The Truth About Cars » PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:30:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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 » PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/pr/ 2016 Scion iA, iM Pricing Officially Announced http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-scion-ia-im-pricing-officially-announced/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-scion-ia-im-pricing-officially-announced/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1101497 The embargo is over for the 2016 Scion iA and iM, as pricing and other features have been officially announced. As reported earlier, pricing for the iM begins at $18,460 MSRP for the six-speed manual model, $19,200 for the CVTi-S version. What wasn’t mentioned was the iA’s pricing, officially set for $15,700 for the six-speed […]

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The embargo is over for the 2016 Scion iA and iM, as pricing and other features have been officially announced.

As reported earlier, pricing for the iM begins at $18,460 MSRP for the six-speed manual model, $19,200 for the CVTi-S version. What wasn’t mentioned was the iA’s pricing, officially set for $15,700 for the six-speed manual sedan, $16,800 for the six-speed auto variant. Both sets of prices do not include the $795 delivery charge, and thanks to Scion’s Pure Price policy, the MSRP reported will be what consumers pay on the showroom floor.

Power for the iM comes from a 1.8-liter CVVT four-cylinder good for 137 horses sent to the front through either transmission, netting the hatch EPA mileage ratings of 28 city/37 highway/32 combined with the CVT, 27/36/32 with the manual. Other features for the hatch include: 17-inch alloys; double-wishbone rear suspension; dual-zone AC; hill start; aero; LED daytime running lights; 60/40 split rear seating; and back-up camera.

Meanwhile, the iA gets a 1.5-liter four-pot capable of 106 horses, all of which hit the road through the front pair of 16-inch alloys. EPA mileage comes to 33/42/37 for the six-speed automatic, 31/41/35 for the six-speed manual. Keyless entry with push-button start, 60/40 rear seating, MacPherson struts and torsion beams, and 7-inch touchscreen are some of the features available on the sedan.

Each come with their own range of colors, and are both covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, as well as five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Scion Service Boost adds complementary servicing for two years or 25,000 miles, as well as two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

Both Scion iA and iM will arrive in showrooms September 1.

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2016 Ford Focus RS Delivers 345 HP With ‘Specially Engineered’ EcoBoost Mill http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-ford-focus-rs-delivers-345-hp-with-specially-engineered-ecoboost-mill/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-ford-focus-rs-delivers-345-hp-with-specially-engineered-ecoboost-mill/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1099817 Ahead of its arrival at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, the 2016 Ford Focus RS’ horsepower figures were officially revealed. Ford says the hot hatch’s “specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine” is good for 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque to all four corners. The turbo-four shares the basics with […]

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Ahead of its arrival at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, the 2016 Ford Focus RS’ horsepower figures were officially revealed.

Ford says the hot hatch’s “specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine” is good for 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque to all four corners. The turbo-four shares the basics with the all-aluminum mill found on the Mustang, with upgrades including: a “low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor”; “less restrictive intake design” for more breathing capability; larger intercooler and radiator for increased cooling; high-temp-resistant cylinder heads and high-tensile cast iron cylinder liners; and “a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimise the balance of back pressure and noise output.”

Other features linked to the powertrain include Ford’s Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring system, launch control, and a handful of driving modes, including an “industry-first” drift mode so one can drift in Formula D without first yanking out the front differential.

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Ford Unveils Carsharing Pilot Program For Select Ford Credit Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-unveils-carsharing-pilot-program-for-select-ford-credit-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-unveils-carsharing-pilot-program-for-select-ford-credit-consumers/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1099089 Financing a Ford and looking to bolster your monthly payments? The automaker has an idea: rent your car to others. Ford owners financing their rides through Ford Credit can rent them out to other drivers through its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program, announced Tuesday evening. The pilot program will invite 14,000 and 12,000 owners “in six […]

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Financing a Ford and looking to bolster your monthly payments? The automaker has an idea: rent your car to others.

Ford owners financing their rides through Ford Credit can rent them out to other drivers through its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program, announced Tuesday evening. The pilot program will invite 14,000 and 12,000 owners “in six U.S. cities and London, respectively” to rent their vehicles to prescreened drivers on a short-term basis, with rental payments going towards paying down the note.

To enable this, Ford partnered with rideshare companies Getaround (U.S. market) and easyCar Club (London), whose respective “Web-based, mobile-friendly software” will handle all transactions.

The six U.S. cities selected to participate in the sharing program are the California cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, as well as Portland, Chicago and Washington. The program is slated to run through November 2015.

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[UPDATED] 2016 MINI Clubman Official Images Revealed Ahead Of Frankfurt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/autoleaks-2016-mini-clubman-official-images-revealed-ahead-of-frankfurt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/autoleaks-2016-mini-clubman-official-images-revealed-ahead-of-frankfurt/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1098817 Ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, official images of the 2016 MINI Clubman escaped onto the Internet for all the world to see [now updated with info from the official press release – CA]. Underpinned by the UKL1 modular architecture also used by the MINI three- and five-door models, as well as the BMW […]

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Ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, official images of the 2016 MINI Clubman escaped onto the Internet for all the world to see [now updated with info from the official press release – CA].

Underpinned by the UKL1 modular architecture also used by the MINI three- and five-door models, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Clubman replaces the skinny suicide rear passenger doors from the current model with conventional ones.

The Clubman — whose face takes its cues from the 2011 Rocketman concept — is reportedly bigger, as well, gaining 10.23 inches in length, 6.34 inches in width, and an inch in height over the model it will replace. Up to 47.9 cu. ft. of cargo space is available with help from either 60/40 or optional 40/20/40 rear seats, 17.5 cu. ft. when all five occupants are aboard. Curb weight ranges between 3,105 lbs and 3,300 lbs, depending on trim and transmission selected.

Power for the new Clubman will come from a pair of gasoline engines: a 1.5-liter three-pot good for 134 horses and 162 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be paired with either six-speed manual or six- and eight-speed variants of MINI’s Steptronic automatic (six-speed for the Cooper Clubman, eight-speed for the Cooper S Clubman). Nil to 60 comes in 8.9 seconds for the Cooper Clubman (top speed: 127 mph), 6.9 seconds (auto) to 7 seconds (manual) for the Cooper S (top speed: 142 mph).

Handling comes from a single joint strut axle up front, and the 2 Series Active Tourer’s multilink setup in the back, with standard 16-inch and optional 17- to 19-inch alloys, dynamic traction, stability and damper controls, and electronic differential locking holding everything together on the road.

Other features available include: MINI Excitement Package (LED interior and ambient lighting, projected MINI logo from driver’s side mirror); HUD; collision/pedestrian warning; MINI Connected infotainment system; revised aero; start-stop; and MINI Driving Modes for increased fuel economy or more power depending on mood.

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BREAKING: Toyota Offices Raided In Tokyo In Connection With Hamp Arrest http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/breaking-toyota-offices-raided-in-tokyo-in-connection-with-hamp-arrest/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/breaking-toyota-offices-raided-in-tokyo-in-connection-with-hamp-arrest/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:36:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097897 Reuters is reporting police have raided Toyota’s office in Tokyo in connection with the arrest of communications chief Julie Hamp over alleged drug importation offences. When asked, a Toyota spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the police presence, but said the company is cooperating with police. Hamp, the first female senior executive at Toyota, […]

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Julie HampReuters is reporting police have raided Toyota’s office in Tokyo in connection with the arrest of communications chief Julie Hamp over alleged drug importation offences.

When asked, a Toyota spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the police presence, but said the company is cooperating with police.

Hamp, the first female senior executive at Toyota, has a long road ahead of her if there’s enough evidence to bring her to trial, as we covered last week.

[Source: Reuters]

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Planned For US Market Arrival http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-chevrolet-cruze-hatchback-planned-for-us-market-arrival/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-chevrolet-cruze-hatchback-planned-for-us-market-arrival/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097233 A hatchback version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was shown to dealers at the brand’s national meeting in Vegas last week, with plans to sell it in North America. The Cruze hatch — like the current model pictured above — is already available in a handful of countries, Automotive News reports, the lack of which […]

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A hatchback version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was shown to dealers at the brand’s national meeting in Vegas last week, with plans to sell it in North America.

The Cruze hatch — like the current model pictured above — is already available in a handful of countries, Automotive News reports, the lack of which in the U.S. is considered “a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake” per General Motors product boss Mark Reuss.

Though no date of arrival has been announced thus far, speculation points to sales beginning after the Q1 2016 introduction of the 2016 Cruze sedan, set to be revealed later this week. The hatch would do battle against the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, and Volkswagen Golf.

Speaking of the sedan variant, below is the amazingly twee press release, written entirely in Emoji; GM says the secret decoder ring will come Tuesday afternoon for those unskilled in the texting language.

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Frankfurt 2015: Production-Ready Infiniti Q30 Set For Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/frankfurt-2015-production-ready-infiniti-q30-set-for-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/frankfurt-2015-production-ready-infiniti-q30-set-for-debut/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:11:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1096097 Two years ago in Frankfurt, the Infiniti Q30 debuted before the world in concept form. Come this September, it will return with a production-ready look. The brand is putting the finishing touches on its first-ever compact luxury car, including “dynamic testing and ultimate validation” in the United Kingdom — where development of the Q30 was […]

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Two years ago in Frankfurt, the Infiniti Q30 debuted before the world in concept form. Come this September, it will return with a production-ready look.

The brand is putting the finishing touches on its first-ever compact luxury car, including “dynamic testing and ultimate validation” in the United Kingdom — where development of the Q30 was completed last year — and across the Channel in Europe.

Following its debut in mid-September, the Q30 will hit European showrooms from Nissan’s production line in Sunderland, England at the end of 2015, with other markets set to get theirs in 2016.

The Q30 and its sibling compact crossover, the upcoming QX30, are expected to receive power from the same 2.0-liter turbo-four found under the bonnets of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA, whose basic underpinnings also provides a foundation for the Infiniti compacts. The exchange is part of a joint venture between Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan.

For now, this spy shot from Infiniti is the best we’ve got until closer to showtime:

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Subaru Launches Impreza Sport Hybrid In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/subaru-launches-impreza-sport-hybrid-in-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/subaru-launches-impreza-sport-hybrid-in-japan/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095785 Consumers in Japan will soon be able to purchase a new hybrid from Subaru, in the form of the Impreza Sport Hybrid. Power for the newest Impreza variant comes from a 2.0-liter DOHC flat-four paired with an electric motor, and is sent to all corners through a CVT. Fuel economy is expected to hit 20.4 […]

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Consumers in Japan will soon be able to purchase a new hybrid from Subaru, in the form of the Impreza Sport Hybrid.

Power for the newest Impreza variant comes from a 2.0-liter DOHC flat-four paired with an electric motor, and is sent to all corners through a CVT. Fuel economy is expected to hit 20.4 km/liter; range and power figures weren’t made available.

The Impreza Sport Hybrid comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight camera system, which works with the hybrid system’s Eco-Cruise Control to “make the maximum use of electric vehicle driving and regenerative braking when Adaptive Cruise Control is operating, thereby improving fuel consumption under everyday conditions.”

Other features include: enhanced aero; larger and wider wheels for better grip and fuel economy; hydraulic engine mounts; and a range of colors, including a pair of blue pearl paints and crystal black silica.

Price of admission starts at ¥2,505,600 ($20,366 USD) with consumption tax for the standard model, ¥2,635,200 ($21,418) for the 2.0i-S. Both come with Japan’s Eco-Car tax incentives, reducing acquisition and tonnage taxes to 80 percent and 75 percent respectively.

The newest Impreza variant is only the second hybrid launched by the automaker, coming two years after the XV Hybrid. Subaru expects to sell 500/month once sales begin July 10.

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General Motors Repurposes Chevrolet Volt Batteries For Energy Storage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-repurposes-chevrolet-volt-batteries-for-energy-storage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-repurposes-chevrolet-volt-batteries-for-energy-storage/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094633 Having already recycled battery covers into animal habitats, General Motors is turning its efforts toward the Chevrolet Volt’s batteries themselves. General Motors battery life cycle boss Pablo Valencia says the packs used in the PHEV can still be of use in storage applications once its days providing energy to the vehicle draws to an end, […]

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Having already recycled battery covers into animal habitats, General Motors is turning its efforts toward the Chevrolet Volt’s batteries themselves.

General Motors battery life cycle boss Pablo Valencia says the packs used in the PHEV can still be of use in storage applications once its days providing energy to the vehicle draws to an end, “delivering waste reduction and economic benefits on an industrial scale” in repurposing.

To demonstrate this, five packs from the first-gen Volt are working in concert with a 74-kilowatt solar array and two wind turbines — each good for 2 kW — to generate power at GM’s Enterprise Data Center at the Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Mich. The packs can also provide emergency power for four hours in the event of a power outage, while the full setup can deliver up to 100 MWh of energy — the equivalent of the amount used by 12 average households — annually to the data center, with excess sent to the proving ground’s grid.

Though supply of Volt packs remains low for now, GM says it’s working with partners to “validate and test systems for other commercial and non-commercial uses.” Valencia adds the repurposing of packs for energy storage would be perfect for commercial use, providing “full functionality” from the packs while also reducing upfront costs in implementing the system.

[Photo credit: Chevrolet]

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2017 Ford GT Entering 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2017-ford-gt-entering-2016-24-hours-of-le-mans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2017-ford-gt-entering-2016-24-hours-of-le-mans/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:43:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091553 Nearly 50 years ago, Ford threw down against Ferrari at Le Mans, sweeping the podium in so doing. Come 2016, Ford aims to do the same with the 2017 Ford GT. The 2017 GT will compete in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in LM GTE Pro, as well as the 2016 TUDOR United […]

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Nearly 50 years ago, Ford threw down against Ferrari at Le Mans, sweeping the podium in so doing. Come 2016, Ford aims to do the same with the 2017 Ford GT.

The 2017 GT will compete in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in LM GTE Pro, as well as the 2016 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, where it will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.

The two-team effort will be led by Chip Ganassi Racing, who will campaign four GTs at Le Mans, with Roush Racing responsible for preparing the exotic’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for endurance competition; driver announcements will come later.

Our own Ronnie Schreiber will have more on the Ford GT’s return to Le Mans later on; for now, these photos and the promo video will do.

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Kia Officially Launches Brand In Mexico, Sales Beginning In July http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/kia-officially-launches-brand-in-mexico-sales-beginning-in-july/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/kia-officially-launches-brand-in-mexico-sales-beginning-in-july/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088897 Kia officially announced Wednesday it is launching the brand in Mexico, with sales to begin July 1 of this year. The automaker will sell its wares at 21 dealerships in 10 major cities across Mexico next month, with three models — Forte, Sportage and Sorento — the first to be offered for sale; the Optima […]

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Kia officially announced Wednesday it is launching the brand in Mexico, with sales to begin July 1 of this year.

The automaker will sell its wares at 21 dealerships in 10 major cities across Mexico next month, with three models — Forte, Sportage and Sorento — the first to be offered for sale; the Optima will join the lineup by this November.

In the near term, Kia will continue to add dealerships to its newest network, with 26 more expected by next January, 65 total by January 2017.

As for where some of those Kias may come from, construction of the automaker’s first factory in Mexico, located in Pesqueria, Nuevo León, is 50 percent complete, with operations to begin by the middle of 2016. Pilot production will occur over five months to ensure final product quality prior to the first showroom-ready models leaving the line, some of which will head for other Latin American markets, as well as the United States. Annual production is set for 300,000 units, with the Forte and a possible compact set for assembly.

Once in operation the Pesqueria plant will boost global production to 3.7 million units annually, and will employ 3,000 on the floor; an additional 7,000 will be hired by suppliers nearby.

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First Rendering Of Hyundai Creta Subcompact CUV Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/first-rendering-of-hyundai-creta-subcompact-cuv-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/first-rendering-of-hyundai-creta-subcompact-cuv-revealed/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088209 Recently announced for production with the Santa Cruz to possibly be made as well, the Hyundai Creta was revealed in rendered form Tuesday. The new subcompact crossover boasts a so-called premium look based on Hyundai’s “evolved design philosophy,” with details such as the blacked-out A-pillar reminiscent meant to evoke “an open and airy cabin,” a […]

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Recently announced for production with the Santa Cruz to possibly be made as well, the Hyundai Creta was revealed in rendered form Tuesday.

The new subcompact crossover boasts a so-called premium look based on Hyundai’s “evolved design philosophy,” with details such as the blacked-out A-pillar reminiscent meant to evoke “an open and airy cabin,” a “bold” front section with the automaker’s newest corporate grill — already on the new Tucson — embrasure side windows, and a rearward swooping slash along the beltline.

The Creta will soon appear in showrooms sometime during H2 2015, with India being the first on the subcompact crossover’s list of global markets to visit. Whether the North American market is on said list — where it would face the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Mazda CX-3 among others — is up for Hyundai to decide.

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2016 BMW X1 Hitting US Showrooms This Fall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-bmw-x1-hitting-us-showrooms-this-fall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-bmw-x1-hitting-us-showrooms-this-fall/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1083697 Coming to showrooms this fall, the 2016 BMW X1 aims to build upon the success of the outgoing first-gen crossover. The sole model available at launch in the U.S. market will be the X1 xDrive28i, with power to come from a 2.0-liter twin-turbo I4 good for 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque for all […]

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Coming to showrooms this fall, the 2016 BMW X1 aims to build upon the success of the outgoing first-gen crossover.

The sole model available at launch in the U.S. market will be the X1 xDrive28i, with power to come from a 2.0-liter twin-turbo I4 good for 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque for all corners. An eight-speed Steptronic automatic from Aisin will help move the five-passenger crossover from nil to 60 in 6.3 seconds on its standard 18-inch run-flat all-seasons or optional 19-inch run-flat performance tires, with speed topping out between 130 mph and 143 mph.

Inside, occupants will be greeted more head and legroom, with rear legroom gaining a 1.5-inch increase in its standard setup, 2.6-inches with optional adjustable rear seating. The rear seats can also be split 40/20/40 for increased cargo room, with storage pockets and compartments throughout the crossover augmenting capacity.

Up front, the driver and front passenger has access to the X1’s ConnectedDrive connected-vehicle system via standard 6.5-inch and optional 8.8-inch touchscreens, while the driver can know what’s going on during the journey via the HUD system.

Occupant safety is handled by BMW’s Driver Assistance Plus package, which includes: lane-departure warning; automatic high beams; front collision warning with pedestrian and city features; active cruise control; assisted parking; and rear-view camera.

Two packages will be available with the X1: The Premium Package adds an optional panoramic moonroof and full LED headlamps, while the M Sport Package — set to arrive later in 2015 — brings quicker shifting, sports seats and sport suspension to the crossover. Standard features include: front fog-lamps; alarm system; heated and electronically adjustable mirrors; headlamp rain sensor; and BMW’s Dynamic Cruise Control.

Price of admission and EPA ratings will be announced closer to launch, with its public debut set for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

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Ford Drops 526 HP, 5.2L V8 Into Shelby GT350, GT350R Mustangs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-drops-526-hp-5-2l-v8-into-shelby-gt350-gt350r-mustangs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-drops-526-hp-5-2l-v8-into-shelby-gt350-gt350r-mustangs/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1083561 Future Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang owners will have plenty of firepower for the strip and track, thanks to Ford’s new 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. The new flat-plane crankshaft engine generates 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, delivering 102 horses per liter of displacement. Redlining occurs at 8,250 rpm, making the V8 the highest-revving […]

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Future Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang owners will have plenty of firepower for the strip and track, thanks to Ford’s new 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8.

The new flat-plane crankshaft engine generates 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, delivering 102 horses per liter of displacement. Redlining occurs at 8,250 rpm, making the V8 the highest-revving unit used by any of Ford’s lineup, while 90 percent of its peak torque occurs between 3,450 rpm and 7,000 rpm.

The power generated by the 5.2-liter will be funnelled to the back via a Tremec TR-3160 six-speed manual, the only transmission available aboard the Shelby GT350 and GT350R. The six-speed uses a die-cast aluminum case and clutch housing for increased stiffness, and the dual-mass flywheel and dual-clutch disc were both optimized to reduce inertia and weight.

The engine itself is based on an aluminum engine block whose cylinder walls use Ford’s patented plasma transferred wire arc cylinder-liner technology, replacing iron cylinder liners with an electroplate coating. Further weight savings include a gun-drilled flat-plane forged-steel crankshaft, and a high-capacity composite oil pan whose baffling can handle sustained high-speed cornering and hard braking situations.

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Lamborghini Officially Enters High-End SUV Game http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/lamborghini-officially-enters-high-end-suv-game/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/lamborghini-officially-enters-high-end-suv-game/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1076866 It’s official: Lamborghini is entering the high-end luxury SUV game with a model set to hit showrooms by 2018. The new SUV will be assembled in Lamborghini’s home of Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and is the result of a joint collaboration between the Italian automaker, national and regional governments, Volkswagen and Audi, and union representatives. The […]

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It’s official: Lamborghini is entering the high-end luxury SUV game with a model set to hit showrooms by 2018.

The new SUV will be assembled in Lamborghini’s home of Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and is the result of a joint collaboration between the Italian automaker, national and regional governments, Volkswagen and Audi, and union representatives.

The SUV will be the third model in Lamborghini’s lineup, a feat CEO Stephan Winklemann says “endorses the stable and sustainable growth of the company,” while also signifying “the beginning of a new era” for the automaker.

To bring the yet-to-be-named product to the showroom, Lamborghini said it would invest “hundreds of millions of Euros” over the SUV’s lifecycle toward factory development and expansion. The factory where it will be assembled will go from an area of 80,000 square meters to 150,000, and will see a new assembly line and warehousing. R&D is set for an expansion, as well as the addition of 500 new jobs plus opportunities for the national and international supply chains as a result of the SUV.

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Tata GenX Nano Latest In Low-Cost Line Of Nano City Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tata-genx-nano-latest-in-low-cost-line-of-nano-city-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tata-genx-nano-latest-in-low-cost-line-of-nano-city-cars/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1070802 Hitting showrooms Tuesday, Tata Motors announced its latest variant of the Nano city car: the GenX Nano. Starting price for the four-passenger GenX ranges between Rs1.99 lakh ($3,000 USD) for the XE trim, to Rs2.89 lakh ($4,535) for the XTA model. Power comes from a 624cc two-cylinder with multi-point injection, and is good for around […]

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Hitting showrooms Tuesday, Tata Motors announced its latest variant of the Nano city car: the GenX Nano.

Starting price for the four-passenger GenX ranges between Rs1.99 lakh ($3,000 USD) for the XE trim, to Rs2.89 lakh ($4,535) for the XTA model. Power comes from a 624cc two-cylinder with multi-point injection, and is good for around 38 horses and 38 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed manual and a five-speed “Easy Shift” automated manual route the power to the back, with the latter providing enhanced acceleration and traffic-friendly features.

Other features available include: smoked headlamps; 24-liter fuel tank for longer trips; electric power steering; 110 liters of luggage room; connected-vehicle system with Bluetooth, CD and USB/AUX ports; “SUV-like ground clearance”; and structural safety enhancements.

The GenX Nano will be on sale at all 450 Tata showrooms Tuesday, with the XE, XM, XT and XTA models available immediately; the XMA trim will arrive made-to-order beginning in August. Its competitors include the Hyundai Eon and Suzuki Alto.

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AAA: Memorial Day 2015 To See Highest Travel Volume In Ten Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aaa-memorial-day-2015-see-highest-travel-volume-ten-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aaa-memorial-day-2015-see-highest-travel-volume-ten-years/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066930 Memorial Day 2015 will see the highest volume of travel in a decade as 37.2 million Americans hit the road to begin their summer season. The 2015 figure projected by AAA Travel is a 4.7 percent increase over 2014’s 35.5 million travellers during the same period, the highest growth rate projected since Independence Day back […]

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Memorial Day 2015 will see the highest volume of travel in a decade as 37.2 million Americans hit the road to begin their summer season.

The 2015 figure projected by AAA Travel is a 4.7 percent increase over 2014’s 35.5 million travellers during the same period, the highest growth rate projected since Independence Day back in 2012. The increase is fueled by various economic factors encouraging consumer confidence, and boosting disposable income.

As for how those millions of Americans will begin their summer, 33 million — 88 percent — will take to the highways, thanks in part to lower fuel prices at the pump. AAA says most motorists will pay the lowest price per gallon in five years during this year’s Memorial Day period; current national average is $2.66/gallon.

Meanwhile, 2.6 million will take to the skies with the help of lower fares, while 1.64 million choose other transportation options; the latter is a decrease of 3.4 percent compared to 2014.

In exchange for lower fares and fuel, travellers will be paying more for lodging. AAA’s Leisure Travel Index expects Two Diamond hotels to average $144/night and Three Diamonds to average $182/night, an increase of 16 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

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Volkswagen Unveils New W12 At Vienna Motor Symposium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volkswagen-unveils-new-w12-vienna-motor-symposium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volkswagen-unveils-new-w12-vienna-motor-symposium/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 20:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066002 Volkswagen’s new 6.0-liter W12 TSI made its global debut at the 36th International Vienna Motor Symposium last Friday. The next-gen W12 combines Audi’s FSI direct injection and Bentley’s TMPI multi-point injection systems together, and is augmented by a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, an oil circuit for off-road applications, APS-coated cylinders, active engine mounts with hydraulic […]

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Volkswagen’s new 6.0-liter W12 TSI made its global debut at the 36th International Vienna Motor Symposium last Friday.

The next-gen W12 combines Audi’s FSI direct injection and Bentley’s TMPI multi-point injection systems together, and is augmented by a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, an oil circuit for off-road applications, APS-coated cylinders, active engine mounts with hydraulic basic damping, cooling with integrated temperature management, cylinder deactivation, and start-stop.

Power output for the W12 comes to 600 horses and 664 lb-ft of torque, slotting between the mills used by the Bentley Continental GT W12 and GT Speed on the power scale.

Depending on the application, the new engine could move a vehicle from nil to 62 mph in under four seconds, with top speeds reaching 186 mph.

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Volvo Selects South Carolina For First-Ever US Factory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volvo-selects-south-carolina-first-ever-us-factory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volvo-selects-south-carolina-first-ever-us-factory/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065778 It’s official: Volvo has chosen South Carolina as the home of its first factory in the United States. The factory will built north of Charleston in Berkeley County, with construction set to begin this fall. Production is expected to begin in 2018, and up to 100,000 units per year are projected to leave South Carolina […]

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It’s official: Volvo has chosen South Carolina as the home of its first factory in the United States.

The factory will built north of Charleston in Berkeley County, with construction set to begin this fall. Production is expected to begin in 2018, and up to 100,000 units per year are projected to leave South Carolina once operations commence.

Volvo chose Berkeley County due to ease of international-port access, well-trained labor, experience in high-tech manufacturing, and an environment conducive toward investment. The new location will employ up to 2,000 within the next 10 years, and 4,000 over the long term. The first 2,000 factory jobs are also forecasted to bring up to 8,000 total new jobs, with the plant itself generating $4.8 billion to the economy annually in exchange for a $500-million investment by the automaker.

As for what will be built in Volvo’s new plant, speculation points to the S60, XC60 and XC90, the first two the automaker’s most popular models in the U.S. No official word was given at this time.

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GM Gives Away 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Invests $174 Million In Kansas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gm-gives-away-2016-chevrolet-malibu-invests-174-million-kansas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gm-gives-away-2016-chevrolet-malibu-invests-174-million-kansas/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1060954 In celebration of a key milestone, General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave away a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Monday, a feat that could never happen with the old Malibu, even with Oprah’s help. The Malibu was given to retired U.S. Army corporal and Purple Heart recipient Trent Brining, who received his medal when a rocket-propelled grenade […]

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In celebration of a key milestone, General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave away a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Monday, a feat that could never happen with the old Malibu, even with Oprah’s help.

The Malibu was given to retired U.S. Army corporal and Purple Heart recipient Trent Brining, who received his medal when a rocket-propelled grenade delivered severe injuries to his arms and legs while on patrol in Baghdad in 2005. Brining is currently a financial advisor for a local credit union near Overland Park, Kansas, 30 minutes south of where his new Malibu will be assembled later this year in nearby Fairfax.

Over the next two days, GM will select four other individuals to receive a new vehicle built in the region where they reside. The giveaways are in celebration of the automaker’s 500-millionth vehicle to leave the assembly line. Barra added her company expects to sell “more than 1,000 new vehicles per hour, 24 hours per day” during 2015, a figure that would deliver an estimated 10 million units in volume by the end of the year.

Speaking of Fairfax Assembly, Chevrolet global president Alan Batey announced the plant would receive a $174-million investment for new equipment and technology to help assemble the 2016 Malibu. The investment is part of GM’s overall $5.4-billion investment scheme to help improve its standing for years to come. Monday’s announcement follows the first one made last week in Michigan, where three facilities will split $783.5 million for similar improvements.

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Aston Martin All-In On SUV, Lamborghini Still On Fence http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aston-martin-suv-lamborghini-still-fence/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aston-martin-suv-lamborghini-still-fence/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1058346 Aston Martin is entering the high-end luxury SUV/crossover game, while Lamborghini is still debating whether or not the LM002 needs a successor. Aston Martin Lagonda announced Thursday it would commit £200 million ($305 million USD) to expanding its lineup. The capital investment will be in the form of preference shares, with the first £100 million […]

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Aston Martin is entering the high-end luxury SUV/crossover game, while Lamborghini is still debating whether or not the LM002 needs a successor.

Aston Martin Lagonda announced Thursday it would commit £200 million ($305 million USD) to expanding its lineup. The capital investment will be in the form of preference shares, with the first £100 million ($152 million) already issued and the remainder doled out over the next 12 months.

What does that investment buy? A new “luxury crossover GT” based upon the DBX concept shown at the 2015 Geneva and Shanghai auto shows, for one. CEO Andy Palmer said as much in the press release:

This additional long-term funding, will enable us to add extra model lines and broaden our presence in the luxury market segment by the end of the decade. The DBX concept, has generated interest far beyond our expectations. The additional investment announced today will allow us to realise the DBX and other new luxury vehicles that will form the strongest and most diverse portfolio in our history.

Meanwhile, Lamborghini is still thinking about adding an SUV to its lineup, though no decision has been made, as CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Autoblog last month:

If we do a third model, then it’s better to have the SUV as this is a growing segment, a more emotional segment, a segment which is very well-distributed in terms of volume all over the planet. And therefore this is a car which is more likely.

The potential successor of Lamborghini’s sole outing in the SUV market – the LM002 – would have a design more appealling to current Lamborghini owners. It would also bring a significant amount of sales to the brand: the Urus concept from 2012 was projected to move 3,000 units per year; the brand itself sold 2,530 units in 2014.

Winkelmann adds the SUV would be the perfect platform for a hybrid powertrain, citing the SUV’s packaging and weight behind the reasoning.

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2016 Honda HR-V Arriving May 15, Starting At $19,115 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/2016-honda-hr-v-arriving-may-15-starting-19115/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/2016-honda-hr-v-arriving-may-15-starting-19115/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1057050 The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to hit showrooms May 15 with a beginning base price of $19,115. Three trims will be available when the five-passenger compact crossover goes on sale – LX, EX and EX-L Navi – with price of admission beginning at $19,115 for the base LX model, $21,165 for the base EX, […]

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The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to hit showrooms May 15 with a beginning base price of $19,115.

Three trims will be available when the five-passenger compact crossover goes on sale – LX, EX and EX-L Navi – with price of admission beginning at $19,115 for the base LX model, $21,165 for the base EX, and $24,590 for the base EX-L Navi. Front- and all-wheel drive are available, though the latter only comes with a CVT. A six-speed manual directs power to the front corners alongside the optional CVT.

Power is generated by a 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve i-VTEC four, creating 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Fully independent front and torsion-bar rear, electric power steering, and power-assisted anti-lock braking keep the crossover’s 17-inch alloys mounted on all-season tires in check.

Interior volume is split between 100.1 cubic feet of occupant space and up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room with help from a center-mounted fuel tank and configurable second-row seating. Fuel economy varies between 25/34/28 mpg with the LX and EX FWD models with manual, and 28/35/31 mpg with the LX, EX and EX-L Navi FWD models with CVT.

Other available features include: Bluetooth; one-touch turn signals; 7-inch touchscreen; rear privacy glass; hill-start assist; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; Honda LaneWatch; leather seating and trim; sat nav; paddle shifters for CVT models; and push-button electric parking brake.

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AAA: Average Annual Driving Costs Fall 2 Percent In 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/aaa-average-annual-driving-costs-fall-2-percent-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/aaa-average-annual-driving-costs-fall-2-percent-2015/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1055737 According to AAA’s 2015 Your Driving Costs study, annual driving costs costs fell 2 percent to an average of $8,698 in 2015. The annual study, which looks at the associated costs in owning and maintaining a typical sedan driven 15,000 miles a year, found that fuel costs fell nearly 14 percent to 11.2 cents per […]

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According to AAA’s 2015 Your Driving Costs study, annual driving costs costs fell 2 percent to an average of $8,698 in 2015.

The annual study, which looks at the associated costs in owning and maintaining a typical sedan driven 15,000 miles a year, found that fuel costs fell nearly 14 percent to 11.2 cents per mile, while finance charges came down 21 percent to just $669 per year. The former is due to a combination of falling gas prices at the pump and improved fuel economy, the latter due to low finance rates amid rising sales and heavy dealer competition.

However, vehicle depreciation climbed 4.1 percent to $3,654 as new-car sales help push used and off-lease models back onto the lot. Insurance trickled up nearly 9 percent to $1,115/year for an average policy, mainly because of higher-cost modern features linked to safety, use of lightweight materials, and newer connected-vehicle systems.

Maintenance costs barely rose to just over 5 cents/mile in 2015 – though owners are behind on routine maintenance – while licensing, registration and taxes totaled $665 a year on average, thanks to slightly higher prices on the showroom floor. Tires held their ground as a result of the dynamics and competitiveness of the market, with costs rising to just 0.98 cents/mile.

Among the vehicle types factored into the annual average, owners of minivans and SUVs will continue to fare well at the pump and in financing their vehicles, as those vehicles average 0.625 cents and 0.708 cents per mile in 2015. Owners of large sedans face the highest average cost at 0.710 cents/mile, while midsize and small sedan owners pay 0.581 cents and 0.449 cents for every mile driven, respectively.

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GM Canada Hiring Over 100 Software, Control Engineers For Connected-Vehicle Mandate in Oshawa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/gm-canada-hiring-100-software-control-engineers-connected-vehicle-mandate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/gm-canada-hiring-100-software-control-engineers-connected-vehicle-mandate/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1055689 Following a new connected-vehicle and green tech mandate, GM Canada’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario is hiring 100 engineers to support the mandate. The 100 software and control engineers will be responsible for working on connected-vehicle, environmental and mobility solutions, according to GM Canada. Said work includes “development of new software and active controls […]

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Following a new connected-vehicle and green tech mandate, GM Canada’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario is hiring 100 engineers to support the mandate.

The 100 software and control engineers will be responsible for working on connected-vehicle, environmental and mobility solutions, according to GM Canada. Said work includes “development of new software and active controls that allow customers to take advantage of high-speed data links between automobiles and mobile networks,” lightweighting, and alternative fuels.

GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle stated that the new hires would give his subsidiary the opportunity “to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading universities and other partner organizations.” GM global sales chief Mark Reuss added that development of those technologies go a long way toward delivering new models with the features his company’s consumers desire, and praised the new initiative.

GM Canada also plans to use social media to connect with all Canadians as the center’s team goes to work on those technologies.

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Fifth-Gen Honda Step WGN Debuts With New 2016 Civic Engine, Tailgate System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/fifth-gen-honda-step-wgn-debuts-new-2016-civic-engine-tailgate-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/fifth-gen-honda-step-wgn-debuts-new-2016-civic-engine-tailgate-system/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052169 Honda revealed the fifth-gen Step WGN for the Japanese market Thursday, which not only features a new flexible tailgate, but the same engine planned for the 2016 Civic. The main draw for the seven-passenger Step WGN is the “Waku Waku” tailgate, which can be lifted up in most circumstances, or can be opened from the side […]

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Honda revealed the fifth-gen Step WGN for the Japanese market Thursday, which not only features a new flexible tailgate, but the same engine planned for the 2016 Civic.

The main draw for the seven-passenger Step WGN is the “Waku Waku” tailgate, which can be lifted up in most circumstances, or can be opened from the side via the tailgate’s sub-door. The sub-door has three levels of opening angles, allowing greater ease of access to cargo for occupants when the kei van is parked in a tight space, such as a shopping center or home garage. Third-row passengers can also use the door to exit without opening the full tailgate when the door is paired with the third-row 60-40 Magic Seat.

Under the hood is the 1.5-liter direct-injection VTEC turbo set to provide power for the 2016 Civic. Horsepower and torque figures were not mentioned at this time, but Honda claims output is “equivalent to that of a 2.4-litre engine even while driving with multiple passengers and on hilly roads.” Power is directed to the front or all four corners via CVT.

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