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Jaguar XE Emeli Sande

Despite the British carmaker announcing September 8 as the official launch date for the new Jaguar XE, it looks like they’ve decided to reveal the new car earlier. Actually, it’s not a full reveal, just a photo with the car’s front part, but this definitely reveals more than we’ve seen in the teasers released so far. What’s also interesting is that unlike other presentations, the image shows the performance version of the sedan, called Jaguar XE S.

The images reveal a red version of the XE, whose styling is heavily based on Jaguar’s current design language seen on the XE’s bigger brothers, the XF and the XJ. However, the XE’s headlights have a slightly different position and are almost connected to the large chromed front grille. The grille’s honeycomb design plus the large air vents and the hood’s dents and sharp angles create a very aggressive look for the upcoming luxury sedan and, to be honest, make it sound like one of this fall’s most interesting premieres. [Read the full article…]

2015 Nissan Navara

Following several teasers, the Japanese carmaker has finally unveiled their upcoming pickup truck, the Nissan Navara. As we expected, the new Navara takes on the same design language we can see on the new Qashqai and X-Trail, which means the overall look is more refined with more fluent lines, a V-motion front grille with chromed elements, LED daytime running lights and side mirrors with turn signals.

The new generation Navara also comes with three new color options, including Savannah Yellow and The Earth Bronze, both available in combination with black pillars and chromed ornaments. The interior also evolved, with superior materials and chrome or aluminum inserts. Also, besides the central display for the multimedia system, the new Navara also features a TFT display located in the instrument cluster, between the main dials. This display offers information about the satellite navigation, compass, several details about the car’s status, such as fuel level, and information about the music played by the sound system. [Read the full article…]

Volkswagen Passat Teaser

Introduced in 1973, the Volkswagen Passat has always been one of the most important model in the German carmaker’s lineup and the model is preparing for its eight generation. About a couple of weeks ago, Volkswagen released several details and a few sketches of the new Passat, but this time what we’re seeing is the first official teaser photo of the new model. We can’t see too many details, because the car is hidden underneath a cover, but we can notice the car’s silhouette and the LED headlights. Interesting details about the new generation is that unlike the current model, it will feature a new design of the headlights.

About the next generation Passat we already know that it will be built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and will lose about 187 pounds (85 kg) compared to the outgoing model. The interior’s quality will also be improved, Volkswagen looking to bring the Passat closer to the premium segment. Top trim levels will get a 12.3-inch display that will replace the instrument cluster (just like we already saw in the new Audi TT) and the multimedia system will be able to synchronize with tablets or smartphones through a new generation of Modular Infotainment System. The features list will also include heads-up display, Trailer Assist system (makes backing up with a trailer easier), new generation Park Assist (allows front parking) and a new 360-degree Area View Function. [Read the full article…]

2015 BMW X6

BMW hit the jackpot back in 2008 when they released the BMW X6, the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle. Despite the new model being received with a lot of skepticism at the time of its launch, customers soon proved to be extremely attracted to the X6, which became a success for the German car manufacturer. And what better proof for that success than the fact that many carmakers are currently working on their own SAV? However, BMW still has the edge and the second generation BMW X6 has just been officially unveiled. So let’s see what the new model from Munchen brings.

The new BMW X6 shares the platform with its brother, the third-generation X5, which was launched last year. The X6 shares most of its design elements with the X5, while keeping its “controversial” status: you’re either going to love it or hate it, there’s no way in between. But no matter which side you’re on, the fact is that the new X6 is better than its predecessor, whether we’re talking about features, technology, engines or chassis. [Read the full article…]

MINI 5 Door

The British carmaker has just announced the all new MINI 5 door, the first time in history a five door version is available for the hatchback. Seeing the car become reality, three big questions are raised. How comfortable will the rear passengers sit? How much luggage space is available? How are the car’s dynamics changed? So let’s take them one by one and see what to expected from the new MINI 5 door.

Well, first of all, as you can probably imagine, the car is longer. According to Mini, the wheelbase was expanded by 72 mm (2.8 inches), which is exact extra foot space rear passengers get. We drove three versions of the MINI Cooper S, and even though rear passengers weren’t exactly tortured, they weren’t too comfortable either. Despite not looking like much, 3 inches is quite a lot and can make a difference, but we won’t be able to see that until we get the chance to drive the new car. [Read the full article…]

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate officially unveiled

May 22, 2014

The German carmaker has just unveiled the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, the wagon version of the beautiful new C-Class and, my God, have you ever seen anything more beautiful? The new model, which is scheduled to go on sale this fall, is very similar to the sedan version, even the B-pillars being identical to the […]

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Seven-seat BMW X7 officially confirmed

March 31, 2014

Last week, BMW started production of the new BMW X4 at the Spartanburg plant in California, also celebrating 20 years of production on American soil. From 1994 until today, the Spartanburg facility transformed from a “simple” assembly plant to a true landmark for BMW SUVs, with the BMW X3, X5, X5 M, X6 M and […]

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2014 BMW X4 officially unveiled

March 7, 2014

The German carmaker has just unleashed its latest creation, the BMW X4, which is the newest member of the “X” lineup. And it comes as no surprise that BMW also came up with a new acronym for the class, SAC (Sports Activity Coupe). The X4 is built on the same platform as the BMW X3 […]

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BMW 4-Series Convertible officially unveiled

October 16, 2013

Last week we had the chance to get a glimpse at the new BMW 4-Series Convertible in the leaked accessories brochure, but earlier this week the German carmaker released full details on the upcoming car which is scheduled to debut next month at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show. The new convertible is the second model […]

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BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe makes official debut

May 28, 2013

After several teasers and a short press release, BMW has finally released a full photo gallery of the Gran Lusso Coupe concept that has just made its debut this weekend and the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The prototype is an ultra-luxurious interpretation of a BMW coupe, seen through the eyes of one of the […]

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Sebastian Vettel to replace Fernando Alonso as Ferrari driver starting with the 2015 season

November 20, 2014

After countless rumors, the Scuderia has finally made an official announcement regarding the team’s future driver lineup, with Sebastian Vettel confirmed as driver for the 2015 season. The announcement was made a few minutes after the team officially announced that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of this season.

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Hyundai and Kia get $350 million fine for fake fuel efficiency numbers

November 6, 2014

Following the 2012 scandal, when Hyundai and Kia were accused of breaking the “Clean Air Act” and of making fake mileage claims for some of their models, the two carmakers reached an agreement with EPA and the Department of Justice and will pay the biggest civil penalty in the history of the United States. The […]

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Volkswagen Group opens new factory in China, the company’s 107th in the world

November 6, 2014

The German giant has just officially announced the opening of a new production facility in Tianjin, a large city in northern China. The factory will build DSG automatic transmissions for models sold in China and can produce up to 450,000 units per year, a capacity which is scheduled to be extended to 1.2 million units […]

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Bentley and Vertu launch $16,000 Android phone

October 15, 2014

In case the iPhone 6 wasn’t flashy enough for Bentley drivers out there, the British carmaker has just announced the Vertu for Bentley, the first smartphone offered by the company. The phone costs 12,500 Euros (almost $16,000) and will only be available in certain Vertu stores in a limited run of 2,000 units. According to […]

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Porsche Macan behaves “strangely” during moose test

October 15, 2014

Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld has been performing the so called moose test ever since the 1970s and each year they “abuse” most new models with results being awaited by anyone slightly interested in car safety. Last week, it was the Porsche Macan’s turn to avoid the moose, only that it didn’t perform quite as expected. […]