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Motor Trend has recently announced that the brand-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque has received the company’s coveted designation as Sport/Utility of the Year. To those in the know, the Evoque’s sudden popularity will come as no surprise. We’re talking about a completely new SUV design featuring the smallest, lightest, and most fuel efficient Range Rover tech ever sent into mass production. And, to compound this latest Range Rover’s victory points, the Evoque is priced very competitively within the small luxury SUV market—making this a vehicle which is sure to stimulate some kind of enthusiastic response.
Since time immemorial the good folks at Motor Trend have arduously tested new vehicles in the pursuit of finding the best of the best. In order to win, candidates for Motor Trend’s analysis must achieve high scores under six criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Videos
Tags: Motor, Trend, MotorTrend, Range, Rover, Land, Evoque, SUV, Year, 2012, AWD, price, fuel, mpg
If you got to have a foreign car with funky styling, then the Kia Soul has to be your choice. In the Kia Soul, introduced in 2009, the Korean manufacturer decided to inject some pizzazz into their rather staid lineup and, now, three year later, the whole car line is looking “Grand Funk(y).”
Is the new styling for you? Well, we’ll leave that up to you—you’ll know in about a few years if it holds up or not.
Tags: 2012, Kia, Soul, Soul+, Soul!, review, new cars, new car, Korea, Korean, mpg
BMW has just issued a recall to bring back 32,084 5-Series, 5-Series Gran Turismo, 7-Series, X5, and X6 models produced from 2008-2011. Apparently, the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat which can obviously lead to big trouble, most notably a fire.
Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov, and get those BMW's back to the dealer ASAP!
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Recall, safety, BMW, 5-series, gran turismo, 7-series, x5, x6, water pump, overheat
Without many of us noticing, Lotus has quietly become significantly more popular in recent years than they ever have before. Credit goes to the exotic looks, racecar handling, and potent yet fuel efficient engines. But, unfortunately, the more of these cars that are out there increases the risk of something going wrong with a few, or a lot of them. It seems that 5,037 examples of both Exige and Elise models from 2005-2006 are being brought back due to a faulty oil cooler line that has a propensity to become detached and potentially start a fire.
Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov!
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Safety, recalls, engine, cooling system, oil fitting, fire
Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.
After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: Nissan, Juke, Juke R, crossovers, concepts, GT-R, SEMA, Tokyo
Yes, Rolls-Royce has announced that it will “enter the South American market for the first time in the company’s history.” This is not to say that there haven’t been Rolls-Royces all over that continent—armored Phantoms have always been a particular favorite among “certain types”—for decades now, but instead to say that there will now be R-R dealerships in South America.
Right now there are plans to open one each in Brazil and Chile, but as with everything announced by today’s record-sales-and-revenue Rolls-Royce—including expanding their Bespoke department and home-base Goodwood Factory—this is just the beginning.
Still, two dealerships may not seem like a lot to you—especially seeing as how they are presumably intended to serve an entire continent—but seeing as how announcing it “delights” Rolls-Royce’s umlauted CEO, there just might be something to it….
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Rolls Royce, Bespoke, luxury, exotic, Ghost, Phantom, dealerships, South America, Chile, Brazil
Goodbye 997, hello 991. Although it may not look like much of a change from the outside—sure, there are LED running lights (who doesn't have them these days?), longer and narrower tail lights, and a gas tank flap relocated to the right front fender, big deal right? Those minor changes hardly call for the clamor of an entirely new model designation, right? Wrong. If you're an avid enthusiast, stare at the new 911 long enough and slowly but surely, your eyes will start to insist that there is something different about this Porsche from ones you have already committed to memory, and your eyes would be right.
It seems that Porsche has realized that their latest sports car creation, the Cayman, actually has much better design DNA than their perennial all-star 911 which has been flawed by physics since its inception decades ago. Basically, having the engine sitting out over the rear axle makes the car extremely difficult to deal with on the track, or even just when it's being driven hard. Trying to compare a rear-biased 911 to a mid-engine sports car like the Cayman actually proves there really is no comparison. The Cayman has nearly perfect weight distribution and is so predictable its driver will feel like Miss Cleo. Why do we bring up the Cayman while mentioning the new 991, you ask? Well, because Porsche knows this, and they are slowly modifying the 911 to make it more of a mid-engine car than staunchly holding on to their past design. Now, thankfully they are changing the car ever-so-slightly so as not to incite a riot among the German faithful.
If you had to scout the perfect location for filming a plug-in sports convertible, it would most certainly be California. Not only is the Golden State a permanent launch pad for all cars electric, it's a sunny state with beautiful vistas of all kinds—kind of the ultimate spot to take an open-top e-roadster. And if you had to select a spot within the large state of California, you couldn't do much better than Malibu, a scenic coastal utopia.
Well, Audi follows that very logic and recently released a video of the e-tron Spyder tackling the coastal hillsides of Malibu.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Videos
Tags: Audi, etron, e-tron, e-tron spyder, video, hybrid, EV, electric, green, future
Mazda has released its first picture of the upcoming Takeri concept. Not to be confused with the sporty Shinari concept (which could rhyme depending upon how you're reading the names in your head), the Takeri is a mid-sized concept that previews the next-generation Mazda6. It will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Mazda, Mazda6, concepts, Takeri, Kodo, 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, SkyActiv
On the subject of hybrids you are thought to simply have two options: You can buy a Toyota Prius - a hard-core, 50-mpg hybrid with trendy styling and a utilitarian interior - otherwise you will pay more and get less-spectacular mileage in a more leisurely sedan, like a Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry hybrid. Hyundai joins the second group with the first hybrid, which is based on the Sonata sedan.
So what is it that will make the Sonata Hybrid stand out from the Camry and Fusion hybrids? It features a more advanced battery pack, better mileage on the highway, a traditional six-speed automatic transmission … and it looks cool, too! Overall, the strategy works well. It's flashy enough to shout “hybrid,” additionally it provides a feeling of cool, not of smugness.
Honda has two new production vehicle debuts in store for the 2011 LA Auto Show, both of which are quite interesting in their own right. The company announced that it will debut the 2013 Fit EV, Honda's first fully electric car, and the 2012 CR-V at the show.
The Fit EV is definitely the more interesting of the two from where I'm sitting. It isn't exactly revolutionary, and specs-wise actually falls below the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV, but it will provide another electric-car option and should be attractive to Honda customers already driving a Fit or CR-Z hybrid. The car combines the Fit's layout with a three-mode driving system used on the CR-Z. It offers an EPA-estimated range of 70 miles (just below the Leaf's EPA-rated 73 miles) and a top speed around 90 mph.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Honda, 2011 LA Auto Show, CR-V, Fit EV, EV, Electric, green