Ford F-150 Gets a Diesel – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 6:07pm

Everyone wants to be on top. But when you’re on top, it’s on you to stay there. One way to do that is to keep things fresh and just a few years after introducing the all-new F-150 it’s getting a noticeable update. There’s a new face up front as well as a reworked rear end. Less noticeable is the host of new safety tech and a few new powertrain options, the biggest news being that the F-150 will get a 3.0L diesel option. But that’s not all Ford is doing to keep things fresh. We also talk about the new Ranger and Bronco for the American market.

Toyota Adds Some Flavor to Camry – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 5:03pm

The Toyota Camry has been described as plain, vanilla even, but it has been able to stay atop the mid-size segment for the last 15 years. But as Jack Hollis, the VP of marketing for Toyota puts it, they’re now adding some chocolate chips to that vanilla. The new Camry is much more stylish than the outgoing model and Toyota hopes to steal away some SUV buyers with this new car.

Honda Odyssey: Designed Around the Family – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 3:32pm

The minivan has always had the stigma that it’s only for people with families, but Honda is not shying away from that. The all-new Odyssey has been completely designed around the family with its Magic Slide seats and loads of rear-seat entertainment. But not only that, it’s wider, lower and the body is more sculpted than the outgoing model.

Designing the Mobile Living Room – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 2:51pm

For more than 100 years a vehicle’s interior has mainly been designed for the driver, but autonomy will completely turn that setup on its head. They’re more likely to look like a mobile living room. And we’re already starting to see automakers take their guess at what those future interiors of autonomous vehicles will look like. But does anyone really know what people will want? We talk with Steve Miller the president and CEO of giant interior supplier IAC to see where he thinks things are headed.

Nissan Rogue Gets a Little Brother – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 1:54pm

Nissan’s small crossover the Qashqai has been sold in certain markets around the world for 10 years and recently topped 2.5 million units. But it never made its way to the American market… until now that is. Starting in the summer of this year Nissan will offer the 2nd-generation of the Qashqai to U.S. buyers, but the company must have felt that customers would not connect with the name. So, it’s being changed to a name we’re a little more familiar with, the Rogue Sport. Despite sharing part of its name and a few styling cues with the Rogue, the two have little else in common. The Rogue Sport is much smaller, it only has two rows of seats and it’s aimed a completely different set of buyers. Where the Rogue has a lot of functionality and appeals to families, Nissan believes the Sport will attract younger, urban buyers.

A Glimpse at Mercedes’ EV & Mobility Future – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 12:58pm

The E-Class is at the core of Mercedes’ brand. At one point the total E-Class portfolio was the biggest revenue generator for the company. Today Mercedes has just cracked the 2 million sales mark globally for the first time and the new E-Class Coupe will help the brand stay on top of the luxury segment. We also take the time to talk with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche about the company’s views on EVs and mobility.

Audi Q8 Concept: Very Near Production – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 11:09am

Most concept cars are just exercises in design, but Audi’s new Q8 Concept is very close to what we’ll see in production. While there are bits and pieces that won’t make it past the concept stage, like a lack of any door handles, the hard lines have already been set. And Audi believes the Q8 will be a hit with its customers. The Q7 beat the company’s expectations last year and it believes the Q8 is a more emotional, coupe-like version of the Q7. It also features a number of interesting technologies, so check out the entire video to see what Audi has coming down the line.

All-New Traverse Keeps Its Core Values – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 10:13am

The Chevrolet Traverse is coming off its best year in sales and now the company is introducing an all-new model. The team at Chevy listened to their customers to make sure the SUV kept its core values, like seating for seven, but it also gets a host of new safety and convenience features. On top of that the Traverse has been completely restyled. The folks from Chevy say it looks more rugged and mature, but you’ll also notice it ties in with its big brother, the Tahoe. Watch the whole video to get even more details on the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

Lucid Motors, Lucid Thinking – CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 at 12:52pm

Derek Jenkins had a successful design career with Audi, Volkswagen and Mazda. But then Lucid Motors tapped him on the shoulder to come up with a bold new design for an all-electric sports sedan. He talks about how liberating it is to be presented with a clean slate, and how he took advantage of Lucid’s advanced electric propulsion system to create a remarkably large interior.

From Tesla to Lucid – CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 at 12:28pm

Peter Rawlinson was the chief engineer who developed the Tesla Model S. Now he’s taken on another clean-sheet design to develop the 1,000 hp electric luxury car for Lucid Motors. In the following interview he explains the different approach he took on coming up with his latest design, versus how he did the Model S.