city, 37 highway and 32 combined with the manual, 32/38/35 for EX and EX-L models with the CVT and segment-leading 33/41/36 for CVT-equipped LX models. more

2015 Corvette Z06 Is Most Powerful Chevrolet Droptop Ever
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Engineers wanted to do something truly revolutionary with the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible unveiled in New York this week: Make it as light, strong and capable as the coupe. Cutting off the roof certainly makes that a tall task.

But the 2015 Z06 Convertible boasts some incredible figures that suggest it will give the coupe a run for its money. Using new technologies like an all-aluminum structure and laser welds, the 2015 Z06 Convertible has a nearly identical curb weight to the coupe despite the extra weight from its power top. Combine that with the same performance packages and engine output as the coupe, and the 2015 Z06 Convertible may just prove to be the better buy. more

2015 MINI Countryman Debuts at NYIAS
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The 2015 MINI Countryman made its premiere in New York, once again growing in size and in features. The Countryman shares much of the same redesign features as the standard MINI Cooper, and the two models represent the bulk of MINI's sales worldwide.

The Countryman, which accounts for about 30 percent of MINI sales in the United States second only to the standard model, is the largest MINI available in the model lineup. Much like the standard MINI Cooper, the Countryman has once again grown in size, and it is looking as though it will soon outgrow its historic name. more

2015 Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio Centennial Announced
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Maserati brought a special treat to the 2014 New York International Auto Show, with a surprise unveiling of the GranTurismo Centennial Edition. In hardtop and convertible form, the GranTurismo Centennial features design cues which honor the company's hundred year history.

Starting with the already exquisite design of the GranTurismo MC Stradale, Maserati has developed new paint colors and combinations featured on the Centennial Edition. Two of the newly available colors, Magma red and Inchiostro blue, are evolutions of the colors used on Maserati's logo, which are also used to represent the company's hometown of Bologna. Selected combinations have been chosen for the leather, wheel finish, and exterior paint to further represent the colors of the famous Maserati Trident. more

2015 Hyundai Sonata Grows Up In NYIAS Introduction
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On the heels of their most successful model ever, Hyundai today introduced the updated 2015 Sonata with hopes of pushing the bar up even higher. The new Sonata is again interestingly styled, but in a different direction from the long swooping lines that drew new buyers to the old model. This is a more grown up Sonata, in more ways than one.

The 2009 predecessor to the 2015 Sonata blew the doors off the segment, with shocking style and interior quality for the money. After a boom in sales that spread throughout the brand, the Sonata lost some of its luster as competitors caught up. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is their attempt to take that trophy back, with a new and more angular look, plus minor but important changes to the way the car drives. more

Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry Debuts at NYIAS
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In response to its reputation as a vanilla economy sedan, the 2015 Toyota Camry has debuted at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) with new looks and attitude to ramp up excitement. The Camry is already the best-selling car in America, and Toyota believes the changes will make it even more competitive against the Altima, Accord and Fusion.

The most obvious change is to the exterior, replacing the bland former design with a more attention-grabbing look. The 2015 Camry sports a gaping black front grille reminiscent of the current Lexus spindle grille, plus a more curvaceous shoulder line and expressive taillights connected by a slim bar. Toyota says that only the roof remains from the previous car. Right off the bat, the 2015 Camry shakes up initial perceptions. Which makes the rest of the car so much more interesting. more

2014 Infiniti QX70 Test Drive
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It happened several times this week: I tell people I’m driving the 2014 Infiniti QX70, and they ask, “Is it nicer than the FX37?”

Er… it is the FX37. Or should I say was? The M is now Q70, G Coupes and Convertibles are Q60, QX is now QX80, FX is now QX70, JX is now QX60, EX is now QX50. It’s a mess, alright, but we love Infiniti and Nissan best when they break the mold. Take the amphibious JUKE; the supercar redefining GT-R. And the 2014 QX70 is another perfect example. more

Audi RS 7 Dynamic Edition Debuts At NYIAS
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As if the 2014 Audi RS 7 needed to get any more awesome, the brand has pulled the wraps off their new RS 7 dynamic edition that will make a public debut at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week. So what makes it special?

Well, that may be kind of hard to tell. Most of the changes are subtle, like red interior stitching and red seatbelt straps, plus a splitter, diffuser and engine cover each made from carbon fiber. The RS 7 dynamic edition does add performance components like the DRC suspension and sports exhaust, but those are already available as options on any RS 7. So what purpose does the RS 7 dynamic edition really serve, then? more

2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Test Drive
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In my book, there is simply nothing like a great ride in a convertible, and the stars aligned yet again during my week with the 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster to create a fantastic motoring experience. Part of it was the weather, part of it was the route, and most of it was the way the 370Z Roadster combines a fantastic powertrain with a light chassis to keep your neckhairs at attention.

The pedigree of the Z brand needs no introduction, and five years after the introduction of the newest model, the 370Z, the car is still an impressive package. The design has smoothed out some of its rougher features over the years, and the convertible is still a looker even with the cloth top up. But to really enjoy the 370Z to the fullest extent, the roof needs to come down, the Traction Control needs to turn off, and you need to climb behind the wheel excited to be alive. more

2015 Kia Sedona Announced at NYIAS
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The 2015 Kia Sedona was announced at the New York International Auto Show, bringing Kia's new design language to the popular MPV segment. The Sedona has been designed to combine the best features of the CUV and the minivan.

The 2015 Kia Sedona has been given a significant overhaul inside and out, getting it back up to speed with the recently overhauled competition. The Sedona's exterior, with a 1.6 inch longer wheelbase than the previous version, has been updated to the new Kia design language, with their signature front grille. Front and rear lighting comes in the now popular LED variety, which adds a modern touch to the somewhat antiquated multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) body style. more