Aston Martin Lagonda Revived for Middle Eastern Market

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Aston Martin is going to revive the famous Lagonda nameplate by building a limited run of super sedans exclusively for the Middle Eastern market. Production of the new Lagonda will likely be similar to the One-77 supercar, expensive and exclusive.

Lagonda, which traces its name back to the William Towns design from 1976, is already an established name for Aston Martin. The original Lagonda sedans were sought after, combining the quality of an Aston Martin with the usability of a full size sedan. more

McLaren P1 GTR Design Previewed Before Pebble Beach

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The upcoming McLaren track car, the P1 GTR, will be officially unveiled shortly before its public debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A design concept will show the look of the car, with production set for later in 2015.

Intended to be the ultimate track car, the P1 GTR will take the P1 supercar to the next level. The car was built based on the requests of P1 owners, who wanted the ultimate track car, with no expenses spared. Some insiders have hinted the P1 GTR may cost more than $3 million. more

2015 Ford F-150 Delivers V8 Performance with V6 EcoBoost Engine

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Humans aren't the only ones working on their beach bodies for summer this year; America's favorite truck, the Ford F-150, is shedding weight, gaining muscle, and adding two new engine options for the 2015 model year. 

According to Bob Fascetti, vice president of Powertrain Engineering at Ford, the F-150 has lost about 700 pounds of unnecessary weight for the 2015 year. With its new engine options, a 2.7-liter turbocharged Ecoboost and 3.5-liter Ti-VCT, and standard Auto-Start-Stop technology, the F-150 has set another high standard for light duty pick up trucks across America. more

Preview: 2014 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix

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This weekend Formula One heads to Hungary, and once again Mercedes will be the team to beat. Just past the halfway point of the season, the Silver Arrows have been absolutely dominant, and they show no signs of slowing down.

With ten races in the books, this season has been all about Mercedes. The team has had an obvious pace advantage since preseason testing, and with nine races to go, they have kept their pace high. Teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have battled for nine of the ten race wins, with a single non-Mercedes win going to Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. Could Hungary be the place where teams take the fight to Mercedes? more

Nissan Unveils All-New Note Nismo For Fall 2014
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Nissan finally unveiled what will be the sportiest version of the popular Note, the Note Nismo. It is scheduled to go on sale later this fall, but sadly, may not see U.S. shores.

Nismo is the Nissan speciality divisions that has been involved in racing and high performance for some time, and began its foray into beefing up production cars with the release of the Juke Nismo in the beginning of 2013. In fact recently, just after the Juke Nismo was released, Nissan decided to add a Fairlady Nismo, March Nismo, and GT-R Nismo to the collection. This rapid release of Nismo vehicles exposed the speciality division to sports cars, compact cars, and SUVs. Now, the automotive world can be expecting a Note Nismo to join the club. more

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Test Drive
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Our 400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Porsche Carrera 4S, stuffed with nearly $40K worth of options, stickered at an eye-popping $145,305 MSRP. What's to say about the design? While the 911's basic shape (check out a '60s model) has changed little in its five decades, it has grown longer, wider and much more muscular through the years with bigger wheels and tires under beautifully flared fenders. And its details -- inside and out -- are regularly tweaked to fine-tune its iconic good looks and help 911 aficionados differentiate one year and model from another.

On twisty two-lanes, the Carrera 4S performs, corners and brakes as well as just about anything we've experienced. Its ride is reasonably smooth on rough surfaces (much stiffer in Sport and Sport Plus suspension modes), its PDK transmission shifts cleanly, quickly and sweetly, and that wonderful 3.8L 400-hp flat-six winds to its 7,400rpm redline with a lusty animal growl, made much louder with Sport Exhaust activated. more

Nearly 800,000 Jeeps Recalled for Ignition Switch Issues
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Jeep has prompted the recall of around 792,300 of their vehicles due to a possible fault with the ignition switch. The recall affects the 2006-2007 Jeep Commander and the 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Shortly after the ignition switch debacle at General Motors, and in all likelihood discovered through a similar investigation, Chrysler has issued a precautionary recall to replace the pieces in question. more

2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Test Drive
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If you want to make new friends  – or get in touch with old ones – get a Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo. It seems like everybody has something they want to buy, move, donate or dump that’s too big for a car, too grungy for a leather-lined SUV and too personal for an open-air pickup.

Actually, the NV200 is really made for small businesses, and it’s a great choice. What surprised us was, that along with the well-thought out functionality, the little Nissan Cargo Van is a ball to drive. more

2015 Hyundai Tuscon Priced at $21,500
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Hyundai has officially announced the pricing for the 2015 Tuscon, which will start at a price of $21,500. A far cry from the Hyundais of old, the new Tuscon comes loaded with a plethora of equipment and technology.

In what is a much more reasonable craze towards crossovers - as opposed to the love for gas-guzzling SUVs a decade ago - the Tuscon will mark one of the most affordable entries into the crossover market. Though Hyundai has kept their value friendly pricing, they have upgraded and updated their vehicles to quality standards which just a few years ago would have been unthinkable. more

1958 Edsel Citation Appreciation
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The 1958 Edsel Citation was a car with the wrong price, at the wrong time, with the wrong market. So magnificent was the end of Edsel that its very name became synonymous with failure.

Named after the son of Henry Ford, Edsel was determined to become one of the top luxury car manufacturers. It was the late 50s, a time filled with long tail fins and out of the box design, which the Edsel Citation certainly had under control. The Citation’s unique nose split audiences into two very different groups of people: those who like it, and more likely, those who hate it. more

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Built as Tour de France Support Vehicle
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Jaguar has partnered with Team Sky on the Tour de France, building a custom F-Type Coupe support vehicle. The bespoke F-Type concept will run support duty on Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France, which travels from Bergerac to Perigueux.

By modifying the rear window, Jaguar was able to build a special bike mount on the F-Type Coupe, which will hold a pair of racing bikes. The clever bike rack system, which features cutouts to fit the skinny bicycle tires, will hold two Pinarello Bolide TT bikes. The Pinarello bikes, built for speed and light weight, use an extensive amount of carbon fiber, just like the F-Type. more

We Are Racers: Porsche and Michelin at Le Mans Video
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Every year, people come from around the world to witness the greatest spectacle in all of racing: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year’s race was one of the most eventful in recent history, ensuring fierce competition for years to come. Porsche and Michelin teamed up to bring us this inside look at the experience.

Le Mans has a special bond with Porsche. No other manufacturer has claimed as many overall wins as Porsche, not even the long dominant Audi team. The endurance car world was set ablaze when it was announced that Porsche would compete in the World Endurance Championship, against the other factory teams of Audi and Toyota. Porsche would, for once, enter Le Mans as the team with little experience compared to its competition. more

Production Begins On Just 100 Maserati Quattroporte Zegna Editions
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For some, owning a Maserati simply isn’t exclusive enough in itself. It wouldn't be a stretch to suggest these might be the same people that prefer to be outfitted in designer threads of the ilk of the famed Ermenegildo Zegna design house. Hence, the Maserati Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, which began production of 100 units last week.

Boasting a special Platinum Silk paint on the body and 20-inch Mercurio wheels, the Quattroporte Zegna has style and personality in spades. The interior is awash in soft leathers and and smooth fabrics that have color names like moka and greige. The idea is to bring the world of sophisticated fashion to the executive sedan, and Maserati is betting that will be worth about $175,000 to 100 lucky buyers. more

Diesel Car Sales Rise 25 Percent in 2014
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Sales of diesel cars in the United States have increased by 25 percent in the first six months of the year, according to a new report. Clean diesel technology, a relatively new addition to the American market, has shown considerable advancement in the past few years.

Up until a few years ago, most Americans would probably have associated the word diesel with big pickup trucks and 18-wheelers, spewing black smoke as they churned along the highway. In reality, the stereotype diminished years ago, and the negative stigma has only recently started to disappear. Compared to Europe, where almost half of all cars sold are diesel, the U.S. has never quite caught on to the diesel trend, until now. more