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Mazda Plans Limited Edition Miata RF Launch Edition

“Loyal” MX-5 owners to get first crack.

by on Aug.18, 2016

The Mazda MX-5 Miata FR made its formal debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Mazda will mark the New Year with the launch of the new MX-5 Miata RF, and it says  its “most loyal customers” will have reason to celebrate because they will get first crack at ordering the distinctive retractable fastback model that made its debut at the New York International Auto Show last March.

A special MX-5 RF Launch Edition model will be available and will feature just one option: the choice of a SkyActive-MT six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.

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“Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president with Mazda North American Operations, “something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us.”

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Legislation, Not Technology, Key Obstacle to Autonomous Driving, Warns BMW Board Member

German maker wants to combine battery power, autonomous tech in future products.

by on Mar.28, 2016

The BMW Vision shows its flexible body panels, forward and rear gullwing doors and living room-like cabin.

While some automakers hope to have their first autonomous vehicles in production by 2020 – and perhaps even sooner – the BMW board member in charge of global sales thinks that is far too optimistic.

The reality is “probably 2025 or beyond,” cautioned BMW veteran Ian Robertson. “The technology will be there before the legislation is there,” Robertson said, during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com.

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The Bavarian automaker, best known for its sporty and high-performance cars and light trucks, has also been a long-time proponent of autonomous vehicles, its senior executives first discussing the concept of self-driving technology before the turn of the millennium. (more…)

GM, Ford Insist They Will Remain Profitable in Deep Recession

Taking a “forward lean” into a “downside scenario.”

by on Mar.28, 2016

GM's Alan Batey introducing the 2017 Chevy Bolt.

Seven years after Detroit’s auto industry nearly collapsed, officials at the two largest domestic makers are taking pains to assure investors they will not only survive but thrive during the next big economic downturn.

Fears that the U.S. car market has peaked after hitting record sales of 17.5 million vehicles last year has made Wall Street increasingly wary, driving down the share prices for all the domestic makers, even as they report strong profits. But two top General Motors and Ford executives painted very different pictures for investors as the New York Auto Show opened to strong public attendance.

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“We believe the market is eventually going to plateau, but not in the immediate future,” declared Alan Batey, president of GM North America, during the annual Automotive Summit sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. And even if sales do take a tumble, he stressed, “We have reduced our break-even point to between 10 million and 11 million annual sales for the industry.”

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Acura Taking New NSX Racing – Minus the Hybrid

Maker still hopes to find a way to put 3-motor hybrid system onto track.

by on Mar.25, 2016

The NSX GT3 is ready for the race track, although there is a significant difference between it and the consumer model: the hybrid part.

Acura is taking its all-new NSX supercar racing, but there’ll be a distinct difference from the model just set to start rolling into U.S. showrooms in the coming weeks.

To get the two-seater accepted into the GT3 series, the Japanese maker has to make some radical changes to the NSX powertrain, abandoning the unique, three-motor hybrid system that is an essential part of the equation for the street model.

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“Otherwise,” explained Art St. Cyr, the head of motor sports operations for Acura’s parent, Honda Motor Co., “we couldn’t get the NSX homologated,” or accepted into the racing series. (more…)

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“The future is almost here,” says product chief Reuss.

by on Mar.25, 2016

GM's renaming its powertrain division global propulsion was no "publicity stunt," says car czar Mark Reuss.

When General Motors decided to banish the word, “powertrain,” recently, in favor of “global propulsion,” it might have been easy to dismiss the announcement as just the work of some buzz-brained consultant. But a closer look suggests GM might really be onto something.

The new name for what used to be called the powertrain division is part of the broader realignment of General Motors’ vast product development empire – a shake-up that reflects the rapidly changing nature of the global auto industry. While automobiles will remain mechanical devices, more and more of that hardware is electrical – and it is largely being operated by increasingly smart electronic control systems, said Mark Reuss, GM’s global car czar.

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Add the fact that where and how people drive could be changing dramatically – with some researchers predicting that millions of motorists will trade their car keys for smartphone apps that can summon ride- and car-sharing services. (more…)

BMW Expects to Take Long-Forbidden Step with M Brand

A true BMW M7 to finally join line-up.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Led by the M760i, BMW's 7-Series clinched the World Luxury Car category at the New York Auto Show.

As the public days open at this year’s New York International Auto Show, visitors to the BMW stand will get a look at two new, higher-performance versions of the maker’s big 7-Series sedan.

The Alpina B7 is actually produced by a small German partner that has long provided low-volume spin-offs of BMW products, while the M760i is made in-house by BMW. They join an expanding line-up of higher-performance models from the Bavarian maker, including the M3 and M5.

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But those familiar with the sometimes arcane nomenclature used by the Bavarian automaker will notice that these two new models still leave a gap in the line-up. There is no actual BMW M7. (more…)

Elio Offers Online Ordering Option

Three-wheeled carmaker following example of cell phone industry.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Future owners of the Elio three-wheeled car can use ePlus to add options to the vehicle.

Startup vehicle manufacturer Elio Motors Inc., which plans to launch a three-wheeled vehicle getting up to 84 miles per gallon, unveiled plans for ePlus that will allow customers interested in owning one of the firm’s edgy vehicles a way to personalize it to suit their individual taste.

“The current options system is broken at many levels,” said Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio.

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“Traditionally if a customer wants one particular option, they have to accept three or four other options as part of the package, and that seriously limits customer choice and drives up cost to the customer. Much of the technology forced on customers, such as navigation or media equipment becomes antiquated in six months or less,” he said. (more…)

Genesis NY Concept Set to Become 3rd Sedan in New Luxury Brand’s Line-up

3-Series fighter will also spawn new SUV, sports coupe.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The Hyundai New York Concept will morph into a 3-Series fighter by early 2018 or sooner.

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When Hyundai rolled out its distinctive Vision-G Concept vehicle last summer it signaled changes afoot, something the Korean carmaker confirmed a few months later by announcing plans to spin off the all-new Genesis luxury division.

So, what to make of the equally eye-catching Genesis New York Concept making its debut, appropriately enough, in the Big Apple this week? Plenty. As TheDetroitBureau.com has learned from the proverbial “well-placed sources,” the new show car will morph into a production vehicle set to hit market sometime late in 2017 or early 2018.

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The production version, known internally as the IK, and set to be badged the Genesis G70, will be what one source described as “our (BMW) 3-Series fighter.” More importantly, the underlying platform will serve as the basis of at least two additional Hyundai models, including a compact crossover and a new sports coupe.

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Acura Updates MDX, Adds Performance-Oriented Sport Hybrid Model

MDX Sport Hybrid shares 3-motor powertrain with new Acura NSX.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Acura MDX made its debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.

They might seem to sit at opposite ends of the automotive spectrum, but the newly updated Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle has a lot in common with the Japanese luxury maker’s NSX supercar.

The 2017 Acura MDX made its debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, revealing a new face heavily influenced by the Acura Precision Concept unveiled in Detroit earlier this year, starting with the distinctive, diamond pentagon grille. But the new ute also will get a slightly toned-down version of the NSX’s unique 3-motor hybrid powertrain.

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While the electric Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, or eSH-AWD, system will deliver a marked improvement in performance, it’s also expected to yield a full seven miles per gallon better city fuel economy than the base V-6 powertrain offered for the 2017 MDX. (more…)

Mercedes Expands C-Class Line-up with New AMG C63 Cabrio

New ragtop puts capper on C-Class portfolio.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet is not only open air, it's fast topping out at 174 mph.

Mercedes continued its roll out new C-Class pairings with the folks at AMG with the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet which made its debut at the New York Auto Show today.

“The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Extensive know-how from motorsport and the passion of the AMG engineers, designers and product managers form the basis for an emotional driving experience with the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet, the company added. (more…)

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