Toyo Tires will have a strong presence at this year’s SEMA Show, with three locations throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center filled with hardcore automotive goods.
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Like it or not Consumer Reports is an extremely influential publication. Buyers pay close attention to the products they recommend, especially when it comes to cars. If a particular vehicle fails to earn the outlet’s accolades you can bet people will shy away. Surprisingly two Japanese luxury sedans failed to make the grade.
Top 10 Most Stolen Luxury Cars From MY 2010 to 2012
Even with all the high-tech features today’s luxury vehicles come with, they’re not immune to being stolen. If you’re curious to see what the top 10 most stolen luxury vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years are, you’ve come to the right place.
In total, 4,384 luxury vehicles were reported stolen in the U.S. between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2012 with the state of California being reported with the highest number of luxury vehicle thefts. Breaking down the luxury vehicle thefts by class, 2,150 of the thefts were compact luxury vehicles while 1,734 mid-sized luxury vehicles were stolen from 2009-2012. The remaining 500 luxury vehicles stolen were in the premium luxury class.
Lexus will soon add a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a step toward modernizing its powertrain selection.
Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out.
Green Cars Coming Your Way
Hybrid technology is improving at an impressive rate and is continuing to find its way into more and more vehicles.
A significant number of new and exciting hybrids are coming to market this year and early next. No, these aren’t all Prius wannabes. There are some interesting cars on the way, like the ultra efficient VW XL1 seen above. Check out some of these hybrid luxury sedans, rugged crossovers and even a pair of supercars.
If you’re not yet convinced to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, this should help. And if you already are, but haven’t found the right gas-electric vehicle for you, perhaps it’s coming soon to a dealership near you.
10. Acura NSX Concept
As has become the tradition, there was no shortage of big debuts at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Ranging from concepts so bold they border on absurdity to production cars that kept enthusiasts clicking, this is AutoGuide.com’s list of the top 10 cars unveiled during the North American International Auto Show.
The Acura NSX concept car kicks things off, but remember before you blow your stack that Honda’s luxury brand did actually show something new about the car.
While the shell stayed mostly same, there’s actually an interior to look at inside the Japanese supercar that the brand says will focus on simplicity, good outward visibility and style to enhance the driving experience. And it’s based on that interior alone (see it here) that the NSX makes out list.
Buy or sell the PR jargon as you like, but there’s no getting around the fact that Acura is at least one step closer to building the NSX.
Most SEMA cars are handed out to builders from the automakers knowing that they’ll be crushed at some point in time.
Men and women in uniform can take advantage of special financing offers on new vehicles as well as receive cash-back rebates so long as they jump onto the deal in time. Toyota is offering a 1.9-percent APR promotion for up to 60 months on new 2011 and 2012 models and a $500 military rebate comes along with it. Purchases need to be made before March 5, 2012 in order to take advantage of the low APR financing, but the rebate will last until January 2, 2013.
Lexus on the other hand will be offering military personnel 0.9-percent APR loans on 2011 and 2012 vehicles from their ES, IS lines and the 2012 RX350. All other vehicles from Lexus can be financed at 1.9-percent APR and Lexus will give a rebate of $750 to new buyers. The loan offer expires on February 29, 2012 while the rebate will run until March 31, 2012.
Of course you’ll have to qualify for the low APR financing and all applicants must be on active duty in the US Military or US Military Inactive Reserve. Retired military personnel are not eligible. You can find a dealer participating in the “Welcome Home Special APR Program” by looking up your closest dealer at www.toyota.com/dealers and www.lexus.com/dealers and giving them a ring. Financing must be done through either Toyota Financial Services or Lexus Financial Services.
Toyota’s FT-86/FR-S sports car is set to arrive in 2012, with a sedan version to follow. While past rumors have suggested the FR-S (as it’s believed to be called in production form) will spawn a compact sports sedan, R0ad & Track reports that this four-door FR-S will in fact be the next Lexus IS. The underpinnings will be stretched to better accommodate the IS, but it’s unlikely the IS could grow too much using the FR-S architecture.
Rather than use a version of Subaru’s boxer 4-cylinder engine, the Lexus models will continue to get both a 2.5-liter and a 3.6-liter V6. (Although we have to think Toyota will come up with some turbocharged excitement for the next-gen IS).
Lexus is expected to debut its next-generation IS in later 2012 or 2013.
[Source: R0ad & Track]