New Honda Pilot, Chevy Equinox, Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

February 12, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Preview

Over the past several years, the Chevrolet Equinox has been maintaining a sweet spot in crossover-vehicle popularity—and it’s paid off, in that it’s now Chevy’s second-best-selling vehicle in North America, after only the Silverado full-size pickups. And now the 2016 Chevy Equinox doesn’t get all that much that would disrupt its appeal. Rather, it gets a light refresh that brightens and sharpens this crossover’s exterior look, warms up the cabin look and feel, and makes the feature set a little more straightforward and safety-conscious.

2016 Honda Pilot Preview

The 2016 Honda Pilot abruptly changes course, away from the tall, super-upright, boxy-is-beautiful mantra that it’s carried forward since the original introduction of this model for 2003. Up until now, with the introduction of its fully redesigned, reengineered third generation, the Honda Pilot has bravely held tightly to such a form—one that set it aside from virtually all the crossover competition, yet one that arguably might have caused some misunderstanding about the Pilot’s purpose and pedigree. Now, the 2016 Pilot goes rounded and more organic, borrowing some of the softer yet high-tailed look of the current CR-V yet at the same time looking quite a bit more like the related MDX.

Nissan GT-R, Infiniti EX, FX Recalled For Defective Steering Column

Nissan North America is recalling thousands of Infiniti EX and FX models, as well as the Nissan GT-R. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles may suffer from design flaws that inhibit drivers' ability to steer. NHTSA's recall documents reveal the reason for the recall: a steering component manufactured by Fuji Kiko Co.,Ltd. That component can occasionally prevent Infiniti and Nissan owners from steering their vehicles properly.

Kia Trail'ster Concept, 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Kia Trail'ster Concept, 2015 Chicago Auto Show

From Motor Authority:

Kia Soul-Based Trail'ster Concept Features Electric AWD: Chicago Auto Show

The Kia Trail'ster e-AWD Concept kicked off this morning's Chicago Auto Show to demonstrate a hybrid all-wheel-drive version of Kia's popular Soul tall wagon--and most likely preview a future production model. Tom Kearns, who's the chief designer at Kia's Design Center of America in Irvine, California, said, “The Trail’ster concept is a near-future look at how the production Kia Soul would logically evolve into an AWD-capable version." In other words: We're seriously thinking about building this car.

2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited: 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Ram gave its lineup a dose of attitude last month in Detroit with the new 2015 Rebel. Now it's bringing a touch of class and sophistication to the lineup in Chicago with the new 2015 Ram Laramie Limited. If there's one word to sum up the new 2015 Ram Laramie Limited it's this: bling. That's right, all the bling.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Accessories Previewed With New Concept: 2015 Chicago Auto Show

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is already wowing journalists around the world, and soon it will make its way into customer hands. Some of those customers will want to add factory accessories to their cars—and at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, they’ll get a preview of what to expect. Features from the potential accessories catalog on this concept include: an aerodynamics kit, with front air dam, rear bumper skirt, rear lip spoiler, and side sill extensions; Brembo brakes up front, all four calipers painted red; BBS forged black 17x7-inch wheels; and a carbon fiber luggage rack.

Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

From Green Car Reports:

GM Officially Confirms It Will Build Chevy Bolt Electric Car With 200-Mile Range

Six days ago, Reuters broke the story that GM would indeed build and sell the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, but that production would start late next year--not in 2017 as previously expected. This morning, the company's North America President, Alan Batey, officially confirmed at the Chicago Auto Show that the vehicle will be built at GM's Orion Assembly plant, just 30 miles north of Detroit.

Tesla Model X Photographed Undisguised In Road Testing

Leave it to the Tesla owners, fans, and advocates at the Tesla Motors Club forum to find the so-far hidden evidence of a Tesla Model X test cars under development. These shots, uploaded yesterday by user Yobigd20 at about 6 pm. You can see the entire set on the Tesla Motors Club thread that covers the question, "Where is the Model X test mule? Is there one?"

2015 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore Small SUVs Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Label

General Motors' pair of small crossover utility vehicles has both managed to achieve impressive new safety ratings. The mechanically-identical 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015 Buick Encore received a "Top Safety Pick" label from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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