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Lincoln Launches Chauffeur Service

“Quiet luxury” brand rolling series of pilot programs.

by on Apr.17, 2017

With the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, the big ute gets its first full makeover in a decade.

Hoping to create a distinctive identity for itself, Ford’s Lincoln Motor Co. is launching a series of pilot programs designed to emphasize the brand’s “quiet luxury” motto.

That includes both a new home sales and delivery process, as well as a chauffeur service that lets a Lincoln owner order up a driver via the marque’s smartphone app. Debuting in Miami, the new service provides a driver who can run errands or chauffeur owners who might otherwise have to call up a taxi or Uber ride.

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The service “allows people to be picked up in their own Lincoln vehicle, rather than one they’re not familiar with,” said Andrew Frick, the brand’s director of sales and service. Owners also can request a specific driver if that person is available, he noted.

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Best in Show: 10 to Check Out at the New York Auto Show

Power, speed, green and even something for your dog!

by on Apr.14, 2017

The Dodge Demon is tough to ignore in what should be called arrest-me red and an 840-horsepower engine.

For automotive fans and industry insiders alike, the New York International Auto Show is one of the biggest and most important annual events – and it won’t disappoint this year, as dozens of new vehicles are making their debut at the Big Apple’s Jacob Javits Convention Center this week.

They underscore the dramatic changes sweeping through the auto industry and offer something for everybody, whether you want an environmentally friendly crossover, a muscle car or a sedan that will let you drive hands-free. There were also some exciting concepts that promise to translate into cool production cars in the not-too-distant future.

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Here’s a look at 10 of the hottest, most intriguing, most unusual and most desirable models to debut at the 2017 NYIAS: (more…)

Subaru on the Ascent as it Previews New 3-Row Flagship

Concept SUV makes NY Auto Show debut.

by on Apr.12, 2017

The seven-passenger Subaru Ascent Concept will become the maker's biggest model ever.

Subaru has been saddled with a yawning gap in its line-up since the American-made Tribeca SUV went out of production in 2014, but it’s getting ready to fill the three-row opening with an all-new model that, it confirms, will be dubbed Ascent.

The name is appropriate, considering the steady stream of record annual sales the Japanese maker has turned in, topping 1 million vehicles worldwide last year for the first time. Subaru was one of the first to capitalize on the crossover trend, and the Ascent could add even more momentum – if it can avoid the pitfalls that waylaid the Tribeca.

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The maker is bringing an assortment of new production crossovers to this week’s New York International Auto Show, including the smaller Crosstrek, but the brightest spotlight is on the debut of a concept version of the Subaru Ascent, a show car that is expected to undergo relatively modest change before it starts rolling off the line in the very near future.

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Honda Adds Two New Versions of Clarity Green Machine

Plug-In, all-electric versions join original Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle.

by on Apr.12, 2017

Honda's Steve Center introduces the new Honda Clarity at the New York International Auto Show.

Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity FCV is getting two new siblings, with plug-in and all-electric versions of the futuristic sedan making their debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Honda will be one of the first makers to offer a range of three different green powertrain options for the same model, two of those being entirely emissions-free. They will help anchor the Japanese maker’s goal of having two-thirds of its global sales generated by electrified vehicles by 2030.

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“The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., during an NYIAS press conference. “The Clarity series also heralds the advancement of our Honda Electrification Initiative, representing our investment in the full spectrum of electric-vehicle technologies.”

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Lincoln Wants Back In With Remake of Big Navigator

A long-awaited remake puts Lincoln's big SUV back in the game.

by on Apr.12, 2017

With the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, the big ute gets its first full makeover in a decade.

The company that invented the full-size luxury SUV has been little more than an also-ran in recent years, Ford Motor Co. long neglecting its big Lincoln Navigator – until now, anyway.

This week’s New York International Auto Show will see the debut of a flood of new sport- and crossover-utility vehicles, but perhaps none has been awaited with more interest than the 2018 Navigator which is finally getting the complete makeover it has long and desperately needed.

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With New Enclave Avenir, Buick Moves Big SUV Upscale

Buick’s answer to the GMC Denali sub-brand makes NY Auto Show debut.

by on Apr.12, 2017

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is based on an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

It’s not quite the jaw-dropping, boat-tailed concept sedan that stirred up the waters when it was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but Buick is still hoping to draw in a flood of new buyers with the unveiling of the new Enclave Avenir at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

The 2018 SUV is the first model to wear the badge of this new sub-brand, the Buick equivalent of GMC’s Denali. And if it has anywhere near the same level of success, it could add a dose of steroids to the ongoing Buick turnaround.

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“The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles,” sales actually rising as the current SUV has approached the end of its long lifecycle, said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for (what) the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”

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SUVs Could Soon Make Up Half U.S. New Vehicle Market

Prices also on rise as "customers choose more well-equipped vehicles."

by on Apr.11, 2017

Ford is pushing more luxury and tech features into the Explorer Platinum Edition for 2018.

Utility vehicles now account for 40% of the American market – and a disproportionate share of its profits – but demand is likely to keep growing and could soon reach 50% before leveling off, said a senior Ford Motor Co. executive ahead of this week’s New York International Auto Show, where a number of new SUVs and CUVs will make their debut.

Utes have become the hottest segment in the industry, in part because carmakers continue to find ways to surprise and delight customers with all manner of new designs and features, said Mark LaNeve, Ford’s head of sales, service and marketing. And where classic SUVs once required owners to “sacrifice” things like fuel economy and on-road comfort, today’s utes are nearly as efficient and comfortable as conventional sedans and coupes.

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As a result, “We don’t see (the SUV sales boom) stopping,” said LaNeve, as Ford revealed two new versions of its popular Explorer SUV and announced plans to update the long-neglected Expedition model for the 2018 model-year.

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Jeep’s 707-hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Revealed

Set to debut in NY alongside Dodge Demon.

by on Apr.10, 2017

The most powerful SUV on the market, the 707 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning a high-powered preview at the New York International Auto Show later week, the Euro-American automaker set to debut two of the most powerful vehicles ever to roll off an American assembly line.

While FCA is waiting for its Wednesday news conference to provide complete details about the Dodge Demon, the muscle car it has been teasing in recent weeks, the maker did pull the covers back on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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In what might actually seem something of an understatement, Jeep chief Mike Manley suggested that with its 707-horsepower V-8, the Trackhawk delivers “astounding performance numbers.” But Manley also stressed that the new Jeep is more than just the SUV equivalent of a classic muscle car, promising it also offers “luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology.”

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Infiniti Teases NY Debut of QX80 Monograph Concept

Concept in name only; production model on the way.

by on Apr.03, 2017

The mysterious Infiniti QX80 Monograph will make its debut in New York next week.

Infiniti has some big news coming at next week’s New York International Auto Show – big as in its largest SUV, the QX80.

An all-new version is reportedly on its way for the 2019 model-year, and the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. has confirmed it will be revealing a show car version in the Big Apple that it has dubbed the Infiniti QX80 Monograph.

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The Japanese maker isn’t saying much about the Monograph, it’s press release even shorter than the latest White House tweet, simply declaring, “Huge unveil. 11 April 2017. New York.” But the teaser image and a little detective work offers a few hints of what’s to come.

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Is This Concept Toyota’s Answer to the Ford Bronco?

Japanese maker confirms plans to debut FT-4X at New York Auto Show.

by on Mar.29, 2017

Toyota drops a hint of what it has coming at next month's New York International Auto Show.

Rumors have been buzzing since last autumn, when Toyota registered the new trademark, FT-4X. What might that be used for? The initial inklings suggested it would likely show up on a light truck, perhaps the replacement for the old FJ Cruiser, dropped after the 2014 model-year.

The Japanese maker is now confirming a concept using that badge will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next month, and from the teaser image accompanying that terse announcement, it’s safe to assume the show car will be some form of utility vehicle.

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But what type of ute does Toyota have in mind? A “soft-roader,” ala the RAV4, seems unlikely. The betting would suggest that the new Toyota FJ-4X will be a serious off-roader, perhaps even something opting for a body-on-frame design, that would take aim at the likes of the new Ford Bronco or next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

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