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Mercedes has been building (or having Magna Steyr build) the G-Class for an unfathomable 36 years now. Needless to say, the legendary off-roader wouldn’t still be around if not for the occasional update here and there, and that’s just what the German automaker announced today. The list of enhancements to the iconic Geländewagen is almost as long as its lifespan, but the most salient point here is the introduction of a new engine. The revised G550 introduces a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, based on the high-performance engine...Continue reading »

Scion has bumped up the starting price of its rear-drive FR-S for the 2016 model year, although as the manufacturer tells it, an improved interior and more standard equipment makes the extra cost easier to bear. The FR-S with the six-speed manual has gone from $24,900 to $25,305, while the automatic’s former $26,000 entry price has received an identical $405 bump. Those prices do not include a $770 destination charge. Offsetting the price increase is a new audio interface with a standard seven-inch touchscreen display and integrated...Continue reading »

The Chevrolet Volt has not been the resounding success General Motors hoped for here in the United States. But it’s fortunes in Chevy’s home country are nothing compared to how poorly it’s done down under. Only 246 Volts have been sold in Australia, where the car is branded as a Holden, since its debut in 2012. That’s not just a bad showing – it’s an absolute disaster. According to Motoring.com.au, it was the Volt’s astonishing $60,000 price tag, combined with a lack of interest from Aussie drivers,...Continue reading »

Pininfarina may be best known for designing Ferraris and Maseratis, but it can’t survive on Italian exotics alone. (At least not these days.) Hence the DX7, an SUV designed for Chinese automaker South East Motor and unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The resulting form is actually pretty handsome – far better than we’ve come to expect, at any rate, from most of the Chinese crossovers we’ve seen to date. A shapely front end leads to muscular lines and a dynamically sloped roofline, with defined wheel arches, well-balanced...Continue reading »

North American buyers looking for a luxury automobile from Dearborn know to turn to Lincoln, but overseas, the Ford brand itself appeals to upscale customers with its own products. The Blue Oval automaker unveiled a premium take on the Taurus for the Chinese market at the Shanghai Motor Show this weekend, and in Europe it’s rolling out the Vignale sub-brand with the model you see here. Previewed in concept form a year and a half ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Vignale line revives the name of a storied Italian coachbuilder...Continue reading »

Lotus and China’s Goldstar Heavy Industrial Company are forming a joint venture that will bring the historic British sports-car maker into the country. “The collaboration seeks to accelerate the development of Lotus cars in the premium sports segment in China,” according to the announcement. The JV will include research projects on efficient and advanced technology, and ultimately lead to sales of cars there, Lotus said. China’s auto market is no longer experiencing the double-digit growth of the past, but it...Continue reading »

Volvo is expanding its global range of Twin Engine plug-in hybrids. It’s offering the XC90 T8 in markets around the world, the V60 D5 and D6 diesel hybrids in Europe, and now it’s introducing the S60L T6 Twin Engine in China. Set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next week, Volvo’s latest Twin Engine model is based on the locally produced, long-wheelbase S60L. Its powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine driving 238 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels with a 50-kW electric...Continue reading »

Lexus will debut a new version of its ES sedan at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. Don’t expect it to be a total redesign, however – with the sixth-generation ES having just gone on sale in late 2012, we only anticipate a mid-cycle refresh. That’s the impression we get from the teaser image above, too. The most prominent change is the reshaping of the headlamps with an LED swoosh, the overall shape of the fascia is very similar to that of the current car. The grille looks to be a bit more angular and pronounced,...Continue reading »

With the launch of its new Sports Series, McLaren is reaching out into a whole new market – one far more accessible than the supercars it has made to date. That means there’ll be a whole new class of customers who’ll suddenly contemplate putting $184,900 down on an example of Woking’s finest. But whether you’re among those with the means or not, it’s a tempting way to waste some time to play around with an online configurator – and that’s just what McLaren has launched for the new 570S. The British...Continue reading »

Go back a couple of decades and no one would have heard of a luxury crossover. Most of the benefits of a luxury sedan and an SUV with few of the drawbacks? Unheard of. Then 1997 rolled around and two vehicles changed the face of the industry forever. One was the Mercedes M-Class. The other was the Lexus RX. And both have seen their successors unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week. The new Mercedes GLE that takes the place of the M-Class, we’ve already brought you from the floor of the Javitz Center. Now it’s time for...Continue reading »


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