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Autoblog Minute: Buick Avista, Chrysler Pacifica, Lexus LC 500 star in Detroit

Weekly Recap For 1.15.16

Public days of the North American International Auto Show are set to kick off as we take a closer look at our favorite reveals. Senior editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.
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[00:00:00] With public days of the North American International Auto Show set to kick off, we're taking a closer look at our favorites from this year's event.

The Buick Avista is all about the style and performance of great Buicks of the past. Now we still don't know if they're going to make the Avista, but it's based on a possible relationship with the Chevy Camaro. The Avista concept has a twin-turbo V6, and it makes 400 hp churned out

[00:00:30] through the rear wheels.

Now speaking of performance coupes, the Lexus LC 500 could be the brand's next great sports car. We saw the concept nearly four years ago and we like this production car because it looks just like the concept, maybe even better. That doesn't happen very much. Now 0-60 comes in 4.5 seconds and with a 5.0L V8, we just can't wait to get behind the wheel.

Now the Pacifica. That's probably the single most important vehicle at the show. It has the potential of being

[00:01:00] the centerpiece for Chrysler for years, maybe decades. Now, there's plenty of modern tech and amenities, but the Pacifica stays true to the purpose of a traditional minivan. There's good looking touch screens and improved stow-and-go features. The most exciting thing might be the available hybrid option. This gets 30 miles on electricity and it can recharge in two hours. That makes it one of the most practical hybrids I think we've ever seen.

Also this week, the federal Government announced that it plans

[00:01:30] to invest $4 billion in autonomous testing over the next decade. It also will remove regulatory hurdles that should speed up the adoption of this groundbreaking technology.

Those are the highlights from the week that was. Be sure to come back this Saturday for my full recap where I'll have a deeper look at what the auto show here in Detroit means to the rest of the industry for the coming year. For Autoblog, I'm Greg Migliore.

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