2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design Announced

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The 2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design will sit on top of the model lineup of the new XC90, following a change in the company's trim levels. The small quantities of XC90 orders have already been snatched up by eager fans of the brand, and the new top level R-Design looks to woo even more customers to the Swedish manufacturer.

R-Design will now be Volvo's range-topping sporty trim level, just one step under their in-house tuning gurus at Polestar. more

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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Even though the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta hasn't gone through a full redesign, it still managed to climb to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ list. The new and improved ratings come thanks to a stronger body, bumping the Jetta up to the highest category that the Institute has to offer.

The Jetta looks pretty much the same as it did for the previous model year, but engineers at Volkswagen have cleverly added hidden strength to the body. With stronger A-pillars and door sills, the Jetta was upgraded to Top Safety Pick+, the highest classification from IIHS. more

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Boasts Whopping 811 Lbs. of Torque

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The standard for luxurious sports cars is changing. Bentley's new flagship model, the Mulsanne Speed, has set the bar high for its competition with a 6.75L twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 530 horsepower and 811 lb.-ft of torque. 

With an engine that powerful, the Bentley can propel itself to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and to a top speed of 190 mph. This improved performance doesn't sacrifice efficiency, though. In fact, the Mulsanne Speed is 13% more efficient that its previous, non-speed counterpart, with an extended driving range of 50 miles. more

Hyundai Works With Congress to Launch Fuel Cell Infrastructure

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In June of 2014, the United States saw Hyundai offer the first commercial, for-lease hydrogen fuel cell car, the Tucson Fuel Cell (check out our test drive, here). The problem with fuel cell vehicles, though, is that there isn't an infrastructure to support them. That is why Hyundai is working with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, the Department of Energy, and Congress to find a way to support these vehicles. 

The infrastructure will be improved though. California approved a plan in October 2013 for the development of up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations over the next few years. So far, 50 stations have been planned and are currently either open or in development. With more collaboration between fuel cell automakers and the government, the infrastructure will be able to support the highly efficient fuel cell vehicles in the future. more

2015 Hyundai Genesis vs. 2015 Kia K900 Test Drive Comparison
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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis and 2015 Kia K900 are two hot contenders for the Luxury Sedan crown, but do they have the punching power to keep up with the established luxury brands?

If you think that the Korean brands are just for inexpensive little runabouts, you’re in for a rude awakening. Both Hyundai and sibling Kia have gone upscale, hoping to keep happy current owners in the fold as earnings and desires rise. And there are also lots of buyers from traditional luxury labels that would be happy to give something new a shot. more

BMW Expands 2 Series Lineup
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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has only been out for a month, and the company has already announced some big changes. BMW will be adding multiple new engines to the platform, as well as an available all-wheel drive system.

A new range of engines highlights the newly available features to the 2 Series Active Tourer. Three new engines will be available; a traditional gasoline engine plus two small diesels. The new engines will still provide BMW’s famed performance, but more importantly, greatly improve the efficiency of the small 2 Series. more

Audi Issued Autonomous Driving Permit in California
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The next time you see an Audi driving beside you on the 405, it might be driving itself. Audi has received a permit to test its autonomous driving technology in California, in yet another step closer to fully self-driving cars.

Back in 2012, California state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown passed a new set of laws for autonomous vehicle testing, and those laws have finally taken effect. Audi was the first company to be approved for the permit, adding to their impressive resume of autonomous vehicle developments. more

2015 Kia Sedona Refined and Improved
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Kia's 2015 Sedona is aiming to be one of the top minivans in the market. A favorite among growing families, equipment and features in the new Sedona would put minivans of old to shame.

The minivan has long been the vehicle of choice for families, though with the recent crossover phase, seems to have lost ground. Kia hopes that their new Sedona will once again put minivans ahead of the competition, and the company has spared no expense to make the Sedona the most family-friendly van to date. more

General Motors Super Cruise Technology Scheduled for 2017 Vehicles
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that the company's Super Cruise self-driving technology will be available starting with 2017 model year vehicles. The system will offer self-driving in limited highway driving situations, moving us one step closer to fully autonomous cars.

“A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology,” said Barra. “We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We're doing it because it's what customers around the world want. Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer. Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace” more

This Weekend in Car Videos: Chevrolet S10 Sets World Record
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The world’s quickest street car, a BRM V16 reclaims a racetrack, and the Hellcat burns some more rubber. What were some of the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

Motorsports Monday: Electric Formula E Debut in Beijing
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Formula E Beijing ePrix: The inaugural race for the Formula E was held on the streets of Beijing, China, and the series lept out of the gates in an action-packed day of racing. Nicolas Prost (son of Formula One driver Alain Prost) started on pole, and was looking for the win, but it was not to be.

As if written by a Hollywood producer, Prost lost the lead of the race on the last lap, at the last corner. Nick Heidfeld was chasing Prost and made a daring move at the braking zone to the last corner, but a block by Prost caused a collision, effectively ending both of their races. Prost’s suspension would force him straight into the runoff area, while Heidfeld’s car was sent rolling spectacularly through the air, unharmed by the impact. Prost’s questionable move earned him a 10 place grid penalty for the next race. more

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Test Drive
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Though the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV Hybrid is their first foray into the world of gasoline-electric powertrains, Subaru has been the green choice for many outdoorsy types for some time. Take a trip to any national park in the country, count all the Outbacks and Foresters, and tell me if I’m lying.

With increased demand for higher fuel economy – and impending CAFE regulations right around the corner – it seems a good time for Subaru to stop thinking of “green” as trails and trees and start thinking about it as MPG’s. With a week of driving the XV Crosstrek Hybrid ahead of me, though, I wondered whether it could handle both. more

Nissan Project Titan Built to Tackle Alaskan Wilderness
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Nissan has built a custom Titan truck to navigate through America’s last frontier, Alaska. Driven by a pair of veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, the crowd-sourced Project Titan truck will drive through tough Alaskan terrain.

Designed using fan input from Facebook, Nissan Trucks built the custom one-off Titan specifically to handle the Alaskan wilderness. Driven by a pair of Wounded Warrior Project alumni, the truck will also raise funds for the organization, which works to serve injured veterans. more

2015 Ford Mustang EPA Ratings Drop from 2014 Model Year
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their official fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Ford Mustang, dropping slightly from the previous model year. Not surprisingly, the new EcoBoost engine will be the most efficient option, with the V6 and V8 trailing behind.

Ford had previously announced the EPA ratings for their new 2.3 liter EcoBoost, which will be undoubtedly the most efficient Mustang in the current lineup. The turbocharged inline-four has been EPA rated at up to 22 city/31 highway/26 combined MPG, taking full advantage of its direct injection system. more