We told you months ago that Ford was working on an all-new F-150 that would raise the bar in the pickup market. We also told you that the Wall Street Journal was reporting that the new truck, likely a 2015 model, would be constructed primarily of aluminum, and could be as much as 700 pounds lighter than the current truck. What we didn’t know then was what the truck would look like – until this morning.
When Shelby American held its press conference in the basement of Cobo Hall earlier today, It hinted that the company was willing to carry on Caroll Shelby’s legacy of thinking outside the box when it came to creating new performance oriented products. To prove this point the company took the wraps off its newest (non Mustang related product) the Shelby Focus ST.
In its press conference late yesterday, Audi graced the stage with the 2014 Audi RS7 which is the four ringed brand’s entry in the heated high performance four door coupe segment going up against key rivals such as the also recently unveiled BMW M6 Gran Coupe and the equally formidable Mercedes CLS63 4 MATIC.
Mercedes-Benz used its press conference late yesterday at the 2013 North American International Auto Show to unveil its newly-refreshed lineup of E-Class models, which introduce new technology and styling to the iconic E-Class Sedan and Wagon, while bringing all wheel drive and more power to the top of the line E63 AMG model.
In an announcement released during the automaker’s press conference at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit late yesterday, Hyundai revealed that it plans to inject some much-needed style and technology into its Genesis sedan lineup to make the model lineup much more competitive against rivals from Japan and Germany.
In a sneak preview of its thinly-veiled future, BMW took to the stage in Detroit earlier today and unveiled the bold and stylish 4 Series Coupe Concept, which is a mildl-disguised preview of the production 4 Series Coupe. The 4 Series will replace the long running 3 Series Coupe and serve as a stylish two door alternative to the more volume-oriented 3 series sedan.
The Toyota Corolla, introduced in the U.S. in mid-2008 as a 2009 model in its current generation, has not aged particularly well. But man, can Toyota ever sell the hell out of this car. Despite fairly consistently lukewarm critical reviews, the Corolla manages to stay near the top of the sales charts for a few reasons: reputation, reliability, and habit. Did you notice that I didn’t mention excitement or features?
Hey, have you heard that Volkswagen wants to dominate the auto industry by 2018? It wants a million sales in the U.S. (between itself and Audi) by 2018? We said that it was going to be tough to reach, basically increasing sales fourfold from their 2008 pace when the goal was announced. But now that VW is among the fastest-growing brands in the U.S. (and just wrapped up its best sales year here, ever, even higher than the 1970 Beetle-fueled peak), maybe fewer pundits are laughing at them.