GM dominates “Domestic Three” presence at the NY Auto Show

NEW YORK- GM was the dominant “Domestic Three” brand at this year’s New York Auto Show with four world reveals starting with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

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The Malibu’s wheelbase is 101 mm (4.0 in) longer, but it is 136 kg (300 lb) lighter than the outgoing model.

Standard engine is a new 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder with 160 hp and start/stop technology. Optional will be a 2.0-litre turbo with 250 hp and there will also be a Hybrid with fuel consumption expected to be in the 4.9/5.2L/100 km city/highway range.

Chevrolet Malibu at New York Auto Show

The new Malibu will be offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, as well as the Hybrid model. Premier trim is Chevrolet’s new uplevel designation and debuts in the 2016 Malibu.

The 2.0-litre Malibu gets GM’s new eight-speed automatic, the first time this transmission has been adopted on a front-drive car.

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The 2016 Malibu is 91 mm (3.6 in) longer from stem to stern and incorporates Chevrolet’s new global design language, making it look sleeker thanks to items such as thin headlights, three body-side character lines and dual-port grille.

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark will sold in 40 markets worldwide and is now sleeker in appearance. Spark offers features and technologies not often found in the sub-compact segment, one of them being 10 airbags.

Chevrolet Spark at New York Auto Show

Power comes from one of the first of GM’s new family of small engines, the one in the Spark being a 1.4-litre inline four-cylinder with 98 hp, which is a 16 per cent jump over the current model.

A rear view camera is standard with rear park assist optional. Also available are Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert.

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On the eve of the show, Cadillac unveiled its new flagship CT6 with on-demand AWD and GM’s new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet Malibu at New York Auto Show

The all-new Cadillac 3.0-litre Twin Turbo engine offers an estimated 400 hp and 400 lb/ft of torque, making it among the most power dense V6 engines in the segment at 133 horsepower (99 kW) per litre.

Also available are a turbo 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder and new 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated engines, each with the new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The CT6 features a rear camera mirror, which is the industry’s first application of full-display technology. It combines camera technology with the conventional inside mirror to project an unobstructed view in the mirror.

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Also bowing at the New York Auto Show were the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali with new front and rear fascias, new grille designs, a power dome hood, light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and additional updates. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are offered on SLE and SLT models for the first time.

Lincoln also held the world premiere of the Continental Concept prior to the show and it was warmly received by journalists, some saying it was the star of the show.

Lincoln Continental at New York Auto Show

Aimed at the premium luxury segment, the concept with its new centered chrome grille, points to the new face of Lincoln.

Under the skin, a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-litre V6 EcoBoost engine powers the Continental Concept and also features Lincoln Drive Control ride-enhancing technologies and Adaptive Steering.

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The Ford Focus RS had its North American debut in New York featuring all-wheel-drive and a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing 315 hp and the most powerful breaking system ever on a Focus.

Ford Focus RS at New York Auto Show

It is also the first RS with selectable drive modes – including industry-first drift mode as well as launch control.

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