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Kicking Tires: February, 2012

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 BMW 3 Series

The redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series is roomier and more powerful for the model year, and it gets better gas mileage, too. There are a few minor glitches, however, with the new version, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder....

By Cars.com  |  03:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Jaguar XF Gains Wagon Body Style at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show

Jaguar is expanding its lineup with a station wagon model, at least in Europe, according to the automaker. Dubbed the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, the new model is based off the revised 2012 Jaguar XF and will debut at the 2012...

By Cars.com  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012

2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta: First Look

Competes with: Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin V12 Zagato Looks like: You can almost make the FF grille attractive Drivetrain: 730 hp V-12 engine, F1 dual-clutch transmission Hits dealerships: TBD A new Ferrari model is cause for celebration in the automotive.

By Cars.com  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: Feb. 29, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: GM will buy 7% of French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën, Bloomberg News reports. The purchase, which GM confirmed minutes ago, will cost the Detroit automaker around 1 billion euros, or $1.34 billion...

By Cars.com  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Mini Adds John Cooper Works Edition to Countryman

Two firsts are coming to Mini's John Cooper Works line: all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. Mini is combining the sportiness of its John Cooper Works package with the off-road ability of its SUV with the new Countryman John Cooper...

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Juke

With its quirky looks and small size, the 2012 Nissan Juke isn’t for everyone. Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh enjoyed driving this turbocharged five-seater, but it wasn’t a good fit for her family of five. Courtney’s young children found the.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Dodge Unveils Test Configurator for 2013 Dart

As Dodge prepares the 2013 Dodge Dart for its spring release, the carmaker is testing the waters with a comprehensive pricing and features strategy for the model. On the Dodge website, there's now a test configurator for the model, which...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Subaru, Mazda Rise, Ford Crashes, in Consumer Reports' Automaker Report Card

Is it April already? No, but in Consumer Reports' world, the heavy downpours of spring are apparently already under way. It also means there's another issue of the consumer union's coveted Annual Auto Issue. The April issue includes Consumer Reports'.

By Cars.com  |  05:09 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/28/2012

2013 Volkswagen CC Starts at $30,250

Volkswagen's redesigned-for-2013 CC sedan will start just above $30,000 when it goes on sale this spring. It costs almost $2,000 more than the 2012 model's $28,515 base price. Updates for the new model year include revised styling that's more aligned.

By Cars.com  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Backup Cameras Likely Mandated for 2014

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 228 people die and around 17,000 people are injured annually in backover accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs. What's worse is that nearly half of the fatalities are children. In 2010, NHTSA.

By Cars.com  |  02:17 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 02/28/2012

What's the Most Affordable Full-Size Crossover?

The full-size, three-row crossover segment is relatively new to the automotive landscape. You need to look back only four or five years to see how quickly the segment has changed from just a handful of models to more than 15...

By Cars.com  |  02:16 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 02/28/2012

2012 Toyota Camry: Car Seat Check

The Toyota Camry has many accolades attached to it: It's the best-selling car in America, and it's topped Cars.com's American-Made Index for three years running. For 2012, Toyota redesigned the Camry, keeping its dimensions the same but making the five-seat.

By Cars.com  |  02:11 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: Feb. 27, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Ford is beefing up its certified pre-owned warranties, according to Automotive News. Every CPO Ford vehicle now gets a 12-month, 12,000-mile comprehensive warranty, up from three months or 3,000 miles. The powertrain.

By Cars.com  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Nissan Teases Hi-Cross Concept

Could Nissan be readying a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque competitor? A new teaser video posted on YouTube outlines Nissan’s newest concept, the Hi-Cross SUV. Though the video doesn’t reveal much, the Hi-Cross looks compact in size, and it ditches...

By Cars.com  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: Feb. 28, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: California, the nation's largest auto market, has granted carpool-lane access and a $2,500 rebate to the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in, Automotive News reports. The state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program offers the cash.

By Cars.com  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Coming Soon: Kia's K9 Flagship

Two weeks ago, Kia announced plans to bring a rear-wheel-drive flagship to market, marking the South Korean automaker's first foray into the large luxury sedan segment. Previously codenamed KH, we now know the sedan will be called K9 when it...

By Cars.com  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Audi Announces Electric Pilot Program

Audi will start testing its electric powertrain systems (collectively called e-tron) with select customers in pilot programs across the U.S. and Germany, the automaker announced today. The modified Audi A3 carries a 26-kilowatt lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Land Rover Eyes Convertible for Evoque

Although Land Rover's new, eye-catching compact SUV has been on the market for only a few months, it looks like a convertible version may soon join the lineup. Can a droptop really add to the Range Rover Evoque's popularity? Maybe....

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Nissan Murano and Nissan Rogue

Nissan is recalling 2,983 model-year 2012 versions of the Murano midsize SUV and Rogue compact SUV because the tire pressure monitoring system wasn't activated during the assembly process, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Recall Alert: 2011-12 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche is recalling 20,278 model-year 2011 and 2012 Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo SUVs because the headlights may come loose and detach from the fender, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles affected.

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Infiniti M, QX and Nissan Juke

Nissan is recalling 79,275 model-year 2011 and 2012 versions of the Juke small crossover, Infiniti M sedan and Infiniti QX56 SUV due to a problem with the fuel pressure sensor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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