Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Volvo Concept 26 - A Preview of Autonomous Driving

Volvo Concept 26 is an interior design concept and innovation platform for autonomous driving vehicles built around a patented new seat design that cradles the driver at all times and through the transformation between the different modes. Together with a tablet interface in the center console, a foldable tray table and a 25-inch flat-screen monitor that flips up from the passenger side dashboard, Concept 26 provides three interior modes: Drive, Create and Relax. Create mode allows for a variety of configurations of the seat, table and screens enabling the driver to complete a range of activities, such as reading, working on your next big project, or consuming media and other online content while the car takes care of the driving. Relax mode transforms the seat into a comfortable reclining position. The vehicle can also curate and suggest content to the driver via the passenger dashboard mounted screen. Volvo Cars is working with several partners in creating the best space for consuming media, interacting with devices or relaxing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Infiniti QX30 Coming This Summer

The Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover, shown as a concept in Geneva in March, is powered by a 208 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder engine paired to 7-speed DCT transmission, and is equipped with an all-wheel drive system, able to send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces and in inclement weather. The Infiniti QX30 will go on sale in selected markets in the middle of 2016 with pricing closer to the sale date.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Goes On Sale This Summer

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ powered by an all-wheel-drive system with a twin-turbocharged 400 horsepower 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine which, in front-wheel drive models, is limited to 350 horsepower or a 245-horsepower hybrid 2.0-liter GTDI four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive.

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality that automatically can slow the car, resuming higher speeds when traffic clears and can activate the brakes automatically to bring the car to a complete stop if the driver fails to apply brakes in time. An auto hold feature keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal. Available enhanced park assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help Lincoln MKZ seamlessly steer itself into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot. The car can assist with park-out as needed. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is an available technology that can help avoid some frontal crashes or lessen the severity of such events.

The new Lincoln MKZ goes on sale in summer 2016.

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Starts At $122,600

The 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S has 420 horsepower 3.0 liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine mated to either a 7-speed manual transmission which starts at $122,600 or a PDK with Sport Chrono starting at $125,800.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2017 Buick LaCrosse Coming Early This Summer

The all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse is longer, lower, wider and about 300 pounds lighter than the current model, and powered by a 305 horsepower 3.6L V-6 engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The LaCrosse goes on sale in early summer 2016,

2017 Hyundai Elantra Coming In January

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, just under an inch longer and an inch wider than its predecessor, off ers the 147 horsepower 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine on the base SE and Limited trim and is paired with either a standard six-speed manual transmission (available only on the SE trim) or Elantra's next generation six-speed automatic transmission for an anticipated 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg (internal estimate for 6-A/T). The second powertrain is an all-new 128 horsepower 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission equipped on the Elantra Eco trim, available in Spring 2016 and projected to achieve an estimated 35 mpg combined rating based on internal testing. Available options include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera.The 2017 Elantra will arrive at Hyundai dealers in January.

Scion C-HR Concept

The Scion C-HR Concept, named for its Compact size and High Ride height, is an eye-catching stand-out at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

The Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept is the first example of Subaru's next-generation vehicles using a new modular platform.

Mazda CX-9 Coming This Spring

The all-new Mazda CX-9 three-row midsized crossover SUV features the new 2.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T producing 250 horsepower on 93-octane gasoline and 227 horsepower on 87-octane gasoline. CX-9 is scheduled to go on sale in Spring of 2016 in the U.S.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Coming In March

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models, will launch with a new 158 horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC™ engine with anticipated EPA fuel-economy ratings of 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined) for models equipped with CVT. This engine can also be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission on the lowest trim. Civic Coupe mid to highest trims are powered by a new 174 horsepower 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO with anticipated EPA ratings of 31/42/35 mpg. The wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer and the body is 1.9 inches wider and the front overhang is 1.4 inches shorter. The 2016 Civic Coupe launches in March.

2017 Kia Sportage Is Longer and Goes On Sale Next Year

The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage offered in front or all-wheel-drive has a 181 horsepower 2.4-liter engine on the LX and EX models and a 241 horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four turbo on the SX Turbo mated to a a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. The wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches to 105.1 inches, while overall length has increased 1.6 inches to 176.4 inches and the width remains 73.0 inches, compared to its predecessor. The Sportage goes on sale next year with pricing to be announced closer to the Sportage’s on-sale date.

2016 Nissan Sentra Goes On Sale Next Month

The 2016 Nissan Sentra, Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle behind Altima and Rogue, offered in S 6MT, S Xtronic, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL trim levels, has a 130 horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the Sentra S grade. Significantly revised, the Sentra has new front and rear fascias, grille, fenders, hood, signature boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and a new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design. It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late December starting price of $16,780.

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Coming In The Spring

The new Mercedes-Benz SL will offer the SL450 with a V6 engine uprated to 362 horsepower (additional 34 hp) and the SL550 with the 449 horsepower V8 engine. The new Mercedes-Benz SL launches in the U.S. in the spring of 2016.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Coming Next Summer

The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is rear wheel drive powered by a 160 horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission and is available in Classica and Lusso trim levels. The all-new Fiat 124 Spider will arrive in FIAT studios in North America in summer 2016.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Coming Next Year

The all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio rear-wheel-drive sedan built in Italy has a 505-horsepower 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine. Production for North America begins late in the second-quarter of 2016 with a starting MSRP of around $70,000. Following the launch of the all-new 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo will introduce the full-line of Giulia models that will include an an all-aluminum 276 horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder turbo engine on the entry-level model that will start around $40,000. Giulia will also offer an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2017 Ford Escape With Two New Eco-Boost Engines

The 2017 Ford Escape SUV offers a new 245 horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a 180 horsepower aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost with integrated exhaust manifold engine choices, and the 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine carries over as standard equipment for the Escape S series. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line, with new paddle-shift technology available for Escape SE and Titanium. Available SYNC® Connect allows users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked. Escape customers can continue to select from S, SE and Titanium trim levels, as well as a new Sport Appearance Package available for SE and Titanium.

2017 Acura NSX Arrives After 4 Years Of Development

The new 2017 Acura NSX, made of aluminum and composite exterior body panels with an optional carbon fiber roof panel, has a new hybrid power bespoke, 573 horsepower mid-mounted twin-turbocharged, 75-degree 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with dry sump lubrication, mated to an all-new 9-speed dual clutch transmission and Direct-Drive Motor. The front Twin Motor Unit driving the front wheels is part of the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system. When accelerating, the system provides instantaneous torque via its three electric motors, the rear direct drive motor and front Twin Motor Unit. Top speed is 191 miles per hour. Construction of the NSX will take place at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hyundai G90 To Launch As EQ900 In Korea Next Month

The Hyundai G90 luxury sedan, launching next month as the EQ900 in Korea, the new Genesis brand’s flagship model, is the first of six new - G - for Genesis models coming by 2020.

2016 Audi Q7 Coming Early Next Year

The all-new, second generation Audi Q7, powered by a 333 horsepower 3.0 TFSI quattro® engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission, comes in Premium starting at $55,750, Premium Plus starting at $59,750 and Prestige starting at $65,250 (including destination charge of $950). The exterior dimensions have remained similar to the outgoing model while it offers more interior room for passengers with seating for up to seven standard. Available Audi virtual cockpit features a large, 12.3-inch display that delivers at 60 frames per second with NVIDIA® quad core processing power.

The Q7 has a lot of safety features including standard Audi pre sense city that detects cornering and stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, at speeds of up to 52 mph and initiates full braking when a potential collision is detected. Vehicle exit assist has a side assist warning light which blinks and notifies the driver when vehicles or cyclists are approaching from behind as the vehicle doors are opened. The all-new Audi Q7 goes on sale at the beginning of 2016.

2016 Audi S8 plus Starts At $115,825 Next Month

The 2016 Audi S8 plus, the latest variant of the A8 flagship sedan, with a 605 horsepower 4.0 TFSI engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission, an increase of 85 horsepower compared to the outgoing S8, starts at $115,825 (including destination charges of $925). The S8 plus accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds to a top track speed of 155 mph. The optional Dynamic package includes high performance ceramic brakes, a carbon rear lip spoiler, a modified sport exhaust system and an increased top speed limiter, which increases the sedan’s top speed to 190 mph. The optional Black optic exterior package includes carbon fiber mirror housings, a black Singleframe® grill and window surrounds, a carbon front blade and diffusor trim and darkened taillights. The 2016 Audi S8 plus will go on sale next month.

2016 Audi RS 7 performance On Sale Next Month For $129,925

The all-new 2016 Audi RS 7 performance with a 605 horsepower 4.0 TFSI engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds reaching a top track speed of 190 mph starts at $129,925 (including destination charges of $925). The RS 7 performance is differentiated from the standard 560 horsepower RS 7 with carbon ceramic brakes and RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control along with a redesigned bumper with rear diffuser insert and sport exhaust black tailpipes, carbon mirror housings and the gloss black RS Singleframe grille. New RS 7 performance exclusive 21” cast aluminum wheels come standard. The interior of the RS 7 performance comes standard with RS sports seats, with the option for black Valcona leather and Alcantara with blue contrast stitching and carbon twill blue inlays. The RS 7 performance will go on sale next month.

2017 Audi R8 Offering More Horsepower Coming This Spring

The 2017 Audi R8 is powered by either a 540 horsepower  5.2L V10 engine, an increase of 15 horsepower from the previous R8 model, or a 610 horsepower R8 V10 Plus, an increase of 60 horsepower over its predecessor. The Audi R8 and R8 LMS racecar were co-developed and share approximately 50 percent of the same parts, including the V10 engine. The 2017 R8 will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 20 - 29 and goes on sale in the Spring of 2016.

2017 Cadillac Crossover Touring 5 - XT5 - Coming Late Spring 2016

2017 Cadillac Crossover Touring 5 (XT5), 278 pounds lighter than the current SRX, will be powered by the new 310 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine in the U.S. market mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift, an electronically controlled transmission shifter, and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the engine to seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving 4-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads. Rear-seat legroom is increased 3.2 inches in the XT5, compared to the SRX. There's an optional new advanced “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, who as President of Infiniti decided to give all their vehicles the "Q" designation is giving Cadillac crossovers the "XT" nomenclature. XT5 production begins in the U.S. and China in Spring 2016.

2016 Honda Civic Sedan Starts At $19,520

The 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, the 10th generation, completely new-from-the-ground-up with a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase yet 68 pounds lighter than before, starts at $19,520 (including $880 destination charge) for the LX trim, $150 more than the outgoing model. It features a new 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC™ engine in the LX and EX trims, while Civic EX-T, EX-L and new line-topping Touring models are powered by a 174-horspower 1.5-liter DOHC TURBO engine. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Civic Sedan are 31/41/35 mpg(city/highway/combined) for 2.0-liter models with continuously variable transmission and 31/42/35 mpg for 1.5-liter TURBO models with CVT. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control, auto-up/down front-power windows, an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold and Walk-Away auto door locks. The Honda Sensing™ option includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Warning, and adds, for the first time, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Coming In Mid-2016

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible, with a fully-automated roof that stows in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, is powered by 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible, shown as a concept at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, goes on sale from mid-2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Starts at $29,270

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the eighth Toyota hybrid model, comes in XLE and Limited premium grades, powered by a 194 system horsepower system that combines output from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a small high-torque electric motor with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System as standard. A second, independent electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction. The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid goes from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds with expected EPA ratings are 34 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 33 mpg combined. The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid XLE starts at $29,270 and the Limited at $34,510 (including $900 Delivery, Processing, and Handling fee).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hyundai Plans Six New Vehicles By 2020 For New Genesis Brand

Hyundai Motor has announced an all-new global luxury brand, Genesis, which means "new beginnings" and will carry the new wing-type emblem (above), redesigned from the version used on the current Genesis model. Rumored for sometime after the introduction of Hyundai's premium luxury Genesis and Equus vehicles, Genesis will be a stand-alone brand that operates alongside the Hyundai marque with plans to launch six new Genesis models by 2020 to compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands. Hyundai says the brand's ‘human-centered’ luxury will have "a complete focus on customers who want smart ownership experiences that save time and effort, with practical innovations that enhance satisfaction", according to Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman Euisun Chung. The Genesis brand will adopt a new alphanumeric naming structure. Future models will be named by combining the letter ‘G’ for Genesis with a number, 90, 80 or 70 etc., representing the segment. Hyundai Motor has created a Prestige Design Division to differentiate the new Genesis brand vehicles.

2016 Nissan LEAF Coming Soon With New Longer Range Battery

The 2016 Nissan LEAF, on sale soon, has a new a 30 kWh battery that provides an EPA-rated range of 107 miles, a 27 percent increase over the previous 24 kWh battery, and starts at $27,550 (including $850 Destination and Handling) after the federal tax credit of $7,500 for the SV model and $30,140 for LEAF SL after the federal tax credit. LEAF S models continue to be equipped with a 24 kWh battery with an EPA-rated range of 84 miles and its starting price remains at $22,360 after the federal tax incentive. The battery in LEAF SV and SL can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes, providing about 22 percent more miles of range compared to a 30-minute quick charge on previous LEAF models. Charging on a normal home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours.

The 2016 model year adds standard NissanConnect with Mobile Apps with 5.0-inch color display for LEAF S models. LEAF SV and SL grades add NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control and Nissan Voice Recognition.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Coming In Late March

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS seven passenger SUV is powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo engine in the GLS450 4MATIC, a 449 horsepower V8 bi-turbo engine in the GLS550 4MATIC, and a 577 horsepower powerplant in the Mercedes-AMG GLS63. The GLS350d 4MATIC offers 255 horsepower V6 diesel engine. All versions mated to the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, except the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 which gets the revised AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission. With DYNAMIC SELECT, the new GLS provides COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT transmission modes, in addition to INDIVIDUAL or an OFF-ROAD mode.

Standard driver assistance systems include COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Other systems available as standard on the GLS include: PRE-SAFE® system, Brake Assist BAS, electronic all- wheel drive traction system 4ETS, ESP®, and cruise control. The optional Driver Assistance Package has systems including DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. The GLS will be available to order from December, with deliveries in in the US market from late-March 2016.

2016 Cadillac Touring 6 Sedan Starts At $54,490 In March

The 2016 Cadillac Touring 6 sedan offers an all-new 400 horsepower Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine, an all-new 335-horsepower 3.6L V-6 and a 265 horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine all engines paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The CT6 2.0L Turbo starts at $54,490, the CT6 3.6L V6 with AWD starts at $56,490 and the CT6 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 with AWD starting at $65,390 (including $995 destination fees). The highest level 2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum model starting at $84,460. The CT6 features active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System and new technology includes Rear Camera Mirror, Enhanced Night Vision technology and a 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system. Shipments to dealers begin in March.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October 2015 U.S. Auto Sales

General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 262,993 vehicles in the United States in October 2015, up 15.9 percent from a year ago, with Chevrolet posting its best October sales since 2004. Year-to-date total GM sales of 2,562,840 is 5.3 percent higher than the first ten months of last year.

Ford Motor Company U.S. sales totaled 213,938 vehicles last month, up 13.4 percent from a year ago. Year-to-date sales of 2,186,126 is a 5.4 percent increase over 2014.

Toyota U.S. October sales of 204,045 is a 13 percent increase over October 2014. Year-to-date sales of 2,071,446, up 4.9 percent. Toyota Division October sales of 177,609 is up 13 percent and Lexus sales of 273,881 is up 12.2 percent from October last year.

FCA US  (Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo) reported U.S. sales of 195,545 last month, a 15 percent increase compared with sales in October 2014 for the company’s best October sales since 2001. Year-to-date sales of 1,850,406 is a 7 percent gain over last year.

American Honda reported record-breaking October sales of 131,651 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 8.6 percent. Honda Division sales rose to an October record of 115,572, up 9.3 percent. Acura sales were 16,079, a rise of 4.2 percent. Year-to-date American Honda sales of 1,320,217 is up 3 percent over 2014.

Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for October 2015 of 116,047, an increase of 12.5 percent over the prior year. Year-to-date sales of 1,238,535 is a 6.2 percent increase over the first ten months of 2014.

Hyundai Motor America posted its best October ever, with sales of 60,005, up 19.8 percent compared with October 2014. Year-to-date sales are 638,195, a 5 percent rise over last year.

Kia Motors America announced best-ever October sales of 50,044 vehicles, a 12 percent increase over the same period last year. Year-to-date sales of 526,024 is 7.4 percent higher than a year ago.

Subaru of America reported record sales for October 2015 totaling 51,629 vehicles, a 20 percent increase over the previous October record set in 2014. Year-to-date sales of 480,331 vehicles is a 14.8 percent gain over the same period in 2014.

Volkswagen of America reported October sales of 30,387, a 0.24 percent increase over October 2014. Year-to-date sales of 294,602, a 2.2 percent drop from last year. Separately, Audi reported  October 2015 sales of 17,700, an increase of 16.8 percent. Year-to-date Audi sales of 165,103 is a 13 percent increase over last year.

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported October sales of 33,526 vehicles, a decrease of 6.6 percent from the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are up 5.4 percent from the same period last year with 328,456 vehicles sold. Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 3.8 percent in October for a total of 29,439 compared to 30,602 vehicles sold in October, 2014. Year-to-date, BMW brand is up 4.6 percent from the same period last year with sales of 279,395 vehicles.

Mazda North American Operations reported October U.S. sales of 25,451 vehicles, representing an increase of 35.4 percent versus last year. Year-to-date, Mazda has sold 267,158 vehicles, up 2.9 percent.

Jaguar Land Rover North America reported October 2015 U.S. sales for both brands of 8,187, a 76 percent increase from October 2014.  Land Rover sales reached 7,199, up 98 percent from  October 2014 while Jaguar sales were 998, down 2 percent from October 2014. Year-to-date Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales hit 67,806, an increase of 23 percent over 2014.

Mitsubishi Motors North America reported October 2015 sales of 7,426, an increase of 19.8 percent from October 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 25 percent over the same period in 2014.

Mazda North American Operations reported October U.S. sales of 25,451 vehicles, representing an increase of 35.4 percent versus last year. Year-to-date, Mazda has sold 267,158 vehicles, up 2.9 percent.

Volvo Cars in the United States reported 7,422 retail sales in October. Year-to-date U.S. of 53,803 sales in the US, up 12.5 per cent.

Porsche Cars North America announced October 2015 sales of 4,070 vehicles, up 11 percent over October 2014.  This is the strongest October sales month in PCNA history. Year-to-date sales of 43,370 is 11.1 percent higher than a year ago.

Sales will be updated as manufacturers report.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kia's SEMA A1A Optima

Kia's SEMA A1A Optima a convertible spin of the all-new 2016 Optima with a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, takes inspiration from the iconic Florida A1A highway with its shortened windshield and room for four.  Reinforced steel tubes have been discretely hidden within the body so that the vehicle retains a rigid structure. The back doors of the A1A Optima swing open on rear-mounted hinges.

Crooks & Castles Scion iM 5-door Hatchback For SEMA

The Crooks & Castles Scion iM 5-door hatchback created by the clothing company is one entry for the 11th Annual SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge in Las Vegas. They received a Scion iM and a $15,000 build budget to put a unique spin on the car. Crooks & Castles features a black and white scheme, with an all-white leather wrapped rollcage and black rewrapped race seats for the interior. The car was finished off with custom white mesh wheels, mirroring the theme of his existing fleet of customized cars.

2016 Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 Starts At $30,305

The 2016 Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0, a black and camel themed 1,000 vehicle offering with a 200 horsepower 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with Dual Variable Valve Timing rear wheel drive flat boxer engine, will come with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price will be $30,305 for the manual transmission and $31,405 for the automatic transmission (including the $795 delivery, processing and handling fee).