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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.

Click here for more news on the Ford GT.

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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Report: Is Jaguar prepping a plug-in hybrid version of the XE?
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The Jaguar XE has been the cat out of the bag for quite some time now, being the automaker’s first truly bonafide competitor to the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, the Merc C-Class, and so-on.

But one of the increasing trends lately, if you’ve been living under a rock, is the electrification of these entry-level luxo-sedans. For instance, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW have rather aggressive plans and ideas to add plug-in hybrid capabilities on these cars as influences like Tesla Motors continue to impact the market.

That means Jaguar might be in the process of doing the same thing, adding plug-in hybrid capabilities to their new XE. This is further bolstered by the fact that some spy-photographers for AutoBlog may have saw a test-mule running about.

Jaguar-Land Rover once announced plans once before to start including more and more EV-powertrains in their lineup, meaning they’re currently under development.

Source: AutoBlog


Test Drive: 2015 Nissan Rogue by AutoNation

The Nissan Rogue has been with us since 2007 as the automaker’s idea of an affordable, compact crossover.

It’s been a good seller and a very popular far for the brand as it followed in the footsteps of success laid out by Nissan’s also popular Murano crossover.

Just last year however, the Rogue was entirely redone for the second generation, serving up some new style, a larger profile for more space, and optional three-row seating for seven passengers–a first time option for the model.

But being a Nissan, it’s also supposed to be reasonably fun to drive as the new model comes with a fully-independent suspension setup, a well-tuned electric power steering system, and Active Ride Control.

Power is still supplied by Nissan’s ubiquitous 2.5L naturally-aspirated four with 170hp, mated exclusively to an Xtronic CVT transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.

So, is it any good? Or is it the typical, run-of-the-mill crossover?

Find out from our colleague, Rob Einaudi at AutoNation.

Source: AutoNationDrive