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

2015 Toyota Sienna Revealed Exclusively Online
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The 2015 Toyota Sienna made its debut exclusively on the internet, dropping the traditional live reveal in favor of reaching a tech-savvy audience. Through a series of video marketing campaigns, the new Sienna put itself on the map and into the minivan spotlight.

Minivans are often the key vehicle for growing families, so it only made sense to give families the chance to introduce the redesigned Sienna. Toyota enlisted the help of three social media driven families, who created a series of videos to introduce the new Sienna. more

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Sets Timetable for Autonomous Cars
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Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced the company’s current timetable for Autonomous Drive systems. Under their current plans, Nissan hopes to work step by step to make self-driving cars viable by 2020.

The key to Nissan’s program, however, is not to make the controls completely driver-free. Their Autonomous Drive functions would require a person “at the wheel” and in control, presumably to alleviate certain unexpected risks that would otherwise go unsighted in a fully self-driving vehicle. more

Smart Fortwo Refreshed and Improved
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The smart fortwo, one of the most recognizable city cars on the market, has been refreshed, changing its look and adding new features for 2015. The fortwo will launch alongside the larger forfour, a larger European-only variant of the smart car.

Measuring just under 9 feet long, the smart fortwo retains its comically short length, with its wheels located far towards the corners of the vehicle. Its tiny proportions, as always, will allow the fortwo to dart through tight urban streets with ease. more

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Announced
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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first ever front-wheel drive BMW, ending the company’s long time rear-wheel drive elitism. Check to see if hell has frozen over, and if pigs can fly, because you heard that correctly, BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer will be front-wheel drive.

Before reaching for the nearest torch and pitchfork, perhaps it is best to look a little deeper into the newest Ultimate Driving Machine. After all, front-wheel drive cars have been improving massively in the past few years (take a look at universally admired hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST, for example). Could a front-wheel drive BMW really be such a bad thing? more

2015 Ford Mustang Boasts Up To 435 Horsepower
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A pony car isn't much without a fearsome engine, and power figures for the 2015 Ford Mustang have been revealed that clearly keep it atop the standings.

The standard Mustang V6 engine will offer 300 horsepower, while the brand new 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder brings even more with 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft of torque. Front and center, though, is the 2015 Mustang GT, which is armed with 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft of torque. With those whopping totals and several features pulled straight from the previous generation Boss 302, the Mustang GT delivers a strong counter punch to its archrival Camaro and Challenger. more

VIDEO REVIEW: 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S
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Seeing a bright yellow 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S roll past you is a visual shock to the senses. I know, because time and time again I watched as pedestrians stared gape-mouthed and fellow drivers got whiplash craning to get a better look as I rode the Spyder through town. With those reactions in mind, we had to bring you a video of the three-wheeled superstar in action.

Check out the official autoMedia.com video review of the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S, after the jump. more