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 |  Feb 06 2014, 10:02 AM

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Looking to save money at the pump and reduce your tank-track-sized carbon footprint? Kia just revealed its updated 2014 Optima Hybrid in the Windy City.

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 9:02 AM

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You can’t build a truly great car without an exceptional engine. Powertrain is the heart and soul of every vehicle on the road; it’s the mechanical equivalent of life. Without propulsion systems cars are little more than expensive, over-engineered pieces of yard art.

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 |  Jan 14 2014, 2:57 PM

2015-Acura-TLX-Concept-First-Look-Video-Main-ArtTo continue its sale momentum, Acura just revealed this intriguing new sedan at the Detroit Auto Show. While technically still a concept, the TLX is a thinly veiled production model.

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 1:59 PM

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Aside from the GLA45 AMG and new C-Class, Mercedes will also be showing its new S600 in Detroit, the first image of which just leaked.

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 |  Dec 31 2013, 10:02 AM

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Ford-Fusion-Aston-Martin-Main-ArtIntroduced in 2013, the redesigned Ford Fusion has wowed customers and industry pundits alike with its sexy styling. The Camry, Accord and Malibu aren’t even in the same league as this supermodel sedan.

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 9:43 AM

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The penultimate AutoGuide.com Car of the Year Award finalist hails once again from Mazda. Yes this is the second car to be nominated from the SkyActiv company.

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 |  Dec 04 2013, 8:32 AM

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Honda picked the upcoming 2015 Fit, which will arrive next spring, to be its first vehicle with an integrated Siri Eyes Free system from Apple. 

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 |  Nov 13 2013, 5:10 PM

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An accident today at Tesla’s California manufacturing facility sent three of its workers to hospital. 

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 |  Nov 08 2013, 3:00 AM

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The folks at Mercedes-Benz introduced their brand-new S-Class flagship sedan earlier this year, which only means one thing: high-performance versions can’t be far behind.

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 |  Oct 29 2013, 8:32 AM

A Grizzled Veteran is showing its Age


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The fourth generation Acura TL has had a hard time fitting in during its short lifetime. Sized closer to a mid-size luxury sedan, the TL is powered, optioned and priced more like a compact luxury sedan. In fact, at a base $36,030, the TL is actually cheaper than the BMW 328i.

With such a cheap entry fee, how is it that the TL still gets outsold by many compact and mid-size luxury sedans? Well, there are many factors like controversial looks and badge snobbery at play here. But not everyone cares about those factors and we wanted to find out for ourselves if this senior citizen is indeed a great luxury performance bargain, or just an also ran ready for a reinvention.

 |  Oct 23 2013, 1:53 PM

Avalon-Price-Increase-Main-ArtEvery year we all get a little older and things get a little more expensive. This is true of food, fuel and especially vehicles. In keeping with this trend the entry level Toyota Avalon is inching up the price ladder.

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 |  Oct 22 2013, 3:01 PM

Maybach-Returns-Main-ArtDaimler’s über luxury Maybach division was quietly discontinued last year but rumors seem to indicate the brand could be coming back.

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 |  Oct 21 2013, 5:10 PM

Hyundai-Genesis-Sedan-NHTSA-Brakes-Main-ArtHyundai’s Genesis Sedan is being probed for potential brake problems. Some 40,000 cars are under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s microscope.

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 |  Oct 14 2013, 9:32 AM

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When Jaguar unveiled its C-X17 Concept in Frankfurt, the company was showing more than a new platform.

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 |  Oct 09 2013, 3:02 PM

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Rather than borrowing from Opel for yet another product, Buick might be gearing up to share with Cadillac.

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 |  Oct 03 2013, 11:15 AM

 

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Nissan is the latest automaker to offer owners affected by the U.S. government shutdown a grade period on vehicle payments.

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 |  Sep 26 2013, 2:01 PM

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Lexus has decided to discard a technology in its vehicles for the 2014 model year that you probably didn’t care about in the first place.

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 |  Sep 20 2013, 4:02 PM

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Production of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS began last month, but the production run could be interrupted soon.

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 |  Sep 06 2013, 5:22 PM

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Acura has adjusted the pricing of its 2014 TL sports sedan, increasing the bottom line by $125 across the various models and trim levels.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 9:20 AM

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Toyota is conducting two voluntary safety recalls. One applies to a couple of its hybrids, the other to a handful of Lexus models.

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 |  Aug 06 2013, 10:02 AM

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Toyota is selling a hybrid version of the Corolla compact sedan in Japan starting today.

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 |  Aug 01 2013, 1:31 PM

Dynamischer Kompakter mit vier Türen


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Everyone knows “bigger is better,” especially in America. It’s practically our national slogan; the founding fathers should have included it in the Bill of Rights as the 10.5th Amendment. Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave there may be a compelling case for all things large and in charge, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for small.

There’s nothing wrong with going compact, especially when it comes to cars. With high fuel prices and environmental concerns on the minds of more drivers than ever, people are looking to downsize, but they don’t necessarily want to sacrifice luxury accoutrements. Luckily the industry is responding to this demand, particularly high-end German brands.

BMW has offered its 1 Series in the U.S. for a few years now, Mercedes-Benz is poised to introduce its much-anticipated CLA-Class compact sedan in September and Audi is cooking up a brand-new version of its popular A3. This 2015 model promises drivers a mountain of premium features in a deliciously right-sized package. Here’s everything you need to know about this new product from Ingolstadt.

 |  Jul 31 2013, 1:02 PM

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There’s good news for luxury diesel fans now that the EPA has released official fuel economy ratings for the 2014 BMW 328d.

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 |  Jul 23 2013, 10:47 AM

The New Face of Zoom-Zoom


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Zoom-Zoom, it’s what sets Mazda apart from other car companies. The small Japanese manufacturer focuses on driving dynamics far more than other mass-market automakers. The result of that relentless toil is a lineup of cars and crossovers that are more entertaining than their competition. Paraphrasing one of the company’s TV commercials, if it’s not worth driving it’s not worth building.

One of Mazda’s most important products is the compact Mazda3. Available as either a hatchback or sedan it’s the cornerstone of the brand’s global sales. It’s never an easy task updating a successful product; drastic changes can attract new buyers but they also risk alienating existing customers. Fortunately for everyone the company has made common-sense updates to the 2014 model that should actually please everyone. Here are 10 things you absolutely must know about the new Mazda3.