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The Fiat 2000 was spun off from the Fiat 124 Spider, which entered production in 1966 and was designed by Pininfarina

New Fiat 124 Spider to be based on Mazda MX-5 Miata

03/05/2015

Fiat's version of the Mazda MX5 Miata roadster will be called the 124 Spider, according to Automotive News. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne broke the news to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday of this week, confirming rumors of the return of the historic nameplate.

Marchionne also indicated that the car would be sold worldwide, though he did not mention specific markets or commercial launch timeframes for the model. The 124 Spider would follow up on the 1994 Fiat Barchetta, which was the last sports car from the brand that was not a 500-based Abarth model.

The original Fiat 124 Spider was a 2+2 convertible that used the 124 chassis, and was designed by Tom Tjaarda at Pininfarina. The model would go on to be built from 1966 till 1985, even though 1982 was the last year the car was offered in the U.S. The Spider was offered alongside the Fiat 124 Coupe for a number of years, though it shared few external parts with the Coupe. The 124 Spider, in debut form, was powered by a 1438 cc double overhead cam four-cylinder engine, connected to a four-speed manual gearbox. Horsepower output grew from 89 hp up to 116 hp, with the model spawning the Fiat 2000 Spider, seen above, which featured a 2.0-liter engine.

The e-Golf Limited Edition is built on the same sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform as the rest of the Golf family.

Volkswagen introduces lower-priced e-Golf Limited Edition; trims sticker $2,000

03/05/2015

A lower-priced version of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf goes on sale today. The e-Golf Limited Edition will sticker for $33,450 -- $2,000 less than its SEL counterpart.

The e-Golf gets power from a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and a compact electric motor. Output is rated at 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The DC Fast Charging system allows an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes with its 7.2-kW onboard charger.

The lower-priced Limited Edition trim comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels instead of aluminum alloys, cloth instead of leatherette and deletion of the heat pump system cabin climate control system. Instead, you presumably get a less efficient (but less expensive) electric cabin heater, which might cut into your real-world range.

Remaining standard features include keyless entry, navigation, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate c

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Control Trac four-wheel-drive system enhances traction on slippery surfaces, helps improve handling on dry roads and enables off-road capability.

2015 Lincoln Navigator L review notes

03/05/2015

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is the first major update to the model since 2007!

The biggest change is dumping the 5.4-liter V8 in favor of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. A more Lincoln-esque front end is here as well. I like the ginormous interior, especially the big knobs for things like volume and climate. It beats the touchsense stuff required in some other luxury utes.

It drives mostly like the 6,300 pounder it is. There must be a ton of sound deadeners because this baby is quiet on the road. Steering is decent and the ride is smooth. Having a V6 in a truck this heavy might seem like not enough, but no worries: Plenty of power here; feels nice and torquey. The in-dash mpg meter said I averaged 11 mpg home and back to work, so wondering where the “eco” is…

Nevertheless, early indications are the changes seem to be working: Lincoln sold 916 in January compared to only 375 in January 2014. Mercedes-Benz moved 2,121 GL-classes, Cadillac 1,100 Escalades, and Infiniti 1,248 QX80s in case you wondered.

Our long-term Nissan Rogue continues to get the job done.

Long-term 2015 Nissan Rogue SL second quarter update

03/05/2015

Another quarter with our long-term Nissan Rogue SL is in the books, and we’re happy to report it continued to dutifully transport us on commutes and trips both long and short. While the Rogue hasn’t elicited any strong feelings either for or against it, this Nissan remains a reliable soldier. Nobody minds driving it, but nobody’s fighting for the keys, either. We appreciate the Rogue’s right-sized flexible interior, its all-weather all-wheel drive and, maybe most of all, its blue-collar workhorse nature.

The second-gen’s new exterior design is sleeker and more stylish than the bland blob it replaces. Our loaded SL’s healthy features list includes an intuitive nav system, Bose audio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, panoramic moonroof, LED headlights … you get the idea.

As for those aforementioned trips, the Rogue journeyed from Detroit to upstate New York and back with one editor who had his parents and dog in tow. The editor returned from his extended stint proclaiming the Rogue “a solid entrant into a crowded field of competent contenders.” The comfortable ride made covering the miles easy, and the uncomplicated infotainment stack received high marks.

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