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Audi Bringing Q8 Concept Car to NAIAS

Show car signals new design language, possible new flagship SUV.

by on Dec.22, 2016

Audi will show off its Q8 Concept at this year's North American International Auto Show.

Audi has some big plans for the North American International Auto Show, with two global debuts and another model making its first appearance in the U.S.

The debut generating plenty of buzz spotlights the Audi Q8 Concept, a complement to the flagship A8 sedan that gives a clear indication of the updated styling language guided by new Audi chief designer Marc Lichte.

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“With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” said Lichte in a statement accompanying one of these teaser images. “What’s more, we believe an important aspect of this showcar is that it offers a spacious interior with four equally comfortable seats, even with the flat roof line.” (more…)

Kia Set to Sting With GT-Inspired Sports Car

Carmaker set to debut Kia Stinger at NAIAS.

by on Dec.22, 2016

After several teases, Kia appears ready to unleash the Stinger, the brand's fastest car ever, in Detroit.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, or so said the late, great Muhammed Ali.

Kia seems to have had a similar philosophy in mind as it went to work on the new sports car it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show in less than three weeks. Set to be the Korean carmaker’s most powerful model ever, it will be dubbed the Kia Stinger, TheDetroitBureau.com has confirmed.

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The fastback is based on the wildly popular Kia GT that made its original debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the work of Kia’s design chief – and now vice chairman of both Kia and sibling Hyundai – Peter Schreyer. (more…)

VW Set to Debut Battery Microbus at NAIAS

BUDD-e gets a new I.D.

by on Dec.22, 2016

Could Volkswagen be charged up to bring back the Microbus? This suggests maybe.

For those still hoping to see Volkswagen finally bring back the iconic Microbus, you might want to keep an eye on what the German maker is unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next month. A close look at these three teaser images suggests we’ll be seeing a new perspective on the original minivan.

For now, VW isn’t saying much, other than noting that the concept is an alternate take on the Golf-sized battery-electric I.D. hatchback that made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. And it could provide a hint of what’s to come as VW prepares to launch more than two dozen new battery-cars during the next decade.

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“The concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future,” explains a somewhat cryptic news release. “Like the I.D., this concept is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and so it shows the potential and bandwidth of the MEB.” (more…)

BMW Set to Reveal All-New 5 Series at Detroit Auto Show

BMW Concept X2 to make U.S. debut.

by on Dec.19, 2016

BMW is planning to unveil its new 5 Series at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

BMW has some big plans for the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, highlighted by the debut of the latest-generation 5 Series family.

That now includes a broad range of models, including the mainstream midsize luxury sedan, the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid, and the high-performance all-wheel-drive BMW M5501 xDrive sedan.

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But BMW s intent on offering something for seemingly everybody – well, every potential luxury car buyer, at least – from the top line 7-Series plug-in, the 740e xDrive iPerformance sedan down to its new urban prototype, the BMW Concept X2. (more…)

Honda Plans Debut of 2018 Odyssey at Detroit Auto Show

After years of decline, minivan market heating up again.

by on Dec.19, 2016

Honda will unveil its 2018 Honda Odyssey at the Detroit Auto Show next month, but gave a tease of what we might be in for.

Could soccer mom-mobiles become hip again? Well, they’re not likely to displace the SUV, but after years of decline, there’s some new momentum in the minivan market.

Hoping to respond to the successful launch of the new Chrysler Pacifica, Honda will roll out its next-generation Odyssey minivan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, the maker hinting it will add more connectivity, entertainment and safety features, along with new powertrains.

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FCA designers attempted to create a new look that broke from the traditional minivan shape with the new Pacifica. Exactly what Honda has in store isn’t clear. But the maker revealed a series of sketches, including several created by the children of its Odyssey development team. (more…)

Lincoln Planning to Reveal Next Wave in Product Assault

Luxury brand looking toward the future.

by on Dec.16, 2016

Lincoln's renaissance continues with the arrival of the new Continental. The sedan is the brand's flagship.

With the new Continental finally on the street, Lincoln has delivered on the promise it made to launch four all-new products — make that five, with the decision to keep the big Navigator alive and an all-new version of the full-size SUV set to roll out around a year from now.

But, to bend the old cliché, what has Lincoln done for us lately? And, more importantly, what is it planning to do during the next several years? We’re likely to find out as early as the upcoming North American International Auto Show, a number of sources both inside Ford Motor Co. and close to the company tell TheDetroitBureau.com.

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One thing that appears to be stuck on the back burner is the long-awaited rear-drive model. Lincoln has long been considering that option, possibly even coming up with a luxury coupe based on the latest Mustang platform. But sources say the Ford luxury brand is confident it can, like Audi and Volvo, do just fine with a mix of front- and all-wheel-drive products, the Navigator being the one exception. (more…)

GM Set to Unveil Two CUV Makeovers at NAIAS

Detroit maker hopes to gain momentum in growing ute market.

by on Dec.15, 2016

The next-generation Chevy Traverse will be bigger when it debuts at the North American International Auto Show next month.

The overall U.S. motor vehicle market is expected to slow in 2017 after three consecutive years of record sales. The exception is the utility-vehicle segment which continues to eat away at sales of sedans and other passenger cars.

So, it’s no surprise that automakers have been flooding the market with new and updated models. General Motors is expected to continue that trend when the North American International Auto Show in Detroit holds its media preview early next month, reports indicating it will reveal at least two revamped crossover-utility vehicle models: complete makeovers of both the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain.

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The two models are expected to move in different directions when it comes to size, the Chevy growing, the GMC shrinking. (more…)

FCA Set To Reveal All-Electric Pacifica Minivan at CES

Could be used in Google autonomous vehicle partnership.

by on Dec.12, 2016

Might the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid be getting a new purely battery-electric sibling? Rumor is the EV concept will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show.

For the moment, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles isn’t saying much about the concept vehicle it plans to unveil next month, but various sources suggest the Euro-American automaker will introduce a full battery-electric version of its new Pacifica minivan.

And, in an unusual step, the concept vehicle will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, rather than at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-electric Chrysler Pacifica could wind up being used as part of an autonomous vehicle project pairing FCA and Silicon Valley giant Google.

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Late to the battery-car party, FCA appears to be racing to catch up with key rivals, as well as upstarts like Tesla Motors and Chinese-funded Faraday Future. A report by the Bloomberg news service suggests Fiat Chrysler is also working on a pure battery-electric version of one of its Maserati sports cars. (more…)

Mercedes Teases 2018 E-Class Coupe

Belgian website reveals details from leaked brochure.

by on Dec.12, 2016

Mercedes teased the debut of its new E-Class Coupe with a short video; however, a leaked version of a brochure may provide a better look.

If the teaser that Mercedes-Benz released today hyping the unveiling of the 2018 E-Class Coupe is any indication, it won’t be a dramatic departure from its C- and S-Class cousins.

Much like its aforementioned family members, the E-Class couple looks shorter than the four-door model, which isn’t really a surprise. The coupe is set to be unveiled on Dec. 14.

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The front of the E-Class isn’t a radical change from its predecessor and the interior shot makes it appear to look very similar to the other Benzes mentioned here. However, the rear gets a change from the last model to keep it more in line with the styling on the new C- and S-Class coupes. (more…)

Detroit Auto Show Ready to Go Mobile with AutoMobili-D

Showcase emphasizes importance of technology in auto industry.

by on Dec.09, 2016

The AutoMobili-D exposition, show in this artist's rendering, is expected to open 50 start-up companies as part of its 120 exhibitors overall.

For years now automakers have been emphasizing the amount of technology used in today’s new cars, trucks and utility vehicles. In fact, so much so that some auto shows are hosting entirely separate “show within a show” style events to showcase that technology.

At the North American International Auto Show, it’s called AutoMobili-D and in its inaugural event, it will feature nearly 50 start-ups from around the world featuring innovative mobility platforms in January at Cobo Center.

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Those start-ups are part of a group of 120 companies overall inhabiting a 120,000 square-foot section of Cobo Center highlighting the latest in autonomous vehicle technology as well as other gee-whiz-advancements for vehicles. (more…)