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GM Exploring Options for Additional Battery-Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt EV lands another big award – but GM needs to move even faster to retain its lead.

by on Feb.10, 2017

GM President Dan Ammann says the company will produce more electric vehicles in the near future, but was short on specifics.

Fresh off another victory for the new Chevrolet Bolt EV – which was named the car of the year by syndicated TV show Motor Week – General Motors is exploring options for adding still more battery-electric models to its line-up.

While company officials are vague about both the details, numerous sources say that GM wants to maintain the lead it established by introducing the Bolt, the world’s first long-range, mainstream-priced battery-car. The electric crossover has garnered a series of awards since its launch late last year, including North American Car of the Year.

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“We will obviously need a much broader portfolio,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann, talking to TheDetroitBureau.com after a keynote speech at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. “We see opportunities as electric vehicles take hold.” (more…)

Mopar Marks 80th Anniversary with Debut of Limited Edition Challenger

Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger is eighth in ongoing series.

by on Feb.10, 2017

Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier shows off the two versions of the Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger.

Mopar is celebrating its 80th anniversary in style, rolling out a customized version of the Dodge Challenger at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger is the latest in a series of limited-edition muscle cars from the parts division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Only 160 of them will be offered, split evenly between two distinctive color schemes.

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“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, the head of the parts brand. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA U.S. vehicles.” (more…)

Fiat Chrysler, Braun Redefine Mobility

New wheelchair-accessible Pacifica features new technology.

by on Feb.10, 2017

Fiat Chrysler and BraunAbility showed off their latest vehicle, a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.

Today’s buzzword in the auto industry is mobility. It’s an oversimplified way of talking about the maker’s plans for ride-sharing, car-sharing and alternate forms of getting folks from one place to another.

Fiat Chrysler’s latest iteration of its Pacifica minivan reminds there’s been a “mobility” movement in place for some time and it was on display at the Chicago Auto Show.

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FCA and BraunAbility are partnering to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users a vehicle with better access, improved technology and styling — the benefits from the long-standing quality of the world’s best-known automotive mobility manufacturer while retaining the style and capability of one of the top minivans on the road. (more…)

GM’s Amman Says Maven is Moving Along

GM President tells Econ Club that car business is strong.

by on Feb.09, 2017

General Motors President Dan Ammann keynotes the Economic Club of Chicago's meeting during the recent Chicago Auto Show.

Maven the internal start-up company that General Motors created last year to help it navigate the changes that are re-shaping the automobile industry is already showing substantial promise in its first year of operation, GM President Dan Ammann told the Economic Club of Chicago.

Ammann noted that Chicago was one of the first cities where Maven, GM’s new personal mobility brand, was launched and it has already connected to hundreds of customers in the Chicago, which is one of GM’s key market in the U.S.

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Each month Maven is growing by double-digits in Chicago, where it has more than 1,400 subscribers for its car-sharing fleet. In addition, Maven has lined up 1,700 Lyft drivers for its Express service, which allows Lyft drivers to lease a new vehicle from GM to use as they pick up and drop off customers using its ride-sharing business. (more…)

Nissan Adds a Royal to the Family: New Titan King Cab

New six-person cab comes with Cummins diesel option.

by on Feb.09, 2017

Nissan's North American chief Fred Diaz shows off the new 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab during the Chicago Auto Show.

This year’s Chicago Auto Show appears to be a series of “look what we did to our truck to make it better than their truck” announcements.

Well, Nissan wasn’t left out, introducing its six-person “King Cab” option available on its new Titan with wide-opening rear doors and available “rear seat delete” option that is ideal for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space.

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“The launch of the new King Cab body is the last step in a journey that began in December 2015 with the debut of the breakthrough Titan XD, which continues to carve out a unique white space between competitors’ heavy-duty and half-ton trucks,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America Inc., in a statement. (more…)

Hyundai Hops into Hot Hatch Hullabaloo with New GT

New Elantra GT provides improved performance.

by on Feb.09, 2017

Hyundai is jumping into the hot hatch segment with the new 2018 Elantra GT.

Like so many other makers, Hyundai’s recent new product focus has zeroed in on electric vehicles. However, industry observers all seem to agree that the South Korean maker needs to fill the truck gap in its line-up.

So, of course, if the company’s got a new vehicle in to unveil at the Chicago Auto Show, it’s only natural that it’s a … small, sporty car!

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The automaker is taking the wraps off the new 2018 Elantra GT. Described as “lower, wider and longer” the new model is more aggressive on the outside and roomier on the inside. The new hatchback is set to hit dealerships this summer, officials said. (more…)

Three New Toyota Models Let “Families on the Go Rough it in Style”

Chicago Auto Show debut for RAV4 Adventure, Tundra and Sequoia TRD

by on Feb.09, 2017

Toyota's picked up on the idea that truck and ute buyers like to customize their vehicles a bit. The new Sequoia TRD offers that chance.

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This year’s Chicago Auto Show is all about new niche products, and Toyota has a gaggle of them to show off: rugged yet lavishly equipped versions of three of its popular light truck lines.

The RAV4 Adventure and TRD versions of the Sequoia sport-utility vehicle and Tundra pickup are all aimed at families who want to “rough it in style,” the automaker explains. They all feature improvements in off-road capabilities and performance, as well as design tweaks meant to give them a sportier and more rugged appearance.

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That’s in keeping with what other manufacturers are bringing to this year’s Chicago Auto Show. There are more products than ever for American car buyers to choose from, but automakers also are offering more niche variants, whether sporty, upscale or just distinctive in styling. (more…)

Nissan Dresses Up New Titan for Winter

Pickups get sporty new look from Motorsports division.

by on Feb.08, 2017

Nissan Motorsports got its hands on a new Titan and turned it into the Pro-4X just in time for Chicago.

It’s winter and for many parts of the country that means a slew of outdoor activities and fortunately for Nissan Titan owners, the maker’s motorsports division has a load of new offerings designed to allow them to plunge right into their cold-weather fun.

The company is showing off those items on its new Titan, building modified display vehicles for the Chicago Auto Show. It marks the second year in a row that Nissan provided a “winterized” version of its vehicles. Last year, it showed off upgrades for its SUV line-up.

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This year’s Titan models – the Super Black 2017 Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab and a Titan XD PRO-4X – are outfitted with Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories, along with available aftermarket parts. (more…)

Live From Chicago!

Makers bringing out a slew of new SUVs and trucks.

by on Feb.08, 2017

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, and is the 109th edition of the exposition. Now winding down, this year’s event has provided plenty of new models, with a focus on trucks and utility vehicles, and executives looking making news at McCormick Place.

TheDetroitBureau.com continues bring breaking news and insights with industry leaders from the show so keeping checking the site often for additional must-know news and updates.

The latest news from the show: (more…)

Ram Going Long on Copper in Chicago

New Night packages available for heavy-duty models.

by on Feb.08, 2017

The new 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport comes in a new limited edition color: Copper Pearl.

Automakers are still riding the truck sales frenzy and looking for ways to differentiate their beasts from the crowd. Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Truck division is going with one of its strengths: color.

The company is rolling out Copper Pearl as its second limited-edition offering on the Ram 1500, and it’s on display at the Chicago Auto Show. The other limited-edition color is Ignition Orange.

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It’s also rolled out new special-edition Night packages for Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickups. The new Night editions further expand the Ram factory-custom truck family from the half-ton Ram 1500 announced in September 2016 to the brand’s three-quarter and one-ton models. (more…)