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2015 Nissan GT-R

Nissan adds civilization to its rocket science.<p>How does the saying go? Another year, another GT-R update? Nissan has tweaked its formidable twin-turbocharged, all-wheel-drive street monster pretty much every year since the car was introduced for 2009. This year is no different, and hot on the heels …

Autos

Godzilla's 'Ring: Nissan Claims Nürburgring Lap Record With 2015 GT-R NISMO With "Track Options"

Nissan clearly put a lot of work into the 2015 GT-R NISMO, the even-higher-performance GT-R model that debuted in Tokyo this week, in order to make it stand out from the already crazy regular GT-R. Most of that work was carried out in the crucible of the demanding Nürburgring circuit, where the …

Sports Cars

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS

In the Fifth Book of Juke we learn, once again, that more is better.<p>Nissan’s quirky little Juke crossover has yet to gain acceptance to the exclusive Pocket Rocket fraternity, but the NISMO RS version puts it another step closer. As one of three Nissan unveilings at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, …

Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept

The Sentra we'd all like to see in showrooms.<p>Lately, the words “Sentra” and “excitement” rarely appear in the same sentence. Nissan’s compact used to be quite the sleeper enthusiast’s ride, especially back in the early ‘90s. (Two-door SE-R, anyone?) These days, however, the Sentra has slowly ebbed …

Automotive Design

Lexus Reveals a Few More Details on Its First-Ever Turbo Four

Say what you will about the Lexus LF-NX concept‘s styling, but Lexus doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. As if to prove this, the Japanese brand brought the brutally styled compact crossover to the Tokyo auto show in pretty much the same exact form it was shown in Frankfurt this year. But …

Automotive Design

Lusso Has a Price: 2014 Maserati Ghibli MSRP Announced

<b>We’ve driven the Maserati Ghibli—click here and here to read our reviews!</b><p>Considering that California is responsible for approximately 35 percent of all U.S. Maserati sales (and we’re told that occasionally the Golden State accounts for as much as 40 percent of the brand’s American business), it’s …

Maserati

Toyota FCV Concept

An oddly styled take on Toyota's upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.<p>The next few years are shaping up to be a crowded time for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle debuts, what with Honda bringing an all-new effort to market, Hyundai introducing its fuel-cell Tucson for 2014, and Daimler, Ford, and …

Alternative Fuel

2014 Honda City Debuts in India, Previews Fit-Based Sedan Headed to U.S.

Honda’s next-generation Fit hatchback hasn’t even debuted in U.S.-spec form yet, and already we’re getting a peek at the models that will be spun off of its tiny platform. First, there was the Honda Vezel, which broke cover at the Tokyo auto show and previews next year’s yet-unnamed Urban SUV, and …

2015 Lamborghini Deimos Spy Photos

Dread and terror personified—in a good way.<p><b>What It Is:</b> The successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo, which has been on sale for a decade now. While speculation is rife that the Gallardo’s heir will be named after the prison island Cabrera, we previously discovered a Lamborghini trademark application …

Sports Cars

BMW Claims That i8 is "Sold Out" Based on Projections, Not Orders

In developing the i3 and the i8, BMW has placed a rather large wager on the future of electric mobility. The premium automaker says that engineering costs have been “written off” and “we will make money with the first car sold.” This creative accounting is bolstered by what appears to be good news …

Automotive Industry

2015 Nissan GT-R / GT-R NISMO

Godzilla and MechaGodzilla.<p>Nissan GT-R fans, you can chill out or relax—or even chillax, if that’s your thing. It’s true that the standard 2015 GT-R is slightly toned down, but it’s not as though the automaker chiseled off the supercoupe’s hard edges. Think of them instead as sanded down by …

Sports Cars

2016 Mercedes-Benz GT AMG Spy Photos

AMG's future halo car will be more attainable.<p><b>What It Is:</b> The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG, code-named C190 and somewhat previewed by the Vision Gran Turismo concept, is an evolution of the instant-classic SLS AMG. While we mourn the loss of the SLS’s unique gullwing doors—an homage to the …

Aston Martin

Analysis: 2014 SRT Viper “Body and Soul” Commercial – Feature

I’m not a Viper guy. They’re hugely capable and their owners sure seem to love them, but for me they’re too big, too brutal. I’ve driven Vipers both on and off the track and clearly they have strong hearts and mighty muscles, but I’ve always had trouble making the man/machine connection with these …

Sports Cars

Name That Shifter, No. 154 - Feature

On Monday, we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence it came. Repeat winner Jake S recognized the six-speed manual as belonging to the 2004 Subaru Forester STi. That’s right, an STi-tuned Forester existed—but not here.<p>The Forester STi …

Subaru

Volvo Bringing Hot Polestar S60 Sedan, V60 Wagon to U.S.

Swedophiles rejoice! Volvo has once again let the ruffians at Polestar have their way with some of the automaker’s models, in this case the stylish and practical 2014 S60 sedan and V60 wagon. Good news to be sure, but we’re even happier to report that the hot-to-trot Swedes will be making the trip …

Volvo

Hyundai Introduces The Walking Dead Edition Tucson

So remember how we surmised last month that Hyundai is, like, really paranoid about zombies? Now that fear has forced the automaker to jump from building zombie-proofed concept cars to offering breathers the opportunity to purchase an apocalypse-themed vehicle. Doomsday preppers—and fans of <i>The</i> …

The Walking Dead

The Continental: The Best and Worst of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>I know, I know, the Los Angeles auto show was last week, old news, out of …

Los Angeles

Survey Reveals That the More People Who Own Smartphones, the More People Actually Use Smartphones—Even When They Shouldn’t

Like a good newsmaker, State Farm is there, reliably issuing headline-ready press releases such as <i>William Shatner Saves the World From Exploding Turkeys</i> (“An accident with a turkey fryer several years ago made him more than just a hot celebrity. He was a man on fire, literally, and he doesn’t want …

Text Messaging

It's Black (Car) Friday! Forget Shopping, Enjoy These Photos of Our Favorite Black Cars – Feature

Black Friday is too hectic–who wants to sit in a line, outside in the cold at 3 a.m. for a barely discounted iPad or 50 percent off a bedspread? Bedding is boring, and sitting on the couch drinking a cold one and shaking off the Thanksgiving food coma is so much more satisfying, anyway. To help you …

Black Friday

Paul Walker, 1973–2013: A Retrospective in Filmic Sheetmetal

<i>The Fast and the Furious</i> star and noted enthusiast Paul Walker died Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita, California, after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which he was a passenger crashed and caught fire. The driver and owner of the Porsche was Roger Rodas, Walker’s longtime friend, racing partner, …

Subaru

2014 Chevrolet SS

A classic formula, thoroughly modernized.<p>TESTED<p>Now that the government’s stake in GM is below five percent, the automaker is launching new models with giddy abandon. That’s especially true at Chevrolet, where the lineup runs from the vest-pocket Spark to the garage-busting Suburban with a generous …

Audi to Add to Bottom of Its Q Lineup with Subcompact Q1

Audi will expand its lineup of crossovers with a subcompact model called the Q1, and this rendering provided by the company shows what it could look like. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Q1 will share its underpinnings with the VW Golf, the Audi A3, and a number of VW Group’s …

Facelifts

Volkswagen Touareg X Special Edition Commemorates 10 Years of Touareg Sales

It looks like Volkswagen’s Touareg will be adding a stateside holiday to its 10th anniversary celebration. Earlier this year, the maker announced the Touareg X, a similarly themed special edition intended only in the German market. Now it has decided to let the U.S. market in on the festivities …

Volkswagen

Porsche Details the Inspirations for the Macan’s Design

Porsche has released a video detailing styling elements of its Macan compact crossover, which was launched at the L.A. auto show last month. Chief designer Michael Mauer, formerly of Smart and Saab fame, and head of advanced design Mitja Borkert describe a few elements of the Cayenne‘s little …

Automotive Design

Mercedes Takes Us From Drawing Board to Clay Modeling of Vision Gran Turismo Concept

While blurring the line between reality and fantasy has been for decades the standard operating procedure for video-game creators, automakers are just beginning to explore the opportunities the digital realm presents. Unconstrained by typical real-world concerns, it gives designers carte blanche to …

Automotive Design

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 / E350 4MATIC Sedan

Mercedes' well-respected men about town tone up.<p>TESTED<p>The E350 is Mercedes-Benz’s sensible sedan. Standing in the shadow of the extroverted E63 AMG and conceding the efficiency crown to the forthcoming E250 BlueTec diesel, it earns respect by effortlessly balancing form and function in a practical …

2015 Ford Mustang Pictures Are Here, Unofficially and Gorgeously

The all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang will be introduced to the world on Thursday, but photos of the real car are already online, making their way to you by way of <i>Autoweek</i>‘s print magazine, a cell-phone camera, and the forums at SVTPerformance.com and Mustang6G.com. Just as our renderings and …

Sports Cars

Adventures in LeMons Engine Swaps: VW Gets Honda, BMW Power + Multiple Trophies – Feature

One of the great things about 24 Hours of LeMons racing is that a team can win a trophy at each of its three races even when the car finishes in the bottom 10 of the standings in two races and gets a DNS in another. LeMons officials recognize that victory takes on many forms, and a team’s struggles …

New Hampshire

Name That Shifter, No. 155 - Feature

On Monday, we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence it came. Commenter Brian FitzGerald all but nailed it with his guess of a 1977 Lancia Beta; he will receive a Save the Manuals button and sticker as a reward.<p>The Beta coupe pictured here …

FCA Italy

Mitsubishi Cuts i-MiEV Price by $6130, Beats Smart for Cheapest Plug-in

After skipping a model year, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV returns for 2014 as the nation’s most affordable plug-in electric car. The $6130 price cut, down to $23,845, brings more standard features and costs $1905 less than the segment’s previous cheapskate, the Smart ForTwo ED.<p>New for the i-MiEV are …

Electric Vehicles