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Caddy Triggers Battle of the Behemoths with $10,000 Escalade Discounts

Fighting off the new Lincoln Navigator.

by on Apr.16, 2018

A Cadillac Escalade Platinum can top $100,000.

If you’re looking for one of the biggest, baddest luxury utes on the market, Cadillac is hoping to lure you into one of its U.S. showrooms. Aiming to shore itself up against an assault by Lincoln’s newly updated Navigator SUV, Caddy is firing back with discounts of up to $10,000 on its own Escalade model.

GM has traditionally dominated the full-size SUV segment, both mainstream and luxury, and it gained significant traction when it introduced an all-new version of the ‘Slade for the 2014 model-year. But that’s a lifetime ago in today’s hotly competitive market and Lincoln has been building momentum fast with the all-new version of the Navigator it launched last year.

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While the two models don’t generate a lot of volume they serve up substantial profits for their respective manufacturers, providing plenty of room to load up the incentives. The question is whether Lincoln will now fire back with big givebacks of its own.

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Waiting to Take Delivery of a Tesla Model 3? You May be Caught in a “Time Shift”

Apparently, there are no “delays” in Elon Musk’s dictionary.

by on Apr.12, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the Fremont plant.

Last we checked, there were more than 400,000 folks waiting to take delivery of the Tesla Model 3, a potential problem considering the slow ramp-up of production. But even though some potential buyers might now have to wait until 2019 – perhaps beyond – they shouldn’t consider that a delay but simply a “time shift,” according to CEO Elon Musk.

The South African-born entrepreneur famously predicted his company’s Fremont, California assembly plant would go through “production hell” when it launched its first mainstream model last July. And, indeed, it had to largely hand-build them for the rest of the year. Tesla recently released numbers that showed first-quarter production reached 2,000 a week, but even that was 20% below the company’s target. And that’s leading some frustrated shoppers to cancel their advance reservations.

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“You’ll definitely get your car,” Musk declared during an interview on CBS on Thursday, suggesting customers shouldn’t think of what’s happening as a delay, but “a six- to nine-month time shift. That’s literally it, and three of those months have already passed.” (more…)

BMW Going Big at Auto China in Beijing

Automaker debuting mix of next-gen utes and concepts.

by on Apr.10, 2018

BMW plans to unveil its third-gen X3 sport-activity vehicle at Auto China in Beijing later this month.

BMW is preparing use the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing later this month to show off an array of new models, including the debut of the third generation X3, concept vehicles and developments in automotive technology.

The selection of new products on display in Beijing underscores the company’s commitment to the next steps in its electrification strategy and heralds its upcoming model offensive in the luxury segment, BMW officials said this week.

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BMW also said the displays also underscores the huge significance of China as both the world’s largest car market and the production location for a growing number of BMW models. (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…)

Mercedes-AMG Muscling Up the C-Class Line-UP

NYIAS brings debut of C63 versions of coupe, cabrio and sedan.

by on Mar.27, 2018

The new Mercedes C63 S Coupe comes with two V-8 engine options, one of which propels the two-door from 0-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

There was a time when Mercedes’ AMG models were as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth. These days, however, it’s rare to find a model line that doesn’t get the AMG treatment.

So, it’s likely going to surprise few to see the three new AMG models headlining the German automaker’s big display at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Mercedes-AMG is giving its special touch, this time around, to three C-Class models: the C63 sedan, coupe and Cabriolet.

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“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success in recent years,” explains AMG CEO Tobias Moers. With the launch of the C63 versions, he adds, there are now a full dozen different C-Class variants in the Mercedes line-up. (more…)

Waymo Putting 20k Jaguar I-Pace EVs into New Driverless Ride-Share Service

Moving from “R&D to deployment,” despite cloud form fatal Uber crash.

by on Mar.27, 2018

Waymo and Jaguar are partnering to produce 20,000 I-Pace SUVs for next few years.

Despite a cloud created by this month’s fatal crash of an Uber autonomous vehicle prototype, Waymo today announced it will be full speed ahead as it launches what is expected to become a nationwide driverless ride-sharing service.

During a New York news conference, Waymo CEO John Krafcik revealed the Google spinoff will begin adding as many as 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its fleet, the battery-electric vehicles joining thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans Waymo had already committed to purchase.

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Waymo has spent nearly a decade developing what many experts call the most sophisticated self-driving technology on the road, but Krafcik said his company has now “shifted our focus from research and development to operations and deployment.” (more…)

GMC Adding “Black” Models to 2019 Offerings

Diversity within brand keeps GMC ahead of competition.

by on Mar.27, 2018

GMC is expanding offerings for its premium SUV lineup with the 2019 Acadia (left) and Terrain Black Editions.

GMC has already made its collection of Denali vehicles one of the most successful sub-brands in the industry.

Now GMC plans to add some new wrinkles by adding two new “Black Editions” that build on the success of the Denali with some additional features to its premium line-up.

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The Black Editions of the Terrain and the Acadia for 2019 expound on the bold road presence that defines both SUVs with muscular, sculpted exteriors. (more…)

Lexus Shows Off New “Urban Explorer” at NYIAS

New small ute fills gap in portfolio.

by on Mar.26, 2018

The new Lexus UX is being billed as an "urban explorer" because of its utility and ability for city adventures.

Americans are often seen as thinking that bigger is always better. However, the hottest new sellers in the U.S. are small, luxury utes, which could be seen as “bigger” in terms of style, technology and performance, and one might say that is always better.

The new Lexus UX, which is making its North American debut at the New York International Auto show, certainly lives up to that bill. The new “urban explorer” of utility vehicles, the UX fills a gap in the luxury brand’s line-up at the right time.

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“The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. (more…)

New Yaris Sedan Completes Merger of Scion into Toyota’s Line-Up

Low-priced, well-equipped sedan debuting in New York.

by on Mar.26, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Yaris offers first-time buyers an affordable sedan equipped with plenty of safety features and technology.

Toyota’s assimilation of the Scion brand back into the mainstream line-up is complete with the introduction of the new Yaris sedan, formerly the Scion iA.

The new model, which was called the Yaris iA last year, is now “home” as four-door alternative to Toyota’s entry-level Yaris three-door hatchback. Fortunately, it keeps its reputation for being a lot of car for not a lot of money.

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In fact, how much money you’ll spend is up to the buyer as it comes available in three trim levels for 2019: L, LE and XLE. The L package is the “sporty” model and includes leatherette-trimmed front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, an HVAC system with Automatic Climate Control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and illuminated entry. (more…)

BMW Pulling Out of Detroit Auto Show

Joins Mercedes in ending ties with 2019 NAIAS.

by on Mar.26, 2018

Bernard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW North America, won't be making an appearance at the next NAIAS.

BMW has become the latest automaker to announce it won’t have a presence during the next North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The announcement comes barely a month after German rival Mercedes-Benz announced it was pulling out of what had long been considered the industry’s most important U.S. auto show, at least from a media preview perspective. A number of other brands had already been no-shows during the January 2018 NAIAS, including Jaguar/Land Rover, Volvo and Mazda, leading organizers of the annual event to start looking at their options.

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“This decision (to pull out) was made as BMW Group is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats,” the automaker said in a statement. “The overall goal is to communicate our ideas and plans regarding future mobility in the best way and achieve the greatest possible visibility for our products, technologies and innovations.” (more…)