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Scion Will Reportedly Axe xB, xD

The Scion xB and xD will reportedly be discontinued when their current generations end, according to WardsAuto, though Scion has not officially confirmed the termination of either vehicle. WardsAuto spoke with Scion Vice President Jack Hollis, who said that Scion has no plans to replace the two vehicles directly. Sales of the boxy Scion xB are up 2.6 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same time period a year ago. “A model like the ... continue reading»

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Redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra Teased

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is getting a complete overhaul, and the automaker has released a teaser video to show shoppers what they can expect from the revamped affordable small car. The 2013 Sentra is one of five redesigned vehicles Nissan plans to introduce in the next 15 months. Only the 2013 Nissan Altima has been revealed so far, making its debut earlier this month at the New York Auto Show. “The redesigned-for-2013 Altima sedan will go on sale this summer ... continue reading»

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Pricing Announced for 2013 Acura ILX

Acura has announced that the 2013 Acura ILX will start at $25,900, not including an $895 destination fee. Based on the Honda Civic, this upscale small car is a new-for-2013 model that will slot as Acura’s least expensive vehicle, costing about $4,100 less than the current entry-level TSX sedan. The ILX will be available with a choice of three powerplants: the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 150 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower or ... continue reading»

Tags: Prices, Acura, Upscale Small Cars, Model News

Chevrolet Volt May Get New Battery Conservation Mode For 2013

The Chevrolet Volt is expected to receive a few updates for the 2013 model year, including a function that aims to optimize the extended-range electric vehicle for maximum battery efficiency. According to the Chevrolet 2013 ordering guide, the 2013 Volt will receive an EV Hold Mode. GM Inside News, a GM enthusiast forum with no official ties to the automaker, says the mode “will allow Volt drivers to force the car to go into extended range mode (meaning the gas ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet, Model News, 2012 chevrolet volt

Americans Buy More Diesel Cars

Clean diesel automobile sales in the United States increased 35 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same time one year ago, marking a consistent increase in diesel car sales, according to a study by HybridCars.com and Baum and Associates. In a press release, Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit organization, says clean diesel vehicle sales increased by 21.2 percent in January 2012. February diesel vehicle sales were up 42.9 percent, and in March, sales ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Sales Trends, Diesel engines

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