Motorsports Monday: Hamilton Regains Points Lead In Singapore

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Formula One – Grand Prix of Singapore: This past F1 season has looked more like a battle within Mercedes than a battle throughout the field, and the race under the lights in Singapore did little to change that.

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole and teammate Nico Rosberg qualified second, but it would prove a moot point. Rosberg had issues with the electronics in his steering wheel, which of course controls the entire car, and after starting from pit lane and struggling through the first portion of the race, Mercedes called him in for good. That left the track wide open for Hamilton, and he is nothing if not opportunistic. more

2015 Toyota Camry XSE Test Drive

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When the 2015 Toyota Camry hit dealerships across the country a few weeks ago, it did so with a message to potential buyers: “I’m not the old Camry.” One look at the new model makes that very clear.

Despite carrying over the same engines and powertrains from the version that debuted back in 2011, the 2015 Camry wears an aggressive, restyled front grille and new sheetmetal on top of an upgraded chassis. In other words, the 2015 Camry is the same mountain, but with a whole lot of fresh lava. more

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition Announced

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Hoping for a little extra sportiness in your pickup truck? GMC has just announced the answer, the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition. The Sierra Elevation comes with some of the best features of GM’s new product lineup, all in a single color package.

Powered by a 4.3 liter V6, the standard Sierra Elevation will develop 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. An optional 5.3 liter EcoTec V8 will bring output up to 355 horsepower. Trucks will be available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. more

Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid Announced

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The flagship Mercedes S-Class is going greener than ever with the S550 Plug-In Hybrid. Its new hybrid drivetrain will make the luxury sedan more comfortable than ever, all while helping preserve the environment.

Under the hood of the S550 Hybrid is a V6, downsized from the standard S-Class V8. The 3 liter, twin-turbocharged engine develops 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Combined with the electric motor, total system output comes in to 436 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Performance will be brisk, with 0-60 arriving in around 5.2 seconds. more

Cadillac to Return to High End Market in 2015
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Cadillac will re-enter the high end luxury market with an all new flagship vehicle. The car, which has not yet been named, will start production late next year.

After years of releasing achingly gorgeous concept vehicles, Cadillac has finally decided to greenlight production, marking the brand’s triumphant return to the premium market. If all goes to plan, the new vehicle could relaunch the company’s once prestigious reputation. more

Preview: 2014 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
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Formula One is in Singapore once again for their annual race under the lights, and with the end of the season in sight, all eyes are on Mercedes. The dominant duo in the Silver Arrows have proven their speed throughout the season, but their competition is closing in fast.

Mercedes has won ten of the 13 races this season, with Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo the only non-Mercedes race winner thus far. Now it seems that other teams have finally started to catch up to the current points leaders, and other drivers are eager to snatch a win from Mercedes. more

2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design Announced
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The 2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design will sit on top of the model lineup of the new XC90, following a change in the company's trim levels. The small quantities of XC90 orders have already been snatched up by eager fans of the brand, and the new top level R-Design looks to woo even more customers to the Swedish manufacturer.

R-Design will now be Volvo's range-topping sporty trim level, just one step under their in-house tuning gurus at Polestar. more

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+
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Even though the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta hasn't gone through a full redesign, it still managed to climb to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ list. The new and improved ratings come thanks to a stronger body, bumping the Jetta up to the highest category that the Institute has to offer.

The Jetta looks pretty much the same as it did for the previous model year, but engineers at Volkswagen have cleverly added hidden strength to the body. With stronger A-pillars and door sills, the Jetta was upgraded to Top Safety Pick+, the highest classification from IIHS. more

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Boasts Whopping 811 Lbs. of Torque
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The standard for luxurious sports cars is changing. Bentley's new flagship model, the Mulsanne Speed, has set the bar high for its competition with a 6.75L twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 530 horsepower and 811 lb.-ft of torque. 

With an engine that powerful, the Bentley can propel itself to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and to a top speed of 190 mph. This improved performance doesn't sacrifice efficiency, though. In fact, the Mulsanne Speed is 13% more efficient that its previous, non-speed counterpart, with an extended driving range of 50 miles. more

Hyundai Works With Congress to Launch Fuel Cell Infrastructure
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In June of 2014, the United States saw Hyundai offer the first commercial, for-lease hydrogen fuel cell car, the Tucson Fuel Cell (check out our test drive, here). The problem with fuel cell vehicles, though, is that there isn't an infrastructure to support them. That is why Hyundai is working with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, the Department of Energy, and Congress to find a way to support these vehicles. 

The infrastructure will be improved though. California approved a plan in October 2013 for the development of up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations over the next few years. So far, 50 stations have been planned and are currently either open or in development. With more collaboration between fuel cell automakers and the government, the infrastructure will be able to support the highly efficient fuel cell vehicles in the future. more

2015 Hyundai Genesis vs. 2015 Kia K900 Test Drive Comparison
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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis and 2015 Kia K900 are two hot contenders for the Luxury Sedan crown, but do they have the punching power to keep up with the established luxury brands?

If you think that the Korean brands are just for inexpensive little runabouts, you’re in for a rude awakening. Both Hyundai and sibling Kia have gone upscale, hoping to keep happy current owners in the fold as earnings and desires rise. And there are also lots of buyers from traditional luxury labels that would be happy to give something new a shot. more

BMW Expands 2 Series Lineup
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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has only been out for a month, and the company has already announced some big changes. BMW will be adding multiple new engines to the platform, as well as an available all-wheel drive system.

A new range of engines highlights the newly available features to the 2 Series Active Tourer. Three new engines will be available; a traditional gasoline engine plus two small diesels. The new engines will still provide BMW’s famed performance, but more importantly, greatly improve the efficiency of the small 2 Series. more

Audi Issued Autonomous Driving Permit in California
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The next time you see an Audi driving beside you on the 405, it might be driving itself. Audi has received a permit to test its autonomous driving technology in California, in yet another step closer to fully self-driving cars.

Back in 2012, California state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown passed a new set of laws for autonomous vehicle testing, and those laws have finally taken effect. Audi was the first company to be approved for the permit, adding to their impressive resume of autonomous vehicle developments. more

2015 Kia Sedona Refined and Improved
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Kia's 2015 Sedona is aiming to be one of the top minivans in the market. A favorite among growing families, equipment and features in the new Sedona would put minivans of old to shame.

The minivan has long been the vehicle of choice for families, though with the recent crossover phase, seems to have lost ground. Kia hopes that their new Sedona will once again put minivans ahead of the competition, and the company has spared no expense to make the Sedona the most family-friendly van to date. more