Auto News for Nov. 13

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Buick is seriously considering importing an SUV made in China here to the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been no confirmation from Buick officials that the Envision crossover will join the U.S. lineup. It is sized half way between the Encore and Enclave models. Various reports say Buick is gauging what kind of reaction such an introduction would have here before moving forward, sort of like a presidential candidate testing the waters. The Envision has been on sale in China since 2014. It offers front or all wheel drive and is powered by one of two turbo four engines.

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Ford said it is the first automaker to test a self-driving car at Mcity, the University of Michigan’s full scale simulated real world urban environment. It is testing a Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research vehicle with camera, radar, sensors and real time 3D mapping technology. Mcity features virtually all the obstacles a motorist might face in an urban environment. The picture was taken in downtown Mcity, as it were.

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, J.D. Power is out with a study of the auto makers that give customers the most satisfying experience. For 2015, Porsche leads the pack moving ahead of Mercedes. MINI ranked highest among mass market brands for the sixth consecutive year.

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Kia has released teaser drawings of its 2017 Cadenza that it says will introduce “higher levels of luxury and refinement to the large sedan segment.” It is expected to go on sale here sometime next year with further details being released over time.

 

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