Just ahead of its official debut, which is likely later this year, Land Rover decided to tease its newest compact SUV, the Discovery Sport. While teasers typically don’t give up too many important details, this one is an exception as it reveals an optional third row of rear seats.
Despite its compact dimensions, the camouflaged vehicle shown at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant is able to provide the amount of seating typically reserved for midsize vehicles. Land Rover confirmed that the new Discovery Sport will be available with a 5+2 seating configuration. [click to continue…]
The Vans shoe brand is synonymous with surfing and Southern California beach culture. While Fiat doesn’t share the same image as the popular skate- and surf-wear brand, the two partnered for a distinctive concept that serves as the perfect vehicle for cruising around the beach.
Unveiled over the weekend at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, just south of Los Angeles in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Fiat 500L-Vans concept was highly customized to resemble a Vans high-top shoe. [click to continue…]
This weekend, million-dollar vehicles will be racing a full 24 hours to win a legendary European race. This race isn’t Le Mans, but it’s equally grueling (albeit less renowned) 24 Hours of Spa.
While it doesn’t have the allure of the 24-hour marathon race held in France, Spa offerings the same challenges for both man and machine. This year’s race is also unique in that it will mark Bentley’s first appearance in an endurance race since 2003. [click to continue…]
The Cayenne has become a critical model in Porsche’s burgeoning portfolio of vehicles. While known primarily for its sports cars and racing vehicles, the German automaker’s commitment to SUVs, and even hybrids, has proven to be a successful strategy.
On the heels of the launch of the compact Macan, Porsche has moved quickly to make some big updates to the larger Cayenne for the 2015 model year. This includes updated styling as well as the addition of a new S E-Hybrid plug-in model. [click to continue…]
Team Sky is currently competing in one of the most grueling physical challenges in the world—the 2014 Tour de France. Eager to help the team succeed, Jaguar has built a bespoke F-Type Coupe specifically to help make the riders’ arduous journey across France just a little easier.
Jaguar is clearly proud to be an Innovation Partner to Team Sky, building a one-off vehicle specifically for the team with no plans to place the vehicle into series production. It’s based on the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe—the most dynamically capable, performance-focused production car Jaguar has ever built—and features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. [click to continue…]
Acura’s latest sports sedan is rolling off the assembly line this week. The automaker says that the all-new 2015 TLX is slated to arrive in showrooms next month. As with 90-percent of Acura’s lineup, the TLX is made in America.
Designed, developed and engineered by R&D teams in Ohio and Los Angeles, and manufactured exclusively in Ohio, the TLX is one of Acura’s biggest product launches in recent years. It is effectively replacing the midsize TL and the compact TSX. Combining sports-sedan athleticism with premium luxury-sedan refinement, the TLX is squarely aimed at competing with the likes of the Infiniti G sedan and Lexus IS. [click to continue…]
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is not only one of the oldest automotive races in the U.S., but it’s also one of the most unique. Entrants must race up a challenging circuit to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. The 12.42 mile course includes 156 turns up to the 14,115-foot summit.
Among the racers and all-terrain vehicles from around the globe competing in the race are a few entries from Honda, who’s intent on getting to the top of the mountain at a faster pace than everyone else. But the automaker took an event larger role at this year’s event by also making it safer. [click to continue…]
Nissan has revealed an all-new concept that could give clues into the GT-R supercar’s future. But instead of relying solely on the brilliant designers inside Nissan, the automaker teamed up with Polyphony Digital – the makers of the “Gran Turismo” racing series – to create the ultimate supercar concept.
Dubbed the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, the futuristic vehicle was the brainchild by designers at Nissan’s London design studio, in conjunction was an advanced engineering team based at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Atsugi, Japan. Polyphony Digital also had a hand in influencing the concept’s bold design. [click to continue…]
Fuel cell vehicles boost this week with the arrival of the Hyundai’s all-new Tucson Fuel Cell crossover. The first to take delivery of this vehicle, which Hyundai calls the “world’s only mass-produced fuel cell vehicle”, is the Bush family of Southern California.
On Tuesday the vehicle was officially delivered with Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, on hand to officiate the event. Hyundai is touting the Tucson Fuel Cell because it is built on the same assembly like as other gasoline-powered Tucson models. [click to continue…]
Although German brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been dominating luxury vehicle sales in the U.S. for quite some time, Lexus has battled back to make it a three-way race in recent months. In fact, sales figures for last month showed that Lexus outsold Mercedes-Benz for the second time in 2014. Overall year-to-date sales brings Lexus just 12,000 units shy of the luxury leader, BMW.
In the month of May, Lexus sold 26,921 vehicles, marking a 21.1 percent increase over the same period last year. Mercedes sold just 26,617, which represents a mere 4.13 percent increase. Looking at retail sales specifically, excluding vehicle purchases by businesses, Lexus was the top-selling U.S. luxury brand in the first quarter of 2014, selling 65,475 cars and SUVs. Mercedes sold 63,483 vehicles and BMW sold 63,353 vehicles, according to research firm IHS Automotive. [click to continue…]