Thursday, June 21, 2018

Video: All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Went On Sale In May

VW Jetta Product Manager Dan Shapiro describes the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta that went on sale in May. Click to watch. The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, available in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium and R-Line trim levels, offers a 1.3 inch longer wheelbase at 105.7 inches and is powered by a 147 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a new standard six-speed manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic transmission optional on the base model and standard on higher trims. The all-new 2019 Jetta pricing starts at $19,395 (including $850 destination fee), less than the outgoing base model.

2019 Volvo S60 - Built In The U.S. - Starts At $35,800

The new 2019 Volvo S60 luxury sedan, built at the company’s first American manufacturing plant outside Charleston, South Carolina, is powered by a choice of the T5 FWD for $35,800, T6 AWD for $40,300 and turbo charged and supercharged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid delivering 313 horsepower with a rear electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400 horsepower for $54,400. The new S60 is available via traditional purchase, lease and Care by Volvo, a premium subscription service, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat rate of $775 for a well-equipped S60 T6 AWD Momentum and $850 a month for the S60 T6 AWD R-Design. The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions by recognizing pedestrians, cyclists and large animals and engaging auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The optional Pilot Assist system supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.

2019 Honda Insight Starts At $23,725

The 2019 Honda Insight, with an EPA rating of up to 55 mpg in the city, is powered by Honda's third generation 151 horsepower two-motor hybrid drivetrain with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40.5-percent thermal efficiency paired to an electric propulsion motor without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. The 2019 Insight, in LX, EX, and Touring trim levels, starts at $23,725 (including $895 destination and handling) and joins Honda's lineup of electrified vehicles that includes the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the recently introduced Accord Hybrid.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Starts At $23,725 This Fall

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, with an available brown canvas soft top, receives a new 181 horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine and comes standard with a new rearview camera and newly available features such as Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart City Brake Support in addition to other i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies. The 2019 MX-5 goes on sale in the U.S. this Fall.

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe Loaded With Features

The all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe, initially available as the BMW M850i xDrive variant, is powered by a new 523 horsepower 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with wider ratios and sportier gear shifts. The Driving Experience Control switch has SPORT and SPORT+ and the comfort-oriented damper setting in ECO Pro and COMFORT modes. When travelling at speeds between 9 – 99 mph, the powertrain is decoupled as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator so the vehicle can then simply coast along at idling speed and with minimized fuel consumption. There's active steering of the rear wheels by up to 2.5 degrees. The standard audio system comprises eleven speakers and a digital amplifier, while the optional Harman Kardon Surround Sound System features 16 speakers, and there's an optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. Also available in addition to optional heated seats are newly designed climate seats for driver and front passenger where cooled air is drawn in from the interior then guided along the body to the seats’ built-in fans for particularly effective temperature control of the seat cushions and backrests.

The BMW 8 Series Coupe is equipped with standard Cruise Control with braking function as well as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, the latest version of which alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimize its consequences. For parking and maneuvering, the active Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear is standard and provides visual and acoustic warnings to avoid colliding with obstacles at the sides or rear of the vehicle.

Monday, June 4, 2018

2019 Nissan 370Z Starts At $30,875 Now

The 2019 Nissan 370Z Coupe, powered by a 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control, and choice of 6-speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system or a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, starts at $30,875 (including $885 destination and handling).

The 2019 Nissan 370Z Roadster, offered in 370Z Roadster, 370Z Touring Roadster and 370Z Sport Touring Roadster trim levels, starts at $42,705 (including $885 destination and handling).

The 2019 high-performance Nissan 370Z NISMO, powered by a potent 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control with two transmission choices are offered for the 370Z NISMO model – a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with standard SynchroRev Match® or a refined 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching, Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters, starts at $46,575 (including $885 destination and handling).

The 2019 Nissan Z® is offered in a total of 10 models - five 370Z Coupe models, two 370Z NISMO models and three 370Z Roadster models.

Video: 2019 Acura RDX Telematics Tour

The all-new 2019 Acura RDX on a 2.6-inch longer wheelbase, powered by a 272 horsepower direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, just went on sale June 1 starting at $38,295 (including $995 destination and handling), the same price as the outgoing model equipped with AcuraWatch™ (now standard). The RDX SH-AWD with Advance Package is priced at $48,395.

The RDX offers the optional next generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™. The new RDX has Technology Package and Advance Package upgrades. Available features, depending on trim, include 16-way power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a 10.5-inch full-color Head-Up Display, 16-channel Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, Surround View Camera System, Cross Traffic Monitor and blind spot information System. The RDX is available with the A-Spec sport appearance package, which includes 20-inch wheels and low-profile 245/45R20 tires, gloss black exterior accents, large-diameter exhaust finishers and A-Spec badging. The 2019 Acura RDX was designed at the Los Angeles Acura Design Studio.

Andrew Quillin, Assistant Manager, Western Region, Acura Public Relations describes new touchpad telematics on the all-new 2019 Acura RDX. Click here to watch.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Video: 2018 VW Atlas Telematics Tour

Nicole Redding, Volkswagen of America Manager, Lifestyle, Innovation & Regional Communications describes the features of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas telematics and infotainment system. Click here to view.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a seven-passenger SUV measuring 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide and 69.6 inches high coming with either a 238 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four cylinder or a 280 horsepower 3.6-liter VR6 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission in front-wheel-drive or with available 4Motion all-wheel-drive in VR6 trims. Also available is Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane and Parking Steering Assistant. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is built alongside the Passat at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Video: 2018 Honda Odyssey Telematics and Infotainment

The 2018 Honda Odyssey, on sale for over a year, has a Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and available technologies, including CabinWatch™ day/night video monitor, CabinTalk™ in-car PA system, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and Rear Entertainment System (RES) with Blu-ray and streaming video.

Davis Adams of American Honda describes 2018 Honda Odyssey telematics and infotainment operations and features. Click here to view.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Video: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Telematics Tour

Chuck Ballard, Product & Technology Communications Specialist at ‎Subaru of America takes a telematics tour of the 2018 Crosstrek. (click here to watch)

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 152 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine with direct fuel injection mated to either a new 6-speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters, offered in 2.0i base, Premium and Limited trims. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek pricing begins at $22,710 (including $915 destination & delivery charge) with premium trim Crosstreks priced from $$23,510 and 2.0i Limited from $27,210.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Video: Toyota Group Vice President Jack Hollis

Jack Hollis, Group Vice President and General Manager - Toyota Division, Toyota Motor North America discusses the recently introduced new 2019 Toyota Rav4. 2019 Toyota Avalon and 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback models, consumers and the auto industry from the 2018 Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

(click here to watch)

Video: Bryan Arnett On Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Telematics

Bryan Arnett, Senior Manager, Telematics & Accessory Planning, Mitsubishi Motors North America discusses infotainment and telematics on the new Eclipse Cross. (click here to watch)

The all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross, in ES, LE, SE and SEL trim levels, is powered by a 152 horsepower 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine, and has a dual-pane, power-sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch smartphone link thin display audio with touchpad controller, Head-Up Display, heated rear seats and MITSUBISHI CONNECT. The starting MSRP for the Eclipse Cross is $23,295 (excluding destination & handling charges). The Eclipse Cross is equipped with Mitsubishi's S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system. The Eclipse Cross will arrive in dealerships in March 2018.

Video: Nissan Product Specialist Chad Fishburne On 2018 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Product Specialist Chad Fishburne, discusses new 2018 Nissan Leaf features focusing on infotainment and telematics. (click to watch)

The 2018 Nissan LEAF EV with a 150-mile driving range will go on sale in all 50 states in early 2018 for $30,875 (including $885 destination charge), less than the 2017 model. New features include ProPILOT™ Assist, a "hands-on" system which reduces the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions. e-Pedal lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the LEAF to a complete stop, even on uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2019 Hyundai Veloster Starts At $19,385 In 2nd Quarter

The all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster powered by either a 147 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine coupled with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission or a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, starts at $19,385 (including $885 freight charge) for the 2.0 manual-transmission model and starts at $23,785 for the Veloster Turbo manual-transmission model. U.S. market availability will be in the second quarter of 2018.

2018 Honda Clarity Electric Has Arrived

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric has arrived at select California and Oregon Honda dealerships with a lease price of $199 per month (plus tax) for 36 months, which includes an allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease, which reflects a built-in federal tax credit, requires $1,499 due at signing (not including tax, registration or additional fees). In addition, consumers from California or Oregon may qualify for state rebates of $2,500. The Clarity Electric is eligible for California-issued Clean Air Vehicle Stickers that provide single occupant HOV access. The Clarity Electric gets up to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging (SAE combo). Level 2 charging gives Clarity Electric drivers the flexibility to charge their battery in just 3.5 hours at home, office or anywhere there's a 240-volt charger. The Clarity Electric has an EPA fuel economy rating of 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)4 and an 89 mile EPA range rating on a full charge.

2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan

The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan is powered by a 617 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive delivering a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 3.1 seconds and hitting the 124 mph mark from a standing start in 10.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than in the standard version of the new BMW M5.

2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 Coming In 3rd Quarter

The 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600, powered by a 608 horsepower 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine mated to a 7-speed manual transmission, will offer a limited run of 14 cars split between seven coupes and seven roadsters. The 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 is available on request with deliveries taking place in Q3 2018.

2018 Nissan Kicks Starts At $18,965 Soon

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, equipped with a standard 125 horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System goes on sale later this Spring at Nissan dealerships nationwide starting at $18,965 (including $975 destination and handling fee) for well-equipped Kicks S model.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Edition 1 Coming Next Year

The new 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Edition 1 model is available exclusively for the top-of-the-range Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe, which features the most powerful version of the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 630 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque to a top speed of 195 mph. Sales release of the first four-door AMG GT in the U.S. market is in early 2019 for the AMG GT 63 and 63 S and in mid-2019 for the AMG GT 53.

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Starts At $27,995 Now

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid crossover powered by a 2.0-liter engine and 30kW electric motor producing net system horsepower of 176 horsepower, more than the 170 horsepower 2.5-liter internal combustion engine in the standard Rogue model. Both powertrains are matched with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Sport and Eco Mode switches. The 2018 Rogue Hybrid is available with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive starts at $27,995 (including $975 destination and handling).

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Starts At $80,950 In Early 2019

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid combines a 335 horsepower three-liter mono-turbo V6 engine with a 134 horsepower electric motor that creates total system output of 455 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Using a 230-volt, 32 amp connection and the optional 7.2 kW onboard charger, it is possible to recharge a fully depleted battery in 2.3 hours. Using a 230-volt connection with 10 amps and the standard 3.6 kW on-board charger, replenishing a fully depleted battery requires 7.8 hours. On electricity alone, the Cayenne E-Hybrid can travel up to 83 miles per hour and up to 27.3 miles. EPA fuel economy figures and electric range are unannounced at this time. New features include massaging seats, a heated windshield, a heads-up display, and 22-inch wheels. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid is expected to begin arriving at U.S. dealers in early 2019 with a base MSRP of $80,950 (including the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee).