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Archive for March, 2018

BMW and Mercedes-Benz Will Merge Their Mobility Services Operations

Goal is “seamless mobility from Point A to B” whether you’re driving, taking a train, even riding a bike.

by on Mar.28, 2018

A mobility enterprises, like Daimler's alliance with the Car2Go car-sharing service, are going to partner with BMW.

In what is being described as a “historic” move, traditional arch-rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz have announced plans to merge their many and varied mobility services operations in a bid to make it easier to get “from Point A to B seamlessly,” no matter what form of transportation you use.

The two German automakers are already big players in the emerging field of mobility services, among other things partnering with taxi fleets and parking structures while operating both car- and ride-sharing services in a number of cities around the world. The new joint venture will also work with mass transit systems and even with the public bicycle services popping up in many urban areas.

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“Our goal is to provide mobility services at levels so far unheard of,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW AG board member who helped negotiate the alliance. (more…)

Hyundai Plugs Into Mainstream with Long-Range Kona Electric

At 250 miles/charge, battery-ute tops Tesla Model 3,

by on Mar.28, 2018

Hyundai wasted no time in getting the battery-electric version of its new Kona compact ute in front of the people.

The race to bring out affordable, long-range battery-electric vehicles is shifting into high gear, Hyundai among an assortment of manufacturers revealing new products – or laying out plans – at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

And the Korean carmaker wasn’t pulling any punches as it pulled the wraps off the Kona Electric, the battery-powered version of its new Kona sport-utility vehicle. During a media preview, Hyundai Motor America CEO Brian Smith pointed out that is rated at 250 miles per charge, more 12 miles than the Chevrolet Volt EV and 30 more than the Tesla Model 3.

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Hyundai has, in fact, taken pains to tweak Tesla in recent weeks, warning the California carmaker it’s coming into the market with a billboard-sized banner that greeted visitors to the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. In his Wednesday comments, meanwhile, Smith noted that Hyundai is “a company that meets its production deadlines,” a clear shot at Tesla’s ongoing production problems with the Model 3. (more…)

Hyundai Tucson Gets Facelift, New Tech for 2019 Model Year

Hyundai's hot seller should continue moving metal with refresh.

by on Mar.28, 2018

The new 2019 Hyundai Tucson gets refreshed for the model year and adds some new technology as well.

The Tucson has been one of the mainstays of the Hyundai line-up in recent years and for is getting a big facelift for the 2019 model year.

In the cosmetic department, Hyundai’s compact crossover vehicle gets a new grille and new headlights and a new front and rear fascias for 2019 in a bid to keep up with the intensifying competition in the utility vehicle segments that J.D Power & Associates indicates is beginning to put increased pressure on some models.

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But the current edition of the Tucson has set a sales record in each of the past 12 months and the new version of Tucson, which following its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week is due in showrooms next fall, will also get a significant amount of new technology. (more…)

Acura Unwraps Next-Generation RDX

New model designed and built in the U.S.

by on Mar.28, 2018

The third generation RDX is the quickest, best-handling RDX ever, with top-class cabin and cargo space.

A new chapter for Acura began this week as it uncovered the next-generation RDX during the press days at the New York International Auto Show.

The re-engineered 2019 RDX is described as the first of a new generation of Acura vehicles that deliver top-notch performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin as well as key technology and features.

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“The 2019 Acura RDX signals the start of a new era for the Acura brand by delivering design, performance and prestige that will elevate its position in the luxury market’s fastest growing segment,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia Show Off Nero Edizione Package

Stelvio captures crossover of the year award at show.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Alfa Romeo rolled out its Nero Edition appearance package for the Giulia and Stelvio at NYIAS.

Alfa Romeo continues to grow its presence in North America carefully and patiently with the Giulia and Stelvio models, particularly the Quadrifoglio versions, looking to endear itself to mavens past and future.

However, this calculated rollout of product occasionally needs a little boost to remind folks that Alfa is around and viable. To that end, the brand rolled out its Nero Edizione package for both vehicles at the New York International Auto Show.

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The appearance package adds a sporty element to the Giulia and Stelvio models equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged, 280 horsepower power plants. (more…)

Volvo XC60 Lands Honors as World Car of the Year

Six World Car Awards help open 2018 NY Auto Show.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Volvo's Anders Gustafsson accepts the trophy for the World Car of the Year for the XC60.

Volvo racked up another award for its expanding line-up of SUVs as the 2018 New York International Auto Show opened up its annual media preview.

Already honored as North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the Volvo XC60 expanded its reach by nabbing the title “World Car of the Year,” the most prestigious of six trophies handed out by a jury of 82 automotive journalists from around the world.

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The choice of the Volvo was significant on several levels, as was the fact that “all three of the finalists are SUVs,” noted World Car Chairman Peter Lyon. “That’s definitely a sign of the times.” (more…)

VW Targets the American Heartland with Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept

“We want to be a relevant player” in a truck-crazed market, says CEO.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Volkswagen's Hinrich Woebcken unveiled its Tanoak pickup concept at the New York Auto Show.

There are few surprises at auto shows these days, at least from a media perspective, automakers routinely signaling what they’ve got coming, usually offering press kits and pictures well in advance of a product’s official debut.

Volkswagen managed to pull off one of the rare surprises this year, however. While it did give a heads-up on plans to roll out the Atlas Sport Cross Concept it managed to keep pretty much everyone in the dark about a second introduction at the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the Atlas Tanoak Concept.

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While that’s just a show car for now, the big question is whether it signals the automaker’s intent on getting back into the truck game for the first time in decades. If so, it would become only the second modern pickup to be based on a crossover, rather than a traditional, truck-based platform. (more…)

Porsche Adds to 911 GT3 Family With Less

New Weissach Package offering cuts weight with carbon fiber.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Porsche introduced its new lighter 911 GT3 RS with the Weissach Package with a 0-to-60 time of under 3 seconds. Photo credit: AutoBlog.com

Perhaps no automaker better takes an iconic vehicle and tweaks it everso slightly to the squealing delight of a dedicated fan base than Porsche and its 911. For 2019, Porsche is adding the Weissach Package to the 911 GT3 RS model.

Based on the 911 GT3 RS just unveiled in Geneva, the optional Weissach Package is available for the first time on a 911 GT3 RS model and complements the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going 911 ever with additional lightweight components, Porsche notes.

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Naturally, there’s a price for such subtle visual changes: $18,000 for the Weissach Package, which helps the 4.0-liter 520 horsepower flat six push the car from 0-to-60 mph in less than three seconds. (more…)

Live From New York!

New model introductions from every segment highlight NYIAS 2018.

by on Mar.28, 2018

The two-day media preview officially has ended, but TheDetroitBureau.com continues to dig up stories from this year’s New York International Auto Show.

So, keep coming back to see what we’ll be bringing you from the Jacob K. Javits Center where dozens of hot new cars, trucks, concepts and crossovers are making their debut. (more…)

RAV4 Remake Could Be Toyota’s Biggest Intro in Years

SUV now outsells sedan mainstay Camry.

by on Mar.28, 2018

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets an exterior makeover that injects passion into the design.

You don’t mess with success, goes the old adage. But there’s an alternative way of looking at things: no risk is the biggest risk of all. Or, so goes the long-time mantra at Toyota.

Which is right? We’ll likely learn in the months ahead as buyers get a look at the all-new Toyota RAV4 that’s making its debut this week at the New York International Auto Show. These days, few vehicles are more important to the Japanese giant, booming sales of SUVs propelling the RAV4 at an explosive pace. Last year, it surged past the Camry to become Toyota’s best-selling model and it was fourth overall in the U.S. market, behind only three full-size domestic pickups.

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At a time when the overall U.S. market has been sliding, demand for the original “cute ute” rose 15% last year, topping 400,000, an almost unseen number anymore. So, any mistakes with the new model and you can just imagine the impact on the bottom line – and careers. (more…)