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Buick Avista Concept

On the night before press days at the North American International Auto Show, Buick took the wraps off of its 2 + 2 coupe concept that pushes the brand’s design forward, but also moves the company back towards its rich performance past.

Performance credentials for the Avista concept include a respectable 400 horsepower coming from a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with cylinder deactivation and a stop/start system to be mindful about fuel efficiency. Power throws the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, while tight but comfortable handling characteristics should be present with the Magnetic Ride Control suspension that does wonders for numerous products in the GM portfolio.

Interestingly, the Avista’s wheelbase is 110.7 inches, which also happens to be the same as the latest Chevrolet Camaro, which naturally has us assuming the Alpha platform is underpinning the Buick concept.

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2017 Genesis G90

Equus replacement under Genesis brand. Current Hyundai Genesis will change to the G80 this year.

 

Just how serious is Hyundai at tackling the luxury market? Very. In fact, it has created an entire Genesis sub-brand, because reconciling upscale luxury with Hyundai’s budget-minded origin story makes for a tough sell.

Eventually, the Genesis brand will have a luxury crossover, a sports sedan to compete with theBMW 3 Series, and a renamed version of the current Hyundai Genesis sedan. First out of the blocks is the new 2017 Genesis G90 flagship, the large sedan replacement for the slow-selling (and mostly forgotten) Hyundai Equus.

While European prestige brands, like Audi and BMW, use their flagships to showcase weight-reducing aluminium or carbon-fiber-intensive bodywork, the 2017 Genesis G90 remains relatively conventional in its construction. Two different engines are available: a 375-hp, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and a 430-hp, 5.0-liter V8. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic, and both are available with optional all-wheel drive, addressing a shortcoming of the rear-drive-only Equus.

 

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

Infiniti hasn’t strayed far from the concept shown a year ago, the major tweaks being government-approved headlights and side mirrors. Without discussing numbers, Infiniti says the new car is lower and wider than the current Q60, with a lower center of gravity, and it is more powerful and efficient. Much has gone on with the rolling stock, too: tighter wheel gaps, staggered tires on some models, wheels designed to absorb road vibration, and optional 20-inch alloys available for the first time.In the US, there are two engine choices with three levels of output. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 comes with either 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, or 300 hp and 295 lb-ft. In the US that will mean a boost of 70 hp and 80 lb-ft over the 3.7-liter V6 in the current car, and Infiniti estimates a combined fuel economy rating of 22 mpg. The 300-hp unit has a provisional rating of 23 mpg, the increased efficiency down to bodywork shaping and an active shutter behind the grille. A direct-injected, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo is the second engine, getting 208 hp and 258 lb-ft and an estimated 24 mpg in the US. All engines will shift through an adaptive seven-speed automatic transmission. G’bye, manual gearbox.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/11/2017-infiniti-q60-coupe-detroit-official

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2017 Lexus LC 500

This low-slung, rear-wheel-drive coupe that will crank 467 hp out of its 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and start at nearly $100,000.

It’s based on the LF-LC concept coupe that Lexus has been teasing auto show visitors with for years and rides on a new modular rwd platform called GA-L (global architecture for luxury vehicles), which will underpin future versions of Lexus’ sedans, starting with the full-size LS.

Forgoing the dual-clutch transmission found in many of its expected competitors, the LC 500 will use one of the industry’s first 10-speed automatic transmissions. Lexus is targeting a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of less than 4.5 seconds.

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2017 Ford Fusion Sport (AWD)

The 2017 Ford Fusion benefits from an attractive facelift as part of its refresh, but the Blue Oval also hopes to lure customers with an extra dash of performance from the new Fusion V6 Sport trim. The automaker slots a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hotter sedan’s hood, pumping out 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and the power then routes through a six-speed automatic gearbox to an all-wheel-drive system.

The 2017 Fusion goes on sale this summer starting at $22,995, and the Sport arrives a few weeks later for $34,350

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class follows the example of its baby brother, the C-Class, in adopting the S-Class‘ exterior aesthetic and emphasis on interior material quality.

It will launch in the US with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 241-horsepower and 273-pound-foot engine will be paired with a standard 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s unlikely US buyers will be limited to the E250 or E300 (or whatever MB ends up calling it) for long. Based on the official images – which already show the Euro-market E220d, a plug-in E350e, and an E400 – we expect Mercedes to flesh out the US engine range fast, with a new Mercedes-AMG E63 sitting at the top.​

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2017 Lincoln Continental

Following the concept that debuted in New York the better part of a year ago, the production Lincoln Continental promises to usher in a new era for the Lincoln division and put up a better fight against Cadillac.That effortless power comes from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 that will produce up to 400 horsepower. Other features include exterior ambient lighting that activates when the driver approaches, hidden electric door handles, and an available panoramic glass panel covering the entire roof. The new Conti also boasts a three-mode suspension and steering system, torque vectoring, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system, and collision assist with pedestrian detection.

Meanwhile the interior offers such amenities as 30-way adjustable front seats, reclining, massaging and climate-controlled rear seats, a Revel audio system, and active noise cancellation. All the features, in short, you’d expect from a luxury sedan, and then some. Only this one will be made in Flat Rock, not imported from overseas. Following its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week, it will reach dealers in the fall – at which point import and Caddy dealers alike may need to start taking notice.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/12/2017-lincoln-continental-detroit-2017/

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2017 GMC Acadia

* 700-lb. lighter, more efficient crossover aimed at heart of midsize segment
* Expanded range of available active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Surround Vision Camera
* New powertrains include a 2.5L I-4, offering a GM-est. 28 mpg hwy, and an available est. 310-hp 3.6L V-6
* Acadia Denali with new, exclusive Continuously Variable Ride Control
* New Acadia All Terrain with an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch
* On sale this spring.

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Acura Precision Concept

Acura says the Precision concept “literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products,” bringing a “bolder, more distinctive future for Acura vehicle design.”

Up front is what’s called a Diamond Pentagon grille. Come around to the side and the low-slung, rear-wheel-drive proportions on 22-inch wheels are the last thing we’d expect from a design study for an Acura sedan. It is about two inches shorter than the 2016 BMW 750i with a wheelbase that is 4.4 inches shorter, and sits six inches lower.

The elegant and powerful exterior is matched by its dramatic interior design, where cantilevered surfaces meet with striking tones, expressive surfacing and modern detailing. Of particular note are the double-layered instrument panel, the high-contrast front seat surfaces, the ultra-thin “floating” rear seats, evoking the look of modern lounge furniture, and the hand-crafted audio speaker grilles made of exotic wood.

The driver’s space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) controls, a floating center meter, a driver’s head-up display, a cantilevered center stack and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen.

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BMW M2 Coupe and X4 M40i

The M2 will be the slightly more attainable of the two, priced at $52,695 (including the $995 destination charge). That’s about the price of a basePorsche Cayman, and represents a $7,550 premium over the price of the next-step-down M235i ($45,145 delivered). For that much scratch, you get a 2 Series coupe amped up with a 3.0-liter turbo six good for 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. With all that muscle on tap, the M2 will rocket to 60 in 4.2 seconds (in M DCT form) and tops out at a typically German electronically-limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Deliveries start in April.

If you need more than two doors (but not much more head room), BMW also rolled out the new X4 M40i at the Detroit Auto Show, and with delivery set to commence next month, it has now released pricing for that as well. The high-performance slant-back will command $58,795 (delivered) – or $8,100 more than the X4xDrive35i. (That places it price-wise in between the base Macan S and GTS.) It packs a 355 hp turbocharged inline-six channeled to all four wheels, and is capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

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A Racial Penalty? Toyota to Pay Over $20 Million Settlement for Charging Black Customers More Interest for Car Loans

 B99221908Z.1_20141201162046_000_G87D7SO2.1-0Institutional racism in the auto financing industry is alive and well, as it was announced that Toyota Credit, the financing arm of the automotive giant, will pay $21.9 million to Black and Asian buyers who were charged more for car loans than white customers.As the Los Angeles Times reported, Toyota Motor Credit Corp. — the U.S. financial services arm of the world’s largest automaker — had faced investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2013, a part of a wider inquiry into practices in the auto lending industry.

According to the federal agencies, the Toyota dealerships, rather than Toyota Motor Credit, discriminated against over 100,000 Black and Asian car buyers since 2011 through higher interest rates. They essentially tacked on a race-based penalty that was above and beyond the base rate that buyers receive based on their credit record.  Although dealer markups, in which dealerships add additional interest, is not an issue unto itself, the problem is charging extra to Blacks — who paid 0.27 percentage point more than whites — and Asians, who paid 0.18 point more.  This means that Black borrowers paid as much as $200 more on a car, while Asians paid an average of $100 more than whites with the same credit profile.

“No consumer should be forced to pay more money for a loan because of their race or national origin,” said U.S. Atty. Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California regarding the settlement agreement.

Toyota Motor Credit said the corporation “does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, even perceived or unintentional, from its employees or business partners. This practice extends to fair lending practices.”

According to Reuters, Toyota also is voluntarily taking these steps in order to “preserve consumer financing options while fairly compensating its dealer partners and upholding its commitment to fair lending practices.”  However, the company also said it “respectfully disagrees with the agencies’ methodologies to determine whether industry lending practices have been discriminatory.”

In addition to the over $20 million Toyota will pay in restitution, the company will also allocate $2 million to compensate new customers until the bilking issue is resolved, and will cap its dealer markup rates, now as high as 2.5 percentage points, to 1.25 points, with 1 point for car notes over five years.

But Toyota is not alone.  This decision comes on the heels of a number of other settlement actions involving the auto loan business.  For example, in 2013, Ally Financial — formerly the General Motors subsidiary known as GMAC — was fined $18 million by the DOJ and CFPB and settled with the feds by agreeing to create an $80 million restitution fund, amid allegations of auto loan discrimination.

Further, last year the Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank paid an $18 million settlement for charging Black and Latino customers $200 or more for auto loans than whites, with some dealerships charging as much as 2.5 percent more than the bank rate for these loans.  Dealers were allowed to keep the extra interest as compensation. The bank also paid $3 million in connection with unlawful add-on credit card services, and a $1 million fine for lending violations.

Moreover, last year, Honda Financial — the financing division of Honda — agreed to pay $24 million for its discriminatory practices. And also last year, the Justice Department reached an agreement with Evergreen Bank Group, in which the financial institution paid $395,000 to settle claims of racial discrimination in motorcycle lending.  Evergreen reportedly charged 2,200 Black and Latino borrowers higher interest rates than white customers from 2011 to 2014. This amounted to the average victim paying $200 or $250 extra for their loan due to their race or national origin.

 

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