One of the big debuts at the Chicago Auto Show was Subaru’s next-generation Legacy sedan, and as promised by the teaser   images released last week and by the Legacy Concept displayed at the…

Subaru introduces 2015 Legacy in Chicago

One of the big debuts at the Chicago Auto Show was Subaru's next-generation Legacy sedan, and as promised by the teaser images released last week and by the Legacy Concept displayed at the 2013 Los Angles Auto Show, the new car features a sleek profile and a bold front fascia.

In addition to being modern looking, the new bodywork offers a 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, aided by a standard active grille shutter system that further reduces wind resistance when closed.

Under the hood the 2015 Legacy continues to offer either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine or a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer, but the manual transmission offering has been dropped from the lineup, with all cars now getting Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission).

Updates to the four-cylinder have improved power, refinement and efficiency, with a two-horsepower bump to 175 horsepower. Peak torque remains at 174 lb-ft but is spread over a broader rev range Read Full Story
Between a growing charging infrastructure that’s making electric vehicle ownership easier, and strict new standards making zero-emissions   vehicle (ZEV) options increasingly necessary in California…

New Kia Soul EV hits Chicago auto show stage

Between a growing charging infrastructure that's making electric vehicle ownership easier, and strict new standards making zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) options increasingly necessary in California and a handful of other states, electric vehicles are really gaining traction these days.

The latest carmaker to plug in to the expanding EV market is Kia, which introduced its all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Emphasizing the automaker's commitment to efficient, low emissions vehicles, Kia showed the Soul EV next to an updated version of the company's Optima Hybrid sedan and the funky crossover-style Niro Hybrid Concept. Unlike those hybrid models, however, the Soul EV is Kia's first completely battery-powered vehicle.

"The new Soul EV is at the forefront of Kia's 'Clean Mobility' program and will offer an even more environmentally friendly option to our customers when it goes on sale later this year," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Read Full Story
Affordability can be measured in various ways, but what really matters to most long-term car owners are the overall costs of Lexus is one of the least expensive brands to own according to Kelly Blue Book.…

Least expensive ownership experience include Mazda and Lexus brands

Affordability can be measured in various ways, but what really matters to most long-term car owners are the overall costs of ownership beyond just the initial price, including depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and fees.

Every year Kelly Blue Book calculates the overall projected five-year ownership costs for a wide variety of vehicles, awarding Best in Class kudos to the least expensive to own in each segment. It recently announced the winners after tabulating the results for 2014, and coming out on top overall for the second consecutive year were Mazda and Lexus.

Mazda only got a single Best In Class result (the CX-9 in the full-size SUV category), but managed top-three results in a wide number of categories including compact car, midsize car, minivan/van, and sports car. Overall it won best brand thanks to Mazda vehicles' generally low insurance and fuel costs, as well as relatively modest depreciation.

Despite having higher initial Read Full Story
Diesels are becoming increasingly popular in Canada, and while European brands have led the way, the domestic marques are   starting to catch up. Chrysler, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,…

Diesel powered Jeep Cherokee to debut at Geneva motor show

Diesels are becoming increasingly popular in Canada, and while European brands have led the way, the domestic marques are starting to catch up. Chrysler, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has already launched diesel versions of its Ram 1500 pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and now a new diesel-powered Jeep will be joining the lineup, sort of.

Unfortunately for Canadian diesel fans the 2014 Cherokee Diesel won't be debuting at the Chicago Auto Show for sale in North America, but will instead be debuting at Geneva Auto Show in March for sale - initially at least - only in Europe. It does, however, raise the possibility that a North American Cherokee Diesel might eventually be offered here to replace the old Liberty Diesel.

With the exception of a few minor tweaks to satisfy European regulatory requirements, the Cherokee offered across the Atlantic will be essentially identical to the version offered here.

Under the hood, however, overseas buyers will get much Read Full Story
It seems that BMW is on a roll with new model introductions these days. Fresh from the Detroit auto show, where the German   marque introduced its new 2 Series Coupe, the latest-generation M3 sedan,…

BMW reveals new 4 Series Gran Coupe

It seems that BMW is on a roll with new model introductions these days. Fresh from the Detroit auto show, where the German marque introduced its new 2 Series Coupe, the latest-generation M3 sedan, and its new M4 Coupe sibling, BMW has now announced that yet another all-new model will be debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in March, and heading to North America for the New York International Auto Show in April.

For those who've been following BMW's new model lineup closely, the latest car is at once puzzling and inevitable: It's the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a swoopy-roofed four-door hatchback version of the 4 Series Coupe.

Now, this is puzzling because BMW just finished dividing the long-standing 3 Series lineup into four door sedan models (which remain 3 Series cars) and two-door coupe models (which become 4 Series cars). And now we have a 4 Series sedan, which logically you might expect to be called a 3 Series hatchback.

On the other hand, the new car was also inevitable Read Full Story
If you’ve already read my BMW X5 article from a few days ago, you should know when Land Rover introduced the Range Rover   Sport back in 2005 the market success of the BMW was one of the catalysts…

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Road Test Review

If you've already read my BMW X5 article from a few days ago, you should know when Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Sport back in 2005 the market success of the BMW was one of the catalysts driving its development. The BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne had demonstrated one-percenters would go for a luxury SUV with outstanding power and handling on the street. Further, those models had demonstrated-for a certain segment of that demographic-off-road capability was truly secondary.

Of course, prodigious off-road capability is an integral aspect of Land Rover's DNA; no way the company was going to do a fast SUV that wouldn't hold its own on Telluride's Imogene trail or Moab's Poison Spider Mesa, let alone the 65,000 acres of unspoiled nature in the heart of Quebec's Laurentian Mountains that surround the Fairmont Le Château Montebello where Land Rover Canada houses its off-road driving school. Thus, the original Range Rover Sport was engineered to scream on the street just as Read Full Story
With only a week to go before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru decided to get a jump on the excitement by offering   a sneak peak at its new Legacy sedan. The sixth generation of Subaru’s…

Redesigned Subaru Legacy teased ahead of Chicago

With only a week to go before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru decided to get a jump on the excitement by offering a sneak peak at its new Legacy sedan. The sixth generation of Subaru's mid-size four-door will debut at the show on February 6.

The teaser image was accompanied by only the briefest of statements, indicating that the "the all-new Legacy offers a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan."

What is clear from the teaser image is that the production version will stay very close in profile to the Legacy Concept shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and will also get flared wheel arches similar to the Concept. Less clear is whether it will also retain the Concept's aggressive front end treatment with its "hawk-eye" headlights and hexagonal grille.

The Legacy's update comes just in time for the all-wheel drive sedan's 25th anniversary. The Legacy is a Read Full Story
While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we’re a bit reluctant to go   along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes…

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic Road Test Review

While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we're a bit reluctant to go along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes are relatively minor and the reworked styling is largely a refresh rather than a major revision, we're more apt to label it an update. With that said, this is a considerably significant update however.

E-Class sedans and wagons get the styling refresh, while the coupes and convertibles remain unchanged. However, all models do get new interior design elements, and there are new engines across the board too. OK, so maybe the MBZ team is more on target than we initially gave them credit for. You decide.

However you slice it, the E-Class is one very important model line for Mercedes-Benz. Given that one quarter of all cars the company sells have an "E" on their trunk lids, and when you consider Mercedes offers some 13 model ranges, that's a huge statement. Essentially, the E-Class Mercedes-Benz Read Full Story