Nissan’s design group has been putting out some of the most striking and impressive designs in the auto world. Just look at the latest Infiniti concepts and the swooping lines of the 2015 Murano that resembles something that is more conceptual in form than a production crossover.
Nissan brings that new design language to their flagship sedan in the new 2016 Maxima. Making a stealthy debut in Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials, the “4-door sports car” features the company’s V-Motion front end and their new “floating roof” that is also a signature design element in the Murano. No performance specs have been released yet, but we’ll know more once the car makes its official worldwide debut at this year’s New York Auto Show.
Here’s a look at the latest model in the Mercedes-Maybach family. The 2016 S600 is quite the luxury vehicle, with a longer wheelbase for more room & “the quietest rear cabin in all of automobiledom.” It also adds a Twin Turbo 6.0L V12 that puts out 512 horsepower, a 24 speaker sound system, AND double-M branded silver plated champagne flutes. Base price is set at $ 189,350. (more…)
Though the Chevy Volt made a lot of noise when it began hitting showrooms in 2010, it didn’t quite become the Prius-killer that General Motors had hoped for. This year, Chevy is introducing an all-new Volt and they’re hoping to grab some attention with a sleek new design and a much more efficient engine.
The company’s new two-motor drive unit is lighter and improves upon the previous model with an all-electric range of 50 miles. Couple that with the 1.5L gas engine and you’ll be able to get more than 400 miles of range. You also get a bit more power off the line as the new powertrain has a 19% stronger acceleration time from 0-30 mph.
The new Volt also features a “Regen on Demand” feature that lets you control energy regeneration with a paddle behind the steering wheel, a new braking system, and a much quieter ride. Fuel economy is rated at 41 mpg and 102 mpg-e. Charging will take about 13 hours on a 120V outlet and four and a half hours on a 240V.
The next-generation Volt will hit showrooms later this year, Pricing TBD, More information at Chevrolet.com.
Our jaws were already on the floor when they unveiled the 189 mph ATS-V, but Cadillac had something much more sinister under their sleeves. At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the company will unveil the most powerful car in their 100+ year history, the 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V.
Packing a massive 630 lb-ft of torque, the new CTS-V is powered by a 6.2L V8 that can get from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and can hit 201 mph. As you can imagine (and see), the CTS-V separates itself from the rest of the CTS stable with carbon fiber exterior components, Brembo brakes, third generation magnetic ride control, an air devouring grille, wider fenders, and tweaked aerodynamics throughout the entirety of the vehicle. The 2016 CTS-V will hit showrooms later next summer.
The most prestigious marque in the Daimler family is back with a whole new version that is based on the Mercedes S600. The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the pinnacle of the lineup with a yacht-like presence that sits at 214 inches long, 8 inches longer than the standard S-Class sedan.
Under the hood is a biturbo V12 that will deliver 523 hp, 612 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. With its sights set squarely on Bentley and Rolls Royce, the Maybach will feature an extensive set of luxurious amenities including IWC clocks, an exclusive Agarwood fragrance, handcrafted champagne flutes, Burmester sound, and much more. The Mercedes-Maybach will launch in the US in April of 2015.
BMW unleashes a duo of Bavarian brutes with the unveiling of the high-performance X5 M SUV and X6 M Crossover. The duo is the second generation of the X5 M and X6 M models and will both be powered by the previous generation’s 4.4L V8, but will gain a good chunk of horsepower which is now rated at 567 hp and will get the cars from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and will hit a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Exteriors mods to the cars come in form of large front-end air intakes, side gills, M exterior mirrors, a M line four-pipe exhaust, a rear spoiler for the X6, and 21-inch forged wheels. You also get their xDrive all-wheel-drive system, Dynamic Stability Control, and a new eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifts. The cars will hit showrooms in early 2015 and pricing will be $ 99650 for the X5 M and $ 103,050 for the X6 M.
Omega knows how to do co-branded merchandise right and that’s evident with their new special edition Speedmaster Mark II that celebrates the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The classic watch features sub-registers wrapped in silver, gold, and bronze to signify the Olympic Medals and the caseback is stamped with the official logo of Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games. The watch features a stainless steel 42mm case and bracelet, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, water-resistance down to 100M, Omega’s in-house 3330 movement with Co-Axial Escapement, and a power reserve of 52 hours.