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GM to add 400 hourly workers to Bowling Green Corvette plant

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(April 26, 2019) BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green, KY., Assembly plant to support production of the next-generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. The addition of the second shift will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 1,300.

2020 Jeep Gladiator



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been 28 years since there’s been a Jeep-branded pickup, the Comanche, sold from 1986 through 1992. As one of the most highly anticipated new vehicles to launch in years the Gladiator finally arrives amid renewed interest in midsize pickups among the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger entries.

2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS



PHOENIX — Nissan first debuted its all-electric LEAF in 2010. It quickly became the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, with more that 400,000 sold since that time. However, given the recent success of the more advanced Tesla Model 3, that distinction may not hold up for much longer. When Nissan introduced its second-generation LEAF for 2018 with a new 150-mile driving range — up from the first generation’s 107 miles — Chevrolet had already announced the game-changing Bolt with its breakthrough 238 miles.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali



PHOENIX — Pickup trucks are better than ever and the hottest selling vehicle segment on the market thanks to America’s growing love affair, an insatiable appetite for them and a strong economy. It also helps that most automakers have dramatically upped their game with new entrants like the return of the Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline mid-sized trucks. Still others like Ram, Chevrolet and GMC are all new for 2019.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 McLaren 720S — Pinnacle of performance



By Jim Meachen

A few numbers will help explain exactly what the 2019 McLaren 720S supercar is all about. Astounding but true — 0-to-60 mph, 2.7 seconds; 1/4-mile, 10.2 seconds at 145 mph; 0-to-100, 5.4 seconds; and 0-to-180 mph, 17 seconds.

Here's the Thing

2019 Lexus GX 460 — Old school SUV

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 25, 2019) The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is part of a generation of mid-size SUVs that time has long since passed by. In a flood of lighter, car-based unibody crossover utility vehicles with independent suspensions and luxury sedan-like driving characteristics, the traditional truck-based body-on-frame GX looks, drives, and feels old school when compared to all-new editions of competitors like the Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and even its popular stablemate Lexus RX 350.

Death of brand loyalty: 80 percent of drivers unfaithful at the pump

(April 24, 2019) BOSTON — While consumers are passionate about their favorite coffee brand, they have no preference for the brand of gas that’s pumped into their vehicle. GasBuddy finds that gas station loyalty has declined in the past three years, with 5% fewer customers citing brand loyalty as a reason to choose a gas station.

In fact, data from GasBuddy’s Pay with GasBuddy program shows that more than 80% of consumers who fill up four times per month or more do so at multiple fuel and convenience brands in any given month.

Gas prices level off; smallest increase in eight weeks

(April 23, 2019) With only a penny increase on the week, the national gas price average saw the smallest one-week jump since mid-February. For the last eight weeks, weekly jumps ranged anywhere between a nickel and a nearly a quarter.

“On the week, 30 states saw pump price increases or decreases of three cents or less which helped keep the national average relatively steady, but motorists shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Inside the Industry

Nissan GT-R manufacturing tech brought to new Altima engine

(April 26, 2019) DECHERD, Tenn. — A special manufacturing technique usually reserved for supercars has found its way into the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima 2.5-liter engine.

Inside the four cylinders of the engine block is where Nissan's state-of-the-art mirror bore process is used to reduce friction and improve efficiency. The treatment, first used in the Nissan GT-R and applied to other specialty models like the Sentra NISMO, helps engines run smoothly by eliminating the need for bulky cylinder liners.

Lexus RC F stars in new 'Men in Black' film

(April 25, 2019) PLANO, Texas — To complete their missions, the Men in Black need vehicles with the horsepower for high speed pursuits, the most advanced alien-fighting technology, and sophisticated styling befitting the most exclusive group of secret agents in the galaxy. Lexus is pleased to fill that role as the official vehicle of Sony Pictures' "Men in Black: International," slated to open in U.S. theaters June 14. The second trailer for the film was released today at MeninBlack.com.

2019 Lexus Performance Driving School dates announced

(April 25, 2019) PLANO, Texas — The Lexus Performance Driving School is an immersive driving experience designed and produced by world-class instructors to build skills and confidence both on and off the track. For the 2019 season, Lexus will be hosting all of its Performance Driving School events at our new home circuit, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Abandoned post-war Texas Cadillac



It was not until 1948 that Cadillac came out with an all-new post-war design including the first use of tailfins. The 1947 convertible captured here as an abandoned car carried on with the pre-war design. Cadillac sold only 61,926 cars in 1948, but still led luxury brands Packard and Lincoln in sales. This abandoned Caddy was found in a Texas salvage yard.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)