Automobile http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars - Automotive Magazine Tue, 03 May 2016 23:03:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Car and Truck Sales Continue Growth in April, Though at a Slower Pace http://www.automobilemag.com/news/936000/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/936000/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 23:03:56 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=936000 Is the Ford F-150 a leading economic indicator? Ford Motor Company’s temporary shutdown of its Kansas City F-Series assembly plant, which coincided with the U.S. Commerce Department’s grim report that first-quarter Gross Domestic Product slowed to 0.5 percent gives pause, even as U.S. auto industry sales chug toward another record year. The Blue Oval’s ever-optimistic...

The post Car and Truck Sales Continue Growth in April, Though at a Slower Pace appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Is the Ford F-150 a leading economic indicator? Ford Motor Company’s temporary shutdown of its Kansas City F-Series assembly plant, which coincided with the U.S. Commerce Department’s grim report that first-quarter Gross Domestic Product slowed to 0.5 percent gives pause, even as U.S. auto industry sales chug toward another record year.

The Blue Oval’s ever-optimistic sales and marketing department had plausible explanations along with sales number reports Tuesday morning. The Kansas City assembly line will be shut down for a week to manage mechanical issues, and though truck inventory is rising – to 358,000 last month, compared with 354,000 in March and just 246,000 in April 2015 – it’s not too high.

For one thing, sales and marketing chief Mark LaNeve says, the F-Series plants are building out the last of the current-generation, steel-bodied heavy-duty trucks before they’re replaced with new, aluminum-bodied models. The April 2015 inventory number reflects a shortage of the new, aluminum F-150 last year.

Anyway, if the Ford F-150 is a leading economic indicator, then the economy is in better shape than the GDP numbers indicate. While some of the sales numbers look a bit troubling, analysts generally figure that even if growth levels start to trail off, the numbers are still on the plus side, thus the likelihood of a higher number than last year’s record 17.4 million.

It’s the luxury segment, which has led the sales growth since 2010, that’s most troubling. Of the top-five luxury/premium brands, only Audi is up so far for the first four months of 2016. Third-place BMW is down by 9.4 percent, and that doesn’t include the premium Mini brand’s 14.3 percent decline.

Does this mean that non-pickup-driving executives and small-business owners are being cautious or they’re worried about their investments? Or are they just signing longer leases? The next few months of pickup truck and luxury/premium vehicle sales might give us some valuable clues as to where the economy is headed.

And so, to the numbers …

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax front three quarter motion 2

1. General Motors: 259,557, off 3.5 percent.

*GM says its retail sales rose 3.3 percent to 200,656.

*Chevrolet Silverado was up 8.7 percent to 49,990, and GMC Sierra was up 13.5 percent to 20,531, for a combined 70,521, or 253 short of Ford F-Series.

*Chevy Colorado was up 47.8 percent to 10,362, and GMC Canyon was up 24.4 percent to 3,026, for a combined 13,388.

*Malibu was Chevy’s bestselling sedan, up 24.9 percent to 21,763.

*New Cruzes were trickling through Chevy dealers and, combined with leftover models, dropped 32.4 percent to 14,153.

*Chevy Equinox was off 28.6 percent to 20,607, and Traverse was up 6.2 percent to 12,186.

*Corvette was off 9.4 percent to 3,142, while Chevy Volt rose 119.1 percent to 1,983.

*Total Chevy sales fell 2.3 percent to 183,442. Buick was off 2.8 percent to 17,720, GMC was off 0.1 percent to 47,159, and Cadillac plummeted 28.9 percent to 11,236.

*Encore took a bigger lead as Buick’s bestseller, up 17.9 percent to 6,589, while Enclave was up 1.6 percent to 4,523. Buick sold 1,090 Cascadas.

*SRX remained Caddy’s bestseller, off 53.8 percent to 2,952, and the brand sold 304 of its XT5 replacement.

*Cadillac ATS was off 18 percent to 1,737. The brand sold 285 CT6 models.

2016 Lincoln MKX rear three quarter1

2. Ford Motor Company: 231,316, up 3.3 percent.

*Ford Mustang continues to lead #PonyCarWars, though off 3.2 percent to 12,726. Chevy Camaro was up 7.9 percent to 7,457 and Dodge Challenger was off 5 percent to 6,412.

*Ford F-Series was up 12.6 percent to 70,774. Transit was up 31.8 percent to 14,381, and Transit Connect was off 14.2 percent to 3,310.

*Escape fell 7.2 percent to 23,920, though Explorer was up 22.3 percent to 20,283.

*Fusion fell 16.9 percent to 20,730.

*Ford Focus fell 11.7 percent to 15,983, and Fiesta was down 25.4 percent to 4,462.

*Ford brand was up 3.3 percent to 221,540. Lincoln was up 20.2 percent to 9,776.

*Lincoln MKX was up 93.9 percent to 2,631, and MKC was up 51.2 percent to 2,822.

*MKZ fell, though, by 27 percent to 2,129.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited front three quarter in motion 04

3. Toyota Motor Sales: 211,125, up 3.8 percent.

*Toyota division was up 5 percent to 186,243, while Lexus was off 3.8 percent to 24,882.

*Camry was off by just 27 units, or -0.1 percent, to 34,039.

*Corolla was up 879 units, or +0.4 percent, to 32,111.

*Prius fell 21.7 percent to 11,925.

*RAV4 was up 31.6 percent to 30,152.

*Highlander was up 9.3 percent to 15,037, 4Runner was up 36.4 percent to 10,135, and Sienna was off 4.9 percent to 10,795.

*Tundra fell 4 percent to 10,259, and Tacoma was up 15.6 percent to 18,106, which is 4,718 more units than the Colorado/Canyon combo.

*Lexus RX had a healthy 28.7-percent increase to 8,767, making it the brand’s bestseller again. NX was up 11.5 percent to 3,815.

*ES remains Lexus’ bestselling car, though off 5.5 percent, to 4,442.

*Lexus IS was off 33.8 percent to 2,654, and RC was off 33.7 percent to 813. LS was off 34.8 percent to 397.

*Scion sold 3,023 iAs, 1,542 iMs and 684 FR-Ses, the latter down by 33.3 percent.

2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk front end three quarter

4. FiatChrysler: 199,631, up 6 percent.

*Jeep was up 17 percent to 84,298, Ram was up 12 percent to 45,810, Dodge was off 3 percent to 43,575, Chrysler fell 18 percent to 22,843, and Fiat fell 19 percent to 3,045.

*Wrangler leapt ahead of Cherokee as Jeep’s bestseller, up 1 percent to 19,003. Cherokee was off 7 percent to 17,667, though Grand Cherokee was up 12 percent to 18,021.

*Renegade was up 131 percent to 9,730, while Patriot rose 10 percent to 10,456, and even lame-duck Compass was up, 128 percent to 9,421.

*Lame duck Chrysler 200 was off 60 percent to 7,591, and 300 was up 47 percent to 5,570. Town & Country was up 82 percent to 9,195, while Chrysler sold 487 new Pacifica minivans.

*Lame-duck Dodge Dart was off 49 percent to 4,392. Charger was off 9 percent to 8,213, Journey was off 44 percent to 4,865, and lame-duck Caravan was up 116 percent to 13,203. In all, FCA moved 22,885 minivans last month.

*Ram pickup was up 8 percent to 41,079, ProMaster Van was up 61 percent to 2,835, and ProMaster City was up 89 percent to 1,880.

*Alfa Romeo 4c, and thus the brand, was up 58 percent to 60.

*Fiat 500 was off 40 percent to 1,488, and 500L dropped 63 percent to 463. Fiat sold 1,094 of its new 500xes.

2016 Honda Civic Touring Coupe rear three quarters 03

5. American Honda, 148,829, up 14.4 percent.

*Honda brand was up 15.1 percent to 132,623, while Acura was up 9 percent to 16,206.

*Civic was Honda’s bestseller (as the old Civic was in April 2015), up 24.5 percent to 35,331. Accord was up 15.7 percent to 31,526.

*CR-V was off 1.8 percent to 28,913, though HR-V filled the gap many times over with 6,969 sold.

*Honda Pilot was up just 1.3 percent to 11,370, and Odyssey was up 17.6 percent to 13,047.

*Acura’s bestselling RDX was up 48.7 percent to 5,905, and MDX was off 4.8 percent to 4,733.

*Acura TLX was off 7.7 percent to 3,779, ILX was up 0.1 percent to 1,633, and RLX was off 19.6 percent to 156.

6. Nissan Group: 123,861, up 12.8 percent.

*Nissan division accounted for 113,429, up 13.6 percent, and Infiniti added 10,432, up 4.5 percent.

*Altima leads single-model sales, at 28,484, up 28.8 percent, while the Rogue crossover SUV was up just 6.5 percent to 23,173.

*Sentra was up 12.2 percent to 19,145.

*Nissan Pathfinder was up 1.5 percent to 5,633. Titan was off 2.7 percent to 1,010.

*Maxima was up 169.6 percent on strength of the new model to 4,573.

*The Nissan NV van was up 14.3 percent to 1,596, and the NV200 was up 18.4 percent to 1,740.

*Q50 led Infiniti, up 22.7 percent to 3,670. The QX60 was next, up 17 percent to 3,311.

7. Hyundai: 62,213, off 8.5 percent.

*Best April for Tucson, which was up 92 percent to 7,718, and for Genesis, which was up 6.8 percent to 3,374.

*Generally, Hyundai cars were down, while crossover/SUVs were up. Sonata remained the bestseller, though, off 15.1 percent to 15,211.

*Elantra fell 43.6 percent to 12,361, allowing the smaller Accent to top it, at 12,933, up 57.6 percent.

*Equus was off 14 units, or 7.9 percent, to 164.

8. Kia: 56,508, up 6.1 percent.

*Kia counts April as a strong month for both Forte, up 35.6 percent to 9,740, and its all-new Sportage, up 78.9 percent to 7,645.

*Soul was Kia’s bestseller, though, at 11,517, up 0.9 percent (99 units).

*Optima fell 17.9 percent to 11,224. Sorento was up 4.5 percent to 10,353.

*K900 fell 45 percent to 77.

9. Subaru: 50,380 up 6.6 percent.

*Forester is the brand’s bestseller, at 14,490, up 3.7 percent, but the higher-priced Outback is catching it, at 14,294, up 14 percent.

*Crosstrek was up 9.7 percent to 7,607. Impreza was down 8.9 percent to 4,836, and BRZ fell 5.7 percent (28 units) to 466.

*WRX accounted for 3,096 units, up 14.1 percent.

10. Mercedes-Benz USA, 32,291, off 0.4 percent.

*A record April for Mercedes, at 29,236, up 0.2 percent. The C-Class had the highest volume, off 15.3 percent, to 5,645, while the GLC-/GLK-Class had the biggest gain, up 44.5 percent to 4,439.

*The soon-to-be-replaced E-Class, combined with the CLS, rose 21.9 percent to 4,882.

*S-Class was off 34.2 percent to 1,329.

*CLA-Class fell 20.6 percent to 2,121, while GLA-Class rose 2.7 percent to 2,137.

*Mercedes, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans dropped 6.3 percent collectively to 2,589. Smart was off 2.9 percent to 466 units.

11. BMW Group: 29,747, off 8.3 percent.

*BMW brand sold 24,951, off 7.4 percent.

*i3 sales doubled to 814, and i8 sales slipped 5.8 percent to 130.

*The BMW 2 Series was up 76.4 percent to 1,780, while the 3 Series dropped by 31.8 percent to 4,681, and the 4 Series was off 8 percent to 3,226.

*The 5 Series was up 3.7 percent to 4,454, and 7 Series fell 42.1 percent to 872.

*BMW X6 was up 16.5 percent to 608, the X3 was up 0.9 percent to 2,422, and X1 was up 63.3 percent to 1,447.

*X5 fell 7.9 percent to 3,771.

*Mini total sales accounted for 4,796, off 12.4 percent.

*The Cooper/S 2 Door Hardtop plummeted 46.9 percent to 1,136, and the 4 Door was off 35.1 percent to 976.

*Mini moved 884 of its new Clubmans, compared with 3 units in April 2015.

12. Volkswagen: 27,112, off 9.7 percent.

*Jetta was off 8.6 percent to 10,694, and Golf was off 7.3 percent to 5,108.

*Despite heavy advertising of the refreshed Passat, sales of the midsize sedan fell 15 percent to 5,629.

*Beetle was off 51 percent to 1,171.

*Tiguan was VW’s only full-model line gainer, though still a niche model, up 58.4 percent to 3,804.

13. Mazda: 26,195, up 8.6 percent.

*Mazda3 was up 33.9 percent to 10,722 to outsell the VW Jetta by 28 units. It was the first 10k April for the model.

*MX-5 Miata was up 182.8 percent to 1,086.

*CX-5 was off, though, by 1.5 percent, to 8,826. Mazda sold 1,504 CX-3s.

*Mazda6 was off 21.3 percent to 3,929.

14. Audi: 17,801, up 5.8 percent.

*Sales of the new A4, at 2,983, up 28.2 percent, slipped ahead of the A3, at 2,869, off 10 percent.

*Bestseller is the Q5, up 6.1 percent, to 3,991.

*The A5 was off 37.5 percent to 813, while the A6 was off 24.3 percent to 1,619.

*The Q3 was up 53.5 percent to 1,635.

*R8 was up 39.1 percent to 96, and Audi sold 303 new TTs, compared with 2 of the old model a year earlier.

15. Mitsubishi: 9,674, up 17.7 percent.

*Outlander had a sharp gain of 117.6 percent to 2,729, while Outlander Sport slid 2.2 percent (60 units) to 2,614.

*Mirage was up 37.2 percent to 3,302, while Lancer dropped 45.1 percent to 1,023, and i-Miev fell 62.5 percent to 6 units.

16. Jaguar/Land Rover: 6,275, off 2 percent.

*The Land Rover brand fell 2 percent to 5,188 units.

*Conversely, Jaguar was up 1 percent to 1,087.

*With an expanding list of trim and powertrain choices, the Jaguar F-Type had its best month ever, at 295 units, up 8 percent.

*The new Jaguar XF rose 5 percent to 506.

17. Volvo: 6,169, up 33.1 percent.

*At 3,009 sold in April, the new XC90 accounted for nearly half the brand’s deliveries in the U.S.

*XC60 was off 20 percent to 1,456.

*S60 dropped by 34.1 percent to 859.

18. Porsche: 5,410, up 3.7 percent.

*Macan was up 22.1 percent to 1,877, making it last month’s most popular Porsche model. Cayenne was next, off 17.3 percent to 1,466.

*Boxster/Cayman was up 17.4 percent to 673, while 911 was up 14 percent to 1,023.

Compact cars, year-to-date:

  • Honda Civic 122,634
  • Toyota Corolla 116,371
  • Nissan Sentra 82,089
  • Ford Focus 66,198
  • Hyundai Elantra 51,724

Midsize cars, YTD:

  • Toyota Camry 130,283
  • Nissan Altima 113,816
  • Honda Accord 108,599
  • Ford Fusion 95,724
  • Chevrolet Malibu 79,985

Compact CUVs, YTD:

  • Toyota RAV4 106,274
  • Honda CR-V 100,101
  • Ford Escape 95,514
  • Nissan Rogue 92,209
  • Chevrolet Equinox 80,486

Luxury/Premium Brands, YTD:

  • Mercedes-Benz 105,005
  • Lexus 99,103
  • BMW 95,564
  • Audi 59,361
  • Acura 54,081

The post Car and Truck Sales Continue Growth in April, Though at a Slower Pace appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/936000/feed/ 0 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax front three quarter motion 2 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax front three quarter motion 2 2016 Lincoln MKX rear three quarter1 2016 Lincoln MKX rear three quarter1 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited front three quarter in motion 04 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited front three quarter in motion 04 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk front end three quarter 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk front end three quarter 2016 Honda Civic Touring Coupe rear three quarters 03 2016 Honda Civic Touring Coupe rear three quarters 03
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Unveiled, Sets Nürburgring Lap Record http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volkswagen-golf-gti-clubsport-s-unveiled-sets-nurburgring-lap-record/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volkswagen-golf-gti-clubsport-s-unveiled-sets-nurburgring-lap-record/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 22:01:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935985 The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S made its official debut at Wörthersee this week. The new hot hatch also just broke the record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The model benefits from Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a few...

The post Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Unveiled, Sets Nürburgring Lap Record appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S made its official debut at Wörthersee this week. The new hot hatch also just broke the record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds.

The model benefits from Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a few other exterior modifications, but most changes happen under the sheetmetal. Producing 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the car is able to hit 62 mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 162 mph, VW says.

To bring weight down 66 pounds over the traditional Golf GTI Clubsport, VW ditched the rear seat, center armrest, rear parcel shelf, floor mats, and insulation. The car also offers a smaller battery and a lightweight manual transmission as the only gearbox option. Aluminum brake covers decrease the unsprung mass of each wheel by 22 pounds, reducing weight and improving handling. Unladen weight now comes in at 2,833 pounds.

On top of the weight improvements, special brake pads are said to improve braking. A special sport chassis, upgraded exhaust system, and new fuel pump also boost performance.

To achieve its record-breaking time, VW made use of a special Nürburgring Nordschleife driver profile. By selecting the “Individual” driving mode, where drivers normally configure multiple settings like engine and steering to their liking, VW put in a special configuration tailored to the difficult stretch of the Nürburgring. This unique configuration switches Sound, Engine, and Steering parameters to “Race,” leaving Dynamic Chassis Control at “Comfort.”

Inside the cabin are racing bucket seats, a golf ball shifter knob in Alcantara trim, and red-trimmed seat belts. Also look for piano black accents, “Honeycomb 40” decals on the dashboard and doors, and an Alcantara-trimmed sport steering wheel.

VW will sell 400 copies, 100 of which will go to Germany. Buyers around the world will be able to choose from three colors: Tornado Red, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl Effect. Roofs are painted black, and all models are offered in two-door configuration.

2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13

The post Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Unveiled, Sets Nürburgring Lap Record appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volkswagen-golf-gti-clubsport-s-unveiled-sets-nurburgring-lap-record/feed/ 0 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13 2016 05 03 13
Toyota Mulling Hotter C-HR Variant http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyota-mulling-hotter-c-hr-variant/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyota-mulling-hotter-c-hr-variant/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 22:00:36 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935688 A performance variant of the upcoming Toyota C-HR small crossover is under consideration, according to a report from Autocar. The hot version of Toyota’s polarizing mini crossover will go head o head with the Nissan Juke Nismo, should it go into production. Speaking with Autocar, Toyota C-HR lead engineer Hiro Koba said that a performance...

The post Toyota Mulling Hotter C-HR Variant appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
A performance variant of the upcoming Toyota C-HR small crossover is under consideration, according to a report from Autocar. The hot version of Toyota’s polarizing mini crossover will go head o head with the Nissan Juke Nismo, should it go into production.

Speaking with Autocar, Toyota C-HR lead engineer Hiro Koba said that a performance variant of the mini crossover wasn’t “concretely” in the plans but he is pushing to make the car a reality. Toyota senior manager Rembert Serrus also added that “the car lends itself to it. It would be possible, but it depends on how much we have to change. A sports version could be a minor change or it could be a new project. A sports version would make a lot of sense.”

Toyota will be entering a racing version of the C-HR at the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race next month to gauge public reaction to the car to see if there’s a business case for a performance variant. The race-spec C-HR will use a 1.5-liter turbo-four with around 176 hp. Koba hinted that a similar engine could be used in a performance-oriented C-HR along with improved suspension tuning, brakes, and steering.

The Toyota C-HR will go on sale in Europe in December and it will be available with a choice of 1.2-liter turbo-four or a hybrid powertrain shared with the Toyota Prius. In the U.S., the C-HR will go on sale in spring 2017, supposedly with a 2.0-liter I-4.

2016 Toyota C HR front three quarter 02 2016 Toyota C HR side profile 2016 Toyota C HR side profile in motion 2016 Toyota C HR rear three quarter 02 2016 Toyota C HR rear three quarter 01 2016 Toyota C HR headlamp 2016 Toyota C HR front three quarter in motion 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp

The post Toyota Mulling Hotter C-HR Variant appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyota-mulling-hotter-c-hr-variant/feed/ 0 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp
You Can Buy a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV with One Mile on the Odometer http://www.automobilemag.com/news/can-buy-1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-one-mile-odometer/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/can-buy-1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-one-mile-odometer/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935937 Sometimes, getting older stinks. What was once new and fresh is now second- or third-hand and worn. This is especially the case with cars, as they are only brand new once. There are some holdouts, however. Every once in a while, a factory-fresh car emerges with barely any miles on the odometer, causing well-heeled enthusiasts to...

The post You Can Buy a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV with One Mile on the Odometer appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Sometimes, getting older stinks. What was once new and fresh is now second- or third-hand and worn. This is especially the case with cars, as they are only brand new once. There are some holdouts, however. Every once in a while, a factory-fresh car emerges with barely any miles on the odometer, causing well-heeled enthusiasts to wage heated bidding wars. If you want to be a part of that action, Lamborghini of Montreal has a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV up for sale with an unbelievable one mile on the odometer.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV rear three quarter

Looking as fresh and spry as the day it rolled off the Sant’Agata factory floor, this 1999 Lamborghini Diablo is presented in a deep gray color, wearing the desirable SuperVeloce package. For 1999, Lamborghini simplified the Diablo range, with the SV becoming the base model, and added the clear fixed headlights, replacing the popular pop-up headlights.

Under the rear decklid, the SV packed the beloved 5.7-liter V-12 engine, pushing out 529 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. The interior featured a new curved dash, and for the first time on a Lambo, the Diablo SV featured ABS.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV profile

This particular Diablo SV, which is claimed to have  only traversed 1.8 km (1.1 miles) since it was built, is offered for a hair under half-a-million dollars at $499,900. Is it worth it? Well, the car will likely  need extensive refreshing, despite the incredibly low mileage. Fluids, hoses, the fuel tank, and essentially every crucial rubber component needs replacing before the car will see more miles on public roads. Don’t worry, as we are reasonably sure this Diablo won’t see a single additional mile, and instead live a pampered life in a climate-controlled collection.

If you have the financial means, or you just want to play the part of curious onlooker, check out what is likely the lowest mileage Diablo in existence here.

Images are not of the actual car for sale. 

The post You Can Buy a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV with One Mile on the Odometer appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/can-buy-1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-one-mile-odometer/feed/ 0 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV rear three quarter 2016 Toyota C HR tail lamp 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV profile
Fiat Chrysler, Google Confirm Self-Driving Car Partnership http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-chrysler-google-confirm-self-driving-car-partnership/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-chrysler-google-confirm-self-driving-car-partnership/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 20:49:32 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935949 Although it was already all but confirmed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google today announced they will partner on self-driving cars. Google will equip 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans with its prototype autonomous technology, which will be join the company’s existing fleet of self-driving test cars. Our colleagues at MOTOR TREND reported on Friday that FCA...

The post Fiat Chrysler, Google Confirm Self-Driving Car Partnership appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Although it was already all but confirmed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google today announced they will partner on self-driving cars. Google will equip 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans with its prototype autonomous technology, which will be join the company’s existing fleet of self-driving test cars.

Our colleagues at MOTOR TREND reported on Friday that FCA and Google were close to establishing a tech partnership.

The announcement marks the first time that Google has partnered directly with an automaker to integrate its technology into a regular production car. Chrysler will provide about 100 Pacifica minivans that have been “uniquely built” to accommodate the suite of sensors and computers needed for Google’s self-driving technology. Google and FCA wil “co-locate” a portion of their engineering teams in southeast Michigan to develop the self-driving Pacifica Hybrids.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid front end 03 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gas cap 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid rear end 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels

The companies will split engineering duties based on their talents, which likely means Google will handle the software side while Chrysler will lead modification of the vehicles.

“Working with Google provides an opportunity for FCA to partner with one of the world’s leading technology companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in the automotive industry,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.

Google will test the modified 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids at its track in California before unleashing them on public roads. The tech giant’s self-driving cars are already accumulating miles on streets in California, Texas, Washington, and Arizona.

The post Fiat Chrysler, Google Confirm Self-Driving Car Partnership appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-chrysler-google-confirm-self-driving-car-partnership/feed/ 0 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels
2017 Ford F-150 Adds Second-Gen 3.5-Liter EcoBoost, 10-Speed Transmission http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-ford-f-150-adds-second-gen-3-5-liter-ecoboost-10-speed-transmission/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-ford-f-150-adds-second-gen-3-5-liter-ecoboost-10-speed-transmission/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 18:29:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935835 Dearborn, Michigan — The 2017 Ford F-150 will come with an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, and the new mill will mate exclusively to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Though official figures are still not ready, Ford expects considerably better fuel efficiency than the current six-speed automatic and the first-gen EcoBoost engine, which has been...

The post 2017 Ford F-150 Adds Second-Gen 3.5-Liter EcoBoost, 10-Speed Transmission appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Dearborn, Michigan — The 2017 Ford F-150 will come with an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, and the new mill will mate exclusively to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Though official figures are still not ready, Ford expects considerably better fuel efficiency than the current six-speed automatic and the first-gen EcoBoost engine, which has been offered in the F-150 since 2011.

The new engine really is all-new, says Ford manager for V-6 engine programs Jim Mazuchowski: The heads, block, turbochargers, and pretty much everything else are all changed, even though displacement remains 3.5 liters. The biggest change is that the new V-6 now supplements its direct injection with port fuel injection, meaning there are two injectors per cylinder. In high-load situations, both injection systems work together for maximum power, but in low-load scenarios only port fueling is used, which Ford says improves efficiency.

The two turbochargers have lighter turbines for faster spooling, and they have Ford’s first use of electronic wastegate control. That means that under low-load scenarios, the engine computer can fully open the wastegates to reduce engine backpressure and pumping losses. Other efficiency measures include a roller finger-follower valvetrain and hollow camshafts that save a total of 4 pounds. Overall, the engine is “a couple pounds less” than the old EcoBoost, says, Mazuchowski, though an exact weight difference hasn’t been shared.

2017 Ford F 150 3 5 liter EcoBoost engine close up

Ford says that horsepower for the new engine will be unchanged at 365 hp, but torque will grow 30 lb-ft to 450 lb-ft at about 2,500 rpm. That makes it the torquiest truck V-6 on sale today, even trumping the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Those power figures are based on regular pump gas.

The new engine will continue Ford’s pattern of pushing six-cylinder truck engines, Mazuchowski said. Sixty-two percent of all F-150s sold in April had six-cylinder engines; Ford says the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which has been on sale for five years, accounts for about 30 percent of all F-150s.

“While we’re already on our second generation [turbo V-6], some of our competitors aren’t even in the space yet,” Mazuchowski said.

2017 Ford F 150 10 speed transmission close up

More gears for more efficiency

The updated engine also pairs with a ten-speed automatic, which will initially launch only in 2017 Ford F-150 models with the 3.5-liter engine, as well as in the 2017 F-150 Raptor, which has a higher-output version of the new 3.5 EcoBoost. Though it’s well known that the automatic has been co-developed with General Motors, Ford is coy about just which parts are and are not shared. Most of the transmission internals are common between Ford and GM, for instance, but the external parts and computer controls are unique to each automaker.

The new transmission gives a wider range of gear ratios than the six-speed it replaces. First gear is shorter, with a 4.7:1 ratio, while the top three gears are overdrives, intended to improve both city and highway economy. Ford engineers acknowledge that “there will be some skip-shifting” in certain driving situations, where the transmission computer might decide not to use every single gear when accelerating or decelerating if it doesn’t make sense.

2017 Ford F 150 10 speed transmission

The transmission is a bit heavier than the unit it replaces (no specific number was available) but only about half an inch longer than before, meaning it pretty easily bolts into the F-150. To help save length and weight, the torque converter’s lockup clutch is now integrated into the turbine.

Aside from offering more ratios, the new automatic is said to improve fuel efficiency because it has less friction than the old one. “I can’t quote a number, but it’s significant,” says Ford manager for ten-speed transmissions Kevin Norris. “But it’s measurable and significant.”

In addition, the new transmission controller is programmed to be more proactive than reactive, so it can, “really adapt an event while it’s happening to produce the most desirable outcome,” says Norris, so each shift should be smoother and faster.

The standard stop-start function has a special electric fluid pump to maintain transmission pressure when the engine is stopped. That means the driver can start driving again more quickly when the engine restarts because the transmission does not have to re-engage; without that feature, transmission hydraulic pressure would fall when the engine was stopped. The stop-start system is disabled when the truck is towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

We’ll still have to wait several months to find out just what effect all these changes have on fuel efficiency when EPA testing is completed this summer. The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.

The post 2017 Ford F-150 Adds Second-Gen 3.5-Liter EcoBoost, 10-Speed Transmission appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-ford-f-150-adds-second-gen-3-5-liter-ecoboost-10-speed-transmission/feed/ 0 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Ford F 150 3 5 liter EcoBoost engine close up 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Ford F 150 10 speed transmission close up 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels 2017 Ford F 150 10 speed transmission
It Is a Very Good Year for the Car Enthusiast http://www.automobilemag.com/news/it-is-a-very-good-year-for-the-car-enthusiast/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/it-is-a-very-good-year-for-the-car-enthusiast/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=933222 I vividly remember reviewing automobiles 30 years ago. Sometimes I still have nightmares about it. I mean, back in the mid-’80s I’d actually attempt to write invigorating prose about such four-wheeled emo kids as the Isuzu I-Mark (a hatchback so drab the Reagan administration immediately imposed import quotas just to protect U.S. consumers from buying...

The post It Is a Very Good Year for the Car Enthusiast appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
I vividly remember reviewing automobiles 30 years ago. Sometimes I still have nightmares about it. I mean, back in the mid-’80s I’d actually attempt to write invigorating prose about such four-wheeled emo kids as the Isuzu I-Mark (a hatchback so drab the Reagan administration immediately imposed import quotas just to protect U.S. consumers from buying one), the Mercury Lynx (essentially a Ford Escort econobox without as much animal magnetism), and the Renault Alliance, a Franco-American joint effort every bit as noble as Lafayette allying with Washington—except the end result wasn’t a revolution, it was just revolting. Sure, a few times a year the parking lot would alight with, say, a Lamborghini Countach. Staring at its razor wings, chiseled intakes, and scissor doors, my colleagues and I would momentarily agree that the road-testing life was grand indeed. But then we’d actually drive the thing and quickly realize that just sitting in a Countach was like being stuffed into a Maytag washer blindfolded. And its chassis, as I think one of us said, “doesn’t actually have handling.” That steering wheel wasn’t a baton for conducting a magical vehicular symphony on a twisting mountain road, it was simply a means to make the Countach “go someplace else.”

Three decades later, how could the average 20-something auto aficionado of 2016 possibly relate? While I was once singing the praises of the 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo—a “rocket ship,” thanks to an incredible 217 horsepower—today’s Toyota Camry V-6 drivers jolt their heads backward with 268 hp. There’s simply no debate: Despite the threats of oil shortages, economic instability, climate change, tightening emissions and safety standards, and the ongoing possibility of somebody making “Smokey and the Bandit IV,” the automobile has continuously improved and even flourished—to the point that we now live in a Golden Auto Era. I’d do a handstand if I could.

Bona-fide turkeys are increasingly rare; quality has spread like a Justin Bieber rumor. Yet of all the new 2016 models I’ve driven thus far, three in particular stand out to me and tie up our collective good fortune with red ribbons. Not surprisingly, all three are 2016 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars. Each makes me tingle with driving ecstasy as I think, “Thank God I didn’t abandon automobile journalism to become a billionaire real estate developer.”

The Volkswagen Golf R is one of those cars I dreamed about when I wasn’t having my mid-1980s nightmares. Back then, the notion of a 292-horsepower turbo-four, a spry all-wheel-drive chassis, a dual-clutch paddle shifter, versatile cabin packaging, a brilliant touchscreen interface, and an EPA rating of 30 mpg highway all appearing in one machine was pure fantasy—about as likely as spying Bigfoot looting UFOs at Area 51. Yet here’s the Golf R, available with all of the above, plus much more, and priced not at $50K-plus but starting at $36,470.

Volkswagen Golf R front view in motion 05

Mind you, I was a convert even before driving the R. I own a Mk VI GTI, so I’m well accustomed to DSG shifting, engaging steering, and the practicality of a roomy four-door hatch wrapped in tidy bodywork. But the seventh-generation R raises the Golf experience to near-supercar levels: 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It would drop a Countach like a lead balloon. On a racetrack, the R is sensational, with gobs of grip, confidence-inspiring poise, and an eagerness to run so relentlessly it’s like hanging on to a steel border collie. Add a gorgeous leather interior with world-class seats and such niceties as available iPhone or Android touch-display interfaces, and you have a car for all seasons and reasons. Frankly, a machine this exemplary should cost tons more—and, indeed, the R embarrasses many far-pricier rides. As my colleague Michael Jordan remarked during our All-Stars competition: “This is the car the Audi TTS tries to be, only the VW is cheaper, better, and way, way more fun.”

Ferrari 488 GTB side profile in motion 06

It’s a tad more expensive (base price: $249,150), but the new Ferrari 488 GTB is so preposterously fast, so heart-crushingly gorgeous, I’d almost become a billionaire real-estate developer just so I could buy one, quit, and retire to Le Mans. I drive a lot of seriously quick automobiles, but there’s something about this turbo V-8 Ferrari (maybe it’s the 660 horsepower) that just makes it feel on another level entirely. While doing hot laps, the thing was crushing my bones into the seat so savagely I wanted to yell “Get off me!” We’re talking about 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and the ride only gets wilder from there. Driving the 488 hard is like stepping inside a tornado.

Bona-fide turkeys are increasingly rare; quality has spread like a Justin Bieber rumor.

Yet unlike that ancient Countach the 488 is comfy. Elegant. Well-mannered. It’s balletic, too; the steering is alive, the chassis—fortified with an electronic differential, magnetic shocks, and Grand Prix-developed F1-Trac traction control—is both immensely grippy and utterly predictable. Thirty years ago, if you’d told me, “One day you’re going to drive a sports car that performs like a race car but feels like a luxury car,” I’d have smacked you right in your Rubik’s Cube.

Here’s another prediction I’d have laughed at decades ago: Ford is going to sell a factory Mustang with an 8,250-rpm redline, a flat-plane crankshaft, a 12.0:1 compression ratio, six-piston Brembo front calipers, magnetorheological shocks, super-sticky Michelins, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Oh, and it’ll have an independent rear suspension, too. Really? Hahahahaha!

Ford Shelby GT350 front three quarter in motion 04

Forget the now-deceased Shelby GT500. Yes, it was supercharged to a Herculean 662 horsepower, but it was still old-school: solid rear axle, prodigious weight, a straight-line crusher, not an apex predator. The new Shelby GT350 is different. This is the first Mustang that truly steps away from “muscle-ponycar” to “sports car.” With 526 horsepower on tap this ’Stang still shells out eye-watering speed, but when a corner swiftly arrives, now you can slam down on exotic brakes and slash through the bend with a chassis that dances like a cutting horse. The GT350 has more in common with a BMW than it does a Dodge Hellcat.

You’re not surprised to find a flat-plane crank in a Ferrari, but a Ford? Especially given the naturally aspirated V-8’s 5.2-liter size, this is a real feat. By all rights the engine should just shake itself to death. Instead, though, it’ll whip you into a quivering frenzy. Much has been made of the “Voodoo” engine’s sound—and it’s all true. You have to hear its brash barking bellow above 8,000 rpm. In person. Preferably from behind the wheel.

Yes, it’s a golden era, and the GT350 really exists. But if I hadn’t actually gunned this magnificent Mustang around a track myself, I’d rather have bet on finding Bigfoot.

The post It Is a Very Good Year for the Car Enthusiast appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/it-is-a-very-good-year-for-the-car-enthusiast/feed/ 0 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels Volkswagen Golf R front view in motion 05 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels Ferrari 488 GTB side profile in motion 06 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheels Ford Shelby GT350 front three quarter in motion 04
New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-owner-of-mclaren-650s-crashes-10-minutes-after-delivery/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-owner-of-mclaren-650s-crashes-10-minutes-after-delivery/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 16:07:23 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935691 A newly minted McLaren owner in England became a little over-excited following the delivery of his brand-new supercar. Telegraph reports that the owner of a McLaren 650S stuffed the coupe into a tree just 10 minutes after the car arrived at his house for the first time. The report states that neighbors spotted the owner...

The post New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
A newly minted McLaren owner in England became a little over-excited following the delivery of his brand-new supercar. Telegraph reports that the owner of a McLaren 650S stuffed the coupe into a tree just 10 minutes after the car arrived at his house for the first time.

The report states that neighbors spotted the owner celebrating supercar ownership with a bottle of champagne right after the car arrived at his doorstep. Not 10 minutes later, the owner introduced the front end of his $265,000 supercar to the ever-sturdy trunk of an innocent tree. The collision was severe enough to demolish the front end of the car, scattering bits of the carbon fiber bodywork all over the immediate area.

While it isn’t easy to sympathize with the owner, it is simple to understand how the driver lost control. With a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine sending 641 hp and 500 lb-ft to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the 650S scampers to 62 mph in a chest-compressing 3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 207 mph. These are not performance figures of a forgiving and easy-to-manage car.

Essex police are not completely sure on the identity of the driver who was piloting the car at the time, and are still conducting an investigation.

Photo courtesy of SWNS.com

The post New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-owner-of-mclaren-650s-crashes-10-minutes-after-delivery/feed/ 0
The 1970 Jeepster Commando is an Uncommon Off-Roader http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1970-jeepster-commando-uncommon-off-roader/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1970-jeepster-commando-uncommon-off-roader/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 15:39:23 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935646 Looking to gain intimate knowledge of the inner workings of your truck? Take it off-road for a quick jaunt over craggy rocks and sand dunes and see how much you learn about your four-wheeled companion. Our friends at Petrolicious profiled the owner of a very handsome 1970 Jeepster Commando, who has found his four-wheeler to...

The post The 1970 Jeepster Commando is an Uncommon Off-Roader appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Looking to gain intimate knowledge of the inner workings of your truck? Take it off-road for a quick jaunt over craggy rocks and sand dunes and see how much you learn about your four-wheeled companion. Our friends at Petrolicious profiled the owner of a very handsome 1970 Jeepster Commando, who has found his four-wheeler to be exactly what he needed for his love of exploration, and helped him to expand his mechanical skills.

While it wears the front grille from a commonplace Jeep CJ, Sam Fankuchen’s 1970 Jeepster Commando is one of the more uncommon off-roaders from the U.S. While the truck was produced for five model years and 60,000 units, Fankuchen says there aren’t many left on the road.

1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear three quarters

This particular Commando is motivated by the original Dauntless V-6 engine, which can trace its roots back to the legendary Buick 225 V-6. The engine isn’t necessarily the most sophisticated or common powerplant, but it has plenty of torque and takes Fankuchen where he needs to go without any complaint. If something does break on the truck, he isn’t worried, as “parts are about $100 for anything that might break.”

In the event of breakage, Fankuchen is ready to work. “Everything that goes wrong with this is an occasion to discover a little bit more about basic mechanics,” he said. “When we are out in the wilderness, I can fix anything broken with a box of hand tools.”

1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters

The truck means much more to Fankuchen than just a rough-and-ready off-road toy. He gets a big kick out of how other people react to the Jeepster when he drives it. “It was harder, more expensive, less safe to drive this thing every day, but I did it because I was committed to the project, I did it so that one day I’d be able to introduce my kids to cars like this,” he says. “When you’re looking at the future of our economy here, it’s really important to encourage an interest at a young age.”

Take a look at Sam Fankuchen’s 1970 Jeepster Commando in the video below.

All photography courtesy of Jeremy Helsup for Petrolicious

1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front 2 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear three quarters 3 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear three quarters 2 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear three quarters 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear detail 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters 4 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters 3 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters 2 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille

The post The 1970 Jeepster Commando is an Uncommon Off-Roader appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1970-jeepster-commando-uncommon-off-roader/feed/ 0 The 1970 Jeepster Commando is an Uncommon Off-Roader - Automobile With a unique design and incredible presence, the 1970 Jeepster Commando profiled in the newest episode of Petrolicious is as cool and offbeat as they come. petrolicious 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious rear three quarters 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front three quarters 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille 1970 Jeep Commando Petrolicious front grille
Nissan Kicks Small Crossover Revealed Overseas http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nissan-kicks-small-crossover-revealed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nissan-kicks-small-crossover-revealed/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 14:40:17 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=935589 Nissan has unveiled the production version of the Kicks small crossover and announced that the car will go on sale in more than 80 countries. Originally previewed as a concept at the 2014 Sao Paulo motor show, the Kicks will go on sale in Latin America first. The automaker says that the Kicks is aimed...

The post Nissan Kicks Small Crossover Revealed Overseas appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
Nissan has unveiled the production version of the Kicks small crossover and announced that the car will go on sale in more than 80 countries. Originally previewed as a concept at the 2014 Sao Paulo motor show, the Kicks will go on sale in Latin America first. The automaker says that the Kicks is aimed at customers living in the city and will be manufactured in Brazil at Nissan’s facility in Resende, Rio de Janeiro.

Barely changed on its journey from concept to production, the Nissan Kicks features similar design details such as the boomerang headlights and taillights, the V Motion grille, and the contrasting floating roof of its concept. The Kicks’ interior also features a unique design with a center stack that looks like it has a tablet embedded in it, and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel. The Kicks will also gain new features such as the Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which Nissan is touting as segment firsts in the Latin American market.

“With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience, we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car-buyers around the world,” said Keno Kato, corporate vice president of product planning at Nissan, in a statement. “Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”

The Nissan Kicks will go on sale first in Brazil followed by left-hand drive markets in Latin America later in 2016. Nissan will eventually sell the car in more than 80 global markets, but it is unlikely the Kicks will find its way to the U.S.

Nissan Kicks front three quarters Nissan Kicks wheel Nissan Kicks side Nissan Kicks rear three quarters Nissan Kicks rear Nissan Kicks overhead Nissan Kicks interior 7 Nissan Kicks interior 6 Nissan Kicks interior 5 Nissan Kicks interior 4 Nissan Kicks interior 3 Nissan Kicks interior 2 Nissan Kicks interior 1

The post Nissan Kicks Small Crossover Revealed Overseas appeared first on Automobile.

]]>
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nissan-kicks-small-crossover-revealed/feed/ 0 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1 Nissan Kicks interior 1