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

4th Generation 2016 Mazda2 Premieres In Japan
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Known as the Demio in Japan, the all-new 2016 Mazda2 made its global debut this week in its home country. This is the 4th generation of the sub-compact vehicle, following its 3rd generation release seven years ago. 

This 4th generation of the Mazda2 is based on the Hazumi concept that was shown at the Geneva Auto Show this past March. In Japanese, "Hazumi" translates to "bound" or "spring up," which reflect the attitude Mazda is trying to convey through the all-new sub-compact: everlasting and intense energy, like that of a small animal. more

2015 Hyundai Sonata Earns Top Safety Pick+ From IIHS
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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata boasts myriad safety features, and as a result, has earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

In recent years, Hyundai has been stepping up its game to compete with larger scale automakers in America. The Korean automaker has improved, upgraded, and added many safety features, including Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and rear parking sensors. The 2015 Sonata joins the 2015 Genesis in earning the highest award from the IIHS. more

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Priced at $59,995
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Dodge has announced the pricing for the ludicrously powerful Challenger SRT Hellcat, which squeezes in at just a hair under the $60k price point. The company also released pricing on the rest of the Challenger lineup, which includes a variety of V6 and V8 engines.

When Dodge revealed the 707 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft of torque figures of the Hellcat, most people probably figured that the car would be priced disproportionately high. Surely any car that makes anywhere near that power would get close to, if not well into the six-figure range - but somehow the Hellcat will be priced just below $60k. more

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Announced
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Aston Martin’s streak of flawlessly designed vehicles continues with the V12 Vantage S Roadster, the fastest convertible ever built by the company. The Vantage S Roadster uses the famous Aston Martin V12, and now the noise of the V12 will be heard through the joy of open top motoring.

“The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of our company’s exceptional spirit,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Director of Design. “Beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range.” more

Tesla Motors Model 3 Confirmed For 2015 Launch
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Tesla Motors has confirmed that their third generation vehicle, which will be released after the Model X, will be called the Model 3. The Model 3 will be positioned to take on the smaller, more affordable sedan market.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, had originally planned to name the third generation car the Model E. Along with the current Model S, the upcoming Model X, and the Model E, Tesla’s lineup would have completed the trifecta of S.E.X., so perhaps a renaming of the third model would not be such a bad thing afterall. more