Lexus LC 500 Makes Bold Statement for Lexus’ Future

The Lexus LF-LC started as an idea — a concept meant to showcase the seamless integration of luxury and performance that was never intended for production. Since its debut four years ago, it has garnished so much interest that Lexus had no choice but to move forward with a production version. Last week at the North American International Auto Show, the LC 500 made its anticipated debut.  Retaining as much of the concept as possible resulted in a shift of not only the engineering process, but the design ideology as well. 

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The New Flagship of Lincoln: 2017 Lincoln Continental

At last year’s North American International Auto Show, Lincoln shocked the press corps with their Continental Concept. Hopes have been high for the premium marque as Lincoln looks to re-establish itself as a luxury contender. The 2017 Lincoln Continental was revealed this past week at this year’s show, amplifying the flagship’s 2015 debut buzz.

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Honda Ridgeline Makes its Return to the Pickup World

 
Two years after exiting the pickup truck market, Honda is back. Yesterday at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was revealed with a bold new design.

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Will the 2017 Acura NSX Present the Same Value Proposition as its Predecessor?

Acura recently released pricing information for its much anticipated 2017 NSX and unsurprisingly the supercar will carry a lofty price tag to match its high expectations. Pricing will start at $157,800, including destination, but those looking for all the trimmings will have to pony up $207,500. While the newest NSX is certainly a vehicle only afforded by individuals with deep pockets, it is important to remember the original model wasn’t exactly cheap either despite having a much lower MSRP. What made the previous generation NSX particularly special, however, was its ability to hold its value over the years, which is something the new NSX will try to duplicate in addition to meeting its obvious design and performance goals.

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Meet the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes- Benz is in the process of adopting its new design language across its lineup. Consumers have gotten a taste of the new look thanks to several vehicles like the C and S-Class. According to Autoblog, the tenth generation E-Class has been leaked before its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. 

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Korean Automakers’ Rental Penetration Levels not a Red Flag

Last week, Automotive News published an interesting piece analyzing changes in the rental market over the past few years. The article concluded that as domestic automakers General Motors and Ford Motor Company have lowered sales to rental fleets, Asian brands led by Hyundai and Kia from South Korea have stepped in to fill the gap with increased fleet deliveries of their own. A deeper dive, however, reveals that although the Koreans’ current rental penetration is higher than it was a few years ago, it is fairly modest by Korean standards over the past decade.

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Ford Gains Approval to Test Autonomous Cars in California

Ford is on a roll this week! After making Fortune’s Blue Ribbon list earlier in the week, the team is at it again securing a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in California. Ford announced on Tuesday, that it will be testing a Fusion Hybrid as the race for autonomous technology heats up. 

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Ford Takes Home Fortune’s Blue Ribbon Award

Being a part of the Fortune 500 list is no small deed. Making several of Fortunes list’s is an even bigger feat. The Blue Ribbon award is a premium designation representing the best of the best and companies that are “firing on all cylinders”. Today the Ford Motor Company announced it is one of the prestigious companies receiving the Blue Ribbon. 

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2016 Mazda CX-9 May See a Value Retention Boost

At the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show a few weeks ago, Mazda Motor Corporation President and CEO Masamichi Kogai revealed the brand’s newest-generation CX-9 model, a seven passenger crossover. It was a celebration of sorts as the three-row crossover is the final model in the product lineup to transition to Mazda’s Kodo design language. Resultantly, the unveiling was the completion of a shift to a new era for the company with a new look and array of SkyActiv technologies. Thus far, the transformation has had a positive effect on the brand’s portfolio, but to get a sense of how one-year value retention may improve for the 2016 CX-9, we will analyze the company’s three highest-volume models, the CX-5, Mazda3 and Mazda6 during the periods each model was updated.

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2016 Porsche Boxster and Cayman Receive ‘718’ Moniker

In 1957, Porsche built a four-cylinder open cockpit racecar dubbed the ‘718’. It claimed a class win and overall third place at Le Mans, as well as several other podium finishes. Fast forward nearly 50 years and Porsche has plans to revive the moniker.

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