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All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

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(November 21, 2018) Subaru of America has introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid. The compact SUV offers real all-wheel drive capability in a hybrid package. Arriving at Subaru retailers near the end of this year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique exterior and interior styling and new in-vehicle technology.

2019 Lexus UX



SEATTLE — Small is now big in the ever-growing crossover game and that's just fine with us. We have always been drawn to small, maneuverable vehicles — tossable little guys, if you will — and so its not surprising we were attracted on first drive to Lexus' new sub-compact entry into the luxury crossover segment — the UX. UX standing for "urban crossover" according to Lexus.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe



PARK CITY, Utah — There was a time not all that long ago when Hyundai’s product lineup, while generally good, was unremarkable and easily blended in with the wallpaper. To be sure, their design was on the weird side – case in point, the Santa Fe compact crossover utility vehicle that debuted in 2000 as a 2001 model.
But over the years Hyundai has evolved nicely, with significant improvements in reliability, gas mileage, and its game-changing 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

2019 Toyota Avalon



SAN DIEGO — There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.
That’s because average age of a current Toyota Avalon buyer starts with the number six. But that isn’t stopping the folks at Toyota who aim to knock a decade or so off the median age of the owner by introducing the fifth-generation 2019 Avalon sedan.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Infiniti QX50 — Competitive in popular segment



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Infiniti has done a credible job redesigning its compact QX50 crossover for the 2019 model year, returning to the popular luxury segment — after a one-year hiatus.
The new QX50 goes into the selling wars with a lot of weapons including the world’s first variable compression ratio turbocharged engine, a more spacious interior that includes a more roomy second-row, more cargo space than most of its competitors, and a lot of driver assistance technology. That's in addition to very compelling styling both inside and out.

Here's the Thing

Ford EcoSport fails to make its case against excellent competitors

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 21, 2018) Today, 70 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. are non-sedans; most of those are SUVS. Consumers are flocking to SUVs and pickup trucks, and manufacturers are busy filling that demand with new products of all sizes. To that end, earlier this year Ford began selling its first subcompact crossover utility vehicle in the U.S., EcoSport (pronounced “echo-sport”).

It's the season to be thankful — For cheaper gas prices

(November 20, 2018) Motorists can add cheaper gas prices to their list of ‘things for which to be thankful’ this Thanksgiving holiday. Today’s national gas price average is $2.62, which is seven-cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year. In fact, the large drop brings the year-over-year differential in gas prices to only seven cents — that is the lowest yearly change seen July 2017.

Unhappy Honda Days — The Grinch steals Honda holiday campaign

(November 20, 2018) In partnership with Universal Pictures and Illumination's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, Honda has discovered that their Happy Honda Days event was stolen by the Grinch during Sunday television programming, leaving an empty Honda dealership and spreading unhappiness across the automaker's annual holiday campaign.

The Grinch canceled Honda's annual sales event because it was simply too happy and today, he has taken over the brand's Twitter channel (@Honda), where he shares unhappy and unmerry holiday comments, featuring the hashtag #GrinchTakeover.

Inside the Industry

MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition to be shown in L.A.

(November 21, 2018) MINI USA today announced that the MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition will make its North American premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show starting Nov. 28. MINI also confirmed series production for a new MINI John Cooper Works GP for launch in 2020.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept was first presented as a design study at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017 and had its North American premiere at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year.

Ram readies for winter with new 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition

(November 21, 2018) MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — As Old Man Winter prepares to move in, Ram readies drivers with the new 2019 Ram 1500 North — a special-edition truck with content and features geared toward truck owners who need more capability and warmth on their frozen drive.
 
“The Ram 1500 North is more than a great-looking pickup, it offers cold-weather content for truck owners who require a no-compromise 4x4 as part of their daily regimen,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand. “A factory lift, locking rear axle and all-weather tires deliver confidence when your path is anything but clear.”

Overall sales total $25.2 million at Mecum Las Vegas collector-car auction

(November 21, 2018) LAS VEGAS — Mecum Auctions’ second annual collector-car auction in Las Vegas was deemed a success with $25.2 million in overall sales achieved as 667 vehicles hammered sold for a 75 percent sell-through rate. The results represent a 7 percent increase over last year’s totals.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Texas truck survivor



This 1939 Chevrolet work truck was found standing proudly in retirement on the side of a road in the hill country of Texas stripped of its lights and bumper. 1939 was one of the last model years Chevy trucks and medium-duty vehicles shared an appearance with Chevrolet passenger coupes and sedans.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)