Wednesday, August 15, 2018

All-New 2019 Audi A7 Starts At $68,995


The all-new 2019 Audi A7 five-door coupe is powered by an all-new 335 horsepower 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine mated to a seven-speed S-tronic transmission with auto, comfort, dynamic and individual drive select modes. All A7 models will come standard equipped with a 48-volt Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology system stored under the rear cargo floor. Power is supplied from the 10Ah battery to a belt alternator starter. New for 2019 is an all-new MMI touch response® system and available advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise assist and Audi pre-sense 360o along with all new headlight and taillight technologies. The all-new 2019 Audi A7 starts at $68,995 (including $995 destination charge).

2019 Mazda CX-9 Arriving At Dealerships


The 2019 Mazda CX-9, powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine that delivers up to 250 horsepower on 93-octane gas (227 horsepower with 87-octane gasoline) and mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, starts at $32,280. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 will be in dealerships nationwide in September.

Buick Regal Avenir Arrives This Fall


The Buick Regal Avenir, the top trim level as already seen in the Enclave and LaCrosse, is powered by a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buick’s first cloud-connected1 Infotainment System debuts on Regal Avenir, enabling embedded apps and enhancing how customers interact with vehicle features such as profiles, available navigation, voice recognition system updates and applications. Owners will now be able to personalize their user preferences and seamlessly take that profile with them into any compatible vehicle. Safety and driver assistance technologies available on other Regal Sportback models come standard on Avenir, including Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, LED headlamps with auto leveling, cornering lamps and driver side auto-dimming mirrors. Additional active safety technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control - Advanced, are also available. Pricing will be announced early Fall 2018 when Avenirs arrive at dealers.

All-New Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Coming Later In 2018


The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, available as an A 220 and as an A 220 4MATIC with a wheelbase of 107.4 inches, is powered by a 188 horsepower 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. Standard safety systems include Active Brake Assist and adaptive braking technology with Hill Start Assist and the HOLD function. As an available option, KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS enables the hands-free and fully automatic opening of the trunk lid with a kicking motion of the foot under the rear bumper. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision. The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2018.

All-New 2019 Audi Q3 Coming To U.S. Next Year


The new 2019 Audi Q3, in its second generation, sits on a 3 inch longer wheelbase, powered by turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection engines ranging from 150 to 230 horsepower mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed S-tronic. The new Audi Q3 will begin arriving at European dealerships in November 2018 with U.S. model specifications to follow closer to its launch in 2019.

2019 Honda HR-V With CVT Plus New Features


The 2019 Honda HR-V 5-door subcompact SUV, powered by a 141 horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine mated to a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission, adds new Sport and Touring trims for a starting price of $21,615 (including $995 destination and handling). For the 2019 model year, HR-V EX and higher trims come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Keeping Assist System and Road Departure Mitigation incorporating Lane Departure Warning. EX and higher trims receive Honda LaneWatch™ as standard equipment.

Hyundai Veloster N Coming In The 4th Quarter


Hyundai Veloster N, a high-performance vehicle off the new-for-2019 Veloster platform offering a comprehensive differentiation beyond the Veloster Turbo and R-Spec models, is powered by a 275 horsepower 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant mated to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability. Modes include Normal, Sport, N, Eco and N Custom, differentiating engine throttle response, engine speed rev-matching, exhaust note, active differential tuning, suspension damping rates, steering feel and yaw-control characteristics. N Custom mode allows comprehensive driving character preferences via uniquely customizable settings for each tunable driving attribute.The Veloster N begins production in September in Korea, with U.S. market availability in the fourth quarter of 2018.

2019 Audi A8 Coming This Fall Starting At $83,800


The all-new 2019 Audi A8, in its fourth generation, is powered by a new 335 horsepower 3.0 liter V6 turbo engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive and will start with a price of $83,800. Optional interior features include rear right passenger relaxation seat with heated massaging footrest, front 22-way seats with massage and ventilation, front and rear heated center and door armrests and folding productivity tables in center console. New A8 driver assistance systems included in the driver assistance package are the Adaptive Cruise Assist function that assists the driver with acceleration, braking and steering at low speed and in traffic jam situations, Intersection assist that helps the driver avoid low-speed collisions with cross traffic in front of the car when entering an intersection or when leaving a parking space with an obstructed view, and Emergency assist that detects if the driver is unresponsive and brings the car to a stop in its lane, engages emergency hazard lights and places an emergency SOS call. The all-new 2019 A8 will go on sale in the Fall of 2018 with the 3.0 liter V6 TFSI engine. A V8 engine will be available by Summer of 2019.

2019 Acura MDX Starts At $45,295 Now


The 2019 Acura MDX, powered by a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® 24-valve V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, with standard AcuraWatch® technology and available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) carries a starting MSRP of $45,295 (including $995 destination and handling) while the new MDX A-Spec starts at $55,795 with standard SH-AWD®. The 2019 MDX can now be optioned with Acura's Active Damper System, previously available only on the MDX Sport Hybrid, expanding the dynamic “range” of the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System. The 2019 MDX with front-wheel drive has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined), A-Spec is rated at 19/25/21, and all other models with SH-AWD® have an EPA rating of 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined. The 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid go on sale this month. 

2019 Honda Pilot Starts At $32,445 Now


The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot 8-seat SUV, now on sale, powered by a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC engine mated to either a 6-speed automatic or 9-speed automatic transmission (available in Touring and Elite trims), starts at $32,445 (including $995 destination and handling) for the 2019 Pilot LX with standard front-wheel drive and tops out at over $50,000 for the Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain's Chairs and AWD.

New for 2019 are front bumper, taillights, hands-free power tailgate, new trim around the vents, available 3-way heated front seats, and wider fold-down armrests for the driver and front passenger. Additionally, second-row captain's chairs are now available on both Touring and Elite models (previously Elite only) and second-row retractable sunshades are available on EX-L, Touring and Elite grades. For 2019, all Pilot models come standard with the Honda Sensing suite including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

2019 Dodge Durango Coming This Fall


2019 Dodge Durango three-row SUV with available all-wheel-drive capability on all models, comes in SRT, GT and Citadel, powered by a 295 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the R/T powered by a 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and SRT powered by a 475 horsepower 392-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8. Dealers can now place orders for the 2019 Dodge Durango. Towing capacity is 6,200, 7,400 or 8,700 pounds depending on model and engine. New for 2019, Durango Citadel models feature standard second-row captain’s chairs and an available 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Vehicles are scheduled to start arriving in Dodge dealerships this Fall.

Maserati Levante GTS Starts At $119,980


The all-new Maserati Levante GTS, powered by the new 550 horsepower Ferrari-assembled 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with the standard Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system, sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds to a top speed of 181 mph and starts at $119,980.

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Arrives In December


The all-new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, marking the return of the BMW 8 Series luxury sports coupe after 20 years, will start at $112,895 (including $995 destination and handling) when the 523 horsepower coupe arrives in U.S. showrooms on December 8th.

Friday, July 6, 2018

2019 Subaru Impreza Starts At $19,480 This Summer


The 2019 Subaru Impreza sedan and 5-door models, is powered by a 152 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine with direct fuel injection mated to a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters to achieve up to 38 highway MPG. Impreza arrives at Subaru retailers this Summer starting at $19,480 (including $885 destination & delivery).

2019 BMW X5 Starts At $61,695 In November


The all-new 4th generation 2019 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, arriving in U.S. showrooms on November 10th, 2018, starts at $61,695 (including $995 destination and handling) for the X5 xDrive40i and $76,745 for the 50i xDrive. Standard equipment on the all-new 2019 BMW X5 will include a Sport Automatic Transmission with launch control, Dynamic Damper Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation, two 12.3” digital displays, and running the seventh generation of BMW iDrive operating system, Adaptive Full LED headlamps, Active Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Panoramic Glass Sunroof and pre-wiring for 6,600 lb. trailer towing.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coming In 4th Quarter


The new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is powered by a 797 horsepower 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission.
Available on Challenger SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack models for 2019 is the Widebody Package first seen on the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat which adds 3.5 inches to the overall width. Production of the 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup starts in the Fall of 2018, with vehicles starting to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter.


2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Starts At $26,480


The all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, starts at $26,480 (including $980 in freight charges) for the SE 2.4 model which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collison-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport is now called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name.

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.