Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Detroit Auto Show Debuts: Genesis, Lincoln And Kia

Erwin Raphael, the general manager for the new Genesis luxury line, is taking a gentleman pose in front of the 2018 G80 Sport, with its matted Bentley-like grille.


Earl Lucas is back, after making noise with reviving the current generation Taurus a few years ago. Lucas, a chief exterior designer for Lincoln, poses in front of his latest project, the 2018 Navigator Concept.  Unlike the show model, the production version will not offer gullwing doors.

Brian Peterson, a global interior designer for the Kia, has his first big project with the 2017 Niro. Kia's first, all-dedicated hybrid interior has Peterson's handprints all over the vehicle.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Detroit Auto Show Debuts: Toyota, Kia And Lexus

The 2018 Camry is hoping to spice up the sagging midsize car segment with a more stylish interior and exterior design.

The rear-wheel drive Kia Stinger Concept, with its Audi A7-inspired curvaceous roofline, is establishing the Korean automaker as a premium brand.

The 2018 Lexus LS, which will only be powered by a 6-cylinder engine, finally updates their big body flagship sedan, offering more curves and technology to go after the European luxury makes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Detroit Auto Show Debuts: Chevy, Infiniti And Honda

The 2018 Chevy Traverse, the brand's three-row crossover, takes styling cues from its SUV sibling, the Tahoe.  
Infiniti's QX50 Concept drops the station wagon platform and now wears the same face or grille as the Q50, the brand's midsize car.

Honda's 2017 Odyssey took styling cues from the current generation Honda Pilot. The vehicle offers a new seating package and an all-new 10-speed transmission.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Detroit Auto Show Debuts: GMC, Nissan, Audi And VW


The 2018 GMC Acadia, which offers more softer edges, looks more like it could be kin the Nissan and  Hyundai brands.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is slotted right under the Rogue.

The 2018 Audi Q8 is a three row crossover, which will serve as the brand's new flagship.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Its Recall Mondays: VW Is In The Hot Seat


Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected 135,683

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Subaru Legacy Sport: The Brand’s Honda Accord Fighter


Highlight: This is the only vehicle in the segment with a standard all-wheel drive system.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $28,910 (base model $22,815)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a brake assist system; a brake override system; daytime running lights; automatic headlights with windshield wipers; a hill hold assist feature; an incline assist feature; an automatic on/off headlights with windshield wiper system; an electronic brake distribution system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (2.5i): 17-inch wheels; all-wheel drive; automatic off headlights only; cloth seats; height adjustable driver’s seat; manually operated front seats; a remote keyless entry system; a touchscreen 6-inch infotainment screen; trunk area grocery bag hooks; and a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel

2017 Nissan Armada SV 4x4: Big, Bold And Economical


Highlight: The Armada is an essentially a more economical version of Infiniti’s premium priced QX80.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $55,715 (base model $45,495)

Seating Capacity: Eight?

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; LED Daytime Running Lights; traction control system; automatic headlights; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; a hill start assist system; a tow mode function; vehicle dynamic control;  a class IV trailer hitch; and a tire pressure monitoring system

SL Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; a 7-speed automatic transmission; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; side step rails; an automatic closing liftgate; cloth seats; heated front seats; a power front seats; heated front seats; a push button ignition starter system; a dual zone A/C system; power folding outside mirrors; roof rack; a tow hitch receiver; and DVD playback capabilities