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Honda Using YouTube for Civic Si Reveal

Automaker aims to connect directly with potential Millennial buyers.

by on Apr.03, 2017

A concept version of the 10th-gen Honda Civic Si debuting at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

In another sign that the times, they are a’changing, Honda is turning to YouTube to reveal the production version of the new Civic Si on April 6, rather than waiting for next week’s New York International Auto Show.

Honda did go a more conventional route when it unveiled the Civic Si Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November. But it only showed off a modestly disguised version of the Si Coupe. It’s kept everyone guessing about what the sedan version will look like.

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Automakers are increasingly open to novel ways to get the message out, rather than having to fight for attention on crowded show floors. And so, with tech-savvy Millennials and Gen-Xers the target audience for the latest Civic variant, the YouTube launch is expected to connect directly with potential buyers for the 2017 Si.

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FCA, VW, Patching up Differences, Could See Joint Opportunities

Volkswagen CEO opens door to “conversation.”

by on Mar.15, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller has been struggling to dig the maker out of its diesel scandal.

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller, apparently picking up on recent comments by his counterpart at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, opened the door to “a conversation” on Tuesday, something some observers suggest could lead to merger talks between the two companies.

Mueller’s comment, which was made during a news conference called to discuss VW earnings, came barely a week after CEO Sergio Marchionne said a merger between FCA and some other manufacturer “will happen” in the coming years.

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Talk of mergers, acquisitions and alliances in the global auto industry has escalated in the wake of General Motors’ decision to sell its long-troubled German-based Opel/Vauxhall unit to France’s PSA, the parent of the Peugeot and Citroen brands.

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Best of Geneva: The 10 Top Intros to Check Out

A Swiss fondue full of intriguing new concept and production models.

by on Mar.10, 2017

The Aston Martin Valkyrie takes the British brand into a new realm of performance and is among the top 10 "must see" vehicles in Geneva.

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show media days are over and it’s time for the motor buying public to start streaming into the big PALExpo convention center. But what should they be looking at?

With a doubled-up news conference schedule, more than 75 new and updated cars and crossovers made their debut in the City by the Lake. (Notice we left out trucks, as they have no measurable presence in Europe.)

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Trying to decide which are our favorites is no easy feat considering the raw numbers and the wide range of product segments they represent. But after a fair bit of debate, here are the 10 (well, actually, 11) that really moved the needle for us during our visit to Geneva. (more…)

Nissan Updates Europe’s Qashqai – and Why Americans Will Be Pleased (Eventually)

Compact CUV gets a facelift for Geneva – and new semi-autonomous technology.

by on Mar.10, 2017

The Nissan Qashqai is getting a new look for Europe. It will also use the automaker's new ProPilot autonomous vehicle driving technology.

Nissan is giving its wildly popular Qashqai crossover a makeover, the public getting a good look at the updated model at this month’s Geneva Motor Show – the new CUV offering a first look at Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving technology.

That’s great news for fans of the Japanese maker’s most popular European model. The Qashqai helped carve out the crossover segment on the Continent, and with a growing list of competitors taking aim, Nissan needs to give buyers reason to keep coming back.

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Until now, the Qashqai has steered clear of the U.S. market. It’s finally getting ready to show up – abeit in the form of the Nissan Rogue Sport that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January. For American buyers, that’s the good news. The bad? The Sport will, for at least a year or two, be based on the old Qashqai design. (more…)

McLaren Pulls Wraps Off New 720S in Geneva

New coupe sprints from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new McLaren 720S replaces the 650S for 2017. It has a top speed of 212 mph.

The Geneva Motor Show would not be complete without a new model from McLaren. This year is no different as the oft-predicted-near-death British carmaker continues to show it’s got plenty of life left with the all-new 720S.

The new model is the second-generation in the company’s “super series” vehicles putting 720 horsepower from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The new super car covers 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and will hit 124 mph in 7.8 seconds.

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The new beast has a top speed of 212 mph, according to McLaren officials. The new 720S is lighter than its predecessor, the 650S, courtesy of the liberal use of lightweight materials — oodles of carbon fiber and aluminum — and this adds to the stunning performance of the new entry. (more…)

Deja Vu All Over Again: the 2018 Volvo XC60

The next wave of Swedish metal hits the street.

by on Mar.09, 2017

At a glance, the new XC60 is almost indistinguishable from its bigger sibling, the XC90.

Plenty of folks visiting this year’s Geneva Motor Show are likely to get a sense of déjà vu when they swing by the Volvo stand. No surprise: at first blush, one could readily confuse the all-new Volvo XC60 with the maker’s only slightly older XC90.

And that’s not a bad thing, considering the design of the bigger crossover remains fresh and, since the two models share the same, flexible SPA architecture, we’re expecting the Volvo XC60 will also boast many of the same dynamic attributes that helped the XC90 win honors as North American Truck of the Year in 2016.

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Smaller, yes, but still, from first blush, more than roomy enough for five passengers. And it has many of the XC90’s most important features – which for Volvo buyers, starts with an assortment of the latest safety technology. Meanwhile, the new XC60 will be easier on the pocketbook, with the price expected to start at around $40,000 once it reaches U.S. showrooms later this year. (more…)

New Lamborghini Huracan Performante Blows into Geneva

New model sets new Nurburgring record.

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new Lamborghini Huracan Performante hit the stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

Lamborghini’s new Huracan Performante recently lived up to its name by setting the new single lap record at Germany’s Nurburgring and now that its hit the stage at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s apparent why.

This iteration of the Huracan has been been re-engineered from the ground up, cutting weight, improving engine power and chassis performance, and adding a slew of active aerodynamic technologies to make this snarling beast go.

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The new record is 6:52:01 besting the previous holder, the Porsche 918, and the key to the new vehicle may be the aforementioned tech. (more…)

Volvo Stepping Up Pace of Product Makeover

"We strongly believe in electrification."

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new Volvo XC60 making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

With the roll-out of its premium line-up complete, Volvo is now moving on to higher-volume mainstream models, such as the new XC60 utility vehicle making its debut this week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Buoyed by strong sales of the crossover, sedan and wagon versions of its 90-Series, Volvo officials are betting the brand has finally regained some much-needed momentum, and are betting on an assortment of upcoming products to keep that going, including the even smaller 40-Series that will start rolling out at the end of 2017.

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All three product families will be critical to the Swedish brand’s long-term future, and to the continuing support of Chinese parent Geely, which purchased Volvo from Ford Motor Co. in 2010. Geely has placed an $11 billion bet on Volvo, an investment that includes not only two new plants in China, but also another in the U.S. that will come on line during the second half of 2018.

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Audi Pushing Q8 Concept Closer to Production

German maker's mild hybrid features wild performance.

by on Mar.09, 2017

Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler shows off the automaker's Q8 sport concept during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Luxury sport-utilities are in high demand these days and Audi’s Q8 sport concept only serves to whet the appetite for those longing for another performance-based SUV with great looks.

The Q8 has been floating around the auto show circuit as the German maker continues to build some momentum for the new model that is expected to move from “concept” to “production” at some point as the SUV complement to the A8.

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However, until that time, detail is king with the Q8 and the news now is the ute’s powertrain. The combination of a 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system and an electric-powered compressor is a world first. (more…)

Audi RS 5 Coupe Sates the Need for Speed

New coupe draws from automaker's racing heritage.

by on Mar.09, 2017

Audi Managing Director Stephan Winkelmann introduces the new RS 5 Coupe in Geneva.

Audi appears to be trying to make a point with the introduction of its new RS 5 Coupe — it’s fast.

The new RS 5 Coupe was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show at the same time as the racing version of the RS, the RS 5 DTM and its engine putting out more than 500 horsepower.

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“This is a special day for me and everyone involved in the DTM project,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “For the first time, we developed a new DTM car in parallel with the production model. This underlines once again how closely motorsport and production work together at Audi.” (more…)