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Audi To Build Two New Electric SUVs In Germany From 2021

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:33 AM PST

Audi has revealed that it will build two all-electric SUV models in Germany from 2021.

The car manufacturer has previously stated that the upcoming E-Tron Quattro and E-Tron Sportback will be constructed in Brussels, Belgium but for its following two electric SUVs, the decision has been made to build them in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Audi has failed to provide specifics about these two future SUV models but has said they will be just a pair of no less than 20 electrified models being launched by 2025, ten of which will be fully-electric.

It is believed that the upcoming Audi E-Tron Quattro will be based on a new platform built with Porsche specifically for electric vehicles. It, therefore, seems probable that this same architecture will be used by the carmaker's two other electric SUVs.

Audi made the announcement of the two new models while announcing the extension of job security in Ingolstadt until 2025.

"We have long been fighting for a job guarantee up until the end of 2025. Our colleagues need that certainty, and that is something we can now finally give them," General Works Council chairman Peter Mosch said.

"That is why specifically the decision on the two new all-electric SUVs is another milestone on our road to a secure future," he added.


Hyundai Workers Resume Kona Production In South Korea

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:02 AM PST

Production of the Hyundai Kona has resumed in South Korea following a two-day long workers strike.

Hyundai originally intended on increasing output of the Kona and building it on a second assembly line at a domestic factory. However, workers were concerned that this move could result in job losses due to the automaker's desire to add more automation to the production line and outsourcing work to parts manufacturers.

In protesting against the proposed changes, workers at the factory disrupted the production of roughly 1,230 Kona models.

For now, Hyundai has halted its plans to increase Kona production and doesn't believe the delay will affect the vehicle's arrival in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018.

Hyundai is currently in talks with the labor union to come to an amicable solution, Auto News reports.


BMW's M SUVs Could Get Competition Package Variants

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:42 PM PST

BMW isn't opposed to offering a Competition Package for its M-branded SUV models, including the X5 M and X6 M.

During an interview with Auto Guide on the floor of the LA Auto Show, BMW M boss Frank van Meel said the popularity of Competition Package variants of other M models means the firm's SUVs could get the same treatment.

"Well Competition is a strong growing market in demand, and that goes for every M. So that's also a feature we're going to use more often in the future. And that does not exclude SUVs," van Meel said.

BMW first introduced its Competition Package to the previous-generation M5 and M6 a few years ago. Since then, both the BMW M3 and M4 have been offered in Competition Package guise and both models have proven popular.

If the company does decide to equip one of its M models with the same performance upgrades, it would likely do so on the next-generation X5, tipped to arrive in 2018. Like other Competition Package-equipped models, it could receive engine modifications, suspension tweaks, and new branding.


Lexus Dealers Want The Production-Spec UX In The U.S.

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:03 PM PST

Lexus dealerships in the United States want the Japanese carmaker to sell the impending production-spec UX locally.

Lexus first revealed its intent to bring the eye-catching UX to the market earlier this year but since then, little has been made about the vehicle. However, during a discussion with Motor 1 at the LA Auto Show, Lexus general manager Jeff Bracken said local dealerships want the vehicle as a new entry-level model.

"It's something that our consumers are looking for. Our dealers are all over us to produce that concept vehicle. We are in the process of helping our company understand what we're leaving on the table. So it's laser focused and stay tuned," he confirmed.

If the UX were to land in U.S. shores, it would fill the void left behind by the CT200h hybrid hatchback.

Lexus reportedly holds trademarks for the names UX 200, UX 250, and UX 250h in the United States, indicating that it is seriously considering local sales of the vehicle. A starting price of just over $30,000 would be likely.

The Lexus UX Crossover Concept was first unveiled at last year's Paris Auto Show, teasing a small crossover to slot below the NX and rival the Audi Q2.


VW To Spend $3.5 Billion On Factory Upgrades For Next-Gen Golf

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:29 PM PST

Volkswagen will invest 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) at its Wolfsburg production facility in preparation for its eighth-generation Golf.

In a statement, the automaker said the investment will be funnelled towards re-tooling the factory and constructing a new design center in the technical development area.

VW made the announcement on the eve of the annual works meeting in Wolfsburg. According to chairman of the Group and General Works Council, Bernd Osterloh, the investment will help secure the company's long-term future.

"The Supervisory Board has approved billions in investment for the Volkswagen brand in new products and in our plants. This means our future is secure – regardless of whether it is under electric or conventional propulsion. We will hold our own in the vanguard of the automotive industry," he said.

The new VW Golf will probably launch in 2019 and be underpinned by a modified version of the MQB platform used by the current car. More importantly, the car will adopt electrification, potentially even in GTI guise. Consequently, the new car won't only be more powerful than the outgoing model but also promises to be more fuel efficient and emit fewer emissions.


EPA Confirms 310 Mile Range For Tesla Model 3

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:02 PM PST

The EPA has finally detailed the official range of the Tesla Model 3, the electric automaker's first affordable EV.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the long-range variant of the Model 3 has a combined range of 310 miles (499 km), exactly the same figure as quoted by Tesla at the vehicle's delivery event in July.

In the city, Model 3 Long Range owners can expect to travel 321.9 miles (518 km) on a single charge and 295.5 miles (476 km) on the highway.

Alongside confirming the vehicle's range, the EPA has given the range-topping Model 3 a combined 126 MPGe rating, calculated from 131 MPGe in the city and 120 MPGe on the highway. This places the Model S Long Range below the 136 MPGe of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric but above the 119 MPGe of the Chevrolet Bolt and the 118 MPGe of the BMW i3.


Maserati Levante And Quattroporte Receive 'Nerissimo' Package In LA

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:01 PM PST

Back in April, Maserati premiered the Ghibli Nerissimo in New York. Fast forward to November's LA Auto Show and the Italian marque has announced a Nerissimo package for the Levante and Quattroporte as well.

Like the Ghibli Nerissimo, the Levante and Quattroporte Nerissimo combine Nero black paint with Black Chrome accents on the front grille, trunk, side air vents, trident logo, and the Maserati badges across the exterior. Additionally, the window surrounds, exhaust tips, and vertical grille bars are all bathed in black.

Beyond the release of the Nerissimo package in Los Angeles, Maserati has used the show to display the 2018 model year Ghibli and Levante, now sold in GranLusso and GranSport trims.

The GranSport line aims to cater towards owners looking for a sportier-than-usual experience with their Maserati. By comparison, the GranLusso trim includes Ermenegildo Zegna silk or full premium Italian leather upholstery as well as wood trim throughout the cabin.

Another small announcement made by Maserati in LA is that electric power steering has replaced the hydraulic power steering system of the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante.


New Lincoln Nautilus Celebrated On Film

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:40 PM PST

Lincoln have started changing the nomenclature of their models, with the first one to arrive with a new moniker being the updated MKX, aka Nautilus.

Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the premium midsize SUV is being celebrated on film, where the Ford-owned brand uses words such as "beauty meets serenity" to describe it.

Regardless if you're a fan of its exterior design, with a front end that's similar to the Lincoln Continental, new tail lamps joined together by a lights strip, and generously-sized wheels, the carmaker will start rolling out the first units next year, as it's scheduled to arrive at dealers nationwide in mid-2018.

Customers can choose between the three distinctive exterior and interior themes, sold under the Black Label moniker, including the Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Gala, with the latest one being shown in the SUV's official launch film.

Moreover, they will also have to decide whether the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the one to go for, with 245hp, or if the larger 2.7-liter unit, rated at 335hp, is the smart choice. Both of them are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and get standard stop/start tech.


Mazda Vision Coupe Could Convince Americans To Buy Sedans Again

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:17 PM PST

Fresh off its global premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show, the eye-catching Mazda Vision Coupe has made its U.S. debut at the LA Auto Show.

Although Mazda has yet to say whether or not it intends to bring the Vision Coupe into production, its gorgeous design has dropped jaws in Los Angeles and looks to be the perfect recipe for a large and luxurious sports sedan from the company.

The Vision Coupe showcases Mazda's evolved Kodo design language and aims to strip away any unnecessary exterior components that could make its design somewhat fussy. Instead, Mazda designers have found inspiration from simple things, including Samurai swords.

Like the exterior, the cabin is also very minimalist and features a center console void of almost any buttons or switches. The three-spoke steering wheel is also free of a single button. The gauge cluster is quite traditional with three round gauges showing all the vital information.


Jeep Boss Confirms New Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid In LA

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:56 PM PST

Following the unveiling of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show, head of Jeep, Mike Manley, has confirmed that the new Wrangler will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2020.

Unfortunately, the automaker has failed to provide any specifics about the model, including any possible fuel economy numbers. We don't even know if the model will launch for the 2020 model year or during the 2020 calendar year.

If we were to have a guess, we'd be inclined to say that the Wrangler's hybrid system will probably share components with Fiat Chrysler's only other plug-in hybrid, a fuel-efficient variant of the Chrysler Pacifica. That vehicle features a 16 kWh battery and has a combined rating of 84 mpg.

Beyond the hybrid setup, another impending powertrain for the latest-generation Wrangler will be a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. It will return approximately 30 mpg on the highway and arrive shortly after sales of the 2.0-liter turbo and 3.6-liter V6 models commence.


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Ampere Motor's New $9,900 Electric Three-Wheeler Roadster

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:36 PM PST

California is one of the largest markets for electric vehicles in the United States so it comes as little surprise that Ampere Motor decided to use the Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce a prototype of their upcoming roadster called the 1.

Described as an ideal vehicle for city commuting or weekend fun, the roadster is a three-wheel electric vehicle from a startup that says it consists of "highly experienced car designers, engineers, and race drivers."

The car is still in the prototype phase but the company says it's about 80% ready for mass production. Given the situation, it's not surprising that details are extremely limited. However, the company revealed the car rides on a tubular chassis and features a double wishbone suspension as well as "carbon kevlar belt powertrain."

Motivation comes from an electric motor that powered by an undisclosed battery. It will reportedly enable the model to have a range of up to 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge.

Ampere says the roadster will only cost $9,900 and will be launched next year. The company is accepting pre-orders for $200 and says additional information will be released shortly.

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2018 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition Brings The Bling To LA

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:43 PM PST

The crossover and SUV trend continues in Los Angeles as GMC has unveiled the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.

Set to become the most luxurious Yukon Denali ever offered, the Ultimate Black Edition features a modestly revised exterior with chrome mirror caps and 22-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The model will be available exclusively in Onyx Black and all will feature a polished exhaust tip.

Interior changes are virtually non-existent as GMC says the only modification is the addition of premium carpeted floor mats. However, the model comes equipped with the Open Road Package which includes a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an adaptive cruise control system with forward automatic braking. The package also adds power retractable side steps and an Enhanced Security Package which includes glass breakage sensors and interior motion detectors.

The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 420 hp (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft (621 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission which can send power to an optional four-wheel drive system.

In a statement, GMC's Stu Pierce said "The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level." He went on to say the model is ideal for customers who want to "express themselves with a new and unique style."

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New Volvo XC40 Starts At $35,200, But You Can Also Subscribe For $600 A Month

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:09 PM PST

Volvo is entering the booming compact crossover segment with the all-new XC40.

Currently on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2019 XC90 rides on the company's new Compact Modular Architecture and features a stylish design that recalls the larger XC60 and XC90.

The interior isn't as luxurious as its larger counterparts but the model features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim, and an automatic climate control system. Other highlights include a power driver's seat, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

A variety of options will be available including heated front seats, a wireless smartphone charger, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Other options include ambient lighting and a power folding second row seat.

At launch, the XC40 will be offered in the States with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 247 hp (184 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. The model will eventually be offered with additional powertrains including electric and hybrid options.

The XC40 will go on sale in the United States next spring and it will be available via purchase, lease, or subscription. The base model starts at $35,200 and a 36 month lease will begin at $325 per month with a $3,000 down payment.

The subscription is a bit more complex as pricing starts at $600 per month before taxes and registration fees. The base subscription model comes nicely equipped with the Premium and Vision packages as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The model also includes a panoramic roof and 19-inch alloy wheels.

While the 24 month subscription costs significantly more than the lease payment, it includes an annual 15,000-mile allowance, all factory-scheduled maintenance, and insurance. Customers can also swap out their XC40 for another model after just 12 months.

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2019 Infiniti QX50 Fires Warning Shot At Premium Compact SUV Segment

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:41 PM PST

Infiniti brought their 2019 QX50 to the LA Auto Show in order to showcase its dynamic lines and stylish interior, hoping it can go on to challenge the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the new BMW X3.

The new QX50 is built on an all-new platform, featuring a FWD-based layout, meant to make it one of the most refined, sporty and spacious crossovers in its segment.

"The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance," said Infiniti's global VP, Christian Meunier.

Carrying such a heavy torch requires a strong power unit, which is why the Japanese automaker fitted the all-new QX50 with the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, combining the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit with the torque and fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel - at least that's how Infiniti sees it.

While no straight line performance figures have been released, we do know the engine puts down 268 HP (272 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque, with the help of an XTRONIC CVT.

As standard, buyers can purchase the QX50 with front wheel drive, as the AWD system costs extra.


2018 Hyundai Kona Wants To Give Nissan Kicks A Run For Its Money

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:56 PM PST

The US-spec Hyundai Kona made its debut at this year's LA Auto Show, bringing its quirky looks to a segment that appears to be growing by the second these days.

The exterior styling remains pretty much unchanged, meaning a compact muscular shape defined by its plastic cladding on the sides and the unusual headlight setup, making the new Hyundai Kona a very different proposition indeed.

Based on a brand-new platform, the Hyundai Kona is designed to offer good ground clearance, generous interior space and a commanding driving position. The underfloor layout is optimized to reduce central tunnel intrusion. The optional all-wheel drive system is also cleverly packaged.

Customers in the U.S. will be offered two choices: an entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol than runs on the Atkinson cycle and produces 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque and the turbocharged 1.6-liter with direct injection which makes 175hp and 195lb-ft of torque. 2.0-liter models are paired to a six-speed automatic while the more powerful turbocharged Konas are fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Hyundai claims that the Kona was developed to offer "enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance". Front-wheel drive models get a rear torsion beam suspension while all-wheel drive ones are fitted with a multi-link rear.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist along with Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are part of the Hyundai Kona's available safety kit.

The interior features an eight-inch infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio and Blue Link LTE connectivity services. There's also a wireless charging pad for smartphones, a heads-up display and more.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2018, with pricing details to be announced closer to its market launch.



New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Lands In LA With A $23,295 Price Tag

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:45 PM PST

Joining the likes of the Outlander Sport and Outlander in Mitsubishi's CUV lineup for the U.S. market is the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross, with a starting MSRP of $23,295.

This price tag is married to the base spec ES version, which is joined in the lineup by the LE, SE and SEL. Standard features on the ES include heated power mirrors, a rear spoiler, color display, Bluetooth, rear view camera, cruise control and climate control.

Moving up the range will take you to the Limited Edition (LE) trim, featuring 18" alloys and unique black color exterior accents. This trim level also has a 7" display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, the SE trim includes BSW, RCTA, LCA, heated front seats, fast-key passive entry with push button start, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 18" two-tone alloys and silver, chrome and gloss black exterior accents.

As for the top of the line SEL trim, it boasts additional features such as leather seats, LED headlights, a Head-Up display and a Multi-View camera system. Buyers can also spec the SEL version with Mitsubishi's Touring Package, which then adds the dual-pane power sliding panoramic sunroof, a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, more safety tech (FCM, LDW, ACC, AHB), plus a heated steering wheel and rear seats.

Scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in March 2018 and currently showcased at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the Eclipse Cross is also debuting Mitsubishi's CONNECT vehicle service program (standard on SE trim levels and above), featuring the Safeguard services package and the Remote services package.

The former brings Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Information Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Alarm Notification and Mileage Tracker, while the latter offers Remote Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn, Remote Lights, Car Finder, Vehicle Settings, and Parental Controls (Geo Fence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert).

Sexy Jaguar XF Sportbrake Quenches Our Wagon Thirst, But At A Price

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 02:33 PM PST

Jaguar has embraced crossovers with the E- and F-Pace but that hasn't stopped the company from introducing the XF Sportbrake in Los Angeles.

Set to compete with the Mercedes E-Class Estate, the XF Sportbrake is a stylish station wagon that features LED headlights and a long sloping roof. The model also has a dual exhaust system and low profile roof rails that can hold approximately 220 lbs (100 kg) of accessories such as skis and snowboards.

The interior echos the sedan but the Sportbrake is distinguished by a larger luggage compartment that can hold 31.7 cubic feet (897 liters) of cargo. When the split folding rear seats are lowered, the cargo capacity climbs to 69.7 cubic feet (1,973 liters).

The standard model comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display but there's an optional InControl Touch Pro system with a 10-inch display. Other options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic glass sunroof, and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system. Customers can also order interior mood lighting and an air purification system which promises to neutralize odors and remove bacteria.

At launch, the wagon will be offered exclusively with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 380 hp (283 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. This setup allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

The XF Sportbrake will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $70,450.

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For $20,000 Less Than A Bentayga, You Can Have A 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 02:16 PM PST

Displayed in Los Angeles, the facelifted Range Rover SVAutobiography has all the right ingredients to make you forget about the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

It's large, good-looking, and extremely well equipped, with its generous features that include hot stone massage function, with heated calf and foot rests, for the individual rear seats, and rear entertainment system with two 10-inch displays.

Sitting at the rear gives you over 4 feet (1.2m) of legroom in the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography as well as access to a small refrigerator that can keep two wine or champagne bottles cool, and to the center console that can be used to control a number of features. You'll never be late anywhere either, thanks to the Zenith clock, just don't ask how much it costs, though.

And since we're talking numbers, you may want to take a seat before reading about its starting price: $207,900 in USA, and that's before checking out the options list. For those of you counting, that's about $20,000 less than a base Bentley Bentayga.

Some might say that the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is 'a lot of car' for the money, but we have a feeling that this is only the beginning, as even more extravagant and expensive SUVs will likely arrive in the coming years. After all, where there's a will, there's a way, right?


BMW Considers Turning Mini Into All-Electric Brand For The U.S.

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 01:48 PM PST

BMW might turn Mini into an all-electric brand in the U.S. and is currently seeking partners to lower the cost of doing so.

The news came straight from Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member and Mini's boss who said that Mini could become an all-electric brand, aimed at urban customers. An all-electric Mini model is expected to debut in 2019.

BMW is currently talking to many automakers around the world about a prospective partnership on electrifying smaller cars, according to Reuters.

Building smaller electric cars is challenging, not only because of the financial costs involved but also because of packaging as the fitment of batteries that provide sufficient range into a smaller platform still remains a puzzle, according to Schwarzenbauer.

Mini sales in the U.S. have decreased by 10 percent through October as demand for smaller cars is weakening in favor of SUVs. "It's really only in the U.S. where we are facing this with Mini," Schwarzenbauer said.

BMW will not attempt to fix this problem by adding bigger SUV models under the Mini brand but instead they're looking into how to re-invent the brand. "The way for Mini in the U.S. is ... building the Mini brand in the direction of the electric urban mobility company", he added.


SVX V8 Is The Ultimate Land Rover Discovery For Off-Roading And It's Coming In 2018

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 01:34 PM PST

Land Rover has introduced the Discovery SVX concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to preview a production model that will be launched next year, the Discovery SVX was created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be the ultimate off-roader.

 As a result, the model has been equipped with skid plates, recovery hooks, and an integrated rear winch. The model also features an LED light bar, modified bumpers, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear all-terrain tires.

Thankfully the changes are more than cosmetic as engineers installed an upgraded four-wheel drive system with locking center and rear differentials. The SVO team also added a bespoke air suspension, long-travel dampers, and revised knuckles. The company says these changes help to improve the Discovery's approach, departure, and breakover angles.

Rounding out the off-road features are an optimized Terrain Response 2 system and a Hydraulic Active Roll Control system which helps to improve wheel articulation, body control, and off-road traction.

While the exterior changes are pretty dramatic, the cabin only sees minor revisions. These include a pistol-grip shifter and two-tone seats with Rush Orange accents and perforated "X" logos.

Last but not least, the Discovery SVX features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 525 PS (386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque.

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2019 Subaru Ascent Looks Underwhelming In The Flesh And That's Probably Great For Sales

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:37 PM PST

The new Subaru Ascent has landed in Los Angeles, ready to pick a fight with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Chevrolet Traverse, among others.

However, until it proves itself worthy of challenging other three-row SUV across North America, it's trying to get the attention of potential buyers in this highly-competitive segment with a very civilized (others would say boring) exterior design, and a versatile cabin that can carry up to eight passengers.

You can bash Subaru all you want for its timid design efforts, but you can't deny that they know what their core audience wants, as proved by their sales momentum with 71 straight months of increased deliveries in the States.

The devil, as they say, is in the details, as where the ill-fated Tribeca failed (space), the new Ascent more than makes up for it. At 196.8in (499.9cm) long, 76in (193cm) wide, and with a wheelbase of 113.8in (289.1cm), this is the largest Subaru ever. It builds upon the Ascent Concept shown this year in New York, which, in turn, is derived from the 2016's Viziv-7 study, and beneath its new sheet metal lies a modified version of the company's modular vehicle platform.

By the time it arrives at dealers next summer, American customers will get to choose between one of four trim levels. Each one is well equipped, even the base model, which comes with features such as infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, three-zone automatic climate control, and automatic emergency braking.

However, regardless of their selection, they will have to settle for the 260hp and 277lb-ft (376Nm) of torque 2.4-liter Boxer engine, with twin-scroll turbo and a CVT.


2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible Is Rightfully One Of LA's Hottest Debuts

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:41 PM PST

It certainly takes a lot to stand out in the City of Angels, especially when it comes to supercars. Yet, the drop top 2019 ZR1 has already caused a stir.

According to Chevrolet, driving a Corvette ZR1 Convertible instead of the Coupe doesn't mean that you have to compromise. In fact, it's only 60 lbs (27 kg) heavier than the hardtop, so handling should be just as sharp.

"Few others can challenge the ZR1 Convertible's power and speed while offering the exhilaration of top-down motoring," said Corvette exec, Mark Reuss, adding that this is a supercar in "all respects."

Of course, with 755 HP (765 PS) and 715 lb-ft (969 Nm) of tap, it's easy to understand why the automaker might be feeling particularly confident boasting about this thing. In a straight line, it can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds flat, covering a 1/4 mile in the high 10-second range, as long as you choose the 8-speed automatic over the 7-speed manual.

Even though the ZR1 (either of them) looks mental, owners can actually engage what is called 'Stealth' mode, which makes the exhaust quieter than the one on a Corvette Z06. Then, if you want to unleash all of its soundtrack, switch to Track mode and let loose.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible goes on sale next Spring alongside the Coupe, and is currently on display at the 2017 LA Auto Show until December 10th.


Nissan Kicks Juke Out Of The Range At The LA Auto Show

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:24 PM PST

Nissan has pulled the covers off the 2018 Kicks, the company's new subcompact SUV which first made its appearance in Latin America last year.

The new Nissan Kicks replaces the Juke in one of the fastest-growing segments in the market, becoming along the way the sixth member of the company's growing SUV family.

Gone is the divisive styling then, with Nissan opting for a more acceptable design, mixing elements from models like the Rogue and the Micra supermini that's available in other markets.

"As the gateway to Nissan's adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price starting well under $19,000," said Dan Mohnke, senior VP of Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America.

All models will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol unit, rated at 125hp and 115lb-ft of torque. Paired to it will be the company's proven Xtronic CVT transmission, with Nissan expecting a combined fuel economy rating of 33mpg. No all-wheel drive though, as all versions will drive their front wheels exclusively.

Customers will be given the option of seven exterior colors, along with five two-tone combinations. Two-tone combos include a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red), an orange roof with a gray body or a white roof with a blue body.

The cabin promises to offer "ample passenger space in the rear" as well as one of the largest load areas in its class. A 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor as well as an optional Bose premium sound system are also present.

All Kicks models will also come with Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, while the SV and SR trim levels will add Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

"Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Kicks will be announced closer to its on-sale date in spring 2018, but we are expecting to be among the most competitive in the segment," said Mohnke. "Kicks' unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value."



Corvette Leads Police On High Speed Chase Through Florida

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:06 PM PST

The owner of a bright red Chevrolet Corvette led Florida police on a high-speed chase through residential streets on Tuesday night.

Footage released from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office shows the drug suspect driving recklessly and narrowly avoiding a number of collisions in their attempt to evade authorities.

During the chase, the Corvette owner repeatedly drove on the wrong side of the road, ran red lights, clipped a number of other vehicles, and mounted a curb and median strip to avoid getting caught in traffic.

Police officers in the pursuing helicopter managed to follow the driver to an apartment complex in Port Orange. However, the suspect bailed out of the car and has yet to be found by the authorities.

Police were able to retrieve a gun from the rented Corvette and hope to use receipts found in the vehicle to hunt the suspect down, WESH reports.