We know that summer is over and school has started once again, and you don’t have time to read all that we write throughout the week. We’ve gathered a list of the week’s best stories for you to enjoy on your extended weekend. This was the week of Toyota and Cadillac. Monday brought us an inside scoop into not only the next-generation of the Corolla, but also the newest model to join the lineup, the Corolla LE Eco Plus. Tuesday saw the 2014 Range Rover Evoque get a facelift and some additional technology to get it ready for its fall release. Wednesday was all about Cadillac testing on the Nurburgring, bringing home some impressive numbers and beating out top competitors. Thursday brought us back to Toyota with the Hybrid World Tour where the automaker made some announcements you don’t want to miss. And last we have Friday, where we caught an early prototype of the production version of the Cadillac Elmiraj testing.
Monday, August 26
We were lucky enough to be one of the first people to drive the new 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus, and we came away with the knowledge that even if it doesn’t blow you away, it will sell like hotcakes. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Corolla features sharper styling and a more modern interior. Although there are no ground-breaking enhancements, Toyota has decided to build on the strengths of the Corolla brand, keeping the features that make it such a sales leader in the compact segment. It may not be a driver’s car, but it is comfortable and reliable, something we have come to expect from Toyota.
Tuesday, August 27
Even though the 2014 Range Rover Evoque has only been on sale for a short time, Land Rover has decided to give it a slight makeover. This fall, the updated 2014 Range Rover Evoque will feature an Active Driveline system and a nine-speed automatic transmission to help improve fuel economy and gear shifts. New technologies include Park Exit and Perpendicular Park, which help the vehicle exit parallel parking spots and position the vehicle while parking, respectively. Cosmetic enhancements include new exterior colors, alloy wheels, and new badges. We expect the Evoque to retain its 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and are waiting on the automaker to reveal the new prices.
Wednesday, August 28
As Cadillac is pushing to become a bigger name in the luxury segment to compete with brands like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz, it was announced that the 2014 Cadillac CTS will hit the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife for some specialized testing. This 12.9 mile track has been used by automakers across the globe to evaluate their new vehicles, something that Cadillac plans to take full advantage of. The CTS delivered a lap time of 8 minutes, 14.6 seconds, making it faster than select Porches, the Camaro SS, the Audi A5, and more. At just a second slower than the previous-generation BMW M5, the 2014 Cadillac CTS has earned some major bragging rights. These numbers will no doubt push Cadillac higher up on some shoppers’ lists.
Thursday, August 29
Toyota has always been one of the leaders of hybrid vehicles in the industry, and during the company’s Hybrid World Tour, the Toyota announced that it will introduce a hydrogen car at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. This new car will be a traditional sedan and will cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000. Adding to that announcement was news that the 2015 Prius will have increased fuel economy, but not by much. Continuing with the Prius family, Toyota also said that the new plug-in Prius will be able to charge wirelessly, offering more convenience for its owners. Last up on the list of announcements from the Hybrid World Tour was talk of a next-generation sports car. Could it be the next-generation Supra we’ve all been waiting for?
Friday, August 30
We caught the production version of the Cadillac Elmiraj testing while in a Caprice disguise. This concept is set to be the new flagship sedan of the brand. It’s easy to see the differences between the Caprice-camouflaged Elmiraj, including headlights that don’t quite fit into the Caprice front end, the wheels that are similar to the Cadillac ATS, and some miscellaneous camouflage. Although we don’t know what the Elmiraj will be powered by, some have speculated that it could be anything from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a twin-turbo-V-6 to a 5.3-liter V-8. This concept is set to enter production in late 2015 and possibly offer convertible options by 2016.