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With 310-horsepower V-6, 2018 Buick Regal GS makes world debut


(July 20, 2017) DETROIT — Where spirited driving meets attainable luxury and sleek, sporty design meets modern usefulness, you’ll find the 2018 Buick Regal GS — a car for commutes that are anything but common. As the brand’s most dramatic expression of design and dynamics, this all-new model balances these key characteristics to provide customers excellent driving performance every day and in every season.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

DEADWOOD, S.D. — Is there anything better than waking up in a tent to the sound of thunder, lightning, and rain pattering?  I’m crazy, but I love it.  If there’s anything better, it’s knowing the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is sitting outside, able to get you back out of the remote place from which you’re enjoying Mother Nature’s fury.  Subaru people camp. They also surf, ski, hike, bike, and kayak. 

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.

2017 Land Rover Discovery

ST. GEORGE, Utah —  The boxy Land Rover LR4 is fresh off a complete redesign and is not only a thoroughly different looking vehicle, but also has a new name: Land Rover Discovery. This fifth-generation model sports a new look inside and out and features a slew of technological advancements. This includes the lightweight monocoque body construction, made of up to 85 percent high-strength aluminum, reducing total vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds or about 20 percent over the outgoing LR4 model.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport — Sexy performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Performance has returned to the Infiniti brand under the new Red Sport name in the popular compact Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe offering the same spirited driving opportunity available in the horsepower-infused BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupes. The name to remember when shopping an entry luxury coupe is Q60 Red Sport 400.

Here's the Thing

Domestic vehicles dominate Autotrader's hottest cars for summer 2017

(July 20, 2017) ATLANTA — With massive heat waves sweeping the nation and most of America in the throes of the dog days of summer, Autotrader's editors examined recent data to uncover the Hottest Cars for Summer 2017.

The findings reveal that year-to-date, car shoppers visiting Autotrader's website are searching most for vehicles from domestic manufacturers, with nine out of the top 10 cars, trucks and SUVs on the list hailing from American auto companies. 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe moves into second generation with redesign

By Paul Borden

(July 19, 2017) I like coupes. They’re not my favorite automotive style — that would be convertibles — but there’s just an air about a coupe that appeals to me. Especially when it’s as stunning as the Audi A5.

Gas prices decline moderately during last seven days

(July 18, 2017) At $2.25, the national gas price average is one cent cheaper than a week ago, five cents less than a month ago and four cents more than a year ago, according to weekly statistics by AAA.  Nationwide, last week did not see record demand, but was close to all-time high levels and continues to keep pace with summer 2016 levels. 

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline stocks dropped 1.6 million barrels on the week. That figure brings national levels to 235.7 million barrels, which is approximately 4 million barrels below this time last year.

Inside the Industry

Honda Civic Tour with OneRepublic hits the road for 2017

(July 20, 2017) Fans and foodies rejoice!  One of summer's most anticipated concert tours, the Honda Civic Tour, is in full swing with multi-platinum-band OneRepublic — featuring special guests Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur — and is all set to add the new Civic Tour City Flavor pop-up food & music experience at select Civic Tour concert venues.

New Nissan Leaf to come with 'e-Pedal' technology

(July 20, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan announced today that the widely anticipated new Nissan Leaf will come with e-Pedal, a revolutionary technology that transforms the way we drive.

With the flip of a switch, the technology turns your accelerator into an e-Pedal, allowing drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using just the e-Pedal. e-Pedal technology is the world's first one-pedal operation that allows drivers to bring the car to a complete stop even on hills, stay in position, and resume driving instantly.

Cenntro METRO urban electric truck now available in U.S.

(July 19, 2017) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Popular in Europe and Asia, the first modular compact electric utility vehicle (CUV) from Cenntro Automotive Corporation is now available to the U.S. market through distributor Tropos Technologies and their dealer network.

Called the METRO, the all-electric vehicle is a highly flexible, and modular CUV ideally suited for local delivery, maintenance crew transportation, parking enforcement, and people transport on campuses or in communities.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Missouri Falcon

The compact Ford Falcon featured a more squared-off look for 1964, the first year of its second-generation. The '64 Falcon came in eight body styles and with five engine offerings (three inline 6-cylinder models and two V-8s). Transmissions included a two- and three-speed automatic and a three- and -four-speed manual. This abandoned copy was found in Rolla, Mo.
(Photo By Jim Meachen)