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Aston Martin Confirms DBX Name, Shows New SUV Testing

Production model set for Q4 2019 reveal.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.14, 2018

Aston Martin is bringing the DBX sport-utility vehicle to market after showing a concept a few years ago.

File it under “No Big Surprise”: Aston Martin has confirmed that its first-ever SUV will retain the name of the original concept ute, DBX. That said, there have been plenty of significant changes since the prototype was initially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.

For one thing, the original, three-door show car now has a more conventional, five-door layout, albeit retaining a coupe-like roofline that, while not as exotic as the new Lamborghini Urus is certainly more sporty than the stolid Bentley Bentayga.

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The pics here show what is described as a DBX prototype being put through its paces on a Welsh rally stage by Aston Chief Engineer Matt Becker. And, according to a statement by the British marque, “signifies the start of an extensive testing program, (o)ne that has begun in Wales, as a nod to Aston Martin’s new St. Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan.” (more…)

Hyundai Set to Debut New Large Ute – Palisade – at LA Auto Show

New seven-passenger ute coming to U.S. next year.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.08, 2018

Can you guess the name of Hyundai's newest member of its SUV line-up? Yup. Palisade.

Hyundai continues to expand its SUV portfolio, looking to turn around sluggish sales after missing the utility craze by a few years. The new three-row sport utility vehicle is named Palisade and hits dealer showrooms next year.

Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of product, corporate and digital planning, said the new name carries with it connotations of luxury strength and safety.

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“The Palisade is place and a fortress,” he said, recounting that a Palisade can mean either a place with towering cliffs topped either by a castle or expensive homes. A palisade also means a fortification, he said. (more…)

Little Spyker Reveals Some Big Plans

Dutch exotic automaker adding new models, switching engine source.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.21, 2016

Spyker is back and perhaps better than ever with its new C8 Preliator. The convertible version is scheduled to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

By traditional automotive metrics, the little Dutch company Spyker doesn’t even qualify as a rounding error. In fact, by comparison, Ferrari looks like a mass-market brand.

But that hasn’t stopped Spyker and its founder and CEO Victor Mueller from thinking big. With its latest model, the C8 Preliator sold out, the Dutch company is laying out plans for its next product line – and more to come. It’s also getting ready to switch to a new engine source after long depending upon Audi.

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The first new product will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, a convertible version of its current sports coupe that will be dubbed the Spyker C-8 Preliator Spyder. What’s to follow, well, Mueller would drop only vague hints. (more…)

Will Trump Unplug EVs?

U.S. could lose lead in battery-car market.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.21, 2016

The Jaguar I-Pace is making its debut appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

It certainly doesn’t look like your typical Jaguar. Indeed, its cab-forward proportions are decidedly different from most vehicles on the market today. That’s because the Jaguar I-Pace Concept making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week was designed specifically to take advantage of its electric propulsion system — with its batteries and motors below the floor that translates into a much larger cabin than you’d normally expect.

Jaguar is just one of the many automakers displaying new battery-based vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show. There’s the next-generation Fortwo Electric Drive, the new Volkswagen e-Golf, which gets a 50% bump in range, and the pure electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq. Chevrolet is not only showing off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle, but also the numerous awards it collected last week, including Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year.

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With dozens of new hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles set to debut between now and 2020 it might seem to be a golden era for battery-based vehicles. But some observers wonder whether the push to electrify the automobile might suddenly be short-circuited by the election of Donald Trump, a man who has repeatedly denied climate change, declaring that global warming is a “hoax” created by the Chinese.


Genesis Pumps Up the G80 With New Sport Edition

Gets G90’s big twin-turbo V-6 and minor facelift.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.18, 2016

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport will hit U.S. showrooms sometime next spring, officials say.

Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury brand, soon will be pumping a little more muscle out of its G80 sedan. The midsize model will be offered with the same, twin-turbo V-6 found in the flagship Genesis G90.

With the biturbo 3.3-liter engine, the Genesis G80 Sport will make 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Current versions of the G80 turn out anywhere from 311 to 420 hp. While not the most powerful package, the lighter V-6 should add, as the name implies, a sporty lift to the mid-range model.

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“It drives like a bat out of hell,” suggested Erwin Raphael, the executive in charge of the Genesis brand for the U.S. market, during an unscheduled preview of the G80 Sport at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (more…)

Volvo Engaging in Concierge Service Trial

Program kicking off in San Francisco area.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.18, 2016

Some owners of the new XC90 will get to try out the maker's new Volvo Concierge Services program.

Volvo is escalating efforts to impress luxury customers with a new connected-car technology app from Volvo Cars that could end the need for users to travel to the gas station, for a car wash or for other types of services such as moving the car from one spot to another.

A pilot concierge program is scheduled to roll out this November in the San Francisco Bay area. It will soon ramp up to allow 300 invited drivers of new Volvo XC90 SUVs and S90 luxury sedans to order services such as remote fuel delivery, valet car cleaning and Volvo maintenance.

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“Volvo Concierge Services will mean that you never have to stand out in the rain to fill your car again,” said Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA. “At Volvo Cars our mission is to make life less complicated, and this is a great example of how in-car technology can be used to deliver this,” he added. (more…)

Mazda Putting Diesel Engine into New CX-5

Engineers tweaked the oil burner for three years before approving it for the U.S.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.17, 2016

Globally, Mazda will offer the new CX-5 with three SkyActiv powertrains, including a diesel.

Mazda Motor Corp. announced during its press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will offer the SkyActiv 2.2-liter clean diesel as an option in the CX-5 utility vehicle, beginning in the second half of 2017.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice president and representative director.

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The 2.2-liter diesel used in the all-new CX-5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, Marumoto said. (more…)

Elio 3-Wheeler Rolls Closer to Production

Late 2017 production start-up targeted.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.17, 2016

The Elio E1C Prototype was manufactured using the tooling that will be very similar to that used for the final product.

While SUVs have dominated this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, green machines haven’t entirely vanished. And amidst all the battery-electric vehicles, there’s the little Elio, the high-mileage three-wheeler that’s expected to hit market at a mere $7,300.

Founder and namesake Paul Elio’s team took the wraps off the latest concept version of the vehicle during an L.A. preview, promising that this latest iteration, dubbed the E1C, moves the company a giant step closer to production.

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With a good chunk of funding in place and “over 62,000” advance registrations in hand,” Chief Marketing Officer Tim Andrews told his media audience that the latest prototype “helps us get the vehicle ready for manufacturing.” (more…)

Toyota C-HR Makes Debut in LA

Japanese maker's small ute is just the latest in a parade of compacts.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.17, 2016

Toyota unveiled its new small ute, the 2018 C-HR, at the L.A. Auto Show.

Even with the price of gasoline hovering a bit over $2 per gallon, small crossover vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with young buyers in big cities across the United States.

With sales of subcompact utility vehicles growing, Toyota used the Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce the 2018 Toyota C-HR – the initials stand for coupe high rider – which is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. next spring.

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The new C-HR sits on subcompact 103.5-inch wheelbase with a 70.7-inch track and is a little more than five feet tall. But it can carry five passengers, comes a flat lead floor and represents a major “volume opportunity” for the Japanese automaker, according to Toyota executives, who noted the all new crossover vehicle is expected to attract young “fashion-forward, trendsetting” owners. (more…)

Jeep Compass Blazes New Path for Small Utes

New global SUV offers five powerplants for world markets.

by Michael Strong on Nov.17, 2016

The new Jeep Compass sets the bar higher for the influx of new small utes flooding the market.

Automakers are flocking to the small sport-utility segment, but Jeep continues to set itself apart from the pack with its newest iterations of the Compass that bowed at the L.A. Auto Show.

A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

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“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. (more…)