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BMW Discontinues ActiveHybrid X6

There are few SUVs like the BMW X6 on the market, and one of its variants, the ActiveHybrid X6, won’t be available in the United States for the 2012 model year. “The ActiveHybrid X6 is one of the last non-General Motors models to use the two-mode hybrid system that was jointly developed by BMW, GM and then-DaimlerChrysler,” writes Inside Line. “Chrysler dropped its Durango and Aspen hybrids shortly after production began, and Mercedes-Benz phased out the ML-Class hybrid earlier ... continue reading»

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BMW 6-Series to get Optional AWD Grip

Last week, we mentioned that Jaguar plans to bring all-wheel drive versions of the XJ and XF to market in the next three years. Now, BMW has followed suit, albeit on a tighter timeline, as 2012 650i coupes and convertibles will be available with xDrive, according to BMW’s website. The decision to offer the 6-Series with an all-wheel drive option came as a surprise to some auto journalists. “Without much fanfare, the all-wheel drive option seemed to magically appear ... continue reading»

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Acura Reveals Pricing for 2012 TSX Lineup

Acura recently announced prices for its 2012 TSX sedan and wagon lineup. Compared with the 2011 TSX models, buyers will pay $200 more for a 2012 TSX, regardless of trim level. The base 2012 Acura TSX sports sedan starts at $29,810, while the TSX Special Edition, which is slated to hit dealerships later this month, starts at $30,810. The Special Edition trim level includes several cosmetic upgrades to differentiate it from the base TSX, but it has the ... continue reading»

Tags: Acura TSX, Acura TSX Sport Wagon, Model News, 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Jeep Liberty SUVs Investigated for Loss of Control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation is investigating about 200,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years for a potential loss of vehicle control. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation received 13 owner complaints reporting “failure of either the right or left rear lower control arm due to excessive corrosion” in states with winter weather and heavy road salt use. NHTSA says that Chrysler also received 11 complaints for the same ... continue reading»

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Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012 Prius Lineup

Toyota announced prices for its 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in and Prius v hybrids last week. The base Prius Plug-in hybrid will start at $32,000, while the Plug-in Advanced starts at $39,525. The Toyota Prius v Two wagon starts at $26,400, the Toyota Prius v Three has a price tag of $27,165 and the top-of-the-line Toyota Prius v Five starts at $29,990. All prices exclude a $760 delivery, processing and handling fee. The 2012 Toyota Prius ... continue reading»

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