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New Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised
So the renderings that were originally sourced from Taiwan were accurate. Beautiful it isn't, but the Prius has never been a beautiful car....
31 hours a go
2016 Toyota Prius spied inside & out
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised that the new Prius is based on the same platform as the Mirai, but designed around a "conventional" hybrid drivetrain.
Aug 14th, 2015 2:03am
Honda exec says company is considering offering the S660 in the US
I'm not surprised. Remember, the rumored "S1000" model with the 127 bhp 1.0-liter turbocharged engine is headed for the European market--and that means EuroNCAP crash certification, a test that is more or less as rigorous as the NHTSA crash tests. (In fact, given Honda's state-of-the-art crash test facility in Japan, I wouldn't be surprised safety testing for the S1000 is already underway.) Honda knows that the new version of the Mazda Miata has been highly lauded around the world, and they're not going to miss out on this trend.
Aug 12th, 2015 1:18pm
Honda S660 sold out this year in Japan; four in five buyers are over 40
I think Honda is looking at a 1.0-liter I-4 turbocharged S1000 not only for the European market, but also the US market, too. After all, the EuroNCAP crash test certification is almost as stringent as the IIHS crash test certification, and it's likely Honda had designed the S660 with eventual export to the USA in mind (or likely built in Mexico at its recently-opened Celaya assembly line now building the Fit and HR-V models).
Aug 8th, 2015 5:24pm
Mazda5 demise confirmed after 2015 model year
Which is too bad because the Mazda 5 with the 2.5-liter "SkyActiv" engine and six-speed automatic would be a pretty good vehicle.
Aug 8th, 2015 4:29am
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid dropped in the U.S.
My guess why the hybrid was dropped: the Touraeg with the V-6 TDI engine actually gets better fuel economy and we don't need to deal with the complexity of the hybrid drive system.
Aug 7th, 2015 2:43am
2016 Volkswagen Passat facelift coming this fall
I do think we may get an announcement soon of a new 180 bhp TDI engine developed exclusively for the North American market. It will become standard on the facelifted Passat and will become the engine for the long-awaited US-market Golf GTD and Jetta GLD models.
Aug 6th, 2015 2:53pm
2017 Honda Civic spied inside and out with full LED headlights and heated rear seats (45 pics)
Given that the Civic is going a bit "upscale," one wonders is Honda preparing to start production of the Honda City--essentially the sedan version of the Honda Fit--for the North American market at their Celaya, Mexico assembly line.
Jul 30th, 2015 4:06am
New MX-5 owner crashes his car right after delivery, Mazda replaces it
Not likely. They may salvage the car for any usable spare parts, though.
Jul 26th, 2015 5:01am
BMW 1-Series Sedan interior spied
I do think it will make it to the USA--after all, sedans (four doors and a trunk is the most popular configuration of automobiles sold in the USA. After all, that's why Audi developed sedan versions of the A3 and S3 specifically for American (and Chinese) customers.
Jul 26th, 2015 1:10am
Next-gen Nissan Micra to have a higher quality interior
I think the new Micra--if it does go to a larger physical size--was designed to replace the Nissan Versa hatchback for the North American market. And it will likely use an improved version of the current Versa Note's 1.6-liter engine, probably uprated to 112-115 bhp.
Jul 24th, 2015 9:07am
BMW 3-Series facelift detailed in new mega gallery (155 photos)
The I-3 turbocharged engine is definitely not coming to the US market on the 3-Series. Now, that engine in the BMW MINI, that's a different story--I believe that that's the standard engine on the lower end models.
Jul 20th, 2015 3:32am
BMW X1 photographed in the flesh
I wonder will BMW offer a turbodiesel engine on the US-market X1?
Jul 7th, 2015 8:32am
2015 Fiat 500 facelift goes official with subtle cosmetic revisions
Question: what will be the changes to the North American model of the Fiat 500 with this facelift?
Jul 3rd, 2015 5:52pm
Citroen confirms plans to axe hydraulic suspension; says it's an old technology
While I almost agree, the problem with hydropneumatic suspension design is the mechanical complexity and weight involved in its design even now. Thanks to modern design, today's coil and shock suspensions are VASTLY better (and a lot less weight and mechanical complexity).
Jul 3rd, 2015 5:49pm
2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift officially unveiled; A45 AMG upgraded to 381 PS
Alas, this model will never be sold in North America. But the upgraded drivetrain could make it to the GLA45 AMG "crossover" and CLA45 AMG coupe.
Jun 28th, 2015 12:03am
Scion xB to be dropped at the end of the year
In short, I think an all-new replacement for the Scion xB is coming in 2016, maybe something based off the same platform used by the European-market Toyota Avensis (the Scion tC uses this platform).
Jun 27th, 2015 3:12pm
Alfa Romeo Giulia officially unveiled [video]
I've read that the Giulia will be available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. It's likely the majority of Giulia production will use the eight-speed automatic (there's nothing wrong with that, since the unit, made by ZF, is a highly-regarded automatic).
Jun 26th, 2015 4:42am
GM announces a mysterious new model
Possibly a next generation version of the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, now badged as a Chevrolet with the nose design similar to the new Cruze model? Indeed, one wonders if the Bolt concept is actually a preview of the new Meriva.
Jun 23rd, 2015 2:03pm
Honda Grace LX introduced in Japan
This is essentially the sedan version of the current model Honda Fit. We might see it in the North American market if the demand is there.
Jun 20th, 2015 12:51pm
Next generation Honda Civic to spawn warm Type S version
In short, a higher state of tune version of the turbocharged L15B engine that will be found on the new Civic, now rated at 200 bhp. Of course, this engine will require the use of 91 pump octane (95 RON) unleaded gasoline.
Jun 20th, 2015 4:00am
2016 Mercedes GLC officially unveiled [video]
I do think we'll see a GLC 250 BlueTec for the US market within a year of its USA debut.
Jun 19th, 2015 2:23pm
New Honda Civic coming this fall, Civic Hybrid & Civic CNG to be axed
I believe the new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is essentially a lightly-boosted variant of the L15B "Earth Dreams Technology" engine used by the 2015 Honda Fit. Now, how about putting THAT in the Fit for a higher-performance Fit Sport version with more sporting suspension and tighter steering?
Jun 16th, 2015 3:27pm
Honda Accord phased out from UK market due to slow sales
I think people forget that in Europe, people don't like to drive saloons with a trunk for lower-end models (though interestingly, the saloon configuration with four doors and a trunk, is popular with high-end models from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce). That's why Honda is phasing out the Accord saloon from the UK market. As such, the European-market Honda Civic is a hatchback model, based on a stretched version of the Global Small Car platform used by the Honda Fit/Jazz. Europeans prefer vehicles like the Ford Grand C-Max, Renault Scenic and Volkswagen Touran for family vehicles.
Jun 13th, 2015 10:06am
2016 BMW X1 officially unveiled
I think for the USA market, the new X1 will only be available with the 190 ps turbodiesel and 231 ps turbocharged gasoline engines, both with the eight-speed automatic.
Jun 3rd, 2015 2:44pm
Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI facelift rendered ahead of late 2016 launch
Don't expect radical changes in the design of the Mk. VIII Golf. Volkswagen tends to "evolve" designs, not radically change them like Japanese automakers tend to do.
May 31st, 2015 8:12pm
Mazda2 will not be commercialized in United States
I'm not surprised. The Mazda2 in its current form doesn't compare well against its two nearest competitors in the US market, the Hyundai Accent and the Honda Fit, both of which have way more powerful engines with direct injection (138 for the Accent, 130 for the Fit).
May 25th, 2015 3:29pm
Mercedes-Benz GLC spotted with barely any camo on it
Has Mercedes-Benz said where are they going to assemble the GLC? Will the North American market models still be assembled in Bremen, Germany or will they start production at the Tuscaloosa, Alabama line in the USA?
May 24th, 2015 2:58pm
Honda Jade RS revealed with new 150 PS 1.5-liter turbo engine
Honda has pretty much admitted the new turbocharged version of the L15B engine (the engine used on the North American market Honda Fit) will be the new base engine for the 2016 Honda Civic sedan and coupe coming this fall. There are stories from news web aites dedicated to the automotive parts industry that Honda's engine assembly line in Ohio will build around 200,000 turbocharged L15B engines per year for installation on the new Civic models.
May 23rd, 2015 4:57am
Next generation Honda Civic test mule spied in Germany
Because Honda wanted to sell the Civic hatchback--which is based on the stretched version of the Global Small Car platform that forms the basis for the Honda Fit/Jazz hatchback, City sedan and Vezel/HR-V "crossover"--worldwide, we'll definitely see the hatchback in the US market, most likely powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 confirmed for the next-generation Civic sedan and coupe. However, if the Civic hatchback maintains the torsion beam rear suspension of the current European model, I'm not sure if Americans will enjoy the stiffer ride of the new model.
May 2nd, 2015 7:52am
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