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Luxury Plug-Ins Shift Emphasis on Performance

Emphasis shifts from mileage.

by on Apr.02, 2018

The production Aviator's fastest powertrain package will pair a turbo-six with electric drive.

When the first hybrids came to market nearly two decades ago, the emphasis was on mileage, the original Honda Insight delivering as much as 70 miles per gallon, albeit at the expense of what might be described as the fun-to-drive factor.

That approach carried over as more advanced, battery-based models came to market – and as luxury brands started to plug in with vehicles like the Cadillac ELR. Based on the Mainstream Chevrolet Volt, Caddy’s first plug-in hybrid was lavishly equipped but took almost 10 seconds to get from 0 to 60.

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A visit to this year’s New York Auto Show will reveal a wide array of PHEVs, and among mass market brands, like Chevy, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, fuel economy is still the primary target. But it’s another matter entirely among luxury brands, such as BMW, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. There’s no question they’re also using battery power to boost mileage, but they’re also putting a premium on performance.

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NY Auto Show’s Dozen Best

Our favorites from an extensive assortment of cars, trucks, crossovers and concepts.

by on Apr.02, 2018

The turnstiles are spinning at the Javits Convention Center and for good reason. The 2018 New York International Auto Show is winning raves as the year’s most significant North American event, with dozens of significant debuts.

This year’s NAIAS covered plenty of ground: from long-range electric vehicles to high-powered performance cars – even some high-performance electric vehicles. Followers of automotive design will have plenty to talk about, too. The show underscores all the dramatic changes sweeping through the auto industry, even on the retail side, as more manufacturers announce new subscription programs.

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Whether you’re heading down to the show or simply trying to check out from a distance the most significant, intriguing and unusual cars, trucks, crossovers and concepts on display, here’s a handy guide to our dozen favorites.

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Kia Offers Up New, Upgraded Cars, CUV in NYC

New York debuts hitting showrooms later this year.

by on Mar.30, 2018

Kia gave its best-selling midsize sedan, the Optima, a refresh for the 2019 model year.

Automakers are really focused on the more than half of new vehicle buyers looking for something other than cars and minivans; however, Kia took the occasion of the New York Auto Show to remind the world that they still make those vehicles too.

The South Korean automaker unveiled three new vehicles – Optima, Sedona and K900 – in the Big Apple.

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The Optima is Kia’s best-selling midsize sedan and gets a refresh for the 2019 model year. Midsize vehicles are still big sellers in the U.S., right behind trucks and utility vehicles, so getting an updated Optima into the market is important. (more…)

Analysts Slowly Raising Yellow Flags

Possibility of trade wars plants seed of doubt about auto sales.

by on Mar.30, 2018

The auto industry is expecting a strong sales year in 2018, but analysts warn a trade war could derail that.

The atmosphere around the New York International Auto Show was fizzy and upbeat with the industry firmly believing it’s heading for another strong year in 2018, but there are some caution flags flying as well.

Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Markit, told the annual Auto Forum co-sponsored by National Automotive Dealers Association and J.D. Power that the outlook for growth remains strong and stable and the industry should expect to benefit the improvements in consumer sentiment that the economy has spawned.

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However, anxiety about a trade war is perhaps the biggest worry on the horizon, added Behravesh, who said he hopes battles about trade could be avoided. “Tariffs hurt us more than they do the Chinese,” he said. (more…)

Genesis Evolving as a Luxury Brand With First-Ever Concept: Essentia

First effort turns heads in NYC.

by on Mar.29, 2018

Genesis continued its evolution as a luxury brand with its first-ever concept vehicle, the Essentia.

The evolution of Hyundai’s nascent luxury brand, Genesis, took another step forward in New York City with the introduction of its first-ever concept, the Genesis Essentia.

The battery-electric vehicle features a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a robust, multi-motor electric powertrain and a custom-tailored interior. Essentia is “a true GT car and challenges the status quo as the ultimate manifestation of Genesis design and engineering,” according to Genesis.

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The new concept, including its tough to miss clear hood, hit the stage at the New York International Auto Show and is intended to cement the brand’s perception as a long-term player in the growing luxury segment. (more…)

Hyundai Continues Expansion of SUV Line-Up with New Santa Fe

Maker offering up two new versions of the ute.

by on Mar.29, 2018

Hyundai unveiled its new Santa Fe sport-utility at the New York International Auto Show.

Hyundai is moving to shore up model line with a brand-new version of the Santa Fe.

The 2019 Santa Fe made its official U.S. debut during the press days at the New York International Auto Show and will go on sale this coming summer.

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The all-new Santa Fe and Santa Fe Diesel – a first for Hyundai in the U.S. – are the third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered utility vehicles Hyundai plans to debut by 2020 as shifts its model line to keep up with consumer preferences. (more…)

Volvo’s Subscription Service Off to Fast Start

Program's already surpassing expected results.

by on Mar.29, 2018

Volvo CEO Anders Gustafson and Heith Rogers talk as Rogers signed up for Care by Volvo.

Volvo Cars new subscription service that kicked off by offering the XC40 is already succeeding.

Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars USA, said during the company’s press conference at the New York International Auto Show that the company’s new subscription service launched with the introduction of the new XC40 is already off to a promising start.

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Volvo expected subscriptions, where customers pay one flat price, to account for about 10% of XC40’s total sales. “We’ve already hit that,” he said. In addition, Volvo customers can now sign up for a subscription through Apple Pay. (more…)

Roomier, Faster and Tech-ier: the new Subaru Forester

Newest version may be the best ever.

by on Mar.29, 2018

The new Subaru Forester is bigger on the inside, more powerful under the hood and features a slew of new tech.

Subaru rolled out at the 2019 Subaru Forester in New York and with the three “mores” drivers want: more room, more power and more features.

The fifth generation of the popular sport utility vehicle is the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made and also features groundbreaking new safety technology, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll, who was promoted in time for the rollout.

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The new Forester also is expected to help maintain Subaru’s sales momentum, which has led to 10 consecutive years of growth. The new model is built on the Subaru Global Platform to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection, ride comfort and quietness, he added. (more…)

Audi’s Bringing Sport-y Back With New RS 5 Sportback

German premium brand looking to compete with M-class and AMG models.

by on Mar.29, 2018

Audi is looking to compete with BMW's M-class and Mercedes' AMG brands with the new Audi Sport lineup, including the RS 5 Sportback.

Audi Sport, Audi’s high-performance line, launched its latest RS model – the Audi RS 5 Sportback – during the press days for the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The RS 5 Sportback offers a balance of high design and driving dynamics and is scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2018.

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It’s latest model in the Audi Sport family, which was re-organized and re-branded last year to compete more directly and effectively with other German performance marquees, such as the BMW M-class series and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Division. (more…)

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…)