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 |  Jul 21 2014, 8:02 AM

It's OK to be cheap!


 

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Midsize sedans are a big deal; this segment is one of the most important in the automotive industry. Corporate fortunes are won or lost on the backs of these versatile, hard-working cars.

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 |  Jul 19 2014, 2:52 PM

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Slowly but surely, diesel vehicles are catching on in the U.S.

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 |  Jul 17 2014, 7:23 AM

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Mazda officially revealed the new Mazda2 sub-compact today as production began on the car in Japan.

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 |  Jul 14 2014, 8:53 AM

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Volkswagen announced today that it will build its new seven-seat crossover at its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.

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 |  Jun 02 2014, 11:50 AM

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Nissan just released a teaser image and video of its next Navara pickup truck.

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 |  May 19 2014, 2:45 PM

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The diesel market has always been booming in Europe, but now it’s finally catching on in the U.S.

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 |  May 08 2014, 9:32 AM

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Audi has new diesel V6 engines waiting in the wings with improved efficiency ready for stricter European emissions standards.

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 |  Apr 30 2014, 10:32 AM

 

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Diesel engines can power for more than just tractor trailers or farm implements; they even have a place in performance vehicles. This may be an unlikely sounding combination but  British sports-car brand Trident may be on to something.

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 |  Apr 26 2014, 12:12 PM

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This week, the most researched cars in AutoGuide.com’s new car shopping section included trucks, sedans and even a station wagon.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is something of a dark horse in the pickup truck world these days. Currently, it is the only half-ton pickup truck available with a diesel engine. That won’t be true too much longer, but for now Chrysler has the market cornered.

Diesel-powered light duty vehicles (in other words, the sorts of cars and trucks most people buy) are gaining popularity but still make up a sliver of the U.S. automobile market. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI was number two on this week’s list and that underscores the point that oil burners are on the rise.

But the 2014 Mazda3 came in close behind both of those two. Its larger sibling, the Mazda6, will eventually be offered here with a diesel engine although Mazda has delayed bringing that engine to market in the U.S. and Canada twice.

Behind all those, the Audi Allroad was fourth most popularly searched this week. The beefier jacked up version of the A4 comes with increased ground clearance and the company’s venerable quattro all-wheel drive system.

Bringing up the rear, the Subaru Outback was also a big hit this week. Subaru’s sport utility wagon will enter its fifth generation for the 2015 model year and will be sold exclusively with a CVT at that time. Both the four- an six-cylinder options remain.

Click the hot links below to go directly to each of the cars or enjoy some casual browsing in our new car shopping section or learn more about your own top picks in our Tips & Advice area.

2014 Ram 1500

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2014 Mazda3

2014 Audi Allroad

2014 Subaru Outback

 

 |  Apr 16 2014, 12:11 AM

Audi A3 TDI Sportback

When it comes to cars, pretty much all automotive journalists lust after diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagons with manual transmissions. Believe it or not, Audi is happy to answer the call… sort of.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 10:00 AM

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 |  Mar 18 2014, 3:03 PM

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Customers should wait if they are about to buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen sedan or coupe because a new turbo diesel will replace the current engine later this year.

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 |  Feb 28 2014, 11:33 AM

London Vehicle Restrictions

Driving in downtown London may be getting a little more difficult. There’s talk of banning older cars from parts of the UK capital if they don’t meet certain emissions requirements.

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 |  Feb 27 2014, 6:01 PM

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Continuing its line of production-intent concepts, Volkswagen unveiled its T-ROC concept today ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.

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 |  Feb 20 2014, 12:32 PM

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The National Highway Traffic Administration proposed a new rule today that would force auto makers to place prominent plain language badges to distinguish their alternative fuel vehicles.

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 |  Feb 14 2014, 5:51 PM

Love Me or Love Me Not?


Top 10 Cars to Date or Marry

Love is in the air; either that or exhaust fumes mixed with a whiff of burnt transmission fluid. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and people around the world are hugging, kissing and handing out heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. But how boring is that? This holiday is a bigger cliché than every Disney princess movie combined and raised to the power of a Jared jewelry commercial.

Upping the excitement factor here’s a list of five vehicles you might be interested in “dating” and five you could actually “marry;” each one is fun in its own special way but they’re not all keepers. You know, as enamored as you were of that cocktail waitress in Vegas you probably wouldn’t want to introduce her to your parents or show her off at church.

 |  Feb 06 2014, 12:48 PM

Nissan to Equip Next-Generation Titan Pickup with New Cummins Tu

Nissan made some pretty bold claims when they announced their partnership with Cummins to make the 2015 Nissan Titan diesel powered. Did they meet their goals? According to some leaked information – yes and no.

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 |  Feb 06 2014, 11:25 AM

Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner

Hoping to gauge customer interest, Nissan is displaying a “project” version of its Frontier mid-size pickup with a 2.8-liter Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine. 

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 |  Feb 04 2014, 12:48 PM

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Chrysler’s Ram pickup trucks took a big risk when they jumped to and eight-speed automatic transmission to boost fuel economy, but the new diesel is setting a new industry benchmark.

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 12:32 PM

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One of the best-received newcomers to the mid-size sedan market is making a go of things without one of its promised engines and will continue to do so indefinitely. 

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 |  Jan 08 2014, 12:00 PM

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Volkswagen just revealed its Passat BlueMotion concept bound for its debut in Detroit next week.

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 |  Dec 30 2013, 9:02 AM

AutoGuide Action News


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As it tends to do around this time, the year is steadily drawing to a close; 2013 is dwindling like a tiki torch running out of citronella-scented oil. The last flickers are smoldering, but she burned brightly for 12 months so the end is not in vain.

Lots of important car news broke through the year as the industry continues to evolve and stabilize coming out of the devastating Great Recession. Capping the year, here are the Top 10 Automotive Stories from 2013.

 |  Dec 20 2013, 1:02 PM

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Between Volkswagen and Audi, VW AG managed to sell more than 100,000 diesel-powered vehicles to U.S. customers this year.

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 |  Dec 20 2013, 12:02 PM

Ask-AutoGuide-No-28-Main-ArtWhat do Abraham Lincoln, Shaquille O’Neal and Chewbacca have in common? Truth be told, not a whole lot. Honest Abe got capped, Shaq can’t shoot free throws and Chewie is hairier than a herd of yaks… or the filter in a Econo Lodge hot tub. This trio’s differences abound, but one thing they all share is height.

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