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Lexus Sets a New Direction With Chicago Introductions

Brand explores its performance heritage while adding to its green legacy.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL debuts at the Chicago Auto Show, including the pricing of the new ute.

Lexus took the wraps off its limited editions RC F and GS F for 2018 during a preview leading in the annual Chicago Auto Show.

Cooper Ericksen, Lexus vice president of marketing, said production of the RC F, which will go on sale in March, will be limited to 500 units, including a limited run of 240 that are destined for the United States.

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The RC F will come with a unique 5-liter V8 engine, a mat pain finish in grey, special Brembo brakes and carbon fiber accents such as the rear spoiler, according to Ericksen. Lexus also plans to offer the GS F to consumers, starting this spring, he said. (more…)

Hyundai to Add Hybrid, Plug-In Versions of Latest Sonata Sedan

It's green at the Chicago Auto Show this year.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The new Hyundai Sonata comes as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version for the 2018 model year.

There may be plenty of white stuff swirling around the frigid Windy City, but it’s green inside Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center – at least if you’re at the Hyundai stand.

The Korean carmaker has been slow to embrace new battery technologies but it’s making up for lost time. It’s planning to add a veritable blizzard of battery and hydrogen-powered models during the next five years, and the rollout gains momentum with the launch of both conventional hybrid and plug-in versions of the midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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“When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. (more…)

VW Arteon Makes American Debut

Return of the coupe-like sedan.

by on Feb.08, 2018

Volkswagen's Arteon sedan makes it North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

With the recent launches of the all-new Atlas and completely redesigned Tiguan, Volkswagen has made it clear it is shifting direction to catch up with the massive explosion of SUV and CUV sales. But it isn’t walking away from its more traditional passenger car segments.

We got a look at the updated Passat at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month and for the Chicago Auto Show VW is pulling the wraps off the Arteon, the replacement for its coupe-like CC sedan. Okay, yes, we’ve already seen the Arteon in Europe, but for the Windy City show we’re getting a first look at the American market model.

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And like the old CC, “The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. “This car is the spiritual successor to the CC, but it is bolder and faster. Arteon has the style and performance of a luxury Gran Turismo for about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.” (more…)

Upgraded Dodge Durango SRT Blows into the Windy City

Adding some more sport to the big Dodge sport-ute.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The Dodge Durango SRT gets some upgrades for 2018, including new dual-center exterior "racing" stripes.

Considering the near-blizzard conditions soon to descend upon Chicago, Dodge may have picked a good time to offer up an updated version of its Durango sport-utility vehicle.

The roomy crossover, occasionally referred to as the “man-van,” has traditionally balanced a more macho-male driving dynamic with the functional utility of a large ute that all members of the family can appreciate. For the Windy City unveiling, Dodge is putting the spotlight on the sportiest Durango SRT edition, offering a handful of upgrades – though it sticks with the current, 475-hp Hemi V-8.

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“Our Dodge//SRT performance enthusiasts are always looking for ways to make their vehicle their own,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Cars, and the Dodge brand said, ahead of the Durango debut. The latest updates, he added, are meant to “make Durango even more fun to drive.” (more…)

Lexus Celebrates 10 Years of High-Performance

“Another chapter to the F Performance story.”

by on Feb.06, 2018

Lexus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RC F with a limited edition model debuting in Chicago.

Lexus folks like to use the word, “passion” when describing the brand these days, and they’re wont to point to new models like the LC 500 sports coupe, as well as the more aggressive styling – complete with oversized spindle grille – found on models like the latest LS sedan.

But long-time followers of the luxury brand might recall that Lexus started shifting gears a full decade ago, with the launch of the original V-8-powered IS F model. And we’re getting a first look at two special-edition anniversary models meant to celebrate the special occasion. Both, of course, carry the “F” badge that Lexus uses for its sportiest products.

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“Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the ‘F’ performance story with the introduction of the 2019 Lexus GS F and 2019 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show,” the automaker announced, referencing the media preview that will blow into the Windy City later this week. (more…)