2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Test Drive

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In my book, there is simply nothing like a great ride in a convertible, and the stars aligned yet again during my week with the 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster to create a fantastic motoring experience. Part of it was the weather, part of it was the route, and most of it was the way the 370Z Roadster combines a fantastic powertrain with a light chassis to keep your neckhairs at attention.

The pedigree of the Z brand needs no introduction, and five years after the introduction of the newest model, the 370Z, the car is still an impressive package. The design has smoothed out some of its rougher features over the years, and the convertible is still a looker even with the cloth top up. But to really enjoy the 370Z to the fullest extent, the roof needs to come down, the Traction Control needs to turn off, and you need to climb behind the wheel excited to be alive. more

2015 Kia Sedona Announced at NYIAS

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The 2015 Kia Sedona was announced at the New York International Auto Show, bringing Kia's new design language to the popular MPV segment. The Sedona has been designed to combine the best features of the CUV and the minivan.

The 2015 Kia Sedona has been given a significant overhaul inside and out, getting it back up to speed with the recently overhauled competition. The Sedona's exterior, with a 1.6 inch longer wheelbase than the previous version, has been updated to the new Kia design language, with their signature front grille. Front and rear lighting comes in the now popular LED variety, which adds a modern touch to the somewhat antiquated multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) body style. more

This Weekend in Car Videos: Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid

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Driving a McLaren 650S to its limits, a review of Porsche's newest hybrid, and Formula One through the decades. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach A Racing Fan’s Dream

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All the talk surrounding the 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend centered around the event’s prestigious history and stunning oceanfront backdrop. Those things are great, but the real draw that brought nearly 200,000 fans to the track is the cars. And this year, the Grand Prix brought out possibly the best lineup of racecars that Long Beach has ever seen.

Both on the racetrack and in the museum inside, the diversity and wow-factor of all the cars on display were enough to make any racing fan drop their jaw. Whether you prefer open-wheel Indy cars, low-slung prototypes, homologated sports cars or suped-up drift machines, the 2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach had something for everyone. Check out some of our favorites in the photo gallery above, and our tribute to them after the jump. more

United Sports Car Championship Round 3: Long Beach
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The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship made its way to the streets of Long Beach, the third event of the new series. The grid, limited to the Prototype and GTLM classes, was smaller compared to the events in previous years, made up of just 21 vehicles.

Scott Pruett’s Ford EcoBoost powered Daytona Prototype started on pole, with the highest qualifying Le Mans-style Prototype starting fourth on the grid. It was not as though the Daytona Prototypes were untouchable, though, as more than half of the Prototype grid qualified within one second of the lead time. more

Audi A6 e-tron Aimed At Chinese Market
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Audi and its Chinese partner FAW are planning to launch a new plug-in hybrid, called the A6 e-tron, exclusively for the Chinese market.

Audi and FAW have been working together for over a quarter century and have successfully improved the premium segment in China. To keep up with the times, they are working together to add fuel efficiency to that same premium segment. Together, they've added the two types of drive systems, electric and hybrid, offering drivers emission free driving with the electric engine and 'unlimited' range with the added gasoline engine. more

2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country HD Announced
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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country HD, the latest and greatest in heavy hauling and towing, will feature a host of new features to make long hauls more comfortable. The Silverado High Country will be available with a choice of gasoline, CNG, or diesel engines.

Depending on the needs of the operator, the Silverado High Country should have a configuration for everyone. The 2500HD and 3500HD, which have been designed to haul heavier loads compared to the 1500, will be available with a wide variety of powertrains and towing capacities. more

2015 Ford Focus Redesigned For NYIAS Debut
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It's going to be an exciting few weeks for Ford; Not only is the all-new Focus four door sedan making its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, but the Focus earned the "Best Selling Vehicle Nameplate" award for the second year in a row. 

The all new Focus four door sedan has been significantly redesigned, with a more distinctive interior design that features a collection of technologies not usually found in a compact vehicle. Additionally, the exterior has been shaped up and Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been added as a powertrain option. Fuel ratings have yet to be announced, but Ford expects the EcoBoost powertrain option to improve the standard for fuel efficiency amongst non-hybrid compacts. more

Mazda Diesel Prototype: Inside Look
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Mazda’s factory supported prototype car, which races in the TUDOR United Sports Car Racing series, has high hopes for the USCR race in Long Beach. The pair of prototypes are powered by diesel engines, the only vehicles in the entire series to do so.

This year marks the first year of the Mazda prototype in competition, racing in the newly formed USCR series. The team does not hesitate to admit that the season has been challenging thus far, but such is to be expected in the first year of a racing program. more

2015 Lexus NX 200t Announced
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Lexus has announced that they will build, for the first time, a turbocharged vehicle. The NX 200t will feature the company's first factory turbocharger, alongside the NX 200 and NX 300h Hybrid.

The Lexus NX will initially be available in three trim levels: the NX 200, NX 200t, and the NX 300h. Lexus hasn't released much information regarding the drivetrains of the vehicles, but the lack of information on the base model drivetrain means it will likely fall in line with the rest of the compact crossover competition. The company is instead focusing its efforts on the 200t, which is the first turbocharged car produced by the company. No power figures have been announced yet, but the 2 liter turbocharged powerplant should count for a substantial gain over the standard model. more

Pop The Hood: 2014 Audi RS 7
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One of the most coveted vehicles in any shape, style or segment, period, the 2014 Audi RS 7 captures both the minds and the hearts of auto enthusiasts everywhere thanks largely to the twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine under the hood. Here’s what makes it special.

The 4G engine has been used by Audi before, introduced in 2012 for the S6 and S7. But in those cars, the mighty V8 TFSI made only 420 horsepower. “Only.” In the RS 7, power has been boosted to an astounding 552 hp and 516 lb.-ft of torque. Max horsepower is available from 5,700-6,700rpm, but max torque has a huge rev range from 1,750-5,500rpm. That brings the 2014 RS 7 from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds. Not bad for a quasi-wagon, or anything else. more

2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview
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Being that it's right in our own backyard, we take a special interest in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach every year. This time around is no exception, as the longest running street race in North America celebrates its 40 th anniversary with another impressive schedule. So what should you be watching and why? Let’s dive right in.

First up is the main event, the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the IndyCar series. Behind only the Indy 500, this is the most prestigious win that drivers can notch on their belt. “I giggled a little on the way to the track here,” Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya said during a media preview on Thursday. Motoya returns to Long Beach a former winner, with the 1999 race to claim. On Sunday, he’ll be one of a whopping seven former winners vying for another trophy. more

2014 Civic EX-L Coupe Test Drive
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If you want proof of Honda’s ability to polish a product into an automotive jewel, look no further than the 2014 Civic EX-L Coupe. An all-new Civic was launched in 2012, and while it was an all-around nice package, there were grumblings (most of them from the media) about less-than-stellar quality of materials and a less-than-refined drive.

Instead of waiting for the mid-cycle refresh (usually at least 2 years down the road) Honda broke the mold for response time and made some large improvements for the 2013 model year. That’s a lot of work in a short period of time. So we were sort of expecting Honda to kick back and leave Civic alone for 2014. Instead, being Honda, they went overboard in making it even more appealing than before. To check out the fresh and the new, we tested a 2014 Civic Coupe. more

Bentley Hybrid Concept Planned for 2017
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Bentley, a company not often known for its technical innovations, has announced plans to build a hybrid production vehicle starting in 2017. The British luxury vehicle maker will introduce the hybrid system in an SUV, then adapt the system for the rest of their lineup.

In their 95 year company history, Bentley has traditionally stayed close to their roots, taking their time building and engineering many of the top luxury cars on the market. Until recently, little regard has been given to the efficiency of the vehicles, because frankly, price is rarely a concern for Bentley owners. Spurred on by market trends and government fuel efficiency requirements, Bentley has started development of a hybrid system. more