July 20, 2013 |
If BMW is considered the ultimate driving machine, Lexus is viewed more as the ultimate easy chair. Toyota's luxury brand has succeeded in building a reputation for supreme comfort and quality but struggled to add aggressive styling and driving passion to the mix. The new IS 250 and 350 sport sedans are the latest effort to shed that bland image. And it involves more than some shiny paint and slick marketing; this new IS is a true player in the cutthroat sport sedan segment.
July 17, 2013 |
That was quick. Mercedes-Benz has yet to put its all-new 2014 S-Class on sale, but the automaker has already handed the car over to its AMG performance division to breathe more life into the full-size sedan. On Wednesday, Mercedes unveiled the S63 AMG 4MATIC. The car is the more meaty version of the S550 that will go on sale in September. The AMG version will officially debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and roll into U.S. dealerships in November. PHOTOS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG breaks cover Though the 2014 model uses essentially the same engine and transmission as its predecessor, the biggest change to the S63 is the inclusion of a standard all-wheel-drive system for the first time.
July 8, 2013 |
Kelley Blue Book is out with its list of the best sedans under $25,000. It has some of our favorites, such as the Honda Accord and Mazda6 and some choices that we might not have included, including the Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Camry. While all of these vehicles have a model that sells for less than $25,000, and some well under that, others might cost more once you include options and other amenities such as leather seats. And don't forget to add in tax and license fees, which run about 10% of the purchase price. Still, there's no doubt that there are many good family sedans on the market right now as increased competition from U.S.
June 26, 2013 |
This is how you celebrate an anniversary. Mazda announced that after 10 years, two generations, and 3.6 million units of its popular 3 sedan and hatchback sold globally, a new version is on its way. The 2014 Mazda3 will go on sale this fall. When it does, it will bring with it a bold dose of the KODO styling cues that have recently graced the handsome Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 crossover . It will also rely heavily on an efficiency philosophy that Mazda calls SkyActiv technology.
June 12, 2013 |
Dodge is recalling nearly 13,000 of its compact Dart sedan to correct a problem with stalling in cold weather. The recall affects only Dart sedans that have the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and the six-speed dual-clutch transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The agency says the car's engine can stall at temperatures below 20 degrees, leading to the possibility of a crash. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect, said company spokesman Eric Mayne.
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June 1, 2013 |
A motorist who fled from police in El Sereno on Saturday slammed into three other vehicles at a busy intersection, crushing one car and causing another vehicle to roll over in a collision that killed one man and sent three people to the hospital. The motorist -- whose name has not been released -- was also taken to the hospital after a police dog bit him during a search that followed the crash, authorities said. Police said officers recovered a gun from the man's car. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division tried to pull over the driver of a silver Chevrolet Suburban on suspicion of driving recklessly shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
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May 1, 2013 |
An SUV flipped onto its side and a car was engulfed in flames Wednesday after a police pursuit ended dramatically in Willowbrook . Police said the chase started less than four miles away, at a Ralph's grocery store, with an attempted kidnapping about 6:13 a.m. Details on the kidnapping target were not immediately available. Someone called police, and the suspect drove off with police in pursuit. The vehicle, which appeared to be a four-door sedan, collided with an SUV at 135 th Street and Avalon Boulevard.
April 29, 2013 |
Nissan will recall more than 123,000 new Altima sedans after a spare tire blew out -- while locked away in the trunk of a car. The recall affects 2013 model year Altimas that were produced for about a yearlong period, ending on March 26. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. FOR THE RECORD: Safety recall: In the April 30 Business section, an article about a Nissan safety recall said that Maxxis - Nissan's spare tire supplier -- had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump and was either overinflating or underinflating spare tires.
April 26, 2013 |
If Mazda can't figure out a way to sell its excellent all-new sedan - the 2014 Mazda6 - the automaker should just give up selling cars altogether. Mazda has no problem building great vehicles. It just can't seem to sell them. The company has long failed to capitalize on critical acclaim and a track record for reliability with its mid-size sedan - a crucial segment for any automaker. Part of the problem is of Mazda's own making, with its "Zoom-Zoom" marketing. The automaker has cast itself as the fun-to-drive brand in a family sedan segment in which buyers don't care much about fun. Mazda has acknowledged as much and will seek to appeal to a wider array of car buyers with a more aggressive national advertising campaign for the new 6. PHOTOS: 2014 Mazda6 looks and drives the part The product should make the sales job easy.
April 19, 2013 |
Toyota Motor Co. plans to build Lexus cars in the U.S. when it completes an expansion of the factory in Kentucky where it makes the Camry and Avalon sedans. Toyota said Friday it will shift production of the Lexus ES 350 from a factory in Kyushu, Japan, to the Georgetown, Ky., complex, a move that will create about 750 new jobs at the plant. The automaker will invest $360 million in the factory and also receive $146.5 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.