Nearly every Honda and Acura model is built in North America, including the Acura NSX that turns heads and turns in quick lap times on the track. Unlike other Hondas, however, the NSX is handcrafted in the automaker’s “Performance Manufacturing Center” near Columbus, Ohio. Roughly 100 technicians work alongside several robotic assistants that perform 860 spaceframe welds per car.

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The longest-serving member of BMW’s X family dates back to the dawn of the 21st century, and was the first BMW vehicle built in North America at the automaker’s plant in Spartanburg, S.C. Now into its fourth generation, the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle sheds its benign appearance for a more aggressive look, headed by a dominating grille.

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Sports cars represent driving pleasure in its most passionate form, and the Mazda MX-5 has helped bring ear-to-ear grins to more than one million enthusiasts around the world since 1989. It also happens to be one of the best looking (and driving) at any price.

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Buyers of small sedans tend to be younger first-timers, or people who live in multi-car households requiring an occasional-use set of wheels. The 2019 Kia Forte deserves to be considered as a top pick for both groups, but it’s also an acceptable alternative for typical midsize-sedan shoppers, especially those on tight budgets.

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The seventh-generation Lexus ES — both the ES 350 and companion ES 300h hybrid — could change perceptions with a new-from-the-ground-up approach. The car remains unmistakable in origin, but it’s more visually appealing and delivers greater kick-in-the-pants performance.

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If your idea of a fun time is occasionally heading far away from painted lines, pedestrians and traffic lights, Honda has a suggestion for you. Instead of dropping major coin on a chunky off-roader that rides like a covered wagon, check out the all-new 2019 Passport that’s coming on stream this spring.

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Taking its cues from the classic American dune buggies of the 1960s and ’70s, Volkswagen said it would unveil an electric buggy at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in March. Based on VW’s modular MEB electric drive platform, it’s a “modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic design,” said Klaus Bischoff, VW head designer. True […]

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Electric vehicles could be profitable for General Motors as soon as the early 2020s, said GM CEO Mary Barra. On a conference call with analysts Feb. 6, she said the automaker has struck a battery-development-program deal with Honda and through its strong relationship with China, a major global producer of batteries, “I think we’re in […]

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In this case, N stands for Hyundai’s performance trim level that’s currently available only for the Veloster. The Spymaster’s intel gatherers report that the Hyundai Tucson compact utility vehicle will be the next in line to receive the N treatment for North America. The expected rating for the N’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine is 340 horsepower. […]

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And by changes, The Spy Guy is hearing from sources that a number of long-overdue alterations to the Charger’s sheetmetal are in the works for the 2020 model year, but likely limited to a slightly altered grille and rear end. Most noticeable, though, will be a wide-body option — similar to the Dodge Challenger — […]

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