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Porsche Planning to Set New U.S. Sales Record in 2019

North American CEO says tariffs would kill record run.

by on Apr.18, 2019

Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said the company expects to set a new U.S. sales record this year, but a tariff would cut sales 20%.

Porsche has set its sights on setting another sales record this year as it rolls out a product plan that embraces electrification and keeps close with the brand’s proud heritage.

Klaus Zellmer, president and chief executive officer, Porsche North America, noted during a press briefing at the New York International Auto Show, that Porsche has chalked up a long string of annual sales records in North America and expects to set another record in 2019 by selling more than 50,000 vehicles.

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Zellmer, however, also said the threat of tariffs hangs over the ambitious goal. A 25% tariff on imported vehicles, which the Trump administration is considering, could reduce Porsche sales in the U.S. by as much as 20%. (more…)

Kia HabaNiro Offers a Hint of Brand’s Future EV Strategy

The automotive equivalent of an everything bagel.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The Kia HabaNiro is an exercise showing where the automaker wants to take its electric vehicles in the future.

Kia is billing the appropriately named HabaNiro as a “spicy” take on its future EV strategy. Of course, the name offers a hint of where its going with the reference to Kia’s first long-range battery-electric vehicle, the Niro.

Like its sibling brand Hyundai, Kia has big plans to electrify during the coming decade, with a mix of hybrids, plug-ins, BEVs and even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The HabaNiro, which was created at the Korean carmaker’s advanced design studio in California, is being billed as an “everything car,” or ECEV, and incorporates all sorts of creative design details and advanced technologies, including butterfly doors and Level 5 autonomous driving capabilities – as well as 300 miles of all-electric range.

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“We imagined a car for everyone and nearly everything,” said Tom Kearns, vice president of design for Kia Design Center America. “Then, when we saw the finished product, we were blown away by the imagination of the HabaNiro’s creators and its laboratory of technology and we want it in our driveways. Today.” (more…)

Better Late than Never, Mazda Gets into Diesel Game with CX-5 Skyactiv-D

High-torque engine is five years behind schedule.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Mazda finally put a diesel in to one of its products: the 2019 CX-5 crossover.

Nearly five years after Mazda originally planned to launch its SkyActiv-D powertrain, the Japanese automaker is finally ready to make its first diesel engine a reality.

It pulled the wraps off the new powertrain at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the oil-burner getting its first American application under the hood of the familiar Mazda CX-5 crossover. The diesel joins a growing mix of Mazda engine alternatives that just a year ago saw the launch of the breakthrough homogeneous-charged SkyActiv-X technology.

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“As Mazda continues our climb toward premium, we will offer more powertrain choices that premium customers expect,” said Jeffery Guyton, the newly appointed president of Mazda North American Operations. “I am happy to share that Mazda’s SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine is joining the U.S. powertrain line-up with our debut model, the 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with SkyActiv-D.” (more…)

Subaru Launches Best-Ever Outback SUV

Sixth-gen model gets new turbocharged Boxer option.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Subaru Outback offers a new 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine putting out 260 horsepower.

Subaru of America is known for its rugged, safe and practical vehicles, and the all-new 2020 Outback did nothing but burnish that reputation during its introduction at the New York International Auto Show today.

The sixth-generation Outback offers the most advanced features, design and capability in its history, the company proclaimed. The ute comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

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The top-of-the-line capability isn’t limited to its ride and handling performance. Buyers can get it with the tablet-style 11.6-inch Subaru Starlink Multimedia system with integrated center information display, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

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Hyundai Reveals Revitalized Eighth-Generation Sonata

Most successful product gets complete makeover for 2020.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The Hyundai Sonata gets a complete exterior makeover for the 2020 model year.

Hyundai’s spent much of the last 12 to 18 months playing catch up with its sport-utility portfolio; however, today it got back to one of the vehicles that helped to drive much of its success a few years ago, introducing an updated all-new 2020 Sonata.

The eight-generation sedan, which is the automaker’s longest-standing and most successful product, bowed at the New York International Auto Show. The latest iteration features a complete exterior update, separating it from its predecessors and showcasing Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy.

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Not only does the new Sonata get new sheet metal, it also gets an all-new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine and segment-first technology that can be personalized, the automaker noted. Fortunately, loyal Sonata buyers won’t have to wait long for the new model as production begins in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama with sales following in October. (more…)

Mercedes Steps Up Mobility Options with EQC Edition 1886

Limited edition model coming to U.S. next year.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The limited edition EQC Edition 1886 is coming to the U.S. in 2020.

Mercedes-Benz is among the leaders in the tidal wave of electric car development and showed off its latest vehicle, the limited special edition EQC Edition 1886, at the NYIAS, marking the company’s entry into the era of electric mobility.

The EQC Edition 1886 combines a range of extras with customer-friendly services related to electric mobility.

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“The EQC is the pioneer of our future Mercedes-Benz EQ portfolio,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. “For market launch, the EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile and we are emphasizing the pioneering spirit that sustains and characterizes us today more than ever.  (more…)

Jaguar Snags Three Honors at World Car Awards in NYC

I-Pace takes World Car of the Year title.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Jaguar's Ian Callum, center, celebrates the I-Pace being named World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.

It’s not common to find Ian Callum, the normally garrulous Jaguar global design chief, at a loss for words, but that’s precisely what happened, at least momentarily, when the British automaker’s first battery-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, was named World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday morning.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Jaguar pulled off a first-ever hat trick during the show’s media preview, also being named World Car Design of the Year as well as World Green Car of the Year.

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“I’m speechless for once,” said Callum, taking a deep breath before regaining his composure as he accepted the third – and most important – trophy of the morning. “This is astonishing — my Oscar moment.” (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Offer Up New Vehicles in New York

New models provide glimpse into future products.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Jaguar shows off its new XE model at the New York International Auto Show.

Jaguar Land Rover is showing off the 2020 Jaguar XE as well as the limited edition 2020 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic at the NYIAS. Designed and developed by Land Rover’s Special Operations unit, the new Velar Ranger Rover SVAutobiography extends the model’s performance and luxury.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic, with 550 horsepower, is the most powerful Velar that JLR has ever produced and is making its North American debut as is the new Jaguar XE.

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The newest version of the XE expands on the proportions of original design, taking the car’s sporting intent to a new level with more contemporary styling cues drawn from the Jaguar F-Type. The new XE appears wider and lower with larger front apertures and a more muscular design that hints at the car’s impressive performance and advanced aerodynamics. (more…)

Mercedes Hops up Small Ute Performance with AMG GLC 63

New models sets segment record on the Nurburgring.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe set a new record for SUVs on the Nurburgring.

Few automakers take their basic products and tweak them to excess the way Mercedes does through its partnership with AMG. The latest is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 unwrapped in New York.

The automaker describes its newest small SUV as a “stylish all-rounder with racetrack genes.” That description is apt as its newest small ute set a new record at the Nurburgring for its category. The GLC 63 S Coupe ran the famous track in 7:49:369.

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It bested the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio by 2.4 seconds. (more…)

Toyota Rolls Out New and Improved Highlander for 2020

New model uses new Toyota New Global Architecture.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a massive exterior makeover while being offered as a hybrid as well as gas-powered model.

Toyota has been spending plenty of time updating its truck and SUV line-up during the past two years and next on the list is the 2020 Highlander, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The fourth-generation Highlander gets an all-new exterior for 2020, as well as a new vehicle platform called Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA-K. Shared with other models, this new platform is designed to make for a more capable, comfortable and safer SUV, Toyota officials said.

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Aside from the new-look exterior, the biggest changes may be under the hood where Toyota offers gas and hybrid options for 20202. On the fossil fuel side of things, Highlander gets a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 putting out 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. (more…)