Auto News for April 13 – Demons Drove Out The Other Seats

 One more note on the 840 horsepower Dodge Demon. As is, the base model lacks a front passenger seat or a back seat, the idea being to save weight, the Detroit Free Press said. But those who don’t want to always fly solo can purchase the seats for $1 each. They will probably be a must for Uber drivers.

 A study from concludes that used Tesla Model S sedans move more quickly off dealer lots than the competition. The Model S sticks around for 87 days on the lot and that is about 5 percent quicker than rivals. And the used electric usually sells for more money.

 More on the New York Auto Show:

 Subaru unveiled the Ascent, a three row buggy that will replace the Tribeca that was a slow seller. The three row Ascent is expected to appear as a 2018 model. At nearly 199 inches long it is, size wise, right in line with competitors such as the Mazda CX9. It will seat 7 and be powered by an “all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine,” Subaru said. All wheel drive, of course.

 Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, displayed a wild looking SUV with “Athletic Elegance” and a plug-hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. The GV80 concept features an interior with a very clean design, a bridge instrument panel that stretches from door to door creating a spacious ambience. A 22-inch curved display set in the instrument panel cascades into the driver’s cluster and probably gives you more information than you ever wanted.  

 Audi confirmed that its high powered RS5 will be sold here in the U.S. with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 that bats out 450 horsepower.

 Toward the end of the year, customers at a Lincoln outlet can get their hands on a redesigned and rather large SUV, the Navigator. Look for a V6 and a 10-speed automatic in a unit that went on a diet – it is 200 pounds so lighter than the earlier full size SUV. Drivers will used a piano key row of buttons to select gears located at the forward edge of the center console.

2018 Sonata

 Hyundai displayed a revamped Sonata with the most noticeable change being the “cascading grill.” The 245 horsepower 2.0-liter four will now come with an eight speed automatic tranny.




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