Month: August 2014

Kia Optima Generations – Through the Years

Kia Optima – 2014-Present Kia Optima – 2011-2013 Kia Optima – 2009-10 Kia Optima – 2006-08 Kia Optima – 2004-05 Kia Magentis – 2000-03     Kia Optima History The Kia Optima is a global car that wears different nameplates depending on the country. In Canada it debuted in 2000 as the Kia Magentis but was renamed Optima for the second generation. In 15 years Kia Optima went from a small afterthought to a leading contender in the mid-size sedan category. Its top-class design and aggressive stance the Optima easily competes against Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and its older cousin Hyundai...

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Nissan Juke Nismo is Getting a Face Transplant for China

Nissan Juke Nismo is a supped up Juke that is available in most corners of the world. China doesn’t belong in those corners because they have their own tastes. Many automakers facelift their models specifically for the Chinese market. Nissan is catering to the Chinese as well by renaming the Juke Nismo into Infiniti ESQ. They literally slapped on Infiniti badges on the front and rear, and replaced the grill. It’s more of a face transplant than a facelift. The inside hasn’t been altered either, but the trim is Infiniti-ESQ with high-quality leather all around. What Nissan is doing is badge engineering at...

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2014 Nissan Rogue vs 2014 Nissan Qashqai

It’s no secret that automakers often develop a car with the same underpinnings but change the specs and tweak the design for different world markets. Such is the case with Nissan’s Rogue and Qashqai, and all the other names it’s known for. Both debuted in 2014 with an all-new design on different continents. While the Rogue is sold in North America people in the Eastern part of the world are familiar with the Qashqai name. Despite looking alike and sharing the same platform the twins target different buyers; the Qashqai is the sportier of the two while the Rogue looks more...

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Bringing Boxy Back – The All-New 2015 Volvo XC90

First came the announcement about an all-new, full-size SUV with technological and safety advancements. Chatter and speculation ensued. Then came a photo of a headlight to tease and fill us with joy. Chatter and speculation continued. Now, detailed photos have ‘leaked’ online before the official debut only a few weeks away.  Speculation subsides, chatter gets louder. Volvo is doing a great job building the hype surrounding its flagship model before the official reveal. Photos of the much anticipated Volvo XC90 have appeared giving the Internet world a glimpse of its exterior design. The new SUV sits lower to the ground and has bigger wheel wells than its predecessor....

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Saleen 4SIXTEEN Turns Tesla Model S Into Supercar

When you see the name Saleen it’s usually stamped on american muscle cars like Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. Saleen takes these powerful street rods and adds custom styling and high-performance ingredients that embodies its racing heritage. Recently, CEO Steve Saleen gave his engineers a challenge like no other. For the first time in history they were tasked with modifying a sedan. But not just any sedan, the all-electric Tesla Model S, which is far from being a super car Saleen Automotive is used to tuning. The challenge was accepted and the Saleen 4SIXTEEN was born. Under the hood the original 416HP electric engine was tweaked...

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Hyundai Discontinues Elantra Coupe as Civic Coupe Reigns Supreme

The Hyundai Elantra Coupe will be discontinued in the US after this model year. It will, however, still be available to coupe fans north of the border for at least until the end of 2015. There are several reasons why an automaker discontinues a model: low sales is the main one followed by sub par product offering, intense competition, and price. The coupe has fallen victim to low sales and, in my opinion, competition not only from other brands but from itself. The Elantra nameplate is also offered as a sedan and a GT, a sporty five-door hatchback, which the two-door variant somewhat...

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