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  1. At an event is Seoul, South Korea yesterday, Genesis finally unveiled their new GV80 luxury SUV. The overall look of the GV80 has been leaking out on the internet for months, but we finally get the full official release now. The interior and exterior of the GV80 is designed with a common thread to give a familial look with the G70, G80, and G90. The GV80 introduces a new quad headlamp design that will eventually filter out to the other vehicles in the Genesis lineup. The crest grille first seen on the G90 is here too. The interior of the GV80 focuses on the "beauty of white space". The designed accentuated the width and space of the of the interior with wide horizontal lines and thin air vents. In the center is a 14.5-inch split screen infotainment display. Genesis intentionally limited the number of hard buttons and switches for aesthetic reasons. The GV80 comes in either 5-seat or 7-seat models. On up-level models, soft materials cover every surface from the inside of door handles to quilted knee pads that line the lower sides of the console. The transmission selector is a dial in the center console. The integrated controller can be operated by an onscreen keyboard or by handwritten letters. Trips in the GV80 are designed to be stress-free. It gets equipped with a Road Active Noise Cancellation technology to reduce road noise. The system is one of the advanced and fast responding systems in the world. The electronically controlled suspension with road preview helps maintain a smooth ride by recognizing road imperfections ahead via a front camera. The GV80 is based on a unique new rear-wheel drive platform, while all-wheel drive is available. In South Korea is till be equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine while the U.S. will get a choice between two unspecified turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive models in the U.S. will be equipped with an electronic rear limited slip differential. There is a host of safety and driving assistance technologies in the GV80 including Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot collision Avoidance Assist, Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and driver attention alert warning. In the event of a collision, there are 10 airbags, including a center mounted airbag between the front occupants. The 2021 Genesis GV80 will go on sale in North America later this year.
  2. At an event is Seoul, South Korea yesterday, Genesis finally unveiled their new GV80 luxury SUV. The overall look of the GV80 has been leaking out on the internet for months, but we finally get the full official release now. The interior and exterior of the GV80 is designed with a common thread to give a familial look with the G70, G80, and G90. The GV80 introduces a new quad headlamp design that will eventually filter out to the other vehicles in the Genesis lineup. The crest grille first seen on the G90 is here too. The interior of the GV80 focuses on the "beauty of white space". The designed accentuated the width and space of the of the interior with wide horizontal lines and thin air vents. In the center is a 14.5-inch split screen infotainment display. Genesis intentionally limited the number of hard buttons and switches for aesthetic reasons. The GV80 comes in either 5-seat or 7-seat models. On up-level models, soft materials cover every surface from the inside of door handles to quilted knee pads that line the lower sides of the console. The transmission selector is a dial in the center console. The integrated controller can be operated by an onscreen keyboard or by handwritten letters. Trips in the GV80 are designed to be stress-free. It gets equipped with a Road Active Noise Cancellation technology to reduce road noise. The system is one of the advanced and fast responding systems in the world. The electronically controlled suspension with road preview helps maintain a smooth ride by recognizing road imperfections ahead via a front camera. The GV80 is based on a unique new rear-wheel drive platform, while all-wheel drive is available. In South Korea is till be equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine while the U.S. will get a choice between two unspecified turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive models in the U.S. will be equipped with an electronic rear limited slip differential. There is a host of safety and driving assistance technologies in the GV80 including Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot collision Avoidance Assist, Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and driver attention alert warning. In the event of a collision, there are 10 airbags, including a center mounted airbag between the front occupants. The 2021 Genesis GV80 will go on sale in North America later this year. View full article
  3. At an event in Vail, Colorado today, GMC took the wraps off the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As before, the top of the Yukon lineup will be the Denali trim, but joining the Denali for the first time is the brand's new AT4 trim which is a more off-road ready version. The Yukon gets an all-new interior while the Denali gets its own exclusive version. The Denali instrument panel is completely new and there are also unique seats and four color themes. Real wood trims with a natural look and texture join with a Denali only leather, hand-stitched interior. For the driver, there is a 15-inch diagonal multicolor heads-up display. On the Denali, AT4, and SLT trims, there is an available power sliding center console that allow the console to slide back up to 10 inches offering a large storage area. Joining the lineup is the AT4 version. All GMC nameplates except the Savanna will be getting an AT4 version by the end of this year. The Yukon AT4 gets a unique front fascia, and body color or dark accents around the outside, and a pair of red recovery hooks on the front. The AT4 can be ordered with a four-corner air ride adaptive suspension that can raise the vehicle an additional 2-inches. The air ride system also lowers the vehicle 0.75 of an inch when at speed and can lower the vehicle up to two inches for easier ingress and egress. Also included in the Yukon AT4 are at two-speed transfer case, 20-inch wheels, traction select system with off-road mode, hill descent control, skid plats, AT4-exclusive leather appointed seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated outboard second row seats. The 4th generation of GM's magnetic ride control is available in certain trims. Also available is an electronic limited slip differential. When in 4WD low, the eLSD operates at full lock to prevent wheelslip. The Yukon will offer three engine choices. An all-new version of the 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is a buy-up option. Standard is the venerable 5.3-liter, updated with new stop/start technology and dynamic fuel management which can allow the vehicle to run on as few a two cylinders. Additionally, a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel joins the Yukon for the first time. No matter which engine is selected, the transmission is a 10-speed automatic activated through GMC's new Electronic Precision Shift push-button selector. Like the recently revealed 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the Yukon gains 4.9-inches in wheelbase and that leads to a big increase in interior room. 2020 Yukon 2021 Yukon Change Wheelbase (inches) 116 120.9 +4.9 Overall Length (inches) 203.9 210.0 +6.1 Legroom – Third Row 24.8 34.9 +10.1 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 15.3 25.5 +10.2 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 94.7 122.9 +28.2 2020 Yukon XL 2021 Yukon XL Change Wheelbase (inches) 130 134.1 +4.1 Overall Length (inches) 224.3 225.2 +0.9 Legroom – Third Row (inches) 34.5 36.7 +2.2 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 39.3 41.1 +1.8 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 121.7 144.7 +23 The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale later this year with pricing to be released closer to on sale date.
  4. At an event in Vail, Colorado today, GMC took the wraps off the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As before, the top of the Yukon lineup will be the Denali trim, but joining the Denali for the first time is the brand's new AT4 trim which is a more off-road ready version. The Yukon gets an all-new interior while the Denali gets its own exclusive version. The Denali instrument panel is completely new and there are also unique seats and four color themes. Real wood trims with a natural look and texture join with a Denali only leather, hand-stitched interior. For the driver, there is a 15-inch diagonal multicolor heads-up display. On the Denali, AT4, and SLT trims, there is an available power sliding center console that allow the console to slide back up to 10 inches offering a large storage area. Joining the lineup is the AT4 version. All GMC nameplates except the Savanna will be getting an AT4 version by the end of this year. The Yukon AT4 gets a unique front fascia, and body color or dark accents around the outside, and a pair of red recovery hooks on the front. The AT4 can be ordered with a four-corner air ride adaptive suspension that can raise the vehicle an additional 2-inches. The air ride system also lowers the vehicle 0.75 of an inch when at speed and can lower the vehicle up to two inches for easier ingress and egress. Also included in the Yukon AT4 are at two-speed transfer case, 20-inch wheels, traction select system with off-road mode, hill descent control, skid plats, AT4-exclusive leather appointed seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated outboard second row seats. The 4th generation of GM's magnetic ride control is available in certain trims. Also available is an electronic limited slip differential. When in 4WD low, the eLSD operates at full lock to prevent wheelslip. The Yukon will offer three engine choices. An all-new version of the 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is a buy-up option. Standard is the venerable 5.3-liter, updated with new stop/start technology and dynamic fuel management which can allow the vehicle to run on as few a two cylinders. Additionally, a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel joins the Yukon for the first time. No matter which engine is selected, the transmission is a 10-speed automatic activated through GMC's new Electronic Precision Shift push-button selector. Like the recently revealed 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the Yukon gains 4.9-inches in wheelbase and that leads to a big increase in interior room. 2020 Yukon 2021 Yukon Change Wheelbase (inches) 116 120.9 +4.9 Overall Length (inches) 203.9 210.0 +6.1 Legroom – Third Row 24.8 34.9 +10.1 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 15.3 25.5 +10.2 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 94.7 122.9 +28.2 2020 Yukon XL 2021 Yukon XL Change Wheelbase (inches) 130 134.1 +4.1 Overall Length (inches) 224.3 225.2 +0.9 Legroom – Third Row (inches) 34.5 36.7 +2.2 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 39.3 41.1 +1.8 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 121.7 144.7 +23 The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale later this year with pricing to be released closer to on sale date. View full article
  5. FORD MOTOR COMPANY FOURTH QUARTER 2019 U.S. SALES 2019 Q4 2018 % Cha nge Year-to-Date 2019 2018 % Cha nge SALES BY BRAND Ford 568,507 581,386 -2.2 2,310,494 2,393,731 -3.5 Lincoln 33,355 28,307 17.8 112,204 103,587 8.3 Total vehicles 601,862 609,693 -1.3 2,422,698 2,497,318 -3.0 SALES BY TYPE Cars 63,400 107,491 -41.0 349,091 486,024 -28.2 SUVs 208,387 217,343 -4.1 830,471 872,215 -4.8 Trucks 330,075 284,859 15.9 1,243,136 1,139,079 9.1 Total vehicles 601,862 609,693 -1.3 2,422,698 2,497,318 -3.0 FORD BRAND Fiesta 7,315 15,212 -51.9 60,148 51,730 16.3 Focus 0 13,078 N/A 12,480 113,345 -89.0 C-MAX 0 213 N/A 38 6,683 -99.4 Fusion 32,137 48,636 -33.9 166,045 173,600 -4.4 Taurus 769 6,988 -89.0 9,924 28,706 -65.4 Police Interceptor Sedan 88 1,762 -95.0 3,427 7,382 -53.6 GT 42 24 75.0 229 126 81.7 Mustang 17,124 14,223 20.4 72,489 75,842 -4.4 Ford Cars 57,475 100,136 -42.6 324,780 457,414 -29.0 EcoSport 14,051 16,038 -12.4 64,708 54,348 19.1 Escape 47,587 62,178 -23.5 241,388 272,228 -11.3 Edge 37,621 35,184 6.9 138,515 134,122 3.3 Flex 6,147 4,150 48.1 24,484 20,308 20.6 Explorer 48,083 56,316 -14.6 168,309 227,732 -26.1 Police Interceptor Utility 3,201 8,385 -61.8 18,752 33,839 -44.6 Expedition 24,267 14,140 71.6 86,422 54,661 58.1 Ford SUVs 180,957 196,391 -7.9 742,578 797,238 -6.9 F-Series 233,952 230,312 1.6 896,526 909,330 -1.4 Ranger 33,059 0 N/A 89,571 0 N/A E-Series 12,837 11,387 12.7 45,063 47,936 -6.0 Transit 36,885 31,331 17.7 153,868 137,794 11.7 Transit Connect 10,208 8,705 17.3 41,598 31,923 30.3 Heavy trucks 3,134 3,124 0.3 16,510 12,096 36.5 Ford Trucks 330,075 284,859 15.9 1,243,136 1,139,079 9.1 Ford Brand 568,507 581,386 -2.2 2,310,494 2,393,731 -3.5 LINCOLN BRAND MKZ 4,080 4,931 -17.3 17,725 19,852 -10.7 Continental 1,845 2,424 -23.9 6,586 8,758 -24.8 Lincoln Cars 5,925 7,355 -19.4 24,311 28,610 -15.0 Corsair/MKC 7,549 6,971 8.3 25,815 26,241 -1.6 Nautilus/MKX 7,727 8,687 -11.1 31,711 28,573 11.0 MKT 275 540 -49.1 3,388 2,324 45.8 Aviator 6,424 0 N/A 8,323 0 N/A Navigator 5,455 4,754 14.7 18,656 17,839 4.6 Lincoln SUVs 27,430 20,952 30.9 87,893 74,977 17.2 Lincoln Brand 33,355 28,307 17.8 112,204 103,587 8.3
  6. MONTH OF DECEMBER YEAR-TO-DATE Model 2019 2018 2019 2018 Rio 2,144 1,608 24,961 22,975 Forte 7,635 7,709 95,609 101,890 Optima 7,141 7,809 96,623 101,603 Cadenza 237 198 1,630 4,507 Stinger 1,034 1,289 13,861 16,806 K900 30 55 390 354 Soul 6,932 10,128 98,033 104,709 Niro 2,284 2,006 24,467 28,232 Sportage 8,426 6,998 89,278 82,823 Sorento 7,319 8,502 95,951 107,846 Telluride 6,496 N/A 58,604 N/A Sedona 1,551 1,126 15,931 17,928 Total 51,229 47,428 615,338 589,673
  7. According to the Rumorpile, Toyota is working on bringing back the Venza, a car that went out of production after 2015. The original Venza did not sell very well, partially due to its wagon-like shape and also relatively high pricing. It also lacked any off-road pretense that typically comes with a crossover. The problem for Toyota is that there is a large Venza sized gap in their SUV lineup between the RAV-4 and Highlander. This time around, the Venza would ditch the wagon looks and instead be a true crossover along the lines of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda Passport, and Ford Edge. There is a possibility that the Venza would come in only hybrid form using the same 2.5-liter setup with rear electric motor that the Highlander uses. If the rumors prove true, you could see a new Venza hit the auto show circuit as early as 2021.
  8. According to the Rumorpile, Toyota is working on bringing back the Venza, a car that went out of production after 2015. The original Venza did not sell very well, partially due to its wagon-like shape and also relatively high pricing. It also lacked any off-road pretense that typically comes with a crossover. The problem for Toyota is that there is a large Venza sized gap in their SUV lineup between the RAV-4 and Highlander. This time around, the Venza would ditch the wagon looks and instead be a true crossover along the lines of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda Passport, and Ford Edge. There is a possibility that the Venza would come in only hybrid form using the same 2.5-liter setup with rear electric motor that the Highlander uses. If the rumors prove true, you could see a new Venza hit the auto show circuit as early as 2021. View full article
  9. GMC had a hit on their hand when they introduced the GMC Canyon for the 2015 model year, but they've not done a lot to refresh the truck visually since then. Six years is a long time for a truck to go without a refresh, but in 2021 the Canyon will get one. In addition to the visual refresh, the Canyon is getting a new AT4 trim line like that of its big brother the Sierra. The AT4 designation brings new 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, an off-road tuned suspension with advanced hill descent control system, four-wheel drive standard along with a G80 rear automatic locking differential, and a transfer case skid plate. Visually, the grille is larger and there are now red recovery hooks. The seats have Kalahari stitching in AT4 headrest embroidery. The Denali is also getting some upgrades. The grille has been updated with a more sculpted and layered pattern. Chrome assist steps are standard along with a swath of other chrome accents. It is equipped with 20-inch diamond cut wheels and the look has been updated to match the Sierra. Inside there is now open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum trim, unique stitching, and a new cocoa/dark atmosphere color theme. Heated/Cooled seats and a heated steering wheel are standard. Both trims come standard with the 308 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or the 2.8-liter diesel with 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Canyon will go on sale later this year.
  10. GMC had a hit on their hand when they introduced the GMC Canyon for the 2015 model year, but they've not done a lot to refresh the truck visually since then. Six years is a long time for a truck to go without a refresh, but in 2021 the Canyon will get one. In addition to the visual refresh, the Canyon is getting a new AT4 trim line like that of its big brother the Sierra. The AT4 designation brings new 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, an off-road tuned suspension with advanced hill descent control system, four-wheel drive standard along with a G80 rear automatic locking differential, and a transfer case skid plate. Visually, the grille is larger and there are now red recovery hooks. The seats have Kalahari stitching in AT4 headrest embroidery. The Denali is also getting some upgrades. The grille has been updated with a more sculpted and layered pattern. Chrome assist steps are standard along with a swath of other chrome accents. It is equipped with 20-inch diamond cut wheels and the look has been updated to match the Sierra. Inside there is now open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum trim, unique stitching, and a new cocoa/dark atmosphere color theme. Heated/Cooled seats and a heated steering wheel are standard. Both trims come standard with the 308 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or the 2.8-liter diesel with 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Canyon will go on sale later this year. View full article
  11. Brand achieves 10.2 percent growth over 2018 with 108,234 cars sold Highest sales number since 2007 12,360 cars sold in December 2019; a 40 percent increase over December 2018 Refreshed XC90 sales continue to grow ROCKLEIGH, NJ (January 3, 2020) Today, Volvo Car USA announces double digit sales growth in 2019. Sales were up 10.2 percent over 2018 with a total of 108,234 cars retailed. This strong result reflects twelve consecutive months of year-over-year growth for the brand and marks the best full year result for Volvo Car USA since 2007. “We are very proud of our sales achievements in 2019,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA. “This result reflects the hard work of our team and retail partners.” The XC90 leads the brand in sales volume seeing a 13 percent rise in total sales over the previous year. The XC40 compact SUV also achieved a strong result with 17,654 cars sold in 2019; an increase of 42 percent in its second year on sale. For the month of December, the brand retailed 12,360 cars, representing a 40 percent increase over December 2018.
  12. Dec. 2019 Dec. 2018 % i3 214 356 40.0% i8 51 97 -47.4% 2 Series 765 718 6.5% 3 Series 5,245 3,184 64.7% 4 Series 891 1,916 -53.5% 5 Series 2,733 4,756 -42.5% 6 Series 8 330 -97.6% 7 Series 763 983 -22.4% 8 Series 1,066 223 378.0% Z4 233 0 0.0% X1 1,788 3,411 -47.6% X2 1,093 1,454 -24.8% BMW passenger cars 14,850 17,428 -14.8% YTD Dec. 2019 YTD Dec. 2018 % 4,854 6,117 -20.6% 1,102 772 42.7% 8,015 9,208 -13.0% 47,827 44,578 7.3% 18,621 31,379 -40.7% 38,709 43,937 -11.9% 1,139 3,762 -69.7% 8,823 8,271 6.7% 4,410 223 1877.6% 2,941 4 73425.0% 17,815 29,060 -38.7% 11,293 16,154 -30.1% -14.4% X3 8,090 8,511 -4.9% X4 1,333 612 117.8% X5 7,757 7,323 5.9% X6 557 483 15.3% X7 3,159 0 0.0% BMW light trucks 20,896 16,929 23.4% 70,110 61,351 14.3% 8,758 4,323 102.6% 54,595 45,013 21.3% 4,240 6,862 -38.2% 21,574 0 0.0% 159,277 117,549 35.5% BMW brand 35,746 34,357 4.0% 324,826 311,014 4.4% Cooper /S Hardtop 2 Door 594 760 -21.8% Cooper /S Hardtop 4 Door 450 448 0.4% Cooper /S Convertible 247 134 84.3% Cooper /S Clubman 323 277 16.6% Countryman 696 1,178 -40.9% MINI brand 2,310 2,797 -17.4% 8,462 9,950 -15.0% 6,065 6,450 -6.0% 4,031 5,334 -24.4% 3,565 4,385 -18.7% 13,969 17,565 -20.5% 36,092 43,684 -17.4% TOTAL BMW of North America, LLC 38,056 37,154 2.4% 360,918 354,698 1.8%
  13. Quarterly: Ford Motor Company - Down 1.3% for the quarter, Down 3.0% for the year General Motors Co. - Down 6.3% for the quarter, Down 2.3% for the year Tesla - Not yet Reported FCA US LLC - Down 2% for the quarter, Down 1% for the year Monthly: Audi of America - Up 14.0% for the month, Up 0.4% for the year BMW of North America - Up 2.4% for the month, Up 1.8% for the year Genesis Motor America - Up 262.4% for the month, Up 105.9% for the year Honda Motor Co. - Down 12.0% for the month, Up 0.2% for the year Hyundai Motor America - Down 0.6% for the month, Up 3.2% for the year Infiniti USA - Down 37.8% for the month, Down 21.1% for the year Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 2.6% for the year Kia Motors America - Up 8.0% for the month, Up 4.4% for the year Mazda North American Operations - Up 6.5% for the month, Down 7.2% for the year Mercedes-Benz USA - Down 2.4% for the month, Up 1.0% for the year Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 10.3% for the month, Up 2.5% for the year Nissan Group - Down 29.5% for the month, Down 9.9% for the year Porsche Cars North America Inc. - Up 15.8% for the month, Up 7.6% for the year Subaru of America, Inc. - Down 3.4% for the month, Up 2.9% for the year Toyota Motor North America - Down 6.1% for the month, Down 1.8% for the year Volkswagen of America - Down 13% for the month, Up 2.6% for the year Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 40% for the month, Up 10.2% for the year Brands (Quarterly): Alfa Romeo - Down 12% Buick - Down 4.3% Cadillac - Down 2.2% Chevrolet - Down 6.1% Chrysler - Down 15% Dodge - Down 9% Ford - Down 2.2% Fiat - Down 49% GMC - Down 8.5% Jeep - Down 2% Lincoln - Up 17.8% Ram Trucks - Up 6% Tesla - Not yet Reported Brands (Monthly): Acura - Down 3.8% Audi - Up 14.0% BMW - Up 4.0% Genesis - Up 419.7% Honda - Down 12.9% Hyundai - Down 0.6% Infiniti - Down 37.8% Jaguar - Up 1.9% for the year Kia - Up 8.0% Land Rover - Up 2.8% for the year Lexus - Down 0.6% Mazda - Up 6.5% Mercedes-Benz - Down 5.4% Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 21.1% MINI - Down 17.4% Mitsubishi - Up 10.3% Nissan - Down 28.4% Porsche - Up 14.8% Smart - No Longer Reported Subaru - Down 3.4% Toyota - Down 7.2% Volkswagen - Down 13.0% Volvo - Up 40% View full article

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