Auto News for Feb. 3 World Car Fininalists Announced. Elantra Teased

2018 Elantra GT

 Hyundai has released a teaser photo of “the all-new 2018 Elantra GT” a week before its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. It will go on sale early next year. Sold as the i30 in Europe, the car debuted at the Paris show with what Hyundai said is a stronger core structure after testing at the famed Nordschleife circuit in Germany. It seats five and comes with a 5 or 8 inch infotainment screen. As far as drivetrains, we will have to wait for the unveiling here.

 Audi’s A5, Q2, and Q5 have made the finals list for the World Car of the Year award. Also on the list are the Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder, Jaguar F-Pace, Honda Civic, Mazda CX-9, Toyota C-HR, and the VW Tiguan. For Design of the Year, Buick’s Envision and LaCrosse made the list along with the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chrysler Pacifica. The winners will be announced at the New York auto show on April 13.

 Mazda has announced pricing for the 2017 MX-5 soft top which will arrive at dealers nationwide this month. It will carry an MSRP of $24,195, the same as last year. The only package changes include adding Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as standard equipment for MX-5 Club models. Previously, these features were exclusive to MX-5 Grand Touring. That latter model with a stick shift, (isn’t that almost mandatory) starts at $33,850.

 Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and it has posted some good numbers going into that celebration. The company shipped 4.6% percent more vehicles globally in 2016 with a nice 37% percent gain in net profit. Sales leaders were the 488 GTB and the 488 Spider. Sales here in the U.S. rose 3 percent.

 Subaru will unveil the 2018 Legacy at the Chicago show on Feb.9. It will offer a redesigned interior with “more premium materials” and “available Steering Responsive LED Headlight system.”




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