Small Performance Car Not on Chevrolet’s Agenda

In 2012, Chevrolet hinted at a small performance coupe when it teased the 130R concept at the Detroit Auto show. A small rear wheel drive coupe that looked more than capable of taking on the Subaru BRZ and Toyota FR-S had gearheads excited. Sadly, in a recent interview with Mark Ruess, product chief at General Motors, Automotive News reports that a small performance car is not in the cards. 

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Stair-Step Incentives Are Back for Ford

Ford Motor Co. has dusted off some old tricks in order to help boost sales by way of old-school stair-step incentives. So far the ploy seems to be working. Ford was able to grow sales by 6% in April, which was much better than the 3.7% loss the brand recorded in March. New product like the Mustang, Edge and F-150 certainly help, but the allure of added profits undoubtedly pushed dealers harder as well.

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Audi Reveals 2016 A4 Pricing

Audi is set to debut the next iteration of the A4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.  As the public anxiously awaits its arrival, Audi has announced pricing for the 2016 model. According to Motor Authority, the 2016 A4 will be priced from $36,825 with an additional $925 destination charge. 

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Used Review: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport V8

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport loaned to us by the well-tailored folks at Land Rover both amazed and impressed us. In all though, our time with this bespoke, yet athletic vehicle made it quite clear why there is such a loyal following with the Land Rover brand.

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New Vehicle Spiffs Rise Noticeably In April

According to Autodata, automakers elected to hold the line on incentives over the first three months of the year following a two year period of steady increases. But the year’s short-lived streak was broken last month, as manufacturers increased incentive spending by 3.2% compared to last April to an average of $2,671 per unit. The month’s moderate rise placed spending year-to-date 1% higher than it was over the period last year.

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Cadillac Hints: More Potent ATS-V Coming

Cadillac’s answer to German powerhouses BMW and Mercedes-Benz came in the form of its V-Series spec’d cars. With its latest update, Cadillac appears to be taking aim at BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes C63 performance-oriented vehicles.  According to Motor Authority, Cadillac has hinted a more aggressive version of the ATS-V is in the works. 

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Subaru Expands STi Lineup with Higher Performance BRZ Model

Back in the mid-2000s when the Sony PlayStation 2 was around, a strangely fascinating and critically-acclaimed video game surfaced from the Land of the Rising Sun by the name of Katamari Damacy. In the third-person puzzle-action game, the god-like King of All Cosmos accidentally removes all the stars from the sky and tasks his diminutively-sized son, the Prince, to go to Earth and help rectify the situation. Equipped with a rolling katamari – a magical ball that causes anything smaller than it to stick to it – the Prince is charged with amassing sufficient material to recreate the stars and constellations.

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Reviewed: 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

The 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD delivers on the promise of sporty handling and great luxury. While its  $84,700 price tag is pricey, the sedan is priced similarly to its nearest rivals from Germany. With a list of rear seat amenities rivaling the amount of options available in the front seats of the car, the hardest decision buyers might have to make is whether they want to drive, or be driven.

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Delayed Honda HR-V Readies Launch

The Honda HR-V debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014 and is finally set to hit dealers in the coming months. The 2016 HR-V is scheduled to go on sale May 15, and Honda is confident it will quickly become the segment’s front runner.

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Used Price Update: Wholesale Prices Begin Their Descent

After finishing the month up by 2.3% in March, wholesale prices for used vehicles up to eight years have fallen by 1.3% through the first three weeks in April. So far, April’s loss is a slight improvement over the 1.5% decline averaged for the month over the past 10 years (excluding 2011’s rise in prices caused by the Japanese tsunami).

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