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First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Stylish looks with ample power and comfort — a recipe for success.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Chevy Colorado Z71 offers a do-it-all vehicle in a growing and competitive segment.

Even with the car business facing some stiffening headwinds, trucks are still going strong and manufacturers are driving interest the segment with new models.

For example, the Chevrolet Colorado has been vital to the growth of the midsized truck market, which has expanded recently, prompting manufacturers to tinker with variants such as the one I drove recently.

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The 2019 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab Short Box with four-wheel drive has a bold presence and plenty of curb appeal as well as a spirited powertrain as well as the ground clearance to ride confidently on dirt roads or even off road. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Confidently Pays First-Ever Dividend

Payout marks optimism about rest of 2019 performance.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Fiat Chairman John Elkann told shareholders at the FCA annual meeting that he expected strong results in 2019.

The top executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s future prospects during the company annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, agreeing to pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since Fiat took effective control of the Chrysler Group in 2009 and brought it out of bankruptcy.

In the first shareholders gathering since the death of Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s longtime chief executive, it fell to John Elkann, Fiat’s chairman, to deliver an optimistic forecast for 2019 despite the drop in the company’s business in North America and the slowdown in the sales of Jeep, which has emerged as the company’s principal brand.

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Elkann, the representative of the founding Agnelli family, which has run Fiat for more than 100 years, told investors the Italo-American group was ready to play a part in the “new and exciting” era for the auto industry. (more…)

From Minicars to $4M Hypercars, Something for Everyone

Check out the debuts from the foreign makers.

by on Apr.15, 2019

The New York International Auto Show will see dozens of new model introductions this year.

There’s been plenty of talk about the end of the auto show era, and we’ve certainly seen a lot of manufacturers step back from the lavish previews that were the norm in decades past. That said, this year’s New York International Auto Show looks to be a major event, with close to three dozen vehicles making either their North American or global debut.

There’s something for everyone’s taste and budget, from the new, entry-level Nissan Versa all the way up to the special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” a hypercar expected to go for somewhere around $4 million. No surprise, there’s a particular focus on sport- and crossover-utility vehicles, reflecting the ongoing shift in the U.S. market.

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We’re waiting to hear more about some of the products coming to the 2019 NYIAS, several automakers promising to deliver some surprises – such as the all-electric concept Genesis has been hinting at. But here’s a look at the foreign automaker’s products we already know about that will debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this coming week. (We’ve put the American brands in a separate piece due to length.) (more…)

Fiat Taking Top Off New 124 Spider Urbana at NYIAS

Latest edition of soft top carries on long tradition.

by on Apr.12, 2019

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Brand new convertibles fresh out the door from the factory have become a scarce commodity but they are still around.

Fiat, however, is planning to use the New York International Auto Show to show off the new 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition, which carries on a classic soft-top tradition.

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“With the most powerful four-cylinder turbo engine in its class, our Italian-designed Fiat 124 Spider offers an authentic top-down roadster experience with fun-to-drive dynamics,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. (more…)

Audi Showing Revamped TT RS in New York

Stand-out coupe gets a race-inspired makeover.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Audi TT RS gets an exterior makeover as well as some technology updates.

In a bid to demonstrate that sports cars haven’t died, Audi plans to show off an updated version of TT RS at next week’s New York International Auto Show.

The refreshed 2019 TT RS features an aggressive new exterior with a matte black Singleframe grille with signature quattro script – now in matte titanium – in an effort to give the vehicle an even more dynamic look. The extra radiators located behind the honeycomb grille allow for improved cooling, while the TT’s wide stance is underscored by lateral air inlets that now extend to the front wheel wells.

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With a continuous front spoiler the car enjoys a lower, race car-like look. Meanwhile the redesigned fixed rear wing spoiler and large oval tailpipes convey the vehicle’s sporty DNA. (more…)

Ford Preparing Off-Road Version of Its Popular Escape SUV

New model coming six months after Escape debut.

by on Apr.10, 2019

The new 2020 Ford Escape will be getting a new off-road variant cousin. The unnamed ute will show up in about six months.

In what is billed by CEO Jim Hackett as a year of big changes for the automaker, Ford Motor Co. has unveiled both the 2020 Escape and the 2020 Explorer both of which are due for showrooms later this year.

But behind the upcoming show room appearances of the Escape and the Explorer, another introduction is making its way to the launch pad.

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Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of product development and purchasing, said during an interview on the sidelines of the Escape preview last month in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford is also working on an off-road version of its popular sport-utility vehicle. (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

An impressive blend of panache and performance.

by on Apr.09, 2019

The high-performance Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio should turn heads and change perceptions about the Italian brand in the U.S.

Judging from the less than overwhelming reception it has received since the brand was brought back to the United States by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Alfa Romeo vehicles are likely to be something of an acquired taste for American motorists.

But there is a lot to like in the Alfa Romeo line-up, starting with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio with all-wheel drive – a utility vehicles with a great deal of style and panache that sets it apart from the very crowded competitive set of premium mid-sized SUVs.

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In fact, the exterior silhouette of the Stelvio has done the entire industry a favor by re-defining the appearance of utility vehicles. On the outside, the Stelvio is lower, sleeker and brings elements of sports-car design, which are the foundation of Alfa Romeo’s historic identity, into a unique and distinctive package. (more…)

Italy’s Alcantara Expands to Meet Material Demands

Plant expansion allows for company growth.

by on Apr.08, 2019

CEO Andrea Borgano said the company's 300-million euro expansion will allow the company to meet increased demand.

With demand for its unique products soaring, Alcantara has completed the first phase of its 300-million euro expansion of its production facilities in Nera Montoro, Italy.

“The startup of these new facilities is an important, symbolic moment for us,” said Andrea Borgano, Alcantara CEO.

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“It is confirmation of our intention to grow, the positioning of the brand accomplished over the years, and our ability to generate strong growth in demand for Alcantara. Since the investment will reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, Alcantara also is confirming its strong and serious commitment to sustainability.” (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Audi A6

Impressive design and stellar performance.

by on Apr.05, 2019

The 2019 Audi A6 features impressive exterior styling with powerful performance.

The sales numbers don’t lie.

Sedans are going out of style or at least out of favor with consumers. But after driving the Audi A6 sedan with its nicely balanced blend of technology, power, comfort, luxury and handsome design, anyone with an appreciation of automotive hardware is left to wonder about what drivers the prevailing market trends.

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For starters, the exterior styling of the A6 endows the car with instant curb appeal. It looks good standing but also in motion with a blend of traditional Audi design cues, starting with the emblematic four rings as well as a new design “language,” for lack of a better word, that first showed up on Audi concept cars and other cars in its current product portfolio such as the Audi A8 and the Audio A7. (more…)

Ford Q1 Sales Fall 1.6% Due to Passenger Car Freefall

Trucks and SUVs stem 23% drop in car sales.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Ford has already upped the production run of the new Ranger due to its popularity. It made a difference in sales during the first quarter.

Ford Motor Co saw sales decline by 1.6% in the first quarter.

But the drop was not as large as those experienced by rivals General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and was concentrated in the passenger car segment, which are continuing to fade in consumer interest.

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“As we transition out of passenger cars we expect to see some volatility,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of sales, service and marketing. “I’m optimistic the year will strengthen.” (more…)

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