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The Porsche Panamera first debuted back in 2009 and underwent a facelift in 2013. That means the all-new, next-generation Panamera should be arriving in time for the 2017 model year, and here were have our first look at its plug-in hybrid variant. Following the last prototype spotted undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden, this new Panamera test mule spotted in southern Europe appears to be running the E-Hybrid powertrain setup – judging, at least, by the presence of a second filler cap hiding what’s likely an charging port...Continue reading »

Chevrolet started its long teaser campaign for the 2016 Camaro by just revealing the exhaust manifold and front frame, but as time has passed the company has slowly unveiled more. In the latest glimpse ahead of the pony car’s May 16 debut, we’re actually getting to see the model’s profile completely undisguised. As suggested by the recent tease of the rear and hood, the 2016 Camaro wears a sharper, more angular design than the current model. This is especially the case when you look at the taut lines making up the rear....Continue reading »

When the sales were tallied for April, the combination of pickups, crossovers and SUVs made up over half of the total US volume for the month. The basic rule of economics teaches that high demand leads to growing prices. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that people are paying more to get into one of these vehicles. According to research by Edmunds into the month’s sales, transaction prices for fullsize SUVs were up nine percent from a year ago. Additionally, it was the 20th straight month of trucks outselling cars in the...Continue reading »

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, 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 »