The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:32:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Future Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/future-vehicles/ Mercedes Eyeing Crossovers For Maybach, smart Brands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/mercedes-eyeing-crossovers-maybach-smart-brands/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/mercedes-eyeing-crossovers-maybach-smart-brands/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1053545 Not too long ago, Mercedes didn’t have plans for either a Maybach or smart crossover. Looks like those plans have changed. Should the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand gain a crossover to place alongside the S600 and Pullman models, sales and marketing boss Ola Kallenius says the Mercedes GLS set for 2017 would be “the more likely scenario,” […]

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Not too long ago, Mercedes didn’t have plans for either a Maybach or smart crossover. Looks like those plans have changed.

Should the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand gain a crossover to place alongside the S600 and Pullman models, sales and marketing boss Ola Kallenius says the Mercedes GLS set for 2017 would be “the more likely scenario,” Autocar reports.

The GLS would differ from the current GL/GLS model, as it would be based upon the S-Class’ current architecture to better go up against other high-end luxury SUVs and crossovers. It would also be powered by the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 found in the S600 as well as a 4.0-liter V8 possible for tax purposes in China. Diesel, however, would be out of the question, as Mercedes expects to move the GLS in China and the U.S. where diesel isn’t on the radar of most motorists.

Meanwhile, smart could gain an SUV or crossover based on the forfour/Renault Twingo platform, a move that would bring greater use to said platform beyond its current role. The vehicle would likely improve smart’s long-term profit margins, though Daimler AG chief Dieter Zetsche cautions there would be some engineering challenges involved with the platform’s rear-engine, rear-drive design.

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Can American Honda Really Sell 2000 Civic Type Rs Per Month? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/can-american-honda-really-sell-2000-civic-type-rs-per-month/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/can-american-honda-really-sell-2000-civic-type-rs-per-month/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052033 It’s going to be a while before you can buy a next-gen Honda Civic Type R in North America. We’ve seen the relatively thinly veiled version of the next Civic. Patent images were published on TTAC last week. But, according to AutoGuide’s Colum Wood, American Honda’s Executive Vice President, John Mendel, told reporters after the […]

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2001 Honda Civic Type RIt’s going to be a while before you can buy a next-gen Honda Civic Type R in North America.

We’ve seen the relatively thinly veiled version of the next Civic. Patent images were published on TTAC last week. But, according to AutoGuide’s Colum Wood, American Honda’s Executive Vice President, John Mendel, told reporters after the New York Auto Show that the Civic Type R won’t appear here until at least 2017. “It could be an ‘18 by the time it gets here,” Mendel said.

Clearly, the pricing scheme for the Civic Type R is many months away from being revealed, let alone determined. Yet the most interesting revelation from Mendel wasn’t about the wait, but rather the number of Type Rs Honda believes the company can sell in the United States each month after the car arrives.

“I’d hope we could sell a couple thousand a month,” Mendel said, a number which – in current terms – would have accounted for approximately 8% of the Civics sold in America in the first-quarter of 2015.

Sound high?

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Sales figures for many direct Civic Type R rivals aren’t made public. Ford, for example, doesn’t isolate Focus ST numbers from the overall Focus’s monthly tally, nor are the Focus RS’s figures likely to be discussed.

Subaru, however, has averaged nearly 2200 WRX/STi sales over the last 15 months. Granted, those are combined numbers, not completely dissimilar from a Civic Si/Type R combo. Volkswagen’s latest edition of the Golf R is only now being launched. 478 were sold in March, the Mk7 Golf R’s second month on sale. Over the last nine months, VW USA averaged 1816 monthly Golf GTI sales.

However, the Impreza on which the WRX and STi are based and the Golf that’s used as a foundation for the GTI and R don’t compete in the same league as the Civic family. The Civic is America’s second-best-selling small car. The Impreza is, at best, a moderately high-volume car. Even at its current fast-growing clip, the Golf is a low-volume compact.

Through the first-quarter of 2015, the WRX/STi accounts for 32% of all Impreza sales. The GTI outsells the diesel and gas-powered Golf, though only by a slim margin.

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A sampling of current sales figures of potential CTR rivals

Two questions come to mind. One, is there space in the hot hatch market (yes, the WRX/STi are sedan-only) for 2000 more monthly sales from a new entry? Two, even with the Civic hatch originating in the UK, does the overall Civic family’s breadth and popularity potentially make 2000 monthly sales a small matter?

As always, it’ll come down to price. Subaru USA manages to sell more than 2000 WRXs and STis each month with base prices around $27,000 and $35,000. The GTI is only slightly more value-conscious than the WRX; the Golf R is slightly more dear than an entry-level STi. Honda will have the advantage of offering the newer, brighter, flashier thing, a thing we haven’t been able to own in North America before.

The very fact that American Honda wants to sell around 2000 Civic Type Rs per month suggests the price point may indeed be in the affordable realm, which could be some of the best news enthusiasts have received in quite some time.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Lincoln Turning To Proper Names For Future Models http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/lincoln-turning-proper-names-future-models/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/lincoln-turning-proper-names-future-models/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050825 Just as Cadillac embraces an all-new set of alphanumeric naming schemes, Lincoln is deciding that proper names may be better after all. Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs told reporters attending an industry breakfast hosted by Detroit law firm Dawda Mann that his company was “very excited about the Continental name and the attention […]

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Just as Cadillac embraces an all-new set of alphanumeric naming schemes, Lincoln is deciding that proper names may be better after all.

Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs told reporters attending an industry breakfast hosted by Detroit law firm Dawda Mann that his company was “very excited about the Continental name and the attention it’s gotten,” Automotive News says. Lincoln had made it known during the Continental Concept’s appearance at the 2015 New York Auto Show this month that the production model — set to replace the outgoing MKS — would also be called Continental.

Hinrichs also had this to say about the MK nomenclature as a whole:

I get it. I know MKX and C and Z and T. I’ve studied them very well. I know them well, but we also understand the issue. It’s, frankly, where the auto industry — the premium industry — has gone, if you look at all the nameplates. But another way Lincoln could distinguish itself is to leverage its heritage. So I’ll leave it at that.

The MK scheme was originally thought of as a tribute to the Continental Mark series, though then-CEO Alan Mulally told the media at the time that he wasn’t enamored with the scheme; he would later come to terms with the change. Now that Lincoln is coming back under the tutelage of current CEO Mark Fields, however, one of the ways it aims to stand apart from other premium brands is to return to using names like Continental, Town Car et al.

Proper names may also help on the showroom floor: while sales of the MK models are down 7.2 percent thus far in 2015, sales of the Navigator — the sole bearer of a proper name in Lincoln’s lineup — have climbed 84 percent over the same period, though part of that could be attributed to lower prices at the pump fueling renewed overall demand for trucks and SUVs, as well.

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Patent Search Reveals Images Of 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/patent-search-reveals-images-2016-honda-civic-coupe-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/patent-search-reveals-images-2016-honda-civic-coupe-sedan/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1047785 Recently unearthed by an enthusiast forum, above is just one of the renders for the upcoming 2016 Honda Civic. CivicX.com conducted a patent search for the 10th-gen model of the storied Civic, whereupon the forum found “official patent images” of the production-ready coupe and sedan variants; only the hatchback was not found as of this writing. […]

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Recently unearthed by an enthusiast forum, above is just one of the renders for the upcoming 2016 Honda Civic.

CivicX.com conducted a patent search for the 10th-gen model of the storied Civic, whereupon the forum found “official patent images” of the production-ready coupe and sedan variants; only the hatchback was not found as of this writing.

A few differences from the very-green concept that turned up in New York earlier this month include: less-aggressive, smaller lines and vents in the front and rear bumpers; the lack of a rear spoiler on the coupe — though said piece may likely be offered on high-performance models; and revised headlamps that retain the concept’s LED daytime lights. The coupe also retains the wraparound tail light on the concept, while the sedan does not receive the treatment.

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Nissan Considering Hybrid Variant Of Rogue For US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nissan-considering-hybrid-variant-rogue-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nissan-considering-hybrid-variant-rogue-us-market/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044746 Known as the X-Trail or Qashqai in Japan and other global markets, the Nissan Rogue could soon come in hybrid form for the U.S. market. Automotive News reports the X-Trail Hybrid could be rebadged as a Rogue Hybrid, both crossovers using a single-motor, dual-clutch hybrid system; the X-Trail Hybrid is expected to hold 40 percent […]

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Known as the X-Trail or Qashqai in Japan and other global markets, the Nissan Rogue could soon come in hybrid form for the U.S. market.

Automotive News reports the X-Trail Hybrid could be rebadged as a Rogue Hybrid, both crossovers using a single-motor, dual-clutch hybrid system; the X-Trail Hybrid is expected to hold 40 percent of overall X-Trail sales after it goes on sale in Japan this May.

Though Nissan didn’t mention whether it had plans to sell the hybrid overseas, the crossover’s engineer, Nobusuke Toukura, said the company was thinking about a Rogue hybrid model for the United States, citing increasing consumer demand for hybrids and stricter emissions rules over the next five years.

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Shanghai 2015: Volvo XC90 Excellence Ready For Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-xc90-excellence-ready-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-xc90-excellence-ready-debut/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044602 Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show later this month, the Volvo XC90 Excellence is the Sino-Swede’s first foray into high-end luxury. Unlike the standard flagship XC90, the Excellence does away with having an extra three passengers and two back rows of seating. Instead, the two rear occupants will each have their own reclining seats […]

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Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show later this month, the Volvo XC90 Excellence is the Sino-Swede’s first foray into high-end luxury.

Unlike the standard flagship XC90, the Excellence does away with having an extra three passengers and two back rows of seating. Instead, the two rear occupants will each have their own reclining seats with massage functions, ventilated fabric, and plenty of leg room. They’ll also have access to a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, heated/cooled cup holders, retractable touchscreens, folding tables, and handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.

Other luxury comforts include: Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tires; 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system; Volvo’s CleanZone climate system with ionic air cleaner; leather instrument panel and seats with Nubuck headliner; luggage compartment dividing screen; and passenger footrests.

Those who desire Swedish-style luxury — whether in Sweden, China, the United States, or other global locales — will be able to lease their XC90 Excellence beginning later this year, with digital ordering coming to select markets at the same time.

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Eberhardt: No Separate Brand Above Range Rover For Ultra-Luxury SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/eberhardt-no-separate-brand-range-rover-ultra-luxury-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/eberhardt-no-separate-brand-range-rover-ultra-luxury-suvs/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041625 Though Bentley and Rolls-Royce are adding ultra-luxury SUVs to their collections, Jaguar Land Rover has no plans to put one above Range Rover. Car & Driver reports JLR North America CEO and president Joe Eberhardt stated during the 2015 New York Auto Show that such a thing won’t likely occur, adding that JLR hasn’t yet […]

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Though Bentley and Rolls-Royce are adding ultra-luxury SUVs to their collections, Jaguar Land Rover has no plans to put one above Range Rover.

Car & Driver reports JLR North America CEO and president Joe Eberhardt stated during the 2015 New York Auto Show that such a thing won’t likely occur, adding that JLR hasn’t yet seen “where Range Rover can go.” Eberhardt also said that he wasn’t too worried about the ultra-luxury SUV competition stealing sales from the high-end brand.

Presently, the most expensive Range Rover in JLR’s lineup is the recently introduced Range Rover SVAutobiography, which tops out the range with a base price of $200,490; the Bentley and Roller SUVs are expected to begin between $300,000 and $400,000 for comparison.

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Shell Partnering With Gordon Murray On New City Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shell-partnering-gordon-murray-new-city-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shell-partnering-gordon-murray-new-city-car/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:05:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041481 Royal Dutch Shell and Gordon Murray will partner on a new city car project, based heavily on Murray’s T25 city car project. The vehicle, dubbed Project M, is described as a “simple, practical global city car”. While Shell will provide expertise in engine lubricants for the project, the oil major is now the T25 project’s most […]

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Royal Dutch Shell and Gordon Murray will partner on a new city car project, based heavily on Murray’s T25 city car project. The vehicle, dubbed Project M, is described as a “simple, practical global city car”.

While Shell will provide expertise in engine lubricants for the project, the oil major is now the T25 project’s most high profile backer. Under the parameters of Project M, the vehicle will retain the T25’s three-seater layout, the iStream production process and an internal combustion engine. The powertrain will be designed by ex-Honda F1 engineer Osamu Goto. Murray himself was a former McLaren engineer and the father of the McLaren F1, widely considered to be the greatest road car of all-time.

AutoExpress reports that the ultimate aim will be to sell a similar concept in emerging markets, where rampant traffic congestion and an increased demand for cars could present a major infrastructure issue for developing economies. Just months ago, the T25 concepts was rumored to be licensed to Yamaha for an all-new city car that would be built with iStream’s manufacturing principles.

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Frankfurt 2015: Jaguar F-Pace Debuting Two Years After C-X17 Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/frankfurt-2015-jaguar-f-pace-debuting-two-years-c-x17-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/frankfurt-2015-jaguar-f-pace-debuting-two-years-c-x17-concept/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039257 Two years ago after the C-X17 concept debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Jaguar F-Pace will make its global debut during the 2015 edition of the show. Autocar reports the SUV is undergoing testing at present, having caught a camouflaged prototype with physical cues suggesting a supercharged 3-liter V6 under the bonnet. Other possible […]

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Two years ago after the C-X17 concept debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Jaguar F-Pace will make its global debut during the 2015 edition of the show.

Autocar reports the SUV is undergoing testing at present, having caught a camouflaged prototype with physical cues suggesting a supercharged 3-liter V6 under the bonnet. Other possible engines for the showroom-ready model include a 5-liter supercharged V8, and the Ingenium family of gasoline- and diesel-fueled four-cylinder mills.

The publication also noted that the F-Pace’s dimensions resemble that of the C-X17 concept, which is 16 inches longer than the Range Rover Evoque at an overall length of 186 inches, and is 65 inches tall. Other features include “an assured driving position” at “a low height” similar to the aforementioned Evoque, a plunging rear roof line, and an interior completely unlike anything currently offered by Jaguar Land Rover.

The F-Pace will face-off against the likes of the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 in the small SUV game when it hits showrooms beginning in 2016, and is expected to help push total sales volume for Jaguar alongside the XE sedan from 80,000 units/year to 200,000, faring well in SUV-friendly markets like the United States and China.

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Kia GT Concept Closer To Becoming Production-Ready http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/kia-gt-concept-closer-becoming-production-ready/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/kia-gt-concept-closer-becoming-production-ready/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039233 Over three years ago, the Kia GT concept made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Soon, however, the four-door coupe could hit the production line. According to Drive.com.au, Kia America product planning chief Orth Hedrick is very close to being production-ready, and would likely fare well in North America despite the distance in […]

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Over three years ago, the Kia GT concept made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Soon, however, the four-door coupe could hit the production line.

According to Drive.com.au, Kia America product planning chief Orth Hedrick is very close to being production-ready, and would likely fare well in North America despite the distance in time because it is a sedan, and because of its “younger, more emotional message to the market”:

I think for us the GT is a sedan so it has a lot broader appeal than a two-door coupe. They don’t do well here. They do really, really good for 18 months and then they really fall off. You can get just as much emotional experience in a sedan, a more practical car, than a coupe. But it communicates something very, very clear to market with a coupe in your line-up.

Hedrick adds that the announcement officially confirming the GT’s production would come soon. The concept is powered by a turbocharged V6, with the rear wheels doing the driving.

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Cadillac CT6 Coming To Shanghai In Hybrid Form http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/cadillac-ct6-coming-shanghai-hybrid-form/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/cadillac-ct6-coming-shanghai-hybrid-form/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039073 After its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the Cadillac CT6 will arrive wearing a hybrid badge at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show in late April. According to Autoblog, General Motors product boss Mark Reuss said as much when interviewed by the publication about work on the hybrid model, while a Cadillac […]

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After its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the Cadillac CT6 will arrive wearing a hybrid badge at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show in late April.

According to Autoblog, General Motors product boss Mark Reuss said as much when interviewed by the publication about work on the hybrid model, while a Cadillac representative could only say that variants would be forthcoming.

Speaking of variants, Reuss adds that the flagship sedan could wear a V-Series badge, though it may be a while before such a thing arrives:

The [CT6] architecture is certainly capable of doing it. The question is who’s going to buy the CT6? What kind of person? And do we need a V-Series off of that is the question we haven’t answered yet. It’s certainly capable of doing it … we’ve certainly thought about it.

As for the hybrid, little was mentioned about the powertrain beyond the possibility that it could be a PHEV in the vein of the Chevrolet Volt and 2016 Malibu Hybrid.

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New York 2015: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-toyota-rav4-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-toyota-rav4-hybrid/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:38:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037761   And here we have the final debut of the New York Auto Show…a hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 uses the same  2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine mated to an electric motor. In the NX, the setup makes 200 hp while returning 33/30 mpg city/highway. Not bad for an AWD crossover.  

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And here we have the final debut of the New York Auto Show…a hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4.

The RAV4 uses the same  2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine mated to an electric motor. In the NX, the setup makes 200 hp while returning 33/30 mpg city/highway. Not bad for an AWD crossover.

 

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New York 2015: If A Mitsubishi Outlander Debuts In The Big Apple, Does Anyone Care? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-mitsubishi-outlander-debuts-big-apple-anyone-care/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-mitsubishi-outlander-debuts-big-apple-anyone-care/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:12:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037625 The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander gets an all new look – and nothing else. While Mitsubishi touts a quieter ride and an all-new look, the powertrains are carried over. I don’t think that will be enough to keep the Outlander competitive.  

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander gets an all new look – and nothing else.

While Mitsubishi touts a quieter ride and an all-new look, the powertrains are carried over. I don’t think that will be enough to keep the Outlander competitive.

 

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New York 2015: Nissan Maxima Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-nissan-maxima-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-nissan-maxima-revealed/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:36:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037537 Months after making its debut during a Super Bowl ad, Nissan is showing us the rest of the 2016 Maxima. While the full-size sedan is an endangered species in America (half the segment winds up in fleet sales), Nissan is making a good effort at keeping the Maxima fresh. The Maxima loses 82 lbs, but […]

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2016 Nissan Maxima

Months after making its debut during a Super Bowl ad, Nissan is showing us the rest of the 2016 Maxima.

While the full-size sedan is an endangered species in America (half the segment winds up in fleet sales), Nissan is making a good effort at keeping the Maxima fresh. The Maxima loses 82 lbs, but the only drivetrain is a 300-horsepower V6 mated to a CVT. So much for the 4DSC.

 

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New York 2015: Chevrolet Spark Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-chevrolet-spark-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-chevrolet-spark-revealed/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:22:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037289 What does a 16 percent boost in power bring for the Chevrolet Spark? Erm…not too much. The newest Spark, based on the Opel Karl, now packs a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder making 98 horsepower. A 5-speed manual or CVT are available. The spark is expected to return 40 mpg while also offering advanced features like a 7-inch touch screen, Forward […]

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2016 Chevrolet Spark

What does a 16 percent boost in power bring for the Chevrolet Spark? Erm…not too much.

The newest Spark, based on the Opel Karl, now packs a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder making 98 horsepower. A 5-speed manual or CVT are available. The spark is expected to return 40 mpg while also offering advanced features like a 7-inch touch screen, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert.

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New York 2015: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:38:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036721 Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, […]

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Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show

The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, and 19-inch alloys surround all corners for the first time in the crossover’s existence.

Power comes from a standard 2-liter four-cylinder pushing 164 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic to the front or all four wheels with optional AWD, the latter due after the crossover’s showroom arrival.Fuel economy for the FWD version is estimated to be 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.

An optional 1.6-liter turbo-four — paired with a dual-clutch transmission — is available for Eco, Sport and Limited trims, bringing 175 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque to the Tucson. Economy figures range from 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the FWD Eco model, to 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the FWD Sport and Limited models.

The crossover’s interior takes its inspiration from the Hyundai Sonata, and includes leather-wrapped instrument panel, premium soft-touch materials, refined switchgear, and an available full-length panoramic sunroof. Cargo space is increased to 31 cubic feet, and the crossover is wider and longer overall with over an inch gained in the wheelbase.

Other features include: standard five-inch color LCD with rearview camera and touchscreen functionality; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connected-vehicle technology; blind-spot detection; tire-pressure monitoring; Hyundai Blue Link; and extensive sound insulation and improved aerodynamics for reduced NVH levels.

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New York 2015: Honda Civic Concept Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:17:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036593 Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come. The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either […]

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Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come.

The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT.

Other upcoming features include Honda’s Honda Sensing safety suite, as well as improvements in NVH levels and fuel economy.

The sedan will be first to hit showrooms this fall, with the coupe and hatchback to follow. The hatch will be the only Civic not made in North America, being shipped from Honda’s factory in Swindon, England.

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New York 2015: 2016 GMC Terrain, Terrain Denali Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:42:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036361 The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment. Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson […]

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The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment.

Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat.

The overall Terrain range has been restructured to four trim levels — SL, SLE, SLT and Denali — with a number of features available depending on the trim chosen. The Denali model rides upon 19-inch aluminum wheels, and offers a smoother ride via dual-flow dampers exclusive to the model’s suspension system. The other models ride upon 18-inch aluminum wheels, and come with premium cloth or leather, and chrome accents for the higher end trims.

Power for the compact SUV comes from either a 2.4-liter direct-injection four or 3.6-liter V6, the latter putting out 301 horses and 272 lb-ft torque while also boosting trailering capability to 3,500 pounds. AWD is available for SLE, SLT and Denali models.

Other features include: GMC IntelliLink connected-vehicle system; programmable power liftgate; blind-zone alert; rear parking assist; forward collision alert; and MultiFlex sliding rear seat.

No pricing was announced at this time, but General Motors says the 2016 Terrain will hit the lot this fall.

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New York 2015: 2016 Kia Optima Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:55:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036065 Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, […]

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Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, delivering 185 horses and 247 horses through a six-speed automatic to the front. The third engine is a 1.6-liter turbo-four paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox found in the Hyundai Sonata Eco.

Inside, soft-touch materials, metallic accents, real stitching in the dash and door panels, and cloth or leather seating await occupants. Meanwhile, Kia’s UVO connected-vehicle system comes with four new features not previously found in the Optima, including curfew alert and geo-fencing. The Optima itself is the pilot vehicle for the brand’s introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, allowing iPhone and Android users to use their smartphones in conjunction with UVO.

Pricing wasn’t announced at this time, but Kia said to expect the 2016 Optima to hit showrooms in Q4 2015.

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New York 2015: Lincoln Continental Concept Live Photos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-live-photos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-lincoln-continental-concept-live-photos/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:10:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035889 Better late than never, here are a few live images from the Lincoln Continental Concept’s debut Monday evening prior to the 2015 New York Auto Show. The concept is meant to show the direction the brand will take when its new fullsize sedan — dubbed Continental — debuts next year.

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Better late than never, here are a few live images from the Lincoln Continental Concept’s debut Monday evening prior to the 2015 New York Auto Show. The concept is meant to show the direction the brand will take when its new fullsize sedan — dubbed Continental — debuts next year.

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New York 2015: 2016 Lexus RX Bows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:28:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035201 The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower. Styling is updated for […]

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The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower.

Styling is updated for 2016, with the premium crossover taking on Lexus’ Predator-esque design language. Standard 19-inch wheels with optional 20-inch aluminum wheels are available, while LED lighting flanks the front and rear.

Inside, rear occupants gain more leg and knee room, and have their choice of viewing the sky via a power panorama moonroof, or checking up on their Toyota shares via an entertainment system with a pair of 11.6-inch screens. The driver, meanwhile, has an available HUD keeping important details within sight, along with a 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map.

Those who want more can opt for the AWD-only F Sport package, which includes 20-inch graphite-finish alloys, perforated leather trim, Sport S+ driving mode, and custom instrument cluster.

Other features include: the Lexus Safety System+ package, debuting with the RX; Michelin Premier tires; adaptive variable suspension; vehicle stability; and three driving modes — four with the aformentioned F Sport package.

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New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:50:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035105 Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show. At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear. The QX50 is also longer […]

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Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear.

The QX50 is also longer than before, gaining 3.2 inches in the wheelbase and 4.5 inches overall for respective lengths of 113.4 inches and 186.3 inches. The increased length also lends to more interior room, jumping 8.3 cubic feet to 115.4 cubic feet inside. Rear passengers in the second row will notice the increase, thanks to a gain of 4.3 inches of legroom and 3.9 inches of rear knee room. Finally, the crossover is also higher, coming with a ground clearance of 6.9 inches for rear-driven models, 6.5 inches for the version with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Power to the back or all four corners comes from a 3.7-liter V6 delivering 325 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque, paired to a seven-speed automatic. Handling is aided by independent double-wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link, paired with power-assisted braking, dynamic control and traction control. Available wheel sets include 18-inch 8-spoke aluminum alloys and 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum alloys.

Other features include: Bluetooth; leather trim; heated front seats; push-button start; optional 11-speaker Bose system; blind-spot monitoring; driver’s seat memory; and Infiniti Personal Assistant, allowing drivers 24-hour access to book hotels and dinner reservations, receive directory assistance and weather forecasts, and more from a team of professional personal assistants.

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New York 2015: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035073 For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need. Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed […]

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For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need.

Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed auto will only have 17-inch gunmetal wheels, front air dam and rear lip spoilers going for them.

An additional package — pulling from the MX-5 Global Cup race car — adds Brembo brakes, functional side aero, and swaps the standard wheels for 17-inch black BBS forged alloys.

Other features include Mazda Connect, seatback bars, and piano black side mirrors.

Pricing and other details will arrive closer to the MX-5 Miata’s showroom debut this summer.

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New York 2015: 2016 smart fortwo Debuts In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:54:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034977 Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a […]

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Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. The car also gains 100mm-wider track than the outgoing model, while increased use of high-strength steel should improve occupant safety.

Pricing was not announced at this time, but the new smart fortwo is set to hit showrooms in the United States this autumn.

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iM Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:37:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034849 Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic […]

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Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic power steering and four-wheel independent suspension with rear double-wishbone help keep the 17-inch alloys planted on the road.

Other features include: 60/40 fold-down rear seating; Pioneer Display Audio connected-vehicle system; dual-zone automatic AC; heated power-folding side-view mirrors; TRD accessorization; pet-friendly accessories; and six colors from which to choose.

Price of admission for the “mono-spec” Scion iM begins at around $20,000.

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