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Shanghai Auto Show: 2016 Ford Taurus

Apr 20 2015 11:05 AM | Shanghai Auto Show
Imagine if the Ford Taurus wasn't a mass-market full-size sedan, but a luxury sedan. Well imagine no more. Ford has pulled the covers off the new Chinese-Market 2016 Taurus which moves upscale to satisfy the demand for luxury vehicles and delivers on the automaker's commitment to bring 15 new world-class vehicles to China by 2015.

The 2016 Chinese-spec Taurus looks like bigger Fusion - we'll let you decided whether or not that's a good thing. Up front is the trapezoidal grille and a set of slimmed down headlights. The side profile boasts a distinctive character line and a set 19-inch wheels. Towards the back are a set of LED taillights and chrome bar.

Compared to the North-American spec Taurus, the Chinese-spec Taur...

Shanghai Auto Show: Buick Verano

Apr 20 2015 09:45 AM | Shanghai Auto Show
The big star for Buick at the Shanghai Motor Show was the second-generation Verano.

Buick's compact sedan borrows a number of design ideas from Avenir and Rivera concept cars with a larger grille, new headlights, a double-swept beltline, and steeply raked front and rear windshields. A set of 17-inch wheels finish off the Verano.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5L EcoTec four-cylinder 166 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

How much of this comes to the North-American spec Verano remains a mystery at this time.

Source: Buick

Image Credit: Newspress

Album: Buick Verano At Shanghai Motor Show 8...

Shanghai Auto Show: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

Apr 20 2015 06:45 AM | Shanghai Auto Show
While New York was the home of the Cadillac CT6 debut, Cadillac still had something up their sleeve for Shanghai - the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid.

The Plug-In Hybrid is comprised of a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a two electric motors. A new rear wheel electric variable transmission and 18.4 kWh battery finish off the powertrain. Total output is rated at 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy numbers are expected to "more than double that of the car’s conventional engine offerings, as measured by miles per gallon equivalent." Range is unknown at this time, but Cadillac says that most buyers will be able will be able to travel using battery power for “most daily commutes.”

Like the ELR, the C...

The Sunday Column - April 19th

Apr 19 2015 10:15 AM | William Maley in Opinion

Being an automotive writer brings its own set of traps and obstacles that you deal with on a daily basis. Such items include 'What do you think of x car?' (good car) and 'What has been your favorite car you have driven?' (Chevrolet Impala or Lexus IS 3...

FCA, Ford Throw Their Hats Into The Mail Truck Bidding

Apr 18 2015 02:15 PM | William Maley in Industry News

The U.S. Postal Service are looking for new delivery trucks to replace the current fleet - some which are around 20 years old. The Detroit News reports that there are 15 companies that range from military, mass-transit, specialized transportation, and...

Cadillac's President Reminds Us A New Cadillac V8 Is Coming

Apr 16 2015 08:47 PM | Drew Dowdell in Cadillac News

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is known for slipping out little bits of information. Case in point was earlier today when an analyst in a Facebook group said Cadillac would axing the V8 from most of their models aside from Cadillac CTS-V and Esca...

Production Version of Chevrolet Bolt Will Keep the Name

Apr 16 2015 01:10 PM | William Maley in Chevrolet News

We know that Chevrolet will be sending the Bolt concept car into production late next year, but there a number of items still up in the air such as what will the production model will be called. Surely Chevrolet won't keep the Bolt name as it introduce...



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