When the Smart ForTwo was introduced for the 2008 model year, uninformed detractors of the diminutive two-seater devoted considerable energy to worrying about how unsafe such a small car would be in a crash. Count my mother among them.
DETROIT—Lexus’s sporty RC coupe lineup launched for the 2015 model year, so it’s old enough now to have reached its “freshen by” date. The RC 300 and RC 350 models got a refresh for the 2019 model year that included updated styling, retuned suspension, and a few newly available features. For 2020, it’s the high-performance RC F model’s turn. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus unveiled the 2020 RC F and the new RC F Track Edition model.
To the extent that any vehicle can be said to embody the spirit and optimism of a nation, the Ford Model T did. Produced between 1908 and 1927, the “Tin Lizzie” was both a literal and figurative representation of American mechanization and expansion.
We’re not going to bury the lede on this one: the updated 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks now boast an available 1000 lb-ft of torque. This translates to what Ram claims is “the most powerful, most capable truck in the segment.”
That claim comes by way of a redesigned Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine and brings with it a host of impressive numbers. Most impressive is a towing capacity of up to 35,100 pounds and payload of 7680 pounds when properly equipped.
Volkswagen unveiled a thoroughly revamped version of its mainstream front-wheel-drive midsize sedan at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat retains the basic powertrain and underpinnings of the previous Passat, but wears all-new body styling and a redesigned interior.
DETROIT—The sporty version of Hyundai’s Elantra GT compact 4-door hatchback is getting a name change and a few other updates for 2019. The new Elantra GT N Line—unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit—replaces the 2018 Elantra GT Sport model, and Hyundai says that more N Line models will be arriving later on future Hyundai products.
DETROIT—After a few rounds of concepts and lightly disguised show-vehicle versions, Kia officially took the wraps off its all-new three-row SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Kia Telluride is the largest vehicle Kia has ever produced, and it has been designed specifically for the North American market.
Following on the heels of the reveal of the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer last week, Ford unveiled the all-new Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid models today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The ST is a performance-oriented model that packs a specially tuned EcoBoost V6 projected to make 400 horsepower; the Hybrid gets a 3.3-liter V6 gas/electric powertrain that is projected to produce a total of 318 horsepower.
DETROIT—No more teasers: Ford has officially taken the wraps off the latest top-line high-performance version of its two-door sporty coupe at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will boast a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 horsepower, which will make it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.