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Lincoln Corsair: a Small SUV with a Big Role to Play

Plug-in and full battery-electric models now in the works.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair breaks cover in NY.

Check the dictionary and you’ll find a variety of different meanings for the word, “corsair.” It can be used to describe a pirate ship, as well as a World War II fighter plane, though Joy Falotico prefers the Latin definition, “journey,” or “course.”

That would seem more appropriate for Lincoln, the brand Falotico runs, because the Corsair is the newest in a series of recent models that are starting to put the luxury marque back on track after years of struggle.

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Replacing the old Lincoln MKC, and making its debut at this week’s New York International Auto Show, the Corsair gets a complete new look, a lot more upscale features and, about a year from introduction, it will also add a new plug-in hybrid drivetrain – with Lincoln likely to also add an all-electric version soon afterwards, Falotico told TheDetroitBureau.com during a conversation in New York ahead of Corsair’s official NYIAS debut.

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Ford Shakes Up Senior Management Ranks – Again

Move meant to help “accelerate” its “transformation.”

by on Apr.10, 2019

Joe Hinrichs and Jim Farley shown together during the launch of the Ford Shelby GT 350.

Ford is shaking up key elements of its top management team, the automaker announced on Wednesday morning, a move it says will “accelerate” the changes that began with the appointment of Jim Hackett as CEO two years ago, with an emphasis on “smart vehicles for a smart world.”

The changes will see Hackett’s two top lieutenants, Jim Farley and Joe Hinrichs, take on broader responsibilities. At the same time, Ford’s highest-ranking woman, Marcy Klevorn, will retire from her post as head of mobility services after 36 years with the automaker.

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“In the past two years, we have made tangible progress in improving the fitness of our business, overhauled our regional strategies, created a winning product portfolio, and are working to transform Ford to succeed in an era of profound change and disruption,” CEO Jim Hackett said. “With this strong foundation in place for our auto and mobility businesses, we can now accelerate our transformation.”

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Hyundai Teases Tiniest SUV, Venue, Ahead of NYIAS Debut

Set to become one of market’s most affordable utes.

by on Apr.09, 2019

This rendering suggests the new Hyundai Venue will lift key design cues from the Kona model.

After years of rapid growth, Hyundai sales hit an unexpected speed bump a couple years ago, the automaker failing to anticipate the explosive growth of the utility vehicle market.

As these teaser images suggest, that’s a mistake Hyundai is rapidly aiming to rectify. In little more than a year, the Korean carmaker has radically shaken up its line-up, adding models like the compact Kona, the big Palisade, and even the hydrogen-powered Nexo. Now, however, it’s preparing to add its smallest crossover ever.

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Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, the Hyundai Venue will also become the carmaker’s most affordable utility vehicle once it rolls into U.S. showrooms later this year.

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Mercedes-Benz Teases Concept GLB Ahead of Shanghai Show

Automaker making sure to cover all its bases.

by on Apr.04, 2019

This rendering shows what is dubbed the Concept GLB but likely is near production-ready.

In a world rapidly shifting from sedans and coupes to sport and crossover-utility vehicles, manufacturers leave open any potential “white space” at their own peril.

That translates into the need to rapidly expand the ute line-up, and Mercedes-Benz will be adding yet another member of its family this year. And we’ll be able to get a good idea of what’s coming with the unveiling of a prototype, dubbed the Concept GLB, at Auto Shanghai later this month.

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There’ve been numerous sightings of the GLB, wearing various degrees of camouflage, undergoing testing around the world. For the moment, the Schwabian automaker is lifting the veil of secrecy only slightly, offering a teaser image of the forward part of the Concept GLB’s cabin. (more…)

Ford Unveils 2020 Escape

New sport-utility gets complete makeover.

by on Apr.02, 2019

Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America, introduces the new 2020 Ford Escape in metro Detroit.

Ford Motor Co. is pushing ahead with the overhaul of its product line with the unveiling of the 2020 Ford Escape, which is scheduled to reach showrooms next fall with a new range of powertrains including a new hybrid.

“This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America.

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“With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road,” he added during the press preview at the Greenfield Village museum, which is located close to the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. (more…)

Order Domino’s Pizza at Touch of a Button: In Your Car

Pizza company joins Starbucks and other with car-based apps.

by on Mar.25, 2019

Domino's is developing a in-car app that allows you to order a pie on the fly.

First it was building a car specially designed to autonomously deliver its pies, now Domino’s is looking to develop an in-car app that allows users to order a pizza while they’re on the go.

Working with developer Xevo Inc., the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza maker is following in the footsteps of Starbucks and others to allow motorists to order on the fly. The company doesn’t have a specific tie-up with a brand yet, but if the picture is any indication, General Motors is the leading contender.

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Domino’s plans to launch its AnyWare pizza ordering platform, which will be part of Xevo Market, sometime this year. It will be preloaded in the vehicle’s infotainment system. (more…)

First Drive: 2019 BMW X7

Bavaria’s big boy offers Euro alternative to Escalade, Navigator – as well as 7-Series.

by on Mar.21, 2019

The 2019 BMW X7 shown here in Euro trim heading off into the sunset.

Laissez les bon temps rouler…let the good times roll. And since I’m heading to New Orleans, it’s nice to be rolling that way in the new 2019 BMW X7.

The German automaker was one of the first to get serious about building luxury SUVs with the 1999 launch of the original X5. And as the global market has steadily shifted from sedans and coupes to SUVs and CUVs, it has steadily expanded the range of what the Bavarian marque prefers to call “Sport Activity Vehicles.” The X7 is the latest and most lavish entry, essentially a two-box alternative to the brand’s familiar flagship, the 7-Series.

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To see if it’s really up to the challenge I headed down to Tallahassee to pick up one of the Bavarian brutes, beginning a day-long drive across the Florida Panhandle, through Alabama and Mississippi and wrapping up in the Cajun State, just in time for the start of the annual Mardi Gras.

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Cadillac’s New CT5 Revealed Through a “Sensory Symphony”

“We’re very much committed to sedans,” says brand boss Carlisle.

by on Mar.18, 2019

The Sport edition of the 2020 Cadillac CT5.

Hoping to rebuild momentum for its struggling turnaround strategy, Cadillac has been putting a premium on SUVs, rolling out new models like the XT4 and XT6 this past year and preparing to upgrade the older XT5 and Escalade models, as well.

That’s a logical move, considering utility vehicles now dominate the luxury car market. But General Motors’ flagship brand isn’t abandoning its more traditional product family. The CT5, the new midsize sedan that will be replacing the old CTS, is making its debut today through a broad social media campaign it is calling a “Sensory Symphony,” ahead of its more formal appearance at the New York International Auto Show next month.

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“We’re very much committed to sedans. Let me clear the air about that,” said Caddy President Steve Carlisle said during a media background briefing.

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What to Expect When Tesla’s Model Y Rolls Out

New electric-SUV could double sales of Model 3.

by on Mar.14, 2019

The Model Y debuts tonight and will be more expensive than the Model 3.

In a market where SUVs and CUVs have overwhelmed traditional sedans and coupes, there’s a yawning gap in the Tesla line-up that the upstart automaker intends to fill in the months ahead.

And the process will begin this evening when CEO Elon Musk pulls the wraps off the Tesla Model Y. Set to become the fourth product in the automaker’s portfolio, the battery-SUV could outsell all existing Tesla products combined, at least if a recent forecast by CEO Elon Musk proves accurate.

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“We will probably see higher volumes for Model Y than Model 3, (perhaps) double,” the 47-year-old exec said during a late January conference call with auto analysts and journalists. (more…)

First Drive: 2019 GMC Sierra

Luxury and technology mated to power and performance.

by on Mar.12, 2019

The GMC Sierra continues the brand's legacy a near-luxury vehicle, especially tough for a full-size pickup.

As a brand, GMC has come a long way from the days when it was a “work truck” often sold on dusty lots deep in parts of the city zoned for industrial use.

It has undergone a transformation in recent years that has made its utility vehicles a rival of luxury brands and the changes have also altered the GMC brand’s bread-and-butter vehicle, the pickup truck, which is more than evident in the GMC Sierra, which has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year.

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The fact is when you’re riding in the cab of a 2019 GMC Sierra, if you close your eyes for a moment at a stop light, you might think you’re riding in a big, luxury sedan because the h, comfortable interior and the surprisingly smooth ride and refined, overall performance out on the road or on the highway. (more…)

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