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Video: Toyota puts together a tribute video for Jeremy Clarkson

The era of Top Gear as we know it may be over because of Jeremy Clarkson’s termination.

It’s a sad day really for the automotive world. And to reflect on some of the ways Clarkson has influenced all of us car lovers, Toyota decided to put a little video homage together paying tribute to the famed presenter, highlighting some of the ways Clarkson interacted with Toyota.

Of course, over the years, Clarkson tried to destroy a Hilux, then him and May drove across the Arctic Circle in one. He loves the GT 86 but obviously, we all know his opinion on the Prius.

Either way, it is a sad end to a wondrous career in all of broadcast television.

Check out the video after the jump. You might want to grab some Kleenex while you’re at it…

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Kia teases the new 2016 Optima ahead of its debut in New York
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Kia’s bringing a new Optima to New York next week and already, we’ve gotten an idea as to what it should look like from the SportSpace Concept.

Now however, an official stock photo apparently got leaked of the new Optima sedan, and as anticipated, it resembles the SportSpace very closely.

Like that concept, the Optima gains the looks to move more upmarket in the segment, offering a more premium ambiance and profile. But like the outgoing Optima, it’s just flat-out a very good looking sedan. And we can thank Kia’s in-house designer, Peter Schreyer for that.

Power is to be supplied by a similar range of Hyundai-sourced engines as with the current model, which means a 1.6L turbocharged four, a naturally-aspirated 2.4L four, and a top-spec 2.0L turbo version. Europe should get a new 1.7L diesel-hybrid setup.

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Land Rover to bring a Range Rover Sport HST limited edition model to the Big Apple
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Land Rover decided to join the party in New York next week by introducing a new Range Rover Sport of limited replication.

It’s called the HST and it takes a base Range Rover Sport and adds more, such as more power.

Using the base model’s 3.0L supercharged V6 from Jaguar, it’s been reworked to offer 380hp vs. 340, making it closer in output to the last generation model’s 5.0L V8.

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Mercedes-Benz confirms the plan to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes-Benz is on a plug-in hybrid binge and officially confirmed to be prepping up to 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017.

The plan comes after automakers are continuously being burdened by fuel economy and CO2 emissions mandates and along with the new models, Mercedes-Benz will be coloquially naming their PHEVs models with an “e” suffix at the end of each model designation. For example, the new C-Class plug-in hybrid is named the C350e rather than the C350 Plug-In Hybrid.

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The all-new 2016 Jaguar XF is here before its New York debut
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Brace yourselves, for an all-new cat is in town by way of Jaguar in the form of a second-generation 2016 XF.

Due for a reveal in New York next week, the new 2016 Jaguar XF sedan is the next chapter in Jag’s current line of midsize luxury sports sedans, running with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS, Cadillac CTS, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Lots of new changes have been implemented, for instance, the XF’s body now consists of around 75 percent aluminum, allowing for a diet of around 132 pounds for the rear-wheel drive version while the all-wheel drive loses a massive 265 pounds. The results are improved all around: better handling, better performance, braking and fuel economy.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLE is here to replace the ML
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Mercedes-Benz hopped on the news wire today to reveal the all-new 2016 GLE crossover ahead of its reveal in New York next week.

While the GLE name is entirely new, the model itself is not as it is essentially a much better looking and facelifted ML.

The front end takes on sleeker and more swept-back headlights and a more pronounced, but simpler grille than the outgoing model, collectively resulting into a more refined appearance. The same could be said for the rest of the car, all of which receives visual upgrades for the exterior. Admittedly, the first version of this generation of ML wasn’t really much of a looker. But now, the subtle changes amount to a much more appealing automobile.

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It’s official – Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson is no longer at the BBC w/ video

If you didn’t see this coming, then you’ve been living under a rock.

But to end the speculation as to the result of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s altercation with producer Oisin Tymon, the BBC’s Director-General, Tony Hall, issued an official statement revealing the final decision of Clarkson’s fate as a host for the world’s most widely watched TV show.

The future of Top Gear still remains to be a mystery, but both Richard Hammond and James May also shared some of their thoughts on the matter.

Check out Hall’s official statement along with Hammond’s and May’s latest responses after the jump.

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Video: Get a preview of the Ford GT’s interior
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The Ford GT is undoubtedly a big story and still is, even after being revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

But until now, what remained a mystery was the interior and what it could look like.

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But now, Ford revealed a teaser video that briefly shows the insides of the new Ford GT.

The Ford GT is scheduled to hit showrooms in 2016 with a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Check out the video after the jump

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Report: The BMW X7 to supposedly get BMW’s nicest interior

BMW is in the process of preparing a new Mercedes-Benz GL competitor, apparently called the X7, as crossovers continue to dominate the market.

Bavaria has been known to be working on a large crossover for quite sometime and even then, Rolls-Royce decided to ride the train of crossover fandom by establishing their own plans to build a crossover to compete with Bentley.

Now, a new report from Motor.es reports the new BMW X7 could have the nicest interior of any BMW ever. The rest of the X7 however is said to be taken from the X5 and X6 parts bin. The platform will be all-new however and will underpin the next-gen BMW 7-Series.

There are also rumors of possible plug-in hybrid versions as automakers continue to reduce their fuel economy ratings.

Either way, the X7 is still slated to arrive in two years as BMW continues to develop the car. Motor.es even speculates the car will have a $130,000 price tag, which is a lot.

Source: Motor.es via AutoBlog


Report: Jeremy Clarkson to finally get the boot from the BBC

It has not gone well for Jeremy Clarkson over the past month or so.

And to hammer the final nail into Clarkson’s long history and tenure as the host as the world’s most watched television show around the world, The Telegraph reports the BBC will actually be giving the host the boot.

Clarkson, who’s now 54, will be let go by the BBC since they’re holding the position that such behavior, as exhibited by Clarkson, cannot be tolerated–all over the presenter assaulting a producer because Clarkson was not met with a rounded meal at a North Yorkshire hotel, following a long day of filming.

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