This year has had no lack of news in the automotive world. Shifting consumer demand. Electrification. Autonomous vehicles. There’s no lack of seismic changes occurring in the industry these days, but not all of this year’s top articles here at AutoVerdict are related to those three mega-subjects.
The below list comprises the top 10 articles as noted by traffic on the site during 2017 (click the article title to review).
Apparently the biggest-ever Subaru is an equally big deal? This article discussed how Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana assembly plant is making final preparations to produce the 2019 Subaru Ascent. The Ascent was later revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, showing off the brand’s return to the large SUV segment.
From a business perspective, one of this year’s top stories was unquestionably the labor strike at GM’s CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The Unifor union that represents hourly workers at the plant walked off the job on September 17th. A rather heated negotiation between Unifor and General Motors ensued; to the point GM began publicly suggested the company would shutter the plant. Ultimately that did not happen and workers went back to work on October 16th.
This year has not had any lack of new crossover and SUV launches. However, in a sea of family haulers the Durango SRT stands out for its 475 horsepower HEMI V-8. We got to sample the new Durango SRT earlier this year in Texas thanks to Adam Barrera, who happens to be a former SRT team member.
Future product speculation pieces are always popular in the automotive space. Naturally, this article discussing how GMC brass are potentially interested in an SUV model smaller than the 2018 Terrain proved to be a popular piece. Since the new broke, there’s been no additional information or speculation offered up on the possibility of a tiny GMC.
Lincoln threw everyone a curveball during this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to revealing the 2019 MKC, the luxury brand also dropped the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. The born-again MKX crossover was the mystery vehicle hiding under the sheet prior to the show, the subject of this article. The 2019 Nautilus is the first Lincoln product to ditch the MK naming convention for real names. More to come.
Probably one of the most anticipated reveals of 2017 has been that of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Known as the JL, nearly every aspect of this new icon leaked ahead of its formal reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show, including these leaked shots. This is one case in which basically all of the leaks were validated with the real-deal and Jeep fans are quite thrilled about that.
As consumers flock to crossovers and SUVs, the fate of many sedans across several brands is in question. In this article we report that General Motors is ‘reviewing’ the future of many of its sedans, including the Chevrolet Volt. We have since learned that the Volt is, in fact, not going to last past the current generation. Expect other GM sedans to meet their demise as well.
We can always count on the Chinese government to leak out future products. This time around it was the 2018 Cadillac XTS, which got a new face to better blend in with the rest of the modern-day Cadillac lineup. The new face was ultimately confirmed by Cadillac and is now at Cadillac showrooms in the U.S. and China.
Mercedes-AMG is fueling most of Mercedes’ growth these days, so it comes as no surprise Daimler keeps feeding AMG with more product. This piece highlights how AMG will enter the electrification era with the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLS53. This car is now slated for reveal in January at the Detroit Auto Show and will be the capstone of the new CLS lineup.
Rounding out our top 10 articles of 2017 is our first look at the 2018 Volvo XC60. Despite being yet another crossover that hit the market in 2017, it is another stand-out like the Durango SRT. In this piece, Adam tells us why the XC60 is a great addition to the crowded crossover segment.