Auto News for Jan. 6 – Detroit Show Preview

  How about a new Kia that its maker claims will change the brand’s image? Or a new GMC Terrain? If you just hit the Powerball, Bentley will entice you with a 200 mile per hour sedan.

 Just some of the new vehicles that will be unveiled at, or near, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit starting on Sunday.

 Chrysler will display an autonomous Pacifica van, Toyota presents a new Camry, and Honda a new Odyssey minivan at the show

 Plus there will be some surprises, and the naming of the North American car, truck and utility vehicles of the year to kick things off.

 Count on having complete coverage right here with frequent updates as the covers come off the new vehicles. There will be much more than a single Auto News column!


 Bentley could not wait for the show to start to unveil the limited edition Continental Supersports. As many makers turn to turbocharged and supercharged four cylinder engines, the Bentley offers a 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder twin turbo 710-horsepower power plant with an eye opening 750 lb-ft of torque. All this results in a brisk 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 209 miles per hour. An eight speed automatic is standard. Price? Not disclosed but speculation is that you are looking at $200,000 or so. Remember when you could buy a house for that?


 Completing the new generation of the A5 family, the all-new 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will make their US debut at the show. Audi said they will come with a soft top that opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. There will be seating for up to four.


 Subaru said the 2018 WRX and WRX STI get available Recaro power seats, new 19-inch wheels with upgraded Brembo brakes and revised all-wheel drive. They will also sport upgraded interior materials and a quieter cabin.

 McLaren has recorded another record year of sales growth with a near-doubling of its sales volume year-over-year, selling a total of 3,286 cars in 2016 compared to 1,654 in 2015. It saw growth “across all regions” and exceeded the company’s own expectations. North America continued to be the single largest market with deliveries of 1,139 cars, a 106% increase over 2015.

 Volvo has experienced a third consecutive year for record sales in 2016 with demand up 6.2 percent globally. It was helped by double digit increases in its two largest markets, China and the United States. Sales of the top-of-the-line 90-series cars were the main growth driver. 

 The Mopar brand turns 80 years old in 2017. It was first introduced as the name of a line of antifreeze products, a contraction of the words “Motor Parts.” It now services more than 150 markets around the world with an inventory that tops 500,000 products.

 At the CES, VW is touting a new “User-ID” system that will allow owners to configure personal digital preferences and move them from one Volkswagen to another. No matter which vehicle they enter, their favorite music, screen configurations and optimal seating positions greet them on arrival. The CES display also provides a preview of future control concepts—from a three-dimensional instrument cluster and Eyetracking sensors to a head-up display.

 BMW scored two wins in the inaugural JD Power Tech Experience Index Study for the BMW 2 Series and BMW 4 Series. The study measures the driver’s experience, usage, and interaction with driver centric technology in the first 90 days of ownership.



One thought on “Auto News for Jan. 6 – Detroit Show Preview

  1. Seems like only yesterday that my Dad was commenting that the price of cars had reached the price of what a house could be bought for in 1952; $5000.

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