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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pics Leak Ahead of Detroit Debut

German maker 2017 model lighter, bigger than predecessor.

by on Jan.05, 2016

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was set to be unveiled in Detroit next week ... until these pictures were leaked.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the maker’s most significant model, the anchor in a rapidly expanding line-up. But it’s also the oldest model, something the German maker is soon set to remedy with the debut of an all-new version at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Mercedes has been banging the drum, aiming to build interest in the premiere of the new sedan, which will take place Sunday night, the day before the first official press day at the NAIAS. It has already released interior shots and now, it seems, the helpful folks at German website Auto-Presse have given us a look at the exterior, as well.

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They’ve published leaked images of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and we’re reprinting a few of the here, along with some of the key details we’ve learned about the new midsize sedan. (more…)

Mercedes Shows It’s What’s Inside that Counts

Luxury maker provides early look at E-Class interior.

by on Dec.09, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is chock full of new technology that makes the vehicle safer as well as more comfortable.

When it’s time to introduce a new model, many automakers attempt to whet the appetites of fans with dark pictures showing only a hint of what’s to come. Mercedes decided to turn that approach inside out, showing off the interior of the new E-Class ahead of its debut in Detroit next month.

What can Mercedes aficionados expect? A simple design featuring more technology, but fewer buttons to use it. The maker stuffs the new iteration of the E-Class with a suite of new technology that includes car-to-car communications, the ability to unlock your car using your smartphone and remote parking.

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Much of this is accessible using a new, optional, digital dashboard display that puts most functions under the driver’s control via touchpads on the steering wheel.  (more…)

North American Car, Truck of Year Finalists Announced

Big Three only gets one nominee this year.

by on Dec.08, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD will come in five grades, including this Pro 4X version. It's also a finalist for North American Truck of the Year.

Three cars and three trucks have been named finalists in the North American Car and Truck of the Year competition, which will culminate in an announcement of the winners in both categories at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The finalists for the car of the year are the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda Civic, while the list of truck and utility vehicles nominees include the Volvo XC90, Nissan Titan XD and Honda Pilot.

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Lindsay Brooke, one of the 53 NACTOY jurors who presented the nominees during a luncheon hosted by the Detroit’s Automotive Press Association, said the challenge for this year’s jurors was the large number of new vehicles that debuted during 2016. Forty-nine new vehicles made their debut during the year. (more…)

Lexus Set to Reveal New LC 500 Coupe at Detroit Show

Production take on LF-LC concept will replace unloved SC coupe.

by on Dec.07, 2015

Lexus officials are expected to unveil the production version of the LF-LC concept shown in Tokyo last month in Detroit in January.

Driven by a mandate from Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, Lexus officials have been trying to pump more “passion” into the brand with recent designs like the 2016 RX, and the all-new NX. But there’s only so far a company go with a two-box utility vehicle.

To push the design envelope to its limits, Lexus is expected to unveil the long-awaited production version of its LF-LC Concept coupe, the latest version of which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show barely a month ago. Dubbed the Lexus LC 500, the 2017 model should be ready to take the stage at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show – part of a flood of concepts and production models Toyota is set to be readying for the show.

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“Look at this (concept) and you’ll get a real good idea of where we’re going with the styling direction of the brand,” the LS in particular, Mark Templin, a managing officer at Toyota and executive vice president of Lexus International, told after the latest take on the LF-LC concept was revealed in Tokyo. (more…)

Fast, Faster, Fastest? Porsche to Unveil New 911 Turbo, Turbo S Models

Germans squeeze even more from famous turbo six.

by on Dec.01, 2015

The engineers at Porsche have wrung out a little more power for the new 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S.

Never one to settle for something that’s simply fast, Porsche plans to push the limits a little further with the introduction of two new top-of-the-line versions of the familiar 911 at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Both the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models will see a significant bump in horsepower for 2017 that will help them both launch from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, according to the German maker.

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“The powertrain enhancements take the performance of the 911 Turbo models to even higher levels than before,” said a release from Porsche. But it also notes that the 2017 updates involve more than just raw acceleration. (more…)

Live From the Detroit Auto Show

Speed and power dominate this year’s show.

by on Jan.12, 2015

The North American International Auto Show has drawn to a close…for the media anyway. In just a few short days, hundreds of thousands of people will begin flocking to Cobo Hall in Detroit to see, touch and kick the tires on the latest models and newest innovations.

Just because the doors are closed for the media, however, doesn’t mean that’s team is done delivering show-related news. We’ve ferreted out plenty of additional stories during our time on the show floor. So, please continue to keep checking our updated list, below, for more news from the 2015 North American International Auto Show.


GM Charges Up Second-Gen Chevrolet Volt

Longer range, better MPG, more room – but will buyers plug in?

by on Jan.12, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra introduced the second-generation Bolt, which will get an additional 50 miles per charge. Photo credit: Len Katz.

General Motors sparked plenty of interest when, in 2010, it launched the world’s first mass-market plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt. But after an initial surge, sales have waned over the last several years, falling a precipitous 30% last year. So, Chevy can only hope that potential buyers will plug back in with the launch of an all-new, second-generation Volt at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

The 2016 model was designed to address many of the weaknesses of the original car, including its buzzy engine, sluggish performance and cramped interior. But it also will deliver significantly more range – an estimated 50 miles per charge – and improved fuel economy.

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And while the maker has yet to announce specific numbers, there is widespread speculation the 2016 Chevrolet Volt also will see a price cut putting it more into the mainstream of the compact American sedan market.


Optimism Abounds Ahead of Detroit Auto Show

Booming sales expected to continue into 2015.

by on Jan.09, 2015

The latest version of the Honda FCV Concept will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

With U.S. auto sales booming, and forecasts for 2015 looking even better, optimism abounds as the industry gets ready to roll out its latest and greatest at the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

As many as 45 all-new cars, trucks and crossovers are scheduled to make their debut in the Motor City, everything from plug-in hybrids to supercars – and even a hybrid supercar, the reborn Acura NSX that is one of the most eagerly awaited debuts on next week’s schedule.

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“It’s not just about the count,” suggests Rod Alberts, the head of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which sponsors the well-attended annual event. “These are all significant vehicles” likely to have a big impact on a car market still recovering from its worst downturn in decades. (more…)

A Quick Guide to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show’s Most Important Debuts

From hybrids to supercars – and even a hybrid supercar.

by on Jan.09, 2015

Acura teases the new NSX hybrid supercar.

By initial count, the upcoming North American International Auto Show will bring anywhere from 40 to 45 new models to the fore at Detroit’s Cobo Hall next week – along with a number of new models making their North American debut after being introduced overseas in recent months.

The list covers a wide spectrum of products, from big pickups to little hybrids to supercars – and even a hybrid supercar, the reborn Acura NSX. Detroit makers will have plenty to show, including an all-new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, as well as Cadillac’s 640-horsepower CTS-V.

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While most makers have already signaled what’s coming with teasers and advance announcements, Ford has kept an unusually tight lid on its planned debuts, creating plenty of guessing.

Here’s the most complete list has come up with of previews planned for the 2015 NAIAS:


Lexus Confirms Detroit Launch of GS F Performance Sedan

Brand looking to transform staid image.

by on Jan.06, 2015

The Lexus GS F sedan, which combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car, will debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

With the Detroit Auto Show press preview just days away, Lexus has confirmed what was already one of the show’s worst-kept secrets: plans to launch an all-new high performance version of its mid-range GS sedan.

To be called the GS F, it is intended to help transform the staid image of a brand better known for its high-mileage hybrid models. The 2016 Lexus GS F will join the maker’s small but expanding performance line, alongside the RC F coupe launched last year.

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Lexus has hinted it has yet another high-performance model in the works, speculation focusing on a possible new supercar to replace the now out-of-production LFA. Some news could also be announced during the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (more…)