Kia’s dramatic and modern Niro urban lifestyle concept vehicle, which was unveiled last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, made its U.S. debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The Niro hints at a possible future B-segment contender ready to take on the city environment with style and fun-to-drive attitude, featuring a mix of contrasting materials and compact, purposeful dimensions. The rally raid-like Niro also expands on Kia’s alternative propulsion story with its hybrid electric powertrain working through an advanced four-wheel drive system.
All new from the ground up, the 2014 Mazda3 shares almost nothing with its older siblings other than a name. This third-generation Mazda3 is engineered with the full complement of SKYACTIV technologies — Mazda’s proprietary suite of fuel-efficient, performance-driven components and manufacturing philosophies — as well as the handsome styling of the KODO design language.
The 2014 Kia Optima was first showcased at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The 2014 Optima features an updated front and rear fascias, retaining the vehicle’s dynamic and sporty proportions. Available in LX, EX, SX, SX Turbo and SX-Limited trims, the Optima’s new premium amenities and convenience options make Optima an impressive player in the competitive mid-size sedan segment.
The 2015 Toyota Camry just hit the stage at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Bill Fay, Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager, explained to a packed room of automotive journalist what they did to make it better than ever before.
Land Rover, the British brand synonymous with adventure, reveals a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic. Demonstrating their shared vision of pioneering spirit, technological innovation and sense of adventure, the ground breaking partnership was announced against the backdrop of SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle.
Mazda debuted the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show . A global announcement, this limited-edition automobile will be sold as a 2015 model with only 100 vehicles being slated for sale in the United States. The anniversary edition was built not only as a tribute to the unassuming diminutive roadster that sparked a large automotive impact but also to celebrate every owner and car enthusiast it’s won over throughout its 25-year history.
The first-generation Nissan Murano had a profound impact on the SUV market when it was introduced for the 2003 model year. In addition to being one of the first crossovers on the market, it offered a fresh design sensibility that combined an elegant style with premium features – without a luxury price tag. Murano quickly attracted a loyal, enthusiastic owner base and remained a “class of one” as other manufacturers scrambled to catch up.
This week at the New York International Auto Show, BMW presented consumers with two new extensions of the 4-Series that aren’t quite coupes at all: the X4 sport-utility vehicle, and the 4 Series Gran Coupé. The X4 is the spiritual, smaller sibling of the X6 sport-utility vehicle, emphasizing style and flash over versatility and practicality. Not a full-fledged SUV, but neither a tall, four-door coupe (more on that in a minute), the X4 looks the part of a scaled-down X6, and little more.
Everyman Driver Podcast #19 (4.11.14) This week, 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Atop Empire State Building, 48th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Dodge Charger Revealed at 2014 New York Auto Show, 2014 Dodge Dart first look, 2015 Nissan Murano Design Details, and a 2014 BMW X1 Review. Remember, you can also listen via iTunes and/or Stitcher Smart Radio.
As the world honors 50 years of Ford Mustang, what better way to celebrate one of the most iconic car brands than putting one back on top of one of the most iconic buildings? Getting a 2015 Ford Mustang convertible to the narrow observation deck of the Empire State Building 1,000 feet above the streets of Manhattan is no easy task. Below is a timelapse video of the assembly and a short video on how the crew got ready.