Infiniti Previews Q60 Concept

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On the heels of the stunning Q80 Concept that debuted at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti plans another concept reveal for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, only this one will likely see production as the next Q60, the coupe counterpart to the Q50 sedan.

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The automaker released a teaser pic of the Q60 Concept, and we'll know more when it hits Infiniti's auto show stage on Jan. 13.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chevrolet Promises More Efficient Volt

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We know the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but other details are slim. Today, Chevrolet released a bit more news concerning the updated version of its gas-electric plug-in car. It'll use a new extended range electric vehicle propulsion system and be "more efficient and offer greater EV range and fuel economy compared to the current generation," the automaker said in a statement.

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The automaker didn't release figures but the current Volt gets an EPA rating of 38 miles of EV-only range on a full charge. Chevrolet said Volt owners complete more than 80 percent of their trips in EV mode and the move to increase the new model's EV-only range came from owner feedback.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 28, 2014 | Comments (3)

Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt to Debut at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Plug-in fans, mark your calendars: The next-generation Chevrolet Volt will debut on Jan. 12 or 13, 2015. Those are the press days of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and GM said today it will unveil the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the show. The automaker calls the 2016 Volt "the next generation" of the car, a term usually reserved for full redesigns and not just refreshes. GM also released a teaser image of the Volt's trunk, which retains the current car's lightning-bolt logo but appears to have an integrated trunk-lid rise that's similar to the Chevrolet Impala sedan.

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Does that mean the Volt will ditch its hatchback for a conventional sedan layout? It's doubtful; the Volt's profile — along with the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and other jellybean shapes — is what happens when you put aerodynamics first. Still, we'd like to see GM improve visibility and braking on the next Volt. GM says current Volt owners are driving 63 percent of their miles in EV mode, but shoppers will expect improvements in EV range and charging times.

Will GM deliver? We'll have to wait until January to find out.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Our Editorial team left Detroit Rock City earlier this week after covering this year's North American International Auto Show's press days, filing dozens of stories, taking hundreds of photos and filming some of the best videos from the show floor.

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Four editors already weighed in on the 2014 Detroit auto show's Winners and Losers, but we asked the entire staff to share their impressions on the one car that a show-goer simply cannot miss when roaming the floor at Cobo Center.

By David Thomas | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Up Close

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The Genesis' new six-sided grille is sure to generate strong opinions. It's a bold design, and one with a clear connection to Audi's single-frame grille, which the luxury brand has been using for years. The Genesis' grille is memorable, for sure, but a little too blocky to be attractive. I also wondered how a front license plate would look, as it seems like it's bound to cover some of that grille.

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You can call the rear styling attractive, though.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition Available for Three Months

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In conjunction with the debut of the 2015 WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Subaru announced that a Launch Edition (above) of the sedan will be available for only three months. The car hits dealerships in April 2014.

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The three-month sales window could conceivably be shorter because Subaru is limiting sales of the Launch Edition to 1,000 units. All Launch Edition models have gold 18-inch BBS wheels, a short-throw shifter, black Alcantara seats with blue accents and WR Blue Pearl paint.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RC F: By the Numbers

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With the debut today of the RC F at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus released a few more of the car's specs. Most are estimated, but they help give a picture of how the new performance coupe stacks up in the luxury sports-car segment. Notable specs include:

  • 5.0-liter V-8 engine makes more than 450 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque
  • V-8 runs on an efficient Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, switches to a conventional Otto cycle at higher rpm
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Torque-vectoring rear differential, a first for Lexus
  • Curb weight less than 3,968 pounds
  • 168-mph estimated top speed (electronically limited)

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By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Detroit Auto Show What You Missed: Day One

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We're live from the Motor City for this year's North American International Auto Show, where the media continues to be wowed by impressive new production vehicles and some out-of-this-world concept cars. Ford showed us the newest generation of its best-selling F-150 truck, Toyota got our adrenaline pumping with the arrest-me red FT-1 Concept car, and Mercedes-Benz revealed its top-tier, V-12-powered S600 flagship.

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Other highlights include the new, racetrack-ready Corvette Z06, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a Targa top model of the 911 Carerra and a hyper-tuned, high-performance variant of Infiniti’s new Q50 sport sedan called the Eau Rouge concept.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Photo Gallery

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Just when you thought the next-generation C7 Corvette couldn't get any more wicked, Chevrolet pulls the wraps off the new 2015 Corvette Z06. Packing a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes a whopping 625 horsepower and 635 pounds-feet of torque, the high-performance Z06 shares much of its blood with a close relative, the victory-lapping Corvette C7.R that races in the famed American Le Mans Series.

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From aggressive, aerodynamic styling cues like a menacing front splitter, lightweight carbon fiber hood with functional heat extractors, rear spoiler and unique opening spats before the front wheels, the new Z06 has serious looks to support its serious racetrack manners. Check off the optional Z07 Package that adds goodies like carbon ceramic brakes, larger winglets and a larger, intimidating rear spoiler. Check out the photos below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Jaguar XJ, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8
Looks like: The redesigned S-Class with V-12 badges
Drivetrain: 523-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 engine; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive only
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Joining the S-Class lineup for 2015 is the all-new S600, which is back after a year off. Mercedes introduced the redesigned S-Class and S550 first and is now showing off a bigger, more-powerful signature V-12 engine in the S600. The S-Class had six variants when the 2013 model exited to make way for the 2014, and the new version is catching up quickly. The new S600 joins the redesigned V-8-powered S550 and S63, and the also-V-12-powered S65.

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Since 1991 the S600 got power from an engine with three times the cylinders of your typical four-banger economy car. For 2015, the 6.0-liter V-12 and its 523-horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque make up the most significant difference between it and the S550. The numbers are also up half a liter and 13 hp from the 2013 version, and horsepower is up 74 hp from the S550.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

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