BMW just couldn’t wait until next month to show us its all-new 2015 BMW X4. Slated to debut at the New York International Auto Show, the new X4 is a slightly smaller sibling to the X6, which offers a unique and unmistakable presence on the road and characterizes BMW’s Sports Activity Coupe concept.
Combining the utility and ride-height of a crossover with the style and handling of a traditional coupe, the BMW X4 is far sportier than your average crossover. Based on the X3, the new X4 is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower. There’s also an available 300-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit. Both engine options are mated to an eight-speed automatic and come with all-wheel drive. [click to continue…]
Porsche has finally kicked off production of its new small crossover, the Macan. With huge demand for compact premium crossovers these days, the new 2015 Macan may go on to become one of the most significant new products from Porsche in years.
Production of the crossover will be at the automaker’s new facility in Leipzig, Germany. After two years of construction and roughly 500 million euros (or about $684 million), the new digs are completely dedicated to the Macan. [click to continue…]
The Hyundai Veloster lineup already offers a little something for everyone, whether you’re seeking fuel economy or performance. At the Chicago Auto Show this week, the Korean automaker unveiled an all-new trip for those seeking a little more bling–the Re:Flex.
Mechanically, there’s no difference between the new Veloster Re:Flex and the standard model. However, stylistically, the latest addition offers chrome accents around the door handles and hood. The 18-inch wheels that are on this model are also bathed in eye-catching chrome. Exterior colors choices include a new Ice Pearl color, in addition to Century White, Vitamin C (aka orange), Ultra Black and Boston Red. [click to continue…]
While synonymous with the military, drones may become part of everyday life in the near future. Amazon.com is already considering the use of drones as tools for same-day shipping. And, French automaker Renault wants drones to help drivers stay informed about the road ahead.
To excite younger car buyers in southern Asia, where compact crossovers are in demand, Renault devised the Kwid. Unveiled at the recent Delhi Auto Show, it’s the first concept Renault has unveiled outside of Europe and hints that the automaker’s desire to bolster its presence in developing markets. [click to continue…]
The BMW X3 is the darling of the luxury crossover market. The Bavarian automaker has sold well over a million X3s since its debut in 2003 and thanks to its recent refresh for the 2015 model year, it will surely continue to thrive.
For the latest generation BMW is keen on offering more options and choices for buyers. At the Chicago Auto Show this week, BMW unveiled its refreshed 2015 X3 which boasts two major differences over previous models—a rear-wheel drive variant, and a new diesel engine option. [click to continue…]
Widely thought to be one of the best-looking Acuras to emerge in a very long time, the new TLX made a big impression at the Detroit Auto Show. More over, it shows that Honda’s premium brand is stepping up its game to take on the very best from Germany and Japan.
Although technically a prototype, the TLX that went on display in Detroit will soon spawn a production model that will replace the current TL and TSX. With its midsize proportions, exhilarating performance, and attractive styling, the new TLX will be the perfect fit between Acura’s compact ILX and range-topping RLX. It looks to be a versatile model that will leave no one yearning for the return of the awkward TL and aging TSX. [click to continue…]
Audi’s lineup of crossovers is becoming much more crowded. A newcomer to the automaker’s lineup is the Q3, a smaller and more affordable premium crossover that will be slotted beneath the Q5.
You’d have to look fast to distinguish the all-new 2015 Q3 from its larger stable mate. It has the same good looks as the Q5, which should appease would-be BMW X1 or Land Rover Range Rover Evoque buyers. Due to its entry-level positioning, it may also make for an attractive alternative to near-luxury options like the new Buick Encore. [click to continue…]
Endurance racing is all about efficiency, so it’s no wonder why so many racing teams are turning to diesel. The latest automaker to embrace diesel in motorsports is Mazda, which just unveiled its new diesel-powered prototype for the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
Mazda is no stranger to top tier endurance racing—it was the last Japanese manufacturer to win at Le Mans. With the new 2014 Mazda Prototype, the automaker is hoping to dominate endurance racing once again. [click to continue…]
London’s black taxi cabs are iconic and synonymous with the UK capital. In an effort to infuse that heritage with a more flexible platform, Nissan has unveiled a new taxi for London. Based on the NV200 van, this new taxi new taxi is modern, featuring an efficient 1.6-litre petrol engine and is equipped with an automatic gearbox.
Despite its modern amenities and the new van is instantly recognizable as a London taxi. That’s because it was developed for London, in London, by Nissan Design Europe, the same design center responsible for the Qashqai and Juke. [click to continue…]
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has said goodbye to Honda and hello to Nissan. For its new entry in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the team will utilize engines from Nissan and tap Nismo factory resources to compete in Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
This new partnership marks a big leap forward for Nissan’s motorsports activities in the United States. Although Nissan dominated U.S. sports car racing from 1988 to 1991 – winning four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles and 33 IMSA races — the automaker stopped competing more than 20 years ago when times were financially tough. [click to continue…]