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The 12 Must-See Highlights from the 2018 New York Auto Show

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Genesis Essentia Concept: The GT Coupe of the Future

It didn’t take much to wow the public with a concept car back in the 1950s and ’60s. Take an aircraft-inspired shape, insert a jet engine—or just the illusion of one—fit a glass bubble top, put a Doris Day look-alike in the driver’s seat, and voilà—you’d stolen the show and set thousands of impressionable minds to dreaming. Those days were fleeting, however, as the social/political/economic climate would soon take a turn for the worse, replacing hopeful optimism with bitter cynicism and ushering in the practice of pairing brown corduroys with brown shoes. Those were dark days, friends. READ MORE ››

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Genesis Essentia concept – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo: The Ferrari of SUVs . . . For Now – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo: Fast and Ferrari-ish

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-It’s no secret that Ferrari is looking to dip a toe into the crossover-SUV pool, but until that day comes, the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo is the closest you’ll be able to get to owning a crossover SUV from the prancing-horse brand. Marking the first Levante model with an eight-cylinder engine, the new Trofeo’s Ferrari-assembled twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 provides the high-riding hatchback with a stable of 590 horses at a screaming 6250 rpm and a plentiful 538 lb-ft of torque from just 2250 revs. READ MORE ››

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Joining the A-Team: Acura MDX Adds Sporty A-Spec Trim for 2019

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Acura is expanding its sporty A-Spec trim to its MDX mid-size crossover SUV. The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec toughens the appearance of the MDX courtesy of 20-inch gray-painted wheels, more aggressively styled front and rear fascias, body-colored side sills, a pair of big exhaust tips, blacked-out headlights and taillights, and heavy use of dark chrome throughout the exterior.

The sporty-looking wrapper is accompanied by interior upgrades such as model-specific gauges, pedals, and console trim. Additionally, the MDX A-Spec includes red or black leather seats with faux-suede inserts and a thicker steering-wheel rim relative to the unit in the standard MDX.

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Sadly, the MDX A-Spec lacks any amendment to the guts to back up the massaged looks, and the model makes do with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine that powers the standard MDX. The MDX A-Spec, however, forgoes the standard front-wheel drive and instead will be offered only with Acura’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, a $2000 option on the regular MDX.

Acura has yet to announce pricing for the 2019 MDX A-Spec, but we expect the model to start right around $50,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

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Joining the A-Team: Acura MDX Adds Sporty A-Spec Trim for 2019

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Friendly Foes: BMW and Daimler Form Mobility Joint Venture

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German automakers BMW Group and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, have announced a joint venture for mobility services, the two rivals have announced. The partnership, which is still subject to approval by regulators, would combine and expand the two luxury carmakers’ current suite of car sharing, parking, ride hailing, electric-vehicle charging, and multimodal transportation services.

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Each company will have a 50 percent stake in the venture. BMW chairman Harald Krüger said in a release that combining the companies’ mobility services will move their customers closer to digital, emissions-free mobility. “We remain competitors when it comes to the best premium vehicles,” Krüger said. “The planned merger of our mobility services will pool our resources and sends a strong signal to our new competitors.”

In some areas, the partnership will combine similar, existing services that both companies have, such as Daimler’s Car2Go car-sharing company and DriveNow, the BMW-owned counterpart. But the venture also gives each side access to areas where one company could be ahead of the other: It will focus on Daimler’s taxi and ride-hailing services, mytaxi, Chauffeur Privé, and Clever Taxi, as well as on BMW’s parking-assist companies, ParkNow and Parkmobile, and its EV-charging companies, ChargeNow and Digital Charging Solutions.

“As pioneers in automotive engineering, we will not leave the task of shaping future urban mobility to others,” Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche said in the release. “There will be more people than ever before without a car who will still want to be extremely mobile. We want to combine our expertise and experience to develop a unique, sustainable ecosystem for urban mobility.”

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2019 Subaru Forester: Playing to Its Base – Official Photos and Info

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2019 Subaru Forester Revealed: Playing to Its Base

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Subaru and Bentley owners should get to know each other. The 2019 Forester and 2019 Continental GT show common ground despite serving two drastically different demographics, in that their buyers prefer things to stay almost exactly the same. These are people who feel their cars were perfect the first time, who keep their cars a long time, and who would be unnerved if a new version changed everything they loved. Indeed, this all-new Forester hides its most significant innovations under a familiar-looking skin lest the Subaru base revolt and set their golden retrievers loose on a terrifying rampage. Or, worse, buy a Toyota. READ MORE ››

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