Three New Bentleys In The Works, Including A Crossover

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Surprise, surprise. Another luxury crossover is coming our way. This time it's from Bentley. According to Auto Express, a crossover is one of three Porsche-platformed Bentleys being planned over the next few years. The crossover, which may be called the Cross Continental, would share a platform with the Cayenne, but would get a more premium interior and feature W12 and V8 engines...

Jeep NuKizer 715 Headed For Production?

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Back in the spring Jeep/Mopar brought us one of the hottest off-roaders we've seen in years: the NuKizer 715. After its debut, there were a lot of fans of the pickup meets jeep, and a number of whispers that Jeep might consider building it. Some recent words by none other than Sergio Marchionne indicate that Chrysler is leaning toward a production version of the NuKizer--or at least something...

The Next Luxury Crossover May Have a Big Cat On It

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More crossovers. Joy. Jaguar chief Adrian Hallmark revealed to Autocar this week that he would like the company to offer a crossover, among other models. He said: "We need a crossover and we need to stop being a saloon-based company." He didn't really say any more than that (at least as far as Autocar's reporting), but it seems pretty clear that the company will pursue a...

LA Auto Show: Nissan Murano's Top Is Officially Off

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As promised, Nissan has introduced the 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet on this first day of the LA Auto Show. From its initial picture earlier this week, we were kind of lulled into thinking the CrossCab was a little sportier and more attractive than it actually is. Now that we see it from all angles, we're not quite as impressed with the looks.

Monday Shocker: Nissan Murano Convertible Uncloaked, Doesn't Look Half Bad

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The Nissan Murano convertible has been one of the debuts that we're most looking forward to from the LA Auto Show later this week. Mostly because we want to see what in the hell Nissan was thinking with a drop-top crossover. Well, it looks like they were thinking pretty clearly. Nissan revealed the first picture of its CrossCabriolet today, and the company has actually done a pretty good job...

Land Rover Previews 2012 Evoque Five-Door

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Like it did with the smaller, three-door Evoque, Land Rover has revealed its new five-door model before its official auto show debut. The new Range Rove' will become official at the LA Auto Show, but in the meantime, we now have a look at what it's all about. The five-door keeps the look of the three-door as well as its total length and width. The roof is raised up to give more room to the...

Lambo May Piss All Over the LM002 With Upcoming CUV

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A while back, we caught wind of the return of the Rambo Lambo. We were more than a little enthused. But some unfortunate details conveyed by Auto Express today, have us doing a rapid 180. It seems that Lamborghini isn't planning a true LM002 successor, but instead is following the market trend of watering SUVs down into car-based CUVs. While we don't mind this trend when it comes to the...

WRX-Powered Subaru Forester Concept

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Subaru has unveiled a new take on its Forester SUV in the form of a concept launched at the Australian International Motor Show. The Forester S-Edition is the most powerful Forester out there, borrowing the 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four from the WRX. It puts out 260 horses and 256 lb-ft. of torque through a five-speed paddle-shift automatic. Other performance upgrades include an...

Just What the World Needs: Mini Porsche Cayenne

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The bad news: Porsche has a small CUV in the works. The good news: new chief Matthias Mueller is in the process of reviewing Porsche's projects and may pull the plug on the baby Cayenne. The Porsche Cayenne was an atrocious bastardization of a timeless brand, so forgive us if we're a little less than thrilled with the idea of a crossover version underneath it. According to Inside...

Dodge Unveils the 2011 Durango

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After a couple teaser shots and some spy photos, the Dodge Durango is officially out there. At least the exterior of it. Dodge released a number of photos of the new, styled and sculpted Durango today and it's a marked improvement over the last generation. Dodge hasn't yet released too much spec or performance information on the 2011 Durango, which will share 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and...

Nissan Confirms 'Murano CrossCabriolet' For LA

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Well, it's official: Nissan will have one of the oddest production cars on the market beginning next year. The company issued a statement that the Murano convertible rumored for years will be called the Murano CrossCabriolet and will go on sale early next year as a 2012 model. It will first debut at the LA Auto Show in November.

Chrysler Releases Pictures of Redesigned Jeep Wrangler

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Look quickly at the picture above and you might think you're looking at a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. In fact, stare at it for a few minutes, and you'll think the same. That's because there's not much new going on outside. The major exterior change is that Sahara models get a body-color hard top. The focus of the redesigned Wrangler models, which hit production this week,  is on the other side of...

Next Generation Dodge Durango Teased

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The last makeover of the Dodge Durango really didn't go so well, in my opinion. The Dodge SUV went from being one of the better looking, more sculpted SUVs on the market to just another ugly box, when it was restyled back in the 2004 model year. Well, there's some new hope now that the third-generation Durango is on the way.  A spy shot from a couple of weeks ago revealed a car with more...

Live Photos of 2011 Ford Explorer Limited

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I was in Salt Lake City this week covering the Outdoor Retailer for another blog, and had the opportunity to take a closer look at the new Ford Explorer. Plenty of Ford staff were on hand and were all too eager to talk about their new baby. Responding to criticism in the media, in articles like this one, Explorer marketing manager Craig Patterson defended the new Explorer's hardware: "Jeep...

LA Auto Show Bouncing Back With 20 New Models

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Organizers of the LA Auto Show announced today that this year's show will welcome 20 model debuts from European, Japanese and American manufacturers. They didn't get into many details, but other reports today indicate that the 2011 Nissan Quest, a Porsche Cayman Clubsport and a 2012 Nissan Murano convertible will be among the debuts.

Covers Off: 2011 Ford Explorer

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After a relentless barrage of teaser pics, Ford has finally come clean on the 2011 Explorer. The new Explorer loses about a hundred pounds, rises to the top of the class in fuel efficiency and maintains much of its off-road handling and towing capabilities. Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development, sums up the multi-dimensional SUV:“The new Explorer simply does...

First Spy Shot of Un-camoed Dodge Durango/Magnum

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This huge, long-in-the-jowels mug that only a mother could love belongs to the 2012 Dodge Durango, which for some reason, may bear the name Magnum. It's the first spy shot that's been snagged of Dodge's upcoming SUV and we're not all too excited. It seems that for whatever reason, Chrysler is insistent on destroying a Durango that we once loved. The last big redesign was atrocious and with that...

Volkswagen Prepares To Make Big Splash in Electric/Hybrid Market

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E-Up! Concept From Frankfurt 2009 Earlier this week, Volkswagen revealed some details on its upcoming hybrid and electric line, and the German automaker plans to play a quick game of catch-up in the green market. Volkswagen's first hybrid, the Touareg hybrid, will come to the U.S. market later this year and will be joined in 2012 by a hybrid Jetta. Hybrid Golf and Passat models will follow in...

2011 Ford Explorer Facebook Unveil Set For Monday

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Frankly, I'm more excited about ending the incessant barrage of teaser photos than I am about actually seeing the 2011 Ford Explorer. I've never seen a company make such a huge deal about watering down a  product before, and frankly, I understand why. We've known for weeks that Ford was going to unveil the new Explorer online, but for some reason the company was remaining silent about when...