2016 AMG GT revealed

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

New Sports Car to Start at $129,900*

MONTVALE, NJ  With the new Mercedes-AMG GT model range, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new segment. As the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, the GT has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG, from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution.

Starting at an MSRP of $129,900,* the Mercedes-AMG GT S features a long list of standard features, including Nappa Leather, Keyless-GO, COMAND, Collision Prevention Assist PLUS, Parktronic, 8 Airbags, 19″ Front / 20″ Rear wheels, AMG Adaptive Suspension, LED Headlamps, Power heated/memory AMG Performance Seats, Rearview Camera, Red Brake Calipers, AMG 3-Stage ESP, and a Burmester Surround Sound System. The GT S is powered by a 4.0 bi-turbo V8 engine that features an output of 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, delivering an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The U.S. market launch of the GT S is scheduled for April 2015.

The base GT variant goes on sale in the U.S. in Spring 2016 with 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. More information on pricing and equipment levels for both the Mercedes-AMG GT S and GT will be available closer to their respective launch dates.
* excluding MY2016 $925 destination/delivery charge

2016 Maybach S600 starts at $189,350

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BY GERRY MILES

I remember a line from the old “Arthur” movie series where a footman asks Dudley Moore’s character what many regular folks must think when they come across an uber celebrity or person who obviously never has to ask how much something costs.

“What’s it like to be rich, sir?”

“Well, it doesn’t suck much,” chuckled Arthur as he hopped into the back of a classic black old world limousine.

The folks who stroll into a Mercedes showroom to acquire the returning Maybach luxury liner will have a deep check book to afford the $189,350 starting price for the 2016 S600  model when it arrives in April. M-B calls these folks the most discriminating buyers. Us regulars will call them rich.

Compared to its S-Class mate, the Maybach is 8 inches longer has plenty of opulent options.

Alongside Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach becomes the second sub-brand for Mercedes-Benz that was created for customers who demand the absolute best.

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is powered by a V12 bi-turbo engine making 523 hp. With a displacement of 5980 cc, the maximum torque of 612 lb-ft is available from 1900 rpm. Inside the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the level of wind noise is extraordinarily low and even surpasses levels found in the quietest car in the world – the S-Class Coupe.

Standard equipment includes a Driver Assistance Package (Intelligent Drive), MAGIC BODY CONTROL, Night View Assist PLUS, a Warmth and Comfort Package with a heated windshield, Head-Up Display, LED Intelligent Lighting System, Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System, Executive Rear Seat Package, Rear Seat Entertainment System and the Air Balance Package.

The MSPR does not include a $925 destination/delivery charge, but then again, if you have to ask …

BMW’s i3 to be shown off in Super Bowl spot

The all-electric BMW i3 will be featured in a 60-second TV commercial during this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

The all-electric BMW i3 will be featured in a 60-second TV commercial during this year’s Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ –  BMW announced plans to feature the all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with a commercial during the first quarter.

“As one in three Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl, we are thrilled to use this platform to educate viewers on the importance of electric mobility,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing, BMW of North America. “Big ideas like the BMW i3 take a little getting used to, and the creative idea surrounding our spot will play on this analogy.”

BMW i is BMW’s forward-looking and sustainable brand dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities. The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber. Currently available in the U.S., the BMW i3 has a starting MSRP of $43,350 (Including $950 Destination and Handling), and the range-extender model has a starting MSRP of $47,200 (Including $950 Destination and Handling).

Volvo Cars 2 new sedans, XC90 R-Design

  • Volvo S60 Cross Country

    Volvo S60 Cross Country

    S60 Inscription premium sedan offers class leading rear space

  • Segment-first S60 Cross Country unveiled
  • All-new XC90 R-Design makes North American debut
  • New models move Volvo closer to its mid-term objective of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US

Volvo Cars today reinforced its product offensive in the US by unveiling two new sedans at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, moving it a significant step closer towards its medium term goal of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US.

The Volvo S60 Inscription and the Volvo S60 Cross Country will boost Volvo’s presence in the important premium sedan market. Volvo is also introducing the all new XC90 R Design in Detroit, the latest version of its seven seat SUV that was launched in the US in Los Angeles.

“These two new products, added to the all-new XC90 unveiled in LA, are a further statement of our commitment to turn around our performance in the US. Overall, we will launch seven new products in the US by 2018,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars.

The introduction of these new models forms the latest chapter in Volvo’s ongoing transformation, which involves the creation of a global industrial footprint, the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range over the next five years, the introduction of a new modular chassis technology, world-first safety technologies, a new design language, a new powertrain architecture and a range of class-leading connectivity services.

The pace and depth of this transformation was underlined earlier this month after the company reported record full-year sales for 2014. Sales increased 8.9 per cent in 2014 to a new record of 465,866 cars sold. December 2014 also marked the 18th month of consecutive sales increases. Volvo Cars forecasts sales will continue to expand in all global markets in 2015.

 Volvo S60 Inscription

The S60 Inscription

The new Volvo S60 Inscription will offer class-leading rear space, something consistently requested by US customers.

It will be made at Volvo’s plant in Chengdu, China, and is on show for the first time at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chengdu is Volvo’s main production facility in China and has been built in accordance with globally monitored quality standards such as the Volvo Cars Manufacturing System, which ensures Volvo Cars’ global quality engineering, quality audit and quality assurance standards.

Levels of installed technology and equipment are the same as the company’s European facilities, as are the working environment, safety and environmental performance standards.  Exports to the US will start in the second quarter of this year.

Volvo S60 Cross Country

Volvo S60 Cross Country

All-new S60 Cross Country

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1997, when Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle.

Volvo Cars is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

All-new XC90 R-Design

The XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology. Customers obviously like what they see. Launched in August last year and just ahead of the start of production, Volvo has already received orders for over 6,000 new XC90s.

The R-Design version of the all-new XC90 is aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.

“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Cars. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design.”

 The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

 The S60 Inscription, S60 Cross Country and XC90 R-Design will be available for delivery from the second quarter.

All-New 2016 Toyota Tacoma specs reveal

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

  • Toyota Tacoma Rebuilt Inside and Out
  • New Engine, Transmissions and Suspension Tuning
  • Legendary TRD Off-road Toughness
  • Best-selling Mid-Size Pickup for 10 Straight Years
  • Designed, Engineered and Assembled in North America
DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2015 – – Whatever the terrain, Tacoma is king of the hill.  Rebuilt inside and out with an all-new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning, America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running is Lord of the Rigs for dirt stomping adventurers.  With a legacy of off-road victories and over seven million units sold since 1964, Toyota revitalizes the midsize truck segment with the introduction of the all-new 2016 Tacoma.

“For the past 50 years adventure-seeking Americans have relied on Toyota trucks to take them places, on and off-road,” said Bill Fay, group vice president & general manager, Toyota Division.  “The all-new homegrown Tacoma is a tough truck designed, developed and built for lifestyles of the young and young-at-heart.”

Built from the Ground Up
The new 2016 Tacoma was primarily developed by the Toyota engineering team at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.  Starting with the frame, they added high strength steel to enhance rigidity and overall strength.  Ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight.

To create a truck to meet the needs of active drivers on a variety of tamed and untamed surfaces, the suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making it even more capable off-road.

Get Your Motor Running
The new Tacoma will be powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and an all-new, segment-first 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection.

Both engines will be paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift delivering quick and easy shifting.  The V6 can also be mated to a new six-speed manual transmission.  The new powertrain makes the Tacoma more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.
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Doing It With Style Inside and Out
Serious, yet fun!  This is the Toyota truck design DNA.  The Tacoma and Tundra are amazingly capable trucks that are designed to reflect their capability.  The Tacoma shares big brother Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille.  From there, Tacoma expresses its own identity.

Inspired by desert racing, CALTY designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. made the new Tacoma all about recreational action and athletic agility.  To achieve this, the new Tacoma’s wheel flares are strong and muscular for greater wheel travel and the high-lift image reflects its purposeful capability.  Four new wheel designs range from 16 to 18 inches.

The front end portrays an aggressive attitude with its bold upper grille and a taller, more muscular hood.  Mounted high above the clamp-shaped bumper sits slim, high technology headlights that feature projection beam lamps with available LED Daytime Running Lights.

From behind, the new locking tailgate emphasizes Tacoma’s wide stance and tough image.  The tailgate features an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics and a stamped Tacoma logo.  The tailgate also adds an easy lowering feature, which allows it to slowly retract, preventing it from slamming down. For the first time ever, Tacoma is available with a tri-fold hard tonneau cover for securing gear when you’re away from the truck.

Tacoma’s tough exterior is complemented by an interior that conveys a sport truck image reflecting an athletic, go anywhere, off-road feel.  Once inside, drivers will notice a “handlebar” design theme in the instrument panel for a more driver-focused experience.  Soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents set the stage for a high-quality look and feel that is a starting point for an array of available premium features, including:

  • Qi wireless charging
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Enhanced touchscreen audio
  • Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • And much more

In addition to offering more premium features, Toyota engineers also made the new Tacoma quieter than ever.  To accomplish this, all seals were enhanced and a multi-layer acoustic windshield and sound-absorbing headliner were added.  Finally, a floor silencer pad further reduces road noise.

Making the Grades
The new Tacoma will be available in five grades in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.  Each grade will have its own personality and unique look.  Tacoma grades include:

  • Work-ready SR
  • Iconic SR5
  • Athletic TRD Sport
  • Tough-as-nails TRD Off-Road
  • Top of the line Limited

The two TRD grades are inspired by Toyota Racing Development’s more than 35-year history in desert off-road racing and a heritage of vehicles that have helped off-road enthusiasts conquer the toughest terrains in the most remote locations around the globe.  Tacoma buyers will now have the opportunity to capture their global adventures on video as every Tacoma will come standard with a GoPro® mount located near the rear-view mirror.

Traveling Off the Beaten Path
Tacoma off-roading adventures will reach new levels of fun in the TRD Off-Road grade thanks to the addition of incredible technology.  A Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver to choose between different types of terrain such as loose rock, or mud and sand.  Each input regulates wheel spin by adjusting throttle and brake pressure to provide maximum traction on almost any terrain.

Additional off-road technology includes Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only), Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control.  Engaging Crawl Control allows the driver to select a speed of 1-5 mph.  The Crawl Control system takes over the acceleration and braking, allowing the driver to focus solely on steering.

All Tacoma’s will continue to come standard with the Star Safety System.

A North American Story
Tacoma is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico.   Both facilities play a major role in carrying on Tacoma’s legendary reputation for quality, durability and reliability (QDR), which has been instrumental in establishing its segment-leading owner loyalty rating.  It’s QDR has also helped establish Tacoma as the highest rated vehicle in its class for resale value according to Kelley Blue Book.  The all-new Tacoma builds on this tradition with improvement in every aspect over the current Tacoma including, design, ruggedness, and performance improvements in horsepower and fuel efficiency.

50 Years and Counting
Backed by 50 years of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude, and an off-road racing heritage, the all-new Tacoma is hungry for adventure and ready to tackle almost any challenge that it encounters. It is the ultimate tool for the outdoorsman that likes to get out there and go places.

2016 Toyota Tacoma revealed

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Ahead of its official coming out party at next week’s Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has released pictures — without any details or what’s the point of tuning in to the Jan. 12 — of its 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

Dirt doesn't stand a chance. The all-new 2016 #Tacoma is coming.

Dirt doesn’t stand a chance. The all-new 2016 #Tacoma is coming.

Headlines as “The Beast Revealed” the Toyota website gave no indication of power under the hood, number of models, etc. The pictures are intriguing, and if they are truly worth 1,000 words, then enjoy the scenery.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Honda Ridgeline is still alive

Honda releases sketch of the next-gen Ridgeline.

Honda releases sketch of the next-gen Ridgeline.

Despite many rumors to the contrary, Honda’s Ridgeline pickup truck will remain in production. American Honda released a silhouette of the next-gen to keep the faithful’s flames bright and hopeful.