2016 Fiat 500X Video

Fiat's new SUV is a bit smaller than the brand's 500L tall hatchback, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2016 Fiat 500X is the most capable but conventional-looking Fiat so far. The brand's newest offering made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Inside, Mays says drivers will be impressed with the quality of the cabin materials and the easy-to-use controls. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 9,000 2012-2014 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 9,000 BMW vehicles, including model-year 2014 328i Sports Wagons; 2012-14 BMW 320i sedans, 328i sedans, 320i xDrive sedans and 328i xDrive sedans; 2012-13 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i roadsters; and 2014 BMW 428i and 428i xDrive coupes

The Problem: Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail, causing a reduction in braking power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location for free. This latest action is an expansion of a recall from earlier this year.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays is literally sitting in the lap of luxury in his latest video from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes wants to make Maybach a separate sub-brand, and the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the automaker's first offering.

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Mays says the car is opulent, inside and out, and rear-seat room is absolutely outrageous.  Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Record Number of Motorists to Hit the Road This Thanksgiving

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If you're headed over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, the roads might be just a bit more crowded this year. AAA is reporting that 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over 2013 and the highest volume of travelers since 2007.

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For drivers, the news is both good and bad. According to AAA, the 41.3 million travelers who plan to drive to their destination will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years. Last year, motorists paid an average of $3.28 per gallon of regular gas, more than 40 cents lower than the current national average. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is less enthusiastic. "It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately that means more crashes," the agency said in a statement.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (2)

Holiday Sales Come Early This Year, Even for Cars

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If Santa Claus is on television roaming a garage filled with shiny Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs then Christmas must be just around the corner, right?

Not any longer. Just as retailers now try to gain an early edge with holiday shoppers through "pre-Black Friday" sales, Mercedes and archrival BMW couldn't even wait until daylight saving time ended to start their annual year-end sales promotions.

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BMW, currently the top-selling sales brand in the U.S., began advertising its Happier Holiday Event on Nov. 1 — before many had a chance to take down Halloween decorations.

Mercedes-Benz, nipping at BMW's heels for sales leadership, was on the same schedule. Mercedes dealers started their annual Winter Event on Nov. 1, and around the same time Santa popped up on TV, ushering trucks loaded with naughty and nice Mercedes vehicles out the door.

By Rick Popely | November 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Get on the clock, Hollywood big-shot wannabes, 'cause it's time to start thinking about leasing a new 911 to hand off to the valet in front of The Ivy. The latest version of the Porsche 911 — the Carrera GTS — is now getting face time at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show after its global premiere in the city where its cache is perhaps most appreciated.

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According to Porsche, the four variants of the Carrera GTS bridge the gap between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Available as a coupe or convertible and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it puts out 430 horsepower. The red Carrera GTS coupe with big black wheels on display in L.A. sported quintessential 911 looks sure to be sufficiently impressive to everyone sitting on the patio outside The Coffee Bean.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Mitsubishi says the plug-in electric hybrid crossover concept it unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show hints at the future stylistic direction its vehicles could take. If that's the case, designers must have been watching a lot of Mexican wrestling when they dreamed up the XR-PHEV judging by its intimidating countenance, which makes the vehicle look like its wearing a lucha libre mask, while the sweptback and downward-sloping look of its profile suggests the masked grappler has just launched himself off the top rope and is sailing through the air, about to drop an elbow on his opponent on the floor of the ring.

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According to Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen, the XR-PHEV had another objective besides showing off a bold new design. "We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States," he said in a statement. "As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand."

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Four Door: Up Close

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Announced in June, the all-new Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door makes its U.S. public debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mini stretched the hardtop two-door's wheelbase to make room for the two additional doors, but it rides on the same chassis as the redesigned 2014 Mini Hardtop; a good one by our account. Mini USA's Patrick McKenna walked us around the new four-door and explained how this new car fits into the expanding Mini lineup.

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"Customers' first reaction is generally the hardtop two-door is too small," McKenna said. The additional doors address that problem head-on and give those buyers a new reason to revisit the Mini dealership. What I found most interesting after poking around the four-door is that there's still plenty of distinction between this and the larger Mini Countryman SUV, the only other four-door Mini.

By Joe Bruzek | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Video

The new Discovery Sport, debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first of many vehicles that will wear the Discovery brand; it replaces the LR2 in the automaker's lineup.

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Despite the fact that it's all new for 2015, traditional Land Rover styling cues like the wraparound nose, two-bar grille and clamshell hood should look familiar and tie it to the rest of the family.

Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura ILX Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Acura's compact sedan gets some minor updates for 2016. The ILX debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show with a lightly revised exterior, a new engine, minor interior cabin updates, and more available technology and safety features.

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Outside, the ILX wears more linear "Jewel Eye" LED headlights as well as a slightly pumped up grille. Inside, there's some new silver-accented trim and contrast stitching. 

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evans Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

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