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March 2018

March 30, 2018: Rather than write an extended précis on the New York Auto Show coverage, we’ve decided to treat each vehicle separately, and provide a listing of links that take you directly to each vehicle. So, in no particular, or necessarily coherent, order we present the vehicles of the NYAS:

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

VW Atlas Cross Sport

Toyota RAV4

Cadillac XT4

VW Atlas Tanoak pickup

Lincoln Aviator

Nissan Altima

Hyundai Tucson

Subaru Forester

Kia K900

If that’s not enough to keep you busy over the Easter holiday, there’s also a new Analysis feature called “Off the Top of My Head" that weaves together a number of seemingly disparate stories and inside-the-industry scuttlebutt into a semi-coherent whole. Contributing Editor Bill Sawyer is still on vacation, if you can call closing TVD’s Georgia office and moving to the West Coast of Michigan a vacation, which means the growth of the Virtual Collection is currently on hold. So we bring this issue to an end with an infographic comparing a 1998 Chevy Silverado diesel with a 2018 Chevy Colorado diesel. The similarities are amazing.

 

March 17, 2018: Ford held a press conference this week to announce its future plans. These include a hybrid Mustang, F-150, Explorer, Escape and Bronco, a new small off-roader, a large reduction in spending on cars, and more. Is it enough to reignite Wall Street’s interest in Ford, or just a recitation of many things that already were known? Lexus introduced its own small crossover, but one that is more urban than off-road. The UX also offers a hybrid model, and is aimed squarely at the hot compact crossover market. Mercedes, on the other hand, did something unusual these days, it launched a new car. Or, to be more specific, a new high-performance sedan. The Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is a four-door coupe with twin-turbo I6 or V8 power, and no off-road intentions. Halleluiah! Smaller in both size, output and — undoubtedly — price, the 2018 Fiesta ST promises to continue the mischief its predecessor started. Powered by a high-output 1.5-liter triple, the ST loses a cylinder, and its passport. It won’t be offered in the U.S. Ford will offer a diesel option for the 2018 F-150, however. Though aimed at the small number of buyers who tow or haul regularly, it is an important addition to the lineup, and more than a update of Ford’s current V6 diesel. Aston Martin unveiled the track version of its Valkyrie AMR Pro. Stripped to the basics, it is a potent weapon whose launch was surprisingly devoid of any technical substance. Then again, hype and marketing-speak is what we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin these days. And, as if to prove that point, the company’s reveal of the Lagonda Vision Concept was an orgy of pretense and hype. The four-passenger autonomous electric limousine combines Saville Row tailoring with a design flight of fancy to produce a sybaritic sedan for sports stars. One technology that could find its way onto the Lagonda is Pirelli’s Cyber Tire. It is the latest version of using tires as dynamic sensors, but will be offered on a production vehicle by the end of the year. Williams Advanced Engineering showed its scalable lightweight EV platform concept. Made of carbon fiber and aluminum, it brings F1 tech to the street. Finally, the folks at Zircotec have created a coating that can be used on Class A composite surfaces. This eliminates the need for a separate heat shield, and can be replicated in volume. It will debut on a high-line European vehicle.

 

March 2, 2018: As we approach press days for the Geneva Motor Show, automakers continue to pull the covers off their show stoppers in rapid succession. Porsche previewed its 520-hp GT3 RS, the most powerful naturally aspirated road-legal car it has ever built. It was followed by the 2019 Audi A6. Call us old fashioned, but it is troubling that the new A6 appears to be as much a rolling platform for electronic technology as it is an automobile. The big news pre-Geneva, however, is the introduction of Jaguar’s I-Pace SUV. The British car maker’s first fully electric model, it introduces a raft of new technology, including a modular “skateboard” to be used on other models, including the next XJ sedan. Hyundai, meanwhile, introduced its fourth-generation Santa Fe in Korea, and with it a new styling language and — surprise! — an optional diesel engine for the U.S. market. Buick, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so bold, freshening up its China-built Envision compact crossover by giving it more power and some useful upgrades. Plus, the folks at GMC finally unveiled the new Sierra pickup. It is lighter, stronger, and has two unique options: a carbon fiber cargo bed, and a tailgate with more variations than a Swiss Army knife. On the technical side, motorcycle clothing maker Dainese teamed up with Horacio Pagani to develop a lightweight, waterproof folding soft top for the Huayra Roadster. And the folks from auto parts maker GMB North America has put together an automotive periodic table of elements frequently used in making cars and trucks.