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Legislation, Not Technology, Key Obstacle to Autonomous Driving, Warns BMW Board Member

German maker wants to combine battery power, autonomous tech in future products.

by on Mar.28, 2016

The BMW Vision shows its flexible body panels, forward and rear gullwing doors and living room-like cabin.

While some automakers hope to have their first autonomous vehicles in production by 2020 – and perhaps even sooner – the BMW board member in charge of global sales thinks that is far too optimistic.

The reality is “probably 2025 or beyond,” cautioned BMW veteran Ian Robertson. “The technology will be there before the legislation is there,” Robertson said, during an interview with

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The Bavarian automaker, best known for its sporty and high-performance cars and light trucks, has also been a long-time proponent of autonomous vehicles, its senior executives first discussing the concept of self-driving technology before the turn of the millennium. (more…)

Acura Taking New NSX Racing – Minus the Hybrid

Maker still hopes to find a way to put 3-motor hybrid system onto track.

by on Mar.25, 2016

The NSX GT3 is ready for the race track, although there is a significant difference between it and the consumer model: the hybrid part.

Acura is taking its all-new NSX supercar racing, but there’ll be a distinct difference from the model just set to start rolling into U.S. showrooms in the coming weeks.

To get the two-seater accepted into the GT3 series, the Japanese maker has to make some radical changes to the NSX powertrain, abandoning the unique, three-motor hybrid system that is an essential part of the equation for the street model.

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“Otherwise,” explained Art St. Cyr, the head of motor sports operations for Acura’s parent, Honda Motor Co., “we couldn’t get the NSX homologated,” or accepted into the racing series. (more…)

Reinventing GM

“The future is almost here,” says product chief Reuss.

by on Mar.25, 2016

GM's renaming its powertrain division global propulsion was no "publicity stunt," says car czar Mark Reuss.

When General Motors decided to banish the word, “powertrain,” recently, in favor of “global propulsion,” it might have been easy to dismiss the announcement as just the work of some buzz-brained consultant. But a closer look suggests GM might really be onto something.

The new name for what used to be called the powertrain division is part of the broader realignment of General Motors’ vast product development empire – a shake-up that reflects the rapidly changing nature of the global auto industry. While automobiles will remain mechanical devices, more and more of that hardware is electrical – and it is largely being operated by increasingly smart electronic control systems, said Mark Reuss, GM’s global car czar.

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Add the fact that where and how people drive could be changing dramatically – with some researchers predicting that millions of motorists will trade their car keys for smartphone apps that can summon ride- and car-sharing services. (more…)

BMW Expects to Take Long-Forbidden Step with M Brand

A true BMW M7 to finally join line-up.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Led by the M760i, BMW's 7-Series clinched the World Luxury Car category at the New York Auto Show.

As the public days open at this year’s New York International Auto Show, visitors to the BMW stand will get a look at two new, higher-performance versions of the maker’s big 7-Series sedan.

The Alpina B7 is actually produced by a small German partner that has long provided low-volume spin-offs of BMW products, while the M760i is made in-house by BMW. They join an expanding line-up of higher-performance models from the Bavarian maker, including the M3 and M5.

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But those familiar with the sometimes arcane nomenclature used by the Bavarian automaker will notice that these two new models still leave a gap in the line-up. There is no actual BMW M7. (more…)

Elio Offers Online Ordering Option

Three-wheeled carmaker following example of cell phone industry.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Future owners of the Elio three-wheeled car can use ePlus to add options to the vehicle.

Startup vehicle manufacturer Elio Motors Inc., which plans to launch a three-wheeled vehicle getting up to 84 miles per gallon, unveiled plans for ePlus that will allow customers interested in owning one of the firm’s edgy vehicles a way to personalize it to suit their individual taste.

“The current options system is broken at many levels,” said Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio.

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“Traditionally if a customer wants one particular option, they have to accept three or four other options as part of the package, and that seriously limits customer choice and drives up cost to the customer. Much of the technology forced on customers, such as navigation or media equipment becomes antiquated in six months or less,” he said. (more…)

Mercedes’ AMG Aiming to Redefine the Future of Performance

Power output isn't necessarily the ultimate measure.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is powered by a twin-turbo V-6. AMG is looking to change the perception of what's considered "high performance."

It wasn’t all that long ago that delivering 300 horsepower was considered impressive and 400 almost unattainable. As performance fans know, a number of models have lately smashed through the 1,000 hp barrier, the new Bugatti Chiron punching the number up to 1,500.

But is horsepower alone the goal? Is that the only way to define performance? And if so, how far can the industry go?

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While no slouch, with plenty of products topping the 600 horsepower, Daimler AG’s AMG arm wants to define what performance means on its own terms, and simply chasing ever-bigger numbers is not what that’s all about, said the German subsidiary’s CEO Tobias Moers, during a small media roundtable at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. (more…)

Nissan Unleashes Titan Pickup Truck in New York

"Standard" truck follows in footsteps of Titan XD.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The standard Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, and offers rear and all-wheel-drive.

Nissan continues to broaden its efforts to expand its footprint in the lucrative American truck market by unveiling the 2017 Nissan Titan at the New York International Auto Show.

After hitting bottom during the 2008 2009 recession, truck sales have steadily climbed and General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have earned profits from their truck lines and Nissan, as well as Toyota, have taken up the challenge over the past new offerings.

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The Titan XD, Nissan’s answer to the heavy-duty pickup trucks sold by the domestic companies.  Prices for the gasoline version will start at $35,290 plus the $895 transportation charges.   (more…)

Mitsubishi Grows Mirage Line-up with New G4

New model builds on Mirage hatchback unveiled last fall.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 unveiled in New York adds to the Mirage line-up that featured only a hatchback until now.

Mitsubishi follows the mantra of the tortoise: slow but steady wins the race. The maker that was on the edge of death is now slowly unfurling a product portfolio with the latest model being the Mirage G4 shown at the New York Auto Show.

“A few years ago we entered the subcompact segment with the Mirage hatchback and its popularity with consumers has grown every year with its combination of top fuel economy, attractive pricing and one of the industry’s best new car warranties,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen.

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“The new Mirage G4 repeats that value equation in a four-door sedan package. The Mirage hatchback and now the Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment.” (more…)

Volvo Moving Upscale with XC90 Excellence

The race to the top of the luxury heap heats up.

by on Mar.24, 2016

Volvo is looking to leverage its award-winning XC90 SUV to jump to the top of the luxury market.

With dozens of new models vying for attention of affluent buyers, the definition of a luxury vehicles continues to evolve.

Volvo used the New York International Auto Show, where the struggle for the attention of luxury buyers in very intense, to unveil the Volvo XC90 Excellence, where the seating is limited but the vehicle suggests that the race to deliver the ultimate luxury package is far from complete.

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Volvo displayed the four-seat ultra-luxurious variant of the XC90 sport-utility vehicle, which was named North American Truck of the Year in January, as production begins in Gothenburg, Sweden. Only limited numbers of the XC90 Excellence will be available in the United States this summer, with an MSRP of $104,900, Volvo officials said. (more…)

Kia’s Product Wave Crashes in New York with Cadenza

Cadenza gets compete makeover for new model year.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The new Kia Cadenza gets a makeover for 2017 with a significant upgrade in safety technologies.

Kia is continuing its new product onslaught with the introduction in New York of the 2017 Cadenza.

The new Cadenza, which will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016, improves upon all the elements that made its predecessor, according to Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of product planning.

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The interior has been upgraded and the car will reach the market with a bunch of new technology, including a suite of driver assistance technology and connectivity.  (more…)