2019 Audi A7: Lucky Number Seven

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Audi didn’t invent the four-door-coupe segment, but it could be argued that the German brand perfected it with the arrival of its A7 mid-size luxury car. Launched as a 2012 model in the United States, the A7 had alluring looks that cloaked a versatile hatchback body style providing access to a sizable cargo hold. With the redesigned second-generation A7, Audi is once again out to prove that style and practicality needn’t be mutually exclusive. READ MORE ››

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2019 Audi A7: Similarly Slinky Looks, Lots of New Technology – Official Photos and Info

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Go inside the New Genesis G80 Sport

Go Inside the New Genesis G80 Sport

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The next few years are slated to be significant for Genesis. The Genesis G80 Sport is an opportunity for the brand to create a true performance sedan that is also an affordable entry into the mid-size luxury-sedan segment. Watch below as automotive photographer Dave Burnett takes it out for a drive in the Hudson Valley.

The mid-size Genesis G80 Sport is sizable enough to trust with daily driving needs, but Genesis went one step further when designing its foray into the sports-sedan world: it needed to be rewarding to drive. Beyond the car’s responsiveness—a credit to the deep-tissue engineering behind its construction—the Genesis G80 Sport has some nice touches, including carbon-fiber interior trim and accents such as copper stitching on the steering wheel and seats.

“The definition of luxury would be different for everybody,” said Burnett. “But for me, it’s having the ability to make decisions that are important for where I want to go next.”

Here’s visual proof that when it comes to putting luxury and performance within reach, Genesis passes the test.

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More Rehab Than Recovery: Mitsubishi Has a Plan to Reverse Its Long Decline

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Still having trouble understanding why and how Mitsubishi kicked its Lancer Evolution (the Evo!) to the curb two years ago? We are. And the rest of Mitsubishi’s Lancer lineup says sayonara this year, joining the likes of other once strong nameplates such as Eclipse, Galant, and Montero in suspended animation.

Mitsubishi Motors hasn’t just been in the doldrums in the United States, but globally. Now, after years of what can be best described as managed decline, the company has a long-awaited big-picture plan—one that promises a product renewal with 11 fresh vehicles, six of which will be entirely new. The automaker plans to offer electrified powertrains across the core model range—with technology and electric-vehicle expertise likely coming from Nissan.

The closer ties to Nissan are critical to the recovery plan. In 2016, Nissan took a controlling 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors, making the embattled automaker the third member of the alliance between Nissan and Renault that began back in 1999. Last month, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group released a six-year plan to launch a dozen new fully electric models and 40 new vehicles with autonomous-drive technology. Under that plan, more than nine million vehicles across the three automakers will share four common vehicle platforms, and 75 percent of total sales volume will use common powertrains.

Mitsubishi’s Chance to Get Its Mojo Back

Under the Mitsubishi plan, called Drive for Growth, the company will increase its spending (including R&D) by $5.3 billion over the three-year period. Because of synergies from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the automaker hopes to save $885 million. Mitsubishi, which has found sustained sales success with its Outlander plug-in hybrid in Europe, intends to “contribute its expertise in PHEV technology, its capabilities in SUVs and pickups, and market strengths in the ASEAN region to the wider synergy program of the Alliance.” The automaker points to the Xpander, a people mover for overseas markets, and the upcoming Eclipse Cross (shown below),  which will go on sale early next year in the United States.

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We expect Mitsubishi Motors North America to follow up with more U.S.-specific details in coming months. The plan targets a 30 percent gain in sales both in the United States and worldwide, to 130,000 U.S. sales and 1.3 million globally.

Mitsubishi has a lot of work to do at the showroom level. It remains far from the 345,111 annual U.S. sales peak it achieved 15 years ago. The Mirage has been “a critical flop but a reasonable commercial success,” as we’ve phrased it. Pushing further into the bargain basement won’t do the company any favors; but as for returning some of the technology luster the brand used to have, well, it’s better late than never.

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Naming Rites: Audi SQ5 vs. Mercedes-AMG GLC43, Porsche Macan S

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Car enthusiasts and physics concur: Tallness is inherently at odds with fun. At least when it comes to driving; Wilt Chamberlain probably disagreed. Regardless, the tall, banausic crossover proliferates. So abundant are these be-hatched trucklets that we find ourselves desperately trying to classify them, adding words such as “premium,” “compact,” and—wait for it—“performance.” Yet those three adjectives aptly characterize the machines before you, all of which occupy a tiny but expanding corner of the crossover universe. READ MORE ››

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2018 Audi SQ5 vs. 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, 2017 Porsche Macan S – Comparison Tests

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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – In-Depth Review

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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor In-Depth Review: For Unfiltered Fun, Look No Further

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The Raptor is unlike any production pickup on the road. Ford fit the regular F-150 with advanced off-road equipment and widened its aluminum body for a purposeful appearance. A 450-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 is sheathed beneath its skin. Operate its paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic properly and its sophisticated drivetrain will rocket the Raptor to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Its oversize dimensions make tight spaces treacherous, but an astonishing suspension and comfy cabin mean no territory is untamable and no trip is uncomfortable. Compared with conventional pickups, the Raptor is on another level—providing pure, dumb fun like no other. Spare no expense. READ MORE ››

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2018 GMC Sierra 1500 In-Depth Review: The Silverado’s Fancier Sibling Is Just as Good

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Don’t be fooled by the half-ton Sierra’s gussied-up image—it’ll upend stumps and tow several tons with ease. Like its General Motors sibling (the Chevrolet Silverado 1500), the Sierra is highly capable and endlessly configurable with a host of potent powertrain pairings. The crown jewel is an optional 6.2-liter V-8 making a class-leading 420 horsepower and towing up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped; an eight-speed automatic transmission is also available. Every Sierra boasts an excellent infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The handsome GMC might not be as advanced as the Ford F-150, but it covers the bases in every situation and matches the outstanding Silverado pound for pound. READ MORE ››

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2018 GMC Sierra 1500 – In-Depth Review

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