Sunday, February 11, 2018

CarTalk February 5, 2018

Oh what a show, cars, cars and more cars!

First, here are the notes and the podcast links are at the end.

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Tell us the highs and lows of the epic electric car adventure!
Toyota has been selling electrified cars for more than two decades now, launching the Prius hybrid in Japan in 1997. Back in the fall of 2015, the automaker announced a number of goals as part of its "Environmental Challenge 2050." One of those was to sell 1.5 million hybrids (including its Lexus brand) annually by 2020. Toyota has announced that is has already achieved that goal, selling 1.52 electrified vehicles in 2017.

Sam saved the Jeep looks like 2013

That new Camry, looks sophisticated!
It's been a merry-go-round the past few months, the rumormill focused on what will power the next Porsche Boxster Spyder. First came hearsay of a flat-six going into the special edition of a model line known for its turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Then came tattling that the flat-six in question was the naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter from the 911 GT3. A couple of weeks ago we wrote "we'd be surprised if Porsche packed anything other than a turbocharged flat-four under the skin."
Nissan tends to use the Chicago Auto Show to showcase weird or interesting concepts – just look at the Winter Warrior vehiclesfrom a few years back. For 2018, the Japanese automaker is bringing a pair of snow-ready concepts fresh off the powder in Eastern Idaho. The track-equipped 370Zki (pronounced ski) will be joined by the lifted and brightened Nissan Armada Snow Patrol. We had a chance to preview both vehicles in their natural environment.
A few days ago, we showed you a thinly-obscured "teaser" shot of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that didn't leave much to the imagination. We'd already seen the interior well before that, and it looked sharp. Now, as promised, the company has shown the production 2019 A-Class in Amsterdam, and it marks the debut of the interestingly named MBUX infotainment system.

Mercedes says the A-Class represents an evolution of its evocatively-named "Sensual Purity" design language. It's handsome enough, blending some D-pillar lines we're more familiar with on the Volkswagen Golf with elements that are unmistakably Mercedes. To American eyes, this hatchback would probably be better described as understated than sensual, and the rear end is especially plain. But we won't get this hatchback at all, so that's a bit academic.

What we will get are a family of vehicles based on this platform: another CLA and GLA, and a new A sedan. There is even a rumored GLB boxy crossover, as we've seen in spy shots, although it doesn't officially have a name yet.

Click for the podcast.

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