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2019 Acura MDX arrives with luxury and performance upgrades


(July 18, 2018) The 2019 Acura MDX arrived in dealerships Tuesday boasting upgraded interior fitment, new available premium exterior colors, drivability and dynamics enhancements, and an A-Spec sport appearance package. The 2019 MDX with standard AcuraWatch technology and available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) carries a starting  price of $45,295 including destination charge while the new MDX A-Spec starts at $55,795 with standard SH-AWD.

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.

2019 Toyota Avalon

SAN DIEGO — There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.
That’s because average age of a current Toyota Avalon buyer starts with the number six. But that isn’t stopping the folks at Toyota who aim to knock a decade or so off the median age of the owner by introducing the fifth-generation 2019 Avalon sedan.

2018 BMW 550i XDrive

MIAMII — BMW — which is much easier to remember than“Bayerische Motoren Werke” AG, or in English, “Bavarian Motor Works” — has championed the slogan “The  Ultimate Driving Machine” since the 1970s, and it doesn’t take a long time behind the wheel of just about any of its models to see that that is no idle boast. Though I haven’t had the opportunity to drive every one of its offerings, I have never been disappointed by the performance of any of those I have.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid — An outstanding vacation vehicle

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you had to pick the most comfortable and economical summer road trip vehicle for four adults we think you would come to the conclusion that it's impossible to beat the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan. The award-winning Pacifica has scads of cargo space, and gas mileage that no other minivan or mid-sized-to-large crossover could touch for a 3,400-mile 16-day sightseeing trip. We called it our National Parks vacation because we visited eight national parks and three national monuments in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader lists best certified pre-owned deals for July

(July 18, 2018) ATLANTA — With summer in full swing, dealers are starting to get all-new vehicle inventory on their lots, presenting an excellent window for consumers to take advantage of scorching deals on used or outgoing models from many major automakers, particularly on certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO).

"The mid-year point is always a great time for car shoppers to consider what they need and want from their next vehicle, plus more CPO vehicles are entering the market," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Infiniti recaptures magic of G-Series with 2018 Q60 sports coupe

By Paul Borden

(July 16 2018) Infiiniti’s switch to a new naming system for its products four years ago was intended to simplify things, making Nissan’s luxury portfolio easier for customers to understand. Beginning in 2014, Infiniti designated its sedans, coupes, and convertibles“Q” while crossovers and SUVs were given “QX” badging.

Subaru, REI encourage adventure-seekers to gear up and get outside

(July 16, 2018) Subaru of America has announced its continued partnership with REI and involvement in the outdoor leader’s adventure-themed, experiential events and activities across the country. Both widely known for their love of the great outdoors, the automaker and retailer previously partnered around REI’s #OptOutside initiative and are teaming up once again to make enjoying the outdoors as accessible as possible through Outessa, road trip and campouts.

Inside the Industry

All-Star Game MVP Alex Bergman presented Camaro SS

(July 18, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player, Alex Bregman, chose the new Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe during the All-Star Game MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Nationals Park in Washington on Tuesday night.

Chevrolet gave the Houston Astros player his choice between the redesigned Camaro Coupe or the trail-ready Colorado ZR2.

Now there is car sharing and ride hailing in one app

(July 18, 2018) SEATTLE, Wash. — ReachNow, the mobility services division of the BMW Group, has become the first company to operate both car sharing and ride hailing within a single app. The company’s suite of mobility solutions is now available in one redesigned and reengineered ReachNow app, creating an ecosystem aimed at easing many of the transportation challenges facing residents of urban communities.

ReachNow members can now seamlessly choose to drive themselves, hail an immediate ride, or schedule a pick-up for later, all within a single ReachNow app.

Volvo and Ford keep pace with Euro NCAP’s safety testing

(July 18, 2018) Both Volvo’s new small crossover, the XC40, and the latest version of Ford’s small family car, the Focus, achieved a maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP safety tests. The XC40 scored 97 percent for adult occupant protection, putting it among the top five cars for this aspect of safety tested in the last three years.

Abandoned Car of the Week

B-Series Dodge pickup in retirement

Dodge built the B-series pickup truck from 1948-53, and you can distinguish the 1951 through1953 models by their "Job Rated" badge on the grille. The 1953 model was the first to get a fully automatic transmission, dubbed the Truck-O-Matic. Dodge started selling "Job Rated" trucks in 1939, aimed at getting the customer the truck that fit the job for which it was purchased. The Job Rated designation carried through to the mid-50s when it was dropped. This circa 1951-53. Dodge pickup was discovered in a field in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)