2014 Lexus GX 460: videos

Here is the 2014 update of Lexus GX460 SUV, aside from a minor shuffling of standard and optional features—and the addition of a new Luxury trim level—the biggest change hits the GX’s face. Here are the videos: exterior and interior design.

Honda Odyssey 2014

The 2014 Honda Odyssey brings an array of improvements to Honda’s minivan.

Standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite®, the all-new HondaVAC™ was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac®, and is composed of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver’s side bulkhead of the rear cargo area.

Toyota Highlander 2014

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Here are some videos showing the design of the new Toyota Highlander 2014:




The new Highlander will be available in three powertrains. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, a 3.5-liter V6 and an Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency.

Interior:

The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain’s seats featuring a collapsible tray with cup holders for added convenience. Getting into the third-row is made with a one-step second-row sliding seat function that provides additional space for easier entry and exit to the third-row. In the third-row a standard recline function creates added comfort for up to three passengers. Like the second-row bench, the third-row will be 40/60 split for added passenger and storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by up to 34 percent for added storage.

Chevrolet Traverse 2013

2013 Chevrolet TraverseGeneral Motors has unveiled its face lifted 2013 Chevrolet Traverse at the New York Auto Show. The big crossover has abandoned the company’s corporate grille in favor of a new design that’s expected to eventually make its way to the rest of the Chevrolet utility vehicle stable. With three chrome-finish bars across the upper grille inlet, more expressive headlamp arrays and a new fog light design, the 2013 Traverse looks more conservative and polished, at least from up front. Move past the A-pillar, however, and the vehicle looks plenty familiar. Even with a new hatch and redesigned tail lamps, the 2013 Traverse has not strayed far from its family-minded original recipe.

Likewise, the 2013 model’s drive train remains untouched. The same 3.6-liter V6 puts down 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque through either the front wheels or an all-wheel drive system and the six-speed automatic has been reworked for quicker shifting.

Buyers will be able to opt for Chevrolet’s new MyLink system, complete with Internet-based applications like Stitcher and Pandora as well as Bluetooth voice and audio capability. Like its fellow Lambda-platform sibling, the reworked Buick Enclave, the Traverse will also be available with a new center airbag that bisects driver and front-seat passenger.

For more information and the video review look at the Chevrolet Traverse page.

Hyundai Veracruz soon replaced by Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe 2013John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America CEO, confirmed that the all-new seven passenger 2013 Santa Fe will replace the Veracruz model. “The Veracruz is going away” Krafcik told. “It ends production around November.” Hyundai debuted the Santa Fe at the New York International Auto Show in both five-passenger and seven-passenger configurations.

The seven-passenger Veracruz was a new nameplate for Hyundai when it rolled out in 2007. It never gained much acceptance in North America, so Hyundai has found a new way around that problem.

It’s hard to establish a new brand name” Krafcik said. “It can take US$50 to $100 million dollars. Santa Fe is a golden nameplate for us, it’s a great product, and now it will be much more efficient in my marketing spend.

Indeed, it will also be more efficient producing a five- and seven-passenger Santa Fe than two different vehicles. From the B-pillar forward, there will only be minor differences between the two Santa Fe models.

Furthermore, the new design of the Santa Fe moves it into Hyundai’s stylized fluidic design theme. The Veracruz, which still included many of Hyundai’s older design elements, just didn’t fit in with everything else. Now, or at least in the coming months, it will be no more.

Look at the video review on the Hyundai page.

Dacia UK dealer

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Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia Logan MCV is a 7 seater car

All Renault dealers in the UK will sell the French carmaker’s Dacia budget brand under a “no haggle” pricing agreement from the beginning of 2013.

With prices starting at under £7,000 for the Sandero supermini and under £10,000 for the Duster SUV. Both models will be launched in the UK in December 2012.

The move is part of a dramatic overhaul of Renault’s UK operations which sees the deletion of the Laguna, Espace, Modus, Wind and Kangoo car models from February 2012. The brand is also axing 55 dealers in a bid to match the size of its network to its volume expectations.

The brand has been sold in continental Europe for some years with UK managing director Thierry Sybord having worked on its original purchase from the Romanian government in 1999.

Sybord said Dacia will be a good fit for Renault dealers and its “no haggle” pricing is aimed at new customers who have previously purchased used cars where pricing is one of the main criteria. Fleets will not be offered discounts.

“Dacia is fully part of Renault’s action plan. If we had Dacia now our situation would be very different,” he said.