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All-new Ford Ranger rated most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup


(December 13, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America providing a superior EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating and an top EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating versus the competition. The all-new Ranger has earned EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 4x2 trucks.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

PHOENIX — Until now, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one: Tesla Model X. However, Jaguar has started delivery of its luxury crossover EV, the I-Pace, and Audi has unveiled its e-tron SUV. Others like Porsche are close behind. The I-Pace is sleek, sharp looking five-passenger crossover that’s powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that powers a pair of electric motors.

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ram has developed a unique hybrid system for its lineup of 2019 Ram 1500 V-6 and Hemi V-8 pickups designed as a seamless way to improve gas mileage while at the same time add significant torque to both engines. It has rather appropriately been dubbed eTorque. The eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be standard equipment on all V-6 models and comes as a $1,450 option on the V-8 models.

2019 Lexus ES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the Lexus brand first launched in the U.S 28 years ago, it did so with just two sedans: the LS and the smaller ES. Over the years, Lexus, of course, added numerous vehicles to its portfolio — SUVs, sportier models and more coupes and sedans. With 2.18 million worldwide sales — one million in the U.S. alone — it is the most popular Lexus ever.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Buick Encore — Driving small in style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were skeptical when Buick introduced the 2013 Encore mini-crossover. We openly wondered if such a diminutive vehicle — even in the exploding small entry-level luxury crossover segment — would go over with the Buick crowd who were accustomed to much larger offerings. Much of our skepticism was erased when we first drove the Encore, which we discovered a very appealing piece of work.

Here's the Thing

Audi Q7 reflects balance between power, functionality

By Paul Borden

(December 13, 2018) Manufacturers of luxury SUVs tend to lean toward the performance side when it comes to the engineering and the design of their products, but aside from some issues with available storage space behind the third row, Audi’s Q7 hits the sweet spot between get-up-and-go and comfort/functionality.

National gas price average cheaper on the week, month and year

(December 11, 2018) The national gas price average of $2.42 is the lowest pump price of the year, a price point not seen since mid-December last year. The average sits at four cents cheaper than last week, 28-cents cheaper than last month and four cents less than last year. The last time the national average was cheaper on the week, month and year was during July 2017, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for December

(December 11, 2018) ATLANTA — Car buyers can expect the deals to continue this month as dealerships look to clear inventory and close the year strong. December typically has a high monthly volume of new car sales with many car shoppers looking to buy luxury vehicles, which also can translate into attractive used car options from trade-ins.

"Dealerships are highly motivated in December to close sales across their entire inventory, both new and used," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Inside the Industry

Research project 'FastCharge' tests ultra-fast charging technology

(December 13, 2018) JETTINGEN-SCHEPPACH, Germany — The industrial companies involved in the research project “FastCharge” on Wednesday presented the latest advancements in the field of fast and convenient energy supply for electrically powered vehicles. The prototype of a charging station with a capacity of up to 450 kW was inaugurated in Jettingen-Scheppach, Bavaria.

Toyota recalls 65,000 older models for Takata airbag issue

(December 13, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain Toyota 2003-2005 Model Year Corolla, 2002-2005 Model Year Sequoia, 2003-2005 Model Year Tundra and 2002-2005 Model Year Lexus SC vehicles in the United States. Approximately 65,000 vehicles are involved in this recall.

The involved vehicles were subject to previous recalls where front passenger airbag inflators were replaced with new Takata-produced, non-desiccated airbag inflators as a remedy.

Subaru Certified Collision Network opens to independent collision centers

(December 12, 2018) Subaru of America announced today that the Subaru Certified Collision Network (SCCN), designed to ensure the proper training and equipment necessary to restore vehicles to original factory specifications, will open enrollment to independent collision centers across the country starting Jan.1. After a successful pilot in March, and retailer enrollment in June 2018, Subaru is ready to begin adding independent collision centers to the newly formed Subaru Certified Collision Network.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Post WW II Cadillac

Cadillac stopped its World War II tank building on Aug. 24, 1945, quickly changed over to cars, and rolled off the first 1946 Cadillac sedan on Oct. 7, 1945. The 1946-47 Cadillacs were basically a continuation of the 1942 models. Production ended shortly after the Peal Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, before being resumed four years later. This 1946-47 sedan was found in a New Mexico salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)