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BMW Group to electrify Los Angeles Auto Show


Mini Electric Concept

(November 20, 2017) Reinforcing its commitment to offer 25 electrified models —12 of which will be purely electric — by 2025, BMW Group will showcase five electric vehicles at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show beginning Nov. 29. Vehicles include the North American premieres of the BMW i Vision Dynamics, MINI Electric Concept, BMW i3s, and a world premiere vehicle.

2018 Ram Rebel

INDIANAPOLIS — There are 11 Ram 1500 models, ranging from the work-ready Tradesman through the Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, Night, Laramie, and Limited Tungsten editions.  Each has a unique character that appeals subsets of the broad spectrum of full-size truck drivers.  Towards the top is the Ram Rebel, which is perhaps the most expressive of an expressive family. Rebel is big and bold with hints of Power Wagon and Lil' Red Truck. 

2018 Honda Odyssey

It occurred to me that the Honda Odyssey, first introduced almost 25 years ago in 1994, is the perfect stealth vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging any suspicious or illegal activity. But Odyssey’s never been a vehicle that will turn heads or be followed home to ask the owner what they are driving. They’re everywhere, yet no one pays any attention to them. But who cares?

2018 Toyota Camry

NEWBURG, Ore. — To say that the midsized Toyota Camry sedan is a massively popular car would be a gross understatement. After all, it’s been America’s best-selling passenger vehicle for 18 of the past 20 years, and 18 million have been sold around the world since it was first introduced in 1982.
Toyota sold over 388,000 Camry’s last year, but that’s down from more than 430,000 in 2015. Through May of this year, sales are down some 20,000 units over last year. Still, Camry is a popular vehicle and a solid bet to sell more than 300,000 by year end.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Lexus LC 500 — Luxury eye candy

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been nearly eight years since Lexus pulled the plug on the aging SC 430 hardtop convertible coupe. Now Lexus is back in the high-end mid-sized coupe business stronger than ever with a head-turning and heart-pounding entry — the 2018 LC 500. It combines luxury craftsmanship with outstanding performance and ultra-modern styling.

Here's the Thing

New Mazda MX-5 RF continues to excite roadster fans

By Peter Hubbard

(November 20, 2017) Writers — even auto writers — need a spark of inspiration every so often, to get their motors running and creativity flowing.  But for this review, lack of inspiration will not be an issue.  After all, if you can’t get inspired after a weeklong fling with a Mazda MX-5 Miata, you may be brain dead … or possibly German. 

Honda, Mercedes lead Edmunds Most Wanted Awards

(November 18, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds has announced the winners of its 2018 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards. This recognition honors the most in-demand vehicles in 17 segments, based on sales, days-to-turn and shopper interest data on Edmunds.

"The vehicles recognized as Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted are doing everything right when it comes to attracting the attention of car shoppers," Edmunds Executive Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said.

Nearly 51 million to travel this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

(November 18, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

Inside the Industry

Honda begins selling 2018 Accord 2.0T this week

(November 20, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new 2018 Honda Accord lineup gets even more powerful and engaging with the launch of the Accord 2.0T, powered by a new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine offering the highest torque output ever for Accord. The Accord 2.0T goes on sale today with a starting price of $31,200 including destination charge for the Accord 2.0T Sport, available with either a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission or a short-throw 6-speed manual.

Polestar begins construction of its state-of-the-art production center in China

(November 20, 2017) Polestar has announced that construction of its new state-of-the-art Polestar Production Centre has started in Chengdu, China, where the company’s first model, the Polestar 1, will be produced.  This follows the announcement of the new Polestar brand on Oct. 17, and continues the momentum built from the launch.

The Polestar Production Centre is due for completion by mid-2018 to be ready to start tooling installation and pre-production testing — an aggressive and challenging nine-month construction plan.

Ford is ready to roll as official vehicle of Detroit Thanksgiving parade

(November 20, 2017) DETROIT — A new and expanded fleet of Ford SUVs will be doing the heavy hauling when the 91st edition of America’s Thanksgiving Parade — one of Ford Motor Company’s signature community events — rolls along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The parade on Nov. 23 will be led by a trio of Ford SUVs — the all-new Ford Expedition, the Ford Explorer and the all-new Ford EcoSport — the smallest of Ford’s sport utility vehicles.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A survivor from the '50s

Chevrolet built the astounding number of 624,489 sedans for the 1956 model year. This is one of the survivors from more than 60 years ago found behind a garage in North Carolina. Prices ranged from $1,869 for a base One-Fifty to $2,230 for a top line Bel Air four-door hardtop.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)