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Cadillac unveils CT6 V-Sport model with 550-horsepower turbo V-8


(March 22, 2018) Cadillac has unveiled the CT6 V-Sport, the first-ever V-Performance model of its top-of-range sedan. The introduction of the high-performance variant coincides with a makeover of the entire CT6 lineup that incorporates the newest iteration of Cadillac’s design language featured on the Escala Concept. The Cadillac V-Sport portfolio currently includes the CTS V-Sport and the XTS V-Sport.

2018 Buick Regal TourX

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my favorite cars is the green 1970 Buick Estate wagon, woodgrain and all, that co-starred in the movie, The Way Way Back.  It’s a classic America family car so familiar to Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers.  But, in a world of crossovers, wagons have taken a third-row seat to SUVs of all types.  The Subaru Outback, built in Lafayette, Ind., is now the nation’s best-selling wagon.  Somewhere between the Outback and The Way Way Back is a new-generation Buick wagon — The 2018 Regal TourX.

2018 Nissan Leaf

NAPPA. Calif. — Most news stories regarding battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are about Tesla and the great things Elon Musk is doing…or not. But what’s known but by a few is that the world’s best-selling electric car to date is the Nissan Leaf. At the start of 2016, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide. The Leaf is the only BEV built in three different manufacturing plants in three different countries, including Smyrna, Tenn.

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

VANCOUVER, B.C. — As American drivers persist in their unquenchable thirst for luxury SUVs and crossovers, the popularity of coupes, in particular, continues to decline; they make up less than 2.5 percent of all new vehicles sold. Yet, auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz see an opportunity in a market segment being abandoned by others.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Mazda3 hatchback — A smart buy

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Mazda has developed a knack for building stylish fun-to-drive small cars such as the compact Mazda3 sedan and hatchback that can pamper its owner with an upmarket feel belying its price that undercuts many mainstream vehicles. The fact that it is outsold by much of the competition is a head-scratcher, making the Mazda3 one of the best kept secrets in the industry.

Here's the Thing

BMW 740e gives buyers opportunity for plug-in power in a luxury sedan

By Paul Borden

(March 22, 2018) If your concept of a plugin hybrid vehicle is a little econobox with the styling flair of a Model T, then we have a surprise for you. BMW now offers a plugin hybrid version of its top-of-the-line 7 Series sedan.

White and black most popular VW Beetle paint colors in 2018

(March 21, 2018) A new graphic illustrates the most and least popular Beetle colors of 2018. Using search data available on, the team at VW Parts Vortex was able to determine the most popular Beetle paint colors for 2018. While the most common tints are white and black, 10 percent of the available Beetles fall into the “other” category.

“Due to the Beetle’s unique profile, we think it’s perfect for vibrant colors,” says Rocco Demas, manager at VW Parts Vortex.

Online and in-store — Study finds car buyers looking for change

(March 21, 2018) ATLANTA — Understanding the evolving nature of car buying behavior and how consumers complete their vehicle purchase process has never been more critical for dealers. Helping advise dealers where they should focus their attention to earn car shopper business and loyalty, the Cox Automotive 2018 Car Buyer Journey Study uncovers the latest online shopping trends and customer satisfaction insights on the various aspects of the dealership experience.

Inside the Industry

Jaguar I-PACE completes lap of Monaco Grand Prix circuit

(March 22, 2018) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar has taken to the Monaco Grand Prix circuit to showcase the performance and handling of its first battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Jaguar I-PACE.

Boasting 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors, the I-PACE takes just 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. Monaco’s iconic harbor layout was the perfect venue for the performance SUV’s late-night test, with its combination of technical straights, tight twists and turns.

Hyundai adds exclusive engine to Tucson Sport trim for 2018

(March 22, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai’s Tucson Sport is now equipped with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI producing 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, an advantage over key competitors the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue.

Peak torque delivery starts at 4,000 rpm, similar to the majority of segment competitors, delivering responsiveness and performance in everyday driving conditions.

Former Viper plant to become home of Fiat Chrysler car collection

(March 22, 2018) DETROIT — FCA US will honor the legacy of the Dodge Viper as part of two initiatives announced this week.

First, the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, the former production home of the iconic Dodge Viper, will get a second life as an internal meeting and display space that will showcase the company’s concept and historic vehicle collection. Second, the company is kicking off an auction of Viper memorabilia to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Rusting Arizona Corvair

The Chevrolet Corvair was the only mass market car with an air-cooled rear engine when it was introduced in 1960. This early'60s model was found rusting away along old Route 66 in Arizona.
(Photo by Ted Biederman)