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Chevy Has Big Plans for Bigger Traverse

GM’s largest brand wants to boost sales, drive up transaction prices.

by on Aug.09, 2017

The Chevrolet Traverse tied with its siblings, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, as the most American vehicle on the market in a recent study.

When Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2018 Traverse earlier this year, it revealed a three-row ute that is larger in just about every dimension. The question is whether it will grow larger in the column that matters most to Chevy’s bookkeepers.

Compared to the midsize SUV segments dominant nameplates, like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, the Traverse has been a relative afterthought. But Chevy is hoping that the significant upgrades it’s making will sharply boost demand in the coming year, especially at a time when utility vehicles continue to gain momentum even as the overall U.S. automotive market slips into the doldrums after three years of record sales.

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Officials with General Motors are so confident about the new model, in fact, that they’re studying ways to squeeze more utes out of the Lansing, Michigan plant Traverse shares with midsize offerings from the Buick and GMC brands, the brand’s marketing chief told TheDetroitBureau.com during a briefing on the all-new 2018 model.

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Honda Pulls Wrap Off 5th-Generation CR-V

New CUV could replace Accord, Civic as brand’s best-seller.

by on Oct.13, 2016

The 2017 Honda CR-V is just slightly longer outside but a lot roomier inside.

It’s bigger, roomier, more powerful, though we’ll have to wait to see just how much more fuel-efficient the 2017 Honda CR-V will be than the outgoing crossover-utility vehicle.

Honda offered a sneak peek at the new crossover during a media briefing at Detroit’s Eastern Market and while there were plenty of things to focus on, one of the most significant was the return of the volume knob to the instrument panel, a concession that not all buyers are enamored of the new touchscreen technologies sweeping through the auto industry.

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That small detail is likely to enhance the appeal of what has already become one of Honda’s most popular products, the new 2017 CR-V set to roll out of three separate plants in the U.S. and Canada. It is, in fact, very likely set to become the best-selling model in the entire Honda U.S. line-up.

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First Look: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

New V-6, updated front end, “smart” safety features top list.

by on Jul.07, 2016

The Pathfinder gets its first big update since the current model debuted for 2013.

In a market that’s gone crazy over utility vehicles, few nameplates have had as long a history as the Nissan Pathfinder which made its American debut at a time when SUVs were largely the purview of rugged outdoorsmen.

The current version went through a dramatic makeover for the 2013 model-year, shifting from a classic body-on-frame design to a car-based crossover platform. But the Japanese automaker isn’t planning to let the ute go stale, and has some significant updates in store for its mid-cycle refresh.

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That includes a new 284 horsepower V-6, plenty of new advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS technologies, as well as an updated exterior.

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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.

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“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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Chevrolet Teases New Equinox

New CUV to make appearance at Chicago Auto Show.

by on Feb.09, 2015

Chevy teases the 2016 Equinox.

Chevrolet will roll out a much-awaited update of its midsize Equinox crossover later this week, and is offering a little tease of what we can expect to blow into the Windy City.

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will get revised headlamps and new LED daytime running lights but, beyond that, Chevy isn’t saying much about what’s in store. That said, expect to see improved fuel economy, updates to the crossover-utility vehicle’s infotainment system and other tweaks meant to keep the Equinox competitive in an increasingly crowded segment.

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It will be the CUV’s first major update since the current generation was rolled out in late 2009. It remains to be seen when General Motors will offer an update to the Equinox’s near-twin, the GMC Terrain, but that is very likely to come later this year, according to industry observers.

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VW Sticking to Goal of 1 Million in US Sales by 2018

German maker adding midsize SUV to US line-up in 2016

by on Jan.13, 2014

Volkswagen plans to begin selling a midsize SUV, based off the CrossBlue, in the U.S. in 2016.

Despite enduring a tough year for its U.S. sales, Volkswagen officials are sticking to their stated goal of selling 1 million vehicles in the U.S. between VW and Audi by 2018.

“We are moving on,” said Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen AG CEO, during an event tonight in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.

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They are “moving on” by adding a midsized SUV to the line-up in 2016 that will help the German maker meet that goal. The new SUV is based off the CrossBlue concept that made its debut at last year’s North American International Auto Show. (more…)