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Live from the SEMA Show

Horsepower, performance and, well, horsepower drive the show.

by on Nov.05, 2014

The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas is now in full swing. The city’s convention center is filled with vehicles that are the childhood dreams of muscled up, tweaked out cartoon drawings brought to life.

The show gives automakers, suppliers and specialty builders a chance to show what they can do with time, specialized parts and a bunch of money. The results are some of the most technologically advanced, most powerful and most creative cars, trucks and SUVs in the world.

The show isn’t open to the pubic, but is here, acting as your eyes and ears and bringing you all of the news from the show floor for the next few days in the “city that never sleeps.” Here are today’s stories, but check back often to get the latest news. (more…)

BMW Reveals Array of New Models

Focus is on performance.

by on Apr.17, 2014

BMW board member Ian Robertson behind the wheel of the new M4 Convertible.

With nearly 60 different products making their U.S. or global debut at this year’s New York Auto Show, nearly every major automaker – and quite a few smaller ones – has something to show off this month.

But BMW has a disproportionate presence on the list, with the Bavarian automaker putting a particular emphasis on performance.  But the maker is also giving a hint as to its possible plans to roll out a battery-based version of its big X5 Sport Activity Vehicle.

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“This is a year for BMW to set significant milestones,” said Ian Robertson, the BMW board member overseeing global sales. It’s already pulled off one, delivering a record 487,000 vehicles during the first quarter of the year worldwide, and the company – which includes brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce — is “aiming for a significant increase to a record of over 2 million” vehicles for all of 2014.


Live From The Geneva Motor Show

Global automakers descend on Switzerland for the season's big show.

by on Mar.03, 2014

The 84th annual Geneva Motor Show is winding down. Many of the 146 new models have made their debuts and been dissected, examined and even fawned over by the world’s automotive press. The introductions have run the gamut from the new Jeep Renegade to the Maserati Alfieri and Lamborghini Huracan as well as BMW’s new 2-Series Active Tourer. has been scouring the show floor to bring you the new model introductions as well as all the breaking news, but all of that concludes today.

Check the jump page for our complete round-up…and keep coming back for the final updates from Geneva!


Daimler, BYD Launching New Battery Car

by on Feb.27, 2014

The new Daimler-BYD joint venture will launch its first battery-car concept, the Denza NEV, in Beijing.

Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG plans to launch an all-new battery-electric vehicle it has developed as part of a joint venture with China’s BYD. To be sold through the new Denza brand, it will make its debut in concept form at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show.

The show car will be called the NEV, short for New Energy Vehicle.  The hatchback will use a pure battery-electric design with its batteries mounted under the floor and its electric motor driving the front wheels.

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The German maker provided the basic vehicle architecture for the Denza NEV concept, along with key componentry, including the safety system.  BYD, already one of the key players in the emerging Chinese battery-car market, supplied the underlying drive system.


Audi Hopes to Steal the Show with All-New TT

Third-generation model introduces Audi’s new design language.

by on Feb.21, 2014

Audi offers up a sketch of the new 2015 TT.

While its dimensions are relatively compact, Geneva’s PALExpo Convention Center will make plenty of big news next month when the annual Geneva Motor Show rolls into the city by the lake.  But Audi is hoping to deliver a real show-stopper when it lifts the cover’s on the all-new, third-generation remake of its little TT.

The basic shape is likely to seem familiar to Audi fans, with the time-tested crescent roofline and sloping hood, but the overall look is nonetheless substantially updated, the German maker suggesting with these sketches that the 2015 model will introduce us to its latest design language.

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Among the highlights of the new Audi TT are the Matrix LED headlamps and the “virtual cockpit interior.”  The design advances some earlier design cues, as well, such as the creased hood of the R8, the new TT wearing the familiar four-ring Audi logo on its hood, rather than the grille.  There are also some details lifted from the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept introduced during the Detroit Auto Show a little more than a month ago.


Mazda Says No to New Miata Rumors

No Chicago Auto Show debut planned.

by on Jan.20, 2014

Sorry, says Mazda, but we'll have to wait to get a first look at the next-generation Miata.

As much as we’d like to see the next-generation Mazda Miata land in showrooms by, well, yesterday, it appears we’re going to have show some patience.  Widespread reports that the new 2-seater would be unveiled at next month’s Chicago Auto Show just aren’t accurate, it turns out.

“It’s not true,” Mazda’s chief U.S. spokesman Jeremy Barnes tells  “File that under the heading of ‘Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”

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That’s too bad because Mazda – and the Miata – have always had a special relationship with the Windy City, the little sports car making its original debut at the Chicago Auto Show exactly a quarter-century ago.


VW Passat BlueMotion Concept Squeezes Subcompact Mileage out of a Midsize Sedan

More proof the internal combustion engine isn’t dead.

by on Jan.08, 2014

VW's Passat BlueMotion Concept could make it even harder to justify a hybrid.

There are a number of folks – including some California regulators – who’d be happy to see the internal combustion engine go extinct. But as makers of hybrids and other battery-cars have learned to their chagrin, the time-tested ICE is proving a moving target that’s shown a lot more life than many expected.

A case in point is the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept making its world debut next week at the North American International Auto Show.  With a highway fuel economy rating estimated at 42 mpg, the German sedan is nudging into compact and even subcompact territory.

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How get near-hybrid efficiency out of a conventional gasoline engine? VW engineers pulled several tricks out of their sleeves.  For one thing, the BlueMotion Concept adopts increasingly familiar Stop/Start technology which briefly shuts the engine off, rather than idling.  There’s also a transmission decoupling system that lets the Passat prototype freewheel when coasting, reducing normal frictional losses. But there’s an even more novel approach alternately known as cylinder deactivation and variable displacement.


Photos of Volvo Concept XC Coupe Leak Out

Anticipated replacement for XC90.

by on Jan.08, 2014

The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form as a 2-door version of the XC90.

Everything you may have known about Volvo is wrong – certainly if you’re stuck back in the old days when the Swedish maker produced a narrow line of boxy, boring stations wagons.  These days, the maker is rolling out some increasingly dynamic and curvaceous designs with only a single wagon in its line-up and, oh, yes, Volvo is now owned by the ambitious Chinese automaker Geely.

We’ll get a good sense of where Volvo is heading in the days ahead when it tolls out its new Concept XC Coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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It’s the successor to the Volvo Concept C that we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, which Volvo insiders confirmed as giving the world a good sense of the company’s future design direction.

Indeed, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form later this year as a coupe version of the next-generation XC90 crossover.


First Look: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

A good thing in a small package.

by on Jan.07, 2014

The production version of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will debut in Detroit next week.

Mercedes-Benz has set out to rewrite the rules on small, entry-level luxury cars.  Forget the little C-Coupe of a decade back, and the original Baby Benz.  The maker is out to prove that good things can come in small packages – and with the upcoming introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, add the word, “powerful” to your list of superlatives.

The production version of the new Benz crossover’s most powerful model will make its official debut at the North American International Auto Show next week, but Mercedes is offering up an advanced look at the 355-horsepower compact crossover.

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Based on the same basic “architecture” as the new Mercedes CLA coupe-like sedan, the GLA is taking aim at Gen-X and Millennial buyers who put a premium on luxury brands but might otherwise be stuck in a more mainstream segment.  The AMG version, meanwhile, is the most affordable high-performance crossover the Teutonic maker has ever offered.


Ford Edge “Concept” Makes LA Auto Show Appearance

Ford puts more edge in the Edge.

by on Nov.20, 2013

A production version of the Ford Edge is expected to return for the 2015 model-year.

Though it’s officially being described as a “concept vehicle,” the Ford Edge prototype making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week will make its return, in short order, in production form — and not just here in the U.S., but in markets around the world.

The next-generation Edge is the latest of the Detroit automaker’s models to go global as part of CEO Alan Mulally’s One Ford strategy. The move to reach beyond North American shores makes perfect sense, said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of marketing, considering the way crossover vehicles have gone mainstream around the world.

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“Utilities now account for one of every five vehicles sold around the world,” he said. Ford’s intermediate objective is to build a family of small, compact, mid-sized and full-size utility vehicles that will appeal to a broad range of global buyers. “Utilities are no longer a regional vehicle,” he said.