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2014 Lexus IS Set for Detroit Debut

Lexus will unveil the redesigned 2014 IS sport sedan next week at the Detroit Auto Show. The redesign brings Lexus’ now signature spindle grill to the IS, as well as all new sheet metal and a new interior design. Like the current model, Lexus indicates in a press release that the 2014 IS will be offered in multiple trims levels, including IS 250 and 350 with an available F-Sport package for both trims. Lexus says that the 2014 IS is ... continue reading»

Tags: Lexus IS, Upscale Midsize Cars, Model News

Nissan Announces Price Drop for 2013 Leaf

Nissan says that when the 2013 Nissan Leaf goes on sale, it will have a lower starting price, more cargo space and a new onboard charger that reduces the Leaf’s charge time and helps improve its range. One of the major changes to the 2013 Leaf is a 6.6 kW onboard charger. According to Nissan, the new charger not only shortens the 220-volt charging time from about eight hours to four hours, but by moving the charger to ... continue reading»

Tags: Model Updates, Nissan LEAF, Model News, electric cars

2014 Audi SQ5 Slated for the Detroit Auto Show

Audi is set to debut a high-performance version of its luxury compact SUV at the North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit. Just like the Audi Q5 3.0T, the new 2014 Audi SQ5 will pack a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine under its hood. However, with 354 horsepower, the SQ5 produces 82 more horsepower than the Q5 3.0T. Car and Driver points out that “every 3.0-liter V-6 in Audi’s lineup could be considered lesser ... continue reading»

Tags: Audi Q5, Model News, Detroit Auto Show, Audi SQ5

Dodge Dart GT Headed for Detroit Auto Show

A more potent Dodge Dart will be introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. The 2013 Dodge Dart GT will have a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is 24 more horsepower than what other Dart models’ engines make. Dodge says in a statement the new Dart GT will feature a sport-tuned suspension “that delivers ride and handling attributes designed to cater to driving enthusiasts.” A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Dodge Dart, 2013 Detroit Auto Show

IIHS Picks 13 Midsize Sedans with "Superior Crash Protection" for 2013

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded 13 midsize sedans to its new Top Safety Pick+. In addition to receiving scores of "Good" or "Acceptable" in IIHS’s new small overlap frontal-impact crash test, the 13 vehicles chosen as Top Safety Pick+ winners received top scores of "Good" in moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact and rollover crash tests. The new small overlap frontal crash test, which was announced in August, simulates a front corner of ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, IIHS, IIHS Top Safety Pick

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