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Lexus Execs Want A Production Version Of The LF-1 Limitless Concept Really Bad 20
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Reports on 01 20th, 2018


Lexus unveiled the LF-1 Limitless concept at the North American International Auto Show, and its executives can barely contain their excitement over a possible production version.
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Lexus Executive Says LFA Successor Might Eventually Materialize 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Ever since Lexus pulled the plug on the LFA in 2012, there have been several reports regarding a possible successor.
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An Accident Happened To BMW’s X7 Concept On Its Way To Detroit 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW X7, Detroit-Auto-Show on 01 18th, 2018


If you're heading to the Detroit Auto Show this month with the hope of checking out BMW's latest concept, we're afraid we have disappointing news for you: it's not there.
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IndyCar Reveals Its Sleek New Racer In Detroit 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Indy, Motorsport, racing, video on 01 17th, 2018


The IndyCar Series is embarking on a new era, leaving behind the manufacturer-supplied aero kits and introducing a new common shape for the season ahead – and it unveiled the updated car at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
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Record-Breaking Koenigsegg Agera RS Takes A Stand At Detroit Auto Show 16
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg Agera, Michelin on 01 16th, 2018


Some automakers have opted to sit out the Detroit Auto Show, but at least one will be represented there for the first time this year.
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GAC Motors Thinks Enverge Concept Captures Young Americans’ Tastes In SUVs 16
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Electric Vehicles, GAC on 01 16th, 2018


Chinese automakers aren’t popular in the United States, but that’s something Guangzhou Automotive Company (GAC Motors) is looking to change. GAC brought a good-looking two-door SUV called the Enverge to the Detroit Auto Show to get its name out in the open before its official launch in 2019.

As far as electric vehicles go, the Enverge is wearing a futuristic design, something that a lot of EVs miss out on at the moment. The grille-less front end allows GAC to tack on a massive badge onto the front of the vehicle, while the headlights wrap around the entire front end of the vehicle. Another nifty feature of the headlights is that they slide out and can be used as flood lights, similar to some of the LEDs found on the Toyota FT-AC Concept.

The front end looks like an angry snake, which is pretty aggressive for an EV and a crossover.The Enverge concept has a pinched rear end that mimics the Toyota Prius with a rear taillight design that wraps around the rear end. The SUV’s design is striking, especially when you take the gullwing doors – something that’s usually found on supercars – into account.

The design, as the Chinese automaker claims, is supposed to appeal to young consumers in the U.S. If the exterior doesn’t draw buyers in, the interior certainly will. There’s a Formula 1-inspired steering wheel with a few steering-wheel-mounted buttons within reach of the driver’s thumbs. Instead of a traditional dashboard, there’s an enormous flatscreen that provides necessary information – the car’s speed, navigation, etc.

While the majority of enthusiasts enjoy sitting in the driver’s seat, the passengers in the back of the SUV are treated to something even more high-tech – panoramic augmented reality goggles that take information on things outside of the Enverge and lays them onto the opaque windows.

Power wise, the SUV features a 71 kWh battery pack that gives the vehicle a range of 370 miles, which is 120 miles more than the Byton Crossover Concept from CES. GAC also claims that a 10-minute charge allows the Enverge concept to go up to 240 miles. A wireless charger will be available for the production-ready version of the vehicle.

The SUV has a claimed output of 240 horsepower, which is put down to all four wheels and can get to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. The vehicle tops out at 99 mph. The zero to 60 mph figure is right on par with what the Tesla Model 3 recently did.

A production version of the Enverge concept would certainly be an interesting vehicle for GAC to enter the North American market.

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GAC Motors Thinks Enverge Concept Captures Young Americans’ Tastes In SUVs 16
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Electric Vehicles, GAC on 01 16th, 2018


Chinese automakers aren’t popular in the United States, but that’s something Guangzhou Automotive Company (GAC Motors) is looking to change. GAC brought a good-looking two-door SUV called the Enverge to the Detroit Auto Show to get its name out in the open before its official launch in 2019.

As far as electric vehicles go, the Enverge is wearing a futuristic design, something that a lot of EVs miss out on at the moment. The grille-less front end allows GAC to tack on a massive badge onto the front of the vehicle, while the headlights wrap around the entire front end of the vehicle. Another nifty feature of the headlights is that they slide out and can be used as flood lights, similar to some of the LEDs found on the Toyota FT-AC Concept.

The front end looks like an angry snake, which is pretty aggressive for an EV and a crossover.The Enverge concept has a pinched rear end that mimics the Toyota Prius with a rear taillight design that wraps around the rear end. The SUV’s design is striking, especially when you take the gullwing doors – something that’s usually found on supercars – into account.

The design, as the Chinese automaker claims, is supposed to appeal to young consumers in the U.S. If the exterior doesn’t draw buyers in, the interior certainly will. There’s a Formula 1-inspired steering wheel with a few steering-wheel-mounted buttons within reach of the driver’s thumbs. Instead of a traditional dashboard, there’s an enormous flatscreen that provides necessary information – the car’s speed, navigation, etc.

While the majority of enthusiasts enjoy sitting in the driver’s seat, the passengers in the back of the SUV are treated to something even more high-tech – panoramic augmented reality goggles that take information on things outside of the Enverge and lays them onto the opaque windows.

Power wise, the SUV features a 71 kWh battery pack that gives the vehicle a range of 370 miles, which is 120 miles more than the Byton Crossover Concept from CES. GAC also claims that a 10-minute charge allows the Enverge concept to go up to 240 miles. A wireless charger will be available for the production-ready version of the vehicle.

The SUV has a claimed output of 240 horsepower, which is put down to all four wheels and can get to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. The vehicle tops out at 99 mph. The zero to 60 mph figure is right on par with what the Tesla Model 3 recently did.

A production version of the Enverge concept would certainly be an interesting vehicle for GAC to enter the North American market.

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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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Kia Telluride Full-Size SUV Concept Reportedly Heading To Production 16
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, PHEV, Reports, SUV on 01 16th, 2018


Kia’s new Forte might have just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the Korean automaker is also working on another, totally different, project as well.

This project is the production version of the Telluride Concept that debuted a couple of years ago in Motor City, as confirmed to GoAuto on the sidelines of the Detroit Show by the brand’s President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who simply said: “yeah, we are working on that car, actually”, when asked about it.

The Telluride (production name unconfirmed) will sit at the top of the firm’s SUV range, above the Sorento, and it will be offered in North America and other markets, according to Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume.

“I could imagine that there are other markets that would be interested in taking it… apart from America, so there could be other markets that are interested. For example, the one we used to have before the Mohave, it was pretty popular in Russia and those countries.”

However, “Europe doesn’t make much sense”, Guillaume said, adding that “it is a more difficult segment for us. We are pretty good with Sorento with large SUV in Europe”, and right-hand drive markets such as Australia are currently under the question mark. It also remains unknown when it will be launched or where it will be manufactured.

The concept displayed by Kia in 2016 was underpinned by the same architecture as the Sorento, but it had a larger footprint, a boxy exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. It also had a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower, which might be one of the options available for the production version.

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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coming In 2019 With 700+ HP 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Shelby, video on 01 16th, 2018


Ford has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in Detroit, a new Mustang Shelby GT500 is coming to battle the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Described as the “pinnacle of Mustang performance,” the GT500 will be a fast-back coupe that is twice as powerful as the original 1967 model. Ford is keeping detailed specifications under wraps but the automaker confirmed the car is projected to produce more than 700 hp (522 kW).

Power will be provided by a supercharged V8 engine and it will enable the Mustang to become the most powerful street-legal production model Ford has ever produced. The GT500 will even surpass the output of the Ford GT which has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that develops 647 hp (482 kW).

The outrageous performance won’t be limited to the engine as Ford says the Mustang has been “engineered to stand apart on roadways and race tracks.” That’s pretty vague but the company said we can expect “innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.”

The Mustang Shelby GT500 will be launched next year and an assortment of leaks and rumors have suggested the car will have a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that is paired to a dual-clutch transmission. We can also expect carbon-ceramic brakes, a speedometer that tops out at 214 mph (344 km/h), and a dedicated Drag Strip mode – among other things.

Ford declined to say when the car will be unveiled but we can expect to learn more about the model in the coming months.

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BMW Hatches The New X2 Crossover In Detroit 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW X2, Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


BMW already offers five crossovers in the United States but that hasn’t stopped the company from unveiling a sixth model at the North American International Auto Show.

Billed as a sporty and urban crossover, the X2 eschews the coupe-inspired styling of the larger X4 and X6 for a unique appearance that resembles a large hatchback. It remains to be seen how wagon-hating America will respond to his decision but the model is based on the popular X1 and is 2.8 inches lower and 3.2 inches shorter than its counterpart.

The interior styling will be familiar to BMW fans and drivers will SensaTec upholstery, high-gloss black trim, and a freestanding 6.5-inch infotainment system. A variety of options will be available including Dakota leather, a heads-up display, and an 8.8-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine resides under the hood and produces 228 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system which enables the X2 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 143 mph (230 km/h).

The 2018 BMW X2 will go on sale in the United States this spring and pricing starts at $38,400.

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For $100 Less, VW’s New Jetta Gives You More Room, Tech And MQB Platform 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Jetta on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has updated all of cars in its US lineup except for the Passat, which continues to be offered with the same outdated styling and platform since 2011.

Now, consumers can opt for the bigger and more modern in many ways Jetta, which unlike its North American Passat sibling, rides on the VW Group’s lauded MQB architecture that underpins a boat load of models, including several Audis.

Presented in front of the international media at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Jetta has a larger footprint riding on a 105.7 inch wheelbase (vs 104.4 before), more attractive styling on the outside, and a modern cabin that offers pretty much everything one would want from a car in this class, including a digital display instead of the analogue dials on better-equipped models.

Motivation comes from the same 1.4-liter four-banger of its predecessor, which continues to develop 148hp (150PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque, married to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those who would rather have an automatic will be glad to know that a new and more efficient 8-speed unit replaces the old 6-speed DSG.

By sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, and TT models, the new Jetta has the potential to offer some excitement on the road with the right (powerful) engine and chassis tune, though we’ll have to wait for a higher performance model.

For now, US consumers should know that the order books for the new Jetta will open this spring. Prices will start from $18,545 without the destination charge, which makes it $100 more affordable than its predecessor, and $4,450 more economic than the slightly larger Passat.

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2019 Ford Edge ST Brings A Class-Leading Twin-Turbo V6 To Detroit 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford, Ford Edge, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


If you were in the market for a performance crossover from mainstream brands, your choices used to be fairly limited but that’s been changing over the past few years as automakers have rolled out models such as the Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The latest to join the fray is the Ford Edge ST which is celebrating its debut at the North American International Auto Show. While the model isn’t nearly as powerful as the Durango or Trackhawk, it features a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine which produces 335 hp (249 kW) and 380 lb-ft (514 Nm) of torque. It is connected to eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

Those aren’t earth-shattering figures but Ford says the Edge ST has the most powerful V6 engine in its class. It’s also a healthy increase over the previous Edge Sport which featured the same engine rated at 315 hp (234 kW) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque.

Besides the upgraded engine, the Edge ST has a sport-tuned suspension and a special Sport mode which provides a more aggressive throttle response, revised shifting patterns, sharper engine braking, and a more robust exhaust note.

On the styling front, the crossover has an aggressive appearance thanks to a sportier front fascia with a mesh grille. The model has also been equipped with new side skirts, a unique dual exhaust system, and 20-inch wheels which can be outfitted with summer-only tires.

The interior receives some minor modifications including unique seats with ST badging and additional bolstering. Drivers will also find steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Ford Performance scuff plates.

The performance-oriented model is based on the facelifted Edge which features a revised front fascia with a new grille and standard LED headlights. The model also has a new hood, a revised liftgate, and an updated interior with a redesigned center console as well as a new rotary gear selector.

Under the hood, there’s an upgraded 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which now produces 250 hp (186 kW) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and it features start/stop technology to improve fuel efficiency.

Both the Edge and the Edge ST will go on sale in the United States this summer.

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