Toyota’s newest sports car, a Hyundai pickup and Chevrolet’s attempt to woo parents with Teen Driver. It’s all in this week’s Auto News in :60.
2017 Toyota 86
The Toyota 86 is headed into dealers this month.
The two-door is actually the rebadged FR-S from Toyota’s now axed-Scion sub-brand. Its looks are tweaked under its new Toyota badge. Toyota says it gave it a a more aggressive front end with LED lighting. The automaker also boosted engine output to 205-horses and 156 pound-feet of torque. The standard entry-level model comes with a manual, but it is also offered with an automatic.
The Toyota 86 name comes from the old “hachi-roku” rear-wheel drive AE86 Toyota Corolla back in the 1980s.
Chevrolet Expands Teen Driver Feature
Chevrolet is making a play for parents who want to keep tabs on their teens.
The automaker is expanding its Teen Driver safety feature to 10 models in its 2017 lineup. The system keeps track of things like top speed reached and distance traveled, and whether any available safety features were activated. Parents can then pull up a report card to check out their teen’s driving behavior.
The 10 2017 Models with the standard feature are the: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt.
New Hyundai Car-Based Pickup
The automaker is putting the final touches on a design, which will have the usual tweaks from a concept car heading into production. Once those are done, we can expect an official announcement.
Like the Honda Ridgeline, it will be a car-based pick. It will share a platform with the Tucson compact crossover. It should arrive as a 2019 model, and no word on whether it will come with a diesel.