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2018 Chevrolet Equinox — Doing more with less


(May 23, 2017) DETROIT — Crossovers become more agile when they drop some weight. For the redesigned 2018 Chevy Equinox, shedding nearly 400 pounds —approximately 10 percent of its mass — pays dividends in a nimbler, more responsive and more refined driving experience, according to Chevrolet. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

INDIANAPOLIS — Whoever said a compact fuel-sipping hybrid couldn’t also be cool? Perhaps it needs to be aerodynamic, but it doesn’t have to look like an out-of-control science project merged with some sci-fi future-set flick. An efficient little hybrid could just look like a crossover. And, it could still have all of the technology and utility expected in a cutting-edge ride. At least that’s what Kia designers and engineers apparently thought as they conjured the Niro.

2017 Subaru Legacy

LOS ANGELES — Subaru doesn't need any help selling cars and crossovers from the likes of automotive sites like MotorwayAmerica, the Japanese company has got the formula down to a science enjoying increasing sales month after month for years. To understand this phenomenon better, spend some time behind the wheel of the 2017 Legacy mid-sized sedan.

2017 Audi Q7

PHOENIX — The original Audi Q7 SUV has been around since 2007, when it was introduced to compete with Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. But sales never approached those of the Mercedes or BMW offerings.  For 2017 Audi has completely redesigned the Q7. In the process, it shed some 474 pounds, an unusually huge amount for any vehicle.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Ford F-350 — Heavy duty truck king

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Not only has Ford been the half-ton pickup sales champion for nearly 40 years, it has been the leader in heavy duty pickup sales since it entered the market in 1999 with its first F-Series Super Duty. The outstanding new 2017 heavy duty lineup is sure to continue its phenomenal success with one of the most technologically advanced pickup in segment history.

Here's the Thing

Gas prices drop for seven consecutive days

(May 23, 2017) The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35 per gallon, which is four cents less than one week and one month ago, and 14 cents more than the same date last year. Last week, 46 states saw prices drop — some by at least 9 cents — with prices remaining steady in other parts of the country, according to AAA statistics.

AAA predicts Memorial Day travel at highest level since 2005

(May 22, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

Kia Soul gets infusion of power, more creature comforts for 2017

By Peter A. Hubbard


(May 22, 2017) When the Kia Soul first hit the streets in 2009 as a 2010 model, it was clearly aimed at entry-level buyers.  Its subcompact size, excellent fuel economy and shaved-box look were clearly aimed at first-time buyers in their early-to-mid 20’s.  The marketing push used for the modest little crossover clearly pitched it as the ultimate party car, with cocky little hamsters posing as “party animals,” ready to roll. 

Inside the Industry

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan debuts new 2.0-liter TSI engine

(May 23, 2017) HERNDON, Va. — The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine. The updated version of the benchmark EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness.

Michigan Science Center unveils new $1.44 million Toyota 4D theater

(May 23, 2017) DETROIT — Toyota Motor North America and the Michigan Science Center have unveiled the new Toyota 4D Engineering Theater (TET). The theater is designed to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through exciting programs and engaging films, the TET will showcase the fun and dynamic world of STEM and provide a resource for future generations of STEM professionals. 

Racetrack-themed showroom refurbished by Mercedes in Affalterbach

(May 23, 2017) AFFALTERBACH, Germany — The new-look Mercedes-AMG showroom in Affalterbach, Germany, has opened after a 12-week refurbishment. The new racetrack-themed design focuses on the 50-year-old sports car and high-performance vehicle brand's roots in motor sports.

This is clear straight away from the special mastic asphalt floor covering inside and outside with classic pit lane markings, tyre marks and a start/finish line. Inside, the design also features an eye-catching tunnel graphic which has the effect of lengthening the room.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Uncovering a 1937 DeSoto

DeSoto was a mid-level brand built by Chrysler from 1928 through 1961 with over 2 million built in its 56 years of existence. In 1934 DeSoto was given the dramatic Chrysler airflow design, a big mistake because sales tanked in 1934-35. In 1936 the DeSoto was returned to a more mainstream design called Airstream. This 1937 DeSoto specimen was discovered by Peter Hubbard near Denton, Texas.