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VW Expanding All-Electric ID Line-up With New Full-Size Roomzz

New ute produced for China only to start in 2021.

by on Apr.15, 2019

VW's latest concept, the I.D. Roomzz, will ultimately become a China-only product to start in 2021.

Volkswagen AG is pushing to make good on its pledge to have 50 all-electric vehicles on the road by 2023 with the introduction of a new all-electric ID concept vehicle to its portfolio, the ID Roomzz, at AutoShanghai.

The full-size all-electric SUV follows in the footsteps of the ID Crozz, and has an estimated production launch in 2021 for the Chinese market.

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The new model is part of the German automaker’s effort to get those EVs ready for rollouts starting next year based on its new MEB platform that will launch their new all-electric vehicle effort by the end of the year. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Goes Small With GLB Concept in Shanghai

German automaker expands small ute line-up with concept.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Mercedes-Benz filled the gap between the GLA and GLC with the GLB Concept.

Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers asked the question few others had uttered and made it into a concept car: Is there room for a vehicle between the GLA and GLC? Of course there is! A whole letter’s worth thus the GLB Concept was born!

The German automaker took its coupe-like SUV or SUV-like coupe to Auto Shanghai to show off the result: a further evolution of Mercedes’ trend of utility vehicles with lower roofs aimed at giving the vehicle a more car-like feel.

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“We asked ourselves whether there is still space between the GLA and GLC in our successful SUV range. The Concept GLB is the answer to this question. With it we are demonstrating the creative ideas we have for this segment, too,” says Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.  (more…)

Tarok Concept Hints at VW’s Return to U.S. Pickup Market

Although there are no plans for the U.S. ”… Tarok is meant to “gauge reaction.”

by on Apr.15, 2019

Volkswagen's Tarok Concept suggests the German automaker may be bringing a new small pickup to new markets.

There was a time when Volkswagen was a serious player in the U.S. pickup market. It even offered a truck based on the old Rabbit hatchback between 1978 and 1984. And now, with downsized pickups gaining momentum again, the German automaker is hinting that it just might be ready to make its return.

We got the first sign at the New York International Auto Show in March of 2018, with the debut of the Tanoak Concept based on the big VW Atlas SUV. Now, the automaker is coming back to the 2019 NYIAS with another pickup prototype, this one dubbed the Tarok Concept. And it suggests VW planners are a big step closer to giving the project the green light.

What a Concept!

“Although there are no plans to produce the vehicle for the U.S. market, the Tarok concept is being shown to gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup,” VW said in a statement accompanying these images. (more…)

Volkswagen Setting Up Atlas Basecamp in New York

New concept shows off aftermarket possibilities for SUV.

by on Apr.12, 2019

Volkswagen's Atlas Basecamp Concept shows what can be done with the German automaker's full-size SUV and aftermarket components.

New York City doesn’t exactly inspire visions of camping and mountain biking, but Volkswagen of America Inc. setting up its new Atlas Basecamp Concept in the Big Apple for the NY Auto Show next week.

The concept showcases a few of the ways that the Atlas can be enhanced for outdoorsy types, in this case bike trail seekers. With a custom body, lift kit, custom wheels, all-terrain tires, roof rack with bike mounts, and LED light bars, the Atlas Basecamp Concept is perfect for mountain bikers seeking challenging trails.

What a Concept!

The Basecamp Concept was developed by Alex Earle, Exterior Design manager at the Volkswagen Design Center California and an avid cyclist. “The Basecamp Concept brings a go-anywhere attitude to the brand that is already synonymous with road-trip culture,” said Earle.  (more…)

Fiat Taking Top Off New 124 Spider Urbana at NYIAS

Latest edition of soft top carries on long tradition.

by on Apr.12, 2019

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Brand new convertibles fresh out the door from the factory have become a scarce commodity but they are still around.

Fiat, however, is planning to use the New York International Auto Show to show off the new 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition, which carries on a classic soft-top tradition.

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“With the most powerful four-cylinder turbo engine in its class, our Italian-designed Fiat 124 Spider offers an authentic top-down roadster experience with fun-to-drive dynamics,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. (more…)

Survey: Most Americans See EVs as City, Commuter Cars

Majority see the need for just 75 miles of daily range.

by on Apr.12, 2019

One of several recent Mini electric vehicle concepts.

Sales of battery-based vehicles have finally begun to escalate as their availability – along with public awareness – grows. But a new survey suggests that consumers are pigeonholing them into a niche that could limit their popularity.

Nearly two out of three American consumers said they saw the best way to use a battery vehicle was for commuting or as a city car, according to the survey by Mini USA, the British automaker that is itself preparing to enter the electric vehicle market.

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“It is important for us as a brand to understand how consumers want to use their electric vehicles, and what they know and don’t know about them as we move closer to the launch of the MINI Cooper S E electric vehicle in the U.S.,” said Andrew Cutler, Head of Corporate Communications, MINI USA.

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Acura Moving Upscale With New Handcrafted TLX

New PMC Edition line-up starts with TLX with MDX to follow.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The new 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition is handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio where the NSX is produced.

When automotive aficionados think of handcrafted vehicles there are several names that leap to mind, and now they can add one more: Acura.

Honda’s luxury brand plans to offer handcrafted limited-edition vehicles, starting with the 2020 TLX PMC Edition. The new model will be assembled at the “bespoke” Performance Manufacturing center – home of the NSX – in Marysville, Ohio.

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The new TLX PMC Edition will make its debut next week at the New York International Auto Show with deliveries starting this summer. In addition, the MDX PMC Edition prototype will join the TLX on the stage at the Jacob Javits Center. (more…)

Audi Showing Revamped TT RS in New York

Stand-out coupe gets a race-inspired makeover.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Audi TT RS gets an exterior makeover as well as some technology updates.

In a bid to demonstrate that sports cars haven’t died, Audi plans to show off an updated version of TT RS at next week’s New York International Auto Show.

The refreshed 2019 TT RS features an aggressive new exterior with a matte black Singleframe grille with signature quattro script – now in matte titanium – in an effort to give the vehicle an even more dynamic look. The extra radiators located behind the honeycomb grille allow for improved cooling, while the TT’s wide stance is underscored by lateral air inlets that now extend to the front wheel wells.

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With a continuous front spoiler the car enjoys a lower, race car-like look. Meanwhile the redesigned fixed rear wing spoiler and large oval tailpipes convey the vehicle’s sporty DNA. (more…)

Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition Bound for NYIAS

Q Inspiration Concept will share stage.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition adds more luxurious touches to the mainstream sedan.

The sedan is dead. Long live the sedan.

While SUVs and CUVs may be taking over the U.S. market at a rapid pace, there’s still a sizable market for classic, three-box models like the Infiniti Q50. Nissan’s luxury brand is betting it can increase the sedan’s appeal by upping its luxury quotient.

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An upgraded version, dubbed the 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week – sharing the stage with the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept that offers a glimpse into the future of the brand.

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Bipartisan Group Looks to Create New EV Tax Credits

The new plan calls for 400,000 more credits per automaker.

by on Apr.10, 2019

Michigan Senator Gary Peters is one of a group of legislators sponsoring the Driving America Forward Act.

Just weeks after President Donald Trump announced to the dismay of automakers and environmentalists he plans to eliminate all electric vehicle tax credits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce a bill to put new ones in place.

The group’s bill, named the Driving America Forward Act, will expand the electric vehicle tax credit by 400,000 vehicles per manufacturer. This would be an immediate boost to Tesla and General Motors, which have already blown through 200,000 of the top tier credits. Their vehicles are now only eligible for a $3,750 credit, and that will drop by half by the end of the year.

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The bill is sponsored by Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee, Reuters reported. If passed, it could boost electric vehicle sales, which would be a nice reward for automakers that have committed tens of billions of dollars to meet rising global emissions requirements. (more…)