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New Alfa Romeo Engines Coming

FCA (Fiat Chrysler) will invest more than $540 million to produce two new engines for its Alfa Romeo as part its latest attempt to revive the once proud Italian brand. Continue reading

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Gen 9 Malibu Debuts in New York

The main selling point aside from sleek styling appears to fuel economy with the hybrid version at a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined; now leading the segment. The Malibu’s standard 1.5-liter turbo powertrain is projected at 37 mpg highway. (We will see for how long these numbers impress since the technologies used are well-know and available to all makers.) Continue reading

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Toyota and Lexus to Introduce Low Cost Automatic Braking

From a significance point of view the new Lexus RX – the crossover SUV built from the Camry in the last century that caught the Detroit Three and the Germans napping and ultimately propelled Lexus into the number one spot of U.S. luxury car sales is oen to watch. Early previews reveal a radically style fastback that aside from the now expected and highly controversial exaggerated snout grille, seems to trade off utility for flash. Continue reading

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Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts in New York

Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts in New York Continue reading

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Chevy Adds Malibu Hybrid to Lineup in 2016

Price, performance, how smoothly the system changes between modes and deploys regenerative braking, as well as competitive actions are issues that await test drives when the Malibu appears. The Detroit Three have a history of benchmarking the past, maybe GM is looking at the future. Continue reading

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Spark Grows Older, More Expensive?

The all-new 2016 Spark at the Seoul and New York auto shows this April, Chevrolet announced today. The Korean built and designed minicar is said to have “more sophisticated aesthetic that reflects the changing tastes” of the segment. Continue reading

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Volvo Delivers Autonomous Driving XC90 in 2017

Volvo’s web presentation of the project this morning had technical problems with an invalid embed code, thereby demon stating how complex the computer programing for even relatively well-known technologies is. Also cyber security issues will need to be resolved. Continue reading

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MX-5 Miata Accessories Concept Debuts at CAS

Vehicle personalization continues to be the trend as affirmed by the debut of an MX-5 accessories design concept of the next-generation 2016 MX-5 roadster that will be in showrooms this summer. Continue reading

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Honda Announces Second U.S. Acura MDX Plant

Honda today said it would add a second U.S. production site for the Acura MDX SUV by investing $85 million in its East Liberty, Ohio plant to produce Acura MDX in Ohio beginning in 2017. The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time and is now in its third iteration. Continue reading

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Cadillac 2016 ATS-V Ready for Orders

Cadillac dealers are accepting orders for the 2016 ATS-V – the brand’s inaugural luxury compact performance car that starts production this spring. Available in sedan and coupe forms, the twin-turbocharged ATS-V purportedly offers a dual-purpose luxury performance – track capability straight from the factory, along with “road manners.” Continue reading

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Lexus Premieres GS F Sedan at Detroit

Lexus today unveiled the 2016 GS F performance sedan, the latest model in line as it continues to stalk Mercedes-Benz and BMW sport sedans that own and define the expensive segment. Continue reading

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Hyundai Debuts 2016 Sonata Hybrid with Higher MPG

Today Hyundai introduced the Hybrid version of its seventh-generation Sonata at NAIAS. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid fuel economy is expected to improve more than 10%. Sonata Hybrid is projected to achieve up to 39 mpg in the city, 44 mpg on the highway and have a combined EPA mileage rating of 42 mpg. Continue reading

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Cadillac CTS-V Debuts. V is for Very Fast and Expensive

With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-liter biturbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4-liter TwinPower (twin-turbo) V8, the new CTS-V is capable of 0-60 acceleration in 3.7 seconds. Continue reading

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High Voltage! Gen 2 Chevrolet Volt is Significant Redesign

The new Volt has better gas mileage, greater range, faster acceleration, a fifth seat of sorts, and an all-new propulsion system. Pricing, yet to be announced, could be the deciding factor in Volt’s sales future. Former GM CEO Dan Ackerson, a venture capitalist, when he predicted astronomical sales had no idea that this is a long-term ~2030 play. Continue reading

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Viper Customization – No Copies with Unique ‘1 of 1’ Builds

Dodge is giving its Viper a level of exclusivity by creating a new custom Viper GTC model and a sales scheme that gives Viper customers the opportunity to create their very own one-of-one American hand-built car. Continue reading

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