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BMW Unveils New X1 Luxury Compact Crossover

Maker recovers from executive slip to hype new CUV.

by on Sep.17, 2015

The 2016 BMW X1 is taller, longer and wider than its predecessor making for a more comfortable ride.

Lost in the hubbub surrounding the collapse of Harald Krueger, BMW’s CEO, is the fact the Bavarian brand has its next-gen luxury compact crossover, the X1, ready for the market just as sales in the segment are taking off.

The compact crossover area is growing not only in terms of the metal moved by dealers, but also in the number of companies participating in the arena. The luxury portion of the market is growing faster than the rest so the company’s timing is perfect.

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The new X1 is is taller, wider and longer than its predecessor meaning that the smallest of BMW’s crossov, er, sports-activity vehicles has more room for passengers and a better view of the road for the driver. (more…)

Lamborghini Unleashes New Huracan LP610-4 Spyder

Folding soft top can be operated at up to 17 mph.

by on Sep.16, 2015

The new Lamborghini Huracan convertible features a soft top, but no appreciable drop in performance.

This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is a bit of nirvana for those who enjoy driving al fresco. There are new ragtops covering pretty much the entire spectrum, from the little Smart ForTwo Cabriolet up to open-air supercars from both Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The Lambo entry is a Spyder version of the Huracan LP610-4 set to go on sale next spring, replacing the old Gallardo Spyder. The good news is that it will be stiffer, offer more power and a lot more downforce.

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There’ll likely be plenty of comparisons to come between the new Ferrari 488 Spider and the Lamborghini LP610-4 Spyder, though for now it’s all on paper, the two new models still months away from production. (more…)

Toyota Putting C-HR into Production

Close-to-ready model coming to Geneva in 2016

by on Sep.16, 2015

The Toyota C-HR concept is going to be a production vehicle, according to Toyota.

Toyota’s newest iteration of its C-HR concept vehicle features a variety of more practical enhancements that forced observers to wonder if the crossover might be moving toward production? Wonder no more, it is.

The updated concept represents a step toward commercialization, with changes such as the shift from a three-door to a five-door format made from a practicality standpoint, the automaker said. Additionally, the roof color scheme has been changed from a two-tone (blue and black) to a uniform glossy black color scheme.

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The Japanese maker said it plans to have a mainstream version of the C-HR at the Geneva Motor Show next March. The C-HR was initially introduced during the 2014 Paris Motor Show and attracted enough attention to force the maker to consider the long-term prospects. (more…)

Bugatti Playing Games with New Vision Gran Turismo

Next production model still a no-show, but concept offers “clear indication” of what’s to come.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo: designed for a videogame it offers a hint of the real world.

Every other week, it seems, stories hit the wires and Web suggesting that Bugatti is finally ready to reveal the production model that will replace it now out-of-production Veyron. And, one after the other, those rumors get shot down.

But, yet again, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation when the supercar maker announced plans for a news conference at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. And, once again, it turned out that Bugatti itself was playing games.

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Quite literally, in fact. The Frankfurt show serving as the backdrop for the debut of the latest entry into the wildly popular Gran Turismo videogame for the popular Sony PlayStation. That said, Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer did suggest that the full-size version of the Vision Gran Turismo “gives a clear indication of the future design direction of our brand.”

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Mercedes Captures Attention with C-Class Coupe in Frankfurt

German maker looking to draw younger buyers.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The new Mercedes C-Class coupe combines good looks, comfort and performance.

Mercedes continues its run of revitalization with the introduction of the new C-Class coupe aimed at drawing younger buyers with the lure of good looks and performance at a price point that may move some into the luxury segment a little sooner than planned.

There are some similarities between the coupe and the sedan, the German maker’s design clearly leaves no doubt that the coupe is a different animal than its four-door counterpart. It’s lower to the ground to give it a more athletic look and feel.

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The C-pillar extends further back before it dramatically slopes down into the rear of the car to accentuate the look that almost akin to prowling. Now while the new look outside screams sports car, the interior gravitates toward the best offerings of the sedan, Mercedes notes. (more…)

Kia Making a Splash with All-New Sportage for 2017

Upscale interior matches redesigned exterior in Frankfurt debut.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The 2017 Kia Sportage gets an exterior redesign giving it a more aggressive look.

Realizing the importance that midsize crossovers and sport-utes mean to the bottom line of automakers, Kia’s looking to make a splash in the segment with the redesigned Kia Sportage for 2017.

The Korean maker promised a substantially different look for the new model, which is now in its fourth generation, and it appears from early pictures that the company’s design chief, Peter Schreyer, has been putting in some time on the CUV.

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The new model not only adopts Kia’s uniform front end, like that of the new Sedona, but also the headlights are higher up on the hood than the previous model. It also has longer rear doors and a higher beltline giving it a more aggressive stance while also improving access to the back seat. (more…)

Audi Goes Evolutionary With New A4

Maker ensures new model chock full of technology.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The fifth-generation A4 is generating plenty of enthusiasm as Audi expects it to deliver some notable improvements in fuel economy.

After the debut of a new battery-electric SUV with a 300-mile range, you might expect the new Audi A4 to get lost in the shuffle at the annual Frankfurt Motor Show, especially with the new sedan opting for mostly subtle, evolutionary changes rather than the revolutionary updates of generations past.

Nonetheless, the fifth-generation A4 is generating plenty of enthusiasm as Audi expects it to deliver some notable improvements in fuel economy. Lower emissions and higher mileage were two of the key targets for the 2016 Audi A4. Audi claims best-in-class aerodynamics help it get there.

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The new compact model also gets a lot of new technologies, some lifted from the top-line Audi A8, others entirely new to the Audi brand. (more…)

First Look: Mercedes IAA Concept

Teardrop shaped show car offers “intelligent aerodynamics.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Mercedes' Concept IAA can radically change itse shape to reduce drag at higher speeds.

Mercedes-Benz put a lot of thinking into the background briefing it held Monday evening ahead of the official opening of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the maker rolling out a procession of “Intelligent Drive” vehicles, including not only a self-driving version of the big S-Class, but also a teardrop-shaped show car it dubbed the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile.

The Mercedes Concept IAA for short, it is one of the sleekest, wind-cheating automobiles ever designed, thanks to both active and passive aerodynamic elements. That includes eight fold-out panels that extend the vehicle’s length by more than a foot at speeds above 50 miles an hour. Additional flaps help channel air around the wheels, giving the show car one of the lowest levels of aerodynamic drag ever recorded.

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Inside, the Concept IAA looks like a more conventional luxury sedan, picking up the familiar cues of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but adding more advanced touch-based controls to create what the automaker describes as a “highly emotional, digital experience.” (more…)

Pedal to the Metal as Porsche Fires up New 911 Carrera

Twin-turbo V-6 takes racing tech to the street.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Porsche's new 911 Carrera takes what the company learns on the racing circuit to make the production model faster.

Automakers invest heavily in racing, often with questionable results – but for Porsche buyers, the payoff will become apparent as the German maker rolls out the new 911 Carrera at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The twin-turbo technology used to boost the performance of the new sports car’s 3.0-liter flat six comes directly off the track, the maker explains, giving the latest-generation Carrera a hefty 20-horsepower boost. That was enough to help it pull a full 10 seconds off the lap time of the previous Carrera S on the North Loop of the Nurburgring.

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The new model also offers new features such as the first application of rear-axle steering on the Carrera S, “significantly enhancing” the 911’s already impressive handling, Porsche boasts. (more…)

Mini Expands its Flagship Crossover Model

2016 Clubman makes Frankfurt debut.

by on Sep.14, 2015

The next-generation Mini Clubman hits a bit of a growth spurt for 2016 meaning more room for cargo, people and even doors!

Compact crossovers are growing, not just in terms of sales, but also in size and one of the originals, the Mini Clubman, is going through a growth spurt like everyone else.

Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the next-gen Clubman reasserts its position as the brand’s most versatile vehicle – something that had been lost as models like the Countryman and even the original hardtop offered more doors and interior space.

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The first difference is in the number of doors: six. More doors equal easier access to, well, everything. A pair of split doors on the back of the new model provide simpler and improved access to the rear cargo area…and provide the extra door. (more…)