Lexus announces next-gen ES for 2019 Featured

Jun 08, 2018
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The seventh-generation Lexus ES debuts for the 2019 model year

Lexus is upping the stakes in the luxury sedan segment, with the unveiling of their  seventh-generation Lexus ES sedan, which features an an all-new chassis, updated exterior design, and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT.

Lexus says the vehicle is more spacious and quieter than previous iterations, and also features sharpened performance, plus advanced safety and tech features.

Here are some key highlights:

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The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid is new to the Ioniq lineup.

Hyundai has added the 2018 Plug-in Hybrid model to its Ioniq line-up for the 2018 model year, along with new features for Ioniq hybrid and electric models. The growing eco-focused Ioniq line-up is the first to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform. The Ioniq Plug-in hybrid is priced starting at $24,950.

Powertrain choice
Developed for high-energy efficiency without compromising driving performance, every Ioniq powertrain represents a unique and uncompromising solution towards a cleaner means of mobility.

The new 2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid provides an all-electric range of more than 29 miles, 119 MPGe in EV mode and 52 MPG in hybrid mode based on EPA estimates, powered by a potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid features a new Kappa 1.6L direct-injected Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with a  thermal efficiency of 40 percent and delivering an estimated 104 horsepower and an estimated 109 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine has been specifically tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a quick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission – differentiating Ioniq from its key competitors with a more dynamic and engaging driving experience. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s estimated 45kW (60 horsepower) electric motor is coupled with a 1.6-liter direct-injected Atkinson four-cylinder Kappa engine. The high-efficiency electric motor can operate at speeds up to 75 MPH and delivers instantaneous torque at low speeds, with available power-assist at higher vehicle speeds.

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For the seventh consecutive year, while showcasing new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, Toyota Motor North America will be helping Detroit-area families in need by donating winter boots and socks through its “Toyota Walk In My Boots” community outreach program. The program will help residents of The Salvation Army Harbor Light/ Booth Family Shelter, which provides emergency services to homeless women and single mothers and their children for up to 90 days.

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Volkswagen debuts 2019 Jetta in Detroit at NAIAS Featured

Jan 19, 2018
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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta should arrive to dealers in the second quarter of 2018.

Volkswagen has unveiled its 2019 Jetta in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. First sold in 1979, the Jetta has sold more than 17 million models sold worldwide, 3.2 million in the United States. Updated for 2019, the new Jetta offers more space inside than the outgoing model and of course new technology. Price is an affordable $18,545, less than the outgoing base model.

“The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen, “and we expect that this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale.”

Compared with the current car, the new Jetta has a longer wheelbase by about an inch, and is longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model.
Inside, the 2019 Jetta features new fabric colors and seat designs, plus available heated and ventilated front seats, power driver’s seat with memory functionality, leather seating surfaces, and dual-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control. A new center storage console is 5-liters—large enough to fit a standard iPad.

All Jetta models offer standard Driver Personalization with up to four driver settings. Customizable features include: driver seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit arrangement (if equipped), ambient lighting color, radio presets, navigation view, and more.
Power is from a 1.4-liter turbo engine (147 horsepower), and it comes in both manual and auto transmissions. The People First Warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta should arrive to dealers in the second quarter of 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz updating iconic G-Class Featured

Dec 13, 2017
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G-Class drivers are able to control the full infotainment system without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

The iconic Mercedes G-Class, known for its unique look and off-road capability for nearly four decades, is about to get its biggest makeover in a long time, including an updated interior.


That this is a contemporary interpretation of a legend is also evident, for example, from the car's clear, geometric lines: climbing aboard the G-Class reveals styling elements from the exterior transposed into the interior. The shape of the round headlamps, for instance, which is reflected in the air vents on either side. Or the design of the iconic indicators, found again in the shape of the loudspeakers.

Hallmarks of the G-Class include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the differential locks, positioned in clear view. Both have been meticulously optimized and retained as characteristic features.

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The Chrysler Pacifica was one of the bright spots for FCA in November, with its best sales month to date.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported overall sales of 154,919 units in November 2017, which represents a 4 percent decrease from November 2016. Retail sales actually grew by 2 percent, but fleet sales were down, which led to the overall decrease.
Among the FCA vehicles with a strong November showing were:
-- Chrysler Pacifica minivan, with sales up 51 percent
-- Jeep Compass, with sales up 34 percent
-- Jeep Grand Cherokee, with its best sales numbers for November since 2003
-- Sales increases were also found on: Chrysler 300, Fiat 500L, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Durango and Ram ProMaster City

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Mercedes-Benz unveils 2019 CLS model Featured

Dec 02, 2017
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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2019 CLS model this week in L.A. It will be offered for sale by late 2018.

Mercedes-Benz this week unveiled the 2019 version of its CLS model, which will come to market late in the 2018 calendar year. It was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Updates include reduced lines, a grille contour that widens towards the base and a forward-slanting front section, plus wide, low-set headlights and two-section taillamps.
The vehicle features a new inline six-cylinder engine and is the first vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup with 48-volt technology with ISG, which they claim offers increased efficiency and comfort.  The all-new four-door coupe will also seat five passengers for the first time.

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The Audi Q7 is one of the models that saw big sales numbers in November.

The good numbers keep on coming for Audi of America.
In November, a month where many automakers were flat or even down, Audi reports their numbers rise 12 percent to a total of 19,195 deliveries. For the year, Audi sales are up 6.7 percent, with just under 200,000 vehicles sold.

One new item that helped in November was the A5 Sportback, a new arrival in the U.S. that totaled 1,130 sales.

The biggest sales increases came on the SUV side, with Q5 sales increasing 31 percent (5,467 sold) and Q7 sales growing 31 percent (3,292 sold).

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