2012 Kia Sorento to Get Optional 2.4L Direct-Injection Engine and UVO Infotainment System

The 2012 Kia Sorento will get an optional 2.4-liter GDI direct-injection four-cylinder engine and the company’s hands-free UVO infotainment system. The company is hoping these two features will appeal to Ford consumers.

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Feds Investigate Ford Freestyle For Unintended Lunging

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 170,000 2005 through 2007 model year Ford Freestyle’s after 18 crashes caused by “lunging.” No injuries have been attributed to the abnormal vehicle behavior, however.

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Ford Explorer Selling Briskly Despite Criticism

Car enthusiasts may have lamented its switch from a truck to a car platform, and magazines like Motor Trend and Consumer Reports have slammed it, but consumers have really taken to the Ford Explorer.

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Audi Q5 RS Mule Spied

The Audi Q5 crossover seems like an unlikely candidate for the “RS” treatment, but this mule, spotted wearing some big wheels and a faux TDI badge, seems to suggest that Audi is getting serious with the idea of a rapid version of the Q5.

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Toyota To Donate Cars To 100 Non-Profit Groups Via Facebook Vote

Toyota is launching its “100 Cars for Good” program, where the company will donate 100 cars to various non-profit groups. Facebook users will choose which groups will receive the vehicles via a voting process.

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GMC To Move Further Upscale

General Motors has done a commendable job differentiating GMC and Chevrolet even though they share many of the same designs. As proof, one could compare the Terrain to the Equinox or the Acadia to the Traverse and see they share the same underpinnings yet each has a distinctive look.

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Land Rover Defender EV Built For Safari Driving

Land Rover South Africa has taken the brand’s iconic Defender off-roader and converted one to run on fully electric power, with an 80 horsepower motor good for 63 miles of silent, emissions free driving at speeds of up to 37 mph. The Defender EV also retains a full four-wheel drive system despite its electric drivetrain.

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Dartz 'Prombron Iron Diamond' SUV Built Exclusively for Women

Ladies, don’t you hate it when you show up to your kid’s soccer game in the same SUV that all the other moms are driving? And are you tired of always being shot at as you run your daily errands? Dartz has heard your concerns and has come up with a solution – the Prombron Iron Diamond.

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Toyota Canada Warns Dealers Of Chaotic Summer Due To Tight Supplies

Toyota Canada has cut its sales projections by a third and warned dealers that the supply of new vehicles is starting to be choked off as the company feels the effects of the March 11th earthquake that rocked northern Japan.

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856,000 GM SUVs Under Investigation For Faulty Fuel Gauges

Federal regulators are investigating 865,000 General Motors SUVs, including the 2005-’07 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Rainier,for faulty fuel gauges that are inaccurate. The 2005-’06 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, the 2005-’07 GMC Envoy, the 2005-’06 GMC Envoy XL and the 2005-’07 Saab 9-7X are also affected vehicles being investigated.

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Two Special Edition Mercedes- Benz G-Class Models Announced

Two new special editions of the  Mercedes-Benz G-Class have been announced. The “Edition Select” is a $9,513 trim package for the long-wheelbase mode. It is recognizable by a two-tone paint scheme, a sporty AMG exhaust and black 18-inch alloy rims. The interior features two-tone Designo leather and piano black wood trim.

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2012 Honda CR-V Delayed, Civic To See Limited Production

Honda will delay the launch of their next generation CR-V crossover due to continued production delays, and supplies of their 2012 Civic will also be delayed as Honda’s North American production continues to run at well below capacity amid the after effects of Japan’s natural disasters.

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Exhaust Note Revealed [Video]

Our friends over at Left Lane News have grabbed the first video of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 clearing its pipes, and just like the last version, it sounds downright mean.

Unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the fastest Jeep packs a 6.4L Hemi V8 with 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. 60 mph comes up in 4.8 seconds, and the Cherokee is also capable of pulling 0.9 G on the skidpad. Jeep’s traditional 4-wheel drive system is replaced with an AWD setup that can send 100 percent of power to one rear wheel if needed.

Hit the jump to check out the video of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 revving its engine, and don’t forget to turn up your speakers.

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NHTSA Investigating Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner For Shattering Glass

NHTSA is investigating the 2010-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner for a rear window that could potentially shatter. So far, the government agency has received 18 complaints regarding the rear window shattering when the tailgate is opened or closed.

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BMW X1 Delayed Until Late 2012

With the extreme popularity  of the BMW X1 crossover within Europe, sales in the United States have been delayed until the end of 2012. The X1 was formally launched in Europe in November 2009 and was initially planned to launch in the US earlier this year.

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