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Porsche announces addition of two sporty 453 hp models to Panamera range

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(October 16, 2018) ATLANTA — Porsche today announced the forthcoming addition of two sporty models to its Panamera range. The new Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models add new breadth to the lineup for customers seeking a sportier driving experience positioned between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo variants.

2019 Acura RDX



PHOENIX — RDX is Acura’s premium compact to mid-sized crossover utility vehicle that first arrived for 2007. With its turbo-powered engine and upscale appointments, it was an enjoyable vehicle to drive but, unfortunately, didn’t catch on with the car-buying public. Later, the second-generation RDX added more luxury and a standard 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. But it was predominantly a gussied up Honda CR-V, sharing the same basic chassis architecture.

2019 Honda Insight



PHOENIX — It comes as a surprise to most people that Toyota Prius wasn’t the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the U.S. Rather, it was the Honda Insight, an odd looking three-door, two passenger hatchback that arrived in 1999 as a 2000 model, seven months earlier than the Prius. Fuel economy estimates under then-current EPA standards were 61 mpg city, 70 mpg highway, and 65 mpg combined.

2019 Nissan Altima



SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nissan has not given up on cars — sedans in particular — as several other major automakers have done in favor of crossover SUVs. Sedan sales have slipped from 50 to 30 percent of the U.S. market in recent years and Nissan figures 30 percent is the bottom. That implies there's no where to go but up and Nissan wants to be there for the comeback.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Subaru Ascent — Checking all the boxes



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Virtually every mainstream automaker has at least one large crossover SUV in its lineup. So it is only fitting that Subaru, a pioneer in the crossover segment with its long-running Outback, has joined the fray with the three-row 2019 Ascent.

Here's the Thing

Gas price average declines after nearly two weeks of increases

(October 16, 2018) At $2.89, the national gas price average is two-cents cheaper than it was a week ago amid consumer gasoline demand declining for a third week. Today’s gas price average is four-cents more than a month ago and 42-cents more expensive than a year ago, according to weekly statistics by aaa.

The majority of states have seen gas prices decrease on the week with the exception of a handful of states, some of which were impacted by fuel disruptions on the west coast and in the southeast.

2018 Ford F-150 diesel channels its inner Loretta Lynn

By Casey Williams
MyCarData

(October 15, 2018) Loretta Lynn once sang, “If you’re looking at me, you’re looking at country.”  And, that she is, although her new album “Wouldn’t It Be Great” proves through crafted lyrics and expert musicianship that the 86-year-old is also a pretty sophisticated songwriter and all-around classy lady.  She’s been at this nearly 60 years and all of the other wanna-be divas have yet to master her authenticity and take her down.  If she were personified as an automobile, the 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum diesel may be her match.

Transform Halloween pumpkin into a green machine Nissan Leaf

(October 12, 2018) Carve a Nissan Leaf into this year's pumpkin with a free pumpkin carving pattern from NissanPartsPlus.com. Instead of doing the same old Jack-o-Lantern, you can transform this year’s gourd into a green machine. The first generation Leaf will give the pumpkin a distinct look that'll make your front porch stand out.

Inside the Industry

Polestar inaugurates new global headquarters in Sweden

(October 16, 2018) Polestar has inaugurated its new global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Strategically located on the Volvo Car Group campus, the new building and working environment supports cross-functional collaboration throughout Polestar and further strengthens cooperation between the Polestar brand and its parent company.

The new headquarters building, which is dominated by the "Polestar Cube," was designed by Swedish architecture firm Bornstein Lyckefors, in cooperation with the Polestar Brand team.

Nissan joins festivities for 31st annual International Z Car Convention

(October 16, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The original Datsun 240Z made its debut in the fall of 1969 and immediately set the sports car world on its head. One year short of its 50th anniversary, the iconic "Z car" is still being celebrated around the world, including this week at the 31st annual International Z Car Convention.

McLaren to reveal new Hyper-GT Speedtail on Oct. 26

(October 15, 2018) McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury sportscars and supercars and now a Hyper-GT, will reveal the stunning, streamlined form of the McLaren Speedtail and some of its astonishing technical details online at 8 a.m. EDT/5 a.m. PDT on Friday, Oct. 26. The 106 customers who have secured their own Speedtail, the next chapter in McLaren’s Ultimate Series, will see this momentous car shortly at a private event being held in London.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Chevy wagon



This 1954 Chevrolet 4-door station wagon was discovered in New Mexico. 1954 was the last model year on the platform introduced in 1950 before big changes that were to come in 1955. Available engines were a 3.5-liter (215 cubic inch) inline 6 making 92 horsepower and a 3.9-liter (235 cubic inch) inline 6 making 106 horsepower. Transmission choices were a 3-speed manual or a 2-speed powerglide automatic. Of the 1,150,816 Chevrolets produced in 1954, 56,735 or about 5 percent were wagons.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)