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Chevrolet Malibu Redux

New 2016 Chevy sedan better suited to "hand-to-hand combat" in crowded midsize market.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Chevrolet rolled out its new Malibu Hybrid in New York. The hybrid gets up to 48 mpg.

Chevrolet has been on a roll lately with products as diverse as the Corvette and Impala. But its also lobbed a few duds, including the midsize Malibu sedan it launched three years ago. Demand has lagged well behind expectations despite an “emergency refresh” made barely a year after its introduction.

But the maker looks to be on a much better track with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu making its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. More stylish, better equipped and more fuel-efficient – with the hybrid version coming later this year that will exceed 45 mpg, said Chevy execs at the New York Auto Show earlier today – the new sedan will nonetheless face a challenging task in a segment crowded with 17 other competitors.

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“It’s been difficult to win in this segment,” acknowledged Steve Majoros, Chevy’s passenger car marketing director, during a preview of the 2016 Malibu. But the maker really has no choice in one of the largest segments of the U.S. market which means, “We have to get people to fundamentally think differently about this brand.”


Back to Basics with New Porsche Boxster Spyder

Want a radio or AC? It'll cost you.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Porsche trims the Boxster down to its basics.

A funny thing has happened over the years. Manufacturers have rolled out an assortment of simple sports cars, only to see them steadily add more features and frills that, for many aficionados, actually takes away from the raw pleasure of driving.

So, Porsche is hoping to win over those motoring aficionados with the return of its Boxster Spyder, a back-to-basics design that even foregoes the speedy motorized convertible top for a manual cloth cover.

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“Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance,” Porsche announced as it rolled out the Boxster Spyder during a New York Auto Show preview.


Cadillac Aims to “Reinvent” Premium Luxury Segment with New CT6

Bigger, yet lighter, the CT6 aims to redefine a once-dominant brand.

by on Mar.31, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 makes its official debut the night before the opening of the 2015 NY Auto Show.

With the official unveiling of its new CT6 sedan, Cadillac is setting out to “reinvent the premium luxury segment, global president Johan de Nysschen declared Tuesday evening. But the debut of the big sedan is also about reinventing the once-dominant Cadillac brand itself.

In the works since late 2009, shortly after parent General Motors emerged from bankruptcy, the Cadillac CT6 will go up against some of the world’s toughest competitors, vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8. But Caddy officials insist they went to play the game on their own terms as they begin an $8 billion product program that will more than double the breadth of the brand’s current line-up.

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The process began with the debut of the small ATS and mid-range CTS, and now moves to the premium segment where Caddy hasn’t been a significant player in years. “The challenge, us to reinvent the large luxury segment, a category Cadillac once called its own,” said de Nysschen, during a preview ahead of the official opening of the New York Auto Show.


Born Again: Lincoln Continental to Make NY Auto Show Return

Concept model to return in production form “sometime in the 2016 calendar-year.”

by on Mar.30, 2015

What you see with the Lincoln Continental Concept is largely what you'll get with the production model.

The Lincoln Continental, once one of the most elegant and widely respected vehicles in the U.S. luxury market, is making its return. And the concept version set to make its first public appearance at the New York International Auto Show will return in production form next year, a senior Lincoln executive has advised

The show car version not only will introduce such luxury features as “laser-assist” high beams, but also will reveal what company officials are calling “the new face of Lincoln.”

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“The concept is a pretty strong hint of what the production vehicle will look like,” Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra said during a Sunday night interview. The road-ready version, he added, will reach U.S. showrooms “sometime in the 2016 calendar-year.”


First Look: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

New name, new look, new features – and new plug-in hybrid -- for midsize SUV.

by on Mar.26, 2015

A new name marks the launch of a new version of the midsize Mercedes SUV now called the GLE.

The name is new, as is the styling, and there’s even a new plug-in hybrid. But if you pick up something familiar in the form of the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE you’re not just having a sense of déjà vu.

The GLE is the new name for the old Mercedes ML. Well, not that old.  An all-new version of the popular midsize sport-utility vehicle will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week – but the German maker decided to lift the covers a little bit ahead of schedule.

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“Often copied, rarely equaled – the M-Class established the segment of premium SUVs in 1997 and since then has been one of the most successful models in the world,” boasts Ola Källenius, the Daimler AG board member overseeing Mercedes-Benz cars.


Redesigned Chevy Malibu Will Add 45 MPG Hybrid

“Building on the Volt,” says chief engineer.

by on Mar.25, 2015

Cutaway shows the Malibu Hybrid's layout.

When Chevrolet launches a completely redesigned version of its midsize Malibu later this year, it will add a new hybrid option expected to be one of the segment’s most fuel-efficient models.

Initial estimates suggest the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will come in at “better than” 45 miles per gallon, which would put it ahead of hybrid versions of the midsize Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry models, and within shot of the segment-leading Honda Accord Hybrid, which is rated at 47 mpg.

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“We’re bringing a hybrid to the midsize segment to compete,” Jesse Ortega, the chief engineer on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu project, said during a background briefing, adding his belief that Chevy is “very well-armed” to take on key domestic and import competitors.


Jaguar Rides a Tightrope with New 2016 XF

Complete redesign is lighter, roomier, more powerful.

by on Mar.24, 2015

A new Jaguar XF makes its high-wire debut in a drive 800 feet above the river in London.

As it rolls out a procession of new products aimed at rebuilding its position in the global luxury market, Jaguar has been riding a tightrope – quite literally, with the first showing of the newly redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF.

With movie stuntman Jim Dowdell behind the wheel, the new sedan rolled across a pair of wires strung nearly 800 feet above the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The daring stunt came a week before the official debut of the new Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show.

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“Over my 35 years in the industry I’ve driven Jaguar vehicles on many Hollywood movie sets,” recalled Dowdell. “However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34 mm (about 1.3 inches) in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control.”


Land Rover Adds New Range Rover Sport HST

Limited edition 2016 model makes 380-hp.

by on Mar.24, 2015

The 2016 Range Rover Sport HST.

The fast-growing Land Rover family will be getting bigger yet with the addition of the new Range Rover Sport HST, a limited-edition model for 2016.

Set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, the new model gets a 40 horsepower bump thanks to a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The HST is part of an array of updates announced for the 2016 Range Rover Sport line, including a new diesel engine option.

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“Sitting between the existing 340hp Range Rover Sport 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and the 550-hp supercharged variant, (the HST) delivers enhanced V-6 performance to go with the renowned comfort and refinement of the Range Rover Sport,” said David Mitchell, the vehicle program director.