2012 Kia Rio Video: First Look at Kia’s New 40-MPG Compact

2012 Kia Rio Video: First Look at Kia’s New 40-MPG Compact
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There are a lot of important points to make about the all-new 2012 Kia Rio Sedan, but the most surprising is that it will be the first in the sub-compact segment to feature start-stop technology. Called Idle Stop and Go (ISG for short), the Rio will completely shut off its gasoline engine when at a… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500 Cabriolet Video: First Look at the Cinquecento Convertible

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After re-launching in North America last year, Fiat has just introduced its second model to our shores, the 500 Cabrio. A ‘convertible’ version of the 500 hatchback, the Cabrio is a different sort of drop-top as it retains the factory roof structure, but with a retractable material top instead of sheetmetal. Because of that structure,… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Soul Video: First Look at the More Powerful and Efficient Soul

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The car the launched Kia‘s transformation from an auto industry back-marker to a legitimate brand, the Soul has received a list of mid-cycle upgrades for 2012. New front and rear fascias give a cleaner look to the Soul, while a new hood design has also been incorporated, all of which works to give the car… Continue Reading...

2011 New York Auto Show Video Wrapup

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A much larger event than in past years, the 2011 New York Auto Show had important debuts from most every automaker. Most notable among the reveals was the Scion FR-S sports car that will go on sale in the U.S. next year. Small cars played prominently with a new Nissan Versa, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza,… Continue Reading...

2012 Subaru Impreza Video: First Look at Subie’s 36-MPG Compact

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Debuting the new 2012 Impreza at the New York Auto Show, Subaru has followed through on a larger plan to deliver vehicles that better suit the demands of customers, with toned-down styling and more interior room. Plus, like all new compact cars, fuel economy has increased significantly. Billing the car as the most fuel efficient… Continue Reading...

Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Video: First Look from the New York Auto Show

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Joining the C-Class, C-Class Coupe and C63 AMG Sedan, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 from the sedan, making 451-hp and a serious 443 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. But if you’ve got an AMG-type personality, then the AMG Performance package is… Continue Reading...

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Video: First Look at the Most Powerful Jeep Ever

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Calling it, “the most powerful and technologically advanced Jeep ever,” Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley today unveiled the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the New York Auto Show. And he isn’t kidding. Transforming the capable off-roader to a serious street machine, the team at SRT revamped the entire package to deliver sports car… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Sedan Debuts With 138-HP, 40-MPG and Start-Stop Technology [New York 2011]

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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Debuts With 138-HP, 40-MPG and Start-Stop Technology [New York 2011]
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There are a lot of important points to make about the all-new 2012 Kia Rio Sedan, but the most surprising is that it will be the first in the sub-compact segment to feature start-stop technology. Called Idle Stop and Go (ISG for short), the Rio will completely shut off its gasoline engine when at a… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500 Cabrio Priced from $19,500 [New York 2011]

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Fiat 500 Cabrio Priced from $19,500 [New York 2011]
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After re-launching in North America last year, Fiat has just introduced its second model to our shores, the 500 Cabrio. A ‘convertible’ version of the 500 hatchback, the Cabrio is a different sort of drop-top as it retains the factory roof structure, but with a retractable material top instead of sheetmetal. Because of that structure,… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Soul Updated With More Powerful and Efficient Engines, LED Lights [New York 2011]

2012 Kia Soul Updated With More Powerful and Efficient Engines, LED Lights [New York 2011]
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The car the launched Kia‘s transformation from an auto industry back-marker to a legitimate brand, the Soul has received a list of mid-cycle upgrades for 2012. New front and rear fascias give a cleaner look to the Soul, while a new hood design has also been incorporated, all of which works to give the car… Continue Reading...

2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Gets eAssist Hybrid Tech and 38-MPG [2011 NYAS]

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2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Gets eAssist Hybrid Tech and 38-MPG [2011 NYAS]
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The new 2013 Malibu may have already been revealed in Shanghai, but Chevy still had one surprise in store for the car’s showing at the New York Auto Show. Before the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder model hits dealers, Chevy will first roll out an Eco model using the eAssist technology borrowed from Buick. The “light-hybrid” tech… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: 2012 Nissan Versa Steps Up, Keeps the Same Price [Video]

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New York 2011: 2012 Nissan Versa Steps Up, Keeps the Same Price [Video]
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The 2012 Nissan Versa does something rare, though not entirely unexpected these days: it gets bigger and gains a surprisingly slick interior, but keeps its $10k sticker. Nissan’s smallest car gets completely redesigned to target the global market: the V platform (V for “versatile,” in Nissan marketing-speak) will be sold around the world as the… Continue Reading...

Scion FR-S Redefines Sex Appeal [2011 NYAS] VIDEO

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Scion FR-S Redefines Sex Appeal [2011 NYAS] VIDEO
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Easily the most anticipated debut of the 2011 New York Auto Show, Scion has just released its new FR-S Concept, based on the Toyota FT-86. Powered by a boxer 4-cylinder donated by Subaru, but using a Toyota direct-injection system Scion is promising sufficient power with “surprising” fuel economy. Described by Scion boss Jack Hollis as… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: Jeep Wrangler Mojave Special Edition Revealed With Desert Style

New York 2011: Jeep Wrangler Mojave Special Edition Revealed With Desert Style
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It wouldn’t be an American auto show without a new special edition Jeep model. Eclipsed in its debut by the new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 today at the New York Auto Show, the Wrangler Mojave is one of the few custom Jeeps worthy of serious mention. It’s hard not to love the sand-colored paint, inspired… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Delivers Sports Car Stats in an SUV Package

New York 2011: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Delivers Sports Car Stats in an SUV Package
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Calling it, “the most powerful and technologically advanced Jeep ever,” Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley today unveiled the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the New York Auto Show. And he isn’t kidding. Transforming the capable off-roader to a serious street machine, the team at SRT revamped the entire package to deliver sports car… Continue Reading...

2012 Honda Civic Si Gets Torquey 2.4L, Priced from $22,205

2012 Honda Civic Si Gets Torquey 2.4L, Priced from $22,205
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Honda‘s Civic Si sports coupe is back for 2012, and while it may not have gained much in the horsepower stakes, the car’s one great performance shortcoming – a lack of torque – has been remedied with a new 2.4L engine that makes 31 more lb-ft of torque than the outgoing 2.0L motor. The Civic… Continue Reading...

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Averages 44-MPG, Priced from $24,050 [New York 2011]

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Averages 44-MPG, Priced from $24,050 [New York 2011]
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The 2012 Civic Hybrid will have the honor of being the second most fuel efficient vehicle on the market, delivering 44 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. While not quite as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius, the numbers are still excellent, especially considering that Honda‘s hybrid technology is a few… Continue Reading...

2013 Ford Taurus Video: First Look at Facelifted Front-End, EcoBoost 4-Cylinder

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2013 Ford Taurus Video: First Look at Facelifted Front-End, EcoBoost 4-Cylinder
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What you’re looking at is the updated 2013 Ford Taurus SHO and while this model might be the most attractive version of the new car, the big news is with the vehicle’s smallest engine. As a part of a rather significant mid-cycle refresh, the 3.5-liter V6 gets a boost in power to 290-hp, making room… Continue Reading...

Lexus LF-Gh Video: First Look at the Brand’s New Design Concept

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Twenty years ago Lexus unveiled the first GS luxury sedan sending a shot across the bow of the German luxury sports sedans of the time. The Lexus brand was just an upstart at the time and so the Japanese firm made the wise decision to contact an Italian design studio (Giugiaro Design) to sculpt the… Continue Reading...

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Bows With 465-HP [New York Auto Show Preview]

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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Bows With 465-HP [New York Auto Show Preview]
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The snobby older brother of the Charger SRT8, Chrysler has revealed a high performance version of its full-size sedan, the 300 SRT8. Powered by the very same 6.4-liter V8 engine it makes 465-hp and an outrageous 465 lb-ft of torque to deliver a 0-60 mph time below 5.0 seconds. Absent is the brand’s new 8-speed… Continue Reading...

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Revealed [New York Auto Show Preview]

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Revealed [New York Auto Show Preview]
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Jeep‘s previous generation Grand Cherokee spawned an on-road performance version from the Chrysler Group’s SRT division and ever since the new GC’s debut the same has been expected of the latest and greatest Jeep – especially since the reveal of the Charger SRT8 and it’s new 6.4-liter V8 engine. Delivering a successor, Jeep has just… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: 2013 Ford Taurus Revealed… With A 4-Cylinder?

New York 2011: 2013 Ford Taurus Revealed… With A 4-Cylinder?
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The 2013 Ford Taurus was revealed Monday night on the eve of the New York Auto Show with a few styling tweaks, but the big news is the addition of Ford’s 2.0 Ecoboost engine as an alternative to their V6 engines. With the addition of the Ecoboost, Ford expects the Taurus to return 31mpg on… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: Lexus LF-Gh Concept Previews Next GS, Brand’s Design Direction

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New York 2011: Lexus LF-Gh Concept Previews Next GS, Brand’s Design Direction
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Twenty years ago Lexus unveiled the first GS luxury sedan sending a shot across the bow of the German luxury sports sedans of the time. The Lexus brand was just an upstart at the time and so the Japanese firm made the wise decision to contact an Italian design studio (Guigiaro Design) to sculpt the… Continue Reading...

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Adds 6.7 More Inches of Opulence

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Adds 6.7 More Inches of Opulence
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There’s such a high-demand for limousine-like versions of cars in China that BMW builds a special extended wheelbase version of its 5 Series just for the world’s largest auto market. The Shanghai Auto Show is, therefore, the perfect venue for Rolls-Royce to roll out an extended wheelbase model of its newest model, the Ghost. The… Continue Reading...
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