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First Look: 2010 Mazda CX-7

High-mileage, four-cylinder engine is part of Mazda’s goal to improve its overall fuel economy by 30%.

by on Apr.10, 2009

Mazda brought two new models to the NY Auto Show, including the 2010 CX-7, which gets a new, 28 mpg I-4 engine.

Mazda brought two new models to the New York, including the 2010 CX-7 with a 28 mpg I-4 engine.

With the introduction of a new, inline-four engine for its 2010 CX-7 crossover, Mazda takes a big step closer to its goal of offering “affordable” fuel economy to buyers around the world, the company’s chief executive declared, during a preview at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 gets some minor visual tweaks, inside and out, for the upcoming model-year.  But the real news is under the hood, where the company is adding an optional 16-valve, naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 engine.  Delivering an estimated 21 mpg City and 28 Highway, Mazda Motor Co. CEO Takashi Yamanouchi hinted the new powertrain will come in at “even lower price point” than current offerings for the CX-7, though final pricing won’t be announced until just before the crossover’s autumn introduction.

Click Here to SubscribeWith consumers turning towards more fuel-efficient products – and governments around the world, including the U.S., raising mileage standards – Mazda is pushing to get out in front of its competition.  The automaker has set a goal of boosting its current fleet average fuel economy 30% by 2016, noted Yamanouchi. (more…)

Caddy Betting Big on Planned “Sub-CTS”

GM luxury division also developing all-new STS flagship

by on Apr.09, 2009

A newly reinvigorated Cadillac is planning a new "sub-CTS," an alternative to the current, unloved BLS, which should become the brand's global best-seller.

A newly reinvigorated Cadillac is planning a new "sub-CTS," an alternative to the current, unloved BLS, which should become its global best-seller.

Hoping to kick-start the struggling Cadillac division, one of the “bookends” of a downsized and restructured General Motors, the automaker will replace one of its most important products and add a new model that could become its global best-seller, a senior GM executive tells

The shake-up at the ailing maker has forced a complete rethinking of its luxury car strategy.  Of GM’s three high-line brands, two – Hummer and Saab – will soon go away, notes Steve Shannon, marketing chief at the automaker’s Premium Channel.

That means Cadillac will have to carry the weight alone, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing, Shannon is quick to add. If anything, the elimination of those two premium brands, along with more mainstream Saturn, and the sharp reductions at Pontiac should mean more resources for Caddy.

“Cadillac (will) be a beneficiary of not having so many mouths to feed,” Shannon says, as he settles back at the GM booth at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.


First Look: 2010 Subaru Legacy

How long does it take to build a legacy?

by on Apr.09, 2009

Subaru's 2010 Legacy is bigger in every dimension, which should better position it in the midsize segment.

Subaru's 2010 Legacy is bigger in every dimension, which should better position it in the competitive midsize sedan segment.

There’s something to be said about being the only automaker in the American market to post a sales increase in 2008.  How Subaru pulled that off is going to be debated for some time, but certainly a good share of the credit goes to products like the Subaru Legacy which, suggests Subaru CEO Ikuo Mori, is the company’s “iconic model.”

The icon is about to go through a facelift, Subaru introducing the all-new 2010 Legacy at this year’s New York International Auto Show.  A spitting image of the Subaru Legacy Concept sedan first shown in Detroit, last January, the production, 2010 model is a moderately larger package that “now competes head-on in the midsize sedan segment,” asserted Subaru of America COO Tom Doll, during a news conference at the NY show.

The new sedan measures 1.4 inches longer, overall, with a wheelbase stretched 3.0 inches.  The 2010 Subaru Legacy is also 3.6 inches wider and 3.2 inches taller, with a trunk 30 percent larger than the model it replaces.

clickherebutton The new model will be offered with standard All-Wheel-Drive and three optional powertrain packages, including the mileage-miser 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower Boxer 4-cylinder engine, a turbo variant pumping that to 265 ponies, and the performance-oriented six-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine.  There are a variety of transmissions available, including a fuel-efficient CVT.

The 2010 Legacy is the latest in a flood of new products from the Japanese maker, which also plans to launch an updated version of its Outback wagon for the coming model-year.

Spy Shots: Scion IQ

Captured by's spies, a week before its NY Auto Show debut.

by on Apr.01, 2009

You'll see the rest of the Scion IQ Concept Car at next week's NY Auto Show.

You'll see the rest of Toyota's Scion brand IQ concept car at next week's New York Auto Show.

After a long stakeout (on a public street, of course) outside a top-secret Toyota facility, we caught a quick glimpse of Scion’s upcoming New York Auto Show Concept.  The” super-compact” hatchback, named IQ (same name as Toyota’s version), will debut as a Scion next week, and is expected to be sold here in the States.

The IQ, the first real competitor to the Smart, will likely be powered by a 1.5-liter engine, and will roll into dealerships in the $15,000-range.

Although our pictures were snapped through open doors of a car carrier and the lighting was extremely limited and filtered, we were still able to capture several details that weren’t supposed to be revealed until next week.

We find Scion’s version of the IQ more stylish and appealing than Toyota’s, with exaggerated fender flares, unique wheels and a new front fascia – as well as an interesting scoop-looking detail behind the front wheels.

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Photo Credit: Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company