2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers

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Detroit's Cobo Hall hosted some of the most spectacular new-car debuts in some time even if most weren't for the average car buyer. The North American International Auto Show opens to the public Saturday and offers a wide array of cars for just about every fan. Sports-car fanatics will be well-served with the all-new Ford GT and Acura's NSX while green drivers can check out the redesigned Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid.

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Cars.com editors Aaron Bragman, Mike Hanley, Joe Bruzek and Joe Wiesenfelder checked out each debut and judged them on how successful they were under the auto show lights.

By David Thomas | January 15, 2015 | Comments (12)

2016 Lincoln MKX Video

Can Lincoln's redesigned midsize crossover take on Lexus' top-selling RX crossover? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays walks us through the new 2016 Lincoln MKX. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Lincoln MKX (29 Photos)

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The larger sibling to Lincoln's smaller MKC, the midsize MKX luxury crossover is a dramatic improvement over the truck it replaces. Whereas the old one felt like a barely nicer Ford Edge for several thousand dollars more, the new MKX is an obvious upgrade in every respect.

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Exterior styling is decidedly attractive, a more mature and grown-up look than the MKC and one that doesn't ape Audi or Acura as much as the smaller vehicle does. It has a more distinctive look, especially along the rear fenders, and the full-width rear LED taillight helps bring a gravitas to the truck. It certainly looks sportier than the Acura MDX or Lexus RX350, with a roofline that swoops low as it falls over the heads of rear-seat passengers.

By Aaron Bragman | January 14, 2015 | Comments (2)

More 2016 Lexus GS F Details and Photos

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Lexus returns to the high-performance luxury sedan segment with the debut of the GS F, and it's given its latest performance model some significant styling changes along with more power under the hood to distinguish it from the standard GS.

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I really like the car's new headlight design. It's something you rarely see changed when a car makes the transition from the mainstream to a niche performance model, but the thin lights look slick and work well with the F line's signature hourglass grille. That grille somehow doesn't look as massive here as it does on Lexus' RC F coupe.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 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)

Inside the New Audi Q7 (40 Photos)

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The redesigned Audi Q7 has changed quite a bit, shrinking in its overall exterior dimensions — it's 1.5 inches shorter and more than a half-inch narrower, but still about the same height — yet somehow stretching its interior space in terms of both headroom and legroom. It's also shed a bunch of weight — more than 700 pounds in the European-spec model — to improve fuel efficiency and help refine the ride quality, among other benefits.

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Climbing into the Q7, the second row slides back and forth by 4.3 inches to allow for more legroom in either the second or third rows. The third row feels quite tight and is probably best suited for kids. The big news is the second row is wide enough to allow for three separate Latch system sets; now whether your child-safety seats are narrow enough to actually squeeze in shoulder to shoulder, that's another story. If you're tasked with a full gaggle of kids in car seats, the Q7 has five sets of lower Latch and tether anchors. Taking a trip with friends to the zoo? You'll be on tap to ferry all the excited toddlers.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (5)

Mercedes Rolls Out AMG 'Light' Models to Compete With Audi S Lineup

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If you're scratching your head over the high-performance designations from certain luxury brands, Mercedes figures to become just as confusing. The brand's AMG performance badge will grace bona fide AMG cars complete with hand-built engines from Mercedes' Affalterbach plant in southern Germany. But Mercedes will also bequeath the name to AMG-light cars from its mass-market plants as "AMG Sport." You know, in case the brand's recent naming overhaul wasn't complicated enough.

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The first example is the GLE-Class, a coupelike SUV similar to the BMW X6. Once production ramps up, you'll be able to buy a Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Sport or, for all-out performance, a Mercedes-AMG GLE63. Mercedes also replaced the short-lived C400 sedan with the C450 AMG Sport, and it's all but inevitable that we'll see a Mercedes-AMG C63 at some point.

The AMG sub-brand was expected. We reported in November 2014 that Mercedes owner Daimler would relaunch its Maybach and AMG brands with Benz-free nomenclature — respectively, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes-AMG. Both initiatives have born fruit: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan and Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

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By Kelsey Mays | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Jaguar's First SUV Heads to Production

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That didn't take long. Jaguar's C-X17 "design study" SUV shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is on its way to production as the F-Pace, Jaguar announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker's director of design Ian Callum says in a statement that Jaguar received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the concept that the automaker had to make it a reality.

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In production form, the F-Pace will have room for five occupants, feature all-wheel drive and take high-performance inspiration from Jaguar's F-Type coupe and roadster. The teaser photo Jaguar released clearly shows that inspiration in the taillight and badging. Jaguar doesn't call the F-Pace an SUV, but rather a "performance crossover," featuring aluminum construction like the new compact Jaguar XE S and an "advanced suspension system."

The F-Pace goes on sale in 2016. Jaguar says we'll have full F-Pace details later this year.

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By Joe Bruzek | January 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Range Rover Diesel Boosts Fuel Economy 32 Percent

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Land Rover has slimmed down its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs in recent years by up to 700 and 800 pounds, respectively, by switching to lightweight aluminum in an effort to improve fuel economy. The weight reduction didn't equate to a big jump in EPA ratings (just 1 to 2 mpg between comparable engines), but the luxury SUV-maker takes another step toward boosting the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport's fuel economy with the introduction of a diesel engine for 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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The newly optional turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 in the 2016 Range Rover HSE and Range Rover Sport HSE delivers a 32 percent increase in fuel economy compared with Land Rover's supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline V-6. Land Rover estimates fuel economy at 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined, though EPA ratings are pending; the supercharged gasoline V-6 is rated at 19 mpg combined in both SUVs. With the diesel engine, the two become the Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6.

By Joe Bruzek | January 11, 2015 | Comments (2)

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)

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