Week in Review: A New Lincoln and a Phat Caddy

By Jacob Brown | January 24, 2014
You'd think that a week after the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, things would slow down a little. Well, you'd be wrong. This week has been quite the opposite, in fact. We've seen plenty of new models, both camouflaged and exposed, and rumblings, rumors, and accusations of misdeeds proliferate throughout the auto industry. And, heck, we didn't even touch the Justin Bieber fiasco, and yet there's still plenty to talk about. Here's the lowdown.

Monday, January 20

We enjoyed our Martin Luther King Jr. day off, and we hope you did, too.

Tuesday, January 21

If just 10 percent of automotive collision repair shops can handle the malleable metal we call aluminum, what's going to happen when the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. goes towards being made out of it? Will an industry be crippled? That's a very good question in the event of a 2015 Ford F-150 that will be made from the material. More expensive than steel and far easier to screw up, aluminum will comprise most of the next-generation pickup truck, helping it achieve superior fuel economy and capabilities. The question is, though, at what cost?

Wednesday, January 22

At 9 p.m. our time, Lincoln unveiled its 2015 Navigator, heavily refreshed from the outgoing model. While the 2015 Lincoln Navigator's new schnoz finally matches that of the rest of the lineup, it's what's under the sheetmetal that really makes the difference: A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 producing 370 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque replaces the old 5.4-liter V-8, which should help it deliver far superior fuel economy compared to the outgoing model. Likely to start at a much lower price than the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator should still carry plenty of posh punch when it goes on sale towards the end of this year.

Thursday, January 23

Not to go unnoticed in this time of excess, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has increased the base price for its entry-level model to $72,690, including $995 for destination and handling. That, friends, is what we call a price increase of nearly $8,000 from the 2014 model. Cadillac dropped the entry model of the previous Escalade not too long ago, so some sources are reporting a more modest $3,000 increase, but it should be noted that the big lux SUV comes with features that the old one didn't have, including CUE infotainment, a much nicer interior, LED headlights, and a magnetic suspension. The 'Slade goes on sale second quarter 2014.

Friday, January 24

Numbers are in for the 2013 world sales race, which is always quite the jockeying of position these days. It used to be the case that General Motors would run away with it, but since the 2008 economic downturn, GM has refocused on profitability while Toyota and Volkswagen have gained solid ground amid a tepid Europe and developing Asia. Toyota outgunned GM 9.98 million units in 2013 to 9.71. Meanwhile, Volkswagen presented 9.5 million sales, which isn't too shabby, either. Toyota wants to topple 10 million sales in 2014. Can it do it?