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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.

When the checkered flag finally fell at the 2014 Daytona 500 late Sunday night, it was over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolet SS -inspired Sprint Cup race car . Earnhardt’s win came after a long day of racing and waiting with several multi-car pile-ups and an excruciating six hour rain delay.

While Earnhardt’s Chevy SS took much of the spotlight, it wasn’t the only SS circling the steep banks at the Great American Race; not considering the other tube-frame SS-look-a-likes trailing behind Jr.’s number 88 car. Pacing the race was the real deal, a 2014 Chevrolet SS modified only with safety strobe lights and Daytona 500 decals.

The SS is powered by GM’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 making 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of rear-wheel-spinning torque. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters sends power to the rear differential sporting a 3.27:1 final drive ratio. Unfortunately, this four-door Camaro isn’t offered with a clutch pedal, but the automatic does allow for fairly quick shifts.

Inside the SS is a cabin showcasing GM’s new-found efforts in interior quality with materials and fit and finish on par with offerings from Cadillac and Buick . Heavily bolstered leather seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, and suede-like material give the car an upscale feel while buttons and controls have a weighted, rich feel to them.

For pacing duties, the SS is fitted with an aerodynamic light bar up top and strobes in the head and taillights. Daytona 500 decals and stripes are stuck to the SS’ Red Hot 2 paint color. Lower profile tires and optional chrome wheels further separate the car from regular production units.

Click past the jump to watch the video of the burning SS and read more about the standard Chevrolet SS.

Much like its sister company, Hyundai, Kia has been designing cars that not only offer its customers low-cost options to higher-priced brands, but also cars that offer high-quality workmanship and stylish appearances. We all knew that the Kia Forte is going to be up for a significant redesign when its 2014 model year debuts at the 2012 LA Auto Show, but we were not too sure what direction Kia would take it.

But now that the covers have been officially pulled and we have our answer.

We want to say that the Forte blew us away, but that just wouldn’t be fair to it. Sure, there are things about it that we like, but some elements of the car still leaves a lot to be desired. Then again, a car like the Forte, or any other in this segment for that matter, isn’t subject to an all-or-noting affection level.

There are things about it we liked. There are things we didn’t like. At the end though, the Forte received good marks from us because the things we liked outweighed the things we didn’t like.

Not by much. But hey, that’s still worth some salt to us.

Updated 02/24/2014: TopSpeed editor in chief, Justin Cupler, spent a week with a Kia Forte EX with all sorts of goodies installed. Did he love it? Check out the "Driving Impressions" section after the jump.

Find out what we think of the new 2014 Kia Forte after the jump

Audi RS4 Avant

Europe’s stringent emission laws have forced some shuffling deep within some of the continent’s biggest automakers, a lot of whom have had to make sacrifices on killing off their eight-cylinder engines in favor of settling for the six-cylinder variety. BMW and Mercedes are two such companies that have already taken to downgrading the powertrain for their performance vehicles and now, it appears that Audi is following suit.

Word from Car and Driver seems to indicate that the German company will be using turbocharged V-6 engines on its RS-branded lines, including the RS4 . No longer will the company’s sports line hitting production V-8, instead the focus will now center on those turbo V-6s, smaller in displacement but no less powerful once you add those turbochargers into the mix.

That’s looking like Audi’s plan for the RS4, which really is as much a return to its previous form than it is a downgrade of sorts. After all, as recent as 2001, the RS4 Avant packed a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, so it’s not like Quattro GmbH is venturing into unchartered territory when it comes to marrying the two sides together.

The important thing for the RS4 is to not cheapen its value relative to the new BMW M4 and the redesigned M3 . It wouldn’t look too good for Audi if it cut power from its prized sports wagon, so you can still expect the vehicle to generate more than 400 horsepower.

Anything less would spell trouble for Audi given that its predecessor already had 450 ponies and other manufacturers have seemingly integrated those turbocharged V-6s into producing stout levels of output.

Only time will tell what Audi has in store for the RS4, but if those twin-turbo V-6s carry their weight, nobody’s going to be crying a river over the loss of those V-8s.

Note: Current Audi RS4 Avant pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi RS4.

Source: CarAndDriver
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BMW 4 Series Coupe

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show . Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf .

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read about the World Car of the Year candidates

Ford Focus

With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.

From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin -like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.

Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus.

Mired in the shadows of the more commonly known Passat, the Volkswagen CC is actually a much better option to consider for interested buyers.

That might be a bold statement, but it doesn’t come with any tinge of hyperbole, either.

There’s a lot to like about the CC. It’s body dimensions convey the look of a luxury car and the interior does its best to make you feel like you’re in the same environment. It also has a choice of powertrains that you can pick depending on your preference.

And best of all, you know that you’re not going to burn any holes in your pockets by buying one. Sure, getting the top-of-the-line 3.6 VR6 4MOTION Executive might be a stretch at $42,895, but all other models fall in the range of $32,000 to $38,000.

At the very least, you know you’re getting a ride that’s worth the money.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen CC.

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Subaru Legacy

With the announcement of the new Subaru Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show , the plucky Japanese company surprised absolutely nobody. The new sedan was less attractive than its preview concept, and the old four-speed automatic has been dumped for the new CVT. So business as usual for the last several new cars to come from Subaru .

Almost every piece of the running gear has remained exactly the same in the transition to a new generation down to the engines and even the wheelbase. If you were expecting new engines, more power or the return of a turbocharged Legacy, you were left with nothing but disappointment. If you believe the team at Car and Driver though, that is all going to change in a few years.

According to C&D’s sources, the current 3.6-liter flat-six will be dumped for a smaller six-cylinder around the mid-cycle refresh. This new engine makes sense, as Subaru is already in the process of getting rid of its older engines for newer more fuel efficient ones, and the new flat-six will see use in the upcoming Outback replacement.

While a new six-cylinder would be nice, the big news is that the new 2.0-liter turbo FA engine found in the 2015 Subaru WRX will also make its way into the engine bay.

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

Source: CarAndDriver

While this may sound more like a vehicle designed for 2050, but it will actually be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Called the "XchangE Concept," this vehicle was designed by the Swiss company Rinspeed , and the company plans to revolutionize the automotive industry with it.

The new "XchangE" concept is all about autonomous driving and making long trips even more enjoyable. The concept is "smart" enough to drive autonomously up to 120 km/h (74 mph), while the driver and the passengers read, listen to music, surf the web, play games, watch movies or any other activity besides driving.

A very cool feature of the new concept is the seats, which are inspired by the relaxing business-class seats of an airliner, with a world-record-setting 20 functionalities built in. Thanks to the new seats, the driver is not obligated to stare at the road, as he can also rotate the seat and talk with the rest of the passengers or watch TV on the 32-inch high-definition screen.

Not much is known about what changes Rinspeed has done to the Tesla Model S on which the XchangE is built from, so we suspect the Tesla ’s standard fare of 60- or 85-kHw electrical systems to be used.

The thought of never having to fight the morning rush hour or keep yourself awake on a late-night road trip sounds very enticing. Plus, being able to control the car when the roads got twisty or when trying some 5.4-second 0 to 60 mph runs in the 85 kWh model, might be the best of both worlds.

Full details on the Rinspeed XchangE Concept will be revealed during its official debut in Geneva, but click past the jump for what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Rinspeed XchangE Concept.

Hyundai Genesis

We all know that Hyundai and Kia both have been making huge strides in both volume sales and luxury cars. The latter of the two have been compounded, thanks to the Equus and Genesis Sedan from Hyundai, and it looks the Korean automaker has set its sights on slightly higher-volume luxury models.

First on the docket is a new 3 Series /C-Class competitor; a small, luxurious and (relatively) affordable sedan. According to a report from Auto News, this compact, luxo-rig is codenamed the "RK" and it was softly confirmed when the CEO of Hyundai America said "I think it’s fair to say that within a couple of years there may be another premium nameplate."

Also mentioned was a subcompact crossover to compete with the Juke , Kia Soul and Encore . Hyundai’s CEO is a little concerned about entering too many segments, but is "intrigued" by the B-segment.

For now, there is nothing confirmed, but the 3 Series competitor looks to be a sure thing. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Click past the jump to read about one of Hyundai’s current luxury car, the Genesis.

Very few cars in this world can match burnout wits with a muscle car as revered as the 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 so at first glance, you’d be excused if you laughed when you saw that a Tesla Model S was taking a stab it.

But hey, you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

It sounds crazy, but the Tesla Model S, despite being electrically-powered, can do burnouts with the best of ’em. Granted, performing burnouts in a Model S is a little trickier than on a Firebird 400, so you have to excuse the electric sedan ’s short bursts of tire smoke.

William Hawkins II, the guy who owns both cars, admitted that disabling traction control on the Model S only allows you to achieve a certain amount of smoke, not nearly enough to compete with the Firebird 400. But in the end, that Model S burnout could be described as a little more impressive given what the car has to work with compared to the Pontiac, which, let’s be honest, was created for things like this.

So give the Tesla Model S its due props for earning its burnout keep. Impressive for a car that runs on electricity.

Click past the jump to read about the Tesla Model S.

Source: YouTube

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