January 2018

Ford introduces third Mustang Bullitt on 50th anniversary of movie

(January 15, 2018) DETROIT — Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San Francisco car chase, Ford has introduced the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

Third-generation member of the McQueen family, Molly, starred in a special movie of her own introducing the new third-generation Bullitt at the North American International Auto Show. In the film, Molly races a new Mustang Bullitt through a parking structure battling a Dodge Charger for the final free space.

Ford Ranger returns to North America; new truck revealed in Detroit

(January 14, 2018) DETROIT — Ford today revealed the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from America’s truck sales leader — one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

Chevrolet introduces all-new 2019 Silverado pickup

(January 14, 2018) DETROIT — Chevrolet introduced the next-generation Silverado Saturday, exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918. The all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck. The new pickup weighs up to 450 pounds less for increased performance and offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations to help each customer find their ideal truck.

Buick records second straight year of 1.4 million worldwide sales

(January 13, 2018) DETROIT — Buick delivered more than 1.4 million vehicles globally in 2017. The year saw a spirited pace of new vehicle launches, including the Enclave, Enclave Avenir, Regal Sportback, Regal TourX, Regal GS, GL6, Velite 5, Excelle GX and LaCrosse Avenir.

In North America, Canada retail growth was up 15.1 percent and U.S. retail growth was up 1.6 percent. The brand also celebrated its best year ever in China. Over the past five years, Buick has continued to grow at a steady pace, with 8.4 percent annual growth.

Ducati closes 2017 on a positive note

(January 13, 2018) BOLOGNA, Italy — Ducati Motor Holding continues to grow. In 2017 the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer delivered 55,871 bikes to customers worldwide, strengthening the success of the previous year (55,451) and continuing the upward trend that has been a stable company characteristic for eight years.

“2017 was another great year for Ducati, both commercially and racing-wise,” said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “We battled it out for the MotoGP title all the way to the last race, won six GPs and brought home the best results since 2009.

Lincoln experiences record sales in China

(January 13, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — With record China sales, The Lincoln Motor Company expanded its global growth in 2017 with 188,383 vehicles sold, a 13 percent gain and its best performance since 2000. In the United States, Lincoln SUV sales continued to increase, while sales in China were up 66 percent year-over-year.

Lincoln SUVs had their best year since 2003 in the United States, with 71,607 vehicles sold in 2017. In addition, the Navigator set the stage for a strong year by selling 1,444 vehicles in December, its first month of sales.

FCA to invest $1 billion to move truck assembly from Mexico to Michigan

(January 12, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Thursday two actions made possible in part by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation late last year — an additional investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations and a special payment to recognize employees for their continued efforts toward the success of the company.

Volkswagen unveils sporty 2018 Passat GT starting at $29,940

(January 13, 2018) DETROIT — Volkswagen of America has debuted the 2018 Passat GT special model at the North American International Auto Show. The production model, previewed by a concept at Automobility LA in 2016, was designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn., based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.

In every respect the AMG C63 S Cabriolet is exceptional vehicle

By Jim Prueter

(January 12, 2018) 503 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission. The car is flanked by 19-inch front/20-inch rear AMG forged cross-spoke wheels. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and is brought to a smooth but certain stop with large 15.8-inch cross-drilled and vented ceramic brakes with specially painted brake calipers. All this goodness came wrapped in a gorgeous brilliant blue drop top Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. This car is the bomb.

2019 Audi A7 will make U.S. debut at Detroit auto show

(January 12, 2018) DETROIT, Mich. — The all-new 2019 Audi A7 will make its U.S. debut at the North American International Auto Show. Building on the success of the first generation, the A7 exemplifies the prologue design language, featuring a more precise, modern exterior and interior, as well as the next generation of lighting innovations from Audi.

Amid the biggest product rollout in the brand’s U.S. history, the second-generation A7 represents design progressed, offering a more refined driving experience combined with exceptional functionality.