Archive for February, 2015
Ford pulled the wraps off an updated version of its police-spec Ford Explorer at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show—a fitting venue, since all Explorers are built in Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. Introduced in 2012, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility receives fresh styling and an updated electric system for 2016.
Hyundai revealed a pair of 2016 sporty compact models—the Veloster Rally Edition and the Elantra GT hatchback—at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Mazda’s all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata is still a few months away from hitting the showroom floor, but already we’re getting a glimpse of its personalization potential. Mazda displayed an accessorized example of its soon-to-arrive sports roadster at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
In addition to revealing the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan also displayed its innovative GT-R LM NISMO race car. Nissan is shaking things up in the legendary LeMans series—and it’s doing so in the fastest of the series’ four classes.
Mitsubishi returns to the midsize SUV fray with the concept GC-PHEV—which, contrary to some acronyms, actually means something.
A 2016 update of Toyota’s popular full-size sedan was revealed today at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Avalon will get a revised front fascia along with LED headlights and taillights. Powertrains remain the same, and a hybrid will again be offered. The 2016 Avalon is due to go on sale this coming fall.
Acura pulled the wraps off a refreshed-for-2016 RDX at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Highlights of the update are a new V6 engine, restyled front and rear fasciae, and a host of new luxury and safety features.
Nissan unveiled a “factory tuned” version of its 370Z Roadster at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is only a one-off at this point, but it could easily be produced if favorable public reaction warrants.
Several years ago, a Ram truck rep told us, “We just can’t find the price ceiling that turns customers away.” Apparently that’s still the case—and it isn’t for lack of trying.