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  A sedan car is a four-door vehicle, with a separate hood covering the engine in the front, and a separate trunk for luggage at the rear — the achetypical 3-box car. However, other variations of the body style exist as well, including two-door and hatchback/fastback models.

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Lexus IS F-Sport

In the past few years, automakers have made quite a habit of asking their customers to help them design the car of their dreams. The latest request comes from Lexus , which needs your help to design the best IS350 F-Sport for the 2013 SEMA Show .

Artists interested have from now through August 12th to submit their designs for the sedan. The winning design will be brought to life and showcased at the prestigious SEMA car show in November. Along with seeing his idea brought to life, the winner will also win a one-year lease on a 2014 Lexus IS along with other prizes. The second- and third-place winners, along with 22 additional semi-finalists, will also receive prize packages for their efforts.

If you are interested you can read all the rules of the contest by going online to deviantART.com/Lexus.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS F-Sport.

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Chevrolet announced the Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) back in 2009 and since then, it became one of the most appreciated police cars . For the 2014 model year, the Caprice PPV is further improved with a series of exterior and interior enhancements, new safety measures and new technology.

The model is imported from Australia and is being built on GM’s Zeta platform. The Caprice PPV comes with a choice of two engines — a V-6 and a V-8 — and both come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Updates for the 2014 model year include: a larger-diameter front stabilizer bar and new front struts that enhance handling performance and reduce body roll when cornering; a new instrument cluster;newly designed front seat-mounted pelvic air bags to reduce the risk of pelvic injury by up to 30 percent; and a new exterior color: Prussian Steel Metallic.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV.

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Lexus IS-F

A few months ago, it was rumored that Lexus could drop the IS F sports sedan for the next-generation IS. Apparently, Lexus made that decision due to the low sales reported last year - only 486 units.

New reports now suggest that Lexus IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama hinted that a new-generation IS F could, in fact, happen.

While this may be good news, here comes the bad news: the next IS F could drop the current 5.0-liter V-8 engine because it will be impossible for the engine to meet the Euro 6 emissions standards. Furuyama said nothing else on the subject, but he revealed that the company will "probably need a new engine for the F model," with the most likely choices being a naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine. Another possibilities is a hybrid powertrain, but most likely this won’t happen for the current generation.

Expect the new generation IS F to be unveiled in the next 2 or 3 years.

Click past the jump to read more about the current IS-F.

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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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In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E63 AMG . This is not your run-of-the-mill E63 AMG , but rather it is tuned by Weistec Engineering and boast an output of 850 horsepower.

Weistec Engineering updated the E63 AMG with the addition of a new turbo system and a new exhaust system with freer-flowing down pipes. The tuner continued with remapping the ECU, adding new air filters and revising cooling system. There are also new, stronger CV axles that are responsible for transferring torque and power from the differential to the wheels in a vehicle with independent suspension.

What’s really cool is that the tuner considers it can easily upgrade the E63 AMG to deliver an astonishing 1,000 horsepower! We’re sure Matt will get a crack at that tune too, at some point.

Check out the video to see how the extra 300 ponies improved the E63 AMG’s performance figures.

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When Skoda says that the new Octavia vRS is the "fastest road-going skoda Octavia yet", we have to stand up and pay attention.

That’s why it’s important for us to pay heed to the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming July because that’s the event where the all-new Octavia vRS is scheduled to make its world premier.

The car will be based on the new generation Octavia , a car that Skoda had just unveiled earlier this year. Keeping in line with the automaker’s renewed attempt to gain some traction in the industry, the Octavia vRS is being pegged to be longer, wider, and lighter than its predecessor, all important qualities that will make for a pretty interesting vehicle.

Describing the new sporty Octavia, Skoda officials are saying: "Never before has an Octavia RS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car."

Updated 06/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/11/2013: Skoda announced British prices and standard specifications for the new Octavia vRS. Click past the jump to learn them.

Are they right? Click past the jump to find out.

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The Japanese market received yet another special edition from BMW : an M5 Nighthawk Edition. This special model is limited to only 10 units and is available for order exclusively in August with deliveries beginning in October.

The model features BMW Individual Frozen Black Matte exterior paint combined with dark chrome on the kidney grille, door handles, exterior mirrors, exhaust finishers and diffuser. The model sits on 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and features a new exhaust system with black end pipes.

For the interior, the model gets a full-leather Merino trim in bright Sakiru orange combined with a BMW M Performance carbon interior trim.

The model comes equipped with the recently launched Competition Package that increases the bi-turbo V-8’s output to a total of 575 horsepower. As a result, the 0-to-100 km/h mph sprint time drops 0.1 seconds from the base M5 to 4.2 seconds.

On the Japanese market, the new M5 Nighthawk is priced at ¥18,200,000 , which is about $180,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M5.

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The Chevy Cruze was the second-best selling car in the U.S. in June 2013, just behind the Toyota Camry and up 73 percent versus the previous June. Something about this little car is suddenly resonating with consumers since its arrival as a 2010 model across the globe.

The 2014 Cruze is largely carryover aside from a new turbo-diesel engine option that can deliver huge fuel economy for only about $1,500 extra. And this isn’t your d9iesel engine from the 1990s, as this economical four-pot sprints nearly as well as the gasoline-powered models.

The rest of the line is still going strong with Eco trim levels for the 1.4-liter turbo and an RS package available on top LT and LTZ models that includes special wheels, badging, bumpers, a spoiler and sill extensions.

What buyers are discovering is an affordable four-door car with mechanical refinement the previous Cobalt and Cavalier couldn’t achieve even when turned off and in park. This latest Chevrolet compact sedan is highly dependent on specification and is pretty grim inside on the cheapest $18,000 models but very respectable in LT auto trim from about $20,500.

These better-equipped Cruzes come with a deep features and tech list that includes a Pioneer audio upgrade, MyLink with backup camera and navigation and even enhanced active safety pack that includes rear parking sensors, cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot assist.

All this in a cheap and reliable car is a strong incentive when many buyers are spending serious money to keep their older cars on the road with costly repairs. The Cruze presents a reliable package, but is that enough to fend off the Honda Civic , Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla ? How about the VW Jetta TDI ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze lineup with highlights on desirable options and tech info on the new diesel engine.

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This luxury sport sedan has lofty goals on its sculpted shoulders: take down the BMW 3 series and establish Cadillac as the go-to choice among entry-level luxury sedan shoppers. These demanding buyers want exterior presence, interior quality and better-than-German performance characteristics for their $40,000.

What hasn’t been said about the Cadillac ATS that launched for 2013 on an all-new chassis, including turbocharged four-cylinder, V-6 and AWD options?

The ATS is rear-drive by default and includes some headline tech to win a segment where Cadillac has never been successful before. Perks like Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip diff and third-gen Magnetic Ride Control are all without equal from the latest BMW , Audi and Mercedes rivals.

The plan is ambitious and the objective repeats the challenge issued by dozens of companies over the years, including: the Infiniti Q50 , Lexus IS250 and Acura TL .

The ATS packs all the mechanical variations of the BMW 3 series and was explicitly benchmarked against the Bimmer for all levels of refinement, space and performance. In its first full year in a new segment for Cadillac , the ATS is a huge hit with 2013 year-to-date sales of over 20,000 units. This is a huge achievement, despite being only about 40 percent of BMW’s total 3 series volume for the same period.

The ATS Turbo is the top seller and comes with rear-drive or AWD and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. It is priced between the base 2.5-liter RWD auto and the optional 3.6-liter V-6 auto, which comes in rear or AWD configurations.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac ATS sedan with highlights on a handful of new features and options.

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In 2009, Infiniti replaced the G35 with the more powerful G37 Now another switch is set to take place in 2014. This time around, however, the model is not changing just the engine, but it will adopt a new nomenclature and design too.

The new Q50 has received a smooth yet dynamic design language, with LED-infused headlights, a "double arch" grille and a crescent-shaped C-pillar. For the interior, Infiniti has placed higher-quality materials and user-focused advanced technology.

In the U.S. market, the Q50 will be offered with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but customers interested in environment can opt for a new-to-the-model hybrid version that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.

The new Infiniti Q50 made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the summer 2013 in both standard and hybrid versions.

UPDATE 03/21/13: A leaked document guide for the new Infiniti Q50 reveals further details on the new sports sedan. The document reveals that the gasoline-powered Q50 will be offered in three trim levels: base, premium and sport, while the hybrid version will only come in premium and sport versions. Both models will be offered in AWD and RWD versions. Customers will have to choose between eight exterior colors and three interior colors combined with aluminum and wood insertions. There will also be lots of packages that will offer the clients the possibility to further customized their models: Technology Package, Deluxe Technology Package, Moonroof Package, Deluxe Touring Package and Navigation Package. Click here to see the guide.

UPDATE 04/02/13: Infiniti USA has launched anofficial configurator for the new Q50 sedan. Thanks to the new site, you will be able to configure each version of the new Q50, selecting trims, colors and packages.

UPDATE 06/25/13: Infiniti has released a pre-release price hike on the new Q50. You can see all of the details after the jump.

UPDATE 07/08/13: Infiniti has announced the release date for the Q50. See the details after the jump.


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