As the 2015 TLX begins to arrive in showrooms, it’s evident that the all-new model is one of Acura’s most important product releases in quite some time. The automaker is out to prove that the TLX is truly able to compete against the best sports sedans from Japan and Germany.
For starters, the importance of the TLX is evident in the sheer magnitude of its new marketing campaign. Acura has just kicked off the biggest marketing campaign in the brand’s history, under the theme “It’s that kind of thrill.” Included in the all-encompassing campaign are TV ads that capture the passion of the of Acura design, development and manufacturing teams who created the new TLX. [click to continue…]
Many automakers host events that give customers a chance to enhance their driving skills on the street and the track. The latest brand to embrace this type of customer experience is Fiat, which is bringing their own driving event to a number of cities nationwide.
Fiat has announced that its 2014 Abarth Track Experience will include a number of notable tracks and cities including Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. [click to continue…]
Volvo recently teased its all-new XC90, showing hints of the crossover before its official unveiling within a couple of weeks. But ahead of showing the final look of the vehicle, the Swedish automaker is revealing details on the all0new architecture that the XC90 will ride on.
Volvo’s new modular chassis technology, dubbed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), was developed entirely in-house over the past four years. It is just one step toward a complete transformation plan that will include the all-new XC90 crossover, as well as a slew of new products. [click to continue…]
The first photos of the all-new, completely designed Kia Sorento hit the Web this week. The third-generation of the popular midsize crossover will feature a more mature look, with swept-back styling and sophisticated surface detailing.
Although the initial photos show that the overall look is more evolution than revolution, with a strong resemblance to the current model, the 2016 Sorento will be longer, lower, and wider when it arrives in showrooms. Kia also promises that the look and feel, both inside and out, will be noticeably more premium than the outgoing model. [click to continue…]
Land Rover vehicles may be best known for conquering the most unwelcoming terrain, but its Range Rover Sport has built a reputation for being very competent on twisting paved roads as well. Taking that concept to the next level and rivaling the highest performance SUVs from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche, is Land Rover’s latest creation, the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Teased a few weeks ago lapping the famed Nürburgring in Germany (see video below), the new Range Rover Sport SVR features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing a staggering 550-horsepower. All that power will help the Sport SVR sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 162 mph—as fast as the BMW X5 M and a hair quicker than Mercedes’ ML63 AMG. [click to continue…]
Toyota is looking to give its subcompact Yaris a much-needed dose of attitude. For 2015, the Yaris has been completely redesigned and Toyota promises that it will be a fun ride for small-car shoppers. Yet the new car will still offer the same level of value that’s made the Yaris a go-to choice in its segment.
Buyers can opt for two body styles, a three-door or five-door Yaris. Its aggressive new look is in part made possible by a larger, bolder grille opening and a revised front fascia with a horizontal chrome grill and updated headlamps. [click to continue…]
Audi has announced the launch of ‘Audi energy’—an all-new program aimed at enhancing the electric vehicle ownership experience and helping to offset the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving
The new program will be launched in conjunction with the arrival of the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. When the PHEV arrives, buyers will be able to benefit from the Audi energy program in three ways. First, buyers will be given an Audi-designed Level 2 charging solution for their home. Second, Audi will purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa to offset certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with A3 Sportback e-tron vehicles. Lastly, an optional home solar power system will be made available for Audi owners, including a newly developed home energy storage solution to capture additional solar energy. [click to continue…]
Aimed at the young, upwardly mobile crowd, the all-new Audi Q3 seems to be arriving in showrooms at the perfect time. Sales of compact luxury SUVs are up and drivers are eager to get behind the wheel of vehicles such as the BMW X1, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and the like. Not only will the new Q3’s size appeal to consumers, but chances are that its price will too.
The 2015 Audi Q3 will come with a base price of $32,500. Standard amenities include heated, 12-way power front leather surface seats, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and Audi advanced key. [click to continue…]
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…]