Archive for January, 2014

Jan
14
Allroad Shooting Brake Concept

Meet the Audi allroad shooting brake concept. Note that Audi prefers lower-case letters for its proper nouns.

DETROIT — Audi built its reputation in the U.S. on its Quattro all-wheel-drive cars, and began augmenting those with SUVs a few years back; first the full-size Q7, followed by the compact Q5 and the recently announced (and even smaller) Q3. Now the company seems to be combining the attributes of an SUV with the soul of a sports car in a new plug-in hybrid concept called the “allroad shooting brake” (all lower case in Audi-speak).

Jan
13
Corvette Z06

The 2015 Corvette Z06 boasts 625 supercharged horsepower. This spokesmodel seems unfazed.

DETROIT – Allowing little time for Corvette fans to catch their collective breath, Chevrolet has rolled out the fourth-ever Z06 version of its storied sports cars.

Just months after launching the all-new 2014 “C7” ‘Vette, Chevy ups the ante…to 625 horsepower.

Jan
13
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The Kia GT4 Stinger Concept routes 315 horsepower through the rear wheels.

DETROIT – A product of Kia’s Irvine, California design studio, the Kia GT4 Stinger follows in the wake of concepts including the Track’ster and Cross GT.

Jan
13
2015 Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit is slightly shorter for 2015, but 13 horsepower more muscular.

DETROIT — Honda’s smallest four-door U.S. offering is redesigned for 2015, picking up extra cabin space and a few horsepower in the process.

Jan
13
Mercedes-Benz C250, AMG Line, Avantgarde, Diamantsilber metallic

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is four inches longer overall than the car it replaces.

DETROIT — Prior to the introduction of the compact, front-wheel-drive CLA Class earlier this year, the C-Class was the entry point to the Mercedes-Benz lineup — and often the make’s best-selling car. Now the C-Class gets redesigned, growing larger and more sophisticated in the bargain.

Jan
13

Toyota FT-1 Concept

DETROIT – In revealing the FT-1 concept, Toyota was careful never to use the word Supra. Indeed, the company is keen to drive home the point that the show car is just that, a show car.

Jan
13
2015 Chrysler 200

The 2015 200 wears what the maker says is the new face of Chrysler.

DETROIT — Wearing what that maker is calling the “new face” of Chrysler, the 2015 200 should prove strong elixir for the little that remains wrong with Chrysler.

Jan
13
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Thanks to new aluminum body panels, the 2015 Ford F-150 sheds as much as 700 pounds, depending on body type.

DETROIT – On the heels of all-new Chevrolet and GMC pickups, and substantially freshened Ram and Toyota trucks, Ford introduces the redesigned 2015 F-150.

The big news is the maker’s switch to aluminum body panels, a move which Ford claims will lower the F-150’s curb weight by as much as 700 pounds, depending on body type. Ford claims the new body panels are more dent resistant than the steel panels they replace.

Jan
10
Buick Regal AWD

Consumer Guide’s test Buick Regal came to $40,445. Looking for a little less Buick? Regal starts at $30,615.

2014 Buick Regal AWD Premium II Group

Miles driven: 256

Fuel used: 10.0 gallons

Jan
10
2015 Elio

The 2015 Elio is tentatively priced at $6800. The tiny three-wheeled vehicle accommodates two passengers sitting in tandem, motorcycle style.

It may have been an odd venue for a vehicle introduction, but the Elio is a pretty odd vehicle.

Unveiled during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the three-wheeled Elio’s claim to fame is great fuel economy and a promised $6800 sticker price.