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“We have injected a stronger presence into the Traverse exterior by focusing on the details. The small but important changes give it a more vibrant personality that more closely reflects the lifestyles of the families who rely on the Traverse to get them through their busy lives,” said GM director of exterior design Phillip Zak.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
Today marks the North American debut of the Takeri concept car at the New York Auto Show, and it seems this is more than just a meaningless design, as Mazda revealed that this might be very close to the production Mazda6. Seeing how the production CX-5 looks very similar to its concept version, they could be onto something here.
The new Mazda6, will feature all the latest SKYACTIV technologies, from the engine to the gearbox, and its innovative chassis which is both light and very rigid. However, while Mazda is developing new SKYACTIV diesel engines, North America will only see the petrol variants of this car, at least in the start. We hope Mazda will start offering diesel models in North America soon.
The new Mazda6 will start arriving in North American showrooms sometime next year as 2014 models. No prices have been mentioned yet, but expect them to be similar to the current model.
Though details are light on the new RLX, we can confirm that it will feature the automaker’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. A V6 hybrid engine will power the front wheels while the system will take advantage of a pair of electric motors individually powering each rear wheel. The entire setup will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will result in the performance of a V8, with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.
So far Acura hasn’t revealed exactly what V6 powerplant will be in the RL, but it did mention that the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will not be standard on the new RLX. We’ll be reporting live at the upcoming New York Auto Show, bringing you the latest coverage.
GALLERY: 2012 Acura RL
While we’ve seen photos of the new M6 convertible floating around the Internet, this will be the first time the vehicle has made a physical appearance. The company decided to debut the car on American soil, where convertible models tend to be more popular.
Powering the M6 convertible will be the same engine in its coupe counterpart, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The same powerplant is also seen in the M5 sedan. Mated to a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission, the M6 convertible will undoubtedly be one of the sportiest drop-tops to hit the market.
Read our full coverage of the 2012 New York Auto Show here.
Complete details are scarce, but it appears that the X1 xDrive28i will make its way to Stateside sporting BMW’s new TwinPower Turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The X1 has been a hot seller out in Europe, which was the reason for its initial delay over to America. The German automaker wanted to ensure that its supply would match demand before bringing the X1 over to another market.
If all goes well, the X1 xDrive28i could pave the way to our first M Performance Automobile here in America, in the form of the X1 M35i xDrive.
GALLERY: BMW X1 xDrive28i
The New York International Auto Show is looking for aspiring automotive photographers to submit their best pictures for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to New York to attend the auto show during the press preview.
The trip for two includes airfare, accommodations and show credentials. The first-place winner will be named the “Official Roving Photographer” of the NYIAS. As if that wasn’t cool enough, that person also gets a new Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR to shoot with. The second prize winner won’t travel but still gets a T3i DSLR while third place walks away with a $250 Visa gift card.
The three winning photos will be chosen by fans voting on the Snap MyLife contest page. The competition will close on March 25th, so head there now if you’ve got something to show off.
[Source: Snap My Life NYIAS Contest]
Americans will finally get a look at the U.S.-spec Porsche Cayenne diesel when it debuts at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
The oil-burner is expected to make either 240-hp like the European Cayenne Diesel, or 225-hp like the TDI Touareg and Q7. It’ll be backed with 406 lb-ft of torque and should get better fuel efficiency than the Cayenne S Hybrid’s 24-mpg highway. Unfortunately it’s also expected that the diesel-powered Cayenne will get under 20-mpg city.
Even though diesel models aren’t as popular in America as they are in Europe, other luxury automakers are testing the water with diesel variants of popular models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
As gas prices consistently rise and consumers look more to efficiency as a critical factor, companies at all levels are realizing the importance of hybrid and diesel options, even in the U.S.
We’ll be reporting live from New York, bringing you coverage of the Cayenne diesel and other releases.
Chrysler is set to unveil new versions of their 200 sedan and convertible at the 2011 New York International Auto Show this week. Dubbed the “S” model, these versions will sport some unique cosmetics.
Features unique to the “S” model are as follows: unique front grille with an S model-only Chrysler winged badge with a black background, body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps, distinctive 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and “S” badging.
The interior also gets some upgrades which include, perforated leather steering wheel, heated leather front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered “S” on the front head rests, silver accent thread and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center.
All “S” models will get power from the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, which produces 283-hp and 260 lb/ft of torque. Power is fed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.
These added features might not necessarily improve this cars driving characteristics, but does make the car look nicer. The 200 S will go on sale in Spring with prices starting at $32,490.
GALLERY: Chrysler 200 S Convertible and Sedan
Plus, get more news and info on the Chrysler 200 at 200Forums.com
Ever wish you could parlay your love of cars into an actual gig? If that’s the case, then has Nissan have the job for you. In an all-new Facebook contest, you could win the chance to be a reporter at the New York International Auto Show (NYIS).
To enter the contest, create a 30 second video reporting about what you find most innovative about your own Nissan vehicle and enter it on Nissan’s Facebook page. If you win, you and a guest get to travel to New York and attend the NYIAS on press days. You’ll get to report on all the new car reveals, go one-on-one with Nissan reps and report on the show (which will be shared through Nissan’s Facebook page). Nissan’s highlights at this show will include the 2012 Nissan GT-R, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, plus you’ll even have the chance to drive the all-electric Nissan LEAF.
“Nissan is committed to engaging our dedicated fans who contribute to our active Facebook community,” said Erich Marx, Director Social Media & Interactive Marketing. “We believe the New York International Auto Show is a great venue in which to bring an owner to connect with our brand and Nissan’s innovative new vehicles then offer them a chance to report back to the community from their own unique perspective.”
The contest is running now and runs until Tuesday, April 12, 2011. You can see all of the contests and details by clicking on the Reporter Contest tab on Nissan’s Facebook Fan Page.
For complete coverage of all the vehicles at the show, see AutoGuide’s New York Auto Show preview and coverage page here.