Buick had announced a couple of weeks back that it was about to come out with its latest little crossover at the car display in Detroit. The firm also released the picture of the headlight of this 2013 Encore. Following this announcement, Buick has been engaged in a teaser-image game and has been revealing section wise pictures of the automobile on Facebook. Quite lately, however, the auto maker has finally come out with adequate proof about the vehicle. The firm has released three unimaginatively developed puzzle pieces that fully reveals what the vehicle appears like.
The twin-row Encore is going to be drastically smaller sized than the 3-row Buick Enclave and therefore the auto looks equivalent to a squeezed version of this bigger and a lot more elegant vehicle. The 2013 Encore is going to be even smaller sized than the GMC Terrain twin autos as nicely as the Chevrolet Equinox from General Motors. The smallest supplying from Buick will be sharing a frequent platform with the Chevrolet Sonic. The automobile is anticipated to be fully unveiled at the motor display in Detroit starting following week. The full specification of this smallest crossover utility automobile from Buick is going to be offered to the readers then.
The one particular issue we knew for confident right after the manufacturing disruptions in Japan caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was that Lexus wasn’t going to top rated the premium segment in the U.S. market for the initial time in a decade. In truth, we also knew something else, the two contenders to the throne: BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
What we didn’t know up till Thursday is which of two brands was going to win, given that the two were caught in a neck-to-neck sales race. Going into December the gap was so little – less than one,600 vehicles- that the win could go either way.
In the end, the two German carmakers elevated their 2011 sales by 13 percent compared to 2010, but the winner was BMW, which sold 247,907 units, leaving Mercedes-Benz in 2nd location since with 245,231 revenue. According to Edmunds.com, BMW raised its incentives by more than US$ 200 per automobile in December, whilst Mercedes’ incentives remained flat.
Lexus saw its revenue fall by 13.four %, to 198,552 vehicles, which relegated Toyota’s luxury brand to 3rd place. Nonetheless, on Wednesday, company officials estimated that Lexus’ sales in the U.S. will rise by more than twenty percent this year, putting it back in the race for the best spot.
The two other Japanese luxury brand names, Honda’s Acura and Nissan’s Infiniti, also suffered from provide difficulties and the strong yen, recording an 8 and 4.8 % drop which placed them in sixth and eighth location respectively.
Some cars handle much better than other individuals in snow and as large-functionality beasts go, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII is undoubtedly amongst the greatest. The Evo, as it is frequently referred to as by enthusiasts, is a lot like the Subaru WRX STi. They’re each beefed up rally versions of their manufacturer’s humdrum sedans. Stiff suspension, energy-a-lots and a rigorous all-wheel drive systems make these the go-to for off road racers. That genuinely does not imply anything, however, if you’re caught in a snowy pile up on the highway like the driver in the video beneath was.
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In preparation for launch of its futuristic “i” designs, BMW released a preview of a bespoke smartphone app for the automobiles with a wide array of capabilities.
This app is like a remote management panel for the car, by which not only you can keep track of the car’s vitals such as the variety and its level of charge, you can also handle most of its features.
You can, for instance, schedule your travel plans with it. But it’s an ultra-contemporary resolution, so you can also for illustration set the air con to come on at a specific time before you get into the automobile, so it will be warm and cozy, or great and cool, when you get there.
Another excellent attribute worth mentioning is the GPS and routing program. It appears like one thing out of a spy film, and apart from the normal capabilities it also lists the charging stations all around you and calculates the ETA.
These are, of program, some of the capabilities of BMW i app. By the time it’s prepared you’ll probably be capable to talk to your auto, or have it do your laundry!
January four, 2012 at 3:34pm by Alexander Stoklosa
Porsche has confirmed that the U.S. will get a diesel-powered Cayenne later this year and the smaller sized Cajun crossover in 2013. The news arrived alongside an announcement of the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s premiere at the upcoming Detroit car show.
The Cayenne diesel is currently on sale in Europe, and is motivated by a far more-effective version of the three.-liter V-6 found in the TDI versions of the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7. The engine tends to make 240 hp in the Porsche—15 much more than in the Q7—and it is doubtful that figure will adjust considerably when the Cayenne diesel’s U.S. specs are released. As for torque, the V-6 stumps up an identical 406 lb-ft of torque in both SUVs.
We’ve acknowledged for some time now that the Cajun—an all-new Porsche primarily based on the Audi Q5 architecture—was coming, but now we have a a lot more particular timeline on its official reveal. (For the total rundown of what to count on from the Cajun, which includes the engine portfolio, examine out our deep dive right here.) The Cajun will, of course, join its large brother on each Porsche enthusiast’s list of blasphemies. But as we did with the Cayenne, we’ll let its existence slide so lengthy as it sells effectively sufficient to assist fund the stuff we actually want, like challenging-core 911s and the upcoming child Boxster.
Lexus has released far more photos of the LF-LC two+two sports coupe concept bound for subsequent week’s Detroit automobile show. The car’s proportions and profile are as sultry as they appeared to be in recent teaser pictures, and we’re really digging the complicated surfaces that dive and flow down the physique sides. The front finish, even so, is fairly tragic. In the words of 1 Auto and Driver editor, the overly fussy fascia appears like somebody chucked a grenade into the front bumper. We hope it looks far better in individual.
We’re nevertheless in the proverbial dark about what (theoretically) powers the LF-LC idea, though we do know that it’s supposed to be a hybrid. Provided its show-auto standing, we feel the powertrain may turn out to be far more fantasy than fact. If the LF-LC’s motivator does end up becoming some thing tangible, however, we’d like to see some thing like the gasoline engine and electrical motor from the LS600hL. In that vehicle, the world’s most luxurious sofa, they pair to make 438 hp.
The automaker says that the LF-LC previews future Lexus style language, though the firm hopefully will draw small from this car’s snout. That aside, we’d support Lexus turning this idea into a production grand tourer or second sports auto. Either choice would have to come in way beneath the $ 380,000 sticker value of the LFA to be related, nonetheless.
Check out back subsequent week for total coverage of the Detroit show—including far more data on the LF-LC.
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Ford has previewed the next EcoSport crossover at this week’s New Delhi Auto Expo.The compact crossover is based on Ford’s new global B-segment platform.
“The all-new Ford EcoSport reflects our commitment to serve our customers with the cars and trucks they truly want and value,” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Our engineering team used their years of EcoSport experience to make every aspect of the next-generation EcoSport even stronger.”
The EcoSport was developed in South America for emerging markets in South America and Asia, but it hasn’t been confirmed if the Fiesta-based crossover will be sold in North America. Under the hood the EcoSport will be powered by Ford’s new three-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost engine.
“We’ve promised to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to Asia Pacific and Africa by mid-decade and the all-new EcoSport continues to deliver on that pledge,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Endowed with traits that customers in markets like India will want and value, this exciting compact SUV will define a new segment in the small car market.”