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If there's one thing technology and innovation has allowed us to do, it's compromise. You want a heavy-duty pickup truck to haul or load or camp on the weekends. But you also need to feel comfortable roaming around the urban jungle of parking structures and narrow one-way roads. Enter a new trend in the automotive industry that accomplishes both tasks. Does it do it in style? We'll leave that up for you to decide. But in the meantime, rest easy knowing that if you wanted a compact pickup, you can now have one, from multiple auto brands like Nissan, Dodge, Toyota and more.
G.H. Mumm Champagne is moving on from its relationship with the Formula 1 Championship to sponsor a new age of racing. The world's first all-electric racing championship — Formula E — will have showers of G. H. Mumm Champagne at the winner's podium. The prestigious champagne company, headed by Pernod Ricard, is inspired by electric cars and environmentally sustainable technology, making this the ideal partnership.
Kia Motors is changing the way we think about hybrid cars with its all-new 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV). It's challenging the alternative fuel class of electric vehicles by offering up an innovative hybrid system that can average up to 50 mpg combined, according to Kia Motors, while still maintaining the sleek, sporty look of an SUV.
Hyundai Motors recently debuted the flagship model that will be part of their new high-end brand called Genesis. The 2017 Genesis G90 is the first luxury sedan to come out of the brand, which has promised to roll out a six-model lineup by 2020. Genesis is expected to market to "luxury consumers" at exclusive dealerships worldwide.
Find more information about this new venture on the Hyundai Motor official website
In an unprecedented 12th career title victory, 50-year-old Stephane Peterhansel of Red Bull's Peugeot Total topped the Dakar Rally 2016 car category while Australia's Toby Price secured the title for motorbikes. This was Price's first-ever Dakar win and his second time participating in the grueling 13-day endurance rally. At the final stage on Saturday, Sébastian Loeb, who holds nine World Rally Championships to his name, came in seven minutes ahead of Peterhansel, but the overall best time was awarded to Team Peugeot. It was their first victory since 1990.
To learn more about this year's race and the final rankings, visit the Dakar Rally official website
Mazda has been named the most fuel-efficient vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency for the past three years. The motor company's entire fleet averaged 29.4 miles to the gallon in the latest EPA estimates — topping the charts in fuel economy. Plus, the automakers were able to cut down on carbon emissions, averaging the lowest CO2 emissions score of 328 estimated by the EPA. The recognition is mainly a result of Mazda's SKYACTIV technology, which has helped them "achieve class-leading fuel-efficiency in nearly every segment it competes in," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of the company.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened on December 7, 2015, after undergoing a 14-month-long renovation. Upon founding the institution in 1994, Robert E. Petersen said, "This museum is about the role the automobile has played in defining our past and present, as well as shaping our future." Now, after decades of chronicling the history of the car industry and how it has shaped culture in Southern California and around the world, the museum and its exhibits turn to the future. Designed by architect Gene Kohn, the new building is a beacon of modern art.
A new take on the traditional test drive model is here. Jaguar announced their new Performance Tour taking place across the country where participants will appear in their own short film called The Audition and take the new 2017 Jaguar XE sport sedan out for a spin on a closed race track. For the first time, test driving a new model will meet the digital world and attendees will be able to upload and share their short movies onto Facebook after the event.
Volvo recently celebrated 60 years of success on American roads during their anniversary event in Los Angeles, CA on October 24, 2015. Now, they are challenging Californians to go a month without washing their cars to help save water during the drought.
To show off your drought-friendly ride, use the hashtag #DrivingDirty or find more information on the Volvo official website
Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Volt Premier to their line of hybrid-electric vehicles. This sleek, five-door hatchback has a 1.5L range extender gas engine that kicks in when its electric vehicle miles (EV miles) are up.
The Lincoln Motor Company has once again revolutionized the way we travel. At an event in Los Angeles, the automaker previewed its newest creation — the Lincoln Continental Concept 30-Way Seats. The design is inspired by first-class and private airplane seats, and health and environmental professionals approve of the concept's features.
Lorenzo Trefethen, third-generation vintner and vice president of Trefethen Family Vineyards, took first place at the prestigious Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Club Class, with his No. 13 Trefethen Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup race car. He follows in the footsteps of his father, John Trefethen who races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Platinum Masters class.
There are many hurdles for companies such as Delphi and Google to overcome before releasing their self-driving cars to the public. Concerns have been raised about safety after reports that four different autonomous vehicles were involved in separate collisions. But another concern, which privacy advocate watchdogs warn is even more alarming to consumers, is the unrestricted access to private data.
In a major clean-fuels milestone, an Audi pilot plant in Dresden has begun producing synthetic oil out of carbon dioxide, water and electricity. The process involves electrolysis of water at high temperatures to produce hydrogen and oxygen, then reacting the hydrogen with carbon dioxide at extreme temperatures and pressures to form long-chain hydrocarbons, a product which Audi calls "blue crude." This can then be refined to produce a diesel that burns cleaner and more efficiently than fossil-fuel diesel.
Watch the movie stuntman Jim Downhall tackle an epic London water crossing in the new, lightweight Jaguar XF sedan.
Toyota has released about 5,680 patents related to hydrogen fuel cell technology. In a bold move showing the automaker's commitment to making hydrogen a mainstream fuel, it has made much of its development work available to other transport and energy providers free of charge. The fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai will be available to the public in California starting late 2015.
From November 21- 30 2014, Automakers from around the world showcase their newest and most exciting models, technologies and concepts at the LA Auto Show in downton Los Angeles. Highlights of the show include the Corvette Z06, the all-new Mercedes AMG GT R, and the fuel-cell-powered Toyota Mirai.
BMW and Toyota Partner to Develop New, Hybrid Sports Car
More details have emerged about the new sports car platform BMW and Toyota are jointly developing. Said to be hitting the market within three years, Toyota's version of the new car will likely wear a Supra badge, while the BMW version will slot in as the replacement for the Z4 roadster.
Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrains
The product of several years' and billions of dollars' worth of research and development, Volvo's new line of Drive-E powertrains utilizes forward-thinking technology to provide improved performance and fuel economy.
Bose Offers Noise-Cancelling Technology in All Vehicles
Bose Active Sound Management software targets and blocks unwanted engine and powertrain noise. The system is now available for use in all car models outfitted with sound systems in the appropriate frequency range.
Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Unveil
The all-new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe was recently unveiled at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Check out GAYOT's blog to watch a video of the dramatic ceremony and learn more about this powerful sports coupe. Or, you can catch the F-TYPE Coupe in person at the LA Auto Show.
Toyota Introduces New Safety Technology
At a recent Tokyo event, Toyota unveiled a slew of next-generation active safety systems that focus on collision avoidance and reducing driver workload.
EPA Develops MPG Window Stickers for Used Cars
The U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA recently introduced stickers that show the fuel economy and emissions of used cars and trucks, similar to those found on new vehicles.
BMW i3 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Set for Production
After previously experimenting with electric power for the ActiveE Concept, BMW is finally ready to enter the EV segment with the all-new i3, a lithium-ion battery-powered hatchback set for commercial release in the second quarter of 2014.
Toyota Offers Extended Test Drives with Rental Car Program
Whether you're looking to take an extended test drive, or simply need a cool car to tool around town in while on vacation, Toyota has you covered with its new rental car program.
Aston Martin Introduces Alternative Fuel Vehicles
While Aston Martin has long been known for its fast and fuel-thirsty luxury vehicles, a pair of recent partnerships hint at the British badge's increasing interest in alternative fuels.
Apple and Volkswagen Launch New iBeetle
The Silicon Valley giant is now infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, which not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products.