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Nissan Maxima Facelifted for 2012

Look (very) closely at this picture of a 2012 Nissan Maxima and you will notice a few changes from the 2009-2011 Maxima. Namely a new front grille boasting fewer bars that aren’t connected to the outer edge, a new front spoiler, new wheels, and new taillight lenses. The only interior changes have been new white backlit gauges, along with the regular color/trim combos which have been altered. Look for it in Nissan dealers very soon.

For a full gallery of the 2012 Nissan Maxima, visit Autoblog.com

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2013 Lexus GS450h Will Debut in Frankfurt

Love it or hate it, the new Lexus GS is here to stay for at least another 5 or so years. With parent company Toyota basically being the king of hybrids what with its Prius prodigy, nearly every Lexus model has its own hybrid. The GS450h has existed for a long time now (since 2006, in fact), but chances are you’ve never seen one. The new GS was leaked and spied time and time over, but now it’s official. And the GS450h is growing closer. The last 450 produced a combined hp output of about 350, so expect this one to be a little closer to 400. It will most likely use the GS350’s 300hp 3.5L V6 for the gasoline engine, along with a less-powerful electric motor or two. This system is called “Hybrid Synergy Drive” (same on the RX450h, LS600hL, HS250h, Prius, Highlander Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, etc.). Direct competitors to the 2013 Lexus GS450h include the Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC, Audi A6 TDI and the new four cylinder BMW 528i.

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BMW M6 Spied Once Again

With their new 6 Series and M5 right off the line, the cousin car M6 should follow closely, right? Right. Here is another set of spy photos by Autoblog’s advanced keen-eyed spies. Expect the new M6 to be powered by the same twin turbo V8 under the hood of the new F10 M5. Judging by the light camouflage, expect it to debut within the next few months.

Head over to Autoblog to see a full gallery of 2012/13 M6 spy shots.

Photo cred: Autoblog.com

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2012 Dodge Journey Receives $3,000 Price Cut

Dodge has just announced that it will reduce the price of the 2012 Journey CUV by $3,000. This would bring the base price of the SE FWD model with a 2.4L four and a four speed auto transmission to just $20,995. Hopefully this Caravan replacement will receive many more sales thanks to its new cut price, especially since the Journey (and much of the rest of the Chrysler lineup) received major updates for the short 2011 model year.

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Ford allegedly has some pretty big plans for the 2013 Lincoln Navigator. If the luxo-barge makes it through the 2012 model year, it will be rewarded with a 3.5L EcoBoosted V6 engine, the first V6 offered in an Expedition/Navigator. In its current application in the Navi’s cousin the Ford F-150, the V6 makes 365 hp and an astonishing 425 lb-ft of torque. That makes it more powerful than the ancient tried and true 5.4L Triton V8 currently under the hood. It is unclear if the more budget-oriented Ford Expedition will also receive the heart transplant.

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Ford’s edgy new EVOS concept is a sign of things to come from the Dearborn, MI-based auto manufacturer. The EVOS is a revolutionary car for Ford. They say the styling previewed by it could be seen on the road in as few as four months. The EVOS’s interior is nothing to scoff at either. Featuring Microsoft’s next generation SYNC system, the EVOS is able to schedule appointments, set navigation directions, check traffic and weather conditions, and more. It even features a system built into the navigation that senses what kind of road you’re on and will modify the suspension settings to suit the driving style of that particular road. 

Now, don’t get too excited, because we probably won’t see many (if any at all) of these technologies in the production car in four months, but stay tuned for the EVOS’s full debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year.

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Autoblog has officially reviewed the hotly-anticipated 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which will arrive at dealerships later this month. While they are mostly satisfied with the new GLI, with its new looks, non-chintzy interior, and independent rear suspension, they could have been happier with certain aspects. These include the fact that the overhangs over the front and rear axles are longer than on the Jetta’s hatchback GTI brethren. They say that this contributes to handling that isn’t as spectacular as the more utilitarian hatch, but the new Jetta GLI is most certainly an interesting drive.

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Hello! A bit about this blog.

My name is Michael. I am 15 years old, and live in Florida. I am an avid car enthusiast, and I follow several automotive blogs several times per day including Autoblog and Jalopnik. I love both of those sites, but I hate how they also include BS news about Formula 1 and other racing organizations, and also include biographies of Alan Mullaly, quote CEOs, etc. So here, on arealcarblog.tumblr.com, I have decided to create a “pure” automotive microblog. No BS. Just news about the cars themselves. I hope you enjoy my posts.