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Jaguar Snags Three Honors at World Car Awards in NYC

I-Pace takes World Car of the Year title.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Jaguar's Ian Callum, center, celebrates the I-Pace being named World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.

It’s not common to find Ian Callum, the normally garrulous Jaguar global design chief, at a loss for words, but that’s precisely what happened, at least momentarily, when the British automaker’s first battery-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, was named World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday morning.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Jaguar pulled off a first-ever hat trick during the show’s media preview, also being named World Car Design of the Year as well as World Green Car of the Year.

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“I’m speechless for once,” said Callum, taking a deep breath before regaining his composure as he accepted the third – and most important – trophy of the morning. “This is astonishing — my Oscar moment.” (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Offer Up New Vehicles in New York

New models provide glimpse into future products.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Jaguar shows off its new XE model at the New York International Auto Show.

Jaguar Land Rover is showing off the 2020 Jaguar XE as well as the limited edition 2020 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic at the NYIAS. Designed and developed by Land Rover’s Special Operations unit, the new Velar Ranger Rover SVAutobiography extends the model’s performance and luxury.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic, with 550 horsepower, is the most powerful Velar that JLR has ever produced and is making its North American debut as is the new Jaguar XE.

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The newest version of the XE expands on the proportions of original design, taking the car’s sporting intent to a new level with more contemporary styling cues drawn from the Jaguar F-Type. The new XE appears wider and lower with larger front apertures and a more muscular design that hints at the car’s impressive performance and advanced aerodynamics. (more…)

Mercedes Hops up Small Ute Performance with AMG GLC 63

New models sets segment record on the Nurburgring.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe set a new record for SUVs on the Nurburgring.

Few automakers take their basic products and tweak them to excess the way Mercedes does through its partnership with AMG. The latest is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 unwrapped in New York.

The automaker describes its newest small SUV as a “stylish all-rounder with racetrack genes.” That description is apt as its newest small ute set a new record at the Nurburgring for its category. The GLC 63 S Coupe ran the famous track in 7:49:369.

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It bested the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio by 2.4 seconds. (more…)

Toyota Rolls Out New and Improved Highlander for 2020

New model uses new Toyota New Global Architecture.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a massive exterior makeover while being offered as a hybrid as well as gas-powered model.

Toyota has been spending plenty of time updating its truck and SUV line-up during the past two years and next on the list is the 2020 Highlander, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The fourth-generation Highlander gets an all-new exterior for 2020, as well as a new vehicle platform called Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA-K. Shared with other models, this new platform is designed to make for a more capable, comfortable and safer SUV, Toyota officials said.

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Aside from the new-look exterior, the biggest changes may be under the hood where Toyota offers gas and hybrid options for 20202. On the fossil fuel side of things, Highlander gets a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 putting out 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. (more…)

NY Auto Show Sees Return of the Porsche Speedster

Buyers will have to put up with a manual top – but the tradeoff is a 502-hp GT3 engine.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Porsche is bringing back a historic name with its new 911 Speedster, which debuted at the NYIAS.

It’s a name that dates back almost seven decades, so Porsche whipped up plenty of enthusiasm when, last year, it showed off two 911 Speedster Concepts. Now, the German automaker is turning concept into reality, unveiling a limited-edition production model at the New York International Auto Show.

In some ways, the new Speedster goes back to basics with a cloth tap that has to opened and closed manually, but the trade off is a two-seater that draws power from the same engine used in the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS models. The 502 horsepower package will launch the Speedster from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, with a top track speed of 192 mph.

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Despite a price tag of $274,500 – not including the $1,250 delivery charges – the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is expected to sell out relatively quickly. (more…)

Nissan Makes a Splash in NYC with New Versa, 3 Sports Cars

Japanese maker shows off new GT-R, two 50th anniversary sportsters.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Nissan brought four new models to the NY Auto Show, including the 50th Anniversary 370Z.

Nissan hit the New York International Auto Show looking to make a splash with the introduction of a trio of vehicles including a celebration of the 50thanniversaries of the iconic Nissan GT-R and 370Z sports cars as well as the all-new, third-generation 2020 Nissan Versa.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, Nissan GT-R NISMO and 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition are the scene stealers, although the Versa is often the brand’s first contact with new, young car buyers so an updated model is important.

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With that in mind, the company’s newest version comes with a bunch of updates and an exterior redesign — the third Nissan to get a makeover. The stylish entry-level 4-door Versa is set to go on sale in summer 2019. (more…)

Bugatti Commemorates 110 Years with Chiron Sport “ans 110 Bugatti”

Covered in Blue Steel carbon fiber and steel, it hits 260 mph.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Bugatti Chiron ans 110 Bugatti is one of 20. The limited edition racer marks the company's 110th anniversary.

If a 25-year anniversary is silver and 50 years is gold, what’s 110? Bugatti!

Perhaps more precisely the limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” the specialty $4 million racer to commemorate the founding of the company in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti as well as the country where the company was created. The car is designed to “serve as inspiration for a company that follows its founder’s spirit.”

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The limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 Ans Bugatti” also emphasizes the company’s French heritage with an exterior livery, if you will, in the tricolor, “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.” That scheme rolls over to some parts of the interior as well. Just 20 of the cars will be built. (more…)

Aston Martin’s Long-Awaited EV, the Rapide E Rolls Into Shanghai

Low-volume sport sedan will be followed by two electric crossovers.

by on Apr.16, 2019

Two years late, Aston Martin debuted its battery-electric speedster, the Rapide E, at Auto Shanghai.

Few countries are plugging into battery-power more rapidly than China, so it would seem appropriate that Aston Martin would bring its first all-electric model, the Rapide E, to Auto Shanghai for its formal debut.

Originally intended to be developed as part of a joint venture with China’s LeEco, the project is nearly two years behind schedule and, with the Chinese start-up pulling out of the project, Aston now plans to build just 155 of the battery-electric vehicles. But it says it will use what it has learned for future BEVs, including both a plug-based version of its upcoming DBX crossover, as well as the Lagonda crossover due out in 2021.

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Calling the unveiling of the Rapide E “a huge moment for Aston Martin,” CEO Andy Palmer said that it “signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. (more…)

Cadillac Lifts Covers on New CT5 Sedan

Despite push into utes, brand remains “very much committed to sedans.”

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Sport edition of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 reveals the brand's commitment to sedans that are fun to drive.

Cadillac has rolled out a procession of new utility vehicles during the past several years, including the compact XT4 that debuted at the New York International Auto Show in 2018. General Motors’ luxury brand is back in the Big Apple this week with another new entry, though the debut of the CT5 sedan shows Caddy won’t be a one-trick pony.

The brand remains “very much committed to sedans,” said Caddy President Steve Carlisle, even if the options will be fewer than had been planned earlier in the decade.

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Meant to replace the old CTS, the new sedan slots under the big CT6, the current Cadillac flagship which is, at least for now, set to go out of production in the next year. As such, the new model will have to put the best face forward for the brand, especially in the Chinese market where sedans remain a popular choice among high-line consumers. (more…)

German Prosecutors Charger Former VW CEO Winterkorn with Fraud

Lawyers charge four other executives as well.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged by German prosecutors with fraud related to the diesel emissions scandal.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged with fraud on Monday by German prosecutors for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions testing scandal. The scandal came to light in 2015.

“Former Chief Executive Dr. Martin Winterkorn is being charged with a particularly serious case of fraud, a violation of the law against unfair competition and breach of fiduciary trust,” the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

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Prosecutors also said that Winterkorn and four other managers faced charges, but did not give the names of the other four or say whether they were still employed by Volkswagen. Winterkorn’s lawyer, Felix Doerr, declined to comment, saying he had not seen all of the paperwork, according to Reuters. (more…)