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With the recent spate of news surrounding General Motors’ Cadillac brand in regards to its new model-naming scheme, as well as its move to New York, it appears that the rapidly changing brand now wants to embark on a product expansion that would include the addition of a convertible and an entry-level compact sedan to the model lineup. Perhaps it’s a bid to open the brand to new buyers, especially buyers in the compact luxury car segment that may find the ATS too pricey for their tastes.
Luxury cars are big business in Japan, and the Mercedes S-Class has always been a strong seller there. To celebrate its success in the JDM (Japan Domestic Market), Mercedes has created a $170,000 (¥18.1 million) special edition called the S550 Premium Sports. It doesn’t have a bunch of gaudy Abu Dhabi garnish, yet it still manages to be imposing. So let’s see what Japanese customers will be getting for their extra yen.
Tags: 2015 Mercedes S550, 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports, Japan, JDM, S-Class
The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is a big deal in the car world. It offers automakers the chance to ‘go nuts’, and create wild customs that are designed to ‘wow’ people.
That way they can gauge public response to new features or trim packages. Chrysler is bringing an entire fleet of show cars to the November show, and they’ve just released all the juicy ‘deets’.
Tags: SEMA, concept, dodge, dodge challenger, dodge charger, dodge dart, jeep renegade
It’s apparently been 20 years since Toyota first decided to build a better Buick. The fullsize Toyota Avalon was designed specifically for the American market, so they gave it patriotic features like an available front bench seat, column shifter, front-wheel drive, a reasonably powerful V6, and a trunk that was big enough to swallow a wheelchair/lawn mower. But unlike a blue-haired Buick, the big Yoda wouldn’t break down every other Tuesday. 20 years later, the Toyota Avalon is still a popular bingo shuttle. And the Buick LeSabre has finally gone to the shuffleboard court in the sky. To celebrate, Toyota is building 2,500 sport-themed special edition Avalons. So break out those Depends, because things might get exciting...
Tags: review, 2015 Toyota Avalon Touring Sport Edition, 2015 Toyota Avalon
Although the 2015 Porsche Cayenne is brilliant from a technical standpoint, it has the visual appeal of a riding lawn mower. The 520hp 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo can squirt to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, which beats Tim Allen’s Binford 6100 jet-powered mower. But it’s still not fast enough to outrun its own ugliness. To fix the problem, Moscow-based tuner TopCar, created a Cayenne bodykit that transforms this green-skinned Ogre into Jason Statham. Praise the car gods!
Tags: 2015 Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne Turbo
The new 2015 Chevy City Express is GM’s answer to the uber-popular 2015 Ford Transit Connect. These cheap little haulers are designed to give small businesses a big advantage when it comes to transporting things. They also provide a free advertising platform, with plenty of side real estate for vinyl wrap signage. But Chevy didn’t exactly come up with the City Express on their own. It’s the badge-engineered twin of something else. Can you guess what this little Chevy van is based on?
Electric cars are here to stay, and Volkswagen has jumped on the Battery Bandwagon with a fully electric version of the new Mk7 Golf. The EPA just completed energy consumption tests on the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, and it scored near the top of the 2015 EV segment; its 116 combined miles per gallon equivalent makes it the most efficient in that segment. Click through to see how the Golf EV fared against the rest of the 2015 electric cars.
Halo cars are designed to show buyers what a particular car company is capable of, thereby garnering attention for the brand and driving sales of regular production models. Halo trucks work the same way, as rigs like the 2015 Ford F-150 Raptor and 2015 Ram Power Wagon give truck buyers something cool to lust after, while they order their budget-friendly F-150 XLT or Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Toyota’s fullsize truck, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, has been experiencing a rapid decline in popularity and sales. Its aging design, and lack of competitive refinements has hurt the big Yoda. So they’re hoping a Baja-themed halo truck will bring buyers back in the showroom. But will the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro actually be able to pull off a sales coup? Let’s find out…
Tags: Review, 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Ford F-150 Raptor, off road
In the car world, being a Ferrari test driver has got to be the best job in the world. “Heya, Luigi, take’a this 458 out an see’a if it breaks’a”. So you tear out of the factory, bound for Ferrari’s private 1.9-mile test track outside of Maranello. Then you bomb the freshly built supercar around Fiorano’s curves and straightaways until something goes ’Bam!’. Such is the life of the lucky bastard in this video. And you get to watch as he beats the livin' hell out of a Giallo Modena yellow 458. Turn your speakers up so you can hear that V8 wail.
Hot on the heels of the Takata airbag debacle, Audi issues a massive global recall of one its most popular models. It seems that the airbags in the 2013 –2015 Audi A4 can fail to deploy in an accident, leading to the potential of major injuries and death. And shamed airbag producer Takata had nothing to do with this malfunction.
Just last week, we reported that Kia Motors hired NBA star LeBron James to hawk their their slow-moving Kia K900 luxury sedan. Now, they’re taking their K900 revitalization plan even further, by presenting a heavily modded factory show car at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. But will a rumbling V8 performance model get people to notice?