We start this morning with a look at the latest Lamborghini, called the Huracan, named after a famous bull. It is a replacement for the now ten year old Gallardo and is packed with 5.2-liter V10 ranked at 600 horsepower at a robust 8,250 rpm. Lambo says owners can hit a mile a minute from a dead stop in just 3.2 seconds. The new bull will be displayed at the Geneva Show next year and should be in dealer showrooms in the spring. It will not be cheap. Buy Powerball tickets … lots of Powerball tickets.
Its competition, McLaren, has added four new “retailers” in the U.S. They will be located in Atlanta, Long Island, Scottsdale Az., and Washington DC. A second Canadian location will be added in Vancouver.
VW announced the Jetta GLI, a kind of GTI with a trunk. It will come with a 2.0-liter engine, a close ratio six speed manual or DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires and upgraded brakes among other goodies. We should see it early next year. No word on price yet.
On Jan. 13 at the Detroit Auto Show, Honda will show off an “all new” Fit. It is said to ride on a new platform with better fuel economy and an improved interior.
Acura will show off a 2015 TLX prototype luxury sedan in Detroit as a replacement for the TL. It will be launched in the second half of the new year with “more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions” around two new powertrains.
But wait, there’s more to use that now tired line. Kia will reveal a new concept car said to be a “stunning 2+2 sports car.” Let’s hope this concept, to be displayed in Detroit, will actually make it to production. Another sports car on the market is always good news.
I didn’t want you to miss the fact that the 2014 Lincoln MKX will include a “tree-based alternative to fiberglass for interior parts.” It came out of a partnership with Weyerhaeuser and is called Cellulose Reinforced Polypropylene that is six percent lighter than the fiberglass it replaces.
Daimler will take a five percent stake in Aston Martin’s parent as part of a deal to share technology with the British car maker. Mercedes-AMG will produce V8 engines for the next generation Aston Martin’s, according to the Detroit News.
Lots of people apparently decided they needed a new vehicle to bring home holiday gifts. J.D. Power said December sales started slow but picked up steam as the month advanced. It said consumers are expected to spend more than $34 billion on new vehicles in December, an historic high for the month. Total light-vehicle sales are expected to reach 1.4 million, a four percent hike from a year earlier.
Hyundai is lowering the price of the Azera by $1,250 to an even $31K “while offering significant new features,” it said. The top of the line Limited trim level gets a new 8-inch navigation system screen and electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer. A coffee maker – I still want a coffee maker!