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BMW X6 Rendering Is Hardly Surprising

With the new, fourth-generation BMW X5 already out, it’s only natural that it will eventually be followed by its coupe-SUV counterpart, the X6. This niche premium segment is getting more crowded than ever with the launch of the new Audi Q8 and the expected coupe version of the Porsche Cayenne, so we assume the Bavarian automaker is already working on its answer.

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These renderings by independent designer Aksyonov Nikita could easily pass off as official images from BMW. There’s not much that can be done wrong with the X6, by just taking the X5 and giving it a sloped roofline and a more stylish hatch you get the next generation of what is one of the most polarizing vehicles on the market today.

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Kia Recalls Half A Million Vehicles In The U.S. Due To Airbag Problem

Following news in March that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was looking into reports of faulty airbags in cars made by Kia and its affiliate Hyundai, Kia has announced that it’s recalling more than half a million vehicles in the U.S. because of this issue.

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The NHTSA decided to investigate this matter after learning of six accidents in which four people died and six were injured. In each of the crashes, the airbags failed to deploy because of an apparent electronic glitch. Kia is recalling 507,000 vehicles, including 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas, and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles.

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Aston Martin Rapide AMR Gets Carbon Fiber Body And Packs 580 HP

Aston Martin’s AMR motorsport division created an upgrade, limited-edition version of the Rapide sedan. The company images this machine as a four-door perfect for a high-speed journey in comfort and only intends to build 210 of them. Prices will start at 4240,000 in the United States, and deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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The Rapide AMR continues to use Aston’s naturally aspirated V12, and it now produces 580 hp and 4654 pound-feet, versus 552 hp and 465 pound-feet from the version in the Rapide S. The revised tuning to unleash the extra power includes larger inlet manifolds and tuned-length dual inlet runners. The upgrade lets the sedan reach 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 205 mph.

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Trump Tariffs May Cost Carmakers 1 Million Auto Sales a Year

If president Donald Trump slaps a 25 percent tariff on imported cars, it may cost the U.S auto industry 1 million annual car sales, and that’s just the low end of the estimated damage. The projection by researcher LMC Automotive assumes that automakers would absorb at least half the cost of a tax on imported vehicles.

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If companies pass the full 25 percent cost on to consumers, it could snuff out about 2 million sales or more than 10 percent of annual U.S. deliveries. President’s order last month to investigate auto imports for potential trade penalties on national security grounds came as a surprise and quickly drew criticism from automakers and car dealers.

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Mazda Miata Gets Heavily Updated

The rumors of Mazda developing a more powerful MX-5 Miata were true. Japan’s Car Watch had the opportunity to drive a prototype for the updated roadster, and the magazine divulged all the details. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder now packs 182 horsepower at 7,000 rpm rather than 155 hp at 6,00 rpm in current form. Torque grows a little bit to 151 pound-feet from 148 pound-feet in the existing model.

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To achieve such a significant power bump, Mazda overhauls the powertrain. New pistons are 0,95 ounces lighter, and the connecting rods weigh 1,4 ounces less. To breathe better, the Miata’s engine has a larger diameter throttle body, bigger exhaust valves, and wider exhaust piping. These improvements let the redline rise to 7,500 rpm from 6,800 rpm.

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Auto Dealers Fear That Good Times Are Over As Interest Rates Rise

For car dealers, a sunny sales outlook at the start of 2018 has been overshadowed by rising interest rates, shrinking customer budgets and cost increases. Their optimism for the next quarter lost 14 points to just 56 on a 100-point scale, according to the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index.

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The report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 independent and franchise car dealers from April 30 to May 14, shows prospective buyers grappling with tight finances despite a Republican tax cut that many sales executives had expected to boost consumer spending. The biggest challenges they reported were overall auto market conditions, followed by limited inventory, buyers’ ability to obtain credit, and rising interest rates.

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