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OFFICIAL: Mazda CX-3 to debut at Los Angeles [UPDATED]

Motoring.com in Australia is back for some rumor time and pitches the possibility that Mazda’s new rumored subcompact crossover could show up at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

It would be called the CX-3 and judging by the succeeding number, it’s smaller than the CX-5 and the CX-9. It would be Mazda’s first subcompact crossover ever and is likely being built as a response to Honda’s new HRV subcompact crossover–basically the new CR-V mini-me.

Engine wise, the new CX-3 is expected to sport the same engines as the new Mazda2, which involves a range of 1.5L SKYACTIV-G gas and SKYACTIV-D diesel four-pots.

Next to the revealing of the CX-3 is an updated CX-5.

UPDATE: Mazda officially confirmed the arrival and world premiere of the all-new CX-3 crossover at Los Angeles. Check out the press release after the jump.

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Video: John Hennessey test drives HPE700 Camaro ZL1

As part of a new partnership between AutoNation and Hennessey Performance Engineering, the Texas-based tuning company’s performance packages will now be made available through AutoNation’s Chevrolet and Ford stores.

The partnership allows anyone shopping at an AutoNation’s Chevrolet or Ford locations to place an order for a Hennessey tuned vehicle at the point of purchase.

Recently John Hennessey took a new 2014 HPE700 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for a quick spin. The customized Camaro ZL1 was ordered at the AutoNation Chevrolet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida store and Hennessey took it out for a quick spin before shipping it out to its new owner.

Check out the video after the jump!

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Jeep and Ram reveal their SEMA concepts for Vegas
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Following the reveal of Chrysler’s and Fiat’s concepts for SEMA, Fiat-Chrysler Automobile’s concepts from the Jeep and Ram portfolios also surfaced–and there are four.

There are two concepts based on the all-new Renegade–the first is the Renegade Frostbite, featuring a two-tone blue exterior with vinyl decals, rocker guards, and a ski and snowboard roof-rack. The other is the Renegade Riptide, which judging by the name, is also geared towards the outdoorsy type, mainly those who like the beach. It features a Vibrance Grandeur Blue exterior with satin black accenting, a surfboard rack, and black-painted alloy wheels.

There’s a Ram 2500 concept called the Outdoorsman, which as expected, is geared towards the outdoorsy type as well. The Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Concept dons a Swamp Thing Green exterior with camouflage trimming and 17-inch beadlock wheels and R17 Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 BFGoodrich tires. There are also some treatments from Mopar, including fender flares, Bilstein shocks, and more.

The last concept is based off of the Ram ProMaster and is called the Ram ProMaster Hospitality Van, geared towards those who are looking to start a business, particularly a food truck. Food trucks are one of the very popular ways to start a business, especially for those with an interest in the culinary arts as a profession, and this concept is aimed towards those foodie entrepreneurs.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Ford to inject lots of money into revitalizing Lincoln

Ford may have been the only lucky automaker to avoid a government-based bailout when the entire American automobile industry went south. But Ford still isn’t exactly out of troubled waters just yet as Lincoln is still lingering in limbo as it continues to struggle to stay relevant.

It still may have the stigma of being a car of choice for the AARP club or the nearest airport taxi union, but Lincoln is trying to up its ante to become more competitive in the luxury market. And to make sure this happens, Ford is investing a healthy and whopping $5 billion into the struggling branch to make Lincoln a competitor to Mercedes-Benz and BMW. And that’s no easy feat.

A fair share of that investment should go towards Lincoln’s new D6 platform, which is set to be the backbone for virtually its entire future lineup. It’ll also be used to further separate Ford from Lincoln since the two have a long history of badgineering (badge + engineering).

Originally, Ford’s former CEO Alan Mulally didn’t believe in investing heavily into Lincoln, and that unfortunately showed so as a result, Ford’s new CEO, Mark Fields, thought otherwise.

“It’s really important for us to have a relevant and vibrant luxury brand,” Fields said in an interview with Reuters. “You need to make the investment and build this brand over time.”

Do you think Lincoln will have what it takes to compete against the top luxury dogs of the mass market?

Let us know in the comments.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Reuters


Chrysler and Fiat showcase their three new concepts for SEMA
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The 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas is due to happen very soon and as a result, automakers are revealing their special concepts for this year’s festivities.

Here we have three new concepts from Chrysler, two based on the Fiat 500 and 500L with another on the all-new Chrysler 200.

For starters, we have the Fiat 500 L Custom with a West Coast-aimed theme consisting of a two-tone exterior, lower and more aggressive suspension and special lightweight forged wheels. To spice up the look even more, the 500L Custom is also given a lowered bodywork up front with a cat-back exhaust system. The insides get some changes too with Katzkin leather and Alcantara.

The Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion is the other concept with a red on white two-tone exterior and some custom graphics. Additionally, the Abarth also gets some bespoke lightweight wheels as well, along with carbon fiber trimmings and a cat-back exhaust.

Lastly, is the Chrysler 200S Mopar with a Phantom Black tri-coat paint job. Mopar also served up some bodywork with a new front splitter, lowered side skirts, and a reworked rear bumper. The 200 also comes with an upgraded exhaust system, a lowered sport suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

For full details, check out the press release below.
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The Volkswagen e-Golf is the most efficient compact EV in the US, says VW
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Volkswagen is tooting its own horn with the recent 2015 e-Golf, which is the the world’s first all-electric Golf for North America.

It boasts an EPA rating of the equivalent to 126MPGe city, 105MPGe highway, and a combined cycle of 116MPGe while sporting a range of 83 miles.

The range might be limited, but the e-Golf offers a lots of kit such as heated front seats, a 5.8-inch infotainment system, and satellite-navigation.

Power is provided by a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 115bhp electric motor with 199 lb-ft of torque. 60 happens in just 10.4 seconds.

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf starts at $35,445 and launches next month at dealers.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Audi to ax the A6 Hybrid due to low demand
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Audi seems to be pushing itself to the next level with new debuts and pioneering moves in the automotive industry. First is their quest to become the first automaker to offer a fully autonomous car and alternatively, there’s their mission to continue electrifying their lineup to keep electric and hybridized cars relevant, despite the realities of their practical application setting in. And these realities of electric and hybridized cars, or the fact that full EVs are still very niche ways to get from point A to B due to practical challenges, are beginning to set in as CARandDRIVER reports Audi is axing their A6 Hybrid due to low demand.

The first hybridized A6 surfaced in 2011 but since then, it has yet to meet Audi’s initial projections with only 4,000 units total being sold over three years. The Audi A6 lineup was recently refreshed and there was seemingly one-less member in the family, leading to the tell-tale sign that an exclusion has been made.

The A6 Hybrid was propelled by a 2.0L TFSI four-pot with 211hp and a 45hp electric motor for a combined output of 245hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Performance was commendable with a 0-60 time of around seven seconds and a top speed nearing 148mph. But it could do all that while consuming only 38 mpg on a combined highway and city scale.

Do think it’ll be missed? We don’t think so, especially with Audi’s rich diesel offerings.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER


Video: BMW teases the new X5 M and X6 M ahead of their debut at LA

Now that the new BMW X5 and X6 are basically here, the next question in the saga of the third generation X5 and second generation X6 is, when are the M versions coming?

Well, they’re due for a reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year and BMW’s M Division just released a teaser video. But this really isn’t your typical teaser video, though instead, BMW takes a crack at us journalist lot who tend to get all “paparazzi-like” whenever we see something that’s preproduction or in dire need of exposure, like some future model that all manufacturer reps “refuse to disclose information on.”

Check out what we mean after the jump.

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Report: Don’t expect too much of a difference with next Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a massive cult following and continues to this day to be a popular item. Mercedes once attempted to replace the G-Class but there was such an uproar from customers, they decided to continue making the current one instead.

Now, it seems the Gelandewagen is set to undergo a major overhaul, but Daimler AG’s head, Dieter Zetsche, told Bloomberg the new G-Class won’t be changing too much visually. It will maintain its brutish off-road appearance, which makes it so unique.

“It has to continue as it looks today,” Zetsche said to Bloomberg. “It’s not a vehicle that pretends. The G-Class is the original.”

Mercedes-Benz is beginning to face some major competition as the Gelandewagen continues to parade in the luxury off-roader segment with the likes of the Range Rover, and soon to be Bentley’s new crossover.

Source: Bloomberg


Report: Audi to drop the V8 for its RS4, sadly
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The demand for greater fuel economy seems to be killing the V8 and lately, Audi’s been stringent on its offerings of V8s, simply because they’ve found more economical alternatives, at least on paper.

Continuing the trend is the next RS4 wagon estate and while we don’t receive that model here in the states, it’s still sad to hear that rumors suggest the RS4 could lose its V8 entirely.

Australia’s Motoring is back with the supposed details after speaking with Quattro GmbH’s managing director, Heinz Hollerweger. According to Mr. Heinz, the 4.2L V8 current offered in the RS4 should be replaced by a turbocharged V6. This suggests the engine could receive Audi’s new electric turbo, which showcased on the RS5 TDI Concept and is expected to launch in the SQ7.

The V8 won’t entirely disappear however, as Heinz also said the next generation RS6 and the R8 are to continue receiving Audi’s V8 while sedan versions of both the RS4 and the RS6 are also a possibility.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Motoring.com