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First Look – 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage

The 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 – part of a1-2-3 Ford GT sweep in the top class at Ferrari’s expense. Continue reading

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Renault Alpine Vision Concept to Appear at Goodwood

Production will start during 2017, and it could eventually appear in the U.S. Continue reading

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Polaris MRZR Turbo Diesel Debuts for US Expeditionary Forces

MRZRs are ultralight, off-road military vehicles for expeditionary forces in the U.S. and more than 20 allied countrie Continue reading

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First Look: Next Volvo S40 Small Car

It appears that Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine powertrain – which has a new 3-cylinder gasoline engine and a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission coupled to an electric motor – indicates Volvo is abandoning its existing Twin Engine all-wheel drive designs for a more efficient front-wheel drive system on its smaller cars. Continue reading

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Beijing Report – Acura CDX Compact SUV Unveiled

The Acura version will be stateside at some point AutoInformed opines, even though Honda claims this is a crossover mostly for the Chinese market. Continue reading

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Lexus IS Snout Grows Larger in Beijing World Debut

Lexus admits its recent front-end treatments are controversial and polarizing – critics call them snouts, and older Lexus customers are shopping elsewhere – but because the original styling of the current IS has proved popular. Continue reading

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Lexus IS Debuts at 2016 Beijing International Auto Exhibition

Translation – the Lexus snout is about to get even bigger. Continue reading

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Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition to Aid Karmanos

Chevrolet is donating VIN #001 – of the new Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition – in support of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 34th Annual Dinner Continue reading

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Fresh Colors for 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Ford Performance is adding more standard features to the new Shelby GT350 Mustang that goes on sale this June. Continue reading

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Defies Detroit 3 Dogma

The next-generation Honda Civic Hatchback – highly styled, turbocharged, a manual transmission pocket rocket, goes against the outdated Detroit Three dogma that says  hatchbacks don’t sell. I remember a senior Detroit exec – who was diligently and successfully working his … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts in US After 3 Year Lag

The Outlander PHEV move follows the introduction of the Outlander last year in the U.S. after it was on sale for almost three years elsewhere. Even though SUV sales account for 40% of the U.S. market, poor Mitsubishi U.S. sales and the Great Recession that started in 2008 roughing up all automakers precluded plugging it in here. Continue reading

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Volvo Sets S90 Sedan Price at $46,950

For those who wondered if the 2010 purchase of Volvo by the Chinese conglomerate, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group would result in massive cost cutting and de-contenting and brand dilution, the exact opposite appears true. Continue reading

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Toyota Prius Prime Sees Electric Range Increase to 120

It represents a +26% enhancement compared to its predecessor, a result of greater battery capacity – an 8.8 kWh battery pack – and an improved hybrid system. In hybrid mode, the Prius Prime is targeting a hybrid MPG equal to or better than the Prius lift back. Continue reading

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Mazda MX-5 RF Debuts at New York Auto Show

With strong contrast between light and shadow and a high-density finish, Machine Grey allegedly gives the impression that the vehicle’s body has been sculpted from a solid steel ingot. Continue reading

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NYAS – 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

Similar to the Fiat 500 Abarth introduced at the 2011 LA Auto Show, the Fiat 124 Spider platform has a sport-tuned suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, sport mode selector and a chrome quad-tip exhaust. Options include the Brembo braking system and Recaro seats. Continue reading

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