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Muscle Car Wars

Horsepower getting as much attention as mileage.

by on Apr.01, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 is attracting big crowds at New York Auto Show.

“Where’s the Z/28?” asked 16-year-old Michael Kimberly as he wandered through the Jacob Javits convention center in New York on Saturday morning, tagging along on a tour his parents had signed up for at the New York International Auto Show.

The two older Kimberlys were there to check out all the “green cars,” including the new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid models making their debuts at the annual show. But younger Michael, about to get his driver’s license, had something decidedly different in mind – the super-high-performance version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was the biggest surprise introduction at the 2013 NYIAS.

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The 550-horsepower “pony car” has been drawing deep crowds to the Javits Center’s somewhat-isolated North Hall since the show opened its doors to the public last week. But it’s not alone.

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Might Millennials Diss Boomer Parents and Revive Station Wagons?

Estates, shooting brakes and sportbacks.

by on Mar.29, 2013

Station wagons like Volvo's V60 may lead a revival of the segment.

Like a lot of folks in New York trade unions, Terry Keegan got his in through his family, but’s not always “like-father-like-son.” Baby Boomer Terry Sr. grew up in the back of a station wagon, often relegated to watching the world go by out the back window, his older siblings getting to ride up front. But when it was time to start his own family, Keegan opted first for a minivan and then a “cooler” SUV.

Now it’s junior’s time to express his individuality, the Millennial pausing for a moment as he dashed through the Jacob Javits convention center to check out the new Volvo V60 R-Design wagon.

“That’s not like the wagons my dad used to hate,” he laughs. “I don’t see the wood panels. This thing is really hot. I could see myself driving it.”

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Maybe it’s simply a classic case of generational revolt, but industry planners are watching closely to see whether the long-dismissed station wagon is finally – after several false starts – ready for a revival.

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Cadillac Expects Sales Increase in 2013

Strength of compact luxury segment makes ATS a leader.

by on Mar.29, 2013

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Cadillac expects to chalk up big sales gains this year thanks to the growing popularity of the new Cadillac ATS and the arrival of the new Cadillac CTS this fall, which was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

Bob Ferguson, the head of General Motors’ luxury car unit, noted after the unveiling of the 2014 CTS that Cadillac sales are up 30 percent through the first two months of 2013. “I see that continuing,” said Ferguson. In addition, 70 percent of the sales of new ATS, which was named North American Car of The Year in January, are to buyers new to the Cadillac brand, he said.

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In addition, the third generation of the CTS is due this fall and serves to underscore Cadillac’s determination to challenge the trio of German brands, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, that have come to define the luxury segment, he said.

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New Mitsubishi’s Mileage No Mirage

With new 3-cylinder engine, maker targeting 44 mpg.

by on Mar.29, 2013

Mitsubishi looks to make inroads into the U.S. market with the 2014 Mirage.

Struggling Mitsubishi has had a hard time getting onto consumer radar screens in recent years, but it’s betting that potential buyers will pay attention to the news that its new small car is rated at 44 miles per gallon.

And that’s no mirage. Or, wait a second, yes it is, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. Targeting subcompact competitors like the Ford Fiesta, the new Japanese offering is making its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage will offer a new 74-horsepower 1.2-liter inline-three engine paired with a five-speed manual engine. There’s also an optional CVT. And, yes, that’s three cylinders – a layout we haven’t seen much of in the U.S. market in recent years.

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Subaru Plans More Hybrids, Battery Cars – Eventually

Despite first HEV, don’t expect more electric power anytime soon.

by on Mar.29, 2013

Subaru debuted its XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the New York Auto Show.

After a series of false starts, Subaru finally has its first gas-electric model, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, making its formal debut at this week’s New York International Auto Show. Expect to see more hybrids, as well as an all-electric model, possibly even a plug-in hybrid model, the Japanese maker’s top U.S. executive told TheDetroitBureau.com – but not anytime soon.

Between consumer demand and regulatory requirements, Subaru is being pressed to expand its “electrification” effort, said Tom Doll, recently promoted to president of Subaru of America. But as with the effort that finally brought the Crosstrek to market, Subaru isn’t in a rush.

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“You probably won’t see more from us until around 2016 or 2017,” Doll explained, following the official roll out of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Chevy Rolls Out Updated Camaro

Detroit maker hopes to maintain its pony car lead.

by on Mar.28, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro gets updates to keep it ahead of the competition.

It was supposed to be the shining moment for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, but the mainstream version of the Detroit pony car was upstaged by this week’s unexpected revival of the track-ready Z28.

While the Z28 will certainly place a spotlight on the broader Camaro range, it’s almost a bit disappointing that the “regular” version had to slip from the spotlight because the tweaks it is getting for 2014 are aimed at helping Camaro maintain the upper hand in the fierce and ongoing battle with its long-time competitor, the Ford Mustang.

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The 2014 re-skin is modest enough that those not familiar with the current Chevrolet Camaro might not even realize what’s changed. But for aficionados, the update is significant.

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Designing Wagons: Volvo V60 R-Design Debuts in NY

Volvo struggles to make wagons sexy.

by on Mar.28, 2013

Volvo is bringing sexy back when it comes to wagons with the new V60 R-Design.

Volvo has had a habit of doing things its own way, which includes selling wagons when those so-called two-box designs didn’t work for just about anyone else.

Even Volvo has had to accept market trends in recent years, and shift to more contemporary crossovers. But with the launch of the sporty new V60 R-Design, Swedish brand is hoping to make wagons, well, almost sexy.

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Making its debut at the New York Auto Show, the V60-R isn’t the sort of wood-covered wagon one might have expected from decades past. The show car has a fire red paint job covering its almost coupe-like roofline and long, aggressive nose. But what could provide particular appeal is what’s under the hood, a 329-horsepower version of Volvo’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

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VW Golf Named World Car of the Year

Porsche, Jaguar and Tesla also capture honors.

by on Mar.28, 2013

Volkswagen Group’s Global Design Director Walter da Silva celebrates the Golf's World Car of the Year Award in New York.

Capping a rapidly expanding string of honors, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was named the World Car of the Year during a well-attended ceremony at the New York International Auto Show this morning.

The award comes just weeks after the compact hatchback was declared European Car of the Year at the annual Geneva Motor Show. But both honors landed a year before the latest update of Volkswagen’s best-selling model finally goes on sale in the U.S.

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The 66 members of the World Car jury also paid homage to three other manufacturers – Jaguar, Porsche and upstart battery-car maker Tesla Motors – during the ceremony.

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First Look: 2014 Scion tC

Limited-production Scion 10 models to mark brand’s 10th anniversary.

by on Mar.28, 2013

The new 2014 Scion tC marks the 10th anniversary of the brand.

For a youth-oriented brand, Scion is getting up in years. And it plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary with not only the launch of the 2014 Scion tC sports coupe, but also with the limited-production Scion 10 Series models.

Despite the strong demand for the new FR-S sports car, the tC remains Scion’s bread-and-butter model, accounting for a full 40% of its sales, according to Scion vice president Doug Murtha. No wonder the maker is putting such a bright spotlight on the introduction of the 2014 update.

The goal of maintaining that appeal “challenged designers to enhance the 2014 sports coupe in ways that keep it exciting to today’s drivers without losing its core appeal,” he said during the coupe’s New York Auto Show preview.

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The 2014 model has a more assertive look, with distinctive new headlamps, a new hood and a more muscular grille. Lifting a theme its luxury sibling brand, Lexus, Scion adopts new LED accent lighting to set off the new tC’s headlamps. A few of the new design cues are borrowed from the FR-S, including the black-out valance and LED tail lamps. The 2014 Scion tC also gets new dark gray finished wheels.

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Chevrolet Brings Big Surprise to Big Apple with Top-Secret Z28 Reveal

“It blew his mind,” says GM President Reuss.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 surprised the New York Auto Show crowd today.

There aren’t many secrets in the auto industry, but Chevrolet pulled off a big one today, delivering the biggest surprise of the 2013 New York Auto Show with the unexpected unveiling of the new Camaro Z28 muscle car.

The highest-performance version of the updated 2014 Chevrolet Camaro was developed in a hush-hush program directly overseen by General Motors’ North American President Mark Reuss – who admits he wasn’t even sure until recently if he could convince his own bosses to give the project, codenamed HP, the go-ahead.

“I was never quite sure” it would pass muster with the folks who held the purse strings that would need to be loosened to get the money to finish developing the Camaro Z28, Reuss said during a one-on-one conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com. To try to make it happen, he laughed, “We built a mule,” a running prototype, and took GM CEO Dan Akerson for a ride. “It blew his mind.” Three GM board members followed and they apparently were equally impressed, as the Wednesday afternoon unveiling revealed.

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A throng of automotive media gathered at the North Hall of New York’s Jacob Javits convention center had already gathered to see Chevy’s update of the base 2014 Camaro. Instead, the Z28 rolled onto the stage.

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