The next-generation Jeep Compass debuts in Brazil with new look!

If you think that the new Jeep Compass looks like the model that is on sale now, you are greatly mistaken. The car has a completely new look. Being the new C-Segment SUV in Jeep’s lineup, it will replace the current Jeep Compass and Patriot and take a spot between the Renegade and Cherokee. The 2017 Jeep Compass made its official debut Monday in Pernambuco, Brazil, where production of the vehicle has started. It also will be produced in plants in China and Mexico (for the U.S. market).

The 2017 Compass is based on a stretched version of the Renegade platform, what Fiat Chrysler Automotive in a fit of eloquence calls the “Small Wide 4×4” architecture. We expect front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as a very commonly selected option. The Compass should offer either a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four or a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four, both mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There’s a small chance that it will get a manual, but we think it won’t. That being said, globally there will be 17 powertrain options, according to FCA, and that may mean US consumers will have more than one choice in the matter.

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3 Reasons Why EV cars are popular in California, but not in US

The International Council of Transportation has published recently a very interesting analysis of the California electric market. It provided a great overview of the effects of different policies and promotional activities in effect there through 2015, as well as lessons for other locations.

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This analysis was based around city-level data on electric vehicles for 30 different cities, including adoption rates, public charging infrastructure availability, model availability, promotional efforts, incentives, etc. Electric vehicle adoption rates in many Californian cities are much higher than elsewhere in the country, and California as a whole is home to about half of all US EV sales.

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3 Underrated Cars Which Deserve More Attention

There are so many over rated vehicles in the whole world that people don’t even look at other models, even though they might have the same features, or even better ones, and they would totally wear a cheaper price-tag. Nowadays people are starting already to think on why buy a car for its brand, and not buy it for what it actually is. Here’s Repokar‘s list of 3 underrated cars which could’ve been best friends to all of us, but something went wrong.

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Honda Accord Coupe– It might look a bit like Honda Civic, but it doesn’t mean it does it all like Civic. The fact is that the manufacturer must have built Civic more like Accord, because guys Accord is totally worth your money and appreciation. Pick up a V6 coupe from 2008 up until now and you’ll be having a lot of fun. The manual gearboxes are a delight, the pedals are in the right place to rev match and the steering feel and weight is what all cars should be aiming for.

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Volvo revival reaching ‘end of the beginning’?

Volvo’s CEO says that Volvo Car USA has turned the corner with two of its 90-series vehicles on sale and others due early next year. A U.S. sales increase of 29 percent through August is evidence that Volvo’s gutsy revival strategy was the right choice. Volvo is building all its vehicles on its flexible Scalable Product Architecture, or SPA. And it is using only turbo and supercharged Drive-E engines paired with optional plug-in hybrid power. Lex Kerssemakers says that the company is on a turnaround in the U.S. that started with the XC90.

Volvo was starved for product for years after its ownership by Ford Motor Co. The Swedish brand was sold to China’s Geely in 2010 and began developing new products and engines – the first of which was last year’s XC90 crossover. So with more of the 90-series line coming to market, “we are at the end of the beginning,” Kerssemakers said. U.S. sales of the redesigned XC90 crossover through August totaled 21,760 units – higher than the competing Audi Q7 – and are expected to grow to 30,000 vehicles this year. Next year, sales of the new V90 Cross Country unveiled here will account for an additional 5,000 to 6,000 units. The Cross Country is a rugged version of the V90 station wagon with high seating, high ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. The S90 sedan is already on sale. The V90, V90 Cross Country and the new long-wheelbase S90L go on sale in early 2017.

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3 Reasons Why EV cars are popular in California, but not in US

The International Council of Transportation has published recently a very interesting analysis of the California electric market. It provided a great overview of the effects of different policies and promotional activities in effect there through 2015, as well as lessons for other locations.

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This analysis was based around city-level data on electric vehicles for 30 different cities, including adoption rates, public charging infrastructure availability, model availability, promotional efforts, incentives, etc. Electric vehicle adoption rates in many Californian cities are much higher than elsewhere in the country, and California as a whole is home to about half of all US EV sales.

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3 Underrated Cars Which Deserve More Attention

There are so many over rated vehicles in the whole world that people don’t even look at other models, even though they might have the same features, or even better ones, and they would totally wear a cheaper price-tag. Nowadays people are starting already to think on why buy a car for its brand, and not buy it for what it actually is. Here’s Repokar’s list of 3 underrated cars which could’ve been best friends to all of us, but something went wrong.

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Honda Accord Coupe– It might look a bit like Honda Civic, but it doesn’t mean it does it all like Civic. The fact is that the manufacturer must have built Civic more like Accord, because guys Accord is totally worth your money and appreciation. Pick up a V6 coupe from 2008 up until now and you’ll be having a lot of fun. The manual gearboxes are a delight, the pedals are in the right place to rev match and the steering feel and weight is what all cars should be aiming for.

 

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The price for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo jumps to $176,585!

The pricing for the 2017 GT-R Nismo was announced in conjunction with the 12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California. You may forget but when the first R35 GT-R made its US debut at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, it carried a price of $69,850. The original Nissan GT-R wasn’t just a giant-killer: it was a hell of a bargain. Now, Godzilla’s hottest variant, the 2017 GT-R Nismo, officially costs $100,000 more than the original R35.

This is not a mistake, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo really costs $176,585, including $1,595 in destination charges. When you see this price, you may think it’s too much for this car and the figure might seem exorbitant. Still, it’s only about $10,000 more than last year’s GT-R Nismo, a mere smidgen in the world of six-figure supercars. And unlike the $188,100 Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan’s price is almost a case of what you see is what you get. Paint is the only available option, with Super Silver carrying a $3,000 price tag and Pearl White demanding an extra $1,000. We think you’ll ever find a 911 Turbo S for its base price.

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