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(August 22, 2014) TUSTIN, Calif. — Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. has announced the 2014 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). AutoPacific’s IVAs are designed to recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires, helping consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions with “owners talking” feedback.

2015 Acura ILX 2.4



GOLDSBORO, N.C. — There were a number of good things to write about with the Acura ILX entry level luxury car after it arrived on the scene as a 2013 model, but performance and driving excitement were just a couple of its detriments — at least in the hybrid edition we were evaluating. Our conclusion at the time, the ILX won't make our recommended list.

2015 Lexus NX



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lexus invented the luxury midsize crossover way back in 1998. It was an idea that quickly blossomed into one of the hottest segments in the luxury ranks and within a few years Lexus was faced with serious competition for its groundbreaking RX 300. But Lexus remains the midsize sales champ rolling on with the ever-popular RX 350.

2015 Dodge Challenger



PORTLAND, Ore. — Hybrid and electric cars might be all the rage in the eyes of many new car buyers; but there are still plenty of people who just lust after an exciting car with plenty of power. Fifty years ago, when Ford introduced the original Mustang it started a whole new genre — muscle cars, aka pony cars. For many years the cars in this purely American segment captured the imagination of anyone looking for a more practical alternative to a two-seat sports car.

Vehicle of the Week

2014 Range Rover LWB — Ultimate SUV luxury



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The redesigned Range Rover takes the upscale suburban SUV driving experience to a new level pampering its occupants with cutting-edge features including scrumptious leather, and a comfortable ride thanks to a new aluminum air suspension system. The fourth-generation Range Rover is as accomplished as any luxury vehicle at providing the better things of driving life.

Here's the Thing

Summer sales sizzle continues according to J.D. Power

(August 22, 2014) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Summer is shopping season when it comes to new vehicles and August is no exception, as new-vehicle retail and total sales are on pace to surpass May for the highest levels in 2014, according to a monthly sales forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Retail light-vehicle sales are projected to hit 1.3 million units and total light-vehicle sales are expected to reach nearly 1.5 million in August 2014, both a 3 percent increase on a selling day adjusted basis, compared with August 2013.

Iowa cheapest, Wyoming most expensive state to own car

(August 22, 2014) NEW YORK — Wyoming is the most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle and Iowa is the cheapest, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Bankrate factored in the annual costs of gasoline, insurance and repairs. In Wyoming, a typical driver spends $2,705 per year to operate his or her vehicle. In Iowa, the average driver spends just $1,942 per year. The national average is $2,223.

Nissan Maxima tops list of best August deals, according to TrueCar

(August 21, 2014) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Nissan Maxima 3.5S, which sells at an average of 18 percent off MSRP, tops August's list of best savings on new vehicles, according to TrueCar. Published monthly, this "TrueSavings" report analyzes recent transaction prices and identifies opportunities for consumer savings.

Inside the Industry

1921 Rolls-Royce to bring star power to Auburn Auction Park

(August 22, 2014) AUBURN, Ind. — A 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon used in the acclaimed HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire" will bring star power to the historic Auburn Auction Park next week as it crosses the block during Auctions America's annual Auburn Fall weekend, Aug. 27-31.

Honda CR-Z Hybrid gets supercharged with HPD street performance

(August 21, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show.

With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.

Volvo's optimistic forecast: Sales to grow 10 percent in 2014

(August 21, 2014) Volvo Car Group expects sales for the full year to increase by close to 10 per cent in 2014 driven by steady growth in key markets and an improving product offer, according to Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.

Samuelsson was speaking at the company’s first half results announcement in Stockholm where he reported an operating profit of SEK 1,21 billion ($169.4 million) for the first six months of 2014, with sales up 9.5 per cent to 229,013 and revenue of SEK 64,8 billion ($907 million).

Abandoned Car of the Week

Mercury in the weeds



This 1969 Mercury Monterey is nearly swallowed up by weeds in eastern North Carolina. The large Monterey was introduced in 1952 and built through the mid '70s, the last generation running from 1969 to 1974. Four V8 engines were available for the last generation ranging in size from a 6.5-liter to a 7.5-liter. A three-speed automatic was the transmission of choice.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)