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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…)

Acura Updates MDX, Adds Performance-Oriented Sport Hybrid Model

MDX Sport Hybrid shares 3-motor powertrain with new Acura NSX.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Acura MDX made its debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.

They might seem to sit at opposite ends of the automotive spectrum, but the newly updated Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle has a lot in common with the Japanese luxury maker’s NSX supercar.

The 2017 Acura MDX made its debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, revealing a new face heavily influenced by the Acura Precision Concept unveiled in Detroit earlier this year, starting with the distinctive, diamond pentagon grille. But the new ute also will get a slightly toned-down version of the NSX’s unique 3-motor hybrid powertrain.

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While the electric Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, or eSH-AWD, system will deliver a marked improvement in performance, it’s also expected to yield a full seven miles per gallon better city fuel economy than the base V-6 powertrain offered for the 2017 MDX. (more…)

Mercedes Expands C-Class Line-up with New AMG C63 Cabrio

New ragtop puts capper on C-Class portfolio.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet is not only open air, it's fast topping out at 174 mph.

Mercedes continued its roll out new C-Class pairings with the folks at AMG with the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet which made its debut at the New York Auto Show today.

“The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Extensive know-how from motorsport and the passion of the AMG engineers, designers and product managers form the basis for an emotional driving experience with the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet, the company added. (more…)

Hyundai Brings Ioniq Platform to New York

South Korean maker looks to make impact on hybrid segment.

by on Mar.23, 2016

Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid, which made its world debut in Geneva, bowed before a U.S. audience at the New York Auto Show.

Introduced to the world at last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai’s Ioniq hybrid bowed on U.S. shores at the New York International Auto Show further cementing the company’s plans to take on the Toyota Prius in a battle for hybrid supremacy.

Hyundai calls its new hybrid an “eco-focused vehicle” and claims it is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform.

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“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. (more…)