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Mazda 2 Sedan errr I mean the 2016 Scion iA or maybe Toyota Yaris


Until today, I didn’t know that Toyota and Mazda had any type of co-operative relationship. Introducing the Toyota Yaris sedan (in Canada) / Scion iA (in USA) / Mazda 2 sedan (elsewhere).

It is supposed to start in the $16K range in the US for the Scion version. I’d expect just under $19K in Canada.

A 1.5L 4-cylinder 106hp engine motivates the Yaris and is connected to a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto.

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Toyota Adds Hybrid Model For 2016 RAV4


Hybrids are infecting the rest of the Toyota Line. Today, in New York, Toyota unveiled the latest RAV4. The Rav4 got a bit of a polishing with new LED headlights, tail lights and bumper treatments. Other improvements include a new cup holder that accommodates your favourite mug with handles and paddle shifters on the new SE trim level.

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Another eurowagon is on its way. 2016 Scion iM.


It seems North Americans don’t get it. Wagons are better. It’s something that Europeans know and thus you see many more wagons than SUVs on the other side of the Atlantic. Here in New York, we got our first live look at the production Scion iM that is a rebadged Toyota Auris which is based on the Corolla.

It is a 5 door with a hatch in the back. It’s expected to come in under $20K USD, so expect it to be around $25K in Canada. The iM comes with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a CVTi-S with “7-step shifting.”

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Volkswagen Brings Quartet Of Beetles To The Big Apple


Here at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen is showing off four Beetle concepts that not only play homage to the Beetle’s past but also provides a preview of what may be coming down the line. Two of the concepts are coupes and two are convertibles and VW has said it is gauging the public’s reaction to determine which of these concepts will make it to production. The next-generation Beetle, which will be moving to the MQB platform which underpins the Golf will probably arrive as a MY2018 Beetle. My guess is one, or possibly all of these concepts will be used to push the last remaining current generation Beetles out the door before the arrival of the next generation.

Some customers in China and abroad have requested that the factory offer a pink color option, and that color is being tested in the Pink Color Edition concept. Painted in pink metallic with grey accents on the mirrors and side mouldings this pink Beetle caters to the trendy, style-concious individual that wants to make a statement with their car.

The Beetle Convertible Denim concept car has what I initially thought was a denim soft top, but it turns out it is just a textured fabric that resembles denim. It is painted in a stonewashed Blue metallic paint and also has grey accents like the Pink Color Edition concept. Moving inside denim-like pockets adorn the backs and sides of the seats. The inner seat surfaces are upholstered in a light blue fabric while the outer surfaces are lined with blue leatherette and the piping is trimmed in white. Various other interior trims and panels are adorned in blue fabric and white stitching and details.


While the Denim Beetle concept had a nice cool tone to it the other Beetle convertible concept, the Beetle Convertible Wave has a fiery Habanero Orange metallic paint job offset with chrome side mirrors. The seat inserts are in a classic houndstooth pattern that are a throwback to the 50’s and 60’s fashion scene. A wooden dashpad inspired by a traditional surfboard complement the design of the seats.

The last Beetle featured is the R-Line concept. The R-Line concept is finished in a Oryx White Pearl paint with an aggressive looking front bumper featuring enlarged air vents and a glossy black lower front lip that extends down the sides and fender of the car. The side mirrors and rear diffuser are also finished in a glossy black paint job. The dashpad, door inserts and steering wheel feature splashs of carbon fiber because race car. In fact, the Beetle R-Line concept is more than half an inch wider than the standard production car.

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Is this the car the a Modern Green Hornet would drive? Aston Martin Vulcan.


A car for the 1% of the 1%. Only 24 will be built. They cost $2.3 Million USD.

Here’s what you need to know.

  • FIA certified for racing.
  • Lots of Carbon
  • CCBs
  • 7L V12
  • 800hp
  • 6-speed sequential gearbox
  • Sophisticated suspension
  • Driver controlled ABS and traction control

Each owner is offered an opportunity to learn how to race cars. The programme will use high-end AM cars such as the One-77 and the GT4 race car. The racing programme is only intended to have the Vulcan race other Vulcans.

The show car had no interior, so I don’t know if there is a seat in the car for Kato.

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Infiniti QX50 Gets Facelifted In New York


The crossover formerly known as the Infiniti EX, and now called the QX50 has received a facelift here at the 2015 New York Auto Show. However, despite it being the first facelift for the QX50 since its introduction as the EX35 before the nomenclature change this isn’t really a big change. Infiniti had launched a QX50 specifically for the Chinese market previously with a longer wheelbase and now it is being introduced to all markets as a facelifted model for 2016.

The 2016 QX50 gets a subtle makeover on the front and rear fascias and now looks closer to the Q50 sedan it is based on. The wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer an the overall length has grown by 4.5 inches. The result is an 8.3 cubic feet increase in interior space and passengers in the rear will be the main beneficiaries. Rear legroom grows by 4.3 inches and rear knee room grows by 3.9 inches. The QX50 has been raised by just under half an inch on the RWD models and 0.8 inches on the AWD models.

More pictures of the 2016 Infiniti QX50 after the break.

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Time to get optimistic. 2016 Kia Optima.


Kia has updated the Optima. It was shown here in New York today. Dimensionally bigger in every direction, it brings a challenge to the hotly contested mid-size market.

3 Engine choices. A 1.6L Turbo 4 that makes 178hp. A 2.4 GDI that makes 185hp and a 2.0L Turbo that pushes 247. The first engine comes mated to a 7-speed DCT (a first for Kia). The others come with a 6-speed auto. Luxury features abound and Kia gave the Optima better seats. A First for Kia is a large panoramic sunroof support structure made with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which helps reduce weight and lower the vehicle’s center of gravity.

No pricing information. Should go on sale in the last quarter of the year.

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Infiniti QX30 Concept Arrives In New York


The Infiniti QX30 Concept was unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show and like other concept vehicles released lately, it is not too far from production. In fact Infiniti has said they plan to bring out the production version next year and as you can see in the photos there really isn’t much work to bring it to production specs. The body work will of course get toned down a bit but the wavy lines aren’t too aggressive as it is in my opinion. The front end on the concept is a bit busy and will likely be where we will see the most changes when the production version comes out. The over-sized air intakes on the lower front fascia will probably get smaller and be filled in with some sort of fog light.

Under the hood, the concept is packing a 2.0L turbocharged engine coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine is supplied by Mercedes-Benz (right out of the B250) so it’ll likely be about 220 horsepower. It rides on a set of 21″ wheels which sit under a set of plastic fender flares on all four corners. If you’re thinking this is similar to something like an Audi Allroad, you couldn’t be more correct. Like the Allroad, the QX30 Concept is essentially a Q30 Concept with a bit more road clearance and wider plastic over-fenders.

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The M-Class gets a facelift and a new name. 2016 GLE. NYIAS


As has become the new fashion for manufacturers lately, Mercedes released press photos and information about the M-Class facelift to the internet a week before it’s debut at the New York International Autoshow. My guess is that manufacturers are doing this to pre-empt inevitable leaks and disregarded embargoes of their new releases.

This facelift of the current M-Class allows Mercedes to rename their mid-size SUV into the recently announced change in the naming convention. It follows the latest design language that began with the refreshed E-class in 2013. Softer faces adorn most of the line.

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New York: The Almost Affordable McLaren 570S Coupé


I’ve been supporting McLaren in Formula One for as long as I can remember, cheering on the likes of Senna, Häkkinen, and Montoya in the glory days. Sure they’re dead last in F1 this year, and it’s been painful watching them struggle, but there’s nowhere to go but up at this point for the second oldest Formula One team on the grid. Their new road car division however, has been really hitting the marks with products that caters to Generation X’ers struggling through mid-life crisis with really deep pocket books. And today, with the unveiling of the McLaren 570S Coupé, the price of admission just got a little more affordable.

Targeting the upper sports car customers, McLaren has aggressively set the target in the $180,000 range, making the 570S by far the most attainable McLaren to date. First in the line of the newly minted McLaren Sports Series, the 570S brings race derived technology and unparalleled performance into this sports car segment held by the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8, and the now discontinued Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

What does McLaren bring to the table? The 570S features the only car in its class with a Carbon Fiber monocoque, dubbed the MonoCell II in McLaren speak. Derived from the 650S’s MonoCell, it weighs around 170lbs in the 570S, offers exceptional strength and stiffness, and brings the weight of the 570S down to around 2900lbs. The engine, another derivative from the 650S, pumps out 562hp (570PS, hence the name), giving the 570S a blistering 5.2lb/hp power to weight ratio. The combination results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, 0-200km/h blast in 9.5 seconds, and a top speed of 204mph in a mid-engine RWD package under $200k. Isn’t it great having big brother pay all the R&D bills?

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