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The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Every fall, it draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products–as well as some of the wildest show vehicles around–to the gigantic Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.
Ford Motor Company today unveiled its plans to replace more than 75 percent of its model lineup by 2020, and is aiming to have the “freshest” product roster in the North American market by that time. The manufacturer will focus heavily on trucks, SUVs, and hybrid vehicles in the next 24 months. More pure-electric vehicles are slated to follow starting in 2020, with six battery electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for introduction by 2022.
The traditional sedan is dead. Ask any product planner at any manufacturer, and he or she will tell you just that. Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover has been outselling the brand’s Camry sedan for a while now… and the Camry had previously been America’s most-popular vehicle (that wasn’t a full-size pickup) for many years running.
LOS ANGELES—Subaru is currently in the process of developing a new three-row, 7-passenger midsize SUV that is slated to hit the market in early 2018. The company dropped a few hints about what that SUV will look like at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Lexus’s popular crossover SUV has been redesigned, and the new model made its public debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The 2016 Lexus RX sports radical new styling that is very much in line with the look that premiered on the 2015 Lexus NX compact crossover SUV. The new RX is almost five inches longer overall than its predecessor and rides a wheelbase about two inches longer, which improves rear-seat legroom.
Much like its Ford Expedition sibling, the Lincoln Navigator receives a thorough freshening for 2015 that includes revised styling – both inside and out – and a new engine. It also adds a new top-line trim level called the Reserve along with some newly available features. Carried over are short- and long-wheelbase versions offered with either rear- or 4-wheel drive. A third seating row is available in both lengths to accommodate up to eight passengers.
Fact: Japanese automobile manufacturers were just as willing as American makers to build fuel-thirsty trucks, they just weren’t as good at selling them. Had early versions of the Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota 4Runner sold nearly as well as the Ford Explorer, history might recall said companies less as the “green” good guys they came to be considered.
For whatever reason, we at Consumer Guide spend a lot of time talking about ugly vehicles. Some might suggest it’s because we’re a surly group and drawn by nature to the negative side of things. I think it’s because we (car folk in general) largely agree on the best-looking vehicles. Seriously, how many car people do you know that don’t appreciate a BMW 507, a 1964 Buick Riviera, a 1963-1967 Corvette, or a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing? Nodding in group appreciation may help us bond, but it doesn’t do much to get the conversation rolling.
Whether you’re “old money” with funds that have ripened for generations or you’re “new money” and your ship has just come in, you’re faced with the same need to secure motor vehicles that reflect your ability to experience the good life. It turns out that for a portion of the “smart set,” that just-right ride is a Jeep that hasn’t been made for more than 20 years.