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2015 GMC Canyon: Good things come in smaller packages

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(July 22, 2014) DETROIT — The growing popularity of smaller vehicles applies to pickups as well, and customers say maneuverability is a top reason for choosing a midsize pickup. The 2015 GMC Canyon delivers the right size vehicle for consumers who are looking for a more agile pickup.

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe



LOS ANGELES — If open-air motoring is not to your taste, a coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type will give you the head turning styling and performance you so desire. The all-aluminum F-Type Coupe delivers the uncompromised design vision of the Jaguar C-X16 concept, and complements the existing F-Type Convertible.

2015 Hyundai Sonata



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than four years ago Hyundai answered the criticism that all mid-sized sedans look the same by stepping away from the stereotypical styling with the 2011 Sonata, a car so daringly different that it set a new tone for the design future of the popular segment. It was a smash hit not only for its good looks, but for its above-average performance, generous standard features, and improved build quality.

2015 Honda Fit



SAN DIEGO — Honda hired a professional packer to demonstrate the interior size of its third-generation 2015 Fit at an event introducing the all-new subcompact hatchback. The packing theatrics provided auto writers with a few minutes of entertainment as she worked to shove and push and cajole five full-sized bean bag chairs into the cargo hold behind the rear seats.

Vehicle of the Week

2015 Kia K900 — Luxury at a bargain price



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

While we found our test car, the all-new full-sized rear-driven Kia K900 luxury sedan certainly worth its $66,000 price — in fact, a true bargain — the question that kept popping up as we floated down the road, who is going to buy this vehicle?

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Edmunds Tesla drivers set cross-country record in electric vehicle

(July 22, 2014) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A team from Edmunds.com  shattered the cross-country speed record in an electric vehicle when driving from Redondo Beach, Calif. to New York City in a 2013 Tesla Model S in 67 hours and 21 minutes. The record-setting drive erased the previous record of 76 hours and 5 minutes set by a team of Tesla staffers.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage named 'Most Affordable Vehicle' by Cars.com

(July 21, 2014) CHICAGO — Cars.com has named the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage the most affordable vehicle car shoppers can buy. Cars.com editors considered cars of all types and sizes. Minimum requirements included power windows and door locks as well as Bluetooth capability and USB port(s).

In addition to the cost of each car plus destination fee, editors calculated five-year gas cost for each contender to help shoppers understand the true cost of each vehicle beyond sticker price.

Rand McNally publishes 2015 line of atlases for commercial drivers

(July 21, 2014) SKOKIE, Ill. — Rand McNally today released the 2015 edition of the Motor Carriers' Road Atlas, the #1-selling trucker's print atlas line. The printed trucking atlas, in its 34th edition, continues to be the trusted guide for over-the-road and other large-vehicle drivers.

Inside the Industry

2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers V8 capability, performance

(July 22, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines — the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

Harley-Davidson reports strong second quarter; U.S. sales sluggish

(July 22, 2014) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson second-quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share of $1.62 grew 33.9 percent on higher motorcycle shipments and continued improvement in operating efficiencies, compared to the year-ago period.

Second-quarter net income was $354.2 million on consolidated revenue of $2 billion, compared to net income of $271.7 million in the year-ago period on consolidated revenue of $1.79 billion.

Classic Car Week takes hold of Monterey Peninsula

(July 22, 2014) MONTEREY, Calif. — The heart of historic downtown Monterey will be transformed into an outdoor motorsports museum when historic race cars line Alvarado Street between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks of the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week activities.