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Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Image Award results this week. The firm uses market research about consumer perceptions in awarding automakers such honors as "Best Comfort Brand," "Best Performance Brand," and "Best Value Brand." Its Brand Watch study analyzes impressions from more than 12,000 new-vehicle consumers doing research on KBB.com.
Despite its recent focus on less cool, more volume (think Cayenne, Panamera and Macan), Porsche still has plenty of cool factor. Stuttgart is the "Coolest Brand," according to KBB's data. The shield also appears as the "Best Performance Brand," an award it's traded with BMW since 2009.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Kelley Blue Book, awards, Brand Image Awards, Porsche, Honda, Cadillac
We've sifted through rumor after rumor for years. We've seen a name change and logo update. We've analyzed spy shots and legitimate teaser photos. We've tried to reconcile conflicting reports. And it's all led up to this. It was worth the wait.
We speak, of course, of the 2013 Viper, one of the most anticipated car debuts of 2012. The last-generation Viper drove into the sunset in 2010, leaving nothing but rumors in its wake.
Tags: SRT, Dodge, Viper, new cars, sports cars, supercars, 2012 New York Auto Show
From New York to Paris: Mazda announced that it will introduce the 2014 Mazda6 at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The new model will hit the market in the first quarter of next year.
We've already seen plenty of the Mazda6 by way of the Takeri concept. In New York this week, Mazda confirmed what everyone that follows these things already knew: The Takeri is a strong indication as to what the next Mazda6 will look like. Color us satisfied, because the Takeri is a very stylish car and a very fitting update for its mid-sized sedan.
The Takeri concept was debuted at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and made it across the Pacific for this week's New York Auto Show. The concept is the first to feature the new Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, and also has other Skyactiv technologies like i-start and i-ELOOP.
Tags: Mazda6, Mazda, new cars, 2012 Paris Motor Show, 2012 New York Auto Show
The Subaru BRZ was originally rumored to be the more upscale of the two sports coupes coming out of the great Subaru-Toyota team-up. In spite of those rumors, the Subaru got the same exact engine and output as its Toyota cousins. While it doesn't pack more power, it does pack a little more price.
The Subaru BRZ officially starts at $25,495 in North America, as announced by Subaru this week. That's just under $1,300 more than the Scion FR-S, which was priced last month. The base model uses a six-speed manual transmission; the automatic version starts at $26,595. Both base models, called 'Premium' by Subaru, come with touchscreen GPS navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Subaru, BRZ, Toyota, sports coupes, new cars, pricing
It's baaaaaaack. Gasoline at four bucks a gallon. We've been there before and you've seen tons of articles about saving fuel and where you can buy it the cheapest to save a couple pennies per gallon. Yes, I will address some of that, but maybe it will help you think about it differently.
Tags: gas, gasoline, fuel, prices, pump, mpg, green, hybrid, diesel
We’ve waited, and waited, but finally Lincoln’s latest Ford Fusion luxury spinoff has debuted as something entirely more sophisticated. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ takes on a long list of impressive new features, as well as styling which pays homage to elegance for the sake of…well…elegance.
In previous generations of Lincolns, we couldn’t help feeling like the company attempted to gussie up old pigs with new lipstick – taking less expensive cars and adding chrome, plus other doodads, to rev up pricing. But the 2013 MKZ is different.
This is a vehicle which could re-define Lincoln as a brand, standing separate and above Ford.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Car Reviews
Tags: Lincoln, MKZ, 2013, New, York, auto, show, specs, reveal, debut
The Nissan Altima may not be the glitziest debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but it's one of the cars surest to make the most people happy. The car loses weight, gains fuel economy and keeps price relatively low.
The 2013 Altima isn't just aiming to keep in its class, it's aiming to define the class. Nissan anticipates that the mid-sized sedan will lead its hot-selling class in several parameters, including weight and fuel economy.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Reports
Tags: Nissan, Altima, new cars, 2013 Altima, 2012 New York Auto Show
While it may take some time to actually get it to market, Fisker revealed a design prototype of its next car - the small sedan built under the Project Nina umbrella. Called the Atlantic, the sedan is every bit as sporty and aggressive as the Karma. There's not much not to like about the new, sporty plug-in.
Henrik Fisker may not have proven himself particularly adept at running a start-up, but the man can flat out design a car. The Atlantic will play second fiddle to the Karma in terms of package and pricing, but it looks every bit as stylish and upscale as its big brother. Fisker essentially whittles the Karma's sexy look into a smaller package while adding some new elements.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Fisker, Project Nina, Atlantic, hybrids, plug-ins, concepts, new cars, 2012 New York Auto Show
Land Rover is facing more competition than ever. These days, every luxury automaker offers an SUV, and the format is about to go ultra-premium in the form of Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini SUVs. Land Rover will respond by bumping the Range Rover up in price and package to keep from losing the spotlight.
We originally heard tell of a higher end Range Rover last year, and Land Rover is reportedly pushing full steam ahead in moving the next Range Rover up market. The company tested the waters with last year's Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a limited edition, $170,000 version of the Range Rover Autobiography with such ultra-premium accoutrements as a drink cooler and an aluminum and Kalahari wood laptop table. That model sold with no issues, experiencing particular success in China, Russia and the Middle East.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: Land Rover, Range Rover, rumors, new cars, reports
Diesels may not always translate so well from foreign languages to American English, but that isn't stopping Mazda from showing off the diesel Takeri concept at the New York Auto Show. The concept is equipped with Mazda's new SkyActiv-D engine.
Mazda debuted the Takeri concept at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, and the New York show represents its North American debut. Mazda says that it is the first concept to use the new Skyactiv-D clean turbodiesel.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Mazda, Takeri, 2012 New York Auto Show, concepts, SkyActiv, diesel
It looks like cars of the future are going to rattle and shake like video game controllers. Just a few days ago, we saw the vibrating driver seat in the new Cadillac XTS. Now we have some news of another vibrating component being developed by AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.
AT&T Labs is working on a haptic steering wheel that's capable of sending vibrations based upon GPS navigation. If you need to turn right, for instance, a series of vibrations rotate clockwise around the steering wheel, prompting you to turn. The steering wheel has a series of 20 actuators integrated inside, which can vibrate in a multitude of patterns. The motors can also intensify vibrations as you get closer and closer to a given turn.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: AT&T, GPS, technology, navigation, components, steering wheels, Carnegie Mellon