2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Photo Gallery

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911 buyers will once again be able to hit the track in Porsche's new high-performance GT3 that's positioned at the top of the 911 lineup and set to go on sale later this year.

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Power comes from a 475-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, which teams only with a recalibrated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive GT3 gets numerous aerodynamic enhancements like a large rear spoiler, front and rear lip spoilers, numerous air vents and special 20-inch wheels.

Porsche claims the new GT3 needs just 3.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, and it can reach a top speed of 195 mph. It even has rear-wheel steering for spirited handling and stability, a Porsche first.

Check out photos of Porsche's new 911 GT3 to get your adrenaline pumping, below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | April 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

March's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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We won't have March sales results until later today, but the month's fastest- and slowest-selling cars depict that a couple automakers are catching a break. With a faster-charging option, more cargo space and a lower starting price, the 2013 Nissan Leaf landed a spot among March's fastest-selling cars — this after meeting less than half of Nissan's sales expectations in 2011 and 2012. In March, the all-electric hatchback averaged just seven days to sell. Leaf sales increased 13% through February, so we'll see if Nissan's little EV pulled off an automotive Florida Gulf Coast University last month — or if the faster pace drove few actual sales.

Meanwhile, the redesigned Lincoln MKZ, which was beleaguered by a slow ramp-up in dealer supply, also hit its stride. Lincoln dealers needed just 14 days on average to sell an MKZ. That beat rivals like the Lexus ES 350 (35 days, on average) and Acura TL (50 days). Other movers include the usual slate of redesigns, from the redesigned Subaru Forester to Toyota's fourth-generation RAV4. Flagship luxury SUVs had their day, too: Mercedes-Benz's GL-Class marked its sixth month on the list, and Land Rover's Range Rover flagship had its third.

Despite a cooler March versus last year's record warmth, SUVs represented a similar share of the month's fastest-selling cars. Nine of March's 17 fastest-selling cars were SUVs; that's about even with March 2012, when eight of 17 fast sellers were SUVs.

By Kelsey Mays | April 2, 2013 | Comments (4)

Ford Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Unintended Acceleration

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Consumers in 14 states have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ford over unintended acceleration in cars built between 2002 and 2010. The suit, which was filed in a West Virginia U.S. District Court on March 28, alleges that Ford models built between 2002 and 2010 with electronic throttles can allow unintended acceleration. The vehicles in question, which include nearly three-dozen Ford, Lincoln and Mercury nameplates, lack a brake override system. Ford began installing the system in its U.S. cars in 2010.

Plaintiffs want compensation for lost resale value as well as brake-override retrofits, according to one of several law firms representing the plaintiffs. Ford began installing brake-override systems in certain European vehicles as early as 2005, the suit claimed via the Detroit News.

Unintended acceleration from electronic throttles raises a familiar storyline. From September 2009 through December 2010, Toyota recalled some 12 million cars over unintended acceleration, eventually spending well over $1 billion to settle lawsuits and pay civil fees associated with the recalls. The automaker's electronic throttles encountered heavy scrutiny, but a government panel later found that driver error, stuck gas pedals and bad floormats were to blame.

By Kelsey Mays | April 1, 2013 | Comments (27)

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Photo Gallery

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BMW adds a hatchback Gran Turismo model to the 3 Series lineup for 2014. Hatchbacks seem to be a growing trend at BMW as the new 3 Series GT is the second such vehicle to join the BMW Gran Turismo family alongside the larger 5 Series GT.

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A wagon version of the 3 Series made its debut at the recent 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and now a bigger, roomier hatchback version is in the spotlight. The new 3 Series Gran Turismo, almost 8 inches longer than the wagon, welcomes cargo with a generous 18.3 cubic feet of space. A 40/20/40 split folding backseat folds with the pull of levers, and the 3 Series GT’s hatch opens and closes with just a swipe of your foot underneath the rear bumper.

See our photos of the new 2014 BMW 3 Series GT below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | April 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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In Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the 2014 Lexus IS 250, he says the new model's practical improvements are what make it stand out among competing sport sedans, but in a field where being fun to drive is the key concept, it stands little chance of leading the pack. The same goes for its chances on our list of most-read reviews, where the IS 250 — the lone newcomer to this week's list — finished sixth. Still at No. 1, where it has now spent a full three months, is the seemingly unstoppable 2013 Toyota RAV4 — though it's worth noting that the 2014 Subaru Forester came within about 400 page views this week, closer than any review in recent memory.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2013 Honda Accord
4. 2013 Ford Fusion
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2014 Lexus IS 250
7. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
8. 2014 Mazda CX-5
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford Explorer
By Matt Schmitz | March 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick Regal Photo Gallery

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Buick's attractive Regal gets a more athletic look, more horsepower and more features inside and out for 2014. While cosmetic changes aren't over the top, new headlights and taillights with LED accents are the most noticeable.

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Following in the steps of the LaCrosse, the Regal's cabin loses a lot of buttons and gains better interior trim. The gauge cluster features a new, customizable 8-inch display. There are also more new safety features available like forward collision alert, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

The biggest changes come under the hood, as the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gets a big boost in power, now making 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque in both the Regal GS and Turbo models.

Buyers seeking pure driving fun should consider the Regal GS, which has a sport-tuned suspension, six-speed manual transmission, Buick's Interactive Driver Control, big Brembo brakes and a refreshed, more aggressive appearance for 2014.

Pick your flavor; see our photos of Buick’s new Regal Turbo and Regal GS below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 30, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Scion tC Photo Gallery

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Scion's sporty coupe, the tC, has been redesigned for 2014, and on first glance, you'll notice a front end similar to that of Scion’s newest sports car, the FR-S. A new grille design has Toyota influences, and there are new headlights and standard LED taillights.

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While the tC's 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine remains the same, there's a new recalibrated six-speed automatic transmission that buyers can choose over the a six-speed manual. Engineers also retuned the suspension and stiffened up the body for better handling. Interior materials have been improved, and there's a new standard 6.1-inch touch-screen.

Check out photos of Scion's sharp-looking new tC below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 29, 2013 | Comments (4)

2014 Volvo V60 Photo Gallery

Another wagon is heading our way. Volvo plans to bring its V60, based on the midsize S60 sedan, to the U.S. for the 2014 model year.

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While we don't know all the details, we do know that the V60 wagon is set to go on sale early next year. Inside there’s seating for five, with a 40/20/40-split folding backseat. On the outside, the V60 also shares some styling with the its redesigned S60 sibling.

Expect powertrains and models to be similar to those available on the current S60 sedan such as a front-wheel-drive T5 and an enthusiast-oriented V60 R-Design — pictured here — with all-wheel drive.

Check out photos of the newest Volvo wagon, the V60, below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 29, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Photo Gallery

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Not only is this the first time the Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be available on our shores, it will be sold as a plug-in electric that gets an estimated 115 miles of electric driving range.

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The hatchback, which seats five, is set to go on sale early next year. Engineers designed the B-Class with cargo room and passenger space in mind, putting its 28-kwh lithium-ion battery — which teams with a 134-horsepower electric motor — underneath the vehicle floor. Mercedes claims the B-Class needs just two hours to reach a charge capable of a 60-mile range when hooked up to a 240-volt household power source.

Check out photos of Mercedes’s first electric car below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Photo Gallery

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There hasn't been a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 since 2002. That's changed for 2014 with the track-ready model’s introduction at the New York International Auto Show.

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It will join the other Camaro models in the lineup next spring, and the Z/28 has improved aerodynamics, sticky tires and carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes. The heart of the newest Camaro is a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 that makes a grand 500 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque.

All 2014 Camaros, including the Z/28, get revised front and rear styling. In the back, solid-bar taillamps hint at the 1967-69 Camaro's rear end. Engineers kept wind resistance in mind when reshaping the front bumper. The top grille is narrower while the lower is much larger.

Check out photos below of the newest model to join the Camaro family, the Z/28. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 28, 2013 | Comments (8)

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