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2015 Mazda 3 Updated, Gains Manual Transmission for 2.5L
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07 PM - by ALS
Despite this extra equipment, prices don’t rise at all for the 2015 Mazda 3 i models
Joseph Capparella - AUTOMOBILEMAG - September 17, 2014

We’re still waiting for the highly anticipated Mazdaspeed 3, but Mazda is rolling out the next-best thing in the 2015 Mazda 3 lineup by pairing a six-speed manual transmission with the 3’s larger 2.5-liter engine. Mazda announced that this model was coming when the car first launched, and the company’s website now confirms this Mazda 3 s 6MT model as available on both sedan and hatchback versions of this compact car.

The manual transmission 3 s models... [Read More]
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid Review
Sep 17, 2014 - 11:56 AM - by ALS
Fuel Economy: 84 MPGe, combined (European testing)
David Zenlea - AUTOMOBILEMAG - September 17, 2014

Our goal on the German autobahn is usually to peg a brag-worthy top speed. This time? We’re cruising along at a gentle 60 mph, enjoying gas-free transportation—and a free massage—courtesy of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid.

Although there are more exciting limits we could be exploring on the autobahn than how fast we can drive in pure-electric mode, few are more important. Premium hybrids, once glorified marketing exercises, are... [Read More]
1 Reply | 179 Views
2015 Kia Sedona Pricing, Fuel Economy Announced
Sep 14, 2014 - 9:34 PM - by ALS
The L, LX, and EX are all rated at 18/24/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Sep 11, 2014 - AUTOMOBILEMAG - September 14, 2014

The new 2015 Kia Sedona minivan will achieve as much as 25 mpg on the highway, and it will be priced from $26,795 to $40,595. The minivan debuted earlier this year at the New York auto show with a new body, a fresh design, and a long list of new features compared to the outgoing Sedona.

All versions of the 2015 Kia Sedona use a 3.3-liter V-6 engine rated for 276 hp and a six-speed automatic transmission. The base Sedona L starts at the aforementioned $26,795 sticker price (including an $895... [Read More]
8 Replies | 662 Views
2015 Ford Mustang GT, V6 EPA Numbers Lower Than 2014
Sep 14, 2014 - 9:19 PM - by ALS
Another juicy bit of 2015 Ford Mustang info has been released. Now we have official EPA fuel economy ratings for the entire Mustang lineup.
Alex Nishimoto - AUTOMOBILEMAG - September 14, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is rated at 15/25 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual and 16/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic. That's down from the 2014 GT, which achieves 1 mpg better on the highway when equipped with the manual, and 2 mpg better in the city with the automatic. The GT's 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 gets a few upgrades that raise output to 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque for 2015, including... [Read More]
2 Replies | 537 Views
Matthew McConaughey New Spokesperson for Lincoln
Sep 14, 2014 - 8:43 PM - by xcel
Lincoln has employed actor Matthew McConaughey in a multi-year partnership as the new spokesperson for the troubled brand.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

Not a particularly memorable performance with little name brand recognition to boot. Given the 2015 MKC w/ the 2.3L EcoBoost AWDs $40,860 starting price incl D&H and abysmal 18/26 mpgUS city/highway rating, the 2014/2015 Audi Q5 TDI quattro buries it no matter who is pushing it.

According to Wiki, Matthew David McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969. He gained notoriety for a breakout role in the coming... [Read More]
2 Replies | 473 Views
GM has High Hopes for India
Sep 14, 2014 - 7:41 PM - by xcel
“With a relatively small vehicle population and rapidly growing, young middle class, India is expected to become one of the world’s three largest markets by 2020.”
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra riding inside GM India’s first export heading to Chile.

Barra visited India on a fact-finding mission where she met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key automotive and political stakeholders across the country.

To date, GM has invested approximately $1 billion in India with 2 manufacturing facilities, Talegaon and Halol. The two combined can produce more than 280,000 vehicles per year... [Read More]
0 Replies | 445 Views
Ford UK Produces 3-Millionth Turbo Diesel – Not One For The U.S.
Sep 14, 2014 - 1:03 PM - by xcel
A turbo diesel enthusiasts take anyway?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

2015 Ford Fiesta EcoDiesel – 71.3 mpgUS combined on the NEDC (maybe 55 MPG on our own EPA) using their advanced turbo diesel with Start/Stop inside.

Late last week Ford’s three-millionth UK-built turbo diesel engine rolled off the line at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center at Dagenham.

Turbo diesel engines have been built at the Dagenham Diesel Center for a variety of Ford and other manufacturer’s models since production began in May 2007.

According to Ford, Dagenham builds more than 30,000 turbo diesel engines... [Read More]
2 Replies | 518 Views
A LEAF by Any Other Name Is Still a LEAF
Sep 13, 2014 - 1:26 PM - by xcel
Meet the Venucia e30.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 12, 2014

Venucia “e30” – $43,655 USD to start in China. 84 miles All-Electric Range per our own EPA given it uses the LEAF drivetrain. 108 miles on whatever test cycle the Chinese use.

The Venucia “e30” is a LEAF with a different nose and interior. It is powered by a Li-Ion “lithium manganese” battery, a permanent magnet synchronous motor and advanced electronic control system. It has a top speed up to 89 mph and a range of 84/108 miles (EPA and Chinese test cycle(s)) from full to flat.

The 24kWh pack can be... [Read More]
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93-Mile Range 2015 Kia Soul EV Priced at $33,700 to Start
Sep 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by xcel
With $2,500 Calif. Tax rebate to reduce the state tax to just a few hundred $s and $7,500 Fed_TC, $23,700 + and HOV_lane access is not too bad.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 11, 2014

2015 Kia Soul EV - $33,700 with a lease price of $249 per month 249 per month for 36 months with $1,999 down is pretty good. The 93 mile all-electric range (AER) is even better.

A few minutes ago Kia announced pricing for its all-electric Kia Soul EV.

Available in two trims, base and + (Plus), the 2015 Soul EV MSRP begins at $33,700 for the Base and $35,700 for the Plus.

The lease for the base trim is $249 per month. According to Kia’s, the... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,029 Views
All-New Mazda2 in Japan Pre-orders Begin
Sep 11, 2014 - 12:35 AM - by xcel
With the 1.5L TD that we will probably never see.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 11, 2014

2015 Mazda2 1.5L SKYACTIV-D Detailed.

Mazda has just begun taking pre-orders for its all-new Mazda2 (known as Demio in Japan) at dealers across the island nation.

The company expects to sell at least 5,000/month with sales for the gasoline engine front-wheel drive (FWD) model scheduled to start on Sept. 26, and Oct. 23 for the diesel... [Read More]
5 Replies | 936 Views
AT&T 4G LTE Mobile Share In The 2015 Audi A3
Sep 10, 2014 - 3:11 PM - by xcel
Wi-Fi from your smartphone phone is still less expensive but far less convenient.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 10, 2014

Audi Connect.

Audi Connect is an on-board source for information about traffic, weather, directions and more, featuring Google Earth satellite imagery, Google Voice local search, social media integration and a secure, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. That last feature just received an upgrade.

This morning Audi of America announced they have negotiated with AT&T to provide owners of 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models equipped with Audi Connect (optional on Premium Plus and standard on Prestige trims) the option of adding their connected... [Read More]
0 Replies | 807 Views
Audi August 2014 Sales Up 22.1% with 17,101 Vehicles Sold
Sep 09, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by xcel
Of the majors, Audi’s August Sales expansion ranks #1.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Audi FWD A3 TDI - $32,600 to start + D&H and a 31/43 mpgUS city/highway for the hyper efficient 2.0L TDI.

The all-new 2015 S3, A3 Cabriolet, and more importantly the A3 TDI Sedan are the latest models to join the recently launched Audi A3 family. The 1.8T and 2.0T were initially launched in April and have done a lot to reestablish the A3 as an Audi compact ready to take on all comers.

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 model line-up includes standard leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth with streaming audio, SiriusXM, HD... [Read More]
4 Replies | 1,136 Views
Mercedes-Benz August 2014 Sales Up 9.4% with 30,292 Vehicles Sold
Sep 09, 2014 - 7:37 AM - by xcel
Europe’s most iconic automaker continues its sales winning ways,
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 - $40,830 incl. D&H to start and sporting a 24/33 mpgUS city/highway rating. For over the road driving, I would not be out of line in stating this is one of the two most fuel efficient SUV/CUVs available in all of North America given our experience in the E250 Bluetec earlier this year.

For the 2015 MY, GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is supposed to carry on with the 2.1L I4 turbo diesel engine (200 hp/369 lb-ft) and 19” 5-triple-spoke wheels, However the 2015 MY GLK250 Bluetec is not yet listed on the EPA website.
... [Read More]
2 Replies | 843 Views
Mazda August 2014 Sales Up 11.4% with 31,305 Vehicles Sold
Sep 08, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by xcel
The CX-5 may soon be Mazda’s biggest seller if it continues to experience sales results like August.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Mazda CX-5 with the 6-speed MT - $22,375 to start incl. D&H while offering up a segment leading 26/35 mpgUS city/highway.

Not only can it be coaxed to beyond 60 mpg when pushed, it is bringing the Mazda corporation back in the U.S. in one heck of a big hurry.

Mazda 2014 Sales Overview

Mazda reported its best August sales result in 12 years with 31,305 vehicles sold, up 11.4 percent compared to August of 2013.

Year-to-date sales of 216,973... [Read More]
0 Replies | 886 Views
BMW August 2014 Sales Up 5.5% with 32,220 Vehicles Sold
Sep 08, 2014 - 12:12 PM - by xcel
BMW strength overshadows Minis weakness.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

“Eyes Everywhere”

BMW of North America is introducing a new campaign called BMW Innovations, which will highlight how the range of BMW vehicles share several key technology features with the visionary BMW i8 PHEV. The BMW i8, stands for innovation built upon BMW’s storied history.

Beginning September 1, 2014, BMW will debut three new national television spots detailing how the brands advanced technology within the BMW i8 transfer to the BMW family. All three spots... [Read More]
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