Archive for the ‘SUVs’ Category

Upgraded Dodge Durango SRT Blows into the Windy City

Adding some more sport to the big Dodge sport-ute.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The Dodge Durango SRT gets some upgrades for 2018, including new dual-center exterior "racing" stripes.

Considering the near-blizzard conditions soon to descend upon Chicago, Dodge may have picked a good time to offer up an updated version of its Durango sport-utility vehicle.

The roomy crossover, occasionally referred to as the “man-van,” has traditionally balanced a more macho-male driving dynamic with the functional utility of a large ute that all members of the family can appreciate. For the Windy City unveiling, Dodge is putting the spotlight on the sportiest Durango SRT edition, offering a handful of upgrades – though it sticks with the current, 475-hp Hemi V-8.

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“Our Dodge//SRT performance enthusiasts are always looking for ways to make their vehicle their own,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Cars, and the Dodge brand said, ahead of the Durango debut. The latest updates, he added, are meant to “make Durango even more fun to drive.” (more…)

Hyundai Showing Off New Generation Santa Fe

South Korean maker continues to grow SUV line-up.

by on Feb.07, 2018

Hyundai continues to grow is utility line-up with the New Generation Santa Fe, which will be the largest vehicle in its line-up.

Hyundai’s been making a lot of noise about expanding its offerings within its sport-utility portfolio, including a larger, full-size ute that seats seven people. The New Generation Santa Fe is coming and now we get a look.

The South Korean automaker released a couple of pictures prior to the Chicago Auto Show to give folks something to compare with other full-size vehicles on display. Hyundai doesn’t plan to show off its new Santa Fe until the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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The new ute is the company’s largest vehicle and the fourth-gen model of the Santa Fe. It “displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the cascading grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity,” according to the automaker. (more…)

Honda Topping Charts as Best Buy for 2018

U.S. News & World Report releases 2018 list of best new vehicle choices.

by on Feb.06, 2018

The Honda CR-V captured the Best Compact SUV category in the annual U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Cars for the Money honors.

It’s the start of tax season and for many, that long-awaited tax return check that will be the down payment is the only thing between them and a new vehicle in the driveway.

However, what to buy may be a much more difficult choice than imagined. Yes, trucks and sport-utility vehicles are still rolling off dealership lots in big numbers, but is a new Ford Explorer or Chevrolet Traverse the right vehicle for you?

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Fortunately, there are plenty of reference materials to access when looking for the new ride, including the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Cars for the Money, which covers 14 automotive categories and highlights vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. (more…)

Ferrari Will Ride Hybrid, SUV Sales to Debt-Free Status

Marchionne says new vehicle sales will make company debt-free a year early.

by on Feb.02, 2018

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company will be debt-free sooner than expected.

What Oprah Winfrey is the giving away free cars, Sergio Marchionne is to promising to make automakers debt-free!

Marchionne told investors in a conference call today that the Italian sportscar maker will be debt-free a year earlier than he predicted, while pushing earnings to $2.5 billion by 2022. The sweater-wearing leader told FCA investors that the company would be debt-free by the end of the year.

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He believed that the increased production levels and coming products, especially hybrids, EVs and the sport-utility vehicle will drive the increase in earnings. (more…)

Hyundai Offers Up First Look of New Santa Fe

Brawnier, tougher-looking SUV to debut in New York.

by on Jan.30, 2018

A brawnier exterior shape is the trademark of Hyundai's new 2019 Santa Fe exterior.

Just a few days after hinting around at what its new 2019 Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle will look like, Hyundai officials offered up a very detailed look by releasing design sketches of the new ute to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

The new model reveals Hyundai’s “new SUV design identity,” which features a beefy, robust exterior with a “large cascading grille.” The slit-like headlight “system” uses divided headlights with LED-style daytime running lights and main headlamps to provide a “unique, futuristic look,” the automaker notes.

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Hyundai’s new full-size Santa Fe is a critical product at the South Korean automaker continues to play catch up in the sport-utility segment. In addition to the bigger, brawnier exterior the new Santa Fe is expected to be decked out in an array of technology. (more…)

Ford China CEO Luo Resigns

Sudden departure leaves automaker with big hole to fill in important market.

by on Jan.30, 2018

Ford China Chief Jason Luo resigned suddenly just five months after taking the job.

After a poor year in China last year, Ford Motor Co.’s 2018 isn’t getting off to a better start with the resignation of Jason Luo, chairman and CEO of Ford China. The resignation takes effect immediately.

Luo joined Ford just five months ago from Key Safety Systems, and was expected to help the automaker find sustainable growth in the country. Ford came to China late and has been playing catch up. After a strong year in 2016, Luo was expected to help turnaround a difficult 2017 and 2018.

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“Jason made valuable contributions in accelerating our electric vehicle strategy, exploring opportunities to provide future smart mobility solutions for customers in China, and identifying ways to become more operationally fit,” said Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “We are grateful for Jason’s service to the company and wish him all the best in the future.” (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

New look supported by legendary capability.

by on Jan.29, 2018

The redesigned Jeep Cherokee retains its off-road capability while getting a fresh new look for 2019.

Even though they are made Toledo, Ohio, Jeep is one of Detroit’s great stories of resilience and change at a time when the car business worldwide is going through a huge transformation.

As one of the most famous vehicles born during World War II, Jeep gradually has grown over the years into a one of the industry’s best-known nameplates. Today it has an intensely loyal fan base both in North America and now in other corners of world even as it also spawned all kinds of imitators.

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Having finally emerged as a true global powerhouse, Jeep has been extending its model lines with the addition of vehicles such as Jeep Cherokee, which was given a thorough mid-cycle overhaul for 2019 model year. (more…)

Hyundai Teases 4th-Generation Santa Fe SUV

Official debut planned for Geneva Motor Show.

by on Jan.25, 2018

Hyundai is offering a sneak peek at its 2019 Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle, which will debut in Geneva.

Hyundai is betting big, going forward, on SUVs and may soon add a pickup to its line-up, as well. But few vehicles are more important for the Korean carmaker than the Santa Fe, currently the biggest ute in its line-up.

What Hyundai is pointedly calling its “New Generation Santa Fe” is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show coming up in March, and an official teaser image, as well as some spy shots and reports out of Korea suggest we’ll see some notable styling updates, as well as a suite of new safety features.

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The new line-up of safety technology includes not only a new collision warning system with auto-braking but also what it is calling Rear Occupant Alert Monitor. It keeps an eye on “the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car.” The idea, apparently, is to prevent the car from driving off inadvertently. (more…)

The 2-Door is Back: Range Rover Reveals New SV Coupe

Ultra-luxurious model to be hand-assembled by Special Operations unit.

by on Jan.24, 2018

Land Rover is giving a glimpse of the a new two-door "coupe" concept for the Geneva Motor Show. Just 999 two-doors will be built.

There’s no disputing the fact that coupes have largely fallen out of favor. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about passenger cars or light trucks, though “coupe-like” designs are hot, two-door models are largely forgotten.

But not entirely. There’s still a small market, it seems, that the folks at Land Rover hope to take advantage of. Along with the two-door Evoque, they’re about to add a coupe version of the big Range Rover, the first time they’ve done so since 1994.

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“The Range Rover SV Coupe is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed interior,” declared the ever-confident Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer, in a statement. “This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level.” (more…)

Bollinger Eyeing Downtown Detroit for Truck EV

Upstart moving from upstate New York to Motor City.

by on Jan.19, 2018

Bollinger Motors unveiled its all-electric prototype sport-utility/truck in Manhattan last July.

The city of Detroit just received one more affirmation that it is indeed The Motor City as upstart EV truck maker Bollinger Motors announced plans to move its operations from upstate New York to Detroit.

Bollinger founder Robert Bollinger visited Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. While originally searching for property along the I-75 corridor, but after a look around decided moving inside the city limits would be a better plan.

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Bollinger told Curbed Detroit he wants the company to be closer to the people, i.e. the talent, of Detroit, as well as the vendors. The company will move its eight-person team from New York to Detroit later this year. (more…)