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Mazda’s Much Anticipated CX-3 Makes Its Presence Known At the 2014 LA Auto Show
Nov 19, 2014 - 2:49 AM - by xcel
Everyone is jumping on the compact CUV bandwagon but this is based on the great handling and efficient Mazda3. A standout in its own segment.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2016 Mazda CX-3 – Pricing and EPA TBA

Earlier tonight Mazda revealed its all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 in a special event on the eve of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new compact crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda's line-up of new-generation vehicles that feature the full suite of the company's award-winning SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

The company stated from the global reveal that the CX-3 will begin to appear in Japanese Mazda... [Read More]
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Honda at the 2014 LA Auto Show – It’s called the HR-V
Nov 19, 2014 - 2:16 AM - by xcel
Based on the Fit, Honda adds its chip to the Subcompact CUV table.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2016 Honda HR-V – Pricing and EPA TBA at a later date. Possibly as early as tomorrow!

Honda’s all new entry Subcompact CUV entry is known as the HR-V. In just a few hours, it will be on stage and introduced to the automotive press and public at large at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Previously seen only in pictures, the HR-V will serve as an entry level sub-compact CUV in an all-new segment for the brand.

Like its big brother the CR-V, it is a cute small ute. Honda said it will reach... [Read More]
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Lexus at the 2014 LA Auto Show = RC, NX and LF-C
Nov 18, 2014 - 7:38 PM - by xcel
Another performance oriented push.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2015 Lexus NX 300h - $40,625 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 35/31 mpgUS city/highway combined rating. If it is anything like the Camry, Avalon, and ES 300h hybrids, 40 + lifetime is almost a given.

The luxury brands latest luxury crossover incorporates the marques signature Lexus spindle grille and L-finesse design DNA along with the excellent but updated Camry/Avalon/ES 300h 2.5L Hybrid Drivetrain. And they are offering it as a FWD variant as well!

New to this best-in-class drivetrain is a feature Lexus calls a kick-down function. In addition, the... [Read More]
0 Replies | 411 Views
Ford’s 2016 Explorer and Shelby GT350 Mustang at the 2014 LA Auto Show
Nov 18, 2014 - 4:25 PM - by xcel
Apparently inefficient performance is in the Blue Ovals future?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2015 Ford Shelby GT350.

Los Angeles, California – Ford reveals are not all that interesting.

2016 Ford Explorer

The all-new 2016 Ford Explorer will be revealed tomorrow, Nov. 19, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2015.

Within that release, Ford stated they have sold more than 7 million Explorers in the U.S. since it reached dealership showrooms back in 1990. For nearly a quarter century, it has been the best-selling SUV in the country although many compact... [Read More]
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BMW Reveals: X5/X6 Ms, 2 Droptop and Concept X5 eDrive at the 2014 LA Auto Show
Nov 18, 2014 - 1:58 PM - by xcel
It’s still the d’s and Concept X5 eDrive that will garner my time in the BMW arena.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2015 BMW i3 and i8 – BMWs most efficient offerings on display.

Los Angeles, California -- Making their world debuts in Los Angeles, the all-new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M combine X family with high performance that is all but totally useless on North American roads.

Purpose-designed for an exceptional driving experiences, the latest generation of high-performance AWD vehicles from BMW M delivers boosted output, optimized suspension technology, and new heights of luxury and innovation.

The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M raise the bar in terms of... [Read More]
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2016 Audi A6 and A7 Reveal at the LA Auto Show
Nov 18, 2014 - 12:53 PM - by xcel
Upgraded interior and exterior designs and new infotainment technology highlight the 2016 model year.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

2016 Audi A7 (European variant shown) – Pricing and efficiency detail to be released at a later date.

The Audi A6 and A7 get refreshed for the 2016 model year as they get ready for their U.S. debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The A6 and A7 sedans continue to stand out with their dynamic exteriors with the standout being the all-new thinner headlamps and much more advanced infotainment systems.

Outside the 2016 Audi A6 and A7 receive new front and rear designs including a new front fascia with all-new LED... [Read More]
0 Replies | 448 Views
Honda and Toyota FCV World Debuts with Headwinds
Nov 18, 2014 - 2:17 AM - by xcel
Ones a concept, ones ready for the road but neither are really ready for prime time.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 17, 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV - $499 per month/36 month lease with $3649 due at lease signing, or purchase for $57,500 with free H2 fuel where you can find it for three years.

In other words, there is little chance that Toyota's first generation consumer available FCV goes mainstream at these price points.

The Toyota Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan based off the now defunct HS 250h platform that never consumes gasoline and emits... [Read More]
11 Replies | 719 Views
GM October 2014 Sales Up .2% with 226,819 Vehicles Sold
Nov 17, 2014 - 4:23 AM - by xcel
Silverado/Sierra combine to outsell F-series.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 3, 2014

GM October 2014 Sales Overview

GM sold 226,819 vehicles in the United States in October, up 0.2 percent and the best October sales the company has achieved in seven years.

Chevrolet sales were up year over year on the strength of the Silverado, Cruze, Traverse and Equinox, and Buick had its best October in more than a decade. Total company sales a year ago were 226,402 units.

The all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups began shipping to dealers in the second half of September which should improve both future monthly sales results and the bottom line into next... [Read More]
0 Replies | 537 Views
Ford October Sales Down 1.7% with 188,654 Vehicles Sold + 15 F-150 Production Begins
Nov 17, 2014 - 3:54 AM - by xcel
F-Series continues to lead the industry even with a production slowdown with the changeover to the all-new 2015 model.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 3, 2014

2015 Ford F-150 XL 2X4 – $26,615 to start with its EPA TBA very soon.

Last Tuesday, Ford began mass production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at its Ford Rouge plant. The new model is scheduled to reach dealership showrooms in December.

The all-new F-150 features four different types of high-strength aluminum alloy that reduce cab and cargo box weight while improving durability. New hydroforming lines use pressurized oil to form metal... [Read More]
0 Replies | 580 Views
Toyota October Sales Up 6.9% with 180,580 Vehicles Sold + Fiscal 1H Results
Nov 17, 2014 - 2:51 AM - by xcel
Camry and Corolla lead their respective segments in October.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 3, 2014

Toyota’s Fiscal 1H (April – September) 2014 Financial Results

Toyota’s global net income increased 12.6 percent during the first six months (April 1– September 30, 2014) of the 2015 fiscal year.

Global sales were essentially flat at 4.47 million vehicles sold. Stronger sales in North America offset decreases in Japan and Asia.

Consolidated net revenues rose to $125.6 billion USD, up 3.3 percent. Operating income increased to $13.1 billion USD, up... [Read More]
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Chrysler October Sales Up 21.7% with 170,480 Vehicles Sold + RAM 1500 Green TOTY
Nov 17, 2014 - 1:17 AM - by xcel
And the RAM 1500 with the EcoDiesel earns yet another accolade.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 3, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman 2X4 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel – $31,410 to start incl. D&H while offering a 20/28 mpgUS city/highway rating.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named 2015 GCJs Green Truck of the Year after editors considered all U.S. pickup trucks environmental attributes along with its functionality, versatility, safety, value and style.

The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the EPA’s current highway fuel-economy rankings.

Ram 1500 delivers best-in-class fuel economy with... [Read More]
0 Replies | 581 Views
Honda October Sales Up 5.8% with 121,172 Vehicles Sold + 2015 Fit Review
Nov 16, 2014 - 11:01 PM - by xcel
Best in segment with caveats.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 3, 2014

2015 Honda Fit LX with the 6-speed stick - $16,470 to start incl. D&H and offering owners a 29/37 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Los Angeles, California -- Some call Florida the Sunshine State. If they believe that, they have never been to California. When I left IL this morning it was 41 degrees with 20's heading our way and up to 5" of snow forecast by the first of the week.

Not in LA. It is sunny with a high of 90 predicted.

Which brings up this week’s ride supplied by Honda. The all-new third generation 2015 Honda Fit.... [Read More]
11 Replies | 904 Views
Diesel from Air, Water, and Electricity
Nov 15, 2014 - 2:06 PM - by xcel
Audi e-fuels expanding its synthetic fuel portfolio.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 15, 2014

A 2015 Audi A3 TDI could make it from the Pacific to the Atlantic on just one barrel of this new carbon neutral synthetic e diesel.

Anyone remember the U.S. Produced Diesel Provides a Lower Carbon Footprint than Electricity for BEVs story? It appears as if Audi is at it again with a new and very unique process to pull carbon atoms out of thin air for CO2 neutral synthetic diesel fuel production.

Audi’s latest project is a pilot plant in Dresden that produces diesel... [Read More]
4 Replies | 804 Views
Long Beach international motorcycle show puts price war on display
Nov 15, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by ALS
"We're really trying to get new people into the sport, and give (older) riders something to step up into," said Honda marketing representative Lee Edmunds.
Charles Fleming - LATIMES - November 15, 2014

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, kicking off Friday afternoon and running through Sunday night.

More than 100 exhibitors, including most of the world's motorcycle manufacturers, will use the center's 90,000 square feet of floor space to wow an expected 55,000 attendees... [Read More]
1 Reply | 638 Views
VW GTI is a cheap thrill
Nov 15, 2014 - 10:31 AM - by ALS
Despondent? Needy? The VW GTI has added a performance package option - 10 more horsepower, more stopping power, more cornering power. More fun.
Henry Payne - DETROITNEWS - November 15, 2014

Fuel economy: EPA 25 city/33 highway/28 combined --Ed.

Since the GTI washed up on our shores in 1983, it has inspired a whole segment of pocket rockets including the Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX. GTI accounts for a whopping 50 percent of Golf sales and debuted its seventh generation this year – a spicy bratwurst I reviewed for you in June.

Not content with that firecracker, VW this fall added... [Read More]
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