New York Auto Show

New York Auto Show

The Alpina -BMW love affair goes back all the way to 1965, when the small Bavarian company began tuning carburetors and cylinder heads in a typewriter factory. Yes, that’s right, Alpina Alpina started as an office machinery company. The small venture began making a name for itself in the early 1970s by building a few BMWs that went on to win prestigious racing events and series such as the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship and the Spa 24 Hours race.

More than forty years have passed since its 2800CS wowed the crowds, and Alpina established itself as a semi-official tuner whose creations can be found in between the stock BMW and the more potent vehicles delivered by the M Performance division. Well, sort of, but we’ll get back on that later in this review.

Moving on, Alpina’s latest creation, which is set to make it first public appearance on American soil at the 2014 New York Auto Show , is the 2015 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe — a more powerful and exclusive version of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe .

The all-wheel-drive performance sedan will become the second Alpina model to go on sale in the United States, where it will be joining the larger, 7 Series-based B7.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.

Meet the all-new Hyundai Sonata. It’s longer, wider, more rigid, more comfortable, quieter, and a good bit better performing than its predecessor . All important things when competing with the likes of the Toyota Camry , Chevy Malibu , and Ford Fusion . Though it hasn’t officially been revealed inside the U.S., the Sonata has already sang its first note within its Korean home market.

The Sonata is an immensely important car for Hyundai USA as it, along with the Genesis and Elantra, have catapulted the automaker from nearly dead last to a top contender in the American sedan market. It’s been an astonishing feat, really. This redesign should help not only maintain, but also excel Hyundai’s brand perception within the States.

Outside, the car gets a completely new look thanks to Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language with a less swoopy, more chiseled look than before. Only the doors, side windows, and roofline recall the previous car, though that’s not a bad thing. The Sonata hums a new tune inside as well, with a completely new dashboard design. The swoopy lines are gone here, too and traded out for a more angular look. The large gauge cluster and lower center console look very premium and recall those of the range-topping Equus , however the oddly-shaped area around the infotainment screen and the questionable wood trim are less appealing. The interior does boast improved NHV levels and the ergonomics are said to be improved.

Hyundai will likely debut the U.S.-spec Sonata at the New York Auto Show on April 16th where we’ll learn more about the powertrain specs, pricing, and availability. But until then, we’ve got a full run-down on everything Sonata below the jump.

Updated 04/16/2014: The all-new 2015 Sonata made its North American debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, so, we’ve updated our review with new details, images and more specs.

Updated 05/22/2014: Hyundai announced prices for the all-new Sonata set to be put on sale later this summer. Prices will range from $21,150 for the base version and goes up to $28,575 for the Sport 2.0T version.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

After numerous starts and stops, Alfa Romeo’s return to North America now has a definitive date. The Italian automaker has cirlced the 2014 New York International Auto Show as the date when it finally touches down (again) on American soil with the presentation of the Alfa Romeo 4C .

Sans the very-limited 8C action.

And outside of the NAIAS , you can make a case that the New York Auto Show is as big a stage for Alfa Romeo to introduce the 4C in the American market. So there’s a lot riding here for Alfa Romeo, particularly how well it’s going to be received by a new client base, a majority of which are probably young enough not to remember the last time the company was catering to this part of the world.

This bit of news, plus the recent proclamation by Alfa’s head of marketing Alberto Cavaggioni that a new update is in the cards for the 4C every year for the next four or five years, should make for tremendous interest in the 4C in the US.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C

The Subaru Outback has always been the Boy Scout of the car/wagon/crossover crew, with its standard AWD and rugged, foul-weather-defeating demeanor. While that demeanor won’t likely change, reports say the Outback is getting a Legacy -style work-over for the 2015 model year and will make its grand entrance at the 2014 New York Auto Show this spring.

Since the Outback is essentially the wagon version of the Legacy, it makes sense the recent changes to the 2015 Legacy would make their way over to the Outback. What this means for the Outback is a new exterior look with a similar reworked grille, headlights and raked windshield. The extra body cladding and plastic bits that make an Outback look like an Outback will surely make their return.

Inside, the same redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and center console with softer touch, more premium materials will be present. The coupe -like look of the new Legacy obviously won’t make the jump as cargo room and rear passenger headroom are bigger priorities in the Outback.

History tells us the powertrain offerings will be identical as well. The new Legacy offers two engine choices: a 2.5-liter flat-four making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and the 3.6-liter flat-six putting out 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, both engines are stuck with CVT transmissions with no conventional manual on the horizon.

Updated 04/03/2014: Subaru has officially confirmed that the 2015 Outback will be officially unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show. With the occasion a first teaser image reveals that the new Outback will follow the steps of the more-recently unveiled Legacy sedan.

Updated 06/05/2014: Subaru today announced prices for the 2015 Outback which will arrive into dealerships this summer. Prices will range from $24,895 for the base 2.5i version to $32,995 for the 3.6R Limited version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Outback.

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When the Kia Soul dropped onto the U.S. market in 2010 , hipsters everywhere saw Kia in a whole new light. This boxy compact car had all the tuning capabilities the Honda Civic had when it was a tuning phenomenon through the late 1990s and early 2000s, plus it had a catchy commercial with hip hop hamsters . All was well in the world of the Soul, and it’s about to get even more real with the preparation of the future-generation model.

Fresh off of its facelift in 2011 , the most sold model from Kia has just entered a new generation. The 2014 Kia Soul was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in the third quarter of this year.

For the new generation, the Soul has switched to a new chassis, received a new design language inspired by the Track’ster concept and features significant suspension upgrades.

Updated 02/19/2014: TopSpeed editor in chief, Justin Cupler, got his hands on the top-of-the-line Kia Soul for a whole week. Check out the "Driving Impressions" section after the jump to see what he thought.

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The launch of the revised 2014 Chevrolet Camaro also marked the return of the Z/28 nomenclature. The Z/28 name was initially used back in 1967 when a special Camaro was designed to compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. Now, for the 2014 model year, the Z/28 nomenclature is applied to the most capable and fastest Camaro currently available on the market.

The new Camaro Z/28 was not built to compete in a specific race series, but it features track-focused capabilities. When compared to the ZL1, it is significantly lighter and, even though it is no more powerful, it is around three seconds faster around Chevy ’s testing track than the Camaro ZL1 . Also, as a tribute to the original Camaro Z/28, the new generation is only offered with a manual gearbox.

Updated 02/25/2014: Chevrolet unveiled a new video, explaining how the Performance Traction Management system helps the new Camaro Z/28 delivering faster laps on the race track.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

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At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Audi unveiled the A3 Concept sedan, but the unveiling of the production version took longer than we expected. After we brought you a series of spy shots of the A3 prototypes, today the new A3 sedan made its world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The new A3 sedan retains much of the design elements we have seen in the concept version and adds numerous innovative features on the A-segment: signature Singleframe grille and available full-LED headlights.

The new Audi A3 sedan will go on sale on the U.S. market showrooms in the first quarter of 2014. European customers will be able to enjoy it starting this summer. In there the new A3 sedan will start at €25,000 - about $32,000 at the current exchange rates.

Updated 1/16/2014: The A3’s configuration went live today, showing iff all of the goodies that the 2015 A3 has to offer. You can build your own A3 HERE.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Audi A3 Sedan.

Ford Mustang

Okay, if you are a car nut, still have a pulse and are not excited or worried about the next-generation Mustang , then you may want to recheck your label as a car nut... I am not a big Ford fan and even I am on edge the edge of my seat about it.

This is a bang-or-bust redesign for Ford’s resident muscle car , as it has the potential to be either the Mustang II debacle all over again or the Fox Body `Stang that swooped in to save the model’s life. There is an ongoing debate on when and where the new Mustang will debut, and all of them are somehow centered around the model’s 50th anniversary.

We have whittled the possible debut locations down two the three most likely ones, and our reasoning for picking these three.

Click past the jump to find out the three possible locations and why we picked them

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BMW expanded its U.S. 3-Series lineup with the addition of a new, diesel-powered version. This model, called the 328d, made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27th and hits showrooms in the fall of 2013.

The new 328d sedan is joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. As with all the other models in the 3 Series lineup, buyers can order the new 328d in Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines, or with the M Sport package.

The 328d comes fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine and buyers can opt for either rear-wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW reports that once the EPA gets around to testing the 328d that it will deliver about 45 mpg. Beyond the diesel engine and a few badges, everything else is shared with the rest of the 3 Series lineup .

Updated 08/01/2013: BMW announced prices for the 2014 328d that will go on sale later this fall at a base price of $38,600.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 328d.

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Hyundai unveiled an updated version of its Equus luxury sedan at the 2013 New York Show. After teasing it for a few weeks, the updated Equus wowed the world today in the Big Apple.

According to Hyundai, the 2014 Equus will receive more than 30 new and enhanced features on both the exterior and the interior. These updates will include higher-quality materials, tweaks to ride and handling, an updated driver information display and new safety features.

On the exterior, the 2014 Equus receives a new front bumper fascia and grille design, new side mirrors and taillight graphics, plus a new set of wheels combined with revised suspensions. The interior receives a completely redesigned instrumental panel and center stack, plus a new series of updates for the materials, rear seats and steering wheel.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/12/2013: Hyundai announced prices for the 2014 Equus, which goes on sale this week. Click past the jump to see how much it cost when compared to the 2013 model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Equus.


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