There’s no end to dieselgate, it seems. First it was a few affected Volkswagen and Audi powertrains. Next we learned VW also underreported carbon dioxide emissions and overreported fuel economy for some gas-powered models. Then Porsche diesels were thrown into the mix. The bad press just keeps coming for Volkswagen Auto Group, but if the latest from Reuters is true, Renault may also have some explaining to do.
Reuters reports German environmental lobby Deutsche Umwelthilfe (or DUH for us non-German speakers) has published findings that indicate the 1.6-liter turbodiesel Renault Espace emits 25 times the legal allowance of nitrogen oxide per EU regulations, via repeated tests at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland. According to the group’s report, the MPV only meets the limit when run at exceptionally cold temperatures impractical for real-world driving, and only after undergoing special conditioning before testing.
Honda’s just about launching the new 2016 Civic sedan and soon, the all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will follow.
But first, it has to show itself off at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and that’s what it did recently at the LA Convention Center.
Due for a launch sometime within the next year, the new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe follows the way of the sedan aesthetically by essentially being a sedan with two-less doors. It also very closely resembles the Civic Coupe Concept from the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
Ford decided to reveal a heavily revised Ford Escape for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show recently.
Like most other mid-cycle generational updates, the new Ford Escape benefits from an updated design on both the interior and the exterior. But more importantly, the Ford Escape gets Ford’s all-new SYNC3 Connect infotainment system, which is anticipated to address most, if not all of the complaints and concerns over ergonomics and functionality with the first several versions of the system.
The exterior benefits from changes mainly to the front and rear ends of the crossover, while the interior also gets updated with the new SYNC 3 system and some minor tweaks, here and there.
Lincoln surprised the press and media at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show with the revealing of their facelifted and updated 2017 MKZ sedan, which sad to say, looks like a sad and lazy attempt. But how does 400hp under the hood sound?
Ok, before we get to that, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ literally gets an LA-style facelift, because what they did was they took the outgoing MKZ, fitted it with the entire front end of the recent Lincoln Continental Concept, and called it a day. The Continental Concept itself was a suave looking sedan, but the MKZ, with its face on it, just looks too much like a bit of a mismatch and doesn’t necessarily flow with the rest of the MKZ’s original design. That said, the end result looks too much like a botched-up facelift.
More interestingly, the Lincoln MKZ gets some new honkin’ mills under the hood, which too raises some questions. For starters, there is an option for a ridiculous 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 400hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Ridiculous because, well, the MKZ is a front-wheel and all-wheel drive car. Thankfully, the 400hp mill comes only with the choice of all-wheel drive, which is perfectly fine. But the base mill still packs a mean punch with 350hp and 400 lb-ft of twist with front-wheel drive as standard affair, and all-wheel drive as option.
Although the Alfa Romeo Giulia isn’t quite new, the US-spec version kind of is and it was just revealed in full at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show, and here it is in pictures as it sits on the floor of the LA Convention Center.
Similarly to the European version, the Giulia is ready to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4, Jaguar XE, and so-on directly, all in attempt to make decision-making a little bit harder when it comes to figuring out which one to buy.
It’s also a crucial car for Alfa Romeo if they want to reestablish themselves as a competitive automaker in the world, especially with their reintroduction into the US market.
The Hyundai Elantra is about to be replaced and we don’t know that just from the teasers revealed a little while ago, but from the fact Hyundai themselves revealed the sixth generation model at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
As expected, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sports all-new sheet metal thanks to a complete redesign and revision to the new car’s architecture and platform. In an attempt to move upmarket, Hyundai describes the new Elantra to be quieter, stiffer, and better handling with improved aerodynamics. So the new handsome look isn’t all about style as it is about function. This is bolstered by the claimed new 0.27 drag coefficient, minimizing wind resistance and noise, as well as turbulence in areas where heavy air pressure were found to build up.
The Elantra also benefits from a wider stance by one inches, while the overall length of the car also grows by just under an inch for slightly better space on the inside. Height remains unchanged however, as does the wheelbase.
Despite Volkswagen’s hardships in recent times, the People’s Car maker decided to introduce a new version of the Beetle called the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
Available in both coupe and convertible form, the 2016 Beetle Dune is essentially just a packaged upgrade, including some exterior and interior tweaks for unique styling, more standard features and options, all of which are meant to pay homage to the Beetle’s history as a top choice for Baja rallying back in the day.
On top of the typical arrangement of visual and packaging upgrades, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune comes with a raised ride height by almost a half an inch while the axles tracks are also widened by a little more than a half of an inch for a more rugged stance. Though, we doubt it adds any utilitarian capabilities to the Beetle Dune to any extensive degree.
Toyota and Scion decided to do some badge swapping on a concept car that was originally revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show as a Toyota. It’s called the C-HR Concept, a design attempt and idea pitch at a subcompact crossover to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-3, the Honda HR-V, and so-on. And now, it’s made its way to North America as a Scion, where it was recently showcased at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The name remains the same, which stands for Compact size and High Ride height, meaning this is a baby crossover.
Given how Scion’s sales have been struggling a bit lately, the C-HR is an attempt to grab a piece of the hot crossover pie for Toyota’s youthful sub-brand, especially in the more affordable spectrum.
Nissan’s currently in the process of overhauling their lineup, specifically with its sedans, which started with the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima and recently, with the updated 2016 Nissan Altima. Now, the next sibling in Nissan’s sedan line also got updated, but instead of being replaced outright like the Maxima, it instead received a heavy facelift like the Altima. Meet the 2016 Nissan Sentra sedan.
As mentioned before, similarly to the Altima, the 2016 Nissan Sentra gets a Maxima-like face since Nissan is in the process of unifying their models aesthetically with the same corporate schnoz. And that’s quite obvious with the new Sentra and Altima.
In addition to the revisions to the outside, the updated 2016 Nissan Sentra also gets some tweaks to the interior, as well as the packaging and options lists in typical and usual effort to keep things fresh.
The sheets on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse were finally pulled today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show to introduce the all-new second generation model.
As promised, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is new from the ground up and is designed to continue taking on rivals like the Lexus ES, head on.
The platform benefits from a 300-pound diet while still being stronger, thanks to press-hardened and high-strength steels. To match the diet, the LaCrosse was also given a completely redesigned suspension up front and at the back, including that highly-touted five-link rear suspension we were told to expect.