Source: Audi - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.
Source: Toyota - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.
Source: Lexus - Press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.
Source: Cadillac - Extensive press releases, specs, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.
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The HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC vthat produces 138 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is offered on two-wheel-drive models but most will choose the automatic aping CVT (continuously-variable transmission). All-wheel drive is optional. HR-V comes well-equipped in LX, EX and EX-L flavors with high levels of standard equipment like four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent™ side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to go along with power windows, power mirrors and power door and tailgate locks; electronic parking brake; aluminum-alloy wheels; tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls; and more. Like I said well-equipped. Pricing will be announced later. Honda is gonna sell lots of these. For more information about this attractive crossover, check out the press release, pics, and video after the jump. Click on pics for a closer look. Just added...LA Auto Show HR-V press intro video.
Source: Honda - Press release, pics and videos after the "read more" jump.
Acura's ILX compact luxury/sport sedan should have been a home run from the get go. While they sold quite a few of them, sales didn't seem to hit expectations. There were many reasons for this. The ILX was under-powered. Some Luxury touches didn't seem quite so luxurious. Styling was okay if a little bland. And just like Honda has with other recent intros, the ILX gets a major overhaul after two short years (or so). Thankfully, many of the problems have been addressed. Firstly, the ILX gets the 2.4-liter engine (201 hp/180 Lb.-ft. of torque) that comes mated to Acura's new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with torque converter. This engine is also the new base engine for the TLX and it should really move the smaller ILX down the road. The ILX has received Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights as standard equipment, along with a revised grille, taillights, and front and rear valances. In other words, they left the good stuff alone and tweaked the bland stuff. Did they go to far? As "they" say, it's all in the eye of the beholder. The interior has also been upgraded and a new Premium Black interior color scheme (A-Spec) has been added that includes a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching, and aluminum brake and throttle pedals. There are now six (up from three) grades to choose from: the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, and the line-topping ILX Technology Plus Package as well as an all-new A-SPEC package that can be added to the Premium and Technology groups. The A-Spec package adds sporty touches like side sill garnish, a trunk spoiler, front fog lights and new 18-inch, 10-spoke machined alloy wheels with gloss black insets. Safety and tech upgrades are on hand as well including the new AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Road Departure Mitigation, and an enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning with sensor fusion technology). The 2016 ILX has been nicely upgraded and lets hope that Acura keeps the new sedan affordable. Makes you wonder, though...why didn't the new car debut like this? At least it is here now and the new car seems to quell the complaints from the past. We shall see. Click on pics for a closer look. Press release and video after the jump.
"Top to bottom, from dynamic design to luxury features, and leading-edge safety technology to sport sedan athleticism and sophistication, ILX is now a true gateway to Acura's performance luxury sedans," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division. "ILX was always a great idea. Now it's a great idea fulfilled—a luxury vehicle for the next generation."
Source: Acura - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.
Source: Chevrolet - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Chrysler - Extensive press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.
Source: Volkswagen - Informative press release after the "read more" jump.
Audi's new Prologue coupe concept gives a clear indication of the German marque's new design philosphy that embraces the old but adds clean design surfacing. The Prologue also shows Audi's development of future tech like the multi-screen dash (that uses OLEDs for unique curved displays) and Audi's Matrix front lighting system. The grille is an update of current design and the clean lines should wear well into the future unlike many of today's trendy designs (I'm looking at you Lexus NX). The Prologue Coupe would sit atop Audi's line-up with the A8 luxury sedan and the A7 sport tourer. The Prologue features an updated version of Audi's bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 605 hp and 532 lb.-ft. of torque. Power gets to the pavement through Audi's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The Prologue Coupe would hit 60 mph from a standstill in just over 3.5 seconds and still return reasonable fuel economy (over 27 mpg US in early testing). Not bad for a full-size, performance coupe. Luxurious leathers and natural finishes adorn the stunning interior. Let's just say that if they build it, the folks with the bucks will come. More pics will be added when available. 'Til then, enjoy the video and extensive press release after the jump. Nice...
Source: Audi - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Ford - Press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.
Source: Mazda - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Honda took the wraps off of the latest generation of their fuel-cell vehicle, the FCV (above). The FCV looks like an escapee from a sci-fi movie, with its somewhat blocky futuristic styling. While the FCV is a more production-ready looking sedan compared to the FCEV concept (pics and video after the jump), both cars are decidedly more svelte than the Clarity fuel-cell sedan (below) that a few consumers tested for Honda back in 2008. All three designs are more attractive than Toyota's recently announced Mirai fuel-cell car which is scheduled for production late next year. Honda's FCV is expected to reach production in 2016. Both cars have expected ranges of 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen. Fill-ups should take just over 5 minutes to complete at the new hydrogen infrastructure that is being constructed in California and the Northeastern US. (Fuel-cell vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle with water vapor the only exhaust emission.) Interesting. Now add a plug-in component and...
Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Bentley - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Ford - Extensive press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.
Source: Toyota - Press release after the "read more" jump.