Audi is revealing the headlights of its new R8 as the first of a number of technology highlights of the sports car. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option.
The new R8 will set new standards among high‑performance sports cars – including in its lighting technology. As an option, the latest car development by Audi can be equipped with a laser spot as the high‑beam headlight. The special appeal of laser lighting is that it uses high‑intensity laser diodes, which generate a lot of light energy from a very small component. Compared to LED high‑beam headlights, laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range.
Volkswagen of America, Inc, today announced pricing of the all-new Golf SportWagen. With a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,395 for the 1.8T S model with manual transmission, the latest SportWagen features more standard equipment, increased fuel efficiency, and more space than the outgoing Jetta SportWagen S model. The TDI Clean Diesel model starts at $24,595, a reduction of almost $2,000 over the previous base TDI model price.
Winds of change will be blowing into the Chicago Auto Show. Toyota’s Camry mid-size sedan, the best-selling car in America for the past 13 years, and Corolla compact sedan, the world’s best-selling car of all time, will debut special edition models at next week’s Chicago Auto Show. The debuts will be part of a press conference that will also feature a refreshed Avalon sedan.
Camry Special Edition
When redesigning the Camry for 2015, Toyota went bumper to bumper and floor to roof, changing or re-engineering nearly 2,000 parts. Only the roof remained unchanged, and it capped off the boldest Camry ever. Now, only one year after this major redesign, America’s best-selling car will offer the 2016 Camry Special Edition for owner’s looking for an extra dose of both aggressiveness and technology. Based on the youthful Camry SE, the limited production Camry will add sporty interior and exterior features. In addition to features found on the Camry SE, standard equipment on the Special Edition will include:
· Unique 18-inch alloy wheels with machined face contrasted with gloss black painted accents
· Power tilt/slide moonroof
· Smoked tail lamp treatment
· High contrast blue stitching on the seats, shift boot, and dash
· Exclusive sport appearance seats trimmed with black SofTex® bolsters and blue patterned inserts
· Sport meter cluster with blue details and white background
· Entune Audio Plus
· Available Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite
· Smart Key with Pushbutton Start
· Qi Wireless Charging
· Two exterior colors: Blizzard Pearl and new Blue Streak Metallic
· Floor mats with logo and unique exterior badge
The Camry Special Edition will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six speed automatic transmission. Like all Toyota vehicles, the Camry Special Edition will come standard with the Star Safety System. Production of the Camry Special Edition will be limited to approximately 12,000 units and will run from August 2015 to January 2016.
Corolla Special Edition
The iconic Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling name plate of all-time with over 40 million sold since 1966. With its all-new 11th generation introduced in 2014, the current Corolla is the roomiest and most fuel-efficient ever. Corolla will add more driving excitement with the launch of the 2016 Corolla Special Edition. Sporty styling features, inside and out, complement a spirited driving experience made possible with steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and Sport Driving Mode along with an array of additional standard features. Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus grade, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition will turn heads as it adds:
· Unique 17-inch alloy wheels with gloss black finish
· Black interior with red contrast stitching
· Red accented dash and door trim
· Smart Key System with pushbutton start
· Three colors: exclusive Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl and Super White
· Special Edition floor mats with logo and unique exterior badge
Toyota’s Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite and power tilt/slide moonroof will be available as options. The Corolla Special Edition will be produced between August and December 2015 and will be limited to 8,000 units.
In addition to the Camry and Corolla Special Editions, Toyota will unveil the refreshed 2016 Avalon premium mid-size sedan during a press conference in the Toyota display at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. CST
-- Press release courtesy of Toyota
On the heels of the FIAT brand’s return to Super Bowl advertising, FIAT fans can now configure the 2016 Fiat 500X at www.fiatusa.com. Pricing for the all-new crossover, which will arrive in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2015, starts at $20,000 MSRP.
Entries are now being accepted online in the Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes Presented by Motorcraft, with a 2016 Mustang GT plus $5,000 in Ford Performance Parts for the winner.
Contestants 18 years or older can enter online for a chance to win at www.Mustang50Fever.com now through 11:59 a.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2015. Entries are limited to one per person.
Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley to headline this summer's Faster Horses Festival at MIS
Faster Horses Festival will return for the third year on July 17-19 following two successful years, last year hosting over 25,000 fans for the three day country music and camping festival taking place in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, MI. Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will lead the hard hitting lineup along with Frankie Ballard, Kristian Bush, Mark Chesnutt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Lee Brice, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, RaeLynn, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett and Dwight Yoakam with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Three day passes go on sale Mon., Feb. 2 at 10am ET. Additional camping options will also be available to festival-goers this year, including a new RV camping site (Big Rig Alley) and the option to rent pre-set tents, allowing fans to tailor their experience. For more information, visit fasterhorsesfestival.com.
With its race-inspired performance and advanced technologies wrapped by seductive curves handcrafted in Italy, Playboy magazine named the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C “2015 Car of the Year – Sports Cars and Convertibles.”
The annual award from Playboy represents a hand-picked list of their favorite vehicles in 2015.
John Force Racing, Inc. and Chevrolet announced today they will join forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.