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The All-New Lexus 2016 RX Arrives in New York


As the pioneer of the luxury crossover segment, Lexus has enjoyed considerable success with the RX and with the recent introduction of the NX crossover. Today they unveiled the all-new RX here at the 2015 New York Auto Show. I was sitting beside Takayuki Katsuda, chief engineer of the new RX, during the unveiling and as it was being introduced I could see he was beaming with pride. I have to say, the new RX is quite the looker. The design of the front end doesn’t stray too far from the Lexus design language with the bold spindle “hourglass” grille up front and center flanked by all-new triple L-shaped LED matrix headlights with LED daytime running lights. Unlike on the smaller NX crossover and RC sedan, the LED daytime running lights are not separated from the main headlight offering in my opinion a much cleaner look.

Looking down the side of the RX the first thing you’ll notice is the blacked out C-pillar creating the appearance of a floating roof on the lighter colored vehicles. The 20″ wheels you see are optional and replace the 19″ optional wheels available on the current RX. The new wheels are also available with a body color-matched insert for those that want to personalize their RX. You’ll also notice when viewing the vehicle from the side how far the headlights and taillights wrap around the vehicle. For the first time, the F SPORT package will be available on the RX. With the F SPORT package on the RX the spindle grille and lower center piece of the rear bumper incorporate an “F” mesh design while new exclusive 20″ wheels with graphite finish will complete the sportier look. The rear hatch now opens with a new hands-free gesture by hovering ones hand over the rear Lexus logo for a couple seconds. Pretty cool, but how well will this work if your hands are full of groceries and/or boxes?

Inside, the driver is treated to a custom F SPORT instrument cluster with a TFT Multi Information Display as well as a sport steering wheel, featuring perforated leather trim, an F SPORT emblem, and paddle shifters. Exclusive colors and trim pieces are also part of F SPORT.

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Ford Edge Concept, A Preview Of The 2015 Ford Edge?


Ford first showed off its Ford Edge Concept last November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show but we ran into it last week at the 2014 NYIAS. Following a trend that more manufacturers seem to be moving towards, this concept looks pretty much production-ready. Even the lower front fascia is free from race-car-esque low hanging aggressive looking carbon fiber. The front grill is about the only thing that doesn’t look like it came from Ford’s parts bin. The grill on the concept borrows an idea first introduced with the Ford Atlas Concept and now found on the 2015 Ford F-150: Active grill shutters. In an effort to meet ever stricter fuel economy standards, manufacturers are increasingly looking to new technologies. At low speed stop-and-go driving, the shutters remain open to provide cooling to the engine. At cruising speeds the shutters close to reduce aerodynamic drag. Styling wise the production version of the second generation Ford edge will likely see a grill closer in style to its big brother the Ford Explorer.

The Ford Edge Concept showcases future Ford driver assist technologies such as its fully assisted parking aid. The feature extends functionality beyond Ford’s current active park assist feature that helps drivers parallel park into tight spaces by fully automating the process down to a touch of a button. In fact the new parking aid system can be operated remotely to pull a vehicle out of a tight spot before one even gets into it. Advanced obstacle avoidance systems that are now rolling out into luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz ML class, can also be found on the Ford Edge Concept. On its R&D vehicle, the system is able to issue warnings if it detects slow-moving or stationary obstacles in the same lane ahead. If the driver fails to steer or brake following the warnings, the system will automatically steer and brake the vehicle to avoid a collision. Other technology that will likely be included in the next generation Ford Edge include: A lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control and collision warning, blind spot information system, adaptive steering and start-stop technology.

The competition is heating up in this segment with Nissan upping its game with the introduction of the 2015 Nissan Murano. I look forward to seeing what Ford brings with the 2015 Ford Edge. Will we see it before the 2014 LA Auto Show?

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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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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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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 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

Infiniti Refreshes The QX80, Adds New Limited Trim

A refreshed Infiniti QX80 rolled out today at the New York Auto Show featuring some mild tweaks for the large SUV formerly known as the QX56 before the new Infiniti model naming change. Most of the changes are on the front end with some slightly restyled headlights and an updated grill based on the Q50 front end. The lower grill in the front fascia has been updated as well and the fog light housing has been updated as well. The headlights (both high and low beam), fog lights and turn signals are LED now.

Out back Infiniti has redesigned the rear bumper and made it bigger to help reduce any damage when loading or unloading recreational gear or bulky cargo. For those looking to dress up their QX80, two new wheels have been added to the collection. A set of 20″ wheels and a set of 22″ forged 14-spoke wheels. Also, for 2015 there are will be three new exterior colors to choose from: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.

Several new technologies have been added for 2015, starting with the Q50’s advanced High Beam Assist and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW). The High Beam Assist headlight function, which is standard on all models, utilizes a forward camera to read oncoming or upcoming traffic and automatically dips the high beams to the low beam setting. The high beam setting is restored when the traffic is clear.

The Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one. Also added are standard 3 Blink one-touch turn signals.

For 2015, the QX80 gets a new Limited Trim which adds even more to a fully loaded QX80. On the inside, if you normally fly in First Class (no, not that Business Class that peasants upgrade to) then you’ll feel at home in this ultra luxurious interior. Every surface is covered in suede or premium leather. Even the speaker grills are wrapped in leather. In case your friend’s don’t realize you’ve purchased the creme-de-la-creme of SUVs, the QX80 Limited also comes with a set of stainless steel lighted sills to remind them.

“The new QX80 Limited occupies a unique place in the luxury SUV market, offering an ultra-luxury interior in a 3-row/7-passenger contemporary platform,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. “Our new Limited answers the demand from QX80 owners for a vehicle that is more sophisticated but not over-the-top – and one that remains at its core pure Infiniti. It’s a combination that should also attract many new ultra-luxury buyers to the Infiniti brand.”

If you’re looking for more power with the refreshed QX80, you’re out of luck. Not even the Limited trim adds any performance enhancements. The same 5.6L V8 powerplant that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque is under the hood providing a 8,500 pound towing capacity. The new QX80 will be for sale in September while QX80 Limited buyers will have to wait until December.

More Pictures of the QX80 and QX80 Limited

Audi A3 Sportback TDI Coming To America Afterall

Audi has relented under immense pressure from fans calling for them to bring the TDI version of the A3 Sportback to North America. Okay, maybe not immense pressure but Audi says they are responding to thousands of e-mails and posts on social media when they reconsidered. They had previously only announced the Audi A3 e-tron would be coming to North America.

The A3 sportback was never really popular in North America, as many people shopping for this type of vehicle typically went with either a hatchback, wagon or crossover depending on how they saw the A3 sportback. Will the addition of a TDI model really make a difference? I’m thinking it won’t but I guess we’ll see with the increasing popularity of diesel powered vehicles. Audi obviously knew the sportback wasn’t popular in North America which is why they finally brought the sedan to this side of the pond.

Gallery of the A3 after the jump.

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