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First North American McLaren Senna delivered to New York City customer


(July 19, 2018) NEW YORK — The first North American designation of McLaren’s most extreme road car ever built, the McLaren Senna, has been delivered to customer Michael Fux in New York City. Fux is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste. Fux’s Senna features an extensive list of bespoke content specified through McLaren Special Operations.
Perhaps most significant is the Full Visual Carbon Fibre Body, tinted in a custom emerald green color known as “Fux Green.”  Comprising 67 parts, the full body set takes almost 1,000 hours to produce.

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.

2019 Toyota Avalon

SAN DIEGO — There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.
That’s because average age of a current Toyota Avalon buyer starts with the number six. But that isn’t stopping the folks at Toyota who aim to knock a decade or so off the median age of the owner by introducing the fifth-generation 2019 Avalon sedan.

2018 BMW 550i XDrive

MIAMII — BMW — which is much easier to remember than“Bayerische Motoren Werke” AG, or in English, “Bavarian Motor Works” — has championed the slogan “The  Ultimate Driving Machine” since the 1970s, and it doesn’t take a long time behind the wheel of just about any of its models to see that that is no idle boast. Though I haven’t had the opportunity to drive every one of its offerings, I have never been disappointed by the performance of any of those I have.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid — An outstanding vacation vehicle

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you had to pick the most comfortable and economical summer road trip vehicle for four adults we think you would come to the conclusion that it's impossible to beat the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan. The award-winning Pacifica has scads of cargo space, and gas mileage that no other minivan or mid-sized-to-large crossover could touch for a 3,400-mile 16-day sightseeing trip. We called it our National Parks vacation because we visited eight national parks and three national monuments in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader lists best certified pre-owned deals for July

(July 18, 2018) ATLANTA — With summer in full swing, dealers are starting to get all-new vehicle inventory on their lots, presenting an excellent window for consumers to take advantage of scorching deals on used or outgoing models from many major automakers, particularly on certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO).

"The mid-year point is always a great time for car shoppers to consider what they need and want from their next vehicle, plus more CPO vehicles are entering the market," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Infiniti recaptures magic of G-Series with 2018 Q60 sports coupe

By Paul Borden

(July 16 2018) Infiiniti’s switch to a new naming system for its products four years ago was intended to simplify things, making Nissan’s luxury portfolio easier for customers to understand. Beginning in 2014, Infiniti designated its sedans, coupes, and convertibles“Q” while crossovers and SUVs were given “QX” badging.

Subaru, REI encourage adventure-seekers to gear up and get outside

(July 16, 2018) Subaru of America has announced its continued partnership with REI and involvement in the outdoor leader’s adventure-themed, experiential events and activities across the country. Both widely known for their love of the great outdoors, the automaker and retailer previously partnered around REI’s #OptOutside initiative and are teaming up once again to make enjoying the outdoors as accessible as possible through Outessa, road trip and campouts.

Inside the Industry

Hyundai lowers price, increases value on Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

(July 19, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid adopts the same distinctive design of the recently released Sonata gasoline and Hybrid models while delivering 28 miles of all-electric range, feature enhancements and a lower starting price. The starting price for the 2018 Sonata Hybrid Plug-In is $34,135 including destination charge, a $1,350 reduction from the 2017 model.

Mecum Harrisburg auction to feature 1,000 classic and collector cars

(July 19, 2018) Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, will return to Harrisburg, Pa, Aug. 2-4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex with an estimated 1,000 classic and collector cars expected to cross the auction block. This is the fifth year that Mecum Auctions has staged a collector-car auction in Harrisburg, with last year’s event generating $21 million in sales after drawing bidders from 41 states.

Ford recalls 550,000 Fusion and Escape vehicles for rollaway risk

(July 19, 2018) Ford on Wednesday recalled nearly 550,000 2013-16 Fusion sedans and 2013-14 Escape crossovers for a potential rollaway risk because of faulty shifter cable bushings.

The automaker said the affected vehicles have bushings that could detach from the transmission, which could allow the transmission to be in a different gear from what the driver sees on the shifter. That could lead to the vehicle moving even when the driver thinks it's in park.

Abandoned Car of the Week

B-Series Dodge pickup in retirement

Dodge built the B-series pickup truck from 1948-53, and you can distinguish the 1951 through1953 models by their "Job Rated" badge on the grille. The 1953 model was the first to get a fully automatic transmission, dubbed the Truck-O-Matic. Dodge started selling "Job Rated" trucks in 1939, aimed at getting the customer the truck that fit the job for which it was purchased. The Job Rated designation carried through to the mid-50s when it was dropped. This circa 1951-53. Dodge pickup was discovered in a field in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)