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New Mazda CX-9 lights the way with class-exclusive standard LED lighting

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(May 29, 2016) When is a headlight more than just a headlight? When it pierces through the night, letting oncoming traffic know exactly what you’re driving without having to see any other part of the vehicle. When it’s as much a status symbol as it is a safety system. And when it comes equipped on the 2016 Mazda CX-9, the only non-luxury midsize, three-row crossover SUV with standard LED headlights and tail lights.

2016 Cadillac CT6



PHOENIX, Ariz. — Cadillac’s highly anticipated CT6 large flagship luxury sedan is just now beginning to show up in dealer showrooms. The CT6 is about the same size as a BMW 7 series and is intended to reassert itself as a worthy alternative with large, super-luxury sedans like the 7 series, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus at a lower price point.

2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R

FORT WORTH, Texas — Roman author Seneca once said, “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms – you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice. The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is the evolution of the Shelby Mustang GT350 first introduced in 1965, and the racing version, the Shelby GT350R, which followed shortly thereafter.

2017 Hyundai Elantra



SAN DIEGO — I want to be perfectly clear: As much as automakers want you to believe that their particular brand and models are special and years ahead of the competition, the truth is, most all of them have state-of-the-art design, tech centers that employ essentially the same functions, close to the same horsepower and same fuel economy at about the same price. Virtually, they are the same cars with different logos emblazoned on the grille and rear deck lid.

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Chevrolet Camaro — Performance personified



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Shortly after the Chevrolet Camaro hit the streets in September 1966 as a 1967 model it was transformed into a muscle car outfitted with Chevy's 4.9-liter V-8, designed to do battle with the spectacularly popular Ford Mustang — and so the aptly named pony car wars were born. Mustang and Camaro were soon joined by other sporty, performance-oriented entries such as the Pontiac Firebird, Plymouth Barracuda, and Dodge Challenger.

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Kelley predicts new-car sales to decrease 6 percent In May

(May 27, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to decrease 6 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.53 million units in May, resulting in an estimated 17.4 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book.

"This month's sales results are set to fall year-over-year with two fewer selling days combined with retail demand that is holding steady, but not growing," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. 

Edmunds advises used car shoppers to target small cars

(May 27, 2016) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Prices of used compact and subcompact cars are down, and they offer the best value right now for used car shoppers, according to a report released by Edmunds.com. The finding is one of a number of data-driven trends found in Edmunds' Q1 2016 Used Vehicle Market Report.

Consumer advocates demand federal agency act on auto safety petition

(May 25, 2016) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A backroom deal by the federal agency responsible for auto safety to allow automakers to avoid following federal safety rules is unlawful and will lead to more deaths and injuries, three top consumer advocates said on Tuesday. They urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the formal petition the advocates filed in January to require automakers to make advanced safety technologies standard equipment on all cars and light trucks.

Inside the Industry

2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO takes the supercar to the next level

(May 28, 2016) NÜRBURGRING, Germany — The new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO this week made its world debut at the famous Nürburgring race course, known as one of the longest and most challenging race tracks in the world. This is also the place where the Nissan GT-R's potent performance was honed, tuned and developed.

Nine pace cars trace the history of Camaro and the Indianapolis 500

(May 28, 2016) INDIANAPOLIS — Among the milestones surrounding the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend is Chevrolet’s legacy as the official pace car — an honor it has held more than any other manufacturer. A unique version of the new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the field on Sunday driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske.

Fiat Chrysler recalling 4.3 million older-model vehicles for air bag issue

(May 27, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — FCA US is voluntarily recalling an estimated 4.3 million older-model vehicles in the U.S. to replace their front-passenger air bag inflators. This action follows a defect filing by supplier Takata Corp., which advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the inflators use ammonium nitrate as a propellant, without benefit of a chemical drying agent.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Cannibalized 1969 Mustang


A once-vibrant 1969 Ford Mustang has been cannibalized and left to be slowly dissolved into the weeds and scrub bushes. The 1969 edition was the first model to use quad headlamps placed both inside and outside the grille opening. Ford offered a variety of engines in the '69 from the 3.3-liter I6 to the rumbling 429 cubic inch Boss V-8. Nearly 300,000 Mustangs were manufactured in 1969, a steep drop off from the 607,558 built for the peak year of 1966. (Photo by Ralph Gable)