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New Jaguar XE sedan to feature aluminum-intensive construction


(July 29, 2014) The upcoming Jaguar XE sedan has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody. Lightweight aluminum will account for 75 percent of the structure, Jaguar announced today.

2015 Dodge Challenger

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hybrid and electric cars might be all the rage in the eyes of many new car buyers; but there are still plenty of people who just lust after an exciting car with plenty of power. Fifty years ago, when Ford introduced the original Mustang it started a whole new genre — muscle cars, aka pony cars. For many years the cars in this purely American segment captured the imagination of anyone looking for a more practical alternative to a two-seat sports car.

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

LOS ANGELES — If open-air motoring is not to your taste, a coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type will give you the head turning styling and performance you so desire. The all-aluminum F-Type Coupe delivers the uncompromised design vision of the Jaguar C-X16 concept, and complements the existing F-Type Convertible.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than four years ago Hyundai answered the criticism that all mid-sized sedans look the same by stepping away from the stereotypical styling with the 2011 Sonata, a car so daringly different that it set a new tone for the design future of the popular segment. It was a smash hit not only for its good looks, but for its above-average performance, generous standard features, and improved build quality.

Vehicle of the Week

2014 BMW 535d — BMW diesel done right

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Diesel engine technology is advancing at turbocharged speed with engines becoming cleaner, faster and more fuel efficient. And the public is finally taking notice, recently pointed up by statistics from Diesel Technology Forum showing that diesel car sales increased 25 percent during the first six months of 2014.

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2015 Volkswagen GTI wins 'Cheap Speed Challenge'

(July 28, 2014) CHICAGO — has named the 2015 Volkswagen GTI the winner of its first-ever "Cheap Speed Challenge." The challenge focused on compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks that cost less than $30,000 and come with features popular among drivers looking for performance in a new car.

Challenge contenders were the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth, 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, 2014 Kia Forte SX, 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO, 2014 Scion FR-S, 2014 Subaru WRX and the 2015 Volkswagen GTI.

TrueCar says new vehicle sales continue to sizzle in July

(July 25, 2014) SANTA MONICA — TrueCar, Inc. today released its July 2014 sales and incentives forecast, which shows that new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) are expected to reach 1,444,000 units, up 9.9 percent from July 2013 and up 1.8 percent from June 2014.
TrueCar predicts the highest July sales since 2006 with a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate ("SAAR") of 16.7 million new vehicle sales, up 6.8 percent from July 2013.

AAA's tests reveal real-world benefits of automatic stop-start

(July 24, 2014) ORLANDO, Fla. — New research from AAA shows that automatic stop-start automotive technology delivers a significant fuel economy benefit. Test results indicated that automatic stop-start systems provide a five percent to seven percent improvement in fuel economy and reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared with tests conducted on the same vehicle with the automatic stop-start system disabled.

Inside the Industry

Land Rover reveals third row seating in European Discovery Sport

(July 29, 2014) WHITLEY, UK — Land Rover has dropped the biggest hint yet towards the design of Discovery Sport, with the debut of a new camouflage wrap confirming that the new compact SUV arrives as standard with 5+2 seating in the United Kingdom.

As if "peeling back" the outer layer of the vehicle, the camouflage reveals that the Discovery Sport will in fact have two seats in the third row, enhancing its versatility and appeal as a compact, family SUV.

Third-generation Kia Sorento to be unveiled in Korea at end of August

(July 29, 2014) The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month, featuring bold, swept-back exterior styling. Kia has released teaser pictures of the new crossover, which boasts a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear and deeply sculpted body surfaces.

First production HondaJet makes public debut in Wisconsin

(July 29, 2014) OSHKOSH, Wis. — The first production HondaJet made its public debut on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an flight demonstration that included high and low-speed passes during the afternoon air show.