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The new Jeep Yuntu plug-in hybrid SUV Concept made its debut this week at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. A 3-row Yuntu SUV is targeting the Chinese market. “SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the potential for the Jeep brand to keep expanding in the country,” said Jeep in a statement. PHEV emblems on the doors confirm the Yuntu uses a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, a technology Jeep wants to bring to the market in the coming years. Technical specifications haven’t been made public yet,...Continue reading »

The Chevrolet FNR-X all-purpose sports concept vehicle made its world premiere today at Auto Shanghai 2017. Chevrolet previously showcased the Chevrolet-FNR (Find New Roads) concept vehicle developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture at Auto Shanghai 2015. “The Chevrolet-FNR is one of Chevrolet’s most forward-thinking concept cars, truly exemplifying the brand’s passion for innovation and ingenuity,” said Alan Batey, GM executive vice president and president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet....Continue reading »

Jeep has long been the most-powerful brand name in SUVs, and now it makes the most-powerful SUV. Although it doesn’t use their devilish name, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk borrows the 707 horsepower supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats. This is the first time that the 6.2-liter supercharged motor has been paired with an all-wheel-drive system, which has been strengthened to handle its 645 lb-ft of brute force torque. Not designed for off-roading (unless you count race tracks as off-road,) the Trackhawk...Continue reading »

There’s a lot to unpack when trying to understand the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. Acura is billing it as a three-row crossover infused with NSX technology via a sport-oriented hybrid drivetrain. So it’s a hybrid crossover, sure. But it doesn’t comport itself like a traditional crossover, nor is it a conventional hybrid. What it is, underneath, is an intentionally subtle blend of impressive technologies doing their best to appear transparent – and it’s too subtle, I fear, to be appreciated by those who’d...Continue reading »

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will make its U.S. debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show this month. Subaru’s redesigned SUV uses the company’s all-new global platform, which increases the rigidity of the body structure by 70 percent. Subaru’s compact SUV sports the brand’s hexagonal grille, hawk-eye headlights, and larger wheel wells with black side- and wheel-arch cladding. It looks ready for a little off-road action, too. Under the hood, the Crosstrek gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers 152 hp — up from...Continue reading »

Nissan is adding a third GT-R model that will slot in between the Premium trim and hotted-up NISMO. The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is heading to the New York auto show next month before going on sale this summer. The name probably sounds familiar, and for good reason. Nissan previously offered a Track Edition GT-R in the U.S. for the 2014 model year. The 2017 Track Edition model receives a host of upgrades taken from NISMO, including its special front fenders, 20-inch wheels, tires, and performance-oriented suspension tuning. But,...Continue reading »

The Trade Centre Wales is opening a new used car supermarket in Wednesbury, West Midlands named The Trade Centre UK. This new site will contain the cheapest cars anywhere in the UK; spread over 12 acres, the lot will contain 1,200 cars and will be open seven days a week. Set to open April 14th, The Trade Centre UK will create over 200 new jobs for the local community across sales, administration and vehicle preparation. Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for regeneration in Sandwell, said of the news: “This is great news and I’m...Continue reading »

Our long-term 2016 Fiat 500X is a fine little crossover that’s nearly undone by a underwhelming and often frustrating powertrain. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder/nine-speed automatic combo can be found in a number of FCA products. In every single application I’ve used this engine, the takeaway has been the same: It’s a boat anchor. I like our 500X, I really do. I haven’t spent as much time behind the wheel as I would like, but I’ve put thousands of miles on its platform twin, the Jeep Renegade,...Continue reading »

Hybrid Kinetic Group wants you to know that its H600 hybrid luxury sedan is more than just a pretty face. In fact, it’s bound for production in 2019 or 2020, according to board member Carter Yeung. The car that was shown off in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show is “85 to 90 percent” of how the final car will look, reports Automotive News. Two more concept vehicles are slated for debut at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. When it reaches production – if it reaches production – the all-wheel-drive HK H600 will...Continue reading »

One learns early in an auto journalist’s career that it’s easier to wring out a sports car on local roads the way the car was designed to be driven than to wring out a sport/utility vehicle on local (off) roads the way it was designed to be rock-climbed. Even in Metro Detroit, the town that gave us the prairie schooners of the 1950s-’70s, there are a couple of decent on-ramp clover leaves. This little turn-around off the gravel back road was barely the size of a good suburban back yard, though, and so I was tempted by...Continue reading »