- Aki Sugawara at Motoramic14 hrs ago
Approximately 721,000 automobiles were stolen in the U.S. in 2012, so car thefts are a common occurrence. Except when they're not.
After a weekend brunch with her boyfriend, Emilee Hickert returned to where she thought she had parked her Honda Civic. “There was just an empty spot where the car had been,” Hickert said. Luckily, a nearby shop's surveillance camera captured video of what appeared to be a professional thief, who made off with the car in less than 40 seconds. Hickert reported the theft to police, and walked home. Friends offered little consolation, saying “Red Hook [Brooklyn]’s not really that nice.”
- Steve Siler at Motoramic16 hrs ago
Much of Subaru’s modern day success in America can be attributed to one car: the Outback. Born in 1994 as a response to the growing popularity of SUVs, the Outback established a winning formula of combining a high-riding suspension, butch body cladding and big round fog lights to its comfortable, no-nonsense Legacy wagon. It is the kind of unique product that only a quirky company like Subaru could build, and was one that kept Subaru from slipping into ubiquity even as traditional SUVs and crossovers have taken over the world. The debut of an all-new 2015 Outback at the New York Auto Show brings the original crossover wagon into its fifth generation, which Subaru promises to be the most spacious, capable and fuel efficient yet. Interior comfort, refinement and safety features are all up considerably, meaning there’s even less reason to buy a tippy SUV than ever. As Subaru put it, “We are reestablishing our high ground.” Naturally, the new Outback adopts much of the styling and innovations found on the new, 2015 Legacy sedan on which it’s based, which itself only made its debut in February and is set to go on sale later this year. The transition replaces last year’s almond-shape headlamps with the new Legacy’s LED-accented units. A prominent, hexagonal grille is perched above a lower air intake that now features active grille shutters to enhance high-speed aerodynamics. Its more angular body boasts increased interior space, yet it casts roughly the same shadow as last year. And of course, the Outback is still festooned with body cladding, skid plates, chunky roof rails and other addenda to try and make people forget it’s a station wagon. As usual, the Outback rides much higher than the Legacy, with SUV-like ground clearance of 8.7 inches. Given the long-ish wheelbase and overhangs, real rock-hopping might best be left to Jeeps and 4Runners, but the average family should be able tackle muddy roads on the way to their favorite campsite in an Outback without tearing off its bumpers. As before, the Outback is available with two boxer-style engines. Standard, Premium and Limited trim levels are offered with the Outback’s standard 175-hp 4-cylinder, which is up from 173 hp and boasts noise reduction measures, less mass and friction, and a broader curve along which its 174 lb-ft of torque can be accessed. It comes mated to a CVT gearbox, which Subaru credits for the excellent estimated fuel economy figures of 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway, up from the 2014 model’s 24/30 mpg ratings. The more affluent Subaru buyer may spring for the Outback Limited model, with the option of upgrading to a 256 hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine that produces 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Like the 2.5i models, the 3.6i is mated to a CVT, resulting in a rise in fuel economy to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, compared to the 2014 model’s 17/25 mpg ratings. Incidentally, both models CVTs offer six preset
- Justin Hyde at Motoramic17 hrs ago
For the record, it's the year 2014. I mention that in case someone reading this story about a push to replace horses with motorized carriages thinks they've stumbled onto some archival piece by accident. It's been more than 100 years since the first vehicles began to trundle around Manhattan, but the last remaining vestiges of horse-powered transport in the city could be nigh — if the backers of a massive electric wagon get their way.
Unveiled at the New York auto show today, the Horseless eCarriage was designed and built by restorer Jason Wenig, on commission from New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, Safe Streets — a coalition which wants the city to outlaw the 68 horse-drawn carriages currently licensed to give tours of Central Park. Among the group's chief backers: newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- GE Anderson at Motoramic18 hrs ago
"Get ready to meet the unexpected," the voice in the ad teased. But even the most optimistic Ford dealers could not have anticipated moving more than 22,000 Mustang coupes and convertibles on the car's first day in showrooms: April 17, 1964. Thanks to much manufactured hype, including appearances at the New York World's Fair and in TV commercials like the one below, Ford sold more than a quarter million Mustangs by year's end.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic18 hrs ago
Taking a simple concept and turning it into a car enthusiasts' dream that lasts for 25 years – a phenomenon that remains as strong today as it did a quarter of a century ago – is unfathomable. And yet that is exactly what Tom Matano, Bob Hall and their team did back in 1989 with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
In celebration of these achievements, Mazda has brought a 25th anniversary special edition Miata to the New York auto show, a glimpse into the next generation Miata set to arrive within the next 12 months, and an array of 15 iconic Miatas from the past 25 years – including the 1996 M Coupe concept and the only 1998 Miata ever built.
- Steve Siler at Motoramic22 hrs ago
N early three decades have passed since Honda gave us the car we didn’t know we wanted: a fancified Accord called the Legend, which Honda sold under a newly created luxury brand called Acura. Acura, along with the Lexus and Infiniti brands that followed, proceeded to turn the luxury market on its nose. But since then, everyone from Hyundai to Bentley has stepped up its luxury game while Acura got a bit lost in ubiquity with a cadre of similar-looking products, all with confusing alphabet soup names like ILX, TSX, TL and RLX.
Enter the 2015 TLX. Yes, Acura has just christened yet another acronym, but the TLX actually replaces two of the aforementioned models, the TSX and the TL, with a single model that retains the long wheelbase (and passenger space) of the TL whilst shaving off some length from both ends. This affords the RLX some valuable breathing room to be more flagship-esque and allows the little ILX to evolve further into its own thing. It also lets Acura concentrate on making its middle child offering really good in and of itself, and that appears to be exactly what Acura has done.
- Justin Hyde at Motoramic23 hrs ago
Over the past decade, Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive sedans have managed to survive a bankruptcy and three different corporate overlords. Thanks to the original stoutness of the Mercedes-assisted chassis, and the periodic updates that keep them from seeming like 21st-century versions of the Ford Crown Victoria, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger combo still draw in fans. Today, Dodge revealed yet another redesign for the 2015 Charger — and for an old car, it's quite the change.
Chrysler designers said they wanted to give the Charger the same familial appearance as that of the new Dart and Durango. The biggest swap comes from the new wrap around LED daytime running lamps, paired with a blacked-out "mask" grille. The changes reduce drag, but also make for the most dramatic alteration to the Charger since it was launched in 2006.
The rest of the body receives less noticeable smoothening and tweaks — only the roof and rear doors carry over from the previous versions — but by moving the C-pillar rearward, the Charger takes on more of a fastback shape.
- Neal Pollack at Motoramic1 day ago
Nissan says its 2015 Muranocrossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago have definitely trickled down, and reached a kind of design apotheosis with this car.
That said, it’s still a big crossover that is going to get SUV-levels of fuel economy. At best, its V-6 engine will generate 240 horsepower, and will probably generate higher fuel costs than Nissan would like. Nissan put a lot of effort into this Murano, and it shows, but the manufacturer’s heart is elsewhere.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp.
For VW, diesel is where it's at.
During a roundtable meeting preceding the reveal, Horn told Yahoo Autos that diesel motors represent 25-percent of their sales, and that VW controls over 70-percent of the U.S. diesel market. Beyond the range benefits and punchy torque, the buyers of diesels are more affluent and upscale -- the type of customers all manufacturers are keen to attract. Despite increasing its hybrid models, diesel motors are where the company sees the most room for growth, along with a re-haul of its SUV lineup starting in 2016.
- Neal Pollack at Motoramic1 day ago
Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years.
“The sub-$100,000 price point has become very busy,” said Julian Jenkins, president of Aston Martin, at a quiet corner of the New York Auto Show. “We’d like a opportunity to reclaim it, and appeal to a slightly broader audience.”
Jenkins said that the usual Aston Martin owner displays the car as a portfolio of seven or eight vehicles. This one, he says, can be a single car for an individual, albeit a rich individual who likes a Roadster that generates 430 hp, a top speed of 190 mph, and a 0 to 60 time of 4.6 seconds. It is, Jenkins says, in his best marketing speak, “a car for the week and a track car for the weekend.”