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Mazda and FIAT Team Up to Build Next Generation Miata

Mazda announced an alliance with FIAT Tuesday, which will result in the next-generation MX-5 Miata. In addition to a redesigned version of our 2012 Best Sports Car for the Money, the Miata will also gain an Alfa Romeo sibling. Both sports cars will offer the Miata’s lightweight design and rear-wheel drive, but there will be some differences. They’ll be powered by different engines and offer unique styling which will be specific to each brand. The partnership will offer ... continue reading»

Tags: Industry News, Redesigns, Mazda MX 5 Miata, Model News

Jeep Wrangler Recalled for Fire Hazard

Chrysler Group is recalling Jeep Wrangler SUVs from the 2010 model year for a potential fire hazard. About 67,872 Jeep Wrangler models with an automatic transmission are included in the safety recall. The Wrangler’s “transmission skid plate, which is close to the catalytic converter, can collect debris,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. Since the catalytic converter, which is located under the SUV, heats up when the vehicle is being driven, “the debris can ignite without warning ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, Jeep Wrangler, Model News

BMW 3-Series, Acura RDX Given IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2012 BMW 3-Series midsize sedan and 2013 Acura RDX crossover SUV Top Safety Picks. This means they both received the highest score of “good” in the Institute’s front, rear, side and roof strength tests. “Both vehicles earned their listed status by upgrading the strength of their roofs,” Autoblog reports. The 2007 to 2012 Acura RDX was rated “marginal” for its roof strength, which is the second lowest rating, while ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, IIHS, Acura RDX, BMW 3 Series, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick

Lexus Discontinues HS Hybrid

Though the Lexus HS 250h has only been on the market for about three years, Lexus confirmed last week that it has stopped building and selling the upscale hybrid because sales were so poor. Though the automaker actually stopped manufacturing the car back in January, Lexus only recently announced that it is pulling the HS Hybrid off the market, reports Inside Line. It’s rare for an automaker to discontinue a vehicle after it has only been on the market ... continue reading»

Tags: Lexus HS, Hybrid Luxury, Model News

New Rear-Wheel Drive Chevrolet SS Performance Model in the Works

Though Chevrolet isn’t releasing many details, General Motors has confirmed that it will introduce a V8-powered, rear-wheel drive performance sedan for the 2014 model year, to be named the Chevrolet SS. Chevrolet notes in a statement that 2014 will be the first time in 17 years that the brand has offered a rear-wheel drive sedan in U.S. showrooms. The introduction of the new Chevrolet SS is big news to automotive enthusiasts, who regard rear-wheel drive as crucial to ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Chevrolet, Affordable Large Cars, New models

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