Kia Stinger starts at $32,795; sport sedan tops out at $51K

The 2018 Kia Stinger will start at $32,795 for a rear-drive model equipped with a 255-horsepower turbo-4, the automaker announced Tuesday. The Stinger will go on sale in the U.S. in December. The twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 version, which makes 365 hp, will cost $39,895 to start. All-wheel drive is a $2,200 option on all versions, but the rear-drive...

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Toyota GR likely to be branded TRD in US, launch standalone sports car

Toyota last week launched the new performance sub-brand GR in Japan. Toyota said the GR name, which refers to the automaker's Gazoo Racing motorsport department, will be expanded to other markets. It seems, however, that the United States won't be one of them. Speaking with Automotive News (subscription required), Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama...

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Volvo to build next-gen XC90 in US starting from 2021

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will add XC90 production to its new plant being constructed just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The first model to be produced at the plant which becomes operational in the fall of 2018 will be the next-generation S60. XC90 production will start in 2021. By then, Volvo will have introduced a next-generation version of...

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Classic cars rated top ‘passion’ investment over the long run

Rare musical instruments are accelerating quickly, but since 2005, collector cars have best met the need for enjoyable investments From major newspapers and the International Investment newsletter to Musical Instrument Professional, the Coutts Passion Index 2017 has been getting a lot of attention recently. Since 2005, Coutts has tracked various...

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Polestar marks end of Volvo era ahead of major October announcement

Volvo in-house tuner Polestar is about to be morphed into a standalone brand for high-performance electrified cars. Volvo announced the shakeup in June and at the time said to expect a major announcement regarding Polestar's future in October. Word on the street is that we'll see a concept previewing the first of Polestar's new models. As...

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo gets 680-HP Turbo S E-Hybrid range-topper

The most powerful Porsche in regular production is actually a hybrid. The car is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid whose plug-in hybrid powertrain dishes out a meaty 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. (The limited-edition 911 GT2 RS is actually more powerful but you can't buy one as it's already sold out.) Now the Panamera's more...

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class spy shots

The first test mule for Mercedes-Benz's next-generation S-Class has been spotted. Test mules represent the first stage of real-world testing for new cars. It's basically the new mechanical package hidden beneath the makeshift body of an existing car, typically the one the new car is about to replace. Test mules provide clues on the size and...

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First details on next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been a long-time favorite for commercial fleets around the world, and the United States has been the number two market behind Germany for parent automaker, Daimler. Ahead of its launch next year, Mercedes-Benz today took to the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta to provide the first details on the...

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Next Audi RS7 to gain 700-hp hybrid variant

Hybrid technology hardly came from performance-oriented beginnings. The first mass-market hybrids' sole goal was to improve fuel economy and curb emissions. While that remains their primary goal today, brilliant engineering minds have worked wonders in another area. Now, hybrid technology often finds a role in performance vehicles as well, to enhance their...

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