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Redesigned 2014 Forte has a more streamlined appearance.

Kia Upgrades Sorento and Forte for 2014

  SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Introducing two vehicles at the same time is a sketchy proposition for an auto manufacturer, because neither can attain full emphasis. But Kia is a company in a hurry, and with seven specific launches in the coming year, there is no choice but to package them together — which is why the 2014 Sorento SUV and Forte compact sedan both were presented together for introductory tests …

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Red Land Rover Showing Off

Land Rover Experience Driving School Shows What Vehicles And Drivers Can Do

2013 Land Rover Driving School Review: ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The message was simple, really: treat the terrain gently and keep the shiny side of the vehicle up. “We teach ‘expedition’ driving,” said Ben Wootten, Land Rover driving instructor. “The car is a tool to get you from point A to point B and back to point A. If you don’t want to have to walk back, drive in a way …

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2013 Veloster Turbo Review

Hyundai Pumps Up The Fun With Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review: Hyundai wasn’t happy to leave well enough alone, and added a turbo to its sporty coupe/hatch, the Veloster. That makes for a sporty car with reasonable power and an attractive entry price. The Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 with a twin-scroll turbo that creates up to 201 horsepower from the rather tame 138 the base model offers. It’s the same 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, but with …

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GMC Sierra 2014

GM Offers Sneak Peek At New Pickups

Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Preview: Even in this fuel-conscious age, full-size pickups – which, themselves, are getting more fuel efficient – continue to thrive. Ford’s F-Series perennially is America’s best-selling vehicle. Not far behind are General Motors’ twin pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which so far in 2012 have together accounted for more than a half-million sales. But the competition isn’t getting any easier. Ford has a …

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Buick Encore 1

Buick Comes Up With a Stunning Encore

2013 Buick Encore Review: ATLANTA, GA. — Traditional Buick owners might look at the new Encore as being too small, too light. Cynics might point out the styling absurdity of putting more portholes in the hood than there are cylinders. All of those points are acknowledged, but the Buick Encore is the ideal vehicle to help Buick continue its trend of breaking from its own tradition, in quest of more …

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Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: It Doesn’t Look Like A Lozenge

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review: Ever since 1999, when Honda’s lozenge-like Insight introduced us to gas/electric propulsion, hybrids have been on a long, slow slog toward normalcy. Well, to quote the lady in your navigation system, “You have arrived at your destination.” The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is normal, nothing weird about it. Only discreet things, like modest badging and efficiency-monitoring instrument panel screens, differentiate it from other Fusions. There’s …

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Audi S5 cabriolet

Audi S5 Convertible Offers Loads Of Fun, For A Price

2013 Audi S5 Cabriolet Quattro Review What’s more fun than a sports coupe? Well, a convertible version of a sports coupe with a supercharged V6 and all-wheel drive. That’s what you get with Audi’s S5 Cabriolet Quattro. The S5 comes as either a coupe with solid top or cabriolet, meaning it has a soft convertible top. The price starts at $50,900 for the coupe, with manual transmission and the super …

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BMW 650i Gran Coupe

2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe – a 5 Series In Sharp Duds

2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Review: At the risk of sounding emotionally shallow, let’s be honest. What we’re concerned with here is looks. Under its gorgeous skin, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is, essentially, a 5 Series sedan, sharing 5’s wheelbase and most of its greasy stuff. It’s a Bimmer that, ironically, owes its existence to Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Porsche, three BMW rivals that offer sexy sedans designed to …

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