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Following the prior release of several veiled teaser images, Scion has officially taken the shroud of secrecy off its L.A.-bound iM concept which will make its formal debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show next week. The concept should a compelling preview of what could be a replacement for the ill-fated and equally ill-conceived Scion XD hatchback (which was, in turn, a replacement for the equally mediocre and unsuccessful Scion xA).
Back in 2002, Mercedes relaunched the Maybach brand to compete with Rolls Royce and Bentley at the top of the market. The ultra-lux brand quickly found favor with Asian moguls and American rappers, but high production costs and low volume led to its demise in 2012. Mercedes is hoping that the third time will be the charm, however, as they once again resurrect the Maybach name for a bespoke version of the new S-Class. So break out those gold chains and get ready for the reeeeeeeemix!
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Things are starting to change at Acura, and the new flagship 2014 Acura RLX is a big step in the right direction. For its home-market debut, the Acura shield was ditched for a Honda badge (Acuras aren’t sold there) and ‘Legend’ replaces that RLX cryptogram. The Legend name evokes as much respect in Japan as it does here, so we may actually see another Acura Legend on our shore...
To me, noise pollution is in the ears of the beholder. For example, when I was a teenager in the 1970s, I was developing my love for rock 'n roll. I'd be in my room jamming to Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones, and the bass would be thumping, the drums would be popping, and the guitars would be searing.
In the automotive industry, there are numerous rumors that simply refuse to be refuted or killed. Indeed, prior to the Nissan GT-R unveiling, speculation swirled for years about its development, and the upcoming NSX was shrouded in its own version of secrecy and rumors before its formal debut as a concept several years later. However, unlike those two cases of speculation that eventually bore the fruit of driving goodness, fans of the iconic Mazda RX sports car, who were hoping for a revival of the rotary-powered wonder to replace the RX-8, will be disappointed to hear that no such model is in the works and that the idea appears to have been shevled for the long term.
In this week’s episode of 1000 Ways to Die, Ford recalls the 2014 Ford F-150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit, 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis. Problems range from a loss of steering control to malfunctioning airbag sensors. There’s even a recall to fix problems from a previous recall! Making thousands of individual parts work together isn’t easy. And with over eight million cars currently under recall, it’s starting to look like the world’s automakers aren’t quite up to the task. So let’s see how your Ford can harm you…
Tags: recall, 2014 Ford F150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit PTV, Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis
At one time, a Volvo wagon was the S-Class of Suburbia. It looked expensive, and its bunker-like construction made soccer moms feel invincible. Today, however, soccer moms prefer the invincibility of a big crossovers, and that caused Volvo to stop sending us their uber-cool wagons. But they’ve finally decided to add another wagon to their U.S. lineup, and it can even go soft-roading! So say hello to the all-new 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country…
Okay, you’ve got $25 grand to spend, and you want a little car that’s small enough to maneuver through traffic, yet still has enough room for 4 (5 in a pinch), and a reasonably sized trunk. What are your options? Well, if you’re the sort of person that actually eats fiber in order to maintain a regular schedule, then you might consider the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. It’s got a roomy interior with nice materials and a raft of electronic gadgets. The Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system yields a 401k-friendly 45 average mpg, and it’ll depreciate even slower than it accelerates. But if you’re the sort of person that conquers constipation with Taco Bell and a 12-pack, then you’d probably be interested in the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. It’s got a powerful turbo-4, AWD, and more attitude than a constipated teenager. Decisions, decisions…
Tags: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
The words "wow" and "holy crap", have never been used to describe a Toyota Camry. This silently-snooty transportation device has mastered mediocrity and elevated adequacy to an art form. They sell like hotcakes because everybodyknows that you “can’t go wrong with a Camry”. But Toyota’s CEO recently decreed that forthcoming cars bearing his family name, be injected with some excitement. And this 2015 Toyota Camry has just annihilated our perception of the most boring car on earth.
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In an announcement released earlier this week, Honda rvealed that it is investing $750 million ($857 million CAD) in its Ontario-based operations. It's a bid to make the Alliston-based plant there the global leader for production of the company's popular Civic sedan. This would not only cement the crucial importance of the plant, it would also allow the facility to receive the important technical updates and assembly technology needed to keep up with Civic production while also allowing the company to train a new generation of Honda workers.
Tags: Honda, honda civic, civic, canada, ontario, ontario canada, investment, honda investment, Alliston, Alliston Ontario, Alliston assembly plant
They say that everything is big in Texas, and the statement is true when you stop and think about it. The state itself is huge, there is a big sky overhead when you hit the open road, and there is a number of big cities.