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2018 VW Atlas R-Line introduced

Months from now, Volkswagen will commence sales of its new Atlas SUV (2018 model year) in the United States. But as early as now, the German carmaker is making sure that it would be able to attract more customers for the new Atlas by disclosing that a performance-inspired R-Line package is up for grabs for its latest SUV.

This new trim will be available to the SE and SEL models of the 2018 VW Atlas, effectively enhancing their appearance both inside and out. The overall effect would be an Atlas that looks more dynamic and sportier than a typical model. Exterior enhancements packed in the R-Line trim include the fitment of distinct bumpers -- with integrated air intakes at the front bumper and a glossy black diffuser on the rear bumper.

Further exterior details include new side skirts, 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels and R-Line badging. Interior improvements, meanwhile, come with an R-Line steering wheel clip as well as stainless-steel sport pedal covers. As soon as the driver starts up the SUV, the Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) infotainment system lights up with R-Line logo.

The 2018 VW Atlas R-Line will be offered in two available powertrains: a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI engine that offers 238 hp (177 kW) of max output and a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of delivering up to 280 hp (208 kW) of output. Both are paired to an eight-speed transmission. The 4-cylinder powered Atlas with R-Line is only available in front-wheel drive while the V6-powered SUV with the same package could be availed in either front-wheel drive or the advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

Basically, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China (known as Teramont). While the carmaker is considering selling the new Atlas in some markets in Europe, it first needs to determine if it is the right SUV to offer in the region. VW will commence sales of the Atlas in the US in the spring of 2017, with the R-Line package to be made available later in the year.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it the largest SUV from the German carmaker to be built in the US.

The China-bound Teramont, meanwhile, will be offered with three powertrain options – two versions of 2.0-liter TFSI engine developing 186hp and 220hp of outputs, and a 2.5-liter V6 TFSI engine generating 299hp of output. The series production of the Atlas has already started at the carmaker’s Chattanooga facility in Tennessee. The German company has invested over $900 million to improve the site’s current facilities and expand the production space by at least 26 percent (or around 665,000 square feet).

Months from now, Volkswagen will commence sales of its new Atlas SUV (2018 model year) in the United States. But as early as now, the German carmaker is making sure that it would be able to attract more customers for the new Atlas by disclosing that a performance-inspired R-Line package is up for grabs for its latest SUV.

This new trim will be available to the SE and SEL models of the 2018 VW Atlas, effectively enhancing their appearance both inside and out. The overall effect would be an Atlas that looks more dynamic and sportier than a typical model. Exterior enhancements packed in the R-Line trim include the fitment of distinct bumpers -- with integrated air intakes at the front bumper and a glossy black diffuser on the rear bumper.

Further exterior details include new side skirts, 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels and R-Line badging. Interior improvements, meanwhile, come with an R-Line steering wheel clip as well as stainless-steel sport pedal covers. As soon as the driver starts up the SUV, the Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) infotainment system lights up with R-Line logo.

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NAIAS 2017: Samsung unveils its next generation EV battery

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is getting hotter by the minute. Samsung SDI recently announced that it’s going to unleash its new and awesome lithium battery within the next 3 years.

Electric car owners will surely rejoice after hearing this news. How come? Well, the new battery is Samsung’s answer to all your battery-related anxieties. It comes with a range of up to 373 miles and charges in just 20 minutes. The battery is also lighter by ten percent as it has fewer components compared with other competing brands.

We hope this isn’t anything like the Galaxy Note 7’s battery. Samsung’s promising new technology is expected to hit the roads on or before 2020. It will be offered to car manufacturers should they want to improve their EV’s performance. The battery can go as far as 500 kilometers or 310 miles at eighty percent charge. On a full charge, it can take you as far as 600 kilometers or 373 miles. Considering you only need a few minutes to recharge, that’s still a lot of miles in between breaks.

The Korean company has a new manufacturing plant in Hungary and this is also where they will be producing Samsung SDI’s new product. The new facility, also believed to have cost a total of $357 million, has the capacity to produce batteries for as many as 50,000 purely electric vehicles. From what we heard, they would soon offer their new technology to Ford, Tesla and BMW.

In other news, Samsung also talked about its latest 21700 cylindrical battery at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show. The battery is expected to come with improved performance, power and energy density. Its name is taken after the battery’s 21mm diameter and 70mm length which will be produced together with Panasonic and Tesla. The 21700 will be manufactured in Tesla’s Gigafactory in Las Vegas Nevada.

In connection with the ongoing demands for better fuel efficiency, Samsung SDI is also introducing its complete line of 48V and 12V LVS (or Low Voltage Systems). Unlike that of the usual combustion engines, the new products can provide up to 20 per cent fuel savings. Perhaps this is also Samsung’s answer to today’s stricter carbon dioxide emissions regulations.

According to Samsung SDI’s Sehwoong Jeong, in their continuing efforts to provide the industry-leading products and technologies that meet the demands of their market and consumers, the company will be contributing to the rapid market transition to EVs both in North America and globally.

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is getting hotter by the minute. Samsung SDI recently announced that it’s going to unleash its new and awesome lithium battery within the next 3 years.

Electric car owners will surely rejoice after hearing this news. How come? Well, the new battery is Samsung’s answer to all your battery-related anxieties. It comes with a range of up to 373 miles and charges in just 20 minutes. The battery is also lighter by ten percent as it has fewer components compared with other competing brands.

We hope this isn’t anything like the Galaxy Note 7’s battery. Samsung’s promising new technology is expected to hit the roads on or before 2020. It will be offered to car manufacturers should they want to improve their EV’s performance. The battery can go as far as 500 kilometers or 310 miles at eighty percent charge. On a full charge, it can take you as far as 600 kilometers or 373 miles. Considering you only need a few minutes to recharge, that’s still a lot of miles in between breaks.

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Volvo offers self-driving technology to its first 100 customers

Like other car companies, Volvo is also busy preparing for the autonomous future. As a matter of fact, the Swedish manufacturing firm is giving its first customers their firsthand experience of what self-driving technology has in store for the coming years. To prove it, a family from Gothenburg Sweden will be given this great opportunity of riding a fully-autonomous Volvo.

Volvo’s full autopilot feature is expected to be ready by 2021. In line with their research program, the Hain family from Sweden was chosen to take part in the experience. This extraordinary offer means that they will be riding on a fully-autonomous vehicle in the most realistic traffic environment. With the driver’s role in mind, this type of strategy will help Volvo in enhancing their technology even further.

Following the launch of its “Drive Meresearch program, Volvo has provided its first 100 customers the chance to ride the autonomous-ready XC90 SUVs. These vehicles will be going around Sweden, China and the UK. The engineers at Volvo are slated to perform public road tests within California even if the US is excluded from the project.

Volvo is joined by other companies in developing the most effective and highly realistic autonomous road driving experience. Working under the so-called “Drive Me Project”, their goal is to come up with 100 autonomous vehicles on the road.

To speed up the development, Volvo has teamed up with Uber as well as with Zenuity and Autolive. Uber and Volvo will be working together for the vehicle’s hardware sensors while the two companies will be helping them with the software.

Henrik Green, Volvo’s Senior VP for Research and Development said that they want to find out more about what real people would actually do while the car is engaged (or disengaged) in autonomous driving.

As of now, Volvo’s autopilot technology comes with the same Pilot Assist system found on some of their vehicles such as the V90, the S90 and the XC90. Volvo’s self-driving cars will be equipped with cameras, LIDAR and sensors that would allow the vehicle to drive itself without human intervention.

Since the “Drive Me” project is still at the early phases of development, Volvo hopes to bring full-autonomy to its consumers within the expected timeframe. Whatever they will learn out of this would definitely help them achieve their goal in the near future.

In other news, Volvo will be launching the all-new XC40 crossover together with the revamped XC60 SUV this year. But if you’re in Detroit, you might as well check out Volvo’s V90 at the 2017 NAIAS.

Like other car companies, Volvo is also busy preparing for the autonomous future. As a matter of fact, the Swedish manufacturing firm is giving its first customers their firsthand experience of what self-driving technology has in store for the coming years. To prove it, a family from Gothenburg Sweden will be given this great opportunity of riding a fully-autonomous Volvo.

Volvo’s full autopilot feature is expected to be ready by 2021. In line with their research program, the Hain family from Sweden was chosen to take part in the experience. This extraordinary offer means that they will be riding on a fully-autonomous vehicle in the most realistic traffic environment. With the driver’s role in mind, this type of strategy will help Volvo in enhancing their technology even further.

Following the launch of its “Drive Meresearch program, Volvo has provided its first 100 customers the chance to ride the autonomous-ready XC90 SUVs. These vehicles will be going around Sweden, China and the UK. The engineers at Volvo are slated to perform public road tests within California even if the US is excluded from the project.

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2018 Lexus LC priced from $92,000

Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

You can also get the 354 hp electric motor-run 2+2 coupe with 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine (for as low as $96,510 MSRP). Again, that’s less than $100K even if you add the destination and handling cost to the equation. If you’re in search for an eco-friendly sports coupe, this hybrid would make a perfect choice. Although the EPA details have yet to be announced, the V6 for sure would be more fuel efficient than its V8 counterpart.

Except for the engines, the two models will have the same standard features, which include Lexus’ latest Remote Touch Interface with built in touch pad, Drive Mode select feature, Paddle shifts and LED-powered headlights. It will also include the luxury division’s standard 10.3 inch TFT color display and Mark Levinson sound system.

When it comes to safety, both LC coupe models will come equipped with the brand’s Safety System+ package. It will have the latest technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with intelligent high-beam and steering assist, pre-collision system w/ pedestrian safety and lane keep assist.

For an extra cost, you can have either the hybrid model or LC 500 with more upgrades. These include the cold bundle, which comes with heated steering wheel and heated wind screen technology. There are several choices for the wheels including the 20-inch or 21-inch wheel sizes. You can also get the park assist and blind spot monitor upgraded or avail of the head-up display and limited slip differential along with other options.

Prices for the upgrades vary as it would depend on what model and which package you availed. But it can go for as low as $2,400 up to $10,000. Your choices consist of Performance, Sport w/ carbon, Sport w/ glass and Touring packages. The new 2018 Lexus LC coupe will be available across the US beginning in the spring. Watch out for it!

 

Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

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Undoubtedly the most surprising and first biggest entry in this year’s NAIAS is Audi’s full-size coupe SUV concept. The Audi Q8 Concept is the company’s first venture into the segment after the Q7, which will soon be ready for production by 2018. According to Audi, the Q8 concept bears the traditional SUV’s functionality with the coupe’s sexy and sporty styling cues. And that’s exactly how we see it.

Given the Q8’s “coupe-like” design, it’s hard to imagine how Audi has managed to come up with enough space for the passengers. But then it could also be because of its long wheelbase that measures 3.0 metres. Either way, the cabin space looks very impressive.

The Q8’s powertrain uses a lithium battery with 104 prismatic cells. This battery pack comes with a 17.9kWh capacity by up to 37 miles electric range or a total of 621 miles of range. Though still a concept model, the Q8 has employed the production drive system’s hybrid technologies. In fact, Audi has equipped the coupe-SUV with a 443hp 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, electric motor and 8-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the 516.3lb-ft of torque Audi Q8 can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 5.2 seconds with a top speed of up to 155mph.

The new concept is equipped with 23-inch alloy wheels and 305/35 set of tyres. To provide the coupe SUV with better dynamics and stability, Audi has been using the Quattro all-wheel drive system. This actually sends the power from the hybrid system to its four wheels for optimum control.

For its interiors, the new SUV now has the latest version of Audi’s virtual cockpit with higher resolution and more functional features. It is designed with 4 individual seats complete with head restraints and side bolsters for better comfort.

The ergonomically enhanced MMI infotainment screen now comes with horizontal interface for easier controls. Audi has also come up with the latest head-up display that is much larger than most traditional displays offered by other brands. This would help the driver navigate the road ahead as he can now see the information laid out systematically in front of him.

Above all, the new SUV is also light on fuel as it can only consume only as much as 2.3 litres of gasoline per 100 kilometres. But there’s more to say about the Q8; it comes with Audi’s new “predictive efficiency assistant”. This technology is used for the “route data” as well as the “Car-To-X” communications to help improve the powertrain’s performance. That way, drivers can make use of this function either by selecting “energy recuperation”, “coast” or “boost” mode for optimum efficiency.

Undoubtedly the most surprising and first biggest entry in this year’s NAIAS is Audi’s full-size coupe SUV concept. The Audi Q8 Concept is the company’s first venture into the segment after the Q7, which will soon be ready for production by 2018. According to Audi, the Q8 concept bears the traditional SUV’s functionality with the coupe’s sexy and sporty styling cues. And that’s exactly how we see it.

Given the Q8’s “coupe-like” design, it’s hard to imagine how Audi has managed to come up with enough space for the passengers. But then it could also be because of its long wheelbase that measures 3.0 metres. Either way, the cabin space looks very impressive.

The Q8’s powertrain uses a lithium battery with 104 prismatic cells. This battery pack comes with a 17.9kWh capacity by up to 37 miles electric range or a total of 621 miles of range. Though still a concept model, the Q8 has employed the production drive system’s hybrid technologies. In fact, Audi has equipped the coupe-SUV with a 443hp 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, electric motor and 8-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the 516.3lb-ft of torque Audi Q8 can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 5.2 seconds with a top speed of up to 155mph.

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With the Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Nissan hopes to show the future of its Intelligent Mobility technology and what direction its sedan design is headed. This concept vehicle was revealed by the brand through a press conference conducted during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The Vmotion 2.0 shows a good combination of an emotional design with an excellent sense of style. It offers enough room on the inside with features designed for comfort and technological systems integrated to it.

Overall length of the Vmotion 2.0 is at 191.3 in. (4,860 mm), making it shorter compared to the Altima. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measuring 112.2 in. (2,850 mm) is actually longer than the Altima, and even the Maxima. Excluding door mirrors, width is at 74.4 in. (1,890 mm), meaning it is lower than many of the brand’s sedans. The height of 54.3 in. (1,380 mm) gives it an appearance that exudes style.

Considering that Nissan wanted to focus on the technology and style, there is no word yet on what powertrain will be equipped in the Vmotion 2.0. The only thing confirmed is that this concept vehicle will be fitted with the brand’s latest autonomous-driving technology known as the ProPilot.

One of the things this system can do is navigate the roads without the need for any human intervention. For other drivers, it is easy to know that the ProPilot has been activated as both the emblem in the front and the diffuser in the rear light up.

With the Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Nissan hopes to show the future of its Intelligent Mobility technology and what direction its sedan design is headed. This concept vehicle was revealed by the brand through a press conference conducted during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The Vmotion 2.0 shows a good combination of an emotional design with an excellent sense of style. It offers enough room on the inside with features designed for comfort and technological systems integrated to it.

Overall length of the Vmotion 2.0 is at 191.3 in. (4,860 mm), making it shorter compared to the Altima. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measuring 112.2 in. (2,850 mm) is actually longer than the Altima, and even the Maxima. Excluding door mirrors, width is at 74.4 in. (1,890 mm), meaning it is lower than many of the brand’s sedans. The height of 54.3 in. (1,380 mm) gives it an appearance that exudes style.

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The latest members of the new-generation Audi A5 family have touched down at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet are making their North American debut, with an aim to spice up their appeal to the premium vehicle market in the United States.

These new Audi models include the new generation of the A5 and the S5, but without the hard top. Prior to the introduction of these models, Audi’s new generation A5 lineup seemed incomplete. Their arrival signals the availability of open-air driving and riding experience in the A5 family. Both the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are provided with a fully automatic top with one-touch opening function. This soft cloth top could be opened and closed -- with just a touch of a button -- in just 15 seconds and 18 seconds, respectively, at speeds of up to 31 mph. When opened, the top folds into three layers and stores itself in a tray located below the luggage compartment.

Basically, the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are the same, with the difference mainly centered in their engines, thus their on-the-road performances. Thus, the S5 is considered as the steroid-boosted A5 sans the muscles. Acting as the heart of the A5 Cabriolet is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp of output and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, this engine allows the A5 Cabriolet to zoom from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

Meanwhile, the core of the S5 Cabriolet is a re-engineered 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that delivers 354 hp of output and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission designed for low-end torque, this turbocharged V6 engine allows S5 Cabriolet to sprint from standstill to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. There is a 1.2-second difference between the two Cabriolet models, but that gap means that the S5 convertible would leave the lower powered A5 soft stop in the dust during a quick sprint.

Both Cabriolet models are standard-equipped with quattro all-wheel drive with a basic rear-biased ratio of 40:60 as well as wheel-selective torque control. On-the-road ride comfort comes courtesy of an updated five-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, with adaptive dampers available as an option. These A5 convertibles come with a new electromechanical power steering for greater steering precision, with the availability of an optional dynamic steering that is able to vary its gear ratio according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.

The interior of the new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet has been made more spacious and more functional, thanks to increased dimensions and wheelbase. These models are provided with more compact seats, increasing the front shoulder room by 26 mm (1.0 inch) and the rear knee room by 18 mm (0.7 inch). The whole new level of audio experience inside the A5 and S5 Cabriolet comes courtesy of the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with a 755-watt amplifier and 19 loudspeakers.

The latest members of the new-generation Audi A5 family have touched down at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet are making their North American debut, with an aim to spice up their appeal to the premium vehicle market in the United States.

These new Audi models include the new generation of the A5 and the S5, but without the hard top. Prior to the introduction of these models, Audi’s new generation A5 lineup seemed incomplete. Their arrival signals the availability of open-air driving and riding experience in the A5 family. Both the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are provided with a fully automatic top with one-touch opening function. This soft cloth top could be opened and closed -- with just a touch of a button -- in just 15 seconds and 18 seconds, respectively, at speeds of up to 31 mph. When opened, the top folds into three layers and stores itself in a tray located below the luggage compartment.

Basically, the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are the same, with the difference mainly centered in their engines, thus their on-the-road performances. Thus, the S5 is considered as the steroid-boosted A5 sans the muscles. Acting as the heart of the A5 Cabriolet is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp of output and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, this engine allows the A5 Cabriolet to zoom from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

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We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?

No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.

Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the USsomething it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.

Looking at the numbers for the F-Series, we could instantly conclude that other vehicles didn’t even come close in 2016 to beating Ford’s trucks. Ford sold 820,799 units of the Ford F-Series in 2016, representing a sales surge of 5.2 percent over the full year 2015. In December 2016 alone, sales figures for the F-Series jumped 2.7 percent from 85,211 units to 87,512 vehicles.

Its closest rival is the Chevrolet Silverado, which sold 574,876 units in the full year of 2016. Sadly, sales of the Chevrolet Silverado suffered a 4.3-percent decline in sales in 2016 (2015: 600,544 units). Adding the 820,799 F Series units sold in January to December 2016 to the cumulative sales figure from January 1977 to December 2015 brings Ford’s total to over 26 million trucks.

The Ford F series commenced its dominance of the truck category when its sixth generation was already nearing its end in 1977. Its domination was thanks to the newly introduced F-150, which was launched in 1975 as a slot-in between the F100 and the F-250. In 1980, Ford launched the eighth generation of the F Series. Two years later in 1982, the Ford F Series launched itself to the peak of US vehicles sales, and it has never looked back.

Now, in its 13th generation (from 2015), the Ford F Series is seeing its sales growing strong. Sales peaked in 2004 when Ford sold 939,511 units of F Series. However, after reaching its peak, F Series suffered heavy drops in sales year after year and became a victim of the 2008–2010 US automotive industry crisis.

We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?

No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.

Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the USsomething it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.

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Imagine a large city that is clean and green and laden with highly advanced technologies, brimming with autonomous vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians not having to worry about any accident or collision. Certainly, this city is one that starts as a dream. Could it be realized or will it remain just a dream?

Currently, no such city exists. Even in small cities, vehicle accidents frequently occur and the amount of pollution is increasing each day. In a large metropolis, there are the issues of heavy road traffic, lack of road discipline and scarce parking space. In many cities around the world, air pollution has become a major problem, with heavy smog wrapping the urban areas in one sweep every morning. So, if you ask us if a city like this would be possible in the near future, the answer is no. But, we also aren’t saying that it is impossible.

If you ask Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, his answer would be that such a city could be achieved. Bill is heavily betting on the result of the “City of Tomorrow” project initiated by Ford’s City Solutions team in cooperation with different cities around the world and with Bloomberg Philanthropies. According to Bill, the issue regarding cities is not just about road congestion – it is a mobility challenge. He noted that this mobility challenge is a massive issue that affects people’s access to clean drinking water, food and a safe place to live as well as health care and their ability to find a job.

Ford’s City of Tomorrow aims to address this issue, envisioning a transportation ecosystem where autonomous and electric cars, connected vehicles as well as ride-sharing and ride-hailing services – mobility advancements that are expected to be achieved in the near term – are able to interact with urban infrastructure. Ford’s vision is premised on the expectation that carmakers would launch autonomous vehicles in cities around the world in the next five years – the carmaker itself is planning to introduce its first fully autonomous vehicles in 2021.

Ford is also expecting EVs around the world to outnumber their gasoline-powered counterparts in the next 15 years. Likewise, the US carmaker is expecting the continued rise of ride-sharing and ride-hailing operations, including its Chariot app-based, crowd-sourced ride sharing service. So far, Chariot’s operations are limited in San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas, although it will be expanding to eight cities -- at least one of which is located outside the US -- this 2017.

While the idea of a City of Tomorrow seems far off, Ford is actually not rushing things. The carmaker is basing its expectations on the current pace of technology development – in short, it is optimistic that it will realize its vision.

In the near future, Ford expects vehicles to be able to communicate with transportation operating systems, thereby prompting several big-time technology changes like wireless charging and enhanced connectivity. It also expects cities to employ new operating systems to help them to centrally manage several aspects of city transportation system.

In the long term, Ford expects the City of Tomorrow to be realized with roads filled with mostly electrified autonomous vehicles. Likewise, Ford expects the City of Tomorrow to employ high-speed mass transit systems as one mobility solution. In addition, Ford expects drones to fulfill several functions while data from the transportation ecosystem are now seamlessly integrated into the cities’ operating systems.

Ford expects all these changes – coupled with the use of advanced technologies – to get rid of traffic jams, lower emissions and almost completely eliminate road accidents. Moreover, since people now prefer ride sharing services and public transports, space once used for roads and parking areas could now be converted into green space and parks.

Imagine a large city that is clean and green and laden with highly advanced technologies, brimming with autonomous vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians not having to worry about any accident or collision. Certainly, this city is one that starts as a dream. Could it be realized or will it remain just a dream?

Currently, no such city exists. Even in small cities, vehicle accidents frequently occur and the amount of pollution is increasing each day. In a large metropolis, there are the issues of heavy road traffic, lack of road discipline and scarce parking space. In many cities around the world, air pollution has become a major problem, with heavy smog wrapping the urban areas in one sweep every morning. So, if you ask us if a city like this would be possible in the near future, the answer is no. But, we also aren’t saying that it is impossible.

If you ask Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, his answer would be that such a city could be achieved. Bill is heavily betting on the result of the “City of Tomorrow” project initiated by Ford’s City Solutions team in cooperation with different cities around the world and with Bloomberg Philanthropies. According to Bill, the issue regarding cities is not just about road congestion – it is a mobility challenge. He noted that this mobility challenge is a massive issue that affects people’s access to clean drinking water, food and a safe place to live as well as health care and their ability to find a job.

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Not just one, but five new GTS versions of the Porsche 911 sports car will be coming in March 2017. All of these five new GTS models are powered by a more powerful turbo V6 engine that delivers more output than the powerplant that is installed in the previous GTS sports cars and even in the Porsche 911 Carrera S. Porsche has unveiled all these five new GTS models in the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

To be unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (official name of the Detroit Auto Show) are: new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupé (rear-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet (rear-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé (all-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (all-wheel drive); and Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS (all-wheel drive).

All of these new 911 GTS models – including rear-wheel-drive models 911 Carrera GTS Coupé and 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet -- are underpinned by the wide all-wheel-drive chassis measuring 1,852 mm in length.

The front end of these new 911 GTS models is marked by a new Sport Design front apron and a low front spoiler – as complemented by a higher spoiler extension on the rear. When viewed from the rear, these new models feature design elements that mark them as GTS units. For instance, all five GTS models come with smoked tail lights, black air intake grille and sports exhaust system with black twin tailpipes.

To differentiate the rear-wheel drive models from their all-wheel drive counterparts, Porsche placed a black trim strip between the tail lights of the RWD versions. A light strip is placed between the tail lights of all-wheel-drive models. Completing the exterior appearances of these five new 911 GTS models are 20-inch wheels with black-finished central locking device and Sport Design exterior mirrors. These models are further identified by GTS logos on the doors.

Inside, the GTS models are provided with Sports seats Plus seats wrapped in Alcantara with a new stitching pattern. These 4-way seats feature GTS logos on the headrests. The steering wheel rim, center console and armrests are also wrapped in Alcantara. The dashboard now features a stopwatch from the Sport Chrono Package as an integrated component.

Serving as the core of the new GTS models is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that delivers up to 444 hp (331 kW) of output and 405 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) of torque – sent to the wheels through a seven-speed manual gearbox or the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). This engine is around 30 hp and 20 hp more powerful than the powerplants in the 911 Carrera S and the previous GTS, respectively.

Porsche will commence sales of the new five 911 GTS models in Germany in March 2017.

Not just one, but five new GTS versions of the Porsche 911 sports car will be coming in March 2017. All of these five new GTS models are powered by a more powerful turbo V6 engine that delivers more output than the powerplant that is installed in the previous GTS sports cars and even in the Porsche 911 Carrera S. Porsche has unveiled all these five new GTS models in the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

To be unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (official name of the Detroit Auto Show) are: new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupé (rear-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet (rear-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé (all-wheel drive); Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (all-wheel drive); and Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS (all-wheel drive).

All of these new 911 GTS models – including rear-wheel-drive models 911 Carrera GTS Coupé and 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet -- are underpinned by the wide all-wheel-drive chassis measuring 1,852 mm in length.

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Honoring the brand’s bestsellers, Mercedes-Benz has just come up with an “AMG-fied” package both for the GLA and the CLA models. Since the GLA class had its makeover very recently, there are no major upgrades except for the AMG Performance Studio Package. The most significant changes we’ve noticed only goes to the interior and exterior enhancements.

Nevertheless, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 is now equipped with the AMG-fied 375hp 2.0 litre inline four cylinder engine with up to 350lb-ft of powerful torque. With a top speed of 155mph, the compact SUV can go from 0-60 mph from a standstill in as short as 4.3 seconds.

In connection to this, the ongoing 2017 Detroit Auto Show showcases the GLA45 compact SUV in Yellow Night Edition. This special package comes with yellow color motif with a hint of grey over its black body paint.

The yellow stands out as you can see from its side mirrors, front aprons and side skirts. This same color accent was also used for its rear wings and rear diffuser. For additional contrast, grey paint has been applied on the AMG signature sports stripes along the sides of the vehicle as well as on the boot, roof and onto its bonnet.

Inside, the new Mercedes Benz GLA45 comes with MB Tex synthetic leather seats with yellow trims and suede inserts. The yellow motif is also seen on the synthetic leather wrapped steering wheel, armrests, beltlines, dashboard and rear seats.

Since both interior and exterior have the same color scheme, you will see the grey tone across the door panels and floor mats along with the AMG logo in color yellow.

If you’re not digging AMG’s Performance Studio Package, you can always have the new GLA SUV in other color and fabric options. As we said earlier, the GLA just had its facelift done, so that means, we can at least expect a few changes here and there.

The lighting system now comes in LED instead of the usual bi-xenon headlights prior to remodeling. Other than black, you can now have this Mercedes in the new Canyon Beige body paint. There is also a new set of fabrics including carbon fibre or matte black ash wood for the interior trims. For the upholstery, you can also have it in Artico man-made leather in any color of your choice.

The Mercedes GLA45 has also received minor enhancements both for the front and rear fascia plus new improved aerodynamics to complete its entire look. In addition, the 481-liter boot now comes with an optional hands-free opening system. Other than the new line-up’s standard 8-inch infotainment device, customers can also avail the latest Android Auto integration for a better experience.

Honoring the brand’s bestsellers, Mercedes-Benz has just come up with an “AMG-fied” package both for the GLA and the CLA models. Since the GLA class had its makeover very recently, there are no major upgrades except for the AMG Performance Studio Package. The most significant changes we’ve noticed only goes to the interior and exterior enhancements.

Nevertheless, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 is now equipped with the AMG-fied 375hp 2.0 litre inline four cylinder engine with up to 350lb-ft of powerful torque. With a top speed of 155mph, the compact SUV can go from 0-60 mph from a standstill in as short as 4.3 seconds.

In connection to this, the ongoing 2017 Detroit Auto Show showcases the GLA45 compact SUV in Yellow Night Edition. This special package comes with yellow color motif with a hint of grey over its black body paint.

Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45, CLA 45 get the AMG Performance Studio Package

After showing its first concept in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, it has always been Kia’s wish to launch a GT production vehicle. After over 5 years, the Korean automaker this year introduces the “Stinger”, Kia’s production-ready Gran Turismo model.

Interestingly, the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost similar to the GT4 Stinger it introduced in 2014 at the North American International Auto Show. It’s as if history keeps on repeating itself as Kia is now once again embarking on great things in Detroit.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is probably the largest one in the segment, considering its measurements are at 4.8 meters long and 1.87 meters wide. Also at 2.9 meters, the new Kia sedan probably has the longest wheelbase since it is longer than any other competing models. In other words, this would be an advantage as far as cargo and cabin space is concerned. Likewise, Kia reassures everyone that the Stinger has enough room for your golf bags and luggage. It even has the handy power lift gate for added convenience.

Kia will equip the AWD with the new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control technology while the mechanical limited slip differential will come with the rear-wheel. Since the Stinger is the brand’s first ever sedan with both rear-wheel-drive and AWD offering, most of its development was done in Nurburgring to ensure its performance.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is expected to run from 0 to 62mph under 5.1 seconds as it hits a top speed of 167 mph. The base model will be powered by a 255hp 2.0 litre turbocharger. There is also an available 365hp, 3.3 litre V6 engine for those who want more out of the engine. Both will be paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox either in rear wheel or all-wheel drive layout.

In addition, the GT will have a set of 19-inch wheels with tyres measuring 225/40 R19 and 255/35 R1 and will be equipped with Brembo’s ventilated piston brakes. As for the base model, it will have the standard 18-inch alloy sets with 225/45 R18 set of tyres.

The Stinger features both analogue and digital clusters including an infotainment touch screen device complete with live traffic updates, lap time, G-force, engine oil temperature display, as well as the most updated satellite navigation system. Among its safety technologies are rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

For its interiors, Kia’s 2018 Stinger will be offered with Nappa leather seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, head-up display and Harman Kardon high end sound system with wireless charging for your smart device.

After showing its first concept in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, it has always been Kia’s wish to launch a GT production vehicle. After over 5 years, the Korean automaker this year introduces the “Stinger”, Kia’s production-ready Gran Turismo model.

Interestingly, the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost similar to the GT4 Stinger it introduced in 2014 at the North American International Auto Show. It’s as if history keeps on repeating itself as Kia is now once again embarking on great things in Detroit.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is probably the largest one in the segment, considering its measurements are at 4.8 meters long and 1.87 meters wide. Also at 2.9 meters, the new Kia sedan probably has the longest wheelbase since it is longer than any other competing models. In other words, this would be an advantage as far as cargo and cabin space is concerned. Likewise, Kia reassures everyone that the Stinger has enough room for your golf bags and luggage. It even has the handy power lift gate for added convenience.

Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Kia Stinger – a 365hp RWD sports sedan that aims to challenge the Germans

Since every car brand seems so be heading to an autonomous future, automakers like Volkswagen AG won’t want to be left out of the game. Just this week, Volkswagen’s much anticipated electric microbus concept was finally unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Imagine an all-wheel drive mini bus that seats eight passengers and comes with a 270-mile driving cycle. These are what Volkswagen designers had in mind when they penned the futuristic ID Buzz Concept. But to some, this idea is nothing new, especially if you could recall last year’s Volkswagen’s Budd-e concept.

First off, the futuristic ID Buzz has the original concept’s autonomous driving capabilities and all-electric powertrain. Since the two basically share more than a few similarities, the latest concept EV also bears the same 22-inch Galvano Gray Metallic alloy wheels, slim tail lamps, LED headlights as well as the all-glowing Volkswagen logo.

Surprisingly, the cabin is much roomier than what you would expect. VW ID Buzz is designed with shorter overhangs both for the front and back, therefore, maximizing the wheelbase to create a more spacious interior. Due to this, the ID Buzz has enough room for up to eight people.

Once the “Pilot mode” is activated, anyone on board (including the driver) could be a passenger. To enhance this experience, the steering wheel retracts on its own to provide more space at the driver’s side.

What’s even more exciting is that Volkswagen created a soft ambience for the cabin by including wooden floor panels and LED ambient lighting technology. It is also equipped with the most hi-tech head-up display, portable tablet and side cameras for the touch-sensitive steering wheel.

Power comes from a pair of electric motors wherein one is installed at the back and the other one is in front. This allows Volkswagen’s 369 hp all-wheel drive EV to run from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds as well as to reach a top speed of up to 99mph.

In addition, the ID Buzz is packed with a large 111-kWh battery pack that can last up to 600 kilometres based on the NEDC. Volkswagen, on the other hand, has estimated it to extend up to 270 miles. By using the fast charger, one can recharge the battery by up to 80% in as short as thirty minutes.

From the exterior, the minivan features a two-tone paint in “Cyber Yellow Pearl Effect” and “Metallic Silver”. Just by these, Volkswagen’s newest technological concept could be considered a work of art.

As the German automaker continues to pursue bigger plans particularly for the upcoming “Together – Strategy 2025”, perhaps we will be seeing more of these concepts come true in real life. With this new ID concept “buzzing on its way”, it does look like there’s no stopping Volkswagen as its gets ready for an electrified, autonomous future.

Since every car brand seems so be heading to an autonomous future, automakers like Volkswagen AG won’t want to be left out of the game. Just this week, Volkswagen’s much anticipated electric microbus concept was finally unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Imagine an all-wheel drive mini bus that seats eight passengers and comes with a 270-mile driving cycle. These are what Volkswagen designers had in mind when they penned the futuristic ID Buzz Concept. But to some, this idea is nothing new, especially if you could recall last year’s Volkswagen’s Budd-e concept.

First off, the futuristic ID Buzz has the original concept’s autonomous driving capabilities and all-electric powertrain. Since the two basically share more than a few similarities, the latest concept EV also bears the same 22-inch Galvano Gray Metallic alloy wheels, slim tail lamps, LED headlights as well as the all-glowing Volkswagen logo.

Read the entire article NAIAS 2017: Volkswagen unveils I.D. Buzz Concept

We’re not at all surprised after GMC introduced an all-new 2018 Terrain at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. To start with, the compact crossover is considered to be one of the brand’s best sellers. Since it has been ages since it was initially launched, there could never be a much better time for a change. Yes, finally, after eight long years, the crossover had its much needed facelift. GMC added not just one but three new turbocharged engines on the line-up. The interior has also been redesigned to match the new look of the exterior.

It’s very different from its sibling (the Chevrolet Equinox) even if the two are currently sharing the same platform. What GMC brought to the North American International Auto Show is a stunning compact crossover with swept back design, floating pillar and sloping roofline. By all means, the 2018 Terrain is a much sleeker version than the current model we have at the moment.

If we have to compare the latest with the current version, the length of GMC’s 2018 Terrain is shorter by 3.2 inches while its wheelbase is also shorter by 5.2 inches. As a result, the cargo space has decreased a little bit. But since the rear seats have been elevated while the back seats have been lowered, the total storage space has somehow increased from 29.6 to 63.3 cubic feet.

The all-new Terrain is now equipped with electronic shift control, fold-flat passenger seat as well as foldable rear seats. There are several other options when it comes to technology such as Bose sound system and infotainment system with 7-inch or 8-inch touch screen display. Backed by a 360-degree camera system, the enhanced safety features include Rear Seat Reminder, lane keep assist, automatic pre-collision braking and forward collision warning.

The top trim level is the SLT, followed by the SLE and SL variant which are offered in either leather or aluminum trim options. There is also the luxurious Denali package which includes a 19-inch set of wheels, navigation system, power lift gate, heated steering wheel, chrome exterior and LED headlights. On the other hand, the SLT comes with 18 inch wheels while the SLE and SL comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.

As we mentioned earlier, the new Terrain will be offered in three types of engines just like the Equinox. Both options for front wheel and all-wheel drive will come with the new crossover class. According to GMC, the lightest variant will be a front wheel drive with 1.5 litre gasoline and weighs 3,327lbs. Last but not the least, all engines and transmissions are made to be more fuel efficient.

We’re not at all surprised after GMC introduced an all-new 2018 Terrain at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. To start with, the compact crossover is considered to be one of the brand’s best sellers. Since it has been ages since it was initially launched, there could never be a much better time for a change. Yes, finally, after eight long years, the crossover had its much needed facelift. GMC added not just one but three new turbocharged engines on the line-up. The interior has also been redesigned to match the new look of the exterior.

It’s very different from its sibling (the Chevrolet Equinox) even if the two are currently sharing the same platform. What GMC brought to the North American International Auto Show is a stunning compact crossover with swept back design, floating pillar and sloping roofline. By all means, the 2018 Terrain is a much sleeker version than the current model we have at the moment.

If we have to compare the latest with the current version, the length of GMC’s 2018 Terrain is shorter by 3.2 inches while its wheelbase is also shorter by 5.2 inches. As a result, the cargo space has decreased a little bit. But since the rear seats have been elevated while the back seats have been lowered, the total storage space has somehow increased from 29.6 to 63.3 cubic feet.

Read the entire article 2017 NAIAS: GMC introduces 2018 Terrain with fresh new design and more engine options

Some luxury vehicle buyers in the United States were disappointed that BMW was only offering the new BMW M550i xDrive sedan to customers in Europe. But in a twist of fate, BMW has announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it has decided to also bring the BMW M550i xDrive to the U.S. market at a starting price of $72,100 -- excluding $995 in destination and handling charges.

This means that starting in the spring of this year, US customers will have access to the current range-topper of the 5 Series (G30) – pending the arrival of the much-awaited next-generation BMW M5 in 2019. In terms of performance, the BMW M550i xDrive sedan is even quicker than the current generation of the M5. More importantly, the BMW M550i xDrive is quicker than its main counterpart in Mercedes-Benz’s stable – the Mercedes-AMG E43.

Upon closer look, the performance of the new BMW M550i xDrive is derived from its 4.4-liter petrol V8 engine that could generate 340 kW (462 hp) of peak output at 5,500 rpm and up to 650 Nm (479 lb.-ft.) of torque available from 1,800 rpm. Paired to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, this V8 engine enables the BMW M550i xDrive to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Meanwhile, the current M5 is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine that delivers 412 kW (560 hp) of max output and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of peak torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the current M5 is able to dash from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. While the new BMW M550i xDrive loses in terms of output and torque to the current M5, it is still quicker in the sprint.

BMW, however, won’t be concerned about comparing the new BMW M550i xDrive with the current M5. But it would rejoice if the BMW M550i xDrive is compared with the AMG E43, especially as it has the upper hand. Compared to the BMW M550i xDrive, the E43 AMG is significantly underpowered. Its core is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that dispenses 295 kW (396 hp) of max output and 520 Nm (384 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – just enough to make the E43 AMG sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, or 0.6 second slower than the BMW M550i xDrive.

However, the bigger surprise is the price. Even though it boasts of higher performance, the BMW M550i xDrive is cheaper than the E43 AMG, albeit by only $300. They may prove to be match when it comes to price and luxury levels but it is the BMW M550i xDrive that wins in terms of performance.

Nonetheless, it is not only the BMW M550i xDrive that BMW is bringing to the US. It will also offer the new BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) versions. The rear-wheel drive and the xDrive models of the new BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid will have starting prices of $51,400 and $53,700, respectively. Prices exclude $995 in destination and handling fees.

Some luxury vehicle buyers in the United States were disappointed that BMW was only offering the new BMW M550i xDrive sedan to customers in Europe. But in a twist of fate, BMW has announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it has decided to also bring the BMW M550i xDrive to the U.S. market at a starting price of $72,100 -- excluding $995 in destination and handling charges.

This means that starting in the spring of this year, US customers will have access to the current range-topper of the 5 Series (G30) – pending the arrival of the much-awaited next-generation BMW M5 in 2019. In terms of performance, the BMW M550i xDrive sedan is even quicker than the current generation of the M5. More importantly, the BMW M550i xDrive is quicker than its main counterpart in Mercedes-Benz’s stable – the Mercedes-AMG E43.

Upon closer look, the performance of the new BMW M550i xDrive is derived from its 4.4-liter petrol V8 engine that could generate 340 kW (462 hp) of peak output at 5,500 rpm and up to 650 Nm (479 lb.-ft.) of torque available from 1,800 rpm. Paired to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, this V8 engine enables the BMW M550i xDrive to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M550i xDrive Sedan will be priced from $72,100 in the US

Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.

The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.

The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.

One new feature is the new display audio which, in addition to having a new operating system, uses app tiles that can be customized and menus being more intuitive. The various operations are managed through the high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen. This system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Another innovation inside is the Magic Slide seats for the second row. It not only allows easy access to the seats in the third row but it can be rearranged to maximize passenger comfort. Four modes are offered for this system which are Easy Access, Buddy, Super, and Wide. Under Wide mode for example, it makes it possible to remove the center seats. It also allows the two outboard sets to be positioned in a more outer place ensuring that the center is wide enough to walk through.

For trims EX and higher, it will include as standard the Honda Sensing, a wide range of advanced driver-assistance and safety technologies. These include Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Collision Mitigation Braking System. With the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure plus advanced airbags, Honda hopes to get the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS and 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NCAP.

Powering this minivan is the i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with the 10-speed transmission.

Honda revealed that the 2018 Odyssey minivan will be launched at authorized dealers across the U.S. this coming spring. Since 2010, the Odyssey has been the most popular of minivans with customers on an annual basis. It was first released in 1994 and it estimated that almost 2.5 million units have been sold in the U.S.

Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.

The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.

The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan breaks cover at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

Read the entire article NAIAS: Mercedes-AMG celebrates 50th anniversary with unveiling of 2018 AMG GT C Coupe

In addition to unveiling the 2018 Camry, Toyota also revealed that the 2018 NASCAR Camry race car that will be making its debut in February 2017 at the Daytona Speedweeks. For those not familiar, the Daytona Speedweeks is a series of races that culminates in the Daytona 500.

To make this possible, Chief Designer of the Camry Masato Katsumata headed the project which was composed of engineers coming from Toyota Racing Development and the brand’s very own design studio in North America, the Calty Design Research, Inc. The team worked with NASCAR to make sure that the character lines seen by customers on the show room version would still be present on the race car.

This is not the first time the TRD has worked with Calty as the two were responsible for coming out with the Camry for the NASCAR Gen6 program in 2013. They were also the partnership that released the Toyota Tundra for the Camping World Truck Series in 2014 and were responsible for redesigning the XFINITY Series for the 2015 Cup.

It was in 2007 when Toyota official joined the NASCAR Cup. The brand managed to win the manufacturer’s title last year, a first for Toyota, as it won 16 of the 36 races it participated in, and this included the Daytona 500. Over the last 10 years, Toyota has managed to get a total of 95 victories in the premier division of NASCAR.

According to Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Vice President of Integrated Marketing Operations for Ed Laukes, shared that the plan to make the 2018 Camry part of NASCAR has been a long time coming. He added that unveiling it at the same time as the production version marks a milestone for the brand. By working together, Laukes continued, TRD and Calty have managed to come out with a Camry whose style is aggressive enough to stun the crowd when on the racing circuit and even when it’s displayed in showrooms across the U.S.

VP Laukes added by saying that reimagining the production and race car version of the Camry was indeed a huge task. The main objective was to have models that feature parallel designs so that fans will be able to drive a Camry that looks just like what their favorite NASCAR driver is racing in, concluded Laukes.

Toyota unveiled last Monday the production version of the 2018 Camry during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show. In addition to having three new powertrains, the new Camry also has a bolder appearance.

In addition to unveiling the 2018 Camry, Toyota also revealed that the 2018 NASCAR Camry race car that will be making its debut in February 2017 at the Daytona Speedweeks. For those not familiar, the Daytona Speedweeks is a series of races that culminates in the Daytona 500.

To make this possible, Chief Designer of the Camry Masato Katsumata headed the project which was composed of engineers coming from Toyota Racing Development and the brand’s very own design studio in North America, the Calty Design Research, Inc. The team worked with NASCAR to make sure that the character lines seen by customers on the show room version would still be present on the race car.

This is not the first time the TRD has worked with Calty as the two were responsible for coming out with the Camry for the NASCAR Gen6 program in 2013. They were also the partnership that released the Toyota Tundra for the Camping World Truck Series in 2014 and were responsible for redesigning the XFINITY Series for the 2015 Cup.

Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Toyota Nascar Camry race car unveiled

Toyota has officially unveiled its newest offering, the 2018 Camry. Long considered as the best-selling car in the U.S. for 15 years now, this eighth-generation version of the Camry was shown to the public during this year’s 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.

Camry has been a safe and dependable model and the latest iteration continues to have those same qualities but due to the new style and more athletic performance, it is able to offer a more emotional feel.

A highlight of the new Camry is that it makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA. This is a new strategy being implemented by the brand in terms of how it designs, engineers, and finally packages their products. The core principle under the TNGA is that the vehicle should continue to have the safety and quality Toyota is known for and add in a fun-to-drive experience. In the 2018 Camry, this is best exemplified with the new engine and transmission and the GA-K platform.

According to Camry Chief Engineer Masato Katsumata, since the brand wanted to rouse the spirit of the customers, the new sedan is one that provides both excitement and fun. Since they were able to start from scratch, he added, this allowed them to make the new Camry truly a driver’s car.

Meanwhile, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota, Bob Carter, shared that the 2018 Camry is by far the most attractive mid-sized sedan the brand has made. It is able to deliver what customers have long expected from the brand, he continued. He added that it also has an excellent design with more innovative technology fitted inside, including high-tech safety systems. The performance it is able to offer brings excitement to new heights.

Toyota has officially unveiled its newest offering, the 2018 Camry. Long considered as the best-selling car in the U.S. for 15 years now, this eighth-generation version of the Camry was shown to the public during this year’s 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.

Camry has been a safe and dependable model and the latest iteration continues to have those same qualities but due to the new style and more athletic performance, it is able to offer a more emotional feel.

A highlight of the new Camry is that it makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA. This is a new strategy being implemented by the brand in terms of how it designs, engineers, and finally packages their products. The core principle under the TNGA is that the vehicle should continue to have the safety and quality Toyota is known for and add in a fun-to-drive experience. In the 2018 Camry, this is best exemplified with the new engine and transmission and the GA-K platform.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals sportier 2018 Camry at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

The 2018 model year represents a mid-cycle update for the Mercedes-Benz GLA small sports utility vehicle. As a mid-cycle refresh, there will be some upgrades for both the exterior and the interior of the 2018 GLA.

These upgrades should make the GLA more appealing even though it doesn’t represent a new generation. Visitors at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) are sure to check out the debut of Mercedes-Benz’ small SUV.

Mercedes-Benz is offering a number of optional packages for the 2018 GLA. One of these is the Interior Package that features standard sports seats and the Night Package that includes 19-inch AMG wheels, black exterior mirrors, roof rails and window trim, as well as black exhaust tips and exterior accents.

The 2018 model year represents a mid-cycle update for the Mercedes-Benz GLA small sports utility vehicle. As a mid-cycle refresh, there will be some upgrades for both the exterior and the interior of the 2018 GLA.

These upgrades should make the GLA more appealing even though it doesn’t represent a new generation. Visitors at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) are sure to check out the debut of Mercedes-Benz’ small SUV.

Mercedes-Benz is offering a number of optional packages for the 2018 GLA. One of these is the Interior Package that features standard sports seats and the Night Package that includes 19-inch AMG wheels, black exterior mirrors, roof rails and window trim, as well as black exhaust tips and exterior accents.

Read the entire article 2017 NAIAS: Mercedes-Benz reveals facelifted 2018 GLA small SUV
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