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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign production design confirmed


(December 9, 2018) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign — the ultimate expression of the GT-R — and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle limited run.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

PHOENIX — For years there have been rumors and innuendo of Mitsubishi’s U.S. demise. The company has been mired in one scandal after another, including its admitted overstatement of the fuel economy of at least four models, including two under the Nissan badge. That misstep cost Mitsubishi some $3 billion, further damaging a brand that has already been losing market share.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

PHOENIX — Until now, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one: Tesla Model X. However, Jaguar has started delivery of its luxury crossover EV, the I-Pace, and Audi has unveiled its e-tron SUV. Others like Porsche are close behind. The I-Pace is sleek, sharp looking five-passenger crossover that’s powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that powers a pair of electric motors.

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.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Buick Encore — Driving small in style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were skeptical when Buick introduced the 2013 Encore mini-crossover. We openly wondered if such a diminutive vehicle — even in the exploding small entry-level luxury crossover segment — would go over with the Buick crowd who were accustomed to much larger offerings. Much of our skepticism was erased when we first drove the Encore, which we discovered a very appealing piece of work.

Here's the Thing

Taking multiple medications can increase crash risk for older drivers

(December 7, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. An evaluation of the medications people are taking found that nearly 20 percent of older drivers are using medications that generally should be avoided because they have very limited therapeutic benefit, pose excess harm, or both.

Newly redesigned 2019 Chevy Traverse — Room with a view

By Jim Prueter

(December 6, 2018) Last year, for 2018, Chevrolet completely redesigned the Traverse, a popular three-row family crossover utility vehicle that seats up to eight passengers and starts under $30,000. The Traverse competes against the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, VW Atlas, Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Pathfinder, as well as its up-market sibling, Buick Enclave.

Honda uses virtual reality to transport patients into a magical snow globe

(December 6, 2018) TORRANCE, Calif. — For the holiday season, Honda is using virtual reality to create a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland in "The Magic Snow Globe," an interactive world personalized for patients at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

Inside the Industry

Gateway Bronco signs license agreement with Ford

(December 7, 2018) HAMEL,Ill. — Gateway Bronco, innovative restorer of the first-generation Ford Bronco, announced on Thursday that it has finalized a license agreement with Ford Motor Company. Under the new agreement, Gateway Bronco will be licensed by Ford to create 1966-77 Broncos according to the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Ford Motor Company and consider this license agreement a tremendous privilege,” said Seth Burgett, CEO of Gateway Bronco.

Honda begins production of all-new Passport SUV in Alabama

(December 8, 2018) LINCOLN, Ala. — More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA), plant on Thursday celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2019 Honda Passport SUV. Going on sale early next year, Passport is produced exclusively at HMA and will play an important role in Honda's award-winning SUV lineup, providing a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability.

A holiday homecoming — VW Beetle owner of 51 years reunited with 'Annie'

(December 8, 2018) HERNDON, Va. — Kathleen Brooks bought her first Beetle in December 1966 in Riverside, Calif. — a red 1967 model she quickly named “Annie.” Ever since, Annie has been Kathleen’s daily transportation, racking up more than 350,000 miles over 51 years, or enough to circle the globe 14 times, and Kathleen, now 73, still drives Annie to work.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Post WW II Cadillac

Cadillac stopped its World War II tank building on Aug. 24, 1945, quickly changed over to cars, and rolled off the first 1946 Cadillac sedan on Oct. 7, 1945. The 1946-47 Cadillacs were basically a continuation of the 1942 models. Production ended shortly after the Peal Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, before being resumed four years later. This 1946-47 sedan was found in a New Mexico salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)