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2017 Chevrolet CRUZE HATCH Reveals Unique 5-Door Design, Massive Trunk Ahead of Fall Arrival

Here is a nice surprise reveal from Chevy: the upcoming Cruze Hatch. This new bodystyle builds on the massive improvements of the 2016 Cruze sedan with unique styling for the nose and tail, a giant cargo area of 18.5-cubic-feet with the seats up, and wagon-like utility with them folded down.  How big with the seats down? Nearly 50 cubes!  That is SUV-big. It is great to see Chevy offering this variant in the home US market.  Favorite details?  The bumper designs front and rear — with their swirl of painted surface forming claw-like accents to the black lower bumpers. The …

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2015 BMW Concept Compact Sedan Teases Upcoming 135i: $25k Base Price, Standard Turbo, RWD?

  Here is a bit of a mystery concept from BMW: the 2015 Concept Compact Sedan. Debuting at the Guangzhou auto show in China this week, the Concept CS is not mysterious about its production intent. One look inside the cabin of even the renders shows that this car is nearly finalized already, and likely to be in some global Bimmer showrooms by the end of calendar 2016. From there, things line up with logical powertrains in 120i, 128i and 135i, mirroring the two-door 235i, etc. Pricing for the eventual 1 series is likely to start at about $25k, at …

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2016 Lexus GS-F Lands in USA! Showroom Sales From January with ~$66k Price, Standard TVD and Active Acoustics

‘Ultrasonic Blue’ F cars take on a new meaning when you think of Lexus chasing — and rapidly catching – BMW M and Mercedes-AMG supercars. Their rapid progress up the performance charts is much like the latest hypersonic cruise missile technology — aimed to strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour of flying time. We’re thrilled with the new hot-rod pace and style of the GSF, and can’t wait to see its performance stats. As a rear-drive model, expecting a 0-60-mph sprint in the 3’s is unrealistic. But in-gear power and thrilling performance are absolutely guaranteed — …

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2017 Volkswagen TIGUAN Is Truly All New in R-Line or Standard Style + Concept GTE PHEV

NOTE: VW clarifies that this the European-market Tiguan. The US model may differ with a caveat like that — a la Passat USA vs Passat EU. Oh my. The only word we can think of? FINALLY. Volkswagen has been in USA reboot mode since 2012. But the results on the showroom floor are exceptionally underwhelming, so far. The boring and tired model range is designed so conservatively, and launch so slowly (1.5-years after Euro rollouts, 2.5-years after concept debut at times), that they feel old upon arrival. And ancient shortly after that.   2015 Volkswagen Golf R and Golf Sportwagen …

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Is All-New With Standard Turbo, 2.5in Length Stretch and 80-Lb Weight Loss

Wowwwww!! Now this is an extremely promising new Chevrolet. Since the hits started coming with the new Impala and 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet is going from strength to strength. Nowhere is Chevy’s new skill more apparent than in compact cars. The Cruze, Sonic and Spark take the highest market share for any one manufacturer across their segments — which is a huge achievement for a relatively new player in supermini’s and subcompacts. This new Cruze may look slightly familiar — as it shares many key design elements with the 2016 Volt. Where the Volt features a solid shield grille and chrome …

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2016 Lexus GSF – New Super Saloon Is E63-Seeking Missile

‘Ultrasonic Blue’ F cars take on a new meaning when you think of Lexus chasing — and rapidly catching – BMW M and Mercedes-AMG supercars. Their rapid progress up the performance charts is much like the latest hypersonic cruise missile technology — aimed to strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour of flying time. We’re thrilled with the new hot-rod pace and style of the GSF, and can’t wait to see its performance stats. As a rear-drive model, expecting a 0-60-mph sprint in the 3’s is unrealistic. But in-gear power and thrilling performance are absolutely guaranteed — …

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Update1 – 2016 Lexus GS F Revealed! 467HP with Standard Torque-Vectoring Diff

The new GSF is official! With the powertrain from the incredible RCF pushing out 467-horsepower, the GSF is sure to be a rocketship with sprint times approaching 4.2-seconds to 60-mph. Crucially, the GSF will run the torque-vectoring differential as standard. This bit of kit is available in the RCF’s performance carbon package — and totally transforms the vehicle’s handling attitude. Three switchable settings let you control how aggressively the F manages power entering, around and leaving corners. TVD gives a great feeling of potency and adds liveliness to the rear end of the car while also helping laptimes. This tech …

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Updated with Interiors – 2015 Lexus RC350 Colors Visualizer + F Sport vs Standard

  The 2015 Lexus RC350 is arriving in showrooms now – with AWD available on both the standard and the F Sport cars, plus four wheel styles and a half-dozen colors. We’ve included the pricing of the various trim levels below, plus a full colors guide and visualizer. The key thing to know is that the F Sport trim brings different wheels in a single style plus three additional colors that are not available on the base trim: Ultra White, Molten Orange and Ultrasonic Blue Mica. While there are LED foglamps on the options list of RC350 and RC350 F …

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Road Test Review – 2014 Lexus IS250C F Sport Is Sexy, Top-Down Summer Cruiser

  Written By Special Contributor By Ken Glassman 2014 Lexus IS250C F Sport After suffering through a horrendous winter in Chicago, I was really psyched to get to drive a Lexus IS 250 C convertible for a week this spring. The only thing I enjoy more than cruising down the road in an open air car is doing it on my motorcycle. For 2014, the Lexus IS sedans got a major makeover, but the convertible versions are basically the same as the 2013 models, leaving some to believe that the metal retractable roof model won’t be continued for next year. …

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