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By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 26, 2017) Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, formerly known as Porsche Exclusive, has created the most powerful 911 Turbo S ever. The 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe has 607 horsepower, an increase of 27 over the standard model, is limited to 500 copies worldwide, and is available with an optional matching Porsche Design chronograph that can be configured to match the car.

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.

2018 Toyota Camry



NEWBURG, Ore. — To say that the midsized Toyota Camry sedan is a massively popular car would be a gross understatement. After all, it’s been America’s best-selling passenger vehicle for 18 of the past 20 years, and 18 million have been sold around the world since it was first introduced in 1982.
Toyota sold over 388,000 Camry’s last year, but that’s down from more than 430,000 in 2015. Through May of this year, sales are down some 20,000 units over last year. Still, Camry is a popular vehicle and a solid bet to sell more than 300,000 by year end.

2017 BMW 5 Series



PHOENIX — For BMW enthusiasts, there’s no car more epochal than the 5 Series. It was first introduced by the German automaker in 1972 and is now in its seventh generation.  Called the G30 in BMW parlance (the original 1972 model was known as the E12), the mid-sized sports sedan has grown and is slightly longer, wider and taller than the previous F10 generation (2010-2016), yet sheds 137 pounds thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Lexus GS F — Luxury-flavored performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus has created something very intriguing for its diehard fans who like the styling and handling traits of the current GS sports sedan, but who yearn for more muscle such as found in BMW's M series and Mercedes-Benz AMG-tuned sedans.

Here's the Thing

Two Jeeps top Cars.com's 2017 American-made index

(June 26, 2017) CHICAGO — Cars.com has released its American-Made Index, an annual ranking of the "most-American" vehicles. For the first time in the list's history, the Jeep Wrangler has topped the index as the overall "most-American" vehicle for 2017.

The 2017 Cars.com American-Made Index is in fact topped by two Ohio-built SUVs from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Jeep Wrangler (including the Wrangler Unlimited four-door) and second-place Jeep Cherokee.

2017 Ford Escape a solid entry in competitive compact SUV segment

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(June 26, 2017) You probably are well aware that Ford’s F-Series pickup truck is the America’s top-selling vehicle. The company rarely misses the opportunity to pass on that information through print and over-the-air ads. But what do you think is the company’s No. 2 seller?

Kelley predicts June new-car sales to fall nearly 4% year-over-year

(June 24, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to fall nearly 4 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.46 million units in June, resulting in an estimated 16.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book kbb.com.

"Kelley Blue Book projects June will be yet another down month of sales with expected declines in both fleet and retail," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Inside the Industry

New 296-HP Ingenium 4-cylinder engine to power 2018 Jaguars

(June 26, 2017) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar is introducing an all-new efficient and powerful 296 horsepower version of the Ingenium four cylinder gasoline engine to the 2018 XE and XF sedans, as well as the F-PACE performance SUV models.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine produces 295-lb.ft. of torque for exceptional acceleration. That’s enough to power the F-PACE to travel from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds with fuel economy of up to 25 mpg highway.

Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant begins production of E-Class Cabriolet

(June 26, 2017) BREMEN, Germany — Series production of the new E-Class Cabriolet has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The open four-seater with a classic fabric soft top combines puristic, sensuous design with long-distance comfort for four occupants and the latest technology.

This includes comprehensive smartphone integration with a wireless charging and key function, a widescreen cockpit and the latest assistance systems. The market launch is in late summer 2017.

Kia Stinger undergoing rigorous testing and development

(June 23, 2017) The 2018 Kia Stinger is entering the final stages of its rigorous test and development regime before going on sale later this year. The test program – carried out worldwide, on-road and on-track – will ensure the car has the performance, reliability and dynamic sophistication to match its striking fastback design. The Stinger will go on sale globally during the fourth quarter this year.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Edsel in junkyard retirement


This 1958 Edsel is part of Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection, discovered in a junkyard that includes a large number of decaying models from the 1950s and 1960s. The Edsel was conceived as a model to bridge the gap between Ford and the more upscale Mercury-Lincoln brands. But it bombed out, surviving for only three model years. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)