2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Test Drive

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Though the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV Hybrid is their first foray into the world of gasoline-electric powertrains, Subaru has been the green choice for many outdoorsy types for some time. Take a trip to any national park in the country, count all the Outbacks and Foresters, and tell me if I’m lying.

With increased demand for higher fuel economy – and impending CAFE regulations right around the corner – it seems a good time for Subaru to stop thinking of “green” as trails and trees and start thinking about it as MPG’s. With a week of driving the XV Crosstrek Hybrid ahead of me, though, I wondered whether it could handle both. more

Nissan Project Titan Built to Tackle Alaskan Wilderness

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Nissan has built a custom Titan truck to navigate through America’s last frontier, Alaska. Driven by a pair of veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, the crowd-sourced Project Titan truck will drive through tough Alaskan terrain.

Designed using fan input from Facebook, Nissan Trucks built the custom one-off Titan specifically to handle the Alaskan wilderness. Driven by a pair of Wounded Warrior Project alumni, the truck will also raise funds for the organization, which works to serve injured veterans. more

2015 Ford Mustang EPA Ratings Drop from 2014 Model Year

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their official fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Ford Mustang, dropping slightly from the previous model year. Not surprisingly, the new EcoBoost engine will be the most efficient option, with the V6 and V8 trailing behind.

Ford had previously announced the EPA ratings for their new 2.3 liter EcoBoost, which will be undoubtedly the most efficient Mustang in the current lineup. The turbocharged inline-four has been EPA rated at up to 22 city/31 highway/26 combined MPG, taking full advantage of its direct injection system. more

2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition Announced

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America is known for its obsession with the pickup truck, and the 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition brings the love for trucks to a whole new level. The Sierra Carbon Edition combines two thoroughly American ideals: the joys of personalization, and the love of the truck.

The Sierra Carbon is built on the standard Sierra 1500 truck, utilizing the same basic drivetrain layouts as the base model. The key to the Carbon Edition trucks are their styling changes from the base models, complete with typically upsized wheels. more

2015 Kia Soul EV Pricing Announced
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Kia just announced pricing for the centerpiece model of its new Clean Mobility program, the 2015 Soul EV. This is Kia's first attempt at an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle, and it will offer two trims, Base and +. 

The Base model of the 2015 Kia Soul EV will have an MSRP of $33,700 and an expected lease price of $249 per month. In addition, there is an available federal tax rebate of $7,500, bringing the price down to $26,200 and making it a very affordable EV. Considering the affordable price of the Kia Soul EV, it offers a wide array of technology features, including navigation, rear camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, and an HVAC system. The HVAC system minimizes unnecessary energy draw and helps extend the driving range. That's not all though, the Soul EV also comes with UVO EV Services, which provides real-time battery-level statuses, distance to empty, and a search function for the nearest charging stations. more

Preview: Formula E Beijing Season Opener
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Formula E’s first race will soon hit the streets of Beijing, China for the start of the first all-electric racing series. The season opener will be held on the streets surrounding the Bird’s Nest, which was the center of the 2008 Olympic Games.

The unique electric racing cars of Formula E will introduce a list of new rules and regulations specifically tailored for the series, leading to racing like which we’ve never seen before. Here’s what to expect from the inaugural race of the 2014/2015 Formula E Championship. more

Incentives to Watch: 2014 Nissan Maxima
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Dealerships across the country are offering impressive deals even on popular models, and the case of the 2014 Nissan Maxima is an excellent example of that.

For the rest of September, dealers are offering between $500-4,500 off on the 2014 Maxima. On a car that lists between $30,700 and $33,700 before options, it’s a significant lump of change. Nissan is likely offering such an attractive deal on the Maxima for two reasons: to keep up in the sales race with Toyota and Honda, and to make room for the redesigned 2015 Maxima that could be coming soon. more

Pop The Hood: Bentley Continental GT3-R
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Bentley has pretty much seen it all in their 95 years of existence, so for the new Continental GT3-R to be named the fastest car to ever wear the winged badge, it must be pretty special. Here’s what makes it stand out.

This gorgeous coupe is a road-going track version of the Continental GT that debuted in 2004 and has gone on to be the best-selling Bentley of all time. For the GT3-R, the company wanted to create something that set new benchmarks for grand tourers while paying homage to their prestigious racing success. Thus, the fearsome 572-horsepower beast you see before you. more

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Trailer Released on Youtube
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As a followup to the recent press release of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, the German automaker did what everyone does these days; it posted a video on YouTube. Rest assured, the video does the German sports car more justice than any photo ever could. Viewers get to hear its 4.0-liter V8 engine roar while it flies around corners and hits top speed on track and salt flats.

It begins with electronically produced noises blasting and a light board flashing behind the AMG GT. All you can see during the flashes of light is its Porsche 911 look-alike silhouette. It couldn't be more clear that Mercedes-AMG GT has its crosshairs on the 911. more

Toyota Urban Utility Concept Car to Debut at Maker Faire
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Toyota's California-based Calty Design studio has envisioned a car for the future business owner, which they have named the Urban Utility, or U2. Instead of using an upcoming auto show for the debut, the Toyota U2 will appear at the upcoming World Maker Faire in New York City.

Calty Design Research, located in Newport Beach, California, is one of Toyota's top design studios, and the company has used Calty for many of their recent projects, including the FT1 sports car concept. This time, the design team at Calty were tasked with creating an urban runaround vehicle capable for any number of situations. more

BMW 2-Series Convertible Shows Off Its Droptop
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BMW has finally announced the 2015 2-Series Convertible, for those who prefer the wind in their hair. The acclaimed BMW 2-Series will now be available as a convertible, bringing together sporty performance with the joys of open top motoring.

Due for delivery early next year, both the 228i and the M235i will be sold with convertible variants. The convertibles won’t come cheap though, ranging in price from around $38k for the base 228i Convertible all the way up to $48k for the M235i Convertible. more

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Released
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Scion has officially released the first limited edition of the FR-S, the Release Series 1.0. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 is now available, and only 1,500 units will be made.

“The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is the ultimate tribute to motorsports history that not only has the looks for the track, but also brings that energy into the driver's seat,” said Doug Murtha, Vice President of Scion. more

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Configurator Released
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With all the hype surrounding the 2015 Challenger Hellcat and its monster engine, Dodge has finally added it to the Challenger configurator to allow fans and customers to build their own variants. I've been given a mock budget of $63,000 to see what I can come up with. 

To start off, the Challenger builder allows users to pick the model trim, with prices listed next to each one. Of course, the Hellcat is the most expensive and powerful trim, so I went with that. It has garnered a lot of attention this summer thanks to its 707 horsepower engine, and its great to know that Dodge is actually selling it and not just advertising it. I chose the $500 Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearl as the exterior color, accented by a Black and Sepia dual-color interior. more

Infiniti Fills Vacant Presidency With BMW VP Krueger
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After two months of keeping the position open following the departure of Johan de Nysschen, luxury automaker Infiniti has announced the hiring of former BMW senior vice president Roland Krueger to serve as president of Infiniti and vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Krueger comes to Infiniti after 16 years with BMW, and short stops with Daimler and Mitsubishi before that. He will be expected to expand the growth of Infiniti, which has increased sales but struggled to gain market share after a renaming process that many have deemed confusing. For several reasons, Krueger may just be the man to do it. more