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Acura Offers Closer Look Under the Skin of New NSX

Reveals more engine, chassis and aerodynamic secrets.

by on Apr.23, 2015

The 2016 Acura NSX lifts its kimono.

While Acura pulled the covers off the reborn NSX at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the maker held back on some key details. Now, it’s pulling back the skin of the supercar for the annual Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress.

Among other things, the Japanese maker has confirmed that its complex new hybrid drivetrain will use a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V -6 to allow it to balance performance and fuel economy. The 2016 NSX also will use what Acura is describing as a “multi-material spaceframe” to maximize body rigidity while minimizing weight.

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“Our goal is to create something altogether new and exciting, something that advances the concept of a next generation supercar in the spirit of the original NSX,” said chief engineer and global development leader Ted Klaus. “In order to provide NSX-level value, we needed to push ourselves to experiment with, refine and then realize many new technologies.”


New Infiniti Q60 Could Top 400-hp

Expect new coupe to match numbers of BMW 435 and Audi S5.

by on Feb.17, 2015

The concept version of the Infiniti Q60 debuted during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Though it is still more than a year away from production, expect Infiniti to deliver some eye-popping numbers when the new Q60 coupe makes its debut in time for the 2017 model-year.

Though final testing is far from complete, sources say the goal is to take on such tough competitors as the BMW 435 and Audi S5, and that means something “in the neighborhood” of 400 horsepower, according to a well-placed source.

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Infiniti offered a very clear sense of what it has coming when it pulled the covers off a Q60 concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. The maker billed it as a “foreshadowing” of the two-door sports coupe that will replace what was original known as the old G37 model.


Ford Will Build GT in Canada

Supplier Multimatic also produced Aston Martin One-77 supercar.

by on Feb.16, 2015

Newly painted silver, the Ford GT is now on display at the annual Chicago Auto Show.

Ford’s new all-American supercar, the GT, will actually be rolling out of a plant in Ontario, the maker has confirmed.

The 600-plus horsepower “ultracar” will be produced by Multimatic Inc., a suburban Toronto supplier with extensive experience using the exotic carbon fiber that will be used for the Ford GT body. Multimatic previously produced the Aston Martin One-77 supercar which also used the super-light material.

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Bedecked in a new silver paint scheme, the GT concept is currently on display at the Chicago Auto Show. It was originally painted blue when unveiled at the North American International Auto Show – where it was one of the event’s big surprises.


Chevrolet Planning to Launch 200-Mile Bolt Electric Vehicle in Late 2016

GM wants to “put a muzzle on” outspoken Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

by on Feb.06, 2015

The Chevy Bolt would deliver significantly longer range than almost any current battery-electric vehicle - for around $30,000. Photo by Len Katz.

General Motors will begin building a production version of its Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric concept vehicle in October 2016, several well-placed company sources told, a move that will put GM into direct competition with California EV start-up Tesla Motors, as well as more traditional automakers such as Nissan and BMW.

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Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, the Chevy Bolt concept was expected to deliver about 200 miles of range per charge – more than double that of most of the electric vehicles currently on the market. That would address the issue of “range anxiety’ which, industry analysts say, has held back demand for battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

GM officials, meanwhile, said they would deliver the Bolt for around $30,000, which would put it much closer to the price tag of a comparable, gas-powered vehicle.


Local Motors Planning Two 3D Micro-Plants

Building cars at the Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.16, 2015

Local Motors is 3D printing one of its Strati cars at the North American International Auto Show.

Most automakers are content to show their vehicles at the North American International Auto Show – which opens up to the public this weekend. But the folks from Local Motors has been building vehicles on the show floor.

The start-up brought some of its 3D printing technology to Detroit’s Cobo Hall to demonstrate how it can produce one of its models, the electric Strati, just about anywhere, directly from a digital file. The first of these battery cars will go on sale later this year.

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Don’t expect Local Motors to print out a car in your garage. The company is currently operating two micro-plants, one in Phoenix and the other in Las Vegas. But it is confident enough about its future that it expects to add additional facilities in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville, Tennessee. (more…)

Hot, Hotter, Hottest? Ford Turns Up the Heat with Shelby GT350R

Maker debuts street-legal, race-ready Mustang.

by on Jan.15, 2015

The new Ford Shelby GT350R lets you go from two-track to race track. It's part of a trio of new powerful pony cars.

At 435 horsepower, the 2015 remake of the Mustang GT is an impressive piece of work. But in today’s new Golden Age of muscle cars, the number is almost middle-of-the-road. So, Ford is rolling out a series of pony car variants that go from hot to hotter to hottest.

It was only a few months ago, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, that we got a good look at the Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its unique new 5.2-liter V-8 featuring a high-revving flat-plane crankshaft bumping the numbers up to a more impressive 500 horsepower. Now, however, Detroit show-goers will get to see that taken up yet another notch, with the addition of the Shelby 350GTR.

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That’s “R” as in “racing,” Ford global product development chief Raj Nair declaring the latest Mustang iteration “street-legal, track-ready.” (more…)

Volvo Captures Auto Ad of the Year

Audi and Toyota also take top honors.

by on Jan.14, 2015

This Volvo Truck ad with action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits while perched on two trucks driving in reverse won auto ad of the year.

Forget the rocks and trees, or SUVs trampling across the meadows, and ignore the fast-talking salesman pitching a deal too good to be true. Occasionally, just occasionally, an automaker’s creative team really does come up with an ad so compelling that you might want to watch it more than the show it is sponsoring.

Honoring standout ads, whether on TV, the Internet, billboards, or in print, is the mission of the non-profit One Club, which sponsored the One Show Auto Advertising Awards presented as a wrap-up to two days of media previews at the North American International Auto Show.

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Humor is a universal theme, it seems, often helping us poke fun at ourselves. Audi was one of the winners in the broadcast category, its TV spot, called “Scripted Life,” likely to resonate with anyone who has felt like they are forced to conform too much. (more…)

Buick Avenir, Ford GT Dominate Design Awards

“Get a day job,” says honoree Bob Lutz.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Bob Lutz received the Eyes on Design Catalyst Award this year during the North American International Auto Show.

Domestic automakers dominated the annual Eyes on Design Awards capping two days of product previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford’s GT and the Buick Avenir concept were the big winners, though Audi also took home honors for its redesigned Q7 sport-utility vehicle.

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The annual awards ceremony is meant to honor the best in automotive design, something former General Motors “car czar” Bob Lutz described as the “great differentiator” in a world in which vehicles share more and more of the same, underlying technology. (more…)

Porsche Previews Perfect Pair in Detroit

New Cayenne and Targa rolling out for 2015.

by on Jan.13, 2015

The 911 Targa 4 GTS will do zero to 60 in just a tick under 4.3 seconds.

Somewhere Porsche executives are trying to make sure that the OPEC leader they sent a Christmas card to last year stays on the list this year as sales of non-gas sippers are on the upswing as consumers enjoy the low fuel prices.

It makes it the perfect time for the German sports carmaker to roll out two new models that chew up fuel as quickly as they do miles: the mind-numbingly fast 911 Targa 4 GTS and the sport SUV that began the craze,the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S.

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The 911 Targa 4 GTS is sort of a convertible and sort of not, but it’s definitely fast and even more so in its latest iteration with an additional 30 horsepower boosting the 3.8-liter flat six to 424 hp. In real terms: zero to 60 in just a tick under 4.3 seconds. All that power gets transferred to all four wheels with standard all-wheel drive. (more…)

Verizon Wants to Connect Your Car

New Verizon Vehicle system offers an alternative to built-in telematics.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Andres Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, believes there is a significant market for aftermarket-based telematics services.

Most of the vehicles Chevrolet will sell in the U.S. this year will be equipped with 4G WiFi connectivity. Mercedes-Benz has made its connected mbrace emergency call system a standard feature. And there’s a growing list of competitors offering similar connected car technologies.

But what about the more than 200 million vehicles now on the road not equipped with some sort of built-in connectivity? Verizon thinks it has the answer, the telematics giant announcing plans to launch the new Verizon Vehicle system. The aftermarket system will be able to perform a variety of services, from alerting a driver to potential engine problems to helping police track a stolen vehicle.

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“Over 200 million U.S. drivers on the road today have vehicles that lack telematics and connectivity,” noted Andres Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics. The goal of the new system is to “bring the benefits of connected cars to millions more people.” (more…)