Subaru and Volvo Aim for Modular Model Lineups

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Subaru and Volvo are both developing an efficient modular base for their vehicles, lowering production costs by putting different models on the same basic platform. Expect within the next several years to see new generations of cars built from a sole platform, following the trend set by Volkswagen's MQB platform.

By around 2017, Subaru and Volvo will have rolled out their newest vehicles, which will be built on modular bases. Everything from small sedans to large crossovers will feature similar drivetrains and chassis, differing mainly in size and body style. more

Volvo Opens AstaZero Proving Ground to Accurately Test Safety Systems

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Volvo's determination to safety is never-ending. The Swedish automaker believes that by 2020, nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo vehicle. 

That's a bold claim for an automaker to make. However, Volvo has been working on developing active safety systems that can be tested at its new AstaZero proving ground. AstaZero is a facility that is flexible enough to simulate almost any driving scenario. In this way it is a one-of-a-kind facility compared to other testing grounds. more

Gran Turismo Documentary Chronicles Creator Kaz Yamauchi

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Gran Turismo is the go-to racing game, and is arguably the game that put sim racing on the map. Its reach is so wide that game creator Kazunori Yamauchi now has a full-length documentary about his game, which can be watched in full on YouTube.

The Japanese are known to dedicate their lives to a specific task, working tirelessly to perfect a single art. Whether it's cutting the perfect piece of sushi, forging the finest katana, or making a racing game, nothing can argue with years of experience. more

Production Begins On New 2015 Ford Mustang

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After 50 years of U.S. exclusivity, Ford will be exporting the sixth generation of America's pony car to over 120 countries around the world. Production, which will take place at Ford's Flat Rock assembly plant, is now underway. 

Although the Mustang is a classic American icon, its international release will not be futile. Over the course of the last 50 years, Ford has sold over 9.2 million Mustangs, many of which have been highlighted in television, movies, and videogames. It has gained global recognition as a sexy, powerful, and reliable American-made car that can seduce men and women, win races, escape police chases, and fly over bridges (a la Gone in 60 Seconds). It has even become the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with just about 8 million fans. more

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO Test Drive
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A couple of years ago, a lot of folks would be telling you that vehicles like the Toyota Tundra TRD PRO were going the way of the dinosaur. Gas was expensive, electric and hybrid vehicles were all the rage, and really, who needs such a big truck?

Apparently, a lot of folks. The full size pickup truck market is red hot. The big three continue to duke it out for outrageous claiming rights, and imports like the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan show that imports can mix it up just fine. And if you think the market is just for basic, minimally equipped work trucks, think again. more

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