With a star-studded cast including Usher, Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe, Mercedes-Benz unveils the all-new CLA-Class in this extended cut of its Super Bowl commercial.
With a star-studded cast including Usher, Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe, Mercedes-Benz unveils the all-new CLA-Class in this extended cut of its Super Bowl commercial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bentley Continental GTC Summary
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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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