New Nissan Juke for Europe Strongly Hints at U.S. Version

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Nissan unveiled an updated version of its controversial Juke subcompact at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. The diminutive SUV is a best-seller in Europe, its most popular market, but hasn't found much fanfare in the U.S. Nissan hopes this update will allow it to continue its dominance of the premium subcompact category overseas and maybe turn more heads in the U.S.

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The new European version maintains the unusual exterior style of the current Juke, while adapting some front and rear styling from the broader look of the Nissan family. The most notable change is new running lights, which look similar to those on the Altima sedan, and are still prominently located in the upper fenders. The large, round headlights are now nestled into a revised grille and lower bumper design.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (10)

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Unveiled at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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The new Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is now haunting the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, where it made its world debut today. The ultra-luxury automaker says the full-size sedan has been given a "subtle redesign" and updated with the latest technology geared to a certain prime percentage of the business world's high-dollar dealmakers. No word on pricing yet, but the 2014 Ghost starts at $267,300, including a $2,000 destination charge.

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"It exudes the timeless yet cool, modern luxury that the car's customers — the captains of industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies — demand," Rolls-Royce stated in a news release.

New exterior features include resculpted LED headlights encircled by daytime running lights, revised surface treatments to the front end, a tapered "wake channel" on the hood that's intended to evoke the wake of a fast-moving luxury yacht, reshaped bumpers and chrome inserts for the front air intakes. Inside is an updated tech suite tailored to the businessperson on the move, including onboard Wi-Fi, a satellite aided transmission "ensuring the car automatically adapts to its surroundings augmenting the drive experience," an updated navigation system and Bespoke Audio. Check out the gallery below.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mazda Reveals Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda is on a styling roll these days with the beautiful Mazda6 sedan and appealing Mazda3 compact making waves for their swoopy looks. That leaves the small Mazda2 next in line for a revision. We may have just gotten a look at its future with the unveiling of the new Hazumi concept at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Featuring the latest version of Mazda's "Kodo" design language, the company likes to draw comparisons to animals for the look of the subcompact five-door hatchback. Phrases such as "cheetah-like face" with the "look of an animal on the prowl" are not inappropriate. However, the Hazumi does have a dynamic, sculpted look that wouldn't be out of place in Mazda showrooms as the next Mazda2. The lines almost evoke an Alfa Romeo feel to the car, with elements of Mazda's other vehicles thrown in.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Subaru VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Looks like: Yet another dynamic-looking concept from Subaru

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid powertrain

Ridiculous features: Scissor-like front doors; they're hinged at the front corners and open upward

Chance of being mass-produced: Subaru has announced plans to replace the Tribeca, its largest SUV; could the concept be a preview of the Tribeca’s replacement? 

Subaru spells "vision for innovation" VIZIV with its new crossover concept. Versions of the hybrid concept were shown at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show as well as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but this iteration, called VIZIV 2, has four doors and room for four adult passengers, according to Subaru.

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Part of the VIZIV 2 concept's front end should ring some bells; it wears a large hexagon-shaped grille that's similar to the redesigned-for-2015 Legacy. The slitlike headlights that flank it are reminiscent of those on the 2015 WRX. The striking circular LED fog lamps, however, don't really share the Subaru family resemblance. 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (55 Photos)

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One of the first things you'll notice about the just-unveiled 2015 Jeep Renegade is it bears an unmistakable family resemblance. The physical features of the subcompact Renegade, which bows Tuesday at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, take after several members of the Jeep clan, particularly the old Cherokee, the Wrangler and even a hint of the now-defunct Liberty. However, as a product of the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, it shares a platform with the Fiat 500L and might be considered the runt of the litter — which is not to suggest it won't boast Jeep's formidable off-roading capabilities, especially the optional trail-rated Trailhawk model.

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Inside is Jeep's Tek-Tonic design combining the rugged structural elements with more luxurious materials along with extreme-sports style colors and compartments. The five-seater is powered by either a 160-horsepower 1.4-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic, available in front- or all-wheel drive. The Renegade is expected to hit dealerships in early 2015. Check out the gallery below.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

Apple Unveils CarPlay for Volvo, Mercedes, Ferrari at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Having already revolutionized the way people around the world buy and listen to music, communicate with one another and generally manage their daily lives, Apple is taking its innovation on the road. The tech giant today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show announced the rollout of its latest bid to dominate the in-car operating-system market: Apple CarPlay — touted as "the best iPhone experience on four wheels." Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will lead the way in offering CarPlay to their customers starting this week, to be followed later by BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, according to Apple.

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The system allows iPhone users to access all of their content while in the car, with minimal distraction, Apple stated in a news release. CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the 5s, 5c and 5 models.

"Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails," Apple said in a statement. "When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers' messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call."

By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

2013 Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Bugatti Veyron
  • Looks like: Ferrari's take on the Pagani Zonda
  • Drivetrain: 949-hp (combined) hybrid system with 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2014

Witness a hybrid supercar whose name literally translates "The Ferrari." To call it "the LaFerrari" — or, heaven forbid, "The Ferrari LaFerrari" — would be redundant. Ferrari says it's a 2013 model, and it doesn't arrive to the U.S. until early 2014. Its name apparently holds both singular and plural designations; multiple LaFerraris are, well, multiple LaFerrari. This is self-indulgence at its peak — an automotive Ochocinco or Metta World Peace, if you will.

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Strewn with mammoth air intakes and overlapping bodywork, the LaFerrari (redundancy accepted) is the same length as the Enzo it roughly succeeds. The LaFerrari is 3.3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the brand's current F12berlinetta flagship but more than 6 inches shorter in terms of height. The car uses Ferrari's new HY-KERS hybrid system we learned about at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, which couples a 120-kilowatt electric motor with a 789-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-12. Total output is 949 hp with at least 663 pounds-feet of torque to boot. And boot you it will: Ferrari says the LaFerrari hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. That would make it the quickest production Ferrari — excluding racecars — the brand offers. The next-quickest F12berlinetta takes about 3 seconds flat.

By Kelsey Mays | March 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Geneva International Motor Show: FT-86 Open Concept

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  • Looks like: Yet another FT-86 concept
  • Defining characteristics: It's a convertible version of the Scion FR-S
  • Ridiculous features: Aside from the Milan-inspired interior, none; it looks production-ready
  • Chances of being mass-produced: A Scion FR-S convertible seems likely

Toyota will unveil its third FT-86 concept in four years to the world this month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show: the FT-86 Open concept. The compact sports car is the convertible version of the automaker's Scion FR-S, as it's known in the U.S., or GT86 overseas.

Built on the same platform as the Scion FR-S, the FT-86 Open concept shares the rear-wheel-drive Scion's 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and good for 200 horsepower. Toyota says it will gauge customer reaction to the concept at the Geneva show for a possible launch of a production-version convertible.

"The FT-86 Open concept is designed to combine all the lively, accessible performance and highly engaging, readily exploitable dynamic abilities of the GT86 with the even greater levels of driving pleasure derived from open-topped motoring," the automaker said in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | March 1, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Volvo XC70: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: New multimedia system and gauge cluster; minor exterior styling tweaks
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you think the wagon needs a style and tech features boost, go for the 2014.

Volvo's wagon hasn't been significantly revised since model-year 2008, but for 2014, the XC70 sees a host of interior and exterior updates. The XC70 will make its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show with a slightly more rugged looking exterior and a new multimedia system.

On the outside, the grille is wider and houses an enlarged Volvo badge. There are also updated headlights, redesigned taillights, more matte silver trim bits outside, and the black body cladding below the beltline has been extended to surround the fog lights.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 20, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Volvo S60: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: Smoother front styling, new instrument cluster and multimedia system
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Unless you're a gadget fiend, the 2013 should do just fine.

Volvo's S60 luxury sedan is the automaker's best-seller in the U.S., so it's no surprise Volvo didn't change the new one too much; the 2014 model will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2013's stylish looks are improved slightly for 2014, and there's new technology on the inside as Volvo's trademark metallic instrument gauges are replaced with a configurable digital display; a new multimedia system is available. 

The S60's front and rear styling doesn't appear radically changed at first glance. Closer inspection reveals a much smoother appearance with the removal of all chrome trim around the wider front grille. The previous washer fluid nozzles, which used to be visible, have been relocated out of sight for 2014. Also cleaned up is the radar for the adaptive cruise control — it's now masked black with a grille line painted on the cover so the entire grille appears uniform. The S60's signature daytime running lamps are relocated to the fog light area, and the rear exhaust tips now sit flush with the bumper.

By Joe Bruzek | February 20, 2013 | Comments (10)

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