Automakers will introduce 61 new or redesigned models in the US this year

Article by Christian A., on January 21, 2013

Sixty-one new or redesigned models will be presented in the U.S. market in 2013, which is 50% higher than any year since 2006. This means that potential buyers get more choices but suppliers may have a difficult time in keeping up. Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at Troy, Mich.-based LMC, said that as the demand rises, they are considering some market areas that may be running short when it comes to supply. This may then put off the launch of new models. He explained that this poses a risk since the buyer wants to get the vehicle now. When the industry collapsed, thousands of auto workers lost their jobs and many factories were shut down. Meanwhile, those who survived are currently very stretched after a three-year period of at least 10% U.S. vehicle-sales increases.

Hurt by the recession, many automakers are wary about increasing their engineering or manufacturing capacity. Schuster said that the pressure rises further as introduction of new models may increase to 74 next year as opposed to the usual 40. Dennis DesRosier, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants in Richmond Hill, Ontario, said that several companies are panicking and so they’re releasing the products into the market slightly too early.

Since boosting production raises the risk of defects, he referred to the 2013 Detroit auto show as the "riskiest" he has seen. Plenty of the top-selling models of the 2013-14 product wave were seen at the auto show. In General Motors’ stand, visitors saw new versions of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, which will begin selling in the second quarter. Toyota Motor Corp. displayed a concept design for its next Corolla while Honda's Acura presented its new MDX sport-utility vehicle.

The 2014 model year represents an improvement of the dynamic capabilities of the Acura MDX. Aside from its great handling and spirited driving performance, the 2014 MDX now boasts of quicker acceleration as well as shorter stopping distances. In addition, the latest MDX is now more comfortable to ride and consumes less fuel.

The quickness, nimbleness and responsiveness of the new MDX are attributed to the fact that it many of its features have been optimized. These include its new chassis, and lighter yet more rigid body as well as its Earth Dreams Technology powertrain. Moreover, the new MDX now sprints quicker than before, thanks to its fatter torque curve, with around 8 percent more torque now available below 2,750 rpm. It also features a Sequential Sport Shift automatic transmission with Normal and Sport modes. This automatic transmission allows manual shifting through the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

To make sure that the new MDX offers highly responsive steering with better on-center feel, it was provided with a larger diameter steering column shaft and a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system. These changes also enhanced damping of unnecessary road vibrations usually sent to the steering wheel. Likewise, the new MDX features a steering ratio that is around 9-percent quicker than on the previous model.

Thanks to all these changes, the SH-AWD version of the new 2014 MDX is now quicker by half a second in the zero-to-60 mph sprint and has a shorter 60-0 mph stopping distance than its predecessor. It also offers higher maximum lateral g-force. It turns out that the tuned version of the new MDX could complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife faster – by around eight seconds – than its equivalent predecessor. To come up with the best results, the MDX’s new 6-speed transmission was tuned and tested at German autobahns and the Grossglockner Pass in the Austrian Alps.

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