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Well, April is here, and with it comes a barrage of the most absurd shenanigans and tomfoolery that corporate America can muster. The pranks and chain-pulling are running rampant today, so bear that in mind as you traverse the wilds of the Internet. In fact, it’s possible you may even come across something deliberately false. Shocking, I know.

But fear not, dear reader – you can trust all of us here at TopSpeed. We base our reporting on providing you with the truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God of Gasoline. As such, we’ve compiled some of the best (worst?) automotive-based April Fools jokes we could find.

So then, what’s on the docket? Well, ze Germans have loosened up a bit, with BMW offering a brilliant new exterior for the three-door Mini and the ultimate in dental protection, while Mercedes-AMG has announced quite possibly its most practical model ever. Additionally, Audi is launching an option for the A8 that should satisfy even the hungriest of Japanese customers.

Speaking of the Japanese, Honda is placating the self-obsessed with a new Selfie trim level for the HR-V. Finally, Skoda gives us a put-on that’s, well… actually a pretty good idea.

Hit “Continue Reading” for the details.

Just a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Dodge was going to put production of its SRT Hellcat models on hold due to “unprecedented demand,” but Mopar fans can now rejoice as it sounds like the Hellcat’s vacation was just temporary. Hellcat.org is reporting that Dodge plans to restart production of the 707-horsepower Charger and Challenger , although the production will be capped at just 1,000 units. If the dealer markups and wait lists weren’t insane enough before, they sure will be now.

The excessive demand meant that some dealerships were taking deposits on the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat cars that they simply wouldn’t be able to come through on. After a quick lesson in how dealer allocations work, expect it to be even harder to get a new Hellcat parked in your driveway. Despite the time off to sort through the mess, it isn’t even clear what, if any, kind of headway Dodge made in clearing up backlogged orders that didn’t have a chance of being delivered.

It’s unclear what will become of the Hellcat’s future beyond these extra 1,000 units, but there’s a good chance that this production run will coincide with the end of the 2015 model year.

Continue reading to learn why Dodge decided to increase Hellcat production figures.

Source: Hellcat

Debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Infiniti has applied an extensive refresh to the QX50 in the hopes of jumpstarting the SUV after it struggled to sell well in the highly competitive luxury crossover segment. A facelift, longer wheelbase, extra interior room and a few new gadgets all make the list of updates.

The Infiniti EX/QX50 was first introduced in 2008 as the funky-looking EX35 crossover SUV. In 2011, the model underwent its first name change to simply EX. For the 2014 model year, Johan de Nysschen — now the lead man at Cadillac, but at the time heading up Infiniti – decided to shake things up by renaming the entire lineup, resulting in the EX becoming the QX50 without any significant changes to the vehicle. Finally, two years after its latest rename, the QX50/EX/EX35 is getting its first overhaul for the 2016 model year.

The new QX50 will be offered as either a RWD or AWD model and comes with four available option packages. But will it be enough to inject some new life into the SUV?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Infiniti QX50.

Chevrolet continues to expand its hybrid and electric-vehicle lineup in 2016 with the introduction of the next-generation Malibu Hybrid. This isn’t the first hybrid-electric outing for Chevy’s midsize family sedan, but this time around the Malibu Hybrid borrows some efficiency tricks from the range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt. Chevy says the all-new Malibu Hybrid will be good for over 45 combined mpg when it hits the streets in the spring of 2016. It provides a technological punch to the Malibu’s 2016 styling refresh, as Chevy works hard to elevate the Malibu’s profile against the high-tech Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

The Malibu spent the 1990s becoming known as a forgettable rental car, but the refinement of the all-new 2013 model went a long way toward making it more respectable. Many of its competitors have undergone flashy updates in the meantime, though, so the conservative sheet metal wasn’t going to cut it. That’s been addressed with an inside-and-out upgrade for 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

Among the stars at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the all-new 2016 Lexus RX. This forth-generation RX builds on the foundation already laid by Lexus’ best-selling model of all time. A hot new design that takes after the compact NX crossover that debuted last year clearly moves the RX from meek and boring to vogue and cutting-edge. Lexus might lose some of its older customer base, but will likely gain a younger, yet just as affluent crowd thanks to this bold move.

The 2016 RX wholeheartedly embraces the corporate Spindle Grille design from its F Sport trim. Inside, the cabin takes an even further departure from what we’re used to seeing from Lexus, departing from the brand’s current design styles in favor of something fresh.

Even the mechanicals have been heavily updated. The 3.5-liter V-6 returns with more power and direct injection. An all-new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the mix while the RX 450h’s Atkinson-cycle powertrain also gets a slight power boost.

All told, the new RX is far more visually outgoing in its new design. What that actually means for its sales numbers is unknown, but I’d bet on a huge growth in popularity.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Lexus RX made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show - in both standard and hybrid versions.

Continue reading to check out the details of the new 2016 Lexus RX.

Looking at the first-generation Optima, it’s hard to believe the Korean nameplate has grown to become one of the better looking and better equipped sedans of the midsize segment. But that became a fact in 2011, when Kia launched the third-gen car , and it’s about to gain new meaning with the fourth-generation model that just broke cover at the 2015 New York Auto Show . Sporting an evolutionary design inspired by the Sportspace Concept , the Optima got better in just about any department for the 2016 model year.

Introduced in 2000, the first-generation Kia Optima was essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonata, with only minor exterior styling details and equipment packages setting it apart from its Hyundai sibling. The sedan arrived in U.S. dealerships for the 2001 model year with a V-6 engine under the hood. A redesigned, second-gen model was launched in 2005. By this time, the Optima differed further from the Hyundai Hyundai Sonata it was based on. The vehicle was slightly larger and received a wide range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines. The Kia Optima was revamped yet again for the 2011 model year, when it was used to launch Kia’s new design language with the "tiger nose" front grille and "ice cube" LED headlamps.

The fourth-gen sedan takes the brand’s styling up a notch and brings forth a restyled interior equipped with a wide range of premium features. There’s big news in the drivetrain department as well, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Kia Optima made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Kia Optima.

The XF first broke cover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show , eventually making its way to dealerships in March 2008. It was quite successful, becoming Jag’s most-awarded car. Now, however, nearly eight years later, the British automaker felt as though the sporty luxury sedan is overdue for a change, and as such, the marque recently introduced the 2016 model year at the 2015 New York Auto Show .

Although its design is heavily based on the previous model, the new XF is actually a much more comprehensive update. The car is significantly lighter now, which comes thanks to Jag’s new commitment to constructing the entirety of its lineup from aluminum bodies, and a lot more quicker than its predecessor. And although some of the new drivetrain Jaguar launched in 2014 might not make it Stateside in the midsize sedan, the new XF has plenty of new features to brag out. Keep reading for the full details.

Updated 04//01/2015: Jaguar unveiled the new XF at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and this was the perfect opportunity to add new high res images, but also some new details on the luxury sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Jaguar XF.

GM’s decision to overhaul the Malibu just a little more than three years since the current model debuted is not at all surprising. With competitors like the Toyota Camry , Honda Accord or the Ford Fusion around, the eighth-gen Malibu has been struggling sales-wise ever since it arrived into dealerships in 2012. Chevy hopes that will come to an end with the larger and sportier 2016 Malibu that just made its public debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The beginnings of the Malibu name are tied to that of the Chevrolet Chevelle . That’s because the Malibu was a range-topping trim level of the Chevelle from 1964 to 1977. Featuring added luxury and the same powerful V-8s as the Chevelle, the Malibu went on to become the best-selling badge in the lineup by 1978, when it received its own model line. Although dropped in 1983, the moniker returned in 1997 and soldiered on through 2012, when the eighth-generation model was launched on GM’s Epsilon II platform, shared with the Buick LaCrosse and Regal . The new Malibu became a global vehicle, receiving a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines, as well as three transmissions choices.

With the 2016 model, Chevrolet aims to turn the Malibu into a more upscale model, as well as a more efficient alternative to segment leaders from Toyota Toyota and Honda. Keep reading to find out if GM’s new midsize sedan stands a chance against its main competitors in the U.S.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Chevrolet Malibu made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

Launched in 1979 in its civilian version, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class remained largely unchanged to this day. Now an icon of the SUV market, the G-Wagon is also one of the very few vehicles to still carry its classic body and chassis configuration. The boxy Merc underwent several updates since 1990, but a beefed-up, AMG -badged version wouldn’t arrive until 2006.

That first version came powered by a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8 and dubbed G55 AMG. The G-Class received a makeover for the 2012 model, when output was increased to 536 horsepower and the nameplate switched to G63 AMG. That same year, an even more extreme version was introduced - the G65 AMG. This SUV is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates 604 ponies and 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it in the U.S. But that will change starting in 2016 as the Germans are planning on offering the G65 AMG on these shores as well.

Updated 04/01/2015: Mercedes announced that the 2016 AMG G65 will go on sale on the U.S. market in November 2015 at a starting price of $217,900.

Note: European model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes G65 AMG.

Scion is making waves at the 2015 New York Auto Show with its two new products: the iA sedan and this, the iM hatchback. Now before you start scratching your head with curiosity – yes, this car should look familiar. It’s basically a rebadged Toyota Corolla wagon, or as the rest of the world calls it, the Auris. Lexus fans will also recognize the iM’s shape as their fuel-sipping CT 200h. Platform sharing is alive and well at Toyota.

And honestly, that’s not a bad thing. It’s allowing Scion to offer more user content in this youth-targeted hatchback rather than pouring money into R&D. Even the mechanical bits are the same. The engine is lifted from the Corolla Eco, as are both the CVT and six-speed manual. That’s right, Scion is teaching kids how to row their own. (Perhaps that will keep distracted driving to a minimum as well.)

However, the iM isn’t just warmed-up leftovers. It builds off its Toyota foundation to become its own vehicle. Despite having the same powertrain, it offers better mpg than the Corolla Eco. It comes standard with dual zone climate, a 7-inch infotainment system, and other tech and safety equipment important to young buyers these days. Best of all, the price is reasonable.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale this fall with a price starting under $20,000.

Continue reading to learn more about the iM.


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