With more features, updated tech and a beautiful new interior, this looks to be the best Civic ever.
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Despite a fresh exterior, the IS isn't much different than the version it replaces.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan starts at $20,430, after destination, or just $800 more than the base price of last year's model, the automaker announced Tuesday.That's a pretty small increase in base pricing considering that the entire car, from its chassis on up, is new this year.Of course, there are greater price increases in higher trim levels, though the new Corolla does have a lot more equipment than before.The 2020 Corolla LE starts at $20,880, or just $815 more than before, and the loaded-up Corolla XLE is only $1,815 pricier than before, at $24,880.All three of those models use a 1.8-liter inline-four engine rated for 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque.Buyers who want just a bit more zest in their compact sedan will want to upgrade to the Corolla SE or XSE, which for 2020 packs extra horsepower thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 169 hp and 151 lb-ft.
We've driven many four-doors over the past few years.Ford announced last year it would no longer invest in passenger cars for the US markets, and General Motors has been existing car-heavy markets for years, most recently selling its Opel division in Europe.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles got on the trend earlier, transforming car plants into SUV plants.Crammed with technology and capable of BMW-level performance and pure cruising comfort, it has reset expectations for what is probably BMWs history least-loved car.In our review of a $52,000 tester, Business Insider's Ben Zhang wrote that the "Audi A4 is everything you could want in a modern compact luxury sedan," adding that "it's the best car Audi has ever made."But it also has an abundance of Nordic reserve."
You've heard by now that many automakers are giving up on selling small sedans in the US, with models like the Ford Focus and Dodge Dart gone from this market as customers gravitate toward crossovers.But Toyota isn't ready to give up on the segment -- far from it, in fact.For the Japanese automaker, which is launching an all-new Corolla at dealers this month, less competition just means there's opportunity to grow."I'm OK with taking 100 percent market share of a 5.3-million unit segment," Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing, told journalists Monday at a media drive event for the 2020 Corolla in Savannah, Georgia."We're staying bullish on sedans and small cars."That's partly, of course, because Toyota's small sedans are already hugely successful.
Let’s face it: The compact sedan segment is hardly the most exciting space in the automotive industry.Volkswagen wants to make it more alluring with the 2019 Jetta GLI, a hot-rodded sedan decked out with looks, tech, and power.The model made its debut during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.Volkswagen boasts that the GLI has the heart and soul of a Golf GTI.We’ll reserve our judgment on its soul until we drive it, but the heart is certainly there.Power for the GLI comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder plucked directly from the GTI’s engine bay.
Toyota brought the funky-forward upstart to the market in 2002 and nursed it until the 2017 model year, when it started to shift the brand’s vehicles under its corporate arm.The iM became the Corolla iM, the FR-S turned into the 86, and the iA is now the Yaris SedanWhile the Yaris Sedan is now officially a Toyota in name, the subcompact model is built by Mazda and is heavily based on the Mazda2, which isn’t sold in the United States.Scion may be out of the equation for good, but the Yaris still appeals to those looking for an affordable mode of transportation.Slide into the cabin, and it’s easy to forget that this is one of the more affordable vehicles on the market.This layout also helps the dashboard look less cluttered.
Indeed, crossovers and SUVs accounted for two thirds of the brand's US sales last year.But while the compact QX50, midsize QX60 and full-size QX80 all posted strong year-over-year sales increases, the subcompact QX30, meanwhile, has proven to be somewhat of a flop."Frankly, we haven't seen the retail that we'd like to see on that vehicle," Colleran told Roadshow in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show this week.And as small SUVs -- especially premium ones -- continue to be red-hot in the US market place, Infiniti's US VP admits, "we're figuring out how to be a better player there."The current QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and this shared effort isn't likely to continue in the future.According to a Motor Authority report, Infiniti president Christian Meunier said the QX30 "is not a product that has a future beyond its current life," and that it "will be replaced by an all-Infiniti platform."
Mercedes-Benz has announced US pricing for the 2019 A-Class Sedan, which is headed to dealerships this year.It’s a new effort by the automaker, which despite offering the A-Class since 1997, only now is opting to bring it to North America.Indeed, it has taken the arrival of a sedan version of the A-Class before Mercedes decided that the car would be suitable for American palates.Announced last year, the handsome four-door will be offered alongside the A-Class hatchback in Europe.The A-Class is expected to be the gateway into the brand for new customers, building on the success of the first-generation Mercedes CLA.That managed to perform well when it came to conquest sales: back in 2017, for example, more than half of all CLA buyers in the US were new to the Mercedes family.
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Nissan unveiled Monday its latest vision for electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show — the third consecutive year the automaker has teased what its EV future might look like.This time it’s a sleek EV concept called the Nissan IMs, which the automaker describes as an “elevated sports sedan.” If the IMs name sounds familiar, it’s because it is.“Fully embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration – the IMs concept moves toward the creation of a sustainable mobile society in the form of EVs, autonomous drive and connectivity technologies,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of Management Committee, Nissan North America.To be clear, the IMs is a concept.Instead, these concepts are meant to show what might be on the horizon and gives the industry a sense of where it’s headed.Le Vot said Monday in Detroit that the automaker will launch an additional seven electric vehicles by 2022.
After all, the current generation (F30) 3 Series isn’t all that sporty a sedan until M cajoles it.The lower fascia design is dependent on the model, with the Luxury, Advantage, and Sport lines adorning T-shaped fog lights and a rounded lower air dam.A re-imagined Hofmeister kink is now part of the C-pillar and is bordered by freestanding glass.Despite moving further away from traditional BMW design cues, the new 3 Series is an elegant four-door with an athletic stance.Throwing tech at the car, seeing what sticksBMW’s latest convenience and safety technologies broaden the 3 Series’ appeal considerably.
Though the holidays are right around the corner, the automotive industry is collectively looking toward the trade shows taking place in January.The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will break cover during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and the German firm has released a trio of teaser sketches to give us a preview of its next sedan.The segment is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it.The back end receives sharper-looking lights.The 2020 isn’t a brand-new model — it’s still based on the platform that has underpinned the current model since 2011 — but Volkswagen noted that every body panel with the exception of the roof is new.We haven’t seen the interior yet, but we’re not expecting a drastic departure from today’s Passat.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia that I tested is a four-cylinder version of the more powerful V6 Quadrifoglio trim I sampled last year.The name "Giulia" means "youth" in Italian, but the legendary auto vehicles from Alfa Romeo that carry it are anything but: the moniker dates to the early 1960s and was born by some of the loveliest, peppiest little rides this side of Turin.Read More:I drove a $50,000 Ford Mustang GT and a $52,000 Chevy Camaro SS to see which is the better muscle car — here's the verdictIt isn't the only Giulia in town, of course.It did not come with the Giulia Quad's 2.9-liter, 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6, effectively a Ferrari V-8 with two cylinders lopped off.Instead, it was motivated by 2.0-liter, 280-horsepower inline four, with but a single turbocharger.
That's despite the wild, overwhelming success of the Prius.That doesn't matter, though, because Toyota's finally seen fit to do exactly that and it chose the 2018 LA Auto Show as the venue to roll it out.The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is, according to Toyota, the most fuel efficient Corolla ever.The hybrid system brings together a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 gas engine and two electric motors for a net 121-horsepower output.All that juice heads to the front wheels by way of a continuously variable transmission.While its output isn't exactly something to write home about, Toyota says the hybrid system is designed to give the gas engine a boost off the line, so it should still feel plenty sprightly.
After a string of teasers, the German automaker finally unveiled the Audi e-tron GT concept, a four-door all-electric coupe that has some Porsche DNA sprinkled in and that looks a lot like the A7.Audi introduced the concept Wednesday during the press days of the LA Auto Show.The GT concept follows the September reveal of automaker’s first all-electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron SUV that is expected to go into volume production next year.The e-tron GT is a concept for now.The e-tron GT concept will be developed volume-production models by the end of 2020.Initial deliveries will be made to customers in early 2021.
The new 2019 Mazda3 is here, and Mazda’s curvaceous compact car now promises more upscale design, refined driving, and comfort inside.Revealed this week at the LA Auto Show 2018, the new Mazda3 may not come in an EV or hybrid form, but the automaker insists that its new Skyactiv-X engine technology will have far better implications for transportation.Since its debut in 2003, over six million Mazda3 have been sold worldwide, in fact.Reflecting that, this new version is the first in the automaker’s line-up to adopt the new interpretation of Mazda’s Kodo design language, itself part of a push to take the range more upmarket.Although they might share a name, the automaker insists, the two body styles are cars with very different personalities.This new Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language means a more solid aesthetic, with sleek curves rather than sharp lines.
It could well be Toyota’s most important car, and so the 2020 Corolla is leaving nothing to chance.The sedan version of the 12th generation Corolla made its debut today, and it’s promising just as much driver engagement, tech, and style as the 2019 Corolla hatchback launched earlier this year.Where the hatchback whet the appetite, the Corolla sedan is the main meal.It’s a big deal, not least because it should give the four-door a far more sporting feel from behind the wheel.From the outside, it’s lower and leaner than the old model, with bolder fender flares and a broader stance.Adaptive front lighting is available, steering the beams around corners as you turn the wheel and depending on vehicle speed.
The LA Auto Show kicks off this month, and ahead of the official debut at the show, BMW has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans.Both of these cars represent a “new generation of design, suspension, engine, and technology.” BMW says that the vehicles will hit the market in the summer of 2019.These cars will bring to market an updated six-cylinder inline gas engine, M performance chassis tuning, optional xDrive AWD, and standard M Sport rear differential.The rear-wheel drive M340i promises reduced weight compared to the AWD version and enhanced steering feel compared to outgoing models.The new 6-cylinder engine makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.The engine has an aluminum crankcase and cylinder head with a twin-scroll turbocharger.
Another autonomous ride-hailing test project has popped up in the U.S.This time, Daimler and Bosch, one of the largest automotive tech and hardware suppliers in the world, are partnering to pilot a robotaxi service in San Jose, California.The program will use automated Mercedes-Benz S Class vehicles, the German automaker’s full-sized luxury flagship sedans, the company announced Thursday.The robotaxi trials will begin in the second half of 2019 in a geofenced area in the San Carlos and Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San Jose.The pilot will use an on-demand ride-hailing service app operated by Daimler Mobility Services.Select members of the public will be given access to the app and be able to hail a self-driving car from a designated pick-up location.
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