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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Honda Civic Hatchback – highly styled, turbocharged, a manual transmission pocket rocket, goes against the outdated Detroit Three dogma that says  hatchbacks don’t sell.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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Buick Encore ‘Encore’ is Actually a Mild Redo

Introduced in 2013, the Encore surprisingly was a winner by offering premium features typically associated with larger luxury cars and trucks – a well-known strategy at German carmakers. Encore rose to the head of the fast-growing small SUV market – an ongoing global trend – topping it in 2014 and 2015. Continue reading

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Bentley Bentayga SUV Deliveries Start

Guests at the event in Crewe were given access to Bentley’s factory to see the Bentayga’s assembly process. Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Line Debuts at the New York Auto Show

The Germans – notably Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz – dominate the market. To a less ore degree Japanese brands – Acura, Infiniti and Lexus – also are active. Alfa and Jeep are the key elements in FCA’s planned global expansion. The Jeep line appears to be a relatively easy global play; Alfa is a much more difficult proposition. Continue reading

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Driving the 2016 Nissan Sentra – Substantial Upgrades in Equipment, Electronics & Safety Systems  

In the golden days for automakers the so-called mid-cycle freshening of a platform such as the Nissan Sentra was fast and dirty – headlights, taillights, new colors and the like – cheap and cheerful between major revisions every eight years or so. Continue reading

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