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Next Volvo wagon to make North American debut in New York


(March 23, 2018) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — As Swedish luxury automaker Volvo Cars moves into its next growth stage, the new Volvo V60 wagon and a luxury trim of the XC40 compact SUV will make their North American debuts at the New York International Auto Show next week.

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

Volkswagen steps up model and innovation offensive in China

(March 23, 2018) Volkswagen intends to strengthen its leading position in China and is therefore stepping up its major model and innovation offensive. The first step is the launch of the new Volkswagen Touareg, which is today celebrating its world premiere at the "SUV Brand Day" in Beijing before an audience of about 1,000 guests.

By 2020, at least 12 further SUV models for the Chinese market are to follow. Volkswagen has also given the green light for its nationwide communications campaign "Move Forward."

Fade to black: GMC introduces SUV special editions

(March 23, 2018) DETROIT — GMC is expanding offerings for its premium SUV lineup with the 2019 Terrain and Acadia Black Editions. Both build on the bold road presence that already defines the popular SUVs with sculpted, athletic appearances.

The Black Editions are distinguished by darkened exterior treatments, adding more choices to lineups that also include color-matched, chromed and unique Denali appearances. The design advances GMC’s legacy of precision craftsmanship and answers customers’ calls for greater vehicle personalization.

Toyota brings hatchback design back to the 2019 Corolla

(March 23, 2018) NEW YORK — Talk about going big in the Big Apple! For the first time in North America, Toyota’s newest, stylish, and most technologically-advanced small car, the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show.
Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you — the hatchback, in either SE or XSE grades, is all about making a huge impression.

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)