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2014 Mazda Mazda6

 

Diving headlong into the deep end, where no carmaker in its right mind would consider going, Mazda unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6 mid-size sedan at the L.A. auto show. That end of the pool is infested with mid-size sharks like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, plus up-and-comers like the Kia Optima and new Ford Fusion. The midsize sedan segment is where the money is, and it’s where the biggest bunch of buyers is paying attention.

To call attention to itself in this 4-door warzone, Mazda will continue to play the sport-sedan card with the Mazda6, while adding — as we learned at Mazda’s L.A. show press conference — the diesel card.

Looking like fun on an auto show stand is no problem, but since we’ve seen the Mazda6 out on the road, we can assure you that its spit-curl front fender shaping and sinister face give it an amiable public persona. The Mazda6 interior is sporty in that it is enveloping rather than cavernous. The final equipment list has yet to be determined, but Mazda promises a high-tech interior environment offering lots of almost-cutting-edge connectivity — i.e. Pandora and audio texting — and in-dash Tom-Tom navigation.

The U.S. version of the new Mazda6 is deliciously close to the talented European-spec model we drove through France in October, where we found it to be a bright new competitor in the midsize sporty-sedan arena. We’ve not yet driven the diesel, but our faith in the intelligence behind Mazda’s Skyactiv initiative give us hope that VW may have to share some of the clean diesel props being heaped upon it.

For the first six months of 2013, the Mazda6 will be offered with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Skyactiv gasoline-powered engine — notable for high-compression, liquid-smooth performance (184 horsepower) and significant fuel-economy benefits (as yet unstated, but Mazda’s shooting for #1 in class). During the second half of the year, a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel 4-cylinder will join the gasoline engine, offering get-outta-my-way diesel torque and braggable miles per gallon. Two 6-speed transmission choices — one manual, one automatic, both Skyactiv-enhanced for resistance-free shifting — are available.

Further stacking the Mazda6’s deck in favor of fuel savings — a 5-percent improvement according to the proud Mazda folks — is an energy storage and discharge technology called “i-ELOOP.” The i-ELOOP system retrieves and stores energy created when you hit the brakes and uses it to help power the Mazda6’s electrical systems, like the radio and air conditioning. The 2014 Mazda6 is the first application of i-ELOOP.

Another interesting techno-first for Mazda (this time with a slightly more triumphant moniker) is the available “Smart City Brake Support” which uses a laser sensor at the front of the car to detect when a low-speed collision with an object — be it a car, a post, or a pedestrian — is about to occur. When the system senses that a collision is possible, it preps the brakes for engagement. If it predicts that the collision is inevitable, it engages the Mazda6’s automatic braking function.

Even though the launch of the 2014 Mazda6 is just over a month away, Mazda still isn’t saying what it’ll cost. We’d like to take that as a sign that Mazda has one more marketing trick up its sleeve: value.

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2014 Acura RLX

Making its world debut in Los Angeles, the 2014 Acura RLX is the most ambitious offering to date from Honda’s luxury division. Intended to take on premium rivals from around the world, the striking luxury-performance sedan moves well beyond the existing RL by introducing an entirely new level of design and execution along with a host of new technologies to the Acura fold.

The RLX experience will be available in five different grades of goodness when it goes on sale early next year, and all share the same outstanding dynamic experience and elegant ambiance. According to the Jeff Conrad, the division’s vice president and general manager of sales, every RLX will provide anyone behind the wheel with “a feeling of connection to the product, to the road, and to the world from the very moment they enter the vehicle.”

Matching sweeping “aero-fused” exterior lines with elegant accents like new Jewel Eye LED headlamps and standard 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels, the RLX certainly doesn’t lack for curb appeal. There’s far more than just good looks here, though. The RLX body structure is 55 percent high-strength steel that greatly enhances its bending and torsional rigidity compared to the RL, while and the car’s front fenders and hood as well as many internal elements are made from weight-saving aluminum — collective changes that help reduce curb weight by 275 pounds.

Inside of its spacious passenger compartment, the RLX features loads of soft- touch surfaces set off with premium metal and wood-grain accenting. The extensive roster of standards in even the base Acura RLX includes things like a power tilt/telescoping steering column, dual central touch screens, tri-zone climate control, and a 10-speaker ELS audio system with HD radio, XM radio, a Pandora interface, USB/AUX connectivity, and Bluetooth. It also will introduce the next-gen AcuraLink Connectivity system.

The model hierarchy commences with an RLX with Navigation and RLX with Technology Package, while an RLX with Krell Audio package that brings an ultra-premium sound system and the RLX with Advance Package that adds features like a leather dash and available Milano leather seats fill out the upper end of the mix.
Standard engine in the 2014 RLX is an all-new 310-horsepower direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management. Backed by a paddle-shiftable 6-speed sequential automatic transmission and capable of delivering over 90 percent of its 272 lb-ft of peak torque between 2,000-6,000 rpm, this efficiency expert should give the RLX impressive acceleration and help it deliver projected 20-mpg city/31- mpg highway numbers.

The RLX chassis is an equally impressive bit of work and introduces precision All-Wheel Steer — the first such technology allow individual control of each rear wheel – and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking that are integrated into the Vehicle Stability Assist system. Other advanced elements in the Acura RLX tech portfolio include Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

Late next year, the RLX lineup will be expanded with the arrival of a new gas/electric version that uses Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology. Producing 370 horsepower, this meaner, greener variation is expected to earn 30-mpg EPA ratings on both city and highway cycles.

Pricing for the 2014 Acura RLX will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Making its world debut at the Paris Auto Show, the all-new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover heralds the beginning of a new era in the history of the world’s most-iconic luxury SUV. Bigger, bolder and stunningly lighter than the vehicle that it replaces, the latest Range Rover was designed to deliver unprecedented levels of luxury and dynamic capability, both on road and off.

While retaining its unmistakable visual DNA, the exterior of the new Range Rover reflects a more sophisticated take on the basic design language. Smoother and sleeker, the completely redone bodywork keeps classic cues intact while putting a cleaner, more contemporary spin on virtually every surface and tossing in a bit of Evoque-style detailing for good measure.

Visuals aside, the real design magic of this new Range Rover lies beneath its new and more aerodynamic envelope. A revolutionary all-aluminum monocoque structure replaces the steel core used previously. Created using technology pioneered by its corporate cousin, Jaguar, it provides an even stronger and more rigid alternative foundation that’s also 39 percent lighter. Matched with all-new, all-aluminum chassis elements, the comprehensive redesign trims up to 20 percent off of the curb weight of this new-gen Range Rover — 926 pounds in the best case scenario — and lightens the load of U.S.-spec versions by some 700 pounds.

Complementing this massive mass-reduction, the new Range Rover is fitted with a new adaptive air-suspension that improves ride comfort and control in all situations while curbing body roll and improving steering feel. Its bounty of vehicle dynamic systems also got an upgrade in the form of a new iteration of Land Rover’s superb Terrain Response system that uses on-board sensors to automatically select the best settings for any road or driving conditions.

Like the rest of the package, the cabin of the 2013 Range Rover benefits from a similar comprehensive remake that endows it with more contemporary flair and even better isolation thanks to the use of laminated glass and enhanced sound attenuation materials throughout. Matching supple leathers and premium wood veneers, this richly appointed inner sanctum maintains the requisite Rover-esque level of elegance but offers even more people space, including 4.7 inches of addition rear-seat legroom.

While the new Range Rover will be offered elsewhere with a choice of turbodiesel and gasoline engines, U.S-spec models will carry over the existing naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter/375-horsepower V8 and its more potent 510-horse supercharged variant. However, like their Euro alternatives, they’ll swap the existing 6-speed automatic transmission for a new, more efficient 8-speed ZF autoshifter. Range Rover has yet to release any projected EPA numbers, but the new gearbox coupled with the huge drop in weight are virtually certain to result in significantly better fuel economy and a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions.

Production of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover will start later this year at a new facility near the automaker’s home base in Solihull, England and it will be sold in 160 markets worldwide. While pricing has yet to be released, the first of these new Range Rovers is slated to reach showrooms here in December.

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Straight Official Shines 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

As Chrysler’s second-best seller behind the Ram — and one of its most-recognizable offerings — the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a vehicle that doesn’t receive updates without anybody noticing, especially if they’re significant. And while the cosmetic changes made to the Grand Cherokee for 2014 are minor, the powertrain changes are anything but.

The big news is the updated fuel economy. Thanks to the addition of an eight-speed automatic as standard equipment, the Grand Cherokee’s 3.6-liter V-6’s fuel economy gets a bump to 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, an improvement of 1 mpg in the city for the 4×2 models, and a 2 mpg highway improvement for all models. The 5.7-liter V-8-powered model gets a 1 mpg bump in both city and highway fuel economy to 15 mpg city for 4×2 models and 14 mpg for 4×4 models, with highway fuel economy going up to 21 mpg combined. Fuel economy isn’t the only thing that improves. Maximum towing capacity on the V-6 model goes up to 6200 pounds, while the bad-boy SRT model goes from an unremarkable 5000 pounds to 7200.
More significant for the 2014 Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy is the arrival of the long-awaited diesel model. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 sourced from Italy’s VM Motori that’s good for 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, which comes at just 2000 rpm. Like the gasoline models, it’s mated to eight-speed automatic. The powertrain combination results in impressive fuel economy figures of 21/30 mpg city/highway for 4×2 models and 20/28 mpg city/highway for 4×4 models. It can also tow up to 7400 pounds. On the technical side, the engine features a 60-degree cylinder bank angle for optimum balance, a high-pressure 29,000 psi common-rail injection system, and a water-cooled turbocharger. It is B5 compliant. It also gets a fluid-based SCR catalyst system to make it Tier II, Bin 5 emissions-compliant, meaning that the diesel Grand Cherokee will for the first time be available in all 50 states. To optimize efficiency even further, the 2014 Grand Cherokee offers an available Eco Mode. On models equipped with the air suspension, it lowers ride height at speeds above 56 mph and optimizes the transmission’s shift schedule. On the Hemi model, it also engages cylinder deactivation more aggressively to save fuel.

hat air suspension system, dubbed Quadra-Lift, also gives the driver the choice of three ride-height settings. The normal setting gives the vehicle 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Off-Road 1 lifts the vehicle 1.3 inches for a total of 10 inches of clearance, and Off-Road 2 raises it another 1.3 inches for 11.3 inches of clearance. Aero mode lowers the vehicle 0.6 inches below normal ride height for optimal aerodynamics. The three four-wheel drive systems, Quadra-Drive I, Quadra-Drive II and Quadra-Trac II carry over from 2013, with Quadra-Trac II adding an electronic limited-slip rear differential. 
Cosmetically, changes are numerous enough to make the 2014 Grand Cherokee stand out as a new model. Up front, it gets thinner-profile front light clusters with bi-xenon HID headlights and LED driving light surrounds standard on the Overland and new Summit trim, and optional on the Limited trim level. The fog lights have been repositioned and get new surrounds for a more upscale look. In the back, all 2014 Grand Cherokees get LED taillights, and the Jeep logo on the tailgate is moved up and enlarged as a stand-alone detail. The Summit model adds additional exterior accents in the form of a mesh grille and unique exterior badging. The high-po SRT model gets a menacing blackout grille treatment to help it stand out from its non-performance-oriented siblings.

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Straight Official Shines The Spotlight On AUDI S7

Back in October, I breathlessly reported that the new Audi S8 spanks everything short of a Corvette ZR1 in a straight line, and whips most cars in handling. I closed by noting that Audi, after years of lobbing shots at BMW and Mercedes-Benz, had finally landed a direct hit. Now, like a board game opponent who is ready to sink your Battleship, Audi’s going for the kill, and the next shot out of the cannon is the all-new 2013 Audi S7.2013-Audi-S7-cockpit

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Straight Official Shines The Spotlight On The 2013 Bentley Continental GTC

2013 Bentley Continental GTC Summary

The 2013 Bentley Continental GTC is a 2-door, 4-seat Convertible, available in 2 trims, ranging from the Base to the V8. Upon introduction, the $216,400 Base is equipped with a standard 6.0L, 0-cylinder, engine that achieves 11-mpg in the city and 19-mpg on the highway. an Automatic transmission is standard. The $193,300 V8 is equipped with a standard 4.0L, 8-cylinder, engine that achieves 14-mpg in the city and 24-mpg on the highway. an Automatic transmission is standard.

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Straight Official Shines The Spotlight On The 2013 BMW 328

2013 BMW 328 Summary

The 2013 BMW 328 is a 4-door, 5-seat Sedan, available in 10 trims, ranging from the RWD Coupe to the w/SULEV RWD Convertible. Upon introduction, the $38,700 RWD Coupe is equipped with a standard 3.0L, 6-cylinder, engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway. a Manual transmission is standard. The $47,600 w/SULEV RWD Convertible is equipped with a standard 3.0L, 6-cylinder, engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. a Manual transmission is standard.

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Straight Official Shines The Spotlight On The 2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX Summary

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