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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 »

With the debut of an all-new RX, Lexus is in a position for continued strong sales in the luxury SUV arena. The fourth-generation RX has grown, making room for the new NX model beneath it. But further up the ladder, things could change for the GX and LX. In an interview with Autoblog at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Lexus executive vice president Mark Templin gave some hints at the future of his brand’s SUV lineup. “With NX and RX, we have a really good one-two punch in the crossover segments, and we think we can cover most...Continue reading »

The top end of the luxury SUV market keeps edging northwards. Where the prospect of spending six figures on an off-roader once seemed unthinkable, a new class at the top end of the segment has emerged with prices exceeding $200k. And now American buyers will have another choice on their hands with the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG G65. The flagship model of the Geländewagen range, the G65 is based on Benz’s immortal SUV that’s been produced in Graz, Austria, since 1979 and (officially) arrived in the US in 2002. But while the...Continue reading »

Ciaz combines, at a high level, every element required in a sedan: a stylish, high-quality design, an ample and comfortable interior space, well-balanced fuel efficiency and driving performance, and high safety performance. Production of the Ciaz will start from June by Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (SMT), Suzuki’s Thai subsidiary, and it will be introduced to the Thai market. SMT’s Rayong Plant started producing the Swift in 2012, the Celerio in 2014, and Ciaz will be the third model to be produced at the plant. Ciaz was launched...Continue reading »

Land Rover will present the new Range Rover Sport HST at the New York International Auto Show 2015.The HST enhances the high performance Range Rover Sport driving experience thanks to its uprated 380PS 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, unique chassis settings and enhanced design features. David Mitchell, Vehicle Programme Director Range Rover Sport, said: “The HST extends our Range Rover Sport line-up giving customers even greater choice. Sitting between the existing 340PS Range Rover Sport 3.0-litre V6 supercharged and the...Continue reading »

Hyundai Motor has received the Jury Prize at the JEC Innovation Awards 2015 for its innovative carbon-fibre frame design showcased on the Intrado concept car. The prize was presented during the JEC Europe 2015 conference in Paris this month. The JEC Innovation Awards recognise technical excellence, market potential and originality, rewarding the most innovative composite solutions worldwide. The organisation selected the lightweight and futuristic frame of Intrado, which complements the concept’s advanced fuel-cell powertrain and design,...Continue reading »

The Lexus NX Line has been awarded the highest rating of five stars in a recently conducted Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) test. The NX crossover SUV features an advanced body and interior design as well as an extensive range of safety features to protect the driver and its occupants. These include dual frontal, side chest, curtain and driver knee airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic stability control. Lexus NX’s frontal and side collision protection measures, including...Continue reading »

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee today officially opened a first-of-its-kind EV fast-charging depot at the new Bellevue Nissan outside Seattle. The fast-charging depot features six fast-charging stations – the largest group of fast chargers at any dealership in America. Bellevue Nissan, formerly Nissan of the Eastside at Bellevue, is opening the new charging depot at their brand new dealership, which is also opening today. As one of the nation’s top-selling Nissan LEAF dealers, Bellevue Nissan identified an opportunity to increase...Continue reading »