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Audi H-Tron Quattro Shows Off Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Study

Battery powered electric vehicles are dominating the topic of conversation when it comes to green vehicle technologies, but several manufacturers are still toying with the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell based power source to solve some of the complex problems with battery EVs. Chemical batteries have a lot of drawbacks, such as large weight and long recharge times, which hydrogen fuel cells solve quite easily.

Audi revealed their version of the fuel cell vehicle here at the Detroit NAIAS with the H-Tron Quattro Concept, which is a hydrogen fuel cell version of their E-Tron Quattro concept. By using a fuel cell coupled to an electric drivetrain, it completely eliminates range anxiety by delivering 600km of range in a 4-minute hydrogen refill. The fuel cell is rated at 110kW, and a smaller battery provides short boosts of 100kW, essentially doubling the available power of the H-Tron Quattro.

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Truck Buyers The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Is The Truck You Need


No, this truck probably isn’t the truck you want to buy but it really is the truck you need. Looks wise, its about as safe and conservative as you can get on a truck. Sure, its gone through a major redesign and looks nothing like the previous Ridgeline but it now looks like a generic truck–not a bad thing though. While it looks much more like a truck, the 2017 Ridgeline is still built on a unibody platform to help save weight. Many truck enthusiasts will argue this is why the Ridgeline is not a real truck but if you’re just taking this to the home depot or best buy this is all you really need.

A couple popular features from the last generation Ridgeline have also made it into the newer model, namely the dual-action tailgate and hidden compartment (In Bed Trunk) to store your beverages for tailgating. Speaking of tailgating, Honda demonstrated the impressive 540W 6-speaker sound system built into the bed of the truck. They cranked it up during the unveiling and let me tell you, it was LOUD! The in-bed sound system is standard on the range-topping black edition but is available as an option on the lower trims. As with all new Honda models, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is included.

The 2017 Ridgeline will be available with a 3.5L V6 (probably a retuned unit from the Pilot) in your choice of FWD or AWD with torque vectoring.

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2017 GMC Acadia. Don’t forget your kids

I’m sitting here in the Cobo center listening to GMC unveil their latest offering, the 2017 GMC Acadia. GMC has become General Motors premium brand of trucks and SUVs. This was apparent as GMC was touting that GMC has the highest average transaction price of any of their truck brands.

This makes sense as 23% of GMC buyers opt for the Denali trim. The all new Acadia will also come in that trim and will likely sell well in Canada. GMC has been able to make the Acadia smaller than it’s predecessor and most natably, 700 lbs lighter! That is an enormous weight savings. This translates to better ride and handling and of course, better fuel mileage.

New for 2017 is surround cameras that help your tow and avoid hitting things. It also now has a sensor that reminds you not to forget your kid in the car! It comes in seating configurations for 5, 6 and 7 passengers and has plenty of room behind the seats for hockey bags and ski gear.

It comes in FWD and AWD. The AWD system uses a twin clutch center differential. GMC did not elaborate on why they use this and what the benefits are.

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Meet The All-New 2017 Volvo S90


Volvo debuted the all new S90 at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today and it was a spectacular hit. The Volvo S90 is set to replace the older S80 and will lead the way in helping Volvo redefine its design and stable moving forward. The Swedish car maker has taken aim at the premium large sedan market putting the BMW 5 series and new Mercedes-Benz E class right in its crosshairs.

The flagship Volvo debuted today decked out with loads of high-end luxury equipment. The doors, dash and center console are all beautifully adorned by leather and accented with wood and aluminum detailing. The interior is understated, but exudes tonnes of class really exemplifying the notion of less is more.

The S90 is equipped with a first in class IntelliSafe Assist system which combines Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving with Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert. Standard equipment also includes Volvo’s City Safety collision avoidance system which has been upgraded and offers large animal detection – a first of its kind on the market. When the system detects the presence of a large animal it immediately initiates brake support to avoid a crash.

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Chevrolet Blows Away Tesla With the Bolt EV


While Chevrolet unveiled the 2017 Bolt EV at CES last week, it wasn’t until today at the Detroit NAIAS that Chevy revealed the juicy details for their affordable electric vehicle. Recapping the Vegas unveil, the Bolt EV is slated for production by the end of the year, and will be a 320km range EV, setting its sights squarely on the unreleased Tesla Model 3. The Bolt is packed with lots of passenger space thanks to using the chassis floor for battery packaging (much like Tesla’s Model S), and electronic gadgets such as a rear view camera mirror which offers unobstructed widescreen view of the rear to enhance driving experience.

What we learned here in Detroit is that Chevy is targeting a $30,000 price target (after Federal rebates in the US), and even more impressive is the drivetrain details. This EV, the size of a Fiesta, is powered by a single motor drive unit good for 200hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, setting the bar very high in this segment. The dash to 60mph clocks in at a very respectable 6.8 seconds. Controlling the power is Chevy’s Electronic Precision Shift system, delivering feel and delivery of power based on drive mode selection and throttle inputs to closely mimic a typical driving experience. Aggressive regenerative braking allows the Bolt to drive using the brakeless 1 pedal method, but for those inexperienced with such a driving style, a less efficient standard drive mode is available.

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2018 Lexus LC500 up close and personal


I’m not going to fill you in on the details as it was already done in our initial coverage of the Lexus LC500 unveiling. I got a chance to get up close to the LC500. Check out the crazy taillights in this latest gallery.

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Acura Precision Concept Looks a Lot Like a Lexus

Acura revealed the much anticipated Precision Concept this morning at the Detroit NAIAS, a design model that forms the basis of future Acura products around what Acura calls Precision Crafted Performance DNA. What’s more shocking is that the Precision Concept looks a lot like the Lexus LF-LC concept, and the LC500 that was unveiled yesterday.

Designed at Acura’s California Design Studio, the Precision Concept is low, wide, and large. Striking features such as floating LED taillights gives it a futuristic look, while sculpted side surfaces convey a bold and aggressive feel to the concept. Inside the Precision Concept is a cabin that looks and feels more like an upscale lounge. Even the speaker grills are crafted from exotic wood.

Check out or photos live from NAIAS floor after the jump, and tell us what you think.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Live in Detroit

We asked the question last month if the all new Mercedes-AMG SLC43 was considered the real deal, or if it was AMG further diluting the brand for the sake of balance sheets. Now that Mercedes-AMG has lifted the covers off the SLC43 here in Detroit NAIAS, we were able to check it out up close in person to see what the new SLC43 brings to the table.

Sitting inside the SLC43, it felt eerily similar to the SLK55 AMG that it replaces. Even though the SLC is classified as a new chassis, the seats feel the same, the buttons feel the same, and the view feels the same. (Hint: The interior is mostly the same regardless of the chassis designation). In fact, it took a while to figure out what was actually different between the 2 cars, and all I could find was the console mounted shifter, as well as the updated steering wheel that’s required to function with the updated COMAND infotainment system.

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Inifiniti Launches the Q60 Coupe at Detroit NAIAS


Infiniti unveils their new Q60 premium sport coupe today at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and what an unveil it was. Infiniti is known to produce some stunning vehicles and the Q60 coupe did not disappoint. The Q60’s design is bold, aggressive, but expressed all in an elegant package. During its unveil, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault-Nissan, the parent company of Infiniti, proudly talked about the Q60’s “daring visual statement” and “wide, muscular stance.”

Look deeper and you’ll find the new Q60 has the muscle to back up its exterior presence. Infiniti will be offering three powerplant choices. First are two variants of a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 which produces 300hp and 400hp respectively. A third engine option is a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine that was designed in conjunction with Mercedes Benz which produces 208hp and 258lb/ft of torque which is no slouch either. All three engines will be mated to a seven-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control. No manual transmission option is currently slated for the Q60.

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2018 Lexus LC500 Proves Lexus Isn’t Boring

Wow. That was the only word out of my mouth when I first laid eyes on the 2018 Lexus LC500 here at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen this car, as Lexus has unveiled it as the LF-LC Concept way back in 2012, but I never envisioned Lexus actually putting together a production version that is so close to the concept car’s design and vision.

A concept car is an easy achievement as it is primarily hand built. To mass manufacture such vehicle, Lexus had to design the production version from the ground up, overcoming production obstacles throughout the design process to keep as much of the concept styling intact. The engineering and design teams closely collaborated throughout the process to create a brand new platform that achieves both the styling cues as well as performance targets for the LC500. This all new chassis lays the foundation for future Lexus rear wheel drive luxury performance vehicles.

Handling was a key focus for the new GA-L platform that the LC500 is built on. The track was designed to be as wide as possible, and the engine was placed behind the front axel, making the LC500 a front mid-engine rear wheel drive car, with a 52/48 weight distribution. The last Lexus performance vehicle with such a layout was the Lexus LFA, which the LC500 design team focused on exceeding in the chassis department. Torsional rigidity exceeds the LFA Chassis, while weight is kept in check with carbon fiber used extensively in the chassis, from the optional carbon fibre roof, to the carbon fibre doors, as well as extensive use of aluminum in the suspension components.

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