Archive for January, 2018
DETROIT—BMW officially introduced the latest in its seemingly ever-proliferating line of crossover SUV models at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 BMW X2 is a compact crossover that shares its basic platform with the BMW X1, but it offers sleeker bodywork and low-slung proportions that focus more on style than utility.
2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription
Class: Premium Midsize Car
Miles driven: 373
Fuel used: 20.0 gallons
By Frank Peiler
The full-size pickup truck market could hardly be hotter these days. Roughly 2.5 million such vehicles were retailed in the United States in 2017, making big pickups the largest single vehicle segment.
DETROIT—The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked the public debut of the significantly refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee. A redesigned front fascia, newly available turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and updated infotainment systems are the primary updates to this five-passenger compact SUV.
DETROIT—In the wake of the all-new Camry midsize sedan launched for 2018, Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2019 Avalon large sedan at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Like Camry, the new Avalon moves to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a platform that will eventually host most of the brand’s cars and crossovers.
DETROIT—Nissan unveiled a three-row, six-passenger SUV concept vehicle at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company says its Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) concept blends Japanese culture and craftsmanship with American-style utility, and signals the design direction of future Nissan production models.
DETROIT—Kia kicked off the fourth generation of its mainstream compact car with the unveiling of the 2019 Forte at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Forte gets fresh styling on a slightly larger platform, an all-new powertrain, new driver assistance features, and estimated fuel economy of up to 35 mpg combined.
DETROIT—Hyundai took the wraps off a redesigned version of its unconventional compact sporty hatchback at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2019 Veloster retains the model’s novel asymmetrical door configuration (one on the driver’s side, and two on the passenger side for easier access to the back seat), but gains all-new styling inside and out, updated powertrains, and a host of new technology features. Hyundai is also using the new Veloster as the inaugural vehicle of a planned “N” lineup of high-performance Hyundais.
DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram truck division took the wraps off a redesigned version of its full-size pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2019 Ram 1500 is lighter, more aerodynamic, and more fuel-efficient than the vehicle it replaces, and offers several new technology features.
DETROIT—At the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura debuted a prototype version of the its forthcoming third-generation RDX compact crossover SUV, which is set to launch in mid-2018 as a 2019 model. The new RDX will get fresh styling, an all-new powertrain, and a host of new technology features, including an unconventional touchscreen infotainment interface.