It is not even February and it already seems like this is going to be a great year. The 2016 North American International Auto Show is finally here and everyone here at Mexico Automotive Review is truly excited to follow all the new releases. Therefore, we have decided to bring you a daily update with the most exciting highlights of each day.
Car and Truck of the Year
Beating the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Honda Civic became the North American Car of the Year as the first event in the 2016 Auto Show. This is the second win for Civic, after its last recognition in 2006. In the truck category, the Volvo XC90 had its own victory against the Honda Pilot and the Nissan Titan XD. This is also Volvo’s second win with the XC90, after its last gold medal in 2003.
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche brings its two new models, the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S, turbocharged unlike the last editions. Now, both models can reach an overwhelming 540 or 580hp depending on the engine you choose, reaching the 100 km/h mark in less than three seconds. The sad part is that the starting price for the Turbo is more than $160,000, while the Turbo S begins at US$189,000. From there, it only escalates further as you add more features.
Mercedes-Benz SLC, S65, and S63
The SLK is reborn as the new SLC roadster. This even more stylish version has now been unveiled as a worthy successor, following the tradition of Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class. This new addition to the family will feature a number of engine variations, but all of them will ditch the previous eight cylinders in favor of a four- or six-cylinder arrangement of 1.6 to 2.0 liters. Within the S-Class, Mercedes released the new AMG S65 as the star of its cabriolet family. This monster has a 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine with a seven-speed transmission that allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 300 km/h.
Additionally, celebrating the 130th anniversary of Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler’s invention, Mercedes proudly presented the AMG S63 Cabriolet “130 Edition.” As you can probably guess, this is a limited edition of 130 cars, each one with a red rooftop, red interiors, as well as a unique AMG Indoor Car Cover, custom made and engraved with “Edition 130 – 1 of 130.” It is certainly a must-have for everyone in the Mercedes’ fan club.
Audi h-tron Quattro concept and A4 Allroad
Not wanting to be left behind, Audi released its new hydrogen powered concept, the h-tron Quattro. This vision runs on two electric motors and a hydrogen tank that only takes four minutes to refill. This model, however, will take quite some time to reach the market, as hydrogen technology is still being perfected. Nevertheless, it certainly puts the spotlight on Audi amidst Volkswagen’s latest scandal. As if this were not enough, Audi also released the new A4 Allroad quattro with a slick new design, a 252 hp engine, and an S-tronic seven-speed transmission that takes it from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Infiniti Q60 Coupé
A more powerful model has arrived for Infiniti. In the words of Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation, “The new Q60 contributes to the brand’s inheritance and its history in technological development.” This new version features a V6 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged engine, delivering either 300 or 400hp. This release comes at a crucial time in Infiniti’s development, as the brand is celebrating its record-braking sales from 2015, with a year-on-year growth of 16%.
Don’t miss our next update tomorrow.
The data used in this article was sourced from Autoblog, Detroit Free Press, Audi, and Infiniti.