2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo: Around The Block

It wasn’t hard to fall for the Porsche Panamera last summer when I blasted down the autobahn toward Frankfurt airport at 100 mph. Yet when you drive it in southeast Michigan, where the twin-turbo V-8 engine obliterates every speed limit before you can say, “Porsche Panamera Turbo,” you focus less on the car’s sportiness and more on how it works as a luxury sedan. There’s no denying that a Carmine Red Porsche ($3140 for this color) with black wheels ($3375 a set) and a color-matched, car-shaped key ($335) makes a strong impression. “#drool” wrote one friend on Instagram, while another made sure to wave at the neighbors as we drove past. And as good as the Porsche Panamera looks, it drives even better. The engine has a tidal wave of
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2016 Kia Sorento Teased Before Korean Debut Next Month

The Kia Sorento SUV is up for a redesign next year, and we will be seeing the redesigned version soon when it debuts next month in Kia’s home market of South Korea. In the meantime, Kia has issued a few teaser photos and videos of this next-generation crossover, showing off its more muscular lines and larger footprint. The 2016 Kia Sorento looks to grow in size compared with the current version, at least based on the proportions of the SUV shown in these sketches. The current Kia Sorento is more of a midsize crossover, but this new version will likely fall in line with traditional three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse. This may mean that the new Sorento is based on the same platform as
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to Start at $39,325

Mercedes-Benz will maintain a bit of breathing room between its entry-level CLA-Class sedan and the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C-Class will now start at $39,325 including destination fees, representing a significant $2600 price bump compared to the outgoing 2014 C250 sport sedan. For context, the CLA250 starts at $30,825 with destination. Fully overhauled for this year, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets a new range of turbocharged engines, bringing it in line with modern performance and efficiency expectations. The base-model Mercedes-Benz C300 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers its 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. This rear-wheel-drive C300 model is the most affordable of the bunch, but it will not debut until the first quarter of 2015. Right out of the gate we’ll
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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Shown with Camouflage

After spying the upcoming 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport this past January and seeing the Discovery Vision concept at the New York auto show, we knew that the next-gen Discovery Sport would take on fresh and forward-thinking styling cues. Thanks to images of a camouflaged prototype of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, we now can also confirm that (at least in the U.K.) it will arrive with standard third-row seating. The new Discovery Sport will replace the existing Land Rover Freelander (or LR2 here in the States). Land Rover promises that the Discovery Sport will “[retain] a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs,” supporting our predictions that the LR2 replacement will ride on a modified version of the Range Rover Evoque platform. Expect various turbocharged four-cylinder engines and,
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Starts at $32,225, GLA45 AMG at $49,225

Mercedes-Benz made waves earlier this year with its low-cost CLA-Class, but the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class crossover may actually be more important given the state of the hot compact luxury crossover segment right now. The GLA, which is based on the same platform as the CLA, goes on sale later this fall and will cost $32,225 for the base GLA250 model, and $49,225 with destination for the high-performance GLA45 AMG model. Both of these prices are remarkably close to their CLA sedan equivalents—$1400 extra for the GLA250 and only $850 more for the GLA45 AMG—which is surprising considering the GLA’s extra space and practicality. The base price is for the front-wheel-drive GLA250 model, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Golf Recalled for Steering Malfunction

Barely since the launch of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and before the 2015 Golf goes on sale in August, the vehicles are recalled for a stabilizer rod malfunction. It’s not the best possible foot forward right out of the gate, but it’s nothing catastrophic and VW seems to have recognized and addressed the problem swiftly. The Problem: On 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf models produced between January 27 and May 12, 2014, stabilizer rod fasteners may not have been torqued properly during assembly at Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico plant. Over time the fasteners can come loose, and customers will be able to hear a lot of noise coming from the front of the vehicle. If the fasteners fully detach, it may take increased effort to steer, increasing the risk
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Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Inspired by Iconic Shoe

Fiat unveiled its Fiat 500L Vans design concept at this past weekend’s US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition to being outfitted for beach duty, the concept sports design cues inspired by Vans’ original hi-top sneaker. The design concept sports some distinctive paintwork, featuring a surf-inspired white-on-blue color scheme. The interior of this Fiat 500L concept continues the Vans theme, with seats upholstered in palm tree-print canvas. The pedals and storage bins are covered in the trademark Vans Waffle Sole pattern, and a Vans logo is plastered on the instrument cluster and dash panel. The roof features the famous Vans Checkerboard design, and the step pad, grille, and body cladding make further use of the Waffle Sole pattern. A roof rack has been added, featuring a basket
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Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con

Mad Max is back, and the new trailer for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road film shows off some pretty wild action in the Australian desert. Directed by George Miller, this movie will be the fourth in the Mad Max series, following up on the original Mad Max from 1979, Mad Max 2 from 1981, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome from 1985. Of course Max’s legendary Pursuit Special will be heavily featured in this new installment just like it was in the first three films. This supercharged coupe is based on a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT from the Australian market, but it is heavily modified with an external supercharger and engine block, blacked-out wheels, and lots of survival equipment that’s crucial for living in the post-apocalyptic world of the
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