On Motoring Monday the hot new 2016 Nissan Maxima and Honda Pilot, are rolling off the assembly line and on their way to you. BMW offers up a very special 435i and Chevrolet is moving production of the 2016 Camaro back to the United States.
2016 Nissan Maxima
The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima sedan has stirred up a lot of interest since its reveal at the New York Auto Show. And now, it’s on its way to dealers.
In May, production of Nissan’s new full-size sedan dubbed the four-door sports car began production in Smyrna, Tennessee, a plant which has been building Nissan’s now for over 30 years.
The highest producing automotive assembly plant in North America, the new 2016 Nissan Maxima is just one of six different vehicles which roll off the lines in Smyrna, a suburb of Nashville.
The eighth generation Maxima has bold new styling which brings the second presentation of the brand’s new flying roof look and more aggressive V-Motion front grille design with boomerang LED running lights.
Already winning acclaim with the media in first test drives, it’s driven by an updated 3.5 liter VQ-Series V6 with an even 300 horsepower and is said to offer up 30 mpg highway.
It does come only with a constantly variable transmission or CVT which has some enthusiasts scratching their heads, but if it’s any consolation Nissan has proven to be one of the best at offering up a palatable CVT.
The 2016 Nissan Maximas have been rolling off the line now for a few weeks and ought to be landing at dealerships about now with a starting price of $32,410.
2016 BMW 435i ZHP
If you’re an enthusiast at all, you’re gonna be excited about BMW’s latest bone thrown to the club sport crowd, the 2016 435i ZHP Coupe Edition.
Paying homage to the original ZHP option code performance package on the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series, only 100 of the 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Editions will be offered.
It will be both faster looking and faster driving with a number of performance and accessory parts starting with the Track Handling Package which includes larger 18-inch wheels, M Sport Brakes and the adaptive M Suspension.
Under the hood is an additional 35 horsepower afforded by the M Performance Power Kit which is comprised of a hotter tune and high-flow air intake. A limited slip differential helps the additional power from the up-tuned engine push it forward.
BMW says the improvements net up to a half second improvement in acceleration times, a more aggressive feel in throttle response, in addition to a more raucous sound between shifts.
It’s all finished off with the M Performance Aerodynamics Package which features a carbon front and rear spoiler and more aggressive rear diffuser. Inside are special aluminum and piano black trims and an M Sport steering wheel.
You can get yours with either the 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, in any color you want as long as it’s Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic.
The 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition will be arriving in July, which means they’re likely on the boats now. If ya want one you better call your dealer quickly.
2016 Honda Pilot
One of the hottest new crossover SUV’s in the news this spring has been the 2016 Honda Pilot, which is all-new and soon arriving at dealerships.
The first of a new generation of crossover models from Honda, the new Pilot began rolling off the lines at Lincoln, Alabama in May.
Designed, developed and manufactured in North America, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot gets new styling and more space inside, a more powerful and efficient powertrain, and the latest tech features buyers are wanting.
Among them will be a suite of driver assistance and safety features like Lane Watch, forward collision warning and mitigation, radar cruise control, and blind spot warnings.
It gets LED projector-beam headlamps and running lights as well as standard LED taillights. A first for Honda, the 2016 Pilot will also be available with wheel sizes up to 20-inches.
It looks larger too because it is, gaining 3.5-inches in length overall yet Honda says it’s up to 300 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model.
Under the hood is the latest generation 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 which can now be had with either a 6-speed or a new 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Pilot of course will be available in both front and all-wheel drive.
At Honda’s Alabama plant, the Pilot is built alongside the Odyssey minivan and will be joined by the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup next year.
Test Drive: 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
This week we had the ultimate in off-road toys from Toyota, a bright inferno 2015 Tacoma TRDpro pickup to play with out in the desert, and that we did.
The TRDpro is a bit of a last hurrah for the current Tacoma pickups as it represents a special edition that really offers the most in off-road capability before a new redesigned model arrives for 2016.
It has a raised suspension, softer springs, and high-end Bilstein off-road shocks in addition to bead-lock style TRD wheels and knobby off-road tires. We found the suspension does offer better control and agility in the rough, but is still stiffer than most.
Power delivery from the Tacoma’s aged 4.0 liter V6 and 5-speed automatic transmission is however a weak spot, and one thankfully that will be fixed with the 2016 model which gets an all-new powertrain both more powerful and efficient.
You can see our full review on the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRDpro by clicking here.
Reality Check: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro made in USA
The big news in muscle-car land is the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro which was unveiled in Detroit. But within the hoopla of its new design and technical details, there’s a larger story.
For the first time since the late 1980’s, the Chevrolet Camaro will be built in the United States at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. For the last near 30 years, the Camaro has been built exclusively in Canadian plants.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will join the Cadillac ATS on the Lansing production line they share GM’s newest compact rear-wheel drive Alpha platform architecture. The Cadillac CTS models are also built at Lansing.
While the line was already flexible, the plant received new paint shop expansions to allow some of the Camaro’s new colors and new robotic framing systems will allow more dimensional quality to the structures.
A second shift will also be added this summer to bolster production which will add some 500 jobs at Lansing Grand River, making it one of the company’s most production dense plants.
The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is lighter than its predecessor by up to 200 pounds, offers more power choices including a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and promises to have better handling than before.
With production now in the United States, this leaves the Dodge Challenger the last of the American pony cars to still be built over the border.
Now it’s time for our Money Shot where we take this weeks hottest photo from the automotive news and we show it to ya!
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed sneak peek images of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, a single-seat hybrid super-car concept to be released soon in the video game Gran Turismo 6. We’re told to stay tuned for what’s next. I hope it’s a real car.
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