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).