Buick has made it official. It will be the first of the Detroit three to import a vehicle made in China, in this case a crossover called the Envision. Like other manufacturers, there is hot demand for Buick’s crossovers and SUV’s and not so much for its sedans. It will feature a 252 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four with a six speed automatic and all wheel drive. Heated and cooled front seats will be an option but a Bose premium sound system will be standard equipment. At 183.7 inches long it is about the same size as a Jeep Cherokee.
Ford sales in China jumped 9 percent last month and are nearing the 1 million mark for the year.
Ford is recalling more than 411,000 Fusion and Milan models saying the fuel tanks may crack and leak gasoline. Involved in the recall are models from 2010 and 2011. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect.
Parent Volkswagen may be cutting back spending due to the diesel emissions matter, but it has committed about $1.09 billion for development of an all-electric Porsche. And yes, it has Tesla as its target. Officials said the fully juiced Porsche will appear at the end of the decade. Porsche said it will have a range of 300 miles plus, and a swift 0-60 run of less than 3.5 seconds.
Aston Martin will put up a display at the Detroit auto show for the first time since 2009. This after Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla and Mini said they would not appear.