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For most drivers Chevy Bolt is all the vehicle they will ever need


By Jim Prueter

(August 23, 2017) When it comes to all-electric vehicles (EVs), most of the news has been about Tesla’s Model 3, which launched just a few weeks ago when production began at its Freemont, Calif., facility. But the EV that should be getting to most attention is the Chevrolet Bolt, a vehicle described as General Motor’s electric moonshot, a game changer that goes head to head with the Model 3. Bolt began a limited rollout in a few states last December and nationwide this month.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In 2011 Hyundai brought its Fluidic Sculpture design language to its mid-sized Sonata sedan deviating from the pedestrian styling of many of the other mainstream mid-sized offerings with flowing, coherent lines, a large expansive grille and swept-back headlights. Interior styling was also groundbreaking. And the sixth-generation Hyundai resonated with buyers.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

INDIANAPOLIS — If your idea of an Italian car is something small, sexy, fast, and with two seats, then with the first-ever 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, two out of four ain’t bad. Named for the Stelvio Pass, the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, Alfa Romeo’s suave new crossover looks ready to conquer its namesake — or America’s grand Interstates. It literally expands the definition of “Italian sports car.”

2018 Volvo V90

PHOENIX — The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the best luxury wagons in the world. But is it good enough to persuade SUV-crazed new car shoppers to forego their high-end utes and opt for the Swedish built Volvo Wagon?
You do remember station wagons, don’t you? Although both demand and product availability in the wagon market has shrunk dramatically in recent years, thanks to the immense popularity of SUVs and crossover vehicles, few automakers have remained as dedicated to the station wagon as Volvo, having sold millions worldwide to date.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Kia Niro — A hybrid AND a crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The all-new Kia Niro competes in the small crossover segment against such players as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3, but it possesses one big advantage, the Niro is propelled by a fuel-stingy hybrid drivetrain. Gas mileage ranges toward the 50 mpg mark putting it squarely in the crosshairs of the Toyota Prius hatchback. It can live in both worlds quite well, so is this the beginning of a new sub-segment of small dedicated hybrid crossovers?

Here's the Thing

Where will millennials take the car industry?

(August 23, 2017) Cars and the automobile industry have long been backbones of both the American economy and way of life. In the early 20th century, Henry Ford had the foresight to envision a process where cars could be mass produced on an assembly-line so that each and every American could own an automobile.

Porsche top brand; Ford has most segment wins in AutoPacific awards

(August 23, 2017) TUSTIN, Calif.  — Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. has announced its 2017 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA), recognizing vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires. Porsche was named top brand and top overall vehicle. And Ford took home more wins than any other nameplate.

Gas prices fluctuate across the country

(August 22, 2017) At $2.33, the national gas price average is two cents cheaper than a week ago. Consumers in most Midwest, East Coast and Southern states are paying, on average, two cents less on the week, while most West Coast and Rockies states are seeing pump prices increase on average by three cents, AAA reported Monday.

Today’s national average is five cents more than a month ago and 17 cents more expensive than a year ago.

Inside the Industry

Cadillac introduces Glacier Metallic Edition CTS-V

(August 23, 2017) Cadillac has announced the exclusive 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition, painted a smoky light gray that celebrates Cadillac’s 115-year history. The Edition will be limited to 115 CTS-V super sedans produced in 2017 for model year 2018.

Accenting the anniversary color are standard illuminated door handles, dark red Brembo brake calipers and 19-inch forged polish-finished alloy wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets, creating a unique look for Cadillac’s ultimate driver’s car.

6th generation BMW M5 quickest, most advanced M-vehicle to date

(August 22, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has unveiled the all-new 2018 BMW M5, a car that since 1984 has been regarded as the quintessential high-performance sports sedan. The previous generations of the BMW M5 all possess purebred racing genes and acquitted themselves impressively on the racetrack as well as on the road.

First $3 million Bugatti Chiron delivered to customer in U.S.

(August 22, 2017) MONTEREY, Calif. — The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017 offered the ideal backdrop for the delivery of the first Bugatti Chiron to a customer in the US. Following Europe, North America is the second most important sales market for the luxury brand from Molsheim.

Almost 30 percent of all the orders received for the Bugatti Chiron come from this region. The price in the U.S. market is $2.998 million including shipping, duties, taxes and charges. The Chiron series is limited to 500 vehicles. More than half of the total series has already been sold throughout the world.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Route 66 Chevrolet in good shape

The addition of the Powerglide automatic transmission gave Chevrolet an edge on Ford in 1950. It was a $159 option. A slightly larger version of the long-running "stovebolt" six-cylinder engine came with the new transmission to make up for power loss from the automatic shifter. This 1950 Chevy was found in Rolla, Mo., along Route 66. (Photo by Jim Meachen)