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Range Rover Pushes the Extremes with New SVAutobiography

Most powerful, most lavishly equipped production model ever.

by on Mar.30, 2015

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography takes the place of last year's Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black Holland & Holland edition.

Range Rover has been pushing the extremes. Last year’s limited-edition Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black Holland & Holland edition not only had one of the longest names ever to wrap around the entire back end of a vehicle, but also a price tag to match, at $285,000.

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography has a name that’s not only a bit easier to pronounce but is also expected to be a little easier on the wallet. But it nonetheless will be the most powerful production model ever, with its optional supercharged V-8 making a neck-snapping 542 horsepower.

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Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, parent Land Rover claims the new model will offer “unparalleled comfort and refinement.” The new SUV will even offer a new feature called “Event Seating,” with two foldaway seats that can deploy from the luggage compartment for those who want to tailgate in style. (more…)

Toyota and Lexus to Introduce Low-Cost Auto-Braking System

Wider availability, lower price expected to spur demand.

by on Mar.30, 2015

Toyota Safety Sense is designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds.

Toyota has two big SUV debuts planned for this week’s New York International Auto Show – but some folks may be more focused on the Japanese maker’s big safety news.

When the next-generation Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus RX models come to market later this year, they will offer new, low-cost automated braking packages that, the maker hopes, will bring this technology within reach of a mass audience.

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“Pushing these systems across our lineup, as quickly as possible, can help protect people in the event of a crash,” said Jim Lentz, president and CEO, Toyota Motor North America. “More importantly it will help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place.” (more…)

Kia Gives Full Look at New Optima Sedan Ahead of NY Debut

Sedan continues to put maker at the forefront.

by on Mar.26, 2015

Kia stopped teasing us and decided to show off the 2016 Optima coming to the New York Auto Show.

After a slow tease that might have made a stripper proud, Kia is finally going the full Monty, releasing a picture of the new Optima SX a week ahead of its New York International Auto Show debut.

The outgoing Optima was a breakthrough car for Kia, transforming it from a stodgy, value-focused brand to one pushing the boundaries of design. Preliminary renderings released by Kia earlier this month suggested that the 2016 Optima would maintain its edginess. With its distinctive new grille – that appears to be the case.

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“Instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, Kia will introduce the all-new 2016 Optima at the upcoming New York Auto Show on April 1st at 1:20 p.m.,” the Korean carmaker said in a statement. “Available with multiple engine choices, the all-new Optima features a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and a number of technologies not previously offered on Kia’s best-selling midsize sedan.” (more…)

Toyota Confirms Plans for New Hybrid Version of RAV4

New version may opt for through-the-road AWD system.

by on Mar.26, 2015

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes to market at a time when demand for gas-electric models has shrunk.

Toyota will roll out the latest in a growing family of hybrid vehicles during the New York International Auto Show next week.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid won’t adopt the radically distinctive styling of the popular Prius model, with more subtle markings – such as the “Hybrid” badge on the tailgate shown here. The automaker is saving details for the hybrid ute’s launch in the Big Apple next week, but speculation centers around the likelihood it will use a three-motor driveline similar to that in the new Lexus NX crossover.

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The April 2 introduction might not be seen as the best timing for a new hybrid. With a few rare exceptions, the market for hybrids has taken a sharp tumble over the last year – even the Prius losing momentum in 2014 – as a result of lower gas prices. (more…)

McLaren Set to Launch Sports Series with NY Debut of 570S

New sports car expected to target Porsche 911 Turbo.

by on Mar.25, 2015

The 570S Coupe will anchor the "base" of McLaren's new three-tier model strategy.

Wondering what an “entry-level” car from McLaren might look like? Well, you’ll have to settle for this teaser image until next week, when the British maker pulls the wraps completely off of the new 570S Coupe at the annual New York International Auto Show.

The much-watched debut will mark the completion of McLaren’s three-tier supercar strategy, with the Sports Series at the base, the Ultimate Series at the peak, and the Super Series in-between.

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McLaren is being tight with details, hoping to build interest in its April Fool’s Day debut, but it does reveal that the name of the 570S is shorthand for the fact that it will make 570PS, the German power measurement that translates into 562 horsepower. (more…)

Lexus Confirms 2016 RX Will Debut in New York

More sporty design and added high-tech features.

by on Mar.20, 2015

Lexus offers a tease of the new 2016 RX.

No fooling. Lexus has confirmed plans to pull the covers off the fourth-generation RX crossover at the New York Auto Show on April 1.

While the Lexus RX has never been seen as a particularly compelling product among the automotive media, it is a darling of upscale consumers who have made it the market’s most popular mid-luxury utility vehicle.

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The new version is expected to deliver a little more passion in its design, in keeping with the mantra set by parent Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda. And the teaser image seen here supports recent reports that the 2016 Lexus RX will adopt a sort of floating roof design. (more…)

Scion Teases Two Debuts Coming to New York Auto Show

Toyota’s youth-oriented brand gets all-new models.

by on Mar.18, 2015

The Scion iA sedan is designed to appeal to young people who need a little more practicality, but still want engaging styling and outstanding driving dynamics.

Long-stumbling Scion is looking to recapture its lost magic with younger buyers with the introduction of two new models at the New York International Auto Show: the iM and iA.

The brand released a couple of teaser photos of the two vehicles today to hype the new models.

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The Scion iM is a five-door hatchback, which was shown as a concept last November at the L.A. Auto Show, while the iA is a four-door sedan that is “designed to appeal to young people who need a little more practicality, but still want engaging styling and outstanding driving dynamics.” (more…)

Officials Confirm New Jeep Liberty to Debut in NY

Name may yet change.

by on Feb.19, 2013

The 2014 Jeep Liberty undergoing testing prior to its introduction at the NY Auto Show.

Chrysler Group is planning to show off the new version of the Jeep Liberty at the New York Auto Show, Mike Manley, president and chief executive officer of the Jeep brand has confirmed.

Manley also said Chrysler plans to have the new version of the Liberty on sale by “the end of the second quarter,” following its debut in New York at the end of March.

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Other sources inside Jeep said the final, final call on the name for the upcoming vehicle has yet to be nailed down. There is plenty of speculation Jeep could drop the Liberty name and start fresh. The final call, however, will be made by Manley and other Chrysler executives prior to the unveiling at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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Nissan Teases with Image of 2013 Altima

New model set for NY Auto Show debut.

by on Mar.02, 2012

Nissan offers a first look at the new Altima.

There’s been plenty of action in the midsize passenger car market of late.  We saw an all-new Toyota Camry hit the road for 2012 while key players like Ford and Honda have weighed in this year with offerings of their own.  So, can Nissan be far behind?

Clearly not, as this teaser image makes apparent.  The second-largest of Japan’s automakers – which scored some big sales gains with its outgoing midsize model last month – is planning to lift the covers on its own new entry at April’s New York International Auto Show.

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The 2013 Nissan Altima appears to borrow some cues from the maker’s Leaf electric vehicle, if this image is any indication.  There’ll clearly be an emphasis on aerodynamics – and that includes the somewhat bug-eyed headlamps that Nissan developed for its battery-electric vehicle, which not only reduce drag but also shift wind away from the sideview mirrors, reducing cabin noise.

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Big Apple Preview Set for Fiat 500 Convertible

Launching by spring - whenever that comes.

by on Mar.23, 2011

The Fiat 500 Convertible is expected to make its formal debut at the NY Auto Show.

There’s some big news coming from the Big Apple.  With less than a month to go until the annual New York International Auto Show a number of makers are beginning to drop hints of what they’ll be bringing to the Jacob Javits convention center.

Among those planning to shine in the spotlight is Fiat, which will stage the formal unveiling of its new 500 minicar.

The Italian automaker recently staged its long-awaited return to the U.S. market – after an absence of two decades – with the 500 coupe heralding its return.

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Fiat officials have said they plan to roll out a procession of variants to keep demand building for the little car, and the 500C will join the line-up before mid-year – which given the weather in much of the country may just barely see the start of spring.

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