Jaguar XE Aims for 75 MPG

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Jaguar’s upcoming XE will be the most economical car ever built by the company, estimated to deliver 75 MPG on the EU combined cycle. The small sedan will be made primarily from lightweight aluminum, with a new line of efficient engines.

The 75 MPG figure will be much different when the car is eventually tested in the U.S. because British gallons are measured differently, and they use different fuel economy tests than the EPA does here. Estimates put the new XE likely around the 50-60 MPG mark in America, but even that is a shaky guess at best. Regardless, the stellar fuel economy of the XE can be attributed to two main features: low weight and a small, efficient engine. more

Small Cars Struggle In IIHS Small Overlap Test

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) wrecked 12 vehicles in the name of science, measuring their performance in the difficult small overlap front crash test. The test is seen as one of the most challenging in the industry, especially for small cars, which tend to have natural disadvantages compared to larger vehicles.

The small overlap test, which made its way into IIHS testing in 2012, involves a car striking a solid barrier at 40 mph, with the impact taking place on just a quarter of the vehicle’s front end. Designed to simulate hitting a tree or a large pole, the test is harder than the NHTSA head-on collision tests and the IIHS moderate overlap test. Despite the difficulty of the test, several small cars proved themselves to be remarkably safe, earning some of the Institute’s top marks. more

Toyota TRD Pro Series Pricing Announced

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Toyota has released details about the upcoming TRD Pro Series, a special line of vehicles designed to tackle tough off road terrain. The TRD Pro Series package will be available on the Tacoma, Tundra and the 4Runner.

Pricing for the TRD Pro Series Tacoma, the least expensive of the three, will start at $35,525 excluding the $885 delivery fee. The TRD Pro Series 4Runner will have an MSRP of $41,110; pricing for the TRD Pro Series Tundra remains unknown. more

Land Rover Discovery Sport to Feature 5+2 Seating

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport has not been fully unveiled yet, but the company has announced that the car will have a 5+2 passenger seating arrangement. Now in its final testing phase, the Discovery Sport will launch next year.

Land Rover were not shy in showing off the Discovery Sport, wrapped in a questionably effective camouflage. With its compact SUV body now all but revealed, the company announced the newest feature, the third row seating arrangement. more

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE 1.0L EcoBoost Test Drive
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The little green 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE may not exactly be the car you’d picture carrying two basketball players around. In our quest to hit the pickup courts in Santa Monica, though, a friend and I found the five-door hatch excellent at both pumping us up for the game and getting us through traffic with comfort, speed and efficiency. Your classic triple threat, basically.

In search of a little weekend warrior action, Allan and I piled into the Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) in Long Beach and headed north to meet a fellow baller near his home court. This particular Fiesta, though, hid its most interesting feature under its jersey: a turbocharged, 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 123 horsepower, 125 lb.-ft of torque and up to 45 MPG rating. An engine that small may seem like the Muggsy Bogues of the auto world, but that’s just what it wants you to think. In actuality, the 2014 Fiesta SFE attacks the rack more like Spud Webb. more

1965 Jaguar XJ13 Appreciation
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The 1965 Jaguar XJ13 is considered to be the greatest Jaguar never to be raced. It was built to compete at Le Mans but development was halted before the race, and the XJ13 was sidelined.

Coming off the success of three consecutive Le Mans victories with the D-Type from 1955 to 1957, Jaguar and the XJ13 had all the necessary knowledge to win. Instead, the mid-mounted V12 racing car was put into storage, never to compete in a single race. What's the value of one of the most important Jaguars ever built? Wait until it goes across the auction block this weekend to find out. more

Dodge Donates 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat to Charity Auction
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The world's fastest and most powerful production muscle car, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, will go on sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from September 25-27. In an effort to help raise awareness and money, Dodge will be donating all proceeds from the auction on the 27th to the non-profit organization Opportunity Village, which gives support to severely intellectually disabled persons and their families.

This one of a kind Challenger (VIN 0001) is powered by a monstrous 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine paired with a TorqueFlite eight-speed paddleshift automatic transmission that generates 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. Aside from being the most powerful muscle car in the world, it is truly unique in many ways. It is the only Challenger ever hand-painted in the Viper-exclusive Stryker Red at the Dodge Viper paint facility, its brakes are the largest brakes the Chrysler Group has ever offered (15.4" Brembo disc brakes with 2 piece rotors and six-piston calipers) and lastly, its interior is newly designed with Laguna Black leather, performance seats, and all the technology features one would expect in a car this decorated. more

BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition to be Auctioned at Pebble Beach
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On August 16th during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a unique Concours d'Elegance Edition of the BMW i8 will be auctioned at the Gooding & Company auction house. The auction is in celebration of the i8's U.S. arrival, although the auction precedes the actual arrival date which will come later this fall. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

As if the i8 isn't visually unique and appealing enough already, BMW will be adding more one-of-a-kind aesthetics to the Concours d'Elegance Edition. These will include an Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior color and an interior that is lined with Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery that was dyed with plant extracts. To further accent the interior, the seat belts will be colored i Blue and the upholstery will be stitched with i Blue colored thread. In addition, the headrests will be emblazoned with "i8", and "Concours d'Elegance Edition" will be etched in the interior. more

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Announces Pricing
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When it reaches U.S. dealerships this September, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will carry a substantial pricetag. Mercedes pumped loads of technology and safety features into the new C300 and C400, along with weight savings and more powerful and efficient engines. Expect to pay accordingly.

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 with rear-wheel drive will be priced from $39,325 including destination, bringing 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft of torque to the table in a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new C400, meanwhile, comes with all-wheel drive at a price of $49,515 with destination. That models packs 329 hp and 354 lb.-ft of torque from a 3.0L turbo V6. more

Fiat Shows Off New 500L Vans Design Concept
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Fiat comes off as one of the few automotive brands that, for better or worse, doesn't really take itself too seriously. Fortunately, the better side of that mentality came out this week as they unveiled the Fiat 500L Vans design concept at the US Open of Surfing.

The new concept combines the funky styling of the 500L with tried and true vintage design of Vans shoes that have defined surfing and skateboarding culture for several decades. It also shows off the surprising capability of the 500L by tacking on enough bits to satisfy the extreme athlete in all of us. more

BMW Announces Smaller, Cheaper Fast Charge Stations
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The BMW i DC Fast Charger, announced at Plug-In 2014, will soon improve the electric car market with a smaller and less expensive quick charge station. Designed in partnership with Bosch, the BMW i DC Fast Charger is yet another of the BMW i Series plan.

Charging is one of the most important features of an electric car, second only to the battery technology. As an increasing number of manufacturers add to the electric/plug-in vehicle market, the demand for public quick charging has risen dramatically, prompting BMW to create a better solution. The end result is the BMW i DC Fast Charger, built with industry standard features to allow other manufacturers to seek the benefits of the improved system. more

2015 Ford F-150 Priced at $26,615
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The 2015 Ford F-150 will start at $26,615 including destination fees, according to a report from Reuters. The aluminum-bodied trucks see higher prices across the board, with price increases stretching further for higher end models.

Though the 2015 F-150 drops weight due to its new aluminum body, prices have gone up. Lower tier trucks see a price increase of $395, while the top spec trucks jump by over $3,000 (destination and delivery stays unchanged at $1,195). Add in the price of new engines and optional extras, and a loaded F-150 can quickly reach luxury car pricing. more

This Weekend in Car Videos: Classic WRC Rally Finland Footage
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Porsche’s first supercar, rally racing in Finland, and a diesel takes on the new M3. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

Motorsports Monday: Audi Takes Spa 24, F1 Drama In Belgium
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Blancpain GT – Spa 24 Hours: There is no more dominant force in endurance racing than Audi, and the indomitable four rings again rang out in victory as Belgian Audi Club Team WRT brought their R8 LMS ultra to a rousing victory in front of an estimated 65,000 fans at the 2014 Total 24 Hours of Spa over the weekend.

Audi has now won three of the last four Spa 24 events, and the win is their third major 24-hour endurance victory in the past six weeks (Le Mans, Nurburgring). The No. 1 R8 LMS ultra began the race from pole position, fell back in the field and then battled back, eventually toppling the No. 77 Marc VDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3 and the other 60 cars to claim the win. more