NEW CARS AT DETROIT SHOW
MANY of the models displayed at this week’s Detroit Auto Show are all electric, despite the executives of car makers telling a survey they think the electric-vehicle market will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles, due to the infrastructure challenges of both lowerrate public charging and DC fastcharging for long-distance travel.
Auditing firm KPMG surveyed 953 senior executives, and the company said their report based on data collected paints an interesting picture of future automotive trends using hydrogen to recharge the batteries of electric cars.
Six in ten automakers and suppliers are don’t see batteries cathcing up with the energy densities of fossil fuels any time soon, but half of executives nonetheless believe that clean air laws will make battery electric vehicles a trend into 2025. Three fossil-fuel cars that we can meanwhile expect on SA shores comes from BMW, Fiat and Ford.
BMW X2: A sporty companion to BMW’s X1 and X3 compact crossovers, the new X2 arrives in U.S. showrooms in March.
Hyundai Veloster: Hyundai Motor Co’s sporty Veloster gets a new silhouette, while maintaining its trademark three-doors-plus-hatchback configuration.
Jeep Cherokee: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has facelifted the midsize Cherokee for model year 2019. Mercedes G-Class: The longrunning Gelandewagen gets “the biggest makeover in its history,” according to Daimler AG’s MercedesBenz, but keeps its rugged boxy shape.
Ford Ranger: Ford Motor Co is reviving the Ranger midsize pickup truck in North America in early 2019, aiming to reclaim market share from rival General Motors, which has scored a hit with its competing Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.
Ford said a new turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine will use direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
BELOW: The new Ford Ranger.
To mark the introduction of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class as a 2019 model at the Detroit auto show, Merc encased a 1979 G-Class wagon inside a 49-ton block of synthetic resin. The 2018 G-Class still has a live rear axle, permanent...