Infiniti Teases QX30 Concept

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Compact luxury SUVs have multiplied like "Lord of the Rings" installments, but the Infiniti EX-turned-QX50 is a place holder in the segment. It hit dealerships in December 2007, so it's older than Gandalf. Enter the QX30 Concept, a low-slung compact SUV that heralds a "future premium compact vehicle," according to the luxury brand.

Related: Infiniti Cancels Electric Car Plans

Infiniti released the first image of the QX30 Concept — a rear-quarter shot with bulging fenders, converging character lines and bumper-integrated tailpipes — ahead of a full debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

The QX30 Concept has aluminum bumper trim up front, with 21-inch wheels and carbon fiber in the roof rails and lower cladding, Infiniti says. The rails themselves merge toward the center of the vehicle, which passengers can see through glass roof panels.

The QX30 does not necessarily signal the demise of the QX50, even as the latter car's sales have slowed to a crawl — just 188 cars in January 2015, a fraction of the similarly priced Acura RDX or Lexus NX. Still, it's a good bet Infiniti will build the small SUV, and it could share underpinnings (or replace entirely) with the Q30 hatchback concept, which Infiniti showed in 2013. Infiniti says the QX30 is about an inch taller than the Q30.

Stay tuned for more photos from the Geneva show.

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By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Chicago Auto Show Winners and Losers

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This year's Chicago Auto Show delivered some significant introductions for car shoppers as well as a few wild concepts for those who just like to ooh and ahh at sheet metal and glass.

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Cars.com editors Aaron Bragman, Joe Bruzek, Mike Hanley and David Thomas rank each of the debuts on its own merits, whether it's meant to wow shoppers or simply look good underneath the bright lights.

By David Thomas | February 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

How New Is the New 2016 Toyota Avalon?

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Toyota shoppers looking for something a bit bigger and more upscale than the Camry have the Avalon sedan as their premium midsize sedan option, and for 2016 the brand has updated its flagship with some mild changes to keep buyers happy ... very mild changes you can read about here.

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Hopefully those buyers were already happy with the look of the Avalon, as the changes basically amount to flipping the front grille upside-down and adding some new headlights — and that's it. You'll be hard-pressed to visually identify anything else that's changed about the new Avalon, as most of the rest of the changes are limited to trim package combinations and a new base model interior color.

By Aaron Bragman | February 13, 2015 | Comments (4)

2016 Chevrolet Equinox: First Look

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Competes with: Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4

Looks like: Equinox gets bedazzled instead of full redesign

Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

The five-seat Chevrolet Equinox small SUV has been on sale in its current form for six model years. At that age, a car is typically due for a full redesign, but that's not what the Equinox gets for the 2016 model year. Instead, Chevrolet said in a statement that it has "contemporized" the Equinox with new styling and more features like a newly standard backup camera. The 2016 Equinox debuts at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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The base L trim level is only available with front-wheel drive, but LS, LT and LTZ trims can have all-wheel drive. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Equinox is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available V-6. It hits dealerships this fall.

By Mike Hanley | February 11, 2015 | Comments (10)

Report: GM Will Build Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

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Car shoppers may see an affordable electric car with the longest range yet in the new Chevrolet Bolt, which GM reportedly plans to build near Detroit starting late next year. So says Reuters, citing two unnamed supplier sources that say GM has green-lit the concept car — which it merely hailed as an example of its "commitment to electrification" during January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related: How Would Chevy's Bolt EV Stack Up Against the Nissan Leaf?

The Bolt would go into production in October 2016, Reuters reports, and GM aims to build only about 25,000 to 30,000 cars per year. That's significantly more than the 20,860 Volt range-extended EVs that the automaker built in 2014, according to Automotive News. If the Bolt delivers on its promise, there should be enough interest to justify the production. At the Detroit Auto Show, GM said it designed the concept to have an all-electric range of more than 200 miles — well beyond any affordable EV today — and start around $30,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

By Kelsey Mays | February 6, 2015 | Comments (2)

Inside the 2016 Jaguar XE (29 Photos)

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Jaguar's all-new XE entry-level sedan debuted on U.S. soil at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This is the first time we've seen the XE in person, and it put one of my concerns to rest that there wouldn't be enough distinction in size between the compact XE and midsize XF considering the XE looks like a slightly smaller XF. Experiencing the XE's extreme compactness up close put that concern to rest.

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Perhaps I thought the XE would be larger because its design and proportions are so similar to the XF and full-size XJ four-doors. The XE's interior is quite compact with tight proportions that provide a coupelike interior experience similar to Mercedes-Benz's CLA-Class and Audi's A3. That doesn't mean uncomfortable, however, considering I had just enough room — I'm 6 feet tall — up front and in the backseat, though any extra room is nonexistent.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

How Two Powerful Sedans Stack Up In Detroit

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Automakers aren't being shy at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. On Monday, high-performance machines like the Ford GT and Acura NSX were revealed. Today, a couple of high-performance sedans were rolled out for all to gawk over.

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Cadillac's all-new CTS-V and Lexus' first GS F may seem similar at a glance of their beefier wheels, bulging wheel arches and likely uncomfortably bolstered seats, but under the hood they're quite different. One of them is designed to be a beast with specs that are hard to match by any car on the road, while the other hopes to elevate itself to performance-enthusiast consideration.

We wonder how far apart they'll be when prices are announced, but here's how some of their other numbers stack up.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does the World Need the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country?

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Not since the extinction of Subaru's Legacy Outback has an off-road-focused crossover sedan been so bold as to even exist. Until now. Volvo is betting on the new S60 Cross Country luxury sedan as yet another way to strut its Swedish quirkiness.

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So just who would buy an S60 sedan pumped up with an extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance? According to Joe Haslem, brand manager for Volvo's entire S60 range, "It's for someone who's grown up out of a Subaru WRX, but is SUV averse. They spend their weekends skiing or exploring wineries." They also might be wagon averse as Volvo revealed the V60 Cross Country late last year.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

2015 Detroit Auto Show: What to Expect

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The countdown is on to one of the most anticipated auto shows of the year. Hot concepts and fresh production cars should help thaw what will likely be a frigid 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. 

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Show organizers have announced that 40 to 50 vehicles will make their global or North American debuts, including a redesigned Volt from Chevrolet, Mercedes' sleek GLE Coupe and a fresh Tacoma from Toyota, to name just a few.

Press days are Monday and Tuesday, followed by industry and charity preview dates. The show opens to the public on Jan. 17 at Cobo Center in Detroit; click here for ticket info and show times, and continue below for a preliminary list of what we'll be covering from the event floor:

By Jennifer Geiger | January 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

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)

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