January 2016

Genesis brand launches its G90 luxury flagship

(January 12, 2016) DETROIT — Hyundai has unveiled its G90 premium luxury sedan for the new Genesis luxury brand in the U.S. market, the new flagship of the model line-up. The 2017 G90 will compete at the top of the premium luxury car segment with world-class technological innovations and the highest levels of refinement, convenience and dynamic performance.

Created by the new Prestige Design Group, G90 provides strong indications of the brand’s "Athletic Elegance" design identity that will be evident in future Genesis products.

Nissan Titan Warrior concept makes world debut

(January 12, 2016) DETROIT — Nissan put an exclamation point on the start of sales of its all-new 2016 Titan XD by unveiling a super-sized, off-road modified design study it calls the Titan Warrior Concept. Nissan Design America (NDA) took the Titan XD's production design to new extremes with unapologetic, aggressive, athletic styling features that declare the concept's off-road adventure intent and Nissan's optimism for the truck market.

GMC unveils shorter and lighter 2017 Acadia crossover

(January 12, 2016) DETROIT — The Acadia has been put on a diet. GMC introduced an all-new Acadia crossover today aimed at the midsize segment. It's 700 pounds lighter, 7 inches shorter, and 3.5 inches narrower than its predecessor to better position it “at the heart of the midsize” crossover market, GMC chief Duncan Aldred says.

Honda introduces all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup in Detroit

(January 11, 2016) DETROIT — Honda today unveiled the all-new 2017 Ridgeline truck at the North American International Auto Show, once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in a midsize pickup.

"We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and challenging concept for a Honda pickup," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Volvo launches new S90 premium sedan in Detroit

(January 11, 2015) DETROIT — Volvo Cars has chosen the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to launch its new signature premium sedan, the S90, underscoring its long term commitment to the US market and providing a clear sign of its confidence in continued sales growth in the coming year.

Volvo sales in the US increased 24.3 per cent in 2015, with an especially strong performance at the end of the year with sales rising 87 per cent in October, 90 per cent in November and 89.9 per cent in December, driven by continued strong sales of the XC60 crossover and the new XC90 SUV.

Ford unveils smartest, most technology-packed Fusion ever

(January 11, 2016) DETROIT — The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever — including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport that Ford says is "engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust."

Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid — something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.

Gone is the Town & Country — Chrysler introduces 2017 Pacifica minivan

(January 11, 2016) DETROIT — The replacement for Chrysler's long-running Town & Country minivan debuted at the Detroit auto show as the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica looking  more like a modern crossover than a traditional minivan. Chrysler invented the minivan segment 32 years ago ushering in a new era of people movers.

Buick Introduces Avista concept 2+2 coupe

(January 11, 2016) DETROIT — Ahead of its public debut at the North American International Auto Show, Buick today revealed the Avista concept — a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots.

A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control.

Santa Fe Sport production to begin in Alabama this summer

(January 10, 2016) MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Hyundai has announced the addition of the Santa Fe Sport to the production schedule at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) starting this summer. This change will supplement existing U.S. production of the sport utility vehicle to meet the growing demand in this popular vehicle segment.

“We’re very happy Hyundai has been able to make this change, which will result in more great Santa Fe crossovers available to our dealers and customers,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

Ford tripling autonomous vehicle development fleet

(January 10, 2016) Ford is tripling its fleet of fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicles – making it the largest in the automotive industry – and will use a new-generation sensor technology as the company further accelerates its autonomous vehicle development plans.