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Toyota Teases New 2016 Tacoma

Debut set for Detroit on January 12.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Toyota is expected to make major changes to the 2016 Tacoma in a bid to retain its sales lead.

With the North American International Auto Show approaching fast, Toyota is offering a first teaser glimpse at the next-generation Tacoma pickup it will unveil on January 12th.

The maker isn’t saying much about the replacement for its midsize model, though Toyota division General Manager Bill Fay recently called Tacoma “part of our DNA here in North America.” Early versions of the truck helped win over the Baby Boomers who have become the loyal mainstay of the Toyota brand.

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Expect to see a more modern, feature-rich model with improve towing and cargo capacity, according to industry insiders, while the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will almost certainly deliver improved fuel economy over the fairly poor 17 mpg City/21 mpg Highway achieved by the current model. (more…)

Toyota Set to Debut New Tacoma at Detroit Auto Show

Adding energy to a resurgent midsize pickup market?

by on Dec.05, 2014

The current Toyota Tacoma.

Adding fuel to a simmering midsize truck market, Toyota confirms it will unveil an all-new version of its aging Tacoma pickup at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

The next-gen 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be unveiled along with two new models from the maker’s upscale Lexus division, said Bon Carter, the maker’s senior vice president pf automotive operations in North America. Toyota has been racing to get the new Tacoma ready for battle with a new line of offerings from General Motors, including the Chevrolet Colorado.

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Thinly disguised versions of the next Tacoma have been spotted undergoing testing in North America in recent months. As with the bigger Toyota Tundra, designers and engineers in the U.S. had a significant role in the development of the midsize truck, although it is being geared for sale in markets around the world, while Tundra is primarily focused on a State-side audience.

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Biden Praises Resurgence of Detroit Automakers

Vice President tours show floor after speech at auto show.

by on Jan.16, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra shows Vice President Joe Biden the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Joe Biden heralded the U.S. auto industry’s recent success as the pay off on a bet made by two presidential administrations during a speech at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won,” Biden said. “How could we possibly walk away from the iconic industry of America?”

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During the speech Biden noted that by the collective actions of the Obama Administration, automakers and their workers saved the industry that accounts for more than 4% of the company’s gross domestic product. Biden lauded the makers for their vehicles. (more…)

Lutz Pushes for Commercial Vehicle Electrification

Former GM exec professes love for EVs, but says industry’s got it wrong.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Bob Lutz, Via board member, talks about Via's new $80 million contract at the company's press conference. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Via Motors, a start-up company planning to offer plug-in electric vehicles to commercial customers, said it has received an $80 million contract as part of a transcontinental electrification project.

Robert Lutz, former GM vice chairman and a leading advocate for extended range electric vehicles, told reporters at Via press conference at the North American International Auto Show that electrification of vehicles, such as vans and pickup trucks, makes more sense than making small electric vehicle.

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“We’ve got it backwards,” said Lutz, who brought the Chevrolet Volt to life while he was at GM and describes himself has a fan of electric vehicles. “I’ve always like electric vehicles. I just don’t like their range.” (more…)

Tesla’s Charged up Q4 Sales Raise Revenue by 20%

Company predicted similar results to Q3.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Tesla's Jerome Guillen thanked the company's production team for making a 20% jump in deliveries possible. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Tesla is the little electric engine than could. No matter what obstacle is placed in front of the company, it continues to plug along and it appears its determination will be rewarded with fourth quarter revenues expecting to exceed guidance by 20%.

In a letter to shareholders discussing the company’s third quarter results, Tesla indicated it expected fourth-quarter earnings to be “about consistent” with the third quarter.

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Of course even that’s tough to determine as the maker reported earnings of $16 million, but if generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are applied, it lost $38 million. (more…)

Volvo Concept Provides Glimpse at Maker’s Design Future

Concept XC Coupe aims to inspire an active outdoor life.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Volvo's Coupe XC concept is supposed to evoke a vision of an active outdoor life, said Senior Vice President Thomas Ingenlath.

Volvo is in the midst of debuting three concept vehicles at three different auto shows, and at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it showed the Volvo Concept XC Coupe, which is the second of three.

It’s the successor to the Volvo Concept C that we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, which Volvo insiders confirmed as giving the world a good sense of the company’s future design direction.

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The the second of three concepts is supposed to show classic Scandinavian design, “timeless beauty,” according to Volvo Senior Vice President Thomas Ingenlath, as well as an “active outdoor life.” (more…)

Jeep Eyes Scaling 1 Million Sales Mountain by 2015

Sorting out long-term Wrangler plans key to Jeep future.

by on Jan.14, 2014

Jeep is planning on sales of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee to remain strong as it attempts to surpass 1 million units by 2015. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Jeep has set its sights on selling more than 1 million vehicles annually by the end of 2015 and is also putting in motion a revolution that will help broaden its global reach and remake its product portfolio.

Fiat/Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne said this week that the company’s executives and board of directors will make several decisions in the next few months that will have a major impact the Jeep brand. A key issue waiting final approval from top management: the plan for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

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The Wrangler is an iconic vehicle that’s perennially in short supply and has unique characteristics. (more…)

Subaru Goes Back to the Future with WRX

Special-edition STI clad in WR Blue and gold rims coming in April.

by on Jan.14, 2014

WRX loyalists got a real treat for 2014 as the STI has a limited-edition version in WR Blue with gold wheels: just like the original. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Subaru played possum with the introduction of the new WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show. Amid the requisite fanfare of flashing lights, blaring music replete with a thumping base line, the silver STI emerged from the smoke and onto the turntable for all to see.

Subaru of America President Tom Doll strode out to talk about the newest iteration of the STI, including the 305 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive and its long racing legacy. However, the longer he spoke, the more it became clear this would be a two-car extravaganza.

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Loyal WRX owners are almost always partial to the WR Blue version of the maker’s iconic pocket rocket. Today they got a special treat as today as a second STI clad in WR Blue and gold wheels and a six-speed manual transmission hit the stage: just like the original 10 years ago. The maker said it will produce just 1,000 of the special edition models in 2014. (more…)

Infiniti Short-Circuits EV Plans, Puts Emphasis on Performance

New muscle line-up coming as battery-car delayed til end of decade.

by on Jan.14, 2014

Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti president, said the maker pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, focusing instead on vehicles like the Q50 Eau Rouge concept.

Forget battery cars. Infiniti has pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, shifting focus to high-performance models like the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept it debuted at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

While the Eau Rouge is, for now, just a concept vehicle, it won’t be for long, promised Johan de Nysschen, president of the Nissan luxury brand. Not only is Infiniti looking to develop a production model, but others that will flesh out the brand’s already expanding line-up.

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“Can this car be put into production? I absolutely insist,” said the South African-born executive who took over the Infiniti brand in late 2012. “But,” he quickly cautioned, “We have a lot of work to do.” (more…)

Tesla Exec Testy about Possible Recall

EV maker beats Q4 estimates for deliveries by 20%.

by on Jan.14, 2014

Tesla VP Jerome Guillen fields questions during a testy media session at the Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Tesla’s safety issues regarding the Model S have put the EV maker on a bit of a roller coaster ride for the past six months, and it appears they won’t be getting off the ride any time soon.

While the company had plenty of good news to discuss, such as deliveries in the fourth quarter were up 20% over guidance, the supercharger network expansion in the U.S. is progressing well and the Model S is the top-selling car in Norway right now.

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However, when the press conference turned to the issue of safety and the status of the NHTSA investigation into the three Model S fires and the potential impact on the company, things got a little…strained. (more…)