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BMW Concept 8 provides insight into upcoming 8 Series Coupe

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(May 26, 2017) MUNICH — The BMW Group is using this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil the BMW Concept 8 Series, the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study. The study car will serve as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model — the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history.

2017 Mercedes AMG GLS63



PHOENIX — In case you haven’t been paying attention, the definition of upper social class, prestige, luxury motoring is now the SUV, having supplanted large luxury sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as the choice vehicle for the global one percent. That certainly includes the seven-passenger Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63 tested here.

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.

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.

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Memorial Day sales propping up May results, Edmunds says

(May 26, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,527,363 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in May for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.8 million. This reflects a 7.5 percent increase in sales from April 2017 and a 0.3 percent increase from May 2016.

"Generous incentives are keeping traffic flowing to dealer lots, but a lot is riding on Memorial Day sales for automakers to keep momentum strong through the critical summer selling months," said Edmunds Executive Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell.

New-vehicle sales to remain flat year-over-year in May, KBB reports

(May 25, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to remain flat year-over-year at a total of 1.53 million units in May, resulting in an estimated 16.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book kbb.com.

"We could see a positive month for the industry for the first time this year in May, but Kelley Blue Book expects totals to finish about even year-over-year, despite one extra selling day in 2017," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. 

Flood of off-lease vehicles creating buyer's market for car shoppers

(May 24, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car shoppers hitting dealer lots this Memorial Day weekend will find themselves in one of the strongest buyer's markets in recent memory, according to the latest Used Vehicle Market Report from Edmunds. A growing glut of off-lease vehicles means shoppers who are looking for a car between 3 and 4 years old will have a huge selection to choose from, and this surplus also means dealers will likely be ready to negotiate to help close the deal.

Inside the Industry

Atlanta Concours invites motorcycles of provenance for fall event

(May 26, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — While most Concours events are a haven for collector car owners and enthusiasts, the Atlanta Concours will be appealing to an even broader audience when it creates a true classic motorcycle Concours experience, including two judging fields of pre- and post-war motorcycles,’ as well as non-traditional activities and exhibitions for attendees to enjoy during the Sept. 30- Oct. 1 second annual Concours at Chateau Elan.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 —Most extreme performance Jaguar ever

(May 26, 2017) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) today announced it will produce the Jaguar brand’s most powerful, agile and extreme performance vehicle ever – the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

A prototype version of the specially tuned Jaguar super sports sedan has now undertaken its debut test at the grueling Nürburgring Nordschleife, adorned with an exclusive camouflage created by SVO Design.

2018 Acura RDX arrives in showrooms today

(May 26 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The 2018 Acura RDX arrives in dealer showrooms today with starting at $36,775 including destination charge. The stylish RDX offers a polished yet dynamic driving experience, room for five adults and a long list of desirable features including available AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies and a smooth, powerful V6 engine as standard equipment.

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.