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Infiniti Q Inspiration concept — Power beyond convention

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(January 21, 2018) DETROIT — Previewing a new generation of Infiniti vehicles at the North American International Auto Show last week, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment.

2018 Mercedes AMG C63



PHOENIX — 503 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission. The car is flanked by 19-inch front/20-inch rear AMG forged cross-spoke wheels. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and is brought to a smooth but certain stop with large 15.8-inch cross-drilled and vented ceramic brakes with specially painted brake calipers. All this goodness came wrapped in a gorgeous brilliant blue drop top Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. This car is the bomb.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio



PHOENIX — At over 9,000 feet, Stelvio Pass is the highest and most dramatic paved pass in the Eastern European Alps. While not the most beautiful, it is a stunning road to view, and the wall of 48 hairpin switchback turns running up the north face renders it iconic for car enthusiasts around the world.
Befitting the name, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio has terrific handling, agility, steering and power to lend both credibility and worthy kudos sufficient to naming it after Italy’s most famous mountain pass.

2018 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet



SAN DIEGO — A year ago, Daimler announced the decision to convert the Smart brand to all-electric in North America, discontinuing gas-powered Smart cars. Smart cars are built by Daimler in France and sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz dealers in the U.S. The current and third generation of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2015 in gasoline form. In June 2017, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive went on sale and was recently followed by the cabriolet (convertible) model that will go on sale in spring 2018.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 GMC Terrain — Compact crossover standout



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You are in the market for a new compact crossover SUV, but this time around you would like to stand out from the crowd, drive something different than the popular segment offerings — but without sacrificing performance, build quality, cargo space and passenger comfort.

Here's the Thing

Customers rank top 10 gas station brands in U.S.

(January 20, 2018) BOSTON — The words "gas station" may stir up thoughts of oil-stained floors, bathrooms keys attached to a hubcap, or small racks of gum near the cash register, but today’s top brands prove that buying gas can be a whole new experience.

GasBuddy, the smartphone app that connects more than 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, today issues its list of the Top 10 Gas Station Brands in the U.S. revealing which gas station convenience store brands made the rankings in 2017.  

Chevrolet offers winter driving and preparedness tips

(January 19, 2018) DETROIT — Winter storms have been hitting the country with an outlook for continued blizzard conditions and extreme cold temperatures. The team at Chevy reminds drivers of some of the things they can do to be ready to navigate the roads this winter.

Porsche, Toyota top brands in 2018 Kelley resale value awards

(January 18, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. — While most car buyers consider the sales price one of the most significant figures when choosing a new vehicle, the experts at Kelley Blue Book recommend shoppers consider a number they won't find on any window sticker: the resale value.

Making it easy to shop smart, Kelley Blue Book this week announced the 2018 model-year brand and category winners of the annual Best Resale Value Awards, recognizing vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period.

Inside the Industry

Flint Engine Operations to build new turbo-diesel for 2019 Silverado

(January 20, 2018) FLINT, Mich. — General Motors has announced that Flint Engine Operations will serve as the manufacturing site for the all-new Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel for the 2019 Silverado. In 2015 GM announced a $263 million investment in Flint Engine Operations for a new engine line.

The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, enabling customers to find the combination of performance, efficiency and value that best fits their needs. One of these choices will be the all-new Flint-built 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel.

Lexus carves out flagship luxury crossover — LF-1 Limitless concept

(January 19, 2018) DETROIT — Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus. Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit.  It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment.

Ford adds 365,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall

(January 19, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is expanding a safety recall for certain Takata airbag inflators in North America. The recall involves 365,000 vehicles. Ford has also issued a safety recall for 363 model year 2018 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators for a rear-door window issue.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Abandoned Z-Car



The Datsun (later Nissan) Z-Car
captured the hearts and pocketbooks of customers in the 1970s who desired a great-looking sports car on a budget. It was just the ticket. This mid-70s Z-Car — either a 260Z or a 280Z — probably delighted several owners over the years, but now lives in abandoned retirement in some woods in eastern Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Brown)