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Ford readying three-row Edge for China

Posted Nov 21st 2014 10:44AM

Ford Edge

The next-generation Ford Edge will be available with quite a growth spurt for its debut in China next year, with newly announced plans also to build and sell a three-row version exclusively in the People's Republic. However, markets outside of there likely won't see the larger model.

Ford marketing boss (and future head of Ford of Europe) Jim Farley announced the three-row version of the crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to Automotive News. To create the extra room, Ford made the Chinese-built variant about 16 inches longer than its two-row counterpart. Farley didn't specify at which of the Blue Oval's plants in the country this model would be assembled.

The Explorer and forthcoming Everest already offer three rows from the Ford lineup in China, but the company thinks the market can easily support all of them. According to Farley to Automotive News, the utility segment is up 485 percent in the country since 2008.

Customers in the US can still look forward to the two-row Edge hitting dealers early next year. It'll be the first model in the Blue Oval's lineup here to come standard with EcoBoost power.

News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Brandon Turkus / AOL

De Nysschen says Cadillac will be ready for a $250,000 model in 15 years

Posted Nov 21st 2014 9:59AM

LA Auto Show Cadillac

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen has some very, very lofty goals for the American luxury car manufacturer. That's according to a new report from Reuters, where the former Audi and Infiniti exec says that Cadillac is only 15 years away from selling a $250,000 car.

"It is too early today for a $250,000 Cadillac," de Nysschen told Reuters at the LA Auto Show. "Fifteen years from now, it won't be."

Now, provided de Nysschen doesn't envision a future of hyper-inflation, where an ATS rings up at $200K and a CTS at $225,000, the idea that Cadillac could sell a car worth a quarter-of-a-million dollars in just 15 short years is the very definition of ambitious. That's doubly true when you realize that, at present, Cadillac's most expensive vehicle is the Escalade ESV Platinum, which costs no more than $97,940, while de Nysschen said the upcoming CT6 sedan will be priced "in the 70s."

What do you think? Could a Cadillac that costs well over twice as much as the brand's most expensive current vehicle be a reality in the distant future? Or is de Nysschen aiming too high too soon? Let us know what you think in Comments.

News Source: Reuters

Image Credit: Jae C. Hong / AP

Caterham gives rookie Will Stevens the race seat for Abu Dhabi

Posted Nov 21st 2014 9:15AM

F1 Testing At Silverstone - Day One

Ever since the bankrupt Caterham F1 Team launched its crowd-funding campaign to get back on the grid, everyone's been wondering which drivers it would be bringing to Abu Dhabi – especially since one of its usual drivers jumped the sinking ship for Sauber. But now they need wonder no more as the team has announced it's giving Marcus Ericsson's seat to newcomer Will Stevens.

Never heard of Stevens? There's a good reason for that, because he's never competed in Formula One before. Nor has the 23-year-old Brit driven in GP2, GP3 or Formula 3. For the past three seasons he's been racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, winning two races this season. He's tested with the Caterham team before, but in stepping up to the big leagues, he's skipping a few rungs on the ladder – if only for the one race.

At the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, he'll be driving alongside Kamui Kobayashi, and upsetting a lot of drivers who'd hoped to snag the second seat – including the team's official test driver Roberto Merhi, laid-off Marussia driver Max Chilton and three-time Le Mans winner André Lotterer, among others. Rumors even had 42-year-old Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello making a return appearance, but it looks like Stevens' backing won the day.

News Source: Caterham F1 Team

Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty

GM names Carlisle head of Canadian operations

Posted Nov 21st 2014 8:28AM

Stephen K. CarlisleGeneral Motors may be an American automaker first and foremost, but it can see straight into Windsor, Canada from its Renaissance Center headquarters on the Detroit River, and has considerable operations in the True North. And now, GM's Canadian division (headquartered in Oshawa just outside of Toronto) has a new director to run its operations.

That executive is Stephen K. Carlisle, whose long career at GM started when he was still a student in 1982. He's since risen up through the ranks to serve from 2010 until now as Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, previously overseeing regional operations in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and for the US market.

In his new capacity as president and managing director of GM Canada, Carlisle succeeds Kevin W. Williams, who will retire at the end of the year after a career with The General that's almost as long as as his successor.

Carlisle will report directly to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.

News Source: General Motors

We obsessively covered the 2014 LA Auto Show

Posted Nov 20th 2014 8:05PM

2014 LA Auto Show

If you believe the Missing Persons song, "nobody walks in LA." And considering how important the cars of the LA Auto Show are (not to mention how many times we've almost been run down while crossing the street), that's a song lyric we can certainly get behind. SoCal loves cars, you guys.

Rather than recap everything in text, simply have a look at our handy-dandy roundup to see what the good, the bad, and the ugly from this year's LA Auto Show.

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

Mullen 700e proves there's no coda for some EV brands

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

2015 Nissan Murano and Juke priced, Color Studio to breed bad ideas

Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept suggests a diesel off-road future

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video]

2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative

Volkswagen Golf R Variant ready to haul ass, stuff

2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for US

2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse [UPDATE]

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

2015 Hyundai Azera is refreshed, may still be on life support

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd

2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Renegade spirit

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin

Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay

2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg [UPDATE]

2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k

Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA

Volkswagen HyMotion says hi in the SportWagen and Passat in LA

Witness the Prologue to Audi's design future [w/videos]

2016 Honda HR-V officially finds its fit in Los Angeles

2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]

2016 X6 M brings the power at LA show

2016 Mazda6 gets a facelift in LA

2016 BMW X5 M is big and bold, not beautiful

Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-liter EcoBoost

2016 Mazda CX-3 is a 2 cute ute

2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA

Honda HR-V gets early reveal

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

Posted Nov 20th 2014 7:42PM

2016 Toyota Mirai

Is there some rule that all cutting-edge, ultra-efficient or emissions-free vehicles need to look, uh, weird? No? Then would anyone care to explain the Toyota Mirai, a vehicle that for all it's hugely, wildly promising technology, will forever be pigeonholed based on its odd styling?

Looks aside, the Mirai represents a big gamble for Toyota, which isn't only selling a hydrogen-powered car – a risky venture in itself – but teaming up with Air Liquide to build 12 hydrogen filling stations across the northeast. And once that's done, it plans on leasing the $57,000 sedans for just $499 month, a figure that includes free hydrogen (there is a reason for that, though). Like we said, this is a big gamble.

Of course, we still can't get over its looks, which you can more closely analyze in our live gallery, available above. Have a glance.

Senator says Takata airbags are 'ticking time bomb'

Congress Begins Inquiry Into Years-Long Delays Addressing Fatal Problem

Posted Nov 20th 2014 7:21PM

Air Bag Recall

"This is a problem that shows deep and wide issues in their quality-control process." – Sean Kane

Exploding airbags that spray lethal amounts of shrapnel at unsuspecting drivers are "ticking time bombs" that potentially threaten millions of American motorists, a leading US Senator said Thursday.

Although automakers have issued at least two dozen recalls to address problems with the defective airbags made by global automotive supplier Takata, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said the company and a federal regulatory agency haven't moved fast enough to address the problem.

"Every single one of these Takata airbags could be a ticking time bomb," he said during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing.

In a hearing that bore much resemblance to ones earlier this year that probed a General Motors ignition-switch defect, lawmakers Thursday pressed a top Takata executive, the deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others for answers on why it took so long for them to respond to a fatal problem.

At least four people have been killed by the exploding airbags, and several others have been injured. NHTSA closed a probe into the problem in 2009 without taking action.

Image Credit: Associated Press

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:59PM

2015 Porsche 911 GTS

"Porsche needs to offer more versions of the 911" is not a phrase you'll hear uttered often. Not with 15 versions already in the catalog. But with the opening of this year's LA Auto Show, Porsche has introduced four more to bring the total up to nineteen variants. And more are no doubt on the way.

What you're looking at is the new Porsche 911 GTS, which has grown from one model in the previous generation to four. Buyers will be able to choose between rear- or all-wheel drive and between coupe and cabriolet body-styles, but either way they'll be looking at a 3.8-liter flat six with 430 horsepower. That slots it in between the base Carrera and the GT3, but unlike the hardcore latter, it can be had with choice of manual or dual-clutch transmission – bringing the available configurations of 911 GTS up to eight.

Spec the DCT and you'll be reaching 60 in as little as 3.8 seconds, but the pleasure won't come cheap: prices range from $114,200 for the rear-drive coupe to $132,800 for the all-wheel-drive cabrio, plus another $995 for delivery. But for that much scratch you also get the Powerkit, Sport Chrono package, wider track, lower suspension, Xenon headlamps, Alcantara trim, 20-inch alloys and more all thrown in as standard.

Infiniti's Detroit concept to be 'very, very, very, very close' to new Q60

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:41PM

2014 Infiniti Q60

Add one more vehicle to the tally of reveals slated for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Alfonso Albaisa, executive design director at Infiniti, has confirmed that the marque will be showing a new concept on January 13, the second media day.

More importantly, though, this concept won't be another flight of fancy like many of Infiniti's past show cars. Instead, it will foreshadow the arrival of a replacement for one of its oldest vehicles, the Q60, a model better known as the G37 Coupe.

"On January 13, you're going to see a concept car that's very, very, very, very close to the next Q60," Albaisa told Motor Trend. There isn't much to go on beyond that, sadly, although we are free to speculate.

Infiniti's past would indicate that the Q60 would carry on its role as a two-door version of the Q50 sedan, with styling influenced by its four-door sibling. While that makes sense, there's also an argument to be made for departing from the Q50's styling in favor of a more expressive look that could allow the two-door model to stand out.

Whichever avenue Infiniti chooses, we'll have an even better idea in just a few short months.
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News Source: Motor Trend

Image Credit: Infiniti

Mullen 700e proves there's no coda for some EV brands

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:19PM

Mullen 700e Coda EV at LA 2014

"Coda did a good job developing the car ... but when they got to the starting line, it died." – Richard Curtis

Let's get this out of the way right up front: the "new" Mullen 700e is not a whole lot different than the long-expired Coda Sedan, the all-electric version it's based on. Actually, "based on" is too generous. The 700e you see above is really just the Coda EV with different badges. When the 700e goes on sale, it will have some updates from the original Coda, notably in the battery, but if you didn't like the Coda before, you probably won't like the 700e now.

That doesn't bother Richard Curtis Jr., the consolidated president of Mullen Technologies. Previously a Coda dealer in California (he also sold Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt plug-in vehicles), Curtis said that when the Coda Sedan was available it sold well. "Coda did a good job developing the car," he said. "[They spent] $400 million, it's a nice car, it worked well but when they got to the starting line, it died." Curtis said he still gets multiple emails or calls every day from people asking if they can buy a Coda.

Which brings us to the Mullen 700e that's on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Curtis and some partners bought the assets from Coda Automotive for an undisclosed amount (it was "a bargain," Curtis said) a while back and has since sold about 50 of the leftover cars. Coda Cars had interest from potential manufacturing partners in Turkey (cancelled because of the Syria situation) and China (also cancelled) before it was sold to Mullen about three months ago. That's why Coda Cars is now a Mullen Technologies company, and why the EV bears the Mullen 700e badge.

Mullen and Lishen are working on a 200-mile, 50-kWh pack.

The two vehicles on display here in LA are still basically Coda vehicles, but Curtis told AutoblogGreen that once the decision to restart production has been made, new vehicles could be rolling off the line in 90 days from the former Coda plant in Harbin, China. Looking forward, Curtis says that US production could happen as the volume goes up. "We've talked to a few different states about building in their states and maybe giving us an incentive," he said, naming Michigan and Nevada.

Those new cars will have bigger batteries, still made by Lishen. While the original cars has a 31-kWh battery pack, the 700e will have a 40-kWh pack and Mullen and Lishen are working on a 50-kWh pack. Other difference include 16-inch low rolling resistance tires (instead of 17-inch low profile tires) and undercladding on the back end. Those changes turn the original 125-mile car into a 150-mile car, Curtis said, and with the new 40-kWh pack, it's over 180 miles. With the 50 kWh, that jumps to over 200 miles. Curtis also said that he was going to look at revised design sketches for the new vehicle during the show and that, "When we finally go into production, we'll have a new front and back."

Curtis said that Mullen still has 85 old cars that are just waiting on new battery packs. When they go on sale, the price tag will look a lot like the Coda's, too. "We're going to try to price it at what the original car was priced at," Curtis said. For the record, that vehicle started at $44,900 before the MSRP was dropped to $39,900.

News Source: Mullen Motors

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:00PM

Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept

We know, we know – this hot little guy isn't really new or anything. Volkswagen first rolled out the Golf R 400 concept in Beijing earlier this year, and since its debut, we've heard rumors that the German automaker might-perhaps-maybe-hopefully build the thing. Its showing here in Los Angeles simply marks the first time it's debuting in America, and honestly, we can't get enough. So here it is, again. Hello, Golf R 400 – we love you.

And what's not to love? What starts as a normal Golf R gets better with a more aggressive appearance, big wheels, some tasteful neon yellow accents, and a whole mess of power. The original concept packed 395 horsepower from an overblown 2.0-liter turbo-four, though the most recent reports suggest a production version could produce over 400 hp. To keep it all in line, the concept has all-wheel drive. And inside, it's the same functional, comfortable Golf we've always loved.

There's nothing left to say, really. We love this car, and you should, too. Check it out in the gallery above.

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

Posted Nov 20th 2014 5:40PM

2015 Lexus LS460

The 2015 model-year updates for the LS are certainly minor, but at least Lexus isn't letting its flagship sedan languish completely.

The biggest change for the revised model is an improved infotainment system with an updated navigation and dynamic guidelines for the backup camera. Lexus' Enform App Suite also allows owners to remotely control some of the vehicle's functions, including the door locks, ignition and climate control settings.

Among the litany of incredibly small tweaks, the dome lights now use LEDs, and the F Sport model that includes features like a sport-tuned air suspension and 19-inch forged wheels gets an added badge at the rear. The changes have increased the turning circle by 3.9 inches for models with the standard suspension and 18-inch wheels.

All of the changes are definitely minor, but hopefully they'll sustain the posh motor until its next iteration is ready.
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News Source: Lexus

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Nissan Murano and Juke priced, Color Studio to breed bad ideas

Posted Nov 20th 2014 5:19PM

2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio

Nissan has released basic pricing information on its upcoming Murano, as well as detailed pricing on the refreshed Juke crossover at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The Japanese company also announced a new "color studio" for the Juke, which just reeks of bad ideas.

First, let's talk money. The flashy, redesigned Murano crossover will kick off at $29,650, not including an $885 destination charge. While the new CUV will begin arriving in dealers on December 5, Nissan opted out of providing more detailed pricing data, including information about trim levels and other optional extras.

It did no such thing with the Juke, though. The freshened 2015 model starts at $20,250 for a base Juke S, and climbs from there. The SV trim adds $1,050 to the price while the SL starts at $25,240. All-wheel drive adds $1,850 to the S and SV models and $1,700 to SL. If you're the sporting sort, the Juke Nismo starts at $24,830 while the Nismo RS rings up at $28,020. Adding an Xtronic continuously variable transmission and all-wheel-drive to the Nismo models increases the price by $2,400 and $2,000, respectively.

And now, the Nissan Color Studio. We'll admit, there are some among the Autoblog staff that question this new feature, which gives customers an extreme degree of control when it comes to the styling of their Juke. For a price, Nissan will allow customers to choose individual colors for ten different parts of the Juke, including the rear spoiler, mirror caps, headlight surrounds, door sills and the wheels. While a fashionable mind might be able to create something rather cool, the potential for abuse here is extremely high. Check out the inset image to see what we mean.

Scroll down for Nissan's announcement on Juke and Murano pricing, as well as details on the color studio.

News Source: Nissan, Nissan Color Studio

Image Credit: Nissan, Live images copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain

The Name Is Almost As Complicated As The Technology

Posted Nov 20th 2014 4:59PM

Audi A7 H-Tron

If you think a plug-in diesel hybrid is an expensive proposition, just wait until you hear details about the just-revealed Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro. The "H" in H-Tron, as you might guess, stands for hydrogen, so say hello to a new concept that combines a plug-in battery system with a hydrogen fuel cell. Yeah, exactly.

Let's start with the numbers. On the plug-in side, the new H-Tron has an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery that can power the car for up to 31 miles on battery power. With electric motors on both axles – it's a Quattro, after all, but a through-the-road hybrid with electronic torque distribution management – the A7 H-Tron uses a hydrogen fuel cell and four (!) H2 tanks to offer about 62 miles per gallon equivalent. Audi says the overall fuel cell stack efficiency is "as high as 60 percent" while the electric motors operate at 95 percent efficiency.

Efficiently turning all of that electricity into movement means the A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro has a total power output of 398.3 pound-feet of torque. The 4,299-pound concept can allegedly go from 0-62 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph. The car's total range is 311 miles.

The A7 H-Tron is not the first plug-in hydrogen vehicle concept. That title goes to the Ford HySeries Edge. Mazda also considered putting a hydrogen range extender in the Mazda5 plug-in van.
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News Source: Audi

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL


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