"A quick spin around the Detroit auto show"
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Cooley On Cars
Cooley On Cars
A quick spin around the Detroit auto show
Mercedes Launched their GLE coupe which for all the world looks like a baby BMW X6.
They'll go all the way up to a 577 horsepower twin-turbo V8 AMG version, but for most people maybe the 350D Diesel makes a little more sense.
And around April or so we'll get a more conventional non coupe version of this same vehicle.
Without the rakish roof line, but in either case, GLEs now replace the old ML.
And they'll be hitting the streets summer of 2015.
Ford was all about performance at Detroit this year.
The Shelby GT 350R elevates the new Mustang.
To it's most track sharp level.
It's got a 5.2 liter V8, but no turbo's.
Still gets around 500 horse and about 400 pound feet of torque.
And uses something called a flat plane crankshaft.
It's real performance tech.
that, along with very exotic carbon fiber wheels, and no air conditioning or radio unless you insist.
Make this a very rarefied beast.
And the new Ford GT stole the show in many ways.
It's the latest version of Ford's classic 1960s racecar.
And it's really got some serious power.
600 horsepower from just a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine.
In the middle is a carbon fiber tub, with aluminum sub frames around it, an active push thrive suspension, it's basically a race car you can register.
The new Chevy Volt revises the look of that car for the first time, and it's substantially cleaner and more subtle.
It's now up to 50 miles of range in pure EV mode, and Volt buyers really pay attention to that.
That's a gain of around a dozen miles before it kicks into a hybrid mode.
And it can seat five, finally, thanks to the fact that the battery hump in the backseat is now submerged.
And just to make for some fanatic fun, Chevy also showed the new concept called the Bolt.
It's their pure electric car project with 200 miles of range, and a look and color that are rather reminiscent of a BMW I-3.
They say you'll be able to get on for about $30,000 after government credits.
But the bigger cloud over its horizon is the spectre of continued, really cheap gas.
This Buick Avenir concept was vying for what may be the best looking shape on the floor this year.
Now it's all styling exercise, but you can see they really pulled in a Buick classic.
That line across the top side of the body, it's a, a Buick spear, if you will.
I don't know if this is gonna to come to market any shape remotely like this, but I can hope.
And Buick hasn't sold a convertible since the Reatta went away in 1991, but that's about to change.
Here is a reworked version of a European GM car that's [UNKNOWN] called the Cascada here.
Convertibles tend to do well in rising economic times and this one's tidy and trim so it should be relatively economical on both purchase and operation.
But a quick look at the rear seat and trunk space may make it a bit of a tough sell or at least a second car
And the Acura NSX wasn't literally new at Detroit, but to see it in final production trim was.
This is it.
Still mid engine like the original but now with three electric motors tossed in.
One between the engine and the trans axle in the back.
And another pair detailed to run the front wheels for wickedly fast and intuitive all wheel drive.
They say custom orders will start in the summer, around $150,000, and you may be lucky enough to see one pull up to you next to a stop light by fall of 2015.
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