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GasBuddy reveals the best day of week to buy gas


(April 29, 2017) BOSTON — Gasoline prices are currently the most expensive they’ve been in more than 19 months and will continue to increase with summer driving season approaching. GasBuddy has  issued a new study that found the best and worst days of the week to buy gas when it comes to optimal savings.

2017 Honda CR-V

PHOENIX — Sales of compact crossover utility vehicles are booming; consumers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for them and the segment continues to grow. In fact, utility vehicles now outsell cars. With players like Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and others continually updating and refreshing their products, competition is keen and the vehicles are only getting better.

2017 Volvo S90

PHOENIX — We were more than impressed with the completely redesigned XC90 when it was introduced for 2015. It was the first Volvo to be updated since Chinese automaker Geely bought the Swedish car company from Ford in 2010. For the record, the brand has kept its promise to completely refresh and revamp its entire product line by the end of 2017, recently introducing a redesigned XC60 crossover, V90 and V60 crossover wagons, and the all-new flagship S90 mid-sized luxury class sedan tested here.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A new SUV is coming to Volkswagen showrooms in May. And yes, the VW folks say, its an SUV, not one of the growing numbers of “crossovers” that basically put an SUV body over a sedan chassis. (Though Mark Gillies, senior manager for Product Communications, sees them as “interchangeable terms.”)

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor — A livable off-road warrior

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

A tremendous amount of copy has been written about the off-road exploits of the Ford F-150 Raptor since its inception in 2008, including its success in the Baja 1000, one of the most grueling endurance races in the world that winds through a Mexican desert littered with boulders and dry creek beds. The in-your-face Raptor has proven to be the epitome of off-road prowess.

Here's the Thing

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport laps Indy with ease

By Casey Williams

(April 28, 2017) Not long after I first started writing 20 years ago, Chevrolet loaned me a Corvette Convertible to drive from Dallas, Texas, to Bowling Green, Ky., and back over Labor Day Weekend.  When I returned, I bought a 1989 Corvette coupe like my friend’s dad had when we were in high school.  I’ve driven many Corvettes since, but it’s hard to beat driving a 2018 Grand Sport at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jeep Compass finding its way with the 'new' 2017 model

By Paul Borden

(April 27, 2017) Back a few years ago, I knew a guy who owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and whenever I would show up driving one of the Jeeps at the other end of the food chain, like say the Patriot or Liberty, he would kind of scoff and say, “That’s not even a Jeep!”

There was a tad of snobbishness in the way he said it, as if anything less than a Grand Cherokee wasn’t really up to Jeep’s traditional standards. (I’m assuming he didn’t include the Wrangler in his castigation of the smaller models.)

All new Volkswagen Atlas is Sehr Gut

By Jim Prueter

(April 27, 2017) Volkswagen earned the distinction of being the best-selling vehicle in the world last year, grabbing the sales crown from Toyota. The two companies have been in a title race for years.

Inside the Industry

First Volvo XC60 rolls off production line in Sweden

(April 28, 2017) TORSLANDA, Sweden — Production of Volvo Cars’ new XC60 mid-size SUV started this week at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden. The first customer-bound car, a T5 Inscription AWD in Crystal White, rolled of the production line just before lunch time.

The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.

Ford releases Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy commercial for EcoSport

(April 29, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s newest commercial stars Groot from Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” and the all-new EcoSport — Ford’s fun, capable and connected compact SUV.

EcoSport will also be featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy “What If?... EcoSport Adventure” comic, presented by Ford. The limited-edition 500-print run comic book features Ford EcoSport, Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket and will be published online for a short period at by clicking here.

Toyota recalls about 228,000 MY 2016-2017 Tacoma pickups

(April 28, 2017) PLANO, Texas — Toyota Motor North America has announced that it is conducting a safety recall of certain Model Year 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma vehicles in the U.S. Approximately 228,000 vehicles are involved.
The involved vehicles have rear differentials that may leak oil.  If a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the rear differential could become damaged, which can result in noise and reduced propulsion.  In some cases the rear differential could seize, resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Missouri Ford convertible

This 1963 Ford Galaxie convertible was discovered in Cuba, Mo. The Galaxie name was applied to all of Ford's full size models in 1962. The 1963 model marked the third year of the 1960-1964 design, although exterior styling was altered in each year. Several engines were offered all mated to a three-speed automatic.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)