BMW To Promote Build-To-Order Program For 2011 X3

While custom ordering a car is popular in Europe, American buyers tend to purchase their cars from dealer inventory. BMW is looking to reverse that trend with their 2011 X3, and will be heavily promoting their build-to-order program when the vehicle launches later this year.

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Toyota/Tesla RAV4 EV Will Cost Toyota $60 Million

Toyota‘s initial investment of $50 million in its partnership with Tesla will also cost the company another $60 million in development costs needed to bring its RAV4 EV to market.

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Chevrolet Suburban's 75th Anniversary Edition Suffers Quality Problems

Chevrolet‘s venerable Suburban is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a special edition, but if you want to let your neighbors know that you went to the trouble of getting one of 2,200 special editions made by Chevrolet, you may run into some problems.

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BMW X4 Concept To Bow Next Year

After the sucess of BMW‘s X6, the Bavarian auto maker is set to unveil an X4 concept sometime in 2011, to test consumer reaction to the smaller coupe/SUV. A vague sketch of the X4 has been released and it looks like a cross between the 5 Series GT and the X6.

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2011 BMW X3 Priced From $37,625

BMW’s updated X3 SAV has been priced by BMW with a starting MSRP of $37,625 for the xDrive28i and $41,925 for the xDrive35i. The xDrive28i model comes with BMW’s naturally aspirated 3.0L inline 6 wh 240 horsepower. The 35i, as you may have guessed, has BMW’s turbocharged 3.0L making 300 horsepower.

The new X3 comes with a third generation all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring, Blackberry smartphone connectivity and an updated iDrive system. The new X3 is expected to hit showrooms at the end of 2010.

[Source: BMW]

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Volkswagen Launches Touraeg Exclusive For German Market

Volkswagen‘s Touraeg SUV hasn’t found too much love from consumers, but it’s an attractive, if somewhat pricey option in the upscale SUV market.

VW has a new “Exclusive” package for the German market, and comes with your choice of 19″ or 20″ wheels, chrome or silver roof rails, Olive wood trim and special leather seats designed to keep the driver cool. Available with any of the V6, V8 or TDI engine packages, the Exclusive will likely stay in Germany for the time being.

Hit the jump for the official press release

Gallery: Volkswagen Touraeg Exclusive

[Source: Volkswagen]

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Nissan Juke Ads Straddle The Line Between Fantasy And Reality (Video Inside)

Nissan has a tradition of entertaining television ads that put a smile on your face, and their new Juke has a couple of comercials that continue that tradition.

The first is a Walter Mitty-esque spot where an ordinary office worker turns into a dashing mercenary of menial tasks thanks to his Juke, and the confidence it brings him. The second spot is a kind of futuristic fable where the new Juke challenges the authority of a monolith/robot known as “The Dread”. This one’s a little out there, but we have to admire Nissan’s creative team for not patronizing their target buyers, who according to demographic data, are more interest in playing Xbox than anything else.

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: Nissan]

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Jeep J8 Armored Vehicle Gets Ballistic Certification

If there was ever a situation where we wanted to see a video, this might be it. Jeep has taken their J8 out for a thorough ballistic and blast certification to prove just how tough this Jeep is built. They’ve stated that they have incorporated new manufacturing technology in order to hot-form steel, creating a protective barrier for the vehicle. And it proved its worth getting awarded with a BRV 2009 VR7 ballistic protection certification – whatever the heck that is.

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Subaru Forester Gets Minute MPG And Price Bump For 2010

Fans of the Indigo Girls and flannel shirts rejoice! The Subaru Forester gets a one mpg bump for 2010, turning out 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The price is up by $200, so you’ll have to decide whether the increase is worth the money.

A new Touring model is also available for 2011, with equipment like HID headlights, automatic transmission and xenon headlights. Excuse us while we take some amphetamines and try and get excited about this bit of news.

Note: We like the Forester. We really do. Hit the jump to see more.

[Source: Subaru]

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Infiniti To Drop FX Prices For 2011

Infiniti‘s FX crossover is getting a price cut for the upcoming model year, in light of a sales drop of 12.4% year-to-year. The FX35 gets a $1,250 reduction while the FX50 gets a $2,600 discount.

A rear-drive FX35 will start at$41,600 while the all-wheel-drive model will cost $43,050. The V8 powered FX50 tops out at $56,400.

The FX’s downturn is highlighted by its drop from 2009 sales, which were poor by normal standards. While Infiniti is up significantly this year, the FX appears to be lagging behind the rest of the lineup, and the brand is looking for ways to help move more units.

[Source: Infiniti]

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2011 Toyota Highlander Unveiled, Already On Sale

The 2011 Toyota Highlander was unveiled today at the Texas State Fair, and will go on sale by the time you read this – literally. Deliveries are supposed to take place tomorrow, but you can expect them to be on dealer lots right now.

The 2011 Highlander gets a few new features, like a standard third row seat and rear climate control. Hybrid models get a 1 mpg bump to 28mpg all around. Other than that, the new Highlander is really, well, not substantially different from the 2010.

Pricing on the base model is up to $27,390 from $25,855. Other models see a more modest price increase. Hit the jump to see the official press release.

Gallery: 2011 Toyota Highlander

[Source: Toyota]

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Toyota To Debut New Highlander At State Fair Of Texas Tomorrow

Toyota‘s Highlander crossover will debut in redesigned form at the State Fair of Texas, a year after Toyota used the event to launch their redesigned 4Runner. The Highlander was previously revealed in advance of the Moscow Auto Show.

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Range Rover Evoque Details Released Ahead Of Paris Auto Show

Land Rover‘s new Range Rover Evoque two-door SUV is on a publicity blitz ahead of its deubt at the Paris Auto Show, and details are begging to emerge.

Rather than the usual 8-cylinder powerplant, the Evoque will use a 2.0L Ecoboost 4-cylinder, dubbed the Si4, which makes 240 horsepower.  Land Rover will likely have to resort to some creative marketing to sell customers on the idea of a 4-cylinder, even if it’s likely more than adequate for urban driving.

A 2.2L turbodiesel has also been announced, but power figures haven’t been announced yet beyond the 187 horsepower number. The torque figures will be far more important, and expect this engine to be sold in most of the Evoque’s 160 world markets, but not the United States.

Gallery: Range Rover Evoque

[Source: Land Rover]

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Jesse Jackson's Cadillac Escalade Jacked In Detroit

Noted civil rights leader Jesse Jackson had his Cadillac Escalade stolen in Detroit after making an appearance at a “Green Jobs” rally sponsored by the UAW as part of its “Jobs, Justice and Peace” demonstration.

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Kia To Upgrade Shock Absorbers On The 2011 Sorento

Kia‘s top of the line Sorento SX comes with special Dual Flow Dampers, which apparently offers a great blend of performance and comfort, while giving the Sorento a slightly lower ride height.

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