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Infiniti will reveal new flagship sedan concept in Detroit

As the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is fast approaching, we expect to see an exciting array of concept cars and production vehicles from various brands. One of these automakers would be Infiniti and according to reports, the Japanese automaker will be bringing in a performance EV concept once the doors open to the Cobo Center in January. Apart from that, we are also expecting a second flagship sedan that will join the concept.

Alfonso Albaisa, who is the head of design for Infiniti, mentioned in his interview with Car and Driver, that the new and improved QX80 will have a very high level of luxury. The new QX80 will have an active suspension; it also reportedly will use open-pore wood.

Of course, it will also have a ton of luxurious features, befitting of a flagship SUV. Though he didn’t only talk about SUVs in his interview. He also mentioned that Infiniti will be having a brand-new flagship sedan concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It will act as a preview of the future production version on a flagship four-door that we will see in the lineup in a couple of years or so.

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Infiniti is planning to unveil their performance EV at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

We are expecting to see American brands like Chevrolet and Ford at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but Japanese automaker Infiniti plans to reveal something of their own. Reports suggest that this will be an electric performance model that is similar to the hybrid Emerg-E Concept from back in 2012.

Alfonsa Albaisa, design boss of Infiniti, said in his statement that the electric vehicle will not be a variation of the company's current models, and it also will not share the same platform with an already existing vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, according to Autocar. Just like VW and Mercedes, Infiniti will be developing its own pure electric lineup, where future EVs will ride on their own platform.

It is too early to determine whether the EV will be a pure performance model, or something more mainstream like an SUV or a sporty sedan. What we will be seeing in Detroit is an EV that will borrow some of its technology from the Prototype 9, which we have seen earlier in Pebble Beach at the Quail. Albaisa explained that it will be part of the Prototype 9 in a different context.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition unveiled

As you probably have noticed, the Ram 1500 Rebel is the meaner and more aggressive version of the Ram 1500. But there is a version of the Ram 1500 Rebel that could make the standard Ram 1500 look angelic – the Black Edition. Of course, the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition isn’t available yet at your nearest dealership as it is was just unveiled formally at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (also known to many as Detroit Auto Show).

Basically, the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition is a more intense version of the mean-looking Ram 1500. There are no improvements or enhancements made on the power levels of this badass pickup truck. It is just that its looks more aggressive both on the exterior and the interior. Just like any Ram 1500 Rebel, the Black Edition comes with a new front grille design – distinctly differently from a typical Ram 1500 – with a prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge.

Its rear end comes with the “RAM” stamped tailgate, a rear bumper with flared cutouts around the dual chrome-tipped tailpipes, and taillights with black bezels. The off-road capability of the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition is highlighted by its 33-inch all-terrain tires, factory lift, skid plates, tow hooks and Bilstein shocks. It also features an exclusive air suspension that allows it to boast of a higher ride.

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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.

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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.

Read the entire article NAIAS 2017: Samsung unveils its next generation EV battery

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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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.

Read the entire article 2017 NAIAS: Audi Q8 Concept steals the show

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.

Read the entire article Nissan presents Vmotion 2.0 Concept during 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article Audi shows off convertible versions of the A5 and S5 at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article Ford F Series successfully defends crown as best-selling vehicle in the US in 2016

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.

Read the entire article Ford envisions a City of Tomorrow with no traffic, pollution, or road accidents

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.

Read the entire article Porsche unveils five new 911 GTS models at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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