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The 2014 New York Auto Show is here and Mini has brought with it the new 2015 Countryman . It’s safe to say that the Countryman has come a long way since being introduced to the U.S. in the 2011 model year, even establishing a following of its own that’s unique to all other variants of the Cooper .

Being a five-door model was probably a big advantage for those who sought a bigger Cooper. It was also the first all-wheel drive Mini , which made it ideal as one of the few Coopers that can hit the beaten path when called upon.

The 2015 Countryman doesn’t offer a lot of changes that will blow you away. But the success of the Countryman as a unique model should make the 2015 model another popular seller. If anything, the minor cosmetic tweaks can be described as a bonus relative to what the whole package is offering.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini Countryman.

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While the Volkswagen Golf R has yet to go on sale in the United States, although it already made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Wolfsburg crew are about to unveil an even more powerful version of the hot hatch .

Dubbed R 400, the new machine will make its official debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this week as a concept car. Don’t let the word "concept " scare you though, the Golf R 400 is likely to make it into production at some point, although the Germans are claiming they have no such plans for the moment.

Why are we saying that, you may ask? Well, Volkswagen usually takes its crazy, unique Golf-based projects over to the Worthersee Tuning Festival in Germany: the official turf of the Golf aficionado. Then why bring it to China, the world’s largest automotive market?

Sure, we could be wrong, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for this hatch to hit the streets because, based on its spec sheet, it will be one heck of a Golf. The most intriguing aspect is that the Golf R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine has been tweaked to deliver no less than 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, which translates into an extra 97 horsepower and 52 pound-feet.

The update enables the R 400 to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.9 seconds, whereas the regular Golf R needs nearly five seconds to complete the same task. The concept ’s top speed sits at 174 miles per hour, which can only mean that the Golf R’s limited has been removed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept.

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Dodge ’s highly anticipated facelift for the Challenger has finally arrived — a little late we might add — to give the pony a fresh start in the muscle car battle against its Detroit rivals.

Revamped inside and out, the Challenger stormed into New York with updated front and rear fascias, and new exterior colors and wheel designs. Sure, the facelift is not as spectacular as the one seen on the Charger , but it should be enough to keep the Challenger marketable until the next-generation model arrives.

Those who were looking forward to see some engine updates will end up a bit disappointed, as Dodge didn’t bother to offer extra oomph, and, apparently, the new Hellcat V-8 is not yet ready to make an entrance. However, the ancient five-speed automatic has finally been moved to the dustbin, making way for a more attractive unit.

The new Challenger comes just as Dodge is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the muscle car will certainly be a part of this summer’s merrymaking. We bet something special is coming our way, but, until them, let’s take a deep dive into the 2015 Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

Maserati is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and just like pretty much every car brand that celebrates anniversaries these days, the Italian automaker is set to introduce a special-edition GranTurismo MC to commemorate the occasion. The car is called the GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition and as expected, it comes with a bevy of exterior and interior upgrades befitting a model that’s been designated with the important "anniversary model" label.

Give how incredibly sexy the GranTurismo MC already is in its standard guise, it seems like Maserati just found the perfect opportunity to create a limited run of GranTurismo MC models that makes it even more attractive. The GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition is set to become available in the next few months as either a coupe or a convertible model.

If deciding on getting one isn’t hard enough already, you now have to choose between getting a coupe or a drop-top. Then again, there are worse problems to have these days, and being in that situation should be considered a blessing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition Coupe and Convertible.


It’s a secret that’s been talked about for quite some time now, but finally, the cat is now out of the bag. Land Rover has officially confirmed what a lot of people have believed was a foregone conclusion. The company will create a new Discovery sub-brand and the first model to come out of this new family of Land Rovers will be the Discovery Sport.

Land Rover has announced that the Discovery Sport will be built as a premium compact SUV . That’s only one part of the announcement, though. More important is the creation of an entire family of models that will finally separate the luxurious Range Rover line from the more lifestyle-oriented Discover line.

There are going to be some concerns on how this affects the company’s entire lineup, specifically on whether it would cannibalize models within the company now that you have two distinct families that still offer pretty much the same thing.

But Land Rover doesn’t seem to care about those concerns and is pressing forward with the arrival of the Discovery Sport that will be based on the Discovery Vision Concept , which Land Rover has brought to the New York Auto Show .

It’s still not known how much of the concept will be translated to the Discovery Sport, but initial returns point to an impressive package that could be teaming with new technology. The Discovery Sport should also play into the luxury image of Land Rover, but not to the extent where it completely impedes on the Range Rover line. So while we expect it to come with a dose of luxury, we still expect it to be a combination of utility and luxury that should play well to a market that wants a good combination of both.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport.


The wait is over for the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger, though with a quick glance at the photos, it seems ‘all-new’ is a bit of a stretch. But while everything but the front grille may look carried over, nearly every body panel has been updated. The subtle changes continue inside with a reworked dashboard, a more techno-laden gauge cluster, a new center stack, and a sweet T-handle gear selector.

Things under the hood are still familiar, too. The base 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 returns, as does the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The transmission options have changed, however. The eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is now standard across the board, helping the Pentastar V-6 achieve 31 mpg highway while assisting the 5.7-liter HEMI sprint to 60 mph in roughly 5 seconds.

The interior sees a host of electronic upgrades and new technologies within Chrysler’s latest version of Uconnect. Voice texting, updated 3D navigation, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and the all-new Dodge Performance pages all find a home within the 8.4-inch touch screen. That latter item holds a plethora of performance options and customizable settings including launch control and its rpm settings, performance timers, extra gauges, and even a g-force meter.

Matching the updated and more upmarket interior is the Charger’s reworked outer skin. The most noticeable changes lie up front with its more Dodge Dart -like appearance. Around to the sides are scalloped doors still flowing into the large rear haunches and then to a detail-rich rear fascia. A new crop of wheels completes the 2015 transformation.

Click past the jump for the complete run-down on the 2015 Dodge Charger

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Along with today’s announcement of the new 2015 QX80 SUV, Infiniti also dropped a very special Limited model. The normal QX80 is far from plebian, but the QX80 Limited is sprucing up the New York Auto Show as one of the most luxurious vehicles to ever come from the Nissan group.

While the started with a very solid canvas, what Nissan managed to create for Infiniti moves the brand on the territory of its competitors and into a new market of vehicles that haven’t even arrived yet. We know that Bentley is making an SUV , and that Aston Martin may have one on the table as well, but it seems that the QX80 Limited may have beaten both of those models to the punch.

With an unprecedented amount of standard technology, convenience and luxury features, the Limited edition of the QX80 is setting a very high bar for anything that comes afterwards. If you think it feels weird to hear Bentley and Infiniti Infiniti mentioned in the same breath, read on to see the sheer amount of class and refinement crammed inside of this rolling palace.

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We knew the Jaguar F-Type Roadster would be a spectacular car the moment we saw it. We also knew things were about to get better as soon as rumors about about a coupe version surfaced.

It didn’t take too long for the F-Type Coupe to join the ranks of Jaguar , but, as the new model was settling in, the British were already working on a more powerful version, the F-Type R Coupe , as well as pondering a lightweight, Club Sport model.

If you thought Jaguar was paying too much attention to the Coupe while ignoring the Roadster, you had it all wrong. The Brits are indeed prepping a hotter version of the drop-top F-Type that could be offered with an R-S badge slapped to its sexy rear end.

That’s word from our trusty spy photographers, who have spotted a never-before-seen F-Type Roadster on steroids stretching its legs somewhere in the United Kingdom. Details are limited at the time of this writing, but the beefy front bumper and the larger rear spoiler are there to tell us that this ain’t no regular F-Type.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R-S.

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With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the best sold convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive update has been announced for the fourth generation that is set to be launched in 2012.

The Mazda MX-5 will remain a rear-wheel drive compact sports coupe with exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled earlier this year. With the new generation, Mazda will focus on reducing the total weight to less than 1,000 kilos.

At the launch of the Shinari concept, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements." Guess the MX-5 will be among the first to adopt Mazda’s new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language.

Update 4/17/2014: The 2015 MX-5’s chassis and engine debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and its lightweight construction will help drop 220 pounds from the MX-5’s weight. See more after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

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Acura unveiled the 2015 TLX at the 2014 New York International Auto Show . It’s pretty surprising seeing it already, considering we just saw the TLX Prototype in Detroit a few months ago. But it looks like Acura’s moving ahead with the production of the TLX in an attempt to stake its name in the performance luxury sedan market.

The objective of the company is pretty obvious. The TL sedan just wasn’t cutting it, struggling to gain any traction in the face of stiff competition from other models. So in an attempt to jump start its fortunes in the midsize luxury segment, the TLX is set to arrive packing a new and refined sports-sedan design to go with Acura’s next-generation powertrain and handling technologies.

The engine options are an interesting development because the two-wheel drive 2015 TLX will carry two new powerplants, including a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, i-VTEC four-cylinder that’s mated to an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and a more powerful 3.5-liter, 24-valve, i-VTEC V-6 mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

Handling of the TLX was also carefully upgraded, thanks to Acura’s new Super-Handling All Wheel Drive system that’s not only 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, but also incorporates new torque-vectoring control logic that ensures superior handling efficiency for the TLX.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura TLX.


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