Friday, November 17, 2017
The new Tesla Roadster has Elon Musk boasting that the 4-seater all-wheel drive, all-electric supercar is the quickest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration of 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a range of 620 miles (LA to San Francisco round trip at legal highway speed without recharging, claims Musk) and a top speed more than 250 mph. A lightweight, removable Glass Roof stores in the trunk for an open-air, convertible driving experience. The base price is $200,000 with a reservation fee of$50,000. The Founders Series, with 1,000 reservations available, has a price of $250,000.
The all-new 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T is added to the Accord line-up with a new 252 horsepower 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® direct-injected DOHC inline-4 engine in Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims. The Accord 2.0T goes on sale on Nov. 20 with a starting MSRP of $31,200 (including $890 destination and handling) for the Accord 2.0T Sport, available with either a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission or a short-throw 6-speed manual.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 181-horsepower electric motor and a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine producing a total system output of 212 horsepower. The 17-kilowatt hour battery pack has a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in starts at $34,290 (including $890 destination charge) and the Touring trim for $37,490 on December 1st at dealerships nationwide. Clarity Plug-in Hybrid owners are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 when they purchase, and for additional state rebates, where available, when they purchase or lease the model.
The all-new 2018 Kia Stinger fastback sport sedan starts at $32,800 for the base Stinger and $38,000 for the Stinger Premium, both powered by a 255 horsepower 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Stinger GT starting at $39,250, GT1 starting at $44,150 and GT2 starting at $50,100 get a 365 horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Both engines are matched to a second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. All-wheel drive also is available for $2,200 across all trims. The all-new 2018 Kia Stinger is expected to arrive in Kia dealers December 1st.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 755 horsepower LT5 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine mated to either a seven-speed manual or, for the first time in the ZR1, an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission that takes the ZR1 to a top speed of over 210 mph. The ZR1 will offer a standard rear Low Wing and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing which includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce. All models featuring a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next Spring.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The MINI Electric Concept encapsulates MINI’s near-term vision of an all-electric car designed for urban mobility and will lead to an all-electric series-production model in 2019. The MINI Electric Concept, showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show will makes its North American debut later this month in Los Angeles.
The BMW i Vision Dynamics is an all-electric, emission-free four-door Gran Coupe that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph with a range of 373 miles, will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. In addition, the BMW i3s, BMW X7 SAV Concept and the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will make their North American premieres. The BMW 8 Series Concept and the all-new BMW M5 will also be featured.
The first-ever BMW M3 CS, around 110 pounds lighter than a standard M3, is powered by a 453 horsepower M TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds to a a top speed of 174 mph. The carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof alone is more than 13 pounds lighter than a conventional steel version. The BMW M3 CS is available to order in the U.S. starting in May 2018. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch. The first-ever BMW M3 CS will make its world debut in Los Angeles later this month.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler with a fold-down windshield for off-roading and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations will be debut with more information in late November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.