When the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrive in dealerships over the next few months, they will carry the best transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty among SUVs in America: Volkswagen is offering a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty, with coverage that’s transferable beyond the first owner.
“We specifically designed and built the all-new Atlas and Tiguan for American customers. This warranty further addresses the needs of American buyers head-on,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re confident in the reliability and workmanship of these SUVs, and we want our customers to be confident in their purchase. We believe this warranty will lead to reduced cost of ownership for Volkswagen owners.”
Mercedes-Benz USA has announced pricing for the 2018 AMG GT R Coupe. Arriving in U.S. dealers this summer, the AMG GT R will start at $157,000*. The new Mercedes-AMG GT R features a front-mid-engine with a transaxle, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, active aerodynamics, active rear-wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control and intelligent lightweight construction throughout.
Mercedes-AMG continues to grow and is expanding the top end of its product range with the introduction of the new AMG GT R. Starting at $157,000 in the United States, the AMG GT R features extensive amounts of motorsport technology developed on the most demanding race track in the world—the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Already living up to its "Beast of the Green Hell" nickname, the AMG GT R is proving to be a record-setter in the Mercedes-AMG family. In an independent test drive conducted by the magazine "sport auto," on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the AMG GT R was faster than any other rear-wheel-drive road-going sports car ever tested with a laptime of just 7:10.9.
Key data at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe|
|Engine||Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo with dry-sump lubrication|
|Output||577 hp at 6,250 rpm|
|Peak torque||516 lb-ft at 1,900-5,500 rpm|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission|
|Weight||3,428 lbs (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Power-to-weight ratio||5.94 lbs/horsepower (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||3.5 sec (est.)|
|Top speed||198 mph|
*Price excludes $995 destination and delivery charge
-- Press release courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Lexus has announced the refreshed NX luxury compact crossover will make its global debut at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017.
As the nimble, urban crossover of the Lexus lineup, NX has exceeded customers’ expectations globally since the model’s launch three years ago. With its blend of expressive styling, a spacious package that offers comfort and safety, along with a superior dynamic driving experience, NX succeeded in helping Lexus grow globally. Now, with an updated exterior design, and interior enhancements that add convenience and functionality, the NX is poised to meet the needs of global luxury consumers.
The Lexus press conference will take place on April 19 in Hall 6.1, National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).
-- Press release courtesy of Lexus
After reporting best-ever revenues and earnings figures for the seventh year in succession, the BMW Group intends to continue its course of sustainable and profitable growth, while also expanding its role as innovation leader. The company’s core business will be strengthened by the targeted addition of new models and continued work on the strategic areas of electric mobility and automated driving.
“Once again, we are targeting record sales volume, revenues and earnings in 2017,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG in Munich on Tuesday. The BMW Group forecasts a slight increase in Automotive segment deliveries to customers in the current financial year, which would result in a corresponding growth in segment revenues. Group profit before taxes is also expected to improve slightly.
“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” said , Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”
An array of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts were used on this year’s collection of concept vehicles. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep Performance Parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4x4 capabilities in mind, enabling Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicles.
“Jeep and Mopar have teamed up over 15 years to create unique, fun and highly capable concept vehicles for the popular Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said , Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “These concept vehicles are a perfect example of how off-road enthusiasts can use Jeep Performance Parts to personalize and enhance the already outstanding Jeep capability, allowing them to face the toughest trails in the world.”
Judges called this year’s Canadian Green Car Awards process, “the tightest competition in its five-year history,” with six vehicles now vying for the overall title to be announced Friday, April 7 at the Green Living Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“We’re truly thrilled that Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been named the best ‘Efficient Three-Row Family Vehicle,’ by the Canadian Green Car judges,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “No other vehicle in the marketplace can match Pacifica Hybrid’s combination of seven-passenger seating and game-changing efficiency, plus advanced safety technology and overall utility.”
The all-new, made-in-Canada 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid electrifies the minivan segment, adding an innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain to the Pacifica’s no-compromises combination of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling.
One lucky winner will drive away with a 2018 Ford Mustang GT plus $5,000 in Ford Performance Parts in the eighth-annual Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes Presented by Motorcraft.
Contestants 18 years or older can enter online for a chance to win at www.Mustang50Fever.com now through noon ET on Dec. 1, 2017, or at Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing’s midway display at select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and automotive and Ford enthusiast events. Entries are limited to one per person.
In 2016, more than 194,000 entered the contest, and Robin Staudte of Lemon Grove, Calif., near San Diego, who registered online, was last year’s lucky winner. She took delivery of her magnetic metallic Mustang GT with black interior from Penske Ford in La Mesa on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Volkswagen is adding the Arteon Gran Turismo to its lineup and has revealed the vehicle to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Volkswagen Head Designer Klaus Bischoff says: "The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike."
Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon's exterior design, further explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."
The new Arteon was designed on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). The architecture allows for a long, 111.9- inch wheelbase and for short overhangs on the 191.4-inch long body. With a width of 73.7 inches and a height of 56.2 inches, the Arteon delivers truly dynamic proportions and a visual starting point for the Volkswagen designers.