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The new 2017 Opel Insignia is here and will also be the next Buick Regal
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The next-generation Opel Insignia gets revealed in Europe and basically previews our next-generation Buick Regal.

What’s going on?

General Motors’ European division revealed the next-gen 2017 Opel Insignia. And while that’s sweet and cool for Europe, it’s not just going to be another case of forbidden fruit. Like the current and soon-to-be outgoing generation Buick Regal, it’s based on the outgoing Insignia and not too long ago, GM promised to continue this recipe.

This means the Insignia you see on your screen will eventually become our next Regal. Happy days!

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2017 Detroit Preview: The new 2017 Toyota Camry, this is partially it

The Toyota Camry has been on a quest to become more stylish and it looks like the next one will be

What’s going on?

Toyota released a photo teaser of the next Camry’s taillight, providing a glimpse of what to expect. The result is a taillight that promises a much more stylistic design for the new generation model.

Let’s be honest. The Toyota Camry is the very definition of automotive vanilla. It’s always the first car to come to mine whenever anyone associates the ideas of mainstream and boredom to the automobile. Regardless of its commonality and lackluster driving experience, it remains to be a top seller and it remains to be one of the most popular cars in its class.

But to see if they can regain those sales lost to the more attractive alternatives like the Mazda6 and the fun-to-drive Honda Accord, Toyota looks to be upping its own styling game with the bread-and-butter mid-sizer.

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2016 LA Preview: The Subaru VIZIV 7 Concept is clearly aimed at Volkswagen’s new Atlas
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Subaru reveals a new handsome large SUV concept that can seat seven.

What’s going on?

Subaru seized the spotlights and media coverage of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal a new full-size crossover SUV that can seat seven. If that sounds familiar, that’s because VOlkswagen just revealed the Atlas, a new seven-seater full-size crossover.

Cool. What’s known about the Subaru VIZIV 7 Concept?

Well, that’s a good question, because Subaru wasn’t very detailed with its press release. But they did say that it previews a future model and is aimed for “enjoyment and peace of mind.” Right.

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2016 LA Preview: The 2017 Jeep Compass goes a new direction and gets overhauled
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After a droned-out 10-year production run, the 2017 Jeep Compass receives the makeover it desperately needed

What’s going on?

There’s an all-new 2017 Jeep Compass that was just revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Unlike previous updates to the outgoing model, which surpassed 10 years old, the 2017 version is actually an all-new car.

So the new 2017 Jeep Compass is actually new. What’s new about it?

It starts with a much-needed exterior redesign, which heavily mimics its larger midsize sibling, the Cherokee, but with much better touches. For instance, the Compass utilizes a Grand Cherokee-like grille and headlight design, rather than the oddball setup on the standard Cherokee.

The 2017 Jeep Compass also sports a new two-tone paint theme, implying the Cherokee and Renegade somehow came together to give birth to the Compass.

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2016 LA Preview: The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the automaker’s first crossover SUV and newest cash cow
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The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the company’s first-ever crossover SUV and it was just revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

What’s going on?

Crossover SUVs are clearly the thing and Alfa Romeo desperately needed to cash in on the hype, so they created the 2017 Stelvio. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the company’s first-ever crossover SUV and will join the Giulia in the US lineup.

Speaking of which, think of it as a Giulia on stilts.

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2016 LA Preview: The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is the sub-brand’s latest model addition
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Only 300 examples of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet will hit production. And it also comes with some bags.

What is it?

Mercedes-Maybach might be getting by just adding more luxury to the already pretty damn luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-Class. They do so by giving it a special treatment worthy of an extra several tens of thousands of dollars on the MSRP. But in addition to the high-price and more flamboyant additions, Mercedes-Maybach is also going after exclusivity. And they just applied this full treatment to the S-Class Cabriolet.

Meet the all-new Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.

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2016 LA Preview: The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid gets detailed ahead of its debut
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We’re at the heels of the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show, and Cadillac has a new CT6 to show off.

What’s going on?

The Los Angeles Auto Show is what’s going on. Although we’re not at the frontline this year, we’re still here to bring you the highlights and what to expect for this year’s show.

Helping to kick it off is the new 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, the latest addition to Caddy’s latest flagship model. And yes, as indicated by the name, this new CT6 is a hybrid variant with plug-in capabilities.

So what’s new?

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Report: Audi is in hot water for emission cheating software again…

As if Volkswagen AG and Audi weren’t already deep in Dieselgate issues…

What’s going on?

Volkswagen AG’s and Audi’s issues with its diesel passenger cars as of recent put the company under major scrutiny following the discovery of emissions-cheating software. This ultimately led to the “Dieselgate” scandal that’s been plaguing your automotive headlines (and major) over the past year.

Just when we all thought the dust was beginning to settle with agreements between governing bodies and Volkswagen and Audi themselves, AutomotiveNews reports some U.S. CARB regulators allegedly discovered some new cheat software in select Audi models.

Uh oh…again…? What’d they find meow?

According to the latest report, German outlet Bild am Sonntag claims the discovered software helps to lower carbon dioxide emissions under certain test conditions by affecting the function of the transmission.

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Report: A midcycle refresh of the Volkswagen Golf is around the corner

Volkswagen is hard at work to redo its entire future product strategy amid pressure from Dieselgate.

What’s going on?

A new report from AutoCar indicates that Volkswagen is on the verge of implementing a midcycle refresh of the current seventh generation Golf. Because of the recent diesel emission scandal, dubbed Dieselgate, many of us are wondering what Volkswagen has in store for US-bound Golfs. Our bets for any revised diesel models are completely off in our books.

What’s going to change?

This is obviously the most important question, but specifics are quite unknown. AutoCar’s report says that updates should be minimal and simple. This implies some subtle aesthetic changes to the exterior such as new front and rear bumpers, updated head- and taillights, and more.

You can also expect some minor packaging and pricing shifts, though Volkswagen plans to really up the ante on the Golf’s interior front. Word around the street suggests the new Golf’s interior could incorporate Volkswagen’s new Digital Cockpit concept. This means the updated Golf could receive a new 12.5-inch gauge cluster display versus the current analog setup. More luxurious models are slated to receive a new large 9.5-inch infotainment screen to mimic Tesla’s iPad-like center console screen.

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The new and first all-aluminum 2017 BMW 5-Series is here
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BMW unveils the next-generation 5-Series sedan.

What’s going on?

BMW just unveiled the all-new, 2017 5-Series sedan for the world to see. Internally dubbed the G30, it comes with a whole list of changes. Hopefully, those changes will address the outgoing 5-Series’ less than spectacular driving experience.

So what’s new?

Everything. The G30 2017 BMW 5-Series is pretty much new or improved in some significant way. Along with the all-new mechanics comes a new rendition of BMW’s infamous iDrive infotainment system, moving up to version 6.0.

Physically, the BMW 5-Series is bigger in every respect. It’s 1.2 inches longer, 0.3 inches wider, and 0.6 inches taller than the current model–as if the 5-Series isn’t already too big. Part of the increase in length comes from wheelbase by 0.2 inches. Despite the increase in size, BMW engineers were able to shave off 137 pounds from the current equivalent model’s figure. Torsional rigidity and overall body stiffness also increase thanks to reinforcements. And for the first time ever, the BMW 5-Series is entirely made of aluminum. All of these changes are apart of BMW’s latest EfficientLightweight concept campaign.

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