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2015 Kia K900 First Test

Cue The Spotlight: Before Dropping the K900's Curtain, Kia Takes its Deepest Breaths Ever<p>Technically, this car has been on sale for quite some time. Peddled as the K9 in South Korea from May 2012 forward, it’s called Quoris in international markets including Russia, Peru, and the United Arab …

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Test – Review

TESTED<p>If Lieutenant Commander Spock were shopping for a mid-size sedan, we think he’d find the Honda Accord hybrid to be an entirely logical mode of transport. Luxury-car roomy inside with a quiet cabin suitable for Vulcan cogitation: check. Cogently arrayed controls and consistently engaging …

2014 Audi SQ5 Test – Review

From the January 2014 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>TESTED<p>The cues are all there in the SQ5, Audi’s first entry in the performance mini-ute arena. Grip its small-diameter, thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed, three-spoke steering wheel with its prominent contrast stitching, fingertips poised behind the shift …

Hyundai Launches High-Performance N-Badged Models with i20 Rally Car

When Hyundai whipped off the cover of its 2014 World Rally Championship contender, the i20 WRC, it also introduced a new line of go-faster models. The rally car is the first step in the Korean automaker’s intent of creating “future mass-produced high-performance cars” denoted by N badging. We’d …

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Mini John Cooper Works Concept – Auto Shows

It’s a good thing Mini builds small cars, because its lineup is pretty darn crowded. With the three-door hardtop, convertible, coupe, roadster, Clubman, Paceman, Countryman, and John Cooper Works iterations of all of those sharing showroom space, the brand certainly isn’t hurting for variation. …

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Audi's New Small Sedan: Will there be an RS3?

High Cost Means Tough Sell<p>Our pals at Fourtitude.com have worked up a Photoshop image of an RS version of the coming A3 sedan, based on the A3 Sportback Audi unveiled at last fall’s Paris Mondial de l’Automobile. The RS3 sedan would have 10-spoke RS4/RS5 wheels and the subtle wheel flare arches …

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept First Look

Avalon Meets Corolla<p><b>SHOW FLOOR UPDATE:</b> With a name like the Furia, even Toyota could resist from including a few playful puns during the press conference at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Toyota USA’s vice president and general manager, Bill Fay, described the Corolla Furia concept car as a “fury of …

Subaru WRX Concept First Look - 2013 New York Auto Show

GT-R-Inspired WRX Roars Into New York<p><i>SHOW FLOOR UPDATE: Wow, this is one good-looking WRX! Subaru dropped the curtains surrounding the WRX Concept and the car was immediately swarmed by journalists from the world over. The WRX looks even better in person than in pictures — it’s plain weird for an</i> …

New Nissan Z Car, Code-Named Z35, in Pipeline

One of Japan's Most Iconic Cars is Making a Comeback<p>One of Japan’s most iconic cars is making a comeback. A descendant of the game-changing 240Z that debuted in 1969, an all-new Z car (code-named Z35) will honor the legendary Datsun with a stylized 21st-century interpretation of the original’s long …

2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept First Look

Round Two: Inline-Five Gives Way to a 700-HP V-8 Plug-In Hybrid<p>This is Audi‘s second go at a successor to the original Sport Quattro, and this time around there are big changes under the hood. Debuting at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show is the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, highlighted by a powertrain …

Infiniti Q30 Concept First Look

Compact Luxury Hatch Targets Young Buyers<p>Infiniti‘s new naming scheme was only one part of the brand’s rebirth under new president Johan de Nysschen. Another key aspect of Infiniti’s global strategy is new product, and the company is giving us a sneak peek at the next Q-badged model with the …

Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept First Look

Half Sports Car, Half Rally Car, Total Surprise<p>With the surprise unveiling of the rally-inspired Nanuk Quattro Concept, Audi stunned the crowd at the Volkswagen Group Night event held ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Nanuk is an Eskimo word that means “polar bear” and Audi says that the name …

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