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Kia Puts a Little Zip into New Soul

Maker adds turbocharged model to line-up.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Kia unveiled a new, more powerful turbocharged Soul crossover at the L.A. Auto Show.

The Kia Soul has been around for years but even though its basic shape has changed the ambitious South Korean automaker has continued to keep the popular crossover vehicle fresh.

So during the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia plans to roll out a turbocharged version of the Soul capable of producing 201 horsepower giving one of Kia’s most-popular and most beloved vehicles plenty of zip to go with its easily recognized exterior pizzazz.

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Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim delivers, noted Orin Hedrick, Kia Motor America vice president of product planning. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Civic Si Among Major Debuts Coming to L.A.

Over 50 global and North American intros on the docket.

by on Oct.14, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery debuted in Paris, and it will make it's North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show could be Tinseltown’s biggest in years, with more than 50 new vehicle debuts on the docket next month.

Some of those models, like the Land Rover Discovery, will be appearing for the first time in North America, after making earlier appearances abroad. But there’ll be a significant number of all-new models, organizers promise, including Alfa Romeo’s first-ever SUV and the new Honda Civic Si.

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In line with California’s focus on clean energy and cutting-edge technologies, the 2016 LAIAS also will launch the new AutoMobility LA event. It’s an expanded version of the Connected Car Expo that has, in recent years, explored developments in areas such as car-sharing and autonomous driving. (more…)

Live From New York!

Oldest auto show featuring newest models.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 116th edition of the New York International Auto Show is now open to the public with thousands of folks jamming the Jacob Javits Convention Center to get a look at vehicles ranging from dream rides to potential new purchases.

However, TheDetroitBureau.com is still mining the recent reveals and executive insights for additional news. Check out the stories we’ve already written and check back often for updates.

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Sun’s Up on the 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

SUV gets same treatment as Canyon

by on Mar.21, 2016

GMC is looking to set a new sales record for its Terrain SUV in 2016 with the new Nightfall edition.

After a record sales year in 2015, GMC is giving fans of its Terrain SUV another reason to run out and buy a new one: the 2017 Terrain Nightfall edition. The new model will make its debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

The Nightfall is a stylized special edition of the SUV combining blacked-out exterior details and wheels, with popular technologies, such as IntelliLink with available 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the brand.

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Due to arrive in dealerships this fall, it joins is truck cousins, the Canyon Nightfall and Sierra All Terrain X boasting these customized packages. (more…)

GMC Amps up Crossover Competition with 2017 Acadia

Better mileage, more technology catapults CUV to top of class.

by on Jan.12, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new verion has a model that can go off-road.

The battle for superiority in the luxury crossover segment just got a little more fierce with the introduction of the new 2017 GMC Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GMC took some chances with the new Acadia with two new powertrains – one for the fuel economy conscious and one for those who want some oomph – as well as introducing a new “off-road” model.

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“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”  (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Teases Concept Van for Tokyo Motor Show

“Luxurious, autonomous and progressive.”

by on Oct.27, 2015

Mercedes pushes to extremes with a concept van coming to this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

In a market all-but owned by Japanese domestic manufacturers, foreign makers have largely ignored the Tokyo Motor Show in recent years. But Mercedes-Benz has decided to weigh in this time with a concept vehicle it calls, “a vision for future generations.”

A quick look at the accompanying teaser would suggest it’s just a minivan, but knowing Mercedes, we can expect a lot more than just a roomy interior, and will likely see the German maker pick up some of the themes it has touched on in recent times with other concepts such as the F 015 Luxury in Motion and the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, or IAA, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

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That is likely to translate into some intriguing new technologies, perhaps in terms of autonomous driving, but the Tokyo concept might also feature an advanced infotainment system, as well as an alternative powertrain.

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Live From the Frankfurt Motor Show

Auto Show season kickoff bringing latest news and debuts!

by on Sep.14, 2015

The 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, marks the beginning of the 2015-16 auto show season, but as press days draw to a close you can check out all the new products on display — everything from ragtop microcars to the world’s most expensive SUV, as well as an assortment of high-performance and long-range battery cars.

TheDetroitBureau.com has been covering all the new products, technologies and trends at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Here are our latest stories:

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Lexus Goes for Goosebumps with 2016 RX

by on Apr.01, 2015

Lexus debuted the RX450h and RX350 at this year's New York International Auto Show.

Picking up on the more aggressive design language it has adopted for recent models like the RC Coupe, Lexus is bringing out a fourth-generation RX crossover that is designed to raise the “goosebump” factor.

Making its debut at the New York International Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus RX boasts a longer wheelbase, a more lavish interior, and plenty of new digital technology – including a new, low-cost package of collision avoidance features. But it’s the revised design likely to draw attention, especially among the young car buyers Lexus has been heavily targeting lately.

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“We gave our designers and engineers more freedom to focus on the things that … elicit an emotional reaction and bring out the goosebumps,” said Mark Templin, the executive vice president of Lexus International. (more…)

Live from the New York International Auto Show

by on Apr.01, 2015

The 115th annual New York International Auto Show flung open the doors to the Javits Center to reporters, photographers and automotive executives this week. Dozens of new cars, crossovers and other vehicles made news on the first day and that will continue in the show’s second day.

While the NY Auto Show ends the auto show season, which began last fall, and there is still plenty of breaking news and global vehicle debuts from both domestic and international automakers coming from the city so nice they named it twice.

Of course, TheDetroitBureau.com is at the show, ensuring you are getting all of the news from New York. Please check back often to see the latest happenings from the show. (more…)

Kia Gives Full Look at New Optima Sedan Ahead of NY Debut

Sedan continues to put maker at the forefront.

by on Mar.26, 2015

Kia stopped teasing us and decided to show off the 2016 Optima coming to the New York Auto Show.

After a slow tease that might have made a stripper proud, Kia is finally going the full Monty, releasing a picture of the new Optima SX a week ahead of its New York International Auto Show debut.

The outgoing Optima was a breakthrough car for Kia, transforming it from a stodgy, value-focused brand to one pushing the boundaries of design. Preliminary renderings released by Kia earlier this month suggested that the 2016 Optima would maintain its edginess. With its distinctive new grille – that appears to be the case.

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“Instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, Kia will introduce the all-new 2016 Optima at the upcoming New York Auto Show on April 1st at 1:20 p.m.,” the Korean carmaker said in a statement. “Available with multiple engine choices, the all-new Optima features a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and a number of technologies not previously offered on Kia’s best-selling midsize sedan.” (more…)