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Official: 2014 Mazda3 officially rated at 30/41 mpg, priced from $16,945*

By Steven J. Ewing

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It’s hard not to be smitten with the 2014 Mazda3; after all, just look at it. But beyond its slick lines, we found the new compact hatch to be a pretty remarkable steer, offering up good levels of comfort and refinement, not to mention functionality and engagement. Now, there’s more reason to like the 2014 Mazda3, as we’ve just learned that the car will officially be rated at 30 miles per gallon city and 41 mpg highway.

That 30/41 rating is for the Mazda3 sedan fitted with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G inline four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Opting for the manual transmission retains the 41-mpg highway number, but drops the city digits to 29. Hatchback models with the 2.0-liter engine achieve 29/40 mpg with the manual ‘box and 30/40 with the automatic.

Mazda also offers a larger 2.5-liter inline-four in the 3, and while a six-speed automatic will be the only transmission available with this engine at launch, the automaker has confirmed that a manual is coming shortly. With the 6AT and 2.5, the Mazda3 sedan is rated at 28/39 mpg, or 29/40 with the company’s i-Eloop regenerative braking system. Hatchback models shrink those numbers to 28/37 and 29/39 mpg, with and without i-Eloop, respectively.

Along with official fuel economy numbers, Mazda has announced pricing for its new compact, and the base i SV model with a six-speed manual transmission will start at $16,945 (*not including $795 for destination).

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Spy Shots: Range-topping 800-hp Lamborghini Aventador SV hits the 'Ring

By Steven J. Ewing

Lamborghini Aventador SV spy shots

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A couple of years ago, rumors were circulating about a possible high(er)-performance version of the Lamborghini Aventador, and our spy photographers have just captured what appears to be a prototype of this new supercar testing at the Nürburgring. Supposedly called the Aventador SV (for Super Veloce), this even-more-hardcore version of Lamborghini’s range-topper could boast as much as 800 horsepower. Yowza.

As for the car you see here, our spies point out new center-lock wheels wrapped in ultra-thin high-performance tires that hide revised brake calipers mounted in a different position than on the normal Aventador. Up front, there’s a new aerodynamic piece that makes for an even lower air splitter, and around back, an extra piece of trim (often referred to as a Gurney flap) has been added to the spoiler to provide enhanced downforce.

We don’t imagine there’s much in the way of weight to shed from the Aventador’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis, so this SV version will likely focus more on better suspension tuning, improved aero and a 80-100 more horsepower to set it apart from the rest of the range. Expect more details to arrive around the time of the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.

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2013 Nissan NV200 Priced from $20,835, Offers Up to 25 mpg Highway [2013 Chicago Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

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Nissan has announced pricing for the 2013 NV200, which made its production-spec debut at the 2013 Chicago auto show. The compact commercial van will start at $20,835, and Nissan also released the van’s final technical specs, including engine-output and fuel-economy figures.

The NV200 is designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Ford’s Transit Connect, which will be completely new for the 2014 model year. (The Nissan is essentially a four-year-old design that’s been sold in only slightly different forms in other markets since 2009.) Final output figures for the NV200 stand at 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, and power is routed to the front wheels through a CVT. Even though power and torque figures for the new Transit Connect have yet to be released, the Ford will offer a choice of a 2.5-liter four and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four. Both likely will be more powerful than the Nissan’s single mill and do their work through a six-speed automatic.

2013 Nissan NV200

The Nissan’s 2.0-liter/CVT combo is good for 24 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway; again, the Ford’s efficiency is forthcoming, but the outgoing model touted EPA ratings of 21/27 mpg. The NV200′s city efficiency is quite good for a nonhybrid van, which bodes well for the New York taxi companies that will be forced to buy NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow. (Other municipalities can buy them, too.)

2013 Nissan NV200

Nissan is offering the NV200 in two trim levels—S and SV—and both will be quite affordable, if sparsely equipped. There are several options, including cruise control ($200); back-door privacy glass ($190); Bluetooth connectivity ($250); an Exterior Appearance package ($190), which paints the bumpers, doorhandles, and mirrors body color; and a Technology package ($950), which includes navigation, Nissan’s RearView camera, satellite radio, and a 5.8-inch touch screen. Full pricing and option availability is as follows:

NV200 S: $20,835, includes two-speaker audio system, power windows, and 15-inch steel wheels; cruise control, back-door privacy glass, and Bluetooth available.

NV200 SV: $21,825, includes power door locks with keyless entry, power and heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, six cargo-area hooks, and full wheel covers; back-door privacy glass, Bluetooth, Exterior Appearance package, and Technology package available.

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Chicago: 2013 Nissan NV200 hauls itself into McCormick Place

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Nissan has already announced that its NV200 will be New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow, but now small businesses can also take advantage of the compact commercial van when it goes on sale this April. Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, the Nissan NV200 bound for North America has been stretched by almost eight inches compared to the same van that has been on sale in other global markets since 2009. The 2013 Nissan NV200 will be built in Cuernavaca, Mexico and sold at select Nissan dealerships with a starting price of $19,990 (*excluding the $845 destination charge).

At that price, the NV200 costs thousands less than lead competitors like the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram C/V Tradesman, although it does deliver less cargo volume than both as well. Despite its longer body, the NV200’s 122.7 cubic feet of volume comes in just under the 129.6 cu-ft for the Ford and well under the Ram’s 155.5 cu-ft cargo capacity. The split rear doors and dual side sliding side doors will give plenty of access to the NV200’s cargo area, however, and Nissan says the van is wide enough to accommodate a standard pallet.

The NV200 was designed as much to be a mobile office as it is a hauler, so Nissan made the cabin as such. The passenger seat back can fold down creating a flat space for a laptop, and the center console has been specifically designed for hanging file folders. The base NV200S includes power windows, a two-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system and a 12-volt power outlet, while the NV200 SV (starting at $20,980) adds features such as cruise control, six floor-mounted cargo tie downs, power mirrors and door locks and remote keyless entry. Options include the $950 Technology Package (available on SV only and adds navigation, backup camera and satellite radio), $250 for Bluetooth and $190 for glass added to the rear cargo doors.

Under the NV200’s short hood sits a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder producing 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, which is good for 24 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, matching the combined 24-mpg rating of the Transit Connect. The only transmission available is Nissan’s Xtronic CVT, and the NV200 comes with 15-inch steel wheels, front disc and rear drum brakes, and rear leaf springs.

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2013 Nissan Leaf changes include lower-cost trim, faster charger [w/video]

By Sebastian Blanco

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For the new model year, Nissan is applying lessons learned from two years of selling the Leaf electric vehicle – and seeing what the competition is doing – to offer a lower-price trim line as well as faster charging and new, upper-level options.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf line grows from two trim lines – the SV and SL – to include the new, lower-cost S grade. Precisely what that lower price is, has not yet been revealed, but we think that information might come out at the Detroit Auto Show next week. What we do know is that the reduced price is due, in part, to domestic production. Instead of shipping every Leaf from Japan, Nissan has started making the EV and its batteries in Smyrna, TN, as you can see in the video below.

To keep up with faster-charging competitors like the Ford Focus Electric, the Leaf is finally getting a 6.6-kW onboard charger. This has been expected for a long while, and it’s most welcome because it will cut the time it takes to charge the Leaf in half, down to four hours from empty to 80 percent full. This will be standard on the SL and SV trims. The Leaf S will use a 3.6-kW charger unless you spring for the 6.6-kW option. These updates and others mean expected increases to the vehicle’s range, but that number will have to wait until closer to when the 2013 Leaf goes on sale later this year.

Nissan also says the 2013 Leaf has better regenerative brakes and some refined touches like “leather-appointed seating” and new exterior colors. There is also a new “B” drive mode for harsher regen braking and an “available hybrid heater system” for better heat in cold weather. You can read more about it below.

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