Mercedes-Benz’ USA Head Says Tesla’s Potential Is Limited

Mercedes-Benz’ USA Head Says Tesla’s Potential Is Limited Although tiny Tesla is not even present at the New York auto show this week, automakers could not avoid hearing questions in this area Tesla, and its name came up with the head of Mercedes-Benz USA when questioned whether it would include more plug in hybrids.
Tesla has “no arrangement” and “modest shops that don’t have service room,” said Steve Cannon, and he added that time will tell whether Tesla can prove successful in the long run.
“Folks are buying a Tesla now because they’re kind of cool, but if you’re a Tesla buyer, you have to have multiple cars,” Cannon said, adding that mass demand on EV infrastructure would show it unable to meet demand. “With Mercedes, you have a whole arrangement. You’ve got no doubts.”
Cannon had said plug-in hybrid tech could be a mainstream technology” for Mercedes-Benz.
“Tesla is fantastic, but you’ve got plenty of well-established brands that mean luxury, like Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, and how long do you reckon we’re going to wait and let Tesla be out there alone [selling premium electric cars]?” he said. “So, excellent job, Tesla, but will they be able to maintain that with the others of us out in the market? That remains to be seen.” Read more

Honda Calls Vezel CUV HR-V For North America

Honda Calls Vezel CUV HR-V For North America Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V yesterday at the New York International Auto Show.
The huge news here is the confirmation of the name of this CUV in the U.S. as it is known as the Vezel in other markets.
The HR-V, which is essentially an SUV derivative based on the new Fit, is anticipated to launch this winter.
Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, Honda said the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-special Key Seat, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the skill to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size.
The Honda Vezel Hybrid
Honda said additional details in this area the HR-V will be announced later this year, including price and fuel consumption.
Both the new Fit and the HR-V will be produced at the automaker’s newest North American manufacturing gift located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand, said Honda.
Honda did not either confirm or infirm whether the hybrid version of the Vezel available in other markets will make it in the U.S. under the HR-V umbrella.

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2015 Camry Gets New Look; Camry Hybrid Gets SE Trim

2015 Camry Gets New Look; Camry Hybrid Gets SE Trim Toyota unveiled a redesigned Camry for 2015 at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. This new Camry includes a new sporty trim level, the XSE, as well as the addition of the SE trim availability for the hybrid version.
After selling nearly a million of the diligence’s benchmark sedan since the current generation launched in 2011, Toyota said it stripped it down to its chassis and rebuilt it from the ground up, raising the bar yet again in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment. Read more

Volvo Combines Drive-E And PHEV For Chinese Market S60L

Volvo Combines Drive-E And PHEV For Chinese Market S60L A PHEV concept based on Volvo’s S60, named Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car, is slated for the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show.
The gasoline plug-in hybrid – an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one – offers the driver an outstanding amalgamation of dynamic pouring pleasure and superb fuel economy, per Volvo.
Volvo added the production version of the S60L gasoline Plug-in Hybrid, incorporating a 238 horsepower Drive-E gasoline turbo and plug-in hybrid technology, will be launched in China ahead of schedule 2015 and will be produced at the Chengdu plant.
“The creation of a powertrain with 238+68 horsepower by combining a gasoline turbo from our new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family and an electric motor proves that the most efficient car can also be the most fun to drive. This is our most technologically advanced powertrain ever. It brings us quicker to our vision to offer zero-emission motoring in the future,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Cars.
The S60L PPHEV Concept Car features the same electrification technology as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid, which Volvo qualifies as a groundbreaking success on the European markets.
In the S60L, but, the diesel engine of the V60 has been replaced with a new, two-liter, four-cylinder gasoline turbo from Volvo Cars’ new Drive-E engine family.
Volvo added other key components in the super-efficient powertrain is a crankshaft-driven ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) between the engine and the 8-speed automatic gearbox and a 68 horsepower electric motor powered by a 11.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack installed under the stump of the load compartment.
Per the Swedish manufacturer, the driver selects the required pouring mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are in this area 50 g/kilometer.
At the touch of a button, the driver can also choose to cover up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on pure electric power – or use the combined room of the petrol turbo and electric motor to start a veritable pouring machine for a possible 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.
“This on-demand possibility to choose between different pouring modes makes the plug-in hybrid the exact choice for the uncompromising customer who wants minimum carbon dioxide emissions combined with most pouring pleasure,” said Peter Mertens. “The electric range covers the needs of most Chinese commuters, and the car has a total range of in this area 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in hybrid mode.”
The S60L PPHEV Concept Car can be recharged from a regular power outlet (230V/6A to 16A fuse) at home or in a car park, added Volvo. The recharging time varies with the amperage; a full charge with 10 amperes takes 4.5 hours, while a 16 amperes charge takes it down to four hours.
This PPHEV concept comes with electric all-wheel drive, added Volvo. Pressing the AWD button activates the exceptionally open electric four-wheel drive. Instead of the mechanical power transfer of square four-wheel drive, the central control unit distributes power between the petrol-driven adjoin wheels and the electrically driven rear axle.
The driver can also choose to save battery power for pouring on pure electricity later, for instance, in the centre of a city in peacefulness to eliminate all tailpipe emissions.

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Audi To Launch 2015 A3 TDI Sportback In US

Audi To Launch 2015 A3 TDI Sportback In US Citing many customer requests via e-mail and social media, Audi today said it has chose to introduce its A3 TDI Sportback to the U.S. in the summer of 2015.
The clean diesel version of its A3 sedan will join the A3 e-tron Sportback as part of Audi’s electrified and diesel alternative energy portfolio.
Audi has been adamant in this area its clean diesel technology, and now has five models available, namely the A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, and Q7.
“The A3 TDI Sportback has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base, this new version has been one of our most requested models since the announcement of the new A3 family,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This new A3 TDI Sportback combines brilliant fuel economy with advanced technology and utility and will make a stunning addition to the already impressive A3 family.” Read more

Corolla Is A Perennial Toyota Bestseller

Corolla Is A Perennial Toyota Bestseller Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced yesterday global sales of the Corolla have reached 1.22 million units in 2013, according to the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors.
Toyota said the 5 percent year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s perennial popularity among loyal customers in approximately 150 countries and regions around the world.
“The Corolla stands as the international face of Toyota and touches millions of public crosswise the globe each day,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division assemble vice president and general manager.  “Being the world’s best-selling car speaks volumes in this area the satisfaction and loyalty our customers feel in this area the Corolla and Toyota.”
Toyota also stated Corolla’s worldwide cumulative sales since its introduction in 1966 topped 40.72 million units as of February 2014, making it the all-time best-selling vehicle model.
Based on Toyota’s analysis of Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive, which captures 96 percent of global new vehicle volumes, the Corolla is the world’s best-selling vehicle model for 2013 with global registrations of 1,098,524 million units.
This figure includes Corolla sedan and other variations in name such as Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis and Corolla EX 4-door sedans.  The subscripts “Axio” “Altis” and “EX” denote trim levels of the 4-door Corolla sedan sold in various global regions, including Japan.  Also included are the Corolla-badged Fielder and Rumion 5-door wagons.
Based on Toyota’s analysis, various competitive claims based on “release nameplate” registrations may have excluded data for Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis, Corolla EX, Corolla Fielder and Corolla Rumion, which are identified and marketed as Corolla sedans and wagons.
The competitive claims reference Toyota makes refer to Ford, which has declared registrations of the compact Focus were up 8.1 percent with 1,097,618 cars sold worldwide last year and global Focus sales of 1,014,965 in 2012.
In small, both the Focus and the Corolla are very well loved in this hotly contested segment, with Toyota playing more with the name stuck on the trunk than Ford does.
In the U.S., the all-new Corolla posted sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013, a 4 percent increase year-over-year. Also in 2013, 97 percent of all Corollas sold in the U.S. were built in North America.

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US Finally Gets The Chevy Trax

US Finally Gets The Chevy Trax Chevrolet announced at the New York International Auto Show it is finally adding the Trax to its U.S. lineup.
The automaker said the 2015 Trax small SUV will offer versatility, connectivity and turbocharged performance in an efficient package. As a reference point, the Chevy Trax shares components and is of roughly the same size as the Buick Encore.
The Chevrolet Trax was launched in late 2012 in Mexico and Canada as a 2013 model; since then, in this area 90,000 have been sold in more than 60 global markets. In addition to the United States, the 2015 Trax will also go on sale in China, adding the small SUV to Chevy’s two leading markets.
Described by Chevrolet as sporty and modern, the Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV, including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent.
“Trax offers customers another option in the Chevrolet family and will be a strong competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent by 2016,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “Trax also leverages our global resources and builds on Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage.”
The 2015 Trax will arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms ahead of schedule next year but pricing and EPA ratings will be announced quicker to the start of production.
In Canada, the 2014 Trax fuel consumption is rated at 5.7 liter per 100 kilometers (41.26 U.S. MPG) on the highway and 7.8 liter per 100 kilometers (30.15 U.S. MPG) in the city. Prices in Canada start at $18,695 for the Trax LS FWD, the base model.
Powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, the Trax will be existing in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Chevrolet said it expects the engine to be rated at an SAE-qualified 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.
The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and superior packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods give up additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.
A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control sends the power to the adjoin wheels, or to an AWD system.
Chevy said it considers the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport as key competitors to the Trax.

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Prices Of 2015 CNG Option For Chevrolet And GMC Released

Prices Of 2015 CNG Option For Chevrolet And GMC Released Yesterday Chevrolet announced the price of the CNG option for their 2015 pickup trucks and commercial vans.
The bi-fuel option, allowing either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline to power the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickups, will start at $9,500 in the U.S.
GM also announced the dedicated CNG option on the 2015 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo and passenger small-wheelbase vans starts at $10,825 for the three-tank system and $12,090 for the four-tank system.
“Based on current average fuel prices, CNG is more than a dollar cheaper than an equivalent gallon of gasoline, giving drivers and businesses an incentive to use CNG to power their vehicles,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet and Commercial. “Given the consistent cost savings and expanding infrastructure, both commercial and individual interest in CNG vehicles continues to grow.”
GM clarified the bi-fuel CNG option will be available on all 2015 Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD release-rear-wheel models. The Express and Savana vans have fully dedicated CNG fuel systems – available in three- or four-tank models on cargo vans and exclusively with the three-tank design on passenger vans.
GM said it warrants and validates the fuel systems on all of its CNG trucks, vans and the upcoming bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sedan through its five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty. All major components associated with the CNG system also carry GM service part numbers for availability throughout the company’s dealer arrangement in the United States.
CNG versions of the Silverado and Sierra 2500HD double cab and crew cab and the full-size Express and Savana vans are on sale now. The Silverado and Sierra 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD pickups go on sale in July.

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