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Consumer Reports Slams 2014 Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS 250

2014 Infiniti Q50 Two of the newest upscale midsize cars on the market fall short in Consumer Reports’ tests. The new 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS are outranked by a number of competitors, including the BMW 328i, Mercedes-Benz C250, Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost and Volvo S60 T5. Consumer Reports says that while the Q50 is intended to replace the Infiniti G37 sedan, the new car does not meet its expectations. “The Infiniti G has been one of Consumer ... continue reading»

Tags: Lexus IS, Model News, Consumer Reports, Infiniti Q50

2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible Priced From $49,675

2014 BMW 4-Series Converible Our top-ranked upscale midsize car is about to lose its top, as a convertible version of the 2014 BMW 4-Series will hit showroom floors in the first quarter of 2014. BMW says in a press release, “The ‘4’ in its title headlines this new product line for the Convertible and emphasizes not only its stand-out design, but also the fact that any way you look at it, the new 4 Series Convertible represents something more than its BMW 3 Series ... continue reading»

Tags: Auto Shows, Convertibles, Model News, Pricing, BMW 4 Series

Short List for 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Announced

2013 Cadillac ATS With the Detroit Auto Show just a few months away, jurors for the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) awards are whittling down their list of potential winners. “The lists of 12 cars and 12 trucks and utility vehicles will be narrowed to three each in December and a winner will be named at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January,” the Detroit Free Press reports. Autoblog writes that NACTOY’s short ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Detroit Auto Show, North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year

2014 BMW M3 and M4 Get Twin-Turbo Power

2014 BMW M3 Testing at Nuerburgring BMW has released more information on its upcoming 2014 M3 sedan and M4 coupe, which will debut in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. “The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most demanding race track – have readied the new models for that transition,” says Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, president of BMW M GmbH in a press release. “Meticulous ... continue reading»

Tags: Redesigns, BMW M3, Model News, BMW M4

Honda Recalls 2003 Acura MDX, 2003-04 Honda Odyssey

Honda has announced that it will recall 56,000 Acura MDX SUVs and 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because an electrical interference could cause the air bag system to malfunction. The recall affects the 2003 Acura MDX, as well as Honda Odysseys from the 2003 and 2004 model years. While no crashes have been reported, Honda says it “has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months” that the air bags in these ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Acura MDX, Honda Odyssey, Model News

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