Toyota’s 2020 Sequoia is Going Pro — TRD Pro

Automaker offers upgrades for TRD Pro line-up.

by on Feb.07, 2019

Toyota added the Sequoia to its portfolio of TRD Pro branded off-roaders for 2020. It debuted at the Chicago Auto Show.

For families whose idea of fun is to get off the tarmac and get a little dirty by hitting the path less traveled, Toyota has stepped up its game with the all-new 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro — the latest addition to the TRD line-up.

Unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show, the new Sequoia gets the TRD treatment for the first time. With a chassis fortified by a TRD-tuned Fox shock absorber suspension, an array of proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by Toyota Racing Development engineers, the full-size Sequoia TRD Pro offers off-road thrills for seven.

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The TRD Pro portfolio of vehicles includes the Tacoma and Tundra pickups and 4Runner SUV. Introduced in 2014, the TRD Pro lineup emerged from Toyota’s rich off-road racing heritage. The TRD Pro badge signifies a vehicle that’s capable of going where ordinary pickups and SUVs fear to tread, while still retaining the comfort for daily driving, the automaker notes. Read the rest of this entry »

Cadillac Adds to Growing Portfolio of CUVs with XT5 Sport

New package gives customers a more aggressive offering.

by on Feb.07, 2019

Cadillac expands the XT5 portfolio with the new Sport package offering buyers a more aggressive looking crossover.

Cadillac continues to play catch up when it comes to its crossover line-up with the debut of its new XT5 Sport package at the Chicago Auto Show.

General Motors luxury brand had been late to the party when it came to luxury utes smaller than the its class-leading Escalade. However, it’s certainly been trying to make up for lost time since it put its plans in place to compete in the segment.

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The new XT5 Sport arrives on the heels of brand’s recently introduced XT4 small ute that has quickly become a strong seller for Cadillac. However, the XT5 Sport fills a need for an aggressive-looking model that competitors like Lexus, BMW and others have been offering. Read the rest of this entry »

Those Winter Chills Take a Hard Toll on Battery Car Range, Shows New AAA Study

Impact “significantly more than we expected.”

by on Feb.07, 2019

A new study shows that cold impact electric vehicles in ways and severity not previously realized by the auto industry.

When the Polar Vortex put most of the country under a deep freeze, the impact was particularly hard felt by those driving battery-electric vehicles.

How much an EV’s range drops depends upon a variety of factors, according to industry research, and backed up by a new study, but even when it’s just a bit below zero it’s not unusual for owners to see the range of a battery car like the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Bolt EV tumble by 40% or more, AAA researchers discovered.

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“I’m consistently seeing a 30% degradation” in range on cold days, said Henry Payne, an automotive reviewer for the Detroit News and an owner of a Tesla Model 3. When the floor fell out under the weight of the Polar Vortex, he added, he lost a full 50% of the sedan’s normal range. Read the rest of this entry »

Tesla Cutting Price on Model 3 — Again

Automaker searching for ways to meet $35K benchmark.

by on Feb.06, 2019

Tesla cut the price of the Model 3 – this time $1,100 – for the second time in recent weeks. The first cut was $2,000.

Tesla Inc. is lowering the price on its entry-level Model 3 sedan by $1,100. It’s the second time the company has cut the price on the vehicle as it attempts to keep it affordable as federal tax incentives for the vehicles continue to fall.

The Palo Alto, California-based automaker previously lopped $2,000 off the price of the company’s best-selling vehicle to help offset the drop in the federal tax credit from $7,500 to $3,750 after the beginning of the year.

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Tesla’s tax credit began phasing out for Tesla in January. The price cuts make the starting price of the Model 3, according to Reuters, $42,900, which still higher than the $35,000 the company touted it would be when the sedan was first introduced. Read the rest of this entry »

Henry Ford Anti-Semitism Story Goes Viral After Dearborn Mayor Fires Writer

Piece pulled from magazine highlighting home city of Ford Motor Co.

by on Feb.06, 2019

Henry Ford was a visionary but he also had a naive, narrow-minded side that included a hatred of Jews.

(Copyright 2019, TheDetroitBureau.com)

He was one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, but Henry Ford was also one of its most virulent anti-Semites, and an attempt by a suburban Detroit mayor to censor an article detailing Ford’s hatred of Jews in a little-read local historical magazine is drawing national attention.

Most Americans are likely to think of Ford Motor Co.’s founder as the man who put the country on wheels, rolling out the Model T by the millions off his breakthrough assembly lines in the early half of the 20th century. But “he was also a man who mass produced hate,” said Bill McGraw, former editor of the Dearborn Historian. Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly late last month ordered all the copies of the Autumn 2018 issue, Volume 55, No. 3 confiscated and, days later, fired McGraw.

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A former reporter from the Detroit Free Press, McGraw wrote the issue’s cover story for the city-owned magazine: “A Special Report: Henry Ford and ‘The International Jew.’” Read the rest of this entry »

Pickups, SUVs Push GM Profit Well Above Expectations

Automaker betting numbers will look even better as truck production ramps up in 2019.

by on Feb.06, 2019

GM reported stronger than expected earnings as Chairman and CEO Mary Barra continues to reshape the company.

General Motors handily beat Wall Street’s earnings forecast for the fourth quarter and full year a strong performance that reflects both booming truck demand and the payoff of shedding the company’s long-struggling European operations.

For the final quarter of 2018, GM delivered earnings of $1.43 a share — $1.40 after excluding special items. The consensus, according to Zacks Investment Research, was $1.24. For the full year, earnings came to $6.54 a share, well ahead of the consensus forecast of $6.29. After special charges, the figure dropped to $5.58 per share.

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GM’s overall $8.1 billion profit for all of 2018 was more than double the $3.9 billion number from the year before, but the 2017 figure reflected a significant hit from the sell-off of the company’s long-troubled European Opel-Vauxhall subsidiary. It was acquired by PSA Group, parent of the Peugeot and Citroen brands. Read the rest of this entry »

Auto Dealers Get Nervous as Inventory Continues Rising

Sales expected to fall later in year.

by on Feb.06, 2019

Auto dealers are expressing concern about new vehicle inventory levels early in the year.

Car dealers and manufacturers keep a careful watch on inventories and a rising level of unsold vehicles in dealer hands is drawing attention and concern both for the health of the industry and of the overall economy.

The American International Automobile Dealers Association, or AIADA, is reporting that car dealers are beginning 2019 with a heavier inventory of unsold vehicles on their lots, a situation that some analysts say will put pressure on them to push for cuts in factory output as U.S. auto sales are expected to cool this year.

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Most forecasts call for vehicle sales to drop to between 16.8 million to 17 million units this year, which is a decline of between 200,000 to 400,000 units from 2018.  Read the rest of this entry »

Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Hints at Future

All-electric prototype hints of crossover set to mark the brand’s revival.

by on Feb.06, 2019

The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept will strongly influence a coming production model.

Automakers have a habit of reaching into the history books. We’ve seen a number of once forgotten nameplates rise from the dead lately, including the Chevrolet Blazer and Ford Bronco. And the upcoming Geneva Motor Show will mark the revival of two once-grand brands: Hispano-Suiza and Lagonda.

The return of the latter, a subsidiary of Aston Martin, has been in the works for several years, a show car called the Lagonda Vision making its debut in Switzerland a year ago. Next month, we’ll see the debut of a second prototype, the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, and it seems a lot closer to the production model set to reach showrooms a couple years from now.

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“The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept offers explicit clues regarding what will be the first Lagonda model to enter production, and further demonstrates how Lagonda’s zero emission powertrain enables us to create spectacular cars that will radically redefine their sectors of the market,” says Aston CEO Andy Palmer.

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Ram Brings on Multifunction Tailgate for Pickups

New tailgate offers flexility, functionality -- and takes competition in the midsize truck market to a new level.

by on Feb.06, 2019

The 2019 Ram 1500 will have the Multifunction Tailgate. It will be available across all the 1500 models.

Call it the battle of the beds. The cargo beds, that is.

With the fight for market share in the lucrative pick-up truck market steadily escalating, Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. and General Motors all have new or upgraded pickups ready for consumers that focus on features and functions that are heating up their traditional competition.

While some of the updates improve creature comfort, there’s a heavy emphasis on functionality, especially when it comes to both carrying — and accessing — cargo. Ram Truck, FCA’s truck brand, is unveiling a new tailgate for the Ram 1500 that it says will make it easier to use.

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“The Ram Multifunction Tailgate is intuitive to operate, and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Combined with Ram’s class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, we’re taking Ram’s cargo management and storage to the next level.” Read the rest of this entry »

Compact Mazda CUV to Break Cover in Geneva

CX-3? CX-4? We do know it will get a breakthrough engine.

by on Feb.05, 2019

Mazda is preparing to show off a new crossover at the Geneva Motor Show, but if its a CX-3 or CX-4 is anyone's guess.

Mazda has released a very well-camouflaged teaser image of a “new compact SUV” coming to the Geneva Motor Show a month from now.

Problem is, the accompanying text opens up more questions than it answers, including the most basic: will it go by the name Mazda CX-3, replacing the current small crossover, or be dubbed the CX-4? There seems to be a fairly big split among industry-watchers as to which will prove to be correct.

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But it does appear that we have an answer to two other questions. For one thing, the new crossover will be “the first production car to feature Mazda’s innovative SPCCI technology,” the company confirms, a reference to what is more often referred to as the SkyActiv-X engine. Read the rest of this entry »

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