BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept Shines In Beijing

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Some concept cars exist to show us what a future vehicle will look like, but the BMW Vision Future Luxury that recently debuted in Beijing belongs to the more fun kind. This is the kind that – for lack of a better term – exists just to throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

That’s how cutting-edge features like Laserlight headlamps, air channeling within the C-pillar and a base layer of carbon fabric in the very structure all found their way into one single car. BMW is using the Vision Future Luxury not to preview a far-off 7-Series, but as a playground for their wildest fantasies. Beijing seems the perfect place to do it. more

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Previews 2016 Discovery Sport

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It isn't quite ready to hit your local dealership yet, but the new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept unveiled in New York last week provides a clear glimpse into the future design of the Land Rover brand.

In fact, Land Rover announced that their next model will be called the Discovery Sport and will be heavily influenced by the new concept. The Discovery Vision Concept will also influence an entire family of new SUVs from Land Rover, so you’d better get used to the design. It’s a look that resembles current, modern Land Rover models while also harkening back to their storied past. more

2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT Unveiled at NYIAS

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Aston Martin has announced their latest sports car, the Vantage GT. Building on the V8 Vantage as a base, the GT is a road going tribute to the company's racing history.

Based on their entry level model, the V8 Vantage, the Vantage GT was designed to be relatively budget friendly, starting at just under $100,000. Though the price may seem high, compared to the quarter million dollar V12 vehicles in Aston's lineup, the Vantage GT could turn out to be a relative bargain. more

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Test Drive

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The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan proves you can stand out in the crowd by not trying to stand out at all. Let us explain. If you’ve been shopping small crossover/SUVs lately, you’ve probably noticed something: they all look alike. They all have a modern, crisp, wedgy thing going on, and that’s fine, as long as you don’t mind looking like the next guy/gal in their wedgy.

Well, with the Tiguan, you won’t be getting the proverbial (or literal) wedgy, and instead get something that looks a bit more conservative. But don’t be fooled, the Tiguan has a few great surprises in store. more

This Weekend In Car Videos: Nissan IDx Concept
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The Nissan IDx Concept, WEC racing starts at Silverstone, and Outlaw 10.5 drag racing hits the 1/8 mile. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. [more[

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The World Endurance Championship held its first race of the 2014 season for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The highly anticipated season was the first race in which the new LMP1 hybrids ran against each other, and it looks as though the long time champions at Audi have something to fear. Toyota and Porsche both fielded their top prototypes, and as always the GT classes saw their fair share of rivalries. With the evolution of technology, it is now easier than ever to capture high speed shots of the cars as they bump and slide their way through corners.

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Nissan's IDx concept shocked enthusiasts around the world, presenting them with an object which not even they knew they wanted. The design of the IDx should be familiar to many, as it harkens back to the early years of Japanese motoring. Adam Carolla, then, is the perfect person on which to show the new concept, as he often spends his free time racing vintage Datsuns. Designer Gio Arroba gives Carolla the basics of the IDx, keen to mention the tributes to Nissan's past, including the unmistakable BRE side stripes and fender flares. It is a modern take on many classic designs, and with any luck, will hopefully reach production lines in the next several years.

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Drag racing is a constant battle of power versus grip, and Outlaw 10.5 takes those principles to their limits. The Outlaw 10.5 class dictates the use of a 10.5 inch wide rear tire and a production based body, but as far as power is concerned, keeps a relaxed set of rules. Twin turbocharged V8s routinely see output reach over 2,000 horsepower, at which point power is sufficient for the 1/8 mile. The real key to Outlaw 10.5, and realistically the key to drag racing as a whole, is getting grip when grip is needed. The 10.5 inch tires are quite slim by drag racing standards, forcing teams to focus on putting power to the ground effectively. When it goes wrong, cars can easily roast the tires all the way down the track, or even get out of the groove and hit a wall. However, when a car is dialed in and all the power is used to its fullest, they can hold the front wheels off the ground for the whole run, with trap speeds edging close to 200 mph – all in just 1/8 of a mile.

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Through the years, muscle cars have gone through trends and styles, much like the rest of the automotive industry. One of the more popular trends which seems to be here to stay is Pro Touring. Pro Touring combines the best of all worlds, defined by having hefty power, a retro-modern appearance, and most importantly, the ability to turn. In a world full of Pro Touring Mustangs and Camaros, a Plymouth Valiant may seem an unlikely candidate. The Valiant, though, was built on the same platform as many other Mopar muscle cars, and this one is no less impressive than the best Pro Touring vehicles.

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2015 Acura TLX Debuts at NYIAS
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The 2015 Acura TLX made its debut at the New York International Auto Show, bringing another sports sedan to the Acura lineup. The blend of premium features and sporting credibility was the basis of the Red Carpet Athlete theme of the TLX.

“Harnessing the exhilarating power of the new engines, new highly-efficient transmissions and next-generation dynamics technology - blended perfectly with impeccable style and luxury - the TLX will deliver a thrill like no other,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acura. “Both the considerable performance capabilities of the TLX and the serious energy and resources brought the brand from the newly dedicated Acura team herald the start of a new era for Acura.” more

2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Debuts at NYIAS
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Scion and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have worked together to create the FR-S Release Series 1.0, announced at the New York International Auto Show. The limited edition FR-S will feature improvements to the styling and handling, and production will be halted after 1,500 units.

“It’s fitting that the first Scion FR-S Release Series draws on the rich motorsports history that inspired the FR-S design while standing out in ways that excite our drivers,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “FR-S enthusiasts will appreciate the side spoilers and lowered stance that deliver a look and feel meant for the track, at a price meant for them.” more

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