AMCI Global’s 2017 Yearbook
2017 was a dynamic and transitional year for the automotive industry, as many pivotal technologies come into their own, broad shifts in mobility begin to take hold, and somehow total sales edged past the 17 million mark. We’ve compiled a quick look back at some of our favorite vehicles and most important news stories from the year. Think we missed something? Speak up and long live the discourse.
Notable Launches for 2017
Alfa Romeo Guilia/Stelvio
Finally, the Italian supermodel drove out of our dreams and into American driveways.
It’s become de rigueur to declare driving dead. If we are headed for autonomous transport, ask the pundits, why bother having fun behind the wheel? Just clamber into your soulless people hauler, select “Stultifying Ambient Tedium” on your Pandora playlist, and tune out.
Price: from £28,979Top speed: 143mph0-62mph: 7.1 secondsMPG: 67.3CO2: 109g/km Let’s pretend the midsize executive car market is, in fact, a sweaty freshers’ disco. Everyone’s necking cheap wine and shouting over the dreadful music. Over in the corner you can see three expensively dressed third year students.
By the time you’re done reading this, this modern classic has already hit 60. Enough said.
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION by Doug DeMuro I recently had the opportunity to drive the new Ferrari 488 Spider, which is one of the very best cars I’ve ever driven. Then again, it had better be, considering the one I drove had a sticker price of $350,000.
A number of improvements and updates take the big boy of the Porsche family to a new level.
We’re not getting the diesel-powered Porsche Panamera 4S in the US. We asked Porsche, and a spokesperson told us it doesn’t have “any plans to sell diesel models in the US.” But, we think we can still take a moment to appreciate the greatness of the Panamera 4S and its 4.0-liter diesel V8.
Honda Civic Type R
Honda wins back its performance cred by being Civic, not civil.
Top Gear’s Chris Harris isn’t sure how to feel about Honda. It had its good days, back in the second generation of its front-wheel-drive Civic Type R, but lost its charm for years afterward. But the new car is so good that Harris wonders if one of its biggest competitors, the Ford Focus RS, needs to power all four wheels.
Kia Stinger GT
Critics were forced to eat their words as the Stinger showed “a driver’s Kia” is not an oxymoron, and it hurts so good.
The latest addition to Kia’s lineup is the 2018 Stinger. The midsize four-door hatchback aims to add more thrill to the brand’s car offerings and challenge European luxury automakers for performance and refinement. The base Stinger features rear-wheel drive, a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
2017 INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS
Tesla Model 3 trainwreck and Truck Vaporware
At this point, Tesla has produced more think pieces than it has real automobiles, and Elon’s grand plans hinge on the success of the Model 3.
There was a lot of pomp and circumstance at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters for the big Tesla Semi truck unveiling. There was even a surprise cameo from the ghost of Tesla’s Christmas past: the second generation of the Roadster.
Faraday has no future
Well, at least Elon is doing better than some. It’s a shame that such a promising startup languishes as the market needs more EV competition, not less.
Toyota EVs with Solid State Batteries
Not usually exciting, but always important—when Toyota shifts their titanic capabilities toward a task, all had better take note. And away we go.
Toyota Exec: Our Solid-State Battery Tech Could Be Game-Changer For EVs, But We Aren’t Backing Away From Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
Despite the company’s solid-state battery technology potentially being a “game changer” in the plug-in electric vehicle sector, Toyota will not be backing away from hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, company execs revealed at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.
Genesis G90 beats BMW 7 and Lexus LS
We expect more talking about this promising challenger in the year to come, as it’s already racking up bonafides against Japanese and Germans alike.
We compare the three major luxury cars, 2018 Lexus LS 500 vs 2017 Genesis G90 vs 2017 BMW 7 Series. Which car is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section. 2017 GENESIS G90 THE NEXT LEVEL OF LUXURY Genesis embodies a smarter, more progressive approach to luxury with innovation and styling seamlessly integrated into your life.
Mark Field’s fired from Ford
A shakeup at the American giant is a symptom and sign of the huge transition many OEMs try to make from being car makers to “mobility” companies, whatever that means.
Like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Company has continually failed to convince Wall Street analysts and investors of the worthiness of its stock price over the last few years. Tonight, reports indicate that situation may have cost Ford CEO Mark Fields his job at the automaker.
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- Posted on December 21, 2017