World Car of the Year finalists announced
Filed under: Etc., Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari
To say the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was packed full of news is an understatement as big as the show's home at the Palexpo convention center. Despite everything that we were able to cover during this year's show, there's still more coming out of Switzerland, including the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 World Car of the Year Awards.
We reported on the original list of finalists over three weeks ago, and now, that initial list has been pared down to three finalists for each of the five awards. The finalists were announced at a press conference by frequent Autoblog contributor and co-chair of the awards, Matt Davis (above).
The finalists for the overall title of 2014 World Car of the Year are the Audi A3, the BMW 4 Series and the Mazda3. The World Luxury Car of the Year will be either the Bentley Flying Spur, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, while the Performance Car of the Year will be awarded to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Ferrari 458 Speciale or the Porsche 911 GT3 (which, um, yeah...).
Rounding out the trophy contenders are the finalists for World Green Car of the Year, which include the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron and Audi E-Gas, the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen XL1. Finally, World Car Design of the Year will be contested by the BMW i3, Mazda3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The winners will be announced in April, at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Scroll down for the official press release from the World Car of the Year committee.
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Land Rover teases new Discovery 'family' as model celebrates 25 years
Filed under: SUV, Geneva Motor Show, Videos, Land Rover
Land Rover is acting like it has something very big up its sleeve. Its Discovery, known as the LR4 on our shores, is celebrating its 25th birthday, and at the Geneva Motor Show, LR announced that "Discovery will become a family of vehicles from 2015."
What exactly this means remains something of a mystery, but it likely is linked to the off-road brand's plan to separate its vehicles into three categories - Luxury for the Range Rover models, Dual Purpose for the Defender and Leisure for the LR4/Discovery and LR2/Freelander. It is priming the pump for the new models with a teaser video, a line drawing of its silhouette and a video celebrating the model's 25-year history. Scroll down to check them out.
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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is a metallic orange mouthful
Filed under: Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Crossover, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road
Land Rover raised a few eyebrows when it announced the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic. Besides adding its most prestigious trim to the entry level Range Rover, the Dynamic boosts the performance of the Evoque's 2.0-liter, turbocharged mill.
The engine has been tuned up to 285 horsepower, up from the standard Evoque's 240 ponies. That extra power is shifted via a new, nine-speed automatic from ZF that offers up sharper performance. Adding to the verve of the bright orange Autobiography (don't worry, it'll be available in other colors) is an active driveline that promises improved traction, better handling and an increase in fuel efficiency. The Dynamic also boasts larger brakes, with 13.8-inch rotors in front.
We've got a gallery of both live and stock images of the new Evoque Autobiography Dynamic available. You can also view the press release below. Have a look and let us know what you think of the racier direction Land Rover has taken.
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Consumer Reports says these are the worst new cars of 2014
Filed under: Car Buying, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Scion, Smart
Consumer Reports has announced its annual list of worst vehicles, a cringe-inducing contrast to its list of top vehicles. Ignominiously leading the way in 2014 is Chrysler, which has a staggering seven models listed.
Jeep nearly sweeps the small SUV segment by itself, with its Compass, Patriot and 2.4-liter version of the new Cherokee, while the only midsize sedans listed by CR were the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. The new Dodge Dart and the Dodge Journey round out CR's condemnation of Chrysler.
Ford is taking heat as well, with the Taurus, Edge and their counterparts from Lincoln all listed as the worst vehicles in their respective segments. Toyota doesn't fare much better, with its Lexus IS, Scion iQ and tC also making the list.
We do agree with CR on some of its listings, like the Smart ForTwo, Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda Crosstour. Some, though, are just baffling. In what way is a BMW 7 Series one of the worst luxury sedans on the market? We have the same question regarding the Lexus IS and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. CR also saved some guff at the ancient Volvo XC90, a vehicle that despite its age, remains a competent and very safe luxury crossover.
We've got the full list of losers courtesy of TheDetroitBureau.com classified by segment below. Have a look at our gallery of besmirched autos above, and then head into Comments and let us know which picks you agree with, disagree with and which models you think should be added to the list.
UPDATE: A Chrysler spokesperson told Autoblog that Consumer Reports' Dodge Dart findings were based on time spent with a 2013 model year vehicle. Chrysler is currently working with CR to have them re-test a 2014 model year Dart.
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Consumer Reports says these are the worst new cars of 2014 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover ups Evoque power and prestige with new Autobiography trims
Filed under: Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Crossover, Land Rover, Luxury
After less than three years on the market, Land Rover has managed to sell 270,000 units of its Range Rover Evoque around the world. That makes it far and away the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time. But the British sport-ute manufacturer isn't content to simply sit back and reap the rewards of having a winner on its hands.
At the Geneva Motor Show next month, Land Rover will roll out two new versions of the Evoque to make it that much more desirable. First up is the Autobiography, a trim level we've already seen applied to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, and which now brings that extra dose of lux to the Evoque thanks to such special touches as a new grille, exterior lighting, 20-inch alloys and an even more sumptuous interior.
The 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower provides the motivation once again for the Autobiography edition. But those looking for an extra dose of power will be pleased at the arrival of the Autobiography Dynamic model that brings with it a significantly more tempting 285-hp output. The 45-horse boost in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic (which very well could be longest model name we've seen yet) comes with reconfigured suspension geometry, firmer springs and remapped adaptive dampers as well as a recalibrated nine-speed automatic transmission.
Along with the new trims, Land Rover is also rolling out its new InControl apps for both iPhone and Android that mirrors the smartphone's functions on the vehicle's touchscreen display.
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Land Rover ups Evoque power and prestige with new Autobiography trims originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments