The Leaf may not be Nissan’s strongest selling model, but it has helped change the perception of electric vehicles and made the idea of an affordable, all-electric family car a reality.
Since the Leaf’s arrival in late 2010, Nissan, and allied automaker Renault, have continued to launch electrified vehicles for a number of applications. Its offerings also include Nissan’s e-NV200 delivery van, as well as Renault’s Twizy two-seater, Fluence sedan, and Kangoo van. [click to continue…]
After showing its stylish new sheetmetal at the Paris Motor Show, Kia brought the all-new Sorento crossover to the bright lights of Los Angeles for its North American debut. Within Kia’s display were rock climbers and outdoorsy-types to show that the latest generation was the ideal vehicle for active adventure-seekers. But a host of improvements is sure to give this updated crossover a very broad appeal.
The 2016 Sorento seems to perfectly blend the outgoing model’s proportions with the company’s latest corporate design language, and even hints of the Cross GT concept. It’s more sophisticated, more mature, and has a more commanding presence, thanks in part to larger dimensions overall. [click to continue…]
To the uninitiated, the Acura ILX may seem like little more than a rebadged Honda Civic. But take a look inside and get behind the wheel, and you’ll quickly appreciate that the ILX is a completely different kind of compact that deserves to be labeled “premium.”
Still, when the ILX arrived in showroom, it had some drivers craving for a more thrilling experience; one that was reminiscent of the Integra or now defunct TSX. After all, these were premium compacts that delivered crisp handling and a lively powertrain, within a package that also happened to be competitively priced. [click to continue…]
The all-new Lexus RC coupe is designed to appeal to enthusiasts and providing a compelling alternative to established German rivals. To achieve this, Lexus added plenty of details that are inspired by the brand’s beloved LFA supercar. This is particularly true of the RC F which boasts an interior featuring racecar-inspired sculpted front seats and unique “F” line exclusive stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob.
But perhaps the most dramatic detail of the new Lexus RC F is the instrument cluster. With a strong resemblance to that of the LFA, the digital display is designed to provide the driver with the most pertinent information at all times, and it varies based on the driver’s inputs. [click to continue…]
Jaguar didn’t need to do much to make its new F-Type an even better sports car. Enthusiasts immediately responded to the car’s feline curves, which are reminiscent of the legendary E-Type. But the subtle updates unveiled at the LA Auto Show this week are sure to satisfy an even more diverse range of potential buyers.
For 2016, one of the biggest updates is the addition of all-wheel drive. This system will be standard on F-Type R models which boast Jaguar’s 555-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood. All-wheel drive will also be option on mid-level F-Type S models featuring the 380-hp V6. [click to continue…]
Under the bright lights of the LA Auto Show, Audi took the covers off an interesting concept that won’t merely inspire a single vehicle, but the automaker’s entire product portfolio.
Audi’s Prologue concept shows that Audi is on the brink of infusing its lineup with an entirely new design language. Common characteristics we’ve come to recognize as inherently Audi-esque, suchas as the grill or the headlights, will undergo significant changes to stay current. The Prologue also symbolizes the vision of Audi’s new design chief, Marc Lichte. [click to continue…]
Demand for small crossovers has been fueling the development of new models. In addition to successful mainstays like the Nissan Juke, we’ve recently seen all-new entries like the upcoming Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V. At the LA Auto Show this week, it’s Mazda’s turn to show its addition to this burgeoning niche.
Naturally slated below the CX-5, Mazda’s 2016 CX-3 is an all-new crossover based on the subcompact platform that underpins the Mazda2. It features KODO design language elements and embodies the sophistication and athleticism that Mazda’s latest vehicles aim to deliver. [click to continue…]
There are many instances where some of the most interesting German cars have been reserved for European car buyers. But Volkswagen may be bucking that trend with one of its newest models slated to make its debut at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new Golf R Variant, a wagon based on the powerful Golf R, combines blistering performance within the versatile package of a compact wagon. Power for this model is supplied by the Golf R’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine producing 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed through a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission and sent to all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. [click to continue…]
Land Rover has teamed up with internationally acclaimed British author William Boyd to produce a unique adventure thriller. While the pairing may seem unusual, Land Rover was eager to help tell Boyd’s latest story that follows the protagonist Alec Dunbar on a mysterious driving adventure across the U.K.
The British luxury SUV brand just released The Vanishing Game in an innovative interactive digital book format that helps bring the story to life. From the streets of London to the remote Highlands of Scotland, the reader is able to become immersed in the adventure as it’s told through much more than just words and images. [click to continue…]
Lexus may not have the long heritage of performance vehicles enjoyed by BMW, but the automaker has certainly built some incredible performance machines in recent years. While one such vehicle, the Lexus IS F, has recently met the end of the line, Toyota’s luxury arm has just launched an intriguing new “F” car that’s aimed at competing against the new BMW M4.
The 2015 Lexus RC F boasts a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, which offers an impressive 467 horsepower. With the help of an eight-speed automatic, the RC F can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Not a bad feat considering the Lexus weighs a hefty 3,958 pounds versus the aforementioned M4’s 3,585-lb curb weight. [click to continue…]