World-record attempt for most plug-in electric cars gathered in one place, Montreal, April 2014
New York - Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 Outback, the fifth generation of the World’s First Sport Utility Wagon®, at the New York International Auto Show in the Jacob K. Javits Center. The 2015 Outback offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in the model’s 20-year history. Its bold new design delivers an even more compelling blend of on-road agility, off-pavement control, ride comfort, interior refinement and safety technology.
The 2015 Outback arrives in Subaru dealerships in summer 2014. The 175-horsepower 4-cylinder Outback 2.5i model is available in Standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, accompanied by the top-of-line 6-cylinder 3.6R Limited with 256 horsepower. All trim lines add more standard amenities, conveniences and new infotainment systems.
BMW’s new Concept car unveiled today at China’s Beijing Motor Show Visions the future for the brand’s next generation 7-Series Luxury sedan. Word play aside, this was confirmed by BMW officials who put an end to previous speculation that the study may hint at a bigger and more opulent 9-Series sedan.
While the futuristic exterior evokes last year’s Pininfarina-designed Gran Lusso V12 Coupe with a sleek looking rear end and a drowsier front with truly massive double kidney grilles (as one of our commentators put it, “there won’t be enough space for headlights if the front grille continues to grow like that”), the interior is completely new featuring ample doses of wood, leather and carbon fiber.
MINI introduces the all-new Paceman. The Sports Activity Coupé will launch in July along with John Cooper Works version.
Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 – 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.
The most researched vehicles in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section this week represent several parts of the auto industry.
High on the list, Dodge’s Challenger was actually the most popular. That’s probably true because the company announced an unusual one-year leasing program that will carry over into a 2015 model with the same payment and no additional money down.
Honda North America will turn its back on the Vezel name for the brand’s new baby SUV, instead reviving the Honda HR-V badge.
The announcement came at the 2014 New York auto show where Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of automobiles for American Honda, said the new HR-V and all-new Fit (Jazz) city car will be key to the company’s success in the coming years. In Japan, the car bears the awkward name Vezel.
“Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda,” said Conrad. “Together these models also represent Honda’s step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years.”
Though the 3.7 liter 330 bhp V6 is the same, the 5.6 liter 420 bhp V8 is the same and the 302 bhp gas V6 and 67 bhp electric motor hybrid combo are all carryovers from the old car, there’s much to talk about with the mid cycle refresh for Infiniti’s M sedan. 70 is more than the 37 and 56 offered as the suffix on the old M sedan. Why? More is more. The exterior styling changes are in keeping with a mid cycle refresh, but one item is not: the letter “L”. Infiniti has dug just a bit deeper and is now offering a 7.4 inch extension to the sedan’s length, which largely translates to a more spacious rear seat.
The Q70L is optioned in a slightly aspirational fashion: the rear doors close electronically. Though the acres of soft, cosseting leather are anticipated for an upgraded model, power doors are more at home on mommy or daddy’s Caravan than they are on a luxury sedan. For more information, check out the press release after the jump.