Archive for January, 2014
DETROIT — Audi built its reputation in the U.S. on its Quattro all-wheel-drive cars, and began augmenting those with SUVs a few years back; first the full-size Q7, followed by the compact Q5 and the recently announced (and even smaller) Q3. Now the company seems to be combining the attributes of an SUV with the soul of a sports car in a new plug-in hybrid concept called the “allroad shooting brake” (all lower case in Audi-speak).
DETROIT – Allowing little time for Corvette fans to catch their collective breath, Chevrolet has rolled out the fourth-ever Z06 version of its storied sports cars.
Just months after launching the all-new 2014 “C7” ‘Vette, Chevy ups the ante…to 625 horsepower.
DETROIT – A product of Kia’s Irvine, California design studio, the Kia GT4 Stinger follows in the wake of concepts including the Track’ster and Cross GT.
DETROIT — Honda’s smallest four-door U.S. offering is redesigned for 2015, picking up extra cabin space and a few horsepower in the process.
DETROIT — Prior to the introduction of the compact, front-wheel-drive CLA Class earlier this year, the C-Class was the entry point to the Mercedes-Benz lineup — and often the make’s best-selling car. Now the C-Class gets redesigned, growing larger and more sophisticated in the bargain.
DETROIT – In revealing the FT-1 concept, Toyota was careful never to use the word Supra. Indeed, the company is keen to drive home the point that the show car is just that, a show car.
DETROIT — Wearing what that maker is calling the “new face” of Chrysler, the 2015 200 should prove strong elixir for the little that remains wrong with Chrysler.
DETROIT – On the heels of all-new Chevrolet and GMC pickups, and substantially freshened Ram and Toyota trucks, Ford introduces the redesigned 2015 F-150.
The big news is the maker’s switch to aluminum body panels, a move which Ford claims will lower the F-150’s curb weight by as much as 700 pounds, depending on body type. Ford claims the new body panels are more dent resistant than the steel panels they replace.
2014 Buick Regal AWD Premium II Group
Miles driven: 256
Fuel used: 10.0 gallons
It may have been an odd venue for a vehicle introduction, but the Elio is a pretty odd vehicle.
Unveiled during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the three-wheeled Elio’s claim to fame is great fuel economy and a promised $6800 sticker price.