Lexus goes bold with next RX crossover
Lexus is steering toward more polarizing designs and the redesigned 2016 RX, unveiled on Wednesday at the New York auto show, is its latest statement on that front.
Aston Martin plots an Electric future
Since its spin-off from Ford in 2007, Aston has struggled to stay relevant, mainly because the cost of creating new cars is so high. At a luncheon ahead of the New York Auto show, CEO Andy Palmer said, “Aston Martin can’t continue to live in this feast or famine state.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu debuts with Hybrid Makeover
2016 Chevrolet Malibu debuts with Hybrid Makeover Chevrolet execs admit that in the midsize sedan segment, with 17 competitors all vying for the same customer, “it’s hard to win.”
Ford challenges conventional world of Pickup trucks with new Ranger
FORD unveiled its new tough and smart Ford Ranger, setting a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Starting later this year, an updated range of the truck will take on the world in more than 180 markets worldwide.^
Peugeot reclaims top ranking in Nigeria with new series
F Nigerian roads could attest to a brand of car that has ridden on it more, it would be the Peugeot. Having survived decades of presence in the country, the brand at some point in time was passive wih innovation, giving room for many other brands to come on board. But like a cat with nine lives, the 404 pick-up van still maintains strong presence at some border town in the morth, where it is used to convey tons of goods in and outside the country because of its rugged nature.
Fiat Chrysler expresses optimism over combination with GM
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is open to a combination with General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co., and said a deal with one of its larger U.S. counterparts would be “technically feasible.” “We don’t have any restrictions,” Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said. The condition for any deal is “saving the highest amount of capital” on developing new vehicles.
GM tops dealership-service satisfaction as Jaguar jumps to No. 1 in luxury
General Motors again dominated the top rankings in customer satisfaction at dealership service departments, claiming three of the five highest-scored mainstream brands in a benchmark study released today by J.D. Power and Associates. Buick held onto its highest-ranked mainstream brand title, while Jaguar soared to the top of the luxury category for the first time since 2008. Overall customer satisfaction slipped, but satisfaction for recall work jumped 12 points. Buick was named top mass-market brand for the second straight year in Power’s U.S. Customer Service Index Study, scoring 836 on a 1,000-point scale.
BMW may lose global volume sales leadership
BMW may surrender its position as the No. 1 global premium brand by unit sales to rival Audi, although it will retain the title if sales of Mini are included, CEO Norbert Reithofer said. “We would like to remain leading premium automaker, also in terms of volume,” Reithofer told journalists today at the company’s annual results conference in Munich.
Mercedes to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017
MERCEDES-Benz has laid out its plug-in hybrid model strategy, which includes the presentation of 10 new cars with this technology by 2017, or one every four months on average. Under the firm’s new nomenclature, an “e” replaces the words “PLUG-IN HYBRID” for these models, including on the currently available S500 Plug-in Hybrid that pairs a 328hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 with a 107hp electric motor for a total system output of 436hp and a manufacturer estimated fuel consumption of 3l/100 kilometres (78.4 US mpg / 94.2 UK mpg) and CO2 emissions of 69 g/km.
VW plans $1 billion expansion of Mexico plant with Tiguan output
Volkswagen will invest around $1 billion to expand its Puebla, Mexico, plant to produce a larger, redesigned Tiguan compact crossover, the company has said. The investment is focused on installing new high-technology assembly lines and will generate some 2,000 jobs, Andreas Hinrichs, CEO of Volkswagen Mexico, said while unveiling the plan