Quickly following the recent overhaul of its midsize crossover, Volvo has announced an addition to the 2015 XC90 range, the R-Design. This new trim level features the fresh styling of completely redesign XC90, but it’s been tweaked to attract drivers looking for a sportier aesthetic.
Mechanically, Volvo hasn’t changed anything from the standard XC90, which is also available in Momentum and Inscription trims. Instead, the sportier model is about more expressive design. [click to continue…]
Toyota has taken the covers of its its newest concept vehicle, dubbed the Urban Utility or U2. Aimed at helping innovative do-it-yourselfers, the new Toyota concept is a unique utility vehicle that embodies a fresh take on the old panel van.
The Urban Utility made its debut during a panel discussion hosted by Make magazine in San Francisco. It will make its public debut on September 20 at the World Maker Faire in New York City. It was designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, and is made specifically for the lifestyle and needs of an entrepreneurial, urban driver. [click to continue…]
Jaguar is no stranger to the luxury compact sedan, but the brand has failed to make inroads in a segment brimming with tough competition. With the arrival of the all-new 2016 Jaguar XE, the brand is looking to solidify its presence in this segment once and for all, while establishing new standards for efficiency in its lineup.
The XE’s exterior styling shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Jaguar enthusiasts. It looks like a pint-sized version of the XF sedan and embodies the unmistakable feline design cues. With sharper headlights and taillights, a bolder grille, and larger front air intakes, the XE is more aggressive than its larger stablemate. It’s made to be a driver’s car, and the styling has been intended to reflect this purpose. [click to continue…]
Mazda has produced more than 940,000 MX-5 Miatas and has racked up hundreds of awards for its beloved roaster. Now the automaker is looked to give MX-5 fans something they’ve been waiting for for a very long time—a look at the all-new fourth generation model.
Unveiled at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain, the Mazda MX-5 adopts the automaker’s latest SkyActiv technologies, as well as the brand’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design language. While some details of the new roadster have yet to be released, we now have a full view of the iconic model and know that it will arrive in showrooms early next year. [click to continue…]
Land Rover has unveiled a brand new model this week, the Discover Sport. With one successful compact SUV in its stable in the guise of the Range Rover Evoque, the automaker is eager to capitalize on a another compact that’s more versatile with seven-passenger seating in a “5+2” configuration.
Ample seating was made possible by a new lightweight platform that Land Rover teased just a few weeks ago. While the 2015 Discovery Sport lacks the some of the classic styling cues of the larger Disco, it does embody styling cues of recent Land Rover concepts as well as the aforementioned Evoque. [click to continue…]
Just weeks after teasing its new crossover and providing details of its new platform, Volvo has finally took the covers of all the all-new 2015 XC90.
With an entirely new design language, there are only subtle hints of the outgoing model’s design. Naturally, a large grille with the Swedish company’s logo slashing at a diagonal is still where you’d expect to see it. But one look at the T-Shaped LED running lights and you know you’re looking at something completely fresh. [click to continue…]
The Nissan IDx was a concept introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. It a was sporty, retro coupe that took inspiration from the Datsun 510 and features a rear-wheel drive platform. It promised to be a simple, fun, and affordable car, capturing the appeal of classic Datsuns from the seventies.
The concept also marked a new approach for the automaker. The casual/lifestyle-focused vision, the IDx Freeflow, and the ultra-sporty IDx NISMO, were distinct variants introduced side-by-side. Both exhibited Nissan’s new and innovative product development methods for meeting the needs of younger customers who have novel, exciting ideas, and engage with them to build the cars they want. [click to continue…]
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…]