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2019 McLaren Senna: The ultimate road-legal track car


(December 11, 2017) The 2019 McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. Legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it, the new Ultimate Series deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability; instead it provides the purest connection between driver and car, to deliver the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren.

2018 Mercedes E400 Coupe

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s nothing wrong with owning a Mercedes E-Class sedan.  They’re very respectable, undeniably responsible luxury cars for the respectable and undeniably responsible.   But, chop off two doors, lower the roofline and suddenly you’re wearing a red dress.  Going back to the 1970s, E-Class coupes have been some of the most desirable and timeless cars to dance out of Germany.  The 2018 E400 is especially ravishing.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

PHOENIX — Dodge is the last automotive brand that has remained committed to building true muscle cars. Some will argue that Chevrolet has the Camaro and Corvette, and Ford the Mustang, but nobody does high-performance better or on a wider scale than Dodge. Dodge already does Challengers with up to 840-horsepower with its human-hauling rocket sled Demon, and 707-horsepower Hellcats in a choice of either a Challenger coupe or a four-door Dodge Charger, that’s popular as a cop car.

2018 Lexus LS 500

SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury carmakers always have one flagship vehicle. Most often it is their biggest sedan, the one they want as their lead vehicle, one that radiates the essence of excellence, along with all the substance and presence of a dreadnought-class luxury sedan. For Lexus, that vehicle is the LS sedan, originally launched 28 years ago to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sedans.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Subaru Crosstrek — Solid advancement

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When the Crosstrek was introduced as a 2013 model we wondered if there was room in the Subaru lineup for another crossover practically the same size as the award-winning Forester, which had been on the market since 1998. We asked, how could Subaru support two nearly identically sized compact crossovers?

Here's the Thing

Comparing the 2018 Nissan Leaf with the original 2011 model

(December 8, 2017) A new comparison of the 2018 Nissan Leaf SL to the 2011 Nissan Leaf SL shows substantial gains in performance, cargo space, and power, with no change in price between the two models after adjusting for inflation. Using specs and data provided by Nissan and the EPA, the 2018 Nissan Leaf beats the 2011 version in a number of ways. mines its data to come up with 2017 car shopping list

(December 8, 2017) CHICAGO — Millions of consumers spend time on each month to shop, research and validate automotive purchase decisions. Today, the company debuted its 2017 Year in Review list, which was compiled by mining and analyzing the site's deep well of real-time behavioral data to determine how consumer car-shopping patterns are affected by current events, pop culture news and other key moments in time from the past year.

GasBuddy reveals gas station convenience store rankings by state

(December 7, 2017) BOSTON — Many people prefer nice versus naughty especially when it comes to customer service during the holiday season. That is why GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting more than 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, reveals the gas station convenience store brands with the highest ratings for customer service, putting them on the “nice list” when it comes to assisting consumers and creating a pleasant experience for guests.

Inside the Industry

Porsche Cars and Porsche Design introduce concept store

(December 9, 2017) ATLANTA — Porsche Cars North America, in collaboration with Porsche Design, has introduced a concept store that will enhance the customer experience by combining the worlds of luxury retail and the finest sports cars.

With 1,600 square feet of retail space, the new store at the renowned South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., carries Porsche Design merchandise, has a regularly rotating vehicle display, and houses a 16-foot by 9-foot high-definition video wall.

The ultimate expression of Grand Tourer — Bentley Continental GT First Edition

(December 9, 2017) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has created an exclusive First Edition of the all-new Continental GT. This ultimate expression of the Grand Tourer represents the pinnacle of Bentley craftsmanship, handcrafted and designed in Great Britain.

Honda to unveil robotics concepts at CES

(December 8, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda will unveil its new 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2018 in Las Vegas, demonstrating a range of experimental technologies engineered to advance mobility and make people's lives better.

Expressing a variety of functions and designs, the advanced robotic concepts demonstrate Honda's vision of a society where robotics and AI can assist people in many situations, such as disaster recovery, recreation and learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The Corvette in the late '70s

Government-mandated 5 mph crash bumpers were added to the Chevrolet Corvette in the mid-70s. This circa 1975-79 Vette, in need of a new windshield and a thorough restoration, sports those front bumpers. The Corvette was found off U.S. 301 in eastern North Carolina. The 1979 Corvette topped 50,000 units sold for the first time in its history.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)