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Lexus Set to Reveal Hybrid Version of New LC 500 Coupe

New Multi Stage Hybrid System to boost performance factor.

by on Feb.15, 2016

Lexus will reveal the new LC 500h at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.

When Lexus unveiled the new LC 500 coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month Toyota President Akio Toyoda said it was a preview of the brand’s future direction, with an emphasis on “passion and distinction.”

The new coupe’s 467-horsepower certainly fits that bill, but how about the Lexus LC 500h set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month? It likely wouldn’t if Lexus were simply offering up another mileage miser. But it’s hinting that this hybrid will be another matter entirely.

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In a teaser release, Lexus promises the new Multi State Hybrid System debuting in the LC 500h will deliver “enhanced driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency” than the current gas-electric technology used by the Lexus line – which is little more than a glorified version of what Toyota offers in the Prius model.


The “Face” and the “Flop” – Picking the Right Paint Colors for Tomorrow’s Cars Can Be a Big Challenge

Two-tone pastels, “secure” blacks and blues, high-tech golds among the likely trends of 2019.

by on Jan.20, 2016

Buick opted for a paint so dark you might think it was black, not blue, depending on lighting.

Low-slung and sensually sculpted, the Buick Avista is generating rave reviews, and large crowds, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

When designers pulled the concept car together, they spent nearly as much time coming up with the right, dark blue paint color as they did on Avista’s sheet metal. And the Buick team wasn’t alone. Whether ticket-me-red, sunburst orange or elegant white, color is critical to designers hoping to make their production cars and concepts pop on the auto show floor – and in the showroom.

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“When you buy a car, your friends are likely to ask, ‘What did you buy – and what color is it?’” suggests Jane Harrington, the manager of color styling for PPG Automotive Coatings.


Feds, 18 Automakers Agree to Form Broad Consortium to Improve Auto Safety

First joint project to focus on cyber-security; concept modeled after successful aerospace effort.

by on Jan.15, 2016

U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx, surrounded by industry leaders, at the news conference.

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In an unprecedented move, 18 global automakers have agreed to form a broad consortium aimed at not only developing advanced safety technology but also bringing it to a broad a range of consumers as quickly as possible.

The concept was modeled after a similar and successful program developed by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to work with aerospace manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus.

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The first of what could become a wide range of projects is already underway, has learned. The members of the new consortium agreed earlier this month to pool resources in an effort to thwart the threat of hackers. Cyber-security is considered a critical issue as the industry adds more digital technology to vehicles and works towards a collective goal of putting autonomous vehicles on the road.

The new safety consortium is a “strong start,” and a “new approach,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, surrounded by senior executives from all 18 automakers.


2016 North American International Auto Show Previews an Era of Change

From minivans to luxury cars to semi-autonomous vehicles, big news set to come from Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The new E-Class is one of more than 40 debuts coming to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

Despite the blustery weather that has Detroit in its grip, things will be heating up at the Cobo Hall convention center the next few days as the annual North American International Auto Show gets underway.

The first big auto show of the New Year is likely to also be one of the most important, with dozens of new cars, trucks and crossovers making their formal debut. Manufacturers also will be offering a peek at some of the hottest new technologies likely to transform the industry over the coming decade, including the first in a wave of semi-autonomous vehicles.

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Unlike some recent car shows that have focused on specific industry trends, like high-line luxury or green machines, the 2016 NAIAS will offer something for everybody, from economy rides like the Kia Forte, to upscale products such as the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the production version of the Lincoln Continental. But one of the most eagerly awaited introductions will bring an all-new take on the classic minivan. (more…)

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North American International Auto Show brings more than 40 debuts.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Lincoln is hoping the new Continental will draw in a new type of buyer and rebuild the brand.

Press days at the 28th annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit may be over, but the show – and the news – continues. is covering it all, so check out the stories we’ve already written and come back often for updates. (more…)

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…)