The Mazda MX-5 Miata is undoubtedly a popular car and has been ever since it was introduced 27 years ago. Now, after nearly three decades, Mazda officially produced their one-millionth example ever, marking a huge point in the car’s overall history.
Although the Miata is popular, it’s still a very niche vehicle and so thus, it obviously pales immensely when compared to major sales giants like the Toyota Corolla, with over 40 million sold. Relatively speaking however, in terms of niche vehicles, this is still an impressive feat.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata first broke ground and took the world by storm in 1989. It has become the choice for beginner and even professional level motorsports, and just for those who want a fun-ass, lightweight convertible with rear-wheel drive. Not to mention, the Miata helps maintain the perspective that it’s certainly fun to drive a slow car fast and power isn’t everything.
Despite reports of serious growing pains with the latest developments for the next-generation of Top Gear UK, things are still managing to come together as the BBC just released another teaser, featuring Matt LeBlanc and the latest Ariel Nomad.
The Nomad is basically an off-road-ified version of the stunning Ariel Atom, which is meant for the track and the road. So naturally, being Top Gear, they decided to see what it was like with Mr. LeBlanc in the spotlight as well.
Top Gear UK is still scheduled to launch in the end of May.
Check out the teaser after the jump.
Not too long ago, Lexus revealed a teaser of a headlight and front-profile, which led all of us automotive journalists to basically jump to the conclusion that a facelift is due for the IS sedan.
Low and behold, our expectations were recently met as Lexus has revealed the slightly-updated 2017 IS sedan.
As we were anticipating, the exterior and interior get a whole bunch of subtle mods for the mid-cycle refresh.
Infiniti has big and bold plans in place thanks to Renault-Nissan’s latest pairing with Daimler AG, or the parent company for Mercedes-Benz. This includes the expansion of the company’s crossover lineup, which was last left off with the new Q30…sort of.
Now, Infiniti revealed their latest effort in conceptual form, the QX Sport Inspiration, suggesting the arrival of a new replacement for either the QX50, formerly the EX entry-level crossover, or the QX70, formerly the FX crossover.
Right off the bat, the QX Sport Inspiration is obviously themed to match Infiniti’s current design language and overall, comes across as a sharp-looking vehicle. Of course, the production model, should it reach that phase, will be toned down a bit. But seeing as how the production Q60 coupe looks very much like the concept, there’s hope that the QX Sport Inspiration won’t be changed too much when it gets federalized for practical use.
Audi’s doing all sorts of things at the moment, from trying to boost their EV and hybrid options, to autonomous tech and now, car-to-car communications.
Ingolstadt’s latest concept isn’t so much an actual car, but a technological concept, that begins with an Audi Q3 and a longboard. But it’s not just any longboard, but an electrified “multifunction” longboard…whatever that means.
Ok what does it mean?
With the latest generation of Audi TT going into its third age, it was only a matter of time before Audi unveiled their new TT RS successor following last generation’s model. Actually, speak of the devil, because it’s here, and ready to be revealed for the world to see at this year’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
Like the last TT RS, this one starts life as, well, a TT. Then it gets the latest version of the same 2.5L turbocharged inline-five that powered the previous model. Now though, it’s bee massaged and coddled to make 400hp and 354 lb-ft of twist. That’s a helluva lot more than the previous TT RS’s 355hp and 342 lb-ft, even in top-spec Plus form.
Jeep is working on what will basically be a “Hellcat Grand Cherokee,” which means they’re going to take the ridiculously insane power and drivetrain from the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat siblings, and put it in the Grand Cherokee, all while calling it the Trackhawk.
No matter how you look at it, a 707hp Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will be freakin’ nuts!
That said, AutoBlog’s spy photographer, KGPPhotography, was able to snag some spy shots of what appears to be a Trackhawk prototype, very loosely disguised.
There isn’t much to expect visually since the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is already a pretty evil and menacing looking truck. The Trackhawk will likely get some more aggressive body bits and wheels, and nicer interior trimmings.
Either way, we know it’s coming and these spy photos help both reaffirm this impending arrival and inform us that it should be fairly soon.
– By: Chris Chin
Photos/Source: KGP Photography via AutoBlog
Brabus is a tuning firm known for coachbuilding customized Mercedes-Benzes with a very unique and aggressive style. However, that’s not all they do as the company just revealed what they can do when it comes to restoring old Mercedes models.
The names Brabus and Mercedes-Benz go together pretty much like BMW and Alpina, where Brabus would take a normal, higher-spec Mercedes, then give it a wicked bodykit, huge wheels, lots of options for huge power boosts, and interior customization.
However, interest with the classic market is skyrocketing and the older Mercedes models are slowly climbing in value and demand. So, Brabus is here for those who want to pay for the restoration, but in completed form.
CARandDRIVER recently received a tip from some GM contacts to learn that the new 2016 Buick Envision, the company’s all-new Chinese-built midsize crossover, should cost $42,995 to start, when it launches in just a few months time.
That might seem a bit expensive at first because that’s even more expensive than the starting price of the larger, more luxurious Enclave. But it technically isn’t since that price is for the starting line of top-trim models of the Envision, which bests the Enclave’s MSRP of $39,065.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Buick Envision.
The $42,995 figure gets you the Premium I version of the Envision, adding plenty of options expected for a crossover of its type and cost, such as heated front and rear seats, a leather trimmed interior, a heated steering wheel, and Buick’s latest suite of safety systems as standard.
BMW is working on a flagship crossover SUV, which is by far the most complete opposite thing of what a BMW really should be. Nonetheless, the X5, X3 and other lineup siblings have proven to be keepers and moneymakers for the Bavarian automaker.
Since we know crossover SUVs are the hottest thing right now, BMW unsurprisingly decided to make a larger, flagship crossover SUV, which is likely to be the X7. Such an SUV will basically be an enlarged X5 with aspirations to compete with the likes of the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Click here for more news on the BMW X7.
So the folks over at OmniAuto.it took a crack at trying to render what they think the X7 could look like.