Thursday, March 4, 2021

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Starts At $92,250 This Summer

The new 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo will start at $92,250 (including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee) when it arrives at U.S. dealerships this Summer. EPA range figures will be announced closer to market launch. 

The crossover version will launch with the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. All variants will feature dual-motor all-wheel drive, two-speed rear transmission, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management in conjunction with air suspension, Performance Battery Plus and its 800-volt battery architecture. The eight-member Taycan family can be ordered in over 21,000 combinations based solely on variant, wheel choice, exterior color, and interior selection. 


Honda SENSING® Elite Safety System Starts On Legend Hybrid EX

Honda has just launched the new Honda SENSING® Elite safety system on the Honda Legend Hybrid EX that's available for lease in Japan. Honda SENSING Elite features ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’ function, enabling the automated driving system to drive the vehicle, instead of the driver, under certain conditions such as when the vehicle is in congested traffic on an expressway. Other features are the first Level 3 automated technology to be approved by Japanese authorities with ‘Hands-off’ and ‘Emergency Stop Assist’. Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist System will assist the driving operations even while the driver has their hands off the steering wheel. Active Lane Change Assist with Hands-off Function provides throttle, braking and steering inputs necessary to accomplish the lane change.

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid LX Starts At $25,865

The 2021 Kia Niro Hybrid LX, powered by a 139 horsepower 1.6L GDI engine with an electric motor and a 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer hybrid battery that gets 50-MPG combined EPA fuel economy rating, starts at $25,865 (including $1,175 destination). The 2021 Kia Niro PHEV, powered by a 139 horsepower 1.6L GDI engine with an electric motor and an 8.9 kWh lithium ion polymer PHEV battery, starts at $30,765. New for 2021 is a standard Rear Occupant Alert (door logic based). The 2021 Niro EV details will be released later this year.

Hyundai BAYON Crossover SUV For Europe

The all-new Hyundai BAYON, a B-segment crossover SUV specifically for Europe, is powered by a 99 or 118 horsepower 1.0-liter T-GDi engine combined with Hyundai’s 48-volt mild hybrid technology coupled with either the 6-speed intelligent Manual Transmission  or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission or an 83 horsepower 1.2-liter MPi engine paired with a 5MT.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

2022 Kia Carnival Coming In The Second Quarter

The all-new 2022 Kia Carnival Multi-Purpose Vehicle, with removable second-row seats and fold-in-floor third-row seats, replaces the outgoing Sedona and is powered by a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission providing up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. The 2022 Carnival is underpinned by the same all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform as the Sorento and K5. The 2022 Carnival will be offered in LX, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige trim levels with standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warning-Reverse, Lane Keeping Assist System with Lane Following Assist and Driver Attention Warning that senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver. This all-new MPV is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance Coming This Fall


The Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance is powered by a 472-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission that features drive mode select Sport S and Sport S+ making it capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds with a manufacturer-estimated 24 mpg highway rating. The Lexus Safety System+ has a Pre-Collision System, which includes Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, Emergency Steering Assist and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC also includes a new feature that allows for smooth overtaking of slower vehicles. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) is designed to help notify the driver if it senses an inadvertent lane departure at speeds above 32 miles per hour via steering wheel vibrations or audible alert. The all-new 2022 IS 500 F SPORT Performance is expected to arrive in dealerships later this Fall.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Starts At $26,990 In April

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander three-row crossover SUV, featuring a new design direction for both this vehicle and the brand, is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with available Super All-Wheel Control system. Outlander, starting at $26,990 (including destination/handling charge of $1,195), gears up for sale in North America first in April 2021.


2022 Hyundai Kona Arrives This Spring

The new 2022 Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric SUVs, 1.6 inches longer than the previous model, receive a fresh design for the U.S. market, including an all-new sporty N Line trim. The standard powertrain is a 147 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine paired with a new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission, while the N Line and Limited trims offer a 195 horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine coupled to a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission. The Kona Electric, freshened with a new front fascia design, has a 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery producing an estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined based on internal testing. The center-stack and center-cluster displays are all new for the Electric with large 10.25 screens. 2022 Kona gasoline and Electric SUVs will arrive in the Spring.



2022 INFINITI QX55 Starts At $46,500 In April

The 2022 INFINITI QX55 crossover coupe, with standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and available in LUXE, ESSENTIAL and SENSORY trim levels, is powered by a 268-horsepower VC-Turbo engine paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and manual mode. The 2022 INFINITI QX55 LUXE is equipped with a power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, heated front seats, Active Noise Cancellation, and safety features including Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and will start at $46,500 (excluding destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options) when it arrives in dealers in April across the U.S. An all-new INFINITI QX60 three-row crossover will join later in the year.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV From $33,995 This Summer

The new, all-electric 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV electric vehicle will be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system for more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads in the U.S. and Canada. It also has a Dual Level Charge Cord that allows a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts. The larger Bolt EUV gets a GM-estimated 250 mile range on a full charge and is priced from $33,995 (including destination freight charge), compared to the 2022 Bolt EV that achieves a GM-estimated 259 miles of range and starts at $31,995, before any available state, local or utility incentives. Both will be available this Summer.


2022 INFINITI QX60 Arrives Later This Year

The all-new 2022 INFINITI QX60 three-row crossover will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission when it arrives to the U.S. and Canada later this year.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Toyota To Add More Electrified Models

Toyota will introduce two BEVs and a PHEV electrified models in the U.S. market this year. By 2025, Toyota’s goal is to have 40% of new vehicle sales be electrified models, and by 2030 expects that to increase to nearly 70%.

2022 Audi e-tron GT Goes On Sale This Summer Starting At $99,900

The 2022 Audi e-tron GT produces up to 522 horsepower and the RS e-tron GT distributes up to 637 horsepower to all four wheels. Preliminary manufacturer’s estimated ranges based on approximation of EPA test cycles for a full charge are 238 miles for the e-tron GT and 232 miles for the RS e-tron GT.  With an 800-volt electrical architecture, the e-tron GT comes standard with the ability to charge at 270 kW using DC fast-chargers from 5-80% in just 22.5 minutes. The e-tron GT quattro Premium Plus starts at $99,900 and the RS e-tron GT at $139,900 (excluding destination charge, sales taxes, title, options, dealer charges and any available state or federal tax incentives). It is anticipated that 2022 Audi e-tron GT models may qualify for up to $7,500 in federal tax incentives. Dealer sets actual price. The 2022 Audi e-tron GT is expected to go on sale in the U.S. this summer.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Starts At $24,590

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, five inches longer overall at 178.9 inches on wheelbase that remains unchanged at 105.1 inches, is powered a 152 horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter direct-injection engine mated to an 8-speed CVT with Sport Mode transmission and starts at $24,590 (including $1,195 destination/handling charge) for the ES trim that a standard seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system. Driver and front passenger heated seats are standard on LE, SE and SEL trims. Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)2 all-wheel drive system can be added to any trim level for $1,600.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

All-New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Goes On Sale This Summer

The all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, with seating for up to eight and a new captain's chairs option, is powered by a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 is matched with an all-new 9-speed transmission for smooth, direct response. Available all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector for on- and-off-road driving with available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity to haul boats and trailers. The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is offered in 2WD and 4WD and S, SV, SL and Platinum and SV Premium and SL Premium packages when it goes on sale this Summer.


All-New 2022 Nissan Frontier Goes On Sale This Summer

The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is equipped with a 310 horsepower 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Frontier 4WD models feature a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. Frontier 4WD models are available with a 4-wheel limited-slip system. Hill Start Assist is standard on all models, and Hill Descent Control is standard on all 4WD models. The PRO-4X model adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody skid plates for off-road driving. The 2022 Frontier King Cab is offered in 2WD and 4WD S and SV grades while the Crew Cab is available in 2WD and 4WD S, SV SWB (standard bed) and SV LWB (long bed), along with the Crew Cab PRO-4X (4WD only) and new-for-2022 PRO-X (2WD only). Seven option packages will be available. A 5-foot bed is standard on all Crew Cab models, with a 6-foot bed optional on Crew Cab SV Long Wheelbase models. A 6-foot bed is also standard on all King Cab models. The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier goes on sale this Summer.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Coming This Summer

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, fully redesigned, is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission upgraded with next-generation controls bolted to a torque-on-demand transfer case. With a 36-gallon gas tank capacity, the Raptor delivers a projected EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles on a full tank of gas. The reengineered all-new five-link rear suspension is designed to provide more control and power to the ground over rough terrain at high speeds. Raptor is available with either 35-inch or 37-inch tires. The larger 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies are filled with all-new low-friction shock fluid decreases frictional losses inside the damper for improved off and on-road comfort. Available in SuperCrew configuration on a 145-inch wheelbase, Raptor features a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and composite body. The 2021 F-150 Raptor will be available in showrooms this Summer and the Raptor R is coming next year.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V Blackwings Coming This Summer

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, powered by a 668 horsepower 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine, and CT4-V Blackwing (pictured), with a 472 horsepower 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 engine, represent Cadillac's performance brand. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with an available 10-speed automatic transmission. V-Series Blackwing models are built on Cadillac’s rear-wheel drive architecture and feature shock tower braces, an underside shear plate and thicker rear cross members to improve chassis rigidity. Tap Shift/Manual Mode allows the driver to use integrated magnesium paddle shifters to select a gear and hold it until selecting the next gear, up or down. Sport Mode provides real-time interpretation of driving conditions, adjusting the transmission to reduce shift busyness and improve performance, while retaining aggressive driving dynamics. Dynamic Performance Mode is calibrated to deliver track focused shift patterns and automatically activates when high-g forces are experienced in Sport or Track mode. Pricing begins at $59,990 (including $995 destination charge) for the CT4-V Blackwing and $84,990 for the CT5-V Blackwing. Reservations for both vehicles are open now with deliveries later this Summer.