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Porsche Macan edges Tesla Model S in Strategic Vision study


2017 Porshe Macan

(July 23, 2017) SAN DIEGO, Calif. –– Several new or redesigned models are leaders in Total Quality while the gracefully-aging Tesla Model S has lost its top spot in the industry, according to the results of Strategic Vision’s 2017 Total Quality Impact (TQI) measure. The revolutionary sports car now ranks second in the industry to the Porsche Macan.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

DEADWOOD, S.D. — Is there anything better than waking up in a tent to the sound of thunder, lightning, and rain pattering?  I’m crazy, but I love it.  If there’s anything better, it’s knowing the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is sitting outside, able to get you back out of the remote place from which you’re enjoying Mother Nature’s fury.  Subaru people camp. They also surf, ski, hike, bike, and kayak. 

2018 Volvo V90

PHOENIX — The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the best luxury wagons in the world. But is it good enough to persuade SUV-crazed new car shoppers to forego their high-end utes and opt for the Swedish built Volvo Wagon?
You do remember station wagons, don’t you? Although both demand and product availability in the wagon market has shrunk dramatically in recent years, thanks to the immense popularity of SUVs and crossover vehicles, few automakers have remained as dedicated to the station wagon as Volvo, having sold millions worldwide to date.

2017 Land Rover Discovery

ST. GEORGE, Utah —  The boxy Land Rover LR4 is fresh off a complete redesign and is not only a thoroughly different looking vehicle, but also has a new name: Land Rover Discovery. This fifth-generation model sports a new look inside and out and features a slew of technological advancements. This includes the lightweight monocoque body construction, made of up to 85 percent high-strength aluminum, reducing total vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds or about 20 percent over the outgoing LR4 model.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Volkswagen Golf — A pleasing hatchback

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When advising people on what's available in the compact hatchback segment we rattle off several models deserving of consideration. Much to our chagrin we seldom include one of the most classy, refined, fuel efficient and performance-oriented compact hatchbacks on the market — the Volkswagen Golf.

Here's the Thing

Domestic vehicles dominate Autotrader's hottest cars for summer 2017

(July 20, 2017) ATLANTA — With massive heat waves sweeping the nation and most of America in the throes of the dog days of summer, Autotrader's editors examined recent data to uncover the Hottest Cars for Summer 2017.

The findings reveal that year-to-date, car shoppers visiting Autotrader's website are searching most for vehicles from domestic manufacturers, with nine out of the top 10 cars, trucks and SUVs on the list hailing from American auto companies. 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe moves into second generation with redesign

By Paul Borden

(July 19, 2017) I like coupes. They’re not my favorite automotive style — that would be convertibles — but there’s just an air about a coupe that appeals to me. Especially when it’s as stunning as the Audi A5.

Gas prices decline moderately during last seven days

(July 18, 2017) At $2.25, the national gas price average is one cent cheaper than a week ago, five cents less than a month ago and four cents more than a year ago, according to weekly statistics by AAA.  Nationwide, last week did not see record demand, but was close to all-time high levels and continues to keep pace with summer 2016 levels. 

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline stocks dropped 1.6 million barrels on the week. That figure brings national levels to 235.7 million barrels, which is approximately 4 million barrels below this time last year.

Inside the Industry

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special gets sub-7 minute Nurburgring lap

(July 22, 2017) NURBURG, Germany— Subaru of America  has announced that the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special set a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the famous 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, achieving a time of 6:57.5. The time was achieved using the Nurburgring timing equipment and was officially verified by track officials.

Toyota recalls certain 2017 Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid vehicles

(July 22, 2017) PLANO, Texas — Toyota North America has announced that it is conducting a safety recall involving 671 model year 2016 Avalon Hybrid and Camry Hybrid vehicles in the U.S.  Among these 671 vehicles, up to 42 are potentially equipped with a misassembled front drive shaft. The front drive shaft assembly in the involved vehicles may have been misassembled.

Ford unveils industry's first police pursuit-rated pickup truck

(July 21, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has revealed the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, giving law enforcement agencies a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and Ford SelectShift 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Ford Model A still lives

The Ford Model A, successor to the historically successful Model T, was built for only four model years (1928-31), but sold nearly 5 million units in that short time. One copy still barely surviving was discovered by Peter Hubbard for his Junkyard Dog collection.