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2017 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab Debuts In New York

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Nissan pulled the wraps off of the upcoming Titan Crew Cab half-ton today here at the New York International Auto Show.

“The 2017 TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is about a foot shorter in wheelbase,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., revealing the new truck during a press conference at the auto show. “They share the same cabs, but while it offers similar ruggedness and durability, the TITAN half-ton’s chassis is completely different than XD.”

The new Titan half-ton will initially launch as a crew cab model shown here, with the Single and King Cab models coming later in the model year. Under the hood of the new half-ton will be Nissan’s 5.6L V8 which is good for 390 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. For those that don’t need all that grunt, a V6 engine is coming. Nissan expects the new half-ton will be the highest volume Titan.

Nissan also announced the starting price of the 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab will be $35,290 here in the US for the 4×2 model. Check out our gallery below of the Crew Cab half-ton.

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Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

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For the 10th generation Civic, us North Americans will finally get the Civic Hatchback that the European market has had. It’s been over a decade since Honda last sold a Civic Hatchback this side of the pond. The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype was shown off earlier this month in Geneva but it has finally arrived here in New York to make it’s North American debut. The prototype moniker is a bit of a misnomer as this looks pretty like a production ready Civic Si hatchback.

When the Civic Hatchback launches later this year in North America, we’ll probably see a much more mundane base model as Honda slowly releases the other models culminating eventually with the Type R. The next generation Civic will feature a longer wheelbase and a wider stance compared to the model currently sold in Europe. Under the hood will be the turbo 1.5L 174 horsepower engine. The new Civic Hatchback, and the Coupe and Sedan for that matter, will also be available with a 6-speed manual transmission this fall. Details such as pricing are not available now but Honda says it will start to share more information as we draw closer to the fall launch.

Honda also announced that they will be competing in the 2016 Red Bull Rallycross series with the Civic Coupe. We’ve included a couple shots of it as well in our gallery. They also brought the first us-spec Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle to the show.

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Chevy Sonic Gets Refreshed and Updated

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Chevrolet brought out their all new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic today at the New York Auto Show and it got some new goodies.

The entire front end of the Sonic got a redesign bringing in new elements on the hood, bumper and headlights. Headlight technology has been updated to bring in projectors and LEDs as standard fare for the Sonic. New color options will also be available for the Sonic which will feature an Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red, and Arctic Blue Metallic.

The Sonic will get two engine choices for the upcoming generation. The base 1.8L four cylinder producing 138hp and 125lb/ft of torque. A new 1.4L turbo four cylinder will also be available which produces 138hp and 148lb/ft of torque. Both engines are designed for fuel economy but will offer some pep given the small size of the Sonic.

Look for the Chevy Sonic to be at dealerships very soon.

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GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition Hits New York Auto Show

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Nightfall, sounds like a Marvel character, but that might not be a bad thing since GMC is going for a more sinister look with their small crossover and all new 2017 Terrain. The all black crossover was brought to New York for its debut at the New York Auto show.

The main feature of the Nightfall Edition Terrain, as the name suggest, is using black as the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors for all physical components of the Terrain. From the color of the car, to the front grille, to the mirrors and all ancillary body trim, everything is as dark as the night. The Terrain rides on 18-inch wheels that features black painted spokes. But being all black actually isn’t 100% true as GMC will give customers four color choices starting with Onyx Black, Summit White, Graphite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Metallic.

GMC is offering two motor choices for the Terrain Nightfall. A smaller displacement 2.4L four cylinder will pump out 182hp and is focused on solid power delivery while balancing fuel economy which is said to be able to reach 32mpg. Alternatively, the 3.6L V6 will pack 301hp and in return gets 17mpg city and 24mgp highway.

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Mazda Unveils The MX-5RF Retractable Fastback

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Many people including myself thought the Miata lineup was going to get a new powered retractable hardtop here in New York but instead Mazda showed off the MX-5RF which stands for Retractable Fastback. Lowering the top takes about 5-6 seconds after flipping a switch and involves the rear supports lifting up out of the way while the roof and rear window fold backwards into the void above the trunk. It’s important to note that top up or down, the trunk space is unaffected. The RF doesn’t provide as much of the open air experience that a full on convertible would but this design was probably chosen due to weight savings for this generation Miata.

One thing is for sure and it’s the fact the MX-5RF looks fantastic. Under the hood nothing has changed. The North American market will continue to get the 2.0L and 1.5L SKYACTIV-G engines paired with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. Miata hasn’t provided any detailed specifications including the official open and closing times of the roof, or the weight gain of the MX5-RF over the soft top model. At the press conference this morning, Mazda announced this morning that they also picked up the 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards for the MX-5. For the latter, it is the first time a Japanese model has won the award.

“What a wonderful honor, to have the Mazda MX-5 named World Car of the Year,” said Masahiro Moro, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, and Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever. While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster. We say ‘Driving Matters’ in our advertising,* and we prove it in our cars.”

Take a look at our gallery for more pictures of the Mazda MX-5RF.

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Mercedes-AMG E43 Unveiled in New York

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While Mercedes-AMG unveiled the new E43 two weeks ago online, this is the first time we get to see what the fuss is about. Even though hardcore AMG owners have panned the new 43 line as AMG Lite, the E43 begs to differ as it is one serious machine, slotting between the E400 and the upcoming Merecdes-AMG E63, effectively replacing the old E550 4Matic.

Powering the E43 is the tried and true 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine found in the SLC43, C43 as well as the now retired C450 AMG Sport model. In the E43, the turbochargers have been uprated, boost increased, and pumps out an even 400hp. The AMG specific 4Matic 31:69 rear biased AWD drivetrain coupled to the all new 9 speed transmission puts the power efficiently to the ground, allowing the E43 to sprint to 100km/h in only 4.5 seconds. Mercedes-AMG also retuned the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension system, adding a Sport Plus mode to deliver higher levels of cornering agility.

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Jeep Brings Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit to NY

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Jeep came out in full force today at the New York Auto Show bringing two new variants of their Grand Cherokee. The off road trail ready Trailhawk took a four year break but is finally back, and the comfort and luxury focused Summit were both debuted.

The Trailhawk name means Jeep has done some significant upgrades to the Grand Cherokee to make it more trail ready than ever. Suspension has been beefed up using a fully custom air suspension system giving ample lift and clearance for those unpredictable trails. Ground clearance improves 0.4 inches to 10.8 inches total. The bottom of the Grand Cherokee is now protected with a heavy duty skid plate under the engine compartment to ensure all the vitals like the oil pan doesn’t get damaged by large rocks.

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Camaro ZL1 Debuts in New York

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Ever since the muscle car race started in the 60’s pitting the likes of Chevy, Dodge and Ford against each other for a power struggle of biggest muscle, each manufacturer has created sport coupes in an attempt to out gun the other. We are all familiar with Dodge’s entrants with the 707hp supercharged 6.2L V8 Hellcats, well now Chevy takes to the New York Auto Show to unveil their contender, the Camaro ZL1.

On paper, this is going to be a close race. The Camaro uses the Corvette Z06 motor which has been massaged to churn out 640hp. Camaro’s advantage is its thinner waistline. It is roughly 500 pounds lighter than the portly Hellcats. That equates to a power to weight ratio in Camaros favor. The Camaro will be using GMs all new ten speed automatic transmission, but can be packaged with a six speed manual as well. The new transmission is designed specifically to handle the large power output of the Camaro, as well as tuned specifically with exacting shift points to get the most out of the ZL1’s engine.

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Kia Debuts All New Cadenza in New York

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Kia Motors Corp. released a completely redesigned Cadenza, also known as the K7 in Korea, to an American audience at the New York Auto Show today. This is the second generation for the Cadenza and is updated in many ways to offer a much better vehicle than the first generation.

A prominent visual enhancement is to the nose of the vehicle which features sharper and more angular lines lending to a much sportier appearance for this luxury sedan. Depending on trim levels, Kia will package the Cadenza with different grills. Lower trim will receive their “diamond butterfly” mesh insert while higher level trim Cadenzas will get a grille with vertical bars.

The chassis of the second generation Cadenza has been completely redesigned to offer up a 35% improvement in structural rigidity. This translates into a more dynamic and responsive chassis overall for the Cadenza. Kia was able to accomplish this feat by utilizing more advanced high-strength steel in building the chassis and further increasing the number of chassis and body reinforcement points.

The all new Cadenza is powered by a revised 3.3L V6 motor that pumps out 290hp and offers improved fuel economy. The engine will be mated to Kia’s all new eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the old six-speed unit.

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Porsche at the 2016 New York Auto Show

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Porsche’s Macan lineup is fairly robust with the Macan S, Macan Turbo, and the Macan GTS. Today they unveiled a fourth variant which will be a four-cylinder turbo motored Macan at the New York Auto Show. Porsche’s new four-cylinder engine has 2.0L of displacement and a turbo to boot. The engine produced 252hp and seems to have quite the pep being able to propel the Macan from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds. The motor will be matched up with Porsche’s PDK transmission which is one of the best in the industry while all that power will be sent to all four wheels giving owners ample grip in all weather conditions.

Porsche also brought along their 911R today to show to an American audience at the New York Auto Show. This is a manual only 4.0L 500 horsepower, lightened 911 R. The engine is the same one out of the GT3 RS and not detuned which means the full 500hp and 338lb/ft of torque. The motor is mated to a six speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels only. On top of that, Porsche has an optional single mass flywheel which will give the engine even more responsiveness. It’ll sprint to 100kph in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.

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