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)

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)

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)

2013 Geneva International Motor Show: 2014 Volkswagen GTI Preview

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Volkswagen has unveiled the latest incarnation of its iconic GTI hot hatch ahead of the March 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. In keeping with VW's tradition of updating the Golf on which the GTI is based, the new car is an evolution of the old one, with subtle changes and improvements to powertrains, fuel economy and driving dynamics. The models unveiled in Geneva are the European-spec vehicles; the U.S.-spec cars have not yet been announced, but this is a good peek into what we could expect here.

By Aaron Bragman | February 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

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)

2014 Volvo S80 Sedan: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: Wider, lower exterior design; a new touch-screen multimedia interface; enhanced safety technology.
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If the lower profile and touch-screen technology suit your fancy, the 2014 is looking good so far.

An exterior makeover and new touch-screen multimedia interface top the list of changes to the 2014 Volvo S80, set to debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.

Volvo says its flagship sedan gets new exterior design features for 2014 that will bring it visually closer with its crossover cousin, the XC70. New front and rear bumpers create a "stretched" effect making the car appear wider and lower. Rectangular daytime running lights in front give the S80 an updated look, Volvo says, while the rounded-off rear lights enhance the lower-to-the-ground aesthetic. Buyers can now choose 19-inch wheels with the Lowered Sport chassis, one of two including the Comfort Chassis.

"We have created a wider proportion on the front grille and added more detail, such as chrome exterior headlights, to give the car an elegant feel," said Fedde Talsma, exterior design director for Volvo, in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | February 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Volvo XC60: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: Exterior styling tweaks and a new gauge layout 
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you bemoan the loss of traditional gauges to panels and screens, stick with the 2013.

Volvo's smallest crossover is getting a makeover. The updated 2014 XC60 will debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show with subtle exterior styling tweaks, a new gauge cluster and revised interior materials.

Volvo's best-selling vehicle wears restyled headlamps and a wider hood with a more horizontal grille and a larger badge. The 2014 version is also one body color — no more black trim outside. Gone too are the previously visible washer nozzles; they're now out of sight under the hood. Volvo also says there's newly available 20-inch wheels that keep the same tire profile height as the 19s, so ride shouldn't be impacted.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 19, 2013 | Comments (8)

Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

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  • Competes with: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Lotus Evora
  • Looks like: A smaller, sleeker version of Alfa's limited-production 8C Competizione
  • Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder and dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2013

Alfa Romeo left the U.S. in 1995, but in 2009 Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne promised the brand would return. At the time, Marchionne named four cars to arrive by 2013, but Chrysler-Fiat later scrubbed those plans as Europe's economy plunged into recession. Even as recently as January, Marchionne told reporters Alfa wasn't yet ready for its U.S. return.

The postponement was brief. Witness the production 4C, a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car based on the concept shown at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. It's the first of several new Alfas planned between now and 2016.

The two-seater will debut officially at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and it arrives in the U.S. — presumably at Chrysler dealerships — sometime this year.

By Kelsey Mays | February 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

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