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BMW X1

Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.

The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.

Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.

Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150

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Ford F-150

Ford Motor Co. ended the year with record sales of the F-Series truck. The F-Series has been the segment leader for more than three decades now and continues to be the truck of choice for most Americans.

In 2013, the Ford F-Series registered huge growth in sales compared to the same period last year. The F-Series remained No.1 in terms of sheer sales numbers; America’s best selling vehicle by a huge margin.

For the 37th year running, the Ford F-Series has remained the country’s best-selling truck. The Detroit based car maker sold 763,402 units of the F-Series during the year 2013. The Chevrolet Silverado took second place with 480,414 units. Compared with the sales in 2012, Ford sold an additional 18,086 units in the last year.

To put this in perspective, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling Toyota product during the previous year. The Japanese car maker delivered 408,000 units of the Camry, which is half the number of F-Series trucks sold.

Click past the jump to read about one of the newest additions to the F-150 lineup, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Source: Motortrend
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Usually Can-Am is better known for the Spyder three-wheel motorcycle it develops, but what if it reorganized its lineup and release a cool six-wheeler that can tackle nearly any conditions? That would be awesome, right?

The only problem is that it was not Can-Am that had this idea. Rather, it was Frederic Le Sciellour who offered the Can-Am a nice thought to reflect on. He presented this project to "bring a solution to riders to permit to transport their recreative products for Extreme Expedition where nobody have never driven, and create a vehicle to live a Global Experiences during the hard travel."

The Outmost is not only the perfect ride for any kind of terrain, thanks to its 44-inch wheels, but it also offers a very large bed that can accommodate two snowmobiles, jet skis or an ATV. Now this is what we call one sweet rig!

Click past the jump to read more about the Can-Am Outmost Concept by Frederic Le Sciellour.

Source: Yahoo
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Kahn Design started the year very strong, as it at the the designer came up with a very cool tuning kit based on the Land Rover Range Rover for the 2014 Autosport International Show No surprises here, right?

The new kit is called 600-LE Luxury Edition, and as its name suggests, it’s all about bringing the Range Rover to a new level of luxury. We have to admit that the car looks so sexy with its gloss-black exterior paint and that highly updated interior that surrounds you in an envelope of luxury.

What’s cool about this new 600-LE Luxury Edition is its new bumper design and aggressive grille that is designed accordingly to Kahn Design’s new "floating light" design language. Other updates offered by Kahn include a new rear bumper and a new rear spoiler.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover 600-LE Luxury Edition by Kahn Design.

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The Mossy Oak package will return to Ram lineup, and the truck builder will display it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with the special edition 1500 Mossy Oak. After being originally introduced in 2011, the new
Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition will go on sale in early 2014 at a base price of $39,985, plus $1,195 destination charge. The model will be displayed next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

This Mossy Oak model is available exclusively on the Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model, and for the first time ever, it will be offered with the RamBox cargo management system.

The Mossy Oak model is available in either Black, Black Gold Pearl or Prairie Pearl monotone exterior colors combined with camouflage on the bedcaps and tailgate, and Mossy Oak logos prominently displayed on the rear quarter panels. Buyers can also opt for camouflage decals on the lower cladding too. This combination of paint and camouflage will make it idea for hunting, fishing, camping or any other outside activity that truck owners partake in.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition.

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It was no surprise to see an AMG version of the recently launched Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class , especially after Mercedes unveiled the GLA 45 AMG concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

In fact, Mercedes’ decision to also offer an AMG version for the new GLA-Class is genius, considering that we will soon see a production version of the Audi RS Q3 Concept .

Before today, we caught the GLA45 AMG testing in various stages of dress, and today we finally get to see the official images and learned the basic details on the newest AMG. Of course, the GLA45 AMG offers no real surprises, as it offers nearly all of the usual AMG design elements and the same four-cylinder engine as the CLA 45 AMG .

Updated 01/07/2014: The new Mercedes GLA45 AMG will make its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the fall of 2014. With just a few days before its official debut, Mercedes decided to release the initial details on the compact SUV.

Updated 02/07/2014: Mercedes unveiled the first commercial for its new GLA 45 AMG crossover. Enjoy!

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced prices for the GLA 45 AMG set to be put on sale later this fall. Prices will start from $49,225, including $925 destination charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLA45 AMG.

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The 2015 GMC Canyon is expected to be unveiled on January 12th at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and GMC has just released the first teaser image of the upcoming midsize pickup. As expected, the image reveals nearly nothing, but we do expect the new Canyon to be highly influenced by the 2015 Colorado we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show .

Earlier this year, GM president Mark Reuss said "GMC will be more about conquest. The Chevy will be about value," which leads us to believe that there will be some significant differences between the Colorado and Canyon, unlike the nearly identical duo we saw in the last generation.

When it comes to the Canyon’s design language, it should borrow some design cues from the 2014 GMC Sierra . Under its hood, it will offer the same engines we saw in the Colorado, including a 2.5-liter in-line four and a 3.6-liter V-6. A 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine could also arrive in 2016.

Updated 01/13/2014: The 2015 GMC Canyon made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, so we’ve added all the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/29/2014: GMC unveiled a new video in which it explains how the rear can be adjusted to accommodate a child’s car seat.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 GMC Canyon.

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Audi Q4

Usually, future product offensive and market strategy is a close a guarded secret in any organization. However, there are ways to dig out information that could give us some idea as what goes on behind closed doors. Autocar recently got access to trademark applications filed by Audi which clearly reveal some of the models that could enter production in the near future.

The documents show a few SUVs that Audi plans to introduce into the market. Starting with the much talked about Q2 , Audi wants to launch a high performance version based on the Q2, dubbed "SQ2". The company has already committed to a Range Rover Evoque rivaling Q4 and SQ4 on the aforementioned lines.

In recent times, the market has seen increased demand for luxury SUVs. Audi sees this as an opportunity to spread its wings. The company has trademarked the name "Q9" for a future large SUV. They also have plans to offer fuel-cell technology in their road cars. Hence the name "f-tron" pops up onto the trademarks list.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi’s SUVs and hybrid-electric models

Source: Autocar
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The Rub’ al Khali, also known as The Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, with a length of 620 miles, a width of 310 miles and an area of 250,000 square miles. With average temperatures of 117 degrees F, you can imagine that the desert is not the most pleasant place on Earth.

But this particular place on Earth was seen as a challenge by the engineers at Land Rover and they sent a Range Rover Sport over to this barren land to see how fast it can cross it.

The result is a new record , with an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h), the Range Rover Sport managed to make the 527-mile journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates in just 10 hours and 22 minutes.

The video released today by Land Rover features spectacular footage from inside and outside the vehicle, as well as epic shots of the environment that the team faced as they tackled the largest sand desert in the world.

The car that challenged this massive sandbox was a stock Range Rover Sport equipped with standard tires and an underbody protection plate, which goes to show just how awesome the Range Rover Sport is.


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