2017 Cadillac XT5 Preview

It’s now been more than 15 years since Cadillac reinvented itself with Led Zeppelin-infused ads and an edgy Art Science design theme that really showed up the lozenge-shaped exteriors of the time.

Although that reopened the door to Cadillac to a generation of Baby Boomers, now the American luxury brand is focusing in on Gen X and Millennial shoppers, with more voluptuous styling and lavishly appointed interiors, brimming with technology, and more finely honed than ever to delight from the driver’s seat. That new thrust is kicked off with the Cadillac CT6 sedan, and the 2017 XT5 crossover closely follows.

The XT5 is a very important new model, because the SRX it replaces has come to symbolize growth for the brand. The outgoing version has sold consistently well, topping 50,000 units every year since its 2010-model-year introduction, and even doing better toward the end of its lifecycle. It brought nearly 40

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New Audi SQ7 boasts electric turbo and 48-volt electrics for efficiency

Given the diesel scandal lingering over Volkswagen’s operations, it might come as a surprise that Audi has unveiled a new, high-performance flagship crossover powered by the controversial fuel.

But the new SQ7 brings to the table much more than just a high-power 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel V-8 engine.

Among the model’s numerous highlights is an electric compressor that spins at up to 70,000 rpm to supply boost so quickly that the lag endemic to turbochargers is largely negated.

The electric compressor is positioned downstream of the intercooler and close to the engine; it can supply full pressure in just 250 milliseconds. Unlike rival BMW, which uses three turbochargers, the Audi’s compressor supplements its two exhaust-driven turbos.

In real-world use, Audi says that the benefit is genuinely instant torque. On paper, the output is 663 pound-feet of torque from 1,000 to 3,250 rpm, and 429 horsepower from the engine.

The downsized V-8 uses a new common-rail

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Dodge Dart Vs. Volkswagen Jetta: Compare Cars

The Volkswagen Jetta and Dodge Dart are both compact four-door sedans that have been around for a few years. The current Jetta dates back to 2011, while the Dart was launched for 2013. Both are remarkably spacious inside for the segment, but neither competes in the mainstream occupied by the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Hyundai Elantra.

The VW Jetta has a reliable niche as a sporty, fun-to-drive sedan; it’s Volkswagen’s best-selling U.S. model. The Dart, on the other hand, was the first new compact car from Fiat Chrysler after the unloved Caliber, and it hasn’t made much of a dent in

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Pressure to expand dangerous airbag recall

Toyota Air Bag Recall

DETROIT, MI (AP) – There is increasing pressure to expand an airbag recall that already includes nearly 8 million vehicles.

The recall was originally issued in late 2013, then expanded in early 2014. Until now, the vehicles recalled have been concentrated in states with humid climates, but officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are asking automakers to expand it nationwide.

The inflator mechanisms in the airbags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.

Safety advocates say at least four people have died because of the problem and there have been multiple injuries. They also say more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned people whose cars have been recalled during the past two years for faulty airbag inflators to take

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Toyota Pulls The Plug On Scion, But Why?

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Today, Toyota announced plans to shutter its youth-oriented Scion brand. But why?

That depends on whom you ask.


In the video above, Toyota Motor North America’s CEO Jim Lentz explains that Scion isn’t really going away. Beginning in the 2017 model year, most remaining Scion models will be rebadged and sold as Toyotas.

The rationale? Scion debuted in 2003 as a brand exclusively focused on younger car buyers. It offered small, quirky,

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