Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Tesla Model Y, a fully electric, 7 passenger, all-wheel drive SUV with a 280 mile (EPA est.) range is capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road and comes with an expansive all-glass roof. All new Tesla cars come wit full self-driving capability, enabling automatic driving on city streets and highways pending regulatory approval, as well as the ability to come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring come standard on the Model Y, which is capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road, has an expansive all-glass roof. Each second row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor for easy loading and unloading. Standard range production is expected to begin early 2021 with prices starting at $42,700.
Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-door coupe is powered by an AMG-enhanced 429 horsepower 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost and Electric Auxiliary Compressor that utilizes stored electric power from the 48V battery through an Integrated-Starter-Generator, a powerful electric motor that combines the functions of a starter and an alternator. GT 53 features include: AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9- Speed transmission, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable All-Wheel Drive, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes, AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension and electronically-deployable rear spoiler. The GT 53 4-door coupe will start at $99,995 (including $995 destination and delivery charge). The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 Coupe with a 577 horsepower 4.0L V8 biturbo engine starts at $137,495 and the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Coupe with a 630 horsepower 4.0L V8 biturbo engine starts at $159,995.
2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover, powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6L V6 engine matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission, featuring direct injection, Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technologies with a starting price of $53,690 (including destination charge), for the Premium Luxury FWD model. The lineup also includes the XT6 Sport, with standard Sport Control AWD, which starts at $58,090. Features include HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, and Rear Seat Reminder. Cadillac will begin accepting orders of the 2020 XT6 this month.
The eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata four-door-coupe is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor and offers an array of features, such as Hidden Lighting Lamps. The new generation Sonata is scheduled to go on sale later this month.
Cadillac's first-ever CT5 sedan, offered in Luxury and Sport models, is powered by either a 2.0L Turbo and available 3.0L Twin-Turbo engine paired to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. More to come at next month's New York International Automobile Show.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV powered by 201 horsepower motor with 100 kWh capacity delivers a range of up to 249 miles and with rapid charging enables a range of 62 miles within just fifteen minutes. The Concept EQV, with a top speed of 99 mph, is a fully-electric vehicle concept which can easily be converted to a 7 or even 8-seater with the addition of individual seats or seat benches. By 2022 the whole Mercedes-Benz Portfolio, from the compact car to the large SUV, is planned to be electrified.
Monday, March 4, 2019
The first-ever 2020 BMW X3 M Sports Activity Vehicle and the first-ever 2020 BMW X4 M Sports Activity Coupe (shown above) are powered by a 473 horsepower 3.0 liter 6-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, or an available 503 horsepower engine in the Competition versions and mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and three shift modes. Both the X3 M and X4 M accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, while the Competition models hit the 60 mph mark in 4.0 seconds. The top speed of all models is electronically limited to 155 mph. If the optional M Driver’s Package is specified, the limit rises to 174 mph for the X3 M and X4 M and up to 177 mph for the Competition models. Standard equipment consists of Cruise Control with braking function along with Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, while Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and distance information and the Driving Assistant (including Speed Limit Info, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Collision Prevention, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning) can be specified as options. Driving Assistant Plus includes the Steering and lane control assistant, the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, the evasion aid and the Crossroads warning, Wrong-way warning and Front Cross Traffic Alert. There's Parking Assistant Plus for maneuvering into parking spaces. Production begins in April 2019.
The Volkswagen ID. BUGGY, the next member of the ID. concept family, uses a modular electric drive matrix chassis integrating a 62kWh lithium-ion battery into the floor and a 201-horsepower electric motor in the rear to give it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle. The concept car sprints from zero to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds to a maximum electronically controlled speed of 99 mph. While the ID. BUGGY concept car is a pure 2-seater, it can also be converted to a 2+2-seater and an additional electric motor could be added to the front axle in order to make four-wheel drive possible. The open concept car is 160.0 in long, 74.4 in wide and 57.6 in high with a 104.3 in wheelbase and 9.4 in ground clearance.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition SUV is a special value option package with dark 18-inch wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires, black mesh grille, black roof rails, black door handles and outside rearview mirrors, black front and rear fascia accents, black molded overfenders and unique “Rock Creek” badging on the front doors. Interior changes include special Rock Creek Edition two-tone seating surfaces and badging, high contrast stitching on seats, door, console lid and steering wheel and premium metallic interior trim. Every Rock Creek Edition also features a standard trailer tow hitch and harness and splash guards. Both 4WD and 2WD Pathfinder models feature a 6,000-pound towing capability. It goes on sale this Spring with a package price of $995, a $1,315 savings (versus similar equipment priced separately).
The next generation 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque compact luxury SUV, available in S, SE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE, with an additional First Edition model available for the first year only, will be powered by an all-new 48-volt 296 horsepower mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain available alongside a 246 horsepower Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine. The Range Rover Evoque is priced from $43,645 (including $995 destination/handling charge). The new Range Rover Evoque features ‘ClearSight Ground View’ technology designed to allow the driver to virtually see through the hood and under the front end of the vehicle by projecting a 180-degree view of the ground onto the vehicle’s upper touchscreen. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be on sale starting this Spring.
The new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, powered by a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available seven- speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco,” and “Custom” driving mode selections allow drivers to customize dynamic behavior. Standard features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Available features include a sunroof, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display with unique GLI graphics, 400-watt BeatsAudio® system, Volkswagen Car-Net® connected vehicle services, SiriusXM® radio, Voice Control, a second USB port, power driver seat with memory and lumbar, ventilated seats, and remote start. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be available in two regular trim levels and a 35th Anniversary Edition. It is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the Spring of 2019.
The all-new seventh-generation 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan, available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT models, is powered by a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injection BOXER engine mated to a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission or a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine for new XT models. Standard on all trims is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Lane Centering Function. DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, uses a dedicated camera and facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. If the system detects the driver is distracted or dozing off, a warning will display on both the combination meter and 11.6-inch screen to alert driver and passengers. Standard on the Touring XT, the Front View Monitor captures images within the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch display. Also available, LED Steering Responsive Headlamps (Limited, Touring), Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 2020 Legacy will arrive at Subaru retailers this Fall, with pricing announced closer to the on-sale date.
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport package, powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, is a new limited-edition offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims and joins the XT4, recently introduced XT6 and Escalade in the Cadillac SUV line-up. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition package is $2,995 on the Luxury trim and $1,995 on the Premium Luxury trim. The Luxury trim’s starting MSRP in the U.S. is $49,490 (including destination) and it will be available for ordering in Spring.
The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage, powered by either a 181 horsepower 2.4-liter GDI or a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, offers a new S trim, standard 8-inch touchscreen for LX, S and EX variants, new headlights with available LED turn indicators, redesigned projector-beam fog lights, available LED headlights with available LED fog lights, and new front grille, bumper, air intake and skid plate. Available driver assist features include Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Start & Stop and Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection. The 2020 Kia Sportage is expected this Spring with limited availability.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, the third all-new Silverado in just 18 months, larger in virtually every measure compared to the current HD and available in Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country trim levels across 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline configurations, is powered by a new 401 horsepower 6.6L V-8 gas with direct injection mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a 445 horsepower Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 equipped with all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission boasting a max towing capability to an available 35,500 pounds. The 2020 Silverado HD offers up to 15 unique camera views, including HD Surround Vision, Bed View, a transparent trailer view, and an accessory camera. The lineup includes 2500HD and 3500HD Regular, Double Cab and Crew Cab models offered with standard length and long cargo boxes, as well as two chassis cab lengths. The all-new 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be released closer to on-sale date.
Monday, February 4, 2019
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport, in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 engine with a 5,000-pound towing capacity, begins arriving at Honda dealerships today starting at $33,035 (including $1,045 destination charge).
Monday, January 28, 2019
The all-new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, with a longer wheelbase and taller overall height, is powered by a 445 horsepower Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine mated to a an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission. The bigger frame, stronger propulsion and technologies are expected to deliver towing capacity well in excess of 30,000 pounds. The ProGrade Trailering system features available 15 camera views, including a transparent trailer view to virtually see through a trailer in tow. The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this year in 2500HD and 3500HD dual rear wheel and single rear wheel configurations. Pricing and complete specifications will be announced later. Click here to see GMC Sierra overview interview.
Friday, January 25, 2019
The updated 6th Generation BMW 7 Series Sedan adds a new 6-cylinder plug-in-hybrid 745e variant to the turbocharged 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines in the 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, M760i xDrive and M760Li xDrive sedans. The plug-in hybrid model has maximum output of 280 horsepower that includes a 113 horsepower electric motor and a new lithium-ion battery equipped with a hybrid-specific variant of the eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission incorporating both the electric motor and a separating clutch. With the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT mode, the drive duo can unleash a combined output of 389 horsepower. The new plug-in hybrid drive technology enables the BMW 745e xDrive to record a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.9 seconds. The plug-in hybrid model that will be available at the launch of the new BMW 7 Series in Spring 2019.
The new BMW M760i xDrive is powered by a 600 horsepower 6.6 liter V12 engine with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds to a top speed of 155 mph. The BMW 750i xDrive Sedan has a 523 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine taking it from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The new BMW 740i and 740i xDrive are powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged direct injection straight-six engine for a 740i 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds while 740i Xdrive does it in 4.8 seconds. All equiped with an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. Available as an optional package in the 750i xDrive and M760i xDrive, the Rear Executive Lounge Seating appointments. The Active Driving Assistant package is standard equipment and includes Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Lane Departure Warning Blind Spot Detection systems, Speed Limit Info system, Rear Collision Preparation and Cross Traffic Alert. The optional Driving Assistance Professional package adds Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change and Evasion Assistant & Cross Traffic alert.
The Nissan IMs concept, with full autonomous drive capability, is powered by a 483 horsepower electric powertrain with dual front and rear electric motors and a 115-kWh battery providing an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge. In Autonomous Drive mode, the IMs concept's headlights and rear combination light turn blue and the lighting travels continuously from front-to-rear to notify pedestrians and other drivers of its autonomous status. Nissan will launch an additional seven electric vehicles by 2022.
The Mercedes-Benz A 220 and A 220 4MATIC both feature a 188 horsepower 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. Standard equipment for the Mercedes-Benz A 220 and A 220 4MATIC includes a Panorama roof and the MBUX multimedia system with intelligent Voice Control, Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a high-resolution widescreen cockpit concept with a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. Also available KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS for automatically opening the trunk lid with a kicking motion under the rear bumper. Arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2019, the Mercedes-Benz A 220 Sedan will start at just $33,495 (including $995 destination and delivery charge) while the A 220 4MATIC Sedan will start from $35,495.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The new 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line trim, the first N Line model for the United States from Hyundai, is powered by a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged-GDI engine with six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed DCT with larger steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Elantra GT N Line models available features include Smart Cruise Control with start/stop capability, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and AVN 5.0 infotainment system with an eight-inch screen. The new 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N starts at $24,185 (including $885 freight charges).
The limited-edition Subaru STI S209, the first-ever S-line STI product produced exclusively for the U.S. market, is powered by a reworked version of the EJ25 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine with a larger turbine and compressor, delivering an estimated 341 horsepower and is mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. A recalibrated SI-Drive system offers three modes: Intelligent (I) for improved fuel economy and smoother power control; Sport (S) for optimized power balance between response and control; and Sport Sharp (S#) for achieving the best acceleration times. Only around 200 units of the STI S209 will be built exclusively for the U.S. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date in late 2019.
The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, is powered by a supercharged 700-plus horsepower 5.2-liter V8 aluminum alloy engine built by hand mated to a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds. The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 has next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. Also, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package, with the rear seat is deleted to reduce weight, features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 joins the Shelby GT350 in the sixth-generation Mustang line-up when it arrives this Fall.
The 2020 Lexus RC F Coupe, is refreshed with improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, a retuned suspension, new styling and the addition of an all-new, limited production Track Edition model (above). The RC F continues to be powered by a 472 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a higher final drive ratio to improve off-the-line response. Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition will start production in the second quarter of 2019.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
2020 Toyota Supra, returning after 20 years, will be available in 3.0 and 3.0 Premium trims and powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and have a starting price of $50,830 (including the $930 delivery, processing, and handling fee). Both grades will have features including adaptive suspension, an active rear differential and launch control. The initial 1,500 production Supras for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models starting at $56,180 uniquely numbered and with distinctive features. Toyota dealers will be handling all orders and the Launch Edition models go on sale in Summer 2019.
2020 Kia Telluride 8-seat mid-size SUV, the largest Kia ever available in LX, EX, S and SX trims with a choice of front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive, is powered by a 291 horsepower 3.8-liter GDI V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort drive modes. “Eco” and “Smart” modes deliver 100 percent power to the front wheels. “Comfort” and “Snow” modes deliver 80 percent power to the front wheels and 20 percent to rear. Sport mode splits the power 65-35 percent between front and back. “Lock” mode delivers power evenly to all four wheels. Standard towing rated up to 5,000 pounds. Features include Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Head-Up Display, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode and Rear Occupant Alert. Telluride will be assembled at Kia’s manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia and will go on sale this year.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover, with a standard power-folding third-row seat, is powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission featuring next-generation Electronic Precision Shift offering up to four selectable driving modes and Active Fuel Management technology that enables V-4 operation when V-6 power. AWD is available on Premium Luxury and standard on XT6 Sport. The XT6 features include Night Vision, HD Surround Vision Camera, Illuminated Cadillac Crest hands-free liftgate, Keyless Open and Adaptive Remote Start, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. The 2020 XT6 will be manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and available for ordering this Spring.
The new 2020 Volkswagen Passat, completely restyled retaining the underpinnings of the previous model and available in four regular trim levels, is powered by a 174 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic®. Every Passat includes standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, now with Pedestrian Monitoring, as well as Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver-assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist and Parking Steering Assistant including Park Distance Control. In addition, Passat offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems including the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat, comes with 6-years/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper warranty is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the Summer of 2019.
The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer comes in standard, XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST and Platinum trim levels, offers intelligent four-wheel drive and an available new Terrain Management System™ that features seven drive modes and is powered by a 300 horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine with all-new 10-speed transmission that comes standard on base, XLT and Limited models, and a 365 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that powers Explorer Platinum.
Explorer ST (pictured above) is powered by a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive with selectable traction control. Available upgrades include an ST Street Pack and an ST Track Pack. The all-new Explorer Hybrid, which features a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain with an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission, is projected to produce a combined system 318 horsepower and an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles between gas station fill-ups for the rear-wheel-drive model.
The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer offers more space and technology, including available 10.1-inch portrait-mounted touch screen with full-screen maps, traffic-sensing Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist including Evasive Steering Assist to help avoid a collision, available Reverse Brake Assist, Active Park Assist 2.0, which handles all steering, shifting, brake and accelerator controls during a parking maneuver with a touch of a button, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, and Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner. Vehicles equipped with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 5,600 pounds and new models outfitted with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost and Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds.The all-new Explorer is manufactured at Chicago Assembly Plant and due in showrooms this Summer.
Friday, January 4, 2019
Mark Reuss (left) was just named president of General Motors following a long career at GM that began as a student intern in 1983. Most recently, from June 2018, Reuss was executive vice president and president, Cadillac and global portfolio planning and prior to that was executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain from 2013-2018. Before that, starting in 2009, Reuss was president of General Motors North America. Reuss was born and raised in Detroit and holds a bachelor’s of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of business administration from Duke University. In 2011, Reuss, as President of GM North America, discussed a changing mindset at General Motors (click hear to see his interview).
|Richard Saxton with Lloyd Reuss|
His 82 year old father, Lloyd Reuss was President of General Motors Corporation from 1990 until his retirement in January 1993. A mechanical engineering grad from the University of Missouri, the older Reuss joined GM in 1959 and was checking out vehicles at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with Richard Saxton (right).