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Audi’s First Electric Vehicle Recalled Over Fire Risk

It’s not good PR for a brand hoping to snap up wary would-be converts, but it does suggest that Audi’s quality management apparatus is at least partly up to snuff.
On Monday the German automaker announced a voluntary recall of 540 E-Tron SUVs sold in the United States out of fear that a glitch could spark a large and hard-to-control fire. The E-Tron, a fully electric midsize SUV with a (happily) conventional appearance, saw its first full month of U.S. sales in May, moving 856 units.
As reported by Bloomberg, the automaker is concerned moisture could enter the battery compartment through a faulty seal, potentially leading to a short circuit or even a serious fire. Audi calls the latter scenario an “extreme case.” Lithium-ion battery cells are highly volatile if breached by air or moisture; the resulting fire, as seen in several recent Tesla Model S incidents, can erupt quickly and prove very difficult to extinguish.
In total, 1,644 E-Trons are under recall for the issue. Through the end of May, Audi sold 1,109 of the EVs in the U.S., with the model going on sale in April.
While no fires or injuries have been reported as a result of the flaw, Audi claims five instances of battery fault lights turning on because of moisture seepage. The company began informing owners last week, with a fix available starting in August, Audi claims.

“We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally,” the company said in a statement, referring to fires.
Not all of the Brussels-built E-Trons assembled thus far contain the flaw, apparently. The automaker claims the model remains available, and it doesn’t appear that there is a stop sale order in place for the vehicle.
As they await a fix, affected owners are being told they’re eligible for an $800 cash card to cover gas purchases, rentals, and other costs stemming from the recall. Free roadside towing has been extended to these owners, too.
As for Tesla, the automaker continues investigating the cause of a rash of car fires spanning the globe. Following the most recent fire in Antwerp, Belgium, the company issued an over-the-air update to the charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles.
Getting ahead of any serious problems and being transparent about it is key to ensuring consumer trust in any product, and Audi seems to know this. The company has three more electric E-Tron models waiting in the wings, with even more poised to enter the fray in years to come.
[Images: Audi AG]

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Steph Willems – 2019-06-10 19:43:30
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Toyota Ramps Up Electrification Timeline, Outlines Nuanced Strategy

Following announcements that Toyota would be working on a shared electric vehicle platform with Subaru, as well as a jointly developed crossover, the brand conducted a press conference on Friday regarding its decision to “popularize BEVs.” While the announcement didn’t deal with the specifics of cutting-edge tech, auxiliary business opportunities, or even a total shift toward battery electric vehicles, it did represent a major commitment from a manufacturer that’s notoriously cautious in its decision making.
Opening the conference, Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi focused largely on the challenges of electrification. Terashi said Toyota’s intent has always been to support “social progress” and curb CO2 emissions while acknowledging that it had only made formal commitments to electrification within the last couple of years. However, he showed that the automaker has been busy within that time, and had several initiatives in the works aimed at repositioning Toyota as a mobility brand, by outlining the company’s extremely complex EV strategy.
Buckle up, because there is a lot to this — including some new cars. 

Starting with the Chinese launch of the Toyota C-HR/IZOA BEV in 2020, Toyota says it wants to deliver a batch of electrified models using its new e-TNGA platform. All told, the brand hopes to launch 10 BEV models worldwide, including six global vehicles, using the architecture. China will remain the focus, with additional markets receiving most products only after the People’s Republic has been served up each of the new-energy vehicles. Though it was said that some models could be designated specifically for North America, likely through Lexus.
Toyota also said that it would be bringing in Subaru and Suzuki in on e-TNGA. As previously reported, Subaru will be co-developing a mid-sized crossover while Suzuki (and Daihatsu) have a compact car in the works. The remaining introductory BEVs include a midsize sedan, a minivan, one large crossover, and another middleweight utility. The company eventually hopes to boast fleet-wide electrification by 2025 — meaning all models would at least offer a hybrid variant. Mazda is presumed to be getting some electrified love from Toyota as well, but neither company has confirmed anything officially.
Similar to Volkswagen’s MEB platform, e-TNGA will allow for vehicles that vary largely in form and function. Front, rear, or dual motor all-wheel drive vehicles will be available. Toyota suggested that wheelbases, overhangs, battery capacity, and motor size will all be scalable — allowing the platform to cover a lot of ground in terms of product offerings. But that’s where the similarities with VW end.

What e-TNGA cannot furnish, Toyota said it would build from scratch. In addition to normal-sized cars, the company also plans to deliver a bundle of mobility vehicles concerned with short-range transportation. Among those is a small 2-seater (based on the i-Ride concept), an enclosed trike (i-Road), a motorized scooter (i-Walk), and a wheelchair. Most of these contraptions are unlikely to make it out of the Japan.
Ultimately, Toyota claims the new strategy should result in the sale of 5.5 million electric and electrified vehicles by 2025 — which is 5 years sooner than it previously suggested. However, it believes only about 1 million of those will be BEVs or hydrogen-powered cars. In order to ensure an adequate supply of batteries — something it claimed would become the biggest source of stress for EV manufacturers — the company has partnered with four additional suppliers: Japan’s GS Yuasa and Toshiba, as well as China’s BYD and CATL.
That’s in addition to existing agreements with Primearth EV and Panasonic, the latter of which is working with Toyota to develop solid-state batteries. While Friday’s press conference did not confirm any major breakthroughs regarding the technology, Toyota executives hinted that a huge announcement could be made next year. The manufacturer also wants to work with these firms in finding new ways to minimize battery degradation and explore recycling solutions.
 
Terashi said Toyota’s new interest in battery sales was partially due to there being better visibility of the market, improved energy storage, and lowered technological costs. While it still doesn’t seem to believe BEVs will replace internal-combustion vehicles any time soon, it now feels that there is a sufficient market case to be made for OEMs to get more serious about them.
Despite its continued cautiousness and an additional warning about the perceived profitability risks of zero-emission automobiles, Toyota is still making sizable moves in the electric realm. In March, Toyota Tsusho announced it had purchased a stake in Fukuta Electric & Machinery Co. The company has since been discussing evolving into one of the world’s largest suppliers of electric vehicle components and systems. It’s also at the forefront of Automotive Grade Linux, which is collaborative effort between automakers that hopes to establish a new industry standard for the operating systems of connected cars. While often downplayed, these are probably some of the most important aspects of Toyota’s overall plan but you have to pull back a bit to fully appreciate it.
Toyota is taking a realistic and varied approach to electrification without pulling too many punches. If BEVs take off, it’ll be in a good position as both a supplier and brand. If they don’t, it could still make a mint selling its proprietary tech to companies more willing to take risks in an uncertain market. Regardless, Toyota is making important commitments while simultaneously hedging its bets and telling the world that it still isn’t convinced that electric vehicles are viable business model. However, if they are, Toyota should be sitting pretty — possibly with a seat at the head of the table.
 
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Matt Posky – 2019-06-10 02:20:17
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Ace of Base A-Bodies From 1979

After our most recent Rare Rides post, your author perused The Big List of BDB Ideas and discovered a suggestion commenter Sgeffe made many moons ago. He suggested the most basic coupe A-bodies on offer in 1979. Feeling cheap? Let’s get weird.

Buick Century
Buick’s Century nameplate dated back to 1936, and the model entered its fourth generation in 1978. New that year, Buick applied the Century name to all its midsize offerings save for its standard-roof coupe, which was called Regal. The most basic engine was the 3.2-liter Buick V6 (196 cubic inches), paired with a three-speed manual. Basic Century customers longed for the Century Turbo Coupe, on offer only for 1979 and 1980. It was powered by a turbocharged Buick 3.8-liter V6.
Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu was a brand new entry into the mid-size market for 1964, as it appeared as an upper-level trim of the Chevelle. Throughout the next two generations, until 1977, Malibu was constrained to a Chevelle trim. 1978 saw the name become a full-fledged model, as Chevelle was discontinued. Chevrolet held off on a fastback Malibu coupe, opting instead for a more traditional formal roof. Malibu saw the debut of a new family of 90° V6 Chevrolet engines, the most basic of which was the 3.3-liter, 200 cubic inch version. It sent 95 horsepower through the three-speed. The desirable coupe was the Classic trim, where the Chevrolet 350 V8 was available to complement the standard vinyl roof.
Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon
In production since 1961, the Cutlass Salon heralded the fifth generation of Cutlass, and it was the last instance where all Cutlass offerings were rear-drive in nature. General Motors placed much stock in the Oldsmobile A-body offerings, as evidenced by its variety of available body styles. The most basic engine available was the largest of our trio: a 3.8-liter (231 cubic inch) V6 from Buick. Base Salon customers stared across the showroom at the loaded Salon Brougham coupe with its waterfall grille and 5.0-liter (305) Chevy V8.
Three malaisey coupes with V6 power and few amenities. Which one gets a Buy?
[Images: General Motors]

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Corey Lewis – 2019-06-07 13:52:32
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Fiat Chrysler Loses the Urge to Merge, Withdraws Proposal to Renault

Following a whirlwind 10-day courtship, Fiat Chrysler withdrew its marriage proposal to Groupe Renault on Wednesday night, citing irreconcilable differences.
FCA blames France.
The proposed 50:50 merger with the French automaker, floated on Memorial Day, was snatched off the table following an FCA board meeting, the automaker stated in a release, adding that it had “become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully.”
Renault’s board was expected to make a decision on Tuesday as to whether to reject the proposal or move into merger talks. That decision was postponed after the French government, which holds a 15 percent stake in Renault — and would see its influence shrink by half in a merger — pressured Renault to delay.
Last week, France reportedly asked FCA for certain assurances to earn its approval, including guarantees of a Paris headquarters for the new entity, the retention of all French workers for a four-year span, and a seat at the boardroom table. These guarantees, cited by sources close to the negotiations, were not confirmed.
FCA believed the new entity emerging from the union would enjoy numerous benefits with regard to platform and technology sharing, with both sides standing to save a combined $5.6 billion through shared development costs and purchasing. FCA Chairman John Elkann even offered a hand to Renault’s nervous alliance partners, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Besides blaming France, the American automaker’s public statement contains a whiff of “you’ll miss us when we’re gone”-style hard bargaining tactics.
“FCA remains firmly convinced of the compelling, transformational rationale of a proposal that has been widely appreciated since it was submitted, the structure and terms of which were carefully balanced to deliver substantial benefits to all parties,” the company said.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, Groupe Renault expressed its “disappointment not to have the opportunity to continue to pursue the proposal,” calling the offer “timely” and “compelling.”
According to media reports, Nissan said it would not vote on the proposed merger, leaving the French government — which hoped to keep the existing alliance intact (and happy) — with cold feet. A struggling Nissan, like France, would see its influence watered down in such a merger. Reuters reports French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said his government would not approve a merger without the endorsement of Nissan.
However, a source close to FCA claims the Nissan angle is a cover, suggesting French President Emmanuel Macron was seeking a way out of the deal after facing blowback from citizens.
[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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Steph Willems – 2019-06-06 12:26:30
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QOTD: Join the Club? – The Truth About Cars

The downside of liking something is the fact that other people like it, too. You don’t have to be a friendless, shut-in misanthrope to prefer the company of a select type of person, and quite often too many of that other type of person loiters around the thing you love.
There’s that band you like but would never see live because of the crowd it draws. You know it’ll sour the experience. There’s the team you quietly root for, all the time wishing their fans weren’t such obnoxious jerkoffs.
It’s the same with automotive brands and particular car models — if you’re a car owner (or aspiring owner), your name might be unavoidably connected with a population of owners who give the thing a bad name. 
Obviously, the first brand that comes to mind is Tesla and its vast, cult-like congregation of Elon evangelists. Did you know that other electric vehicles aren’t pure and don’t count as zero-emission vehicles? And that Wired magazine and Teslarati and a host of podcasts said this and that, so it’s gospel? And that circa $45k+ for a car is really, really cheap, so shut up about the unavailable $35k Model 3 already? And it drives itself, you know! Watch me take a nap!
A great many people can enjoy — and indeed desire, or even own — a fast, long-range electric sedan without hopping on the bus to Jonestown.
Ford Mustang owners get a black eye for the poorly-executed antics of a subset of individuals at Cars and Coffee meet-ups across the nation. The country’s curbs have never been in more danger.

Volkswagen’s hatch-loving community, like Honda’s, is rife with guys who take their corporate devotion a little too far. BMW aficionados suffer the presence of that guy on the highway in the 3 Series. Chevy trucks might be your bag, but you’re not enamored with certain owners you’ve seen on local news reports. Putting an old Porsche in your driveway might be high on your to-do list, but you’re not a chronograph-obsessed blogger with very loud political opinions.
Maybe you’ve always hankered for a vintage Trans Am or El Camino, but fear what you’ll find in the regional fan club.
How about it? Are you a people who loves a certain car but gets queasy thinking about the people who share your admiration?
[Images: Tesla, Corey Lewis/TTAC]

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Steph Willems – 2019-06-04 13:00:03
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Incentives, Old Model Keep Interest in Ram 1500 Alive as Fuel-sipper V6 Remains in Hiding

What happens when you launch your first all-new full-size pickup in a decade with only one of the three planned engines ready to go? Fiat Chrysler’s finding out with its 2019 Ram 1500, which entered production at the dawn of the new year. Five months later, and there’s still no mild hybrid Pentastar V6 or similarly electrified 5.7-liter V8.
The 2019 model’s off the launch pad, but hasn’t cleared the tower. Thankfully for the brand, FCA saw fit to keep the older generation in production, satisfying buyers who like lower MSRPs and available six-cylinder powerplants. That doesn’t help would-be buyers who keep showing up at FCA dealers in search of a thrifty new Ram, however.
According to a Michigan dealer that spoke to Automotive News, curious customers are turned away on a weekly basis. “Turned away” is likely a misnomer here, as the dealer would surely attempt to lure the dejected consumer into a 2018 model with cash on the hood (and cash there be).
It’s assumed that either the 48-volt belt-starter generator system assigned to the newest Ram crop requires some additional fine-tuning before sales commence, or the Environmental Protection Agency is dragging its feet. Right now, only the conventional 5.7-liter 2019 models carry an EPA fuel economy rating.
To generate interest in the new (and old) models, FCA’s incentive spending is on the rise. Citing data from Autodata Corp., Automotive News claims 1500s carried an average of $6,578 on their hoods over the first five months of 2018 — an 11 percent increase over the same period a year ago. These incentives are apparently on the decline, or at least they were in May.
While it would appear that Ram sales suffered as a result of the no-show engines (volume of all Ram pickup lines fell 8.4 percent, year to date), FCA claims interest in the two 1500 lines hasn’t waned. The automaker says retail sales of the 1500 rose 18 percent in May, year over year.
Obviously, had FCA’s engine launch coincided with that of the truck, we’d be looking at very different sales figures. In the meantime, overall sales of Ford’s F-Series — the world’s best-selling vehicle line since Ancient Aliens ruled the land — continue into the stratosphere. F-Series sales rose 11.3 percent in May, year over year, and 5.7 percent over the first five months of 2018.
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Steph Willems – 2018-06-11 14:00:30
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Nissan Updates the 370Z in Lieu of Delivering a Successor

Less than a year away from its 10th birthday, Nissan’s 370Z is getting a modest refresh in the hopes of maintaining some kind of relevance. Despite being the better car, the present model failed to outsell the 350Z in the United States in all but its introductory year, and annual deliveries have continue to tumble ever since. Nissan only managed to move 4,614 examples in 2017, which is less than half the volume seen in 2010.
The Z car represents the last gasp of Japanese muscle and it’s been gradually wheezing its way out of prominence. Most of the famous alphanumeric nameplates from the island nation were buried over a decade ago. But the Nissan lived on, almost as if it was saving a seat for the Toyota Supra’s return. 

For 2019, the 370Z will continue sourcing power from a 332 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, while the Nismo variant generates 350 hp. Pricing remains unchanged at $29,990 for the base 370Z Coupe, $41,820 for the 370Z Roadster, and $45,690 for the 370Z Nismo. Of course, you’ll have to tack on an additional $885 for destination charges.
A six-speed manual is standard on all models. But an available seven-speed auto can be had for an extra $1,400.

With pricing and powertrains looking very familiar, you’re not wrong to assume Nissan hasn’t done much to tempt prospective Z owners. Rearview mirrors now have an auto-dimming feature and regulatory mandates have forced an inclusion of a backup camera. But outside of some new paint options on the Heritage Edition, that’s all Nissan was willing to change.
In case you were curious, those new paint options are Magnetic Black, Deep Blue Pearl, and Pearl White. They come with unique exterior graphics, black mirrors, and yellow interior trim. The package is only available on the Coupe, which has also consolidated the Touring and Sport Tech trims from the 2018 model year into a single Sport Touring package.

While a successor is rumored to be in the later stages of development, Nissan has been careful not to commit to anything that would suggest a 400Z is right around the corner. We know it’s brewing something, but the automaker remains noncommittal when discussing the matter.
Like the Toyota-BMW partnership that resulted in the new Supra and Z4, Nissan is believed to be working on something Z-related with Mercedes-Benz. Of course, this isn’t an assurance of anything. The sports coupe segment may turn out to be something Japanese automakers aren’t interested in pursuing in a few years.
While you can still get a peppy hatchback, the majority of the sports car segment has moved upmarket. Middleweight bruisers priced below the six-figure mark are becoming increasingly rare, especially from foreign automakers. We’d still like Japan to come up with something to give American muscle a run for its money, though — even if it means partnering with Germany to do it.

[Images: Nissan]

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Matt Posky – 2018-05-31 14:00:51
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QOTD: Are You Four or Against?

It’s only natural to root for the underdog. Ford Motor Company consumes so much oxygen in the truck space, what with its best-selling full-size status and its unceasing pursuit of ever-greater horsepower, torque, and fuel economy figures, that it’s nice to see another automaker challenge the Blue Oval’s technological crown.
The unveiling of a new turbocharged four-cylinder for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado last Friday surely dropped a few jaws in the American heartland. After all, memories of the base-model Chevy S-10 and GMC Sonoma’s dump truck-like acceleration lingers, despite two decades of progress. And yet, here’s a 2.7-liter four-pot under the hood of a brawny full-sizer, generating class-leading entry level horsepower and torque. And it’s standard on the bottom two “regular” trims.
Is there a four in your future?
I broke the news to my father, a man who still fondly remembers his mid-Seventies F-150 Supercab with bulletproof 300 cubic-inch six and three-on-the-tree. He guessed the displacement of General Motors’ new motor right off the bat. He also seemed skeptical.
As oil and gas prices rise, fuel economy understandably grows in importance. But it’s clear most North Americans are ready and willing to rationalize the continued ownership of big trucks and SUVs, and it’s doubtful even $4/gallon gas would sway many drivers from their high-riding steed. If necessary, they’ll make sacrifices elsewhere to keep it on the road. Or, just maybe, they’ll be tempted into a vehicle that’s just as big, but beats the competition by 1 or 2 mpg. Whatever helps them sleep at night.
While there’s no fuel economy estimates for this unit just yet, we’re assuming it beats Ford’s base 3.3-liter V6 in stinginess at the pumps. Running on two cylinders on rare occasions, this four is clearly a shot across Ford’s bow — and a way of greenwashing GM’s truck fleet. Have your cake and drive it too, would be the message.
Ford popularized downsized engines and forced induction in modern pickups, making GM’s advancement a natural extension of its rival’s work. Sure, its 310 hp and 348 lb-ft doesn’t beat the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6’s specs, but it isn’t supposed to. That’s an upgrade engine and this isn’t. Anyone looking for additional power (and the comfort of tradition) can toss a few more bills at GM for a 5.3-liter on LT and RST trims. Eventually, you can hand over a stack of bills for the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel.
No one’s being forced to drive a pickup with this engine. Fleet buyers and stripper aficionados can still have the old 4.3-liter V6 in Work Truck and other spartan, lower-volume trims. The question today is: would you drive one?
Do you like what you see on paper, but remain unconvinced? And what fuel economy figure would you need to see before signing for a turbo four Silverado?
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Steph Willems – 2018-05-22 12:01:01
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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition: Reaching for That Elusive V8

The current generation of General Motors’ full-sized SUVs has become the dominant force in the segment. The six nameplates offered up by GM own seventy-five percent of America’s full-sized, body-on-frame, truck-based SUV market. The GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL are a big part of that dominance. Their high average transaction prices and robust sales have helped build General Motors’ fastest growing brand into a sales powerhouse.
The Yukon has always been a luxurious, yet restrained, step above the Tahoe and Suburban, and the 2015 model boosted the upscale feel with the addition of better materials like real wood. A more powerful engine further differentiated the model from its Chevy sibling. Unfortunately, the 420 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 was only available on the Denali-trimmed Yukons.
That is, until the 2019 GMC Yukon hits dealer lots. But there’s a catch.
The Yukon twins have added around 175,000 units to GM’s sales totals the last two years. While that is significantly less than combined Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban sales, the Yukon and Yukon XL print money from the top of Truck Mountain. Fifty-four percent of Yukon and sixty-three percent of Yukon XL sales are Denali. That means that, in the last two years, General Motors has sold 100,000 or more Yukon and Yukon XL Denalis. The cheapest version of these trucks starts at an MSRP of $66,200.
For 2019, the GMC Yukon continues its recipe for success. There are no major changes to the Yukon Denali or the base trim level. There is, however, an interesting package added to the SLT trim level on both the Yukon and Yukon XL, according to the MY2019 GMC fleet order guide.
Enter the GMC Yukon Graphite Edition.

Following a similar formula to the Chevrolet Tahoe RST (seen above), the Graphite Edition Yukon strips away most of the chrome trim and replaces it with gloss black accents. The package includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with Gloss Black accents, Black Chrome grille mesh inserts and fog lamp surround, body-color grille surround, Gloss Black beltline moldings, and the Z85 Suspension Package.
For those that demand the goodness that is General Motors’ 6.2-liter V8, you’ll have to step up to the Graphite Performance Edition. This package includes the aforementioned 6.2L V8 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, 22-inch six-spoke Black wheels, LPO, an 8-inch diagonal Driver Information Center, Head-Up Display, 8-inch diagonal Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System, a trailer brake controller, 170-amp alternator, 3.23 axle ratio, two-speed active transfer case on 4WD models, and Magnetic Ride Control. The Graphite Edition is also a requirement of the Graphite Performance Edition.
Until now, if a Yukon buyer wanted the 6.2L V8, 10-speed automatic, and Magnetic Ride Control, they would have to check the Denali box. Now they have another option. However, without these packages, the MSRP of the 2018 Yukon SLT is $58,495. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the Graphite and Graphite Performance Edition will surely close the gap between the SLT and Denali in terms of price.
Summed up, the 6.2L V8 and 10-speed transmission powertrain combination is available on a lower trimmed Yukon. It just won’t cost you much less.
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Adam Tonge – 2018-05-14 16:47:10
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Honda’s Hottest Civic Sees a Second Price Bump

It’s a smokin’ deal compared to the first Honda Civic Type R to land on American shores. That vehicle, which carried a VIN ending in “1” without any numbers in front of it, went on the auction block at Bring-a-Trailer last June. A lucky(?) buyer took the Civic hatch home for $200,000.
Certain dealers marked up their own early examples, but greater availability and the passage of time soon had a predictable impact on the hot hatch’s window sticker. The Civic Type R remains an aspiration car with a mid-30k price tag.
Now it’s Honda’s turn to jack the Type R’s price, but it’s not likely to rattle anyone in the market for a compact four-door with a bad attitude.
$605. That’s the extra dough you’ll spend on Honda’s 306-horsepower front-drive hatch following the price increase. The inflated sticker works out to an additional $600 tacked onto the MSRP, plus an extra $5 for destination. All told, you’ll be on the hook for $35,595. Late last year, Honda HQ made the decision to add another $215 to the car’s price, making this the second increase in a year.
According to CarsDirect, all other Civics see a $100 increase in their base price, plus the boosted destination fee.
While inflation is as unavoidable as death and taxes, few people enjoy spending more on the object of their desire, especially when the object remains unchanged. And the Type R is just that, having added no new features for mid-year 2018. Decked out in top-spec Touring trim, the Type R piles on the Honda niceties (not to mention the exterior add-ons).
It’s not likely the extra $605 will see would-be buyers wander over to a competing dealer, but a few might take a second look at the much calmer Civic Si. The Type R still undercuts the price of its chief rival, the Volkswagen Golf R, by quite a bit (a tick over five grand). While not available as a hatch, the Subaru WRX STI falls solidly in the same size and power category as the Honda, though its standard all-wheel drive gives the Subie a performance edge.
Buyers interested in drifting through the roundabouts near their home can look forward to paying an extra $1,360 for the STI, compared to the Type R.
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Steph Willems – 2018-05-07 14:03:35
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