The Toyota Camry continues to be a dominant player in an increasingly competitive segment. Yet that dominance has often bewildered competing brands considering that the Camry has long been viewed as a bit stodgy.
For years Toyota attempted to make the Camry appeal to the widest group of consumers possible, and that made its styling plain and undistinctive. While it certainly has continued to be successful, Toyota took plenty of criticism from consumers and critics alike, which prompted a new direction for the 2015 model year. [click to continue…]
While the Infiniti brand is increasingly known for performance, it doesn’t boast much of a racing heritage. The brand does sponsor the famed Red Bull Racing Formula One team, but outside of that it hasn’t been too active in the world of motorsports.
That’s about to change however as the brand is set to become more active in international racing. Nissan’s luxury arm has just announced that it will enter the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015 with a pair of Infiniti Q50 sedans. [click to continue…]
The recently refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V has just been named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year. While Honda’s venerable CR-V isn’t all-new for the upcoming model year, the crossover was able to snag the coveted title thanks a wide range of subtle but critical improvements that helped it beat 18 other all-new or redesigned SUVs.
Among the biggest improvements was the addition of a continuously variable transmission that replaced the CR-V’s 5-speed transmission. This component helped contribute to better fuel economy than the previous model year. Additionally, Motor Trend editors noted that the 2015 CR-V was more fun and more dynamic, without the “kind of boring” feel of the 2014 model. [click to continue…]
Earlier this week, Porsche let it be known that it plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of its Macan crossover in the U.S. in a little more than a year. While a diesel variant has been expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms, the official confirmation should help to set the Macan apart.
“We are now busy with the development and the engineering,” said Porsche Cars North America’s vice president of marketing, Andre Oosthuizen, “I can confirm that V-6 diesel offering with about 245 horsepower.” [click to continue…]
Land Rover’s renaissance is in full swing. With a refreshed line of Range Rovers in showrooms, the brand is refocusing its efforts on its other product families. It’s starting with its newest and smallest vehicle, the all-new 2015 Discovery Sport.
The recent Paris Motor Show served as the official coming out party for the new SUV, where the Sport showed off its fresh styling, new technology, and efficient powertrain. The Discovery Sport is also a vehicle that’s deserving of wearing the “Discovery” badge, brimming with true offroad capabilities. [click to continue…]
It’s not often that an italian super car is made exclusively for the Americans, but Ferrari was keen on celebrating its 60th anniversary in North American in a big way. To commemorate this milestone, the super car make is brining us the new F60 America, a car sure to excite US collectors.
Based on the F12 Berlinetta, the new F60 America is a gorgeous roadster bathed in carbon fiber trim. It’s designed for open-air motoring; there’s no soft top or hardtop available on this roadster. Instead Ferrari opted for a light fabric top that’s usable at speeds of up to about 75 miles per hour. [click to continue…]
The Porsche 911 Carrera family has grown this week, with the introduction of four new GTS models. These new additions will reside in the center of the Carrera family, offering improved performance without going too hardcore.
The 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS fills in the gap that past 991-series 911s didn’t fill. From a pricing and performance perspective, the GTS will sit between the Carrera S and the more track-focused 911 GT3. The new additions will be available in either coupe or convertible body styles, and they can be had with rear-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. [click to continue…]
Compact crossovers are all the rage these days, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Toyota chose to highlight one at the Paris Motor Show. However, its new C-HR concept is unlike your average cute ‘ute. It boasts a completely new design language and also balances agile handling with a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain.
The C-HR is based on an entirely new architecture that’s incredibly lightweight, and it’s styling is intended to help the vehicle stand out from other C-segment crossovers. Toyota President Akio Toyoda, felt that bolder expression in design was essential to help consumers fall in love driving again. That’s what ultimately drove the muscular, rakish hatchback shape of this concept. Other Toyota products also inspired parts of the concept’s styling. [click to continue…]
One of the most captivating concepts brought to the Paris Motor Show was a unique take on an already exciting model. The Audi TT Sportback Concept balances the sleek lines of the TT coupe with the flexibility of a sporty five-door.
The concept was featured in Mars red paintwork–a fitting choice for a vehicle that easily made a statement among show-goers in Paris. While the TT’s lines are fitting on a compact, two-door body, the Sportback’s use of this design language made for a sporty, powerful vehicle that looks just as handsome as other TT concepts we’ve seen recently. [click to continue…]
Fiat’s lineup is about to get its largest model yet as the 500X crossover made its debut this week at the Paris Motor Show. It will join the 500, 500C and 500L in more than 100 markets worldwide including North America.
Underpinning this cute ‘ute the same platform as the Jeep Renegade. But when it reaches showrooms, it certainly won’t be competing for the same buyers. Instead, the Fiat 500X is aimed at consumers considering the sportier European offerings such as the Mini Countryman. [click to continue…]