2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 Priced at $84,000

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400, the new base model SL Roadster, will start at $84,000, offering the thrills of owning the company's flagship roadster without a six-figure price tag. The addition gives buyers an option below the once-entry level SL550, designed for those who prefer a casual highway cruise to an adrenaline-injected track day.

Mercedes SL Roadsters have been at the top of the convertible pecking order for generations, stretching back to the glorious 300SL of the 1950s. The SL-Class, living up to its luxury roadster character, has never been cheap, but the SL400 will at least lower the price for more money conscious shoppers. more

Toyota Adding 300 Workers to Highlander Production

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In what looks to be a positive bounce back from the recession, Toyota is adding 300 additional workers to their Highlander assembly line in Indiana. The jobs, which will be added by Summer 2016, will increase production by 30,000 vehicles per year.

The new jobs will cost Toyota around $100 million, hopefully boosting the economy of the country and especially the local area. Including their newest investment, Toyota has put $4 billion into their Indiana facilities, which are used to build some of the company's larger vehicles for North American and international markets. more

VIDEO: Testing the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 In Delicious Style

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If you’ve read our recent test drive article on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC, you know that we were pretty impressed with the small, boxy crossover that squeezes impressive luxury into a relatively affordable package.

But we wanted to give you something deeper, and more unique, to experience the 2014 GLK350 the way we saw it. For that, we called upon the help of FOODBEAST content director Geoff Kutnick, who took us to a trendy new gourmet food court in Anaheim that’s mixing exotic flavors and dishes with attainable price points. We couldn’t help but feel like the GLK and the Anaheim Packing House have a lot in common. Check out the video to see why. more

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Appreciation

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In 1972, right as BMW Motorsport was established by the company, the BMW 3.0 CSL was set to rule race tracks across the world. The car did that and more, bridging the worlds of art and racing, to name a few.

The 3.0 CSL was the definitive touring car of the 1970s, conquering race tracks around the world. Its racing history is well established, yet the car transcended the boundaries of racing, venturing into the strange world of fine art. more

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Re-Released for 30th Anniversary
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Toyota sure knows how to celebrate! In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Land Cruiser 70, which debuted in 1984 and discontinued in 2004, Toyota will be re-releasing the defunct model to Japanese dealerships for one year and will be releasing two new special editions of the current Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser 70 is Toyota's longest running nameplate and still has a high demand in Japan. Toyota expects to sell 200 units per month. 

Developed for off-road driving, the heavy duty, ladder-framed Land Cruiser 70 provides legendary robustness and durability that can handle any terrain. When it was released in 1984, it was only available with a van body type. This time around, Toyota will also include a 4-door pickup truck body option as well. The exterior will feature a newly designed front grille and hood, as well as new headlights with turn signals. more

2015 Volvo XC90 Begins New Chapter
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With the future of the company perhaps relying on its wide sculpted shoulders, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 made its official debut this week after a summer full of teaser images. It is, in a word, striking.

The new XC90 design is a turning point for Volvo, but the real key to the three-row SUV is inside. Volvo loaded the XC90 with safety features, blessed it with a truly remarkable interior, and also used it to debut the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology that could also underpin future models from the S60 sedan to the V60 wagon. It’s kind of a big deal. more

This Weekend in Car Videos: Rotary-Powered Miata Drifter
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A 1,200-horsepower rotary drift car, an interview with Sir Jackie Stewart, and Paul Newman's 300ZX on the dyno. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

2015 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Offer Three Best-In-Class Capabilities
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The pickup truck segment seems to be one big game of "King of the Hill." Whichever truck has the most best-in-class capabilities wins the crown. As the 2015 model year begins, Ram is unleashing the newest 2015 Heavy Duty models with three best-in-class capabilities: power, towing capacity, and payload capacity. 

Claiming to be one of the best towing truck companies out there, Ram is the only automaker to back up all of its claims with SAE J2807 testing criteria. The Ram 3500 can tow up to 30,000 pounds, which is 3,000 more than the next closest competitor. It also can carry a best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds. The smaller 2500 is a bit short of 30k, with a best-in-class towing capacity of 17,970 pounds. more

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Priced at $35,445
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Volkswagen has announced the pricing for the 2015 e-Golf electric vehicle, which will start at $35,445. Set to go on sale in November, the e-Golf will come as an SEL Premium model, featuring the full options list as standard.

Built on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the e-Golf blends the usability of the Golf with the benefits of an electric drivetrain. Aside from a few badges, one would have a hard time distinguishing the e-Golf from its gasoline counterpart. Because of its modular platform, the e-Golf has exactly the same dimensions and interior space as a standard Golf. more

Subaru WRX S4 Announced for Japanese Market
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Subaru has announced a special edition WRX S4, which will only be available in Subaru’s home Japanese market. Slotting between the standard WRX and the STI, the S4 will blend some of the company’s most valued traits.

Named not after the Group B rally car icon, nor after the Audi of the same name, the WRX S4 was named after the values for which it stands: sports performance, safety performance, smart driving, and sophisticated feel. more

Motorsports Monday: Ricciardo Stays Hot With Wild Win At Spa
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Formula One – Grand Prix of Belgium: Spa never disappoints, and the famed circuit did not let us down this weekend. Things began with a frantic dash off the line as both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton charged out in front of pole-sitter Nico Rosberg for the lead into Eau Rouge, and came to a dramatic head when Rosberg, having passed Vettel for second, made contact with his own teammate Hamilton.

That clipped Rosberg’s wing, and it punctured Hamilton’s tire and pushed him way back into the field so far that he was never able to make it back into points contention. What’s more, Hamilton revealed – and Mercedes has confirmed – that what looked like a normal racing incident was actually made on purpose by Rosberg. Tensions are rising in the garage, and meanwhile, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is staging a revolution. more

2015 Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty Test Drive
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Ford touts "class-leading" ratings of a 40,000-lb. gross combined weight rating (up by a whopping 7,000 lbs. from 2014) and a 31,200-lb. fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity (up 6,500 lbs.) for its line-topping 2015 F-450 pickups, now powered by a second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 engine. Power Stroke-powered F-350s also boast GCWR and fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity boosts to 35,000 lbs. (up 4,500) and 26,700 lbs. (up from 23,200), respectively, for 2015.

Among the 2015 Ford F-450 pickup improvements that enable them to handle such way-higher tow ratings are commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, upgraded rear U-joints and suspension components with new leaf springs, front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks. The steering system has stronger gears and linkages, and the fifth-wheel/gooseneck has increased towing capacity. They also get larger brakes (shared with Super Duty chassis cab models) with antilock calibration. And F-350 SDs with the Power Stroke diesel offer an optional high-capacity towing package with new front springs and a wide track axle that increases its GCWR from 31,900 to 35,000 lbs. more

Honda CR-Z Given Optional HPD Supercharger
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Honda Performance Development (HPD) released a full list of street performance parts for the CR-Z, including a full factory supported supercharger kit. The supercharger brings the hybrid CR-Z, which has been criticized for a lack of power, up to par with other entry level sport compacts.

The HPD supercharger kit brings output up from the paltry 130 horsepower of the standard model, all the way up to 197 horsepower. Torque rises from 140 lb-ft up to 176 lb-ft, giving the CR-Z the extra power that it needs to keep up with the competition. more

2016 Lincoln Navigator Likely Switching to Aluminum Body
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The Lincoln Navigator is set for a redesign, where it will probably switch to an aluminum body, according to an Automotive News report. Under Ford’s new CEO, Mark Fields, Lincoln will be going through a renovation, hoping to reestablish themselves into the luxury car market.

The current 2015 model year Navigator’s steel body is no lightweight, weighing in at around 6,000 lbs. With the Ford F-150 and other vehicles like the Range Rover dropping nearly half a ton when switching to aluminum bodies, the Navigator could see equal weight savings if it does make the change. more