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2013 Scion FR-S LT Update 5: Audio System Blues  Mar 27th, 2013 
After commuting in WOT’s long term 2013 Scion FR-S for about a week, I have some thoughts on what it’s like to live with the pint-sized sports coupe. Compared to the more expensive Subaru BRZ, the FR-S’ audio system comes up flat. Both cars offer a standard eight-speaker audio system, but the similarities end there. [...] 
 
 
Tax breaks draw foreign investors to Turkeys auto sector - association  Mar 27th, 2013 

Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:54pm EDT * Higher tax breaks announced last month * Turkey is Europe's biggest light commercial vehicle maker * Private equity funds seen increasingly interested By Evren Ballim and Birsen Altayli ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) - Foreign investors are in talks with scores of Turkish auto parts makers after the government doubled tax breaks on investment in the sector in a ...  
 
 
GM unveils 2014 Chevrolet Camaro line  Mar 27th, 2013 

Chevrolet introduced Wednesday its 2014 Camaro line at the New York Auto Show, including the Z/28."As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, in a statement. "The build sheet is the ...  
 
 
Firm selected for $3M in PTI taxiway work needed for Honda Aircraft  Mar 27th, 2013 

A rendering depicts the $20 million maintenance, repair and overhaul facility that Honda Aircraft Co. broke ground on in September at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Morlando Construction of Charlotte has been selected by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority for a $3 million project to help extend a taxiway needed for Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft Co.s $20 million maintenance, repair and ...  
 
 
2014 Toyota Highlander Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

They say it's what's inside that counts -- but we all know no self-improvement kick is complete without an image makeover to go with it. And so it goes with the ...  
 
 
BRIEF-Renault-Nissan CEO Ghosn sees US sales in 2013 above 15 mln vehicles  Mar 27th, 2013 

DETROIT, March 27 | Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:24pm EDT DETROIT, March 27 (Reuters) - Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speaking to reporters at New York auto show: * Renault-Nissan CEO Ghosn says 2013 sales in US market will be north of 15 million cars * Ghosn says thinks Nissan should reach 10 percent target market share in US market by end of 2016 * Nissan exec says US sales in March will ...  
 
 
GMs 2014 Chevrolet Impala headed to dealerships  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - General Motors Co. this week began shipping the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala to its dealers, the head of GM North America said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.The first 1,000 Impalas were sent to dealers on Monday, Mark Reuss, GM North America president, said in an interview on the sidelines of the show.The Impala is an important launch for the Detroit automaker and ...  
 
 
Volvo Trucks Shell to collaborate on liquefied natural gas fuel use  Mar 27th, 2013 

Volvo Trucks and Shell announced an agreement Wednesday to collaborate on activities related to the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for heavy trucks. Volvo Trucks, whose North American headquarters are based in Greensboro, announced Wednesday an agreement with Shell to collaborate on activities related to the use of liquefied natural gas as fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The ...  
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

The performance-oriented GTI shares the Golf's new platform but gets slightly more aggressive styling. Many of the design cues, like the honeycomb grille and front air dam strakes, mirror those of the current GTI. The grille's red accent line now carries through the headlights, which is a nice touch, and there's a new badge on the front ...  
 
 
Toyota says Japan free trade deal wouldnt cost U.S. jobs  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - A top U.S. Toyota executive said a new free trade agreement with Japan would not spark a big shift in production of vehicles or loss of jobs here.Jim Lentz, who is president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA and will become CEO of Toyota's North American region, said in an interview that the company supports new free trade agreements, including the ...  
 
 
Diesel Engine Coming to BMW 5 Series Lineup  Mar 27th, 2013 

BMW plans to offer a six-cylinder diesel engine in its 5 Series midsize luxury sedan in the second half of 2013. The debut joins a new diesel engine option for the 3 Series. Dubbed 328d, the compact luxury car uses a turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America, said the numerical designation for the 5 Series diesel hasn't been decided on ...  
 
 
2014 Kia Soul Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

The original Soul was nothing less than the first product that suggested Kia was more than just a clone of parent brand Hyundai. (Unfortunately, it might have been the last, too.) Its first redesign, for 2014, maintains the Soul's defining characteristic -- its profile. Many car designers claim they styled their vehicles to look as if they're in motion even when they're standing ...  
 
 
2014 Cadillac CTS Video  Mar 27th, 2013 

position Cadillac better than ever to compete with luxury midsize sedans from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it's the strongest candidate to accelerate GM into the 21st century. Drawing heavily from 2011's Ciel concept, the redesigned CTS aims for cutting edge with newfangled LED running lights under the headlights, abundant high-quality interior stitching, ...  
 
 
Nissan Leaf EV to have best ever sales month in March  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that U.S. sales of its electric Leaf in March will top 1,900 - its best ever sales month - as its chief executive said the company isn't backing away from its aggressive sales targets.In January, Nissan dropped the price of its new base-model 2013 Leaf EV by 18 percent to $28,800, and last year offered incentives in the wake of far lower than ...  
 
 
2015 Volkswagen GTI Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

The GTI offers the highest of three revised Golf engines, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for 210 horsepower and mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Sport seats with a plaid cloth pattern, a black headliner and red ambient lighting, along with stainless-steel pedals, trim and shift knob, punctuate the sporty point. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by ...  
 
 
2014 Kia Soul Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

With break-dancing hamsters on the scene, Kia revealed its newly redesigned 2014 Soul at this year's New York International Auto ...  
 
 
2014 Acura MDX Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

Acura pulled an infamous Porsche move with its all-new MDX: It doesn't look very different than the outgoing model despite being a significant redesign. Under the skin, it's got an all-new lighter platform and fresh engine. Now riding on a longer-wheelbase chassis, the extra length allowed Acura to squeeze more room from the inside with added dimensions helping third-row ...  
 
 
Small cars 2013 15 great choices  Mar 27th, 2013 

It's no secret that increasing consumer demand for economical vehicles has sparked a small-car renaissance among U.S. automakers. Five years ago it would have been tough to dig up five entry-level small cars that MSN Autos would have recommended or wouldn't mind owning. Fast forward to today and behold -- a smorgasbord of small cars we can happily recommend to friends. If you're in ...  
 
 
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

If you're a fan of Land Rover's big, posh sport-utility vehicles, you'll be pleased to hear that the company's new and improved versions don't stray from that formula. The latest addition to the line, the 2014 Range Rover Sport, slots in nicely between big daddy Range Rover and little brother ...  
 
 
Renault-Nissan CEO delays China growth plan by one year  Mar 27th, 2013 

7201.T ) to get 10 percent market share in China, Renault-Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters Insider on the sidelines of the New York auto show on ...  
 
 
2014 Acura MDX Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

Apart from headlights filled with LEDs and mildly restyled front and rear ends, its new redesign isn't radical looking. Underneath lie all the changes for 2014, as this three-row SUV -- now bigger, longer and lower -- features a new 3.5-liter V-6, upgraded cabin interior, higher gas mileage and more features. Check out the photo gallery of the 2014 Acura MDX below. Cars.com photos by Evan ...  
 
 
BMW unveils new diesel 3-Series sedan  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - BMW is giving fans of its 3-Series more room and better gas mileage in two important variations of the small luxury sports sedan that it's rolling out at the New York International Auto Show this week.On Wednesday, the German automaker unveiled a new 3 Series Gran Turismo, which has a bigger distance between the front and rear wheels to create more rear-seat legroom and cargo ...  
 
 
Kia unveils new Soul SUV  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - The hamsters are getting a new ride.A new version of the Kia Soul urban SUV, which carries the brand's dancing rodent mascots in TV commercials, is due out in the summer. It was unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.Kia says it's bigger and has more room inside, its suspension is tuned for better handling and to reduce noise, and its two engines have more ...  
 
 
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

Few automakers succeed in mirroring characteristics of their high-end cars in entry-level offerings. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is the exception and truly appears as a scaled-down version of the almost $100,000 CLS 63 AMG four-door coupe it emulates. The 2014 CLA is Mercedes' newest and least- expensive ...  
 
 
2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a much sleeker car than its larger sibling, the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Its profile more closely resembles a coupe's, and the car lacks the abrupt finish at the rear that the 5 Series GT possesses. Unlike the 5 Series, fans of conventional wagons aren't out of luck as the 3 Series is still offered in the sport wagon body ...  
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Whats Changed  Mar 27th, 2013 

of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. While that track-capable model is a welcome addition to the family for enthusiasts, it doesn't hold much appeal to the average shopper trying to figure out if they should buy a new 2013 today or wait a few more months until the 2014s arrive at ...  
 
 
2014 Jeep Cherokee Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

Everyone's been talking about this one since the photos leaked a few weeks ago. It's yet another model that was reflexively labeled "polarizing," which is often code for "ugly." In this case, I can confirm it's legitimately polarizing. Some people, including some vocal Jeep faithful, loathe it -- quick to blame it on Jeep's foreign ownership. (The platform ...  
 
 
2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan Priced From $37355 Includes Free iPad Mini  Mar 27th, 2013 

When it hits dealerships this summer, the all-new Infiniti Q50 will have a starting price of $37,355 (including a $905 destination charge). That's $900 less than the base price for the 2013 Infiniti G37 sedan, the car the Q50 replaces in Infiniti's lineup. The base Q50 comes with rear-wheel drive; adding all-wheel drive costs an extra $1,800. All trim levels come with a ...  
 
 
Honda rolls out built-in vacuum for Odyssey minivan  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Honda Motor Co. has a solution for on-the-go parents trying to clean up after kids: the world's first in-vehicle built-in vacuum cleaner.The Japanese automaker unveiled Tuesday night its 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite ahead of the New York International Auto Show, featuring an innovative in-vehicle vacuum dubbed "HondaVAC."Parents could vacuum while on the road. ...  
 
 
2013 New York Auto Show Day 1 What You Missed  Mar 27th, 2013 

We're live from the Big Apple and numerous new and redesigned vehicles have made their debuts at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Today was a busy day on the show floor where manufacturers took the wraps off their upcoming 2013, 2014 and even 2015 models. Cadillac showed us a refreshed 2014 CTS, Audi gave us a sneak peek at its new S3 and A3 sedans, Mercedes-Benz revealed the ...  
 
 
2014 Toyota Highlander Video  Mar 27th, 2013 

. The popular SUV debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says its improvements include a higher-quality interior with touch-point padding and upgraded tech such as standard Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. While once-stingy cargo room has improved, Mays notes the Highlander still trails competitors in that ...  
 
 
BMW Audi bringing more diesels to U.S. market as demand rises  Mar 27th, 2013 

Volkswagen AG's Audi brand and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world's two largest makers of luxury vehicles, are expanding their diesel lineups in the U.S. as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices.BMW is introducing diesel versions of its 3 Series and 5 Series this year, Ludwig Willisch, BMW chief executive officer for North America, ...  
 
 
Behind the Wheel: 2013 Audi S4  Mar 27th, 2013 
The 2013 Audi S4 presents buyers with a unique proposition: a performance sports sedan with more performance than a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But that extra performance will cost you. Likewise, performance versions from the competition–including the M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG–are far more powerful than the S4, but come with a larger [...] 
 
 
Priced: 2014 BMW 328i Sports Wagon and 2013 Mini Cooper Clubvan  Mar 27th, 2013 
BMW and its slightly English, definitely smaller subsidiary, Mini, have priced two of their new models: The 2014 BMW 328i Sports Wagon and the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubvan. Let’s get down to business on the details: 2014 BMW 328i Sports Wagon to Start from $42,345 Much like any other BMW 328i model, the 2014 328i [...] 
 
 
2014 Jeep Cherokee Debut  Mar 27th, 2013 
Underneath its radical exterior styling, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is still an off-roader at heart. 
 
 
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Debut  Mar 27th, 2013 
The 2014 Range Rover Sport does its best Evoque impression. 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-class Electric Drive [2013 New York Auto Show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
As electric vehicles have begun trickling onto the market in greater numbers, it seems automakers face two routes when it comes to whipping up a gas-free ride. The first is to create an EV from scratch—see the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf—and the second is to retrofit an existing model with an electric powertrain, [...] 
 
 
2014 Toyota Highlander: New Sheetmetal, Added Comfort, Refinement, and Roominess [2013 New York Auto Show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
The mid-size Highlander made its debut in 2000 as a more carlike alternative to the rugged 4Runner, and it quickly became Toyota’s crossover SUV sales leader—before everyone had learned to call them crossovers. That term has since become a household word, and the third-generation Highlander hews to the defining elements: unitized construction and front-wheel-drive architecture, [...] 
 
 
Volkswagen Details U.S.-Spec 2015 Golf and GTI Powertrains [2013 New York Auto Show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
When Volkswagen debuted the seventh-generation, 2015 Golf at the last year’s Paris auto show and the 2015 GTI at the Geneva show earlier this year, the automaker tantalizingly revealed nearly everything about both rides. That is, everything except final engine options for the U.S. market. Oh sure, VW furnished European powertrain specifications for both rides, [...] 
 
 
2014 Acura MDX Production Photos and Info: Now with More Available FWD [2013 New York Auto Show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
When is a prototype not a prototype? When a company—often Honda or Acura these days—shows a so-called “prototype” of an upcoming production vehicle that is, in fact, the finished product. While this may not be a bad idea given how many times a production vehicle has failed to live up to show-car hype, it also [...] 
 
 
Consumers Shrug Off Payroll Tax Hike  Mar 27th, 2013 

9470600_blogConsumers are unified in their feelings of economic recovery taking hold.

Bankrate's monthly Financial Security Index surged for the month of March, hitting a new high of 101.5, up from 96.8 in February.

 
 
 
Cox Replaces AutoTrader Head  Mar 27th, 2013 

autotrader_logoCox Enterprises, Inc. announced that Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, president of Manheim, also will assume the role of president of AutoTrader Group.

Schwartz will continue reporting to Jimmy W. Hayes, president & CEO of Cox Enterprises.

 
 
 
Honda Remains Most Popular Brand  Mar 27th, 2013 

kelleyAutomakers learn how in-market new-car shoppers view their brands as the 2013 Brand Image Award winners are announced by Kelley Blue Book.

These awards, based on an entire year's worth of consumer perception data from the company's Brand Watch study, honor the automotive brands that have most successfully captured positive consumer attention.

 
 
 
Monthly Used Car Sales Near 3 Million  Mar 27th, 2013 

truecar_logoUsed-car sales should come in at around 2.9 million this month.

TrueCar estimates used-car sales at 2,891,896 for March. The ratio of new to used is estimated to be 1:2.

 
 
 
Updated 2014 Kia Optima Features More Tech – 2013 New York  Mar 27th, 2013 
Show floor update: Kia’s New York display theme was pairing its new cars with New York City neighborhoods. For the refreshed, more upscale 2014 Optima, Kia thinks SoHo is the perfect pairing. Why? Simple, with a new rear deck, new headlights and taillights, and a revised front fascia the new Optima simply looks more upscale. [...] 
 
 
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Priced From $48,375  Mar 27th, 2013 
The all-wheel-drive 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG coupe-like four-door will start at $48,375, including destination, when it goes on sale this November. That’s a $17,550 premium over the 208-hp front-drive CLA250’s $30,825 base price as well as a $6070 premium over the rear-drive 302-hp C350 Sport Sedan, which starts at $42,305. The CLA45 AMG is motivated [...] 
 
 
Refreshed 2014 Honda Odyssey Debuts With…Onboard Vacuum Cleaner?  Mar 27th, 2013 
ODYSSEY PRE-SHOW REVEAL UPDATE: Less than 30 minutes before Honda took the wraps off of its all new 2014 Honda Odyssey, the actual minivan showed up at the New York City studio. ”It was supposed to be here at noon, but it got caught up in a snow storm in Pennsylvania,” one public relations person said. [...] 
 
 
Wonder Woman-Themed Kia Sportage Joins Superhero Buddies – 2013 New York  Mar 27th, 2013 
The Wonder Woman Kia Sportage dropped in at the New York auto show this week, standing alongside the rest of the Kia-fied Justice League, which includes the Superman Optima Hybrid, Batman Optima, Aquaman Rio hatch, Cyborg Forte hatch, Flash Forte Koup, and the Green Lantern Soul. Built for charity in collaboration with DC Entertainment and [...] 
 
 
U.S.-Spec 2015 VW Golf Engine Details Revealed – 2013 New York  Mar 27th, 2013 
Show floor update: The new Golf has landed! Sure, we first saw the new, seventh-generation Golf way back in 2012 at the Paris show. But it’s nice to know VW thinks enough of us American types to bring the new Golf to New York. That said, as an American, you will not be able to [...] 
 
 
Volvo V60 Wagon Confirmed for 2014 U.S. Market Launch – 2013 New York  Mar 27th, 2013 
The U.S. market’s Volvo wagon drought will soon come to an end, as the Swedish automaker has announced the V60 sports wagon will arrive stateside by early 2014. The model has been offered in other markets alongside its platform-mate, the S60, since the 2011 model-year, and until now, the V60 has remained off-limits for U.S. [...] 
 
 
Hot Wheels Toyota to replace aging Highlander SUV  Mar 27th, 2013 

NEW YORK (AP) -- Toyota's Highlander family hauler is getting quieter and more stylish, but with the look of an athlete who's not afraid to mix it ...  
 
 
New York auto show Cadillac unveils sleeker more powerful CTS  Mar 27th, 2013 

General Motors Co. 's luxury brand is now poised to take on the world. It has long overshadowed Lincoln, its domestic luxury rival. Now Cadillac wants to crack into the premium market dominated by German heavyweights BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Key to that strategy is Cadillac's introduction Tuesday of a sleeker, more powerful CTS sedan at the New York International Auto Show, a move to ...  
 
 
Ford says controversial ads totally inappropriate responsible employees fired  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Ford Motor Co. apologized Wednesday for controversial ads in India that featured women bound and gagged in a trunk.Jim Farley, executive vice president for global marketing, sales and service for Lincoln, said the company had taken "swift action" after the "totally inappropriate" ads appeared and had taken steps to strengthen their creative review process.Farley, ...  
 
 
New Honda Literally Sucks  Mar 27th, 2013 

  Stray Cheerios beware. The new Honda Odyssey minivan is here -- and it has a built-in vacuum cleaner. Honda Motor Co. showed off its updated Odyssey minivan Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show. The 2014 Odyssey -- last redesigned in 2011 -- has a richer, more chiseled look, chrome-trimmed fog lights and other premium features. But HondaVAC, the hand-held vacuum ...  
 
 
New Volkswagen Golf makes American debut  Mar 27th, 2013 

Germany's Volkswagen AG rolled out the all-new VW Golf hatchback at the New York auto show on Wednesday. Now in its seventh generation, the Golf is bigger and roomier than its predecessor, yet lighter and more fuel-efficient. "Thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, the new Golf bodyshell is 51 pounds lighter than the current sixth-generation Golf, and ...  
 
 
Lithium-ion battery overheats on Mitsubishi Motors hybrid  Mar 27th, 2013 

TOKYO, March 27 (Reuters) - A lithium-ion battery on a single Mitsubishi Motors Corp Outlander plug-in hybrid overheated last week, the Japanese carmaker said on Wednesday, as the technology faces scrutiny following failures on Boeing Co ...  
 
 
Mitsubishi reports 2 battery problems no recalls  Mar 27th, 2013 

TOKYO-Mitsubishi Motors says a battery in a plug-in hybrid Outlander vehicle heated up and melted. No one was injured. Separately, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday a battery for i-MiEV electric cars caught fire at an auto-assembly plant, but that no one was injured. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said the problems with the lithium-ion battery occurred during production, and may be related to a ...  
 
 
2014 Cadillac CTS Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

has always set the stage for the brand's overall styling theme, evolving from a controversial, radical new shape when it first appeared to the latest generation's long, low, lean look. The second generation was an improvement, a refinement on the first, and this third-generation CTS is the next step in the company's Art & Science ...  
 
 
Volkswagen to phase out its Routan minivan  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Volkswagen AG will phase out production of its Routan minivan because of declining consumer demand, the president of Volkswagen in America said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show."We're essentially exiting over time from the Routan," Jonathan Browning, president of Volkswagen Group of America, said during a media roundtable. "We're still taking a ...  
 
 
Toyota redesigns Highlander SUV for 2014 as wagon-like hauler  Mar 27th, 2013 

Toyota Motor Corp. is revamping the Highlander sport-utility vehicle, turning the car-based crossover into a more wagon-like model as the carmaker seeks to keep its U.S. sales rising for a third consecutive year.The third-generation Highlander, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is lower, longer and wider than the model it replaces early next year, the company said ...  
 
 
2014 Cadillac CTS Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

" from its German luxury midsize sedan counterparts. Lower, longer and lighter than its predecessor and boasting updated exterior styling, a top-quality interior and a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, this third-generation CTS may just have come into its own as a global force in this upscale ...  
 
 
2015 Audi A3 Photo Gallery  Mar 27th, 2013 

Audi joins the crowd of other entry-level luxury cars like Cadillac's ATS, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and Buick's Verano; packing luxury, sleek styling and class into an all-new subcompact A3 for ...  
 
 
2013 Toyota RAV4 First drive review  Mar 27th, 2013 

Toyota redesigns its hot-selling RAV4 compact crossover for 2013, losing both the V6 engine and the available 7-passenger seating. Standard underbody covers help improve the aerodynamics and therefore fuel economy. When ...  
 
 
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG at the 2013 New York Auto Show  Mar 27th, 2013 

November 2013; ordering starts this spring Mercedes-Benz is looking to redefine what a "pocket rocket" is. The 2014 CLA45 AMG builds on the company's newest and least-expensive CLA-Class by stuffing a 355-horsepower four-cylinder into the four-door coupe. Mercedes says the CLA45's turbocharged 2.0-liter is the most-powerful four-cylinder engine built in a production car; it ...  
 
 
Ford amasses driver data to improve on federal mileage ratings  Mar 27th, 2013 

Ford Motor Co., facing criticism about the fuel economy of some of its models, moved to boost the amount of driver-mileage data sharing to come up with measures more valuable than government ratings.Ford will challenge software developers to create mobile or Web-based applications that help drivers more easily access personal fuel-economy data, Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president of ...  
 
 
2015 Audi A3 and S3 Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

It's one thing to hear automotive executives liken their entry-level luxury car to their largest luxury car, but it's quite another to, sort of, agree with them. The new Audi A3 sedan is no A8, but it's a heck of a lot more luxurious and feature-packed than you'd expect it to be. The new compact sedan is 6.5 inches longer than the current A3 hatchback, and the designers ...  
 
 
Injury sidelines NASCAR driver Hamlin  Mar 27th, 2013 

A wreck involving Denny Hamlin (11) and Carl Edwards (99) during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel #1 race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida February 21, 2013. UPI/Mark ...  
 
 
2014 Toyota Highlander Up Close  Mar 27th, 2013 

Toyota's all-new 2014 Highlander has a commanding presence that's not typical of the brand's traditionally conservative styling. At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Toyota cat-walked the new Highlander down a fashion-show runway; its new Tundra-like front grille and masculine design look great in ...  
 
 
Renault-Nissan CEO pushes back China growth plan by one year  Mar 27th, 2013 

NEW YORK, March 27 | Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:59am EDT NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters) - Political friction between China and Japan delayed by one year Nissan Motor Co's plan to get 10 percent market share in China, Renault-Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters Insider on the sidelines of the New York auto show on Wednesday. Ghosn said he is now giving his Nissan team until 2017 ...  
 
 
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Small and Strong [2013 New York auto show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
Subtlety doesn’t cut it anymore in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The new CLA-class, proclaimed a “style rebel” by design chief Gorden Wagener, has made that clear with its voluptuous lines and playful styling elements. This “four-door coupe” appears compact, but it’s only marginally shorter, and actually wider and taller than the legendary 1985–1995 E-class W124 sedan. READ MORE [...] 
 
 
2013 Ford Explorer Sport review notes: Ford succeeds in adding a little sport to the Explorer  Mar 27th, 2013 
EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: Whatand#8217;d they use to say about and#8220;your fatherand#8217;s Oldsmobileand#8221;? Fast forward to 2013 and you can say the same thing about this  
 
 
Toyota to sell in 2015 vehicles built through parts-sharing  Mar 27th, 2013 

7203.T ) will start selling in 2015 the first vehicles built under its parts-sharing and platform framework, the company said on Wednesday, as rivals led by Volkswagen ...  
 
 
Chrysler hopes new Jeep Cherokee will take brand into the future  Mar 27th, 2013 

Chrysler Group LLC will reveal the future of its Jeep brand today when it unveils the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the New York International Auto Show.A replacement for the humdrum Jeep Liberty, the Cherokee is aimed at the heart of the fast-growing midsize sport utility vehicle segment - a niche that Chrysler says will be vital to the brand's growth, both in the United States and ...  
 
 
Fiat bets on SUVs and sporty cars in India reboot  Mar 27th, 2013 

* Fiat to open fully-owned dealer network on April 1 * Jeep and Abarth brands to enter India this year * To manufacture mini Jeep SUV in India in 2015 * Targets 1 pct market share end-2013, 5 pct later By Henry Foy and Jennifer Clark ...  
 
 
GM launches next generation of Buicks  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - General Motors Co. on Tuesday took the wraps off its refreshed and sporty 2014 Buick Regal and Regal GS sedans. The cars come with a polished and more efficient 2-liter turbo engine and optional all-wheel drive.An updated grille and wing-shaped LED daytime running headlights and taillightsgive the Regal a more modern and luxurious look, Buick says.The refresh is the first for Regal ...  
 
 
2015 Audi A3 and S3 at the 2013 New York Auto Show  Mar 27th, 2013 

While other manufacturers steered clear of subcompact luxury cars, Audi took the plunge in 2006 and held fast with its A3 hatchback, and lo and behold, other brands have joined the party. Now Audi has redesigned the A3, which will be sold in the U.S. primarily as a sedan for the first time. Another first, it will come in an S3 performance ...  
 
 
Cadillac debuts longer lower leaner CTS  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Cadillac on Tuesday rolled out its all-new 2014 CTS sedan, a larger car with bolder and more sophisticated styling that the company says will allow its signature sedan to truly compete in the midsize luxury segment against the Mercedes-Benz E Class and BMW 5 Series."Longer, lower, leaner - that's what this car is all about," Mark Adams, executive director of Cadillac ...  
 
 
Auto group asks Supreme Court to rule on ethanol case  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Major automakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to approve a higher blend of ethanol for vehicles from model year 2001 and newer.The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Association of Global Automakers, Outdoor Equipment Institute and National Marine Manufacturers Association filed a petition late Monday asking ...  
 
 
Flavio Briatore says either Vettel or Webber to quit Red Bull at end of F1 season  Mar 27th, 2013 

Former Renault team principle Flavio Briatore has claimed either Sebastian Vettel or his teammate Mark Webber would quit Red Bull at the end of this season following their Malaysian Grand Prix fiasco. Briatore, who has been a part of Webber's management throughout his grand prix career, has claimed to have spoken to the Australian in the aftermath of Sunday's controversial Malaysian Grand Prix ...  
 
 
South Korean shares gain for third day as autos utilities rebound  Mar 27th, 2013 

Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:38am EDT * Local institutions spur gains but foreigners sell * Auto shares rally on bargain-buying * KEPCO up 3.6 pct; SK Innovation climbs 2.5 pct * Techs underperform; LG Display down 0.8 pct By Somang Yang SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - South Korea's benchmark index ticked up on Wednesday as institutional investors bought beaten-down shares of automobiles and utilities, but ...  
 
 
Where Are They Now With New BMW App Youll Always Know  Mar 27th, 2013 

New in-car location-sharing technology could revolutionize couples' knack for notifying each other that the household is out of milk just as their spouse drives past the supermarket. Then again, it could also make those special-occasion stops at the florist and such a bit trickier to keep secret. Whatever one's level of interest in letting family, friends and others know exactly where ...  
 
 
Ferrari Volvo drivers most miserable finds survey  Mar 27th, 2013 

Just 57 percent of Ferrari drivers enjoy driving, while owners of other luxury cars including BMW, Aston Martin, and Lexus are among the happiest drivers in the world, according to a survey by British insurance company AXA. A majority of Volvo owners reported they were unhappy drivers. Despite Ferrari's low ranking, luxury car owners fare well overall. BMW owners topped the charts, with 82 ...  
 
 
100 vehicles involved in accident  Mar 27th, 2013 

Thirty trucks and 70 cars were involved in a traffic accident in Austria. One person was killed and several people were injured in the collision. The pile up took place along a distance of two kilometres on a busy motorway, caused by icy road conditions as well as violation of traffic rules, Xinhua reported. Snowy weather has led to 70 road accidents in Austria since ...  
 
 
Elon Musk Confirms Smaller Tesla in $30,000 Range After Model X  Mar 27th, 2013 
If you’re thinking that you’d love to have a Tesla Model S, but it’s just too expensive, we have some good news. Elon Musk, one of the cofounders of Tesla Motors and the CEO of the company, said over Twitter that a smaller car is on the way in about three to four years that [...] 
 
 
BMW Prices 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon from $42,345  Mar 27th, 2013 
Next up to join the current-generation 3-series lineup is the Sports Wagon, and today BMW announced the starting price: $42,345 for a 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon. Yes, you read correctly: xDrive. This year, the Sports Wagon will be fitted with xDrive—BMW speak for all-wheel drive—as standard. Rear-drive doesn’t exist as far as the American [...] 
 
 
2014 Range Rover Sport Photos and Info: Nearly Half a Ton Lighter and Packing Eight Speeds [2013 New York Auto Show]  Mar 27th, 2013 
“Land Rover Range Rover Sport” is quite a mouthful, but the lengthy moniker hasn’t disadvantaged the British luxury sport-utility in the marketplace. In fact, the Range Rover Sport was Land Rover’s top seller in the U.S. last year, finding more Yankee buyers than any of its other four models (Evoque, LR2, LR4, and Range Rover) [...] 
 
 
SRT Unveils 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Appearance Package, Chrysler 300 SRT Concept  Mar 27th, 2013 
The 2013 New York auto show is ramping up in the frigid northeast, but on the other side of the country in California, things are hot at the annual Spring Festival, held for owners of LX-platform Chrysler models. (For those not in the know, those are the Dodge Challenger and Charger, as well as the [...] 
 
 
2015 Audi A3/S3 Sedan Debuts, A3 Hatch PHEV Confirmed for U.S. – 2013 New York  Mar 27th, 2013 
Show floor update: Audi revealed the 2015 A3 and S3 to reporters at a private event ahead of the New York auto show ahead of its public debut at the Shanghai auto show next month. Executives at the automaker revealed additional details during the preview, including a prediction of “almost 300 horsepower” for the S3. [...] 
 
 
Seoul shares on track for three-day gain autos rebound  Mar 27th, 2013 

Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:17pm EDT * Index rebounding after false alarm on military incident * Autos outperform on yen slide halt, low valuations * Techs lag, Samsung and LG Elec down 0.5 pct * Small-cap defence stocks rally By Somang Yang SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - Seoul shares were fighting to sustain opening gains on Wednesday morning, helped by a rebound in auto shares, after sentiment was hurt by ...  
 
 
Actor Daniel Craig to test drive Range Rover Sport in NYC  Mar 27th, 2013 

Actor Daniel Craig, best known as the latest incarnation of the British spy James Bond, will reveal the all-new Range Rover Sport Tuesday night in a dramatic drive through New York.The streets of Manhattan will come to a standstill as the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover to date will be put to the test by Craig, who'll drive it to Skylight, at Moynihan Station.The drive will be ...  
 
 
Cadillacs all-new Lansing-built CTS sedan debuts  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Cadillac on Tuesday rolled out its all-new 2014 CTS sedan, a lighter vehicle with bolder and more sophisticated styling. It also debuted a Vsport version of the car that features General Motors Co.'s first twin-turbo V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission."Longer, lower, leaner - that's what this car is all about," Cadillac design director Mark Adams said of the ...  
 
 
NASCAR No penalties for Stewart Logano  Mar 27th, 2013 

Tony Stewart and Joey Logano won't be penalized for a post-race dust-up following last weekend's Auto Club 400, racing officials said Tuesday. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ...  
 
 
Renault Prices 3-Year CNY750 Million Dim Sum Bond at 4.65 -Term Sheet  Mar 27th, 2013 

French carmaker Renault S.A. (RNO.FR) priced 750 million yuan ($121 million) worth of three-year dim sum bonds at 4.65%, according to a term sheet on ...  
 
 
Audi unveils 2015 A3  Mar 27th, 2013 

New York - Audi of America unveiled its 2015 A3 sedan Tuesday night in New York and said it will offer its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for sale next year.The luxury unit of Volkswagen AG said it will offer a diesel A3 and an A3 Sportback plug-in electric hybrid."It's a good fit for the car," said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America.He also said Audi will sell more ...  
 
 
GM fires 598 workers at Brazil auto plant  Mar 27th, 2013 

US carmaker General Motors has dismissed 598 workers at a struggling assembly line at his Brazilian unit in line with an agreement reached with the union last January. A GM spokesman told AFP on Tuesday that the laid-off workers at the Sao Jose dos Campos plant, near Sao Paulo, had been on paid leave since last August. The January accord mediated by the government specified they were to be ...  
 
 
2014 BMW 328d Making Debut at New York Auto Show  Mar 26th, 2013 
Debuting at the 2013 New York International Auto Show is the new 2014 BMW 328d, a diesel variant of the 328i sedan. It will join the U.S. lineup, strengthening BMW’s position as one of the most efficient automakers. Powered by a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, the new 328d delivers 180 horsepower, which BMW says will [...] 
 
 
2014 Kia Forte Koup Debuting at New York Auto Show  Mar 26th, 2013 
This coming week the 2014 Kia Forte Koup will make its debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show. With refreshed features and new racing genes, Kia has widened its audience. There’s an array of great technological features that appeals to the tech-savvy generation as well as safety features that will make any driver feel [...] 
 
 
‘Live With Kelly and Michael’ Show Reveals 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Refresh Early  Mar 26th, 2013 
It’s a fact that muscle car enthusiasts watch NFL, MMA, and WWE. They swig beer and go to heavy metal concerts. The sort of people who usually watch Live with Kelly and Michael are a more refined sort, supposedly. They also have the time to be watching TV during early work hours. All of this [...] 
 
 
Nissan to Recall 2012-2013 NV for Potential Shifter Indicator Malfunction  Mar 26th, 2013 
Nissan last week announced a recall for model year 2012-2013 NV passenger vans for a potential steering column shifter installation deficiency. The affected models were assembled between December 2010 and January 2013. The defect, a transmission lever gear selector plate lock clip, may have been incorrectly installed at assembly. As a result, affected vehicles could [...] 
 
 
Subaru WRX Concept Leaks onto Internet Before New York Reveal  Mar 26th, 2013 
Whether an accidental slip-up by someone in the know or a long-lead publication accidentally sharing pictures before they go to print, automakers go through combating leaks of their new cars every auto show season. The latest in this saga is Subaru, whose WRX Concept just had its beans spilled all over the internet two days [...] 
 
 
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