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Genesis G80 Sport – Good enough to stand out from the crowd?


By Jim Prueter

(October 23, 2017) It’s no secret that Hyundai has struggled to get its Genesis sedan the same kind of attention to a car buying public that has otherwise completely embraced the Korean auto manufacturer, whose popular models include Sonata mid-sized family sedan, Azera premium sedan, and Santa Fe and Tucson crossovers.

2018 Mercedes GLA 250

PHOENIX — The small, compact luxury crossover segment is growing rapidly, with numerous manufacturers flooding the market with a vast choice of vehicles and trim levels. Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30 are just a few, with Jaguar’s new E Pace going on sale in 2018. We last drove the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, the German automaker’s first compact crossover utility vehicle, shortly after it was introduced back in 2015. It’s actually more of a hatchback than an SUV and is smaller than the company’s GLC compact crossover.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

INDIANAPOLIS — With a name conceived as some amalgamation of a tiger and iguana, the Tiguan was always part car, part SUV and styled like a Golf on heels.  It identified as a Volkswagen, but looked bland.  But, driving it was a spicy delight with that turbo engine propelling it down the left lane of fast freeways.  Well, it’s all new for 2018 and it’s gone from bland to a big spicy habanero.

2018 Lexus LS 500

SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury carmakers always have one flagship vehicle. Most often it is their biggest sedan, the one they want as their lead vehicle, one that radiates the essence of excellence, along with all the substance and presence of a dreadnought-class luxury sedan. For Lexus, that vehicle is the LS sedan, originally launched 28 years ago to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sedans.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Mercedes C43 convertible — Fresh-air thrills photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

In our current automotive world dominated by crossover SUVs and pickup trucks, true four-place convertibles are becoming obsolete. A majority of open air rides are small sports cars that are primarily designed for two. But not at Mercedes-Benz, which builds virtually every possible configuration of  every vehicle in every segment under its vast portfolio. For instance, if you are enamored of the new compact C Class, there can be a convertible in your future that will seat four adults without sacrificing style, performance or interior comfort.

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2018 Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas by TAWA

(October 19, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — The 2018 Ford F150 was named the 2018 Truck of Texas by The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) following the Texas Truck Rodeo in Dripping Springs, Texas, where 75 journalists evaluated and voted on the best in class vehicles in 21 categories.

Sixty-four vehicles, with a combined value of nearly $4 million were test driven and compared over a two-day period at Longhorn River Ranch just outside of Austin.

AAA finds nearly one-third of new vehicles are missing spare tire

(October 19, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers. Last year alone, AAA came to the rescue to more than 450,000 members faced with a flat tire whose cars did not have a spare tire.

Biggest threat to teens — the family car

(October 18, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — The biggest threat to teens' safety is the vehicle sitting in their parents' driveways. Yet, many parents remain under-educated about the risks new drivers face. In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 15-21, the National Safety Council compiled a list of statistics and facts many parents do not – but should – know about teen driver safety.

Inside the Industry

Mustang team works after hours to create new performance pack

(October 23, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the Performance Pack Level 2 for the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”

Less weight, more performance — 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

(October 23, 2017) ATLANTA — Porsche is reinvigorating the concept of the puristic 911 T model from 1968 with the new 2018 911 Carrera T. With less weight, a manual transmission with a shorter constant transaxle ratio, and a standard mechanical rear differential lock, performance and driving pleasure are heightened.

2018 Nissan Maxima starts at $33,905

(October 22, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan has announced U.S. pricing for the 2018 Nissan Maxima, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide, starting at $33,905 including destination charge. It is available in five well-equipped models: Maxima S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum, each equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine and performance-oriented Xtronic transmission.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a pre-war Dodge

Dodge pickups underwent a complete redesign with streamlined styling in 1939. One of those styling features was a very attractive front end, which is one of the few things that has survived this 1941 Dodge. The 1941 truck came with a 218 cubic inch six-cylinder engine making 75 horsepower.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)