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New Cars

  • This is the new Toyota Prius [Gallery]

    Toyota has lifted the lid on the new Prius, and while it's still very recognisably the world's most popular hybrid, it's clear that the Japanese auto giant gave its designers some serious free reign. The most visible changes to the Prius' design are the front and rear lights, which feature sharp angles. According to Toyota, the new headlamps minimise the Prius' frontal area and, "at the same time, provides a striking lighting display which helps define the vehicle's distinctive character". Toyota's also lowered the top of the roof by 20 mm and moved it forwards, while the engine hood has...

  • Rolls Royce teases Dawn droptop

    A new Rolls Royce is always going to grab a lot of headlines. So you should probably expect to hear a lot more about the Rolls Royce Dawn in the next few weeks. The latest convertible from the luxury marque is set to be unveiled on 8 September, a week before its official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show. One thing you can be sure of though is that there won't be anything completely surprising, something that's confirmed by the teaser image. In other words, you can expect plenty of wood, leather, and other luxury accouterments. It also seems that...

  • Toyota releases extremely vague teaser for 2016 Prius

    Toyota has released the first teaser image for the 2016 Prius and, as you can see, it's not exactly big on detail. There's not much to be gleaned from the teaser text either. It reads: "Get ready to take everyone by surprise. Tune in to see the next era of Prius". That could mean Toyota's moving the brand totally away from the hybrid engine model which helped launch both the badge and hybrids as a viable vehicle segment. Now, it's entirely unlikely that means it's abandoned the car's green credentials for a stonking great V8. There are, of course, other...

  • Infiniti teases interior of Q30 hatchback

    Infiniti has released a teaser image showing off the interior of its upcoming Q30 hatchback. Then again, you've probably realised that already. You clicked on this article right? And you've more than likely seen the featured image. So what else should you know? Well, unfortunately the Nissan luxury division provided much more detail. According to the company, "the interior of the Q30 takes the expressive forms and curves and turns them into an individuality that embraces the driver and passengers". Right It also says that its "interior designers have selected highest quality materials and processes to create a premium...

  • Monster coupe top trumps! Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe versus BMW M4

    BMW’s hottest 4 Series has been tearing up stretches of tarmac around the world since early in 2014, providing plenty of high-performance thrills to lovers of German two-doors. But now this M-badged monster – which shook up the Munich-based brand’s naming convention by effectively terminating the celebrated M3 Coupe moniker – has a new foe (in addition to the Audi RS 5 and the Lexus RC-F). And we thus appear to have a scintillating battle on our hands. Yes, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe is scheduled to make its official bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September 2015, but...

  • Here’s what the new Kia Sportage actually looks like

    Last week Kia released a wildly unrealistic teaser image of the new Sportage. Now the Korean company has released an actual image of the upcoming SUV. The vehicle, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was primarily designed by Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand's Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres. According to Kia, the Sportage's design is meant to echo the contrast of "smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets". The 'face' of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car's design, with...

  • Merc’s new S-Class Cabrio harks back to 60s models

    Mercedes Benz has announced the launch of its new S-Class Cabriolet, marking the first open-top version of its top-end passenger car in decades. The Stuttgart-based auto giant hasn't given us much information on the new S-Class cabrio, which is set to launch during the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, other than to say that it follows in the tradition of its previous open top cars. According to press release from Merc, the "new S-Class Cabriolet Mercedes-Benz is setting itself the standard of building the most comfortable cabriolet in the world". A large part of that comes in the form of...

  • 5 premieres to watch out for at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show

    It’s regarded as the largest motor show in the world, with the first iteration being staged as long ago as 1897. Yes, we’re talking about the Frankfurt Motor Show, which is known in Germany as the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA). And, as usual, all the major automakers will be there this year, eager to show off their latest four-wheeled wares to the automotive-mad world. The gates open to the press on 15 September 2015, so expect the big news to start rolling in then. Of course, we’ve already seen official images of many of the upcoming vehicles, such is the power...

  • Kia’s teaser images for the next gen Sportage are hopelessly unrealistic

    Kia has released sketches for the upcoming Sportage ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show and they're about as realistic as a 10-year-old's rendering of their dream car. According to Kia, the car "features a bold, progressive design, which exudes power and agility from every angle". Inside meanwhile, it promises "simple, modern style with rich material quality for Kia's most refined, highest-quality cabin to date". Words aside, it seems pretty likely that the new Sportage will only bear a passing resemblance to the renderings. For one the windows will likely be a lot more proportional to the rest of the SUV's body,...

  • 5 fire-breathing monsters that prove the American muscle car is not dead

    So, you think the American muscle car is dead? A relic of a bygone era built on large-displacement engines and startling straight-line speed? Think again. The muscle car is still very much alive. In fact, it seems that this high-performance variant is actually in rude health. According to a recent study by Experian Automotive, the American muscle car is in the midst of an impressive revival. In fact, the research suggests that new registrations of American muscle have increased by some 35.4 percent over the previous nine years. It seems not everyone is obsessed with downsized engines and the improved fuel...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • 6 lightweight, track-focused (but road-legal) sportscars… including a certain Mexican

    So, you enjoy blasting around a racing circuit, but don’t see the appeal of buying a track-only car? You’re in luck (if you have plenty of cash, of course). There are a number of track-focused, lightweight sports-cars out there, many of which will give most supercars more than just a black eye. And, best of all, they’re all road-legal – in most countries, anyway. Just don’t expect anything in the way of creature comforts. They may be street-legal, but these little track monsters generally favour function over form, and are thus nothing short of uncompromising to drive. Yes, it’s...

  • Meet the Talisman, Renault’s new executive saloon

    Renault has introduced a new executive saloon called the Talisman and it appears to have its sights set firmly on Germany's big three. As well as a big, muscular-looking body, it comes packed with consumer-facing technology and, if Renault is to be believed, plenty of racing DNA. Speaking to the last of these, Renault says that all of the Talisman's engine options "benefit from Renault’s knowledge and expertise as an engine manufacturer, honed through the brand’s participation in motorsport and Formula 1 in particular". On the tech front, the highlight is probably Renault's Multi-Sense technology. Multi-Sense controls and co-ordinates the various technologies...

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