Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week for your viewing.
Dozens of automakers arrived in the Motor City this week to show off their latest wares at the North American International Auto Show. While many of the reveals were no surprise, a few automakers left us in limbo until their new sheet metal emerged from the smoke. First thing Monday morning, Porsche revealed the 918 RSR, a coupe version of the 918 Spyder concept it showed last year. Hyundai’s Veloster wowed the show with its futuristic styling and three-door arrangement. Nearing the end of its eighth generation, Honda rolled out sedan and coupe concepts of what will soon become its ninth Civic. The 2011 Detroit auto Show opens its doors to the public on Saturday, January 15. For a further look at what’s on display head over to our coverage of the show here.
Absent from a Jeep product for nearly twenty years, the Wagoneer nameplate will again emerge in the rugged-automaker’s lineup by 2013 as an independent model. CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed this week that the new model will seat seven passengers and reside on the same platform as the new 2011 Grand Cherokee. And this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Jeep-branded pickup, but Marchionne said there’s supposedly a better than 50 percent chance the automaker will move forward with the plan to produce one. Also, Marchionne confirmed that the Jeep Liberty will be replaced in the near future. It is the only untouched product in Jeep’s portfolio for the 2011 model year. The Liberty’s platform mate the Dodge Nitro is also scheduled to be replaced at the same time.
Apparently ZF had more to show this week at the Detroit auto show than just its silver-suited booth professional. The German transmission specialist revealed a nine-speed transmission this week that’s most likely headed into an array of Chrysler products. According to ZF, the nine-speed transaxle will provide double-digit mileage gains compared to six-speed transmissions. It seems gear numbers in transmissions have grown exponentially over the past few years, but company vice president Michael Paul says this is the end…for now.