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

2015 Toyota Yaris Announced

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The 2015 Toyota Yaris has been redesigned and refreshed with European flair, with hopes of enticing more young buyers to the brand. Prices for the entry level Yaris will start at $14,845.

Still available in 3-door or 5-door configurations, the Yaris will share the same basic body styles as its competitors. The exterior of the car will have more emphasis on aggressive, sporty styling, built around the new front grille. more

All-New Porsche Cayenne Ups Power, Efficiency, and Comfort

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Since its debut in 2002, the Porsche Cayenne has been nothing short of a success. Considered one of the best performance vehicles amongst luxury SUVs during its initiation into the automotive world, the Cayenne has continued to enhance and advance itself. The German automaker just announced the newest generation of the Cayenne, which will emanate strength, agility, comfort, efficiency, and class; all characteristics typical of a Porsche.

With all the new features of the Cayenne, there isn't a clear spot to start, so why not start with the exterior? With a sharper design that uses precise lines to reflect light in very noticeable yet sophisticated ways, the Cayenne grabs onlookers without a problem. From the very front, onlookers can see newly designed front fenders and hood. To the side, there are airblades that have a practical use (guidance to the intercooler), but are really meant as a visual statement of aggression. From the rear, the updated lights create a three-dimensional effect that better integrate the lights into the trunk lid. The lines, combined with the new light designs give the Cayenne an aggressive, strong stance that epitomizes Porsche's style. more

Toyota Introduces 2015 Sienna As the Swagger Wagon Online
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Apparently swag, swagger, and other words of the sort are picking up in family life, which is why Toyota is revealing the new 2015 Sienna exclusively online as the Swagger Wagon.

Toyota is using some unexpected advertising techniques for the new Sienna. With the popularity of handheld devices, smart phones, and related games and apps increasing, though, this campaign might just work. The series of three videos were developed by parents that want to "bring to life" the experience of driving a Toyota Sienna. That includes a whole lot of family creativity, some CGI, and of course some ironic humor, all derived from fan-made skits called "Action Movie Kid," "Eh Bee Family" and "Convos with My 2-Year-Old." more

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