The Titan has continued to sit in a corner of Nissan’s front yard, taken out on occasion but largely unloved, the same way you see a project truck in a neighbor’s driveway that makes you wonder, “Are they ever going to do anything with that?” The fullsize pickup made the news about six months ago when reports surfaced that the next generation would offer a Cummins diesel engine that had originally been meant for Ram, then it returned to the shadows.
According to a report from Edmunds, the Titan will return to the spotlight in about a year, with the unveil of the 2016 model planned for next year’s Detroit Auto Show. Along with that oil-burner, it will bring a gasoline V6 engine, a complete redesign and a regular cab configuration to finally give it a fighting chance against the thick end of the light-duty truck market. Toyota gets pressed for the molasses-like sales of the Tundra, but that fullsize entrant sold 7,890 units in January and 10,988 in December 2013. Nissan sold 887 Titans in January, 1,284 in December 2013 and broke 2,400 US sales in a single month just once in four years. (The segment-leading Ford F-150, for reference, sold 46,536 units in January.)
An entry-level model and a regular cab option should give the Titan a welcome and overdue sales boost. Better power numbers and fuel economy for the V8 would probably go a long way, too. We expect to start getting glimpses of its future later this year.
Mercedes-Benz launched its latest generation C-Class in January at the Detroit Auto Show, with the new sedan taking on the styling of the latest S-Class and shrinking it down to a more nimble, affordable size. Even though the new sedan is not going on sale here until September, the German luxury maven is reportedly already working on future variants – maybe even a C-Class AMG convertible.
Autocar recently spotted the C63 AMG successor testing ahead of a rumored 2015 release, and it says that not only will its sedan, coupe and wagon bodystyles return, the British publication says there’s even a new convertible version in the works, and AMG will get in on the topless fun, too. The next AMG C-Class is heavily rumored to house a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with about 480 horsepower. The new engine will replace the current 451-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8, a move that would be consistent with AMG’s trend towards downsized engines with forced induction. Interestingly, Autocar maintains that the next C63 will continue to be a rear-wheel-drive only affair – bucking the trend that has seen Affalterbach fitting its 4Matic all-wheel drive to more and more of its models.
Rarely one to comment on future product, Mercedes is declining to confirm that a C-Class convertible is in development, AMG or otherwise. However, Christian Bokich, Mercedes-Benz USA Product and Technology PR Manager, has commented to Autoblog that“there could be another C-Class coupe on the way within the next 2-3 years.”
While it would certainly be nice to hear the whistle of the next C63 AMG’s twin-turbo V8 with the top down, it sounds like we might be waiting quite a while to have that dream fulfilled.
There were more people visiting Cobo Hall for the North American International Auto Show than there are people living in the city of Detroit. Attendance this year topped out at 803,451 — its highest since 2003, when 838,066 car gawkers attended.
The Ford Raptor we borrowed to get around Michigan for the Detroit Auto Show guzzled fuel at an alarming rate and barely fit anywhere we tried to park it… but somehow I miss it already. Here’s a breakdown of how it performed in the Motor City’s meanest parking spaces.
It’s fair to say we’re going to miss the E92 BMW M3. Its high-revving V8, flame-styled looks and excellent driving character made it quite simply one of the best cars of the 2000s. Its replacements, the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe have a lot to live up to.
We still have a few months to wait until we can drive the new cars, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited in the meantime, learning everything we can. To find out, we sent west coast editor Michael Harley onto the Detroit Auto Show floor earlier this week to talk about the new M cars with BMW product manager Victor Leleu.
If you want a concise, but highly informative rundown of these new cars, look no further than this video. Leleu talks about the styling, weight savings and engines in a lot of detail, making this an interview M fans aren’t going to want to miss. Scroll down for the full video.