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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante arrives with $216,495 price tag

As seasons change, temperatures rise and fall. The changes affect our preferences when it comes to driving cars. Therefore, Aston Martin introduces the new DB11 Volante or convertible, and it looks like a combination of the coupe’s gorgeous lines with a soft top that can be lowered in only 14 seconds.

When the DB11 is released in the market, customers will only have one option - that is the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0 liter biturbo V8, paired to an eight-speed automatic that brings power to the rear wheels. Similar to the coupe, it enables the convertible to produce 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 513 pound-feet (675 Newton-metres) of torque. A standard limited slip differential improves traction as well.

In just 4.1 seconds, it can finish the 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint, before continuing to its 187 mile per hour (300 kph) top speed. Though it has the same maximum velocity as the coupe, the convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 62 mph.

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Leaked documents list an entry level 2018 Honda Civic Type R

The rumour first came from Truth About Cars, which was then leaked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to them, there might soon be an entry-level Civic Type R in the market. What else is in the document? Well, it also shows a new top-end touring model, given the model code FK8G. Meanwhile, there’s another one with the same 306 horsepower (228 kilowatt) engine as the Civic Type R. This was given the code K20C1.

If we are correct, there will be two variants of the Civic Type R available in 2018 - a base Type R and a more equipped Type R Touring. Furthermore, if you could remember, there were reports earlier in April which said that a second, more well-equipped variant of the Type R would be offered.

This is also because today, customers are only limited to one kind of Type R. This model features a seven-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver information interface, and is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 540-watt 12 speaker stereo. To make consumers happier and be more willing to get the Civic, the base Type R might start as low as $30,900 or $31,775 after tax and destination. $3,000 is quite a big discount from the current model.

Read the entire article Leaked documents list an entry level 2018 Honda Civic Type R

Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017

With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.

Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.

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Acura gives the ILX the A-Spec Special Edition trim

As we all know, the Acura ILX has been out in the market for quite some time now - since 2012 to be more specific. And of course, to keep it alive, Acura had to come up with a unique trim they call the A-Spec Special Edition trim. This new trim will cost you $28,900, and includes a number of new features. It is already available in the United States.

Some of the upgrades include side sills, a deckled spoiler, unique badging all over and a new set of 18-inch A-Spec wheels. Apart from the new upgrades, the Acura ILX offers the same standard features including the Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a multi-view rear view camera, five-inch multi-view display, keyless smart entry with push button start, security system and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There is also the AcuraWatch, which features a number of safety features as well as driver assistive technologies, among others, but this costs an additional $1,300 when added to the base model.

Under the hood, there is a 2.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 201 horsepower and 180 pound feet (244 Newton metres) of torque. The whole ILX lineup has a fuel economy of 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. All in all, there are seven unique trim options for the ILX, that already include the Special Edition. As for pricing, customers could get the entry level ILX for $28,100, $28,900 for the Special Edition, and $29,400 for the AcuraWatch Plus. For the ILX Premium, it would cost $30,100, while the Premium A-Spec can be had for $32,100. For an even higher trim, the ILX Tech Plus starts at $33,100, and the range topping ILX Tech Plus A-Spec is priced at $35,100.

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Pricing for the hot hatch sedan was updated only recently but may still be subject to change before the car hits US dealerships by the end of the year. As it goes, the base Stinger 2.0T should come with a sticker price of $31,900 plus destination charge of $895. That’s a total of $32,795 for the lowest-priced 2018 Kia Stinger in the lineup which has the standard 255hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Pricing for the rest of the variants will go up from here starting with the Kia Stinger Premium 2.0T at $37,000, this is followed by the GT 3.3T at $39,000. Next is the more potent GT1 3.3T at $43,500 and last but definitely not the least is the GT2 3.3 T variant that you can have for $49,500. Again, destination charge for each car will cost you around $895 plus additional $2,200 for an AWD setup for all models.

The loaded version is packed with 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces a powerful output of 365hp (272kW) and 376lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. Marry this to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and the sedan hatch could go from a zero to 60mph (96km/h) in as fast as 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 167mph (268 km/h). The eight speed AT gearbox is the only option for transmission and will come as standard for Stinger’s entire range.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stinger priced from $32,795 (Base) to $51,000 (GT2)

Mercedes-Benz has grand plans for the production of its EQ subbrand, and part of this would be to restructure its 20-year-old factory located in Vance, Alabama. To do this, the automaker will have to invest about $1 billion in the plant, so they could also electrify all models in their lineup by 2022. All in all, they plan to electrify over 50 different models.

Markus Schaefer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for production and supply chain, said in relation to the investment that their global network is ready for electric vehicles considering the fact that there are production locations for EVs and batteries in several continents including Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was also glad to say that production of the EQ in the U.S. will be a lot quicker for them, because of the plant modernization in Tuscaloosa.

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler unveiled an EQ concept SUV, and it was described as a near production model. The EQ sub-brand consists of sedans, crossovers and SUVs.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz invests $1 billion in their Alabama factory for the EQ SUV

The 2018 Nissan Altima has officially been launched in United States dealerships. Some of the latest features it embraces include Nissan’s advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) as well as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW) - both are now standard across the range. While the range-topping Altima 3.5 SL gets more features like the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and NissanConnect with Navigation and Services, making it compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto.

To make it less confusing to buyers, Nissan has simplified the model lineup, now including: 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL, while losing the base 2.5 and 3.5 SR trims. Contents and availability of option packages have also been revised. These are now the 2.5 SR Special Edition, 2.5 SV Technology and 2.5 SL Technology Packages.

Naturally, since the said models have been released already, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) will be posted online as well. And the prices of the 2018 Nissan Altima Sedan are as follows: the entry level 2.5 S starts at $23,140, the 2.5 SR at $24,200, the 2.5 SV at $25,785, the 2.5 SL at $28,995, and the range topping 3.5 SL at $33,510. Costs for destination and handling amount to $885.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Altima prices are officially out, sedan starts at $23,140

The Porsche Panamera sporty sedan offers a dynamic drive and comfortable ride, with the capability to accommodate up to four occupants. While the Porsche Panamera is a healthy proposition for North American drivers who wanted a performance-laden sedan, it does discourage potential customers looking for a sedan that could to ferry up to five occupants at a time.

Now Porsche is looking forward to win back those customers in the United States. Klaus Zellmer, chief executive of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the German sports car maker is making available an optional rear bench. With this option, the Porsche Panamera sedan could accommodate five occupants, instead of the usual four. However, the bench option would be made available next year, so for now, Panamera sedan customers would have to settle for the four-seater.

As designed, the Porsche Panamera sedan carries two occupants on the front (driver and front passenger) and another two on the rear cabin (individually seated rear passengers). The individual seats on the front are separated by a center console, and so are the individual seats on the rear. This basically rules out the existence of a fifth passenger in the Panamera sedan.

Read the entire article Porsche confirms Panamera sedan would soon feature rear bench seat for fifth passenger

It was in February when Ford revealed the new Fiesta ST, just before it made its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. But it is not until next year that the model goes on sale in both three- and five-door variants. Today, the entry level Ford Fiesta, and the sporty ST Line trim can already be purchased in Europe. But in the United States, they will have to be content with the old Fiesta for now as the 2018 model year is set to arrive with only minor changes.

Most importantly, what people should know is that the US-spec Fiesta will retire and that the seventh generation model will not hit the stateside. This news was recently shared to us by the European Director of Ford Performance, Leo Roeks, when he was interviewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker says that there is a low demand for this class in the United States, which led them to make the decision to eventually get rid of the Fiesta in the market. If sales are low, having large inventories would be a big problem.

In other news, Volkswagen bosses made a decision of not bringing the new Polo to the United States, including the much sexier Polo GTI. Another sad news for US customers is that Toyota will also be discontinuing the supercharged Yaris GRMN as well. In fact, the new Yaris will actually be very limited, even in Europe, where only 400 examples will be sold around the continent.

Read the entire article New Ford Fiesta ST will not be available in the United States

Volkswagen today announces the official pricing of the e-Golf plus more details about the equipment for each trim available. The updated 2017 model year, which is set to go on sale today, will come with a base price of $31,315 including $820 destination charges. The trim levels are SE, Limited and SEL Premium. The higher-spec Limited Edition trim goes by the price of $33,795 while the SEL Premium sells for about $36,995. As before, purchasing a new Volkswagen e-Golf comes with up to $7,500 federal tax credit.

The new version now gets a boosted range of around 83 to 125m from the new 35.8kWh battery pack instead of the 24.2-kWh from the previous e-Golf. Additionally, the 7.2kW charger now comes as standard on the SE, which will only take less than 6 hours to recharge with the use of a 240V charging station. Otherwise, customers can also have the optionally available DC fast charging unit (on the SE variant) for an additional price of $995. Within one hour, the DC fast charger can replenish the EV's battery by up to 80%.

While the previous model can offer highly efficient fuel returns, with the new battery’s increased energy capacity and improved battery chemistry, the new e-Golf now also has better fuel economy. To compare, the 2017 VW e-Golf’s fuel returns are now 126 mpg for the city, 111 mpg for the highway and 119 mpg for the combined cycle. The 2016 MY e-Golf on the other hand only puts a total of 126 mpg, 105 mpg and 116 mpg in the same order.

Read the entire article VW releases 2017 e-Golf with boosted range but with higher price tag

Nissan's large SUV, the Armada, which was introduced last year, will be getting an upgrade for the 2018 model year. One of the most prominent new changes would cover the technology upgrade.

For instance, the Platinum trim of the Armada will be getting a new Intelligent Rear View Mirror. You're probably wondering what makes it so intelligent now. Well, it works with a rear mounted camera and acts as the monitor for it. So basically, what you'll see in the rear view mirror is not a reflection of the mirror, but what the camera can see instead. But if you find that weird or if you aren't used to it, this can easily be switched to the traditional mirror like that in regular cars, in just a switch of a button. The main function of this upgrade can help drivers see the rear more clearly even when the van is filled with passengers.

That isn't the only upgrade it gets. The Nissan Armada still has an eight-inch infotainment system, but it now offers more features like the multi-touch functionality, better voice recognition, hands free text messaging assist and SiriusXM Travel Link good for three years. This includes information on fuel prices, weather, among others. Another upgrade is that the SUV now gets more USB ports so passengers can charge their devices simultaneously.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Armada gets new tech upgrades, has starting price of $46,795

Volkswagen recently revealed their first ever compact crossover, namely the T-Roc. This model goes right below the Tiguan in the company’s lineup, as its smallest subcompact ever. This model is like a hybrid of an SUV and a compact hatchback, and what we know is that it will be sold in Europe before the year ends. The CUV will make its first public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

When the T-Roc becomes available in Germany and the rest of Europe, customers will be able to choose from a number of engine options - for both gasoline and diesel. This includes a 1.0 liter, a 1.5 liter, and 2.0 liter TSI units, with 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts), 148 horsepower (110 kW), and 188 horsepower (140 kW), respectively. The first two can be had with six speed manual giving power to the front wheels, while a seven-speed dual clutch can be an option for the 1.5 liter unit. The 2.0, on the other hand can be paired with the dual-clutch box. For those who prefer driving a diesel, the T-Roc will be available in a 1.6 liter or a 2.0 liter TDI motor with the same output as the gasoline engines. For the T-Roc, entry-level models will be available in front-wheel drive, while larger engines can get an all-wheel drive option.

Initially, the company considered a plan to bring the model to the United States after the European release, but it seems like the company has changed their mind. Because now, reports say that the model will only be limited to Europe and China, and that piece of tidbit apparently came from VW insiders. This means that the United States will only be limited to the Tiguan if they want a compact model. But even with this statement, US fans should not lose hope at all, as there is still chance for a US-spec T-Roc, said Automobile Magazine. It is just a matter of when we will see one. Who knows, maybe the T-Roc’s future successor will head to North America.

Read the entire article 2018 VW T-Roc will be exclusive to Europe and China, not in the United States

During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of the Year recognition later that year from the North American Concept Vehicle Awards. It had grabbed the attention of a lot of people who simply loved it. Though Hyundai was planning to bring it to the production line, they seemed hesitant launching it in the United States.

The Santa Cruz concept was targeted at a younger market with more active lifestyles. These comprise the so called “urban adventurers” who don’t need or want the compromises that come with large trucks.

Two years later, it seems that Hyundai has warmed up to the United States according to Reuters. Having said that, it looks like the company is going to launch a pickup in the US, this statement was confirmed by Michael J. O'Brien, the company's Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning in the US. Though the truck may not exactly be the production model of the Santa Cruz, it will be a very similar to the model. It is not definite when the company will launch the pickup truck as they have not said anything about it yet. However, we do know that updated versions of the Santa Fe SUV will come out within the next two years. The SUV will then be followed by a 2020 model year for the Tucson.

Read the entire article Hyundai will soon add Tucson-based pickup truck to U.S. lineup

We have just witnessed the sale of the most expensive McLaren F1 to date. Over the weekend, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, the Bonham auction took place. And the first ever 1995 McLaren F1 that had been imported to the United States had been put up for auction, and was brought home by its new owner, who offered $14.2 million for it. This price does not yet include ten percent buyer’s fee, which means that it was sold off for a grand total of $15.62 million.

The car is looking good as new, and was offered by its original owner. Under the hood is the 6.1 liter V12 that it originally came with, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This enables the F1 to yield 627 horsepower (467 kilowatts) that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, before continuing to its max speed of 242.9 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour).

Looking at it from the outside, it is dressed in a matte silver finish. While the inside cabin is finished in black and grey Connolly leather. As I have mentioned earlier, this example is almost as good as new with only 9,600 miles (15,449 kilometers) on its odometer since it got out of the factory. The only thing is that the fuel cell had been replaced twice already and it has gone through some minor wear and tear.

Read the entire article Bonham auction has sold off first U.S. McLaren F1 for $15.62 million

What could be a bad day for a young man? Crashing a Lamborghini Huracan would be. What could be worse? The Lamborghini Huracan isn’t his.

According to a report by Q13 Fox, a 23-year old man in Edmonds, Washington, crashed a rented Lamborghini Huracan onto another vehicle. While the one who rented the supercar was his brother – for a family event in Edmonds -- this careless driver thought it was okay to play with the law.

Around 11:30 pm of August 13, 2017, police officers tapped to patrol the Taste of Edmonds festival saw a female passenger holding a beer while leaning out of the passenger window of a white Lamborghini Huracan. This prompted the police officers to attempt pulling over the Huracan. Unfazed initially, police officers tried to pursue the Huracan. Unfortunately for them, the white Huracan proved to be too fast to be caught up, so police officers gave up the chase, citing speed and safety reasons. However, what ultimately stopped the white Huracan weren’t police officers but an accident some time later.

Read the entire article Rented Lamborghini Huracan crashed onto another vehicle by a young driver in Washington

Porsche is facing an unusual lawsuit, and no, it isn't about emission scandals, or missing parts. Neither is it an airbag issue or models that lack certain horsepower. Rather, it is the fact that the dashboard is too bright that people need to wear sunglasses to drive the car.

A group of unhappy Porsche owners got together because apparently, they all have the same complaint. That their German sports car have a gleaming dashboard, especially when the sun is out, as it reflects onto the windshield. Having said that, it makes the car difficult to drive as it hurts their eyes. Therefore, they will have to spend extra cash to get themselves a decent pair of polarized sunglasses.

The group created a website called DashboardGlareClassAction.com where they stated that the brightness may cause unnecessary accidents, and that the German manufacturer must do something about it. To defend itself, Porsche did say that there had been no accidents that had been reported with this complaint. What the company also intends to do to avoid further legal action from the group is that they will reimburse their customers’ sunglasses by giving them $50 to $175 depending on how much the shades are. Apparently, Porsche drivers will likely own an expensive pair of shades.

Read the entire article Owners of 2007-2016 Porsche models with light interior can be refunded for cost of sunglasses

What could be a new 2017 Honda Civic Type R owner dread the most? Well, such nightmares would be a plenty, but at the top would probably be having your newly picked up Honda Civic Type R getting into a traffic collision and getting damaged.

Such was the case for a certain customer of a new Honda Civic Type R in the United States named Greg Ellingson. Just like any new owner of a new car, Ellingson would have been very happy that he was already taking home his brand new Honda Civic Type R. But his new Civic Type R never made it home, and what would have been a happy day for Ellingson turned into a gloomy event.

According to Ellingson, he encountered stop-and-go traffic on the highway going home. During one of the halts, Ellingson and the vehicle on the front had been stationary and waiting for some time. He was at least a full car length behind the driver in front of him. Then, another vehicle suddenly hit the crashed his Civic Type R, and it was so forceful that it pushed Ellingson’s new ride all the way to the tail of the car on front. The result? There was massive damage on the rear end of Ellingson’s Civic Type R. The front end, including the bonnet, of the performance version of the Civic also received considerable damage.

Read the entire article Newly picked-up Honda Civic Type R is wrecked on the way home from dealership

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Atlas kicks off first-month sales in US and the numbers are impressive

Romanian automotive media publication cars.ro earlier said that the new Ford Fiesta will no longer be offered in the United States. Robert Stiller, Ford’s vehicle program manager for the B-segment, said that since the demand for such vehicles is declining in North America especially in the US, the new generation Ford Fiesta is targeted only at markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Aside from the US, the B-segment is also becoming less popular in China and Latin America, which very much explains why the company is responding accordingly. It should be noted that Ford hasn’t made any official announcement yet but is likely to confirm the matter any day now.

It can also be recalled that the B-segment sales in the US have significantly declined in the last few years. To support this, Autoevolution recounted how Ford was only able to sell around 48,807 units in the country from the previous year. A 31% drop, the figure marks a significant decrease in Fiesta’s sales performance compared to the 71,073 examples sold in 2013.

Currently, Ford is busy showing off the 2018 Ford Fiesta to potential clients and European automotive journalists. The company has no difficulty in selling roughly 300,000 units in Europe every year. Motor1UK’s Editor Alex Goy, one of the first to get his hands on the new Fiesta, was nonetheless impressed with the new car.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Fiesta may not be offered in the US due to sluggish B-segment sales

Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities run after bad guys in a Ferrari 458 Spider.

In the United States, one of the biggest automakers that provide vehicles in the law enforcement would be Ford. Manager of commercial and government fleet sales of Ford, Michele Bartlett, said that in 2016, the company has sold 43,000 police vehicles alone, that is about 60 percent of the market. Now, Ford had just revealed the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, and they are hoping to further expand their presence in the country.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pursuit-rated pickup truck and is based on the FX4 off-road package. This package gives the Police Responder a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that enables it to put out 375 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the truck to reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour in no time. The package is only sold as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed.

Read the entire article Ford F-150 Police Responder, a tougher pursuit truck, will report for duty in early 2018
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