Cadillac’s V-Series performance sub-brand turns 15 this year, and to celebrate the firm is launching not one, but two new V-Series models.Cadillac unveiled the 2020 CT5-V and CT4-V in its hometown ahead of the Detroit Grand Prix, where its race cars will take to the track.While the CT5 was revealed to the public at the 2019 New York Auto Show, this is the first time anyone outside of Cadillac has seen the smaller CT4 sedan.The CT4 and CT5 will serve as replacements for the current Cadillac ATS and CTS, respectively.The CT5-V uses a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 producing 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.That’s 20 hp more than the base CT5, which gets a twin-turbo V6 as an optional extra, but torque is unchanged.
On the eve of the Detroit Grand Prix, Cadillac has brought not one, but two new V-Series performance sedans to the Motor City.While the CT5 was first introduced to the world at the New York Auto Show, this is the first time anyone has seen Cadillac's smaller sedan.If you're wondering what was going to fill the shoes of the dearly departing ATS and CTS, respectively, here they are.The CT5-V relies on a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 putting out 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.It comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and both rear- and all-wheel drive are available.Since a little efficiency never hurts, the engine also has Active Fuel Management, GM's fancy term for cylinder deactivation.
Ford debuted the not-very-imaginatively named 2020 Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package at the New York Auto Show in April, and it looks to be a nice upgrade for fans of turbocharged 'Stangs.It won't set you back an arm and a leg, either, as a new report from CarsDirect says the pack will only cost $4,995.To refresh your memory, the EcoBoost High Performance Package borrows the 2.3-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine from the Focus RS and puts it under the hood of the Ford Mustang.Here, the 2.3T engine is good for 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which isn't a huge boost over the existing Mustang EcoBoost's ratings of 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, but Ford says the Focus RS' engine has a totally different character, both in terms of power delivery and aural delight.The EcoBoost High Performance Package also offers a retuned suspension, with model-specific shocks, springs and antiroll bars.A front strut-tower brace over the engine also improves overall stiffness.
Ford's Escape first arrived on the scene in 2000, and at the time, the entire compact SUV segment consisted of just five other vehicles.The new Escape line -- better known as the Kuga in Europe -- will also bring with it a cluster of new convenience and safety tech, all aimed at taking on segment titans like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4, as well as charismatic outsiders such as the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.Starting with its most obvious new development, styling, the 2020 Escape's streamlined look is the direct result of how overcrowded the compact crossover scene is becoming.It's expected to feature greater ride height, a more upright greenhouse and increased off-road capability, all while sharing most of its underpinnings with this new Escape.That effort wasn't particularly successful, mostly because neither of the vehicles were particularly competent.Ford claims the new design's face is inspired by today's Mustang and even a little bit of the GT supercar in its lower fascia.
In the early 2000s, Cadillac decided to stop peddling cars best suited to Florida retirees, and made a concerted effort to take on German luxury automakers.The Cadillac V-Series has now been around for 15 years, and it’s about to get bigger.The CT5-V and CT4-V, as they will likely be called, were briefly mentioned at the bottom of a press release waxing nostalgically about the performance sub-brand’s 15-year history.Cadillac didn’t provide any details on the two new sports sedans, only saying that they will be unveiled May 30 in Detroit.The General Motors luxury brand hasn’t even shown the standard version of the CT4 yet, while the CT5 made its public debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April.The CT5 is the larger of the two, making it a de facto replacement for the current Cadillac CTS.
Cadillac introduced the CT5 at the New York Auto Show in April, and in just one week, it'll unveil a much faster version of the same sedan alongside an even newer, smaller sibling.Cadillac on Thursday announced that it will debut the CT4-V and CT5-V in Detroit on May 30, one day before the annual Detroit Grand Prix kicks off on Belle Isle.At the same time, Cadillac pointed out that its V-Series cars have been kicking for 15 years now.Some of them have been weird, others have been pretty darn righteous, and it'll be interesting to see where these two cars take it next.The V-Series lineup first sprung to life in 2004 with the introduction of the first-generation CTS-V.It started the trend of shoving powerful V8s under the hood of its luxury cars -- in this case, its 5.7-liter V8 put out 400 horsepower, enough to bring the car to 60 miles per hour in about 4.6 seconds.
On Tuesday, Germany's Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office issued a fine notice of €535 million ($598.99 million) to Porsche for its part in the Volkswagen Group diesel emissions scandal that broke in 2015.Until recently, German authorities have been reserved in their actions against the VW Group brands—Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche—that installed illegal software on their diesel vehicles to conceal the true amount of nitrogen oxide emissions that were released during real-world driving.Instead, US authorities have been at the forefront of pursuing VW Group and its executives in attempts to make cheated customers and citizens whole.Germany’s first criminal indictment in VW emissions scandal is ex-CEO WinterkornBut in April, German prosecutors filed their first criminal indictment of VW Group executives, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn.A statement from Porsche confirmed the fine notice, adding that "the fine notice comprehensively ends the administrative offense proceedings" conducted by the public prosecutor against Porsche.
He may look like just another slickly-dressed automotive executive, but Hiroshi Tamura is a monster tamer.He’s in charge of the Nissan GT-R, the iconic performance car known to fans as “Godzilla.” As GT-R chief product specialist, Tamura-san is charged with ensuring that Godzilla stays in fire-breathing form.The GT-R is as crucial as to Nissan as its other sports car, the 370Z.Nissan turned the 2019 New York Auto Show into a nostalgic celebration, complete with special editions and displays of vintage cars.So it’s about keeping everything on the same level and not letting one aspect of the car overpower everything else?Over the years Nissan has used motor sport in the development of cars.
On Wednesday morning, Ford announced that it will invest $500 million in the electric vehicle startup Rivian.Assuming regulatory approval, the two will form a strategic partnership, with Ford taking a minority stake in Rivian.Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of automotive, will get a seat on Rivian's board, but more importantly, Ford will use Rivian's battery EV platform to build a new Blue Oval-badged BEV."This strategic partnership marks another key milestone in our drive to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility.Ford has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, with Bill Ford being one of the industry's earliest advocates, and we are excited to use our technology to get more electric vehicles on the road" said RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO."As we continue in our transformation of Ford with new forms of intelligent vehicles and propulsion, this partnership with Rivian brings a fresh approach to both," said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.
On the floor of the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its sweet little Mint concept, an electric two-seater with a very abbreviated sedan body.Also this week: Ice road truckers get some help from space, and Lyft blames bad brakes for a ebike fiasco.Injury reports force Motivate, the Lyft-owned bike-share operator, to remove its electric bicycles from service in New York, Washington, DC, and the Bay Area—a bummer for users who clamored to use the popular, faster cycles.Reps for the nascent “flying taxi” industry—building electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—worry the FAA’s grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX might slow approvals for their new tech.At the New York Auto Show this week, the dominant trend seemed to be cute, compact SUVs.Kia displayed the scissor-doored, punny HabaNiro; Mazda presented its once-elusive diesel-powered crossover, the CX-5; Subaru showed off its updated Outback (new roof rack!
As with the previous generation, the Mazda 3 is available as either a five-door hatchback, or a four-door sedan.Starting at $39,900, it will do battle in the most fiercely competitive part of the luxury car market.The all-wheel drive system unfortunately puts it up about 10-15mm, its just a fact of geometry and all that stuff hanging underneath."But forget about a pastiche design a la 1998's S-Type.The automaker went far beyond any other brand exhibiting in New York to make its point, partnering with the National Park Foundation to promote both the new Subaru Outback SUV and the concept of not littering up our beautiful outdoor spaces.The engines are still four-cylinder horizontally opposed "boxer" engines, and you can now get one with a turbocharger again.
Volkswagen builds pickups like the Amarok and Saveiro for other countries, but sadly, it has no official plans to bring a pickup truck to the US.If you look at what the German automaker has been up to lately, however, it certainly seems like VW is very interested in entering the market.At last year's New York Auto Show, VW showed off its definitely-not-for-production Atlas Tanoak concept -- basically its Atlas midsize SUV, but with a pickup bed out back.This year, the automaker has brought its smaller Tarok pickup (based on the MQB platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta), which looks a lot closer to production, but, unfortunately, is also just a concept.Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America's CEO, revealed some insights about how a small pickup might work in the US during a Wednesday media roundtable session I attended at the NY Auto Show."I think we can comment with an extremely, let's say, smart price point," Keogh said.
As we detailed on Monday, this year's Shanghai auto show has been the place to be if you want to see car designers' ideas for future electric cars.But not everyone chose China as the place to reveal their electric concept cars.Last year, we got the Essentia, an electric hypercar that will almost certainly remain nothing more than a concept.Forget an electric car for the masses, this one is for a niche within a niche: the city dweller who only needs two seats but still wants cargo space, plus the added drama of scissor doors and a leather-lined interior that looks like it belongs in a coachbuilt Bugatti from the 1930s.Hydrogen fuel cell SUV is our first look at Genesis’ new design language"Luxury has no size," said Manfred Fitzgerald, head of Genesis Motors.
While some auto shows are known for ridiculous concepts that will never make the light of day, the New York Auto Show is usually focused on new cars that we should see in dealerships sometime soon.Roadshow's editors have combed the show floor to find our favorites.Yeah, OK, so the Kia Stinger GTS isn't the most industry-shaking car on the show floor, nor does it point to any big trends or major advancements in automotive technology.It does, however, point to Kia's continuing and admirable focus to making its cars genuinely fun to drive.Kia taking the time to fundamentally change the behavior of the car like this is encouraging, and a trend that I hope others follow.Available with a 260-horsepower, 277-pound-feet, 2.4-liter turbo four, there's plenty of performance on offer, plus there's a more sensible naturally aspirated option, too.
According to a recent study, Dodge is the US automaker with the highest percentage of active military buyers.It's no surprise, then, that the automaker would whip up a pair of tributes to all the brave men and women who defend our country on the daily, as well as all the veterans who served before them.Both of these vehicles will be on display at the New York Auto Show next week, the automaker confirmed Thursday.The Stars & Stripes package will be available on Challenger and Charger GT, R/T and Scat Pack models, and should arrive in Dodge dealerships this summer.All Stars & Stripes models get a satin black/silver center stripe and 20-inch black wheels.Bronze-painted Brembo brakes come standard on the Scat Pack models, and can be had as options on the GT and R/T trims.
Outdoors fanatics will be excited for this one.At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen debuted a modified Atlas that is built for people who are ready to camp, hike or bike their way across our amber waves of grain.Called the Atlas Basecamp, the concept is ideal "whether you are taking on a series of challenging single-tracks with your favorite mountain bike or enjoying a relaxing evening under the night sky," Alex Earle, exterior design manager at the Volkswagen Design Center in California, said in a statement.The concept is based upon a Volkswagen Atlas SEL that's dolled up in matte-finish black-and-gray paintwork with various orange accents and "Basecamp" badges.Concept wheels from tuning company fifteen52 wear upsized all-terrain tires, new H springs raise the Atlas by 1.5 inches and the crossover gets some extra visual punch from a new body kit by Air Design.To accommodate all those adventures in the great outdoors, the Atlas Basecamp concept also has front and rear LED light bars and a Front Runner Slim Line II rack on the roof.
If electrification hits the reset button on what “luxury” means in automotive, then Genesis may have come up with the perfect car to change the story from what the big German firms are offering.Hyundai’s luxe arm has been chipping away at the full-size prestige and sports sedan segments in recent years, with mixed success, but it might take an altogether different car to really stand out.For the New York International Auto Show this week, however, Genesis looked well beyond its usual fare.While previous concept cars from the automaker have focused on outsized luxury – most memorably the Essentia, last year’s New York show car – the Genesis Mint takes a very different route.Small cars are, typically, also cheap cars, but Mint bucks that trend.Certainly it looks the part, possibly besting even the well-received Essentia for eye-catching potential.
At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Acura debuted the TLX PMC Edition.PMC stands for Performance Manufacturing Center, the small-volume specialty facility in Marysville, Ohio, where it builds the NSX.The TLX PMC is a special handbuilt variant of the TLX sedan that includes a trim and package combination that ordinarily couldn't be ordered together.But once all 360 examples are built, Acura will add the PMC badge to yet another vehicle in its stable.In addition to the NSX and TLX PMC hanging out on stage in New York, there's a similarly painted MDX.Acura didn't yet say how many would be built, but it's likely to be near the TLX PMC's 360-vehicle run.
Usually, the floor of an auto show is filled with clean sheet metal that is ready to entice buyers into showrooms.Honda took an alternative path at the 2019 New York Auto Show, bringing a seriously busted-ass piece of metal that isn't usually destined for any member of the public.Yet, it's here, and I think it's one of the more important cars on display at the show.For starters, it represents a huge step forward in safety for Honda's smallest SUV.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced in March that the refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V picked up its second-best award, Top Safety Pick.It achieved the agency's top rating of Good in every crash test, including the tricky new small-overlap passenger side crash test.
The 2019 New York International Auto Show has been a big one for SUVs and crossovers.We saw the debut of no fewer than 10 of them, including concepts and while they all follow the same general design brief, they are all distinct and exciting, spanning a huge size and price range.That said, it does represent a huge leap forward for the model.The new Escape is softer and more car-like than ever, and that's because Ford is making room in the range for a new, more off-road-focused baby Bronco.This leaves Escape free to tone down all the chunky plastic bodywork pastiche of Escapes past and focus on being an enjoyable and versatile small SUV.The 2020 model will debut with a couple of interesting engine options including a turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine, a four-cylinder EcoBoost unit and you'll also be able to get it as both a plug-in and non-plug-in hybrid when it hits the market in the fall of 2019.