Potential customers for 4x4 Sprinters include ski resorts needing to shuttle people through heavy snow; emergency crews needing to battle inclement weather; railroad workers coping with steep grades; and oil crews working in muddy conditions....More
Mercedes-Benz rolls out the '15 Sprinter cargo van with new technologies such as part-time 4-wheel drive and a more sophisticated electronic stability control system to mitigate the effect of heavy winds and prevent rollovers during extreme maneuvers. A model also is available with a 7-ft. roof.
The redesigned '15 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are a pair of finely engineered and sharply styled trucks almost certain to draw buyers back into the midsize-pickup segment. (See related story: Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Bold Move in Moribund Segment)
Kia's first all-electric powertrain in the U.S. comes in the style-heavy Soul, which carries over its internal-combustion-engine cousin's cute-squared appearance with some unique features. (See related story: Kia Electrifies Our Soul.)
The ’15 GLA CUV is based on Mercedes-Benz’s popular entry level CLA sedan. The vehicle shares the sedan’s sculpted good looks, but it has the practical appeal of a CUV, and unlike the CLA, rear headroom for adult passengers .
VWA has led the U.S. in the diesel category, where TDI take rates have hovered around 40% for the Passat sedan, 35% for the Jetta and 23% for the brand overall. So the expanded availability of the even better new 2.0L should be a hit....More
The refreshed Navigator comes with a stout new powertrain, advanced adaptive suspension, new seats, exterior cosmetic updates, a user-friendly interface and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with distinctive cross-stitching....More
The upgrades to Navigator are appreciated, although there wasn’t much budget to change the overall aesthetic inside or out or to address interior fit-and-finish shortcomings, such as the substandard trimming of the headliner.
Ford Transit earns a standing ovation for its excellent 5-cyl. diesel engine, two wide-swinging rear doors, a side slider and a full-length vinyl floor covering that is heavy-duty, sweepable and easily cleaned....More
Ford Transit van is big enough to fit Keith Richards’ wardrobe and all of his on-stage amplifiers (a wall of nine speaker cabinets and amps) and guitars, as well as the medicine chest of tonics, pain killers and other substances necessary to keep him alive.
On the outside, Acura's new midsize TLX sedan bears too close of a resemblance to the model it replaces. Inside, the brand did a fine job on fit-and-finish but the car has some inspired cues. (See related story: The TLX: Acura’s New-Old Car.)
‟The design had to appeal equally to the intellect and to the emotions and its exterior had to signal its visionary and pioneering character at first glance,” Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener says of the F 015 self-driving concept car....More
More than 170,000 analysts, techies, executives, purchasing agents and company reps attended this year’s CES from around the world to learn what’s new and on the horizon. Some 3,500 companies exhibited, including TRW....More
The supplier can use headlamps to project warnings along the edge of road surfaces to pedestrians at night. The technology is another step toward smarter vehicles that ultimately will be able to drive themselves, Valeo says....More
Las Vegas this week is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, a massive conference that draws 180,000 people and extends to multiple facilities up and down the Strip. Virtually every sector of consumer electronics is represented at the show, including automotive. For the past several years, automakers and key suppliers have stepped up presence at CES. Ten automakers are participating this year.
Ford research projects include car-sharing in India and Germany, car-swapping among Ford employees in Dearborn, rental cars on-demand in London and a cloud-based network identifying available parking spots in Atlanta....More