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 (2)

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)

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)

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is part track toy, part tribute to the German automaker's racing history. As such, the hot hatch's exterior design drives the point home quickly. The body is widened, and bumper and rear fenders flared for maximum aggressiveness. Further flourishes include 19-inch wheels, a wraparound carbon-fiber splitter on the lower side, a rear roof spoiler and abounding glossy black carbon and faux-carbon-fiber trim along with LED accents.

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The track theme extends to the interior, with sport bucket seats embroidered with "R" badging, glossy carbon and yellow contrast stitching, and white ambient lighting around the door accents and stainless-steel doorsill plates. Oh, and lest you think it's all for show, under the hood is a 394-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that rockets the R 400 from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

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

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

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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It's easy to describe the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show if you've seen the 2014 2 Series coupe on which it’s based: Just imagine that, sans top. When the top is up, though, shiny fibers give it a shimmering metallic effect, accenting its black, Anthracite or brown color exterior, depending on which you've selected. The M Sport adds an aerodynamic body kit, lightweight M Sport wheels, large front air intakes, unique side skirts and grilles, a rear diffuser and high-gloss chrome exhaust tips.

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Expected to hit dealerships early next year, the 2 Series vert's starting price with destination ranges from $38,850 to $48,650. Check out the gallery for more; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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In addition to its new, more powerful twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, the revised-for-2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, has had some cosmetic work done. The luxury five-seat SUV gets a revised front end inspired by the sporty Turbo model, along with red brake calipers, 20-inch Spyder wheels and GTS badging.

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Other new additions, not just to the GTS but across the Cayenne lineup, include standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. The GTS model is set to go on sale in February starting at $96,495 (including destination), a markup of more than $12,000.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Although technically at the end of the 2014 calendar year, the Los Angeles Auto Show marks the unofficial opening of the 2015 auto show season, and like last year, the automakers spared no drama with their reveals.

This year's show is open to the public from Nov. 21-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles, and there's almost too much to see — your senses will be on overload.

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There are plenty of distractions going on at the show, but several out-there concept cars, over-the-top exhibits and just plain weird displays can't be missed. Check out the Cars.com editorial team's list of L.A. must-sees:

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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