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LF-NX Concept Becomes Production 2015 Lexus NX

While our crew was in New York covering the 2014 New York International Auto Show, on the other side of the globe was another auto show. The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition press days were during the same days as New York and one vehicle that was revealed there was the production version of the LF-NX crossover concept. Lexus ended up bringing the NX to New York as well, but unfortunately we were already at the airport heading back home. The 2015 Lexus NX will be offered in three models: the NX 200t, NX 200 and NX300h. Not only is the NX Lexus’ first entry in the luxury compact crossover market, it will also launch the marque’s first turbo engine. More on that later.

The NX will be Lexus’ fourth SUV, and will slot under the RX. In terms of exterior design, it does not deviate too far from the Lexus design language. It basically looks like a smaller RX with the front end elements off of the IS. The signature spindle grill and headlights with split LED daytime running lights are there along with the subtle chrome trims. One big visual difference are the contrasting wheel arches that just doesn’t seem to fit the luxury look of Lexus. Interestingly enough, Subaru opted to remove the contrasting wheel arches off the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback they revealed last week. It does give the NX that wider more aggressive look that may be the key to draw in younger buyers for Lexus though.

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Nissan GT-R NISMO Makes North American Debut

Nissan unveiled the newest edition of its GT-R halo car back at the Geneva Motor Show, but last week the GT-R NISMO made it’s North American debut at the New York Auto Show. As we revealed last year the massaged 3.8L twin-turbo motor puts out just under 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 55 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing was announced back in February and if you’re interested in picking up a GT-R NISMO, it’ll set you back $149,990 or just over $151,585 after destination and handling fees. It will go on sale July 31, 2014 along with the GT-R Track Edition which comes in at a more moderate $115,710 ($117,305 after fees). Canadian pricing has not been confirmed but with our dollar dropping Nissan may revise the differential that the current GT-R pricing has.

I have to say, the matte grey GT-R NISMO that Nissan brought to New York looks a lot better than the white press pictures they released. The carbon fiber treatment just looks more at home on the darker car and the wing doesn’t seem so out of place. Check it out in the gallery.

More Pictures of the GT-R NISMO as well as Juke NISMO

Dodge Updates 2015 Charger

After launching the new 2015 Dodge Challenger, Dodge rolled out the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger featuring a whole host of updates including a new hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, front doors (this is a 4 door sports car remember?), LED fog lights, new wheels, and the signature LED “racetrack” taillights.

Taking a closer look up front, the new 2015 Dodge Charger gets an all-new crosshair grill, plenty of LEDs (fog lights, day time running lights, and turn signals) and new projector headlights. The front fascia has been sloped more aggressively to give it a meaner stance. The updated front-end follows the same design language found on the Dart and Durango.

Out back the C-pillar has been moved further back and combined with a shorter rear overhang gives the 2015 Charger more of a fastback look. A new three piece rear spoiler is integrated into the rear fenders and trunk lid and the rear “racetrack” LED ribbon taillights have been brought over from the Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the decklid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger’s backup camera.

The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT can be fitted with Dodge’s innovative AWD system with front-axle disconnect which results in a fuel economy gain of about 5%. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.

The new 2015 Dodge Charger will be available this fall.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax NYIAS

Chevrolet also displayed their all-new Trax mini-suv.  The cute-ute has an available turbo eco-tec motor and available AWD.

Styling is corporate Chevrolet with the standard double grill and bow tie.  It looks like a bit of a squished Cruze to me.  The inside is room for its class and the double glove box is an interesting addition.  The upper one has a port for a music player like an iPod or the like. The button and the door itself felt a little flimsy to me and was made of hard plastic.

Like the Cruze, the Trax gets Siri integration, LTE OnStar and an available Wifi hotspot.  I think you have to subscribe to OnStar to take advantage of the hotspot.  Siri Eyesfree will read your text messages to you as you drive.

The Trax comes with “TapShift” but I didn’t see any evidence of paddles.  The rear hatch allows for 530 litres of storage, but for parents, you’ll have to put your stroller in upright or stick with an umbrella stroller.

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Mazda’s Parade Of Miatas At The NYIAS

For the 25th birthday of the Miata, Mazda put together a huge number of historically significant Miata’s throughout it’s history at the New York International Auto Show. #14, #15, and #17, the world debut cars from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show are here, as well as #500,000 and #700,000 milestone cars. Many other Miatas dot its history, and Mazda has done a great job of rounding out the most interesting ones from the last 25 years.

Check out the massive 75 pic gallery after the jump.

Dodge Utilizes Centennials To Introduce New 2015 Dodge Challenger

In the introduction video for Dodge’s press conference to introduce the new 2015 Dodge Challenger and Chargers, a dozen or so centennials began by saying what they’ve learned over their lives. In a montage with some calm elevator music we were told that over their 100 years of life they have learned a lot. We were told to never lie, never cheat, always follow rules, learn from our mistakes and to open our eyes and enjoy life. Then the music changed. The burnouts began, and the smoke started. The montage continued and now we were told to break all the rules, drive fast, have fun and to live life! That definitely woke up some of the sleepy journalists in attendance as many broke out in laughter. There’s just something awesome about a 106 year old man hanging out the window of a Dodge Challenger flashing the horns.

To assist with the hooning, Dodge is now offering a new Scat Pack model with a 6.4L HEMI V8 that delivers a 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft punch to their competitors throats. Power is delivered through a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. This results in a quarter mile time in the low 12s and a 0-60 time around 4.5 seconds. A special Scat Pack Appearance Group adds a unique Bumble Bee rear stripe, Gloss Black grille surround, HID headlamps and unique 20-by-9-inch forged lightweight Hyper Black II matte aluminum wheels. The interior features Scat Pack embroidered high-performance seats, premium embroidered floor mats, animated Scat Pack logo in the cluster, a high-performance steering wheel and premium Alpine-branded audio system with 276-watt amplifier.

To help hold the car still during some crazy burnouts, the car is equipped with brembo brakes and new 20″ wheels. Other new features include launch control and a three-mode electronic stability control with full-off capabilities. For those looking for a tamer Challenger, Dodge is still offering the 3.6L V6 with 305 horsepower and the 5.7L HEMI V8 that makes 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque that were offered with the current generation Challenger.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger design takes several cues from the classic 1971 Challenger including the split “race track” LED ribbon taillights and split grill. Up front four LED halos surround the projector headlights. HID headlights are also available. Also returning from the current Challenger is the iconic engine-mounted, fully functional cold-air induction Shaker hood available on the R/T and R/T Plus models.

The new 2015 Dodge Challenger will be available later this year, and the Scat Pack model will be available shortly after that.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze NYIAS

In New York, we ran into the Chevrolet Cruze. It has gone through a facelift and has be shorn with the corporate face that you see on the Malibu and Impala. Can’t say it is exciting, but it isn’t ugly either. It looks like a good compact economy car that would be suited to a student or someone who just graduated.

The interior is standard Chevrolet fair. Available is Siri integration, LTE OnStar and a Wifi hotspot.

A Diesel engine is available that GM claims is more efficient than the comparable VW TDI model.

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Mazda Celebrates Miata’s 25th Birthday With Anniversary Edition

As the Mazda Miata turns 25 this year, Mazda is churning out a 25th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the occasion. The 25th Anniversary Edition revealed here in New York is based on the power retractable hard top model, and available with either manual or automatic transmissions. The only color available is Soul Red Metallic, and other details includes white leather upholstery and door trim, hand-finished decorative panel, Bilstein dampers, and black painted roof, A-pillars, and door mirrors.

Click through for more pics of the 25th Anniversary Miata.

2015 Subaru Outback NYIAS

20 years ago, Subaru announced the original Outback here in New York.  They did an interesting reveal today to highlight the versatility of the Outback suggesting that you could go from the Mountains in the morning, to dinner and a show in the evening.  Subaru is trying to move the Outback upmarket. Standard are many features that you only see on higher end luxury vehicles.  It has dual color Eyesight cameras that mark the road and help keep you in your lane.  Rear radar for lane assist and cross traffic when backing out in a parking lot.

The newest model isn’t any larger than the outgoing one, but luxury features abound.  Air Conditioning and heated seats for rear passengers are now available.  A Logic 7 stereo should be pleasing to your ears.

Engines carry over from it’s Legacy brother and the front grill features active shutters.

Subaru is pinning it’s hopes on the Outback to help it increase overall sales and it targeting 460,000 units in the US alone.  Subaru sells over half of its worldwide production in the US.  People seem to love the versitility and practicality of the vehicles they sell.

From an aesthetic point of view, this Outback is probably one of the best looking.  The usual plastic cladding has been minimized.  It is lifted and looks more SUV like than the wagon it is based on.  This might be due to the fact that Subaru no longer sells the Legacy wagon in North America and is trying to fill the void.

The Outback should be released later this summer and pricing should be in line with the current model.

Pics after the jump.

2015 Infiniti Q70 Facelift Adds Long Wheel Base Model

Infiniti’s strategy over the past few years, including their new model nomenclature has always been tied back to the chinese market. Now with the refresh of their flagship sedan, the Q70 (formerly known as the M) they are adding a long wheel base model which Mercedes-Benz and BMW already do in the Chinese market but Infiniti will be offering the Q70L in all markets. Good news if you have a driver and want to relax in the back seat with your legs crossed.

The Q70L adds about 6 inches to the wheelbase most of which is used to extend rear leg room. The overall length of the car has been increased by about 7 inches. Infiniti did not bring a Q70L onto the show floor but showed one on the screen and with the lines on the car, I think it actually looks better than the regular Q70. In addition to the extra legroom, the Q70L adds rear auto-closure, rear heated seats, reading lamps for the rear passengers as well as dedicated 12V power outlets.

The facelifted Q70 adds new headlights and tailights with the usual LED treatments as well as the newer upper and lower grills already found on the Q50 as well as the just refreshed Infiniti QX80 that was also revealed today.

The new 2015 Q70 will be available in September and the Q70L will be available the following month in October. Pricing information will be announced closer to the arrival of the Q70 in showrooms.

Pictures of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 and Q70L

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