Motor Trend (July 2015)

Each factor of Motor development informs and entertains with gains at the trying out of either family and import autos, vehicle care, motor activities assurance, sneak peeks at destiny automobiles, and auto-industry information.

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A six-speed manual or seven-speed auto are available on the Navara. Global models will be available with three cab styles, in two- or four-wheel-drive, and with rear leaf springs or a five-link rear suspension. What’s Not: The Frontier/Navara will be virtually all-new. When: Fall 2016 (est) How Much: $19,000 (est) MERCEDES-BENZ PICKUP TRUCK What’s New: Benz has plenty of SUVs and commercial trucks in its arsenal, but it doesn’t yet have a midsize pickup. That will change in 2020 when the automaker rolls out a new pickup truck produced in partnership with Nissan.

It’s another to be sitting across from one of the largest companies in the world as it spills its guts. What triggered this midlife crisis appears to have been the 2008 financial collapse. Even Toyota’s legendary just-in-time manufacturing process—celebrated for its efficiency and flexibility (eight different cars are built on the same assembly line)—roared out of control amid the car market’s sudden gyrations. Like that, it transformed from world-class industrial model to a monster they couldn’t throttle, bleeding away a fortune as the months passed.

The styling is genuinely fascinating, particularly for an economy car. 5-liter, turbocharged inline-four (a big deal to everyone else). Also new: chassis, safety tech, and the long-awaited Type-R. What’s Not: Front-wheel drive still comes standard. The base price is unlikely to escalate much. When: Fall 2015 (sedan); late 2015/early 2016 (est, coupe/hatchback) How Much: $20,000-$27,000 (est) New engine, new 7-speed for Optima. KIA OPTIMA What’s New: Lots of the hardware. 6-liter turbo-four that makes 178 hp.

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