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Kia’s Telluride Concept is “Grounded in Reality”

Show car features Swipe Command, a light-emitted rejuvenation system and a fingerprint reader.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Technically, it's a concept vehicle, but the Kia Telluride signals the brand's desire to get into the large SUV segment.

You can call the Kia Telluride a “concept” vehicle, if you wish, but the Korean carmaker is quick to suggest the show car is “grounded in reality.”

Also known as the KCD12, the 7-passenger SUV is more than a bit likely to reappear in production form in the not-too-distant future, Kia officials said as they prepared to roll out the Telluride at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

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“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America. “Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.” (more…)

Volkswagen CEO Muller Defends Automaker’s Honor

Plans to discuss diesel remedy with EPA this week.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Mueller said VW is meeting with the EPA to propose a fix for the diesel scandal.

Volkswagen is hoping to change its image by focusing an onslaught of battery-electric vehicles in the coming years; however, in the here and now, VW execs are still fending off allegations it’s a company filled with rogue engineers engaged illegal actions tacitly approved by upper management.

“We are not a criminal brand or group,” said Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller, during a media event before the Detroit Auto Show. “We haven’t been that. We have made a huge default, technical default, but there was no intention against customers or authorities.”

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The automaker admitted 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide have software allowing the vehicles to hit lofty emissions and mileage targets while being tested, and then when not in test mode, adding power at the expense of the other targets. (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.

TheDetroitBureau.com is covering it all, so check out the stories we’ve already written and come back often for updates. (more…)

Obama to Visit Detroit Auto Show

President expected to highlight successful auto bailout.

by on Jan.11, 2016

President Barack Obama plans to attend this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

President Barack Obama will visit the North American International Auto Show later this month, where he is expected to highlight both the successful bailout of the Detroit auto industry and the economic turnaround that led to record U.S. auto sales last year.

The success of the auto industry – which some economists credit with helping pull the U.S. out of its deep recession – is a key topic for the president as he moves to cement his legacy during the final year of his presidency. Auto sales are forecast to set yet another record in 2016, topped the nearly 17.5 million sold last year.

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The rebound of an industry that saw demand drop below 10 million in 2010 shows “America can do anything,” Obama said Saturday during his weekly radio address. (more…)

Updated 2017 Ford Fusion to Expand Range of Offerings

New Sport model, third EcoBoost engine added to line-up.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The Ford Fusion Sport gets an exterior facelift for the 2017 model year that stays close to the current look.

Success can be a major obstacle, especially when you’re trying to come up with an update of a car like the wildly popular Ford Fusion.

The distinctive styling of the current model helped redefine the midsize sedan market, forcing even Toyota to rethink the plain vanilla approach to its segment dominant Camry sedan. But Ford has also struggled with what to do with the Fusion’s mid-cycle update.

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The results will be seen at the North American International Auto Show. The 2017 Ford Fusion largely maintains the design formula that has helped it double sales since the nameplate was first introduced a decade ago. But the Detroit maker is playing several other cards it hopes will further boost demand – including the addition of a new Fusion Sport model that gets the line’s third EcoBoost engine. (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…)

Lexus Debuts New Track and Street Performance Cars

Brand looking to repeat earlier racing success.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Lexus is returning to racing with its new GS F racer, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show today. Photo credit: Len Katz

Lexus is heading back to the track. The Japanese luxury maker is hoping to replicate the success it had during a hard-charging, three-year program at the Daytona endurance series.

An all-new RC F GT3 made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday morning – alongside an only slightly less aggressive street performance model based around its mid-range GS sedan.

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“We expect the GS F to accelerate our niche performance reputation,” declared Jeff Bracken, the Lexus general manager, during a news conference at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. (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 TheDetroitBureau.com’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.

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Buick Drops Top in 2016 with New Convertible: Cascada

Brand debuts first convertible in 25 years.

by on Jan.11, 2015

Buick's back in the droptop market wih the all-new 2016 Cascada. The convertible is expected to hit dealer showrooms early in 2016.

Buick’s efforts to ditch its stodgy and staid reputation took another step forward today as it rolled out its first convertible in 25 years: the 2016 Cascada, which will go on sale early next year.

The new ragtop is a convertible from the word go, not a retrofitted coupe or sedan. Set up as a 2+2 that will seat four adults, the Cascada is a departure from the division’s last convertible: the poor-selling Buick Reatta. Pricing was not announced.

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“The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick, in a statement. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.” (more…)

Mopar to Unveil Three Customized Cars at NAIAS

Jeep Renegade, Dodge Challenger get special primping for auto show.

by on Jan.09, 2015

The Mopar display at the 2015 North American International Auto Show will spotlight an urban Mopar-equipped Jeep Renegade and two other vehicles.

Chrysler…er, make that FCA US LLC…will have a strong presence at this year’s NAIAS. Er, make that the North American International Auto Show. And that includes a trio of customized models, two takes on the new Jeep Renegade, a third on the Dodge Challenger.

The updated Jeep Renegade concepts might generate some of the strongest interest considering the new SUV isn’t even on the road yet – and the two show cars are meant to highlight two very different aspects of the little ute’s personality.

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Of course, Mopar is also aiming to attract buyers who might want to dump a little money into their new FCA vehicles. Customization has become big business in the U.S., according to trade organization SEMA, whose members sold more than $30 billion in parts last year. (more…)