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Jaguar Likely Boosting Limited Run of “Track-Focused” XKR-S-GT

Additional models to come for Europe, possibly elsewhere.

by on Apr.12, 2013

Jaguar may boost production of the "track-focused" XKR-S -- though not for the U.S. market.

Jaguar apparently didn’t know it would have a hit on its hands when it unveiled the “track-focused” XKR-S GT at the New York International Auto Show a few weeks back.

One of three new high-performance R-line models to be added to the British marque’s line-up in recent months, that mouthful of a name is being branded on a version of the familiar XK equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 upgraded to make a tire-spinning 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.  That is enough to propel the Jaguar XKR-S GT from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.

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And despite a $174,000 price tag, the XKR-S GT has generated enough buzz that Jaguar is thinking of boosting production by as much 50%. Of course, one has to consider that in perspective. The original run was only planned to total 30, including 25 for the U.S. and the rest for Canada.


Ghosn Predicts “Milestone Year” for Nissan Leaf

Nissan/Renault chief also sees strong U.S. recovery but more troubles for Europe.

by on Mar.28, 2013

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at the 2013 NY Auto Show.

Put on the defensive by the slow ramp-up of the maker’s battery cars, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn put on a confident face during an appearance at the New York Auto Show and promised this will be a “milestone year” for the Leaf electric vehicle.

With the maker’s second battery-car plant now operating in Smyrna, Tennessee, the executive said inventory is up and demand rapidly growing.

Ghosn, meanwhile, offered a mixed assessment of the global automotive market, pronouncing a bright outlook for the U.S. but more troubles ahead for Europe. He also offered a cautiously upbeat outlook for China.

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“This is going to be a milestone year for Leaf,” Ghosn said, maintaining the positive outlook that has positioned him as the most upbeat of the industry’s top executives when it comes to the prospects for vehicle electrification.  He continues to forecast that up to 10% of the vehicles sold by decade’s end will use some sort of battery power.


New Look for 2014 Dodge Durango

Grand Cherokee’s forgotten brother gets some key revisions.

by on Mar.28, 2013

The Dodge Durango update is more substantial than it might first appepar.

This could be a critical week for the Dodge Durango, the three-row sport-ute making its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week.

Though based on the same platform as the wildly popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango has been the forgotten ute among parent Chrysler’s extensive line-up of SUVs and CUVs, so the 2014 redesign could determine whether the Dodge Durango has much of a future.

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Like the newly updated Grand Cherokee, the Dodge offering gets a number of important updates for 2014, and though it’s not as extensive as the major transformation it went through in 2014, Dodge brand President Reid Bigland insists it is nonetheless, “fundamentally an all-new vehicle.”


Porsche 911 GT3 Makes NY Debut

Track performance and on-road manners.

by on Mar.27, 2013

The new Porsche 911 GT3 is getting its U.S. debut at the 2013 NY Auto Show.

Making 475 horsepower, enough to launch from 0 to 60 in just 3.3 seconds, you might be excused for calling the new Porsche 911 GT3 a German muscle car. But the new two-seater is designed to deliver both track performance and on-road manners.

Making its North American debut during the New York International Auto Show, the fifth generation of the 911 GT3 has been completely redesigned from the ground up with both a new engine and transmission, as well as body and chassis, as well as a variety of sophisticated new technologies, such as the new rear axle steering system which Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says is designed to deliver tighter, even more sure-footed cornering.

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Rated at a top speed of 195 miles per hour, the new GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter boxer engine that can rev up to a screaming 9,000 RPMs. That required a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission, which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the 911 Carrera S six, though the two engines end up sharing only a few common parts.


Jaguar Unleashes “Track-Focused” XKR-S GT

British maker’s fastest production model ever.

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new "track-focused" Jaguar XKR-S.

You better look quick. Jaguar is billing its new XKR-S GT as its fastest production model ever – and with only a handful planned to roll off the British maker’s assembly line, it doesn’t expect them to be around for long.

“This is our most track-focused car yet,” engineering director Pete Simkin pronounced during a media sneak peek prior to the official unveiling of the super-coupe at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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The Jaguar XKR-S GT starts out as the maker’s big sports coupe but undergoes a number of modifications designed to boost both performance and handling.  And while that includes a number of body modifications, Simkin stresses that “every exterior element has a function.”


Buick Unveils new 2014 Regal Sedan

Taking aim at younger, high-tech buyers

by on Mar.26, 2013

Buick gives the 2014 Regal a more familial look, including new fascia, grille and headlamps.

It’s a big week for Buick, General Motors’ “near-luxury” brand using the New York International Auto Show to roll out a pair of redesigned models critical to reviving Buick’s faltering momentum.

The show features both the redesigned LaCrosse and updated Regal, the latter and smaller version of the two getting some modest exterior and interior tweaks – and an assortment of new radar- and camera-based safety features – including rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, blind spot assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and collision mitigation as well as adaptive cruise control.

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“The new 2014 Regal is more expressive, more connected and more technologically advanced,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “The new Regal gives those discerning buyers more of the technologically advanced features they want in a modern luxury sedan, all with the style and refinement they expect from Buick.”


Images of New Cadillac CTS Leak Out

3rd-gen sedan set for launch in New York this week.

by on Mar.25, 2013

One of several images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS that have "leaked" out to the media.

Just days ahead of its planned unveiling at the New York Auto Show, images of the all-new, third-generation Cadillac CTS have “leaked” out on the Internet through what some suggest is a coy way for the automaker to drum up advance interest.

And it’s likely to do just that. That CTS has been Cadillac’s best-selling model for much of the past decade and is expected to undergo a significant makeover for 2014 that will result in a larger and more luxurious vehicle. Where it has been something of a “tweener” car in its first two generations, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is expected to take direct aim at some of the toughest competitors in the business, notably including the BMW 5-Series.

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Cadillac has shown an unexpected ability to take on the Germans with the smaller ATS model launched last year. The 3-Series-sized sedan has won an assortment of kudos, including being named North American Car of the Year last January.


New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”


Big Changes for 2014 Buick LaCrosse

Bigger is better for Buick.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Buick's 2014 LaCrosse update.

Few models have done more to change the image of a brand than the big Buick LaCrosse. Along with the Enclave SUV, the sedan marked a critical turning point for the General Motors marque which, many had come to expect, wouldn’t survive GM’s 2009 bankruptcy.

The LaCrosse injected Buick with a healthy dose of youthful style and showed that it actually understood that it was possible to deliver a bit of sporty performance without completely abandoning the quite, “boulevard” ride that once made Buick a star in the near-luxury market segment.

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We’ve seen Buick roll out updates to the Enclave and several other key models but the debut of the new 2014 LaCrosse at the New York Auto Show – where it’s also previewing the updated Regal – could prove a critical moment for the marque.

“We evolved the interior and exterior design, increased luxury amenities and materials, and enhanced the safety and personal technologies to give customers more reasons than ever to rediscover Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing.


Chrysler Takes Alternative Approach to Build Sales

Partnership with Carhartt behind new 200 S Special Edition.

by on Mar.22, 2013

The new Chrysler 200 S Special Edition was developed in cooperation with Carhartt.

It may be the smallest of the big three automakers but Chrysler has some big ideas to extend its reach – and its borrowed some of its ideas from marketing powerhouses as diverse as Nike and Starbucks.  Credit limited production runs, coupled with targeted partnerships and clever ads with helping Chrysler deliver 34 consecutive months of sales gains on a relatively small budget.

Speaking at a meeting of the Automotive Press Association, Chrysler brand President Saad Chehab outlined Chrysler’s maverick approach to automotive marketing. He also confirmed the next generation Chrysler 200, which is based on technology from Chrysler’s Italian partner Fiat, will debut at next year’s North American International Auto Show.

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The automaker could use some new product because it has been struggling to build sales without the support from new models. However, Chrysler has succeeded in offering unique versions of the 300, 200 and Town and Country. For example, a version of the Chrysler 200 designed specifically for the California market helped the brand boost its sales in the normal domestic-averse market by 200%.