Following months of speculation and numerous teases released online, Mercedes Benz has finally unveiled the 2014 Mercedes Benz E-Class, which brings new style and technology to the company’s iconic midsized offering.
The entire automotive world had its eyes pinned on Toyota. The largest carmaker in the world was about to create one of the world’s most affordable rear wheel drive (RWD) coupés, equipped with a limited slip differential (LSD) and promising low weight, a hunkered stance that suggested a low centre of gravity and a short, compact wheelbase. It was a nostalgic return for Toyota to creating truly desirable sports cars again.
Though all-new full-size pickups are a somewhat rare occurrence, in today’s hyper-competitive new-vehicle market, it happens more often than it used to. Remember the 1973-1987 C/K pickups that soldiered on for 15 model years (even more for the Suburban/Jimmy/Blazer)? Those days are gone. Today, GM is showing us the all-new Silverado and Sierra that replace the GMT-900 generation that spanned the 2007 to 2013 model years (7 model years; don’t forget also that the 2007s were launched very early in 2006).
Porsche has revealed the first 911 race car based on the current 991 platform. Known officially as the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, it was unveiled during a special “Night Of Champions” celebratory event in Weissach Germany. Long heralded as one of the most successful line of race cars in motorsports, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup first arrived on the scene in 1998 and has sold over 2,395 units during its production run. With the arrival of the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche aims to redefine what the GT3 Cup is all about while continuing the models tradition of success at the same time.
The autoblogosphere is all a today about GM’s truck inventory levels. They’re ridiculously high, and the problem has gotten worse since last month rather than better. More specifically, the company has 245,853 trucks as of the end of November, which is a 4.4 percent increase over the October 31 total – and represents a 139-day supply. The industry considers 60 days of inventory to be ideal. So how did this happen?
The kind folks at BMW have decided to give eager enthusiasts an early Christmas present this year by unveiling the 4 Series Coupe Concept which is a thinly disguised look at what BMW fans can expect to see when the production version of the 4 Series Coupe arrives in BMW showrooms.
Years ago, the Los Angeles International Auto Show was held much closer in the calendar to the Detroit show. Then a few years ago, organizers moved the show earlier, to late November, in order to create some separation between the two shows. LA now has a personality all its own compared to Detroit – there’s much more emphasis on green energy and import brands than in Detroit, or even New York and Chicago. Those I spoke with who attended this year’s LA show noted that it just seemed to lack something. Sure, there were several global debuts, and several North American debuts. But it wasn’t a packed schedule of new-car introductions that we often see in other auto shows.
That being said, here is one person’s opinion of what did – and what didn’t – work among the cars show in LA for the first time.
A university project I am working on recently got me reading about Ferdinand Piëch, the venerable chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG. One of the man’s radical ideas was that Volkswagen was to build a luxury saloon that can rival the best of any of its German rivals, but is understood never to be able to make any money. The Phaeton, as it was called, was to be the flagship of the company, the car to create the halo for the rest of its products, the car that the average Golf owner would aspire to.