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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition debuts on stage

  • 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition debuts on stage
  • 2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give the best bad hair days
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune
  • 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible goes topless in New York

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 at 2014 New York Auto Show

Posted Apr 16th 2014 2:57PM

2014 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0

In the market for a 2014 Scion FR-S (or Subaru BRZ), but don't want the same one your neighbour's got? Scion has good news for you. At the 2014 New York Auto Show today, the Japanese automaker has announced the availability of this FR-S Release Series 1.0.

As the first Release Series FR-S (the aging xB is debuting its tenth alongside it), this special edition has been spruced up by Toyota Racing Development with a series of visual and aerodynamic enhancements to give the FR-S a bit of extra edge. Included in the Release Series 1.0 is an upgraded aero kit, an exhaust tip for every cylinder in the engine (that makes four, folks), and a lowered suspension with TRD springs, custom TRD wheels and HID headlamps. Did we mention it's all capped by Yuzu yellow paint?

Inside, you'll find black seats with T-pattern upholstery, a TRD steering wheel, shifter and cargo mat, dual-zone climate control and push-button ignition with smart key. Scion isn't saying exactly what this model will cost, but it is saying it will come in under US$30,000 with no word yet on any Canadian availability and possible pricing. Only 1,500 individually numbered examples will be made, with deliveries beginning in August.

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News Source: Scion

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Mini lifts veil on refreshed 2015 Countryman in New York City

Posted Apr 16th 2014 2:31PM

2015 Mini Countryman

When Mini introduced the Countryman back in 2010, it emerged as the brand's first crossover, its first five-door model and its first to offer all-wheel drive. It also arrived mid-lifecycle in the last generation of Mini Cooper hatchback, with which it shares little more than a passing family resemblance. Now that the Anglo-Saxon automaker is moving on to its third generation of retro hatch, it's given the 2015 Mini Countryman a bit of a refresh to keep it current.

Unveiled today at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the new Countryman incorporates some very minor cosmetic tweaks to the exterior – so minor, in fact, that you'd be hard pressed to tell one from the other even if viewed side by side. Some subtle enhancements have been implemented to the interior as well, where the large central speedometer remains where it was in the middle of the dashboard (unlike the new Cooper hatch that moves it to where you'd normally find the instrument cluster, behind the steering wheel). The rear seats, however, offer more adjustability.

Mini will offer the new Countryman worldwide in an array of powertrain configurations, ranging from the bare-bones Mini One Countryman with a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated four offering just 98 horsepower all the way up to the twin-turbo John Cooper Works with 218 hp – North American customers will get the latter, but not the former. The mid-range Cooper S has been enhanced by seven horses to deliver 190 hp, while overseas-only diesel models range from 90 hp to 143. Buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or automatic and front-or all-wheel drive. There are also some new colours on offer and a host of optional equipment, all of which you can read about in the press release below.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Mercedes-AMG teases GT interior, announces fall 2014 debut

Posted Apr 16th 2014 2:00PM

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz opted to tease the assembled media at its post-New York Auto Show party, showing off a pair of images of the exquisitely crafted interior of the highly anticipated successor of the SLS AMG - the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GT.

Slated for a debut in the fall at either Paris or Los Angeles (we're betting Paris), you'll note straight away that there's something wrong with this car's name. Where's the "Benz?" Well, it's been ditched to, as Mercedes says, "make the dream of the authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car come true." Sorry Karl.

"The new Mercedes-AMG GT proves that we will be positioning AMG as a dynamic sports car brand even more strongly and aggressively than before," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

As for these images, there isn't a lot to see, aside from a very nicely designed interior. The materials look first rate, and the overall layout is one of the more modern we've seen from Mercedes. Further confirming that an eight-cylinder sits under the hood, the AMG Drive Unit - the bank of buttons on either side of the shifter - has been designed with four per side, which form a "V" shape, similar to an engine.

Hopefully we'll hear more on the new Mercedes-AMG GT ahead of its official debut later this year. Take a look below for a brief press release, with additional remarks from Tobias Moers.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition debuts on stage

Posted Apr 16th 2014 1:30PM



Fifty years ago this week, Ford debuted the first-ever Mustang at the New York World's Fair. And to celebrate, the Blue Oval is offering up this special, 50th Anniversary Edition 2015 Mustang, which makes its debut at the New York Auto Show. It'll be a seriously limited affair, with only 1,964 examples of the special edition Mustang slated to be produced (the number chosen to coincide with the 'Stang's first year in production). But for those who raise their hands for the 50th Anniversary package, there's a pretty sweet package in store.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack, and is only available in two colours: Kona Blue, or Wimbledon White (pictured). The car also comes fully loaded – the only option for buyers to choose is the transmission. Should you opt for the six-speed automatic, you'll get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive ratio (the 50th Anniversary car is also the only way to get a slushbox-equipped 'Stang with the Performance Pack). Selecting the six-speed manual 'box will net you a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 ratio. All 50th Anniversary cars will be powered by Ford's 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8, estimated to produce more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque in the 2015 Mustang.

Inside, there's a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with a similar detail found on the instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats, and center armrest. Two-tone leather/black upholstery is also part of the 50th Anniversary package, and of course, there's a special logo on the seats.

Have a look at the limited-edition Mustang in the gallery above, read about it in the press release below, and stay tuned for more info and live shots, later this week.

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Texting driver slams into cyclist and tells police, 'I just don't care'

Posted Apr 16th 2014 1:00PM

BGYJ1X Woman driving convertible. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Texting while driving is a horrible and dangerous idea, but what's worse is saying "I just don't care" like 21-year-old Kimberley Davis did after slamming her car into a cyclist (injuring his spine) while texting behind the wheel.

Although she called emergency responders upon hitting the cyclist, the injured man says he was left lying on the side of the road because Davis refused to render him any assistance after running him over. But wait, there's more.

According to the Standard, the shocking words spoken by the young Australian driver in her statement to police show that her only regret seems to selfishly be over the dents this incident left on her 'pretty expensive' car.

"I just don't care because I've already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it."

"I'm kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don't agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn't on my phone when I hit the cyclist."


According to reports, police have since discovered Davis sent 44 text messages and was texting with up to seven different phone numbers while driving that evening. Driver Kimberley Davis has since been fined $4,500 and lost her licence for nine months. The cyclist is expected to recover (with the use of a spinal cage), as the spinal fracture caused by the crash was serious enough to require surgery.

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2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give the best bad hair days

Posted Apr 16th 2014 12:31PM

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

BMW officially unveiled the 2015 M4 Convertible at the Javits Center in New York this morning. The droptop, which will slot in next to the M4 Coupe in BMW's performance line, offers infinitely more headroom, fresh air and sunshine for those that want a little more great outdoors and tousled hair with their M experience.

Visually, the M4 convertible is similar to the coupe, and carries on the hardtop's athletic stance with a long wheelbase, short front overhang, aerodynamic mirrors and in the case of this showcar, optional yellow-painted brake calipers. The car's expressive, angry face is perhaps the most notable aspect of its styling, screaming "get the hell out of my way!" with its signature twin-bar kidney grille, trio of air intakes and squinty LED headlights. Inside, the convertible employs three-temperature neck warmers (for chilly top-down days), an absurd amount of "M" logos and a wealth of luxury and technology features.

The rear-wheel-drive convertible uses the same engine as the coupe: a high-revving, twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six producing 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. BMW says the car can make a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in just 4.4 seconds when equipped with the manual.

While those power numbers certainly sound impressive, the M4 convertible's potential downfall is its weight. The addition of the power droptop pushes the car up to a hefty 1,840 kilograms (4,055 pounds), though that's still some 40 kilos (90 pounds) lighter than the previous-generation E93 M3 convertible. We aren't fretting just yet, though. BMW has earned the benefit of the doubt, with decades of experience making even big crossovers with physics-defying abilities.

For more info on BMW's newest open-air performance machine, check out the press release below.

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Journalist impersonates Schumacher's dad in bid to see F1 champ in hospital

Posted Apr 16th 2014 12:00PM

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There's little to nothing that a paparazzo won't do in order to get their shot. That can be a good thing when the shutterbug is on the trail of an automaker's latest prototype. Somewhat less so when it impedes on an individual's privacy, as the Schumacher family has discovered on numerous occasions.

Back in December we reported on a supposed journalist – though not one we'd ever want to keep company with – who dressed as a priest in order to gain access to the hospital room where Michael Schumacher lay in a coma following his ski accident. But as it turns out he wasn't the only one who took to disguising his identity (and assuming someone else's) in order to get closer to the imperiled seven-time world champion... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: Autoweek, World Car Fans

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2015 Toyota Camry ushers in 'sweeping redesign' [w/poll]

Posted Apr 16th 2014 11:00AM

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 toyota camryWith a dozen years atop the nation's best-selling car charts, you might think that there wouldn't be a lot of incentive for Toyota to rework its Camry, particularly so early in the life of the current model. But despite its unassailable sales totals, the midsize sedan has come in for substantial criticism for its milquetoast dynamics, piecemeal interiors and bland design.

As part of CEO Akio Toyoda's mantra to build more exciting cars, the 2015 Camry has arrived with a fresh new look and content that goes far beyond the Japanese automaker's typically slight mid-cycle redesigns. Featuring some 2,000 new parts, the 2015 Camry casts a 1.8-inch longer shadow and stretches across a widened track (0.4 inches). And it won't be just the widened track that should help deliver a more dynamic performance – Toyota is citing a stiffer chassis thanks to additional spot welds along with a rejiggered suspension, retuned electric power steering and a new two-stage brake booster for improved braking feel.

A new XSE trim promises the sportiest performance yet, including model-specific shock absorbers and springs, stiffer bushings, unique stability control programming and 18-inch wheels to go along with a unique front end treatment featuring mesh grille inserts and a revised fascia.

But Camry sales have rarely been driven by performance – millions of the things have been purchased due to the family sedan's ironclad reputation for attributes like reliability, strong resale value, comfort and ease of use. The latter two aspects often help secure the former, and to that end, Toyota has made a lot of changes to the Camry's interior, both seen and unseen. Visible changes include a redesigned gauge cluster with a new 4.2-inch TFT display, richer materials, a redesigned center stack and a console tray with available wireless charging. Hidden alterations include 30-percent more sound insulation to help deliver a serene ride.

Despite all these changes, the Camry's powertrains appear to be largely carryover, with an available 2.5-litre four-cylinder or 3.5-litre V6 engine, both yoked to conventional six-speed automatic transmissions. The Camry Hybrid will continue to be offered with a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder paired with an electric motor and electronic continuously variable transmission. As previously reported, the Camry Hybrid is joined by a new SE trim with a firmer suspension and retuned steering. So far, Toyota is keeping performance metrics close to the vest – there's no word yet on power, acceleration or fuel economy figures.

Most of the discussion coming out of today's New York Auto Show is likely to be centered on the Camry's very different looks – particularly in sportier XSE trim. With scowling headlamps, gaping new lower fascia and a sharply creased hood, this new model as far more attitude than its predecessor.

What do you think? Have a look in our gallery above, then vote in our poll.

What Do You Think Of The Looks Of The 2015 Toyota Camry?

News Source: Toyota

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Brandon Turkus / AOL

2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune

Posted Apr 16th 2014 9:59AM

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai's new North American CEO Dave Zuckowski pulled a silky sheet off of the redesigned 2015 Sonata here at the New York Auto Show, ushering in not only a new era of domestic stewardship for the company, but also a new, more mature design direction for its mass-market vehicles.

Though we've already seen the striking sedan in a wealth of recent photos, seeing the car in person confirmed that Hyundai has another hit on its hands. The Sonata employs the Korean automaker's new "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language, which we already witnessed in the new, much lower-volume Genesis. Hyundai describes the language as being more dignified, respectable and confident. We certainly agree with that.

Gone are the swooping lines of old, which grabbed our attention on the previous generation. They've been replaced by straight edges and harder angles, most noticeably along the car's beltline. A larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake leads the car down the road. The stance is athletic, with a steeper, coupe-like roofline, quad chrome-tipped exhaust ports and horizontal lines in the rear, which give the car a planted look. The redesigned headlights are wing-like in appearance and, man, that burnt orange color is sexy.

Under the hood, the engines remain the same – a 2.4-litre four cylinder and 2.0-litre turbo-four – though both have been tweaked to improve performance, mostly in low-RPM situations. Additional updates include a redesigned and bigger interior, which Hyundai says greatly emphasizes ergonomics and comfort, a much more rigid platform, a wealth of new safety features and lots of new tech and infotainment updates, including the smart trunk, first seen on the new Genesis. It's one of the simplest, yet most novel features we've seen in 2014.

There's a lot to Hyundai's new midsize sedan. See the full presser below for all the info.

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News Source: Hyundai

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