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Cadillac and Lincoln Set to Go Head-to-Head in NY with New Flagships

But the real challenge comes from European, Japanese luxury brands.

by on Mar.30, 2015

Lincoln digs into its history to come up with an all-new Continental flagship concept sedan.

It’s been a busy year for luxury automakers who have unleashed a flood of new products at shows around the world in recent months. And the season will wrap up with the unveiling of such new models as the popular Lexus RX crossover, as well as the $205,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography at the New York Auto Show this week.

But two of Detroit’s two luxury brands are likely to capture much of the spotlight in the Big Apple as they roll out new flagship sedans that Cadillac and Lincoln hope will begin the process of rebuilding their once-lofty rolls in the high-line automotive market.

Auto Show News!

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln brand has been giving a select group of journalists a sneak peek at the new Continental sedan ahead of the NY Auto Show’s two-day media event. Cadillac has been only a wee bit more secretive about its own new flagship, dubbed the CT6.

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com.

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.”

A Luxury You Can Afford!

“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.”

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GM CEO Mary Barra Named One of World’s 10 Most Influential Leaders

One of three women named by Fortune, Barra lags behind Taylor Swift.

by on Mar.27, 2015

GM CEO Barra, pictured here on the cover of Time which last year chose her as one of its top 100 leaders.

Barely 15 months in as the first woman to head a major automaker, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been named one of the 10 most influential leaders in the world by Fortune magazine.

In the ninth position, Barra is the only auto exec in the top tier, and ranks well ahead of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who was 23rd on Fortune’s list of 50 top global leaders. But Barra was just one of three women in the top 10 and actually was listed behind singer Taylor Swift, in Fortune’s sixth spot.

Be a Leader!

“Immersed in GM’s ignition-switch megacrisis almost since day one as CEO, Barra has deftly juggled the demands of investors, regulators, customers, plaintiffs, and employees on one of the business world’s most visible stages,” explained Fortune.

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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.

Auto Show News!

“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.

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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.

Plug In!

“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.

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The 10 Most Annoying Car Features

Touchscreens top the list.

by on Mar.25, 2015

Lincoln has been hammered in recent studies because of problems with its touchscreens.

Love that new car? Plenty of storage space, good performance, great mileage? You’re still likely to find something about it that will make you grind your teeth, perhaps the lack of useful cupholders, a glovebox that invariably bangs your knees or a touchscreen audio system that makes it a chore to simply change radio stations.

A poorly designed interior is one of the things most likely to send you running when you go looking for a new car, truck or crossover. But other things, like car alarms that randomly go off in the middle of the night, can add to your frustration.

Your Reliable Source!

The editors at online shopping service Cars.com have set out their own list of the 10 most annoying car features. We’ll add a few of our own and invite readers to weigh in with their own.

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Six in 10 Teen Crashes Involve Distracted Driving

Texting only part of the problem, finds AAA study.

by on Mar.25, 2015

Night time is the wrong time for teenage drivers.

Nighttime sees deadly crashes among teen drivers double, according to a separate AAA study.

Federal research indicates roughly 11% of all highway deaths are the result of distracted driving. But a new study confirms what has long been feared, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluding that nearly six out of 10 moderate to severe teen crashes are the result of driver distraction.

The figure is significantly higher than had been estimated previously, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluding distraction played a role in only 14% of teen crashes.

A Safe Bet!

“The in-depth analysis provides indisputable evidence that teen drivers are distracted in a much greater percentage of crashes than we previously realized,” said Peter Kissinger, the president and CEO of the AAA safety arm.

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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.

Stay in the Know!

“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.”

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Opel Keeps an Eye on Your Eyes

Prototype system uses eye-tracking tech to aim headlamps.

by on Mar.24, 2015

Opel wants to let your eyes aim your headlights.

Take a late night walk down a dark country lane and you’re likely to aim your flashlight precisely where you want to look. Imagine having a car that’s equally intuitive.

That’s the idea behind a new system being developed by Opel, General Motors’ European subsidiary, which uses an eye-tracking system to determine exactly where a driver is looking.

Keep an Eye on Us!

“We’ve been pursuing this concept of controlling the direction and intensity of light based on where the driver is looking for around two years,” notes Ingolf Schneider, the director of lighting technology at Opel. “The more we understand the benefits of this technology, the more intensively we push ahead.”

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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.

Auto Insight!

“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.

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